The Pokémon metagame has a wide range of fanmade terminology for various aspects of the games. These are colloquial terms originating from unofficial sources, and are not found within the games themselves. However, some terms originally coined by the fandom have been used officially, such as Eeveelution and Shiny; these terms are not listed here.
Convergent form/Convergent Pokémon
- Main article: Ecologically similar Pokémon
Fan terms for Pokémon which resemble another species without being related biologically. These refer to the Wiglett, Toedscool, and Poltchageist lines, whose designs are based on the Diglett, Tentacool, and Sinistea lines, respectively. The term is derived from the real-world phenomenon of convergent evolution. Alternatively, some fans call them "regional fakes" as this concept resembles previously introduced regional forms.
A Pokémon found in the first few routes of the game. These can be divided into:
- Early-route Pokémon that are based on mammals that are either Normal or Dark types: Rattata, Sentret, Poochyena, Zigzagoon, Bidoof, Patrat, Lillipup, Purrloin, Bunnelby, Yungoos, Skwovet, Nickit, Wooloo, Lechonk, and Tandemaus;
- Early-route Flying-type bird Pokémon: Pidgey, Spearow, Hoothoot, Taillow, Wingull, Starly, Pidove, Fletchling, Pikipek, Rookidee, Squawkabilly, and Wattrel;
- Early-route Bug-types: Caterpie, Weedle, Ledyba, Spinarak, Wurmple, Kricketot, Sewaddle, Venipede, Scatterbug, Grubbin, Cutiefly, Blipbug, Tarountula, and Nymble.
- Pikachu clone redirects here. For the Pikachu that is a clone, see Pikachutwo.
A group of Electric-type Pokémon based on rodents, consisting of Pikachu, Raichu (sometimes omitted), Pichu (sometimes omitted), Plusle, Minun, Pachirisu, Emolga, Dedenne, Togedemaru, Morpeko, Pawmi, Pawmo, and Pawmot. Design-wise, all of them have electric sacs on their cheeks. All are in the Fairy or Field Egg Groups, and all have English names very close to being pure transliterations of their Japanese names. This group is also referred to as the Pikachu family, electric rodents, or Pikaclones. An equivalent term used within the Japanese fandom is 電気袋組.
Pachirisu is the only one revealed to actually be biologically related to Pikachu's evolutionary line.
Pawmi is the only one (aside from Pikachu itself) to have an evolutionary line, having 3 stages, mirroring Pikachu — although Pikachu's evolutionary line includes a baby Pokémon while Pawmi's evolutionary line lacks one.
Marill, its evolutionary relatives, and Mimikyu are also sometimes included in this group by the fandom, although none of these are Electric types. Mimikyu is sometimes featured in official artwork showcasing the "Pikachu clone" Pokémon. Marill was often incorrectly referred to as "Pikablu" by fans and on the Topps trading cards for the first movie prior to the release of Pokémon Gold and Silver.
In Pokémon X and Y, the "Stickers" battle menu background features all the members of the group that existed at the time. This is the only time that the group has ever been acknowledged directly in the games.
According to the official Pokémon Singapore's Facebook, the group are referred to as electric mice, and were featured in the "Mouse Pokémon" (Japanese: ねずみポケモン Nezumi Pokémon) collection of Pokémon Center merchandise.
- Main article: Elemental monkeys
Pansage, Pansear, Panpour, Simisage, Simisear, and Simipour. The name is derived from the fact that all of them are based on monkeys and have different types (Grass, Fire, and Water respectively). They also share resemblance to starter Pokémon.
- Main article: Game mascot
- Main article: Hitmons
- Main article: Fossil → Generation VIII
(Japanese: カセキメラ Kasekimera) is used within the Japanese fandom to collectively refer to Fossil Pokémon introduced in Generation VIII: Dracozolt, Arctozolt, Dracovish, and Arctovish. The term is derived from 化石 kaseki (fossil) and chimera.
- Main article: Legendary group
A group of Legendary Pokémon. The most common groupings include Legendary duo and Legendary trio.
- Main article: Eon duo
- Main article: Super-ancient Pokémon
A Legendary Pokémon that is associated with and regarded as superior to (in in-universe lore) the members (or other members) of a Legendary trio.
