Pokédex holder

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The Pokédex holders as of the Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon arc

Pokédex holder (Japanese: ポケモン図鑑所有者, illustrated Pokémon encyclopedia owner), known as Pokédex owner in Chuang Yi's translations, is the term used by Professor Oak in the Pokémon Adventures manga to describe a Trainer that has been given a Pokédex. These Trainers are often very gifted in one particular area, dubbed each's "special skill title" to the ones who received a Pokédex from a Pokémon professor in each region. Most of these Trainers have first partner Pokémon from their regional Pokémon Professors, though most already owned or trained Pokémon prior to receiving them.

The Pokédex holders have become a very tight knit group with many of them bonding with their cohorts in their regional adventures and later with their seniors and juniors. In the Gold, Silver & Crystal arc the holders from Kanto and Johto grouped to fight the Masked Man. During the Emerald arc, the 10 first Pokédex holders united at the Battle Frontier to fight against Guile Hideout.

Kanto Pokédex holders

Red, Yellow, Green, and Blue

Red - the Fighter

Main article: Red (Adventures)

Red received his Pokédex from Professor Oak after an incident in which all the Pokémon from his Laboratory were released. One of the Pokémon that escaped was a Bulbasaur that was refusing to be caught and hid inside the Viridian Gym. When Red went inside the Gym, a Machoke attacked. Red realized that the few beams of sunlight coming from a window would allow Bulbasaur to use Solar Beam, which it successfully used after Red's order, to defeat the foe. Professor Oak watched what happened and, amazed by his battling skills, gave him the Bulbasaur and a Pokédex. During the fifth chapter, Red, along with Green and Blue, received upgraded Pokédexes. His old Pokédex was the only one not destroyed, and was given to Yellow.

Red won the Pokémon League and became a Champion. He is able to precisely take quick decisions during a battle, turning the movements of opponents against themselves. Due to his skill, he is defined as the Fighter (Japanese: 戦う者 Fighter).

Blue - the Trainer

Main article: Blue (Adventures)

Blue Oak is the grandson of Professor Oak and was the first to receive a Pokédex. His Pokédex was first seen in Viridian Forest, where Blue was seen using it to gather data on the Pokémon he was catching. During a battle against a Kangaskhan, he pulled his Pokédex and noticed that Red was also given one by his grandfather. This was much to his disdain, as he knew others also received Pokédexes, but not a Trainer like Red. Over time though he gradually agreed with Red and became his best friend and rival. Later, in the Gold, Silver, & Crystal chapter, he became a Gym Leader of Viridian City after Red turned down an offer to be given the position. In the FireRed & LeafGreen chapter, his Pokédex got destroyed along with Green's, but was later replaced by an upgraded Pokédex. When he was young, he had studied in Johto. He also learned to utilize Mega Evolution in Kalos at some point.

Through tough training, Blue increases the level of his Pokémon, making them apt to dispute in battles against the best Trainers, even using the ones he raised from scratch. Due to his skill, he is defined as the Trainer (Japanese: 育てる者 Trainer).

Green - the Evolver

Main article: Green (Adventures)

The first time Green went in Professor Oak's Laboratory was when she stole his Squirtle. Later, at the Pokémon League semi-finals, Green had a battle against Dr. O, who used a team of bird Pokémon, knowing the ornithophobia she acquired after being kidnapped by a bird Pokémon at the age of five. After being defeated by him, his true identity was revealed to be Professor Oak himself, who already knew of her coming from the beginning and had let her steal his Pokémon since it was already intended to be hers. Then, he handed her her own Pokédex. During the fifth chapter, she, Red, and Blue received upgraded Pokédexes. However, her old one was destroyed along with Blue's.

During the time she was kidnapped, Green was taught to develop her knowledge on Pokémon evolution, having won important battles with the appropriate use of Evolution stones. Due to her skill, she is defined as the Evolver (Japanese: 化える者 Evolver).

Yellow - the Healer

Main article: Yellow (Adventures)

Yellow showed up in Professor Oak's Lab after seeing a hurt Pika to find out Red's whereabouts. The Professor refused to let Yellow go with Pika and attacked with his Spearow. Yellow then ordered Dody to counter in such a way that neither Pokémon was hurt. Impressed by the connection with her Pokémon and their trust in Yellow, the Professor decided that he should also trust Yellow and gives her Red's Pokédex to deliver to him. By the end of the fifth chapter, Red, Blue and Green had received upgraded Pokédexes. Since Blue's and Green's were destroyed by Deoxys, Red's Pokédex was the only one still working; Red gave this Pokédex to Yellow while she was unconscious, officially making her a Pokédex holder.

