Pokémon Crystal

The second generation of Pokémon concludes with Pokémon Crystal, a remake of Gold & Silver. There were improvements to graphics and some new features, but the plot is largely the same.

Pokémon Crystal box art

Release dates

Japan December 14, 2000
America July 29, 2001
Europe November 2, 2001
Australia September 30, 2001
Platform Game Boy Color

Gameplay changes

  • Various graphical updates such as improved Pokémon sprites.
  • The playable character may be male or female.
  • In the Dragon's Den there is now the chance to receive a Dratini with ExtremeSpeed by answering some questions correctly.
  • The Ruins of Alph has more common Unown and an extra quest.
  • The legendary Pokémon Suicune is found in multiple locations throughout Johto, where it promptly flees until the Clear Bell is obtained.
  • The Move Tutor is introduced, located in Goldenrod Game Corner, and can teach Flamethrower, Ice Beam or Thunderbolt.
  • The Battle Tower is added. Three Pokémon are taken inside and you must battle against seven trainers in a row.
Chikorita, Cyndaquil and Totodile
The Johto starters: Chikorita, Cyndaquil and Totodile

Unobtainable Pokémon

Several Pokémon are not available during the course of the game, though they are available from one or more of Crystal's predessors: Gold/Silver or Red/Blue/Yellow.

Bulbasaur
#001
Bulbasaur
Red/Blue/Yellow
Grass · Poison
Ivysaur
#002
Ivysaur
Red/Blue/Yellow
Grass · Poison
Venusaur
#003
Venusaur
Red/Blue/Yellow
Grass · Poison
Charmander
#004
Charmander
Red/Blue/Yellow
Fire
Charmeleon
#005
Charmeleon
Red/Blue/Yellow
Fire
Charizard
#006
Charizard
Red/Blue/Yellow
Fire · Flying
Squirtle
#007
Squirtle
Red/Blue/Yellow
Water
Wartortle
#008
Wartortle
Red/Blue/Yellow
Water
Blastoise
#009
Blastoise
Red/Blue/Yellow
Water
Vulpix
#037
Vulpix
Blue/Silver
Fire
Ninetales
#038
Ninetales
Blue/Silver
Fire
Mankey
#056
Mankey
Red/Yellow/Gold
Fighting
Primeape
#057
Primeape
Red/Yellow/Gold
Fighting
Omanyte
#138
Omanyte
Red/Blue/Yellow
Rock · Water
Omastar
#139
Omastar
Red/Blue/Yellow
Rock · Water
Kabuto
#140
Kabuto
Red/Blue/Yellow
Rock · Water
Kabutops
#141
Kabutops
Red/Blue/Yellow
Rock · Water
Articuno
#144
Articuno
Red/Blue/Yellow
Ice · Flying
Zapdos
#145
Zapdos
Red/Blue/Yellow
Electric · Flying
Moltres
#146
Moltres
Red/Blue/Yellow
Fire · Flying
Mewtwo
#150
Mewtwo
Red/Blue/Yellow
Psychic
Mew
#151
Mew
Red/Blue/Yellow
Psychic
Mareep
#179
Mareep
Gold/Silver
Electric
Flaaffy
#180
Flaaffy
Gold/Silver
Electric
Ampharos
#181
Ampharos
Gold/Silver
Electric
Girafarig
#203
Girafarig
Gold/Silver
Normal · Psychic
Remoraid
#223
Remoraid
Gold/Silver
Water
Octillery
#224
Octillery
Gold/Silver
Water