Pokémon Wiki:Naming

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This page consists of naming policies for subjects on the Pokémon Wiki.

Naming an article[edit]

There are several steps to follow when naming an article:

  • Pokémon Wiki is an English language wiki, so the name of an article should correspond to the most commonly used English name of the subject, which, given our user and visitor demographics, means the North American name. For example, the North American title of the song "Sky Station" takes precedence over the PAL region's "Sky Station Galaxy" title.
  • If a subject isn't released in North America, but is released in another English-speaking region (i.e. Europe or Australia), the name they provide should be used for the article. If there is a conflict of which source to use, the region where the game was released first will have priority (i.e. the first international English name will be used).
  • If there is no official English name, then the Japanese name is used.
  • If a subject's name has changed over time, the more commonly used modern name should be used as the title, rather than the historic name. For example, Paralyze Heal's original English name was "Parlyz Heal", however, it is usually called "Paralyze Heal" in recent games, so the article's title is "Paralyze Heal".
  • If there is no official name in any language, then a conjectural title is developed if the subject is notable enough for an article.
  • When naming an article, do not use game abbreviations as the identifier.

Acceptable sources for naming[edit]

This is a list of acceptable sources when it comes to naming an article. If a source is not present, keep moving down the list until you have found the right way to name the article, and only create a conjectural title as a last resort.

  1. Name provided in-game or in the enclosed instruction manual – Ideally, the subject is named in the game itself, but whatever instruction material is enclosed with the game is also considered a primary naming source. If there is inconsistency between the manual and the game itself regarding a name, the game's version takes precedence.
  2. Name from a Nintendo Player's Guide or a Prima Games guide from Super Smash Bros. Brawl-onward – A name from a Nintendo Player's Guide (also commonly known as a Nintendo Power guidebook) is an acceptable alternative. For games released after 2007, this source can no longer be used since this source is currently discontinued. After Nintendo Power's sales to Future Publishing in 2007, Nintendo of America signed an exclusive agreement with publisher Prima Games for the rights to official English Nintendo strategy guides. As such, Prima guides released starting with Super Smash Bros. Brawl are considered to occupy the same tier of officiality as Nintendo Power.
  3. Name from a pre-Super Smash Bros. Brawl Prima Games Strategy Guide or any other third-party guide – A name from an officially-licensed Prima Games Strategy Guide (when they were published concurrently with Nintendo Power) is also an acceptable alternative, though in case of contradictions, the Nintendo Power name takes priority. This also applies to other official third-party guides by companies such as Bradygames. For Japanese names, guides published by Shogakukan (Nintendo's official guidebook licensee) take priority over other publications.
  4. Name used in officially licensed media – A name from any officially Nintendo-licensed non-video game media source. This includes cartoons, movies, magazines, comics and web content. Like games, North American media names get priority, followed by the first international English name and finally, the first non-English source.
  5. Development name – Any name used during the development of a video game or other Nintendo-licensed media source. This type of name usually comes from unused data, developer interviews or development documents.

Please note that regardless of the source, the official North American name takes priority, followed by the first international English name if no North American name is available, and finally the first international non-English name if no English name is known. For example, if a subject is given a name in-game in the Japanese version only, and not in the English localization of the game, but an English strategy guide names it, that English name is used, rather than the Japanese.

Please also note that general and lengthy descriptions of a subject that are clearly not intended as the subject's name are not suitable sources for the article's title. For example, while straightforward titles like "giant spike block" are fine, if the object is described as a "large block with spikes" or "the block with spikes on them", that should not be the name of the article.

Japanese[edit]

See also: Pokémon Wiki:Japanese

Rather than using the actual Japanese characters, we use romanizations, such as Unibō (for 「ウニボー」).. However, if a Japanese word is itself a transliteration of an English word, simply use the original English word. Similarly, names that were transcribed slightly differently from the proper romanization when the games were translated from Japanese to English should use those official transcriptions or the trademarked romaji (e.g. Turtwig's trademark romaji, "Naetle," should be prioritized over its direct romanization of "Naetoru"). If the word is part of a compound, leave it as the original Japanese, as a partial translation would just look awkward, rather than instinctual.

