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Pokémon Dream World: A Brief Introduction

By aquizero on May 28 2012 08:16 AM
The Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version, for Nintendo DS, introduced world-wide fans to the Pokémon Global Link (PGL). This online website gives players access to Pokémon Global Union and Pokémon Dream World. Today we are going to discuss the Pokémon Dream World.

You don't know what the Pokémon Dream World is? That's OK! Allow me to break it down for you. The Pokémon Dream World, or just Dream World,  is an optional online experience that offers a wide variety of mini-games, as well as other great exclusive features for Pokémon fans around the world. The website itself, is accessed by using a home computer. To take full advantage of this feature, with your Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version, you are required to setup your Nintendo WFC (Wi-Fi Connection) via a Nintendo DS, DSi or 3DS console.

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Once you obtain the C-Gear, an item found within the game, you can select "online" and follow the steps to force one of your Pokémon into a deep, dreamy slumber. Once fast asleep, that Pokémon is "tucked in" and accessible online, in the Dream World. If this sounds complicated, it's not. I can promise you that once the initial setup is complete, things will become very clear. For more information on the process of tucking your Pokémon into the Dream World, please visit the step-by-step instructions on the official Pokémon Global Link website: Tuck in a Pokemon in your game!

So, what are the benefits of using the Dream World? Well, there are several but here is a short list of the highlights:
  • Provides another way to obtain Pokémon *
  • Pokémon found in Dream World have exclusive abilities, not available anywhere else
  • Pokémon "may" have a unique move, depending on how well you scored on a mini-game
  • Provides another way to obtain items *
  • Provides another way to obtain berries *
* Dream World points determine rarity. Points are given, based on a variety of actions preformed within Dream World during continuous use.

Vulpix is a great example of why you should invest your time and energy into the Dream World. A Vulpix, obtained through normal circumstances, has the ability Flash Fire. This ability is activated once the user is hit by a Fire-type move, which then increases the damage of that user's Fire-type moves to 1.5 times. Now, if you were to find Vulpix in Dream World, it would have the ability Drought. This hidden ability immediately changes the weather to "harsh sunlight" whenever the Pokémon enters battle, giving you the same benefits as using the move Sunny Day. The only other Pokémon that knows this ability is the legendary Groudon! Lastly, Vulpix could even come with the move Dark Pulse, which is no longer a Trained Move ™ in Generation V, and no move that can be bred as an egg move, either. Of course, Vulpix can only be found once you have acquired at least 10,000 Dream World points.

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Since the release of this optional unique feature, there have been many updates; new Pokémon, new areas, more mini-games, customizable C-Gear skins and much more. The time has never been better for you to dive into Pokémon Global Link. I would also like to confirm that the PGL will be receiving a major overhaul from June 5th through June 21st! This is a major update, as it will incorporate compatibility for Pokémon Black 2 Version and Pokémon White 2 Version! That's right folks, Pokémon has seen the potential in this service to make it a part of their new games as well! I know I am extremely excited, and hope you are as well.

So, have you used Pokémon Global Link yet? What do you think of Dream World? Is there something specific you would like changed or added?


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Benjamin is a true gaymer. For nearly a decade, his interest in Nintendo has grown exponentially! He's not extremely skilled at any particular genre of games, but mostly enjoys RPG, strategy, and fighting games. His true obsession within the Nintendo universe is Pokémon, followed closely by Zelda. Ever since he watched the first episode of Pokémon, he's been hooked. To this day, he plays the main-series Pokémon games and watches the anime religiously. He's as close as it comes to being a Pokémon Master. His true passion for Nintendo makes him excited to write new topics for you!

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Comments: 25

I use the dream world all of the time.

Gotta catch them all I guess.
I learned a lot from this article. I've gotta find some time to start taking advantage of the Dream World again. I'm sure that upcoming makeover is going to knock the socks off of us. I'm really looking forward to seeing that!
Dream World is great for the abilities alone.. It really makes a difference when battling another person online, since not everyone is is familiar with the hidden abilities.
Does it matter what Pokémon gets tucked in? On the Pokémon Global Link website, it displays the most tucked-in Pokémon for different locations worldwide. Darumaka seems to be a popular choice in quite a few places.
No I have not seen one bit of difference based on the tucked in pokemon. I also researched to see if anyone else has seen a difference to no avail. Though, that would be something good for them to do. Like how the pokewalker was set up to increase your chances of capturing pokemon based on the type of pokemon that you took for a stroll. btw i think i am going to start using my pokewalker again just to try and catch flying & surfing pikachu!
Thanks for the info. I have another question about the Dream World. Let's say I play a lot of mini-games, making Pokemon happy BUT decide to not make a wish at the Tree of Dreams. Will all those Pokemon still be available for me to choose from once I go back to the Tree of Dreams to make a wish the next day, or even week?
Well if you decide not to take any pokemon with you then yes I believe they stay at the tree of dreams. If you chose one of the pokemon you are then required to wake up your pokemon and take back that pokemon you chose before you can enter the dream isle again. This will then reset the list of pokemon at the tree to 0, until you meet pokemon again. So, make your decision wisely.

