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Advances in gameplay
Much like how Generation II enhanced Generation I mostly by building on its features, Generation IV builds on the features introduced in Generation III. The advancements introduced in Generation IV include:
*The addition of {{cat|Generation IV Pokémon|107 new Pokémon}}, bringing the total to 493. New evolutionary relatives abound in this generation, including those of {{p|Electabuzz}}, {{p|Magmar}}, and {{p|Eevee}}.
*The addition of {{cat|Generation IV moves|113 new [[move]]smoves}}, bringing the total to 467.
*The addition of {{cat|Abilities introduced in Generation IV|47 new [[Ability|Abilities]]}} (and removal of the unused {{a|Cacophony}}), bringing the total to 123. Many older Pokémon can now have one of two Abilities, rather than the single Ability they could have in Generation III.
*Four more boxes in the [[Pokémon Storage System]], bringing the total to 18, for a total of 540 Pokémon.
*Another new region to explore, [[Sinnoh]], yet again with its own [[Gym Leader]]s and [[Elite Four]]. Player characters are again changed.
*Four new variants of [[{{i|Poké Ball]]}}, retaining the seven introduced in Generation III.
*A new [[villainous team]], [[Team Galactic]], whose intent is to capture {{p|Dialga}} and {{p|Palkia}}, said to be the creators of the [[Pokémon universe]], and remake it in the image of their leader, [[Cyrus]].
*The return of the real-[[time]] and [[days of the week]] system from Generation II, with enhanced transitions between the time periods of the day.
**In addition, most overworld themes also have different variations depending on the [[time]] of day.
*A three-dimensional rendering of the overworld, rather than just sprites, with the same style seen in previous games.
*Moves are now designated [[physical move|physical]] or [[special move|special]] based on the move itself, rather than its type. There is also now the category of [[status move|status]] that includes moves that do not do direct damage such as {{m|Toxic}}, {{m|Recover}}, and {{m|Destiny Bond}}.
*Pokédex is now updated to show Pokémon forms, including back sprites.
===Alterations from Generation III===
* A significant [[Pokémon battle]] mechanic is altered in which, after a Pokémon [[fainting|faints]], its [[Trainer]] is no longer prompted to immediately switch in its replacement, instead waiting until the turn is resolved before the Trainer is prompted to do so. This prevents a Pokémon from being knocked out on the same turn that the Pokémon it replaced was knocked out, except by [[entry hazards]], and also makes it possible for a [[move]] to miss because it has no target.
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* Players are now able to [[Running Shoes|run]] inside all buildings.
* Pokémon hatching from Eggs are now level 1 instead of level 5.
* {{p|Abra}}, {{p|Machop}}, {{p|Geodude}}, {{p|Omanyte}}, {{p|Kabuto}}, {{p|Kabutops}}, {{p|Dunsparce}}, {{p|Silcoon}}, {{p|Dustox}}, {{p|Lileep}}, {{p|Cradily}}, {{p|Anorith}}, and {{p|Armaldo}}'s base experience values are changed.
* {{p|Misdreavus}}'s EV yield is changed from 1 {{stat|Special Attack}} and 1 Special Defense to only 1 Special Defense.
* {{p|Roselia}}'s EV yield is changed from 1 Special Attack to 2 Special Attack.
* Double Battle Trainers can now walk towards the player to initiate a [[Double Battle]].
* The text color of NPC dialogue has changed from being either red or blue based on the NPC's gender, as in {{2v2|FireRed|LeafGreen}}, to gray, as in {{3v2|Ruby|Sapphire|Emerald}}. Colors are instead used to highlight important information.
 
*Ability to register two key items instead of just one.
*The Pokédex can now show the different forms of {{p|Castform}} and {{p|Cherrim}}, whereas in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, it could not.
*The introduction of [[Flat Battle]]s, a type of battle in which all Pokémon that are above level 50 temporarily become level 50, regardless of their current level.
*A dynamic camera in the overworld, which can be seen when entering some buildings, or going to certain locations. This went on to be greatly expanded in [[Generation V]].
*The stats affected by any given [[Nature]] are highlighted on each Pokémon's summary screens, with the increased stat being shown in red text and the decreased stat being shown in blue text.
[[File:Pt Sinnoh.png|thumb|250px|Sinnoh]]
{{main|Sinnoh}}
Like Generation III, Generation IV introduces a new region disconnected from all previous ones, the [[Sinnoh]] region, found far north of [[Kanto]] and [[Johto]]. Since it is so far north, snow can be found on its northern tip, as well as in the mountainous center of the region. Despite the region's northern location [[Battle Zone|a part of Sinnoh]] has a tropical climate, and overall the climate varies greatly throughout the region. Much of the western half of the region is rural, while its east is comparatively urban, in a similarity to the continental area shared by Johto and Kanto, respectively. The southern area of Sinnoh is lush and green with big cities and small towns.
 
