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Pokémon Essential Handbook

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Pokémon Essential Handbook
Pokémon Essential Handbook Cover.jpg
ISBN: 978-0545427715
Published: August 1, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic logo.png
Author: Chris Silvestri
Preceded By: Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version Handbook
Succeeded By: N/A

The Pokémon Essential Handbook by Cris Silvestri (ISBN 978-0545427715) is an edition of The Official Pokémon Handbook series that was published by Scholastic on August 1, 2012. It serves as a paper form of the National Pokédex for all 646 Pokémon known at the time in alphabetical order. It is 366 pages long.

Entries

The entries for each Pokémon are in an easy-to-read page setup. Each Pokémon has either an entire page to itself, or shares a page with one of its evolutions, or another Pokémon.

Name

Each entry is topped with a large, trapezoidal bar colored orange, purple, red, blue, or green. Like the handbook's predecessor, Pokémon Ultimate Handbook, these bars have both the Pokémon's name and species name inside. However, unlike the Ultimate Handbook, the color of the bars depends on the first letter of the Pokémon's name instead of its type, preferring to group Pokémon by name.

Stats

Each Pokémon has the following stats below its name:

  1. Pronunciation
  2. Possible Moves (moves the Pokémon will learn by leveling up)
  3. Type
  4. Height and weight
  5. Region it was first discovered in (either Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, or Unova)

Image and other information

Each Pokémon has an anime-style picture on its page with "flavor text" under its name. A legendary Pokémon's page is noted with the words "Legendary" or "Mythical" around its picture.

Evolution chain

At the very bottom of a Pokémon's entry is a diagram of its evolutionary family. Pokémon that do not evolve do not have an evolution chain. A Pokémon that is on one side of a branched evolution will show itself, and the Pokémon it evolved from, but not the other side of the branch.

Errors

  • Dragonair's height is listed as 31'01" instead of 13'01".
  • Dusknoir's region is listed as Hoenn instead of Sinnoh.
  • Giratina's Origin Forme is listed as 14'09" (like its Altered Forme) instead of 22'08".


Game guides: Official Pokémon TCG Perfect GuidePokémon Card GB Final Tactical BookPokémon Card GB Official Guidebook

Pokémon Card GB2 Official GuidebookPokémon Trainer's Survival GuidePokémon Trainer's Guide

Anime guides: All Movies Perfect GuideAmazing Pokémon GuidebookElement Pokédex series
Extreme Pokémon: The Guide for the Ultimate FanPokémon: Greatest BattlesPokémon Hall of Fame
Pokémon: Sinnoh Hall of FamePokémon Top 10 HandbookPokémon Visual Guide
Cross-media guides: Beckett Unofficial Guide To Pokémon Diamond & PearlThe Complete Pokémon Pocket Guide
Legendary Pokémon: The Essential Guide - Sinnoh Edition
The Official Pokémon Handbook (234KantoJohtoSinnohUltimateBlack/WhiteEssential)
Official Pokémon PokédexPokémon Annual


Project Merchandise logo.png This book article is part of Project Merchandise, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on all Pokémon toys, dolls, books, and collectible merchandise.