Generation IV

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Generation IV is the fourth set of Pokémon games released. It consists of Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions on the Nintendo DS and Pokémon Battle Revolution on the Wii.

Advances in gameplay

This generation is to Generation III as Generation II was to Generation I, being compatible with the GBA games by allowing players to transfer up to six Pokémon per cartridge ahead to Sinnoh every 24 hours. Additional advances are as follows:

  • The time system returns from Generation II, with better transitions between the three time periods. (morning, day, and night)
  • An actual 3D rendering of the overworld, as opposed to only sprites.
  • A new battle system using the Nintendo DS touch capacities, along with other features.
  • A new region to explore, Sinnoh,that has its own set of eight new Gyms and Gym Leaders to defeat, while a new Elite Four.
  • Distinction between Physical and Special moves, characteristics which are no longer dependent upon the move's type.
  • New player characters, Lucas and Dawn.
  • Poffins are introduced.
  • 47 new abilities, bringing the total up to 123.
  • 107 new Pokémon, including many new evolutions and pre-evolutions of older Pokémon, bringing the total to 493.
  • 113 new moves, bringing the total to 467.
  • Another new villainous team, Team Galactic.
  • Wi-Fi battling and trading over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, similar to the Mobile Adapter used in conjunction with Pokémon Crystal.
  • New versions of Contests, with more rounds.
  • Underground bases and mini-games including capture the flag.
  • Some Pokémon now display differences between genders.

Sinnoh starters

Though it was rumored that the Template:Type2/Template:Type2/Template:Type2 trio would be replaced instead with a Template:Type2/Template:Type2/Template:Type2 trio, that much proved to be false, and Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum's starters are the Grass-type Turtwig, the Fire-type Chimchar, and the Water-type Piplup.

Johto starters

As the Generation IV games taking place in Johto are remakes of Generation II games, the starters are the same as in that generation; they are the Grass-type Chikorita, the Fire-type Cyndaquil, and the Water-type Totodile.

Gym Leaders

Sinnoh League
Generation IV Region: Sinnoh
Gym Leader
Type Badge
ヒョウタ Hyouta
Oreburgh City
Kurogane City
Rock Coal Badge.png
Coal Badge
ナタネ Natane
Eterna City
Hakutai City
Grass Forest Badge.png
Forest Badge
スモモ Sumomo
Veilstone City
Tobari City
Fighting Cobble Badge.png
Cobble Badge
Crasher Wake
マキシマム仮面 Maximum Mask
Pastoria City
Nomose City
Water Fen Badge.png
Fen Badge
メリッサ Melissa
Hearthome City
Yosuga City
Ghost Relic Badge.png
Relic Badge
トウガン Tougan
Canalave City
Mio City
Steel Mine Badge.png
Mine Badge
スズナ Suzuna
Snowpoint City
Kissaki City
Ice Icicle Badge.png
Icicle Badge
デンジ Denzi
Sunyshore City
Nagisa City
Electric Beacon Badge.png
Beacon Badge

New abilities for old Pokémon

Some old Pokémon gain new abilities:

Other Generation IV games

Pokémon Battle Revolution features a Pokémon Stadium-like arena for battle, allowing Diamond and Pearl to link to it through wireless communications between the Nintendo DS and Wii, much like previous generations' games would link to Colosseum, XD, Stadium, and Stadium 2. Battle Revolution also features online battles with players around the world via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

Pokémon Platinum is the third game to Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, like Pokémon Yellow, Pokémon Crystal and Pokémon Emerald of previous generations.

Remakes of Pokémon Gold and Silver for the Nintendo DS, much like Pokémon Red and Green's remakes for the Game Boy Advance, fill out the generation.

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