Rotom Pokédex

Elio using the Rotom Pokédex

The Rotom Pokédex (Japanese: ロトム図鑑 Rotom illustrated encyclopedia), also known as the Rotom Dex, is an electronic device found in Alola. It is a Pokédex that is enhanced after being possessed by a Rotom. It appears in Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon. This special Pokédex is said to be rare, even in the Alola region. While inside the Pokédex, Rotom can speak with the player. It is given to the player by Professor Kukui.

In addition to functioning as a regular Pokédex, the Rotom Pokédex also has other features for the player to use.


In Pokémon Sun and Moon, the Rotom Pokédex appears on the bottom screen, displaying a map of the area the player is currently in. By tapping the screen, the player can access a variety of functions:

  • When the player taps the center of the map, Rotom repeats its most recent suggestion on where to go next.
  • When the player taps the map outside the center, the full map function opens, acting in a similar way to the Town Map in previous games.
  • When the player taps the black bridge between Rotom's eyes, the Pokédex function opens.
  • When the player taps either of Rotom's eyes or the red part of its body, Rotom will shake and react in a variety of ways.

In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the Rotom Pokédex gains more features, upgrades, and different personalities depending on how the player responds to it.

  • The player can bond with the Rotom Pokédex by increasing its affection by talking to it or otherwise interacting with it in order to unlock new features, such as the Rotom Powers and Z-Rotom Power. Its affection can range from 0 to 1,000 points.
    • Every ten minutes, the Rotom Dex will get a sad look. Tapping it at that point will cause it to react and gain a heart (30 affection points); it may also ready the Roto Loto or ask the player questions. Answering these questions gives Rotom a heart and may ready the Roto Loto. Rotom will also ask questions at certain story intervals, and upon reaching Poni Island, every interaction that produces a heart will guarantee the readying of the Roto Loto. Additionally, taking a photo when prompted by Rotom following the evolution of a Pokémon will ready the Roto Loto, and taking certain actions after becoming Champion (such as surfing on Mantine) has a chance of readying the Roto Loto.
    • Upon reaching 1,000 affection points, Rotom Dex can give the player a nickname depending on their choice. These nicknames may be Roto-(first character in player's name), Roto Jr., or Master.
  • The personality of the Rotom Dex can be influenced in three different ways: defeating many Pokémon will result in Rotom having an aggressive demeanor; using Pokémon Refresh often will give Rotom a more playful personality; and visiting Pokémon Centers often will make Rotom more easy going.
  • Rotom Dex can give the player pieces of information and advice about game features. The advice given changes depending on how much the player responds to the Rotom Dex.


Main article: Pokédex → Functions → Entries → Generation VII

The Rotom Pokédex's primary function is a fully featured Pokédex. The player can browse and search Pokémon species, view data about them, and look up their habitats. The Pokédex can also produce QR Codes for the QR Scanner for most registered Pokémon. In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, a Pokémon that can only be encountered in an SOS Battle will have a picture of an Adrenaline Orb next to its location markers when the map is zoomed in.


When the Rotom Pokédex is idle, the screen usually shows a map. In this view, the map stays centered on the player's immediate area. The player's location is marked by a smiley face icon, with an arrow indicating the direction the player is facing. If the player is inside a building or certain locations (such as Ten Carat Hill), however, the map will remain stationary no matter where the player moves and will not display a directional arrow. During the main story, a red flag may also appear, indicating a place the player is supposed to go.

If the player taps the map, the screen's view broadens to show a larger map akin to Town Maps in other games. In this broader view, the top screen shows an overview of the whole Alola region, while the bottom screen focuses on an individual island. If the player moves the map's cursor over different areas on the island, the top screen will show a snapshot of the area, a description of the area, and a list of landmarks within it. The player can scroll between the islands using the L and R Buttons and can zoom in using the Y Button. This view also marks the location of any Pokémon Center the player has visited with an icon.

The broad map is also used when the player uses Charizard Glide. In this mode, all places that the player can fly to are marked by wing icons.

The island maps (from the lower screen of the broad map) are also used when the player views a Pokémon's habitat from its Pokédex entry.

Poké Finder

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Selene using the Poké Finder

The Poké Finder (Japanese: ポケファインダー Poké Finder) function allows players to take pictures of Pokémon in locations where the icon on the player's bottom screen turns into that of a camera. It can be activated by pressing the R button or tapping the camera icon in those select locations. Pictures are then evaluated with a "Thumbs-Up" score. Pokémon found through the Poké Finder will be registered as seen in the Pokédex.


