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The controls on Pokémon Black and White are very similar to its predecessors, with the added touch screen to make navigation a little easier.


Control Function Notes
Neutral dpad Walk around In combination with B button, run (after getting Running Shoes from Mom in Route 2.)
A button Talk with people, Examining objects, approving of actions, continue chat.
B button Run, canceling actions, disapprove of actions, continue chat. You can run after receiving Running Shoes from Mom in Route 2, and it used in combination with Neutral dpad. For most disapprovals, say "No".
Y button Open the assigned items / Use selected Key Items To select an item, go to the Key Item Sections in your Bag, Select it with Y button or tick the square on the bottom touch screen.
X button Open the Main Menu Equivalent to Start button in older Pokémon versions.
Stylus button Use the Menu Several items can be assigned to be usable from the menu too, similar to Y button.


Control Function Notes
Neutral dpad Navigate through menus.
A button Select item in a menu.
B button Exit menu.
Select button Rearrange items in a menu. Works with items and Pokémon moves.


Control Function Notes
Stylus button Use the menus. All battle actions are possible with the stylus, but if you are uncomfortable with the stylus, use the manual style with Neutral dpad and A button & B button.
Neutral dpad Navigate through the objects in the menu.
A button Select object in a menu.
B button Exit a menu. Can't exit the main battle menu.
L button Hold while selecting a move (either with stylus or A button) to check the move for details like power and accuracy ratings and its description.