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Inspired by Detective Pikachu, I was wondering which Pokémon can "speak" with humans.

I would like to include Pokémon like Meowth in the anime that speak English/Japanese with their mouths, Pokémon like Mewtwo in the anime/movies that speak telepathically, or other Pokémon we've seen like Lugia/Entei that seem to speak without moving their mouths but still out loud for all to hear (presumably).

The format doesn't matter (manga, anime, video games). And while this is inspired by Detective Pikachu, it's not about it, as the movie is not out yet

And it seems like the human character has the special ability, not the Pikachu

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    Just to be absolutely clear, I take it you're looking for Pokémon that can speak human languages? Technically speaking, every Pokémon can speak to humans, just not in their language. – F1Krazy Nov 13 '18 at 17:51
  • and...tbd if Detective Pikachu is actually a Pikachu that can speak to humans (intelligibly @F1Krazy says), or if <spoiler / theory> at play – NKCampbell Nov 13 '18 at 17:52
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    I'm not sure why it's not already absolutely clear? – user31178 Nov 13 '18 at 17:59
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    If you include the Pokémon mystery dungeon series then the answer is every single one of them can talk, except Wobuffet which seems to only be able to say its name and “that’s right!” – Laurel Nov 14 '18 at 6:10
  • @Laurel I never played those for more than a few minutes! I had no idea! – user31178 Nov 14 '18 at 16:27
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The only Pokemon I know of which can speak human speech are:

  • Meowth
  • Ghastly
  • Slowking
  • Entei
  • Darkai
  • Arceus
  • Snowver
  • Hoopa
  • and the Rotom Pokedex

All of my information was from https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Talking_Pok%C3%A9mon

  • To be clear: "human speech" in this context means "moving your mouth to produce sounds in a human language", not telepathy. – Thunderforge Mar 8 at 21:14
  • The question was about communicating intelligibly per conceptual language, thus including Mewtwo. Therefore, it seems to be a partial answer (and a good start). I think it's funny that Team Rocket's Meowth is not included, so it is not even including all talking individuals. – Philip Klöcking Mar 8 at 21:43
  • @PhilipKlöcking Sadly, the original poster seems to have left, so we won't get clarification on whether telepathy is okay. – Thunderforge Mar 8 at 22:08
  • @Thunderforge: Well, it is part of the unedited, original body of the question that telepathy should be included, so I think we do not need a message out of the digital tomb for clarification in this case. – Philip Klöcking Mar 8 at 22:12
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In the Pokémon anime we have the ability to create human speech with their mouths (as opposed to telepathy, possession, etc):

Pokémon anime

Without any special circumstances

  • Team Rocket's Meowth (the vast majority of episodes)
  • Gastly (EP020 The Ghost of Maiden's Peak)
  • Chatot (multiple episodes)
    • Repeats human phrases it has heard
  • Rotom Pokédex (multiple episodes in Sun & Moon)

With special circumstances

Films related to the Pokémon anime

And in Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!

Ash's Pikachu, although possibly through Ash's imagination

In general, any Legendary/Mythical Pokémon in one of these movies will either have human speech or telepathy.

Pikachu shorts

Video games

  • Generation I (Red, Blue, Yellow) and Generation III remakes
    • Copycat's Doduo, which repeats human speech
    • Bill (as hybrid Pokemon)
    • Marowhak's Ghost
  • Generation II (Gold, Silver Crystal) and Generation IV remakes
    • Murkrow owned by Team Rocket, which says a password
  • Generation IV (Diamond, Pearl, Platinum)
    • Chatot, by imitating human speech through the Chatter move
  • Black 2 and White 2
    • Zoroark, disguised as a backpacker
    • Smeargle (Pokéstar Studios "Love and Battle" series)
    • Ledian (Pokéstar Studios "Timegate Traveler" series)
  • Generation VII (Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon)
    • Rotom (when inside the Rotom Pokédex)
    • Mimikyu
    • Oranguru (says "Go du it!")
  • Detective Pikachu
    • The titular Detective Pikachu

Source: Talking Pokémon

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