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Generation IV

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The Physical-Special split introduced in Generation IV as well as the introduction of powerful items such as the {{DL|In-battle effect item|[[Choice Scarf}}]], {{DL|In-battle effect item|[[Choice Specs}}]], and {{DL|In-battle effect item|[[Life Orb}}]] made competitive battling far more advanced and popular. This was also increased due to the [[Global Trade System|GTS]] increasing the chance of finding a Pokémon with [[Pokérus]] and EV-enhancing items for a specific stat being introduced also made it far easier to EV train a Pokémon, which added another dimension to competitive battling as EV training is no longer as painstaking as it was before. Due to these additions this generation is widely praised by competitive battlers. The GTS also paved the way for the [[Masuda method]] through the transaction of foreign Pokémon, and this in addition to the [[Poké Radar]] made it far easier to acquire [[Shiny Pokémon]].
After Diamond and Pearl, Platinum continued improving the series, adding a new {{Gdis|Battle Frontier|IV}}, as well as introducing many new additions to the games (such as VS sprites and animated battle sprites for certain important NPCs, such as [[Gym Leader]]s and [[Rival]]). Platinum is also an important part of the series' continuity, as the storyline of the game is referenced in {{game|Black and White|s}}, showing where [[Generation V]] is placed on the timeline. The overall generation introduced many characters, some of whom have played notable roles during the following generations. HeartGold and SoulSilver brought older and newer players back to the Johto region with improved graphics and sound and other additions to the storyline and characters.