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11th Feb '16 11:43:06 AM MegaMarioMan
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11th Feb '16 11:41:22 AM MegaMarioMan
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* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'': The second game features one.
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* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'': The second game features one.''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando'' has the Monsterpedia. Most enemies you fight are added to the list, along with a picture of them, a brief description, and their stats (health, defense, toughness, and damage). At any point, the list can be accessed from the Help section of the pause menu.
2nd Oct '15 3:59:33 PM Jacob175
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* As mentioned below, the Pokédex appears in the Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime, and, at times, was of use to the protagonists beyond merely identifying species of Pokémon. In three instances,it served to ruin [[AssinALionSkin Meowth's disguise]], as it identified him as a Meowth (rather than the Sunflora, Nuzleaf, and Kirlia, respectively,that he was dressed up as).
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* As mentioned below, the Pokédex appears in the Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime, and, at times, was of use to the protagonists beyond merely identifying species of Pokémon. In three instances,it instances, it served to ruin [[AssinALionSkin [[AssInALionSkin Meowth's disguise]], as it identified him as a Meowth (rather than the Sunflora, Nuzleaf, and Kirlia, respectively,that respectively, that he was dressed up as).

* The [[GreatBigBookOfEverything Book of Shadows]] from ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' served as this, containing entries on the various types of hostile monsters and demons that the sisters encountered (or, at least, everything that their ancestors had encountered before them; sometimes, they would face a threat that would not have been documented previously). It also contained spells and potion recipies, and the sisters themselves would add to it as they mastered their craft.
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* The [[GreatBigBookOfEverything Book of Shadows]] from ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' served as this, containing entries on the various types of hostile monsters and demons that the sisters encountered (or, at least, everything that their ancestors had encountered before them; sometimes, they would face a threat that would not have been documented previously). It also contained spells and potion recipies, recipes, and the sisters themselves would add to it as they mastered their craft.craft.

* The free MMO ''VideoGame/AtlanticaOnline'' has an interesting variation in that each enemy of a type you kill has a chance to give you its Monster Info, split into three parts: General, Location and Items. Getting the complete Info also increases the amount of items dropped. The Info can be shared between players and is sometimes required for a certain quest, probably the most concrete use of this trope in gaming history. The game additonal also offers tons of information about [=NPCs=], items and other points of interest without the need to unlock it (though information about which monster drops items is obviously tied to the Monster Info).
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* The free MMO ''VideoGame/AtlanticaOnline'' has an interesting variation in that each enemy of a type you kill has a chance to give you its Monster Info, split into three parts: General, Location and Items. Getting the complete Info also increases the amount of items dropped. The Info can be shared between players and is sometimes required for a certain quest, probably the most concrete use of this trope in gaming history. The game additonal additional also offers tons of information about [=NPCs=], items and other points of interest without the need to unlock it (though information about which monster drops items is obviously tied to the Monster Info).

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* The free MMO ''VideoGame/AtlanticaOnline'' has an interesting variation ''VideoGame/RakenzarnTales'' grants you one in that each Chapter 6 after Nodoka joins the party. However, since it's impossible to fight every enemy of a type in the game, since some bosses require you kill has a chance to give face one form in exchange for the other, you its Monster Info, split into three parts: General, Location and Items. Getting the complete Info also increases the amount of items dropped. The Info can be shared between players and is sometimes required for a certain quest, probably the most concrete use of this trope never get every entry in gaming history. The game additonal also offers tons of information about [=NPCs=], items and other points of interest without the need to unlock it (though information about which monster drops items is obviously tied to the Monster Info).a single playthrough.
18th Aug '15 6:53:49 PM Prfnoff
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* ''FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'', a guide to the magical beasts which exist in the [[PotterVerse Harry Potter Universe]].
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* ''FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'', ''Literature/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'', a guide to the magical beasts which exist in the [[PotterVerse Harry Potter Universe]].
29th Jun '15 8:44:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Operation Salvage'', the video game based on the ''WalkingWithBeasts'' series, includes a database which the player helps to fill by scanning animals and enemy equipment. It also includes information on your equipment, the plantlife in particular time periods, and a lot of other related information.
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* ''Operation Salvage'', the video game based on the ''WalkingWithBeasts'' ''Series/WalkingWithBeasts'' series, includes a database which the player helps to fill by scanning animals and enemy equipment. It also includes information on your equipment, the plantlife in particular time periods, and a lot of other related information.
31st May '15 6:46:58 PM Prfnoff
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* ''ShinMegamiTenseiII'' had the demons you ally stored in the Compendium. This trend continued throughout the entire franchise, and has gameplay purposes beyond being a mere bestiary: as you [[FusionDance fuse together]] your demon allies, the original ones are lost. However, if you recorded your customized demons in the Compendium, you can summon them again and again as long as you have the funds, and use them once more as allies or fusion fodder. Additionally, more recent versions of the Compendium explain the mythology behind each demon.
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* ''ShinMegamiTenseiII'' ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'' had the demons you ally stored in the Compendium. This trend continued throughout the entire franchise, and has gameplay purposes beyond being a mere bestiary: as you [[FusionDance fuse together]] your demon allies, the original ones are lost. However, if you recorded your customized demons in the Compendium, you can summon them again and again as long as you have the funds, and use them once more as allies or fusion fodder. Additionally, more recent versions of the Compendium explain the mythology behind each demon.

