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Starter Pokémon
Name Black 2 White 2
Pokemon 495Snivy.png Snivy Yes Yes
Pokemon 498Tepig.png Tepig Yes Yes
Pokemon 501Oshawott.png Oshawott Yes Yes

Welcome to Aspertia City! Larger than any other hometown in the Pokémon series, Aspertia City is home to Pokémon Center, a Trainer's School, and even a Gym, which is the first that you will challenge in your long and arduous journey. You'll also receive your first Pokémon here from a character you'll be pretty familiar with if you've played Black and White. Let the journey begin!

Home[edit]

Pokémon BW2 Mom.png Mom
Your kind, caring mother, who once worked as a Pokémon Center Nurse. You can call her on the Xtransceiver to receive information about the location you are currently in.

The game starts off with a short cutscene showcasing your home town of Aspertia City. You will see your mom walk home and receive a call on her Xtransceiver from Professor Juniper agreeing to give you a Pokémon and a Pokédex. She walks in and announces to you that she is home, so walk over to her and she will tell you the good news. Answer yes to all of her questions, and she will tell you to look around the city for Bianca, Professor Juniper's assistant, who is wearing a "big, green hat." She will then ask you if you know how to operate your Xtransceiver. If you don't know, say no and she will explain it to you. Either way, she will then tell you again to look for Bianca, so go ahead and leave the house.

Lookout[edit]

Making the right choice
Oshawott is considered to be the best starter for beginners, learning a variety of decent attacks further into the game, while Snivy is a good choice for veterans looking for a challenge, being at disadvantage against the second and third Gyms, having many weaknesses, and not learning many good attacks later on. If you want an intermediate level of difficulty, go for Tepig, which has a fairly solid moveset.

As you head north, you will be stopped by your rival, Hugh, and his little sister. They will inform you that Bianca is at the lookout towards the north of town. As you go northwards Hugh will follow you. Behind the houses and the Pokemon Center is a flight of steps. As you climb the steps Hugh will decide to let you talk to her first. When you talk to her she'll ask if you're you, so just answer yes. She will then ask you if you want a Pokedex. Answer yes to that as well.

After answering her questions, you are given a chance to save the game. Do this if you are looking for a Pokémon with a specific nature. When you talk to her again, you will be given the choice between Snivy, Tepig and Oshawott. Make sure that you choose carefully, as you will have to stick with your starter for the rest of the game. After choosing your starter you will be given a choice to name your Pokémon, so do so if you wish. After this you will be given your Pokédex, and are allowed to officially begin your journey.

Your First Battle[edit]

The Aspertia Gym (left) and Pokémon Center (right).
The Aspertia Gym
You can visit the Aspertia Gym now if you want, but it will be closed. However, you can explore the rest of Trainer's school to brush up on some of the basics of the game, such as status conditions and type matchups. You'll have to be patient and wait for a little while before you're able to challenge the Gym Leader. Don't worry, it won't take too long.

Once you're done with that, head southwards. Hugh will stop you and challenge you to a battle, conveniently using the starter that has an advantage against yours. At this point, this makes no difference as it doesn't know any moves of its own type yet. If you just hit him with your damaging attack you should win pretty quickly. You can choose to use whichever status move you have, but it won't do much good, and may cause you to lose. Even if this is the case there's no worry, as all you'll miss out on is a little bit of money and some EXP, and the outcome of the battle has no effect on the following events.

Following the battle, Bianca will give you a tour of the local Pokemon Center. She will show you how to heal your Pokémon, use your PC Box, and buy stuff from the Poké Mart. As a parting gift, she will give you 10 Poké Balls to get started, which is pretty useful as you are about to explore your first route. You can stock up on potions and other things at the Poké Mart if you want, but it won't be necessary until a little later on. When you leave the Pokémon Center your mother and Hugh's sister will show up, giving you running shoes and a town map, respectively. The former allows you to run at any time if you hold down B button, while the latter lets you look at a map of the Unova region. You'll be given an additional town map for Hugh too. After you're finished here head northwards towards Route 19. As you pass through the gate, the gatekeeper will give you a free potion.

