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[[File:PokesavScreenshot.png|thumb|right|Screenshots of Pokésav 0.39 English]]
'''Pokésav''' is a program that edits {{game|Diamond}},{{game|Pearl}}, {{game|Platinum}}, {{game|HeartGold}}, {{game|SoulSilver}}, {{game|Black}} and {{game|White}} save files, developed by a Japanese programmer named COM. One version works with any Diamond or Pearl save file, and another works with Platinum, including those backed up from a commercial cartridge using a flashcart such as the R4 or a cheating device such as the Gameshark Duo. The application can also export [[Action Replay]] DS codes, which when activated will provide the same effects in-game as editing the save file. There has been portable versions that have been released. This means that people who use the program can put PokéSav onto their [[Nintendo DS]] and can edit them on the go. This is not as popular as the computer version as it is both time consuming and frustrating to many people. There is also a beta for Black and White.
 
With Pokésav, players can edit many aspects of the game including Pokémon, their movesets, the inventory, and in-game records. Because of this, many people consider it to be a "hacking" program used to gain an unfair advantage in competitive play. Creating a Pokémon of any caliber may only take a few minutes with the use of Pokésav, whereas it may take hours and hours to legitimately breed and train the same Pokémon. This brings up questions as to whether the use of the program is ethical.
 
Despite this benefit, there is still the risk of corrupting a save file while using Pokésav. As a precaution it is strongly advised that anyone attempting to use the program back up their save file before doing so. However with the release of updated versions this has been worked on.
 
To combat the usage of programs like Pokésav, Nintendo has banned the use of all Pokémon they determine to be "hacked" from online play. This includes such Pokémon with impossible movesets, abilities, or genders that they're not supposed to have such as a {{p|Spiritomb}} [[Wondertomb|with]] {{a|Wonder Guard}} or a male {{p|Chansey}}. However, sometimes Nintendo's servers cannot differentiate edited Pokémon from trained Pokémon, so these legitimate-looking Pokémon are often let through.