List of cross-generational references

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The seven generations of Pokémon games, taking place in the same universe, have had multiple references to each other. Not only do the games reference their same-generation counterparts (with the player's default name being the version played and the rival's being the counterpart version in the first two generations), but games released later in the series typically will feature references to events of past generations.

This does not include Pokémon. While Pokémon released in previous generations will always appear, they are not a reference to the generation itself.

List of references

Generation II

To Generation I

Generation III

To Generation I

To Generation II

Generation IV

To Generation I

The wallpaper
  • As a direct tribute to the original games, one of the wallpapers has been designed to resemble the design of the routes of the first games, complete with the graphics and sprites when the games are played on the Game Boy. The wallpaper showcases typical features like both types of fences, low and high grass, normal ground, a signpost and a house.
  • As Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver are remakes of Pokémon Gold and Silver, the references present in the original games to Generation I return.
  • During a special Celebi event, the player will, in fact, travel in time back to shortly after Red has defeated Giovanni. Giovanni tells his son that he has decided to disband Team Rocket. Afterwards, he will run towards the Johto region and is found in a cave. When the player defeats him, he will make a remark that the player reminds him of the boy that made him disband the team in the first place.
  • In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, a man mentions that Professor Oak once said there were 150 Pokémon, the amount known during Generation I, although there are now over 400 (which appears to imply that all the games, or at least the remakes, take place at the same time as Generation IV).

To Generation II

To Generation III

Generation V

To Generation I

To Generation II

To Generation III

To Generation IV

Generation VI

To Generation I

To Generation II

To Generation III

To Generation IV

To Generation V

To Generation VII

  • A Backpacker that can be found in one of the various Hotels in Kalos speaks about a region he is from, separate from the regions of the first five generations. He also gives the player the Strange Souvenir. This is so far the only reference to a future generation seen within the core series.

Generation VII

To Generation I

To Generation II

  • Heahea City was said to be formed by people who traveled in Kanto and Johto long, long ago and came together in the Alola Region.
  • Malie City was also said to be formed by people from Johto settling in Alola.
  • Malie Garden also has a lake inside of it in the shape of a Gyarados, an allusion to the Lake of Rage in Johto.
  • A Sightseer in Malie City mentions that she is from Johto and finds it odd that people in Alola don't use Fly to travel, before giving the player the TM for the move.
  • Lana mentions having reeled in a Red Gyarados once. In the end, she was just trying to trick the player into believing her.
  • On Mount Lanakila, Professor Kukui mentions facing the Indigo League and how tough the battle with Lance was. Lance was the Champion of the Indigo League in the Generation II games and their remakes.
  • The player is able to obtain one Apricorn Ball each per game. These are the special Poké Balls that Kurt makes by hand in the Johto region.
  • A Rage Candy Bar is given to the player in Pokémon Center Cafés when buying a drink for the first time on Tuesdays.

To Generation III

To Generation IV

To Generation V

To Generation VI

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