Collector's Pokédex Books are a type of DVD package that were released by Pacific Magna Pacific (now known as Beyond Home Entertainment) for region code DVD Region 4.
Each Collector's Pokédex Book contains all of the regular dubbed episodes that take place in a particular region (or two in the case of Pokémon Kanto and Orange Islands Collection). They are each designed to look like the Pokédex of that particular region.
The front cover and back cover of each Collector's Pokédex Book together include portraits of all Pokémon introduced. Inside the front cover is an anime map of the featured region (the Pokémon Kanto and Orange Islands Collection includes a Kanto map here, with an anime map of the Orange Islands immediately before the discs featuring Orange Islands episodes).
The book has slots for 2 discs on each side of each page. Next to each disc in the book is an episode listing for that disc as well as a profile of a Pokémon that is featured in at least one of the episodes. This profile includes an original description, its height and weight (in metric units), its types, its category, its Abilities (but not its Hidden Ability), and its evolutionary line. The episodes are numbered from 1 (regardless of their place in their respective season).
Each Collector's Pokédex Book includes a description of the major characters in that region at the start of the book. The Pokémon Kanto and Orange Islands Collection includes a brief description of the main characters that have not appeared in the previous sections before the Orange Islands and Advanced GenerationKanto sections. The DVDs don't include English closed captioning.
List of Collector's Pokédex Books
|Region(s)||Name||Catalogue number||Image||Discs||# of episodes||Release date (AU)||Release date (NZ)|
|Kanto and Orange Islands||Pokémon Kanto and Orange Islands Collection||DBX13714||120px||22||176||September 14, 2011||September 21, 2011|
|Johto||Pokémon Johto Collection||DBX13777||120px||18||158||December 1, 2011||December 5, 2011|
|Hoenn||Pokémon Hoenn Collection||DBX13836||120px||16||133||October 12, 2012||October 17, 2012|
|Sinnoh||Pokémon Sinnoh Collection||BHE4144||120px||22||189||December 3, 2012||December 5, 2012|
|Unova||Pokémon Unova Collection||BHE5279||120px||18||142||June 4, 2014||June 25, 2014|
|80px||This article is part of both Project Anime and Project Merchandise, Bulbapedia projects that, together, aim to write comprehensive articles on the Pokémon Anime and Merchandise, respectively.||80px|
List of Pokémon books
The following is a list of books and other publications based on the universe of the Pokémon franchise.
Official Pokémon video game strategy guidebooks
- Pokémon Red and Blue: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- Pokémon Yellow: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- Pokémon Gold & Silver: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- Pokémon Crystal: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- Pokémon Gold Silver Crystal: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- Pokémon Emerald: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- Pokémon 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition Complete Pokédex
- Pokémon Diamond and Pearl: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Pokédex
- Pokémon Platinum: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Pokédex
- Pokémon Black and White: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- Pokémon Black and White Pokédex
- Pokémon Black & Pokémon White Versions: Official National Pokédex
- Pokémon Black 2 and White 2: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- Pokémon Black Version 2 & Pokémon White Version 2: The Official National Pokédex
- Pokémon X & Pokémon Y: The Official Kalos Region Guidebook
- Pokémon X & Pokémon Y: The Official Kalos Region Pokédex & Postgame Adventure Guide
- Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire: The Official Hoenn Region Strategy Guide
- Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire: The Official National Pokédex
- Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon: The Official Strategy Guide
- Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon: The Official Alola Region Pokédex & Postgame Adventure Guide
- Pokémon Ultra Sun & Pokémon Ultra Moon: The Official Alola Region Strategy Guide
- Pokémon Ultra Sun & Pokémon Ultra Moon Edition: The Official National Pokédex
- Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! & Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!: Official Trainer's Guide & Pokédex
- Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield: The Official Galar Region Strategy Guide
- Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield: The Official Galar Region Pokédex
Pokémon Junior is a series of books published in North America by Scholastic, based upon a series of short films featuring Pikachu and many other Pokémon who also appeared on the Pokémon anime. They show different Pokémon for all trainers who look the same as in the anime, though their heads are never shown. Bill Michaels, Gregg Sacon, S. E. Heller, and Tracey West adapted Pokémon children's novels.
