Pokemon Anniversary Version
Pokemon Anniversary Version
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Developer(s) Darklight Studios 2
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Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, Visus Sphere
Age Rating(s)
OFLC PG rating
Genre(s) RPG, Action-Adventure, Strategy
Series Pokémon (series)
Predecessor Pokemon Lambda Emerald Version
Pokemon Anniversary Version is an upcoming entry in the Pokemon (Series). Despite being part of the 9th Generation it features a new Region although no new Pokemon, it features all 1801 Pokemon up to the 9th Generation and has no villainous organization like previous Pokemon Games. The story focuses around Legendary Pokemon suddenly appearing throughout the region causing concern for the residents, the player finds themselves involved in a 10,000 year-old prophecy.


The player, a young teenager has recently moved from a neighbouring region to the Mega Region, called Pokuta. There they meet the region's professor, Professor Bonsai who gives the player their first Pokemon as well as their neighbour.

Main Characters

Character Name Age Description/Personality
The Player 14 The player, a child who moved to the Potaku region from another region in the Pokemon World, is a young fourteen year-old who aspires to achieve greatness by challenging the infamous Potaku Pokemon League. Their personality is somewhat shaped by the player but are always portrayed as willing to do what is right for those around them.
The Rival 14 The rival is a child who had been growing up in the Potaku Region since their birth, they are extremely determined and have a desire to beat Kami, the Potaku Region's Champion. The player discovers along their journey that Kami is the Rival's Grandfather and that the Rival wants to prove to their grandfather that they are worthy to succeed Kami when the time comes.
Professor Bonsai 38 Professor Bonsai is a kind and compassionate Professor who is the lead researcher of Pokemon in the Potaku region. He is invested in the research and investigation of Pokemon Genetics and seeks to find how Legendary Pokemon and Regular Pokemon are related and believes both Mew and Arceus are key links to his hopeful discovery. He also has a younger sister called Yume who he acts as a guardian towards despite Yume not taking too kindly to Professor Bonsai's over-protective nature.
Iwa 20 Iwa is a master of everything to do with Rocks, he has spent his whole life dedicated to investigating all the great wonders of Rocks, he has climbed mountains, dwelled through foreboding caves and was one of the first people to discover the massive fossil deposit in Central-East Potaku which later got dubbed, the Iwa Valley. Iwa trains with his Rock Type Pokemon, practising to enhance their defences everyday.
Konchu 18 Konchu is a bit of a weird individual according to the other trainers in her Gym, no one is quite sure why, but Konchu has a fascination with shells from Bug-Types, it seems that she has a knack for inventing as well as she often uses these shells stating that she hopes to blend the world of Science and world of Insects together so they can co-exist in perfect unison. It appears that she's used the technology she possesses to build herself an armour made of a similar material to the shells of Bug-Type Pokemon.
Tsubasa 23

An expert in both Hang-Gliding and Flying-Type Pokemon, Tsubasa is a laid-back individual, he often mentions how some of the most interesting things he beleives, are discovering the mysteries that hide on the tall islands off the South Coast of Potaku. Tsubasa is regularly away from the gym stating that sometimes the excitement of a Pokemon Battle gets to be too much for him. Tsubasa watches over the coast of Clardigo City and has somewhat earned a reputation as a guardian for the city, despite his young age.

