Sorry on the delay in this article- everyone with article privileges seem to have all been busy. That being said, a huge chunk of news, noted quickly so that the pros who normally handle this kind of thing can flesh out the article with more information as we get it.
First of all, we have 100% confirmed names, courtesy of IGN (see this article's source for the article). A list of ability, character, item and move translations follows, and after that a table depicting the changes to Pokémon names. Our PokéDex has been updated to reflect the confirmed changes.
- Ability: Dust Proof is now Overcoat.
- Ability: Sand Power is now Sand Force.
- Ability: Sand Scatter is now Sand Rush.
- Character: Belle is now Bianca.
- Character: Mokomo Fennel.
- Character: Cheren remains unchanged.
- Item: Live Caster is now Xtransceiver.
- Move: Double Chop is now Dual Chop.
- Move: Freefall is now Sky Drop.
- Move: You First is now After You.
- Move: Heart Stamp remains unchanged.
- Pokémon: Musharna remains unchanged.
Now here comes the as of now, unconfirmed bit. Along with this list came another set of names, this time covering every 5th gen Pokémon sans the three events. Popular fan sites such as Pokéjungle and Pokébeach among others have posted this list, as the names in this list match up with those revealed by IGN. There's still room for doubt with this list, but there's also enough reason to consider it legitimate.
For now, the full list can be seen here, courtesy of our friends at PokéJungle. We'll continue to research this and work on getting everything updated should this list turn out to be trusted.
Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:38 pm
Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:43 pm
Can't wait to see if this is confirmed.
Also, Cofagrigus= Sarcophagus+ Grim?????
Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:31 am
As for the confirmed stuff I like all the names. Cofagrigus is incredibly hard to pronounce. Will take me some time to get used to it.
I like how Braviary is both Brave and Aviary. The brave in its name could also be related to the sports team The Braves, who's Mascot is a Native American. Braviary seems to have a native American headdress on, so that's awesome.
Cool info today.
Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:33 am
Fri Jan 14, 2011 5:37 am
Fri Jan 14, 2011 5:53 am
Can browsers even process accents?
IDK, but that's what's killing it.
Fri Jan 14, 2011 5:57 am
Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:31 am
RDS1 wrote:Couldn't it just be an ordinary Native American brave? >_>
Yes. Yes it could, and probably is.
Fri Jan 14, 2011 5:02 pm
Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:43 pm
I did not catch that
I thought it was a play on humongus
Because that's a huge fungus.
Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:24 am
Galvantula, Serperior, Vanilluxe, Scrafty, and Haxorus are the best names to me.
Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:57 am
553 Krookodile Warubiaru – Nixon
That made me lol.
Sat Jan 15, 2011 5:52 am
Some of them I feel could be better and I'm having difficulty pronouncing in my head, but others are just absolutely great. Extra large tire's examples being one, and others like Escavalier (that one's my favourite), Litwick and Samurott.
And Cubchoo is just adorable.
Most of these aren't bad names per say, just things we need to get used to. Which would've happened regardless what the names are.
Mon Jan 17, 2011 4:42 am
I mean, really?
I like Hydreigon, Fraxure, and Haxorus quite a lot. And I am very dissapoint that there is no Arrogator. Oh well, nicknames are always fun.
Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:00 am
Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:49 am
Seeing as the list isn't official, the actual page was not overwritten. So, for now, you can access the list as a separate page by going here: http://pldh.net/guides/blackwhite/english_names
Thoughts and such in an edit of this post, tomorrow.
Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:12 am
Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:55 am
Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:21 am
Cofragrigus, Gothitelle, the leaf bug, the new dragon, Wargle, i think that's it...
Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:37 am
Think I got 'em all. Had to add all the ones you mentioned, along with Excadrill, Sewaddle, Alomomola and Drilbur. Also had to change Watchog's name. It's not Watchdog, lol.
Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:11 am
ElefantRider wrote:After looking through the entire list, I have deduced that gamefreak america doesn't speak english as I am unsure of how to pronounce the vast majority of those names. And how 10 year olds are supposed to figure that out is beyond me.
That's been the case since the series was brought here and localized. As a Kid I could never pronounce Gyarados properly and would always say GHar-Ah-Dose. Others like Misdreavus, Forretress, Masquerain, Shedinja, Hariyama, Regice, Rayquaza, Bastiodon, Hippopotas, ETC have caused trouble for people as well. I think its the fact that people aren't used to hearing the names yet that is causing the toungetiedness. Once the anime is saying them and if we get a PBR like game with an announcer they will come as easily as past gens names do now. I do agree that NOA and the Pokemon Localizers took alot more risks as far as pronunciation goes, but I'm sure it will come with practice.
Really the only ones I have problems with this generation are Zebstrika (ZEB-STRY-KAH, The b to s is tough, have to separate them), Cofagrigus (COUGH-AH-GRI-GUS, is how I've been saying it), Reuniclus (REE-OO-NY-CLUS?) the others I don't have a problem with.
PS- The debate is still out on how to say Pidgeot. I say PID-JIT, I have friends who say PID-GEE-OT. No idea whats correct.
Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:41 am
I always did have trouble pronouncing Gliscor until the anime. I thought the s and c were combined so it sounded like scissor.
Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:59 pm
Sun Jan 23, 2011 6:45 pm
RDS1 wrote:"PID-JIT" sounds kind of disrespectful, IMO.
Yeah, All the Pokeraps fault.
The Anime and PBR say PID-GEE-OT however, so I assume that's the correct way.
EDIT- Fixed, thanks Ze Colonel.