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Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Also known as: Pocket Monsters Black 2 and White 2 (JP/KR)
Developer: Game Freak
Publishers: The Pokémon Company (JP), Nintendo (INT)
Platform: Nintendo DS
Released in JP: June 23, 2012
Released in US: October 7, 2012
Released in EU: October 12, 2012
Released in AU: October 11, 2012
Released in KR: November 8, 2012

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See, this is why server preservation is important.
This game's online features are no longer supported.
While this game's online features were once accessible, they are (as of May 20, 2014) no longer officially supported and online-exclusive features may be documented as now-unseen content.
To do:
  • Check if the 3D models from the previous games are in the game's files.
  • Document the Nintendo DSi BW2 Log Checker.
  • Cover all languages for the unused text strings, not just English.

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 are, as you might have surmised, the sequels to Pokémon Black and White, set two years after the first Generation V pair. These games feature a new, less fashion-challenged Team Plasma, a pair of new forms for Kyurem that make it suck much less, and Colress' kick-ass battle theme.


Miscellaneous tidbits that are interesting enough to point out here.

Unused Weather Effects

PKMN-BW2-WeatherThundurus.gif PKMN-BW2-WeatherTornadus.gif

Every time Thundurus or Tornadus appears, a rainstorm starts. Since these Pokémon can't be found in Black 2 and White 2, these two weather effects go unused. They use the IDs 0x6 and 0x7 respectively.

Unused Graphics

Leftover Key Item Icons

Every Key Item icon Game Freak has made since Generation III is present. Period. Including all the ones that haven't even existed since Generation III started, including the God Stone.

Unused Sound Test and Text Input

The graphics for the unused sound test and the text input screens from Pokémon Black and White are still present within the game's files.

Unused Small Kanji Font

Pokemon Black 2 Kanji Name.png

Like the previous game, a small kanji font exists for names. It is technically used during battles if the player's name contains kanji, but due to lack of kanji input ability, it goes unused during normal gameplay.

Pokéstar Studios Placeholders/Unused Palettes

There are several placeholder/box graphics and unused alternate palettes for props, actors, and movie cutscenes in Pokéstar Studios. All of the unused prop graphics are fully assembled and are not animated.

Cutscene Placeholders


Three cutscene placeholder graphics. The first one is of the male player character in his normal clothing, which is never seen in any movies. The other two are negative versions of the male and female character's cutscene portraits.

Shiny Prop


A "shiny" variant of the normal Prop sprite. Like several unused "shiny" sprites in Pokéstar Studios, it's just a silhouette.



Two placeholder graphics for the UFO. The silhouette is the shiny variant.

White Door


Very early graphics for the White Door. The silhouette is the shiny variant.

Black Door


Two placeholder graphics for the Black Door. The silhouette is the shiny variant.



Two placeholder graphics for the Mecha–Tyranitar (MT). The silhouette is the shiny variant.



Two placeholder graphics for the Mecha–Tyranitar 2 (MT2). The silhouette is the shiny variant.



Two placeholder graphics for the Humanoid. The silhouette is the shiny variant.



Two very early placeholder graphics for the Monster boss. The silhouette is the shiny variant. This one looks extremely similar to Zero of the Kirby series.



Two very early placeholder graphics for the Transport. The silhouette is the shiny variant.


There are two blank graphics for the Majin boss.

F-00 (1)


Two unused palettes for F-00's first form.

Shiny F-00 (1)


An unused shiny version of F-00's first form.

F-00 (2)


Two unused palettes for F-00's second form.

Shiny F-00 (2)


An unused shiny version of F-00's second form.

Monica (1)


Two placeholder graphics for the first encounter with Monica.

Monica (2)


Two placeholder graphics for the second encounter with Monica.



Two placeholder graphics for the Blackbelt. The silhouette is the shiny variant.



Two placeholder graphics for Brycen-Man. These use the Victini sprite with a different palette. The silhouette is the shiny variant.

Pink Smeargle


Two placeholder graphics for the pink Smeargle.

Manaphy Egg

The Manaphy egg graphics leftover from Generation IV are still present.

