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 shown to be popular amonst Trainers across multiple Pokémon canons, and can host a multitute of functions and applications, including a Pokédex.
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.
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Pokémon Sword and Shield
In the anime
Ash received a smartphone from Professor Cerise in Ivysaur's Mysterious Tower!. Along with Goh's 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.
A yellow Rotom Phone appeared in JN018, under the ownership of Visquez. It was shown in this episode that the Rotom Phone helps participants in the Pokémon World Championships meet each other and arrange for official battles.
Scanning Nickit on the Rotom Phone
Measuring Snorlax's height
Team Rocket's Rotom Phone scanning Drednaw
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Two more Rotom Phones were seen later under the ownership of Sōdo and Shirudomiria, respectively. Professor Magnolia had just installed the Pokédex function into these specific smartphones, making Sōdo and Shirudomiria now Pokédex holders.
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.
|Rotom Bike||I||Sword & Shield||181/202||Sword||055/060|
|Rotom Phone||I||Charizard VMAX Starter Set||011/021|
|Grimmsnarl VMAX Starter Set||011/020|
In other languages
Kukui and Burnet:
|At Cerise Laboratory:|
|Electric Tale only:|
|For a list of other Pokémon Ash has commanded, see here|
|At Cerise Laboratory:|
|Team Rocket's Pokémon|
|Evolved with another Pokémon:|
by all three:
|For a list of other Pokémon Team Rocket has commanded, see here and here|
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