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The Pokémon Watch (Japanese: ポケモンウォッチ Pokémon Watch), or Pokétch (Japanese: ポケッチ Pokétch) for short, is a personal tool manufactured by the Pokétch Company for Trainers from Sinnoh, in the form of a watch with a touch screen. In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, the player obtains it in Jubilife City after obtaining three Coupons from Clowns. Similar devices are the Pokégear, the PokéNav, and the C-Gear.
The Pokétch's functionality comes from the applications, or Pokétch apps, that are installed in it, making it extensible. The Pokétch Company, as well as independent developers, periodically create new apps. The user scrolls through a Pokétch's apps by tapping a button on the side of its screen.
In Diamond and Pearl, there are 25 available apps, four of which are included with the Pokétch. The rest are not available at the start but can be received at a later time, and a few must be obtained by showing a certain species of Pokémon to another character. Listed in each section below is the in-game description of its app, followed by its in-game location and further information about it. In Platinum, the apps are ordered in the same order as they are on the Pokétch in Diamond and Pearl.
"The Digital Watch displays the current time. Don't be late for meetings with your friends!"
Included in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum with the Pokétch. As its most basic feature, the Pokétch will digitally display the time of day, much like the Pokégear of Johto had, only this time running in 24-hour format, instead of 12-hour AM/PM format. It runs off the Nintendo DS's internal clock, and through this, can keep track of the date of a Pokémon's capture as well as the time of day. There is also an analog clock app, which unlike its digital version is not available from the beginning.
When the screen is touched, it brightens slightly.
"The Calculator can handle up to ten digits. It's perfect for figuring out math questions that might pop up."
Included in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum with the Pokétch. It is a basic calculator, with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division apps usable. When an answer is displayed, if the player has a Pokémon whose Sinnoh Pokédex number matches the answer rounded down to the whole number below it, the calculator will play that Pokémon's cry. Once the National Pokédex has been obtained, it will instead use those numberings.
The Hearthome Gym in Diamond and Pearl asks the player basic math questions to figure out the proper path to the Gym Leader. Getting them wrong results in Trainer battles; most of them wonder why the player didn't just use the Calculator App to get the right answer.
If the calculator attempts to display an answer that is above ten digits, or one that is invalid (like a dividing by 0 error), it will show question marks.
"The Memo Pad is useful for jotting down a note, or just doodling. There's an eraser, too, just in case you make a mistake."
Obtained in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum from the president of the Pokétch Company after obtaining the Coal Badge. It is a notepad for Trainers to use while out in the field to draw or write (e.g., to jot down notes on the area or on which Pokémon to get to beat the next Gym), however the memo is erased if the application is changed or the game is turned off.
"The Pedometer keeps a count of the number of steps traveled. It automatically counts steps. Touch the button to reset it."
Included in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum with the Pokétch. It is most useful for out-of-battle poison damage, Egg hatching, Amity Square items fetching, battling with the Vs. Seeker, and Great Marsh excursions. It is also instrumental in accessing the Surf glitch. When the counter reaches 99,999, it simply rolls back to 0.
"The Pokémon List indicates the statuses of your team's Pokémon. Touch them to hear their cries. Their HP bar is also displayed."
Included in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum with the Pokétch. Displays the icons of the Pokémon in the Trainer's current party. Also indicates their HP level and whether or not they are holding an item. Touching the screen resets and updates the display. Note that if a Pokémon is inflicted with a status condition, it has a different cry, and is shown as a gray silhouette.
"The Friendship Checker indicates how friendly your Pokémon are to you. Touch the screen. The Pokémon that like you will come closer."
Obtained in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum from a woman in Eterna City's Pokémon Center once Team Galactic has been defeated in their building. Displays the icons of Pokémon in the Trainer's party milling about. Touching and holding on a Pokémon will play its cry and display zero, one, or two large or small hearts around it corresponding to its friendship. If a Pokémon is at maximum friendship, it will have 2 giant hearts, whereas if it is not friendly with the user, it will move away from the point where the Nintendo DS screen is being touched.
Double-tapping makes all the Pokémon displayed jump.
Friendship Checker app in the anime
"The Dowsing Machine searches for hidden or obscured items. Touch the radar screen. If there is an item nearby, it will respond."
Obtained in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum from Dawn/Lucas upon arriving at the Route 207 entrance to Mt. Coronet (Platinum), or near the Route 206 junction (Diamond and Pearl). Similar to the Itemfinder and Dowsing Machine, it displays a radar field divided into four quadrants corresponding to northwest, southwest, etc. Touching the field sends out a "ping", and if a hidden item is near where it was touched, a ping will repeatedly show or a dot will blink, indicating where it is relative to the user. The user must then position themselves to be beside the hidden spot (not directly on top of it), then face the item and press "A". When done properly, the player will find the item.
