Pokédex entry recycling

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Pokédex entry recycling refers to the same Pokédex text descriptions about certain Pokémon being reused in multiple games.

In the core series games

Pikachu's entry in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, whose text was originally from Pokémon Red and Blue

Some games share the same Pokédex entries about certain Pokémon (in particular, some remakes reuse most or all entries from the remade games).

Generation I

  • The Japanese games Pokémon Red and Green share the same Pokédex entries, which were originally left untranslated in English until they were reused in later games.
  • The Japanese Pokémon Blue introduced new Pokédex entries, which were translated into English and shared by Pokémon Red and Blue.
  • In Pokémon Yellow, no Pokédex entries were reused from previous games.

Generation II

  • In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, no Pokédex entries were reused from previous games. Each Pokémon species has a different entry in those games.

Generation III

Generation IV

  • In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, there are no English Pokédex entries reused from previous games.
    • In Japanese, Parasect has the only reused Pokédex entry, having the same text in Pearl that was previously used in LeafGreen and Blue. However, Parasect's English Pokédex entry in Pearl was translated with different wording than the one used in previous games.
    • In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, the Pokémon available in the Sinnoh Pokédex, as well as Parasect, Darkrai, Shaymin, and Arceus, have different Pokédex entries in each game. All other Pokémon share a single entry in both games.
  • In Pokémon Platinum, all Generation IV Pokémon and all Pokémon available in the Sinnoh Pokédex (which was expanded with more Pokémon than in previous games) have a new Pokédex entry.
    • Parasect reuses the Pokédex entry from Diamond.
    • All other Pokémon reuse the entry shared by Diamond and Pearl.
  • In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, all Pokémon that appeared in Gold and Silver have their Pokédex entries reused in HeartGold and SoulSilver, respectively. Pokémon introduced in Generation III or Generation IV have new Pokédex entries.
    • The five Pokémon introduced in Generation IV that appear in the Johto Pokédex (Ambipom, Tangrowth, Yanmega, Mamoswine, and Lickilicky) have new entries that are different between the two games, while all other Pokémon introduced in Generation III or Generation IV share a single entry in both games.

Generation V

Generation VI

Generation VII

Generation VIII

  • In Pokémon Sword and Shield, the Pokémon in the Galar Pokédex, Isle of Armor Pokédex, or Crown Tundra Pokédex have Pokédex entries available in-game as usual. There are also some Pokémon obtainable in Sword and Shield that are not present in any of the three Pokédex listings that have no entries seen in-game, but some of them have entries in Pokémon HOME associated with Sword and Shield nonetheless.
    • There are new entries (either in-game or in HOME) for all available Pokémon and alternate forms introduced in Generation IV or later, and for all available Legendary Pokémon regardless of when they were introduced. Most of the available Pokémon introduced prior to Generation IV have entries reused from several games, except some of those Pokémon have new entries as well.
    • Pokémon exclusive to the Isle of Armor or Crown Tundra have new Pokédex entries, regardless of when those Pokémon were introduced, with the exception of the Bulbasaur and Squirtle evolutionary families.
    • All Pokédex entries (both in-game and in HOME) are different between Sword and Shield.
  • In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, every Pokédex entry is taken from Diamond and Pearl respectively, though some of them feature wording changes
  • In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, no Pokédex entries are reused from previous games, as they are written in first person by Professor Laventon.

Generation IX

In the side series games

Pokémon Stadium series

Main article: Pokédex (Stadium)

The Pokédex entries introduced in Japanese Pokémon Stadium were reused in Pokémon Stadium. However, the English version of those entries was introduced in the latter game, since the earlier game was never released outside of Japan.

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Pinball series

Main article: Pokédex (Pinball)

Pokémon Trading Card Game series

In the anime

The Pokémon anime often reuses Pokédex entries from the games, in addition to introducing original Pokédex entries.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

The Pokémon Adventures manga often reuses Pokédex entries from the games.

In the TCG

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