Rotom Pokédex (anime)

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Rotom Pokédex
ロトム図鑑 Rotom illustrated encyclopedia
Rotom Pokédex anime.png
Rotom Pokédex
Debuts in Loading the Dex!
Gender Genderless
Ability Unknown
Current location With Ash
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Rotom Daisuke Namikawa Roger Callagy

The Rotom Pokédex (Japanese: ロトム図鑑 Rotom illustrated encyclopedia), commonly referred to simply as Rotom Dex (Japanese: ロトム Rotom), is a main Pokémon character in the anime and Ash's Pokédex in the Sun & Moon series.


An empty Rotom Pokédex

Rotom made its first appearance in Loading the Dex!, in which it entered Ash's empty Pokédex he had received earlier from Professor Kukui, turning itself into the Pokédex Rotom version (Japanese: ロトムポケデックスフォルム Rotom Pokédex Forme). After introducing itself to Ash, it followed him to the Pokémon School, where it met his classmates and Samson Oak. Later, it accompanied Ash and his friends during their fieldwork in a forest.

In Crystal-Clear Sleuthing!, Rotom was shown to be a big fan of the detective show Alolan Detective Laki and impersonated Laki throughout the episode. Upon finding out that Ash had lost his Electrium Z, Rotom decided solve the case. After learning about a camera crew that had been filming at the Pokémon School, it went to the Alola TV station, where it copied the video from one of the cameras and updated itself with a video camera function. Using its new function, Rotom concluded that Kiawe was the culprit, but was proven wrong by Lillie. It was then revealed that the Z-Crystal had been stuck inside Rotom's wig the whole time. At the end of the episode, Rotom offered to help Ash and Kiawe with their training by recording it.

In Getting the Band Back Together!, Rotom updated itself again with a voice sampling function by extracting data from DJ Leo's DJ equipment. It used this function in the next episode to give Ash's speech for him during the Visiting Day at the Pokémon School, but both ended up getting caught due to Rotom getting carried away.

In SM056, it was revealed that Rotom has a clear waterproof casing, allowing it to be used underwater. After Professor Burnet married Professor Kukui, she was seen using Rotom underwater in order to film a Pyukumuku.

An accident in SM057 saw Rotom leave the Pokédex. Afterwards, it was swapped with another Rotom, whereupon it made multiple attempts to get back to the Pokédex.

Personality and characteristics

Rotom Pokédex's detective cosplay

Rotom claims to be a self-learning Pokédex (similar to an A.I.) and has the ability to talk human language. It also updates itself whenever it meets a new Pokémon by taking pictures of it or when it finds something new about a Pokémon. It has a bad habit of getting up close and personal to the Pokémon in order to see if information about it is true, only to annoy and get attacked by said Pokémon. It gets along with Ash and all his friends, but has shown an aversion to Sophocles's attempts to "study" it.

After Rotom inhabited the Pokédex, it seems to have lost all combat functions, and is unable to use any moves. As shown in Crystal-Clear Sleuthing!, it can use its "arms" to extract data from other electronic devices and update itself with the device's function. Additionally, if it is upside down or sideways, it can recalibrate its screen to show the data rightside up. Rotom also uses the numbers on its screen to express the statistics, usually showing the percentage of something, for example, to show the likelihood of a Pokémon appearing nearby.

Rotom also is a fan of the show Alolan Detective Laki. It likes to wear the wig of Laki, which Professor Kukui bought for it, when cosplaying as him. It looks up to Laki and even used his thought process in order to figure out how to deal with the fact that it had become frozen. However, Rotom tends to jump to conclusions with its deductions, such as in Crystal-Clear Sleuthing!, when it believed that Kiawe stole Ash's Electrium Z, as well as in Lulled to La-La Land!, when it accused Lillie of putting Ash and the rest of the group to sleep and draining their energy, causing Mallow to jump to her defense.

In SM057, it is revealed that if Rotom takes too much of a shock, it will be forced out of the electronic it is inhabiting. As mentioned in the episode's Poké Problem, Rotom has spent so much time in its Pokédex form that it feels uncomfortable outside of it.


Moves used

Frost Rotom

Rotom Pokédex Blizzard.png
Using Blizzard
Move First Used In
Blizzard SM057
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Wash Rotom

Rotom Pokédex Hydro Pump.png
Using Hydro Pump
Move First Used In
Hydro Pump SM057
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 浪川大輔 Daisuke Namikawa
English Roger Callagy
Mandarin Chinese 林美秀 Lín Měixiù (Before entering Pokédex)
于正昇 Yú Zhèngshēng (Rotom Pokédex)
Danish Malte Milner Find
Italian Stefano Pozzi
Russian Prohor Chehovskoy Прохор Чеховской
Spanish Latin America Rolando de la Fuente
Spain Javier Balas
Turkish Gökhan Şimşek

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