Pokeweird: Hacked Pokemon Black

Here is another creepypasta I found through /x/. I think it’s relatively new, not sure. Whatever. Make sure you play this while reading: Pokemon Blue Red – Lavender Town Make sure you open that in a new tab. Trust me, it’ll make everything better. Enjoy.

I’m what you could call a collector of bootleg Pokémongames. Pokémon Diamond & JadeChaos Black, etc. It’s amazing the frequency with which you can find them at pawnshops, Goodwill, flea markets, and such.

They’re generally fun; even if they are unplayable (which they often are), the mistranslations and poor quality make them unintentionally humorous.

I’ve been able to find most of the ones that I’ve played online, but there’s one that I haven’t seen any mention of. I bought it at a flea market about five years ago.

Here’s a picture of the cartridge, in case anyone recognizes it. Unfortunately, when I moved two years ago, I lost the game, so I can’t provide you with screencaps. Sorry.

The game started with the familiar Nidorino and Gengar intro of Red and Blue version. However, the “press start” screen had been altered. Red was there, but the Pokémon did not cycle through. It also said “Black Version” under the Pokémon logo.

Upon selecting “New Game”, the game started the Professor Oak speech, and it quickly became evident that the game was essentially Pokémon Red Version.

After selecting your starter, if you looked at your Pokémon, you had in addition to Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle another Pokémon — “GHOST”.

The Pokémon was level 1. It had the sprite of the Ghosts that are encountered in Lavender Tower before obtaining the Sliph Scope. It had one attack — “Curse”. I know that there is a real move named curse, but the attack did not exist in Generation 1, so it appears it was hacked in.

Defending Pokémon were unable to attack Ghost — it would only say they were too scared to move. When the move “Curse” was used in battle, the screen would cut to black. The cry of the defending Pokémon would be heard, but it was distorted, played at a much lower pitch than normal. The battle screen would then reappear, and the defending Pokémon would be gone. If used in a battle against a trainer, when the Pokéballs representing their Pokemon would appear in the corner, they would have one fewer Pokéball.

The implication was that the Pokémon died.

What’s even stranger is that after defeating a trainer and seeing “Red received $200 for winning!”, the battle commands would appear again. If you selected “Run”, the battle would end as it normally does. You could also select Curse. If you did, upon returning to the overworld, the trainer’s sprite would be gone. After leaving and reentering the area, the spot [where] the trainer had been would be replaced with a tombstone like the ones at Lavender Tower.

The move “Curse” was not usable in all instances. It would fail against Ghost Pokémon. It would also fail if it was used against trainers that you would have to face again, such as your Rival or Giovanni. It was usable in your final battle against them, however.

I figured this was the gimmick of the game, allowing you to use the previously uncapturable Ghosts. And because Curse made the game so easy, I essentially used it throughout the whole adventure.

The game changed quite a bit after defeating the Elite Four. After viewing the Hall of Fame, which consisted of Ghost and a couple of very under leveled Pokémon, the screen cut to black. A box appeared with the words “Many years later…” It then cut to Lavender Tower. An old man was standing, looking at tombstones. You then realized this man was your character.

The man moved at only half of your normal walking speed. You no longer had any Pokémon with you, not even Ghost, who up to this point had been impossible to remove from your party through depositing in the PC. The overworld was entirely empty — there were no people at all. There were still the tombstones of the trainers that you used Curse on, however.

You could go pretty much anywhere in the overworld at this point, though your movement was limited by the fact that you had no Pokémon to use HMs. And regardless of where you went, the music of Lavender Town continued on an infinite loop. After wandering for a while, I found that if you go through Diglett’s Cave, one of the cuttable bushes that normally blocks the path on the other side is no longer there, allowing you to advance and return to Pallet Town.

Upon entering your house and going to the exact tile where you start the game, the screen would cut to black.

Then a sprite of a Caterpie appeared. It was the replaced by a Weedle, and then a Pidgey. I soon realized, as the Pokémon progressed from Rattata to Blastoise, that these were all of the Pokémon that I had used Curse on.

