Pokémon Essential Handbook

'Pokémon Essential Handbook'
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ISBN: 978-0545427715
Published: August 1, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic logo.png
Author: Cris Silvestri
Preceded By: Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version Handbook
Succeeded By: Pokémon Kalos Region Handbook

The Pokémon Essential Handbook by Cris Silvestri is an edition of The Official Pokémon Handbook series that was published by Scholastic on August 1, 2012. It serves as a paper form of the National Pokédex for all 646 Pokémon known at the time in alphabetical order. It is 366 pages long.


Your comprehensive guide
to over 640 Pokémon!
Azelf and Zekrom...
Bulbasaur and Yanma...
Cascoon and Xatu...
Plus hundreds more!
Legendary Pokémon, Bug-types, Water-types, and every
Pokémon in between. This book has got it all! It's jam-packed
with insider info on your favorites from every region.
So what are you waiting for?
Let's begin your training!


The entries for each Pokémon are in an easy-to-read page setup. A page may be devoted to one or two Pokémon.


Each entry begins with the Pokémon's name and species name at the top on a colored bar. The bar's color only serves to group Pokémon with the same first letter in their names.


Each Pokémon has the following information below its name:

  1. Pronunciation
  2. Possible moves (moves the Pokémon will learn by leveling up)
  3. Type
  4. Height and weight
  5. Region it was first discovered in (Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, or Unova)

Image and other information

Each Pokémon has an anime-style picture on its page with flavor text under its name. A Legendary or Mythical Pokémon's picture is labeled as "Legendary" or "Mythical" around its picture.

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. A Pokémon that is on one side of a branched evolution will show itself and the Pokémon it evolved from, but not the other side of the branch.



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