* ''Sabrewulf'' provides two compendiums, one for "[[MonsterAllies good creatures]]" and one for "[[{{Mooks}} bad creatures]]." Since the game emphasizes avoidance over combat, you get information on the latter as soon as they appear rather than having to defeat them first.
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* ''Sabrewulf'' ''VideoGame/{{Sabrewulf}}'' provides two compendiums, one for "[[MonsterAllies good creatures]]" and one for "[[{{Mooks}} bad creatures]]." Since the game emphasizes avoidance over combat, you get information on the latter as soon as they appear rather than having to defeat them first.

* ''{{Mardek}}'' has an included Bestiary from its [[AllThereInTheManual Encyclopedia]] section, which also includes other information obtained throughout the game. * The Flash game ''BubbleTanks 2'' has this. One of the enemies (Sapper Fighter) was unobtainable, however, as a bug in the game made it such that it never appeared at all. * The Franchise/{{Gundam}} PlayStation2 RPG ''VideoGame/MSSagaANewDawn'' had one for all of the bad guys and it was possible to get all but one due to being out of the way and only available during one part early in the game.
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* ''{{Mardek}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Mardek}}'' has an included Bestiary from its [[AllThereInTheManual Encyclopedia]] section, which also includes other information obtained throughout the game. * The Flash game ''BubbleTanks ''VideoGame/BubbleTanks 2'' has this. One of the enemies (Sapper Fighter) was unobtainable, however, as a bug in the game made it such that it never appeared at all. * The Franchise/{{Gundam}} PlayStation2 RPG ''VideoGame/MSSagaANewDawn'' had one for all of the bad guys and it was possible to get all but one due to being out of the way and only available during one part early in the game.

* ''{{Opoona}}'' has the Rogue Book. Completing it is actually a sidequest you can get rewards for, and it's more difficult than it appears--some enemies are [[MetalSlime vanishingly rare.]]
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* ''{{Opoona}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Opoona}}'' has the Rogue Book. Completing it is actually a sidequest you can get rewards for, and it's more difficult than it appears--some enemies are [[MetalSlime vanishingly rare.]]

* ''{{Mousehunt}}'' has one for all the mice that can be caught in the game. It also features FlavorText and shows the number you have caught.
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* ''{{Mousehunt}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Mousehunt}}'' has one for all the mice that can be caught in the game. It also features FlavorText and shows the number you have caught.
1st Mar '15 3:34:02 AM SeptimusHeap
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** Much more common in fantasy, space fantasy, or sci-fi [=RPG=]s than in modern horror or historical, where the antagonists are usually the same things as the [=NPCs=]. The TropeNamer is the old ''DungeonsAndDragons'' Monstrous Compendiums, which in the game's earlier editions were batches of monsters specific to different themed settings that were sold in a packet. ** Making lore checks allows players to make an EnemyScan of sorts in ''DungeonsAndDragons''.
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** Much more common in fantasy, space fantasy, or sci-fi [=RPG=]s than in modern horror or historical, where the antagonists are usually the same things as the [=NPCs=]. The TropeNamer is the old ''DungeonsAndDragons'' ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' Monstrous Compendiums, which in the game's earlier editions were batches of monsters specific to different themed settings that were sold in a packet. ** Making lore checks allows players to make an EnemyScan of sorts in ''DungeonsAndDragons''. ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.
23rd Feb '15 7:56:41 AM TheHeroHartmut
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* In the earlier seasons of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' John Winchester's journal served as the main reference for the creatures Sam and Dean hunted, but they then started consulting Bobby's library and ended up finding the Men of Letters library. Eventually, Charlie wrote an iPad app for this.
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* In the earlier seasons of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' John Winchester's journal served as the main reference for the creatures Sam and Dean hunted, but they then started consulting Bobby's library and ended up finding the Men of Letters library. Eventually, Charlie wrote an iPad app for this. this. * The [[GreatBigBookOfEverything Book of Shadows]] from ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' served as this, containing entries on the various types of hostile monsters and demons that the sisters encountered (or, at least, everything that their ancestors had encountered before them; sometimes, they would face a threat that would not have been documented previously). It also contained spells and potion recipies, and the sisters themselves would add to it as they mastered their craft.
22nd Feb '15 10:28:54 PM NativeJovian
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* The Franchise/{{Gundam}} PlayStation2 RPG ''MS Saga: A New Dawn'' had one for all of the bad guys and it was possible to get all but one due to being out of the way and only available during one part early in the game.
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* The Franchise/{{Gundam}} PlayStation2 RPG ''MS Saga: A New Dawn'' ''VideoGame/MSSagaANewDawn'' had one for all of the bad guys and it was possible to get all but one due to being out of the way and only available during one part early in the game.
19th Feb '15 5:36:21 AM Andyroid
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* ''KingdomOfLoathing'' has the [[BribingYourWayToVictory donation item]] Monster Manuel, which records monster stats and gives out amusing factoids as you defeat them.
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* ''KingdomOfLoathing'' ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has the [[BribingYourWayToVictory donation item]] [[PunnyName Monster Manuel, Manuel]], which records monster stats and gives out amusing factoids as you defeat them.
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