Novelizations of short films
The first three theatrical short films, entitled Pikachu: The Movie were dubbed by 4Kids Entertainment and distributed by Nintendo and Kids' WB!. Novelizations of them include:
Novelizations of films
Novelizations of films include:
Pokémon Tales (ポケモンえほん, Pokémon Ehon) is a series of picture books originally published in Japan by Shogakukan. In North AmericaVIZ Media published the books in English.
Books published in English include:
- Charmander Sees A Ghost (おばけをみちゃったヒトカゲくん) (Story: Akihito Toda, Art: Kagemaru Himeno)
- Come Out, Squirtle! (でておいでよゼニガメくん) (Story: Tomoaki Imakuni, Art: Naoyo Kimura)
- Bulbasaur's Trouble (フシギダネこまったね) (Story: Akihito Toda, Art: Benimaru Itoh)
- Pikachu's Day (ピカチュウげんきでちゅう) (Story and art: Toshinao Aoki)
- Psyduck's Tongue Twisters (コダックのはやくちことば) (Story: Hajime Yume, Art: Kagemaru Himeno)
- Where's Clefairy's Voice? (ピッピのくるくるおんぷ) (Also titled "Clefairy's Sing-Along" - Story: Kunimi Kawamura, Art: Kagemaru Himeno)
- Fly On, Butterfree (とべとべバタフリー) (Also titled "Fly, Fly Butterfree" - Story: Toshiko Takashi, Art: Naoyo Kimura)
- Dragonite's Christmas (カイリューのメリー・しーっ) (Story: Junko Wada, Art: Naoyo Kimura)
- Meet Mew (Story: Akihito Toda, Art: Kagemaru Himeno)
- Snorlax's Snack (Story and art: Sumiyoshi Kizuki)
- Jigglypuff's Magic Lullaby (Story: Megumi Hayashibara, Art: Kagemaru Himeno) 
- Lapras Makes A Friend
- Eevee's Weather Report
- Diglett's Birthday Party
- First Prize For Starmie
- Seel To The Rescue
- Mewtwo's Watching You!
- Magnemite's Mission
- Don't Laugh, Charizard!
- Gengar's Shadow
- Togepi's Tears
- A Star For Tauros
- Movie Special: I'm Not Pikachu (Story: Junko Wada, Art: Toshinao Aoki)
- Movie Special Volume 2: Pikachu's Unparalleled Adventure
Both Shogakukan and Viz published Pokémon Gold and Silver Tales storybooks. Books published in English include:
- Detective Chikorita
- Cyndaquil And The Mysterious Hole
- Totodile's One Gulp
- Muddy Pichu
- Wobbuffet Watches Clouds
- Swinub's Nose
- Wake Up, Lugia!
- Look Out, Houndour!
- Corsola's Brave New World
- ^Masako Yamashita; Junko Wada (1999). Pokémon Tales : Charamander Sees A Ghost (Pokémon Tales). VIZ LLC. ISBN .
- ^Naoyo Kimura; Tomoaki Imakuni (2006). Pokémon Tales: Come Out, Squirtle!: Come Out, Squirtle (Pokémon Tales). VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Masako Yamashita; Junko Wada (1999). Pokémon Tales : Come Out Squirtle! (Pokémon Tales). VIZ LLC. ISBN .
- ^Masako Yamashita; Junko Wada (1999). Pokémon Tales : Bulbasaur's Trouble (Pokémon Tales). VIZ LLC. ISBN .
- ^Toshinao Aoki (2006). Pokémon Tales: Pikachu's Day: Pikachu's Day (Pokémon Tales). VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Masako Yamashita; Junko Wada (1999). Pokémon Tales : Pikachu's Day (Pokémon Tales). VIZ LLC. ISBN .
- ^Kagemaru Himeno; Akihito Toda (1999). Pokémon Tales, Volume 5: Psyduck's Tongue (Pokémon Tales). VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Kagemaru Himeno; Akihito Toda (1999). Pokémon Tales, Volume 6: Where's Clefairy's Voice? (Pokémon Tales). VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Masako Yamashita; Junko Wada (1999). Pokémon Tales : Fly On Butterfree (Pokémon Tales). VIZ LLC. ISBN .
