Out of the Pokémon episodes that I have seen, I do not remember ever seeing an animal that wasn't a Pokémon. I have also not heard of animals being present in Pokémon.

Which lead me to wonder: Are there ever any animals that aren't Pokémon present in any episode or Pokémon manga?

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    Does the worm that Pidgey eats in the first episode count?
    – IG_42
    Nov 20 '15 at 16:43
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    @IG_42 - I've just re-watched Pokemon Indigo League Episode 1, but i couldn't see an actual worm, just him pecking the ground
    – Tamz_m
    Nov 20 '15 at 17:03
  • Oh i was sure i could see something wriggling
    – IG_42
    Nov 20 '15 at 17:15
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    @IG_42 That's actually episode 3 where a pidgeotto eats a worm Nov 22 '15 at 0:37
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    See also scifi.stackexchange.com/q/127252/4918 "Do regular animals exist in the Pokémon universe?" on Science Fiction & Fantasy SE.
    – b_jonas
    May 6 '16 at 19:21

In Gastly's Pokédex entry for Fire Red it states

a being that exists as a thin gas. It can topple an Indian elephant by enveloping the prey in two seconds.

Fish are also seen in the episode Pokémon Shipwreck:


When researching to see if there has ever been an animal featured that isn't a Pokémon in a scene or Manga I came across this on Bulbapedia's article Animals in the Pokémon world:

Real-world animals have been mentioned a number of times to exist in the world of Pokémon. Most often, they are mentioned in relation to a Pokémon category. For example, Pikachu is known as the "Mouse Pokémon" and was directly referred to in the anime as an "electric mouse", hinting that real-world mice exist in the Pokémon world. Other than this, all other mentions of animals are rare.

There was also this image: Let's have a Festival Pokémon Picture Book

Which clearly shows a dog. However, this is the only image I could find of an animal that isn't a Pokémon.

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    Actually, "electric mouse Pokémon" doesn't exactly imply there are real-world mice in-universe. Pikachu isn't the only mouse Pokémon, and also not the only electric one. Saying "a Pikachu is a mouse Pokémon", would be like saying "a Labrador is a dog animal". It's kinda redundant, but it doesn't really have any deeper meaning to it either.
    – Nolonar
    Nov 20 '15 at 21:37

There's a pretty comprehensive list of animal occurences in pokemon on Bulbapedia here.


  • In "Ash Catches a Pokémon" Pidgeotto is seen eating a regular worm before being captured by Ash.
  • In "The Water Flowers of Cerulean City" fish can be seen in the fish tanks inside the Gym
  • In "Battle Aboard the St. Anne" a cooked lobster can be seen as food served on the ship.

Several examples exist in early episodes. Shortly before Ash catches Pidgeotto, it eats a worm, possibly the smallest non-Pokémon animal the anime ever showed. References to such species lasted longer than their appearances. In a much later episode, Ash mentions catfish.


In one of the episodes in the indigo league they eat muskrat kebabs and say themselves it's muskrat. Don't know which episode though


In season 1 episode 20 there is this, I don't think it's a Pokémon, but can't say what animal this is:

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