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Pokémon Ultimate Handbook

Pokémon Ultimate
ISBN: 978-0545078863
Published: October 1, 2008
Publisher: Scholastic logo.png
Author: Cris Silvestri
Preceded By: Pokémon Sinnoh Handbook
Succeeded By: Pokémon Johto Handbook

The Pokémon Ultimate Handbook by Cris Silvestri (ISBN 978-0545078863) is an edition of The Official Pokémon Handbook series that was published on October 1, 2008. It served as a paper form of the National Pokédex for all 491 Pokémon known at the time in alphabetical order, excluding Shaymin and Arceus. The book's final pages include a special feature of Darkrai and a section on all Legendary Pokémon but Shaymin and Arceus.

An Updated Edition of the book was released in 2009 by the same author. The updated version fixes some of the errors that are present in the first edition, and it also includes entries for Arceus, as well as Shaymin's Land and Sky Formes.


The entries for each Pokémon are in an easy-to-read page setup. Each Pokémon has either an entire page to itself, or shares a page with one of its evolutions, or another Pokémon.


Each entry is topped with a large, slab-shaped bar of a random color. Unlike its predecessors, these bars have both the Pokémon's name and species name inside, and the color does not reference its type.


Each Pokémon has the following stats below its name:

  1. Pronunciation
  2. Possible Moves (moves the Pokémon will already know and learn along the way)
  3. Type
  4. Height and weight
  5. Region it resides in (either Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, or Sinnoh)

Moves introduced in Platinum are not included.

Image and other information

Each Pokémon has an anime-style picture on its page, with "flavor text" under their name. Pages for legendary Pokémon have stars on their page and their bar will be white with a glowing stroke around it.

Evolution chain

At the very bottom of a Pokémon's entry is a diagram of its evolutionary family. Pokémon that do not evolve do not have an evolution chain.


The updated edition

Many of the errors present are incorrect species names or misspellings of moves.

  • Abra and its evolutions are mistakenly listed as the "Psychic Pokémon" instead of the Psi Pokémon.
  • Azelf is listed as the "Stone Pokémon" instead of the Willpower Pokémon.
    • This is corrected in the Updated Edition.
  • Budew's page wrongly states that it is able to learn Bullet Seed by level-up.
    • Later prints of the first and Updated Editions give Budew the same moveset as Cranidos and Rampardos.
  • Celebi's type combination is listed as Grass/Psychic instead of Psychic/Grass.
  • Cherrim is listed as the "Cherry Blossom Pokémon" when it is simply the Blossom Pokémon.
  • Cresselia is listed as the "Crescent Moon Pokémon" instead of the Lunar Pokémon.
  • Croagunk is called the "Poison Pokémon" instead of the Toxic Mouth Pokémon.
  • Delibird's name box has a yellow glow, which only Legendary Pokémon have.
  • Dialga is called the "Time Pokémon" instead of the Temporal Pokémon.
  • Donphan is listed as the "Armor Bird Pokémon" when its simply the Armor Pokémon.
  • On Duskull's page, an image of its eye is under its picture. This occurs in all of its evolutionary chains.
    • This is corrected in the Updated Edition.
  • Gliscor is listed as the "Fangscorpion Pokémon" instead of the Fang Scorp Pokémon.
  • Golem is listed as the "Rock Pokémon" like its pre-evolved forms, instead of the Megaton Pokémon.
  • Ledyba and Ledian are listed as the "Five Start Pokémon" instead of the Five Star Pokémon.
    • This is corrected in the Updated Edition.
  • Luxio has Roserade's moveset.
    • This is corrected in the Updated Edition.
  • Luxray has the same moveset as Cranidos and Rampardos.
  • Palkia is called the "Space Pokémon" instead of the Spatial Pokémon.
    • These are both corrected in the Updated Edition.
  • Porygon2 is misspelled Porygon 2 and Porygon-2 in its name and entry.
  • Rampardos's moveset is missing Endeavor.
  • Rotom is listed as a Legendary Pokémon.
    • This is corrected in the Updated Edition.
  • Scizor is called the "Scissors Pokémon" instead of the Pincer Pokémon. It has also been called this in the anime at one point.
  • In the Updated Edition, Shaymin's Sky Forme's moveset is missing Air Slash.
  • Skorupi's species name, the Scorpion Pokémon, is misspelled "Scorpian."
  • Squirtle is called the "Water Pokémon" instead of the Tiny Turtle Pokémon.
  • Staryu is called the "Star Fish Pokémon" instead of the Star Shape Pokémon.
  • The lineart of Suicune on its entry page and in the Legendary line-up are misprinted.
  • Surskit is called the "Pound Skater Pokémon" instead of the Pond Skater Pokémon.
  • Taillow is listed as the "Tiny Swallow Pokémon" instead of the TinySwallow Pokémon.
  • Torkoal is called the "Coral Pokémon" instead of the Coal Pokémon.
  • Torterra's picture on its own page is different from the one in Grotle's evolution chain.
  • Zangoose's page misspells "cat" as "car."
  • Zigzagoon's species name, the TinyRaccoon Pokémon, is misspelled "Tynyracoon."
  • The move Sky Attack is mostly referred to as "Sky Power."
    • Similarly, Tri Attack is incorrectly called "Tri Power."
  • There are several minor move spelling errors, such as: Infernape's page misspells Mach Punch as "Mash Punch," Prinplup's page misspells Metal Claw as "Metal Chew," and Turtwig's page misspells Synthesis as "Syntesis."

Game guides: Official Pokémon TCG Perfect GuidePokémon Card GB Final Tactical BookPokémon Card GB Official Guidebook

Pokémon Card GB2 Official GuidebookPokémon Trainer's Survival GuidePokémon Trainer's Guide

Anime guides: All Movies Perfect GuideAmazing Pokémon GuidebookElement Pokédex series
Extreme Pokémon: The Guide for the Ultimate FanPokémon: Greatest BattlesPokémon Hall of Fame
Pokémon: Sinnoh Hall of FamePokémon Top 10 HandbookPokémon Visual Guide
Cross-media guides: Beckett Unofficial Guide To Pokémon Diamond & PearlThe Complete Pokémon Pocket Guide
Legendary Pokémon: The Essential Guide - Sinnoh Edition
The Official Pokémon Handbook (234KantoJohtoSinnohUltimateBlack/WhiteEssential)
Official Pokémon PokédexPokémon Annual

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