- ^Kagemaru Himeno; Akihito Toda (1999). Pokémon Tales, Volume 8: Dragonite's Christmas (Pokémon Tales). VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Kagemaru Himeno; Akihito Toda (2006). Pokémon Tales: Meet Mew!: Meet Mew! (Pokémon). VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Kagemaru Himeno; Akihito Toda (2000). Pokémon Tales, Volume 9: Meet Mew! (Pokémon Tales). VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Kagemaru Himeno; Akihito Toda (2000). Pokémon Tales, Volume 10: Snorlax's Snack (Pokémon Tales). VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Kagemaru Himeno; Megumi Hayashibara (2000). Pokémon Tales, Volume 11: Jigglypuff's Magic Lullaby (Pokémon Tales). VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Toshinao Aoki; Kunimi Kawamura (2007). Pokémon Tales: Lapras Makes a Friend: Lapras Makes a Friend (Pokémon Tales). VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Kagemaru Himeno; Akihito Toda (2000). Pokémon Tales, Volume 12: Lapras Makes A Friend (Pokémon Tales). VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Kagemaru Himeno; Akihito Toda (2000). Pokémon Tales, Volume 13: Eevees Weather Report (Pokémon Tales). VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Junko Wada (2007). Pokémon Tales: Diglett's Birthday Party: Digletts's Birthday Party (Pokémon Tales). VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Akihito Toda (2000). Pokémon Tales, Volume 14: Diglett's Birthday Party (Pokémon Tales) (Board book). VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Kagemaru Himeno; Akihito Toda (2000). First Prize for Starmie: Pokémon Tales 15. VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Kagemaru Himeno; Akihito Toda (2000). Pokémon Tales, Volume 16: Seel To The Rescue (Pokémon Tales). VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Kagemaru Himeno; Akihito Toda (2001). Mewtwo's Watching You!: Pokémon Tales, Vol. 17. VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Kagemaru Himeno; Akihito Toda (2001). Magnemite's Mission: Pokémon Tales, Vol. 18. VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Masako Yamashita; Junko Wada (2001). Don't Laugh, Charizard!: Pokémon Tales, Vol. 19. VIZ LLC. ISBN .
- ^Akihito Toda (2001). Onix Underground (Pokémon Tales 20) (Board book). VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Masako Yamashita; Junko Wada; Hajime Yume; Kagemaru Himeno (2001). Togepi's Tears: Pokémon Tales, Vol. 21. VIZ LLC. ISBN .
- ^Kagemaru Himeno; Akihito Toda; Yukiko Baba (2001). A Star for Tauros: Pokémon Tales, Vol. 22. VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Toshinao Aoki; Junko Wada (1999). I'm Not Pikachu!: Pokémon Tales Movie Special (Pokémon Tales). VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Toshihiro Ono (2000). Pikachu's Unparalleled Adventure: Pokémon Tales Movie Special, Volume 2. VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Sumiyashi Kizuki; Akihito Toda (2002). Pokémon Gold & Silver Tales : Detective Chikorita (Pokémon Gold & Silver Tales). VIZ LLC. ISBN .
- ^Sumiyashi Kizuki; Akihito Toda (2002). Pokémon Gold & Silver Tales : Cyndaquil And The Mysterious Hole (Pokémon Gold & Silver Tales). VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Akihito Toda (2002). Pokémon Gold & Silver Tales: Totodile's One Gulp (Pokémon, Gold & Silver Tales) (Board book). VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Sumiyashi Kizuki; Akihito Toda; Naoyo Kimura (2002). Muddy Pichu: Pokémon Gold and Silver Tales, Vol. 4. VIZ LLC. ISBN .
- ^Sumiyashi Kizuki; Akihito Toda; Yasukazu Arai (2002). Wobbuffet Watches Clouds: Pokémon Gold and Silver Tales, Vol. 5. VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Akihito Toda (2002). Swinub's Nose: Pokémon Gold and Silver Tales, Vol. 6 (Board book). VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Akihito Toda (2002). Wake Up, Lugia!: Pokémon Gold and Silver Tales, Vol. 7 (Board book). VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Sumiyashi Kizuki; Akihito Toda (2002). Pokémon Gold & Silver Tales: Look Out Houndour! (Pokémon Gold & Silver Tales). VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
- ^Sumiyashi Kizuki; Akihito Toda (2002). Pokémon Gold & Silver Tales: Corsola's Brave New World (Pokémon Gold and Silver Tales). VIZ Media LLC. ISBN .
The Official Pokémon Handbook
- Due to technical limitations, The Official Pokémon Handbook #2 and The Official Pokémon Handbook #3 direct here. For pages about those books, see The Official Pokémon Handbook 2 and The Official Pokémon Handbook 3.