After the end of my Rival’s team, a Youngster appeared, and then a Bug Catcher. These were the trainers I had Cursed.

Throughout the sequence, the Lavender Town music was playing, but it was slowly decreasing in pitch. By the time your Rival appeared on screen, it was little more than a demonic rumble.

Another cut to black. A few moments later, the battle screen suddenly appeared — your trainer sprite was now that of an old man, the same one as the one who teaches you how to catch Pokémon in Viridian City.

Ghost appeared on the other side, along with the words “GHOST wants to fight!”.

You couldn’t use items, and you had no Pokémon. If you tried to run, you couldn’t escape. The only option was “FIGHT”.

Using fight would immediately cause you to use Struggle, which didn’t affect Ghost but did chip off a bit of your own HP. When it was Ghost’s turn to attack, it would simply say “…” Eventually, when your HP reached a critical point, Ghost would finally use Curse.

The screen cut to black a final time.

Regardless of the buttons you pressed, you were permanently stuck in this black screen. At this point, the only thing you could do was turn the Game Boy off. When you played again, “NEW GAME” was the only option — the game had erased the file.

I played through this hacked game many, many times, and every time the game ended with this sequence. Several times I didn’t use Ghost at all, though he was impossible to remove from the party. In these cases, it did not show any Pokémon or trainers and simply cut to the climactic “battle with Ghost.

I’m not sure what the motives were behind the creator of this hack. It wasn’t widely distributed, so it was presumably not for monetary gain. It was very well done for a bootleg.

It seems he was trying to convey a message; though it seems I am the sole receiver of this message. I’m not entirely sure what it was — the inevitability of death? The pointlessness of it? Perhaps he was simply trying to morbidly inject death and darkness into a children’s game. Regardless, this children’s game has made me think, and it has made me cry.

Seacrest out.


  • About the Author

    Juan Soto enjoys reading mangas over watching animes, listening to what pleases me, majoring in Int'l Economic Policy with concentration in german, loves soccer, and plays video games for the story and not the the challenge. Yes, he is casual.

  • Comments

    26 Responses to “Pokeweird: Hacked Pokemon Black”
    1. avatar anonymous says:

      Truely an epic game, wish i had it

    2. avatar Anonymous says:

      Dude, it’s not an actual game.
      It’s a story. Come on.

    3. avatar Anonymous says:

      Perhaps Anon2, perhaps,

      It doesn’t have anything in it that would imply making it up, but it is a bit far fetched.

      and regardless it was a great story.

      (PS this isn’t anon1)

    4. avatar anonymous says:

      Anonymous one here, why’d you both have to take my name? I did some further research into it, and it seems there are no other mentions of the game anywhere.

    5. avatar Other Anonymous says:

      It’s very well possible only one cartridge was made, which would be the one our creepypasta author here once owned, therefore explaining it’s lack of discussion.

    6. avatar Anonymous says:

      Fake and Gay

    7. avatar Anonymous says:

      Fake and gay x2

    8. avatar AnonymouSLOP says:

      Real and Straight x16

    9. avatar Matthew says:

      this is reallyyy cooool

    10. avatar GhostNerd says:

      this game whether it be real or fake sounds AWESOME!!!

    11. avatar That Guy says:

      I often heard Stories about this “Black Edition”, and I live in Germany so this Rumor is widespread and going on for a long tie, since I heard from this over 10 years ago…

      I asked around ant it seems like there are multiple versions of this hack cycling in germany, one of my friends once had one… I also know a Store in Berlin wich once had one of those “Black Editions”, the owner once told me about it.

      Shit’s real

    12. avatar Black/white? says:

      This loses it’s effect once one remembers that an actual Pokemon Black is due to release soon. XD

    13. avatar xxx says:

      Nice ending I must say. Serves you right for killing people.

    14. avatar A naughty mouse says:

      What if you chose squirtle, charmander, or bulbasaur?