Maindo 72 An elder in her city, Maindo has a strong connection with her Psychic-Pokemon able to channel her own power to see the past of a person. Maindo is one of the oldest residents of Xylagenta City and is able to recall when the routes between the cities and towns were much more wild. Maindo seems to believe that the only way for a trainer to truly become strong is to find a proper connection with their Pokemon and that Mega Evolution is merely a confirmation of a Trainer's capabilites. Even in her twilight years, Maindo still trains rigorously with her Pokemon to enhance their battle capabilities and her connection to them.
Hyojun 41 Training in the cold, many often assume Hoyjun would use Ice or a Type Ice is weak to, however Hyojun believes and has stated that a Pokemon's true power comes from natural abilities and believes that through enough training any Pokemon can overcome its weaknesses. Hyojun has also been known to act as a Tour Guide around the Routes near his area often showing special crystals that grow in North-West Potaku.
Aku No 32 Aku No is the Benze City Pokemon Gym Leader and son of Unmei the City's Elder. Aku No strives to become the next City Elder after his father although is constantly tested for perfection, Aku No has developed a very strict personality because of this and states that he finds that all issues and arguments are battles where there is always a winner and loser. Aku No has trained in the harsh bitterness of Benze's surrounding environments although the determination he once had to become the next City Elder has become envy of his father as he has grown impatient of his father relinquishing the position to him. This has allowed him to form a connection with the Dark-Type Pokemon as their cruelty has helped him strengthen his beliefs.
Yume 27 Living out in the lush fields of the Center of the Potaku Region, Yume is a Gym Leader known for her affinity with Fairy Type Pokemon. She has a strong belief that Pokemon battle for fun and is shown to help young Pokemon found in the surrounding fields play fight. Yume has a strong belief that no Pokemon is inherently evil and that no person is inherently evil and it is merely through unfortunate actions that Pokemon and People act maliciously, her influence of the City she lives in has made the city one of the most nature-influenced cities in the region as many buildings support gardens and trees fill the pathways.
Ten'no 45 A legendary Dragon Trainer, Ten'no doesn't actually live in Chilet City instead staying in his family's grand house in the winter's blizzard, here he trains in an almost unrecognizable garden. People are divided on how Ten'no's family sustains the illustrious garden surrounding their house in the monstrous whether although Ten'no has stated that it's thanks to his Dragon-Type Pokemon. Ten'no is a very calm individual and is known to commonly meditate with his Dragon Pokemon to enhance his connection with them as he believes it takes more than just battling to form a bond with Pokemon.
Kusa 39 The youngest member of the Potaku Elite Four, Kusa acts as the orientation guide for people visiting the league as well as challenging it. While she is away from her two jobs Kusa has been known to train in the volcanic mountains of South-West Potaku as it leaves her Pokemon at a disadvantage. In addition Kusa has been stated working at the herbal shop in Drue City as that's where her parents live. Kusa has mentioned that she works as an Elite Four member not to battle trainers but to help trainers realise their potential.
Kasai 55 The head of security for the Pokemon League, Kasai and his Fire-Type Pokemon hunt down and overwhelm anyone attempting to sabotage the Pokemon League in any way or form. Kasai is often seen patrolling the outside with the other guards although is distinguishable for his red uniform which he even wears in battles against challengers. Kasai was raised in Troon City and would often go exploring the nearby volcanic mountains as he made friends with the Fire-Type Pokemon there. Kasai would later go on to help save several Pokemon caught near the mountain's fire pits and became determined to protect those whom needed it. Kasai is extremely dedicated to both his jobs and states that when a Pokemon and trainer have the same desire their battling ability is exponentially stronger than those who are unable to fight in unison.
