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Generation IV
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Debut JN September 28, 2006
EN April 22, 2007
Pokémon Unknown
Region Sinnoh
Date Ended JN September 18, 2010
EN March 4, 2011
Game Information
Main Game(s): Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver
Remake(s): Generation II
Storage games: Ranch
Battle Arena Games: Battle Revolution

Generation IV in the Pokémon franchise, is a term used to describe the fourth set of games and Pokémon introduced into the series. The Generation IV games introduced a number of advancements including new Pokémon, moves and gameplay features. Chronologically, these games take place in the same timeline as Generation II.

Starter Pokémon


The Generation IV starters

As with the other main series Pokémon games, a new set of starter Pokémon were introduced for the fourth generation. Continuing with tradition, these Pokémon are a Water-type, Grass-type or a Fire-type. They include Piplup (Water), Turtwig (Grass) and Chimchar (Fire).

In the Gold and Silver remakes, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the starter Pokémon wil remain the same. They include Totodile (Water), Chikorita (Grass) and Cyndaquil (Fire).

Gym Leaders and the Elite Four

Generation IV introduced a new set of Gym Leaders and the Elite Four in the Diamond, Pearl and Platinum games. All of these trainers specialize in a specific type of Pokémon and are key to progressing through the game. The HeartGold and SoulSilver Gym Leaders, Elite Four and Champion will remain the same as their predecessors.

Gym Leaders

Diamond, Pearl and Platinum (Fantina is third in Platinum)

Leader Type
Roark Rock
Gardenia Grass
Maylene Fighting
Crasher Wake Water
Fantina Ghost
Byron Steel
Candice Ice
Volkner Electric

HeartGold and SoulSilver

Leader Type
Falkner Flying
Bugsy Bug
Whitney Normal
Morty Ghost
Chuck Fighting
Jasmine Steel
Pryce Ice
Clair Dragon

Elite Four

Diamond, Pearl and Platinum

Member Type


Bertha Ground
Flint Fire
Lucian Psychic

HeartGold and SoulSilver

Member Type
Will Psychic
Koga Poison
Bruno Fighting
Karen Dark

Pokémon Champion

In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum, the Pokémon Champion is Cynthia, a woman that helps the player on various occasions. The Champion in HeartGold and SoulSilver remains the same as Generation II, which is Lance, a former member of the Elite Four and the man who helps you take down Team Rocket.


In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum, the main antagonist is Team Galactic, whose objectives is to create a new world.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the main antagonist is Team Rocket. They want to re-assemble their organization after Giovanni disbanded it after being beaten by Red.



  • All the Sinnoh starter final evolutions have a second type.
  • All the Sinnoh starter's evolved forms (Torterra, Infernape, Empoleon) can be super effective to each other with their secondary typing.
  • HeartGold and SoulSilver were released packaged with a pedometer called a Pokewalker that allows
  • Generation IV has the most evolutionary additions to previous Generation families, such as Sneasel and Weavile or Tangela and Tangrowth.
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