Wild Pokémon[edit]

Surfing
Name Type(s) Levels Encounter Rate
Black 2 White 2
Pokemon 550Basculin-Red.png Basculin Water 5-15 100% 0%
Pokemon 550Basculin-Blue.png Basculin Water 5-15 0% 100%
Fishing
Name Type(s) Levels Encounter Rate
Black 2 White 2
Pokemon 118Goldeen.png Goldeen Water 40-60 70% 70%
Pokemon 550Basculin-Red.png Basculin Water 40-60 30% 0%
Pokemon 550Basculin-Blue.png Basculin Water 40-60 0% 30%
Surfing (Rippling Water)
Name Type(s) Levels Encounter Rate
Black 2 White 2
Pokemon 550Basculin-Red.png Basculin Water 5-15 0% 100%
Pokemon 550Basculin-Blue.png Basculin Water 5-15 100% 0%
Fishing (Rippling Water)
Name Type(s) Levels Encounter Rate
Black 2 White 2
Pokemon 118Goldeen.png Goldeen Water 40-60 60% 60%
Pokemon 119Seaking.png Seaking Water 50-70 10% 10%
Pokemon 550Basculin-Red.png Basculin Water 40-60 0% 30%
Pokemon 550Basculin-Blue.png Basculin Water 40-60 30% 0%

Starter Pokémon[edit]

#495 Snivy #498 Tepig #501 Oshawott
Pokemon 495Snivy.png
Snivy is a Grass-type Pokémon that is strong against Ground, Rock and Water-types, and is weak to Bug, Fire, Flying, Ice and Poison-types. It has a higher Speed Stat than the other two starters. It learns the move Vine Whip at level 7, which is a fairly weak move in comparison to others that are available. It doesn't learn a decent Grass-type attack move until level 16, when it learns Leaf Tornado. Snivy is weak against the Virbank, Castelia and Mistralton Gyms, while also not being very effective against the Nimbasa and Opelucid Gyms. However, it is strong against the Driftveil and Humilau Gyms. Overall, Snivy is a pretty hard Pokémon to work with, has many weaknesses, and has a poor moveset until much later on. Despite this, it has a relatively high Speed stat, which you can use to your advantage later on in the game.

Snivy evolves into Servine at Level 17, who evolves into Serperior at Level 36.
Pokemon 498Tepig.png
Tepig is a Fire-type Pokémon that is strong against Bug, Grass, Ice and Steel-types, and is weak to Ground, Rock and Water-types. It evolves at level 17 into Pignite, which is also part Fighting-type, making it weak against Flying and Psychic-types, and eliminating its weakness to Rock-types. It is more of a physical attacker than the other starters, and has high HP and Attack stats. It learns Ember at level 7, which is a decent move, and Flame Charge at level 15, which is even more powerful, and makes up for its low Speed stat. Tepig is weak against the Driftveil and Humilau Gyms, while also not being very effective against the Opelucid Gym. However, it is strong against the Castelia Gym. Overall, Tepig is fairly easy to work with, having a solid moveset and not too many weaknesses. It has a relatively low Speed Stat, but this can be made up for in early stages using Flame Charge.

Tepig evolves into Pignite at Level 17, who evolves into Emboar at Level 36.
Pokemon 501Oshawott.png
Oshawott is a Water-type Pokémon that is strong against Fire, Ground, and Rock-types, and is weak to Electric and Grass-types. It has high Attack and Special Attack Stats, but relatively low Defenses. It learns Water Gun at level 7, which is a decent move, and Razor Shell at level 17, which is a very powerful move for that stage of the game. Oshawott is weak against the Nimbasa Gym, while also not being very effective against the Opelucid and Humilau Gyms. However, it is strong against the Driftveil Gym. Overall, Oshawott is the easiest starter to work with, having a very good moveset and hardly any weaknesses. Despite this, it has low Defense and Special Defense Stats that you may want to find a way to cover in later stages of the game.

Oshawott evolves into Dewott at Level 17, who evolves into Samurott at Level 36.