List of glitches (Generation V)

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This is a list of glitches in the Generation V Pokémon games.

Some glitches are found on a separate page:

Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2

Box change glitch

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Reason: Needs cause

If a Pokémon is selected, then the Box is changed by tapping the Box name and using the "Switch Box" option, when changing back to the original Box the selected Pokémon's menu sprite will be invisible.

If the space where the Pokémon was is tapped, a red silhouette of the last Pokémon to be in the same spot when the PC was opened will appear. So if the Pokémon was not moved and there was no other Pokémon in the same spot when the box was changed then a red silhouette of the Pokémon will appear. If a different box was viewed either before or during the glitch with a Pokémon in the same spot or the Pokémon was moved to a spot that had another Pokémon was before while not looking at another Pokémon in a different box in the same spot then it will be a copy of that Pokémon. If the Pokémon is moved to a spot where another Pokémon was before and switch to another box with no Pokémon also appearing in the same spot the no silhouette will appear when the Pokémon is selected.

If put in the party, it temporarily takes the colored menu sprite of the silhouette after reopening the party; if the space was empty, it reverts to its original menu sprite. If the Pokémon did not copy another Pokémon silhouette then it will remain invisible. If left in a Box and the Box is changed (except using the "Switch Box" method initially used before), its menu sprite will revert to normal; if left in the party it will remain in its false menu sprite. It will return to its regular sprite if the PC is closed, a Pokémon status screen is examined, the bag screen is opened or if the search screen is selected.

If a Pokémon that has its form changed by an item (Giratina, Arceus, or Genesect) and its item is removed while it is under the effect of the glitch, the proper menu sprite will show, ending the glitch.

By ChickasaurusGL
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Card Album cry oversight

If the player has another page of Wonder Cards following the page they are viewing, and moves the cursor over to "Back" and taps the bottom screen, the cry of the Pokémon in the first slot of the next page can be heard.

Castelia Street NPC oversight

In Castelia City's Castelia Street, if the player rides a Bicycle lengthwise from one end of the street to another without changing direction or stopping, the player will appear to pass through the passerby NPCs on the same gridline instead of the NPC stepping aside.

Driftveil City short bridge error

When the player stands on certain tiles to the right of the bridge (or on it) connecting a small island and the main part of Driftveil City, the tiles that presents a raised wall, which are parallel to the main part of the bridge, will turn black.

Floccesy Town building oversight

In Floccesy Town and viewable from Route 20, there are two buildings to the north near Alder's house. While the left building is on the ground, the right building is slightly off the ground. This causes its shadow to also be slightly off the ground.

Forest exit oversight

If Repel runs out or an Egg hatches when the player is facing and adjacent to the exit of a Hidden Grotto or a connection from a Forest Clearing in the Entree Forest (but not the Deepest Clearing), the door immediately in front of the player acts as a wall tile. If the player faces a different direction, the door will function again.

By GlitchyGarchomp
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Game Freak logo freeze

If the player continuously mashes A and B buttons while the Game Freak logo is displaying, it will freeze instead of being skipped for as long as the player can keep the inputs.

Gear Station oversight

When returning to Gear Station after riding a train from a location other than Gear Station, the location name "Gear Station" is not displayed until entering the center of the station, despite the platform itself being considered to be Gear Station by the game. This includes when the player reaches the rest area after seven wins in a row, since it is considered to be the Battle Subway by the game, but all other parts of the Battle Subway do not trigger this.

Music memory oversight

If the player goes below the first floor in the Dreamyard, Wellspring Cave, Chargestone Cave or Challenger's Cave, the music will usually play with a lower pitch and tempo. This is deliberate and is meant to set the atmosphere. However, if the player saves and resets, the music will play as if the player was on the top floor.

Variable scoring is not affected by this.

By GlitchyGarchomp
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Music speed oversight

When the player uses Dig or an Escape Rope while cycling (cycling music must be playing) or surfing while below the first floor in Wellspring Cave, Chargestone Cave or Challenger's Cave and travels to Pinwheel Forest, Moor of Icirrus or the Desert Resort, the music will play with a lower pitch and tempo, as if the player was in an underground floor. Reentering the affected area will revert the music back to normal, as will surfing or using the bicycle.