The Official Pokémon Handbook by Maria S. Barbo is a handbook that was published by Scholastic in July 1999, advertised as "your complete companion to all 150 Pokémon characters!" to serve as a rudimentary, paper version of a Pokédex. Despite this, and like many printed Pokémon books, it has multiple errors and misprints. Its first two versions contain entries for each of the original 150 Generation I Pokémon. The Deluxe Collector's Edition, published on November 1, 1999, features extra content and individual entries for Mew and Togepi.
The entries for the Pokémon are structured in an easy-to-read page setup. Each Pokémon has either an entire page to itself or shares a page with another member of its evolutionary family.
Each entry is topped with a large box containing the Pokémon's name and National Pokédex number. The color of the box reflects the featured Pokémon's type.
Stock artwork of each Pokémon is the main focus of its entry page. Underneath the picture is a short description about the Pokémon that is similar to a Pokédex entry. Occasionally, a page will also contain a "Pokédex Pick," which is additional information about the Pokémon, often an anecdote about the Pokémon's appearance in the anime.
The sidebar of each entry contains the following stats:
- Height (in inches)
- Weight (in pounds)
- Techniques (moves the Pokémon will already know)
- Other Techniques (moves the Pokémon will learn as it levels up)
- Good Against (lists what type advantages it has over other Pokémon)
- Bad Against (type disadvantages against other Pokémon)
- Evolution (Normal, Stone, Trade, or None)
- Evolves at Level: __
Levels are not given for when Pokémon will learn techniques, although they are listed in the order in which they are learned. Moves that can be learned from TMs are not listed.
At the very bottom of the entry there are evolution chains to show the Pokémon's evolutionary family. Pokémon that do not evolve or have not yet been revealed to evolve do not show an evolution chain.
The book has an introductory chapter titled "A Word From Professor Oak". The chapter describes the premise of the handbook and the Pokémon world in general (this information is largely influenced by anime canon). It also contains a preface called The Pokémon Journey, an illustrated map of the Kanto region, and another preface, Battle Basics, as well as a How to use this book diagram.
At the end of the book, there is a list of Top 10 Ways to Care for your Pokémon, Secrets of the Gym Leaders, Meet the Elite Four, some FAQs, information about Togepi, a sneak peek of Generation II Pokémon, and a checklist for catching all the Generation I Pokémon and Togepi. The Deluxe Collector's Edition also has information on characters from the anime.
It's the video game, TV cartoon, and collectible toys that have the whole world going Pokémon crazy. If you're caught up in the whole Pokémon phenomenon, you gotta, gotta, gotta get the inside guide to each and every one of these megapopular pocket pals.
- THEY'RE ALL HERE!—From Pikachu to Pidgeotto, Squirtle to Snorlax, Charmander to Caterpie.
- COMPLETE WITH EVERY STAT—Who they'll blow away in battle, their techniques, evolutionary style, and more.
- SECRET FACTS—Did you know that the swirl on Poliwag's stomach changes direction when it evolves into Poliwhirl? Lots more inside info!
- TRAINING TIPS—let a weaker Pokémon start a battle and then switch to another before it gets hurt. This is a quick way to build up a Pokémon's experiencelevel.
It's everything you need to become the coolest Pokémon trainer, or the world's greatest Pokémon master!
Deluxe Collector's Edition
If you want to be a Pokémon trainer, you gotta get the DELUXE Collector's guide to all151megapopular pocket pals, plus Togepi. Check out what's inside!
- NEW POKÉMON!The baby Togepi and the super-rare, super-powerful Mew.
- BONUS POKÉMON POSTER!Starring all 151 Pokémon, plus Togepi.
- How to join thePOKÉMON LEAGUE.
- The scoop on all eightGYM LEADERS.
- All you ever wanted to know aboutPOKÉMON TRAINERSAsh, Misty, Brock, Team Rocket, and more!
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO BECOME THE WORLD'S GREATEST POKÉMON MASTER!
- Venusaur's entry lists its "element" as Grass/Poison, but also lists its element as "Seed", which should refer to category, not its type.
- In Beedrill's entry, Psychic is misspelled "Pychic".
- Pikachu's entry states that the whole species naturally dislikes being held inside Poké Balls, but this should refer only to Ash's Pikachu.
