Pokémon Radiant and Shadow Versions (Old)
Developer UniversalGaming Inc.
Publisher Logo
Series Pokémon (Generation VI)
Modes Offline Single Player
Online Multiplayer
Genre Role-Playing Game
Turn-Based Battle
Release Date Early 2015
Platform Nintendo Wii U
Media Nintendo Optical Disc

Pokémon Radiant Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスター レイディアント, Pokettomonsutā reidianto) and Pokémon Shadow Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスター シャッドー, Pokettomonsutā shaddō) are Pokémon games classified as part of Generation VI, despite adding four entirely new Pokémon. It involves the player traveling through a brand new continent, the Korabo (Japanese: コラボー, Korabō) region. Few new concepts were introduced, but characters from all over the Pokémon world will appear, as well as new Mega Evolutions among other things.

An masively multiplayer online game created with assistance from UniversalGaming Inc., it is the first true Pokémon game presented on the Nintendo Wii U. The game can be played online or off, while online play requires an small annual subscription. Similarly to Pokémon X and Y, the games are planned to be release globally on the same day.



When starting the game, players are given the option to customize their characters to their liking, given only certain costumes to start with. Other clothing can be bought from stores or unlocked by participating in certain events. After creating their characters, players are introduced to Profressor Yeu; she provides them with one of the new starter Pokémon, and starts them on their journey. Depending on what region the player chose their character to be from, they will start in one of six different towns.

After receiving their starter Pokémon, players are given one of two options; a computer rival can be generated for them, or they can choose to select another player as their rival. In doing so, the two will occasionally be asked to battle one another, but a computer will control the other person's saved team if only one is online (levels are balanced to the highest). Not only this, but another player can be established as a partner, allowing the two to play through the game together. This is a temporary thing, as it could be potentially difficult to co-ordinate times. While partnered, the two players must stick to the same map until they are both ready to move on; while they do not have to walk together, any battles triggered- wild or trainer- will be turned into double battles. Trainers will have twice as many Pokémon as normal, as to accomodate the other players. However, during this time, players are limited to carrying three Pokémon with them (the others are sent to the PC).


Battles are handled in much the same way as Pokémon X and Y, with very few changes. Each Pokémon in the battle attacks in an order based on the highest speed stat. Each Pokémon can learn up to four moves, and some can hold special stones that will allow them to Mega Evolve during battles sequences (before attacking). There are multiple battle types present in the games:

  • Single Battle: A 1-v-1 match in which two Pokémon battle each other without any assistance
  • Double Battle: A 2-v-2 match in which four Pokémon battle at once, two on each side. Certain moves will damage multiple targets
  • Triple Battle: A 3-v-3 match in which six Pokémon battle at once, three on each side. Pokémon on the edges cannot target the opposite edge

Multiple battle conditions are also available (only one may be chosen):

  • Beginner Test: Regulates all Pokémon to level 10, EVs and IVs are not calculated
  • Blank Game: All Pokémon retain their levels, EVs, and IVs as they normally would
  • Normal Rules: All Pokémon levels are set to 50, EVs and IVs are calculated
  • Ultimate Challenge: All Pokémon are set to level 100, EVs and IVs are calculated

The following conditions can be toggled for any battle:

  • Rotation Battle: Allows only one Pokémon to attack at one time, but the platform may be rotated to swith Pokémon in the same turn as an attack (Rotation has highest priority)
  • Reverse Battle: All super effective moves become not very effective, and all not very effective moves become super effective; ineffective moves have normal effectiveness. Types that do not normally affect another type are now immune to that type (Type Fighting is immune to Type Ghost, Type Dragon is immune to Type Light, Type Ground is immune to Type Flying and Type Sonic, Type Poison is immune to Type SteelType Electric is immune to Type Ground, while Type Normal and Type Ghost damage each other normally, as well as Type Sonic affecting itself).

When walking through tall grass, wild Pokémon may occasionally appear. While walking through dark grass, two wild Pokémon may attack at once, with the player also throwing out two. When partnered with another player, double battles occur in both forms of grass most of the time. Regardless of the grass type or number of players, there is a rare chance for a horde of five wild Pokémon to attack at once. While the Pokémon are normally  half the level of others in the area, having a partner raises their levels much closer to the native level.