A subset of Mythical Pokémon. Each of their base stats are 100 with a base stat total of 600, and share the same EV yield, with 3 HP EVs when defeated. They are available only as event Pokémon. Includes Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Manaphy, Shaymin, and Victini. Sometimes referred to as Mythical fairies, although that term is also used to describe the lake guardians.
Also known as gimmick Pokémon, a Pokémon that possesses a unique trait, usually in battle. Pokémon most often to be considered novelty are: Magikarp, Ditto, Eevee, Porygon, Unown, Wobbuffet, Shuckle, Smeargle, Wurmple, Slaking, Shedinja, Plusle with Minun, Spinda, Castform, Kecleon, Deoxys, Burmy, Cherrim, Rampardos, Gastrodon, Rotom, Arceus, Darmanitan, Zoroark, Sawsbuck, Accelgor with Escavalier, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Ash-Greninja, Vivillon, Aegislash, Zygarde, Oricorio, Wishiwashi, Pyukumuku, Minior, Komala, Mimikyu, Necrozma, Cramorant, Toxtricity, Eiscue, Morpeko, Palafin, and Dondozo with Tatsugiri.
- Main article: Pseudo-legendary Pokémon
A Pokémon that has a three-stage evolutionary line, 1,250,000 experience at level 100, and a base stat total of exactly 600. Includes Dragonite, Tyranitar, Salamence, Metagross, Garchomp, Hydreigon, Goodra, Kommo-o, Dragapult, and Baxcalibur.
- Type: Null
- Tapu Koko
- Tapu Lele
- Tapu Bulu
- Tapu Fini
A list in the data since Pokémon Sun and Moon, named "sublegend" in the game code, grouped the Ultra Beasts with all of the sub-Legendary Pokémon, despite them not being Legendary Pokémon. This grouping continued until Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, in which Ultra Beasts are no longer grouped under this "sublegend" list.
Legendary Pokémon that are not sub-Legendary Pokémon are officially known as Special Pokémon.
A trio of types where one beats another and loses to another, such as Water-Grass-Fire or Dark-Fighting-Psychic, notably used for Starter Pokémon. Both the Dragon and Ghost types can create type triangles by themselves only. Normal-type is the only type that isn't super effective against any type, but weak against the Fighting type. All single type triangles go as follows:
A term referring to the controversy surrounding Game Freak's announcement that some Pokémon would not be usable in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Derives from a portmanteau of "Pokédex" and "Brexit", a debate between UK citizens concerning whether the UK (which is the basis of Galar, the setting of Sword and Shield) should leave the European Union.
A pejorative term used to describe fans who dislike elements of the Pokémon franchise released after Generation I (and, to a lesser extent, Generation II). A corruption of "Generation One". Originated from the Transformers fandom's term of "Geewun", where some fans have a similar stance on their franchise. However, fanon terms relating to other generations in the franchise (such as Generations III or IV) are less often used.
A term used to refer to any female character in the Pokémon franchise. Derives from a portmanteau of "Pokémon" and "girl".
The general concept of a boss in video games may refer to special, strong opponents who must be defeated to obtain an important reward or advance past a particular point in the game. In the Pokémon games, there are various figures who may fit this description:
- Core games
- Gym Leaders: these are characters the player explicitly has to defeat if they wish to reach the Elite Four. Oftentimes, defeating a particular Gym Leader is also required for the player to advance past certain obstacles, especially those that require the use of an HM.
- Elite Four: the "point" of the core series games is generally to beat the Elite Four, who will be stronger than any other Trainers the player has faced previously.
- Champion: after beating the Elite Four, the player must also defeat the region's Champion in order to be allowed to enter the Hall of Fame.
- Rivals: the player will often cross paths with a rival character, and usually they must face off with this character one last time before being able to face the Elite Four.
- Team leaders: the core games (and many spin-offs) include villainous teams who the player will frequently cross paths with. In the course of the game, the player will eventually have to defeat various high-ranking members of these teams and ultimately their leader.
- Tower Tycoons, Frontier Brains, Subway Bosses, Boss Trainers, Battle Chatelaines and Battle Legends: these are the leaders of certain special battle facilities presented as an optional challenge once the player has beaten the Champion. Defeating them usually grants the player a special achievement.