- Raichu's entry lists its "evolution" as normal despite requiring a Thunder Stone. In the book, "normal" evolutions occur from leveling up.
- Meowth's entry says it is the only species that can talk to humans, but only one known Meowth can do so and only because he taught himself. Furthermore, many other Pokémon are capable of speech, telepathically or otherwise.
- Lickitung's entry mistakes the effects of Wrap with Supersonic and vice versa.
- Koffing's page notes that James said Koffing "smells like old sneakers soaked in stinkbug juice mixed with some rotten eggs and dead fish with just a touch of skunk fumes!", but he was referring to Gloom in the episode Pokémon Scent-sation!.
- In the first edition and early printings of the second, Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan's entries state that they do not evolve, yet both contain an evolution chain graphic suggesting that the former evolves into the latter. Later printings and the Deluxe Collector's Edition fix this.
- On Hitmonchan's page, its right arm is the same color as its "clothes."
- Mew's page says "Techniques: NONE" even though it Learns Pound at level 1, nor is Pound listed in Mew's other techniques.
- The Gym Leader section mistakes Misty as Celadon City's Gym leader and Erika as Cerulean City's.
- In the Deluxe Collector's Edition, Ash's profile lists both Pidgeot and Lapras as being in his party despite the fact that by the time Ash caught Lapras, Pidgeot had already left the team and should therefore have been on the list of the other Pokémon he used to own.
- In the Deluxe Collector's Edition, Sabrina's profile states that "a very goofy Gengar taught her to smile" instead of Haunter.
- The moves Flamethrower and Thunderbolt do not appear in the first edition.
- In the Deluxe Collector's Edition, the index lists Togepi on page 133, but it is actually on page 155.
- The back cover asks "Did you know that the swirls on Poliwhirl's stomach changes direction when it evolves into Poliwag?" It is actually the opposite.
- On the back of the Deluxe Collector's Edition, it says All you ever wanted to know about Pokémon Trainers Ash, Misty, Brock, Team Rocket, and more! However, Team Rocket is a villainous team, not a Pokémon Trainer. However, this may be referring collectively to Jessie and James.
In other languages
The Original Pokédex: The Original Pokémon Go Version
The ultimate Pokémon Go Pokémon list.
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Find the rarest Pokémon and compete with your friends. Get the strongest Pokémon for defending and attacking gyms. Learn all about the stats of the wild Pokémon you find all over the Pokémon Go world. Also, know the strongest attacks your Pokémon can have andThe ultimate Pokémon Go Pokémon list.
This is an extensive list of all the Pokémon in the popular Pokémon Go app.
Find the rarest Pokémon and compete with your friends. Get the strongest Pokémon for defending and attacking gyms. Learn all about the stats of the wild Pokémon you find all over the Pokémon Go world. Also, know the strongest attacks your Pokémon can have and all the best combinations in order to become the strongest Pokémon trainer among your friends....more
Published September 12th 2016 by Aaren Chabot, Graham Chabot
Pokedex book original
Written by Dr Lava •April 15, 2021
In April 1996, an official Pokemon book was published in Japan, titled ポケットモンスター図鑑, which translates into English as An Illustrated Book of Pocket Monsters. A less literal translation is simply Pokédex, so that’s how the book will be referred to throughout the rest of this article. Pokédex was co-published by Famitsu together with Creatures, the company who essentially co-owns the Pokemon brand together with Nintendo and Game Freak.
The book contains an exclusive 8 page interview with Satoshi Tajiri, Ken Sugimori, and pretty much every Game Freak developer who worked on Generation 1. In other words, Pokédex is as official as it gets — and it contains over 140 pages of development history, Kanto lore, and original artwork.
47 pages in Pokédex are quite literally a Pokédex — and a completely unique one at that, with 150 entries never seen anywhere else in the series. Together with Did You Know Gaming, I hired Nob Ogasawara (the official translator of the first 26 Pokemon games) to translate this entire Pokedex, including thirteen diagrams peppered all throughout.
While most of the book’s artwork was made by Ken Sugimori, this set of artwork was made by Benimaru Itoh. Itoh worked for Nintendo during the early and mid-90’s, then went to work for Creatures in the late 90’s. He made artwork for the Pokemon TCG — most notably the Mewtwo card pictured below — and he was the chief 3D modeler for Pokemon Stadium and Pokemon Snap. He also worked on Hey You Pikachu, Pokemon Channel, and drew the comics for Super Metroid, Star Fox, and Mother 2.
