Pokemon Black Walkthrough and Guide
Welcome to the world of Pokemon Black and White! In this comprehensive walkthrough and guide, we will take you on a journey through the main story, helping you obtain all eight gym badges and face the Elite Four. We will also explore the region along the way, providing you with additional information to enhance your gaming experience.
Pokemon Black and White: Exploring Unova
The Pokemon Black and White games take place in the Unova region, a new and exciting region filled with diverse landscapes and interesting characters. As you embark on your adventure, you will encounter new Pokemon, challenge gym leaders, and unravel the mysteries of the region.
Picking a starter
You can choose any starter you want, and it’s entirely up to you (although you can consult our Pokedex for information on each one if you’re unsure). At this point, it might be worth it to soft reset for a female starter if your starter is male, since you won’t be able to breed it until after you beat the game. The ability to breed your starter before you beat the story can be a major advantage, as it makes it easier to put up your starter on the GTS to get the other two starters.
There’s a 12.5% chance that you’ll get a female starter unless you have a friend willing to help you out. Soft-resetting can be tedious, but it can be worthwhile. It is a good idea to save your game just before you approach the present in your bedroom so you can save time.
Visiting Professor Juniper
The rest of the town isn’t worth exploring until you get your running shoes, so unless you’re really interested, don’t bother. Bianca’s house is in the southwest corner, and your Pokedex can be collected at the lab in the northwest. The Town Map is also given to you by your mom as you exit. We’re on Route 1 now!
Wild Pokemon (~level 2-4):
The first time you step into tall grass in a Pokemon game is always exciting, isn’t it? There are two new features to grass in B&W from previous generations: shaking patches and doubles. If you’ve ever used the PokeRadar Poketch app in Diamond, Pearl, or Platinum (see our Shiny Pokemon guide), you’ll know what a shaking grass patch looks like. It’s very similar to shaking grass patches, in that you usually find a rare Pokemon, not the usual kinds you find in the surrounding grass. When grass appears on screen, the shaking grass now occurs randomly on its own. You will recognize shaking grass even if you have never seen it before.
Walk around the perimeter of the grass until you see a patch shaking if you’re looking for a Pokemon that only lives in shaking grass. Repel the grass patch and enter it with a repel. On the way to the shaking patch, repels won’t work, so you won’t be interrupted by a regular wild Pokemon battle. In the event that you are interrupted by a wild Pokemon during a battle, the shaking grass will be gone at the end of the battle. As far as shiny Pokemon hunting goes, these shaking patches don’t seem to have any application, unlike the ones using the PokeRadar.
Pokemon Audino can be found almost anywhere shaking grass is found, so he is the most common Pokemon found in shaking patches. Once you’ve caught a few Audinos, you might consider just battling the rest after you’ve fainted.
Take a tour of the Pokemon Center with Professor Juniper in front of the Pokemon Center. Pokemon Center now houses the PokeMart – very convenient. Currently, only Poke Balls and Potions are available, as well as a lot of mail. As of right now, none of the wireless/WiFi options are available upstairs, but you can now manage your Pokemon from your PC.
Following a scene in the Pokemon Center, you will be forced to battle N, so make sure your Pokemon are ready to fight before leaving. If you are not satisfied with Accumula, you can explore it further or go directly to Route 2 northwest after battling.
Wild Pokemon (~level 4-7):
You will receive running shoes from your mom after passing through the gate. Prepare yourself for a trainer battle with Bianca on Route 2.
You can check out what services are available in each location using the Town Map as you visit a new city or town. You will see the following items on the Town Map when you enter Striation City:
Having this information at your fingertips, you will be able to explore the area with ease. After defeating the first gym leader, you can visit Fennel’s Lab in the second building on the right.
Cheren must be fought at the Trainers’ School, so be careful since he possesses the starter you are weak to. In order to reach the Dreamyard, either go straight to the gym, or slightly past it to the east.
If you go to the Dreamyard first, you’ll get one of the monkey trio – Panpour, Pansage or Pansear – depending on which element your starter is strong against. If you’re concerned about breeding offspring to trade, it might be prudent to soft reset a female monkey. If you want to save right before you speak with her (she’s right outside the abandoned building entrance), and you’d like to receive the monkey right away, then you can check the gender and reset if necessary. You don’t have to wait until you’ve beaten the game and obtained a ditto to breed certain Pokemon if soft-resetting isn’t your style. Further on, you can find the other monkeys in shaken grass patches in Pinwheel Forest or Lostlorn Forest.
As of now, there isn’t much else you can do here, so go back to the gym and get your first badge if you haven’t already. In her lab, Fennel will present you with HM01 Cut once you have defeated the gym leader and exited the gym. Before you leave, speak with the other woman as well.
When you revisit the PokeMart now that you have your first badge, you’ll discover a lot more items. Once you’ve stocked up, you can access the abandoned building by using Cut in the Dreamyard.
Wild Pokemon (~level 8-11):
Depending on where you are standing, some items in the ruined building area in the Dreamyard are obscured, so make sure you walk around to find everything. You’ll notice this happens quite a bit in B&W because of the semi-3D visuals, so keep an eye out for hidden Poke Balls.
Fennel will give you the C-Gear and Amanita will give you the Pal Pad after you’ve finished your business with Team Plasma and captured a Munna in the Dreamyard’s basement level. Instead of having many little apps on the C-Gear, it’s a hub for various multiplayer and online features, sort of like the Poketch from Diamond and Pearl.
Wild Pokemon (~level 8-11):
After your encounter with Team Plasma, you’ll find doubles grass for the first time on Route 3. It will be dark when you see it, and Cheren will explain everything about it. A grass patch with two Pokemon instead of just one is exactly what it sounds like. Make sure the first two Pokemon in your party are strong enough to handle wild Pokemon in nearby areas before entering double battles.
Pokemon Day Care
Since you can only deposit one Pokemon in the Day Care right now, you won’t be able to breed. Use caution with Pokemon whose movesets you do not want to lose as they level up in the Day Care.
The only thing left to do is to grab TM46 Thief and leave after the battle with Team Plasma. Route 3 will eventually lead you to Nacrene City if you continue south and then west.