Pokémon (JP) (a portmanteau of Pocket Monsters (JP)) are the magical creatures that inhabit the Pokémon world. They are a part of the highly successful Pokémon franchise. Currently, there are a total of over 1,000 identified types of Pokémon species that can be obtained, with about 100 or so new ones being introduced with each new generation, or series of the games. In the first generation, which consisted of Pokémon Red and Blue, and the counterpart Pokémon Yellow, there were a total of 151 Pokémon.

Each Pokémon is categorized into a multitude of traits, including their type, color, weight, height, and so forth. Pokémon become stronger by battling other Pokémon and leveling up, sort of like how a character in a traditional RPG can change into a more powerful level. Most Pokémon can turn into new forms under special conditions, such as reaching a certain level or using a specific item on them, a process known as evolution.

Pokémon in the anime, have been shown to only be able to speak their name or a variation of it, excluding a select few who are capable of human speech (for example - Meowth of Team Rocket). Others, such as Mewtwo and Lucario can speak telepathically, but not directly to a human.

Variation within species[]

Gender Variation[]

There are a number of Pokémon with differences between genders. Most of these are some small differences, but some of these a are completely separate species of Pokémon like Tauros and Miltank. Gender variation was not introduced until the fourth generation. Oddly, after the fourth generation, the amount of gender differences has greatly decreased but, the degree of difference of these Pokémon are much larger than the majority of them. There are certain Pokémon that are the same species but, have different movesets depending on the gender.

Some Pokémon can only evolve if they are a certain gender.

Environmental Variations[]

Introduced in the seventh generation, certain Pokémon have regional differences based the region they are found in. These regional variants have developed differently based on the environment with most changing type, ability and can even evolve into completely separate Pokémon.

Some Pokémon have some physical variation based on the local environment they are found in. These Pokémon include Shellos, Gastrodon, Burmy, WormadamFlabébé, Floette, and Florges.

Variant Pokémon[]

First partner Pokémon[]

First partner Pokémon is a terminology concept that refers to Pokémon that the player must choose between in the beginning of each Pokémon video game. Most First partner Pokémon are Grass, Fire, and Water types. In Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition and Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Pikachu and Eevee are the games' first partner Pokémon. Pokémon Legends: Arceus had their first partners from different regions and their final evolved forms gained Regional forms.

Baby Pokémon[]

Baby Pokémon are Pokémon at the lowest stage of Pokémon Evolution that cannot themselves breed.

Electric rodents[]

Electric rodents are a group of Pokémon sharing several traits similar to Pikachu.

Fossil Pokémon[]

Fossil Pokémon are Pokémon revived from fossils. Majority of the Fossil Pokémon are Rock types.


Eeveelutions is a term used for the group of Pokémon that evolve from Eevee.

Ecologically similar Pokémon[]

Ecologically similar Pokémon are Pokémon described as ecologically similar to previously discovered species, but are otherwise completely different Pokémon.

Pseudo-legendary Pokémon[]

Pseudo-legendary Pokémon are Pokémon that has a three-stage evolution line, 1,250,000 experience at level 100, and a base stat total of exactly 600. Pseudo-legendary Pokémon are often more powerful than many other non-Legendary Pokémon due to their high base stats. Majority of the pseudo-legendary Pokémon are Dragon types.

Regional form[]

Regional form also known as a regional variant, is an alternate form of a Pokémon species that is found in a specific region. These forms differ from those found in the Region where the Pokémon was introduced — even, in most cases so far, to the point of having a different type. The following regional forms are currently known: Alolan form, Galarian form, Hisuian form and Paldean form.

Legendary Pokémon[]

Legendary Pokémon are a group of incredibly rare and often very powerful Pokémon, generally featured prominently in the legends and myths of the Pokémon world. They're usually the mascots of a particular game and are found near the end of the playable character's adventure where they'll be given the chance to capture it.

Mythical Pokémon[]

Mythical Pokémon, also known as Event Legendaries, are a group of Pokémon seen so rarely in the Pokémon world that some question their very existence. Mythical Pokémon are mostly from Pokémon Events, but some of them are obtainable in recent games.

Ultra Beasts[]

Ultra Beasts are a group of extradimensional Pokémon originating from Ultra Space. They possess power that transcends humans' understanding of the world.

Paradox Pokémon[]

Paradox Pokémon are a group of Pokémon from the past or future.

Pokémon transformations[]

Some Pokémon have the ability to get stronger than their final evolution. It requires "a certain bond with their trainer" and a special stone called a Mega Stone. This is called a Mega Evolution. The Pokemon are stronger than their normal forms and often change many features, abilities and their form. After a battle finishes, they return to their normal form. This was introduced in the Sixth Pokémon generation with Pokémon X and Y.

Another variants of Mega Evolution includes Primal Reversion (for Kyogre and Groudon), Battle Bond/Bond Phenomenon (for Greninja), Ultra Burst (for Necrozma), Dynamax and Gigantamax, and Eternamax (for Eternatus).

Other gimmicks[]


Main article: Z-Move

A Z-Move (Japanese: Zワザ Z-Move) is a special type of move introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon, in which a Trainer and their Pokémon's wishes combine to unleash an attack comprising the full power of both. Z-Moves require one of several available Z-Crystals and a Z-Ring/Z-Power Ring. As of Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Z-Moves were removed.

Terastal Phenomenon[]

Main article: Terastal Phenomenon

The Terastal phenomenon or Terastallization is a temporary transformation affecting Pokémon that was introduced in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. It gives Pokémon a gem-like appearance and changes their type(s).

See also[]