Pokémon Crystal vs. Pokémon Gold and Silver | The Differences Explained


Pokémon Crystal was just announced for the Nintendo 3DS. It will come to the Nintendo eshop worldwide on Jan. 26, 2018.

The popular Game Boy Color title was the third game in the Johto series. It introduced a host of new modes, changes, and fixes to the original games in the series.

But like all Pokémon Games, there are some distinct differences between Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal that give them their own unique selling points. While Pokémon Gold and Silver gave the world its first glimpse into the Johto region, Pokémon Crystal expanded upon it and created a more solid experience for the player with new story aspects and a few additions that became staples in the Pokémon genre.

Here are all those things that Pokémon Crystal did differently to Pokémon Gold and Silver.

You can play as a female trainer for the first time

Pokémon Crystal was the first game in the series that introduced a female main character, acknowledging the series large and growing female fan base.

Move Tutors first appearance

The Move Tutor debuted in Pokémon Crystal and has become a staple of the Pokémon series ever since.

The Move Tutor is a non-playable character that can teach a Pokémon a specific move for a price.

The Move Tutor is located in the Goldenrod Game Corner every Wednesday and Saturday if a player has beaten the Elite Four and entered the Hall of Fame. He can teach three different moves to your Pokémon for 4,000 coins. These moves are Flamethrower, Ice Beam, and Thunderbolt.

Suicune has a more prominent role in the game

Suicune has a bigger emphasis in the story then what she did in Pokémon Gold and Silver. The player can meet Suicune in multiple locations around Johto and is always there, as if she is watching over you on your journey, protecting you on your grand adventure.

Sprites have small animations

Pokémon Crystal was the first Pokémon game to add small animations to its characters.

Nowadays, fans are used to constantly moving, 3D, Pokémon models on the Nintendo 3DS but back in Pokémon Crystal, moving sprites was a big deal.

Pokémon in Crystal would move a tiny bit unlike the static sprites they used to be in the past and was the first game to be only playable on the Game Boy Color.

Certain Pokémon aren’t available to catch in the game at all

Pokémon Crystal has a lot of Pokémon that players can catch, as it combines the whole Pokédex into a single game. There were, however, some Pokémon that were cut from the game overall, forcing players to trade with Pokémon Gold and Silver players to complete their Pokédex.

These Pokémon were Vulpix, Ninetales, Mankey, Primeape, Mareep, Flaafy, Ampharos, Girafarig, Remoraid, and Octillery.