|Pokémon Radiant and Shadow Versions (Old)|
|Series||Pokémon (Generation VI)|
|Modes|| Offline Single Player|
|Genre|| Role-Playing Game|
|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 ( is immune to , is immune to , is immune to and , is immune to , is immune to , while and damage each other normally, as well as 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.
One of the major features of Pokémon Radiant and Shadow versions is the alteration to the Fairy type:
- The name has been changed to
- It is weak to the and types
- It is resistent to the and types
- It is immune to the type
- The , , and types resist it
- The and types are weak to it
- Any Pokémon holding the Black Glasses is resistant to the type
- It is weak to the , , and types
- It is resistent to the and types
- It is immune to the type and itself
- The and types resist it
- The and types are weak to it
- Any Pokémon with the ability Soundproof is immune to the type
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.
|Eon||The Forever Pokémon|
|EndromiaR||The Energy Pokémon|
|VortexiaS||The Void Pokémon|
|Novablist||The Reality Pokémon|
Eon is a 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.
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.
See here for more info.
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.