As a native of Viridian Forest, Yellow has special abilities such as healing with a touch. Due to her skill, she is defined as the Healer (Japanese: 癒やす者 Healer).

Johto Pokédex holders

Crystal, Gold, and Silver

Gold - the Hatcher

Main article: Gold (Adventures)

When Professor Oak told how the Pokédex can be used in battle, Gold asked for one. The Professor said that Pokédexes are meant for research purposes, and the ones he trusted the device were responsible young people who were willing to help others with their strengths, unlike Gold that only cares about his goal and would reduce it to a tool in battle. After much insistence, the Professor asked how Gold sees his Pokémon, to what the boy replied that they are his "partners". For the good answer, the Pokédex was given to him. Prior to the ninth chapter, Gold received an upgraded Pokédex.

Gold's ability as a Pokédex holder was the last to be revealed in the Gold, Silver & Crystal arc. While he desperately wondered what was his specialty, the Egg he was holding hatched given his will to protect it. Due to his skill, he is defined as the Hatcher (Japanese: 孵す者 Hatcher).

Silver - the Exchanger

Main article: Silver (Adventures)

Silver's Pokédex was first seen during his battle against Gold and then used against Team Rocket Grunts. Later in the story, Professor Oak explained that it was stolen from his 2nd Research Center in Cherrygrove City, the same way that Silver stole the Totodile from Professor Elm's Lab in New Bark Town. He guessed that Silver was the thief after hearing from Green about the time she and he were under the Masked Man's control. Prior to the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter, Silver received an upgraded Pokédex.

During the time he was kidnapped, Silver was taught to develop his knowledge on Pokémon trades, with some of the Pokémon in his team obtained or evolved through trades. Due to his skill, he is defined as the Exchanger (Japanese: 換える者 Exchanger).

Crystal - the Catcher

Main article: Crystal (Adventures)

While Professor Oak was looking for a reliable Trainer to collect Pokémon data for him, he got information from Bill that there was a catcher who would do it for something in return. When the Professor went to Earl Dervish's Pokémon academy for the meeting, a bunch of Slugma attacked a little girl. To protect her, a girl named Crystal used her Pokémon and special Poké Balls to catch them all. Amazed by her catching skills, he gave her a Pokédex and, in return, repaired the old academy. Prior to the ninth chapter, Crystal received an upgraded Pokédex.

Crystal is the only holder that actually attempts to fill the Pokédex with data, and went through special training since she was very young, having caught Pokémon by hundreds. Due to her skill, she is defined as the Catcher (Japanese: 捕える者 Capturer).

Hoenn Pokédex holders

Sapphire, Emerald, and Ruby

Ruby - the Charmer

Main article: Ruby (Adventures)

Ruby accidentally kept the Pokédex that Professor Birch had for his fieldwork to help him defeat the two Mightyena that were attacking him. When Ruby was going to retrieve the Professor's bag, his Running Shoes activated and he fell from a cliff, being saved and taken to a cave by Sapphire. Ruby left her with a letter, telling her to return her father's goods, but forgot the Pokédex in his pocket. In Oldale Town, when he was attacked by a Dustox, the Pokédex resonated and once again helped Ruby to defeat the Pokémon. He decided to keep it so that he could escape in time from the new Pokémon he would meet. Prior to the thirteenth chapter, Ruby received an upgraded Pokédex.

Whether obtaining Contest Ribbons or fighting against enemies, Ruby always prioritizes charm, for which he was given the title Charmer (Japanese: 魅せる者 Charmer).

Sapphire - the Conqueror

Main article: Sapphire (Adventures)

Sapphire Birch is Professor Birch's daughter. While she was doing fieldwork, Sapphire saw Ruby falling down from a cliff and got him by swinging on hanging vines. She took him to her Secret Base, where they started a scuffle over their different views on Pokémon. In the middle of their battle, a Seviper appeared and attacked them. In order to defeat it, she used a Pokédex to get data about the Pokémon. She explained to Ruby that she was keeping it to help her father in his researches. When her quest on challenging all Gyms in Hoenn started, Sapphire took the Pokédex with her.

Sapphire accomplished the feat of obtaining all 8 Gym Badges in 80 days. Her special skill consists of always mastering whatever she quests for, for which she is given the title of Conqueror (Japanese: 究める者 Conqueror).