- Legendary Pokémon: the player will encounter these later in the game, usually resulting in a boss battle, unless the player has a Master Ball. Legendary Pokémon are hard to fight because of their generally large base stats. Eternamax Eternatus, fits the traditional "boss" terminology, as it has the highest base stats out of any Pokémon and is not obtainable in battle.
- Totem Pokémon are encountered at the end of every trial throughout the island challenge, serving as the boss of each trial.
- Max Raid Battles are co-op battles with a Dynamax or Gigantamax Pokémon, similar to a traditional boss battles as they are fought at various intervals throughout the game.
- Noble Pokémon, Origin Forme Dialga/Palkia, and Arceus are encountered in Pokémon Legends: Arceus and need to be quelled through throwing balms at them (while optional, periodic battling makes this easier), this acts similar to a traditional RPG boss fight.
- Titan Pokémon, Starmobiles, KoraidonS/MiraidonV the Bloodmoon Ursaluna, Ogerpon, Terapagos and Pecharunt are encountered and possess larger health bars similar to how boss health bars are depicted in most games and in most cases, also possess a title right after their name, such as "Terapagos, the Indigo Disk".
- Side games
- Pregymleader Justy: Justy is the leader of the Pre Gym in Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD.
- Area Leaders and Mt BtlMaster: these are the heads of different Mt. Battle areas in Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD.
- Colosseum Leaders, Colosseum Masters, and the Pokétopia Master: these are the heads of Colosseums in Pokémon Battle Revolution.
- The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series has various boss characters at different points in the story:
- Shadow Mewtwo: the opponent in the final battle of the storyline of Pokkén Tournament
- Main article: Living Pokédex
Having a Pokémon of every species (available in that game) in the Pokémon Storage System at the same time.
A Pokémon or item obtained without cheating or excessive glitch use. Typically this refers to a Pokémon or item obtained through normal gameplay, without any third party modifications to the game's ROM or RAM. Pokémon obtained via RNG Abuse, or via bugs that the player would run into naturally during normal gameplay, (Gen 3's Roamer IV bug for example), are still typically considered legitimate as the game would generate those Pokémon within the bounds of what was possible to obtain naturally, in an unmodified instance of the game.
- Note that Legitimate does not inherently mean Legal, it is possible to encounter Pokémon during normal gameplay that have otherwise impossible attributes, and the The Pokémon Company would consider unauthorized.
- 1★ Wild Area News Drilbur with Hydro Pump is an example of a Pokémon that was legitimately obtainable but considered Illegal, as it was programmed with a game move error. The game does not permit its use online nor official tournaments, and several hours after the mistake was discovered GameFreak had fixed the erroneous Wild Area News data to replace Hydro Pump with the correct move, Scratch.
- These situations are typically handled case-by-case. As a counter example, the 5★ Tera Raid Battle Female Indeedee with the error move Trick Room is not blocked from online use, and in early December 2022 even saw prior restrictions removed, permitting raids with the erroneous move to be hosted online to other players. In a situation like this, it could be argued the developers consider this error to be both Legal and Legitimate, despite the similar circumstances to the aforementioned Drilbur with Hydro Pump.
- Additionally, the state of the savefile itself is generally not taken into account when determining the legitimacy of an individual Pokémon. Even if the savefile is in an unnatural state via glitches, cheats, save editing, etc., if the generation/encounter conditions of a Pokémon are unaffected, a savefile in an unnatural state can still produce Legal and Legitimate Pokémon.
- As an example, using a glitch that warps the player to an area early, but does not alter the encounter conditions of Pokémon found in that area, would generate Pokémon in an identical manner to a player who arrived in that area under normal gameplay conditions.
A Pokémon or item obtained via cheating or intentional glitch use. Typically this refers to a Pokémon or item generated via any third party modifications to the game's ROM or RAM, or with the use of intentional glitches to drastically alter the game into a state where it produces Pokémon or items in a way it would never be able to during the course of normal gameplay.
- This term may also be used to refer to event Pokémon generated outside of their typical distribution periods or methods via glitches, Arbitrary code execution, Wonder Card injection, or other exploits such as the DNS Exploit.
- Contrary to the above, several event Pokémon are programmed as in-game static encounters or gifts accessible via activating an in-game event or event-exclusive location (such as Birth Island's Deoxys or Faraway Island's Mew), rather than generated directly by a Wonder Card.
