List of glitches in spin-off games

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This is a list of glitches that occur in spin-off Pokémon games.

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In Pokémon Play It!

Bench glitch

It is not possible to put Pokémon on the Bench before the play starts. Instead, players must wait for their first turn to put Pokémon on the Bench. This was fixed in Pokémon Play It! Version 2.

Magmar Flamethrower glitch

No Energy card is discarded from Magmar when using the Flamethrower attack. This was fixed in Pokémon Play It! Version 2.

In Pokémon Puzzle League

CPU Garbage Block glitches

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The CPU in the game is designed in a way that overlooks a Garbage Block entering the CPU's cursor. This can cause a variety of issues and glitches depending upon the board and the circumstances around how the Garbage Block entered the cursor.

CPU lock glitch

The CPU can occasionally lockup due to a Garbage Block falling into the CPU's cursor. During this particular issue, the cursor will stay on the Garbage Block or the edge of it and another block. Occasionally, the CPU may recover if more Garbage Blocks drop from the top of the field or if a new row of blocks is added to the bottom of the field.

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Softlock glitch

The game can occasionally softlock due to the interaction between the CPU's cursor and Garbage Blocks. This will prevent the game from ending upon the blocks of one field staying at the top of the field for too long. A clear sign of this glitch occurring is when gravity no longer works on blocks.

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Same character glitch

The game can be forced to use the same name by tricking it during the character select screen. Due to how the game tracks which character is selected through the player's name, the game will switch to the character picked by that player after the first match has concluded.

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In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

In Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team

Dungeon shop glitch

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, by placing an item on the carpet and quicksaving the game, after the game is restarted Kecleon will continue to think that the item has been sold recently and will pay the sell price every time he is spoken to.

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Boss health duplication glitch

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, boss Pokémon have more HP than normal but will normally revert to their normal HP values upon being recruited. However, if the player places a Reviver Seed on the ground and have the boss pick it up, then recruiting them after they revive with it will result in the recruited Pokémon having the same amount of HP they did as a boss.

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In Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness

False thief glitch

In Explorers of Time and Darkness, if a wild Pokémon is knocked out on a Kecleon shop and drops an item, the item is picked up like usual, but this will be considered as stealing. Even talking to Kecleon before leaving the shop won't do anything, as it wasn't set as a Kecleon shop item.

Member join glitch

If the player completes a job with a reward listed as ???, it means that the player will either receive an Egg, the client will join the exploration team, or—in the case of Magnezone and Magnemite when Chansey already has an Egg—receive 1000 Poké. If one of these jobs is completed before the player can recruit new members, the game will half freeze after the text: "Thank you for rescuing <Pokémon>!" However, the background music will stay an infinite loop.

In Explorers of Sky

Luminous Spring freeze glitch

In North American releases of the game, the game will freeze if the player attempts to evolve a Pokémon whose nickname consists of exactly ten characters, unless it was the last Pokémon obtained. The glitch was fixed in the European and Australian versions of the game.

In Red and Blue Rescue Team and Explorers of Time and Darkness

Aggressive Kecleon glitch

In Red and Blue Rescue Team, if a team member attacks Kecleon before any items are stolen (via explosion or Blast Seed), the Kecleon will proceed to become hostile and can be defeated. If Kecleon is attacked while the player is within the shop, the music played still continues to be the shopping music. When items within the shop are stepped on, the player will still not immediately pick it up and a price tag is displayed, as if it can still be purchased, regardless of whether or not the Kecleon was defeated. Regardless of whether or not any items are taken, once the player exits the shop, Kecleon will accuse the player of being a thief (even if the initial Kecleon is already defeated), causing the music to change and more Kecleon to spawn.

The glitch is still present in Explorers of Sky but the player will not be considered a thief unless they take an item after the shop Kecleon is defeated.

Kecleon team member glitch

A glitch in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness that allows the player to make Kecleon act as if it were part of the team without recruiting it. It is not present in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky. It is not actually part of the team, only behaving as part of it, so it will not follow the team onto the next floor.

If Kecleon is attacked by a wild Pokémon, Kecleon will attack the Pokémon who attacked it.

Wild Pokémon will not usually attack Kecleon, but can be forced to by using a Pass Scarf to pass their attacks onto the Kecleon.

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In Gates to Infinity

Defiant text oversight

A text glitch occurs when a Pokémon with the Ability Defiant has its stats lowered at the same time as a team member placed after it (such as from Growl). The message log will use the team member's name, instead of the name of the Pokémon with Defiant, when displaying "<Pokémon>'s Defiant Ability was activated!"