Unused Music


As with its predecessor, there are multiple series of ascending notes in the music files - this was likely done to test the soundbank, as it is a common method of doing so.

Opening Cinematic (BGM_TITLE)

The first part of Black and White's opening segment where N is crowned King of Team Plasma, labelled SEQ_BGM_TITLE.

Title Screen Music (BGM_POKEMON_THEME)

The title screen music from Black and White, labelled SEQ_BGM_POKEMON_THEME.

Unused Hidden Abilities

In the Generation V games, it is possible to find Pokémon with special "hidden Abilities", either via the Dream World or Hidden Grottos. However, some Pokémon with hidden Abilities were unable to be found in the Dream World or in Hidden Grottoes, rendering the hidden Abilities unused in normal gameplay.

Pokémon Regular Ability 1 Regular Ability 2 Hidden Ability
Articuno Pressure None Snow Cloak
Zapdos Pressure None Lightningrod
Moltres Pressure None Flame Body
Chikorita Overgrow None Leaf Guard
Bayleef Overgrow None Leaf Guard
Meganium Overgrow None Leaf Guard
Cyndaquil Blaze None Flash Fire
Quilava Blaze None Flash Fire
Typhlosion Blaze None Flash Fire
Totodile Torrent None Sheer Force
Croconaw Torrent None Sheer Force
Feraligatr Torrent None Sheer Force
Raikou Pressure None Volt Absorb
Entei Pressure None Flash Fire
Suicune Pressure None Water Absorb
Regirock Clear Body None Sturdy
Regice Clear Body None Ice Body
Registeel Clear Body None Light Metal
Heatran Flash Fire None Flame Body
Snivy Overgrow None Contrary
Servine Overgrow None Contrary
Serperior Overgrow None Contrary
Tepig Blaze None Thick Fat
Pignite Blaze None Thick Fat
Emboar Blaze None Reckless
Oshawott Torrent None Shell Armor
Dewott Torrent None Shell Armor
Samurott Torrent None Shell Armor
Gothita Frisk None Shadow Tag
Klink Plus Minus Clear Body
Litwick Flash Fire Flame Body Shadow Tag
Lampent Flash Fire Flame Body Shadow Tag
Chandelure Flash Fire Flame Body Shadow Tag
Rufflet Keen Eye Sheer Force Hustle
Larvesta Flame Body None Swarm
Volcarona Flame Body None Swarm

Note that Gothita, Klink, and Rufflet's evolutions have hidden Abilities that can be found in-game. However, because these hidden Abilities were only given to males (or, in the case of Klink, genderless Pokémon), obtaining these hidden Abilities through breeding is impossible in the Generation V games.

The new breeding mechanics of the Generation VI games gave Gothita, Rufflet, and Klink their previously-unused hidden Abilities.

Larvesta and Volcarona can now be found with their hidden Ability in the Generation VI games.

The Unova and Johto starters, along with the Legendary birds and golems, were distributed with their hidden Abilities in event distributions in Generation VI.

Also of note is that Litwick, Lampent, and Chandelure's hidden Ability in the Generation VI games changed from Shadow Tag to Infiltrator. These Pokémon can now be found in the Generation VI games with Infiltrator. Zapdos' hidden Ability was changed to Static in Generation VI, for it can be seen with this Ability in the Battle Maison. It can be obtained with this Ability from an event distribution.

In the Generation VII games, Raikou, Entei, and Suicune's Hidden Abilities were all changed to Inner Focus, now obtainable by transferring from Virtual Console Gold, Silver, or Crystal to Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, or Ultra Moon.

Unused Text

Unused Weather Text

Several lines of unused weather effect text appear within the internal data of Black, White, Black 2, and White 2. Notably, quotes for fog exist within the text, implying that fog functionality was planned to exist in Black and White. While the final game does include foggy locations, such as Route 15, the fog weather condition does not appear in battles.

Fog crept up as thick as soup!
The fog lifted.
The sandstorm rages.
The hail crashes down.

Unused Missing Person Text

To do:
Add more information as to why it appears/context.