By hervoheebo
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Nimbasa City light oversight

At the path in Nimbasa City leading to the Join Avenue/Nimbasa Gate, there are several lights on the ground. Usually when the player steps on these their shadow appears under the lights; however, when stepping on the light closest to the Join Avenue/Gate on either side, the player's shadow appears on top of them.

By GlitchyGarchomp
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Tile errors

Icirrus Gym oversight

In Icirrus Gym, there are three rocks which are not solid—they can be walked on. Using one of these rocks, in Black and White, it is possible to reach Brycen without battling Black Belt Thomas.

By GlitchyGarchomp
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Route 3 tall grass rows oversight

The rows count

On Route 3, the two westernmost columns of tall grass in the patch closest to Nacrene City are subject to a graphical glitch: Seven tall grass sprites in each column are squashed to fit into six spaces on the world's grid. The player still moves along this grid, thus misaligning them with the grass sprites in these rows.

TM94 Rock Smash oversight

Menu screen of TM94 in Black and White
Menu screen of TM94 in Black 2 and White 2

In Black, White, Black 2, and White 2, the TM94 (Rock Smash) icon appears as a Rock-type TM, despite the move being Fighting-type.

Variable scoring oversight

This glitch only works in cities and towns that can be flown or teleported to with variable scoring dependent on the player's location in the area; specifically, Nacrene City (accordion player), Icirrus City (clapping group walking in a circle), and Opelucid City (keytar/erhu player). If the player is in the area that the variable scoring is active, and flies or teleports to that same city or town, the variable scoring will be active until the music is changed, regardless of the player's location within the city or town. Likewise, if the player is in an area where the variable score is not active and flies or teleports to that city or town, the variable score will not activate until the music is changed.

By wtfhloser
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Surf music glitch

This glitch occurs when the player hops on land after surfing and immediately collects an item, The surf music will continue to play despite not surfing anymore. This glitch is possible to do on both Route 6 and Seaside Cave. The music will continue to play even after running into wild Pokémon (Only possible in Seaside Cave).

Pokémon Black and White (all languages)

Dust cloud graphical glitch

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Reason: B2W2?
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If the player simultaneously interacts with a Chargestone Cave crystal and a dust cloud, the dust cloud will be layered below the player instead of above them.

GTS morphing glitch

Main article: Global Trade System
By wtfhloser
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GTS search glitch

After successfully trading with another player, when the player returns to seek more Pokémon, there will be no other players there; pressing Select won't cause anything to happen, pressing Search will bring up the message "Please change your search conditions". The player cannot search for that Pokémon again until they have searched for another, then search for it.

GTS Trainer display glitch

Sometimes, the GTS will not display Trainers when the player is searching for some kind of Pokémon. This seems to differ between Trainers.

GTS freeze glitch

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Reason: checking if it occurs in B2W2

This glitch happens as a side effect of the GTS Trainer display glitch. When selecting a Trainer after an empty space, the game freezes. Tapping on a Trainer after a space will cause the game to display that an error has occurred.

By wtfhloser
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Landing on person or item

When Surfing, by moving towards a tile directly adjacent to an NPC or item that is adjacent to water, then quickly pressing the D-pad to dismount onto the NPC or item, the player will be standing on top of it. However, this won't occur if the person is moving.

By GlitchyGarchomp
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Liberty Garden Fly oversight

When selecting Liberty Garden while using Fly, its green dot is filled red, as if it could be flown to, unlike other locations represented by the same symbol. This indicates that it may have been intended to be a location which could be flown to in the beta versions.

In the sequels however, all locations marked by green squares turn red.

Nimbasa shift glitch

When going through the gate between the city section of Nimbasa City and the amusement park section from either side, there is at least one tile that the player will never emerge from on either side. On the city side, the player will never emerge from the bottommost or topmost tiles, while on the park side, the player will never emerge from the second tile from the bottom. This is despite the fact that the city-side gate is five tiles tall and the amusement park-side gate is four tiles tall, meaning only the city side should need to have a tile that the player does not emerge from, and there should only need to be a single tile.

By GlitchyGarchomp
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PC red 'X' button oversight

If the "Switch Box" mode is entered in "Move Pokémon" and the player proceeds to change the name of the current box, upon changing the name, the red cross in the bottom-right corner will no longer be visible. This is only aesthetic, as the empty space will still function as the cross does. The actual name of the box does not need to be changed; the glitch activates when returning to the PC box from the character entry menu.

