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using the Rotom Pokédex
The Rotom Pokédex (Japanese: ロトム図鑑 Rotom illustrated encyclopedia), also known as the Rotom Dex, is an electronic device found in Alola. It is a Pokédex that is enhanced after being possessed by a Rotom. It appears in Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon. This special Pokédex is said to be rare, even in the Alola region. While inside the Pokédex, Rotom can speak with the player. It is given to the player by Professor Kukui.
In addition to functioning as a regular Pokédex, the Rotom Pokédex also has other features for the player to use.
In Pokémon Sun and Moon, the Rotom Pokédex appears on the bottom screen, displaying a map of the area the player is currently in. By tapping the screen, the player can access a variety of functions:
- When the player taps the center of the map, Rotom repeats its most recent suggestion on where to go next.
- When the player taps the map outside the center, the full map function opens, acting in a similar way to the Town Map in previous games.
- When the player taps the black bridge between Rotom's eyes, the Pokédex function opens.
- When the player taps either of Rotom's eyes or on the red part of its body, Rotom will shake and react in a variety of ways.
- Main article: Pokédex → Functions → Entries → Generation VII
The Rotom Pokédex's primary function is a fully featured Pokédex. The player can browse and search Pokémon species, view data about them, and look up their habitats. The Pokédex can also produce QR Codes for the QR Scanner for most registered Pokémon.
When the Rotom Pokédex is idle, the screen usually shows a map. In this view, the map stays centered on the player's immediate area. The player's location is marked by a smiley face icon, with an arrow indicating the direction the player is facing. If the player is inside a building or certain locations (such as Ten Carat Hill), however, the map will remain stationary no matter where the player moves and there is no directional arrow. During the main story, a red flag may also appear, indicating a place the player is supposed to go.
If the player taps the map, the screen's view broadens to show a larger map akin to Town Maps in other games. In this broader view, the top screen shows an overview of the whole Alola region, while the bottom screen focuses on an individual island. If the player moves the map's cursor over different areas on the island, the top screen will show a snapshot of the area, a description of the area, and a list of landmarks within it. The player can scroll between the islands using the L and R Buttons and can zoom in using the Y Button. This view also marks the location of any Pokémon Center the player has visited with an icon.
The broad map is also used when the player uses Charizard Glide. In this mode, all places that the player can fly to are marked by wing icons.
The island maps (from the lower screen of the broad map) are also used when the player views a Pokémon's habitat from its Pokédex entry.
using the Poké Finder
The Poké Finder (Japanese: ポケファインダー Poké Finder) function allows players to take pictures of Pokémon in locations where the icon on the player's bottom screen turns into that of a camera. It can be activated by pressing the R button or tapping the camera icon in those select locations. Pictures are then evaluated with a "Thumbs-Up" score.
Upon taking pictures, the player is awarded with a "Thumbs-up" score, which is then added to the total number of "Thumbs-Ups" the player has earned over time. As the total number increases, new versions of the Poké Finder can be unlocked as follows:
- Version 1: Default version.
- Version 2: Unlocks at 1,500 Thumbs-Up. Adds the ability to zoom.
- Version 3: Unlocks at 10,000 Thumbs-Up. Adds additional zoom.
- Version 4: Unlocks at 100,000 Thumbs-Up. Adds maximum zoom.
- Version 5: Unlocks at 1,500,000 Thumbs-Up. Adds the ability to call Pokémon over to the player. A stamp is added to the player's Passport.
Pictures can only be taken at specific locations, each of which features its own set of available Pokémon. The Pokémon that can be encountered vary with the time of day.
Pokédex obtain sprite from the Generation VII games
- Alola Pokédex
Magearna never counts toward the total registered count in evaluations of the Alola Pokédex.
- "If you wanna fill up that Alola Pokédex, it wouldn't be a bad idea to trade Pokémon with some friends, zzt-zzt!"
- "Battling lots of different Trainers is one way to encounter different Pokémon for your 'Dex, zzt-zzzzt!"
- "Some Pokémon you'll only find if you really get into the nitty-gritty of Alola life! Zzzt! Like gathering Berriezzz or hatching Eggzzz, you know?"
- "Mm-hmm! That'zzz my little trooper! You've managed to meet plenty of Pokémon here in Alola, haven't you, big boy/clever girl? Zzz-zzzzt!"
- "I'll tell you a secret: in some places, you can meet totally different Pokémon at night than during the day! Zzrrrt!"
- "Kzzzzrrt?! You've met this many Pokémon?! I knew I picked a good Trainer! Zzt-zzt!"
- "What the zzzt?! You're so close! So close to completing the Alola Pokédex! Lookzzz like a completed Pokédex might not just be a dream for you, kid! I knew you could do it!"
