Charizard's Crossword Challenge

In-game description

Charizard's Crossword Challenge is a crossword minigame in Pokémon Team Turbo. The questions are about evolutionary stages of Pokémon.

Starting the game

The Charizard's Crossword Challenge is available from the main menu. It's also one of the minigames available at the Adventure Mode!, between the Race 1 (Street Match) and the Race 2 (Dirt Track Insanity!).

Game modes

The in-game description says that the player receives Turbo Boosts at the end of the crossword game, equivalent to the number of free letters they didn't use yet. However, this is only true for the Adventure Mode!, which consists of both racing games and other minigames. If the player starts the Charizard's Crossword Challenge directly from the main menu, it will be an endless game (until the player exits, or loses all guesses), and the player won't receive any Turbo Boosts. If played as part of the Adventure Mode!, then the player will receive Turbo Boosts equivalent to the number of Free Letters left in the crossword game.


The game screen includes the crossword itself, a "Question" space that is able to display one of the crossword questions, as well as a "Type your answer below" field for the player to use. The number of "Guesses left" and "Free letters" are seen at the left side.

When the player types an answer and presses Enter, the answer appears in the crossword if it's correct, or the player loses one of their guesses if it's incorrect. It's possible to reveal one or more letters by clicking on the "Press for free letters" button. Additionally, by answering correctly any question, one or more letters are revealed for the other answers at the intersections.

The answer field displays a blinking line of hyphens. If any letter is known, then it's shown at the correct spot. For instance, if the expected answer is "BRELOOM" and no letter is known, then this field will display seven hyphens by default: "-------"; if only the letter "E" is known, then it will display "--E----" by default. The player is able to type only capital letters (Caps Lock and Shift can't be used to type small letters; any numbers or punctuation are ignored). It's not possible to type an answer longer than expected (for instance, in the case of Breloom, the game would not accept any answer with more than 7 letters), but it's possible to answer incorrectly by entering a shorter answer.

At the start of the game, the first question is already visible, and the player may either type its answer or click on another hidden word to display its question. Once the player answers a question (no matter if it's right or wrong), the question below will disappear so the player will be required to click on a hidden word on the crossword to display the next question and keep playing.

In the endless game (the one started from the main menu), the first crossword has 3 words. Each next crossword has 1 more word than the last. After the player reaches a level with 7 words, the next level will return to 3 words once again. In the Adventure Mode!, there is a single crossword with 6 or 7 words. If the player has any free letters at the end of the game in the Adventure Mode!, they are converted into Turbo Boosts for the next race. If the player uses up all their guesses by trying 4 wrong answers in the current level (regardless of playing the Adventure Mode! or the endless mode), the game will be interrupted and the player will return to the main menu.


Test your Pokémon knowledge to the limit!

Click on any part of a missing word to see its clue appear at the bottom of the screen.

Type in the answer and press the Enter key to see if you are correct.

If you are stumped, press the "Free Letter" button, and a random letter in the current word will be revealed.

If you finish the puzzle with Free Letters remaining, you will get that same number of Turbo Boosts for the next race!


A question

All the available questions are about the evolutionary stages of Pokémon. There are three kinds of questions:

<second-stage Pokémon> evolves from ... ?
2nd Evolution of <first-stage Pokémon> ?
3rd Evolution of <first-stage Pokémon> ?

"2nd Evolution" and "3rd Evolution" refer to the second and third evolutionary stages, respectively.

This applies to Generation III, so for instance Chansey counts as a first-stage Pokémon, and Blissey as a second-stage Pokémon (Happiny had not been introduced yet).


Question Answer
Whiscash evolves from ... ? Barboach
Glalie evolves from ... ? Snorunt
2nd Evolution of Ponyta ? Rapidash
2nd Evolution of Taillow ? Swellow
3rd Evolution of Whismur ? Exploud
3rd Evolution of Geodude ? Golem

Branched evolutions

When a Pokémon has branched evolutions, only the first evolution in the National Pokédex order is accepted as the correct answer; the other evolutions are ignored. This affects the following questions:

Question Answer
3rd Evolution of Oddish ? Vileplume
3rd Evolution of Poliwag ? Poliwrath
2nd Evolution of Slowpoke ? Slowbro
2nd Evolution of Tyrogue ? Hitmonlee
2nd Evolution of Eevee ? Vaporeon
2nd Evolution of Wurmple ? Silcoon
3rd Evolution of Wurmple ? Beautifly
2nd Evolution of Nincada ? Ninjask
2nd Evolution of Clamperl ? Huntail

Similarly, there are no questions involving the other branched evolutions. For instance, the game may ask "Vaporeon evolves from ... ?" (the answer being Eevee), but it will not ask questions such as "Flareon evolves from ... ?", "Espeon evolves from ... ?", "Cascoon evolves from ... ?", "Gorebyss evolves from ... ?", etc. because these branched evolutions were not programmed in the game.

