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Pokemon Black Version & Pokemon White Version Collector's Edition: The Official Pokemon Strategy Guide & Unova Pokedex with Removable Front-cover Lenticular Hardcover – March 6, 2011
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The lenticular cover is really more of a removable poster, printed on flexible yet sturdy plastic. I'm thinking of framing it to hang on the wall. It is a very cool image that transforms from Reshiram to Zekrom depending on the viewing angle. Also included is a small removable Unova region full-color map with a Type Matchup Chart on the back.
The first part of the book (up to page 56) is an introduction to the game that will be useful for new or experienced players. About half the book (pages 57-234) is a complete walkthrough of the games, very similar to other offical Pokemon strategy guides. After the walkthrough is a list of all trainers that you have battled in the game, though it only shows what they look like, their location and what item they have, it doesn't have any information about what Pokemon they own, making it not very useful for completing your Pokedex. A few pages before the Pokedex itself are dedicated to Pokemon that can change forms. This includes three Unova region Pokemon but the rest are familiar such as Rotom, Giratina and Magnezone. The familiar Pokemon appear to have some availabiltiy in Black and/or White, as the list isn't comprehensive for Pokemon found in regions outside Unova.
The remainder of the book (about 80 pages) is the Unova Pokedex. This Pokedex is quite complete, and includes 1) Unova Pokedex number, 2) Pokemon Category, 3) Type, 4) Height and Weight, 5) Gender, 6) Held Item, 7) In-game Form, 8) Footprint, 9) Pokedex Entry for both Black and White versions, 10) Evolution, 11) Abilities, 12) Egg Groups, 13) Stat Levels, 14) Main Ways to Obtain in Black and White versions, 15) Level-up Moves, 16) TM & HM moves that can be learned, 17) Moves Taught by People, 18) Egg Moves. Interesting Victini, the only Psychic Fire type pokemon, is the last entry in the Pokdex and is numbered 000. Thus the Unova region Pokedex contains a total of 153 Pokemon (numbered 000-152).
This collector's edition lacks reverse lookup charts such as for learned moves and TMs/HMs, and, frustratingly, it lacks an index of Unova region Pokemon (though there are indicies for items and gym badges, TMs/HMs and main characters). It also doesn't have much post-story line game play information. But I consider those minor flaws, and it is possible that information will be (or is) available in other guides. For the Pokemon fan who is playing either the Black or White version, I would highly recommend this book as a complete walkthrough guide and Unova region Pokedex in a beautiful package.
In terms of quality, however, the collector's edition is beautiful. The hardcover is gorgeous, and the book actually feels and looks like something of value, unlike the guidebooks I've had for previous Pokemon games.
This guide has a walk-through, letting you know what items and pokemon can be found where. It's a little off, though. I didn't find some of the fighting pokemon around Pinwheel forest, for instance, that it claimed were there.
There's a pokedex in the back, but of course, this is for only the new pokemon.
I chose the collector's edition because it combines the other two books available, plus it's all put together in a single, nice hardcover. There's a few bonuses, like a chart, separate from the book, that shows which types are strong against which types. This will be mounted on my wall eventually, for quick reference.
I am waiting for a guide that truly explains pokemon battle strategies, though. Which stats do I want and why? Which abilities, traits, moves are more useful than others? They do this to an extent for some things (like which pokemon can use multiple HM moves for getting around).
Packed with full detail and no need to spend extra money
The poster map is cute as always.
I never bother to hang them up for some reason.
Lenticular cover is fun to stare at and doubles as a mini poster.