- "Zzzzrrrttt!!! Kzzt! Kzzt! Kzzrrrttt! You've done it, kid... You've really gone and done it! You completed the Alola Pokédex! Zzzt-zzt! You met every last Pokémon that livezzz in the Alola region! I thank my lucky circuits that I wazzz here in this 'Dex to meet all these different Pokémon and share all these great adventurezzz with you, partner! Congratulations to you, kid. You really deserve them!"
- Melemele Pokédex
- "Dive right into the tall grass wherever you find it and dive right into fantastic new Pokémon encounterzzz!"
- "Even Pokémon love the big city life sometimezzz… Kick around in Hau'oli City's grass patches to find 'em!"
- "Whole meadowzzz of flowers are pretty rare in Alola… Maybe there are some rare Pokémon in them, too!"
- "Zzzzmmm! You're getting really close, big boy/clever girl! You've nearly completed the Melemele Pokédex!"
- "Congratulationzzz, bucko! You did it! You met all the Pokémon to be found on Melemele!"
- Akala Pokédex
- "It'zzz your second Island Pokédex! There are so many new Pokémon to discover!"
- "Akala Island hazzz plenty of fishing spots to check out. And some Pokémon you'll only find by fishing 'em up!"
- "If you ride on Lapras's back, you can cast your rod while you cruizzze around on the water. Juzzzt don't drop me!"
- "One last push and your Akala Pokédex will be complete! Don't give up now, partner! Zzt-zzt!"
- "Congratulationzzz, bucko! You did it! You met all the Pokémon to be found on Akala!"
- Ula'ula Pokédex
- "Now we turn to the Ula'ula Pokédex! There are still lotzzz of Pokémon you haven't seen yet!"
- "Some Pokémon evolve based on different conditionszzz, like where they are or even what time it izzz…don't you know?"
- "There are lotzzz of Pokémon in Haina Desert that you can't meet anywhere else in Alola, kiddo! No escapin' it!"
- "Did you know that there are some Pokémon out there that only live around Mount Hokulani? Zzzmmm?"
- "Congratulationzzz, bucko! You did it! You met all the Pokémon to be found on Ula'ula!"
- Poni Pokédex
- "You can find lotzzz of big Pokémon on Poni Island… Bigger than the onezzz you find on other islands!"
- "I heard there's a Pokémon that evolves if it feelzzz friendly toward you. I like you plenty. Where'zzz my evolution, huh?"
- "If you wanna complete your Pokédex, you'll eventually have to battle the Land Spirit Pokémon in the ruinzzz. You did know that, right? Zz-zz-zz!"
- "So, if there'zzz another world out there that looks just like this one but it izzzn't this one... then would the Pokémon that live there be kind of like the onezzz in this world…but a little different?"
- "Congratulationzzz, bucko! You did it! You met all the Pokémon to be found on Poni!"
When the player registers a Pokémon in the Pokédex, Rotom will make certain comments depending on how the Pokémon was obtained or what kind of Pokémon it is. Some comments may be overridden by others, such as the comment for completing a page, which usually supercedes other comments.
- "Why don't you check out just what kind of Pokémon it izzz that you caught, pal?"
- "Why don't you check out what kind of new Pokémon your pal evolved into, eh, bucko? Zz-zz-zz!"
- For Pokémon hatched from an Egg:
- "Ooh, why don't you see what kind of Pokémon wazzz born from that Egg, kiddo?"
- "Hey! Let'zzz check out what kind of Pokémon it is!"
- "Congratzzz! You registered a Pokémon in your Pokédex. It'zzz a red-letter day...and I'm about as red as anything!"
- For registering all Pokémon on a single page:
- "Hot diggity! Look at you—you're on fire, partner! You've filled in all the Pokémon on a single page! It's like we're playing bingo over here! Zz-zz-zz!"
- "Zzzrt! You registered a Land Spirit Pokémon! If I were you, I'd check it out at once!"
- "Zzzrt! You registered a Legendary Pokémon! That's, well, legendary! Let'zzz check it out!"
- "Zzzrt?! It'zzz an unidentified Pokémon! Go check it out quick!"
- "Zzzrt?! This Pokémon... I don’t even know how to describe it... But my circuitzzz are tingling!"
- "Zzzrk?! Wait... Izzz that— Izzz that a Mythical Pokémon?!"
If a newly registered Pokémon achieves a certain milestone in the player's Pokédex completion, Rotom will also make a comment for this event.
- Any Island Pokédex
- "You've cleared your first big step, pal! Zzz-zzt! Keep on filling up that [Island] Pokédex!"
