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The PokÚdex is similar in function to a personal digital assistant, designed to catalogue and provide information regarding the various species of PokÚmon. The device itself takes on a new appearance with each generation of PokÚmon games, often with more advanced features compared to previous versions. For example, later versions of the PokÚdex have been able to sort the list of PokÚmon based on internal numbering or alphabetical order. However, all PokÚdexes have the ability to sort the list of PokÚmon based on a National PokÚdex numbering, as well as the numbering for their own region.
In the PokÚmon continuity, the PokÚdex was invented by Professor Samuel Oak ("Ookido Yukinari-hakase/Dr. Yukinari Ookido" (Japan)), a respected professor in the science of PokÚmon. However, the information provided therein is often provided by other sources.
In the video games
In the video games, a PokÚmon Trainer is issued a blank device at the start of their journey. A trainer must then attempt to fill the PokÚdex by encountering the various different species of PokÚmon. A player will receive the name and image of a PokÚmon after encountering one that was not previously in the PokÚdex. More detailed information is typically available after the player obtains a member of the species, either through capturing PokÚmon, evolving PokÚmon, or through a trade. This detailed information includes height, weight, species type, and a short description of the PokÚmon. A player is considered a "PokÚmon Master" once the latter is completed - that is, if the player has, at some point, had at least one of each species of PokÚmon in their possession.
In the anime
Within the PokÚmon anime, unlike the games, the PokÚdex does not start blank and fill after encountering and catching PokÚmon. Instead, the PokÚdex acts as a portable reference tool, able to give information about a certain species of PokÚmon even if a trainer has not seen or caught it. The PokÚdex also acts as a form of identification, allowing trainers to partake in the various PokÚmon League competitions. Unlike the PokÚdex of the video games or the merchandise based on the video games, the PokÚdex in the anime has a color screen, a statement to the color capabilities of the Nintendo Game Boy.
A PokÚdex in the anime also appears to have either a speech synthesizer or a method to play prerecorded sound. In the English version, Ash Ketchum, the main character of the anime, sometimes refers to his PokÚdex as Dexter, or, in the Advanced Generation series of episodes, Dextette. In the Japanese version, Zukan doesn't have a nickname, it is simply called "Zukan".
The Zukan is voiced by Shinichiro Miki in the original and the PokÚdex is the voiced by Eric Stuart in the English version, and the Advanced Generation the Zukan is voiced by Megumi Hayashibara in the original and the Advanced Generation PokÚdex is voiced by Rachael Lillis in the English version.
Because of the popularity of PokÚmon, among some of the pieces of PokÚmon merchandise is a toy PokÚdex, similar to the ones found in the video games or anime.
The first model of PokÚdex, corresponding to the PokÚdex found in the first generation of PokÚmon games, was manufactured by Hasbro in 1999. It was a correct scale device which included a small 1-bit LCD screen and contained information on 150 PokÚmon. The device allowed for password protection and featured a small keyboard to allow users to input information about their favourites or species they captured.
In 2004 Hasbro on the likely request of Nintendo will offer an updated PokÚdex which features the 386 species of PokÚmon that exist in the third generation. This device will feature multiple advancements along with a 2-bit greyscale screen with a higher resolution. The device already released in Japan is expected to appear during the Autumn of 2004 in time for the December holiday season.
- List of PokÚmon by National PokÚdex number
- List of PokÚmon by Johto PokÚdex
- List of PokÚmon by Hoenn PokÚdex number
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