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Experience Gain

Blasting through with one high Level Pokemon isn’t advised unless you’re confident.

Leveling up your Pokémon is the single most crucial part of the game so it’s important to understand that Black & White have made some noteworthy tweaks to an otherwise simple concept.

When your Pokémon defeats a rival creature the exp reward is worked out depending on the Level of the combatants. If a Level 10 Pokémon defeats a Level 15 Pokémon, for instance, it will gain substantially more experience points than if a Level 20 Pokémon did the deed.

Make sure to use lower Level Pokémon as often as possible as if you focus on one high Level Pokémon then you will be compromising your potential experience gain and the game will become harder.

HM slave freedom

A vital tip before you lumber a potential party Pokémon with a ton of HMs. Unlike previous titles you only ever need Cut once for the entire game.

Similarly, the other HMs are only ever needed for optional areas or during the postgame. So don’t feel forced to carry a HM slave with you at all times.


TMs, or ‘Technical Machines’, were previously one-use items. However in Pokémon Black & White you’re free to use them as many times as you want, so go crazy!

Many TMs hold special moves that can seriously boost your abilities and thanks to the fact you no longer need to stockpile them you no longer need to keep thinking ‘but I might want this later…’

Exp. Share

With Exp. Share, you no longer need to use the “bait and switch” tactic to gain exp.

The Exp. Share is found in Castelia City’s Battle Company building, top floor, after beating the chap in the corner. Giving it to an underlevelled creature and defeating high-leveled opponents will help boost an underlevelled creature with no hassle.

Legendary Smegendary

As tempting as it is to walk through the game with your powerful Legendary creatures bulking out your party, prestigious area such as the Battle Subway do not let you use them, while friends will likely roll their eyes and sigh when you send out your powered up "Reshiram" IconReshiram or "Zekrom" IconZekrom.

If you focus on using more basic Pokémon you will be able to access more of the game, and find more respect from your peers. That said, if your main aim is to blitz the main story, by all means use them!

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
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  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    30 May 2011
  • Last Updated
    21 February 2021
  • Guide Author
    Daniel Chaviers

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How to become the greatest trainer Unova has ever known with our highly-detailed walkthrough of the main story and beyond. Pokemon trainers and collectors alike will appreciate our extensive lists of Pokemon and item location, ensuring nothing important goes under the Poke Radar!

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  • Concise & easy to understand explanations of advanced stat building systems - learn to raise a prize Pokémon.
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  • How to collect the various new Pokémon (including Legendary Pokémon)!
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  • Hidden secrets explained
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  • Encounter rates for every area of the game.
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  • Postgame areas explainned.
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