Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 (ポケットモンスターブラック2・ホワイト2 Poketto Monsutā Burakku Tsū & Howaito Tsū, Pocket Monsters: Black 2 & White 2) are a pair of sequels to Pokémon Black and White that was released in Japan on June 23, 2012. It was released in North America on October 7, 2012, in Europe on October 12, 2012, and in Australia and New Zealand on October 11, 2012.
The game has a brand new story than the previous games, having a new plot and features.
Two powers combine... a new legend arises!
Set off on a new Pokémon adventure to save the Unova region, with new challenges and activities to discover!
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The games are set two years after the games Pokémon Black and White, and the Unova region has changed drastically with new locations and Pokémon from previous generations. The player - Nate, the male protagonist, or Rosa, the female protagonist - starts in a location southwest in Unova called Aspertia City with Hugh, the player's rival. They are given a starter Pokémon - Snivy, Tepig, or Oshawott - by Bianca, who is now Professor Juniper's assistant. As they venture out in Unova, they will challenge new and old Gym Leaders and encounter the new Team Plasma, while also meeting the old Team Plasma.
Near the end of the game, the Neo Team Plasma's plan is revealed. They want to freeze Unova using their technology and the power of the legendary Pokémon, Kyurem. At the Giant Chasm, Ghetsis orders Kyurem to freeze the player! Thankfully, N and his dragon (Zekrom in Black 2 and Reshiram in White 2) save the player in time. Ghetsis then uses the DNA Splicers that were stolen earlier on Kyurem, whose frozen wings shatter, revealing a set of energy absorbing node-like appendages! Kyurem then blasts N's dragon, sealing it back up in the Dark/Light Stone! Then under Ghetsis' orders, Kyurem absorbs the stone, fusing the two dragons together to make an even stronger dragon, Black/White Kyurem! The player then defeats the dragon, separating it back into two, N's dragon is given back to him, while Kyurem flees to regain its strength. After a battle with Ghetsis, he suffers a mental breakdown and is taken away by the Shadow Triad.
Post-game, after a battle with N and his dragon, he kindly lets his dragon go and gives the Dark/Light Stone to the player. Then the player can bring it to Dragonspiral Tower where he/she can catch N's dragon. If the player catches N's dragon, Kyurem will re-appear at the Giant Chasm where the player can catch it too.
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Over the set of two years since Pokémon Black and White, locations have drastically changed. Areas such as Challenger's Cave are no longer accessible. Other areas have changed such as Route 4, which has completed its construction to varying degrees depending on the game. The southwest now contains locations, such as Aspertia City, Floccesy Town and Virbank City. Several new locations previously inaccessible can now be explored, such as the Castelia Sewers.
Pokémon World Tournament
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The Pokémon World Tournament is a new feature in which trainers can partake in a tournament against other trainers in a single or double battle. It is held in Driftveil City, hosted by Cynthia, the Sinnoh League Champion.
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Changes from Black and White
- The Gym Leader lineup has been reorganized.
- Cheren is now a Normal-type Gym Leader and the first encountered.
- Two new Gym Leaders appear, Roxie, who appears as the second Gym Leader encountered, and Marlon, the new final Gym Leader encountered.
- Burgh, Elesa, Clay, Skyla and Drayden remain as Gym Leaders.
- Lenora, Brycen and Striaton City Gym Leaders have since stepped down from their positions.
- Bianca, Cheren, Elesa, Iris and Ghetsis return with new designs.
- Bianca is now the assistant of Professor Juniper.
- Alder has stepped down from the Champion position and Iris has taken his place.
- Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus get new formes called their "Therian" formes, which can be changed via the Reveal Glass.
- Keldeo has a new forme called the "Resolution Forme." Keldeo changes to its Resolution Forme when it learns Secret Sword and changes back when the move is forgotten.
- Instead of specific trainers having sprite animations, all trainers in the game have sprite animations.
- The Team Plasma has now split into two groups, one that has since seen the error of their ways but are still loyal to N and his goal to free Pokémon and the other follows Ghetsis and his plans for control over Unova.
- Every gym has had a redesign in their puzzles and remix of their music except Cheren
The Unova Pokédex received an upgrade and now features a total of 301 Pokémon, containing Pokémon from every generation.
Like the predecessors, swarms - or mass outbreaks - activate after receiving the National Pokédex. Swarms change each day at midnight. To determine where a swarm is located, the player can check the gate and read the moving screen.
Pokémon Black and White Versions 2 are compatible between Pokémon Black and White and Pokémon Dream Radar. Pokémon from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon Platinum, and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver can also be sent to Pokémon Black and White Versions 2 by using Poké Transfer. The games are also compatible with Dream World.
- Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 has the shortest localization period for main series games, being released in the US and Europe in Autumn, a few months after its Japanese release.
- Though Reshiram was on Pokémon Black Version's cover and Zekrom was on Pokémon White Version's cover, Black Kyurem is on Pokémon Black Version 2's cover and White Kyurem is on Pokémon White Version 2's cover.
- The protagonist from the previous games is said to be travelling in search of N.
- In Japan, The Pokémon games Black 2 and White 2 had over 1.16 Million pre-orders till June 16. This marks the first time that two consecutive series games on the Nintendo DS have had pre-order sales of over a million copies.
- Pokémon Black and White Versions 2 are the only games to be numbered-sequels.
- These games introduced the most alternate forms for Legendary/Mythical Pokémon, 6 in total.
- This is the first game where you can go over 999,999 Pokédollars.
- This is also the first game that the player cannot capture the versions mascot before the Pokémon League, although it can be captured after.
- The starters, their evolved forms and Cottonee are the only Pokémon with different sprite movements in this game instead of having the same sprite movements from Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version.
- These are the first pair of games to be a sequel of the previous in the same generation.