Upon taking pictures, the player is awarded with a "Thumbs-up" score, which is then added to the total number of "Thumbs-Ups" the player has earned over time. As the total number increases, new versions of the Poké Finder can be unlocked as follows:

  • Version 1: Default version.
  • Version 2: Unlocks at 1,500 Thumbs-Up. Adds the ability to zoom.
  • Version 3: Unlocks at 10,000 Thumbs-Up. Adds additional zoom.
  • Version 4: Unlocks at 100,000 Thumbs-Up. Adds maximum zoom.
  • Version 5: Unlocks at 1,500,000 Thumbs-Up. Adds the ability to call Pokémon over to the player. A stamp is added to the player's Passport.

Photo Locations

Pictures can only be taken at specific locations, each of which features its own set of available Pokémon. The Pokémon that can be encountered vary with the time of day.

Island Location Poké Finder location Pokémon
Melemele Island Hau'oli City (Shopping District) At a chipped wall to the east, next to the Tourist Bureau    USUM Day Night
Hau'oli City (Beachfront) On a dark patch of sand at the southeast of the beach     NightUSUM
Hau'oli Cemetery In front of the grave at the northeast corner of the cemetery  Day DayUSUM Night Night
Melemele Meadow On the cliff farthest west    USUM USUM
Kala'e Bay In the water, on the far east next to a fishing spot     USUM
Akala Island Pikachu ValleyUSUM In front of the lake in Pikachu Valley  
Brooklet Hill On the southern shore of the second lake from the Route 5 entrance, next to a large rock and a waterfall  USUM   Day Night
Paniola Ranch Next to the fence close to the Route 5 entrance   USUM  Day Night
Royal Avenue At the ring of flower bushes, at the southernmost bush  USUM Day Night
Wela Volcano Park East side of the volcano (next to the most "charming" Seismic Sister), north on the east ledge   USUM   Day
Route 8 Under the support beams of the Aether Foundation building  Night Day  USUM
Lush Jungle West area, northwest of the grass patch  USUM   Day Day Night Night
Ula'ula Island Mount Hokulani On the cliff north of the southernmost grassy area    USUM Night Night Night
Thrifty Megamart (Abandoned Site) In front of the boxes north of the entrance     USUM 
Blush Mountain In front of the fence west of the Geothermal Power Plant      USUM
Route 13 East of the man with the ProbopassSM/GastrodonUSUM     USUM
Ula'ula Meadow On the walkway after the first turn from the south   Day Night USUM USUM
Mount Lanakila At an inlet on the east side of the road to the Pokémon League    Day DayUSUM Night Night
Poni Island Vast Poni Canyon In the middle of the first bridge      USUM
Poni Meadow West of the tree at the water  Day NightUSUM  
Poni Coast On the little hill close to the Poni Plains entrance    USUM

Roto Loto

Roto Loto is a feature that only appears in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

It is unlocked after visiting the Pokémon Center on Route 2. Roto Loto allows the player to obtain items called Rotom Powers, which can be used to provide boosts similar to the Pass Powers from Generation V and O-Powers from Generation VI.

The feature can be activated by tapping on Rotom's eyes once it starts to glow gold, which can occur at random times between 10-20 minute intervals. Its eyes can also glow by tapping on Rotom if it has a sad look on its face. Once the player reaches Poni Island, the player can also activate Roto Loto by interacting with Rotom or answering its questions. After becoming the Champion, the Rotom Dex will activate Roto Loto if certain requests are fulfilled, such as after Mantine Surfing or Ultra Warp Riding.

Rotom will automatically use several Rotom Powers during the course of the story: Roto Experience when arriving at Melemele Meadow to retrieve Nebby, Roto Hatch after obtaining the Eevee Egg at Paniola Ranch, and Roto Prize Money when first passing through Route 11.

Rotom Powers

Name Description Rarity
  Roto Bargain Reduces the prices of products at Poké Marts by half. Rare
  Roto Boost Raises all stats of your battling Pokémon. Rare
  Roto Catch Increases the chance to catch Pokémon a lot. Rare
  Roto Encounter Increases the chance of encountering high-level wild Pokémon a lot for a certain period of time. Uncommon
  Roto Exp. Points Increases the Exp. Points your Pokémon receive after a battle a little. Rare
  Roto Friendship Helps Pokémon in your party grow friendly faster. Common
  Roto HP Restore Fully restores the HP of your battling Pokémon. Rare
  Roto Hatch Helps Eggs hatch faster. Uncommon
  Roto PP Restore Fully restores the PP of your battling Pokémon. Common
  Roto Prize Money Triples the prize money you receive after a battle. Uncommon
  Roto Stealth Prevents you from encountering wild Pokémon for a certain period of time. Common

Z-Rotom Power

In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the Rotom Pokédex gains this ability from when the player reaches at least 601 affection with Rotom. When a Rotom Power is used during or outside of battle, the Rotom Dex will assist the player by allowing a Z-Move to be used again for a second time during the battle.