View Postaquizero, on 04 June 2012 - 10:24 AM, said:

Well if you decide not to take any pokemon with you then yes I believe they stay at the tree of dreams. If you chose one of the pokemon you are then required to wake up your pokemon and take back that pokemon you chose before you can enter the dream isle again. This will then reset the list of pokemon at the tree to 0, until you meet pokemon again. So, make your decision wisely.

Thanks for the info. This has helped me become more efficient in the Dream World. Now what I do is skip the making a wish if I miss anything. Then I keep going back to the various stages and collect the items I've missed or finish playing the mini-games. Once I'm confident that I've gathered everything, I then go to the Tree of Dreams and make a wish. Thanks again for the help.

One thing I've noticed, which looks to be a minor oversight, is that Pokemon have to be woken up twice; once in Dream World and once in the actual game. I thought that was kind of weird having to wake my Pokemon up twice.

View PostKevin, on 04 June 2012 - 04:47 PM, said:

One thing I've noticed, which looks to be a minor oversight, is that Pokemon have to be woken up twice; once in Dream World and once in the actual game. I thought that was kind of weird having to wake my Pokemon up twice.

Well technically when you wake up your pokemon from dreamworld you are "preparing to wake" your pokemon. Also, I want to make you aware that the more times you access the dream isles within the hour the lesser the chance of finding random pokemon. It really is annoying to say the least. For example: Lets say I log in and keep being taken to the Windswept Skies, but I want a pokemon from the Sparkling Sea. I enter, then immediately return to my house, I repeat the process until I find myself in the Sparkling Sea. This could have taken 2/3/4/5 times etc. The more times I enter the less chance I will find any pokemon, just items. They are slick that way which is probably why they don't allow you to pick the area you travel to. So keep that in mind.

View Postaquizero, on 04 June 2012 - 04:57 PM, said:

Well technically when you wake up your pokemon from dreamworld you are "preparing to wake" your pokemon.

Well, that's certainly not what it says. In the Dream World, it says "Wake Up." In the game, it says "Is it OK to wake up this Pokemon?" In the game, it's clear that the Pokemon is still sawing logs. Maybe in the Dream World, it could say something else. It's not a big deal really, just something I noticed.

View Postaquizero, on 04 June 2012 - 04:57 PM, said:

Also, I want to make you aware that the more times you access the dream isles within the hour the lesser the chance of finding random pokemon. It really is annoying to say the least. For example: Lets say I log in and keep being taken to the Windswept Skies, but I want a pokemon from the Sparkling Sea. I enter, then immediately return to my house, I repeat the process until I find myself in the Sparkling Sea. This could have taken 2/3/4/5 times etc. The more times I enter the less chance I will find any pokemon, just items. They are slick that way which is probably why they don't allow you to pick the area you travel to. So keep that in mind.

I was under the impression that once you've found a Pokemon and played a mini-game with it, that you couldn't produce that same encounter. I've opted out out playing mini-games with certain Pokemon because they didn't interest me. Once returning, if I'm not mistaken, the same Pokemon appeared. The same goes for the items. Does this sound right, or and I "dreaming?"

View PostKevin, on 04 June 2012 - 05:13 PM, said:

I was under the impression that once you've found a Pokemon and played a mini-game with it, that you couldn't produce that same encounter. I've opted out out playing mini-games with certain Pokemon because they didn't interest me. Once returning, if I'm not mistaken, the same Pokemon appeared. The same goes for the items. Does this sound right, or and I "dreaming?"

No that is not what I meant. You may find the same pokemon multiple times if you re-enter the dream isle without choosing a pokemon at the tree. lets use bidoof for example which is found in the pleasant forest. I enter the pleasant forest, play mini games and at the tree bidoof is there... but I dont want him. I exit without obtaining any pokemon. I re-enter... I get taken back to pleasant forest... I could possibly find another bidoof. This time it could be another gender.

