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Game-exclusive Pokémon, also known as version-exclusive Pokémon, are Pokémon that are only found in one or two games within a particular set, to encourage trading between players. For example, between Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Mawile appears only in Ruby, while Sableye appears only in Sapphire. Therefore, a player with Sapphire would not be able to obtain Mawile in-game and could trade with a player of Ruby to obtain one, and vice versa. Game-exclusive Pokémon usually complement each other in design, type, and location in the wild.
It is typical for several evolutionary families of Pokémon to be game exclusives in the first two games of a set, and then in the third game, some (but not all) game-exclusives from the first two games will be obtainable while some Pokémon that could originally be in both of the first two games will be unobtainable in the third game. For example, the Weedle and Koffing families were obtainable in both Pokémon Red and Blue, but unobtainable in Pokémon Yellow.
In the core series games
Below is a list of Pokémon exclusive to games. The games are separated by generation as well as by regional Pokédex, meaning that for example, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen are grouped together separately from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire and from Pokémon Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow. Any Pokémon that appears in only some of the games in a group will be listed.
In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, most of the game exclusives of the Generation III games can be caught in the wild by inserting its respective GBA cartridge into the DS. In Pokémon XD, the seven Pokémon that appear in Ruby or Sapphire but not in Emerald are all obtainable; thus a player of Emerald can complete its regional Pokédex by trading with just one other game instead of two, which is not the case for any other "third version" game.
Listed below under the "Blue" header is the Pokémon distribution in the Japanese Blue Version. This is not the same as the English Blue Version; the English Blue's distribution is the same as that of the Japanese Green.
Phanpy, Donphan, Teddiursa, and Ursaring are available in the opposite paired version in Japan that they are internationally, with the first two in the Japanese and Korean Gold and the latter two in the Japanese and Korean Silver. However, this change does not occur in HeartGold and SoulSilver's international release.
- Mixing records with a player of a different game allows Pokémon outbreaks to be transferred between the two games. This allows for Surskit swarms to be transferred from Ruby or Sapphire into Emerald, and Seedot and Nuzleaf swarms to be transferred from Emerald into Sapphire.
- Wild Banette are exclusive to Sapphire, while wild Dusclops are exclusive to Ruby, but both Shuppet and Duskull can be found in either versions, and can evolve to Banette and Dusclops respectively.
The following are only found in Pokémon Emerald, once the National Pokédex is obtained:
- Wild Kingler are exclusive to LeafGreen, while wild Seadra are exclusive to FireRed, but both Krabby and Horsea can be found in both versions and can evolve to Kingler and Seadra, respectively.
- Similarly, wild Muk are exclusive to LeafGreen, while wild Weezing are exclusive to FireRed, but both Grimer and Koffing can be found in both versions and can evolve to Muk and Weezing, respectively.
- When Genesect is holding a Drive, the light on its cannon changes color. The Burn and Shock Drives are exclusive to Black, while the Douse and Chill Drives are exclusive to White.
- While Cottonee and Petilil are only available in the wild in Black and White respectively, there is an in-game trade in Nacrene City for the Pokémon which is exclusive to the other game. By extension, this also allows Whimsicott and Lilligant to be obtained in the versions they are otherwise unobtainable in.
- While Volbeat and Illumise are only available in the wild in Black and White respectively, Illumise can breed with any male Pokémon in the Bug Egg Group, Human-Like Egg Group or Ditto to produce Eggs that have an 50% chance of hatching into Volbeat. Likewise, breeding Volbeat with Ditto may produce Illumise Eggs.
- Wild Huntail are exclusive to Black, while wild Gorebyss are exclusive to White, but Clamperl can be found and evolved in both games.
- Metapod, Butterfree, Misdreavus and Poochyena are exclusive to White, while Murkrow and Houndour are exclusive to Black; however, these Pokémon are available in the Pokémon Dream World.
The following Pokémon can only be found in White Forest, or can only be obtained by breeding or evolving a Pokémon caught in White Forest, which is exclusive to Pokémon White:
- These Pokémon's fully evolved forms can be encountered and battled in Black City, which is exclusive to Pokémon Black, but are uncatchable there. Also, each game has a limited number of Pokémon species and need to connect to other players in order to increase that number. Only the first forms are obtainable in White Forest.
- Pidgey, Nidoran♀, Nidoran♂, Abra, Machop, Magnemite, Gastly, Rhyhorn, Mareep, Elekid, Magby, Lotad, Surskit, Marill, Ralts, Trapinch, Corphish, Bagon, Starly, and Shinx are also obtainable from the Pokémon Dream World, therefore enabling them, their pre-evolutions, and evolutions to be acquired in Pokémon Black without trading.
- Similar to Black and White, while Cottonee and Petilil are unavailable in the wild in White 2 and Black 2 respectively, an in-game trade on Route 4 allows players to obtain the one that is exclusive to the other version. It also allows players to obtain Whimsicott and Lilligant in versions where they would be otherwise unavailable.
- Akin to previous games, one of VolbeatB2 or IllumiseW2 will swarm on Route 3 but not the other. Illumise can breed with any male Pokémon in the Bug Egg Group, Human-Like Egg Group or Ditto to produce Eggs that have an 50% chance of hatching into Volbeat. Likewise, breeding Volbeat with Ditto may produce Illumise Eggs.
- While Route 12 and Lostlorn Forest have wild Pinsir exclusively in White 2 and wild Heracross exclusively in Black 2, in the forest's Hidden Grotto (which isn't tracked by the Pokédex), both can appear in either version.
- As in previous games, wild Huntail are exclusive to Black 2 while wild Gorebyss are exclusive to White 2, but Clamperl can be found and evolved in both games.
- When Genesect is holding a Drive, the light on its cannon changes color. The Burn and Shock Drives are exclusive to Black 2, while the Douse and Chill Drives are exclusive to White 2, like the original games.
- White 2's counterpart to the Shiny Gible given away by Benga is a Shiny Dratini; however, Dratini's evolutionary line can be caught in the wild in both versions, whereas the Gible line cannot.
- Normally unavailable, Regice and Registeel can be caught in Black 2 and White 2, respectively, after trading the necessary key from a game which has unlocked them. Initially, Regice's key is unlocked in White 2, and Registeel's in Black 2.
- While single encounters for wild PlusleX and MinunY on Route 5 are game-exclusive, they can still be found in a horde in both games.
- While single encounters for wild ZangooseX and SeviperY on Route 8 are game-exclusive, they can still be found in a horde in both games.
- Similar to the Generation V games, wild Huntail are exclusive to X, while wild Gorebyss are exclusive to Y, but Clamperl can be found and evolved in both games.
- While single encounters for wild MinunOR and PlusleAS on Route 110 are game-exclusive, they can still be found in a horde in both games.
In the spin-off games
As trading is not possible between these games, the listed Pokémon will appear in the wild only when a rescue mission involving the Pokémon is completed. This requires a Wonder Mail Code from the alternate version, in which the Pokémon is normally found.
- Porygon2, while only available in wild in Blue Rescue Team (without Wonder Mail mission), is also available via evolving Porygon in Red Rescue Team.
In the anime
For the first time in the anime's history, two different versions of a movie were released. Victini and Zekrom features the Victory Pokémon Victini and the Deep Black Pokémon Zekrom, while Victini and Reshiram features Victini and the Vast White Pokémon, Reshiram. Much like the games, there are Pokémon that are exclusive to each movie.