Emerald - the Calmer

Main article: Emerald (Adventures)

Emerald was recommended by the Trick Master to live in Earl Dervish's Pokémon academy, to overcome the bullying he suffered, which made him reluctant to interact with other children and with Pokémon. When Emerald arrived at the academy, he was impressed by Crystal's dedication for others, working hard to fulfill the Pokédex for Professor Oak to get repairs in the building and new clothes for the homeless children in return. He then decided to ask for a Pokédex so that he could also help others. In the Goldenrod Radio Tower, Emerald called the Professor with a message saying that he wanted a Pokédex so that he could live together with Pokémon. Although Professor Oak registered Emerald as the owner of the Pokédex, the Professor didn't give it to him, saying that Emerald lied about wanting to be with Pokémon, since Earl declared that he avoids any contact with them. It was only when Emerald found his own path in relating with Pokémon that the Professor approved to give him the Pokédex. He then had to head to Hoenn, where his Pokédex was with Professor Birch.

One of the gadgets used by Emerald shoots dirt from a Pokémon's birthplace around it, acting similar to a Capture Styler. This method defines Emerald's special skill to calm rampant Pokémon down, for which he was given the title Calmer (Japanese: 鎮める者 Calmer).

Sinnoh Pokédex holders

Pearl, Platinum, and Diamond

Diamond - the Empathizer

Main article: Diamond (Adventures)

Diamond and Pearl are childhood friends from Twinleaf Town that aim to become masters of comedy. They took part in a contest held by Jubilife TV that would reward the best stand-up comedians, but failed in their performance. However, they received a special prize for their peculiar humor, tickets for a travel. Before opening the envelope with the tickets, they bumped against Professor Rowan and his assistant (Lady Berlitz's father) in the middle of a crowd and ended up having their envelope exchanged with the one containing instructions for the Lady's bodyguards on their travel to Mt. Coronet. Arriving at the meeting point, they assumed she was a tour guide for their trip, while she thought they were her bodyguards, giving each a Pokémon, a Pokétch and a Pokédex. The trio traveled around Sinnoh until the misunderstanding was clarified, when she decided to reveal her first name, Platinum.

Diamond's special skill matches the lake guardian he bonded with, Mesprit. He is guided by the emotion he feels, giving him the title of Empathizer (Japanese: 感じる者 Empathizer).

Pearl - the Determiner

Main article: Pearl (Adventures)

Diamond and Pearl are childhood friends from Twinleaf Town that aim to become masters of comedy. They took part in a contest held by Jubilife TV that would reward the best stand-up comedians, but failed in their performance. However, they received a special prize for their peculiar humor, tickets for a travel. Before opening the envelope with the tickets, they bumped against Professor Rowan and his assistant (Lady Berlitz's father) in the middle of a crowd and ended up having their envelope exchanged with the one containing instructions for the Lady's bodyguards on their travel to Mt. Coronet. Arriving at the meeting point, they assumed she was a tour guide for their trip, while she thought they were her bodyguards, giving each a Pokémon, a Pokétch and a Pokédex. The trio traveled around Sinnoh until the misunderstanding was clarified, when she decided to reveal her first name, Platinum.

Pearl's special skill matches the lake guardian he bonded with, Azelf. He is full of willpower on whatever he intends to do, giving him the title Determiner (Japanese: 志す者 Determiner). His title also fits his unique ability to anticipate a Pokémon's moves before they happen, honed by a childhood spent surrounded by strong Pokémon.

Platinum - the Understander

Main article: Platinum (Adventures)

As a member of nobility, Platinum must meet the tradition of making an artifact from materials found on the peak of Mt. Coronet, as the other heirs of her family. For the journey, Professor Rowan gave her a suitcase with three Pokédexes, Pokétches and the three Sinnoh first partner Pokémon to be used by the Lady and the two bodyguards hired by her father, that she was supposed to meet in front of Jubilife Condominiums.

Platinum's special skill matches the lake guardian she bonded with, Uxie. She knows about various subjects due to the outstanding knowledge she is imbued with, giving her the title Understander (Japanese: 知る者 Understander).

Unova Pokédex holders

Black, White, Whitley, and Blake

Black - the Dreamer

Main article: Black (Adventures)

Professor Juniper sent a package with three Pokédexes and three Pokémon to Black, Cheren and Bianca. The box was supposed to be delivered at Black's house, but he was so eager to receive it that waited all night outside the Juniper Pokémon Lab. When the deliveryman gave the package to him, he opened it to choose his first partner Pokémon before his friends. But as it rained the day before, Black was drenched and sneezed on the box, releasing the three Pokémon and letting two of the Pokédexes fall on a pond. He went after one of the Pokémon that escaped and started his adventure, leaving Cheren and Bianca behind with two broken Pokédexes.

