Pokémon Diamond and Pearl beta

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Pokémon Diamond and Pearl prototypes refer to pre-release versions of certain aspects that were dropped or changed, but not removed, from the games. In other words, during the planning and development stages of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, several features were designed to be a part of the gameplay. But before the games were released, the design was changed and these features were dropped from official play. Some remnants of this data can still be found in the game's programming.

Shellos and Gastrodon

Back sprites, presumably from the game's early prototype stage, of Shellos and Gastrodon have been found. These forms are possibly leftovers from when Shellos and Gastrodon were planned to be in Ruby and Sapphire. Shellos's sprite is pink, like its West Sea variation, and seems to combine the western variation's head with the Eastern variation's body, while Gastrodon's sprite is brown and looks like its Western variation, but with more rock-like protrusions on its body. This may also be another "unofficial confirmation" of Pokémon Gold and Silver remakes since its Pokédex data states that its colors and shapes differs from region to region, although it is unlikely, considering the similarities to the existing forms, and the fact that there are no front sprites for either of the prototype forms.

Other prototype sprites

The game's data has prototype back sprites for Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Ralts, Kirlia, Gardevoir, Jirachi, Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup, and Manaphy – both regular and shiny forms.

Munchlax, Weavile, and Cherrim all have had prototype sprites from various pre-release pictures and videos, but these sprites are not in the game's data. The Munchlax just seems to be a duplicate from the Munchlax-sprite in Dash. The Cherrim prototype sprite was shown in an early Japanese commercial. It is surprisingly like the final sprite, only with the left leg up instead. Pokémon.com showed prototype sprites in their run up to the release of Diamond and Pearl. These sprites of Munchlax and Weavile can still be seen on the page in question.


Prototype maps

A prototype map of Spear Pillar has been found. This is surprisingly like the normal game's Spear Pillar, but the entrance to Mt. Coronet is missing. Many also think that the Mystery Zone found in the Pokémon League is a possible prototype map.

Interestingly, by using a "walk through walls" cheat and going north through the trees at each of the three lakefronts, one can find a small puddle, perhaps in the game to tell the mapmakers where each lake would be.


Also, a prototype map of Jubilife City was featured in a prerelease screenshot, seen at right.

Prototype music

A prototype track has been found in the music, possibly as a test track. The track, in question, is a remix of the opening theme of the Generation III games; Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald.

Prototype items

Various items have been discovered by Serebii and various others at Serebii.net and its forums in the coding of D/P. These items can be obtained using Action Replay and other cheating products, but cannot be used. They are:

Beta versions of Pokémon games
Generation I
Red and GreenYellow
Generation II
Gold and SilverCrystal
Generation III
Ruby and SapphireFireRed and LeafGreenEmeraldColosseumXD
Generation IV
Diamond and PearlPlatinumHeartGold and SoulSilver
Generation V
Black and WhiteBlack 2 and White 2
Generation VI
X and YOmega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Generation VII
Sun and Moon
Pokémon Picross
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