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Pokéstar Studios ポケウッド
Pokéwood
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
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Map description: Pokéstar Studios, where great movies are produced.
Location: North of Virbank City
Region: Unova
Generations: V
Unova Pokéstar Studios Map.png
Location of Pokéstar Studios in Unova.
Pokémon world locations

Pokéstar Studios (Japanese: ポケウッド Pokéwood, formally called ポケウッドムービースタジオ Pokéwood Movie Studio) is a film studio featured in the Generation V games Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. It is located north of Virbank City.

Pokéstar Studios allows the player to take part in making films involving Pokémon. The films feature a scenario chosen by the player and a number of Pokémon battles. Pop Roxie, Brycen and Sabrina have co-starred in films produced in the studio.

The facility is run by an elderly man named Stu Deeoh (Japanese: ウッドウさん Mr. Wood).

In the games

Location

Pokéstar Studios is found in southwest Unova. It is connected to Virbank City from the south and can only be accessed after the player has defeated the Virbank Gym Leader Roxie.

Making films

 
A Typhlosion takes on Mecha Tyranitar

To make a film, the player must first choose whether to use a rental Pokémon or a Pokémon from their own party. However, the player is not allowed to use their party Pokémon in a film until they have filmed a Good Ending for it at least once using the rental Pokémon; and Pokémon that know Transform, Torment, or Metronome, or that have the Imposter Ability, are banned from participating in films. After a team has been chosen, the player goes to a room with a green screen and faces a person in a Pokémon battle.

During the battle, several dialog options are shown before specific turns. The player is supposed to choose the option that best matches the movie script. Choosing different options will change which move the opponent attempts to use, and in some cases, choosing the wrong option can force a Bad Ending even if the battle is otherwise completed successfully.

Battles at Pokéstar Studios use a slightly different battle engine than usual. There is no random variation step in the damage formula, equivalent to having all attacks forced to the maximum random roll (though effect chances for moves to cause side effects like paralysis or flinching, and chances for critical hits, still exist with their usual randomness). Opponents will only ever attempt to use the move called for by the player's most recent dialog option (or, prior to the first dialog option, a random move). If this move has no PP left, or has been hit by an effect such as Disable, they will still attempt to use the move anyway, as long as they have at least one other move that could have legally been chosen if it weren't for such adherence to the script--this is the Impossible move selection glitch. If the opponent would have been forced to use Struggle in a standard battle, though (such as by running out of PP on all their moves), they will still do so here.

Once the filming is complete, the player can watch the movie in the theater, which causes the recorded battle to be replayed with various effects added: the Trainer's name is changed; health bars (including the Pokémon's name and level) do not appear on screen; the green screen background is replaced by an image fitting for the movie's setting; dialog between the Trainers is interspersed with turns of the battle, sometimes including comic-book-style overlay panels; and movies that feature "Prop" opponents, or Trainers wearing green suits, will have them digitally edited into other forms. The theater can hold up to eight films simultaneously. If all eight are occupied, the player will have to choose between either deleting an existing film or not releasing the new film at all (the box office sales records do remain even after a film is removed from its screen).

There are three types of endings that a movie can get:

  • Good Ending - Generated by following the script. Creates a good, if predictable, ending. Getting the good ending usually unlocks the next movie in the series. The player can tell they are getting the good ending based on the pleased reactions of the director, and the audience will applaud at the end.
  • Bad Ending - Generated by deviating from the script, such as acting out of character (acting scared when playing a superhero, not acting scared when a zombie appears, etc.) or not completing the battle puzzle properly. Directors have an aggravated response when triggering a bad ending, some audience members will leave before the credits, and the film will lose money at the box office.
  • Strange Ending (Japanese: カルトエンド Cult Ending) - Generated by deviating from the script a certain way, causing a puzzled response from the director. Strange endings change the nature of the movie entirely, generate a shocked reaction, and produce more box-office income than a good ending.

If the player manages to create a strange ending with their own Pokémon, that Pokémon will become a star and will be given a special entry animation, much like when a Shiny Pokémon is sent out. The entry animation will be removed if the player then creates a bad ending using the same Pokémon.

Star rank

The man at the door to the soundstage will inform the player when their star rank increases. The table below shows the requirements and rewards for each star rank.