Mizu 40 The head of Finances for the Pokemon League, Mizu organizes and guards the Pokemon League Treasury with her illusive Water-Type Pokemon. Mizu's aptitude with Water-Type Pokemon orignated in her youth where she pracitsed racing Pokemon along a river trying to outrun them each time. Although over the years she's not been able to outrun her faster Pokemon, she still uses this to teach new Water-Type Pokemon the value of speed. Mizu is often seen training her Water-Type Pokemon and young children around the Pokemon League in the rivers surrounding it.
Denki No 44 The current face of the Pokemon League, most people know Denki No through her speeches on television as she discusses the plans, events and goings on within the Pokemon League and its involvement in other organizations. Denki No is a self-professed child at heart who despite her age doesn't take her jobs too seriously, her Electric-Type Pokemon reflect this as she is often seen playing with them outside of her jobs or cheering them on in battle. She believes that Pokemon deserve all the love and care that any person receives and that the bond between Pokemon and Trainer is just as meaningful as between any two People or any two Pokemon.
Kami 65 The CEO of the Pokemon League and the Rival's Grandfather, Kami is regarded throughout the region as a legendary trainer, having forged a team since his youth, his Pokemon have stuck by him through all his life. Kami has helped carve the modern image of the Potaku region from respecting its cultural heritages to deciding to regulate Route safety, Kami is considered one of the most important individuals in Potaku's history. Kami is a stern individual, not one to get overtly emotional in most situations he concerns himself with the duty of the region and understands the importance of some people's roles. Kami has no proper opinion on what Pokemon Battling means, he has stated that Pokemon Battling can be for fun, for glory, for justice or for revenge and that as long as a trainer has a purpose to their training, then their Pokemon will appreciate them.
Gym Guide 37 This always helpful individual gives trainers hints on how to handle whatever gym they are at. No one knows how many Gym Guides there are although wherever a Gym may be found, a Gym Guide is surely within. All Gym Guides look like a middle-aged man.
Contest Star Aka 28 A celebrity among contest-goers and Pokemon Trainers alike, Aka is one of the 6 renowned Contest Stars of Potaku. His Pokemon specialize in Cool Attacks and are known to be able to eat even the spiciest of foods. Aka himself is easily noticeable in a crowd due to his red jacket and flame-decal trousers. Aka also has a tendency to battle to help his Pokemon, he specializes in Fire and Fighting Type Pokemon.
Contest Star Ki 34 An incredibly strong individual, Ki is renowned throughout the Contest world and also the physical training world as a master of both. Ki pushes his Pokemon and his own body to their maximum potential to show how tough he and his Pokemon are. Ki has been described to be able to go toe to toe with a Machoke in a Wrestling Match and lift up a Golem with ease.
Contest Star Rozu 9 Rozu is known around Potaku as one of the greatest teachers for Pokemon Contests in recent history, although quite young and at times overly energetic, Rozu has displayed a deep and impressive knowledge and understanding of Pokemon Contests and Pokemon Contest stats, her speciality is in Cute Contests where her Pokemon are known to adore fans of her throughout the contest.
Contest Star Buru 29 One of the infamous Contest Stars, Buru also is known as one of the greatest berry farmers across the region, most people spot Buru wandering all of Potaku planting berries across the region to grow into giant trees. Buru specializes in Beauty contests and many see the elegance in her Pokemon as unrivaled by many others. Buru has a tendency to dress in elaborate dresses even outside of contests.
Contest Star Midori 15 Both a Contest Star and a Professional Pokemon Breeder, Midori has said that he hopes to gain a similar level of fame and admiration as his grandmother, Baioretto who is another contest star in Potaku. Midori specializes in Studious Contests and uses his vast knowledge of Pokemon Breeding to his advantage, specifically breeding Pokemon to capitalize on this particular contest stat, he has stated that unlike other Contest Stars he doesn't really try to be the best at all contest types as he's admitted he's no good in Cute, Cool or Beautiful Pokemon Contests.
Contest Star Baioretto 86 One of the oldest living Contest Stars, Baioretto is known across Potaku as a master of the Mysterious Contests as her Pokemon use moves and display themselves in such a way that invokes intrigue and curiosity in the audience. Baioretto has been a Contest Star for so long that she sometimes acts as a Judge in other Contests aside from Mysterious Contests. Baioretto's children and grandchildren have all been known to be surprisingly successful in the Pokemon Contests with Midori being her supposed sucessor for the Potaku Region.