It could be argued that if an encounter is accessed via warp glitches, (on a game version/language the encounter was legitimately obtainable in, i.e. Faraway Island's Mew is only legitimately accessible on Japanese language copies of Pokémon Emerald, accessing it on an English copy of Emerald would result in an Illegal Mew), that since the encounter itself is unmodified and available in the base game, the Pokémon itself could be considered both Legal and/or Legitimate even if the savefile itself is in an unnatural state.
- Contrary to the above, several event Pokémon are programmed as in-game static encounters or gifts accessible via activating an in-game event or event-exclusive location (such as Birth Island's Deoxys or Faraway Island's Mew), rather than generated directly by a Wonder Card.
- Illegitimate Pokémon and items are not limited to just those produced via cheating using third party tools, as Pokémon or items generated directly via Cloning glitches or Arbitrary code execution would still fall into this category, even if the result would be considered Legal.
A Pokémon or item in a state that is possible to achieve through normal gameplay. This means that regardless of what method was used to obtain it, one could obtain this Pokémon in its current state without cheating or intentional glitch use.
- Note that this is not inherently the same as Legitimate. While most Legitimate Pokémon are also Legal, this term only refers to the current state of the Pokémon and whether it could be theoretically obtained in that state through normal gameplay. A Pokémon may still be Legal even if it was obtained through the use of third party modifications, cheats, glitches, etc.
A Pokémon or item in a state that is typically impossible to achieve through normal gameplay, and/or is disallowed by The Pokémon Company. This means that regardless of what method was used to obtain it, this Pokémon has at least one value that could only be obtained via cheating, intentional glitch use, or via an oversight by the developers of the game that permitted it to be obtained.
- Note that a Pokémon can still be illegal even if permitted to be used online, having not been detected by the server's anti-cheat detection, as the term refers to the Pokémon itself being in an unobtainable state, not necessarily whether it is detected by the game's anti-cheat.
- Shiny Keldeo is an example of a Pokémon that is illegal but remains usable online. It has never been obtainable in-game, nor distributed as an Event Pokémon in its Shiny form. Despite being a Shiny-locked species, Shiny Keldeo is not detected by any anti-cheat in Generation V through Generation VIII.
- It is also possible for illegal Pokémon or items to be obtained, or even generated by players who are not cheating, having only interacted with the game via legitimate means, as a result of interference by other cheating players.
- One such instance would be breeding using a parent Pokémon that has an impossible combination of Poké Ball and species, obtained via trade from a cheating player. A Skeledirge in a Beast Ball for example, is currently an impossible combination due to Skeledirge being unavailable to be captured in the wild. If bred, an illegal Fuecoco Egg would be produced, inheriting the Beast Ball from the illegal parent.
- Another instance would be a player joining a hacked Max Raid via Y-Comm, (prior to Sword and Shield v1.2.1), and then catching the resulting illegal Pokémon, or receiving unobtainable item as a reward for defeating it. As a result, Pokémon and items that were impossible to receive via trade due to anti-cheat detection were made possible to obtain on an unmodified savefile, as the Pokémon and items are generated client-side by the non-cheating participant's game.
A Pokémon that is in the same state as it was obtained in. Specifically, it has gained no experience, levels, EVs, or Ribbons, had none of its moves changed or reordered, and has not evolved, gained Pokérus, or had its pre-existing Pokérus become inactive. Commonly used to refer to event Pokémon and in-game gift Pokémon.
A term used by collectors to describe catching Pokémon with a specific type of Poké Ball. Often this involves a desire to have the Ball's color scheme, thematic properties, or release animation align with the Pokémon it contains, as well as unique or unlikely combinations being valued, such as Pokémon obtained in Apriballs, or non-Ultra Beast species being obtained in Beast Balls, (despite the drastically lower catch rate when used on other species).
Likely a portmanteau of "Ball" and either "Elitism" or "Autism"; sometimes used as a pejorative term in reference to one's obsession with obtaining a given Pokémon in a specific type of Ball, or devaluing Pokémon deemed to be in a "non-matching" type of Ball.
On April 24, 2021, the merchandise line "BALL FREAK", which prominently featured the concept of matching Pokémon and Poké Balls of similar style/coloration, released on the Japanese Pokémon Center website, however this terminology hasn't appeared in any other media. It's currently unclear if The Pokémon Company considers "ball freak" an official term for the concept, or if it was only intended for use as a title for the specific merchandise line.
