Regional Pokédex

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Johto's regional Pokédex, a predecessor (note lack of numbers).

A regional Pokédex (Japanese: 地方図鑑 regional Pokédex) is a Pokédex order specific to a certain region of the Pokémon world. Rather than chronicle all known Pokémon as does the National Pokédex, a regional Pokédex serves to list those Pokémon native to the region.

Overview

A regional Pokédex usually starts with the Grass-type first partner Pokémon and its evolutions, followed by the Fire-type first partner Pokémon and its evolutions, and the Water-type first partner Pokémon and its evolutions, then continuing through the rest of the Pokémon native to the region. Legendary Pokémon of the region are typically placed near the end, while the very last slot or few slots are occupied by Mythical Pokémon.

Corphish in the Hoenn regional Pokédex

A regional Pokédex will often place newly released evolutions and pre-evolutions near their base form, no matter how much distance is between them in the National Pokédex. For example, in the National Pokédex, Aipom falls at #190, with its evolution Ambipom at #424. In the Sinnoh region's Pokédex, however, they are #063 and #064, respectively. Capturing all Pokémon in a regional Pokédex will cause the Game Freak developers in-game to award the player with a diploma in Generation I, Generation II, and Generation III. Completing the National Pokédex awards another diploma in Generation III. In Generation IV, seeing every Pokémon in the Sinnoh region's Pokédex allows the player to receive the upgrade to National mode from Professor Oak. In later generations, the Oval Charm and the Shiny Charm are often rewards for seeing and catching all non-event Pokémon.

The Sinnoh Pokédex allows players to switch between regional and national views.

Most regional Pokédexes include all of the new Pokémon released in that generation. Sinnoh's original Pokédex is an exception to this, as in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Rotom and certain cross-generational evolutions, Legendary Pokémon, and Mythical Pokémon introduced in Generation IV are absent from the regional Pokédex. Pokémon Platinum's expanded regional Pokédex adds Rotom, Giratina, and all of the cross-generational evolutions, though it still lacks several of the other Legendary and Mythical Pokémon. Generation VIII is another exception, in which all Pokémon introduced in Pokémon Sword and Shield are included in at least one of Galar's three regional Pokédexes, while Pokémon introduced in Pokémon Legends: Arceus are featured exclusively in the Hisui Pokédex. In Generation IX, Walking Wake and Iron Leaves are absent from the Paldea Pokédex, although they appear in the Blueberry Pokédex.

Scrafty in the Unova regional Pokédex of Black and White

List of regional Pokédexes

The Pokédex order for the nine main regions of the Pokémon world are as follows:

Comparison with other number systems

The National Pokédex includes all known Pokémon.

In the Pokémon Ranger series of spin-off games, Pokémon information is stored in the Browser, which acts similarly to a Pokédex for Pokémon Rangers. It is as follows:

In Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD, the Strategy Memo acts as a Pokédex for Orre, listing Pokémon alphabetically.

Non-native Pokémon

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From Generation III onward, Pokémon not native to a region which are obtained (such as through trading) before a game's regional Pokédex has been upgraded to National Mode will be displayed with ??? as their Pokédex number in the status screen instead of a regional Pokédex number. If caught from the wild (through hacking the game), the Pokédex registration screen will display different numbers dependent on the game: Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald display a number between 203 and 386, corresponding to the Pokémon's position in the National Pokédex minus those Generation I and Generation II Pokémon native to Hoenn (for example, Bulbasaur is the first Pokémon not in the Hoenn Pokédex so its number appears as #203, while Arbok is #226, but Pikachu, Raichu, Sandshrew, and Sandslash appear in the Hoenn Pokédex and are skipped, making Nidoran♀ #227). Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen state only that the Pokémon's data has been registered, then skip straight to nicknaming the Pokémon, never displaying the Pokédex.

It is possible to store non-regional Pokémon from Ruby or Sapphire in Pokémon Box: Ruby and Sapphire without having acquired the National Pokédex, though their Dex numbers won't be shown. If a game with the National Pokédex is used with Box, Box's Pokédex Mode will be upgraded to the National Mode so non-regional Pokédex numbers will be displayed from then on, regardless of whether a Ruby or Sapphire player has acquired the National Pokédex or not.

Generation IV games instead display the registered Pokémon as #000 if it is outside of that game's regional Pokédex.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will display an empty Pokédex entry upon catching a non-native Pokémon.

In games from Generation VII and onward that lack a National Pokédex, Pokémon that are not included in any of the game’s Pokédexes that are caught will completely bypass the Pokédex, skipping straight to nicknaming; these Pokémon have no Pokédex numbers. In addition, if a Pokémon is included in a Pokédex that has not yet been obtained by the player, the same behavior will occur. However, if the corresponding Pokédex has been obtained, then even if the Pokémon was obtained in an area corresponding to a different Pokédex, the Pokédex will not be bypassed.

Trivia

  • The first regional Pokédex of a generation usually, but not always, puts newly debuting Pokémon in the same order as the National Pokédex. Specifically:
    • The Kanto, HoennRSE, UnovaBW, and AlolaSM Pokédexes all match the order exactly, with no exceptions. (For example, taking the Hoenn Pokédex order and removing the 67 Generation I and II Pokémon leaves 135 Pokémon that exactly match the National Pokédex order between Treecko and Deoxys.)
    • The SinnohDP Pokédex matches when skipping over the Generation IV Pokémon in the National Pokédex that do not appear in the original Sinnoh Pokédex.
    • The Kalos Pokédexes match if the Central, Coastal, and Mountain Pokédexes are joined in that order, except for the three Mythical Pokémon (which appear at the end of the Central Kalos Pokédex instead of the end of the Mountain Kalos Pokédex).
    • The New (Johto) and Galar Pokédexes do not match the order. For example, Hoothoot (#015/#163) appears before Sentret (#019/#161) in the New Pokédex order but after it in the National Pokédex, and Blipbug (#010/#824) appears before Rookidee (#021/#821) in the Galar Pokédex but after it in the National Pokédex.
    • Regional Pokédexes that do not debut at the beginning of a generation tend to not match the order, with the exception of HoennORAS and KantoPE. For example:

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Pokédex Régional
Germany Flag.png German Regionaler Pokédex
Italy Flag.png Italian Pokédex Regionale
South Korea Flag.png Korean 지방도감 Jibang Dogam
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pokédex Regional

See also

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