"Hello there! Welcome to NeoGAF's fourth Pokémon Community Thread! This thread is inhabited by fans of a media franchise called Pokémon!""For most people, Pokémon is a series of video and trading card games. Many also enjoy watching the popular anime series and reading various manga adaptations."
"Your very own Pokémon legend is about to unfold! A thread of dreams and adventures with Pokémon awaits! Let's go!"
"Hey! Wait! Don't go out! It's unsafe! Wild PokéGAF members live in this thread! You need your own Pokémon Community Thread Guidelines for your protection."
- Discussions about anything Pokémon related are what this thread exists for. Play games together, talk about the anime and manga, share music and fan art, and more!
- Don't expect others to share your opinions or enthusiasm towards every subject. Debate is encouraged, but always do so in a constructive manner.
- This thread is for all fans of the Pokémon series, no matter what the capacity! We are here to have fun with friends, so be mature and be respectful.
- DO NOT POST INAPPROPRIATE IMAGES. You will be asked to remove them immediately, and you risk having the thread reported for improper conduct.
"Let me think… Oh, that's right. I told you to come!"
- Set up trades and battles, or just come enjoy casual conversation, at our Discord server!
- Play anything other than Pokémon? Join our Steam Group!
- Share your Wii U Nintendo Network ID or 3DS friend code! (Xbox Live and PSN names are cool too!)☆ OFFICIAL THREADS ☆
☆ OTHER THREADS ☆
- Black 2/White 2
- Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire
- Pokkén Tournament
- Pokémon Go
"Now, which Pokémon do you want?"
- The first games in the series, Pocket Monsters Red and Green, were released in Japan in February 1996.
- Pokémon has become the second-most successful and lucrative video game-based media franchise in the world.
- The main series of games is developed by Game Freak and Creatures Inc. and published by Nintendo.
- With the release of the seventh generation of Pokémon games, there are over 800 unique monsters to collect!
☆ MAIN SERIES ☆
☆ SPINOFFS ☆
"Excellent! You seem to like collecting things!"
- The Pokémon Trading Card Game made its debut in Japan in 1996, first published by Media Factory.
- Players must build a deck of sixty cards using a combination of various "Pokémon," "Trainer," and "Energy" cards.
- Nearly 15 billion Pokémon Trading Card Game cards have been produced worldwide.
- An online version of the game allows players to register expansion packs and battle online! The official thread is located here.
"Raise your young Pokémon by making it fight!"
- The Pokémon anime first aired in Japan on April 1, 1997.
- The series spans some 900 episodes and 20 films.
- Ash Ketchum and his best friend Pikachu have been the main characters of the Pokémon anime since its inception.
- The official website streams many different episodes at any given time, all free to view.
☆ TELEVISION SERIES ☆
☆ MOVIES ☆
☆ SPECIALS / OVAs ☆
"Hey! Don't go away yet!"
☆ THE ELECTRIC TALE OF PIKACHU ☆
- Unlike the Pokémon anime, there is no one specific manga existing as Pokémon canon.
- Many Pokémon manga are never translated into English. Some contain scenarios and artwork considered inappropriate for Western audiences.
☆ POKÉMON ADVENTURES / POKÉMON SPECIAL ☆
☆ POKÉMON POCKET MONSTERS ☆
☆ POKÉMON RÉBURST ☆
"Pokémon around the world wait for you!"
☆ AMIIBO ☆
- In addition to its other media, Pokémon has spawned entire lines of collectable figures, plush dolls, board games, and more.
- 85 companies around the world make officially licensed products for the franchise; there are around 3,500 items available.
- The Pokémon Center stores frequently feature merchandise promoting the games and anime. The New York location is now part of the Nintendo World Store.
- There is now an online Pokémon Center! Browse and purchase many kinds of merchandise from the comfort of your own home.
☆ D-ARTS FIGURES ☆
☆ TAKARA TOMY "MONSTER COLLECTION" FIGURES ☆
☆ POKÉMON CENTER PLUSH DOLLS ☆
☆ ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACKS ☆
"To make a complete guide on all the Pokémon in the world… That was my dream!"
- Pokémon - The official Pokémon website.
- Bulbapedia - Wiki-style encyclopedia containing information on the anime series, movies, games, and manga.
- Marriland - Pokemon website with walkthroughs, Pokédexes, videos, and more.
- Nugget Bridge - Competitive Pokémon community centered around the official Video Game Championships (VGC) tournament series.
- PKMNCollectors - Community dedicated to buying, trading, selling, and collecting all types of Pokemon merchandise.
- Pokémon Database - Useful tools, including game guides, a Pokédex, a move coverage checker, easy to sort information lists, and more.
- Serebii - Up-to-date news, databases, and information about all Pokémon games, TCG sets, and the TV show.
- Smogon - Competitive Pokémon site, featuring Pokémon analyses and articles, a Pokédex, forums and IRC channels, and a Pokémon simulator.
- Veekun - Useful Pokédex with complete information for each Pokémon's in-game stats.
"This floor is the Pokémon Hall of Fame. Pokémon thread champions are honored for their exploits here!"
- Andrex, for providing us with the first two community threads and ideas and resources for the third.
- Chet Rippo, for his (as always) amazing artwork.
- qq more, for making the beautiful Calem and Serena sprites previously denied to us by evil forces known as "polygons."
- DeviantART artist GeoisEvil, for the Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie sprites, the Dedenne sprite, and the Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio sprites.
- Game Freak, Nintendo, and everyone else involved in creating and maintaining this awesome series.
- You, for helping to make this thread one of the friendliest places on NeoGAF!