- 30% of Pokémon registered:
- "Lookzzz like you're getting to know the Pokémon on [Island] Island pretty well, partner!"
- 50% of Pokémon registered:
- "You've made it over the hump for the [Island] Pokédex! You're rolling along azzz smooth as a Poké Ball!"
- 70% of Pokémon registered:
- "Zzt! If you've managed to fill thizzz much of the [Island] Pokédex in, then I bet you could even teach the professor a thing or two about the local Pokémon!"
- 90% of Pokémon registered:
- "Zzt! You're so close! I can almozzzt taste it! So, so close to completing the [Island] Pokédex!"
- 100% of Pokémon registered:
- "You did it! The [Island] Pokédex izzz complete! Zz-zz-zz! You really are something, kiddo!"
- Alola Pokédex
- "Zzzt! You're moving along at a nice clip, partner! Keep up the pace and find all Alola'zzz Pokémon!"
- 30% of Pokémon (90) registered:
- "You're almozzzt up to 100 Pokémon in your 'Dex, pal! There are plenty of different kinds of Pokémon, huh? Some are even azzz great...azzz me! Zz-zz-zz!"
- 50% of Pokémon (150) registered:
- "You've made it over the hump for the Alola Pokédex! You're rolling along azzz smooth as a Poké Ball!"
- 70% of Pokémon (210) registered:
- "Lookzzz like you're well on your way to becoming an expert on the Pokémon all around the Alola region! Zz-zzt!"
- 90% of Pokémon (270) registered:
- "Just one last big push and you'll be there! Zzzt! You can do it! Complete the Alola Pokédex! Zz-zzt!"
- 95% of Pokémon (285) registered:
- "We're in the final countdown! My circuitzzz are tingling! You're really gonna do it: you're gonna complete the entire Alola Pokédex, aren't you?! You clever thing, you! Zz-zz-zz!"
- 100% of Pokémon (300) registered:
- "GOAAALLL! You did it! You really did it, pal! You completed the Alola Pokédex! Zzz-zzzzzt!"
In the anime
Rotom Pokédex in the anime
- Main article: Rotom Pokédex (anime)
Ash received an Alola Pokédex from Professor Kukui in The Guardian's Challenge!. It was empty until Loading the Dex!, where Kukui completed the Pokédex by having a Rotom enter the device, turning Rotom into what it calls the Pokédex Rotom version (Japanese: ロトムポケデックスフォルム Rotom Pokédex Forme). It has since registered Ash as its user and follows him around.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Rotom, prior to entering Moon's Pokédex, in Pokémon Adventures
The Rotom Pokédex in Pokémon Adventures
The Rotom Pokédex debuted in PASM01. Originally, it was a regular Rotom that Professor Kukui requested to receive from a region outside of Alola so that he may use it to fuse with one of his Pokédexes. Due to this particular Rotom having a weak body, it was unable to be transferred electronically, so Moon was given the task of delivering Rotom to Professor Kukui while also using her pharmaceutical skills to keep it healthy along the way.
After Moon successfully delivered Rotom, Professor Kukui decided to have it enter Sun's empty Pokédex. Due to Sun's mishandling of the Pokédex, Rotom refused to enter it and ran away in disgust. Angered by this, Professor Kukui forced Sun to retrieve Rotom while he attempted to clean the dirty Pokédex.
Later, it was revealed that Professor Kukui had a spare Pokédex, which he gave to Moon. This Pokédex was the one that Rotom decided to enter, becoming the Rotom Pokédex in the process.
Moon later traveled to Lush Jungle with Mallow to find a Mirage Berry. There, they found Tapu Lele in battle with a Xurkitree. Not knowing anything about the Ultra Beast, Rotom went up to Xurkitree to try and record data on it. Xurkitree retaliated by shooting Rotom with a powerful electric attack, forcing it to fall to the ground and shut down.
In the TCG
Regular print of Rotom Dex
- Main article: Rotom Dex (Sun & Moon 131)
Rotom Dex was introduced as an Item card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Sun & Moon Series (the Japanese Sun & Moon Era). It was first released in the Collection Sun expansion before debuting in English in the Sun & Moon expansion, with an illustration by 5ban Graphics. It was also released as a Full Art card in both expansions, with an illustration also by 5ban Graphics. Rotom Dex allows the player to shuffle their Prize cards into their deck. The player then take the same amount of remaining Prize cards they have left from the top of their deck and put them face down as their new Prize cards.
- The Rotom Pokédex is the only Pokédex without the ability to view information about all Pokémon known as of that time (Generation VII), as it lacks information on the 500 Pokémon not in the Alola Pokédex and cannot receive a National Dex upgrade by any means.
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