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Bulbapedia is a MediaWiki installation run by Bulbagarden for the purpose of creating a Pokémon-focused encyclopedia. Bulbapedia is a wiki, meaning that editing is a simple process of clicking on the 'Edit this page' link, provided you have registered. It is overseen by an editorial board and is part of Encyclopædiæ Pokémonis and the Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance.

Bulbapedia began on December 21, 2004. It currently has 52,585 articles.

All text in Bulbapedia, and some images and other content, is covered by the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.


  • January 11, 2005: 3 weeks since establishment, the 100-article mark was reached.
  • February 14, 2005: On Valentine's Day, Bulbapedia was announced to the public. Activity soared, with the article count jumping from 114 to 135 in just over 24 hours.
  • February 18, 2005: Bulbapedia is moved to a new server to accommodate the expanding needs of the clients of our host, InnerChambers.
  • February 21, 2005: A week since opening, Bulbapedia now stands at 175 articles.
  • February 22, 2005: And just a day later, Bulbapedia passes the 200 article mark.
  • February 28, 2005: Bulbapedia's hundredth user registers.
  • March 1, 2005: Bulbapedia's 300th article is created.
  • March 6, 2005: Bulbapedia's 400th, 500th and 600th articles are created, contributed by Meowth346. Most of the contributions in this timeframe are stub articles on the at-the-time 386 Pokémon.
  • March 10, 2005: Bulbapedia's 50,000th (fifty thousandth) page view is recorded.
  • March 25, 2005: Bulbapedia's 1,000th article is created as a part of the mass-upload of Project MoveDex by Zhen Lin.
  • April 1, 2005: Bulbapedia's 100,000th page view is recorded. This is approximately 2,200 visits per day since the last page view milestone.
  • April 16, 2005: Bulbapedia's 1,500th article is created, as part of Zeta's Trainer classes article series.
  • May 16, 2005: Bulbapedia's 200th user registers.
  • May 19, 2005: Again, Bulbapedia was vandalized again by Ph34r. This event is known as The Great Bulbapedia Turkey Shoot.
  • June 4, 2005: Bulbapedia's 2,000th article is created as part of the mass-upload of Project Anime by Zhen Lin.
  • July 28, 2005: Bulbapedia is moved to a new host, Elixant; total page views also exceed 450,000 that day.
  • August 24, 2005: Bulbapedia goes MediaWiki 1.5 (rc2).
  • April 8, 2006: Bulbapedia goes MediaWiki 1.6.
  • July 9, 2006: Bulbapedia goes MediaWiki 1.7.*
  • July 20, 2006: Bulbapedia's 3,000th article is created, as work on Project TCG begins.
  • July 27, 2006: Bulbapedia is moved to a dedicated server.
  • October 14, 2006: Bulbapedia goes MediaWiki 1.8.
  • November 15, 2006: Bulbapedia's 10,000,000th page view is recorded.
  • December 30, 2006: Bulbapedia's 4,000th article is created, as part of Zhen Lin's work on Pokémon Adventures.
  • March 26, 2007: Bulbapedia's 20,000,000th page view is recorded at around 11:00PM (UTC).
  • April 15, 2007: Bulbapedia switches to version 2.5 of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.
  • April 29, 2007: Bulbapedia's 25,000,000th page view is recorded at around 3:00PM (UTC), just one week after the US release of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
  • May 19, 2007: Bulbapedia's 5,000th article, Ho-Oh (anime), was created by Pie at 6:10AM (UTC).
  • July 1, 2007: Bulbapedia's 40,000,000th page view is recorded just before 10:00PM (UTC).
  • July 31, 2007: Bulbapedia's 50,000,000th page view is recorded before midnight.
  • September 8, 2007: Bulbapedia's 6,000th article, Wobbuffet (Neo Discovery 16), was created by Shiningpikablu252 at 1:34AM (UTC).
  • October 8, 2007: Bulbapedia's 75,000,000th page view is recorded shortly after 2:00PM (UTC).
  • December 18, 2007: Bulbapedia's 100,000,000th page view is recorded shortly before 2:00PM (UTC).
  • February 13, 2008: Bulbapedia's 8,000th article was created.
  • April 13, 2008: Bulbapedia's 150,000,000th page view is recorded before 7:00PM (UTC).
  • May 14, 2008: Bulbapedia's 9,000th article, Tauros (EX Crystal Guardians 12), was created by Politoed666 at 8:19PM (UTC).
  • July 27, 2008: Bulbapedia's 200,000,000th page view is recorded before 1:00AM (UTC).
