Pokémon Annual

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Pokémon Annual is a series of books by Pedigree Books, with a new edition released annually.

Typical content

Profiles of the first 48 Pokémon in the National Pokédex order, from the 2008 Annual
A novelization from the 2008 Annual

Meet Your Pokémon Pals!

The main characters in the current anime season are introduced. This section is called "Meet Your Pokémon Pals!" in most editions, with some exceptions.

Pokémon Profiles

Includes a listing of Pokémon with pictures and information. They are usually either taken from the National Pokédex order or a regional Pokédex, or are sometimes alphabetical. As a rule, the more Pokémon profiled in the Annual, the less room there is for information on each of them. In the 2007 and 2008 Annuals, only the Pokémon's type and Ability are listed.

Anime novelizations

All the Annuals contain adaptations from movies or anime episodes. The illustrations are taken directly from the anime.


Pokémon themed puzzles and activities, including quizzes, crosswords and mazes.

Board game

Most of the Annuals contain board games, usually based on current events in the anime.

List of Annuals


2001 Annual

(ISBN 1902836308) The first official Pokémon Annual introduced the main human characters in the anime series, contained profiles on the first 150 Pokémon and featured novelizations of Pokémon, I Choose You!, Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village, Charmander - The Stray Pokémon and Here Comes the Squirtle Squad. It also contained various puzzles and games.


2002 Annual

(ISBN 1902836596) This annual contained alongside the usual puzzles and games, profiles of all the Pokémon from Generations I and II excluding Mew, Raikou, Suicune and Celebi. It also included novelizations of Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon, Electric Shock Showdown, Roll On, Pokémon (erroneously titled "Day of the Donphan") and Bye Bye Butterfree.


2003 Annual

(ISBN 1902836839) The 2003 Pokémon Annual contained, among other things, a novelization of Mewtwo Strikes Back and a profile on Mew. The front cover depicts numerous Pokémon battling in a stadium.


2004 Annual

(ISBN 190432925X) The first Generation III Annual included profiles of most of the Hoenn Pokémon, in alphabetical order, and novelizations of Pikachu and Pichu and Spell of the Unown: Entei. All the main characters from Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire appear on the cover. This annual was also available with a lenticular version of the cover.


2005 Annual

(ISBN 1904329462) This Annual contained profiles of all 200 Pokémon in the Hoenn Pokédex, including their category, type(s), moves that they can learn (in order), evolutions, height and weight. It also includes novelizations of the first six Advanced Generation episodes. A Ruin with a View, There's no Place Like Hoenn and You Never Can Taillow are combined into one story, collectively entitled "There's No Place Like Hoenn", while Get the Show on the Road!, In the Knicker of Time! and A Poached Ego! are all novelized separately.


2006 Annual

(ISBN 1904329551) Contained the same profiles as the previous Annual, and novelizations of Maxxed Out!, Pros and Con Artists, Game Winning Assist and Fight for the Meteorite!.


2007 Annual

(ISBN 1905302010) Contained a listing of all (at the time) 384 Pokémon in National Pokédex order, plus bonus profiles of Jirachi and Deoxys in the back. Also included maps of Kanto, Johto and Hoenn, and novelizations of Clamperl of Wisdom!, The Relicanth Really Can!, The Evolutionary War! and Training Wrecks.


2008 Annual

Contained the same profiles as the previous Annual, minus Jirachi and Deoxys but also including profiles on some Generation IV Pokémon. Includes novelizations of Sweet Baby James, Strategy Tomorrow - Comedy Tonight!, Duels of the Jungle! and Home is Where the Start Is!.


2009 Annual

(ISBN 9781905302802) The first fully Generation IV Annual. It contained profiles of all 151 Pokémon in the Sinnoh Pokédex, a bonus profile on Darkrai, and novelizations of Shapes of Things to Come!, Mutiny in the Bounty!, Cooking Up a Sweet Story! and All Dressed up with Somewhere to Go!.


2010 Annual

(ISBN 9781906918132) Contains profiles of various Generation IV Pokémon, also has bonus pages with profiles and information about Shaymin's Sky Forme and Giratina's Origin Forme, and novelizations of Camping It Up!, Up Close And Personable!, Ghoul Daze!, and One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!.


2011 Annual

(ISBN 9781906918835) Contains profiles of various Generation IV Pokémon, has novelizations of Dealing With Defensive Types!, Leading a Stray!, Steeling Peace of Mind!.


