Pokédex 3D

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Pokédex 3D
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Basic info
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Category: Utility
Players: Single
Connectivity: SpotPass, local wireless
Developer: Creatures, Inc.
Publisher: Nintendo
Part of: Generation V side series
ESRB: Not rated
Release dates
Japan: June 17, 2011
North America: June 6, 2011
Australia: June 7, 2011
Europe: June 7, 2011
South Korea: N/A
Hong Kong: N/A
Taiwan: N/A
Japanese: Minisite
English: Minisite
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Pokédex 3D (Japanese: ポケモン立体図鑑BW Pokémon 3D Picture Book BW) is a free Nintendo 3DS app available from the eShop. The app is a Unova Pokédex, featuring 153 Pokémon from Pokémon Black and White. Once downloaded, players are able to view the data of 16 different Pokémon; more can be unlocked through three different methods: three random Pokémon per day via SpotPass; trading information with others; and in some cases scanning AR codes, likely to be distributed online and at events.


  • The Pokédex allows players to view 3D renderings of each Pokémon, and rotate them 360 degrees in any direction. These renderings can be used with the 3DS's built-in camera and Augmented Reality to place Pokémon in real world environments. Each Pokémon model also has a corresponding animation.
  • Each Pokémon (and form) has its own individual Augmented Reality (AR) card, a grid of black and white blocks, which becomes an image of a Poké Ball and the Pokémon model in the Augmented Reality.
  • The Pokédex has an advanced search feature, and players can add Pokémon to a favorites list.
  • Basic Pokédex functions are also available, including Pokémon stats, height, weight, and evolution data; as well as viewing movesets and egg groups, features not seen in-game since Earl's Pokémon Academy in Pokémon Stadium 2.
  • Moves are also listed, their information and stats, and the Unova Pokémon that learn them, can be viewed, except for the seven secret moves—V-create, Freeze Shock, Ice Burn, Snarl, Secret Sword, Relic Song, and Techno Blast. Other moves are present even if no Pokémon in the Unova Pokédex can learn them (such as Roar of Time, legitimately only known by Dialga, Darkrai, Arceus, and Smeargle).

AR Viewer

AR codes are a type of 2-dimensional barcode, similar to QR codes, that certain 3DS software recognizes through the console’s cameras and translates into full 3D models of characters and objects, displayed as if they were present in the real world, on top or in front of the AR card. After unlocking their data in the main Pokédex mode, players may use Pokédex 3D's AR Viewer function to activate the camera and take photographs of favorite Pokémon, which can be shared with the use of an SD Card. The player can toss an apple at a Pokémon to initiate its animation, and, after unlocking additional features by collecting Stickers, can toss a musical note at it to hear its cry, or use the stopwatch to freeze it during its animation.


There are two types of stickers, AR and Photo. An AR Sticker is obtained when a Pokémon's code is scanned for the first time after obtaining it (scanning a code before the Pokémon's data is unlocked will only display its silhouette and place a temporary sticker of its AR code in the photo album, which does not add to the Sticker count); a Photo Sticker is obtained the first time a picture is taken with the Pokémon in it. Collecting Stickers unlocks additional features:

  • Once 30 stickers are collected, musical notes can be used while taking pictures.
  • 50 stickers allow the player to set images as a background. Backgrounds can be chosen from among all pictures on the SD card.
  • 70 stickers allow 9 Pokémon to be viewed with the AR viewer at once.
  • 100 stickers allow the player to adjust the size of the models shown through the AR viewer.
  • 150 stickers activate the stopwatch button.
  • 200 stickers allow 10 Pokémon to be viewed with the AR viewer at once.
  • 250 stickers allow 11 Pokémon to be viewed with the AR viewer at once.

Obtaining Pokémon

164 entries are programmed into the game (153 Unova Pokémon, some with multiple forms). Although Keldeo, Meloetta, and Genesect are not present in the game data, an 'Update' button in the settings and analysis of the AR coding system suggests that these and other Pokémon may be made available later.

Starting Pokémon

All players will start with these Pokémon.



Using the Nintendo 3DS's SpotPass feature, it is possible to receive Pokémon entries while the 3DS is in sleep mode or while playing certain games, as long as there is access to the Internet (i.e., in a 3DS-compatible Wi-Fi hotspot, or within range of a configured WLAN). Pokémon are distributed at random, three per day to each player accessing SpotPass. After obtaining a Pokémon via SpotPass, players can view the Pokémon through the AR Viewer. However, downloading a Pokémon from SpotPass does not enable the animation 'Pause' button on its main entry. Only by trading or obtaining through scanning will this button become available on an entry.

The Pokémon obtained is random each day across all owners of this game. This has caused many owners to note that they have either received one or two Pokémon a day or none at all. This is likely a symptom caused by having a halfway completed Pokédex.


Players may add obtained data to each other's Pokédexes by sending and receiving through the 3DS's local wireless capability. Data is only copied from one system to another; trading Pokémon data does not cause it to disappear from the original system. While 151 entries may be unlocked via other methods, two evolutionary lines of the elemental monkeys, one gender of Unfezant, three seasons of Deerling and Sawsbuck, and one gender of Frillish and Jellicent must be obtained via trading, as only one of each can be gotten from SpotPass.

AR codes

While players must usually obtain a Pokémon via startup, SpotPass, or trading before they can view it in AR, the following Pokémon will be added to the Pokédex when their AR codes are scanned:




  • This game has the fastest announcement-to-release for any Pokémon game, being released within two weeks after it was first announced in all regions.

External links

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