Rank Requirement Unlocks
1 Gross  100 billion on the movies Male Backpacker fan
2 Gross  300 billion on the movies Female Guitarist fan
3 Gross  1000 billion on the movies Nurse, male Preschooler, and Policeman fans;
The Giant Woman! Series
4 Gross  2500 billion on the movies Smasher, old lady, male Ace Trainer fans;
Everlasting Memories Series
5 Gross  4250 billion on the movies Two Team Plasma Grunt fans and a young fan in red
EX Complete all the movies with a good ending
(excluding Brycen-Man Strikes Back Harder)
Brycen-Man Strikes Back Harder movie;
Trainer Card level increase
Complete all the movies, including Brycen-Man Strikes Back Harder Access to the dressing room;
bronze statue of the player between the theater and the Sound Stage

Scenarios

Series Genre # of Movies Unlock criteria Dominant type(s)
  Brycen-Man Action 4 1st movie: —
2nd & 3rd movies: Enter the Hall of Fame
4th: Get a good ending on every other movie
and talk to Brycen at the Icirrus Gym
Dark
  Full Metal Cop Action 4 Gross  500 billion on any movie Fighting Bug
  Invaders Science fiction 4 Psychic
  Big Monster Science fiction 4 Enter the Hall of Fame Steel Rock
  Timegate Traveler Science fiction 3 Steel Fighting
  Love and Battles Fantasy 3 Enter the Hall of Fame Normal
  Mystery Doors of
the Magical Land
Fantasy 3 Psychic
  The Giant Woman! Fantasy 4 Gross a total of  1000 billion on the movies Normal
  Red Fog of Terror Horror 3 Normal Dark
  Everlasting Memories Horror 4 Gross a total of  2500 billion on the movies Steel Normal
  Ghost Eraser Horror 4 Enter the Hall of Fame Ghost

Items

Fans of the player may give items to the player after a new film comes out depending on the kind of ending it had. The player gains more fans as his or her star rank increases.

Item Location Games
  Berry Juice From a Guitarist in the movie theater for getting a bad ending on the fourth movie in a series or a good ending on any other movie  B2  W2 
  Big Pearl From an old Team Plasma Grunt and a new Team Plasma Grunt in the movie theater for getting a good ending on the fourth movie in a series or a strange ending on any other movie  B2  W2 
  EnergyPowder From an old Team Plasma Grunt and a new Team Plasma Grunt in the movie theater for getting a bad ending on a movie  B2  W2 
  Energy Root From an old Team Plasma Grunt and a new Team Plasma Grunt in the movie theater for getting a bad ending on the fourth movie in a series or a good ending on any other moviee  B2  W2 
  Escape Rope From a Nurse, a Preschooler, and a Policeman in the movie theater for getting a bad ending on the fourth movie in a series or a good ending on any other movie  B2  W2 
  Favored Mail From a Nurse, a Preschooler, and a Policeman in the movie theater for getting a bad ending on a movie  B2  W2 
  Fresh Water From a Backpacker in the movie theater for getting a bad ending on a movie  B2  W2 
  Full Restore From an old Team Plasma Grunt and a new Team Plasma Grunt in the movie theater for getting a strange ending on the fourth movie in a series  B2  W2 
  Hyper Potion ×5 From a Guitarist in the movie theater for getting a good ending on the fourth movie in a series or a strange ending on any other movie  B2  W2 
  Lava Cookie ×5 From a Backpacker in the movie theater for getting a good ending on the fourth movie in a series or a strange ending on any other movie  B2  W2 
  Lemonade ×5 From a Backpacker in the movie theater for getting a bad ending on the fourth movie in a series or a good ending on any other movie  B2  W2 
  Max Revive From a Guitarist in the movie theater for getting a strange ending on the fourth movie in a series  B2  W2 
  Moomoo Milk ×5 From a Nurse, a Preschooler, and a Policeman in the movie theater for getting a good ending on the fourth movie in a series or a strange ending on any other movie  B2  W2 
  Nugget From a Nurse, a Preschooler, and a Policeman in the movie theater for getting a strange ending on the fourth movie in a series  B2  W2 
  Old Gateau ×5 From a Smasher, an Ace Trainer, an old lady, and a young boy in red in the movie theater for getting a good ending on the fourth movie in a series or a strange ending on any other movie  B2  W2 
  Potion From a Guitarist in the movie theater for getting a bad ending on a movie  B2  W2 
  Pretty Wing From a Backpacker in the movie theater for getting a strange ending on the fourth movie in a series  B2  W2 
  RageCandyBar From a Smasher, an Ace Trainer, an old lady, and a young boy in red in the movie theater for getting a bad ending on the fourth movie in a series or a good ending on any other movie  B2  W2 
  Star Piece From a Smasher, an Ace Trainer, an old lady, and a young boy in red in the movie theater for getting a strange ending on the fourth movie in a series  B2  W2 
  Sweet Heart From a Smasher, an Ace Trainer, an old lady, and a young boy in red in the movie theater for getting a bad ending on a movie  B2  W2 

