Not to be confused with Pokémon Black (which released alongside Pokémon White back in 2010), the legend of a mysterious black-tinted Pokemon cartridge has been circulating the community for years.
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The cartridge, said to be bought at a flea market back in 2005, sparked one of the most eerily enticing tales of haunted Pokedexes and murderous spirits. But is there any truth in it?
The fabled Pokémon Black Cart
The story comes to our attention via the ramblings of an unknown author who was the apparent finder of the haunted cartridge. The author states that any hard proof of his experience was lost during a recent move but states that his experiences were all genuine.
The game apparently begins in the same vein as Pokémon Red and Blue, it follows the same step by step intro of Professor Oak outlining the basics of the game. The game then allows you to choose your starter Pokémon, but it is at this stage that Pokémon Black offers up something a little different.
Whilst Pokémon Red and Blue present a selection of three Pokémon starters – Squirtle, Charmander and Bulbasaur – Pokémon Black offers up four: the standard three with an additional character referred to as GHOST.
Players that select GHOST will find that the character starts life at level one, while the usual starter Pokémon all start at level five. What's even strange is the fact that GHOST only knows one single move, called ‘curse’.
The curse attack is a devastating assault, making battles a swift and simple affair for the trainer in control of the GHOST. According to the unknown author, the opposing Pokémon are ‘too scared to move’ against the GHOST and the actual attack on the poor Pokémon is quite the terrifying spectacle to behold. TinyCartridge catalogues the unknown author's experience:
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 Pokémon would appear in the corner, they would have one fewer Pokéball.
Once the battle is done and all the Pokeballs have been removed the player is presented with one final option. To either ‘run’ or ‘curse’. Run allows the player to leave the battle in the traditional fashion whilst curse effectively erases the opposing trainer. If you select ‘curse’ the screen goes black and the trainer disappears. iF you then return to that spot post-fight you will find a tombstone left in situ, effectively suggesting that you did indeed kill the trainer.
The game then continues in the normal fashion, with the exception of the devastating power you wield in battle. If played aggressively the player can lay waste to countless Pokémon and countless trainers. Once you have followed the narrative through and done away with the Elite Four, the game suddenly changes. The unnamed author describes:
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 post-game world is now devoid of life. all that remains are tombstones of the trainers you have slaughtered. Once you step back inside Pallet Town it all becomes extraordinarily dark. The usual chipper soundtrack that plays throughout slows to almost an almost demonic pace and your character stands before the tombstones as an old man.
If you stand your player on the exact tile that you began the game on something else eerie happens. The dark overtone lifts from the screen momentarily and is replaced by a constant stream of moving images. These images are actually the souls of all the Pokémon, trainers, super nerds and fishermen you have killed throughout the game, reinforcing the belief that you and GHOST killed everyone.
It is after this harrowing ordeal that GHOST appears again, but this time it seems that he has turned on his trainer. As an old man the only attack you have is ‘struggle’ and it doesn’t take long for GHOST to wear you down.
When your health is all but gone, GHOST will throw one last ‘curse’ attack your way and the screen fades to black and freezes.
The only way to get out of the frozen screen is to reset the device. Once rebooted the entire experience disappears, suggesting that GHOST killed you too.
The creepy (pasta) truth behind Pokémon Black
This creepypasta tale weaves a brilliant tale of mystery and terror. Taking the familiarity of one of the world’s most beloved video games and putting an eerie twist to the familiar. This is classic creepypasta territory; the mixture of the unknown in the familiar somehow stirs up an inherent fear within us all.
Video games are a way of escaping the real world, including our real world fear. Stories such as this erode that separation stimulating the frightening feeling that there is no escape. There is nothing to corroborate the actual existence of this mystery cartridge, aside from the image, but wouldn’t it be neat if this was indeed an actual game?
For me this is too good, nay, too perfect to be true, and I trust that most others will think the same. But of course, there is always a chance…
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