Pokémon is one of the most recognizable and successful video game franchises in history. Over the past two decades, Nintendo, Game Freak and The Pokémon Company have all made billions through their various video games. This is one video game company that has proven time and again that you can take a very simple formula, make a few additions and changes here and there, and make a fortune off those new games.
Though the core concept for the Pokémon franchise has stayed the same over the years, several different 'versions' and 'generations' have sprung up, with each generation adding more onto its predecessor. Though most of the games have been praised by the video game community, some of the Pokémon games have received more praise than others.
Take the second generation of games, for example. Pokémon Gold, Silver and their own successor, Crystal, were all enormous hits when they came out. Released in 2000, Gold & Silver were enormous improvements from Red, Blue & Yellow. They introduced many critical gameplay changes, most of which are still important in more recent versions of the game.
In this quiz, we're going to take a trip down memory lane and look at some of the elements that made Pokémon Gold, Silver & Crystal some of the best games ever created. So the time has come to ask yourself, how well do you know Pokémon's second generation of games?
Which Badge allows you to use Fly outside of battle?
The Badges play an important role in more ways than one. As with RBY, certain Badges permit you to use certain HMs outside of battle and also allow traded Pokémon at certain levels to listen to you. Without these specific badges, you cannot use those HMs, even if they've been taught, and some traded Pokémon may ignore you for not being a skilled enough trainer.
Which of the following was the correct type list and order of the Pokémon GSC Elite Four & Champion?
As with other Pokémon games, the major bosses towards the end of the game were the Elite Four, followed by the League Champion. Each of them had one type specialty, with the one after them having some sort of relation to them. Unlike in newer Pokémon games, the order for the Elite Four in GSC was fixed.
How do you get Tyrogue to evolve?
Like the other 'pre-evolution' Pokémon, Tyrogue could evolve into one of two pre-existing Pokémon and one new Pokémon. However, the method required to determine which of its three evolution choices it will evolve into is rather time-consuming.
On which days of the week could you re-battle your Rival?
Because Pokémon Gold, Silver & Crystal introduced, among other things, an internal clock, this gave the games their own sense of the day of the week. As such, certain events repeated themselves on a weekly basis, with some events happening more than once. One of these events was the option to re-battle your rival once the entire game has been completed, and he appears at the Indigo Plateau on two specific days.
Which of the following weather types was NOT introduced in Pokémon GSC?
Pokémon Gold, Silver & Crystal introduced many new moves and battle elements that changed how battles took place. One of these new elements was weather, which was changed based on the use of certain moves. There are now four primary 'weather moves' but only three were introduced with these three games.
Which Pokémon is/are honored with a shrine devoted to it in Ilex Forest?
Ilex Forest, one of the major natural areas in the games, has a random structure in the middle of it. You learn after leaving the forest that this is a shrine that's dedicated to the Forest's protector. Unfortunately, it does not lead to any encounter with any Pokémon at any time, and is simply there as a sort of monument.
Which of the following Pokémon is the only one that learns the move 'Aeroblast'?
Another great concept introduced in Gold, Silver & Crystal is the notion of certain Pokémon being the only ones to learn specific moves, i.e. signature moves. Previously, no item was truly unique to any one Pokémon. But with these games, some Pokémon had moves unique to them that made them even more memorable.
How many new Pokémon were introduced in Pokémon GSC?
One of the key elements of each new generation of Pokémon games is to introduce new Pokémon that weren't in previous games. This adds to the diversity of possible opponents and makes team-building much more fun. In some cases, these new Pokémon aren't 100% new families, but might even be evolutions of Pokémon from earlier generations or even baby forms as well.
TRUE or FALSE: you can get new Pokémon through in-game trades?
In-game trades could be found throughout the games, in both the Johto and Kanto regions in Pokémon GSC. These trainers would, more often than not, offer you a rarer or more powerful Pokémon in exchange for something weaker. In most cases, these traded Pokémon were strategically useful, especially when it came to battling Gym Leaders.
Which of the following gameplay elements were introduced in Pokémon GSC?
Pokémon Gold, Silver & Crystal were part of the second generation of games. As a result, they included several new features that weren't present in the original Pokémon games. These features and gameplay mechanics changed how the games are played in a massive way, and made the games far more interesting and immersive
Which of the following two Kanto Gym Leaders give you TMs once you’ve defeated them?
