Questions tagged [pokemon]

Pokémon (short for "pocket monsters") is a video game with many anime and manga adaptations. Pokémon trainers capture and force animals called pokémon to do battle against those of other trainers.

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Do people in the anime or manga actually eat Pokemon?

In the anime, certain species of Pokemon are mentioned or depicted to be edible (by people or other Pokemon), like Magikarp and Farfetch'd. Do people actually eat Pokemon? If so, what other species ...
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Is Pikachu on a diet?

I noticed that Pikachu evolved a little over time. I wonder why he changed his form so much, so I'm a bit worried about Pikachu.
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Is Ditto a Failed Mew Clone?

This theory got some attention on the internet a few years back, but I haven't found a definitive source on it. Both Ditto and Mew are genderless pokemon, with similar color schemes for both their ...
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How many pokemon did Ash catch?

Ash is fairly well known for his catch phrase "Gotta catch em all". But recalling the series, it feels as if he did not even manage to catch a quarter of them. So how many did he manage to catch?
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Why does Team Rocket always try to catch Pikachu?

Very surprised this question has not been asked yet. In almost every single episode, at least from the first season all the way through to the Unova region, Team Rocket is trying to catch Pikachu to ...
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Who kissed Ash at the the end of Pokémon Heroes?

At the end of the movie Pokémon Heroes, a girl comes up, gives Ash a piece of art, and kisses Ash. Now, given the context of said movie, it is either Latias taking the form of Bianca, or Bianca ...
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Why is Mew numbered 151?

Mewtwo is the clone of Mew. This means that Mew existed before Mewtwo. So why is Mew numbed 151 in the Pokedex and Mewtwo 150?
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Were the other trainers from Pallet town ever revealed?

We know four trainers started in Pallet town. Three with one of the three original starters and Ash with his Pikachu. Apart from Gary, were the other two trainers ever revealed in the anime? And was ...
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How true is the Lavender Town Syndrome?

In the Pokemon game, specifically in the older version Red and Green, there are some news (or rumors) that the tone used in the Lavender Town caused a syndrome (called Lavender Town Syndrome) where ...
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What are the differences between Ash and Red?

In Pokémon, we have two main characters: Red, who is the main protagonist on the manga and the first Pokémon games (Red, Blue and Yellow) Ash, who is the main protagonist on the anime. What are the ...
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How does Jigglypuff not fall asleep from its own song?

Jigglypuff's song is seen to be extremely effective in putting people and Pokemon to sleep, but how does it not fall asleep from its own singing? Shouldn't it at least fall asleep after it's done?
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Are there ever any animals featured that aren't Pokémon?

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 ...
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How does Charmander breathe fire?

Charmander is a small lizard-like Pokémon. It is a fire-type Pokémon, and is capable of breathing fire. How do Charmander and its evolved forms do this? Is there any biological basis for it, and is ...
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Do Pokemon age and die?

There are old people in Pokemon but I have never seen any old Pokemon. Do Pokemon age and die? Also, if they get hurt too much, will they die of wounds? Have there been any deaths so far?
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Why doesn't Ash Ketchum catch legendary Pokémon?

In the show, Ash Ketchum hasn't caught any legendary Pokémon and he loses a lot of battles and people say that he is a pathetic trainer. Why does he not catch legendary Pokémon to expand his arsenal?
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How is the passage of time handled in Pokemon?

I stopped following the Pokemon anime a while ago, but I know the series has had Ash go through many regions, including retreading at least one of them. When Ash was about to get his eight badge, ...
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Where did Gary get these badges from?

In Episode 63 of the Pokémon anime, it can be seen that Gary has ten badges, seven of them unknown. The known badges are Boulder Badge (top left), the Cascade Badge (bottom left), and the Rainbow ...
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What would happen if you caught a PokeBall with another PokeBall?

Consider the following scenario: A trainer is trying to catch a rare or strong Pokemon, and figures that catching it in a PokeBall will have a low likelihood of actually catching and containing it. ...
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Has Ash ever cleared all 8 gyms without losing in any region?

I know Ash has lost a lot of gym battles and also got free badges for being nice to his pokemon, or saving the day and other reasons. Apart from that, has Ash ever managed to get all 8 gym badges ...
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Apart from Togepi and Ho-oH, What out-of-season pokemon have there been?

In the first episode of pokemon, Ash sees a Ho-oH flying overhead, yet it wasn't known about (at least by Prof. Oak) until the second generation of pokemon. When Ash hatches a Pokemon egg and gets ...
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Who came first? Pokemon or Digimon?

The idea of not asking and promote one or the other, just a healthy curiosity to know who came before, given the shortage of reliable sources. Digimon Creation. Digimon, short for "Digital ...
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Why does Pokemon have a six Pokemon limit?

I was wondering why is there a limit? Why does everyone follow it in the anime? Even Team Rocket follows it, even though they are a criminal organization that steals trainers' Pokemon. Just because ...
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Are there any other uses for a Pokeball besides capturing and storing Pokemon?

Can a Pokeball be used for things other than storing pokemon? Like a "Hoi-Poi Capsules" from Dragon Ball or even to imprison humans?
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Why was Pikachu chosen to be the main Pokemon of the anime?

In the Red and Blue game version of Pokemon, the 3 starters are Squirtle, Charmander and Bulbasaur. As the anime is based on the game, it would be logical that the main Pokemon (the one with Ash ...
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Has the Master Ball failed at any point in the Pokemon anime?