All I was stating is to watch how many times you enter the dream isle and decide not to take a pokemon when you reach the tree. Repeating that process over and over again within your hour time frame will lower and eventually extinguish your chance to find any pokemon until the next day (24 hours).

View Postaquizero, on 04 June 2012 - 06:56 PM, said:

All I was stating is to watch how many times you enter the dream isle and decide not to take a pokemon when you reach the tree. Repeating that process over and over again within your hour time frame will lower and eventually extinguish your chance to find any pokemon until the next day (24 hours).

Right, gotcha. But I can skip making a wish, and going back to the Isle of Dreams as many times as I want within the hour without causing harm, right? I mean, I could could go back and forth as many times as I want, then go make a wish at say, 59 minutes. By repeatedly going to the Isle of Dreams, within the alloted time, maximizes my chances of seeing new stuff. Or does it? I went back and forth about 5 times, and after the 3rd or 4th time, everything was dead, no matter where I went.
"By repeatedly going to the Isle of Dreams, within the alloted time, maximizes my chances of seeing new stuff."


No. Wrong. This will minimize your chances of seeing any pokemon.

View Postaquizero, on 04 June 2012 - 07:13 PM, said:

No. Wrong. This will minimize your chances of seeing any pokemon.

You could have just said that to begin with. :P
Can Dream Balls be obtained anywhere outside of the Dream World, or are they exclusive?
Anyone?

View PostKevin, on 26 June 2012 - 09:28 PM, said:

Can Dream Balls be obtained anywhere outside of the Dream World, or are they exclusive?

No.

View PostKevin, on 26 June 2012 - 09:28 PM, said:

Can Dream Balls be obtained anywhere outside of the Dream World, or are they exclusive?

Sorry I did not see this. No. Just like Chris said. It would be pointless if they were available elsewhere. Also, it is kind of cool when someone uses a dreamball because if you pay attention to the ball that releases your opponents pokemon you can prepare yourself for their "secret" abilities. That would be if you made yourself familiar with the abilities in the first place. Lol.
I wanted to share my current Pokemon Dream World configuration.

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This is my current Island :)

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This shows all the islands I purchased and can swap out at any time. It also shows the next island I am working on! :)
I have a question about the Berry requirements.
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Let's say I wanted to purchase the Log Cabin. Would I need 150 of each of the Berries listed, or just 150 of any one of the types of Berries listed? I'm thinking that it's just 150 for one of the types, but not positive.

View PostKevin, on 16 October 2012 - 08:00 AM, said:

I have a question about the Berry requirements.

Let's say I wanted to purchase the Log Cabin. Would I need 150 of each of the Berries listed, or just 150 of any one of the types of Berries listed? I'm thinking that it's just 150 for one of the types, but not positive.

You need all of the berries listed.

View Postaquizero, on 16 October 2012 - 08:03 AM, said:

You need all of the berries listed.

Holy crap! Thanks, I guess. :rofl:

View Postaquizero, on 11 July 2012 - 07:29 AM, said:

Sorry I did not see this. No. Just like Chris said. It would be pointless if they were available elsewhere. Also, it is kind of cool when someone uses a dreamball because if you pay attention to the ball that releases your opponents pokemon you can prepare yourself for their "secret" abilities. That would be if you made yourself familiar with the abilities in the first place. Lol.
On anoher note, you can even trick your opponents with secret abilities by catching Pokemon from the Dream World in other Poke Balls, as it's a 100% catch rate within the Entree Forest, no matter which Ball you use.

I think I put the Dream World Lucario in a standard ball.

View PostLuffyFoxtrot, on 17 October 2012 - 02:02 AM, said:

...by catching Pokemon from the Dream World in other Poke Balls, as it's a 100% catch rate within the Entree Forest, no matter which Ball you use.

Good info! I didn't know that. I've always just used the Dream Ball for doing that. This is also a good strategy!

View PostLuffyFoxtrot, on 17 October 2012 - 02:02 AM, said:

On anoher note, you can even trick your opponents with secret abilities by catching Pokemon from the Dream World in other Poke Balls, as it's a 100% catch rate within the Entree Forest, no matter which Ball you use.

I think I put the Dream World Lucario in a standard ball.

Yes I thought of doing that to trick people but I still think there are a lot of people who don't even know the difference between hidden abilities and normal abilities so I normally don't bother and use the Dream Ball. Though I have thought about that a few times. :)