Most of the Pokémon games come in pairs and are often followed by enhanced versions, hence Pokémon fans call them collectively with the first letters of their names.
- RGBY: Pokémon Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow. Sometimes only RBY, omitting the Japanese exclusive Pokémon Green in favor of its international release, Pokémon Blue.
- GSC: Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal
- RSE: Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
- FRLG: Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
- DPPt: Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
- HGSS: Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
- BW: Pokémon Black and White
- B2W2: Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. Sometimes BW2.
- XY: Pokémon X and Y
- ORAS: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
- PoGO: Pokémon GO
- SMUSUM: Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon. Can be split respectively into SM for Sun and Moon, and USUM or USM for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Sometimes SuMo is seen for Sun and Moon only.
- LGPE: Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. Sometimes LPE or LPLE.
- SwSh: Pokémon Sword and Shield. Capitalization can vary between SwSh and SWSH. Sometimes SS.
- BDSP: Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
- LA: Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Sometimes PLA or PL:A.
- SV: Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Sometimes ScVi.
- HToA0: Scarlet and Violet: The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero. Used when referring to the pair of DLCs, rather than the individual releases.
6IV or 6V
- As an example, some competitive strategies require a Pokémon to have an intentionally lower stat, such as an IV of 0 for Attack, or Speed. Strategies using Trick Room or Gyro Ball may benefit from a Pokémon having a lower Speed stat than the opponent, therefore a Pokémon with IVs of 31 in every other stat, but with a Speed IV of 0, may still sometimes be referred to as 6IV or "perfect".
The term "5IV" or "5V" (a Pokémon with IVs of 31 in only five stats) is also commonly used due to the breeding effect of Destiny Knot introduced in Generation VI, allowing for the value of 5 random IVs of a bred Pokémon to be inherited from the parents if either parent holds the Destiny Knot.
A method used to repeatedly encounter the same Pokémon via a feature such as Poké Radar and DexNav, which lines up the chance of getting a desired Pokémon. Chaining with the Poke Radar is often tried for the purposes of getting a Shiny Pokémon of a specific species.
- Main article: Cheating
The use of any device unauthorized by The Pokémon Company to modify a Pokémon game. Being found to have cheated in any way, or having a Pokémon that was obtained by cheating on another game will result in immediate disqualification from any official tournament, and disqualification from all future official tournaments.
Intentionally battling Pokémon for the EVs they give out in order to ensure EVs are distributed in a specific way or capped.
Focus Miss/Stone Miss/Will-O-Miss
Gear Station or Centrico Plaza trick
Securing the D-pad or analog stick in one direction so that the player continuously walks around the circular Gear Station or Centrico Plaza, resulting in an effortless refilling of Hidden Grottoes, increase in friendship, hatching of Eggs, and accumulation of Poké Miles.
A term used within parts of the fandom to refer to a Pokémon in a Trainer's party that is used for navigational support through the use of field moves—generally those taught by Hidden Machines. HM mules will typically have three or four move slots occupied with field moves, allowing smooth passage through caves, across oceans, or past other obstacles at the expense of their battling capabilities.
With the retirement of HMs and field moves from Generation VII onward, HM mules are not necessary in those games. In Generation VII, the functions of HMs are replaced by Poké RidesSMUSUM and Secret TechniquesPE. In Pokémon Sword and Shield, the Rotom Bike's Water Mode replaces Surf and the Flying Taxi replaces Fly. In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, various ride Pokémon provide similar functions, allowing the player to traverse through Hisui faster, swim through water, climb steep cliffs, and glide through the air. The Arc Phone's map allows players to warp between locations, replacing Fly. In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, traversal abilities are gained by the player's KoraidonS/MiraidonV during the Path of Legends storyline, and the Flying Taxi from Sword and Shield returns.
HM mules are often referred to as HM slaves or HM friends. An equivalent term used within the Japanese fandom is 秘伝要員, with 秘伝 being from 秘伝マシン Hidden Machine followed by 要員 personnel.
The fan term HSOWA is an initialism that stands for "Hot Skitty On Wailord Action". It is derived from the fact that Skitty and Wailord can breed in the games despite their massive size difference. It has reached cult status on some message boards. The term originates from GameFAQs.
