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Miscellaneous glitches of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon Platinum and Pokémon HeartGold and Soulsilver

Global Trade System glitches (Various) | Fake Tower Tycoon glitch (Diamond/Pearl) | Dress up Hiker glitch (Diamond/Pearl) | Egg determination glitch (Diamond/Pearl) | Giratina Origin Forme glitch (Platinum) | Battle Barry every day (Diamond/Pearl) | Pal Park daily limit oversight (Various) | Incorrect sprite for the Defog HM (Diamond/Pearl/Platinum) | Acid Rain glitch (Diamond/Pearl/Platinum) | Broken escalator glitch (Diamond/Pearl JP)| Honey/Sweet Scent shop glitch (Diamond/Pearl) | Ace Trainer battle loop (Platinum JP)| Boulder push glitch (HeartGold/SoulSilver) | Water stream glitch (HeartGold/SoulSilver) | Mute Route 214 glitch (Diamond/Pearl) | Mute Sendoff Spring glitch (Diamond/Pearl) | VS Recorder audio glitch (Various) | Floating walking Pokémon glitch (poison variation, menu variation) (HeartGold/SoulSilver) | Pal Park nickname glitch (Various) | Protect oversight (Diamond/Pearl) | Choice Banded Pursuit glitch (Diamond/Pearl JP) | Choice Banded U-Turn glitch (Diamond/Pearl JP) | Grass glitch (Diamond/Pearl/Platinum) | Trapping Ability flee glitch (Platinum)

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The player stuck within the 'void' of a Pokémon Center

The Broken escalator glitch is a miscellaneous glitch only existing in older revisions of the Japanese versions of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. Details about the glitch were officially published by Nintendo, and the glitch was addressed.

In these games, when a player exits the Union Room from the second floor of the Pokémon League, the next time the player uses an escalator to emerge on the second floor of any Pokémon center he or she will appear outside of the normal map area (i.e. the 'void'). As a result, the Broken escalator glitch is potentially dangerous in the sense that when the player saves the game he or she may never be able to return to the normal area of the map.

How to avoid the glitch (after returning from the Union Room)

This method is officially acknowledged by Nintendo.

  1. Turn the game off and then back on again.
  2. The player should go to the Contest Hall in Hearthome City.
  3. The player should speak with the leftmost attendant, however he or she does not need to participate in a Super Contest.
  4. After saving the game and restarting, the next escalator will operate as normal.

External links

  1. The broken escalator glitch, mentioned by Nintendo of Japan.