Since his childhood, Black is devoted to his objective of winning the Unova League to become the Champion. His dedication to the dream he follows is his special skill, giving him the title Dreamer (Japanese: 夢みる者 Dreamer), shared with White.

White - the Dreamer

Main article: White (Adventures)

During Black's journey, he ended up working for White, the president of the BW Agency. She managed Pokémon actors for movies but had never trained a single Pokémon before. Later on, White learned the qualifications of a Pokémon Trainer from the very beginning, such as catching, battling and evolving. When she already had a full team of six Pokémon, Bianca gave White her Pokédex and she became a Pokédex holder.

For her skills, she is given the title Dreamer (Japanese: 夢みる者 Dreamer), shared with Black.

Blake - the Arrester

Main article: Blake (Adventures)

Blake was an International Police agent that was infiltrated in Aspertia City's Trainer's School, where he studied with Hugh and Leo. After they got into an argument, the teacher, Cheren, sent them outside the class. In the hallway, they got into another argument, so Cheren decided to have a practical battle exercise, making the entire class battle each other. At the end, Cheren revealed the exercise was a test to find the best Trainers of his class. Bianca then appeared to them and, since Blake ended up as one of the winners, she gave him a Pokédex.

He had the rank of Inspector in the International Police, and he infiltrated the Trainer's School in order to look for a certain Team Plasma member. For his skills, he is given the title of Arrester (逮捕る者 Arrester).

Whitley - the Liberator

Main article: Whitley (Adventures)

Whitley moved with her mother to Aspertia City, so she could be away from the events that occurred when she was a member of Team Plasma. On her first day at the Trainer's School, she had to battle her classmates in a practical battle class. Although Whitley didn't want to draw attention to herself, she ended up winning and was rewarded a Pokédex from Bianca. At first she did not want it, but the other winner, Blake, convinced her to take it.

For her beliefs and attachment to the original Team Plasma's philosophy, she is given the title of Liberator (解放る者 Liberator).

Kalos Pokédex holders

X and Y

X - the Loner

Main article: X (Adventures)

To cheer up their friend, Y, Shauna, Trevor, and Tierno were hired to deliver three Pokédexes and three first partner Pokémon to X so he could choose one. After one of each were blown away by the battle of Xerneas and Yveltal, X took a Pokédex and Chespin, one of the first partner Pokémon, to help him battle Team Flare.

From his years of being secluded alone from society and his peers, he is given the title of Loner (籠る者 Loner).

Y - the Flyer

Main article: Y (Adventures)

While fighting Team Flare, Y was forced to use Chespin and Froakie. However, she had no idea how to use these two, until Trevor told her to use a Pokédex to learn about them.

She specializes in Sky Battling, and for her skills she is given the title of Flyer (翔ぶ者 Flyer).

Alola Pokédex holders

Moon and Sun

Sun - the Saver

Main article: Sun (Adventures)

Sun is known to have received his Pokédex from Professor Kukui, along with his Litten, Dollar.

He is aiming to earn $1 million to buy back an island that the Aether Foundation took from his great-grandfather, and so he is taking on various jobs to raise the money he needs. Because of this, he is given the title of Saver (貯める者 Saver).

Moon - the Mixer

Main article: Moon (Adventures)

Moon received a spare Pokédex from Professor Kukui as payment to help Sun finish his island challenge and calm the island deities. It fused with a Rotom to become the Rotom Pokédex.

She is a gifted pharmacist, capable of creating an assortment of medicine from berries and poisons. For her skills, she is given the title of Mixer (調合る者 Mixer).

Galar Pokédex holders

Casey and Henry


Main article: Henry Sword

Henry received his Pokédex from Professor Magnolia, who installed it into Henry's Rotom Phone.

Henry is a (Japanese: 身具職人 Tool Meister). His job is to repair various objects Pokémon use as weapons in battle, such as his Sirfetch'd's leek sword or his Thwackey's sticks.


Main article: Casey Shield

Casey received her Pokédex from Professor Magnolia, who installed it into Casey's Rotom Phone.

Paldea Pokédex holders


Main article: Violet (Adventures)

Violet's Rotom Phone, Rotojī, received the a Pokédex app from Jacq after he enrolled in Uva Academy, the download occurring shortly before Violet set off on his Treasure Hunt.

