Before Pokémon Black & White, there was a shady alleyway cartridge that was only ever heard of once.
Let’s begin by defining a Creepypasta. While a Copypasta is something that is repeatedly copied and pasted and spread around the internet like wildfire, a Creepypasta employs a similar technique for spreading horror stories.
This one in particular revolves around a small video game cartridge dubbed Pokémon Black. Grab your teddy, folks.
Our story begins in a black market, of sorts, where a man is allegedly sold a copy of Pokémon Black – the only one of its kind. A blacked-out version of the original Pokémon Game Boy cartridges, it was discovered back in ’05.
Starting out as Red and Blue do, you talk to Oak, but instead of the choice of only three starters – Charmander, Bulbasaur or Squirtle – you have a fourth option – GHOST. Choose GHOST, a level 1 Pokémon, and you will only have one move choice – Curse. Opposition Pokémon are too scared to move, so battles are a simple affair. What starts the creepiness of this tale is what, according to Polygon, using the move Curse does:
“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 you defeat all of a trainer’s Pokémon, you are given the option to Run, or use Curse again. Use Curse and the Pokémon trainer disappears, and returning to the spot where they stood will instead show you a gravestone. Are you freaking out yet?
Defeating the Elite Four creates a new string of events:
“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, even through depositing in the PC.”
Though you walk slowly, there are no people to see – only gravestones of those you cursed. Walking home to Pallet Town and stepping onto the tile on which you begin the game causes a fade to black.
“The darkness lifts after a few seconds and Pokémon sprites begin scrolling past. Then trainers appear, Young Boys and Fishermen and Super Nerds materializing on screen for a moment before flashing past. Every living thing, Pokémon and person, that you had cursed. You and GHOST killed them all.”
Eventually, GHOST appears one last time, this time as an opponent. As an Old Man, the only move you can use is Struggle, chipping away slowly at your health. Once you’re low enough, GHOST aims Curse at you, and the screen fades to black. Your save file is gone, as are your hopes of ever sleeping soundly again.