    15. avatar Cynic. says:

      This game isn’t real. There are plenty of Creepypasta stories out there about supposed “hacked” copies of Pokemon games, and usually they’re called Pokemon Black. I’ve definitely heard this one before about the Ghost pokemon, although the ending has been rewritten a bit. Another one involved children killing themselves after playing the original Pokemon, and there’s even one out there about a creepy hacked version of “Super Mario 64” that’s good for a quick unsettling. Or you may just find it “fake and gay”.

      These hacked game stories are basically an off-shoot of the Lost Episode genre, made famous by Suicide Mouse and Dead Bart, although there are others – Squidward’s Suicide may be the most disturbing, but really, the genre’s premise wears thin after youve read a few of them.

    16. avatar dnt feed trollz says:

      its not true ive looked at the limited ability of the game & ghost only runs off 1 command line on another note a cartridge wouldnt be provided for a hacked game it would be in the form of a rom to be played off of a emulater of some sort most likly a program called KiGB

      also this sprite(ghost picture) doesnt have a back to it so it would be looking at you and horribly glitchy looking also you cant edit how many are on prof. oaks table cuz of how long the script is
      (made cheaply yes)
      also ghost script only works on you cuz its designed that way and i doubt a lifeless hacker with that potential would wast time on adding a script to ever comp player & also if it was true the script wouldnt have a smart guard on who u could in-tomb it would simply fuk up the game if used on some1 important (99% chance of just freezing.)
      and no offical game editing programs were ever released for it how ever their is for pokemon Sapphire emerald ruby fire red and leaf green, but again only for rom format

      =o got school’d
      ~ signed IX_PLAGUE_XI (haqor in training) xoxoxo

      P.S. i ate all your cheetos D:

      P.S.S. not trolling just making a really looong comment back with lots of proof and tons of actin stewpud =o infact hes the troll of the whole damn thing

    17. avatar Messiahdelmuerto says:

      Idk if its really fake or not. cause if i remember correctly, a few years back i did hear about an old pokemon black and white version. and i do remember seeing at least one of them at a local swap meet.

      but regardless still good if it is fake.

    18. avatar Walter says:

      Screen-shot or it didn’t happen.

    19. avatar Anonymoose says:

      “on another note a cartridge wouldnt be provided for a hacked game it would be in the form of a rom to be played off of a emulater of some sort most likly a program called KiGB”

      You are obviously not familiar with bootleg games. Bootleg companies back then would like to mimic the cartridge of the system and produce a game for that system without Nintendo’s official approval. There were plenty for the NES and SNES, of which AVGN has reviewed a good handful of them.

      In all honesty, I’d consider this wholly a rumor unless I came across an actual cartridge of it (not likely) or an official ROM file for it just because of how old the Gameboy is.

    20. avatar Anonomyous #386 says:

      even if it is a story, it would cool to make a game of this.

    21. avatar Call Me Coca says:

      I think the point of this is to tell you that if use such a twisted and evil way to kill/ get rid of things, it will eventually come back to get you, and you know what it feels like to be dead, by the same thing you used to curse the souls of many poor pokemon/ trainers…

    22. avatar KittyLitter says:

      Can’t wait to play this one either. Go dabridge go!

    23. avatar James says:

      Strangely enough, when I was in Menorca about 7-10 years ago, I saw about a 7 year old boy playing a gameboy> I saw him from a short distance and could see that he had a black pokemon cartridge in it with the sticker covering it as Mewtwo (as opposed to Charizard on Red and Blastoise on Blue) I wondered for years what he was playing – I guess now I know. Cheers for the story mate

    24. avatar NICOL says:

      the game is real just offen hard to find working virson because of the bad wiring and the IT IS ILLIGAL

    25. avatar missingno.101 says:

      it is real just like M,missingno.,ghost,M charizard,and the children that killed themselves because of “Lavender town syndrom” caused headache’s bloody nose’s made them go insane oh yeah go on youtube and type in hypno’s lulliby and lavender town’s song

    26. avatar missingno.101 says:

      serriouly it’s real alright be careful when listening to lavender town music if from the age of 7-12 get “lavender town syndrom” I actualy almost got it today yesterday I got a headache

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