Elder Sunpo 71 An elder in Bania City, Sunpo is known to be one of the three elders of the gods. Sunpo and her brothers; Jikan and Yugamemasu protect and pray at the three celestial gates in Potaku. Sunpo believes that Palkia is most important of the three legendaries and stays at the Gate of Space in Bania City. Sunpo has also started what is known as the Vast Garden in Bania City, a huge park that celebrates Palkia.
Elder Jikan 71 An elder in Bassick City, Jikan is known to be one of the three elders of the gods. Jikan along with his sister, Sunpo and brother, Ygamemasu protect and pray at the three celestial gates in Potaku. Jikan believes Dialga is the most important of the legendaries and stays at the Gate of Time in Bassick City. Jikan believes that time is extremely important as without it chaos would consume everyone, as such Jikan has built 3 massive clock towers in Bassick City known as the Clocks of Eons and were built at different stages in Jikan's life. He states that each clock describes his view of Dialga at that stage in his life.
Elder Yugamemasu 77 An elder in Recure City, Yugamemasu is the eldest of three siblings who are known to follow the legendary Pokemon; Dialga, Palkia & Giratina. Yugamemasu is the only one of the three to have stayed in the city they grew up in and believes that Jikan and Sunpo have untapped connections to Giratina which he believes, he himself has. Yugamemasu created a fun maze in Recure City's leisure district known as the Distorted Maze that is a complex and mysterious maze that has an alien-esque shape to it. Yugamemasu has also made treks across the Potaku Region finding examples of Giratina's handiwork among the stability of Dialga and Palkia.
Cynthia 29 A Champion from a distant region, Sinnoh, Cynthia is known to visit other regions quite frequently and acts as one of the three current Elite Champions, meaning she monitors other Champions from her designated area of regions. Cynthia is known to be quite knowledgable and calm and has a deep connection with the legendary Pokemon of Sinnoh, having grown up in a town in the region that had held onto a lot of the legends from the ancient past.
Lance 35 A Champion from a far away region, Kanto, Lance is known to occasionally visit other regions and acts as one of the three current Elite Champions, meaning he monitors other Champions from his designated area of regions. Lance is a master of the Dragon-Type and has a deep connection with many Dragon-Type Pokemon, he always tries to make his Pokemon the best they can be through intense and rigorous training, he sometimes even battles his cousin, Clair to practice against.
Dianthia 28 A Champion from a region to the West, Kalos, Dianthia is known to usually stay in her region although is known across many regions as she is also a famous actor. She is one of the three current Elite Champions and as such, monitors other Champions from her designated area of regions. Dianthia is known for her acting skills and dazzling Pokemon equally, some believe that she should stick to one profession and maximize on that profession.
Inoru, the Arcanic Elder 95 One of the oldest people in Potaku, Inoru is the elder of a nomadic tribe known as the Arcanics who worship Arceus as the Guardian of the Universe. Although the tribe is no longer truly nomadic and many of its descendants live in the modern towns and cities across Potaku, Inoru still makes trips every couple of years around Potaku to check on certain hubs of the tribe. He has a deep connection with Arceus and some believe that Inoru was blessed by Arceus as a young child, giving him the power necessary to lead the Arcanics through modernization.
Somukimasu 15 The Great-Grandaughter of Inoru, Somukimasu has an odd connection to the Arcanic Tribe, unlike her parents and grandparents she hasn't specifically followed the beliefs of the Arcanic Tribe and has instead become a researcher into Legendary Pokemon and their qualities, although this has lead to disapproval from Inoru, the rest of her family has supported her on this. As such Somukimasu has travelled the region looking for locations that could house Legendary Pokemon and seems to have come up with some ideas leading to expeditions discovering ancient texts from the Arcanic Tribe many centuries prior. Somukimasu secretly prays to Arceus unbeknownst to her Great-Grandfather as she believes that Arceus could provide her with the vast knowledge she seeks.