- Main article: Masuda method
The game mechanic that increases the likelihood of Shiny Pokémon to hatch from Eggs if the parents are from differing real-world geographical locations. Named after Junichi Masuda, who first documented this mechanic in his blog.
- Main article: Nuzlocke Challenge
A special challenge playthrough of a Pokémon game in which the player must follow a set of self-enforced rules to make the game more difficult. Most notably, the player can only catch the first Pokémon they encounter on each route, and must release any Pokémon that faints. Named after the comic series of the same name that first proposed the type of playthrough.
Professor Oak Challenge
A time-consuming challenge playthrough of a Pokémon game in which the player must fill up the Pokédex to its limit before taking on each Gym Leader. This challenge was created by user Chamale on Reddit, and popularized by YouTuber 'JohnStone'.
- Main article: Appendix:Repel trick
- Main article: List of unobtainable Shiny Pokémon
Referring to a Pokémon obtained in a particular game that is prevented from being Shiny.
Securing the D-pad or analogue stick in a single direction so that the player continuously walks into a spin tile, resulting in an effortless increase in friendship and hatching of Eggs. Often called the "Fuego trick" in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum due to Fuego Ironworks being the optimal location for doing so.
- Main article: Walking Pokémon
- Main article: Apricorn
Despite Poké Balls in Pokémon Legends: Arceus also being craftable using Apricorns, this term doesn't refer to Poké Balls from the Hisui region.
- Main article: Appendix:Metagame terminology
- Main article: Effort values
Effort values, often shortened to EVs, are capped permanent stat bonuses gained by defeating Pokémon, using items such as vitamins or wings, or using services such as those in Join Avenue. They ensure trained Pokémon are stronger than newly caught Pokémon.
- Main article: Awakening values
Awakening values, often shortened to AVs, are used in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! in place of EVs. AVs are used to increase a Pokémon's stats, but are awarded through the use of Candy and leveling up, rather than by defeating other Pokémon in battles or consuming vitamins.
ELs or GVs
- Main article: Effort level
Effort levels, often shortened to ELs, (referred to internally as "Ganbaru values", often shortened to GVs), are a mechanic introduced in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Effort levels take the place of effort values from previous games. Pokémon gain effort levels through the use of Grit items, but will initially begin with 0-3 ELs in each stat, with the amount being determined by the Pokémon's IVs.
- Main article: Individual values
Individual values, often shortened to IVs, are fixed values that can be inherited from the Pokémon's parents. They ensure Pokémon are genetically different.
PID or EC
- Main article: Personality value
A shortened version of the term personality value, a hidden value used to determine several properties of a Pokémon, including Shininess. Generation VI onwards, this value is split into two separate values, with the latter being referred to as the Encryption Constant, often shortened to EC.
PSV or ESV
Pokémon Shiny Value, often shortened to PSV, and Egg Shiny Value, often shortened to ESV, are values derived from a Pokémon or Egg's personality value, designed as an easy way to tell if the Pokémon or Egg will appear as Shiny for a given player, if the value is the same as that player's Trainer Shiny Value, (often shortened to TSV).
TID or SID
- Main article: Trainer ID
Trainer ID, often shorted to TID, is the 5 to 6 digit value displayed on the player's Trainer card, League Card, or in-game save menu. The Secret ID, often shortened to SID, is a hidden 4 or 5 digit value used alongside the Trainer ID to determine which Pokémon will appear as Shiny for the player, according to the Pokémon's personality value.
Trainer Shiny Value, often shortened to TSV, is a value derived from the player's Trainer ID and Secret ID, designed as an easy way to tell if a given Egg or Pokémon will be Shiny for the player, if their Egg Shiny Value, (often shortened to ESV), or Pokémon Shiny Value, (often shortened to PSV) is the same value as the player's Trainer Shiny Value.
RNG or RNG Abuse
- Main article: Pseudorandom number generation in Pokémon
Refers to the Random Number Generator, or the practice of manipulating it through the use of fan-made software (commonly referred to as RNG Abuse), in order to obtain Shiny Pokémon or Pokémon with specific IVs—both endeavors which would otherwise leave a lot up to chance.
- Nintendo Dream Vol. 201, January 2011 (Translation by Dr. Lava)
- Pokémon Stadium 2 Nintendo's Player Guide
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