Main article: Rotom Pokédex/Quotes


Artwork from
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Artwork from
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In the Festival Plaza
Conceptual artwork from
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Elio and his Rotom Pokédex Selene and using Poké Finder


Obtain sprite from
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Model from
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In the anime

Rotom Pokédex in the anime
Main article: Rotom Pokédex (anime)

Ash received an Alola Pokédex from Professor Kukui in The Guardian's Challenge!. It was empty until Loading the Dex!, where Kukui completed the Pokédex by having a Rotom enter the device, turning Rotom into what it calls the Pokédex Rotom version (Japanese: ロトムポケデックスフォルム Rotom Pokédex Forme). It then registered Ash as its user and followed him around throughout Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon, before leaving to work with the Aether Foundation.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
JN037 Rotom Ash's Rotom Phone Rotom, Pokédex Forme. An upgrade of the Pokédex. However, that is its only function.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Main article: Rotom Pokédex (Adventures)
Rotom, prior to entering Moon's Pokédex, in Pokémon Adventures
The Rotom Pokédex in Pokémon Adventures

The Rotom Pokédex debuted in The Grand Entrance and Delivery Boy Sun. Originally, it was a regular Rotom that Professor Kukui requested to receive from a region outside of Alola so that he may use it to fuse with one of his Pokédexes. Due to this particular Rotom having a weak body, it was unable to be transferred electronically. As a result, Moon was given the task of delivering Rotom to Professor Kukui while also using her pharmaceutical skills to keep it healthy along the way.

After Moon successfully delivered Rotom, Professor Kukui decided to have it enter Sun's empty Pokédex. Due to Sun's mishandling of the Pokédex, Rotom refused to enter it and ran away in disgust. Angered by this, Professor Kukui forced Sun to retrieve Rotom while he attempted to clean the dirty Pokédex.

Later, it was revealed that Professor Kukui had a spare Pokédex, which he gave to Moon. This Pokédex was the one that Rotom decided to enter, becoming the Rotom Pokédex in the process.

In the TCG

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

Related cards
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
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Rotom Dex I Sun & Moon   131/149 Collection Sun   056/060
Sun & Moon   159/149 Collection Sun   072/060
      Sun & Moon Starter Set   050/059
      SM-P Promotional cards   015/SM-P
      SM-P Promotional cards   149/SM-P
      GX Battle Boost   098/114
      GG End   053/054
Rotom Dex Poké Finder Mode I Burning Shadows   122/147 To Have Seen the Battle Rainbow   047/051

Pokemon Coins

The Rotom Pokédex was released as a coin for the TCG.

  Initial release date Japanese N/A
International June 1, 2018
Korean N/A
Release information Japanese N/A
International Sun & Moon Trainer Kit: Alolan Sandslash & Alolan Ninetales
Korean N/A
Description: Large-sized, Silver Rainbow Holofoil, Black-backed Coin featuring Rotom Pokédex released within the Sun & Moon Trainer Kit: Alolan Sandslash & Alolan Ninetales June 1, 2018


Welcome to Alola! Deck Case & Sleeves

Also released alongside the new Generation VII games on November 18, 2016 were the Welcome to Alola! Deck Case & Sleeves (Japanese: デッキケース&シールド Welcome to Alola! Deck Case & Shield: Welcome to Alola!), a set including a deck case with a capacity to store up to 180 cards (or 90 cards in sleeves), two card dividers, and 64 card sleeves. All have illustrations featuring the player characters Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon and several native Alolan Pokémon.

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Rotom Pokédex Sleeves

Available to purchase at venues hosting Pokémon Card Gym meetings starting December 26, 2016 were the Rotom Pokédex Sleeves (Japanese: デッキシールド「ロトム図鑑」 Deck Shield: Rotom Illustrated Encyclopedia), a set of 64 card sleeves featuring a close-up portrait of the Rotom Pokédex.

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I Choose You! accessories

To promote the release of I Choose You! in cinemas, new card files and sleeves were made available to purchase from July 15, 2017.

Files: Two mini card files were released, each of which can display 104 cards.

The Rotom Pokédex Mini Card File (Japanese: ミニカードファイル ロトム図鑑 Mini Card File: Rotom Illustrated Encyclopedia) features the Rotom Pokédex and many native Alolan Pokémon. The front illustration is of a forest scene with a Pokémon Center, while the reverse is that of a beach scene.