Pokémon availability

The questions are about the Pokémon available up to Generation III, with some exceptions. Given that the questions are about evolutionary stages, it doesn't have any Pokémon without evolutions or pre-evolutions as of this generation (for instance, this game does not include Farfetch'd, Kangaskhan, Pinsir, Tauros, Lapras, Ditto, and so on; similarly, it does not include any Legendary or Mythical Pokémon). It's also missing some branched evolutions (as stated above). The families of Nidoran♀ and Nidoran♂ are not available either.

Mudkip's Word Finder also uses the same list of Pokémon.

List of available Pokémon

First stage Second stage Third stage
  Bulbasaur   Ivysaur   Venusaur
  Charmander   Charmeleon   Charizard
  Squirtle   Wartortle   Blastoise
  Caterpie   Metapod   Butterfree
  Weedle   Kakuna   Beedrill
  Pidgey   Pidgeotto   Pidgeot
  Rattata   Raticate
  Spearow   Fearow
  Ekans   Arbok
  Pichu   Pikachu   Raichu
  Sandshrew   Sandslash
  Cleffa   Clefairy   Clefable
  Vulpix   Ninetales
  Igglybuff   Jigglypuff   Wigglytuff
  Zubat   Golbat   Crobat
  Oddish   Gloom   Vileplume
  Paras   Parasect
  Venonat   Venomoth
  Diglett   Dugtrio
  Meowth   Persian
  Psyduck   Golduck
  Mankey   Primeape
  Growlithe   Arcanine
  Poliwag   Poliwhirl   Poliwrath
  Abra   Kadabra   Alakazam
  Machop   Machoke   Machamp
  Bellsprout   Weepinbell   Victreebel
  Tentacool   Tentacruel
  Geodude   Graveler   Golem
  Ponyta   Rapidash
  Slowpoke   Slowbro
  Magnemite   Magneton
  Doduo   Dodrio
  Seel   Dewgong
  Grimer   Muk
  Shellder   Cloyster
  Gastly   Haunter   Gengar
  Onix   Steelix
  Drowzee   Hypno
  Krabby   Kingler
  Voltorb   Electrode
  Exeggcute   Exeggutor
  Cubone   Marowak
  Tyrogue   Hitmonlee
  Koffing   Weezing
  Rhyhorn   Rhydon
  Chansey   Blissey
  Horsea   Seadra   Kingdra
  Goldeen   Seaking
  Staryu   Starmie
  Scyther   Scizor
  Smoochum   Jynx
  Elekid   Electabuzz
  Magby   Magmar
  Magikarp   Gyarados
  Eevee   Vaporeon
  Omanyte   Omastar
  Kabuto   Kabutops
  Dratini   Dragonair   Dragonite
  Chikorita   Bayleef   Meganium
  Cyndaquil   Quilava   Typhlosion
  Totodile   Croconaw   Feraligatr
  Sentret   Furret
  Hoothoot   Noctowl
  Ledyba   Ledian
  Spinarak   Ariados
  Chinchou   Lanturn
  Togepi   Togetic
  Natu   Xatu
  Mareep   Flaaffy   Ampharos
  Azurill   Marill   Azumarill
  Hoppip   Skiploom   Jumpluff
  Sunkern   Sunflora
  Wooper   Quagsire
  Wynaut   Wobbuffet
  Pineco   Forretress
  Snubbull   Granbull
  Teddiursa   Ursaring
  Slugma   Magcargo
  Swinub   Piloswine
  Remoraid   Octillery
  Houndour   Houndoom
  Phanpy   Donphan
  Larvitar   Pupitar   Tyranitar
  Treecko   Grovyle   Sceptile
  Torchic   Combusken   Blaziken
  Mudkip   Marshtomp   Swampert
  Poochyena   Mightyena
  Zigzagoon   Linoone
  Lotad   Lombre   Ludicolo
  Seedot   Nuzleaf   Shiftry
  Taillow   Swellow
  Wingull   Pelipper
  Ralts   Kirlia   Gardevoir
  Surskit   Masquerain
  Shroomish   Breloom
  Slakoth   Vigoroth   Slaking
  Nincada   Ninjask
  Whismur   Loudred   Exploud
  Makuhita   Hariyama
  Skitty   Delcatty
  Aron   Lairon   Aggron
  Meditite   Medicham
  Electrike   Manectric
  Gulpin   Swalot
  Carvanha   Sharpedo
  Wailmer   Wailord
  Numel   Camerupt
  Spoink   Grumpig
  Trapinch   Vibrava   Flygon
  Cacnea   Cacturne
  Swablu   Altaria
  Barboach   Whiscash
  Corphish   Crawdaunt
  Baltoy   Claydol
  Lileep   Cradily
  Anorith   Armaldo
  Feebas   Milotic
  Shuppet   Banette
  Duskull   Dusclops
  Snorunt   Glalie
  Spheal   Sealeo   Walrein
  Clamperl   Huntail
  Bagon   Shelgon   Salamence
  Beldum   Metang   Metagross
  This article is part of Project Sidegames, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on the Pokémon Sidegames.