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I stumbled on this unsettling story of an obscure Pokémon bootleg/art-hack that I thought might be neat to share on here. I think this originated from 4chan, so I’ve no idea if this hack actually exists. It probably doesn’t, but it’s still a great concept/tale!:

I’m what you could call a collector of bootleg Pokémon games. Pokémon Diamond & Jade, Chaos 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.

Credit: Super creepy Pokémon hack

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  • http://www.youtube.com/user/awesomelightning?feature=mhee TeslaCoilGirl

    This is actually one of the better Pokemon creepypastas. I was expecting at the end for you to die in real life, but you make it seem as if it’s an actual bootleg. Is it? Strange now, how there is a real Pokemon Black.

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    • firk

      LIKE NINTENDO READ THIS….

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      • firk

        maby there is an easter egg or some thing in black…

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        • Anonymous

          i know ichan and 4chan

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    • Merp

      It is. I remember a friend posting this story on facebook, and that was how I found out about creepypasta. :/ This was really realistic, and seems like a real bootleg. I should try it out…XD

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    • Anonymous

      THIS IS A REAL GAME!!! I HAVE IT!!!

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      • Anonymous

        Ill buy it!!!

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      • Navi88

        ill buy it for more!!

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      • t

        ill buy it, copy it, and distribute it online for free, with apropriate sources

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        • Ginger

          Well said. Aside from your grammatical errors, of course.

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    • Navi88

      it as posted at least 2 years ago.. when did pokemon black come out?? and they could have said black cuz its a dark version..

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  • anon.

    huh. cool.

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  • Leo Silvera

    Just imagining the whole thing in my head gave me chills. If I was playing a game like that and had that end result every time, I’m sure I would never be able to play Pokemon again.

    Good job.

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  • Darius

    Awesome man! I really love Pokemon and this scared me a loot…. I’m sure I would never be able to play Pokemon again…. but THAT WAS COOL I REALLY LIKE THIS PASTA ! 10 stars GOOD JOB!

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  • Passing By

    Excellent pasta.Well done.

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  • Drake

    Dude i played black before i was so warped aftyer i beat it about 20 times it dissapeared like thew daTA when i played it it would say written in blood YOU DIED (TOO BAD) on thew screen and the only way to stop it is to take out the game and turn off your gameboy

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    • Lucriel

      The only scary thing about that is your grammar.

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      • Desilee

        Lol Lucriel :)

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  • DR EVIL

    Black is available to download on many sites. But this never happens and neither is there a “Ghost” pokemon.

    Great pasta though. 10/10

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    • Shearlock

      DR EVIL, this pasta does not mean the actual game pokemon black, this pasta is about haked pokemon red whits is redamed & sold as pokemon black. anyways this was good pasta, even tho it was not super imperssive or believable

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    • Anonymous

      This pasta is actually a classic and it’s a few years old, I remember reading it before Pokemon Black and White even existed.

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    • BetterKitty

      yea there is one in new ones i think?

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  • http://www.google.com Pinkamena Diane Pie

    You should turn that frown upside down! Eat lots of chocolate and cupcakes. You’ll feel better in no time.

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    • bla bla

      your name says Pinkie Pie or?

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  • http://vps.com.au PokeMachop

    I feel like getting stabbed in the heart if I play this but I will sell my game to someone I hate, especially lost silver. now don’t make me start that story. My friend Thomas was playing Pokemon HeartGold when he checked his pokemon team and he saw a Sharpedo. Ain’t that creepy?
    Idon’t wanna die.

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    • http://realmofthemadgod.com JohnRichards

      i really hack pokemone blak and white 2 it scared the livin crap out of me…then i went to be nd i stared havin nightmares of kill pokemon with out it telling it doing it O_Oso i turned the game off ten it was standing…lookin at me

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      • Chimnpkmonkey

        woah O_O

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      • FancyPants Girl

        Um,did you mean to spell it like that?

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  • mister…

    i found an emaluator game for this https://sites.google.com/site/pokemonghostblack/downloads so badass

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  • jeffthfemkiller

    I wnt this game. :3 i collect pokemon games. :D

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  • http://www.wattpad.com/user/ARScroggins A.R. Scroggins

    Still one of my favorite Creepypastas ever. Not too long, immensely creepy and based on my favorite childhood game.

    I remember so many things seemed possible in Pokemon Red. All the rumors I’d heard about pushing a truck into the ocean to find a Mew, to the famous MissingNo. Now that I’ve graduated in Computer Science I know nothing that radical can be unintentionally included. But that sense of magic is still there when I boot up old Red.

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  • Aqua

    Played Lost Silver creepypasta!

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  • Cobb

    Ah…my first ever pasta, the one that got me hooked. Still one of my favourites.

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  • COYOTETOXIN199

    i have heard many pokemon theorys lk when you kill garys raticate in red/blue. but this is the best yet creepiest pokemon story i heard. creepypasta earned the CREEPY in its name.

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  • anonymous

    My childhood is now ruined haha

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    • http://www.yahoo.com asawsomwe

      your childhood can’t be ruined! you play club penguin!

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  • William Norton

    What ….. How is this scary . Playing silent hill for 2 minutes is more scary than playing what was described in that

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    • FancyPants Girl

      Exactly sir.

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  • Jared Forbes

    Dude, this hack is real. The ghost and stuff is real, but I havent played all the way through. here’s the link http://romhustler.net/rom/gbc/pokemon-black-special-palace-edition-1-red-hack-by-mb-hac, use an emulator. Haven’t really played it yet

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  • Jared Forbes

    nvrmnd, just look up pokemon creepy black

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  • Joeyyugioh

    Holy shit. A second tab opened with the same story, when I closed the tab.

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  • I was phone

    this pasta makes me feel really sad for some reason.

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  • Mhmm

    I think it’s a statement about doing things the easy way when it’s clearly the wrong thing to do. Taking battling which is usually something fun and twisting it by killing instead of just fainting Pokemon. Makes the game easier, but at what cost to the humanity of the player. The same way we treat real people in the real world. You can get very far in this world by exploiting your unfair advantages over others. But what is the cost that your soul pays?

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  • Anonymous

    Nintendo would “WTF” at this

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  • AntiAnimation

    Nintendo would “WTF” at this Creepypasta

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  • joe

    MrCreepyPasta did a really good reading of this on Youtube. Everyone should check it out.

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    • Rachel

      Joe, Do you have a link? This story is really really good. (:

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