Gameplay for Pokemon Anniversary Version differs slightly between versions. As the NX uses a significantly more powerful system, it instead has the game played in a truly 3D environment with a much more organic appearance to the Cities, Towns, Routes and other locations. The 3DS Version however features a more recognizable style and while more cartoony in form is equally large in scope.

The player moves around via use the directional controls on the systems and interacts with their surroundings with the A Button. In addition the player is able to access Key Items that have been selected from their Bag with the Y Button on the 3DS and an unknown button prompt on the NX. The player is able to move around in a 3D environment although lacks an ability to naturally jump or attack. Instead the player's main goal is to defeat the various Gym Leaders located across the region and reach the Pokemon League where they will face the strongest trainers of the region.

In Pokemon Anniversary Version there is a strong insentive for the player to collect all 1801 Pokemon which is possible although requires the player to search far and whice across the region in some of the most secretive spots as well as Breeding and Trading some Pokemon at the Pokemon Day Cares and with NPCs respecitvely.

The player can train their Pokemon in battles, these battles are formatted as Turn-Based Strategy Battles where the player and opponent choose their attacks and then the Pokemon with the higher Speed Stat attacks first (unless under specific circumstances) followed by the next fastest. There are a multitude of different battle modes that have their restrictions and unique rules.

Battle Styles

Throughout Pokemon Anniversary Version the player will encounter an assortment of different Battle Styles, all except one return from previous games.

Single Battles

Single Battle

Single Battles, or the classic battle format for Pokemon are 1 vs. 1 matches where both sides have a single Pokemon out on the Battlefield at any given time. The trainers take turns choosing their moves and executing them in battle.

Double Battle

Double Battle

A more complex version of the Single Battle format, this style features a 2 vs. 2 match where both sides have 2 Pokemon that can work seperately, in sync or detremantily to each other. Some moves have different properties in Double Battles such as Earthquake which will also hit the player's partner Pokemon in Double Battles.

Triple Battles

Triple Battle

Another step up from Double Battles, Triple Battles feature 3 vs. 3 matches where each side controls 3 Pokemon at once. This battle style adds the swap feature to battle which allows the player to swap either the Left or Right Pokemon with the center Pokemon for added strategy. In addition some moves have different properties due to the distance between two Pokemon, as such some moves will only hit adjacent Pokemon, while others will hit Pokemon further away.

Rotation Battles

Rotation Battle

A variation on Triple Battles, still retaining the 3 vs. 3 format, these battles have the Pokemon forming a triad where the front Pokemon attacks in a 1 vs. 1 style with the opponent's Pokemon. In addition the player can spin their Pokemon triad clockwise or anti-clockwise and attack with one of the other two Pokemon.

Sky Battles

Single Battle

Sky Battles return, having originated in Generation 6, Sky Battles limit the player to using only Flying Pokemon, while this doesn't limit the player to only Flying-Type Pokemon it heavily reduces the options for Pokemon, in addition, some Flying-Types are unable to battle in a Sky Battle.

Horde Battles

Horde Battle Pokemon

Horde Battles also return from Generation 6, they have changed once again and are now 1 vs. 6 formats, there are no Horde Trainer Battles however. Wild Horde Pokemon are lower levelled than their counterparts on the same Route.

Deep Sea Battles

Single Battle

Deep Sea Battles also return, having originated in Generation 9, Deep Sea Battles act as an opposite to the Sky Battles. They only allow diving Pokemon to compete, it also makes Fire-Type & Flying-Type moves completely useless during the battle.

Ultimate Freedom Battles

Ultimate Freedom Battle

The new Battle Format adding in Pokemon Anniversary Version, significantly more rare than the other battle formats, Ultimate Freedom battles are a chaotic, 6 vs. 6 Battle in which the Pokemon form a sort of ring. Pokemon are able to directly the Pokemon opposite them as well as the ones adjacent to the one they're opposite to. Like in Triple Battles the Pokemon on the player's team can be switched between adjacent positions. In addition Ultimate Freedom Battles allow for all Pokemon to Mega Evolve/Supreme Evolve/Primal Revert/Mega Primal Evolve. There is only one Wild Ultimate Freedom Battle which is against multiple legendary Pokemon, none of these Pokemon can be captured during the battle however.

Player Interaction

The player is not only able to interact with the NPCs of the world they play in, but also other Players who possess Pokemon Anniversary Version (and to a lesser extent, players who possess Pokemon Sol Version, Pokemon Terra Version & Pokemon Lambda Emerald Version). Classic interactions such as Trading and Battling appear as well as some newer options.


There are three ways to trade with other players in Pokemon Anniversary Version; Local, Global & Random. These three methods each have different purposes, the latter two; Global & Random require an internet connection while Local requires two devices to be in close proximity. It has not been revealed whether the Nintendo NX will be able to perform Local Trading although both systems have been confirmed to be able to perform Global & Random Trading.

