Number Game

Are you one of those Pokémon fans who would love to know the National Pokédex numbers of all the Pokémon but has never gotten around to making a conscious effort to learn them all by heart? Well, here is your chance in the form of a simple game.

Basically, you pick the range of Pokémon whose numbers you want to learn, check either the "Random" (for getting a randomly generated Pokémon number within the range) or "Next" (for getting the first number in the range if you have just specified one or proceeding to the next number otherwise) radio buttons and press the "Go!" button. Either type in the name of what you think the Pokémon is (note that you have to spell the name correctly, although it is case insensitive; that Mr. Mime is only correct if it has a space; and that the Nidorans are put in as "Nidoran male" and "Nidoran female") and then press "Guess", or, if you have absolutely no idea what the Pokémon might be, click that button without typing anything into the box at all to have the Pokémon shown to you without losing any points. If you guess correctly, you get a point; if you guess wrong, your score is reset to zero.

If you're planning to do this as a conscious effort to learn the numbers and you don't know them already, I recommend putting in some number range to start with and then cycling through it any number of times you feel like in "Next" mode, guessing when you know the answer and showing when you don't. Then try to get through the whole thing in order, and once you've done that you've successfully memorized at least the order. Then you can select "Random" and see how well you can connect a number directly to its Pokémon. Your score will be highlighted whenever it is greater than or equal to the number of Pokémon within the range (if this happens, it generally signifies that you're pretty darned good at the Pokémon within this range already and might want to consider switching to a new range or, if you're in "Next" mode, switching to "Random" mode). Oh, and your score is reset whenever you change the range or switch from "Next" to "Random" or vice versa - this is the best way to keep track of how well you're doing with this particular range.

Of course, if you think you know all the numbers already or if you're an old-timer who knew them back in the day and want to refresh your memory, you can put that to the test by setting the range to whatever you know and then generating random Pokémon and seeing how well you really do...

Note for those who want to make this quicker: by typing in the Pokémon's name and pressing Tab, your browser should move the focus to the "Guess" button, which you can then activate by pressing Space without having to move your hand to the mouse. When the Pokémon has been shown, the focus is automatically moved to the "Go!" button that generates a new number, so you only need to press Space again to get the next Pokémon. So the routine goes Pokémon name » Tab » Space » Space » Pokémon name » Tab » Space and so on. Easy to get used to.

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