Pokémon Ultimate Handbook

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Pokémon Ultimate
ISBN: 0545078865
Published: October 2008
Publisher: Scholastic logo.png
Author: Cris Silvestri
Preceded By: Pokémon Sinnoh Handbook
Succeeded By: N/A

The Pokémon Ultimate Handbook by Cris Silvestri (ISBN 0545078865) is a handbook published in October 2008 that acts as a National Pokédex for all 491 Pokémon, excluding Shaymin and Arceus as neither of which had been released at the time of publishing, in alphabetical order starting from Abomasnow and ending in Zubat. The book's final pages consist of a special page featuring Darkrai and a section on all legendary Pokémon (except the previously mentioned Shaymin and Arceus).

An Updated Edition of the book was released in 2009 by the same author. The updated version fixes some of the errors that are present in the first edition, and it also includes entries for Shaymin's Land and Sky forme and Arceus.


The entries for each Pokémon were structured 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.


Each entry is topped with a large, slab-shaped bar of a random color. Unlike its predecessors, these bars have both its name and species name inside, and the color does not reference its type.


Below its name, the entries list the following stats:

  1. Pronunciation
  2. Possible Moves (moves the Pokémon will already know and learn along the way)
  3. Type
  4. Height and weight
  5. Region it resides in (either Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, or Sinnoh)

The moves do not include the recently learned moves in Platinum.

Image and other information

Each Pokémon has an anime-style picture on its page, with their "flavor text" under their name. Pages for legendary Pokémon have stars within their page and their bar will be white with a glowing stroke around it.

Evolution chain

At the very bottom of the entry there are pictures with arrows between them to show what the Pokémon evolves into. Pokémon that do not evolve do not have any Evolution Chain.


The updated edition

The errors are often within their species names and sometimes, their pictures.

  • Abra and its evolutions are mistakenly listed as the Psychic Pokémon rather than the Psi Pokémon.
  • Azelf is listed as the Stone Pokémon rather than the Willpower Pokémon.
    • This is corrected in the updated edition.
  • In Budew's page, Budew is wrongly stated to be able to learn Bullet Seed by level up.
    • Later reprints of the first edition, as well as the updated edition, replace Budew's move set with Cranidos'/Rampardos' moveset.
  • Celebi is also listed as a Grass/Psychic Pokémon instead of being Psychic/Grass.
  • Cherrim is listed as the Cherry Blossom Pokémon when its simply the Blossom Pokémon.
  • Cresselia is listed as the Crescent Moon Pokémon rather than the Lunar Pokémon.
  • Croagunk is called the Poison Pokémon rather than the Toxic Mouth Pokémon. Its evolution, however, has the correct name.
  • Delibird accidentally has a yellow glow on its namebox which only the Legendary Pokémon have on their nameboxes.
    • This is corrected in the updated edition.
  • Dialga is called the Time Pokémon rather than the Temporal Pokémon.
  • Donphan is listed as the Armor Bird Pokémon when its simply the Armor Pokémon.
  • On Duskull's page, a picture of its eye is under the picture. The same problem occurs in all of its evolutionary chains.
    • This is corrected in the updated edition.
  • On Froslass's page, it says it evolves from Glalie. This is not true, as Froslass evolves from female Snorunt by exposing it to a Dawn Stone.
  • Golem is listed as the Rock Pokémon, like its pre-evolved forms; however, it is known as the Megaton Pokémon.
  • Ledyba and its evolution have their species name misspelled as Five Start, rather than Five Star.
    • This is corrected in the updated edition.
  • Luxio's moveset has been replaced with Roserade's.
    • This is corrected in the updated edition.
  • Luxray's moveset has been replaced with Cranidos/Rampardos's.
  • Palkia is called the Space Pokémon rather than the Spatial Pokémon.
  • Poliwrath's pages leaves out Politoed, and Politoed's page leaves out Poliwrath.
    • All of these are corrected in the updated edition.
  • Porygon has the picture, moveset and other stats of Porygon2 and vice versa.
  • The moveset for Rampardos is missing the move Endeavor.
  • Rotom is listed as a Legendary Pokémon but isn't listed in the legendary line up.
    • This is corrected in the updated edition.
  • Scizor is called the Scissors Pokémon rather than the Pincer Pokémon. It has been called this in the anime at one point.
  • In the updated edition, Shaymin's Sky Forme's moveset is missing Air Slash.
  • In Skorupi's page, scorpion is misspelled as scorpian.
  • Squirtle is called the Water Pokémon rather than the Tiny Turtle Pokémon.
  • Staryu is called the Star Fish Pokémon rather than the Star Shape Pokémon.
  • The lineart of Suicune on its entry page and in the legendary lineup are messed up.
  • In Surskit's page, pond is misspelled as pound.
  • In Torkoal's page, coal is misspelled as coral.
  • In Umbreon's description, "Eevee" is spelled "Evee".
  • In Zangoose's page, cat is misspelled as car.
  • In Zigzagoon's page, TinyRaccoon is misspelled as tynyracoon.
  • Sky Attack is mostly referred to as Sky Power.
  • Also, Tri Attack is incorrectly called Tri Power.
  • There are several minor move spelling errors such as in Turtwig's page, Synthesis is misspelled as Syntesis, and in Prinplup's page Metal Claw is misspelled as Metal Chew, and in Infernape's page Mach Punch is misspelled as Mash Punch.
  • Grotle's evolution chain has a different picture of Torterra that is not shown in its description.


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