Best Pokemon Facts That Will Inspire You To Catch 'Em All

Megan Wynne
Jan 29, 2024 By Megan Wynne
Originally Published on Aug 20, 2020
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First introduced in the late '90s, Pokemon has become a global pop culture phenomenon enchanting the hearts of millions around the world. With its extensive franchise ranging from trading cards to video games, animated series, and movies, there's a lot more to Pokémon than just the famous catchphrase, "Gotta catch 'em all". This assembly of the best Pokémon facts promises to intrigue both new fans and die-hard 'Pokemaniacs'.

Whether you've been exploring the Pokémon world since you were a child or you've just taken your first steps as a Pokémon Trainer, there's always something new to learn in this vast universe. These facts will not only spark your curiosity but also inspire you to delve deeper into this package of imagination. Yes, it’s the subtle complexity of the Pokemon characters, the fun of catching new Pokemon or mastering the battles in the Pokemon arenas, surely you’ll find a nugget or two here that’ll keep you entertained. Uncover the treasure trove of facts to inspire the Pokemon master in you.

The Origin Of Pokémon

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Pokemon, a media franchise created by Satoshi Tajiri and Ken Sugimori, has taken the world by storm since its initial release in 1996 by Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures. Evolving from a simple idea of Pokemon, short for 'Pocket Monsters', now spans video games, trading card games, TV shows, movies, and even a mobile game, 'Pokémon Go'. Fascinatingly, the original concept itself was inspired by the childhood pastime of collecting creatures. Let's explore the captivating origin story of Pokemon and the phenomenon it has become today.

1.Japanese gaming enthusiast Satoshi Tajiri created Pokémon in 1996.

2.Along with his friends Ken Sugimori and game designer Junichi Masuda, Tajiri created a production company called Game Freak in 1989, which has since produced all the Pokémon games as well as many more successful creations.

3.Contrary to popular belief, the first Pokémon ever created was not Pikachu! The original Pokémon to be designed was Rhydon, the Drill Pokémon, whose design was based on a rhino.

4.The original name of the franchise was Pocket Monsters, eventually shortened to the name known today.

5. In the early days of the franchise, there were only 151 known Pokemon. The original list, or generation, started with Bulbasaur and ended with Mew.

6. The term Pokémon itself is derived from the Japanese word Poketto Monsutā, which translates to 'Pocket Monsters'.

Pokémon Games

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Step right into the vibrant world of Pokémon games! From the nostalgic early Game Boys to the stunning visuals on current consoles, these games have captured the hearts of millions. Discover how strategies have evolved over the years and uncover playful tidbits that make the Pokémon gaming experience unforgettable. Whether a newbie or a seasoned Pokémaster, there's always a new trick to learn. So, trainers, lace up those shoes, charge up that Pokédex, and let's embark on an epic gaming adventure!

7. Pokémon is the second highest-selling video game franchise of all time, coming in second to another Nintendo creation; Mario. As of 2023, the company has sold around 480 million units, including spin-off games. The hit app Pokémon Go! has over 1 billion downloads, making it the most popular mobile game ever.

8. Pokémon video games are released in sets. The first three versions of the game came out in 1996 for Japanese audiences. They were 'Pokémon Red' and 'Green', with a special release of 'Pokémon Blue'. The commercial success in Japan allowed 'Pokemon Red' and 'Blue' to be international. Since then, they have released 16 other sets of video games.

9. Video games are not the only thing Pokémon has taken over, they also have an incredibly successful trading card game. They have sold 25.7 billion cards and also run an online trading card tournament where players all over the world can battle each other.

10. The height and weight statistics for each Pokémon don't affect their performance. The largest, heaviest Pokémon could be beaten by the smallest, given the right skill and strategy of the player. The complicated logic and planning it takes to beat your opponent is the kind of engaging content that keeps gamers returning to the world of Pokemon after all these years.

11. In the Pokémon games, certain Pokémon are exclusive to specific versions. For instance, in 'Pokémon Red' and 'Pokémon Blue', some Pokemon could only be caught in one version and not the other.

12. One of the original pairs of Pokémon games was released for the Game Boy in 1996 in Japan. It introduced players to the Kanto region and the original 151 Pokemon.

13. In the Pokémon games, the ultimate goal for players is to defeat the PokémonLeague and become the Champion. The Champion is the best trainer in the region.

14. In the Pokémon games, especially the first generation titles, the player frequently encounters and battles against the notorious Team Rocket, a gang that steals and exploits Pokemon.

15. One of the 18 Pokémon types. In the Kanto region, players would face the Normal-type gym leader Whitney and her notoriously tough Miltank in Goldenrod City in the Johto region (the sequel to the Kanto games).

16. In 'Pokémon Red', the ghostly Pokemon Gengar was one of the few Pokémon capable of effectively countering the Psychic type, which was notably overpowered in the first-generation games.

Cool Pokémon Character Facts

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Pokemon, originally meant to be a fun way for kids to learn about collecting and trading, quickly became a global phenomenon thanks to its cast of amazing characters. Thanks to their diverse powers, intriguing backstories, and unique designs, the characters of Pokémon have not only entertained but also captured the hearts of millions around the world. From Pikachu to Charizard, these cool characters have transformed Pokémonfrom a game into a beloved cultural icon. Whether you're just starting your Pokémon journey or you're an experienced trainer, here's an introduction to the cool characters of Pokemon.

