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This article is about glitch overlays of color. For the corruption of screen pixels, see Glitch.

Glitch screens are glitches that Generation I glitch Pokémon cause. It is an overlay of color over a Pokémon's sprite and the immediate surrounding area.



There are four variants of the glitch.


The red-tint is a recoloration of only pixels that have color. They gain a red hue.

Red-tint over 4 h 's Pokédex entry


Dark purple and red

The purple-tint is a heavy recoloration of all pixels in the sprites area. They gain a deep purple hue. When the Pokémon is placed into battle, the sprite and whole battle menu will be tinted.

(h4to89 's Pokédex entry, showing very heavy tinting. "No. 202" is barely visible
A black box around ♀ .


The purple tint is a moderate recoloration of pixels in the sprites area. They gain a bright purple hue.

X ゥ- xゥ,'s Pokédex entry with purple tint
'r 'r 4's in-battle view of the screen


Blackout is a recoloration of only pixels that have color. They are all turned completely black. This screen is actually intentionally placed into the game, as it is used when the player blacks out.

94 h's front sprite showing Blackout screen, and 94's back sprite showing it also.


Most glitch screens can be avoided by using the original Game Boy or Super Game Boy rather than the Game Boy Color. This is due to the Super Game Boy's inability to replace the color white, and the absence of colors in general on the original Game Boy. By doing this, players may view the otherwise-obstructed moves of glitch Pokémon.

Cloning glitchesGlitch PokémonGlitch Trainers
Error messagesArbitrary code execution
Generation I: --0 ERRORBroken hidden itemsCable Club escape glitchExperience underflow glitch
Fight Safari Zone Pokémon trickGlitch CityItem duplication glitchItem underflowMew glitch
Old man glitchPewter Gym skip glitchPokémon merge glitchRhydon glitch
Select glitches (dokokashira door glitch, second type glitch) • Super GlitchTime Capsule exploitZZAZZ glitch
Generation II: Bug-Catching Contest data copy glitchCelebi Egg glitchCoin Case glitchesExperience underflow glitch
Glitch dimensionGlitch EggSketch glitchTeru-samaTime Capsule exploitTrainer House glitches
Generation III: Berry glitchDive glitchPomeg glitchGlitzer Popping
Generation IV: Acid rainGTS glitchesMimic glitch
Pomeg glitchRage glitchSurf glitchTweakingPal Park Retire glitch
Generation V: Sky Drop glitchFrozen Zoroark glitchChoice item lock glitch
Generation VI: Lumiose City save glitchSymbiosis Eject Button glitchChoice item lock glitch
Generation VII: Choice item lock glitch
Glitch effects: Game freezeGlitch battleGlitch song
Gen I only: Glitch screenTMTRAINER effectInverted sprites
Gen II only: Glitch dimension
Lists: Glitch movesGlitch types
Glitch Pokémon (Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VGen VIGen VII)
Glitches (Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VGen VIGen VIISpin-off)

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