While many of the features and story situations in Pokémon Crystal are identical to those in Pokémon Gold and Silver, there are some great new additions that are exclusive to the latest icarnation of the game. They include new characters, new items and some changes in Pokémon powers.
Secrets of Suicune Revealed
Suicune charges to the forefront of Pokémon Crystal. While you might be hardpressed to capture Suicune in Gold and Silver, you will have the ultimate opportunity to add the Pokémon to your party in Pokémon Crystal. When you enter the Tin Tower with the new Clear Bell, you will find yourself face-to-face with the elegant and elusive creature.
Unown Mystery in the Ruins of Alph
The 26 varieties of Unown, found in the Ruins of Alph, each represent a letter of the alphabet. In Pokémon Crystal, images of the Unown spell out messages on the walls behind the sliding puzzles. The messages are clues to help you open four hidden passages in the walls. Each hidden passage is filled with four items, such as Mystic Water and Iron. Beneath each hidden passage is a message about the mysterious Unown.
Rainbow Wing Variations
The Rainbow Wing is your key to finding Ho-oh in the Tin Tower. In Pokémon Gold, you get the item from the Station Manager in Goldenrod City. In Pokémon Silver, you can get it from the old man in Pewter City. The Pokémon Crystal method of collecting the Rainbow Wing requires that you capture Suicune, Raikou and Entei then return to the Tin Tower.
Old Location, New Challenge
In Pokémon Gold and Silver, Blackthorn City Gym Leader Clair asks you to enter the Dragon's Den to retrieve the Dragon's Fang. In Pokémon Crystal, Clair sends you to that cave across the water to take the Trainer Challenge. There, you will answer questions about your knowledge of Pokémon and gain the respect of a master Pokémon Trainer.
A new radio show, transmiting from the Goldenrod City Radio Tower from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. , offers a chance to earn many useful items. Buena, the host of the show, sends out a password on every nightly broadcast. When you visit Buena on the second floor of the Radio Tower and give her the password, she will give you credit that you can redeem for valuable prizes.
Telephone Tips From Trainers
The Pokémon Trainers that you meet on the road will offer to keep in contact with you by telephone. Often, they will call to keep you informed about their progress in Pokémon training. In Pokémon Crystal, some new Trainers whom you have on your phone list will also occasionally offer items such as a Water Stone or a Fire Stone.
See the Seer
A woman who lives at the northern tip of Cianwood City offers information about all of the Pokémon in your party that you have found in Pokémon Crystal. The Poké Seer will tell you where and when you caught each Pokémon and how well you have cared for it.
Train with the Tutor
Once you have defeated the Elite Four, the Move Tutor will appear near the entrance to the game center at Goldenrod City on Wednesdays and Saturdays. He will offer to teach one of your Pokémon the moves Flamethrower, Thunderbolt or Ice Beam in exchange for 4,000 game coins.
Choose Your Trainer
A new player-controlled Pokémon Trainer makes her debut in Pokémon Crystal. In Pokémon Gold and Silver, the Trainer whom you guide through the game is a boy. In Crystal, you can choose between the boy Trainer and the girl Trainer.
Same Pokémon, Different Moves
More than a dozen of the Pokémon that you can collect in Pokémon Crystal learn moves that they can't learn in Pokémon Gold or Silver. Suicune, for example, can learn two moves that is unable to learn in other versions. These Pokémon are: Spinarak, Ariados, Yanma, Qwilfish, Hoppip, Skiploom, Jumpluff, Magneton, Eevee, Cloyster, Dugtrio, Swinub, Piloswine, Sneasel and Suicune.
The man in the Pokémon Daycare on Route 34 will give you the Odd Egg the first time you speak to him. It will hatch into a Smoochum, Elekid, Magby, Pichu, Cleffa or Igglybuff that knows the move Dizzy Punch.
Minor features in Crystal include:
- Animated Pokémon graphics
- When you enter a certain area, a sign will appear at the bottom of the screen telling you where you are
- New Mobile Adapter (only for Japanese version)
- A way to get Celebi using the GS Ball (only for Japanese version)
- In-game trades have been changed
- Graphics in caves have been updated, Ice Cave and Dragon's Den's graphics have been updated quite a bit
- A new Battle Tower located west of Olivine City