This can be forced as NPC text in Nimbasa City's musical theater.

In fact, this person does not exist...
(Source: YOUTUBE 로닌)

Unused Mom Quotes

To do:
There may be more. Compare locations to text strings.

There are unused strings of text for inquiring to the player character's mother about their current location via the Xtransceiver. Most are locations where the Xtransceiver cannot be used, though one exists for Route 10 (see its own section).

Plasma Frigate

What? The Plasma Frigate? Never heard of it.
Should I go have a look and see what it's like?


Entralink? I don't know about that...
Is there a place like that in the Unova region?

Route 10

Ah, I liked Route 10.
There was something lyrical about it...

Royal Unova

The Royal Unova?
A cruise ship from Castelia! You're getting pretty fancy!
So, which is it going to be? Are you going to have fun battling or enjoy the sights?

Inaccessible Areas

There are a few tiny corners of in-game locations that exist, but can't be visited without cheating.

Reversal Mountain

Well, this is the find of the century.

Reversal Mountain's donut-type main chamber actually does have an interior section! It's this tiny cavern here - you can even see the stairs in the corner in-game, from one of the offshoots of the main path.

...Seeing it is all you're going to do, though. You can't actually reach it - it doesn't connect to the main path, and the stairs don't go anywhere. It's just...there. The White 2 version of Reversal Mountain (the one shown on the picture is the Black 2 version) also has a similar area at a different location.

This is actually a reference to each version's difference in shape, as when you overlay both version's maps together, you'll see that the inaccessible stairs on one version corresponds to the accessible stairs on the other version.

This may well be the single least exciting unused room ever to exist, by the way.

Route 21

On Route 21, the area above the Seaside Cave can be seen, but can't be accessed normally. If hacking is used to move around this area, an unused warp to the Plasma Frigate can be found. Because the Frigate is parked outside of the Seaside Cave during the story, it stands to reason that this was previously the main point of entry into the Frigate, but was moved during development of the area.

Pokémon World Tournament

BW Protagonists

Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Specifically: Try to force Hilda to load via her default settings in the PWT file instead of custom ones, if she has any.

Unused dialogue exists for the protagonists of the previous games to use in the Pokémon World Tournament.

Through a specific parameter in a PWT file, you can face the female protagonist, Hilda, as one of your opponents. She doesn't seem to have any Pokémon assigned to her, and the game does not load the unused dialogue strings as default text. Her intro text is the exact same used for Red. ("It's the living legend Red! Is that strength for real?!") before you fight, she also uses Red's speech ("...") Her only programmed line is for when she loses a battle, which is simply a copy of Red's defeated line ("...!").

Hilda actually has default dialogue.

Hilda: Make your dreams come true!
Someone once encouraged me to do that.
Even now, I'm continuing my journey to
realize those dreams.
Hilda: I'll leave you with words
someone told me once.
Dream your dream!
Meet Hilda, the Trainer some
claim to be the strongest of all!

Oddly, the male protagonist, Hilbert, is absent. He actually has dialogue for the PWT, though mostly it's just recycled from Hilda's dialogue.

Hilbert: Make your dreams come true!
Someone once encouraged me to do that.

Even now, I'm continuing my journey to
realize those dreams.
Hilbert: I'll leave you with words
someone told me once.

Dream your dream!
Meet Hilbert, the Trainer some
claim to be the strongest of all!

There are several variations of this line.

Everything can be understood through
Pokémon battles! Let's go!
Words are the source of all misunderstanding!
Everything can be understood through
Pokémon battles! Let's go!
You communicate with Pokémon using feelings, not words!
Everything can be understood through Pokémon battles! Let's go!
Thank you!
I just lucked into winning...
Isn't that how it felt?

Fighting Cheren in the PWT

Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Specifically: See if Cheren has any Pokémon assigned to him.

Again, through editing the PWT files and then importing them as download tournaments, you're also able to add Cheren. He has two values that you can select when you customize trainers for custom PWTs. One value is simply named "Rival" and the other is called "Cheren".

