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In addition to the six [[File:RedTitle.png|thumb|Thegeneration]]s titlecurrently screenrevealed, fans have come to expect '''future generations''' of the EnglishPokémon franchise, extending the {{game3|Redseries and Blue|bringing about new concepts, new areas to explore, and most importantly, new Pokémon. RedDespite Version|s}}]]over 670 Pokémon currently being known to the public, it has been indicated both in-universe and by the creators of the series that not every Pokémon has yet been discovered and not every region has been explored. New generations are typically announced and marketed every three to four years.
A '''version''' of the Pokémon games is a {{pkmn|games|game}}, up to present, always released on a [[Nintendo]] handheld system and developed by [[Game Freak]], which follows the now-standard model of a {{player}}'s journey through a specific [[region]] to collect all of the species of Pokémon there. Collectively, the twenty games (twenty-one in Japan and eleven in South Korea) released with the label ''Version'' after the game's title are known by fans as the '''main series''' of Pokémon games. In Japan, this series of games is officially named '''Pocket Monsters Series''' (Japanese: '''{{tt|ポケットモンスターシリーズ|Poketto Monsutā Shirīzu}}''').<ref>[http://www.pokemon.co.jp/game-series/ Official Japanese Pokémon site section]</ref>
 
==MainPatterns seriesseen modelin previous generations==
===ContentThe model===five currently released generations have established and maintained a series of patterns that hint towards what a new generation may entail. Naturally, a new region, new set of Pokémon, new set of moves, and new characters are introduced in each generation. To some extents, these may encompass new concepts, but the standards set down over the past fifteen years will provide the backbone of the game.
While there are no strict rules that make a game a main series game, and previously assumed rules are continuously broken, the games generally have a similar plot and mechanics.
 
The {{player}} begins the game in a small town or city, having no {{OBP|Pokémon|species}} of their own. Through a course of events, he {{tt|or she|Crystal onwards}} will receive a [[starter Pokémon]] from the region's [[Pokémon Professor]]; the starter Pokémon is always a choice of three, a {{t|Grass}} type, {{t|Fire}} type, or {{t|Water}} type, and the character who will become the player's [[rival]] will choose or already have the Pokémon whose [[type]] is {{DL|Damage modification|super effective}} against that of the player's choice. The exceptions to this are {{v2|Yellow}}, in which the player starts with {{p|Pikachu}} and the rival starts with {{p|Eevee}}, and {{2v2|Black|White}}, in which the player has two rivals, who each choose one of the starter Pokémon not picked by the player.===General===
The player starts his or her journey with one of three [[starter Pokémon]], which are of the {{t|Grass}}, {{t|Fire}}, or {{t|Water}} types ([[Pokémon Yellow]] was an exception). Eight [[Gym]]s must be challenged before the player can take on the [[Pokémon League]]; a villainous team must be stopped along the way. After the League has been defeated, a range of special areas become accessible.
 
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Though====Third the game can be considered over as soon as the player has defeated the Champion, there is still post-game content. Often there is a post-game plotlineversions and locations and facilities that could not be previously accessed. There is usually at least one facility specifically dedicated to battling. The overarching goal is the completion of the [[Pokédex]]; after this has been done, the player will receive a [[diploma]] for completing the [[regional Pokédex]] and another for completing the [[National Pokédex]] (only one diploma is awarded in games with only one Pokédex). Starting in [[Generation III]], a new task is added in order to fully complete the game: obtaining all {{ga|Trainer Card}} [[Trainer stars|stars]].sequels====
Third versions and sequels usually expand on the original games' plot, and often contain new designs for existing places, new places, new Gym Leaders and characters in general, new Pokémon forms, more available Pokémon from previous generations, and more special features. Previous version-exclusive mascot Pokémon may both be available, usually after the player finishes the main plot.
===Geography===
Within each region, there are various cities and towns, ranging from Kanto's 10 to Unova's {{tt|21|including both Black City and White Forest}}. These cities and towns are connected by between {{tt|20|in Johto}} and {{tt|34|in Hoenn}} [[route]]s. Every game has included at least one [[water route]], a mountain, [[cave]]s, and a forest. The route leading up to the Pokémon League in each region is called [[Victory Road]].
 
===Pokémon===
Most generations introduce Pokémon that evolve into or from previously released Pokémon. [[Legendary Pokémon]] with myths specific to the region are almost always included, and frequently appear in [[Legendary duo|duos]] and [[legendary trio|trios]].
 
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====Mascots====Before the release of a new generation, new Pokémon are often used to promote the new games by including them in the anime or in [[Side series|side games]] or [[Spin-off Pokémon games|spin-off games]]. The following table includes some of the Pokémon that were used for marketing before the first main series games of their generation were released.
{{main|Version mascot}}
The boxart for each game features one Pokémon which was introduced in that generation (or, in the case of remakes, the generation of the original versions). This Pokémon is referred to by fans as a [[version mascot]], and — with the exception of [[Generation I]] and its {{game3|FireRed and LeafGreen|remakes|s}} — it is always the [[legendary Pokémon]] available in that game at the climax of the storyline.
 
