Cloning Pokemon

Pokemon Emerald Walkthrough and Guide

by Chris Boots-Faubert  

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Cloning Pokemon

This is a Pokemon Cloning Method that Actually Works, as opposed to the plethora of methods that you read online where people claim they work but do not.  I have verified that this method works by doing it myself with no ill-effects to my game.  This method was provided to me by a professional Trainer and Breeder named 'Pug Guy' who I met at the New York City Poke Center for the Pokemon  Diamond / Pearl Launch Event. 

Cloning Pokemon is a controversial topic, and in fact is largely not possible to do for almost all of the Pokemon games -- except Emerald.  You see, Emerald has a sure-fire and easy to manage method for Cloning both Pokemon *and* items that does not involve using a third-party device, or doing anything that can be detected by Tourney Checking hardware.

In short, if you desire, you can clone Pokemon or items using the following method.  If you own the newer generations of Pokemon games than chances are you will very much want to clone some of your Pokemon -- and in particular the Legendary ones, simply because the transfer system to the DS versions (Pokemon Diamond, Pokemon Pearl, Pokemon Platinum, etc) is a one-way trip, which means any Pokemon that you move from Emerald, Ruby, or Sapphire over to the DS versions can never return to your GBA games.

Considering that the games are on different hardware and do not interact other than permitting you to move your Pokemon and some items from the GBA versions into the DS versions, I do not see this as an ethical issue at all.  In fact it strikes me as a necessary and understandable choice, because the only way you are going to complete your Dex in the new games is to xfer Pokemon from the Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald generation of games.

So, having established that, it behooves us to give you the details on how to properly clone your Pokemon, so that you do not risk damaging your game.  And in that spirit, here are the steps that you need to take:

-- Cloning by the Numbers --

Step 01: Fly to the Battle Frontier, then enter the Battle Tower;

Step 02: Access a PC near the Registration Desks;

Step 03: Select the Pokemon that you want to clone and add them to your 'Clone Box' in the PC;

Step 04: Log out of the PC, and then save your game;

Step 05: Log back into the PC;

Step 06: Add the Pokemon you want to clone from your Clone Box to your Party;

Step 07: Log out of the PC;

Step 08: Move to the Multi-Link Counter near the PC and talk to the Clerk there;

Step 09: Select any type action from the Multi-Link menu (the game will auto-save your party at this point but does not overwrite the PC Boxes) advancing the menu until you experience a brief pause in the game, and then you are prompted to save.  DO NOT SAVE;

Step 10: When you are prompted to save, switch the power off on your game, then do a slow ten-count, and switch the power back on;

Step 11: Start the game as usual, selecting continue;

Step 12: You should have the full party of Pokemon that you had when you turned the power off on your game in your active party, and when you look in the Clone Box on your PC, they should also be there as well... You have just cloned these six Pokemon and any items that they held!

Note: This works because the game treats the "save" system differently in this one area.  When you put all of the Pokemon and items in the designated Clone Box on your PC and then logged out and saved the game, it wrote a complete save of the game and all of its elements.

Then after you removed the Pokemon that you wanted to clone form the Clone Box and accessed the Multi-Link PC, the game did a partial save of JUST the Pokemon in your party when you accessed that special PC.  It did NOT over-write the boxes in your regular PC.

By cutting the power you essentially created two different save states -- the global save from your PC, and the partial save for just your Party that was created when you accessed the Multi-Link PC.  When the game reloads, both the Clone Box contents AND your Party contents are considered to be legitimate and thus load.

You can then rinse and repeat as many times as you need to, if you wanted to have more than one of a particular Pokemon to transfer out of the game.  You can then use your DS/DS Lite to move your cloned Pokemon and items from the GBA cartridge to the DS cartridge.

Be aware though that your Pokemon are exact copies, with the same ID and stats.  If you start trading those on the Global Trade Network your cloning activities could be discovered.  You are better off not doing that at all.  Keeping one copy of the cloned Pokemon on your DS game is find, but trading multiple copies via GTN is not just frowned upon, it may actually violate the ToS, so I would not do it if I were you.  Of course giving rare or hard to obtain Pokemon to friends is just the right thing to do, that is all I am saying :)


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This has been around since Red and Blue, only slightly changed. In Gold and Silver, you do the exact same methods only instead of going to the Multi-link, you can do it with just the standard PC. Just deposit the pokemon that you want to duplicate, then switch boxes and kill the power when it says "Saving..."
Only difference is that there is a less chance of corruption with this version. I've yet to have problems with my Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold or Silver doing it with the original method. I did have problems with the Missing No. Glitch tho lol.

This probably won't work on an Emulator (either method) because of how things are saved.

Added 3rd Oct 2015, ID #613644

Does this work on android phones?

Added 5th Sep 2015, ID #605609

Dont work ={

Added 1st Jul 2015, ID #578369

Does it work on the console? I tried some times and it didn't work...

Added 13th Mar 2015, ID #528087

Does this work on emulator on galaxy s3 and where is the battle tower

Added 5th Jan 2015, ID #496868

Tnks i can now trade legendary pokemon to my friend ryth now

Added 13th Dec 2014, ID #483903

i did it with rayquaza then grodon it deleted my clone rayquaza but now it works on cloning them all ill have a team of 6 of all legendaries for the league all with pokeballs im a champion

Added 12th Nov 2014, ID #470656

Lol now I have WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY too many Kyogres! This actually works! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Added 26th Sep 2014, ID #451949

it really works btw

Added 20th Feb 2014, ID #357061

It's not actually called "clone box" you just have to designate an empty PC box. My cousin showed me to do it with just one in order to prevent loss of other party pokemon

Added 7th Dec 2013, ID #326493

Works on advanceSP?

