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
    Commented Nov 13, 2018 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
    Commented Nov 13, 2018 at 17:52
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    I'm not sure why it's not already absolutely clear?
    – user31178
    Commented Nov 13, 2018 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
    Commented Nov 14, 2018 at 6:10
  • @Laurel I never played those for more than a few minutes! I had no idea!
    – user31178
    Commented Nov 14, 2018 at 16:27

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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


The only Pokemon I know of which can speak human speech are:

  • Meowth
  • Ghastly
  • Slowking
  • Entei
  • Darkai
  • Arceus
  • Snowver
  • Hoopa
  • Lucario
  • 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. Commented Mar 8, 2019 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. Commented Mar 8, 2019 at 21:43
  • @PhilipKlöcking Sadly, the original poster seems to have left, so we won't get clarification on whether telepathy is okay. Commented Mar 8, 2019 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. Commented Mar 8, 2019 at 22:12

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