New Features

One of the major features of Pokémon Radiant and Shadow versions is the alteration to the Fairy type:

  • The name has been changed to Type Light
  • It is weak to the Type Dark and Type Poison types
  • It is resistent to the Type Steel and Type Bug types
  • It is immune to the Type Dragon type
  • The Type Fighting, Type Ice, and Type Poison types resist it
  • The Type Dragon and Type Dark types are weak to it
  • Any Pokémon holding the Black Glasses is resistant to the type

The Type Bug type has gained a resistance to Type Poison.

A brand new type was also introduced, which applies only to this game, and not Pokémon X and Y. It is the Type Sonic type.

  • It is weak to the Type PsychicType Flying, and Type Ice types
  • It is resistent to the Type Water and Type Bug types
  • It is immune to the Type Ground type and itself
  • The Type Rock and Type Steel types resist it
  • The Type Water and Type Ghost types are weak to it
  • Any Pokémon with the ability Soundproof is immune to the type

Retyped Pokémon:

  • Dunsparce to Type Light
  • Zubat to Type Poison Type Sonic
  • Golbat to Type Poison Type Sonic
  • Drowzee to Type Sonic Type Psychic
  • Hypno to Type Sonic Type Psychic
  • Voltorb to Type Electric Type Sonic
  • Electrode to Type Electric Type Sonic
  • Crobat to Type Poison Type Sonic
  • Yanma to Type Bug Type Sonic
  • Lugia to Type Sonic Type Flying
  • Masquerain to Type Bug Type Sonic
  • Ninjask to Type Sonic Type Bug
  • Whismur to Type Sonic
  • Loudred to Type Sonic
  • Exploud to Type Sonic
  • Volbeat to Type Sonic Type Bug
  • Illumise to Type Sonic Type Bug
  • Spinda to Type Normal Type Sonic
  • Chimecho to Type Psychic Type Sonic
  • Rayquaza to Type Dragon Type Sonic
  • Staraptor to Type Sonic Type Flying
  • Kricketune to Type Bug Type Sonic
  • Chingling to Type Psychic Type Sonic
  • Chatot to Type Sonic Type Flying
  • Yanmega to Type Bug Type Sonic
  • Shaymin (Sky Form) to Type Grass Type Sonic
  • Audino to Type Sonic Type Normal
  • Klink to Type Steel Type Sonic
  • Klang to Type Steel Type Sonic
  • Klinklang to Type Steel Type Sonic
  • Pyroar to Type Fire Type Sonic
  • Espurr to Type Psychic Type Sonic
  • Meowstic to Type Psychic Type Sonic
  • Noibat to Type Dragon Type Sonic
  • Noivern to Type Dragon Type Sonic

Moves of the Type Sonic type:

  • Growl
  • Screech
  • Confide
  • Roar
  • Supersonic
  • Helping Hand
  • Yawn
  • Teeter Dance
  • Sing
  • Perish Song
  • Relic Song
  • Heal Bell
  • Heal Pulse
  • Belly Drum
  • Simple Beam
  • Encore
  • Whirlwind
  • Self-Destruct
  • Swift
  • Dizzy Punch
  • Flail
  • Comet Punch
  • Razor Wind
  • Snore
  • Sleep Talk
  • Sonicboom
  • Boomburst
  • Chatter
  • Hyper Voice
  • Echoed Voice
  • Facade
  • Round
  • Uproar
  • Noble Roar

Another new feature are the introduction of new Mega Evolutions (while others were retyped), including those of the fifth and sixth generations. While Venasaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Blazekin, and Mewtwo retain their Mega Evolutions, they are currently unobtainable without trading from Pokémon X and Y. However, along with other legendaries and starters, they are confirmed to be officially added at some point in the future.


New Pokémon

Pokémon Type Title
Eon Type Sonic The Forever Pokémon
EndromiaR Type Light Type Bug The Energy Pokémon
VortexiaS Type Dark Type Poison The Void Pokémon
Novablist Type Sonic The Reality Pokémon

Eon is a Type Sonic type evolution for Eevee, which requires one to be leveled up when inside the Celestial Cavern. Endromia and Vortexia (level 65) are version mascots, while Novablist (level 90) is available in both games.

Mega Evolutions

The following are Mega Evolutions available at the games launch. While starter and legendary Pokémon have been confirmed to be getting Mega Evolutions, they are as of now unobtainable. Venasaur, Charizard, Blastoise, and Mewtwo can only Mega Evolve through trading at launch.