False thief glitch variant

If a defeated wild Pokémon drops an item onto a shop tile, exiting the shop will prompt Kecleon to ask whether the player would like to sell the item as if they set it down themselves. The player can pick up the item as if it was a regular dropped item (the Kecleon Shop item menu doesn't pop up), but leaving the shop with said item will be considered stealing and result in Kecleon attacking the team.

Mienfoo dialogue oversight

When playing as the partner Pokémon, after the player Pokémon has returned to the human world and has yet to return to the Pokémon world, the Mienfoo acquainted with the team will salute the partner Pokémon with a "Morning, <player's name>!" instead of "Morning, <partner's name>!", when spoken to in Post Town.

Serperior walk animation oversight

If the player chose Snivy as their partner and evolved them into a Serperior, the partner's walking animation will fail to loop correctly when walking slowly in an area outside a dungeon, such as the Paradise Center.

In the Pokémon Ranger series

In Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia

Invisible wall glitch

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In Vien Forest, the player can find spots where they will not be able to continue walking, even though there is nothing in their path due to the boundary of the trees.

In the Pokémon Trading Card Game series

In both games

Invalid card

In Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR!, an invalid card is any card with an unused index number. (see the index numbers available in the first game and in the second game) An invalid card may be acquired by using cheating devices in both games and the premature deck save glitch in the second game only.

The invalid card may change from one moment to another. It either has the same name as the player or it takes the form of other cards currently in the game memory.

  • If an invalid card is the first card in a booster pack, then the card name is the player name, the card image is Grass Energy and it has no description.
  • If an invalid card is the first card in the player's hand at the start of a duel, then it is a copy of a card from the opponent's deck.
  • If an invalid card is between the slots 2 and 5 of a booster pack or the player's hand, then it appears to be exactly like the card above it.
  • In a card list (such as a booster pack or the player's hand), if the player scrolls the list or checks the description of a card, then the invalid card becomes the last card that appeared because of scrolling or the last card whose description was checked. The invalid card will not seem to change in the list itself unless it disappears and reappears because of the scrolling. However, the player may see the new appearance of the invalid card by checking its description.

A duel with invalid cards may corrupt the save and cause the game to start with a frozen blank screen, preventing the game to be played further.

In Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR!

Dismantle deck glitch

Due to an oversight, the player is always required to display the Deck Save Machine in order to successfully dismantle a deck, even if they don't want to save a deck in this machine.

If the player has multiple decks and attempts to dismantle one of them, the game asks two questions: "Dismantle this deck?" and "Record this deck?"*. The second question is about saving a copy of the deck configuration in the Deck Save Machine. However, if the player answers "no" to the Deck Save Machine question, the player will return to the list of decks and the deck won't be dismantled. (this can cause a nonstandard deck to be saved, which is detailed in the premature deck save glitch below)

The player needs to answer "yes" to both questions in order to successfully dismantle the deck. The second "yes" causes the Deck Save Machine screen to appear, which can be closed if the player doesn't want to save a copy there.

Premature deck save glitch

It is possible to use this glitch to exit prematurely from deck edit screen while saving any changes, even if they would not be allowed in normal decks. As a result, the player may have a non-standard deck between 1 and 80 cards, which is allowed to have no Basic Pokémon cards. However, duels still require 60-card decks, so extra cards are ignored in duels and missing cards are replaced by invalid cards (which may corrupt the save if used in duels, as stated above). If the player attempts to duel with no Basic Pokémon cards, then they will be indefinitely stuck in the screen that repeatedly asks the player to reshuffle the deck because no Basic Pokémon cards were found in the player's hand.

As stated in the dismantle deck glitch above, if the player has multiple decks and attempts to dismantle one of them, the game asks "Record this deck?" If the player answers "No", they will leave without dismantling the deck and any unsaved changes to this deck are saved at this point, without checking if the deck is valid. The player is required to have at least 1 card in the deck because if they remove all the cards, the deck becomes an unused "New Deck" and if this was the main deck, then it loses the main deck status. If the player tries to remove all cards from all decks using this glitch, then the last one won't be able to be dismantled and the "Record this deck?" question won't appear for the last deck.

Hidden deck name glitch

It is possible to have an empty deck slot with a hidden deck name. It appears to be a normal unused "New Deck" slot, but when the player attempts to create a new deck on that slot, the hidden deck name will automatically appear as the name for that deck (which may be edited as usual).

The player may do this by performing the premature deck save glitch above to save a deck with zero cards, which must have the intended hidden name. Specifically, the player would create a new deck and type the deck name, which must have no cards (or alternatively, the player would edit an existing deck and rename it if needed, then remove all cards from it). Then the player would click "Dismantle the deck". When the game asks "Record this deck?", the player would answer "No" which brings them back to the list of decks. After this is done, the deck name will technically remain in the internal game data but will be hidden from view because the deck has zero cards. The empty deck will appear as a normal "New Deck", and the deck name will appear when the player creates a new deck on that slot.