Tile errors

Café Warehouse oversight

The tiles in the center and right of the door, as well as the tile to the right of the door, on the inside of the Café Warehouse say “It looks like a cabinet full of Pokémon goods.” when the A Button is pressed while facing them. According to the video, there exist numerous points within the void area which also give this result upon interaction.

By Zowayixx
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Dreamyard invisible wall oversight

The row of tiles immediately west of the staircase to the Dreamyard's basement cannot be walked on, despite these type of tiles being able to be walked on in other locations.

By GlitchyGarchomp
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Nacrene Gym bookcase oversight

After the bookcase in Nacrene Gym has been moved to reveal the secret stairs, it is still possible to read the book on the bookshelf from the stepladder. If the player stands on the stepladder, saves, then resets, upon resuming, it is possible to read the book as if the bookcase had not moved. It is possible to do this until the player leaves the room.

By Zowayixx
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Opelucid Gym air walk oversight

The player floating one tile to the north of the slope

On the sloping part of the path before the first dragon's tail in Opelucid Gym, the two tiles directly up and down can be walked on, leaving the player walking on the air.

By ChickasaurusGL
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Opelucid Gym Surf oversight

The player Surfing in the spot south of the dragon's tail

In the Japanese versions of Pokémon Black and White only, it is possible to use Surf to land on the space one step south of a dragon tail in Opelucid Gym, pictured. This can only be done by the party menu and not by pressing A while facing the space. This traps the player as they won't be able to move/land anywhere.

If the player saves the game while Surfing on this space they will be trapped and the only known way to escape the gym without cheating is to start a new game.

By ChickasaurusGL
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Opelucid Gym pedestal oversight

In front of both of the "certified Trainers" pedestals in the Opelucid Gym is an empty tile that cannot be walked on. This tile is considered by the game to be the pedestal, and can be interacted with rather than the pedestal itself, and acts just like it. Despite this, the space taken by the visible pedestal cannot be walked on.

By GlitchyGarchomp
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Opelucid Gym shadowed tiles oversight

In Opelucid Gym, none of the tiles behind the warp tile behind the Gym Leader can be walked on.

By GlitchyGarchomp
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Relic Castle oversight

On B3F of the Relic Castle, near the drop point from the hole closest to the correct drop point to B2F, there is a non-solid wall tile. It is on the wall one tile to the left of the wall directly to the south of this drop point.

By @GeemsScarlet
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TM67 Retaliate oversight

Menu screen of TM67 in the Japanese versions

In Japanese versions of Pokémon Black and White, TM67 (Retaliate) appears as a Dark-type TM, despite the move being Normal-type. This might suggest that Retaliate was originally intended to be a Dark-type move.

Walking Trainer glitch

When blocking the path of certain Trainers who walk in a loop, if their path is blocked at a corner so that they cannot change direction, they will continue walking in the direction they were slowly and without turning, so as to appear to be walking into nothing, but behaving as if they are walking into a wall.

By GlitchyGarchomp
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Weather removal

It is possible to temporarily remove overworld weather by saving the game, setting the DS's clock to one month later (to change the season), loading the save file, and catching a Pokémon without leaving the area. This works even if the area always has the same weather regardless of the season.

Village Bridge Sandwich Shop oversight

Sometimes, at the Village Bridge Sandwich Shop, when Chef Chris requests the player hand out sandwiches to the customers, the speech bubble will be coming from the Pikachu's Trainer.

Pokémon Black and White (Japanese)

Nimbasa Gym Trainer glitch

In Japanese versions of Pokémon Black and White, if the player loses to Lady Colette in Nimbasa Gym while directly facing her when encountered, this glitch will occur. When the player comes back in, she will be standing on the same spot, and will battle the player. After she is defeated, she still remains on the tracks of the roller coaster, and can be passed through while riding the roller coaster to Elesa.

By NaiJPC
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Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 (all languages)

Ace Trainer Summer glitch

When the player enters the sight range of Ace Trainer Summer in Undella Bay from the north while surfing, she will walk over water and challenge the player to a battle.

By ProfessorWess
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Alder Town Map oversight

If the player talks to Alder at any time between the battle with Hugh in Floccesy Ranch (and giving him the Town Map) and finding the ranch owner's Herdier, Alder will reject the player and ask the player to give their Town Map to Hugh, which the player already did.