Pokémon Type Ability Mega Stone
Alakazam Type Psychic Trace Alakazite
Golem Type Steel Type Ground Rock Head GolemiteS
Rapidash Type Fire Flash Fire RapiditeS
Gengar Type Ghost Type Poison Shadow Tag Gengarite
Electrode Type Electric Type Sonic Aftermath ElectroditeR
Kangaskhan Type Normal Parental Bond Kangaskhanite
Pinsir Type Bug Type Sonic Aerialate PinsiriteR
Gyarados Type Water Type Dragon Mold Breaker Gyaradosite
Lapras Type Water Type Ice Shell Armor Laprasite
Aerodactyl Type Rock Type Flying Tough Claws Aerodactylite
Ledian Type Bug Type Fighting Iron Fist LedianiteR
Ariados Type Bug Type Poison Swarm AriaditeS
Ampharos Type Electric Type Dragon Mold Breaker Ampharosite
Unown Type Psychic Protean Unownite
Wobbuffet Type Psychic Type Fighting Color Change Wobbuffetite
Dunsparce Type Dragon Type Light Rattled Dunsparite
Scizor Type Bug Type Steel Technician Scizorite
Heracross Type Bug Type Fighting Skill Link HeracroniteS
Houndoom Type Fire Type Dark Solar Power HoundoomiteS
Tyranitar Type Rock Type Dark Sand Stream TyranitariteS
Shiftry Type Dark Type Grass Contradiction Shiftrite
Gardevoir Type Psychic Type Light Pixilate Garevoirite
Shedinja Type Bug Type Ghost Wonder Guard Shedinjite
Mawile Type Steel Type Light Huge Power Mawilite
Aggron Type Steel Type Rock Filter AggroniteR
Medicham Type Fighting Type Psychic Pure Power Medichamite
Manectric Type Electric Intimidate ManectiteR
Banette Type Ghost Prankster Banettite
Absol Type Dark Type Light Magic Bounce Absolite
Metagross Type Steel Type Light Clear Body MetagriteR
Honchkrow Type Dark Type Flying Super Luck HonchkriteS
Purugly Type Normal Thick Fat PurugliteR
Spiritomb Type Ghost Type Dark Infiltrator Spiritomite
Garchomp Type Dragon Type Ground Sand Force Garchompite
Lucario Type Fighting Type Steel Adaptability Lucarionite
Drapion Type Poison Type Dark Battle Armor Drapionite
Abomasnow Type Grass Type Ice Snow Warning Abomasite
Togekiss Type Light Type Flying Super Luck TogekriteR
Gallade Type Light Type Fighting Justified Galladite
Rotom Type Electric Type Ghost Levitate Rotomite
Liepard Type Dark Quick Feet LieparditeS
Simisage Type Grass Type Fighting Overgrow Simisite
Simisear Type Fire Type Fighting Blaze Simisite
Simipour Type Water Type Fighting Torrent Simisite
Musharna Type Psychic Type Light Levitate Musharnite
Gigalith Type Rock Type Light Sturdy GigalithiteR
Throh Type Fighting Inner Focus ThrohiteS
Sawk Type Fighting Inner Focus SawkiteR
Klinklang Type Steel Type Sonic Marvel Scale Klinklanite
Hydreigon Type Dragon Type Dark Cursed Body HydreigoniteS
Aegislash Type Ghost Type Steel Stance Change Aegislashite
Malamar Type Dark Type Light Contrary Malamite
Heliolisk Type Electric Type Normal Solar Power Heliolite
Tyrantrum Type Dark Type Dragon Strong Jaw TyrantriteS
Aurorus Type Rock Type Ice Ice Body AuroriteR
Hawlucha Type Fighting Type Flying Mold Breaker Hawluchite
Dedenne Type Electric Type Light Pixilate Dedenite
Trevenant Type Ghost Type Grass Natural Cure TrevaniteS
Gourgeist Type Ghost Type Grass Natural Cure GourgeniteR
Noivern Type Dragon Type Sonic Soundproof Noivernite


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As in Pokémon X and Y, there are three versions of the Pokédex that players will obtain when playing through the game. There are two available on the mainland (Northern Korabo and Southern Korabo), and a third available after the sixth gym, when heading off onto a separate island (Korabo Reef). Each contains 150 Pokémon, all 450 of which can be obtained between the two games with no trading from X and Y necessary.

Upon defeating the Elite Four, a new segment of the island will open up, allowing the completion of the Korabo Reef Pokédex. While extra Pokémon do appear post-game around the region, allowing for even more than 450 to be obtained, not all can be obtained without trading from X and Y as of yet.