Sinnoh is said to be the first region to be created in the [[Pokémon world]], and is home to several locations that have certain mythology or history associated with them, both natural and human influenced sites.
====Starter Pokémon====
Though it was initially rumored that the {{t|Grass}}/{{t|Fire}}/{{t|Water}} setup that had been the norm for the past three generations would be replaced with a {{t|Dark}}/{{t|Psychic}}/{{t|Fighting}} trio, these rumors were later proven false. At the beginning of the journey, players must choose from the Grass-type {{p|Turtwig}}, the Fire-type {{p|Chimchar}}, and the Water-type {{p|Piplup}} to defend themselves from a wild {{p|Starly}} in Diamond and Pearl, or be given one of the three by [[Professor Rowan]] directly in Platinum.
 
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| {{MSP|395|Empoleon}}
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====Gym Leaders====
Like most other regions, Sinnoh has its own set of eight Gym Leaders. This set specializes in the same types as Gym Leaders from other regions, though not in the same order. Like always, Badges and TMs are given away by defeatedonce Gym Leaders are defeated.
 
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{{gldr|type=Grass|pic=VSGardenia.png|ldr=Gardenia|djap=ナタネ|drm=Natane|loc=Eterna City|cjap=ハクタイシティ|crm=Hakutai City|bdg=Forest}}
====Starter Pokémon====
Much as Kanto's Generation III starters were the same as in Generation I, Johto's starters have not changed. [[Professor Elm]] offers {{p|Chikorita}}, {{p|Cyndaquil}}, or {{p|Totodile}} to the player as protection on an errand to [[Mr. Pokémon]]'s house on {{rt|30|Johto}}.
 
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| {{MSP|153|Bayleef}}
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| {{MSP|156|Quilava}}
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| {{MSP|159|Croconaw}}
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| {{MSP|160|Feraligatr}}
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====Gym Leaders====
As would be expected, Johto's Gym Leaders are the same as before, but many give out different TMs than they gave out in Generation II.
 
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! style="background: #{{johto color dark}};" colspan="4" | {{color2|{{johto color light}}|Johto League}}
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! style="background: #{{johto color dark}}; color:#{{johto color light}}" colspan="42" | Generation {{color2|{{johto color light}}|JohtoGeneration LeagueIV|IV}}
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|-
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{{gldr|type=Bug|pic=VSBugsy.png|ldr=Bugsy|djap=ツクシ|drm=Tsukushi|loc=Azalea Town|cjap=ヒワダタウン|crm=Hiwada Town|bdg=Hive}}
[[File:HGSS Kanto.png|thumb|250px|Kanto as seen in {{2v2|HeartGold|SoulSilver}}]]
{{main|Kanto}}
In its fourth consecutive appearance, Kanto returns in HeartGold and SoulSilver much in the same way as it did in Generation II (as a post-League area).
 