Former Pokédex holders


Main article: Wally (Adventures)

Wally found Professor Birch's bag adrift in the sea during the flood caused by Kyogre's rampage. Inside the bag was a Pokédex and a Treecko. Wally temporarily used the Pokédex and the Pokémon when he was helping Norman to awaken Rayquaza in the Sky Pillar. After the cataclysmic battle between Kyogre and Groudon ceased, Wally sent the Pokédex back to Professor Birch, who gave it to its registered owner, Emerald.

In the magazine releases of Pokémon Adventures, there was a scene in which Wally was registered as owner of the Pokédex he found. This scene was altered in the volume release, turning him into a mere user of Emerald's Pokédex.


Main article: Bianca (Adventures)

Bianca, along with Cheren and Black, was chosen by Professor Juniper to fill the Pokédex with data. Even though Black made her Pokédex unusable, Bianca left on her journey, sometimes meeting with Cheren, Black and/or White. After her Pokédex was fixed, Bianca gave it to White, and decided to help as an assistant with Professor Juniper in her research.


Main article: Cheren (Adventures)

Although Cheren was chosen by Professor Juniper to have a Pokédex, Team Plasma's actions made him see the device as an excuse to trap Pokémon in Poké Balls, and that the strength he pursues could be achieved without it. Cheren then decided to be not be a Pokédex holder any longer. After his broken Pokédex was repaired, N's Pokémon destroyed it. It was later revealed that his remarks at the time were caused by Team Plasma's brainwashing.


Throughout the series, some characters had relevant association with the usage of Pokédexes, though they do not belong to the Pokédex holders group.

  • Professor Birch was using Emerald's Pokédex before it was lost and later found by Wally.
  • Before the Pokédex was upgraded in the FireRed & LeafGreen chapter, Carr duplicated Red's into a "black Pokédex". It was also seen being held by Giovanni and Orm.
  • Paka and Uji would have been Pokédex holders if the mix-up with Professor Rowan and Professor Berlitz with Diamond and Pearl did not happen.


  • The Pokédex holders have their names based on the core series games.
    • Red, Blue, and Silver are the only three Pokédex holders to have the exact same names as the characters they are based on.
    • Yellow and Emerald are the only two Pokédex holders that are not based on any characters from the games.
    • Green is the only Pokédex holder to retroactively be given a game counterpart.
    • Platinum is the only Pokédex holder whose real name is not revealed at first, as that character is introduced long before the game that inspired her namesake was even released.
    • Henry and Casey, unlike the other Pokédex holders, have their game namesakes act as their surnames rather than their given names.
  • Blue and Green's original Pokédexes were destroyed, and Red's was given to Yellow. Because of this, Yellow is the holder of the oldest Pokédex in existence.
  • Green is the oldest Pokédex holder.
  • Every Pokédex holder named after an English third version is also known by another name. Yellow is also called Amarillo del Bosque Verde, Crystal's nickname is Crys, Emerald is called Em by Latios and Latias, and Platinum was simply referred to as the Lady before her name was officially revealed.
    • Although Blake's name is derived from a paired version, which can be considered to be the third or fourth of its generation, he still follows this pattern. He uses the name Blake in his mission and has the code name Black No. 2.
  • Only seven Pokédex holders are known to have full names: Blue Oak, Sapphire Birch, Platinum Berlitz, Yvonne Gabena, Henry Sword, Casey Shield, and Violet Lang.
  • Only the first seven Pokédex holders' titles are actually mentioned in the manga itself. The rest of the titles are only mentioned in supplementary material such as Pokémon the Comic and PokéSPedia.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 神奇寶貝圖鑑持有人 Shénqí Bǎobèi Tújiàn Chíyǒurén (Taiwan)
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Nositel Pokédexu
France Flag.png French Détenteur de Pokédex
Italy Flag.png Italian Possessore di Pokédex
South Korea Flag.png Korean 포켓몬 도감의 소유자 Pokémon Dogam-ui Soyuja
Poland Flag.png Polish Posiadacz Pokédexa
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Detentor da Pokédex (PS141-present)
Portador da Pokédex (Black & White arc)
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Chủ nhân của từ điển Pokémon

Pokémon Adventures main characters
RGBY/FRLG: RedBlueGreenYellow
GSC/HGSS: GoldSilverCrystal
RSE/ORAS: RubySapphireEmerald
DPPt: DiamondPearlPlatinum
BWB2W2: BlackWhiteBlakeWhitley
SWSH: HenryCasey
SV: VioletScarlet

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