In the Pokémon Rumble series

In Pokémon Rumble Blast

Ditto move glitch

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If a Ditto copies a Ditto which copied a Ditto who copied one of the player's Toy Pokémon and the Ditto is toppled and recruited, the Ditto will have one of the moves of the Pokémon that was copied originally.

Noclip Pokémon spawn glitch

In 4-1, if a Pokémon uses one of the long ranged skills into the main hull of the Temple of Keys, it will tell that the player that they have just defeated a Toy Pokémon from the area. This can be easily explained by spawning zones. Some other building models also have this spawn effect.

In Pokémon Rumble World

Royal Competition glitch

In any Royal Competition, it is possible to knock out a wild Toy Pokémon just when the timer hits 0. While the wild Toy Pokémon's HP will be displayed as 0, it will remain standing.

If that Toy Pokémon is the last one remaining, the "CLEAR" message will be shown on-screen, but the game will show a "Times up!" message after and the stage will not be cleared.

Out of Bounds

It is possible to go out of bounds. If the player calls your Mii character to the grassy area on the left, they must go inside the Mii and have him/her carry the player over the grass and hit up, and then, the player is out of bounds. If the player goes too far to the east, they can enter the void. If the player go too far into the west, they will enter the castle. If the player goes too far to the north, the camera goes back to the plaza and the player enters the castle. Going south just takes the player to the plaza. To end the glitch, the player can go south or enter the castle.

Alternate Method

If the player gets their Mii character to go into the small patch of grass, go through their Mii and have him/her carry them. Once the player in the castle from the carrying, hit left or up and the player will be out of bounds.

In Pokémon Shuffle

Use any Pokémon glitch

This glitch can be performed as soon as the player gets the ability to select Support Pokémon by touching the Poké Ball icon. It allows the player to use any unregistered Support Pokémon from the Support Pokémon selection screen at level 1, and the Pokémon can be brought into a game. It will not be registered as caught.

Steps:

  1. Enter the Support Pokémon selection screen.
  2. Tap the search icon.
  3. Change "Caught Pokémon" to "All Pokémon".
  4. Tap "SEARCH".
  5. Drag and drop a Pokémon that was already selected as a Support Pokémon with any of the 158 different Pokémon to get it as a Support Pokémon.

If the player wants to remove the icon of a non-caught Support Pokémon, they can drag an existing Support Pokémon on to it to get the existing Support Pokémon in that slot. The player cannot move the icon of a non-caught Support Pokémon directly.

This glitch was patched in version 1.0.2.

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Make a move before immediate Disruption

In any stage where the opponent starts out with a disruption countdown of 0, it is possible to drag a Pokémon on the board to make a match the first frame the word "START!" appears before the disruption completely triggers.

In Pokémon Picross

Area Map mistake

If the player unlocks an area with a higher number than a locked area with a path that connects to it, then the paths between the locked and unlocked areas will be colored gold as if both locations are unlocked in the area select screen of the Map-Screen Menu.

In Pokémon GO

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Backpack freeze glitch

If a Pokémon escapes from a Poké Ball and flees while the player attempts to open up the Backpack, then the game will freeze.[1] In version 0.31.0/1.1.0, the battle screen was slightly reprogrammed, resulting in this glitch being fixed.

Egg Hatching glitches

Disappearing Pokémon glitch

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An Egg can reach the requirements to hatch while in Pokémon GO, but fail to actually hatch through a combination of issues. Occasionally, the egg will fail to produce a Pokémon and disappear, though it is possible for the Pokémon to appear later on.[2][3][4][5]

Pokémon hatching too early

Sometimes, the Pokémon will appear in the Pokémon Box before the egg hatching animation, very short before the Egg hatches. If the player looks at the Egg, the Egg will have an empty, 0/0 km counter.

Grimer glitch

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If a player using an Android phone encounters a Grimer or hatches a Grimer from an Egg, then the game will likely crash. This occurs in all released versions up to 0.31.0.[6]

Gym glitches

1 HP gym bug

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If a Pokémon reaches 1 HP during a battle for a Gym, then the game may prevent that Pokémon from fainting in battle outside of using status conditions that do damage. This can lead to several issues such as losing the ability to switch Pokémon or being prevented from starting the battle.[7]

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Egg Gym glitch

A player can select an empty Gym and choose to place an Egg in the Gym instead of a Pokémon. The Egg will appear in the Gym with 0 CP, no model, and be unable to be fought.[8]

Special Attack usage bug

Assume a Lopunny and Sudowoodo with these attacks:

Lopunny Sudowoodo
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Hyper Beam 150 Earthquake 120

The opponent is an Armaldo. It lets the Lopunny faint whilst Lopunny is using Hyper Beam, but it deals no damage to the opponent, however, Hyper Beam's animation is shown. Then, Sudowoodo is sent out, and it'll automatically use Earthquake.