All of the Johto Gym Leaders gave you a Technical Machine (TM) when you defeated them, though each one of them could only be used once. However, when you traveled back to Kanto after defeating the Elite Four and the Champion, you could re-battle the Kanto Gym Leaders as well. However, most of them didn't give you anything other than a badge. Only two actually gave you something after defeating them.
In Pokémon GSC, what do you find standing in the place of the Pokémon Tower when you visit Lavender Town?
Lavender Town is one of the most infamous locations from the original Pokémon games. Taking a significantly darker tone than the otherwise-friendly and joyful rest of the games, Lavender Town was, in RBY, the site of both a Pokémon cemetery in the form of Pokémon Tower, and one of the most haunting and ominous themes in Pokémon history.
TRUE or FALSE: The ‘Duplication Glitch’ existed in Pokémon Crystal?
Pokémon Gold and Silver had a famous glitch that allowed you to duplicate Pokémon and items. To do this, you had to take the Pokémon you wanted copied, and place it in a box without any other Pokémon in it. Then, as you prepared to switch back to another box with other Pokémon already in it, you turned the game off and on before the save was finalized. This way you had one copy of the duped Pokémon in your party, and another in your box.
Which key item do you need to give to Mr. Pokémon in order to get the EXP Share?
The EXP Share was a replacement for an item from the original games called the EXP All. That old item, when held in your bag, shared EXP with all the Pokémon in your party. This new item, the EXP Share, was a held item that only one Pokémon could hold. This way, you could level one Pokémon up at once and do so very quickly.
TRUE or FALSE: all three of the second-generation starts are pure monotypes?
Your starter Pokémon has always been critical in every Pokémon game. This is your first partner, your closest friend in the entire game. Of course, many players have put as much emphasis on their starter's type as they have on their look. However, while the majority of starts begin as either pure monotypes, most gain an additional typing upon reaching their final evolution.
TRUE or False: Generation II introduced the option to play as a girl?
The very first games only introduced the option to play as a male character, as the franchise was very much geared towards boys. This was especially true with the anime tie-in, which has been very much focused on a male protagonist. However, at one point Game Freak realized that many girls enjoyed Pokémon as much as boys, and so a sprite for a female playable character was eventually included.
How many cities are there in the Johto region?
The Pokémon games have, for the most part, done a good job of striking a balance between cities and wilderness areas. Those wild places are meant to be the locations in which you capture wild Pokémon, while the cities are where you heal up, raise your team, and challenge the Gym. In some games, there are more cities to help give the region more variety and greater depth.
Which of the following Pokémon needs to level up with happiness during the day to be obtained?
Another new element introduced in Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal was evolution by Happiness. This concept was first toyed with in Yellow version with the Pikachu that followed you around and got happier over time. In this case, however, it's more detailed than that. Some Pokémon can only evolve by leveling up while being very happy to be with you, and in some cases they can only evolve during a specific time of day for them to be obtained.
Which of the following areas of Kanto that was accessible in Pokémon Red, Blue & Yellow, cannot be accessed in GSC?
Pokémon Gold, Silver & Crystal allowed you to go back and visit the Kanto region in (almost) all its glory. There were some areas that the player could not access for one reason or another. It's possible these restrictions were put in place because there simply wasn't enough space or proper coding that could be worked with to create even more areas than what was already there.
Which kind of Apricorn do you need to give to Kurt if you want him to make you a Heavy Ball?
Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal also introduced another cool feature: special Poké Balls that were designed to be used in very specific circumstances. These Balls, which were made from different-colored Apricorns, were intended for different circumstances. Some were meant to be used on weaker Pokémon, some on very specific types or genders, and one even made your Pokémon happier upon catching it. These new Balls were, on the whole, extremely useful.
True or False: You can buy a Slowpoketail in the game?
Early on in the games, before you first encounter Team Rocket, a man tries to sell you a Slowpoketail for 1,000,000 Poké Dollars. Naturally, at such an early point in the game, even if you had wanted to buy one, neither you nor your mom with her savings could afford something so expensive.
Pokémon Crystal introduced the Move Tutor, who’d teach your Pokémon a special move in exchange for Game Corner coins. Which of the following moves was NOT a Move Tutor teachable move?
Along with the Battle Tower, Crystal introduced another key concept, the Move Tutor. This individual would teach your Pokémon extra-powerful moves that they cannot learn by level-up or by TM. All of these teachable moves are highly useful, and can actually be learned by many Pokémon, making them highly useful in any battle context.
