Questions tagged [pokemon]

Pokémon is a media franchise published and owned by Japanese video game company Nintendo and created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1996, focused on the titular creatures.

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In the world of Pokemon, how come the same attack has a different effect on a Pokemon in different episodes?

In "Charizard Chills", an Ice Beam from Poliwrath instantly freezes Charizard into a big block of ice. However, in "The Symbol Life", when May worries about Charizard being directly hit with an Ice ...
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What's the significance of weird phrases?

In Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (2019), when Tim and his Pokémon partner Pikachu are about to meet Mime, there is a following discussion: Tim: We're not cops. Pikachu: Grow some berries. You're ...
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Why can only some of the Pokémon speak English

I recently saw the 1998 film Pokémon: The First Movie (I can't recommend it), which from my understanding is a direct tie-in to the show. What I don't understand about this film is that all of the ...
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Why can't Ditto copy eyes properly?

In Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (2019), Ditto can copy things perfectly, so why can't it copy eyes properly?
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Why can't Psyduck talk even after being merged with Lucy?

In Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (2019), Pikachu got merged with Harry, enabling him to talk. When Mewtwo merged Psyduck with Lucy, Psyduck still couldn't talk. Why can't Psyduck talk?
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In the games, did Mew literally give birth to Mewtwo?

In Pokémon Red and Blue, and the remakes Fire Red and Leaf Green, the journals found in the ruined Pokémon Mansion refer to Mew giving birth to Mewtwo: Diary: Feb. 6 MEW gave birth. We named ...
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Are humans officially immune to Pokemon attacks?

This answer claims that humans are immune to Pokemon attacks. I believe within Pokémon canon Pokémon powers are simply ineffective against humans, so trainers need no special resistance. Yet I'm ...
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How do Pokémon from entirely different species breed?

In the Pokémon universe Pokémon are known to breed with Pokémon that are completely different animals (i.e. Wailord and Skitty). How does this work?
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Do Pokémon trainers develop some kind of limited resistance to their Pokémon's abilities?

Obvious comedic aspects of the cartoon show especially aside, this may be a partial explanation. Think about it: James can breathe Weezing's smog with no ill effects. Brock was able to hug a Sharpedo....
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Why does Ash keep getting new friends and leaving his old friends?

Why does Ash keep getting new friends and leaving his old friends? Misty, Bonnie etc Why does he keep changing friends and forgetting his old ones?
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Why do Pokémon characters always act like they love their food?

Why do Pokémon characters always act like they love their food, they can't always like eating food, can they? Why do Pokémon characters always act like they love their food?
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How was the Ditto able to send a text message?

When Pikachu and Tim go to the underground Pokemon Arena, they are immediately spotted by Ms. Norman, who sends a message to someone: One of the themes of the movie is that Pokemon and humans are not ...
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Are Pokémon like Throh and Sawk wearing clothes, or is it part of their physical bodies?

As seen above, the two Pokémon Sawk and Throh have on what appears to be karate gi uniforms. Gameplay-wise, when a Throh or Sawk is bred through the Daycare, the baby Throh/Sawk will always be born ...
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Why did Mewtwo need Tim?

At the end of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu it is revealed that: Why was the boy (Tim) needed?
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When do the events of “Detective Pikachu” take place in relation to Ash Ketchum's adventures?

Assuming the canon is essentially the same, is there any indication as to how long (or concurrent to) after Ash's adventures the events of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu take place? Since Mewtwo is a ...
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Why did Tim not recognize this voice?

In Pokémon: Detective Pikachu our protagonist Tim meets up with a Pikachu that he can understand and can understand him. By the end of the film we find out that... So why did Tim not recognize the ...
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Why are the Alolan trial captains so young?

According to Bulbapedia, the trial captains in the region of Alola, whom the player must defeat on their island challenge, are all between 11 and 19. By contrast, their equivalents in most other ...
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Were there any new Pokémon introduced in the movie Pokémon: Detective Pikachu?

I’m not a huge Pokémon fan but I did recognize quite a few Pokémon in the movie Pokémon: Detective Pikachu like Bulbasaur, Charizard, Snorlax, Pikachu (of course) and a few others as well. But were ...
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When did Ash and the gang get ultra guardian suits?

As in, when did this ultra beast Suit Control Room and elevator get installed? It's a cool new series of Pokémon, but when was this room made?
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Was Arcanine originally intended to be a Legendary Pokemon?

In these questions it was repeatedly suggested that Arcanine was intended to be a Legendary, hence being included in the tablet with the birds and the weird Pokedex entries. The only hint of this in ...
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How common is Pokemon training in the Pokemon Universe?

In the new Pokemon Detective movie, Pokemon training is extremely common, so much so that it's considered a shock when Tim doesn't have a partner. However I seem to recall that in the first games ...
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What Pokemon is this?

I haven't really played the later generations of Pokemon, but I still recognized 99% of all Pokemon shown in Detective Pikachu - except one: Which one is this?
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Are there any mundane animals in “Pokémon Detective Pikachu”?

There are a considerable number of mundane animals seen in other parts of the Pokémon franchise, but are there any seen (or referred to) in the world of Pokémon Detective Pikachu? I'm happy to accept ...
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What was the first appearance of a sword-wielding canine?

Pokémon sword will include a new legendary pokémon named Zacian which is a wolf-like creature holding a sword in its mouth. A lot of Dark Souls fans are saying that this is clearly a reference to the ...
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Do water Pokémon produce potable water?

Squirtle and and other water Pokémon are frequently depicted as making attacks that materialize larger volumes of water than could realistically be stored in their bodies. Is this water ever safe for ...
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How can a Pokémon run out of the properties of their type?