17. Koffing and Weezing, the two Poison Gas Pokemon, were originally going to be named 'Ny' and 'La', after the smoggy cities of New York and Los Angeles.

18. The first generation of the franchise included 150 different Pokemon. As the storyline of the games and anime expanded, so did the number of characters created. Today there are more than 1000 kinds of Pokemon.

19. Clefairy, the pink fairy Pokemon, was almost picked to be the mascot. The creators found that audiences responded better to the cute but electrifying design, so they chose Pikachu.

20. The very first Pokémon in the Pokedex is Bulbasaur, a grass/poison-type creature that has a plant bulb on its back. When it evolves, the bulb blooms into a large plant.

21. Farfetch'd, a bird Pokémon known for carrying a leek, was originally exclusive to 'Pokemon Red' while its counterpart, Meowth was exclusive to 'Pokemon Blue' in different regions.

22. The trio of Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres are legendary bird Pokemon, each representing Ice, Electric, and Fire types respectively, making them some of the coolest characters in the Pokémon universe.

23. Lance, the Dragon-type master, is a recurring PokémonChampion. With his cape and roster of powerful Dragon Pokemon, he's a formidable and memorable opponent for many players.

24. Ground-type moves like earthquakes are some of the most powerful and widely used moves in the games. Pokemon, like Garchomp or Rhydon are known to effectively wield these moves.

25. Pokémon such as Nidoran♀ and Nidoran♂ are unique because they belong to the same evolutionary family but have distinct genders, a rarity for Pokemon of their generation.

26. In the Pokémon games, particularly the earlier ones, statues resembling Rhydon often appear in various locations, like Pokémon Gyms. This is a nod to Rhydon, being one of the first Pokémon ever designed.

27. Mewtwo, one of the most iconic Pokémon, is renowned for its powerful psychic type moves. In the game, it's a genetically engineered Pokémon with unmatched psychic abilities.

28. The Pokédex is an in-game encyclopedia of Pokemon. Magikarp, often ridiculed for its apparent weakness, has an interesting Pokedex entry that hints at its incredible evolutionary potential, which players see when it evolves into the mighty Gyarados.

29. One of the most dramatic evolutionary families is Magikarp to Gyarados. Magikarp, a seemingly weak Water-type Pokemon, evolves into Gyarados, a fearsome Water/Flying-type Pokémon known for its destructive capabilities.

30. Jigglypuff, known for its ability to put others to sleep by singing a lullaby, has become one of the recognizable faces of the franchise, frequently appearing in various Pokémon media.

31. Pokémon like Vileplume and Bellossom are inspired by real-world flowers. Their designs are based on rafflesia and hibiscus flowers, respectively.

32. Many Pokémon names are inspired by Japanese words or a combination of words. For instance, Charizard comes from the Japanese word chā (meaning tea) and lizard.

33. Unlike other mainline games, in 'Pokémon Yellow', Pikachu is the only starter Pokémon you receive, mirroring Ash's journey in the anime.

34. Rayquaza is a Legendary Pokémon that plays a pivotal role in quelling the clash between Kyogre and Groudon in the Hoenn region lore.

35. Farfetch'd is the only Pokémon known to wield a leek-like weapon. In recent developments, its evolution, Sirfetch'd, also uses a leek, but in the more evolved form of a lance and shield.

Amazing Pokémon Anime Facts

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Brimming with action, camaraderie, and strikingly vibrant creatures, Pokémon has continued to capture the hearts of both children and adults worldwide. Introduced in the late '90s, this phenomenal anime turned global franchise has carved an indelible mark on popular culture. With its colorful palette of Pokémon characters, engaging storylines, and memorable adventures, it has shaped a generation of anime enthusiasts. This exploration of the amazing anime of Pokémon delves into this unique universe, highlighting its illustrations, innovative concepts, and exciting evolution it has undergone over the decades. Ready your Pokeballs for a nostalgia-packed journey into the world of Pokemon.
 

36. Pokémon is the longest-running video game spin-off series, with the very first episode of the anime 'Pokémon I Choose You!' airing on Japanese television in 1997. Having aired 23 successful seasons over the last two decades, this adventure still shows no sign of slowing down.

37. There are over 1,000 episodes of the Pokémon anime to be watched. This show is credited with increasing the popularity of anime in general across the world as well as having a beneficial effect on the sales of the game series.

38. As of 2023, there are 22 full-length Pokémon films, only one of which is live-action. The first film, 'Pokémon The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back', was released in 1998 with huge success. Netflix has recently created a remake of this film. 21 years after its original release, this story is still making an impact.

39. Ash Ketchum is voiced by female actresses. In the subbed version of the anime, Veronica Taylor voices Ash. She also lent her talents to the characters of Ash's mother and May. After Season 8, Sarah Natochenny took over.

40. In the anime, Ash's Pikachu is unique in that it often showcases abilities and traits not common to other Pikachu. For example, if it has battled against Pokémon types, it would usually be weak against and won.

