This was a well awaited book. I like having the full Unova Pokedex as well as many other sections on tips and how to acquire and effectively train pokemon to also acquire other abilities. It also goes into depth of many other abilities of the game. A list of the types of sections this book offers: Unova Pokedex, Unova Pokedex Completion Guide, Complete the Unova Pokedex, Complete the National Pokedex (does not have a list of the national pokemon though), Communication Features Guide, C-Gear, Infrared, Wireless, Online, Pokemon Global Link, Pokemon Battle Primer, Battle Subway Strategies, Pokemon Musical Stratagies, Adventure Data. Special Sections include: Shiny Pokemon the Mysterious Pokerus, Use Battle-Combo moves that the three starter Pokemon can learn, Teach your Pokemon the Ultimate move and Upgrade your Trainer Card. (taken from the Table of Contents). I mainly like having the Pokedex in order to learn when Pokemon learn their Moves and what Moves the will and can learn. I like knowing if I should wait a couple of levels for a Pokemon to learn a Move before the evolve or just let them evolve. This book has pretty much everything I wanted to know (besides having the first half of the book that is the Black and White walkthrough of the game, which I also have). It was a small minus to not have the two books in one but I'm happy with what I have in the two.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Another Good Pokemon Strategy GuideApril 25 2011
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As usual the guide is outwardly nice. Good quality paper, and attractively designed. The layout is fairly easy to understand. It starts with the pokedex, and ends with a series of lists (for example, an alphabetical list of abilities, showing the pokemon capable of having that ability).
The Good: 1. Full UNOVA pokedex showing pokemon moves, abilites, etc. (as usual in the pokedex) 2. Details about game features: Dream World, Entralink, Battle Subway, Musicals, and more. 3. Locations and special evolution requirements 4. Lists of items, abilities, moves, weaknesses, etc.
The Bad: 1. No National pokedex
This guide is a good companion to the first book. Although it might work as a stand alone as it allows you to know where to find particular pokemon (but without story spoilers from the first book). The first guide was more of a walkthrough of the game. This guide is more about strategies beyond the story of the game.
Note, there is a lot of the information in this guide was available in the first guide (such as locations for the pokemon). However, this guide allows you to find the location based on the pokemon (as opposed to looking at the location and seeing what pokemon are there in the first guide).
What I find best about this guide is its focus on strategies. How to breed pokemon, how to train, how to battle, and how to win at the mini-games (such as the musical). This guide also includes a weakness list by pokemon so that if you know what to expect, you can correctly figure out what to use against it. This is especially useful since pokemon types are not alway apparent AND a lot of pokemon have 2 types (and the 2 type pokemon's weaknesses are not always clear).
Certainly, a lot of this information is available on the internet. But this guide is still useful if: 1. you don't always have access to the internet, 2. you don't want to need to use your computer for this information, 3. you appreciate the graphical presentation not typically found on websites.
NOTE: There is a code inside that allows you to change the background on your C-Gear. You need to access Dream World to do this.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Detailed but Redundant informationJune 10 2011
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Volume 2 of the Pokemon Black and White guides isn't a bad book. But for those who bought Volume 1, you're paying to get a lot of the same information again.
Even though the guide clearly reads "Pokedex" along the front, be sure to note that this is the UNOVA Pokedex, meaning you'll only get entries on the most recent 150 Pokemon, the ones natively available in the routes you travel up until you beat the end-of-game boss. All of this information was available in Volume 1, which also contained a detailed walkthrough and I would highly recommend.
When you consider the Volume 2 on its own, it's actually a pretty good book. It contains very in-depth information on Entralink, the online web-based Dream World, advanced battle tactics, breeding information, Pokemon-catching tips, and more. Plenty of that stuff wasn't mentioned in Volume 1. It contains almost no maps, but mostly charts, screenshots and information. The stuff I found most useful was information on where to find Pokemon from the previous games, using alternate methods like Pokemon outbreaks, fishing, and trading.
If you own Volume 1 and are savvy to websites that contain this very same information (there are many) then you'll probably be okay skipping this. However, if you like having ALL the information at your fingertips even when you're away from the internet, and you don't mind its lack of the National Pokedex (all 650 of 'em!) this book could be considered a reasonable purchase.
22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Ok I just got my hands on this babyApril 25 2011
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I haven't played pokemon since pokemon ruby and was surprised that it was split into 2 guides. I decided to hold out for this guide as it was quite easy to find the steps to beat the first part of the game online and what everyone really wants is the pokedex with the move list. My first look at this book shows me that this is a big book and every page is full of color. There is a poster in the back as well.