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! style="background:#88a; {{roundytl|10px}}" | Generation
! style="background:#88a" | Pokémon debuting prior to release
|-
| style="background:#{{Johto color light}}" | [[Generation II]]
| style="background:#{{Johto color light}}" | {{MSP|175|Togepi}} {{MSP|183|Marill}} {{MSP|199|Slowking}} {{MSP|209|Snubbull}} {{MSP|232|Donphan}} {{MSP|249|Lugia}} {{MSP|250|Ho-Oh}}
|-
| style="background:#{{Hoenn color light}}" | [[Generation III]]
| style="background:#{{Hoenn color light}}" | {{MSP|257|Blaziken}} {{MSP|261|Poochyena}} {{MSP|270|Lotad}} {{MSP|285|Shroomish}} {{MSP|298|Azurill}} {{MSP|319|Sharpedo}} {{MSP|352|Kecleon}} {{MSP|360|Wynaut}} {{MSP|380|Latias}} {{MSP|381|Latios}}
|-
| style="background:#{{Sinnoh color light}}" | [[Generation IV]]
| style="background:#{{Sinnoh color light}}" | {{MSP|418|Buizel}} {{MSP|438|Bonsly}} {{MSP|439|Mime Jr.}} {{MSP|441|Chatot}} {{MSP|446|Munchlax}} {{MSP|448|Lucario}} {{MSP|458|Mantyke}} {{MSP|461|Weavile}} {{MSP|466|Electivire}} {{MSP|490|Manaphy}}
|-
| style="background:#{{Unova color light}}" | [[Generation V]]
| style="background:#{{Unova color light}}" | {{MSP|570|Zorua}} {{MSP|571|Zoroark}}
|-
| style="background:#{{Kalos color light}}; {{roundybl|10px}}" | [[Generation VI]]
| style="background:#{{Kalos color light}}; {{roundybr|10px}}" | {{p|Sylveon}}, {{p|Helioptile}}, {{p|Gogoat}}, {{p|Noivern}}
|}
 
When a [[generation]] of Pokémon games begins, a pair of games is always released. These paired versions feature virtually the same storyline as each other, but the [[Version-exclusive Pokémon|Pokémon available]] differ, and some other mechanics are usually slightly different. This encourages [[trade|trading]], as it is required in order to complete the [[Pokédex]].===Characters===
The first five generations have introduced some stock characters. Two [[player character]] options (one male, one female) live in a small town with their [[mom|mother]]. A previously unknown [[Pokémon Professor]] named after a type of tree will set the player's journey in motion. Eight [[Gym Leader]]s stand in the player's way to the [[Elite Four]] and the {{pkmn|Champion}}, as does the player's [[rival]](s).
 
