List of overworld glitches (Generation IV)

For other glitches in this generation, see List of glitches (Generation IV)

This is the list of overworld glitches in Generation IV games.

Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver

Intro cutscene oversight

Main article: Game intro → Generation IV

In all the Generation IV core series games, the game overworld seen in the intro cutscenes has several differences from actual gameplay. This includes the design of some places and buildings. Similarly, several non-player characters are only found in the intro cutscenes and not in actual gameplay, while other non-player characters are absent or located elsewhere in the intro cutscenes.

For instance, the Moss Rock is absent from Eterna Forest in the intro cutscenes of Pokémon Platinum, and the Barrier Station (the house in the way to the Bell Tower) is missing the sign at the front and has a red color scheme in the intro cutscenes of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. See also more examples.

Waterfall oversight

If, before going down on a Waterfall, left or right is pressed on the D pad just before down is also pressed, the player will descend the Waterfall facing left or right instead of down.

By Pokemon Glitches for Bulbapedia

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Barry Underground glitch

If the player goes to the Underground while Barry is not present at the Fight Area on Saturday after saving on Friday night on the spot where he would appear, then comes up, the player will be on top of Barry. If the player saves the game whilst on top of Barry, as the game begins to save Barry's sprite will be brought forward and will stand on top of the player's.

By Pokemon Glitches for Bulbapedia

Barry rematch oversight

Although Barry appears in Fight Area only during Saturday and Sunday, if the player stays there without loading a different area or a building, Barry will remain in Fight Area and can be fought even if it's weekday.

Broken escalator oversight

This is one of two glitches in the games to be officially acknowledged by Nintendo,[1] with the other being the surf glitch. In early copies of the Japanese versions, after entering the Union Room on the second floor of the Pokémon League building, which shares the layout with the second floor of any regular Pokémon Center, the player will end up in a wall and not be able to return.

In the case the player has not saved the game while trapped, it is possible to work around the bug:[2]

  1. Reboot the game to load the previous save file.
  2. Go to the Super Contest Hall in Hearthome City.
  3. Speak to the leftmost attendant (there is no need to actually participate in a Super Contest).
  4. Save the game and restart.

Just like the surf glitch, in case the player saves the game after exploiting this bug, the effect could be corrected with a patch released by Nintendo (including versions for the Nintendo DS[3] and 3DS[4]), which allowed the player to resume the game in front of their house in Twinleaf Town. Alternatively, the players could mail their cartridges to Nintendo for repair. Both the patches and the repair service by mail were discontinued in February 2018.

Dress-up Hiker glitch

When talking to the Hiker at Jubilife TV who allows Pokémon to be dressed up, if a button on the D-pad is pressed so that the player is facing away from the Hiker just before the screen to select which Pokémon will be dressed up opens, the player will not walk on the set path; this can lead to walking through walls or the Hiker, or canceling the action altogether.

By Pokemon Glitches for Bulbapedia

Pal Park Retire glitch

Main article: Pal Park Retire glitch

Poké Mart text glitch

This occurs whenever the player uses Sweet Scent or Honey in a Poké Mart. Talking to the clerk and selecting the "BUY" menu will yield blank text for the names or descriptions for any of the items in stock. Accessing the "SELL" menu will correct the glitch.

By Pokemon Glitches for Bulbapedia

Silent Route 214 glitch

If the player goes onto Spring Path off Route 214, the music changes. If you open up your start menu and select any option that opens a secondary menu (Pokédex, Bag, Pokémon menu, etc), close the menu, return to Route 214, there will be no music. Sound effects such as collision sounds still occur and encountering a wild Pokémon will still play Battle! (Wild Pokémon) as expected. The same glitch can also be activated by changing the music using the bicycle.

By Pokemon Glitches for Bulbapedia

Sticky Hold/Suction Cups bug

Even if the player's first party Pokémon has Sticky Hold or Suction Cups, the probability of bites while fishing is not doubled as it was intended to be. This occurs because the equals sign in prob*=2 was missed during coding.[5] This was fixed in Platinum.

