Pokemon Gold & Silver Version Differences

Pokemon Gold & Silver

Pokemon Gold and Silver release tomorrow on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. While it appears the majority of players will be returning to the world of Johto, there may be a few new players among us. Either way, we could all probably use a quick refresher about the changes between the two versions. One of the hardest things to do when picking which Pokemon game to play is deciding which Pokemon mean the most to you.

Pokemon Gold and Silver each feature some exclusive Pokemon that may help swing your decision in a certain direction. These exclusives don’t just include Generation 2 Pokemon either, but it will also feature some Generation 1 exclusives as well. You might want to take a look at this list before buying your game.

Pokemon Silver Exclusive Pokemon Gold Exclusive
 Donphan  Spinarak
 Delibird  Ariados
 Vulpix Mankey
 Ninetails  Primeape
 Meowth Growlithe
 Persian Arcanine
Skarmory Teddiursa
Ledyba Ursaring
Ledian Gligar
Phanpy Mantine

Those are just the common Pokemon that you find in the wild that are exclusive. The Legendary Pokemon on the cover of your game is also exclusive to a certain version as well. Ho-oh, the Pokemon on the cover of Gold version, is exclusive to that version while Lugia, the cover Pokemon of Silver, is exclusive to that version. I guess exclusive isn’t the right word but it takes much longer to find Lugia in Gold and vice-versa.

Sandshrew and Ekans are available in both versions but they have some key differences on how to get them. In Gold version, you’ll find Ekans at the Goldenrod City Game Corner while you’ll find Sandshew there in Silver version. Sandshrew can be found in the wild in Gold while Ekans can be found in the wild in Silver.

The total number of Pokemon available in the games has been bumped up to 251 with this generation. Although you are able to go to Kanto this generation, you will not be able to fill out your Pokedex by just catching Pokemon. If you want to complete your Pokedex, you will have to do some trading with someone who has any of the Generation 1 titles on the Virtual Console. Most notably, you’ll have to trade to get any of the three starters from the previous generation along with the legendary birds, Mew and Mewtwo.

Outside of these differences, the games will play exactly the same. It all just comes down to personal preference but no storylines will be altered depending on which version you play. If anything, having another version will give you an excuse to play through the game again. Don’t forget to check out Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow also on the Virtual Console if you haven’t already.

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