"The Berry Searcher is a map that shows the locations of Berries. It indicates the presence of Berries in areas you have already visited."
Obtained in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum from a girl in the Berry Master's house in Route 208 after answering "yes" to her question. Displays a basic Sinnoh map similar to the Marking Map's showing where mature Berry trees are located in areas already visited. Touching the screen resets and updates the display.
Day Care Checker
"The Day-Care Checker shows the Pokémon you have in the Day Care."
Obtained in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum from a man in Solaceon Town's Day Care. A result of a collaboration between the Day Care and the Pokétch Company, this app allows Trainers to see the levels, genders, and species of the Pokémon (up to two) located in Solaceon Town's Day Care, and will show whether or not an Egg has yet been produced. This is unlike previous generations' games, where Trainers attempting to breed two Pokémon would need to stay near a Day Care to make sure that they got an Egg as soon as it was ready.
"The Pokémon History keeps track of the Pokémon you have obtained. It shows the last kind of Pokémon you obtained."
Obtained in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum from a resident of Solaceon Town. Displays icons of the twelve most recent Pokémon captured, evolved, hatched, or traded into the game. Touching an icon plays the Pokémon's cry.
"The Counter is used for counting things one at a time. Touch the button and count whatever needs counting."
Obtained in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum from the Veilstone Department Store at the counter on the second floor. Counts anything players choose to; upon press of the button on the bottom screen, the number goes up by one. It resets when the player switches Pokétch apps or turns off the game.
"The Analog Watch displays the current time. The short hand indicates the hour, and the long hand shows the minute!"
Obtained in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum from a resident of Celestic Town. It is an alternative to the digital watch, with the same touch-light feature.
"The Marking Map lets you mark intriguing locations. Drag marks to places on the map that you want to remember."
Obtained in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum from the president of the Pokétch Company after obtaining three Gym Badges. Not to be confused with the more in-depth Town Map, it displays a basic Sinnoh map similar to the Berry Searcher's and allows players to drag and drop different markings (●, ▲, ■, ♥, ★ and ♦) on the map. It also displays the current locations of the two Pokémon that travel around Sinnoh, Cresselia and Mesprit. In Platinum, the legendary birds can also be seen after they begin roaming.
"The Link Searcher searches for players on wireless communications. Touch the screen to get a list of people using wireless communications."
Obtained in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum from the president of the Pokétch Company after obtaining five Gym Badges. Once touched, it lists the number of Pokémon games nearby participating in DS Wireless Communications, such as in Union Room, Underground, Colosseum, and other links. A wireless signal icon is also displayed in the upper-right corner of the screen. While active, until the menu is opened, the player moves, or something is talked to, DS Wireless Communications are enabled and so the DS's battery drains somewhat faster. The Link Searcher can only be used while standing still. Moving will cause the Wireless Communications to end.
It is very similar to the C-Gear.
"The Coin Toss flips a coin that comes up heads or tails. If you can't choose between two choices, a coin toss might be handy."
Obtained in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum from a guest in one of Hotel Grand Lake's suites at Valor Lakefront.
"The Move Tester checks how effective moves are by type. Switch the attacker and defender types to see what is effective."
Obtained in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum from the president of the Pokétch Company after obtaining the Icicle Badge. Allows the user to simulate a type's effectiveness in battle by choosing the type of the attack and the type(s) of the target Pokémon, and displays whether the attack is super effective, regularly effective, not very effective, or ineffective against an opponent and a number of exclamation marks corresponding to the damage's multiplier - three being "regularly effective", and each additional or missing mark corresponding to a factor of two.
"Use the monthly Calendar to make a note of important dates. Touch any date to change its color. Touch it again to change it back."
Obtained in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum from a Pokétch developer by Pokémon Rock in Sunyshore City after showing to him a Pokémon with a serious nature (Rock Climb is required).
"The Dot Artist lets you draw pictures in a mosaic style. Touching the same dot makes its color turn darker."
Obtained in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum from a Pokétch developer by Pokémon Rock in Sunyshore City after showing to him a Pokémon with a naïve nature (Rock Climb is required). A different type of drawing pad, this one allows the player to change the shades of the screen's large pixels by touch. There are four different shades each square can be. Upon reception, it contains the text "Touch!". Unlike the Drawing Pad, the image on the Dot Artist is maintained even if one switches Apps, leaves an area, or turns off the power.
"The Roulette features a wheel that can be written on. Draw numbers, items, or whatever on the wheel and give it a spin!"
