Pokémon Ultimate Handbook

Pokémon Ultimate Handbook
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 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 except 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, and Shaymin's Land and Sky Formes.


This handbook features every Pokémon ever--it's truly the ultimate guide for every Pokémon fan!

Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh. Ash's Pokémon journey has taken him through some incredible regions, and now they're all in one book! This deluxe handbook includes facts & figures for every single Pokémon. That's over 480 entries--packed with inside info and special tips. It's truly the ultimate guide for every Pokémon fan.


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 is random.


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 resides in (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
  • The following errors are fixed in the Updated Edition:
    • Aipom's description uses the pronoun "his" rather than "its" at one point.
    • On Duskull's page, an image of its eye is under its picture. This occurs in all of its evolutionary chains.
    • Ledyba and Ledian are said to be the "Five Start Pokémon" instead of Five Star Pokémon.
    • Luxio has Roserade's moveset.
    • Palkia is said to be the "Space Pokémon" instead of the Spatial Pokémon.
    • Porygon and Porygon2's pictures are switched. This is also corrected in later reprints of the original book.
    • Rotom is listed as a Legendary Pokémon.
  • The species names for many Pokémon are misstated:
    • Abra, Kadabra, and Alakazam are said to be the "Psychic Pokémon" instead of the Psi Pokémon.
    • Azelf is said to be the "Stone Pokémon" instead of the Willpower Pokémon.
    • Cherrim is said to be the "Cherry Blossom Pokémon" instead of the Blossom Pokémon.
    • Cresselia is said to be the "Crescent Moon Pokémon" instead of the Lunar Pokémon.
    • Croagunk is said to be the "Poison Pokémon" instead of the Toxic Mouth Pokémon.
    • Dialga is said to be the "Time Pokémon" instead of the Temporal Pokémon.
    • Donphan is said to be the "Armor Bird Pokémon" instead of the Armor Pokémon.
    • Gliscor is said to be the "Fangscorpion Pokémon" instead of the Fang Scorp Pokémon.
    • Golem is said to be the "Rock Pokémon" (like Geodude and Graveler) instead of the Megaton Pokémon.
    • Scizor is said to be the "Scissors Pokémon" instead of the Pincer Pokémon, though it was formerly known as this in Generation II, and it had been called the "Scissor Pokémon" in the anime at one point.
    • Skorupi is said to be the "Scorpian Pokémon" instead of the Scorpion Pokémon.
    • Squirtle is said to be the "Water Pokémon" instead of the Tiny Turtle Pokémon.
    • Staryu is said to be the "Star Fish Pokémon" instead of the Star Shape Pokémon.
    • Surskit is said to be the "Pound Skater Pokémon" instead of the Pond Skater Pokémon.
    • Taillow is said to be the "Tiny Swallow Pokémon" instead of the TinySwallow Pokémon.
    • Torkoal is said to be the "Coral Pokémon" instead of the Coal Pokémon.
    • Zangoose is said to be the "Car Ferret Pokémon" instead of the Cat Ferret Pokémon.
    • Zigzagoon is said to be the "Tynyracoon Pokémon" instead of the TinyRaccoon Pokémon.
  • Budew's page wrongly states that it is able to learn Bullet Seed by level-up.
    • Later prints of the first and Updated Editions have Budew with Cranidos and Rampardos's moveset. This also happens with Luxray.
  • Celebi's type combination is listed as Grass/Psychic instead of Psychic/Grass.
  • Delibird is listed as a Legendary Pokémon. Later reprints remove the listing but retain the yellow glow around its name, which only Legendary Pokémon have.
  • Hitmonlee is shown to be able to evolve into Hitmonchan or Hitmontop.
  • Porygon2 is misspelled Porygon 2 and Porygon-2 in its name and entry.
  • The picture of Probopass is missing its Mini-Noses.
  • On Pupitar's page, the artworks for Tyranitar and Larvitar in the evolutionary chain are switched. This is corrected in later reprints.
  • Rampardos's moveset is missing Endeavor.
  • Spinda and Spiritomb's pages have stars on them, which only Legendary Pokémon have.
  • The lineart of Suicune on its entry page and in the Legendary lineup are misprinted.
  • In Swinub's evolution chain, Swinub and Mamoswine's pictures are switched.
  • Torterra's picture on its own page is different from the one in Grotle's evolution chain.
  • The move Sky Attack is mostly referred to as "Sky Power".
    • Similarly, Tri Attack is incorrectly called "Tri Power".
  • There are several 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".
  • In the Updated Edition, Shaymin's Sky Forme's moveset is missing Air Slash.

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