25 Facts About Pokemon You Probably Didn’t Know

Since the 1990s, Pokemon has become a worldwide phenomenon. From cartoons to video games, the idea of catching all the little monsters has been an obsession for many. As time went on, they added new Pokemon and additional layers to the mythology. With so much new stuff, it’s hard to keep up. Ready to sharpen your Pokemon knowledge? Here are 25 facts about Pokemon you probably didn’t know.

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Rhydon was the first Pokemon ever created.

rhydonSource: http://nintendoeverything.com/rhydon-was-the-first-pokemon-ever-created/

Most people would probably point to Pikachu or Bulbasaur as the first Pokemon. However, according to Ken Sugimori, Rhydon was the first Pokemon ever created by the original team.

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Pikachu's name is Japanese onomatopoeia for sparkle and squeaking.

pikachuSource: http://www.ranker.com/list/pokemon-name-meanings-and-origins/chris-abraham?var=3&utm_expid=16418821-311.AAszGoDYQ7WZsue0Bhz6ww.2&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

Everyone loves the electrified yellow mouse named Pikachu. But where did his name come from? Apparently, it’s a play on words in Japanese between “Pikapika” which means sparkle, and “Chūchū” which means squeaking.

23

Drowzee is based off of a tapir.

tapirSource: http://pokemon.wikia.com/wiki/Drowzee

Drowzee, the sleepy-time, dream eater Pokemon is based on the tapir. In ancient South American folklore, the tapir would eat dreams as people slept.

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Azurill is the only Pokemon that can change gender.

AzurillSource: https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Azurill_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Depending on its personality value, a female Azurill has a 1/3 chance of evolving into a male Azurill. It’s the only Pokemon to be able to do this.

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Psychic type Pokemon are weak to bug, ghost, and dark type because they're common fears.

psychicSource: https://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/187276-pokemon-sun/74196220

Of course, every Pokemon has a strength and weakness against other types of Pokemon. But many have wondered, why are Psychic types weak against bug, ghost, and dark types? Well, because being afraid of bugs, ghosts, and the dark are all very common phobias.



Photo: Featured: Jarek Tuszyński, Pokemon collection, CC BY-SA 4.0 25. Su-May via flickr. CC BY 2.0, 24. Pixabay.com (Public Domain), 23. Jeffery J. Nichols (User:Arctic.gnome), Malayan Tapir standing, CC BY-SA 3.0, 22. Bulbapedia (Fair Use: Illustrative Purposes Only), 21. NeferiusX via DeviantArt. CC BY 3.0, 20. Onix fighting Pikachu image via Pokemon Wiki used to illustrate the subject of the narration. It’s believed the use of this image falls under the US copyright laws for fair use. 19. Eurritimia via flickr. CC BY 2.0, 18. Image of slowbro via heroes wiki used to illustrate the subject of the narration. It’s believed the use of this image falls under the US copyright laws for fair use. 17. Image of Slowpoke via aminoapps.com used to illustrate the subject of the narration. It’s believed the use of this image falls under the US copyright laws for fair use.16. Zac Zellers via flickr. CC BY 2.0, 15.Image of Cubone via Kotaku.com used to illustrate the subject of the narration. It’s believed the use of this image falls under the US copyright laws for fair use.14. Combination of poliwag image via aminoapps.com used here to illustrate the subject of the narration. It’s believed the use of this image falls under the US copyright laws for fair use; and DrDeniseStanley, Developing internal organs of a tadpole, CC BY-SA 3.0, 13. Pexels.com (Public Domain), 12. Bulbapedia (Fair Use: Illustrative Purposes Only), 11. Bulbapedia (Fair Use: Illustrative Purposes Only), 10. Walter Lim via flickr. CC BY 2.0, 9. Arcanine via bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net used here to illustrate the subject of the narration. It’s believed the use of this image falls under the US copyright laws for fair use 8. Poing image via pokemon.wikia.com used here to illustrate the subject of the narration. It’s believed the use of this image falls under the US copyright laws for fair use. 7. Combination of Meowth via thegamer.com and Pikachu via Nowloading.co used here to illustrate the subject of the narration. It’s believed the use of these images falls under the US copyright laws for fair use. 6. Clefairy via aminoapps.com used here to illustrate the subject of the narration. It’s believed the use of these images falls under the US copyright laws for fair use.5. codl via flickr. CC BY 2.0, 4. Bulbapedia (Fair Use: Illustrative Purposes Only), 3. Mike Mozart via flickr. CC BY 2.0, 2. Smeargle via supercheats.com used here to illustrate the subject of the narration. It’s believed the use of these images falls under the US copyright laws for fair use. 1. Wobuffet via Pinterest used here to illustrate the subject of the narration. It’s believed the use of these images falls under the US copyright laws for fair use.

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