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This article is about Pocket Monsters Crystal Version. For games with a similar title, see Pocket Monster (disambiguation).
Pocket Monsters Crystal Version
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Cartridge label.
Hack of Pocket Monsters / Pokemon Crystal
Original developer Game Freak / Nintendo
Console Game Boy Color

Pocket Monsters Crystal Version (popularly known as "Pokémon Vietnamese Crystal") is a bootlegged version of Pokémon Crystal which achieved quite the status among Pokémon fans due to its poorly translated script turning every bit of text into mainly nonsensical and unintentionally humorous Engrish.

Translation Quirks

This game has some oddities in its story thanks to its poor translation, such as referencing that Professor Elm and Professor Oak is the same person. Some items, moves and trainer class names have not been translated and instead are left blank; while many others seem to refer to something completely different, for instance the item "OLD ROD" is called "CLOTHBAG" and the Water-type Pokémon move "WATER GUN" is called "FLAME". However many of these wrong names are actually reasonable translations of other existing items/moves/trainers from the game, which probably indicates a mistake in indexing at some point, causing all the names after that point to be shifted up or down by one.

In battle, some moves have a nonsensical suffix attached to them. This is due to a function in the Japanese release that appends the proper grammatical suffix to move names when used in battle. This causes, for example, using the move LICK (translated to "AGAIN") to print "AGAIN AH". Pokémon moves aren't the only victims to this kind of quirks, as Pokémon names are also subject to the 5 letter limit of the Japanese version rather than the 10 letter limit of international versions.

As expected, profanity is also quite common in this version of the game, the F-word for example appearing quite frequently as it is used in the message that appears when you collect items (which in terms can give results such as "DRUG BAG FUCK!").

Examples of Poor Translation

In the Xiaojin Broadcasting Tower (aka Goldenrod Radio Tower) quiz, you need to answer a series of questions correctly, which is made almost impossible by the poor translation:

  • Question 1: IS IT THE MONSTER COMING ONLY IN THE MORNING THAT EXISITS?
  • Question 2: CAN YOU BUY IT IN SHUDONG'S STORE?
  • Question 3: MAY THE SECRET MACHINE BE NOT CONSULTED?
  • Question 4: IS IT HEYADUO THAT CAN CONTROL THE BIRD MONSTER AND THE GYMNASIUM LEADER OF MUQIANG TOWN?
  • Question 5: IS IT A PORTRAIT ON THE COIN OF THE GAME STORE IN XIAOJIN TOWN?

Answers are, in order: Yes, Yes, No, Yes, and No.