====Gym Leaders====
Kanto's Gym Leaders are the same as in the original Gold and Silver, changing slightly from the group who were there in Generation I and Generation III. All Kanto Gym Leaders give TMs, unlike in Generation II.
{| class="roundy" style="margin:auto; text-align:center; background: #{{kanto color dark}}; border: 4px solid #{{kanto color}};" colspan=4 cellspacing="1" cellpadding="2"
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! style="background: #{{kanto color dark}};" colspan="6" | {{color|{{kanto color light}}|Indigo League}}
|-style="background: #{{kanto color dark}}"
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! style="background: #{{kanto color light}};" | {{color|{{kanto color dark}}|Location<br><small>Japanese</small>}}
! style="background: #{{kanto color light}};" | {{color2|{{kanto color dark}}|Type}}
! style="background: #{{kanto color light}}; {{roundytr|5px}};" | {{color2|{{kanto color dark}}|Badge}}
{{gldr|type=Rock|pic=VSBrock.png|ldr=Brock|djap=タケシ|drm=Takeshi|loc=Pewter City|cjap=ニビシティ|crm=Nibi City|bdge=Boulder}}
{{gldr|type=Water|pic=VSMisty.png|ldr=Misty|djap=カスミ|drm=Kasumi|loc=Cerulean City|cjap=ハナダシティ|crm=Hanada City|bdg=Cascade}}
Generation IV also included 3 new [[Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series|Mystery Dungeon games]] available worldwide and 3 exclusively available in Japan. Explorers of [[Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time|Time]], [[Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness|Darkness]], and [[Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky|Sky]] were available worldwide. The Mystery Dungeon games exclusive to Japan were [[Pokémon Mystery Dungeon (WiiWare)|Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Keep Going! Blazing Adventure Squad!, Let's Go! Stormy Adventure Squad!, and Go For It! Light Adventure Squad!]].
 
[[PokemonPokémon Rumble]] was introduced in Generation IV.
 
==DiscussionSinnoh ofthematic Generation IVmotif==
The Physical-Special split introduced in Generation IV as well as the introduction of powerful items such as the {{DL|In-battle effect item|Choice Scarf}}, {{DL|In-battle effect item|Choice Specs}}, and {{DL|In-battle effect item|Life Orb}} made competitive battling far more advanced and popular. This was also increased due to the [[Global Trade System|GTS]] increasing the chance of finding a Pokémon with [[Pokérus]] and EV-enhancing items for a specific stat being introduced also made it far easier to EV train a Pokémon, which added another dimension to competitive battling as EV training is no longer as painstaking as it was before. Due to these additions this generation is widely praised by competitive battlers. The GTS also paved the way for the [[Masuda method]] through the transaction of foreign Pokémon, and this in addition to the [[Poké Radar]] made it far easier to acquire [[Shiny Pokémon]].
 
After Diamond and Pearl, Platinum continued improving the series, adding a new {{Gdis|Battle Frontier|IV}}, as well as introducing many new additions to the games (such as VS sprites and animated battle sprites for certain important NPCs, such as [[Gym Leader]]s and [[Rival]]). Platinum is also an important part of the series' continuity, as the storyline of the game is referenced in {{game|Black and White|s}}, showing where [[Generation V]] is placed on the timeline. The overall generation introduced many characters, some of whom have played notable roles during the following generations. HeartGold and SoulSilver brought older and newer players back to the Johto region with improved graphics and sound and other additions to the storyline and characters.
 
===Sinnoh thematic motif===
The theme of this generation is history of the universe, and myths and legends. The three starters' evolutions have references to myths and legends in themselves—for example, Torterra is based on the legend of {{wp|world turtle}}, Empoleon has references to the god {{wp|Poseidon}}, and Infernape is based on {{wp|Sun Wukong}}. This also reflects on its legendary Pokémon, as Arceus is the literal creator of the universe and created the rulers of time, space and anti-matter, who are Dialga, Palkia and Giratina, respectively. All three of them are involved in Sinnoh myths, as are Uxie, Azelf and Mesprit: the embodiments of knowledge, willpower and emotions.
 
Some towns still preserve their history and myths. Celestic Town is said to be present since the beginning of Sinnoh, and has a shrine that dates back to ancient times, as well as a cave painting. Some other examples are the Solaceon Ruins, which contain Unown and is said to be as old as the ruins of Johto; the Snowpoint Temple, which was created long ago to contain Regigigas; Eterna City, which contains a statue of Dialga/Palkia; Floaroma Town, which was said to be a wasteland long ago, but then was transformed into a beautiful landscape by Shaymin; Mt. Coronet; and the Spear Pillar. Canalave City houses the first Pokémon library, which transcribes many of the legends of the region. Sinnoh was meant to establish the origin of the Pokémon universe and be more mysterious and historic than other regions.
 