Local & Global Trading

Local and Global Trading for the most part function identically, in a Local Trade the player sees the Pokemon their companion chooses and vice versa, both players are able to check stats, statuses, conditions, moves and held items on a Pokemon and both must confirm before trading. In Global Trading functions similar to this although as people are awake at different times the system instead has been set up so that the player offers a Pokemon and gives the requested Pokemon and its level. The system has been set up so Impossible Pokemon (A Pokemon who cannot be obtained at a certain level) cannot be requested, this also means the minimum level to offer a Pokemon is Level 5 and all for Legendary Pokemon and Ditto it is Level 50.

Random Trading

Random Trading is an event Trading that occurs every 48 hours, during which the player can offer a random amount of Pokemon ranging from any level and any species. They cannot request any Pokemon and instead send the Pokemon into a giant storage device of Pokemon from around the world. From here the storage device adds a random selection of Pokemon at Level 25 and then sends Pokemon to everyone who sent Pokemon to the Storage Device. A player receives the same number of Pokemon from the Storage Device as they put in, thus an equal exchange. This is one of the easier ways to obtain legendary Pokemon as they may be part of the Random selection added at Level 25.

In a standard Single Battle each side is permitted 3 Pokemon, the option for a Full Single Battle permits 6 Pokemon per side, a standard Double Battle permits 4 Pokemon per side, a standard Triple Battle permites 6 Pokemon per sidem, a standard Rotation Battle permits 4 Pokemon per side and a standard Ultimate Freedom Battle permits 6 Pokemon per side. The amount of Pokemon per player depends on the number of Players.


Battling with other players can be a way to test a player's Pokemon against another person's. Players can battle Locally or via Wi-Fi. In addition players can battle in Single, Double, Triple, Rotation or Ultimate Freedom Formats for their battles although all participating parties must consent to the battle format. Double Battles can be fought between Two or Four players and include a special Sub-Format called Battle Royale, Triple Battles can be fought between Two or Six People and have two special Sub-Formats called Double Battle Royale & Super Battle Royale, lastly Ultimate Freedom can be fought between Two, Six or Twelve players and includes the special Sub-Format, Ultimate Battle Royale.

Battle Royales

Battle Royales are multi-way battles between Three to Twelve players (depending on the Battle Royale Format).

A standard Battle Royale Format involves 4 Players in a 1v1v1v1 Battle. Each player is permitted 3 Pokemon for the battle.

A Double Battle Royale Format involves 3 Players in a 2v2v2 Battle. Each player is permitted 4 Pokemon for the battle.

A Super Battle Royale Format involves 6 Player in a 1v1v1v1v1v1 Battle. Each player is permitted 3 Pokemon for the Battle.

An Ultimate Battle Royale Format involves 12 Players in a 12-way Single Battle. Each player is permitted 2 Pokemon and both Pokemon are permitted Forme Changes, Mega Evolutions, Supreme Evolutions, Primal Reversion and/or Mega Primal Reversions.

Pokemon Contests

Returning from previous generations, Pokemon Contests are available through multiplayer as well as single player. In multiplayer up to six players can compete in a Pokemon Contest, Pokemon Contests have prizes in Multiplayer with each prize depending on what placement you get.

