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The Pokémon merge glitch, historically known as the Q Trick is a glitch in Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow as well as Pokémon Gold, Silver and Pokémon Crystal, discovered by ACE91.

Using a Pokémon which has an index number of 255 (i.e. 'M (FF) in Pokémon Red and Blue, Q in Pokémon Yellow, ????? (FF) in Pokémon Gold, Silver and Pokémon Crystal) it is possible for the player to create a Pokémon known as an unstable hybrid Pokémon, which has the attributes of two Pokémon.

This glitch allows the player to give nearly any attack to any Pokémon without the use of a cheating device. The Pokémon merge glitch can also make a Pokémon have the stats and type of another Pokémon.

In Generation I

Obtaining 'M (FF) or Q

For the Pokémon merge glitch, the player should first obtain either an 'M (FF) in Pokémon Red and Blue or Q in Pokémon Yellow.

'M (FF) can be obtained in Pokémon Red and Blue with CoolTrainer♀ corruption or LOL glitch by having a specific spot in a Route 1 Glitch City from the Safari Zone exit glitch as the last place the player opened the Pokémon menu. It can also be obtained by trading a Q over from Pokémon Yellow.

Q can be obtained in Pokémon Yellow either by evolving a 4 4 Hy (which can be obtained with the Ditto Trick using a Special stat of 192), or trading an 'M (FF) from Pokémon Red and Blue.

Both 'M (FF) and Q may also be obtained with the international Fossil conversion glitch or arbitrary code execution.

Method

1. Deposit any Pokémon into an empty box.
2. Deposit 'M (FF) or Q.
2. Deposit a Pokémon below the 'M (FF) or Q (e.g. Charmander). This will be the 'donor' Pokémon for the unstable hybrid Pokémon.
3. Deposit a Pokémon below the third Pokémon (e.g. Staryu). This will be the 'recipient' Pokémon for the unstable hybrid Pokémon.
4. Withdraw the first Pokémon in the box.

In this example, the Pokémon merge glitch will have created both a 'M (FF) or Q/Charmander hybrid and Charmander/Staryu hybrid.

The "Charmander" will have Staryu's name, moves and palette but will be able to learn moves a Charmander would be able to by TM/HM.

It can be stabilized into a Charmeleon through evolution, or back into a Staryu either by depositing it into the Pokémon Day Care and out again or taking the Pokémon into Pokémon Stadium 2 (English). It cannot be traded into Pokémon Gold, Silver and Pokémon Crystal until it is stabilized.

YouTube video by glitchedgamer

Obtaining Shiny Pokémon

Since the hybrid's DVs will be those of the recipient Pokémon, it is possible for the player to create a new Shiny Pokémon. It can be stabilized by evolving the end result unstable hybrid. For example, if the Staryu mentioned in the section above was originally Shiny, the Charmander/Staryu hybrid may be evolved to become a stable Shiny Charmeleon.

In Generation II

Obtaining ????? (FF)

The Pokémon merge glitch is possible with a ????? (FF). A ????? (FF) may be created by obtaining a ????? (00) from the bad clone glitch and converting it into ????? (FF) with ????? party overloading.

The player should have a party of six Pokémon; and then bring the ????? (FF) to the top of the party. They should then use 'move PkMn without Mail' to bring another Pokémon to the top. This will convert the ????? (00) into a ????? (FF).

Steps

The player should set up a party like so:

  • Pokémon 1
  • Pokémon 2
  • ????? (FF)
  • Caterpie
  • Shiny Gyarados
  • Growlithe

Upon depositing Pokémon 1 or 2, the Pokémon below ????? (FF) will hybridize. Caterpie will become a ????? (FF)/Caterpie hybrid, Shiny Gyarados will become a Caterpie/Gyarados hybrid (which can be evolved to become a stable Shiny Metapod) and Growlithe will become a Shiny Gyarados/Growlithe hybrid (which can be taught water moves and taken into the Day Care and out again to revert back into a stable Growlithe).

YouTube video by ChickasaurusGL

See Also

  1. Category:Glitches that allow Pokémon with unobtainable moves