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The Rotom Phone

The Rotom Phone (Japanese: スマホロトム Smartphone Rotom) is an electronic device found in Galar in Pokémon Sword and Shield. It is a smartphone that is enhanced after being possessed by a Rotom. It is popular amongst people across multiple Pokémon canons, and can host a multitude of functions and applications, including a Pokédex.

Contents

In the core series

The Rotom Phone functions as the menu interface in Pokémon Sword and Shield. From the Rotom Phone, players can access their party, bag, Town Map, Pokédex, League Card, options, and save their game. They can also set up Camp in most areas once they obtain Camping Gear from their mum. If the player connects to the internet, they can also access Mystery Gift or Victory Station.

The Rotom itself can also power the motor in the Rotom Bike, allowing the player to travel faster, and after an upgrade, over water as well. Unlike the Rotom Pokédex, the Rotom Phone does not speak during the storyline, but does prompt the player where to go next, and alerts them to happenings in the Wild Area, such as weather patterns.

Artwork

In the anime

Main series

A Rotom Phone in the anime

Ash received a smartphone from Professor Cerise in Ivysaur's Mysterious Tower!. Along with Goh's own smartphone, it was possessed by two of Cerise's Rotom, who turned each into a Rotom Phone. Unlike previous Pokédexes in the anime, the Rotom Phones can provide information about locations and landmarks, and vital information such as height. They have also been shown to have a numbered Pokémon list and are the first known anime Pokédexes to register and list caught Pokémon. Like in the games, Ash and Goh's Rotom Phones rarely speak on their own, but in That New Old Gang of Mine!, Ash's Rotom Phone was shown to think itself as superior to the Rotom Pokédex for its multitude of functions. If a Trainer is registered for the World Coronation Series, they can identify and challenge other participating Trainers with their Rotom Phones.

In Flash of the Titans!, Team Rocket was revealed to have obtained their own Rotom Phone from Giovanni. Unlike Ash and Goh's Rotom Phones, this smartphone is black, and has a distinctively sassy personality, which sometimes affects the Pokédex entries it gives.

A blue Rotom Phone with a Pokédex installed appeared in Raid Battle in The Ruins!, under the ownership of Shane Seeker.

A yellow Rotom Phone appeared in Destination: Coronation!, under the ownership of Visquez. This episode revealed that the Rotom Phone helps participants in the World Coronation Series meet each other and arrange for official battles.

A Rotom Phone appeared in Dreams Are Made of These!, under the ownership of Oliver.

A Rotom Phone appeared in Trade, Borrow, and Steal!, under the ownership of Kricketina Kylie.

A pink Rotom Phone appeared in Solitary and Menacing!, under the ownership of Bea.

Another pink Rotom Phone appeared in Sword and Shield: From Here to Eternatus!, under the ownership of Sonia.

A white Rotom Phone appeared in Sword and Shield... The Legends Awaken!, under the ownership of Professor Magnolia.

In JN049, Chloe received a pink Rotom Phone with a Pokédex installed from Professor Cerise.

Gallery

Artwork

Ash JN.png Goh JN.png JN003 illustration.png
Official artwork from
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Official artwork from
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Official artwork of
Ivysaur's Mysterious Tower!
JN009 illustration.png Pocket Monsters 2019 key visual.png
Official artwork of
Finding a Legend!
Key visual from
Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 堀内賢雄 Kenyu Horiuchi (Ash's Rotom Phone)
マリナ・アイコルツ Marina Aicholtz (Goh's Rotom Phone)
浪川大輔 Daisuke Namikawa (Chloe's Rotom Phone)
English Billy Kametz (Ash's Rotom Phone)
Erica Schroeder (Goh's Rotom Phone)
Lisa Ortiz (Team Rocket's Rotom Phone)
Cedric Williams (Visquez's Rotom Phone)
Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld (Bea's Rotom Phone)
Mandarin Chinese 孟慶府 Mèng Qìngfǔ (Ash's Rotom Phone)
徐瑀甄 Xú Yǔzhēn (Team Rocket's Rotom Phone)
Brazilian Portuguese Raphael Rossatto (Ash's Rotom Phone)
Teline Carvalho (Goh's Rotom Phone)
Jéssica Marina (Team Rocket's Rotom Phone)

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

A Rotom Phone appeared in Sky, under the ownership of Raihan. It reappeared in The Gathering of Stars.

A Rotom Phone appeared in The Gathering of Stars, under the ownership of Peony.

In the manga

Rotom Phones in Pocket Monsters

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

In this manga, Rotom Phones have similar functions to those shown in the anime. Ash and Visquez use theirs to communicate and thus be able to participate in an official World Coronation Series battle.

Rotom Phones in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

A Rotom Phone debuted in PASS02, under the ownership of Chairman Rose.

Two Rotom Phones appeared in PASS03, under the ownership of Sōdo and Shirudomiria, respectively. Professor Magnolia had just installed the Pokédex function into these specific smartphones, making Sōdo and Shirudomiria Pokédex holders.

A Rotom Phone appeared under the ownership of Melony, using it to chat with Bea about the disqualification of Bede.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Rotom Phone in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Rotom Phone
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Rotom Bike I Sword & Shield Uncommon 181/202 Sword U 055/060
Champion's Path Uncommon 063/073      
Rotom Phone I Champion's Path Uncommon 064/073 Charizard VMAX Starter Set   011/021
      Grimmsnarl VMAX Starter Set   011/020
 

Trivia

  • While the player can only have an orange Rotom Phone, they are known to come in a variety of colors. Hop's Rotom Phone is blue, Sonia's is pink, and Raihan's is magenta, similar to the color of a Shiny Rotom.
  • The Pokédex function in the anime seems to be similar to the Pokédex function on the Pokémon HOME mobile app version. Both feature Pokédexes that register Pokémon after being caught and are on a phone.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 手機洛托姆 Sáugēi Loktokmóuh
Mandarin 手機洛托姆 / 手机洛托姆 Shǒujī Luòtuōmǔ
Finland Flag.png Finnish Rotom-puhelin
France Flag.png French Motismart
Germany Flag.png German Smart-Rotom
Italy Flag.png Italian Smart Rotom
South Korea Flag.png Korean 스마트로토무 Smart Rotomu
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Rotom Fone
Russia Flag.png Russian Ротом-Телефон Rotom-Telefon
Spain Flag.png Spanish SmartRotom

See also

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Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenneLanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom PokédexGohCinderace
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Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperDr. FennelCedric JuniperProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor BurnetProfessor CeriseProfessor MagnoliaSonia
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