Added 18th Nov 2013, ID #320305

does it work on gba4ios?

Added 12th Nov 2013, ID #319178

I have 10 blazkiens, along with a few lvl100 mewtwo's so my party is pretty Op

Added 17th Sep 2013, ID #309992

Goodbye Registeel :( I will miss you :(

Added 12th Jul 2013, ID #296888

Btw it doesn't work on GBA4iOS.

Added 23rd Jun 2013, ID #292202

thanks it really help! the guy who said shut down the game in the middle of the save really works TQ very much

Added 21st Apr 2013, ID #276151

Is the brief pause the bit where it says b to cancel????

Added 28th Mar 2013, ID #268117

I tried it two times and it corrupted my entire game. Thanks for nothing. :/

Added 27th Mar 2013, ID #267831

When i used to have a gameboy, I tried this because my friend showed me. I tried it and when I came back I had a second ludicolo and I lost my starter or legendary I forgot...That sucked...

Added 3rd Mar 2013, ID #260557

Where can i catch jirachi and celebi without cheat ???

Added 2nd Mar 2013, ID #260279

This works, and on emulator too. If something went wrong, it's probably your fault.

Added 15th Jan 2013, ID #243034

yeah this actually does work. when the lady asks u to save say ok then it will pause then it will ask to save agen and u just turn off the game. cool

Added 17th Dec 2012, ID #223541


Added 17th Dec 2012, ID #223184

that's riiiggghhhht...[b][b][/b] [/b]

Added 15th Dec 2012, ID #222108

it worked for me but i had to click yes when saving the game and multi link and then as it was saving i just turned off power and turn back on and my pokemon's and items where cloned:D:D:D

Added 7th Dec 2012, ID #215884

It works but my Rayquaza disappeared. Is there a way to bring it back? Or did I lose it forever.

Added 24th Nov 2012, ID #211872

i got it to work on vba

Added 25th Oct 2012, ID #201071

it does not work on a visual boy avance

Added 24th Oct 2012, ID #200602

you can get infinite mistic tickets once you beat the game.first go to your box and press withdraw will say you have no mistic tickets.keep pressing it and withdraw one at a time. after a little while it will say something like this-?37. it will have a question mark in front of the number.then you can take as many as you want but it will say you only have 1 in your can always take more.maybe you will get lucky like did.i got infinite master balls.

Added 24th Oct 2012, ID #200596

ahaha it actually works!!! thanks

Added 11th Sep 2012, ID #185295

The thing is, you don't need to wait 10 secs. I do it instantaneously. the only downside is my GBA SP gets Spoiler:
click to reveal

Added 27th Aug 2012, ID #180798

This sucks. I cloned the right pokemon, but lost the pokemon that I had in the party before. They were my strongest and now they're gone. : (

Added 27th Aug 2012, ID #180493

I can't get it to work! I tried it twice! "verry sad face"

Added 10th Aug 2012, ID #174539

Does this work without a ds or do you have to have a ds?

Added 30th Jul 2012, ID #170004

i cant get it? its not working for me...

Added 22nd Jun 2012, ID #155409

yer i have a question... how can i do this... when i dont have emerald??

Added 9th Jun 2012, ID #150880

u can do the same for items. make all of ur pokemon on ur pc hold the items
u want to clone then save. after saving put all the items the pokemon in the pc are holding in the bag then do step 8 and so on. really works )

Added 21st Apr 2012, ID #135567

does this work on emulator?

Added 24th Jan 2012, ID #108907

dosnot work tried it loads of times just cums up curruped and stars from my save befor plz explain to me y it dosnt work cz i might be doing it wrong

Added 11th Jan 2012, ID #104870

I tried and guess what happened. it corrupted my saved file. now i have to start from begining.. i dont wanna play upto that point again. i am gonna play some other pokemon !!! i Hate this link..

Added 26th Dec 2011, ID #98953

Tis method does not wotk

Added 23rd Dec 2011, ID #97702

it didnt work i tryed it and now my raquaza is gone

Added 5th Dec 2011, ID #92918

If you need to have the battle Frontier unlocked for this, what good does this do to 'noobs'

Added 1st Dec 2011, ID #91891

sorry but where is the registration desk?

Added 1st Dec 2011, ID #91830

This worked perfectly, thank you very much for putting this out there. I'm very happy that I get to keep my Pokemon in Emerald and in White.

Added 28th Nov 2011, ID #91105

i cloned blaziken AND wailmer ;D

Added 23rd Oct 2011, ID #82390

It really works. With items too. I cloned three master balls to help catch Latias, Latios and Mewtwo. If you have any pokemon you just can't catch, clone items (master balls) too!!!

Added 26th Aug 2011, ID #70285

it really works,, i clone my sceptile, now i have two sceptile(s),, hahah tnx for it

Added 7th Aug 2011, ID #64791

you can put the pokemon that you want to clone in an empty box thats what clone box means.thats what i did

Added 4th Jun 2011, ID #46910

it didnt work when i did it

Added 2nd Jun 2011, ID #46547