In Pokémon episode Electric Shock Showdown Brock says "It's over. Raichu ran out of electricity." How can an Electric Pokemon run out of electricity? Does it mean Water-types can run out of the ...
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Did Team Rocket’s Meowth ever get an opportunity to evolve into Persian?

Team Rocket’s Meowth has been in the show since the second episode of the Pokémon anime and is still around over a thousand episodes and over 20 movies later. Did he ever get the chance to evolve into ...
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Which Pokémon can speak with humans?

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 ...
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Are humans in Pokemon as strong as Pokemon or as weak as humans?

Pokemon are known to be able to withstand tremendous physical abuse before being KOed (death happens very rarely, if at all): being burned, shocked with millions of volts, subjected to Light That ...
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Do gym badges have any piracy protection?

Between the games, anime, and manga, there appear to at least be over one hundred unique gym badges across all the regions, most, if not all, of which grant the holder some special ability or access ...
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Why do Jessie and James want Ash's Pikachu so much?

In almost every episode of the Pokemon anime, Team Rocket members Jessie, James, and their Meowth ("To protect the world from devastation...") try to steal Pokemon from our heroes, typically Ash's ...
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How do Pokemon trainers collect their winnings?

According to Bulbapedia, Prize money is the money that a Trainer pays out at the end of a battle. So we know that the money comes directly from the trainer that just lost, and not some third-party ...
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Who's that Pokémon?

My kids received some Pokémon themed bath bombs that contained mini Pokémon inside that become exposed when the water dissolves the rest of the bath bomb. So far, we've gotten slowpoke, lapras, ...
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What happens when the first Cubone comes to existence? Does it has a skull to wear, or not? [duplicate]

I'm sure that the Pokedex says that a Cubone has the skull of it's dead mother, so if the first one appears, does it have a copy of it's skull, or not?
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What determines Cosmog's evolution?

Cosmog ("Get in the bag, Nebby!") can evolve into either Lunala or Solgaleo. In terms of game mechanics, obviously, what Cosmog evolves into depends on which game you purchase. However, in-universe,...
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Are Pokémon as intelligent as humans?

Although Pokémon are depicted as real-world animals with huge diversity, I get confused sometimes when I see their intelligence level. Pokémon understand and obey their masters' commands precisely ...
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According to the anime, which Pokemon don't use their names to communicate?

This question lists a few Pokemon that don't use their names to talk: Staryu/Starmie Krabby/Kingler Victreebel Electabuzz I can think of a couple more: Charizard Gyarados Both of these only do a ...
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Are any furies based on specific Pokémon?

We know that furies in Codex Alera are based on Pokémon, in that they’re elemental creatures that can take on various forms. However, are any of them based on specific Pokémon, in appearance or ...
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What's life like inside a Poké Ball?

Is a Pokémon aware it is in a Poké Ball? Is it conscious? Is it comfortable? Do we know any canon explanation of what a Pokémon experiences when it is stuck inside one of these devices?
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Why are Pokeballs restricted to containing Pokemon?

In the anime, manga, and games Pokemon are captured and stored in Pokeballs. Can Pokeballs be used to contain anything else, e.g. inanimate objects or people? If you can pop a 999.9kg Celesteela in ...
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What exactly are and what's the relation of the Pokémon with the environment? [duplicate]

I mean from an in-universe perspective. There are dossiers and encyclopedias around there, but what are Pokémon? They seem to be mostly animals but are they really animals, are they aliens or are they ...
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Are Pokemon tied to their Pokeballs?

Always been curious -- it's been stated that Pokeballs are the resting place for Pokemon, but has there been any evidence to show that Pokemon are incapable of leaving their Pokeball for another ...
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Are the three Legendary Dogs reincarnations of the original three eeveelutions?

I have heard the fan theory that the three 2nd gen legendary dogs (Entei, Raikou and Suicune) are reincarnated from the three original eeveelutions (Vaporeon, Jolteon and Flareon) after the tower ...
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Did the Nurse Joys in Kanto neglect their Chansey?

In season 1 of Pokemon, virtually all of the nurse Joys had their own Chansey. When generation 2 came around, one of the new Pokemon introduced was Blissey, the evolved form of Chansey. Chansey is a ...
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Since Brock's mother had died, who was the woman who claimed to be his mother later on?

In the fifth episode of the Pokémon anime "Showdown at Pewter City", Flint (Brock's Dad in disguise) says the following about Brock's family situation. His good-for-nothing father left the family ...
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Were Pokédexes used other than to look up Pokémon?

If I recall right, a Pokédex revealed a ghost Pokemon that was creating an illusion. Were they ever used in a novel manner, like to communicate or identify tracks?
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Where do more Ditto come from?

Partly inspired by this question. I was originally thinking of asking, "What if a Cubone's parents are a male Marowak and a Ditto", but to be honest I'm not even sure if that's answerable, especially ...
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How can every Cubone be wearing its dead mothers' skull?

The Pokédex entry for Pokémon Yellow says that Cubone wears its mother's skull: Wears the skull of its deceased mother. Its cries echo inside the skull and come out as a sad melody. This might ...
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Can Pokemon die inside their Pokeballs?

How immune to death are Pokemon while they are inside their Pokeballs? Status effects like poison still hurt them while they're put away, to the extent of them being knocked out. So we can assume they'...
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Can Pokeballs ever be reused?

Asking about the anime and manga, as I'm pretty sure none of the games allow this. In the event of death of a Pokemon or its release from a trainer, can the ball originally used to capture it be used ...