Which Gym Leader in Johto used Ice-Type Pokémon?
An interesting feature in the Johto region was that, after defeating the Ecruteak City Gym, you had the option of going in one of two directions and facing either Gym Leader first, instead of having to follow a specific path. If you went to the left, you had two Gym Leaders that you could face in quick succession one after the other. But if you went right, you had to face Team Rocket again and only then could you challenge the Gym Leader.
Which of the following Pokémon was not one of the puzzles in the Ruins of Alph?
The Ruins of Alph were another fun little puzzle added to these new Pokémon games. It involved sliding pieces onto a square board to create an image. There were four separate puzzles, each one with its own hint. It was only by solving all four could you unlock all 26 different forms of Unown.
True or False: You can find the Legendary Pokémon of RBY in GSC?
Completing the Johto Pokédex was, naturally, a more complicated affair than before. Not only did you have to find someone with the opposite version than yours, but you also had to find someone with the older games to give you, among other things, the Kanto starters. This was probably done so that there's more emphasis on the newer Pokémon, despite the return to Kanto being such a big deal in these games.
Which of the following original Pokémon got a type change in Pokémon GSC?
Back in the original Pokémon games, the coding for the Type balancing wasn't the best. As a result, certain types and attacks were 'broken' while others were terribly underdeveloped. To remedy this problem and to balance out the games, some Pokémon had their typing schemes changed to reflect better coding and the two new types that were added.
Which of the following Pokémon is exclusive to Pokémon Silver?
Like Red, Blue and Yellow before them, Gold, Silver & Crystal were coded in such a way that some Pokémon would not appear in the wild in one game or the other. To find these missing Pokémon, you had to trade them from another game. This was the only way, barring a cheat device, for you to complete the Pokédex back in those days.
Which of the following Pokémon always has a held item once captured?
Held items play a very important role in Pokémon game mechanics in Gold/Silver/Crystal onward. In fact, some Pokémon hold items in the wild as well. On occasion, you'll see this in the form of a berry, as a Pokémon will eat its berry to heal itself after being hurt. In other cases, Pokémon will hold rare items that you cannot find anywhere else, making the catching experience far more interesting.
True or False: Pokémon Gold & Silver introduced custom music for Legendary Pokémon?
To hammer home the idea that Legendary Pokémon were indeed something special, at one point, the creators of the Pokémon franchise decided to add custom music for Legendaries. In doing so, this made their battles feel more special and exciting, and in the case of the Roaming Legendaries, it actually announced that you were fighting them and not just another random wild Pokémon.
Who is the strongest trainer in all of Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal that you can challenge?
The ultimate goal of the game is to become the strongest trainer and to catch them all. You accomplish both goals by defeating the strongest trainers in-game, as you don't gain experience from battling other players or in the Battle Tower. But who is this most powerful trainer?
Where do you find Blaine, the Cinnabar Island Gym Leader, in Pokémon GSC?
Canonically-speaking, Gold/Silver/Crystal all take place 3 years after the events of Red/Blue/Yellow. As such, the world has changed noticeably during that period. Gym Leaders have come and gone, key figures have disappeared, and natural disasters have forced many people to move from their previous homes.
Which of the following ‘new Pokémon’ cannot actually be caught in the Johto region?
The most hyped features of Pokémon GSC when they came out were the new Pokémon and the ability to return to the previous region from RBY. To make the old Kanto region feel somewhat 'newer', several changes were made to that region, including what can be found in certain areas. In fact, some new Pokémon, that you'd expect to find in Johto, given that it's the new region, couldn't be found in Johto at all.
Lugia, the mascot of Pokémon Silver, has which type combination?
Lugia is the only Pokémon to be the mascot of three separate games. It is the mascot for Silver, SoulSilver, and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness. However, its typing is rather confusing and even contradictory, especially given its backstory and Pokédex details. So much so that many fans questioned this typing long after the game was released.
Which of the following Pokémon is exclusive to Pokémon Gold?
Some Pokémon only appeared in one game or another; this has always been a core concept in every generation of Pokémon games. The goal here was for players to play with others so that they'd be encouraged to trade with another and make friends outside of the game itself. What started off as an exchange that could only be done with Link Cables has now evolved into a WiFi-based trading system that allows players to trade with players literally anywhere around the world.