These 13 diagrams are the first (and smallest) section I’ll be posting from Pokédex, and the other sections I’ll be posting on my Patreon in the future will cover a lot more material (the page you’re reading now is only for Patreon supporters). In this article I’ll add some additional commentary to some of these diagrams. As always, thanks so much for y’all’s support, which funds these kinds of projects.
All 13 diagrams were scanned in super high-resolution by my friend HiResPokemon and cleaned up in Photoshop by me (check him out for more rare Pokemon art). You can click any image to enlarge and zoom in. Okay so without further adieu, here are enhancements and translations of all 13 diagrams.
Translation: “When cornered, Horsea spit black ink and flee.”
To be honest these first two aren’t particularly exciting, so let’s go ahead and cover these first so we can get to the more interesting ones, like how Gengar murders people.
Translation: “A Geodude hides among rocks (camouflage).”
Translation: “They may appear out of darkness to rob people of their lives.”
So Gengar’s a murderer apparently. Makes sense. Gengar’s Pokédex entry in Silver hints at its murderous tendencies, but it was vague enough that it could’ve been interpreted as attacking a Pokemon, rather than murdering a human: “To steal the life of its target, it slips into the prey’s shadow and silently waits for an opportunity.” Other Pokemon have some pretty weird in-game Pokédex entries, like Hypno’s in FireRed that says: “It carries a pendulum-like device. There once was an incident in which it took away a child it hypnotized.” But probably the darkest entry is Drifloon’s in the Sun Pokédex, which tells us: “Stories go that it grabs the hands of small children and drags them away to the afterlife. It dislikes heavy children.”
Translation: “Arbok have different belly markings.”
This one sort of awkwardly has the text way off on the side, so I’ll also include the Photoshopped zoom-in version without the text.
Arbok’s Pokedex entry in Red & Blue says “It is rumored that the ferocious warning markings on its belly differ from area to area.” And its entry in Yellow is even more specific, telling us that “The frightening patterns on its belly have been studied. Six variations have been confirmed.”
However, only two distinct patterns have appeared in the games — one pattern in Gen 1, another in Gen 2, then future games just recycled those two designs. More color was added over time as advancing technologies allowed, but these are essentially the same two hood variations… or “belly markings,” as they’re referred to in Pokédex.
Ken Sugimori’s official artwork shows the same two designs, both created during Gen 1. So it seems Game Freak originally planned to have lots more Arbok variants, but scrapped the idea after Gen 2. However, there have been some additional patterns that appeared elsewhere.
Interestingly, the same three Arbok belly patterns found in this 1996 Pokedex book were also included in a 1997 issue of the Pokemon Adventures manga. In the manga, Arbok can switch between the patterns at will, and each one has a special strength, like boosted speed and attack stats. Presumably these designs were lifted directed from this Benimaru Itoh’s 1996 artwork.
The Team Rocket expansion of the TCG released in late 1997, including a Dark Arbok card with a unique hood design never seen anywhere else. Also printed in 1997, the (non-canon) 4Koma comic collection included a few more unique designs. As you can see, there’s a wide variety of Arbok belly patterns… but for some reason, Game Freak only wanted to use two of them in the mainline series. And nowadays they mostly just stick to its original design, the original one that first appeared in Pokemon Red & Green.
Translation: “Snorlax stay awake only while eating.”
Snorlax is based on Gen 1’s planner Koji Nishino. Snorlax’s Japanese name is Kabigon, which was also Nishino’s nickname during development. “Kabi” means “mold,” and Nishino had a reputation for eating pretty much anything he could find around the office… including food that had gone moldy.
Translation: “Three Jigglypuff sing as a chorus. They induce triple the drowsiness.”
Just like Arbok, Jigglypuff’s diagram is sort of awkwardly wide as well, so here’s a Photoshopped zoomed-in version.
Translation: “Experiment 1: Let’s measure Pikachu’s voltage!”
What a bizarre image. The in-game Pokedex never specifies what Pikachu’s maximum voltage is, but it does say that Raichu “can reach even 100,000 volts.” Interestingly, Pokemon Stadium’s dex entry says 10,000 volts, but that was actually a mistranslation — the Pokedex has always said 100,000 volts ever since the original Japanese releases of Red & Green.