Likelihood 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place 5th Place 6th Place
Very Common Dream Max Revive Sprite Dream Nugget Sprite Dream Friendship Crystal Sprite Dream Full Restore Sprite Dream Sitrus Berry Sprite Dream Everstone Sprite
Common Dream Big Nugget Sprite Dream Max Revive Sprite Dream Nugget Sprite Dream Friendship Crystal Sprite Dream Full Restore Sprite Dream Sitrus Berry Sprite
Uncommon Dream Rare Candy Sprite Dream Big Nugget Sprite Dream Max Revive Sprite Dream Nugget Sprite Dream Friendship Crystal Sprite Dream Full Restore Sprite
Very Uncommon Dream Leaf Stone SpriteDream Fire Stone SpriteDream Water Stone SpriteDream Thunder Stone SpriteDream Sun Stone SpriteDream Moon Stone SpriteDream Dawn Stone SpriteDream Dusk Stone SpriteDream Shiny Stone Sprite Dream Rare Candy Sprite Dream Big Nugget Sprite Dream Max Revive Sprite Dream Nugget Sprite Dream Friendship Crystal Sprite
Rare Dream Deep Sea Scale SpriteDream Deep Sea Tooth SpriteDream Dragon Scale SpriteDream Dubious Disc SpriteDream Electirizer SpriteDream King's Rock SpriteDream Magmarizer SpriteDream Metal Coat SpriteDream Protector SpriteDream Reaper Cloth SpriteDream Sachet SpriteDream Up-Grade SpriteDream Whipped Dream SpriteDream Oval Stone SpriteDream Razor Claw SpriteDream Razor Fang Sprite Dream Leaf Stone SpriteDream Fire Stone SpriteDream Water Stone SpriteDream Thunder Stone SpriteDream Sun Stone SpriteDream Moon Stone SpriteDream Dawn Stone SpriteDream Dusk Stone SpriteDream Shiny Stone Sprite Dream Rare Candy Sprite Dream Big Nugget Sprite Dream Max Revive Sprite Dream Nugget Sprite
Very Rare Dream Heart Scale Sprite x10 Dream Deep Sea Scale SpriteDream Deep Sea Tooth SpriteDream Dragon Scale SpriteDream Dubious Disc SpriteDream Electirizer SpriteDream King's Rock SpriteDream Magmarizer SpriteDream Metal Coat SpriteDream Protector SpriteDream Reaper Cloth SpriteDream Sachet SpriteDream Up-Grade SpriteDream Whipped Dream SpriteDream Oval Stone SpriteDream Razor Claw SpriteDream Razor Fang Sprite Dream Leaf Stone SpriteDream Fire Stone SpriteDream Water Stone SpriteDream Thunder Stone SpriteDream Sun Stone SpriteDream Moon Stone SpriteDream Dawn Stone SpriteDream Dusk Stone SpriteDream Shiny Stone Sprite Dream Rare Candy Sprite Dream Big Nugget Sprite Dream Max Revive Sprite

Player Gyms

Pokemon Anniversary Version reintroduces and expands on a concept first introduced in Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, that being Player Gyms. While in those games gyms were simplistic and trainers became trainer classes the player now has more control over what they can do with their gyms. Player Gyms are significantly customizable buildings that allow for other players to challenge a player's Gym. Player Gyms are automatically levelled according to how many Gym Badges a trainer has, and whether they've defeated the Potaku Champion or not. This means that Underleveled Pokemon can appear in Player's Gyms and have moves they wouldn't normally know.

Gyms can be categorized under any of the 18 Pokemon Types although this means all trainers in the Gym must use Pokemon of this type. The Gym Leader must set Pokemon for each Trainer to use, the last of which will be their strongest, including the Gym Leader themselves. When a Type is chosen the Gym Leader will also be able to choose a theme which includes puzzles as well as how to structure their gym. Gyms come in five formats based on how many challengers have defeated the gym, allowing the gym to expand to accomadate more trainers and more complex puzzles as well as longer gyms in general.

The only Pokemon excluded from being in a Gym are Legendary Pokemon and Phione. All other Pokemon are permitted.

Levels of Trainers

The Level of the Trainers, including the Gym Leader is dependent on the Challenger, Pokemon levels are adjusted for each Challenger.

No. of Badges Basic Trainer Levels High Trainer Levels Gym Leader Levels
0 8-10 9-12 12-15
1 15-18 17-20 20-24
2 20-24 22-26 26-30
3 24-28 26-30 30-35
4 30-35 33-37 37-40
5 38-42 40-44 44-47
6 44-48 46-50 50-54
7 50-54 52-56 56-60
8 56-60 58-62 62-66
Champion 75-80 80-85 85-90

Type Themes

Type themes dictate what the architecture of a Gym will be as well as the types of puzzles within the gym, there are a total of 90 Themes, 5 for each type.