2012 Annual

(ISBN 9781907602641) Contains profiles of various Generation V Pokémon and novelizations of A Sandile Gusher of Change!, The Battle Club And Tepig's Choice! and Snivy Plays Hard to Catch!


2013 Annual

(ISBN 9781907602498) Contains profiles of various human characters appearing in Pokémon the Series: Black & White. It also contains information on each Generation V Pokémon. It has novelizations of the anime episodes Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!, Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym! and Ash Versus The Champion!.


2014 Annual

(ISBN 9781907602740) Contains profiles of various human characters appearing in Pokémon the Series: Black & White. It also contains information on each Generation V Pokémon. It has novelizations of the anime episodes Mission: Defeat Your Rival!, Lost at the League! and Strong Strategy Steals the Show!.

The annual also comes with a paper version of Ash's hat that can be cut out and worn.


2015 Annual

(ISBN 9781908152633) Contains profiles of various human characters appearing in Pokémon the Series: XY and Generation I, II, III, IV, V and VI Pokémon as well as a novelization of A Blustery Santalune Gym Battle!. The word "standees" (concerning the free standees of the Pokémon Froakie, Fennekin and Chespin inside the annual) is misspelled on the front cover as "standess".


2016 Annual

(ISBN 9781910287170) Contains profiles of various human characters appearing in Pokémon the Series: XY, as well as details on all Mega-Evolved Pokémon. It also contains novelizations of An Undersea Place to Call Home!, A Stealthy Challenge!, and Facing the Grand Design!.


2017 Annual

(ISBN 9780995495074) Contains novelizations of A Meeting of Two Journeys! and An Explosive Operation!. It also features an A to Z Pokédex of all Pokémon in alphabetical order at the end of the book.

Other editions

New Character Special

New Character Special

(ISBN 9781902836546)

Summer Special Edition

(ISBN 1904329136) In addition to the regular Annuals, a Summer Special Edition was also published in 2002. It included a novelization of Pikachu's Vacation, Pokémon profiles of Raikou, Suicune and Celebi and the usual puzzles and games included in the regular annuals.


  • In the 2005 Annual, the pictures of Rhyhorn and Rhydon are reversed. This error was eventually corrected in the 2006 edition. However, the same error occurs again in the 2011 edition on page 33.
    • Also in this edition, Ninjask was said to evolve into Shedinja, Vileplume was said to evolve into Bellossom, and Huntail was said to evolve into Gorebyss. However, this was probably due to the lack of space in each Pokémon's information box.
  • In the 2011 Annual, on page 32 in Tentacool's information box, "Liquid Ooze" is misspelled as "Liquid Ooz".
    • In the same book, "Magnet Pull" is written as "Magnetic Pull" in both Magnemite and Magneton's information boxes on page 33.
    • On page 83, in Budew's information box, "Natural Cure" is misspelled "Nautural Cure".
    • On page 85, "Battle Armor" is misspelled as "Battle Amour" in Skorupi's information box on page 85.
  • In the 2014 Annual, the quiz on page 57 states Ash's Palpitoad is a Poison-type Pokémon.
  • In the 2017 Annual, the front cover misspells "Activities" as "Activites".

Game guides: Official Pokémon TCG Perfect GuidePokémon Card GB Final Tactical Book
Pokémon Trainer's Survival GuidePokémon Trainer's Guide
Pokémon Pocket Trainer's Guide
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescuer's GuidePokémon Mystery Dungeon Explorer'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 • Pokémon Visual Companion (123)
World of SinnohThe Official Adventure GuidePokémon Movie CompanionTraining ManualFirst Partner Handbook
Official Pokémon PokédexEvolution ManualGym Battle Guidebook
Cross-media guides: Beckett Unofficial Guide To Pokémon Diamond & PearlThe Complete Pokémon Pocket Guide
Legendary Pokémon: The Essential Guide - Sinnoh EditionPokémon: Kalos Beginner's Handbook
The Official Pokémon Handbook (234KantoJohtoSinnohUltimateBlack/WhiteEssentialKalos
Deluxe EssentialClassic Collector'sAlolaSuper Deluxe EssentialGalarSuper Extra Deluxe Essential)
Pokémon AnnualOfficial Guide to Legendary and Mythical PokémonLegendary and Mythical Guidebook: Deluxe Edition
Case Files (Pokémon: Detective Pikachu)

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