Upon entering the PWT with these two trainers, they both use Cheren's sprites.

"Rival" and "Cheren" use most of the same text, though they are in different addresses.

I'm as thrilled as I can be to battle
here against you, the first challenger
I battled as a Gym Leader.

I'm sure you've learned something
about Pokémon during your journey.

Now, I'm going to see if your bond with
your Pokémon has grown stronger!

You and your Pokémon
have grown much stronger!
Even when you lose, your Pokémon
are still brimming with fighting spirit.
Cheren: I made it where I am
because Pokémon were by my side.

Perhaps we need to think about
why Pokémon help us not in terms of
Pokémon and Trainers but as a
relationship between living beings.
In this corner, the young Pokémon
Trainer battling for his ideals, Cheren!
Remember our battle on Route 4?

Please bring out more of your
Pokémon's strength, like you did then!
I feel that if it's with you, this battle
won't be a simple competition
but a battle where I can ponder
the relationship between
Pokémon and their Trainers.
Do you want to show how strong you
are by winning, or do you want to
learn what battling really means?

Pokémon battles have no meaning if
you don't think about why you battle.

Or better said, it makes battling
together with Pokémon meaningless.
Even if hurt, my Pokémon will fight
for me with just one command.

I think you'll value and trust
your Pokémon more if you keep
that fact close to your heart.

What can I do for these Pokémon?
What should I do?

That's right! I battle with everything
I have to find the ideal relationship\f
between Pokémon and people!
Thank you!

I feel like I saw a little of
the way toward my ideals.
Cheren: I'll keep battling many Trainers
and Pokémon like this, and if I can\f
learn what kind of person I am, it will\f
open up my path.

I'm sure this path will lead me to become
the person I'm meant to be.

Pokémon will always be with you and me as
we go down our own paths.

Our important friends, Pokémon...
Cheren: Pokémon are by all of our sides--
mine, yours, and each and
every Trainer's!

That's why we move forward!
The Pokémon walking alongside us
give us the strength to do so!

Unused ROM Tournaments

Download.png Download Unused ROM tournaments
File: BW2UnusedTournaments.rar (7.20 KB) (info)

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Japanese Translation
ポケモン4ひき イッシュげんてい。

LV.50いじょう 50に ほせい。 おなじ どうぐ ポケモン きんし。(E)

4 Pokémon, only Unovan.

More than LV.50, adjusted to 50. No same items or Pokémon.(E)

WCS2011 マスターカテゴリー

ベスト4メンバーに ちょうせん!!(E)

Challenge WCS2011 Masters semi-finalists!!(E)

There exists a file in all versions of the game that contains data for twelve additional tournaments, all of which are unused. If imported to the Download Tournament menu, it is shown to be data from the 2011 Pokémon World Championships. The ruleset, trainer data, and Pokémon data from the championship was all carried over, so the tournaments can be played as normal Download tournaments. However, the tournament files are slightly unfinished, because the names of the trainers and Pokémon are very weird and out of place.

Each division of the championships (Juniors, Seniors, and Masters) has a tournament file. One is the standard tournament, no modifications at all, while the other is a toned down, easier version. The remaining six files are just duplicates of the first six.

The presence of these tournaments is quite odd, as Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 weren't even out during the 2011 World Championships. These were probably going to be future Download tournaments at one point, or they could have just been used for testing.


Leftover Key Items

Most of the Generation IV key items still exist. A handful, like the Lunar Wing and Magma Stone, are used (fun fact: this is the first time the Magma Stone has been used since it was implemented in Diamond and Pearl!), but the vast majority aren't.

And yes, that includes the other unused key items from Diamond and Pearl like the Seal Bag, Red Chain, and Azure Flute.

Leftover WiFi Mode

There is leftover code and a script command (0x15F) from an extra WiFi mode that was removed before the game was released. The command begins the same as all other WiFi commands, but essentially does nothing. Due to the amount of code left, there is no way of knowing if this command was for debugging or a late-removed feature. However, it is mixed into the middle of the other such WiFi-related commands and as such may mean that it was meant for the player.