Habitat glitch

In the Unova Pokédex, if the player chooses a Pokémon that is found on a route where a Pokémon outside of the Unova Pokédex can be found by fishing, clicks Area and selects the route with A, then clicks the fishing icon and selects a non-native Pokémon, and then presses A, pressing B twice will show Victini's area page. Unless the player has seen Victini, clicking the Pokédex in Victini's entry will freeze the game.

By Luciano Sigilli
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Mail Ability description oversight

If the player reads Mail held by a Pokémon, then views the summary of any Pokémon in their party, the description of its Ability will disappear. The description returns if the player changes to any screen but the one displaying that Pokémon's Ability.

By ChickasaurusGL
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Marlon blank dialogue boxes

In the Japanese versions of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, if the player beats the Shadow Triad at the Plasma Frigate in the Giant Chasm, then, before defeating Ghetsis, goes to the Humilau City Gym and talks to Marlon, his second and third text boxes will be blank. This bug was fixed in international releases.

By grandmaster101587458
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N duplication oversight

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In the ruins of N's Castle, the player can get a copy of N to appear. One N will follow the player around, while the other will stand still and can be talked to as normal. Since the player is being followed by a copy of N, this glitch prevents the player from flying or fighting in battles.

By kewlbdude
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Phantom Bianca glitch

When going through Reversal Mountain for the first time, if the player enters the dungeon from the left side, causing Bianca to follow them, then goes through the southernmost exit and comes back inside, returning to the start of the cave, but not leaving the mountain entirely, Bianca will ask to split up. The player will then move to the next screen, where if they then use either an Escape Rope or Dig they will exit back to the southernmost point. Returning to the main part of the cave will cause Bianca's dialogue box to appear, but for her to be out of sight. After walking around for a while, she will eventually catch up, but may travel through walls in the process.

By ninjaturkey101
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Pokémon World Tournament NPC duplication oversight

A minor bug occurs in the Pokémon World Tournament building. In a section of the building, there is a spot for the last important NPC the player has battled in for the Semifinals, Quarterfinals, and the Opening Round. If a player battles an important NPC, then in the next tournament battles the same NPC but in a different position and an unimportant NPC in the same position as the important NPC was in the first round, the important NPC will be shown in two different spots.

The beginning of the glitch is at 0:14 and ends at 1:59, with the results of the glitch being shown from 1:51 to 1:59.

By EverChangerDelta
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Rondez-View Ferris Wheel glitch

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Reason: video, specifics

In certain cases, if the player saves the game in the Nimbasa Amusement Park, then resumes play on a later date, the NPC in front of the Rondez-View Ferris Wheel can change to a different NPC, but keep the sprite of the old NPC.

For example, N can be observed speaking about Hugh's younger sister as if she was his, and then turns into Hugh when riding the Ferris Wheel, then turns back into N when he gets off.

Tile errors

Floccesy Ranch grass oversight

In Floccesy Ranch, there is a tile that appears to be a tall grass tile, but is instead a normal tile. Wild Pokémon cannot be encountered in it (even with Sweet Scent or Honey). Unlike actual tall grass tiles, the bottom of the player's sprite is not covered by the grass when standing on it, and it does not make a noise when the player steps on it.

By Mucrush
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Floccesy Town snow oversight

In Floccesy Town, in winter, behind the house immediately east of the Pokémon Center is a tile that behaves as a snow tile, but appears as a normal tile. Stepping on the tile produces the sound normally produced when stepping in snow, and footsteps can be seen to be left behind upon stepping on it. The tile is located 1 tile northeast of the northwest corner of the house.

Virbank City surfable boat oversight

In Virbank City, it is possible to surf on the southeasternmost tile of the boat in the western part of the water by interacting with it from the adjacent land tile. This tile cannot be accessed from the adjacent water tile, and it cannot produce a wild Pokémon encounter, even through Sweet Scent or Honey.

Giant Chasm tree oversight

In the Giant Chasm, there is a row of trees that can be walked through.

By GlitchyGarchomp
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Pokéstar Studios surfable tree

In the Pokéstar Studios plaza, the right-hand side of the tree in the northeast corner can be surfed on. No wild Pokémon can be found here. The Super Rod cannot be used on this tile, giving the same message as whenever the player would otherwise try and fish in a non-water tile.

