Dual-slot mode

Dual-slot mode (Japanese: ダブルスロット Double-Slot) is a method of communication between a Nintendo DS game card and a Game Boy Advance game cartridge by inserting both into the same Nintendo DS system. However, due to the removal of the GBA slot, dual-slot mode is not available if the player is using a system from the Nintendo DSi family or Nintendo 3DS family.

In the core series games

Pal Park

Main article: Pal Park

In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, Pal Park allows the player to transfer Pokémon from Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen, using dual-slot mode for communication. The Pokémon are sent from the Generation III game to the Generation IV game and cannot be sent back.

Dongle method

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In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, the dongle method changes the wild Pokémon that appear based on the game in the Game Boy Advance slot, via dual-slot mode. This method is compatible with any of the Generation III core series games: Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen. The name "dongle method" is an unofficial name that comes from the fact that this method uses the Game Boy Advance game as a dongle for the Nintendo DS game.

After obtaining the National Pokédex, if the player had an applicable GBA game inserted in the GBA slot when they opened the title screen, the dongle method allows specific wild Pokémon to appear depending on the GBA game. Wild encounters will not change if a GBA game is inserted or removed from the Nintendo DS system after the title screen.

The wild Pokémon that can appear this way are mostly not in the Sinnoh Pokédex in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. They are usually game-exclusive Pokémon to one of the Generation III games. They usually have an 8% chance of appearing, or 4% each if there are two different Pokémon that can appear this way in the same location due to the same game.

Pokémon Dream Radar has a similar feature that allows players to catch a Generation IV game mascot with its Hidden Ability in extensions unlocked by putting the Game Card of the corresponding game into the game card slot of the Nintendo 3DS system.

List of Pokémon available using the dongle method

Game in the GBA Slot
Pokémon Location Game
Ruby
  Seedot Routes 203, 204 and 210 (South), Eterna Forest D P Pt
  Nuzleaf Routes 210 (South) and 229 D P Pt
  Mawile Iron Island D P Pt
  Zangoose Routes 208 and 210 (North) D P Pt
  Solrock Lake Verity, Lake Acuity, Lake Valor, Mt. Coronet, Sendoff Spring, Turnback Cave D P Pt
Sapphire
  Lotad Routes 203, 204, 205 (North), and 212 (South) D P Pt
  Lombre Routes 212 (South) and 229 D P Pt
  Sableye Iron Island D P Pt
  Seviper Routes 208 and 210 (North) D P Pt
  Lunatone Lake Verity, Lake Acuity, Lake Valor, Mt. Coronet, Sendoff Spring, Turnback Cave D P Pt
FireRed
  Caterpie Route 204Pt (South)DP, Eterna ForestPt D P Pt
  Metapod Eterna Forest D P Pt
  Ekans Route 212 (South) D P Pt
  Arbok Great Marsh D P Pt
  Growlithe Routes 201 and 202 D P Pt
  Elekid Route 205, Valley Windworks D P Pt
LeafGreen
  Weedle Route 204Pt (South)DP, Eterna ForestPt D P Pt
  Kakuna Eterna Forest D P Pt
  Sandshrew Wayward Cave D P Pt
  Sandslash Route 228 D P Pt
  Vulpix Routes 209 and 214 D P Pt
  Magby Route 227, Stark Mountain D P Pt
Emerald
  Teddiursa Route 211DP (West)Pt, Acuity LakefrontDP, Lake AcuityPt D P Pt
  Ursaring Routes 216 and 217, Acuity LakefrontPt, Lake AcuityDP D P Pt
  Pineco Eterna Forest, Routes 203, 204, 210 (South) and 229 D P Pt
  Gligar Stark Mountain, Routes 206, 207, 214, 215, and 227 D P Pt
  Shuckle Route 224 D P Pt
Multiple Generation III games
  Haunter Old ChateauFRLGRSE D P Pt
  Gengar Old ChateauFRLGRSE D P Pt
  Staravia Lake VerityFRLGE D P Pt
  Bibarel Lake VerityFRLGE D P Pt

Accessories and Backdrops

In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, the player can obtain one unique Backdrop or Accessory for each Generation III core series game from a Lady in the Pal Park lobby, based on the game the player has inserted in the GBA slot. The lady describes the item as a gift for the player as a reward for their performance in a Catching Show (regardless of whether the player has ever actually participated in one).

Each gift may only be received once, and the player must leave and re-enter the Pal Park building to receive a new gift, even if the game is reset. The language of the GBA game is ignored, meaning that the player can receive a gift even if they would not be able to migrate Pokémon from it.

Item Location Games
  Crown Given by a Lady in the Pal Park lobby if Pokémon FireRed is in the GBA slot  D  P  Pt  HG  SS 
  Tiara Given by a Lady in the Pal Park lobby if Pokémon LeafGreen is in the GBA slot  D  P  Pt  HG  SS 
  Underground Given by a Lady in the Pal Park lobby if Pokémon Ruby is in the GBA slot  D  P  Pt  HG  SS 
  Seafloor Given by a Lady in the Pal Park lobby if Pokémon Sapphire is in the GBA slot  D  P  Pt  HG  SS 
  Sky Given by a Lady in the Pal Park lobby if Pokémon Emerald is in the GBA slot  D  P  Pt  HG  SS 

Event distributions

 
10th Movie Deoxys distribution Slot 2 cartridge

In the Generation IV core series games, some event distributions were done using a Slot 2 cartridge, which was inserted into the GBA slot to send data to the DS game card.

In Pokémon Dash

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Japanese/Korean version cup display
 
American/European version cup display

In Pokémon Dash, players can make custom cups based on the party in a Generation III core series game inserted in the GBA slot. Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen sprites are used; Spinda patterns are retained, but Shiny coloration is not depicted. Eggs in the player's party are ignored.

The Japanese, European, and American versions of Pokémon Dash have no region checks, allowing the player use any language game (although only the first 5 characters of a Pokémon's name will be displayed in the Japanese version of Pokémon Dash). The Korean version only allows Japanese game cartridges to be used.

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team

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In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team, dual-slot mode allows the game to communicate with Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team.

If the player has both games inserted into a compatible system, SOS Mail can be sent between the games, allowing for the rescue team in one game to save the team in the other cartridge's save file.

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team, the player can use Receive Team while Red Rescue Team is in the Game Boy Advance slot. If used, the rescue team from Red Rescue Team becomes the boss of the Rescue Team Maze of Makuhita Dojo.

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
  German Dual Slot-Pokémon
  Italian Modalità dual-slot


See also


Gen I Time Capsule Gen II
Gen III Dual-slot modePal Park Gen IV
Gen IV Poké TransferRelocator Gen V
Gen V Poké TransporterBank Gen VI
Gen I (VC) SMUSUM
Gen II (VC)
Gen VI Bank
GO GO Park PE
Bank HOME Gen VIII
PE
GO GO TransporterHOME


Communications media
Gen I Game Link CableTransfer Pak3DS Wireless (VC)
Gen II  Game Link CableInfraredTransfer Pak
Mobile Game Boy Adapter3DS Wireless (VC)
Gen III Game Link CableWireless AdapterDual-slot mode
Gen IV DS WirelessWi-FiDual-slot modeInfrared
Gen V DS WirelessWi-FiInfrared
Gen VI 3DS WirelessNintendo NetworkInfraredStreetPassSpotPass
Gen VII 3DS Wireless/Switch WirelessNintendo Network
InfraredNintendo Switch OnlineBluetooth
Gen VIII Switch WirelessNintendo Switch Online


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