Whatever it was, it likely belonged to the woman on the right at the top of the stairs in each of the Pokémon Centers.


All of the areas that could be accessed only in Black and White still exist, however, the headers use placeholder data so the maps can't be visited without some fixing. These areas include the Challenger's Cave, parts of Relic Castle, N's Castle, Route 10 and Victory Road. The Cold Storage was replaced with the PWT so new headers have to be added. The matrices and map models don't have to be readded.

The scripts, text, wild Pokémon data and some building data were lost to time. By default, these maps use the Route 6 theme. The game still identifies the locations correctly in the save menu to retain location compatibility with Black and White, however, when entering the maps, no eyecatch is present. For some maps, such as Route 10, the arrow pointer defaults to the center of the map since the location technically does not exist in the game.

A full list of all the unused maps can be found on the notes page.


These games have the same anti-piracy features as Black and White, with the experience issues. However, they have a new and exciting layer of random freezes, too!

Unobtainable Shiny Pokémon

For the sake of consistency, every Pokémon in every Pokémon game is given a Shiny variant. Most Shiny Pokémon have been obtainable through random chance encounters or event distributions, including most Legendary Pokémon. However, a few Pokémon cannot be obtained in this form without hacking, and as a consequence, normal players would never be able to see their Shiny coloration.


  • Reshiram, Zekrom - These Legendary Pokémon are encountered via fixed in-game battles following the completion of the game's main story. However, their probability of being Shiny is locked at 0. Shiny Reshiram and Zekrom became legitimately obtainable in-game in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.


  • Victini - This Mythical Pokémon cannot be caught at all in Black 2 & White 2, and was Shiny-locked during the distribution-based event it could be caught through in Black and White. As a consequence, Victini's shiny form remained unseen throughout the entirety of Generation V, and has still yet to be officially distributed by Nintendo.


  • Keldeo, Meloetta - These Mythical Pokémon were only obtainable through special distributions via Mystery Gift. Pokémon obtained from Mystery Gift cannot be Shiny unless distributed as such, and no distributions of these Pokemon in their Shiny forms were ever planned.

Regional Differences

Virbank Gym Music

In the Japanese version, Roxie, the gym leader, spells out "Dogars", the Japanese name for Koffing. In western versions, she spells out "Pokémon" instead. Due to the slightly longer time to do so, she does not begin the song with "1, 2, 3, 4!"

Japan International

Zoroark Glitch

Part of the post-game involves you following a Zoroark through Victory Road, eventually ending up in N's Castle. In the Japanese version, if you leave the cave without following it, it will appear at its original spot but will not move, preventing entry into N's Castle as well as rendering the player unable to capture Zekrom/Reshiram. Talking to it at this point gives you the same text you get if you talk to it before beating the game.

This glitch was fixed for all other regions.

Humilau Gym Glitch

To do:
There's a larger time window in which this can be done. Find exactly when you can do this, and how long it lasts for.

After facing Marlon and finishing the events of the Frigate, but before Ghetsis, if you talk to Marlon, one of the text boxes that appears will be completely empty. This bug was rectified in international releases.

Trainer Card

The requirements for leveling up your Trainer Card (changing its color) changed between versions. In the original Japanese version of the game, one of the requirements was to obtain all of the medals and complete the Medal Rally. In the international versions, this requirement is replaced with the challenge of leveling your Entralink's Entree Forest level to 30. Because of this, it is possible in the English version to fully level up the Trainer Card from a new save file, which is impossible in the Japanese version.

C-Gear Skins

To do:
Needs images and information on the Korean versions.

A total of 15 C-Gear skins were distributed over the Pokémon Global Link. Six of the skins were exclusive to the Japanese versions.

