Infrared

Infrared interaction between a Pokémon Pikachu 2 GS and a Game Boy Color

The infrared (Japanese: 赤外線通信 infrared communication) feature allows communication between the Pokémon games and certain accessories. It was first used in the Generation I spin-off game Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Core series games

Generation I

Though the original Game Boy releases of Generation I communicated through the Game Boy Link Cable, their re-releases on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console utilizes the 3DS's infrared communication to replicate this effect. Using this function, these ports allow players to trade and battle Pokémon with one another, just as in the original 1996/1998 releases.

Generation II

In Generation II, the infrared port at the top of the Game Boy Color allows players to obtain Mystery Gifts via Pokémon Pikachu 2 GS or other Game Boy Colors.

Generation IV

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, an infrared sensor on the game card is used to communicate with the Pokéwalker.

Generation V

In Black, White, Black 2, and White 2, the C-Gear has an infrared communication feature and the Multi Battle Lines in the Battle Subway can use infrared for communication; this is used to quickly identify which player will be communicated with, after which DS Wireless Communications are used.

Official tournaments sometimes use infrared for the duration of the battle. Event Pokémon that are distributed using infrared can be obtained multiple times.

Generation VI

In Pokémon X and Y and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the infrared port on the top of the Nintendo 3DS is used to quickly identify which player will be communicated with, after which 3DS Wireless Communications are used.

Official tournaments sometimes use infrared for the duration of the battle. Event Pokémon that are distributed using infrared can be obtained multiple times.

Spin-off games

Pokémon Trading Card Game

In Pokémon Trading Card Game, there's a feature called Card Pop! that takes advantage of the Game Boy Color's infrared port to allow each player to receive a random card. However, using the Card Pop! feature between the same two players is only possible once.

This feature is not available in the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console release.

Pokémon mini

The Pokémon mini also has an infrared port. It uses this to have multiplayer games of up to 10 players (number of players varies per game). The games which utilize this feature are Pokémon Party mini, Pokémon Zany Cards, Pokémon Tetris, Pokémon Race mini, and Pichu Bros. mini.

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Communications media
Gen I Game Link CableTransfer Pak
Gen II  Game Link CableInfraredTransfer PakMobile Game Boy Adapter
Gen III Game Link CableWireless AdapterDual-slot mode
Gen IV DS WirelessWi-FiDual-slot modeInfrared
Gen V DS WirelessWi-FiInfrared
Gen VI Nintendo NetworkInfraredStreetPassSpotPass

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