Pokémon Crystal Version

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Pokémon Crystal Version
Pokémon Crystal Version's boxart, featuring Suicune.
Basic info
Platform: {{{platform}}}
Category: RPG
Players: 2 players simultaneous
Connectivity: None
Developer: Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK Inc.
Publisher: Nintendo
Part of: {{{gen_series}}}
ESRB: Everyone
Release dates
Japan: Dec 14, 2000
North America: Jul 30, 2001
Australia:  ???
Europe:  ???
South Korea: N/A
Hong Kong: N/A
Taiwan: N/A
Japanese: ポケットモンスタークリスタルバージョン
English: Games: Pokémon Crystal

Pokémon Crystal is a sister game to Pokémon Gold and Silver. It contained the same basic game, but with some changes:

Changes from Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver

  • This is the first game where you have the option to play a girl character, Kris. This tradition has been carried on throughout all Pokémon RPGs except Pokémon Colosseum.
  • Pokémon's battle sprites move in a short animation upon being released from their Poké Ball.
  • Suicune, instead of being a side Legendary Pokémon, has a prominent role in the game's storyline. Your character will constantly find Suicune in various locations throughout Johto. After receiving a Clear Bell (the Crystal equivalent of the Silver or Rainbow Wing), you will have a chance to battle and capture it in the Tin Tower, and it will not run away.
  • Another character, Eusine, is added to the game. He is searching for Suicune as well, and will battle you to earn its respect.
  • Both Lugia and Ho-oh can be found in this game; Lugia in the Whirl Islands, and Ho-oh at the Tin Tower. They are both Level 60 when they are caught. However, you cannot catch Ho-oh until you catch Raikou, Entei, and Suicune.
  • Sneasel appears in the Ice Path, whereas in Gold and Silver it did not appear until reaching Mt. Silver.
  • The Daycare folk would bestow you with a free Egg.

Japanese Version Differences

In the Japanese version of Pokémon Crystal, you could link up with other players through the use of a mobile phone adapter.

The Pokémon Center in Goldenrod City was replaced by a much larger building.

A special mobile event allowed players to obtain, via mobile phone link-up, the GS Ball. This item, given by a nurse in the Pokémon Communication Center in Goldenrod City, may be taken to Kurtin Azalea Town to investigate. After a day passes, taking the GS Ball to the shrine in Ilex Forest summons a level 30 Celebi to battle.

Unobtainable Pokémon

The following Pokémon cannot be found in Crystal, and must be traded from Pokémon Gold and Silver.

In addition to these there are some Pokémon that cannot be found in Gold, Silver or Crystal. They must be traded from Red, Blue or Yellow.