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Ultra Alola Adventure Deck Case & Sleeves

Leading up to the release of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the Ultra Alola Adventure Deck Case & Sleeves (Japanese: デッキケース&シールド Ultra Alola Adventure Deck Case & Shield: Ultra Alola Adventure) were made available from November 11, 2017. The card box and set of 64 sleeves that come with it both feature protagonists Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon in their updated attire, version mascots Dusk Mane Necrozma and Dawn Wings Necrozma, as well as starter Pokémon Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio in front of an Ultra Wormhole. The card box itself can store 90 cards in sleeves or 180 cards without sleeves, and also comes with 2 dividers.

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Rotom Pokédex's type in the anime
  • The Rotom Pokédex is the first Pokédex without the ability to view information about all Pokémon known as of that time (Generation VII), as it lacks information on the 403 Pokémon not in the Alola Pokédex and cannot receive a National Dex upgrade by any means.
  • Despite being a Rotom, the Rotom Pokédex is unable to view information about Rotom.
  • In Pokémon Sun and Moon, Samson Oak mentions that the Rotom Pokédex was at least partially invented by a "young fellow from Kalos", which could be referring to Clemont. This is further supported by the Pokémon Adventures manga, wherein Professor Kukui reveals that the Rotom Pokédex was developed by "Kalos's famous genius inventor", and Rotom Pokédex's conceptual artwork for Sun and Moon, which features Clemont.
  • Because Rotom Pokédex does not battle, it never had a typing assigned to it over the course of Generation VII. However, in That New Old Gang of Mine!, Ash's Rotom Phone identified his Rotom Pokédex as a pure Electric type.

In other languages

Rotom Pokédex

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 洛托姆圖鑑 Loktokmóuh Tòuhgaam
Mandarin 洛托姆圖鑑 / 洛托姆图鉴 Luòtuōmǔ Tújiàn
  Danish Rotom Dex
  Finnish Rotom Dex
  French Motisma-Dex
  German Rotom-Pokédex
  Italian Pokédex Rotom
  Korean 로토무도감 Rotomu Dogam
  Norwegian Rotom Dex
  Polish Rotom Pokédeksowy
  Brazilian Portuguese Pokédex Rotom
  Russian Ротом-Декс Rotom-Deks
Покедекс-Ротом Pokédeks-Rotom
  Spanish RotomDex
  Swedish Rotom Dex
  Vietnamese Từ điển Rotom

Poké Finder

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 寶可搜尋鏡 Poké Sáuchàhmgeng
Mandarin 寶可搜尋鏡 / 宝可搜寻镜 Poké Sōuxúnjìng
  French Poké Scope
  German Pokémon-Sucher
  Italian Pokévisore
  Korean 포켓파인더 Poké Finder
  Brazilian Portuguese Pokévisor
  Russian Поке-Искатель Poké-Iskatel'
  Spanish Pokévisor

Pokédex Rotom version

Language Title
  Danish Pokédex Rotom version
  Dutch Pokédex Rotom-versie
  Finnish Pokédex Rotom-versio
  French Pokédex version Motisma
  German Pokédex Rotom-Version
  Italian Edizione Rotom di Pokédex
  Norwegian Pokédex av Rotom typen
  Russian Покедекс версии Ротом Pokédeks versii Rotom
  Swedish Pokédex Rotom-versionen

Roto Loto

Language Title
  Japanese ロトポン Rotopon
  English Roto Loto
Chinese Cantonese 洛托碰碰 Loktok Pungpung
Mandarin 洛托碰碰 Luòtuō Pèngpèng
  French Motismagogo
  German Rotomat
  Italian Roto'n'roll
  Korean 로토캡슐토이 Roto Capsule Toy
  Russian Рото Лото Roto Loto
  Spanish Rotómbola

Rotom Power

Language Title
  Japanese ロトムパワー Rotom Power
Chinese Cantonese 洛托姆之力 Loktokmóuh-jī Lihk
Mandarin 洛托姆之力 Luòtuōmǔ-zhī Lì
  French Motism'Aura
  German Rotom-Kräfte
  Italian Potere Rotom
  Korean 로토무파워 Rotomu Power
  Russian Ротом-Сила Rotom-Sila
  Spanish Poder Rotom

Related articles

External links

See also

Non-player characters in the core series games
Alola Professor KukuiMomLillieNebbyHauRotomProfessor BurnetMolayneSamson OakRyukiMohn
Team SkullAether FoundationUltra Recon SquadTeam Rainbow Rocket
Trial CaptainsIsland kahunasElite FourName RaterJudgeMr. HyperGester

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