Pokémon Crystal

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Pokémon Crystal
Pokemon Crystal Box.png
North American box art for Pokémon Crystal, depicting the legendary Pokémon Suicune
Developer(s)Game Freak
Director(s)Satoshi Tajiri
Junichi Masuda
Designer(s)Junichi Masuda
Koji Nishino
Toshinobu Matsumiya
Programmer(s)Shigeki Morimoto
Tetsuya Watanabe
Takenori Ohta
Artist(s)Ken Sugimori
  • Junichi Masuda
  • Koji Nishino
  • Toshinobu Matsumiya
  • Junichi Masuda
  • Morikazu Aoki
  • Go Ichinose
Platform(s)Game Boy Color
  • JP: December 14, 2000
  • NA: July 29, 2001
  • EU: November 2, 2001
  • AU: September 30, 2001
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Pokémon Crystal Version[a] is a 2000 role-playing video game developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy Color. It is the enhanced version of Pokémon Gold and Silver, and it is the final game of the second generation of the Pokémon video game series. It is the final Pokémon game to be released for the Game Boy Color system. It was released in Japan on December 14, 2000, and was released internationally in 2001.

Pokémon Crystal was released worldwide on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console on January 26, 2018.


The gameplay of Pokémon Crystal is largely the same as in Gold and Silver, although it has several new features. It is the first Pokémon game to allow players to choose the sex of their character, while previously the character was always male. For the first time, Pokémon have brief animated sprites once entering battle; for example, when a Cyndaquil enters battle, the flames on its back flicker. This feature was absent in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire and Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, before reappearing in Pokémon Emerald and all subsequent games. In addition, a couple of subplots were added, one involving the legendary Pokémon Suicune, featured on the front cover of the game,[1] and the other involving the Unown. The game's most significant addition is the Battle Tower, a new building which allows players to participate in Pokémon Stadium-like fights.[2] The Japanese edition of the game was exclusively bundled with the Mobile Adapter GB,[b] a device that allowed for connecting with other players via a mobile phone.[3]


The setting and story remains largely the same as Pokémon Gold and Silver. The legendary beast Suicune now has a greater prominent role in the game's storyline than in Pokemon Gold and Silver. Awakening the legendary beast trio (Suicune, Entei, Raikou) is now required in order to challenge Ecruteak Gym Leader Morty. Suicune is encountered at various locations throughout Johto. After receiving the Clear Bell (in lieu of the Rainbow Wing in Pokemon Gold or Silver Wing in Pokemon Silver), Suicune will appear stationary at the Tin Tower. Mythicalman Eusine, is introduced; his life goal is searching for Suicune and he will battle the player in Cianwood City to gain Suicune's respect.


It was released in Japan on December 14, 2000, North America on July 29, 2001, and Europe on November 2, 2001.[2] Crystal was re-released worldwide via the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console on January 26, 2018.[4] A physical box with a download code for the game was released in Japan and Europe.


Pokémon Crystal was well received by critics, although many commented that there were just not enough new additions and features to significantly set it apart from Pokémon Gold and Silver. Craig Harris of IGN stated "The final (hopefully) Game Boy Color edition is definitely the version to get if you aren't already one of the upteenth [sic] billion owners of the previous games, with Crystal's slight updates to the design and graphics. But there's not much in this edition that makes it a "must buy" for folks who already own a copy or two of the previous editions".[2] GameSpot nominated Crystal for its annual "Best Game Boy Color Game" award, which went to Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages.[8] The Australian Nintendo Gamer magazine gave a review score of 88 out of 100 and gave praise to the game's improvements from Gold and Silver including the option to choose either a male or female Pokémon trainer, enhanced graphics, more animated Pokémon battles and improved location navigation and stating “The main map and features of the game remain the same, but there are enough little differences to make it a worthwhile addition to your Pokémon game collection.”[9]

Pokémon Crystal was the second-best-selling Game Boy Color game in Japan, with 1,871,307 copies sold.[10] It has sold nearly 6.4 million units worldwide.[11]


A bootleg release of Pokémon Crystal called Pokémon Vietnamese Crystal, often shortened to Vietnamese Crystal is infamous for its poorly translated English text and gameplay oddities, such as profanity and calling Pokémon "elves".[12][13][14][15]


  1. ^ Japanese: ポケットモンスター クリスタルバージョン, Hepburn: Poketto Monsutā Kurisutaru Bājon, "Pocket Monsters: Crystal Version"
  2. ^ Japanese: モバイルアダプタGB, Hepburn: Mobairu Adaputa Jī Bī


  1. ^ a b Povo, Frank (30 July 2001). "Pokemon Crystal for Game Boy Color Review". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 12 May 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d Harris, Craig (30 July 2001). "Pokemon Crystal Version Review". IGN. Archived from the original on 16 August 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2008.
  3. ^ Nix, Marc (11 December 2000). "Pokemon Crystal Version Preview". IGN. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2008.
  4. ^ "Pokémon Crystal (Virtual Console". Pokemon.com. Archived from the original on 2 July 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Pokemon Crystal Version". GameRankings. Archived from the original on 4 June 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  6. ^ ゲームボーイ – ポケットモンスター クリスタルバージョン. Weekly Famitsu (in Japanese) (915 Pt.2): 109. 30 June 2006.
  7. ^ Joshi, Arjun (26 January 2018). "Pokémon Crystal Version Review". Nintendo Life. Archived from the original on 15 December 2018. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  8. ^ GameSpot VG Staff (23 February 2002). "GameSpot's Best and Worst Video Games of 2001". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 3 August 2002.
  9. ^ "Pokémon Crystal Nintendo Gamer Review". Nintendo Gamer. Australia: Next Publishing (4): 35. November 2001. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  10. ^ "【GBC20周年企画(2)】いちばん売れたゲームボーイカラー専用ソフトは『遊☆戯☆王DM4』! では2位は? GBC専用ソフト販売ランキングTOP10!". Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain. 21 October 2018. p. 1. Archived from the original on 3 June 2019. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  11. ^ Top 10 of Everything 2017. London, England: Hachette UK. 6 October 2016. p. 115. ISBN 978-0600633747. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  12. ^ Hernandez, Patricia (28 January 2015). "The Most Infamous Pokémon Bootleg". Kotaku. G/O Media. Archived from the original on 30 January 2015.
  13. ^ Funk, John (21 March 2011). "Bootleg Vietnamese Pokemon Brings the Volcano Bakemeat". The Escapist. Enthusiast Gaming. Archived from the original on 9 December 2018.
  14. ^ Zivalich, Nikole. "Pokemon Crystal Bootleg From Vietnam -- Nugget From The Net". G4tv. G4 Media. Archived from the original on 13 January 2013.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  15. ^ David, Collin. "Weirdest Pokemon bootlegs". Looper. ZergNet. Archived from the original on 24 April 2016.

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