Conjectural names[edit]

Any name from a source not covered above is considered unofficial and conjectural. Generally, conjecturally named subjects do not have articles because they are either not noteworthy enough to have an article or don't have much information to cover. However, subjects that are detailed and noteworthy enough to have articles still have to adhere to certain guidelines.

Conjectural names are usually decided upon by the users of the Pokémon Wiki or commonly used names by the Pokémon community. When deciding on a name, the name must be simple yet accurate. For example, "Bat" qualifies as a simple yet accurate title. A name like Dark Evil Bat is not acceptable because it is not simple and has an inaccurate description.

Name changes[edit]

In certain cases, names may be changed because the old name is replaced with a newer name. In these cases, the newer name will replace the older one with certain exceptions. Exceptions include naming errors, translation errors, and use of aliases/nicknames. It is up to the users to find and determine what the naming errors, translation errors, and use of aliases/nicknames are. When mentioning subjects whose names have changed overtime, the newest name generally takes greater priority, except in the context of older media where they went by previous names, in which case those are used instead.

Capitalization[edit]

The words in the title must be capitalized the same way they are from the source, unless it is a proper noun. Proper nouns are capitalized no matter how it is in the source. The wiki software makes it so that the first letter of the title is capitalized regardless. Exceptions to the proper noun rule can be made if there is some special reason why the proper noun is uncapitalized. Also, words that aren't proper nouns in conjectural titles should not be capitalized.

Italics[edit]

Italics are used in main and gallery namespace page titles in the same way that they are used in text. This includes cases where parentheses are used in the article title. Adding italics can be accomplished using the {{italic title}} template. To italicize the full title (such as for games), use:

{{italic title}}

For partial italics, use the desired title as a parameter:

{{italic title|List of ''Pokémon Battle Revolution'' staff}}

Either line of code should be placed at the very top of the page without any blank or empty lines following it. It's not necessary to make this change to talk pages.

Shared titles[edit]

It is possible to come across a subject which shares the same title as another subject, in which case identifiers must be used to show which one of the same-named subjects is covered in each page. If there is one subject that is clearly more popular than the others, the popular subject will keep the original title while the others use identifiers. For example, the species gets the Pokémon name, whereas the franchise article is Pokémon (franchise). Game series articles always get a series identifier regardless of whether or not the title is shared.

If the subjects are equally likely to be linked to or searched for, both articles are given identifiers while the plain subject title is made into a disambiguation page (marked with {{disambig}}). If there are five or more pages sharing the same name, a disambiguation page must be used, although it may be given a "(disambiguation)" qualifier if one of the articles has the plain title. One such example is Pokémon (disambiguation) because Pokémon covers information on the creatures themselves. When disambiguation pages are used, the articles should only link to them in {{about}} when necessary, but if a disambiguation page is not used, the articles can merely link to the other same-named page.

Determining the identifier[edit]

If an identifier is needed, the text in parentheses is determined by:

  1. What type of thing it is (e.g. stage, game, character).
    • The identifier "character" is used when differentiating a character from non-character(s) which share the same name. If a subject has the same name as another one, the title of the game or series they appear in is used (e.g. Battlefield (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)). Therefore we cannot use "Battlefield (stage)" because we need to differentiate between games. If a name is used more than once within the same game, a species or custom identifier is used.
    • If the subject of the article appears in multiple games in one series, use the series name plus the word "series" instead of a game name as the identifier if the topic(s) of the other article(s) are from different series.
  1. If the same type of thing shares the same name across multiple games and that name is also used for multiple things within one game, use the game title followed by the type of thing as the identifier. If this scenario occurs, then the other thing which shares the name in the same game should also include the game title.
  2. If multiple subjects in a shared appearance are the same type of thing, a distinguishing feature that differs between them may be used instead.

Technical restrictions[edit]

It is entirely possible for subjects to have titles that are restricted due to MediaWiki software limitations. For this reason, if an article has a title which is technically restricted, then the article should be located at another title that closely matches the correct title as much as possible, and {{DISPLAYTITLE}} be used to correct title headers.