The beginning of the glitch is at 2:00 and ends at 2:42, with the results of the glitch being shown from 2:26 to 2:42.

By EverChangerDelta
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Route 19 non-solid wall

On Route 19, in the area to the northeast that requires Surf to access, there are two non-solid wall tiles next to the staircase. Only one of these wall tiles can be accessed from the staircase; this tile is located in the wall adjacent to the first tile from the bottom of the staircase. The other tile can be accessed by taking one step east from that tile. In winter, both tiles use the sound effect used when the player walks on snowy tiles.

By Kaphotics
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Route 20 hole glitch

On Route 20, in the area to the south during autumn that requires Surf to access, there is an area with several Pokémon Rangers. To the north of Pokémon Ranger Bret is a tile that causes the player to fall through the leaves, similar to Hole Traps from the Underground in Generation IV. For this specific tile, the player will have a shadow appear on their face which is unlike the other similar tiles on the route.

Twist Mountain Habitat List oversight

The Habitat List entry for Twist Mountain is only added if the player enters from Route 7. Entering from either Icirrus City or the Clay Tunnel will not add Twist Mountain to the Habitat List unless they navigate from there to the cave section that contains the exit to Route 7.

White and Black flashback oversight

If the player has used the Memory Link and defeated N and Ghetsis in the Black or White version which the game is linked to, the White and Black flashback will be unlocked. The description from the Memory List says that in order to make it happen, the player needs to first participate in the Pokémon World Tournament. However, it is possible to watch the flashback before doing so, just after having gone to Rood's house in Driftveil City for the first time.

White Forest shadow oversight

The tree lacking a shadow as seen in the upper left corner

One of the trees in White Forest to the left of the entrance to the White Treehollow does not have a shadow underneath it.

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 (Japanese)

Frozen Zoroark glitch

Main article: Frozen Zoroark glitch

In the Japanese versions of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, if the player begins following N's Zoroark through Victory Road then leaves the area, Zoroark will appear in its initial position, and will not move. This prevents the player from meeting N. This bug was fixed in most international releases, with the exception of some early copies of English White 2.

By elvistny
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Multiple
generations
Transform glitchesGlitch TrainersCloning glitchesError messagesArbitrary code execution
Generation I GlitchesBattle glitchesOverworld glitches
--0 ERRORBroken hidden itemsCable Club escape glitchDual-type damage misinformation
Experience underflow glitchFight Safari Zone Pokémon trickGlitch CityItem duplication glitchItem underflow
Mew glitchOld man glitchPewter Gym skip glitchPokémon merge glitchRhydon glitchRival twins glitch
Select glitches (dokokashira door glitch, second type glitch) • Super Glitch
Time Capsule exploitWalking through wallsZZAZZ glitch
Generation II GlitchesBattle glitches
Bug-Catching Contest glitchCelebi Egg glitchCoin Case glitchesExperience underflow glitch
Glitch dimensionGlitch EggTeru-samaTime Capsule exploitTrainer House glitchesGS Ball mail glitch
Generation III GlitchesBattle glitches
Berry glitchDive glitchPomeg glitchGlitzer Popping
Generation IV GlitchesBattle glitchesOverworld glitches
Acid rainGTS glitchesPomeg glitchRage glitch
Surf glitchTweakingPal Park Retire glitch
Generation V GlitchesBattle glitches
Charge Beam additional effect chance glitchCharge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitch
Frozen Zoroark glitchSky Drop glitch
Generation VI GlitchesBattle glitches
Charge Beam additional effect chance glitchCharge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitch
Lumiose City save glitchSymbiosis Eject Button glitchToxic sure-hit glitch
Generation VII GlitchesBattle glitches
Charge Beam additional effect chance glitchCharge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitch
Toxic sure-hit glitchRollout storage glitch
Generation VIII Glitches
Charge Beam additional effect chance glitchCharge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitch
Toxic sure-hit glitchRollout storage glitchParty item offset glitch
Generation IX Glitches
Glitch effects Game freezeGlitch battleGlitch song
Gen I only: Glitch screenTMTRAINER effectInverted sprites
Gen II only: Glitch dimension
Lists Glitches (GOTCG GBSpin-off)
Glitch Pokémon (Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VGen VIGen VIIGen VIII)
Glitch moves (Gen I) • Glitch types (Gen IGen II)


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