Pokemon Black and White import guide

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Getting started and menu basics
Gym badges 1 - 3 (Kanoko Town, Karakusa Town, Sanyou City, Hiun City and C Gear explanation)
Gym badge 7 (Sekka City)

Raimon City

Once you've earned the third gym badge, you should have no language barrier difficulties getting from Hiun City to Raimon City to the north via Route 4. Once you watch the scene with Team Plasma and N there's nothing standing in your way if you want to tackle the gym right away.

If Hiun City is the New York of the Isshu region, Raimon City is the Las Vegas. Lots of items of interest:

Battle Subway
This is the first building in front of you when you enter Raimon City from Route 4. When you first try to enter, a girl will come out and give you the Battle Recorder.  The trains, clockwise from entrance are:

Blue train – Wi-Fi battle
Orange train – Multi battle
Yellow train – Super multi battle
Brown train – To Kanawa Town
Pink train – Super double battle
Red train – Double battle
Light green train – Super single battle
Dark green train – Single battle

Trial House
This is the building on the west side of the Pokemon Center. When you talk to the guy, your options are Challenge, Explanation, Download, Quit. Your Pokemon have to be at least level 50 to play.

Raimon City Gym
The gym is next to the Ferris  wheel in the east area of the city. After the scene with N in the Ferris wheel you can go in and battle for the Bolt badge.

Musical Hall
Belle is standing out front when you first approach the Musical Hall in the northeast corner of Raimon City. A guy inside gives you the Goods Case and a brief tutorial on Pokemon dress up.

Little Court and Big Stadium
These are sporting venues in the northwest area of Raimon City. Little Court is in the far northwest corner and Big Stadium is to the east of Little Court.

On the west side of town there are also two nondescript buildings – in the westernmost building on the first floor the blue-haired boy gives you HM04 Strength. 

Hodomoe City

Not much going on here compared to Hiun and Raimon. Head to the southwest corner of Hodomoe to continue the story and battle Team Plasma. After that, you can access the gym in the northeast.

Items of interest:

Hodomoe Market
You can buy herbal medicines from the guy in the lower right – Heal Powder, EnergyPowder, Energy Root, Revival Herb. The woman in the upper left sells Moo Moo Milk.

Move tutor
In the southwest house in the set of four orange-roofed houses to the east of the market, the move tutor will teach your starter its respective Oath move (Grass Oath, Water Oath or Fire Oath). 

Hodomoe Gym
Homomoe Gym is located in the northeast corner of Hodomoe. Cowboy Yacon is ready to challenge you with his Ground-type Pokemon as soon as you've scared off the Team Plasma goons in the southwest area of Hodomoe.

After you've earned the Quake badge, as you exit the gym and head west toward Route 6 Belle stops you and challenges you to a battle. When you win, she gives you HM 02 – Fly. Finally! If you want to do any breeding, you can fly back to Sanyou City/Route 3 now, since the Pokemon day care now accepts two Pokemon.

Fukiyose City and Tower of Heaven

Route 6 leads to Fukiyose City, the city with the airport. Before you can challenge the gym in the northwest corner, you must head north to the Tower of Heaven. Fight your way to the top of the tower and ring the bell at the top and Fukiyose Gym's leader will return to the gym so you can go claim your badge.
Items of interest:

Move relearner / move deleter 
-The move relearner is the girl in the upper left corner, and she requires a heart scale for her services.
-The move deleter is the man in the upper right.

Tower of Heaven
Head north a bit on Route 7 to reach this tower. Head to the top and ring the bell.

Fukiyose Gym 
Earn the Jet Badge at this Flying-type gym.

Skip to:
Getting started and menu basics
Gym badges 1 - 3 (Kanoko Town, Karakusa Town, Sanyou City, Hiun City and C Gear explanation)
Gym badge 7 (Sekka City)




  • Burdmayn - October 24, 2010 9:38 p.m.

    I have a question regarding your Pokemon's moveset. I don't know any Japanese and I just ordered the game from PlayAsia, (can't wait to get my hands on this!) but the only thing I can't find mention of anywhere are your attacks. Is it fairly easy to tell which move you're about to use? Or am I going to be blindfiring besides knowing what "type" the move is?
  • Reaverx - September 23, 2010 6:30 p.m.

    Curse you subtle anti-piracy!
  • sepirothpk - September 23, 2010 3:27 a.m.

    @ Yaro It seems like an option, whether you want Kanji or not. Probably easier for the most part to not have any kanji.
  • snorooster47 - September 23, 2010 2:07 a.m.

    @ Reaverx, You're Pokemon aren't gaining any exp because you are playing from a rom, the developers designed it so pokemon would not gain any experience unless its an original game.
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - September 23, 2010 12:11 a.m.

    @ GamesRadarCarolynGudmundson -thank you, and i love your podcast
  • GamesRadarCarolynGudmundson - September 22, 2010 11:07 p.m.

    @ihopethisisnotantistasblood - i'm trying to update at least once or twice a day as i play through. thanks for waiting - i'll try to get through the main game as fast as possible.
  • RonaldRayGun - September 22, 2010 10:51 p.m.

  • Reaverx - September 22, 2010 10:22 p.m.

    I'm glad a site actually bothered to do this. Although for some reason my pokemon aren't gaining exp, so until I figure out how to fix this I guess I'm stuck :/
  • felix7227 - September 22, 2010 8:54 p.m.

    @Spartan11794 Just read the books then if you get an exclamation mark above your head one of the 2 trainers will be face away from the bookcase, talk to them and answer Yes everytime, eventually youll fight both of them and theyll move the bookcase
  • ChipTheExecutioner - September 22, 2010 8:49 p.m.

    Thanks Carolyn
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - September 22, 2010 8:05 p.m.

    when will you publish the second part?
  • Fusionmix - September 22, 2010 6:02 p.m.

    Team...Plasma? Ugh. I really wish they'd reinvent the Pokemon games one day.
  • GamesRadarCarolynGudmundson - September 22, 2010 4:51 p.m.

    @ChipTheExecutioner - We ordered our copies from It's pretty pricey because DS games cost a lot more in Japan. I think it ended up being about $65 each.
  • musclesdylan - September 22, 2010 4:46 p.m.

    if you really want to play it in english download a ds emulator a black or white rom and an english patch thats what i did =) or you can download the rom and put it on an r4 card with the patch ..
  • ChipTheExecutioner - September 22, 2010 4:29 a.m.

    How exactly would one go about importing this? (please excuse my ignorance) is it pricey to do?
  • enlargedhousecats - September 22, 2010 3:48 a.m.

    @sabatos: and you don't mind brutally killing humans and other oganisms in other games?
  • RebornKusabi - September 22, 2010 1:58 a.m.

    I can't wait for this seeing as I became completely indoctrinated to Pokemon Platinum(before that, my first and last Pokemon game was Red) although the s***ty breakup I was going through at the time probably didn't help lol ... and yet, while I can't wait for Pokemon Black/White, I would rather delve into it when it ships here in American instead of trying to decipher the game's text, Indiana Jones- style >_>
  • Yaro - September 22, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    Wait, so is the entirety of the game in hiragana/katakana? No Kanji? I just might import this in japanese to practice reading =)
  • SoySauceHater - September 22, 2010 12:41 a.m.

    Did you mean to call it TM01? or is it still HM? just making sure, cuz they screwed around with stuff, sorry if its just a typo :P
  • aibogreens - September 21, 2010 11:56 p.m.

    Meh. I don't feel like importing it. It just means I have to buy a game twice. One time to only enjoy half of it, and another time just to play it so I can slightly comprehend it more. I might try it, though. My friend may have it imported.

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