I will write out the table of contents for you:
Unova pokedex index 6 unova pokedex 9 how to use the unova pokedex 10 unova pokemon completion guide 91
complete the unova pokedex 92 techniques for catching wild pokemon 94 use pokemon moves and abilities 96 catch pokemon that appear in the wild 98 catch pokemon while surfing 101 catch specially appearing wild pokemon 102 obtain pokemon through evolution 104 evolve pokemon by using stones 106 evolve pokemon through friendship 107 obtain pokemon by restoring fossils 108 get certain pokemon during story events 109 link trade for pokemon 110 catch cobalion, terrakion, and virizion! 112 catch tornadus or thundurus 113 find zorua and zoroark 114
complete the national pokedex 115 catch pokemon from other regions obtain pokemon by hatching eggs pokemon egg groups-unova pokemon transfer pokemon with poke transfer
communication features guide try the communication features
c-gear how to use the c-gear collect data using tag mode
infrared battle over the infrared link trade pokemon with infrared check compatibility with feeling check exchange friend codes with lots of friends
wireless talk to your friends with the xtransceiver explore other players' worlds with the entralink expand black city or white forest greet other players in the union room enjoy battles in the union room link trade pokemon in the union room have fun drawing in the union room spin trade eggs in the union room
online accessing nintendo wi-fi connection use th extransceiver in the wi-fi club enjoy battles in the wi-fi club link trade pokemon in the wi-fi club battle trainers worldwide with random matchups trade pokemon worldwide using gts check out other players' musical photos watch other players' battle videos use the vs. recorder to record battles
pokemon global link access the pokemon global link befriend pokemon in the pokemon dream world bring back pokemon from other regions in the pokemon dream world grow berries in your garden decorate your home dream catalogue swap items on share shelves bring back berries and items set up your profile communicate with your game pals with e-z mail customize the game check your rankings at the global battle union
Pokemon battle primer new pokemon battles in the unova region master all the battle formats to win connect with link battle and battle anyone master type matchups know stats for battling and raising pokemon inflict status conditions to get an edge become a pokemon move master take advantage of pokemon abiliites use items to develop new strategies adapt your strategy to win battles master the art of the combo when a battle is lost, consider this find the right pokemon to train raise pokemon from eggs master the art of strengthening pokemon plan ahead to raise pokemon that fit your strategy put your team to the ultimate test at the pokemon world championships
Battle Subway Strategies Win on the Battle Subway Learn Battle Subway Basics Take on the single and super single trains take on the double and super double trains take on the multi and super multi trains take on the wi-fi trains techniques for winning on the battle subway
Pokemon Musical strategies be a star in the pokemon musical learn all about the pokemon musical dress up your pokemon give performances for good reviews after the pokemon musical performance perform with your friends
***Adventure Data*** 271 pokemon moves 272 field moves/moves learned from people 283 tms 284 hms 285 pokemon abilities 286 items obtained with the pickup ability 290 pokemon's natures and characteristics 291 items 292 items held by wild pokemon: unova pokemon 306 items that certain people will buy from you 307 pokemon musical props 308 pokemon moves reverse lookup - unova pokemon 310 pokemon abilities reverse lookup - unova pokemon 334 how and where to meet special pokemon 338 pokemon weakness chart - national pokedex 340 type matchup chart 352
special sections shiny pokemon and the mysterious pokerus use the battle-combo moves that the three starter pokemon can learn teach your pokemon the ultimate move upgrade your trainer card
Then the next page has all the pokemon in ABC order and the page it is on. The pokedex pages are great has everything you would want on it. Basically if you have the game, this is THE book to have if you are in the market for one. I may update this once i get to use it more and feel free to ask a question on here and i'll answer it.
**Update** I have had some time to look through this now and I don't think it includes all of the pokemon in the pokedex portion. It only shows pokemon 1-152 (snivy-kyurem). The pokedex page shows you all the moves they can learn, egg moves, and where to find them. My only other complaint is that the print on detailed pages is small. I wish they would have made that bigger but considering you have over 300 pages of full color that had to be expensive to make and i paid less than $12 for it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not worth it.June 17 2011
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The Pokedex (which is the same one as the Pokedex at the end of the collector's edition) is incomplete and does not include any of the Sinnoh, Hoenn and Johto/Kanto Pokemon, even though they have distinct B/W movesets. All of this info can be found online at pokemon.com, the new 3DS app, or any of the various third-party fansites. This book also doesn't cover the main quest (getting gym badges and making it through to the Pokemon League) - all of that is in volume 1.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Useless for those with the Collector's Edition strategy guideApril 28 2011
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I bought the collector's edition guide when it was first released, and I enjoyed it immensely. Helped out very much, and that version came with the Unova region pokedex, great for getting to know these new Pokemon. Now, there were no details on this guide for the Pokedex, whether it would be the complete set or not. If you have bought Platinum Guide or the HeartGold/SoulSilver Guide 2, you would know what I mean. I was expecting to have the whole Pokedex at my fingertips, but sadly, it was the same Unova region Pokedex from the Collector's Edition. No new Pokemon, nothing new. Replica is replica. Although disappointed with that aspect, the rest of the guide goes into detail on every other Pokemon Black and White know-how and what to do after you beat the main game, which really isn't much in these versions of Poekmon. Since White Forest is post game, I was expecting a complete Pokedex, from that point of view. So had I not already had the Collector's Edition, I'd give this 4 stars, but since I did, I bought this for no real reason other than to never have to look up stuff online. So to all those out there, get the hardcover Collector's Edition guide. Or, if it is not available, get this and the first guide for cheap on Amazon.