What is the Difference Between Pokémon Black and Pokémon White?
by: Matthew Weber
; edited by: Michael Hartman
; updated: 5/25/2012
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Taking a deeper look at Pokémon Black and White, and what the key differences are between the two? Here we break down all of the exclusive content found in both Pokémon Black and Pokémon White.
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Ever since the first generation of Pokemon there have been multiple versions of each generation's game, with each version containing its own exclusive content. Pokemon Black Version and White Version are no different, featuring exclusive Pokemon to capture, areas to explore, and Gym Leaders to battle. Our Pokemon Black and White Version Differences Guide breaks down all of this exclusive content, aiding your decision between which version to play.
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Pokemon Black and White Differences - Pokemon
The chief difference between the two versions are the variety of Pokemon exclusively found in each. Of particular note are the legendary Pokemon Zekrom and Reshiram. These mythic beasts are featured on the covers of Pokemon Black Version and White Version, and play a major role in the storyline. This first list of Pokemon are only found in Black Version, and are arranged by National Pokedex number:
This next list of Pokemon are only found in White Version, and are arranged by National Pokedex number:
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Pokemon Black and White Differences - Black City and White Forest
In Pokemon Black you gain access to the technologically advanced Black City, which is home to several Pokemon trainers to battle against. In Pokemon White you are given access to the idyllic White Forest, which is home to several species of wild Pokemon to capture.
When you first enter either area, they will have a base population of NPCs dependent on how many days it took you to reach the area. When Black City becomes more populous there will be more Pokemon trainers to fight and additional items available in the shop. When White Forest gains more residents additional species of wild Pokemon will be available to capture.
To increase the population of either Black City or White Forest you must invite other online players to your area via Entralink.
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Pokemon Black and White Differences - Gym Leaders
The last notable difference is merely an aesthetic one. The eighth Gym in Unova is the Opelucid City Gym, and the Gym Leader you battle there differs based on which version of the game you are playing. In Pokemon Black you will fight Gym Leader Drayden, and in Pokemon White you will fight Gym Leader Iris. Both Leaders use the exact same team of Pokemon.
Bright Hub's Pokemon Black and White Gameplay Guide provides you with all the information you'll need to become a true Pokemon master. Our guide covers the Unova Pokedex, the available starter Pokemon, as well as the differences between Black Version and White Version.