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A Python wrapper for the friendly PokeAPI database

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Pokebase swampert

travis pypi

pokebase is a simple but powerful Python interface to the PokéAPI database

Maintainer: GregHilmes


pokebase is under heavy construction right now, in order to clean up the code and make it easier to maintain. I recommend you continue using version 1.3.0, download via pip. Once these new changes are stable, there will be another PyPI release.


pip install pokebase

It can’t get much easier than that.

Pokebase has been tested against Python 3.6 and Python 3.6 only. If this is too old for your needs, see the above note about the construction. Pokebase may function under other version of Python, but bugs may occur.


>>> import pokebase as pb
>>> chesto = pb.APIResource('berry', 'chesto')
>>> charmander = pb.pokemon('charmander')  # Quick lookup.
>>> charmander.height
>>> # Now with sprites! (again!)
>>> s1 = pb.SpriteResource('pokemon', 17)
<pokebase.interface.SpriteResource object at 0x7f2f15660860>
>>> s1.url
>>> s2 = pb.SpriteResource('pokemon', 1, other_sprites=True, official_artwork=True)
>>> s2.path
>>> s3 = pb.SpriteResource('pokemon', 3, female=True, back=True)
>>> s3.img_data
b'\x89PNG\r\n\x1a\n\x00\x00\x00\rIHDR\x00\x00\x00 ... \xca^\x7f\xbbd*\x00\x00\x00\x00IEND\xaeB`\x82'

… And it’s just that simple.

Version Support

pokebase currently (officially) supports Python 3.6


  • an endpoint is the results of an API call like or

  • a resource is the actual data, from a call to


Python unittests are in a separate tests directory, and can be run via python -m tests.

Notes to the developer using this module

The quick data lookup for a Pokémon type, is pokebase.type_('type-name'), not pokebase.type('type-name'). This is because of a naming conflict with the built-in type function, were you to from pokebase import *.

When changing the cache, avoid importing the cache constants directly. You should only import them with the whole cache module. If you do not do this, calling set_cache will not change your local copy of the variable.


>>> from pokebase.cache import API_CACHE

Do this :)

>>> from pokebase import cache
>>> cache.API_CACHE

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