Pokédex glitch

When clicking on a caught Pokémon in the Pokédex, the entry of the Pokémon may become distorted with the individual letters appearing down the side of the screen. Additionally, the game may revert to the entry for the first Pokémon available in the Pokédex. This glitch occured first in version 0.29.0/1.0 and was fixed in 0.31.0/1.1.0.

Size Medal oversights

In version 0.29.0/1.0 of Pokémon GO, the Youngster and Fisherman Medals stated that the current progress toward the requirements for the medal would be "Caught {0} Rattata/Magikarp weighing at most {1}" for all medals respectively. The intended text refers to catching a number of the required that have a specific weight indicator for the Pokémon in question, with Rattata being XS for example.

In version 0.29.2/1.0.2, the medals were changed to read "Caught (number of XS/XL) Rattata/Magikarp." Version 0.29.3/1.0.3 fully fixed the text for both medals to instead read "Caught (number) tiny/big Rattata/Magikarp."

Shadow glitch

If a Poké Ball is used as soon as it is available, then it can disappear under the ground and produce a growing shadow over the area. Eventually, the game will crash due to this.[9][10] In version 0.31.0/1.1.0, the battle screen was slightly reprogrammed, resulting in this glitch being fixed.

Sound bugs

Music muting

Occasionally, the game will suddenly stop playing music due to different issues. It can be caused by a notification on an Android device or an issue with getting data from the server.[11] It occurs in all released versions up to 0.31.0/1.1.0.

Music not changing

Occasionally, the game will not switch music due to different issues. This can happen if the player presses a certain button as soon as it is available.

Three footprint glitch

Sometime after the version 0.29.2/1.0.2 update, the step counter for all nearby Pokémon would always be displayed with three footprints, even if the Pokémon is visible onscreen. This continued into the 0.29.3/1.0.3 version and was speculated to be a server-side modification.[12] In version 0.31.0/1.1.0, footprints were removed altogether.

Ditto background glitch

In some cases when catching a Pokémon, Ditto may appear on the screen along with the background when a Pokémon transforms into Ditto. This has happened in the 0.63.1/1.33.1 update and has not been fixed.[13]

Raid Boss last Premier Ball glitch

Raid Bosses can't be caught with a player's last Premier Ball, unless it's a critical capture. Instead, the Pokémon always pops out after half a shake.[14]

Shadow Pokémon purifying glitch

When the player purifies a Shadow Pokémon, the Pokémon will not have full HP. Its HP will be 1 less than its max HP.

No internet connection message glitch

The message No internet connection can appear if the phone receives a call.

In the Super Smash Bros. series

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References



Main
Multiple
generations
:
Cloning glitchesGlitch PokémonGlitch Trainers
Error messagesArbitrary code execution
Generation I: --0 ERRORBroken hidden itemsCable Club escape glitchExperience underflow glitch
Fight Safari Zone Pokémon trickGlitch CityItem duplication glitchItem underflowMew glitch
Old man glitchPewter Gym skip glitchPokémon merge glitchRhydon glitch
Select glitches (dokokashira door glitch, second type glitch) • Super GlitchTime Capsule exploitZZAZZ glitch
Generation II: Bug-Catching Contest data copy glitchCelebi Egg glitchCoin Case glitchesExperience underflow glitch
Glitch dimensionGlitch EggSketch glitchTeru-samaTime Capsule exploitTrainer House glitches
Generation III: Berry glitchDive glitchPomeg glitchGlitzer Popping
Generation IV: Acid rainGTS glitchesMimic glitch
Pomeg glitchRage glitchSurf glitchTweakingPal Park Retire glitch
Generation V: Sky Drop glitchFrozen Zoroark glitchChoice item lock glitch
Generation VI: Lumiose City save glitchSymbiosis Eject Button glitchChoice item lock glitch
Generation VII: Choice item lock glitch
Glitch effects: Game freezeGlitch battleGlitch song
Gen I only: Glitch screenTMTRAINER effectInverted sprites
Gen II only: Glitch dimension
Lists: Glitch movesGlitch types
Glitch Pokémon (Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VGen VIGen VII)
Glitches (Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VGen VIGen VIISpin-off)

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