41. The anime was heavily influenced by the games. 'Pokémon Yellow' was particularly inspired by the anime, allowing players to have Pikachu as their starter, just like Ash.

42. In the anime, Ash and his friends have encountered numerous legendary Pokemon, from the mysterious Mewtwo to the guardian of the sea, Lugia. These episodes are often grand in scale and significance.

43. Throughout the series, Ash's goal is to become a Pokémon Champion. He met several champions from different regions, learning and evolving through each encounter.

44. In the anime, certain Pokémon with the levitate ability, like Haunter or Koffing, are shown floating, giving them immunity to Ground-type moves just like in the games.

45. Ash wasn't initially aware of many things when he started his journey, including Pokémon types' strengths and weaknesses, which often led to surprising battle outcomes.

46. The Prism Tower in Lumiose City, as seen in the anime during the Kalos region arc, is heavily inspired by the real-life Eiffel Tower.

47. The various anime series introduced the concept of baby Pokémon even before the games did. For instance, Togepi appeared in the anime well before its formal introduction in the 'Pokémon Gold' and 'Pokémon Silver' games.

48. Episodes of the anime often mirror plots or characters from the original games, offering fans a visual and narrative treat as they recognize these adaptations.

49. In the anime, Professor Oak not only provides Ash with his first Pokémon but occasionally offers insights into Pokémon mysteries and serves as a source of wisdom and guidance.

50. Many regions in the Pokémon world are inspired by real-world locations. For example, the Kanto region in the anime is based on a real region in Japan by the same name.

Random Pokémon Facts

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Pokémon has captivated the imaginations of children and adults worldwide. With more than 800 unique creatures in the Pokémon universe, there’s always a new character to discover or a captivating fact to learn. Whether you’re a seasoned Pokémon trainer, a curious newbie, or a parent looking for some conversation starters with your Pokemon-loving child, this collection of random Pokemon facts will educate, entertain, and maybe even surprise you!

51. The most expensive Pokémon trading card is the ultra-rare Pikachu Illustrator card. There are only an estimated 20 - 40 of these cards in existence, made as prizes for an illustration competition in 1998. You'll have to save up a lot of pocket money to grab one of these cards, one sold in July 2020 for $250,000!

52. The largest collection of Pokémon memorabilia belongs to super-fan Lisa Courtney. As of 2017, she owns a record 17,127 unique pieces of Pokémon merchandise. She has made several trips to Japan for the sole purpose of adding more items to her collection.

53. In 2017, Japanese scientists found a new kind of protein that has some electric properties, they named it 'Pikachurin'. After the character Pikachu.

54. In 2001, the South Pacific Island of Nuie printed Pokémon on their money. Their $1 coin featured their national coat of arms on one side and a picture of Pokémon characters on the other. The Pokémon characters featured on these coins included Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, and Meowth. It makes for an interesting game of heads or tails!

55. There is so much lore and backstory in the fantasy world of Pokémon that there is a whole online encyclopedia based solely on the franchise called Bulbapedia, after Bulbasaur the Seed Pokemon. Here you can find out anything you would ever like to know about Pokemon.

56. Marowak is the only Pokemon that can use the Thick Club item to double its Attack stat, showcasing its unique relationship with this item.

57. When 'Pokémon Red' was first released in Japan, its counterpart was 'Pokémon Green'. It was only when the games were localized for release that 'Pokemon Red' and 'Pokemon Blue were released.

58. Arceus is considered the Original One in Pokémon lore.

59. Steven Stone, a Pokémon Champion from the Hoenn region, has a penchant for collecting rare stones and is an expert on Steel-type Pokemon.

60. There are currently 18 different types of Pokemon, with Fairy being the most recent addition introduced in Generation VI.

61. Cynthia, the Pokemon Champion from the Sinnoh region, is often regarded by fans as one of the toughest champions due to her diverse and powerful team.

62. Introduced in later games, pre-evolutions like Pichu and Cleffa added depth to the Pokemon evolutionary line, revealing earlier stages for some Pokemon originally from the first generation.

63. Machamp is a Pokémon known for its four arms, allowing it to deliver devastating punches in rapid succession.

 

In the electrifying universe of Pokemon, every fact, every character, and every game brings a unique splash of joy and challenges. While the road to becoming a Pokémon master might be dotted with the unpredictable from navigating the intricate types to encountering legendary creatures, the adventure promises endless excitement and learning. The world of Pokémon is vast and filled with wonder, waiting for explorers to unearth its secrets. So why wait? Grab a Poké Ball, let curiosity be your guide, and step into the boundless world of Pokemon. After all, there's no better time to catch 'em all and let the extraordinary journey unfold!

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Written by Megan Wynne

Bachelor's degree specializing in Art

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Megan WynneBachelor's degree specializing in Art

Dublin resident Megan is a lover of all things artistic. She's currently pursuing a degree in Art and enjoys experimenting with photography and painting. When she's not in the darkroom or the studio, you can find her enjoying the newest films at the cinema. She also loves spending quality time with her two younger sisters and discovering new things to do in the city.

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