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In the main series
When a young [[Sam]], who later turned out to be {{an|Professor Oak}}'s younger self, was accidentally warped to a future of his own time, {{Ash}} explained to him how the Pokédex works, unknowingly giving him an idea. This is an example of a {{wp|causal loop}}, meaning the idea for the Pokédex came out of nowhere.
In ''[[EP001|Pokémon - I Choose You!]]'', Ash receivesreceived his first Pokédex, apparently nicknamed "Dexter". Throughout the series, Ash uses it to either identify {{OBP|Pokémon|species}} he is not familiar with, check a Pokémon's moves, or identify Pokémon on request. Occasionally, though, Ash will scan Pokémon he has already seen, likely to either refresh his memory or out of curiosity.
In ''[[EP002|Pokémon Emergency]]'', [[Officer Jenny]] tellsinformed Ash that the Pokédex can be used as an {{wp|Identity document|ID card}}. Since then, Ash has used his Pokédex to register for the various [[Pokémon League]]s he has participated in. As shown in ''[[DP011|Mounting a Coordinator Assault!]]'', the Pokédex can also be used by {{pkmn|Coordinator}}s registering to obtain a [[Contest Pass]] for entering [[Pokémon Contest]]s.
In ''[[EP013|Mystery at the Lighthouse]]'', {{an|Brock}} tellsinformed Ash that a [[Pokémon Trainer]] can use their Pokédex to exchange their Pokémon.
[[File:Ash Dawn Pokédexes.png|thumb|left|220px|{{Ash}} and {{an|Dawn}} using the Pokédex]]
In ''[[EP066|The Evolution Solution]]'', it was mentioned that the Pokédex entries were written by [[Professor Westwood V]] of {{an|Seafoam Island}}. Unlike the games, entries in the anime are pre-programmed into the database and do not require catching to give full information. In this way, they act more as a true encyclopedia than a data recording device. However, it should be noted that information relayed to the user may vary from time to time. This may happen even if the Pokédex remains unchanged in any way.
To look up information on a particular species, Trainers may simply point the Pokédex at an individual or manually enter it in. The Pokédex will then display a picture and read the entry out loud. The image displayed will be [[Ken Sugimori]]'s official artwork. In ''[[The Legend of Thunder!]]'', however, a stylized art of {{p|Raikou}} was shown when {{jo|Jimmy}} looked it up.
Attempting to identify an unknown Pokémon, usually one not native to the region the Pokédex was designed for, yields the message "no data". This message may also appear when scanning a {{pkmn2|Mythical}} or [[Legendary Pokémon]].
In [[Kanto]], [[Johto]], and [[Unova]], the Pokédex has a male voice,; while in [[Hoenn]], [[Sinnoh]], and [[Kalos]], it has a female voice. The upgraded Pokédex Ash and {{an|Serena}} received at the end of ''[[XY093|All Eyes on the Future!]]'' also has a male voice in the Japanese version. The gender of the voice may vary in some international dubs.
Like in the games, the Pokédex has gone through various designs. This includes its shape and way of opening, display, as well as the aforementioned voice. The Unova Pokédex redesign in the anime is significant, as it shows all the viewing angles from the Pokémon, with the exception of the back.
Trainers without the luxury of a Pokédex may have access to other means of finding information. Some use high-tech computers, like {{an|Giovanni}} in ''[[DP080|The Thief That Keeps On Thieving!]]'' or [[Shingo]] in ''[[EP140|Wired for Battle!]]''. In several episodes, [[James]] used a deck of cards, which slightly resemble {{Trading Card Game}} cards. In the {{series|XY}}, theThe deck of cards was replaced with a hologram laptop in the {{series|XY}}, and with a book in the {{series|Sun & Moon}} with a book.
====Pokédex entries====