The Actual News:
UPDATE!: Phew! It took me all night, but I finally got the Pokémon type font completed. Going with the Latin-theme of the previous font I made, I’ve decided to call this font “Essentiarum”, which means “Essence”, “Type”, etc… frankly it’s what I imagine Pope Francis would be using when he’s discussing the Elemental types of his favorite Pokémon (Pokémonstrum?).
Here’s a quick preview of what you can do with the Essentiarum font:
You hyped? I sure am! Heck, you might be able to use it before I can; I still need to actually convert the font for use online! Anyways, the download link is just below; bear in mind that it’s currently at version 0.951… there might still be some minor issues or fixes that still need to be addressed, but right now I haven’t spotted any. Enjoy!
Anyways, you can still read the original post, as it’s still informative. Like, it still tells you what you can do with the font, which letters make which symbols appear, etc. The only difference is that, well, you and I know something that my past self didn’t know—that the font is actually done—but don’t spoil it for him, OK? Thanks!
The original post… it’s still informative!
Whoo! Unfortunately as part of the moving process, I seem to have misplaced one of my laptops which I’ve been using for font/typeface development. But at least I was able to get all the necessary apps installed on my main computer, so I’m back to being able to make fonts again! In fact, take a look at what I’m working on right now:
(Click to see in GLORIOUS full screen size! Or just pinch to zoom if you’re one of those fancy pants with a cellular phone.)
That’s right; I’m working on a font for all Pokémon types! How did you guess??
…oh yeah, the title gave it away. Opps.
Anyways, the font will at least have all the icons which appear in the TCG and the current generation of video games, covering SwSh, LGPE, Pokémon GO, and the Pokémon HOME utilities. Any other icons for types from previous games or other Pokémon platforms will not be included, though I might work on it if fan demand encourages is. It’s also not yet complete, but as you can tell, I’m in the middle of working on it.
If you’d like to know what symbols I will be including in the font, here’s an overview. But first, a couple quick notes:
- As you can see, I have two symbols for each letter: one for uppercase, one for lowercase.
- The video game type symbols are all in the lowercase slots, while the TCG are in the uppercase; the letters chosen are based on the Type Emoticon list I’ve been using for the site
- Other icons like Status effects and Capture locations tend to also be in the uppercase slot too, sometime connected with similar looking icons
- Other notes for specific symbols will be listed in their appropriate box
|G||TCG – Grass||g||VG – Grass|
|R||TCG – Fire||r||VG – Fire|
|W||TCG – Water||w||VG – Water|
|L||TCG – Lightning||l||VG – Electric|
|F||TCG – Fighting||f||VG – Fighting|
|P||TCG – Psychic||p||VG – Psychic|
|D||TCG – Darkness||d||VG – Dark|
|M||TCG – Metal||m||VG – Steel|
|N||TCG – Dragon||n||VG – Dragon|
|Y||TCG – Fairy||y||VG – Fairy|
|C||TCG – Colorless||c||VG – Normal|
|V||STATUS – Paralyzed (the Paralyzed status looks SLIGHTLY different than the Electric-type icon)||v||VG – Flying|
|O||STATUS – Poisoned (the Poisoned status looks SLIGHTLY different than the Poison-type icon)||o||VG – Poison|
|A||LOCATION – Kalos||a||VG – Ground|
|K||STATUS – Knocked Out||k||VG – Rock|
|B||STATUS – Burned||b||VG – Bug|
|H||STATUS – Asleep||h||VG – Ghost|
|I||STATUS – Frozen (the Frozen status looks SLIGHTLY different than the Ice-type icon)||i||VG – Ice|
|S||STATUS – Shiny||s||STATUS – Captured|
|E||LOCATION – Alola||e||LOCATION – Galar|
|Q||LOCATION – Game Boy VC||q||LOCATION – Game Boy VC (this is a duplicate icon for both upper- and lower-case Q)|
|U||LOCATION – Let’s Go! Pikachu/Eevee||u||MISC – Pokémon GO Candy stripes (only the stripes; usage tips below)|
|X||MISC – Poké Ball, center dot||x||MISC – Poké Ball, bottom half|
|Z||MISC – Background circle (tips on how to use this can be read below)||z||MISC – Poké Ball, top half (more info about Poké Ball construction below)|
I should note that the final icons will NOT have the circle around them. Rather, the circle is for alignment purposes; they will be removed in the final release. At least, all except for the circle in letter Z; this will remain to serve as a background circle for every other icon, if needed. That is to say, the font will be set up so that you can use the icons as-is, in between actual text, or you can use the circle as a background and type the symbol over it. Here, lemme show you what I mean:
You can use the icons as-is, just the icon itself. This is seen in, like, the Pokémon TCG’s game text, when it says something like “Discard 1 [FIRE] Energy card attached to this Pokémon (in order to use this attack)”; in the past it used to be an actual TCG icon, like “Discard 1 Energy card”, but for quite some time now that had been replaced with just the plain black type icon, like above.
On the other hand, you can type “Z” to get this circle icon, and it’s set up such that you can immediately type in another letter and it’ll appear directly over it. So for example…
The icon on the left will appear if you type in “Zu“, the middle is “ZS“, and the right symbol is “Zg“. Pretty neat little idea, eh? This will also work nicely in actual web design, when you use the font on your website itself; this way you can get a two-tone type icon, like a green circle and a black TCG Grass symbol, all on a white background.
This is also how you’ll be able to construct a three-colored Poké Ball: simply type “ZzXx” and you’ll get all four pieces over one another… then when you color them like, say, “ZzXx“, then it’ll look like the last-most picture. Supercool!
Anyways, that’s my plan for the Pokémon Type Font! I hope to have a “Version 0.9” version of the font done by the weekend and ready for download, with all the little minor tweaks and last minute fixes done by no later than the end of the month. Sounds like a plan, eh? Good times…!