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New Trainers and Town in Pokémon Black & White 2

Posted by James Newton

All change

Worried that Pokémon Black & White 2 is just a rehash of the original? New details from Coro Coro comics should put your mind to rest.

The Japanese magazine has revealed B&W2 will feature new playable trainers, a new town and new gym leaders. Set two years after Pokémon Black and White, it's still set in Unova (Isshu in Japan) but the region has been partially frozen, leading to changed routes and new areas.

You'll start in Hiougi City, with a trainer's school, Pokémon centre and a special viewing area that lets you take in the full view of the city. The game's new gym leaders are Homika and Shizui, who use poison and water type Pokémon respectively. Obviously bear in mind these are Japanese names only, and will change in the English language version.

Coro Coro also confirmed the Japanese release date of 23rd June. DS owners in the West will get them a few months later.

[via andriasang.com, serebii.net]

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BulbasaurusRex

#1

BulbasaurusRex said:

The new female trainer has a hairstyle that's a cross between Episode IV Princess Leia and Sailor Moon.

TKOWL

#8

TKOWL said:

Honestly, with actual screenshots to look at now, this game is looking even better. I love for the most part that this break the mold of Pokemon's third-game rut, this is a brand-new adventure and I cannot freaking wait.

Shining-Void

#9

Shining-Void said:

Yes!!! Now if only I could catch a jirachi it would be a insta-buy. I'm really looking forward to news for this game. I saw the new trainers on serbii and the male trainer looks AWESOME! The female trainer...the yellow skirt makes her outfit kind of off. Her hair looks nice though. Is it me or does it look like they are getting ready to go scuba diving? Hopefully they get rid of Alder because he was pathetic.

Ecto-1

#11

Ecto-1 said:

One thing that stands out to me in those scans is the prevalence of older pokemon. There are more drawings of older pokemon than there are ones from generation five. They are even in the screen shots. Perhaps they are making the appearance of older species after you beat the elite four in the first Black/White part of the story in this one?

The new character models look nice (although I'm going to miss my regular hat) and I'm always open to tweaks in the region. Platinum's subtle changes to the looks and progression were nice.

Rensch

#12

Rensch said:

Thank goodness this is actually an entirely new adventure with its own story. I also like how they add some of best Pokémon from older games such as Riolu and Tyranitar. This is already looking to be better than the first two games. Let's hope they have taken the time to actually add things like a Safari Zone, vs. Seeker and something like a Battle Frontier. Those, among other cool aspects of older games, are sorely missing in the current games. I am surprised about the new Gym Leaders. I wonder if there will be eight all-new ones.

XCWarrior

#13

XCWarrior said:

Oh boy, minor changes! Still not buying, and I love Pokemon.

I'll stick with Conquest, thanks.

StrawHatChopper

#14

StrawHatChopper said:

I was already excited by the idea of a sequel to a main Pokémon game, but now I'm starting to feel the hype set in. I'm really looking forward to these!

FonistofCruxis

#15

FonistofCruxis said:

I don't like Pokemon but I like the name of Hiougi city because Hi-ougis are the Japanese name for the most powerful type of arte a Tales of character can pull of by themselves. They're normally called Mystic artes in the western releases but sometimes have other names like burst artes and blast calibers.

Haxonberik

#16

Haxonberik said:

Looking good, might end up buying depending on how much it changes, and I hope that huge area doesn't remain frozen after the main story.

Marakuto

#17

Marakuto said:

I thought this game would be crap but battle Cherin if you have BW and see what he says and the trainer you play as maybe battled in this like Red.

Wheels2050

#19

Wheels2050 said:

Hmm, I'll wait to hear more but so far this doesn't sound different enough to be worth me picking up.

You never know though - it might turn out to be great. I'll have to read some reviews!

SLiM

#20

SLiM said:

I skipped Black and White, but I have to give these versions of the game a try. Every couple years I get Pokemon fever.

siconlol

#21

siconlol said:

Im in love with the rivals design ewe looks like A REAL rival like the kinda of rival you wants to punch in the face >:D I LOVE IT!!!

EvilLink

#22

EvilLink said:

I thinks this is a great idea. Fans can get a sense of a new adventure by defeating new gym leaders and travelling along new routes yet familiarise themselves with the Unova region. Definately day 1 purchase.

Expa0

#23

Expa0 said:

I personally hate the look of the new trainers. The male looks like he's from bayblade or something, and the female has those ridiculous chun-li hair things (whatever they're called), but I suppose I'll get used to them. The poison gym leader looks out of place for pokemon, but I still kinda like the design. The black water gym leader though.. ugh.. I already got modded on another forum when I spelt what I thought about him, so I guess I better not do that again.

BulbasaurusRex

#24

BulbasaurusRex said:

@Lan I did look on Serebii, but, like I said, Homika's picture is mostly cut off. All you can see is a hand, a foot, and the neck of her instrument.