Pokémon Names

Chikorita - Qiaok

Bayleef - Beil

Meganium - Mukei

Cyndaquil - Rided

Quilava - Madam

Typhlosion - Bagep

Totodile - Croc

Croconaw - Alige

Feraligatr - Oudal

Pidgey - Lap

Pidgeotto - Pige

Pidgeot - Pijia

Spearow - Bird

Fearow - Baboo

Hoothoot - Hehe

Noctowl - Yedea

Ratatta - Caml

Raticate - Lat

Sentret - Oud

Furret - Dada

Pichu - Piqi

Pikachu - Pikaq

Raichu - Rye

Caterpie - Pedal

Metapod - Delan

Butterfree - B-Fly

Weedle - Bide

Kakuna - Keyu

Beedrill - Fork

Ledyba - Nuxi

Ledian - Nuxin

Spinarak - Rouy

Ariados - Aliad

Geodude - Sicib

Graveler - Gelu

Golem - Neluo

Zubat - Zhib

Golbat - Gelu

Crobat - Stick

Cleffa - Pi

Clefairy - Pip

Clefable - Pikex

Igglybuff - Pupi

Jigglypuff - Pud

Wigglytuff - Bude

Togepi - Deke

Togetic - Dekej

Sandshrew - San

Sandslash - Bread

Ekans - Viv

Arbok - Aboke

Dunsparce - Yehe

Mareep - Mali

Flaaffy - Pea

Ampharos - Elect

Wooper - Wuy

Quagsire - Luo

Gastly - Ges

Haunter - Fant

Gengar - Quar

Unown - Annan

Onix - Yihe

Steelix - Yehe

Bellsprout - Madaq

Weepinbell - Wuci

Victreebel - Wuci

Hoppip - Yuzi

Skiploom - Popoz

Jumpluff - Duzi

Paras - Ath

Parasect - Bala

Poliwag - Nilem

Poliwhirl - Nile

Poliwrath - Nilec

Politoed - Nilee

Magikarp - Carp

Gyarados - Jinde

Goldeen - Dasaj

Seaking - Dongn

Slowpoke - Yed

Slowbro - Yede

Slowking - Yadeh

Oddish - Gras

Gloom - Flow

Vileplume - Laful

Bellossom - Flowe

Drowzee - Swab

Hypno - Slipp

Abra - Kezi

Kadabra - Yongl

Alakazam - Hude

Ditto - Mude

Pineco - Hulu

Forretress - Hudel

Nidoran F - Lidel

Nidorina - Lidel

Nidoqueen - Lide

Nidoran M - Lidel

Nidorino - Lidel

Nidoking - Lide

Yanma - Yeyea

Sunkern - Xian

Sunflora - Shan

Exeggcute - Some

Exeggutor - No

Sudowoodo - Hushu

Wobbuffet - Suoni

Venonat - Corn

Venomoth - Moluf

Scyther - Zenda

Scizor - Nip

Pinsir - Kail

Heracross - Helak

Koffing - Deji

Weezing - Macid

Grimer - Badeb

Muk - Badeb

Magnemite - Clo

Magneton - Scare

Voltorb - Biliy

Electrode - Yuano

Aipom - Heba

Snubbull - Blu

Granbull - Gelan

Vulpix - Rok

Ninetales - Jugen

Growlithe - Gedi

Arcanine - Wendi

Stantler - Hede

Marill - Mal

Azumarill - Mali

Diglett - Desp

Dugtrio - Daked

Mankey - Monk

Primeape - Sumoy

Meowth - Mimi

Persian - Bolux

Psyduck - Koda

Golduck - Gelud

Machop - Wanli

Machoke - Geli

Machamp - Guail

Tyrogue - Liby

Hitmonlee - Zecun

Hitmonchan - Xiahe

Hitmontop - Jiapa

Girafarig - Kyli

Tauros - Jiand

Miltank - Milk

Magby - Buhu

Magmar - Ofenb

Smoochum - Meji

Jynx - Luzel

Elekid - Hele

Electabuzz - Hele5

Mr. Mime - Baliy

Smeargle - Defu

Farfetch'd - Aoco

Natu - Nadi

Xatu - Nadio

Qwilfish - Boat

Tentacool - Mujef

Tentacruel - Jelly

Krabby - Clu

Kingler - Depos

Shuckle - Poit

Staryu - Ricul

Starmie - Minxi

Shellder - Hole

Cloyster - Balux

Corsola - Rive

Remoraid - Fish

Octillery - Aogu

Chinchou - Qiang

Lanturn - Laand

Seel - Bawu

Dewgong - Jiug

Lickitung - Bolel

Tangela - Menji

Eevee - Yifu

Vaporeon - Linli

Jolteon - Sandi

Flareon - Husi

Espeon - Kefe

Umbreon - Hula

Horsea - Deci

Seadra - Xide

Kingdra - Huan

Gligar - Gulae

Delibird - Delie

Swinub - Wuli

Piloswine - Yide

Teddiursa - Bear

Ursaring - Linb

Phanpy - Huma

Donphan - Dongf

Mantine - Mante

Skarmory - Konmu

Doduo - Dede

Dodrio - Dedei

Ponyta - Boli

Rapidash - Jiale

Cubone - Yela

Marowak - Empt

Kangaskhan - Gelu

Rhyhorn - Xihon

Rhydon - Xito

Murkrow - Crow

Houndour - Delu

Houndoom - Helu

Slugma - Mageh

Magcargo - Magej

Sneasel - Xinl

Misdreavus - Mow

Porygon - Jinc

Porygon2 - Jinca

Chansey - Luck

Blissey - Habi

Lapras - Lapu

Omanyte - Oumu

Omastar - Oumux

Kabuto - Cap

Kabutops - Kuiza

Aerodactyl - Pud

Snorlax - Tiao

Bulbasaur - Seed

Ivysaur - Grass

Venusaur - Flowe

Charmander - Shad

Charmeleon - Cabr

Charizard - Snake

Squirtle - Gold

Wartortle - Cow

Blastoise - Guiki

Articuno - Frman

Zapdos - Clau

Moltres - Spark

Raikou - Thun

Entei - Gard

Suicune - Don

Dratini - Drago

Dragonair - Boliu

Dragonite - Guail

Larvitar - Yangq

Pupitar - Sanaq

Tyranitar - Banq

Lugia - Luj

Ho-Oh - Phix

Mewtwo - Miyou

Mew - Miy

Celebi - Siei

Bugs

The game will often crash 95% of the time when trying to take part in the "National Park Bug Catching Contest" north of Goldenrod City between Route 35 and 36, however saved data is not affected by this crash. Initiating the Bug Catching Contest dialogue with the other guard does not trigger this glitch. Occasionally, players will be able to get through the guards dialogue but often one of three things will happen:

  • The game will hang and does not recover.
  • The game soft resets and will think it is being used in a monochrome Game Boy and gives a poorly translated version of the normal statement "This Game Pak is designed for Game Boy Color Only".
  • The game will restart and the sprites will be stuck.

Judging by the text string just before the crash, it seems that the text is overflowing and causing the game to crash when the text box is filled with junk characters. This is, however, unsurprising, as it is assumed the translation was done by copying all the game's text out of the actual game, ran through a computer translator, dumped back without care for size of the text being put back in, and data leaking into the text strings.

Other things that can cause the game to crash are interaction with the POINTUP, CUREINGI, and DRINKIN items (Elixir, Burn Heal, and Calcium); the use of the moves MIXING and CLIP (Rest and Spike Cannon), speaking to the Super Nerd closest to the Goldenrod Tunnel's north stairs after defeating him, and entering the Goldenrod City Pokémon Center.

Cartridge Hardware

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The cartridge itself has the silk screen "28f800" which is a 1MByte flash ROM and saves correctly however it does not support the "Real Time Clock". The game never notices that its time is not running and is thought that the ROM has been customized more beyond its initial translation to ignore the fact the clock is not running correctly.

As with most pirate and unlicensed Game Boy cartridges, its battery is not the standard CR1616 employed commonly in licensed battery backed save games, but instead a CR2032 - a far more common 3V battery. It is also not soldered to the motherboard in the same way and is instead held in place with a cage system from which the CR2032 can be easily replaced by sliding the battery out of the top.

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