==English title screensReception==
The Physical-Special split introduced in Generation IV as well as the introduction of powerful items such as the {{DL|In-battle effect item|Choice Scarf}}, {{DL|In-battle effect item|Choice Specs}}, and {{DL|In-battle effect item|Life Orb}} made competitive battling far more advanced and popular. This was also increased due to the [[Global Trade System|GTS]] increasing the chance of finding a Pokémon with [[Pokérus]] and EV-enhancing items for a specific stat being introduced also made it far easier to EV train a Pokémon, which added another dimension to competitive battling as EV training is no longer as painstaking as it was before. Due to these additions this generation is widely praised by competitive battlers. The GTS also paved the way for the [[Masuda method]] through the transaction of foreign Pokémon, and this in addition to the [[Poké Radar]] made it far easier to acquire [[Shiny Pokémon]].
 
After Diamond and Pearl, Platinum continued improving the series, adding a new {{Gdis|Battle Frontier|IV}}, as well as introducing many new additions to the games (such as VS sprites and animated battle sprites for certain important NPCs, such as [[Gym Leader]]s and [[Rival]]). Platinum is also an important part of the series' continuity, as the storyline of the game is referenced in {{game|Black and White|s}}, showing where [[Generation V]] is placed on the timeline. The overall generation introduced many characters, some of whom have played notable roles during the following generations. HeartGold and SoulSilver brought older and newer players back to the Johto region with improved graphics and sound and other additions to the storyline and characters.
 
==Title screens==
===English title screens===
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===Japanese title screens===
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==Trivia==
* Every [[player character]] in all Generation IV games has a [[Wii]] in his/her[[player's house|their room]], referencing its status as the current Nintendo console during the generation. Previously, in [[Generation III]], {{ga|Brendan}} and {{ga|May}} had [[Nintendo GameCube]]s in their rooms, {{ga|Red}} and {{ga|Leaf}} had an NES, and Red in [[Generation I]] had a [[Super Nintendo Entertainment System|Super Nintendo]]. In [[Generation VI]], {{ga|Calem}}, {{ga|Serena}}, Brendan, and May have a [[Wii U]] in their rooms.
* Generation IV is the only generation in which:
** Two core series game names have the same first initial in English (Pearl and Platinum); other languages, however, have had the same initial in their game names, with Spanish Azul and Amarillo for Blue and Yellow, and German Saphir and Smaragd for Sapphire and Emerald.
** All three starter Pokémon are able to learn [[Stealth Rock]].
** All its games were released in the spring in North America, and in the fall in Japan.
** The final evolution of each starter Pokémon is owned by one Gym Leader or Elite Four member.
*** [[Crasher Wake]] has an {{p|Empoleon}}, [[Gardenia]] has a {{p|Torterra}}, and {{OBP|Flint|Elite Four}} has an {{p|Infernape}}, and [[Jasmine]] in [[HeartGold and SoulSilver]] has an {{p|Empoleon}}.
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* Generation IV is the first generation to include:
** Level 1 Pokémon legitimately obtainable in the core series.
** Compatibility with both the generation preceding and following it.
* Generation IV is the longest Pokémon generation in Japan, falling only 10 days short of being four years long.
* Generation IV is tied with [[Generation III]] for the largest number of core series games, with five each.
* Generation IV introduced the [[List of Pokémon with cross-generational evolutions|largest number]] of [[evolution]]s for Pokémon of previous [[generation]]s, at 29.
* Generation IV introduced the largest number of [[legendary Pokémon]], with 13{{tt|*|14 if Phione is included, but Phione's status is disputed}}.
* Generation IV features the largest number of playable core series regions, with three.
* Generation IV is the first generation officially released in {{pmin|South Korea}} by [[Nintendo]]'s local subsidiary there. Even though the [[Generation II]] games {{game|Gold and Silver|s}} were released in South Korea on April 24, 2002, they were a result of Nintendo partnering with {{wp|Daewon C.I.|Daewon}} as Nintendo of Korea would not be established until July 7, 2006.<ref>[http://www.nintendo.co.kr/corporate/kr/kr01.html 한국닌텐도]</ref>
* At 716 days, the time between Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions and Pokémon Platinum Version is the longest gap in-between two main series games in the same generation.
* Generation IV was the last generation to introduce a new [[HM]] move.
 
==References==
 
[[de:Vierte Spielgeneration]]
[[es:Cuarta generación]]
[[fr:Quatrième génération]]
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[[ja:第四世代]]
[[pl:Generacja IV]]
[[zh:第四世代]]
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