List of cross-generational references

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The seven generations of Pokémon games, taking place in the same universe, have had multiple references to each other. Not only do the games reference their same-generation counterparts (with the player's default name being the version played and the rival's being the counterpart version in the first two generations), but games released later in the series typically will feature references to events of past generations.

This does not include Pokémon. While Pokémon released in previous generations will always appear, they are not a reference to the generation itself.

List of references

Generation II

To Generation I

Generation III

To Generation I

To Generation II

Generation IV

To Generation I

The wallpaper
  • As a direct tribute to the original games, one of the wallpapers has been designed to resemble the design of the routes of the first games, complete with the graphics and sprites when the games are played on the Game Boy. The wallpaper showcases typical features like both types of fences, low and high grass, normal ground, a signpost and a house.
  • As Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver are remakes of Pokémon Gold and Silver, the references present in the original games to Generation I return.
  • During a special Celebi event, the player will, in fact, travel in time back to shortly after Red has defeated Giovanni. Giovanni tells his son that he has decided to disband Team Rocket. Afterwards, he will run towards the Johto region and is found in a cave. When the player defeats him, he will make a remark that the player reminds him of the boy that made him disband the team in the first place.
  • In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, a man mentions that Professor Oak once said there were 150 Pokémon, the amount known during Generation I, although there are now over 400 (which appears to imply that all the games, or at least the remakes, take place at the same time as Generation IV).

To Generation II

To Generation III

Generation V

To Generation I

To Generation II

To Generation III

To Generation IV

Generation VI

To Generation I

To Generation II

To Generation III

  • A Swimmer in Azure Bay claims that he swam to Kalos from the Hoenn region.
  • A painting of Mr. Briney and Peeko appears in the Lumiose Museum.
  • A little girl in Laverre City will mention that her uncle is from Hoenn when spoken to.
  • A Tourist will mention the hot springs in Lavaridge Town when spoken to.
  • An old woman on the second floor of Hotel Richissime mentions that the 40th and 45th wedding anniversaries are the ruby and sapphire anniversaries, respectively, while her husband next to her mentions that their first date was at the Oceanic Museum.
  • When the player can't afford a ride on the Lumiose City cab, one of the Drivers will say when defeated, "Now I won't even have a copper to send back to my family in Hoenn..."
  • A woman staying at Hotel Richissime on the fifth floor during the bed making job compares it to the Resort Gorgeous on the Sevii Islands.
  • The introduction of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire reflects to the original games, including the music.
  • The DexNav interface resembles to the layouts from the original Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. It also uses the original tileset.
  • A Bug Catcher tells the player that he "heard that Pokémon Centers used to have two stories until 10 years ago" and had "a special area known as the Pokémon Cable Club". The last game to utilise this feature, Pokémon Emerald, was first released in 2004, 10 years before the remakes were released.
  • In the Rustboro Gym and the Treasure Hunter's house, a display of the map of Hoenn from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire by Midori Harada is seen.
  • A man at Mt. Pyre mentions how there used to be holes in the floor, a thing that was true in Generation III.
  • When the player shows Norman the Eon Ticket, he says that it has been 11 years since he last saw the ticket. Eon Ticket was originally distributed in 2003, 11 years before the remakes' release.
  • Mirage Island is referenced in Route 130's description on the AreaNav, which describes its nature. Although Mirage Islands appear in different parts of Hoenn, none appear on that route.
  • The Battle Frontier in Pokémon Emerald is referenced several times at the Battle Resort. A man in Battle Maison will mention Scott and the Pike Queen. Another NPC will say to the player that the Battle Resort is planned to be replaced by the Battle Frontier in the future. There is also a model of the Battle Tower on top of the hill.
  • The pattern the triangular object at the end of the Delta Episode darts around before Deoxys emerges is in the same pattern of the Birth Island puzzle from Pokémon FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald.
  • The Primal Pokémon battle theme contains small bits of the original weather trio battle theme from Generation III.
  • The music that plays inside the Sky Pillar is a remix of the theme that plays when Rayquaza appears to stop the battle between Groudon and Kyogre in Sootopolis City in Pokémon Emerald.
  • During the Delta Episode, Wallace battles the player with his Champion team from Pokémon Emerald. In addition, during the cutscene at the end of the Delta Episode, Steven is seen requesting Wallace to take his place as Champion when he one day leaves the Pokémon League to travel the world, referring to their respective roles in Emerald.
  • When Lisia is talked to after defeating her and her uncle Wallace in a Pokémon Contest, she mentions that Wallace has a mentor named Juan, who appears in Pokémon Emerald to replace Wallace as the Leader of Sootopolis Gym after Wallace becomes the Champion.

To Generation IV

To Generation V

To Generation VII

  • A Backpacker that can be found in one of the various Hotels in Kalos speaks about the region he is from, separate from the regions of the first five generations. He also gives the player a Strange Souvenir. This is so far the only reference to a future generation seen within the core series.

Generation VII

To Generation I

To Generation II

  • Heahea City was said to be formed by people who traveled from Kanto and Johto long, long ago and came together in the Alola region.
  • Malie City was also said to be formed by people from Johto settling in Alola.
  • Malie Garden also has a lake inside of it in the shape of a Gyarados, an allusion to the Lake of Rage in Johto.
  • A Sightseer in Malie City mentions that she is from Johto and finds it odd that people in Alola don't use Fly to travel, before giving the player the TM for the move.
  • Lana mentions having reeled in a Red Gyarados once. In the end, she was just trying to trick the player into believing her.
  • On Mount Lanakila, Professor Kukui mentions facing the Indigo League and how tough the battle with Lance was. Lance was the Champion of the Indigo League in the Generation II games and their remakes.
  • The player is able to obtain one Apricorn Ball each per game. These are the special Poké Balls that Kurt makes by hand in the Johto region. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the player can also receive one of each Apricorn Ball from a Game Freak employee in Heahea City by showing him a Pokémon from a Virtual Console version of a Generation II game.
  • A Rage Candy Bar is given to the player in Pokémon Center Cafés when buying a drink for the first time on Tuesdays.
  • In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Gladion travels to Kanto and Johto to train.
  • In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, a Gentleman in the Akala Ferry Terminal in Heahea City mentions Kurt and the rare GS Ball, claiming that its name stands either for the "greatest smith's ball" or "Gold-Silver Ball".
  • In Detective Pikachu, Mewtwo is mentioned to possess the Berserk Gene, which was also a Generation II-exclusive item heavily related to Mewtwo. It is used to make a drug called "R", which temporarily boosts a Pokémon's power while also causing them to go berserk, referencing the Berserk Gene's effect of boosting a Pokémon's Attack upon consumption, while also confusing it.
  • After Giovanni has been defeated at the Viridian Gym and he's left to train alone, Blue takes charge of the Gym himself, just like he had done in Generation II. In addition, when he's challenged for a rematch during the post-game, he mentions how he's planning to remodel the Gym, which he's seen to have done in Generation II.
  • After being defeated in a rematch, Sabrina mentions how she won't be facing another challenger like the player for three years, referencing the three-year gap in-between the events of Kanto and Johto games and her future battle against the Johto player character.
  • After being defeated in a rematch for the first time, Koga mentions how he has plans to join the Elite Four, which he's accomplished by the time of the Johto games. From the second rematch onward, he will also mention his daughter before the battle.

To Generation III

To Generation IV

To Generation V

To Generation VI

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