  • June 29, 2008: Bulbapedia's 10,000th article, Koffing (EX Ruby & Sapphire 54), was created by Maverick Nate at 5:34PM (UTC).
  • July 23, 2008: Bulbapedia's 11,000th article, ‎Forina's Absol (Movie VS Pack 8), was created by Maverick Nate at 8:02PM (UTC).
  • August 21, 2008: Bulbapedia's 12,000th article, Deoxys ex (EX Deoxys 99), was created by Shiningpikablu252 at 8:10PM (UTC).
  • October 24, 2008: Bulbapedia's 13,000th article, Voltorb (Stormfront 81), was created by Shiningpikablu252 at 3:24AM (UTC).
  • June 16, 2009: Bulbapedia's 15,000th article, Volume (Adventures), was created by CoolPikachu! at 2:17AM (UTC).
  • February 3, 2010: The one millionth edit was made to Bulbapedia. The edit was made to the article Pokémon in Poland by Zesty Cactus at 5:32AM (UTC).
  • February 10, 2010: Bulbapedia's 16,000th article, Vespiquen (Undaunted 23), was created by Maverick Nate at 7:30PM (UTC).
  • October 18, 2010: Bulbapedia's 18,000th article, Basketball Player (Trainer class), was created by Lilkaykaygal at 5:58AM (UTC).
  • June 15, 2011: Bulbapedia's 19,000th article, Zweilous (Red Collection 51), was created by Maverick Nate at 2:47PM (UTC).
  • August 6, 2011: Bulbapedia's 20,000th article, ‎Swampert (18-025), was created by PsychicRider at 07:36AM (UTC).
  • August 8, 2011: The 1,500,000th edit was made to Bulbapedia. The edit was made to the article Ash's Charizard by Magmortar46 at 10:07AM (UTC).
  • March 10, 2012: Bulbapedia's 21,000th article, Megumi Mizutani, was created by Adyniz at 11:07PM (UTC).
  • December 21, 2012: Bulbapedia's 22,000th article, List of game-based Pokémon distributions in Generation III, was created by Lady Ariel at 5:31PM (UTC).
  • October 6, 2013: Bulbapedia's 24,000th article, Nidoqueen (Pokémon)/Generation V learnset, was created by ‎SnorlaxMonster at 7:16PM (UTC).
  • October 30, 2013: The 2,000,000th edit was made to Bulbapedia. The edit was made to the article Johto (musical group) by Berrenta at 6:43PM (UTC).
  • December 12, 2013: Bulbapedia's 25,000th article, Scatterbug (Collection X 6), was created by Maverick Nate at 3:59AM (UTC).
  • July 15, 2014‎: Bulbapedia's 26,000th article, Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness: Prima's Official Strategy Guide, was created by Charlie at 5:05PM (UTC).
  • February 25, 2015‎: Bulbapedia's 27,000th article, Rockabye Pokémon, was created by Adamws at 4:38PM (UTC).
  • September 30, 2015: Bulbapedia's 28,000th article, Jolteon (U4-25), was created by Nuva-kal at 8:58PM (UTC).
  • November 13, 2016‎: Bulbapedia's 30,000th article, Muk (Pokémon)/Generation VI learnset, was created by Carmenstar97 at 9:52PM (UTC).
  • December 8, 2016: Bulbapedia's 31,000th article, Faraway, was created by SnorlaxMonster at 5:03AM (UTC).
  • May 8, 2017: Bulbapedia's 32,000th article, Damp Rock, was created by Carmenstar97 at 3:01AM (UTC).
  • January 17, 2023: Bulbapedia's 49,000th article, Zero Gate, was created by Landfish7 at 6:01AM (UTC).
  • January 27, 2023: Bulbapedia recorded 15,000,000 words written across all content pages, due to Liloure's additions to Nemona/Quotes at 2:39PM (UTC).
  • June 10, 2023: Bulbapedia's 50,000th article, Primeape (Pokémon Card 151 57), was created by Anzasquiddles at 2:03AM (UTC).
  • September 14, 2023: Bulbapedia's 51,000th article, Trainer rank (Shuffle), was created by Boblers at 11:13AM (UTC).
  • January 12, 2024: Bulbapedia's 52,000th article, Morichika, was created by Minibug at 9:06PM (UTC).

Article count

What does MediaWiki think an article is? The MediaWiki code is as follows:

# Would the given text make this article a "good" article (i.e.,
# suitable for including in the article count)?
function isCountable( $text )
	global $wgUseCommaCount, $wgMwRedir;

	if ( 0 != $this->mTitle->getNamespace() ) { return 0; }
	if ( $wgMwRedir->matchStart( $text ) ) { return 0; }
	$token = ($wgUseCommaCount ? ',' : '[[' );
	if ( false === strstr( $text, $token ) ) { return 0; }
	return 1;

This means that any article that is in the main namespace (i.e. not prefixed with Bulbapedia: or Help:) that is not a redirect that has a link (or at least a [[) is considered a countable article -- since virtually every article, even the stubs, have a category link, this can be considered a very inclusive article count.