Surf glitch

Main article: Surf glitch

Pokémon Platinum

Battle Hall battle transition graphical bug

After the screen transitions to black upon initiating a regular battle in the Battle Hall, a string of pixels can occasionally appear before the screen fades to white, exposing the overworld form under the black transition.

Black Belt speech error

  This glitch is in need of research.
Reason: Is this exclusive to the English versions?
You can discuss this on the talk page.

Due to consecutive spaces, Black Belt Eddie in Sinnoh's Victory Road will say "Done in" with every letter on an alternating line.

By 2009TNT

Full party framerate glitch

In Hearthome City and certain other graphics-heavy areas, framerate lag issues have been known to occur when running or riding the Bicycle. This is most likely to occur when the player has a full party of six Pokémon on them. The fewer Pokémon there are in the party, the less likely the lag issues are to occur.

Route 227 Underground glitch

Going to the Underground on Route 227 between Route 226 and the horizontal row with the first patch of tall grass, then coming back up will cause the player to be partly in the ground. Leaving this area causes the player to return to normal.

By The King Burger

Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

Cheryl overworld glitch

At the entrance of the Eterna Forest, sometimes a non-player character will walk on top of Cheryl.

By randomyoshi

Explorer Kit oversights

  This glitch is in need of research.
Reason: Other places?
You can discuss this on the talk page.

There are certain tiles where the player cannot use Explorer Kit despite being able to use in the rest of the area, with the message "Rowan's words echoed... <Player>! There's a time and place for everything! But not now." appearing instead.

By PkMkPresto

Pal Park manipulation

Main article: Pal Park#Manipulation

This allows the player to migrate any number of Pokémon via Pal Park by overcoming the "six Pokémon per 24 hours" restriction.

Underground item duplication glitch

This glitch occurs in the Underground and makes it possible to "clone" a Goods item between two players. There is a chance of losing the item if both players do not follow directions properly.

To clone a goods item, one player must always give the item, and the other must always receive. This cloning glitch can be repeated indefinitely. To clone, one player must give the other an item. The player who gave the item turns the game off without saving, but the receiver should save the game. If the cloning was successful, both players should have the item. However, there is a chance that the cloning will not work and the item will be lost.

Another variation on this glitch can be used to "clone" traps. By having one player place a trap(s) and having the other player pick up the traps and saving, if the first player resets his game without saving both players will have the trap(s).

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Additional Boulder error

In the Japanese versions, a boulder in the Slowpoke Well can be pushed off land into water. The boulder will still act as if it was on dry land. It was removed in the localizations.

Cianwood Gym walking Pokémon glitch

In Cianwood Gym, if the player stands in the center of the Gym behind the waterfall with a large Pokémon at the front of their party so that they have no walking Pokémon, then changes their lead Pokémon to a Pokémon that can walk inside the Gym, it will appear as a walking Pokémon on the next tier down. After moving a few steps away from the waterfall, the Pokémon is automatically jumped up onto the same tier as the player.

Floating walking Pokémon glitch

The player must have a Pokémon following them around and it must be poisoned. If the Pokémon walks off a ledge at the same time as it survives the poisoning, then the Pokémon will end up levitating in the air as if it is still jumping off of a ledge. The Pokémon will continue to levitate in the air until the player chooses to jump off another ledge, go into a building, get on the bicycle, or use either Surf or Fly. If the player switches walking Pokémon, the Pokémon will still be seen floating until the player exits the party menu.

By tayover18

GB Sounds muting glitch

If the player turns on the GB Sounds while surfing on Route 20, then turns the GB Sounds off while still surfing in the water of either Cinnabar Island or Route 20, the music will be muted until it is changed.

This glitch will not work if the player encounters a wild Pokémon while the GB Sounds is active.

By TeamFail95

Haircut brothers glitch

If the player tries to get another haircut on the same day from the Haircut brothers by changing the clock of the handheld, exiting the Goldenrod Tunnel, and entering it again will cause the other brother to be present but he will treat the player as if their Pokémon have already been given a haircut. Once the day properly changes, the other brother will be present but not give the player's Pokémon a haircut, acting like the player has already gotten one.