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New generations are typically announced and marketed every three to four years.===Geography===
Within each region, there are various cities and towns, ranging from Kanto's 10 to Unova's {{tt|21|including both Black City and White Forest}}. These cities and towns are connected by between {{tt|20|in Johto}} and {{tt|34|in Hoenn}} [[route]]s. Every game up to the present has included at least one [[water route]], a mountain, [[cave]]s, and a forest. The route leading up to the Pokémon League in each region has thus far been known as [[Victory Road]].
==List of main series games==
{| class="roundy" align="center" style="background: #a0a0c4; border: 3px solid #ccf;" width="80%"
|-
!
! colspan="2" width="60%" height="30px" style="background: #ddf; {{roundytl|5px}}" | Paired versions
! width="30%" height="30px" style="background: #ddf; {{roundytr|5px}}" | Solitary versions
|-
! rowspan="5" style="background: #{{kanto color}}; {{roundytl|5px}}" | {{color2|{{kanto color dark}}|Generation I|Generation&nbsp;I}}
! colspan="3" style="background: #{{kanto color light}}" | {{color|{{kanto color dark}}|Japan}}
|- align="center"
| rowspan="2" style="background: #{{red color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{red color}}|{{color2|{{red color dark}}|Pokémon Red and Green Versions|Red}}}}
| rowspan="2" style="background: #{{green color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{green color}}|{{color2|{{green color dark}}|Pokémon Red and Green Versions|Green}}}}
| style="background: #{{blue color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{blue color}}|{{color2|{{blue color dark}}|Pokémon Blue Version (Japanese)|Blue}}}}
|- align="center"
| style="background: #{{yellow color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{yellow color}}|{{color2|{{yellow color dark}}|Pokémon Yellow Version|Yellow}}}}
|-
! colspan="3" style="background: #{{kanto color light}}" | {{color|{{kanto color dark}}|International}}
|- align="center"
| style="background: #{{red color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{red color}}|{{color2|{{red color dark}}|Pokémon Red and Blue Versions|Red}}}}
| style="background: #{{blue color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{blue color}}|{{color2|{{blue color dark}}|Pokémon Red and Blue Versions|Blue}}}}
| style="background: #{{yellow color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{yellow color}}|{{color2|{{yellow color dark}}|Pokémon Yellow Version|Yellow}}}}
|- align="center"
! style="background: #{{johto color}}; padding:5px;" | {{color2|{{johto color dark}}|Generation II|Generation&nbsp;II}}
| style="background: #{{gold color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{gold color}}|{{color2|{{gold color dark}}|Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions|Gold}}}}
| style="background: #{{silver color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{silver color}}|{{color2|{{silver color dark}}|Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions|Silver}}}}
| style="background: #{{crystal color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{crystal color}}|{{color2|{{crystal color dark}}|Pokémon Crystal Version|Crystal}}}}
|- align="center"
! rowspan="2" style="background: #{{hoenn color}}; padding:5px;" | {{color2|{{hoenn color dark}}|Generation III|Generation&nbsp;III}}
| style="background: #{{ruby color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{ruby color}}|{{color2|{{ruby color dark}}|Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions|Ruby}}}}
| style="background: #{{sapphire color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{sapphire color}}|{{color2|{{sapphire color dark}}|Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions|Sapphire}}}}
| style="background: #{{emerald color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{emerald color}}|{{color2|{{emerald color dark}}|Pokémon Emerald Version|Emerald}}}}
|- align="center"
| style="background: #{{firered color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{firered color}}|{{color2|{{firered color dark}}|Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions|FireRed}}}}
| style="background: #{{leafgreen color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{leafgreen color}}|{{color2|{{leafgreen color dark}}|Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions|LeafGreen}}}}
| style="background: transparent;" | &nbsp;
|- align="center"
! rowspan="2" style="background: #{{sinnoh color}}; padding:5px;" | {{color2|{{sinnoh color dark}}|Generation IV|Generation&nbsp;IV}}
| style="background: #{{diamond color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{diamond color}}|{{color2|{{diamond color dark}}|Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions|Diamond}}}}
| style="background: #{{pearl color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{pearl color}}|{{color2|{{pearl color dark}}|Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions|Pearl}}}}
| style="background: #{{platinum color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{platinum color}}|{{color2|{{platinum color dark}}|Pokémon Platinum Version|Platinum}}}}
|- align="center"
| style="background: #{{heartgold color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{heartgold color}}|{{color2|{{heartgold color dark}}|Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions|HeartGold}}}}
| style="background: #{{soulsilver color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{soulsilver color}}|{{color2|{{soulsilver color dark}}|Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions|SoulSilver}}}}
| style="background: transparent;" | &nbsp;
|- align="center"
! rowspan="2" style="background: #{{unova color}}; padding:5px;" | {{color2|{{unova color dark}}|Generation V|Generation&nbsp;V}}
| style="background: #{{black color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{black color}}|{{color2|{{black color dark}}|Pokémon Black and White Versions|Black}}}}
| style="background: #{{white color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{white color}}|{{color2|{{white color dark}}|Pokémon Black and White Versions |White}}}}
| style="background: transparent;" | &nbsp;
|- align="center"
| style="background: #{{black 2 color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{black 2 color}}|{{color2|{{black 2 color dark}}|Pokémon Black and White Versions 2|Black 2}}}}
| style="background: #{{white 2 color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{white 2 color}}|{{color2|{{white 2 color dark}}|Pokémon Black and White Versions 2|White 2}}}}
| style="background: transparent;" | &nbsp;
|- align="center"
! rowspan="2" style="background: #{{kalos color}}; {{roundybl|5px}} padding:5px;" | {{color2|{{kalos color dark}}|Generation VI|Generation&nbsp;VI}}
| style="background: #{{x color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{x color}}|{{color2|{{x color dark}}|Pokémon X and Y|X}}}}
| style="background: #{{y color light}};" width="30%" | {{colorswatch|{{y color}}|{{color2|{{y color dark}}|Pokémon X and Y|Y}}}}
| style="background: transparent;" | &nbsp;
|}
 
==Trivia==
* Only the international versions of {{2v2|Red|Blue}} and all versions of {{2v2|Ruby|Sapphire}}, {{2v2|Diamond|Pearl}}, {{2v2|Black|White}}, and {{pkmn|X and Y}} use their mascot's original [[Ken Sugimori]] artwork for their box art. All other games use specially made artwork.
 
==References==In recent games, post-League areas dedicated to battling such as the [[Battle Frontier]] and [[Battle Subway]] have been introduced to provide a new challenge to players late in the game.
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{{Main==See series}}also==
* [[History of Pokémon]]
* [[Generation I]]
* [[Generation II]]
* [[Generation III]]
* [[Generation IV]]
* [[Generation V]]
* [[Generation VI]]
 
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