The diploma or certificateSwSh (Japanese: 賞状 honorable certificate) is an item awarded in almost all core series Pokémon games for completing various modes of the Pokédex. It is obtained from Game Freak's lead developer after the player has completed their Pokédex.
In Generation I and II, there is only one diploma in the game, awarded for completing the Pokédex. From Generation III to VI, there is one diploma awarded for completing the regional Pokédex and a second for completing the National Pokédex.
In Pokémon X and Y, a total of five diplomas are awarded: one for capturing every Pokémon in each of the Kalos Pokédexes, one for obtaining all of those three diplomas, and one for completing the National Pokédex. These diplomas are different if the player completed their Pokédex only with blue pentagon Pokémon.
In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, an additional Diploma can be received if the player shows the Game Freak lead developer a Pokémon that was originally caught in either Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire or Pokémon Emerald; unlike most diplomas, this one is customized according to the Pokémon shown to the developer, with its Generation III sprite appearing in the bottom-left corner.
In Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, instead of a diploma, the player is given stamps on their Trainer Card for completing the various regional Pokédexes. There is no reward for catching all the Pokémon as of this generation, likely because the National Pokédex is not obtainable in these games. In Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, the player can receive a diploma from the director for completing their Kanto Pokédex; due to only Pokémon in the Kanto Pokédex existing in these games, there is no diploma for completing the National Pokédex.
In all games in which Celadon Condominiums appears, the Game Freak lead developer is located in the Game Freak headquarters there. In Black, White, Black 2, and White 2, he is located in the Game Freak building in Castelia City. In games in which a Game Freak building is not present, he is on vacation and found in some kind of temporary accommodation; in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, he is on the top floor of Cove Lily Motel in Lilycove City; in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, he is in the north-westernmost house in the Hotel Grand Lake at the Valor Lakefront; in Pokémon X and Y, he is in the Hotel Coumarine in Coumarine City.
For a Pokédex to be considered complete, the player must have owned all Pokémon in that Pokédex (except a select few Pokémon). In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, to complete the Sinnoh Pokédex, the player only needs to have seen all the Pokémon in the Sinnoh Pokédex, not own them.
Mythical Pokémon and Phione (whose Mythical status is disputed) are not usually required to qualify for diplomas; however, in Pokémon Platinum seeing Manaphy is required to obtain the Sinnoh Pokédex Diploma, and in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire owning Deoxys is required to obtain the National Pokédex Diploma. In the Generation III games and Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, owning Ho-Oh and Lugia is not required to complete any Pokédex.
The diploma is not an item as it is not added to the player's Bag; to view it after obtaining it, the player must talk to said lead developer again. In Pokémon Black and White and Pokémon X and Y, the diploma is instead sent to the player's bedroom for display. In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the diploma can be hung on the wall of the player's Secret Base.
In Pokémon Yellow, Gold, Silver, and Crystal, it is possible to print out a copy of the diploma using a Game Boy Printer. The printout displays additional graphics in the bottom half of the diploma which cannot be otherwise seen. Interestingly, in Yellow, the image only visible on the printout includes Mew, despite Mew not being necessary to obtain the diploma.
|RGBY||Pokédex||Have owned 150 species of Pokémon|
|GSC||New Pokédex||Have owned 249 species of Pokémon|
|RSE||Hoenn Pokédex||Have owned all Hoenn Pokédex Pokémon except Jirachi and Deoxys|
|FRLG||Kanto Pokédex||Have owned all Kanto Pokédex Pokémon except Mew|
|DP||Sinnoh Pokédex||Have seen all (non-expanded) Sinnoh Pokédex Pokémon except Manaphy|
|Pt||Have seen all expanded Sinnoh Pokédex Pokémon|
|HGSS||Johto Pokédex||Have owned all Johto Pokédex Pokémon except Mew and Celebi|
|BW||Unova Pokédex||Have owned all Unova Pokédex Pokémon except Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta, and Genesect|
|B2W2||New Unova Pokédex||Have owned all New Unova Pokédex Pokémon except Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta, and Genesect|
|XY||Central Kalos Pokédex||Have owned all Central Kalos Pokédex Pokémon except Diancie, Hoopa, and Volcanion|
|Coastal Kalos Pokédex||Have owned all Coastal Kalos Pokédex Pokémon except Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres|
|Mountain Kalos Pokédex||Have owned all Mountain Kalos Pokédex Pokémon except Mewtwo|
|Kalos Pokédexes||Have owned all Central, Coastal and Mountain Kalos Pokédex Pokémon except Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Mewtwo, Diancie, Hoopa, and Volcanion|
|ORAS||Hoenn Pokédex||Have owned all Hoenn Pokédex Pokémon except Rayquaza, Jirachi, and Deoxys|
|PE||Kanto Pokédex||Have owned all Kanto Pokédex Pokémon except Mew, Meltan and Melmetal|
|SwSh||Galar Pokédex||Have owned all Galar Pokédex Pokémon|
|SwShIoA||Isle of Armor Pokédex||Have owned all Isle of Armor Pokédex Pokémon except Zarude|
|RSEFRLG||Have owned all Pokémon except Mew, Ho-Oh, Lugia, Celebi, Jirachi, and Deoxys|
|DPPt||Have owned all Pokémon except Mew, Ho-Oh, Lugia, Celebi, Jirachi, Deoxys, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, and Arceus|
|HGSS||Have owned all Pokémon except Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Deoxys, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, and Arceus|
|BWB2W2||Have owned all Pokémon except Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Deoxys, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta, and Genesect|
|XY||Have owned all Pokémon except Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Deoxys, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Diancie, Hoopa, and Volcanion|
|ORAS||Have owned all Pokémon except Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Diancie, Hoopa, and Volcanion|
|ORAS||Show a Pokémon that was originally caught in either Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire or Pokémon Emerald.|
All Kalos Pokédexes
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