Type Themes
Rock Mine Fossils Rock Climbing Mountain Moss Cave
Water Pool Swamp Waterfalls Rapids Ships
Electric Electric Fields Magnetic Neon Currents Energy
Grass Garden Forest Jungle Oasis Autumn
Poison Invisible Walls Industrial Smoke Serpent Party
Psychic Teleportation Lunar Celestial False Walls Light Balls
Fire Volcano Hot Spring Fire Walls Heat Jets Sun
Ground Desert Canyon Landslide Quarry Mine Shaft
Flying Lookout Windmill Cannons Wind Turbines Sky
Bug Giant Tree Silk Spider Web Rough Wilds Wings
Normal Giant Blocks Simple Dojo Classic Maze Colours
Ghost Shadows Candle Light Graveyard Trick House Library
Fighting Fitness Gym Boxing Ring Rubble Stadium Sports Rink
Steel Mechanical Factory Gears Bells Castle
Ice Snowball Slippery Ice Wind Bridges Snowstorm Icicles
Dragon Dragon River Meteor Statues Temple Mists
Dark Blackout Crystals Mansion Soundwaves War
Fairy Dollhouse Light Reef Clouds Illusion

Gym Size

The Gym Size determines how many puzzles and trainers can be in a Gym as well as how long a Gym can be physically. To increase a Gym's size the Gym Leader must complete certain requirements, primarily having a certain amount of Challengers.

Gym Size Requirements No. of Puzzles No. of Trainers
  • None
1 3
  • 20 Challengers
  • 2 Gym Badges
3 5
  • 50 Challengers
  • 4 Gym Badges
4 8
  • 100 Challengers
  • 6 Gym Badges
6 10
  • 200 Challengers
  • 8 Gym Badges
8 12
  • 500 Challengers
  • Beaten Champion
10 15
  • 1000 Challengers
  • Complete 1 Generation Pokedex
12 18
  • 2500 Challengers
  • Complete 4 Generation Pokedexes
15 24


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Mega Evolution

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Pokemon Contests

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TMs & HMs

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Potaku Region

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New Moves

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Gift Pokemon

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  • There is no regional Pokedex for the Pokatu Region, it uses the National Dex
  • Kami has the highest level Pokemon to date for any Champion with two Lv100 Pokemon (Feralolalax & Dracoyphly)
  • This is the first Region not to have a villainous team, albeit previous Villainous teams are mentioned throughout the game
  • This is the first Main Series Pokemon Game that is neither one of the Core Games to a Generation, the third game to a Generation or a Remake of an older Generation
  • Pokemon Anniversary Version celebrates 30 years of Pokemon and was kept secret as fake leaks were spread of the 10th Generation being announced on the Anniversary instead
  • The Pokatu Region had to be created 4 times, the first for the Map, the second for Flying overhead, the third for the 3DS and the fourth for the NX.
  • The major focus of the desert, volcano and ice fields may be a reference to the Pokemon Rangers game, Shadows of Almia in which there are three significant locations in that game that also feature said themes.
  • The Pokatu Region's name is a shortened version of the Japanese word for Pokemon, Pocket Monster (Pokettomonsuta).
    • In addition the region itself is two Pokemon Logos, one of which has been flipped upside down and the two intersect at about the halfway point on the logo.
    • The region's name in Japanese is, Pokettosutā (ポケットスター) which means Pocket Star, the game's ending sequence focuses around the Night Sky possibly being a link to this name.
  • Each of the 8 TMs originates from a different Generation with the exception of Generation 9 (of which the game is a part of)
    • TM029 originates from Generation I
    • TM027 originates from Generation II
    • TM062 originates from Generation III
      • This also happens to be the same TM Move that was given out by Gen III Gym Leader, Winona
    • TM038 originates from Generation IV
    • TM141 originates from Generation V
    • TM099 originates from Generation VI
      • This also happens to be the same TM Move that was given out by Gen VI Gym Leader, Valerie
    • TM101 originates from Generation VII
      • This also happens to be the same TM Move that was given out by Gen VII Gym Leader, Bret
    • TM116 originates from Generation VIII
  • The player does not need to visit every Town and City in the game although as many towns and cities contain mega stones it may not be optimal to do so, in addition visiting certain towns and cities will make certain Legendary Pokemon available for capture


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