Translation: “Experiment 2: Can a Drowzee hypnotize itself?”
Translation: “A see-through anatomical model of Poliwhirl (property of Prof. Oak).”
Yikes, so it seems Professor Oak’s been dissecting frog Pokemon in his laboratory. This diagram shows us where Poliwhirl’s mouth is located, in case if there was ever any doubt. Perhaps more interestingly though is that Poliwhirl only has three toes — and the fact that it has individual toes at all, which you never see in-game.
Poliwhirl’s sprites and artwork over the years have been pretty inconsistent. Sometimes it has four fingers on each hand, and sometimes it has a thumb and one large hand lump. This suggests that Poliwhirl wears gloves, and he switched from wearing finger gloves to mittens… for some reason. This Pokédex book actually shows five fingers on each hand.
Back in the 90’s, Pokemon designs weren’t as consistent as they are today. The designers didn’t use reference sheets, and as a result, lots of Pokemon looked different in some places than they did in others. In a 2018 interview (translated here), Ken Sugimori said “We started doing the illustrations around the time of Ruby & Sapphire. Before then, whenever we were asked about, say, how a Pokemon’s back looks for the anime or a toy, we didn’t have any reference except the sprites, so it was difficult to answer.” As you can see from the above examples, lots of designs changed even within the same generation — and oftentimes changed right back to the original, though not always.
Translation: “If the two heads of a Doduo fight, it becomes unable to move.”
An oft-forgotten Pokédex entry from Yellow says “Its short wings make flying difficult,” while Red elaborates with “A bird that makes up for its poor flying with its fast foot speed.” So apparently Doduo canonically does have wings, we just never get a chance to see them.
Translation: “Lapras love to swim with people riding on their back.”
According to Ken Sugimori, Lapras was one of the first Pokemon ever designed — in fact, it was created specifically to carry people on its back across the water. In a July 2000 interview (translated here), Sugimori was asked who were the first Pokemon ever created. He replied: “Rhydon, Clefairy, Lapras, etc. Our original idea was for Pokemon to live alongside humans and assist them in useful ways. So the earliest Pokemon had well-defined functions — like ferrying people across the sea or carrying things. I also created Pokemon like Clefairy who were basically cute pets.”
Here’s some early concept art of Lapras from that time period, scanned by preservationist HiResPokemon. You can see Lapras’ early design had some minor differences compared to its final design — the horn was on its snout rather than its forehead, it didn’t have eears, overall it was just a bit more dinosaur-like.
Translation: “Kabutops made prey of larger creatures.”
Here’s another zoom-in. This diagram’s caption says “made prey” (past tense) because what’s being depicted is two million years ago. Kabutops’ Pokedex entry in this book says in part: “The one and only Kabutops fossil was discovered six years ago in a soil horizon approximately two million years old. They are therefore considered the oldest of all Pokemon.”
Translation: “A Slowpoke bitten by a Shellder (envisioned).”
Those are some pretty strange Shellders on Slowpoke’s tail… but then again, the creature that attaches itself to Slowpoke never looked much like a Shellder to begin with.
Gold & Silver’s 1997 demo included a Pokemon who, as opposed to Shellder, much more closely resembled that creature. It ended up getting cut from Gen 2. It’s very possible it was also planned for Gen 1 at some point — but that’s just speculation on my part, and hasn’t been proven in any leaks or developer interviews. But it seems very possible that was the case, and the creature on Slowpoke’s tail was just retconned as Shellder later in development.
Honestly, that makes a lot more sense than that thing being a Shellder. They really don’t look alike whatsoever. What’s more, the in-game Pokédex says Slowbro is 5’03”, while Shellder is only 1’0″… so the sizes don’t even match up. But like I said, the idea that this Lost Pokemon was cut from Gen 1 is just my personal theory, so take it with a grain of salt.
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Read More Pokemon Translations:
• Interview: Tajiri and Ishihara discuss Game Freak before Pokemon
• Developer Blog: Pokemon Anime Was Written Under the Influence
• Interview: How Game Freak Creates Pokemon
Videos About Pokemon History:
• Translation: Sugimori Explains Gen 5 Beta Pokemon
• Cut Content: Gen 4 and 5’s Scrapped Lock Capsule Event
• Cut Content: Gen 4’s Internal Data and Cut Content
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