Pokédex entry recycling
Pokédex entry recycling refers to the same Pokédex text descriptions about certain Pokémon being reused in multiple games.
In the core series games
Some games share the same Pokédex entries about certain Pokémon (in particular, some remakes reuse most or all entries from the remade games).
- The Japanese games Pokémon Red and Green share the same Pokédex entries, which were originally left untranslated in English until they were reused in later games.
- The Japanese Pokémon Blue introduced new Pokédex entries, which were translated into English and shared by Pokémon Red and Blue.
- In Pokémon Yellow, no Pokédex entries were reused from previous games.
- In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, no Pokédex entries were reused from previous games. Each Pokémon species has a different entry in those games.
- In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, there are no Pokédex entries reused from previous games. The Pokémon in the Generation III Hoenn Pokédex have separate entries in each game. All other Pokémon share the same entry in both games.
- Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen were the first core series games with Pokédex entries reused from previous games.
- The Generation I Pokémon had their FireRed entries reused from Japanese Pokémon Red and Green, making this the first time when those entries were translated into English; their LeafGreen entries were reused from Pokémon Red and Blue, originally from Japanese Pokémon Blue.
- The Generation II Pokémon had their FireRed entries reused from Pokémon Silver; their LeafGreen entries were reused from Pokémon Gold.
- The Generation III Pokémon have new Pokédex entries in FireRed and LeafGreen, each Pokémon sharing the same entry between both games except Deoxys has a different entry in each game.
- In Pokémon Emerald, the Pokémon in the Generation III Hoenn Pokédex have a new entry. All other Pokémon reuse the entry shared by Ruby and Sapphire.
- None of the Pokédex entries from Emerald have been reused in any other game thus far, possibly due to their length.
- In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, there are no English Pokédex entries reused from previous games.
- In Japanese, Parasect has the only reused Pokédex entry, having the same text in Pearl that was previously used in LeafGreen and Blue. However, Parasect's English Pokédex entry in Pearl was translated with different wording than the one used in previous games.
- In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, the Pokémon available in the Sinnoh Pokédex, as well as Parasect, Darkrai, Shaymin, and Arceus, have different Pokédex entries in each game. All other Pokémon share a single entry in both games.
- In Pokémon Platinum, all Generation IV Pokémon and all Pokémon available in the Sinnoh Pokédex (which was expanded with more Pokémon than in previous games) have a new Pokédex entry.
- Parasect reuses the Pokédex entry from Diamond.
- All other Pokémon reuse the entry shared by Diamond and Pearl.
- In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, all Pokémon that appeared in Gold and Silver have their Pokédex entries reused in HeartGold and SoulSilver, respectively. Pokémon introduced in Generation III or Generation IV have new Pokédex entries.
- In Pokémon Black and White, all Pokémon in the original version of the Unova Pokédex (entirely consisting of Generation V Pokémon) have new Pokédex entries that are different between those two games.
- In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, all Pokémon in the extended version of the Unova Pokédex (including all Generation V Pokémon as well as several Pokémon from earlier generations) have new entries that are the same in both games.
- All other Pokémon reuse the entries shared by Pokémon Platinum, Black and White, except some entries have minor wording changes.
- In Pokémon X and Y, all Generation VI Pokémon have new Pokédex entries that are different between those two games.
- The Pokémon from earlier generations have entries reused from several games.
- In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, only Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, and Hoopa have new entries, which are different between those two games.
- In Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, only the Pokémon and alternate forms available in the Alola Pokédex have Pokédex entries. All of the Pokédex entries in the games are new. The original version of this regional Pokédex appears in Sun and Moon, and the expanded version in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
- In Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, only the Pokémon in the Kanto Pokédex (with the addition of Meltan and Melmetal in this generation) are available in-game and have Pokédex entries. The Mega Evolutions and Alolan forms of those Pokémon have separate entries as well. All of the entries are shared between the two games.
- In Pokémon Sword and Shield, the Pokémon in the Galar Pokédex, Isle of Armor Pokédex, or Crown Tundra Pokédex have Pokédex entries available in-game as usual. There are also some Pokémon obtainable in Sword and Shield that are not present in any of the three Pokédex listings that have no entries seen in-game, but some of them have entries in Pokémon HOME associated with Sword and Shield nonetheless.
- There are new entries (either in-game or in HOME) for all available Pokémon and alternate forms introduced in Generation IV or later, and for all available Legendary Pokémon regardless of when they were introduced. Most of the available Pokémon introduced prior to Generation IV have entries reused from several games, except some of those Pokémon have new entries as well.
- Pokémon exclusive to the Isle of Armor or Crown Tundra have new Pokédex entries, regardless of when those Pokémon were introduced, with the exception of the Bulbasaur and Squirtle evolutionary families.
- All Pokédex entries (both in-game and in HOME) are different between Sword and Shield.
- In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, every Pokédex entry is taken from Diamond and Pearl respectively, though some of them feature wording changes
- In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, no Pokédex entries are reused from previous games, as they are written in first person by Professor Laventon.
- In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, Pokémon in the Paldea Pokédex and the Kitakami Pokédex have entries, as well as Walking Wake and Iron Leaves, whose entries only appear in Pokémon HOME. Pokémon introduced in Generation VI or later have new Pokédex entries, as do some Pokémon introduced before Generation VI. The entries for Walking Wake and Iron Leaves are the only ones shared between the two games.
In the side series games
Pokémon Stadium series
- Main article: Pokédex (Stadium)
The Pokédex entries introduced in Japanese Pokémon Stadium were reused in Pokémon Stadium. However, the English version of those entries was introduced in the latter game, since the earlier game was never released outside of Japan.
In the spin-off games
Pokémon Pinball series
- Main article: Pokédex (Pinball)
- The Japanese version of Pokémon Pinball uses the Pokédex entries from Pokémon Yellow, except Yellow's entry for Rattata has an additional space, and there are minor wording changes in the entries about Pikachu, Sandslash, Meowth, Persian, Golbat, Oddish, and Dragonair.
- The English version of Pokémon Pinball uses the Pokédex entries shared by Pokémon Red and Blue instead, possibly due to the fact that Pokémon Pinball was released in English before Pokémon Yellow.
- Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire has 205 available Pokémon, of those 201 being from the Generation III Hoenn Pokédex (except Deoxys is not available). This game uses 97 Pokédex entries from Pokémon Ruby and 104 entries from Pokémon Sapphire. The other 4 Pokémon are the only ones outside the Hoenn Pokédex, with their entries simply being "Bonus appearance on Ruby Field."
Pokémon Trading Card Game series
- In Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon Trading Card Game 2: The Invasion of Team GR!, the Pokédex entries seen on the cards are taken from the real-life Pokémon Trading Card Game, which itself features Pokédex entries from the core series games.
In the anime
The Pokémon anime often reuses Pokédex entries from the games, in addition to introducing original Pokédex entries.
In the manga
The Pokémon Adventures manga often reuses Pokédex entries from the games.
In the TCG
- In the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the Pokémon cards often feature the text from Pokédex entries originally introduced in the core series games.
- In particular, the early cards with the Japanese entries shared by Pokémon Red and Green (which had no official English translation) use the English entries from Pokémon Red and Blue instead.
- As an exception, the Pokémon cards from the Double Crisis expansion feature original Pokédex entries instead of entries from the games.
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