Obtained in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum from a Pokétch developer in Sunyshore City after showing to him a Pokémon with a quirky nature (Rock Climb is required). Alongside the blank roulette wheel, on which choices may be drawn, are a spin button, stop button, and reset button.
"The Trainer Counter tracks the performance of the Poké Radar. It shows how often you have met the same kind of Pokémon in a row."
Obtained in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum from Professor Oak upon entering Pal Park. Lists the icons of the top three Pokémon met in a row using the Poké Radar. Touching an icon plays its cry.
If one is currently using the Poké Radar for chaining Pokémon, the area at the top will display the current chain.
"The Kitchen Timer can count down from up to 99 minutes, but not precisely. Set the time with the center button, then start the countdown."
Obtained in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum from a girl in Pal Park's lobby after showing a Snorlax to her. Timer with an alarm. Pauses when the DS is closed.
The Kitchen Timer app on Dawn's Pokétch
"The Color Changer changes the Pokétch's display color. Slide the switch to select one of eight colors."
Obtained in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum from a girl in Pal Park's lobby after receiving the Kitchen Timer, then returning and showing a Kecleon to her. Changes background LCD color of the Pokétch from the basic green to yellow, orange, red, purple, blue, turquoise, or white.
"The Matchup Checker tests the attraction between Pokémon. The greater the number of hearts, the better likelihood of Eggs."
Obtained in Diamond and Pearl from a Nintendo event. The only distribution occurred during the release of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl in the United States at Pokémon Center stores in Japan. Obtained in Platinum by the entrance of the Great Marsh after catching five Pokémon in a Safari Game. Checks breeding compatibility of party Pokémon.
"The Stopwatch is used for measuring time precisely. How quickly can you zip through the Cycling Road?"
Obtained in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum from a Nintendo event. However, it has not yet been distributed anywhere. Reverse of the kitchen timer, counts up instead of down.
"The Alarm Clock can be set to sound every 24 hours. Set the alarm time with the lower button. The top button turns it on."
Obtained in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum from a Nintendo event. However, it has not yet been distributed anywhere. Sets an alarm to ring at a certain time. The alarm will ring for the entire minute unless it is switched off or another app is open.
The latest model of Pokétch
The Pokétch has been redesigned in Pokémon Platinum. It has two buttons now; the bottom one has the same function as the single button found in Diamond and Pearl has. The top one is a button to cycle backwards through the various apps.
The Pokétch Company in the anime
The Pokétch Company (Japanese: ポケッチカンパニー Pokétch Company) is a Jubilife City-based, family-owned company, and the manufacturer of the Pokétch. It is relatively small, unlike Silph Co. or the Devon Corporation, and actually started as a hobby of the owner, who made what he liked before the business grew to its present state. The company's motto is:
In the anime
The Pokétch debuted in the anime in Not on MY Watch Ya Don't!, the episode in which Dawn receives her Pokétch. Since then, Dawn has used her Pokétch many times throughout her journey with Ash and Brock. Zoey and Barry have also been shown to own Pokétches.
Barry's Pokétch in the anime
- Officially, as stated by the owner of the Pokétch Company, there are two models of the Pokétch: a blue one for boys and a pink one for girls. However, the official art and sprites of Barry show him wearing an orange Pokétch. His anime and manga counterparts also wear the orange Pokétch in its Platinum design. Zoey, on the other hand, has a Diamond and Pearl one the same color as her shirt.
- The color of his Pokémon Adventures counterpart's Pokétch is explained, however. Professor Rowan asked the Pokétch Company Chairman to produce an orange one so that the three Pokétches wouldn't get mixed up by Platinum and her bodyguards who were originally going to receive the Pokédexes and Pokétches instead of Diamond and Pearl.
- For Not on MY Watch Ya Don't, Professor Oak's lecture is about the Pokétch. He writes this Pokémon senryū about it: ポケッチに まだまだふえる アプリかな Pokétchi ni, madamada fueru, apuri kana "For the Pokétch, an ever-growing Application."
- The father of the company's President remarks on the Pokétch: "Pokémon Watch! That's Pokétch for short. Say it the long way and... What does Pokémon stand for again?" This is the first time that the fact that Pokémon is short for Pocket Monsters is referenced in the English translation. Essentially, this would also mean that the real, long way to say "Pokétch" would be to say Pocket Monster Watch, which the Japanese games themselves explicitly state.
- The games show the Pokétch with a traditional LCD, reminiscent of the Game Boy, while the anime switches between an LCD display and a full-color LED display.
- In function, a very close real-life analog to the Pokétch is the Timex Datalink USB watch, more accurately described as a programmable wrist computer, used by astronauts and cosmonauts in space.
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