Layout

Version Plaza Movie theater Studio Film room Dressing room
Black 2          
White 2
 

In the anime

 
Pokéstar Studios in the anime

Pokéstar Studios appeared in An Epic Defense Force!. The president of Pokéstar Studios is Mr. Gold, who has also directed many successful movies. Ash, Iris, and Cilan starred in their friend Luke's movie for the Film Competition held at the Studios.

The Studios are rich with movie history, with old props and movie posters on display. The Pokémon Walk of Fame features the footprints of the many Pokéstars past and present including Brycen's Beartic.

Pokéstar Studios was later mentioned in A PokéVision of Things to Come! by both Clemont and Meowth.

Gallery

Pokémon Walk of Fame Theater
   


In the manga

 
Pokéstar Studios in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Black 2 & White 2 chapter

Pokéstar Studios first appeared in Movie Panic, where Cheren took his Aspertia Trainers' School class to visit the studios. Whitley got to act in a Brycen-Man movie, but in the middle of the shooting, Mecha Tyranitar appeared due having accidentally been left on and started attacking everyone. The mecha was stopped by Blake and his Dewott, and the scene was added to the movie. After watching the movie, the class left the studios.

During the class's visit, it was revealed that Sabrina was working as an actress there, and that White had been involved in creating the studios.

In Choir Tournament, Blake and Whitley's movie was revealed to have been published on DVD. Roxie thanked the two for what they had done, as their success had convinced her father to abandon his dream of becoming an actor at Pokéstar Studios after seeing how tough the competition was, and return to his work as a sea captain.

In Epilogue: Graduation Ceremony, Whitley visited Pokéstar Studios again. White offered her a career as an actress there, but she declined the offer. In her and Blake's place, Yancy and Curtis were casted to act in a movie, which was released sometime later.

Trivia

  • Its name in Japanese, Korean and European languages, Pokéwood, is based on the name Hollywood.
    • This might also be a reference to how different countries add the suffix -wood to a local name or phrase in order to produce an informal metonym of that country's film industry. Examples of this include Bollywood (Mumbai, India), Wakaliwood (Uganda), and Hallyuwood (Korea).
  • The film directors are all named after real-life Hollywood directors. "Sydney Pokémet", credited as director in the movies, is a reference to Hollywood icon Sidney Lumet. Likewise, "John Pokénter" and "David Pokénch" pay homage to John Carpenter and David Lynch, respectively.
  • If a Shiny Pokémon with the star animation is sent out, the Pokémon's Shiny animation will not play. However, it will still retain its Shininess. This also applies to any of N's Pokémon.
  • It is possible to Surf in the furthest tree tile to the right outside the theater building at Pokéstar Studios due to a glitch.
  • Pokéstar Studios is the only place in the main series games in which the player character is shown speaking, unless the debatable Copycat dialogue and answers to questions are counted.

Origin

Pokéstar Studios was created to expand the visuals in the games.[1]

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 小精靈荷里活 Síujīnglìhng Hòhléihwuht
Mandarin 宝可梦好莱坞 Bǎokěmèng Hǎoláiwù
神奇寶貝好萊塢 Shénqí Bǎobèi Hǎoláiwù
  Finnish Pokéstar-studiot
  European French Pokéwood
  German Pokéwood
  Italian Pokéwood
  Korean 포켓우드 Pokéwood
  Polish Studio Pokégwiazdy*
Pokéwood*
  Brazilian Portuguese Estúdios Pokéstar
  European Spanish Pokéwood
  Vietnamese Pokéwood


See also

References



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