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This is a list of the grammar conventions and syntax used in official media that Bulbapedia strives to follow.
This list is being constantly updated, and is intended as a reference rather than something to memorize. If you would like to suggest an addition or modification for this page, please do so on the talk page. This page is maintained by SnorlaxMonster.
- American English should be used rather than Commonwealth English in Bulbapedia articles. (This consistent with most English language Pokémon games, as well as much of Pokémon media as a whole.) Exceptions are made if the spelling is officially the Commonwealth one, such as "Catalogue."
- 's should be included at the end of singular possessives ending in s. While it is correct to either omit or include the s after the apostrophe in these cases, Bulbapedia follows the games' convention (for a multitude of reasons, including the games' usage) and appends the s. For example, Iris's should be used, not Iris'.
- The serial comma should be used where applicable (matching the syntax of the Pokémon games).
- Evolutionary levels should be designated as "unevolved," "first evolution," and "second evolution" for Pokémon that have undergone zero, one, and two evolutions respectively during their development. The TCG terminology of "basic Pokémon," "stage 1 Pokémon" and "stage 2 Pokémon" do not apply to other media.
When discussing topics in general, their most recent name should normally be used.
When discussing a topic in the context of a particular medium or product, the terminology used normally should match the terminology used in that product. For example, when discussing the Thunder Stone in general it should normally be rendered with a space ("Thunder Stone"), but when discussing the Thunder Stone in Pokémon Gold and Silver, it should be rendered without a space ("Thunderstone") to match how it was displayed in those games.
The anime is primarily an audiovisual medium, not a written medium, so context-sensitive spelling is typically not applied. When discussing a Thunder Stone in the original series, the item should be rendered with a space ("Thunder Stone"), despite this formatting not appearing in Pokémon media until much not later. However, differences in name should still be respected; for example, while in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver the tower in Ecruteak City is known as the Bell Tower, in the Generation II games and the anime it is referred to as the Tin Tower, so it should still be referred to as the "Tin Tower" when discussing the anime.
Prior to Generation VI, CamelCase was common in the games due to character limitations, but later games have largely moved away from its use. The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games typically did not use CamelCase, instead only capitalizing the first letter of words that would be CamelCase in the core series games (e.g. "Deepseatooth").
- "Super effective" is never hyphenated. It formatted with a space when used as the object of a conjugation of the verb "to be" ("The attack was super effective"), but is formatted as one word when used adjectivally in front of a noun ("A supereffective attack").
- "Day-Care Couple," "Day-Care Man," "Day-Care Lady," and "Day-Care Checker" are all hyphenated as "Day-Care" is used as an adjective in these phrases. "Pokémon Day Care" and "Day Care," when used as nouns, are not hyphenated.
Types themselves are always capitalized.
- As adjectives, types are "<typename>-type."
- As nouns referring to a Pokémon of that type, they are "<typename> type"
- As nouns referring to the types themselves, they are "<typename>" or "the <typename> type."
Types rendered with a hyphen are adjectives, so should never be pluralized. For example, "Water-types" is never correct. (Anime episode titles may go against the standard, such as The Grass-Type Is Always Greener!.)
- The plural of "Pokémon" is "Pokémon" and the plural of every Pokémon species is the same as the singular, much like moose or sheep. For example, Those Pikachu are Electric-type Pokémon.
- Note the following special plurals for item names:
- The word Pokémon is always capitalized, as are all nouns starting with "Poké" (such as Pokégear, PokéNav and Poké Flute).
- The names of Pokémon, moves, Abilities, items, and locations are always written in title case.
The following are always capitalized:
- Original Trainer
- Pokémon Professor
- Legendary Pokémon
- Mythical Pokémon
- Hidden Ability
- Egg Group
- Egg Move
- Evolution (when referring to the concept)
- Mega Evolution
- Shiny Pokémon
- Types of battles (Single Battle, Double Battle, Horde Encounter, etc.)
- Move Tutor
The following are not capitalized:
- names of status ailments
- names of seasons
- names of weather conditions
- names of phenomena
- wild Pokémon
- baby Pokémon
- rental Pokémon
- substitute (the doll created by the move Substitute)
- physical move
- special move
- status move
The names of all people, Pokémon, moves, Abilities, items, Trainer classes, stats (except accuracy and evasion), and villainous teams are also always capitalized, as are officially named locations (places like "Kurt's house" do not count).
It is not always immediately obvious whether a particular location or concept should use the definite article "the." The below is a list of such cases according to whether the indefinite article should be used.
The following always have "the":
- The Skyarrow Bridge
- The Driftveil Drawbridge
- The Tubeline Bridge
- The Dreamyard
- The Desert Resort
- The Relic Castle
- The Cold Storage
- The Celestial Tower
- The Abyssal Ruins
- The Entralink
- The Entree Forest
- The Pokémon Global Link
- The Pokémon Dream World
- The Global Battle Union
- The Pleasant Forest
- The Windswept Sky
- The Sparkling Sea
- The Spooky Manor
- The Rugged Mountain
- The Icy Cave
- The Bittercold
While Bulbapedia aims to follow the games' formatting in most circumstances, there are a number of cases in which it does not. Some of these are listed below.
- While Pokémon the games classify as neither "Male" nor "Female" are officially "Gender unknown", Bulbapedia refers to such Pokémon as "Genderless". This is because the term "Gender unknown" gives readers the impression that Bulbapedia is simply missing the information, rather than that being the intended display. However, the term "Gender unknown" is used on Bulbapedia is some cases, such as in the title of the Egg Group "Gender unknown (Egg Group)".
- The fan terms base stats, effort values (EVs), and individual values (IVs) are used due to their overwhelming dominant usage among fans, as well as the official names conflicting with their commonly understood usages among fans. While base stats have no official name, EVs are officially known as "base stats" and IVs as "individual strengths".