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For example, if I tried to trade an Oshawott from a W2 game to a SS game, would it work? It's not in the National Pokedex.

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no, because the earlier games don't have later Pokemon in the game.

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No, it is not possible to transfer Pokemon to a game from a previous generation. This applies even if the Pokemon was originally transferred from a game belonging to a previous generation. However, Pokemon may be transported to and from Pokemon Home and Pokemon Bank depending on your game.

Refer to the flowchart below to see where your Pokemon can go. (Please credit me if you re-use this!)

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The only exception, as sumwun mentioned before me, is that transferring Pokemon from Gen 2 to Gen 1 is possible if the Pokemon was present in Gen 1.

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Are the 2 generations of VC games compatible with each other?
Looks like they are. I updated the flowchart.
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The Time Capsule (Japanese: タイムカプセル Time Capsule) is a mechanic in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal that allows players to trade Pokémon back in time to Pokémon Red, Green, Blue, Yellow.

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So Pokemon can move from Generation 2 to Generation 1 (and you can transfer them wherever you want if you cheat) but otherwise Pokemon cannot be transferred to earlier generations.

Pokemon can't transfer back if they're Generation 2 Pokemon or know Generation 2 moves, but for some reason, Generation 1 games can handle Pokemon holding Generation 2 items.

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No it wouldn't work for one thing SS is 4th gen while Oshawott is 5th gen so its doesn't exist yet. If you have played 5th gen before you know about the transfer where they come but don't return

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Thanks! But that sucks. :(
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The answer is – drumroll please–…

NO!

It will not work because the coding for Oshawott is not in the coding for SoulSilver, because Oshawatt was designed after SS was created. Even Game Freak can't see the future.

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