Name Pokemon Featured Notes
TRO☆PIKA☆L ' Pikachu Used to commemorate the 2012 Pokémon World Championships. The skin was also distributed to the localized versions of Pokémon Black and White with a different background.
Sleeping Eevee Eevee Used to commemorate the Eevee Cup Pokémon Global Link tournament, which was exclusive to the Japanese versions of the game.
Venusaur! Venusaur Used to commemorate the 2013 Kanto Cup, which was exclusive to the Japanese versions of the game. This is identical to the Venusaur skin released to the Japanese and European versions of Pokémon Black and White.
Charizard! Charizard Used to commemorate the 2013 Kanto Cup, which was exclusive to the Japanese versions of the game. This is identical to the Charizard skin released to the Japanese and European versions of Pokémon Black and White.
Blastoise! Blastoise Used to commemorate the 2013 Kanto Cup, which was exclusive to the Japanese versions of the game. This is identical to the Blastoise skin released to the Japanese and European versions of Pokémon Black and White.
Red Genesect! Shiny Genesect Used to commemorate the sixteenth Pokémon movie, Genesect and the Legend Awakened. This is identical to the shiny Genesect skin released to the Japanese version of Pokémon Black and White.
(Source: Bulbapedia)

PWT Download Tournaments

To do:
Supposedly, the final tournament was distributed to Korea as well. Find out which other tournaments, if any, were distributed to the Korean versions.

A total of nine PWT Download Tournaments were released over the Pokémon Global Link. Six of the tournaments were exclusive to the Japanese versions.

Name Battle Format Start Date Notes
2012 Japan Representative Challenge Double June 23, 2012 This tournament features the Junior, Senior, and Master Division Champions of the 2012 Video Game National Championships in Japan. (The trainers use the sprites of the male School Kid, male Ace Trainer, and male Veteran respectively.)
Gathered! Gym Leader! Double July 14, 2012 The player faces Jasmine, Norman, or Volkner in the first two rounds, and faces Misty in the finals.
Challenge the Champion Lance! Single July 14, 2012 The player faces Morty, Whitney, or Erika in the first two rounds, and faces Lance in the finals. This was the first Single Battle tournament to be distributed.
The Legendary Rotation Battle! Rotation August 11, 2012 This tournament features two special trainers: one is a male Veteran with Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres, while the other is a female veteran with Raikou, Entei, and Suicune. Both trainers use a random fourth Pokémon from the other PWT tournaments. This was the only Rotation Battle tournament to be distributed.
The Battle of Legendary Pokemon! Single September 15, 2012 All Pokémon are permitted in this tournament. The opponents include Sabrina, who uses a Mewtwo; Falkner, who uses a Lugia; Winona, who uses a Rayquaza; and Fantina, who uses an Origin Forme Giratina. Notably, Fantina's Giratina holds a Ghost Gem, even though Origin Forme Giratina can normally only hold the Gresious Orb in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.
You Can Challenge the Unova League Too! Single December 3, 2012 This tournament is based on the anime's Unova League. Unlike the other tournaments, all Pokémon and held items are permitted. The opponents include in-game versions of Trip, Stephan, Cameron, and Virgil. (The trainers are represented by a male Ace Trainer, Black Belt, male Youngster, and male Pokémon Ranger respectively.) The tournament distribution ended on January 31, 2013.
(Source: Bulbapedia)

Unobtainable Medals

Due to updates in the online system, some medals are no longer obtainable without hacking. Some were made unavailable after the shutdown of the Generation V Game Sync in October of 2013, while one was made unobtainable after the shutdown of Gamespy's Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection servers in May of 2014.

Medal Requirement
Adventure Medals
Dozing Capture Catch a Pokémon in the Entree Forest for the first time
Sleeping Capture Catch 10 or more Pokémon in the Entree Forest
Deep Sleep Capture Catch 50 or more Pokémon in the Entree Forest
Sweet Dreamer Catch 100 or more Pokémon in the Entree Forest
Great Adventurer* Obtain all 97 other Adventure Medals
Entertainment Medals
Good Night Use Game Sync to wake up a tucked-in Pokémon
Global Connection Communicate with someone across the world
Entertainment Master* Obtain all 74 other Entertainment Medals
Special Medals
Top Medalist* Obtain all other Medals

* Great Adventurer, Entertainment Master, and Top Medalist can still be legitimately obtained if the player earned the other unobtainable prerequisite medals prior to the service shutdown.