Indigo Plateau guard glitch

If the player attempts to enter the GS Cup in the Indigo Plateau Wireless Club and checks the list of special Pokémon, the guard blocking the entrance to Will's room will not move until the player reenters the building.

By ChickasaurusGL

Invisible grass oversight

Three tiles on Route 44 and four tiles in the Swamp area of the Safari Zone appear to be empty but when the player or the walking Pokémon is standing on the tiles, tall grass will appear underfoot. This grass appears between the top of the grass and the water on Route 44, and between the rightmost lake and the grass in the Safari Zone. Wild Pokémon may be encountered in this grass and Safari Zone objects may not be placed on it.

Overworld sprite corruption

Sometimes, when escaping the Ecruteak Gym is forced by Morty being absent, the overworld sprites will be corrupted once the player gets out of the Gym.

Poké Mart sign position glitch

Sometimes Poké Mart signs will appear as though they were built on the roots of trees; there is no known way to try getting this glitch to forcefully occur.

Rock tile behavior oversight

The upper boulder on a column of two next to the lake in the Route 45 side of Dark Cave functions like a water tile and can be surfed on.

Walking Pokémon position glitch

If the menu is opened while the walking Pokémon jumps off a ledge and the player checks the status screen of any Pokémon in the party, the Pokémon will get a bit higher up, so viewing the stats of a Pokémon continuously will result in the Pokémon going off-screen.

By The King Burger

Pokémon Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver

Graphics corruption

Standing in certain places of areas such as the Great Marsh, Ribbon Syndicate, or the Fight Area in Pokémon Platinum, or Route 31 in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver may cause the foliage or walls to bend and merge into other graphics near them.

Wi-Fi Plaza glitch

If the player goes to the Wi-Fi Plaza, runs in the direction of another player, and reaches them about a second before they warp out, the two players will merge into each other until the second one warps out.


Transform glitchesGlitch TrainersCloning glitchesError messagesArbitrary code execution
Generation I GlitchesBattle glitchesOverworld glitches
--0 ERRORBroken hidden itemsCable Club escape glitchDual-type damage misinformation
Experience underflow glitchFight Safari Zone Pokémon trickGlitch CityItem duplication glitchItem underflow
Mew glitchOld man glitchPewter Gym skip glitchPokémon merge glitchRhydon glitchRival twins glitch
Select glitches (dokokashira door glitch, second type glitch) • Super Glitch
Time Capsule exploitWalking through wallsZZAZZ glitch
Generation II GlitchesBattle glitches
Bug-Catching Contest glitchCelebi Egg glitchCoin Case glitchesExperience underflow glitch
Glitch dimensionGlitch EggTeru-samaTime Capsule exploitTrainer House glitchesGS Ball mail glitch
Generation III GlitchesBattle glitches
Berry glitchDive glitchPomeg glitchGlitzer Popping
Generation IV GlitchesBattle glitchesOverworld glitches
Acid rainGTS glitchesPomeg glitchRage glitch
Surf glitchTweakingPal Park Retire glitch
Generation V GlitchesBattle glitchesOverworld glitches
Charge Beam additional effect chance glitchCharge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitch
Frozen Zoroark glitchSky Drop glitch
Generation VI GlitchesBattle glitchesOverworld glitches
Charge Beam additional effect chance glitchCharge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitch
Lumiose City save glitchSymbiosis Eject Button glitchToxic sure-hit glitch
Generation VII GlitchesBattle glitches
Charge Beam additional effect chance glitchCharge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitch
Toxic sure-hit glitchRollout storage glitch
Generation VIII Glitches
Charge Beam additional effect chance glitchCharge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitch
Toxic sure-hit glitchRollout storage glitchParty item offset glitch
Generation IX Glitches
Glitch effects Game freezeGlitch battleGlitch song
Gen I only: Glitch screenTMTRAINER effectInverted sprites
Gen II only: Glitch dimension
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