Kitsune_Rei

#25

Kitsune_Rei said:

The new trainers are kinda cute, but I don't really like the sunvisor hats :/ I do feel like they're going the FF route of over the top, but at least they're not wearing unequal length pants or something. Honestly, I can't say I've liked the trainer designs much in a long time. There's usually something I don't like about them. I guess its law they have to wear some kind of brimmed cap in the last several games.
My main question still is if I should get B/W 1 now, or just wait and play B/W 2. I heard a lot of great things about B/W, but just havn't had the time/money for it yet.

Contrary

#26

Contrary said:

@BulbasaurusRex look at the other pictures and you'l see the full character.
As for the rival, I think he looks pretty cool and a mean guy. But what is with his collar that goes up an covers his neck. Is he trying to hide a rash or something?

19Robb92

#28

19Robb92 said:

I'll pick this up. Looks nice and I skipped out on the original B/W, so I'll get this.

Mizore

#29

Mizore said:

I'm still gonna wait till I hear more info on features...hoping to have some from previous generations returned. >.>

Contrary

#30

Contrary said:

@ Eureka, the Unova Pokedex contains 300 Pokemon this time around according to Serebii. That means about 150 Pokemon from previous generations will be in it which is good news. It is likely that some of the returning Pokemon will be Riolu, Lucario, Beldum, Metang, Metagross, Mantyke, Mantine (which should mean Remoraid), Psyduck, Golduck, Evee and its eveelutions due to the screen shots. That's 18 of the returning approximate 150 right there. I just hope they let you choose between old pokemon as starters like a choice between Charmander, Totodile, and Mudkip.

Emaan

#31

Emaan said:

This game is looking more and more amazing! Generation 5 really changed things up!

Onett

#32

Onett said:

This looks absolutely atrocious. Everything about this game looks forced and rushed. Definitely not worth the $30.00 dollar price tag for something that is clearly recycled with a couple of bells and whistles thrown into the mix.

Sakura_Moonlight2421

#33

Sakura_Moonlight2421 said:

Make her pom poms smaller and I'll think about choosing the girl character. -_-; Seriously since the option to play a female protagonist has appeared I've been playing as them...but her hair buns could use a little less volume...

UltraOtaku

#34

UltraOtaku said:

I dunno if I'll get this. I wasn't the biggest fan of the fifth generation (it was good, but I didn't like the large online aspect of it). The new trainers look...interesting. Big hair FTW!?

Oscarsome

#35

Oscarsome said:

Is there really anything new? So, there's ONE new town and probably like 5 new routes. It's just pretty much just milking the series and not doing anything significant. TWO versions, too? That makes it more pointless. This should have been just one new "Gray".

Contrary

#36

Contrary said:

No matter what people may say, it is going to sell faster than dogs jumping. Pokemon always sells no matter how odd it gets.

Marks

#37

Marks said:

I am so excited! I especially love the girl's character design, and the rival's.
I know I'm going to love this game.

sinalefa

#38

sinalefa said:

I love how some people are talking as if they already know all the new things in these games. I am curious if there will be something special for people that bought B/W.

I will wait for more before passing my judgement.

Squid

#40

Squid said:

Huh... I like this new direction that they're taking. Definitely different than what I would have expected, but of course that's probably just me.

Onett

#41

Onett said:

No new region to explore and no new Pokemon to catch other than a couple of Legendary pokes I can live without. Simply put, I'm not willing to spend $30.00 bucks on a game for a tenuous story.

Don't hold your breath too long... There is only so much the DS can do in terms of features to make your purchase feel worthwhile. I'll be waiting for the day gamefreak decides to quit playing around with the DS and develop a game on the 3DS or WiiU.

Omenapoika

#42

Omenapoika said:

I read from the Coro coro, that white and black Kyurems' special attacks will be "Cold Flare" and "Freeze Bolt".

You heard it from me first, folks.

Marakuto

#43

Marakuto said:

None of you mentioned that half of the Unova region is in a giant glacier from looking in the map.

Robo-goose

#44

Robo-goose said:

Now that's cool. Continueing the story of Pokemon Black and White instead of retelling it.
Come to think of it, they did kind of leave a little cliff hanger with N at the end, then there were various interesting things that people said thorught the game that hinted to the location of N.

Chuie

#45

Chuie said:

grrr ima have to buy another pkm game there lucky its it looks good rly dissapointed with white/black

goddess_king

#47

goddess_king said:

hi im new here so who wanna be friends on pokemon black 2 my friend code is 2452-4944-1128 in name is robert i bet i can beat all of you in a pokemon battle anybody or somebody wanna trade im here everyday in the wifi club everyday to plz any body telk me your pokemon black 2 friend code in name so we can battle or trade

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