I am huge fan of Pokémon games but I haven't watched the anime that much. As lots of guys here know that Master ball is the ball which catches Pokémon without failing. Today I ran into an argument ...
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How does a Poké Ball work?

Is it ever explained how a Poké Ball works? I know that you throw it a Pokémon, and if it is weak enough, you catch it. But is the process ever explained? Does it work on humans? Do most Pokémon like ...
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Where did the phrase “Gotta catch 'em all” come from?

The slogan for Pokémon was "gotta catch 'em all". But I have never heard that when I was watching Pokémon in the Japanese original with Chinese sub. The Japanese phrase was something along the lines ...
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Does a Cubone kill its own mother?

It's pretty common knowledge that Cubone wields the skull of it's deceased mother. But how does the mother die? Do Cubone's kill their mother at birth, or do they just die after giving birth?
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Can Pokemon aside from Meowth learn how to talk?

Meowth can speak like a human, but can other Pokemon also be taught to speak?
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“The World Will Turn To Ash” - How did this differ in the original Japanese?

In Pokemon: The Movie 2000, part of the legend that tells of the balance of nature being wrecked goes "The World Will turn to Ash". This is the sort of pun-legend I'd expect from Japanese writing......
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Is turning into stone as a result of waiting for someone for a long time derived from Japanese legend?

This concept is used in Windaria and an early episode of Pokémon (Episode 20: "The Ghost of Maiden's Peak"). Did it come from a Japanese legend I'm not familiar with, did it come from the Windaria ...
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Why are Bug type attacks effective against Dark type Pokemon?

This question actually originated from the games, but it applies to the anime/manga as well. Water is strong against fire because water can extinguish fire. Electricity is weak against Grass because ...
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What if a pokeball was lost and couldn't be opened?

I was reading a question on what it is like inside of a pokeball. It made me wonder what will happen to a Pokemon if the pokeball is lost or damaged. If the pokeball was unable to open would they ...
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Why didn't Pikachu evolve?

I'm talking about Ash's Pikachu: obviously he already reached level 314159265kachu (Pun intended; that's not the exact number as I don't know what level he is). I forget the reason for this - did he ...
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Was there ever a Pokemon game based off the Orange Islands?

Did they ever release a Pokemon game dealing with the Orange Island League? I was thinking and I remembered that each Pokemon anime series followed the same route as the games as far as getting the ...
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Can Poké Balls technically catch humans?

In the Pokémon franchise (I'll accept answers from any canon source, whether the anime, manga, games or anything else I can't think of), Poké Balls are used to catch Pokémon. Could you, in theory, use ...
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Why doesn't Ash use his old Pokemon?

Why doesn't Ash uses any of the Pokemon he caught in previous regions, apart from Pikachu? We only seem him use Charizard in Best Wishes and a few examples in Diamond & Pearl (only so far though ...
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Are there two separate Mewtwos?

In the first movie and the anime series, Mewtwo's voice clearly indicates that Mewtwo is male. In the 16th movie, Mewtwo appears to be female. It was then shown that that Mewtwo can mega evolve into ...
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Why does Charmander die if his flame goes out?

I just found a doodle about how Charmander and Squirtle were getting high, and Squirtle accidentally extinguishes Charmander's flame, and Charmander dies. Is this true? And why does Charmander die if ...
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What type of Pokemon is Beedrill?

I've been arguing with my friend for a while about this. But is Beedrill classified as a wasp or a bee Pokemon? Its name is indeed "Bee"drill, but its shape is one of a wasps'.
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Are there censored or discarded Pokemon creatures and what are the motives behind it?

After seeing some Youtube videos about censorship in Pokemon, it seems to me that the motives for it are based mainly on1: Sexual content/innuendoes Violence (gore, mutilations, etc.) Religion ...
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Can Pokémon say only what their species is named as, or are they named with the only word they can say?

This question has been quite bothersome. As mentioned in the title, how exactly does it work? Do Pokemon get their species names from the only thing they're able to say? Or do they say (and repeat) ...
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Who is the artist for Misty's goodbye song during the flashback at “Gotta Catch Ya Later”?

I recently rewatched Pokémon episode 273 - Gotta Catch Ya Later!, and was wondering about the vocalist behind Misty's goodbye song during the flashback; I can't seem to find the name of the artist ...
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How many times did Brock get rejected by women?

On Bulbapedia's article for EP068 "Make Room for Gloom", the Trivia section says this: Ash mentions that Brock will find plenty of more girls that will reject him. To be exact, Brock found over ...
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Why is Team Rocket's motto “To Protect the World from Devastation”?

The Team Rocket Motto starts off like so: Jessie: Prepare for trouble! James: And make it double! Jessie: To protect the world from devastation! James: To unite all people within our nation! ...
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What are the 2003 Wendy's Promotional Pokémon Toys?

On Bulbapedia, there is an article about 2003 Wendy's promotional Pokémon toys. It currently says: The 2003 Wendy's promotional Pokémon toys were a set of five toys distributed with Kids Meals at ...
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Are there any relations between the different “sagas” in Pokémon Special/Pokémon Adventures manga?

The Pokémon Special manga series, the "main" Pokémon manga adaptation, has about 40 volumes and take place along all the Pokémon "generations" but how are they related to each other? I mean, the main ...
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What did Team Rocket use to evolve Rhyhorn?

In the Pokemon Adventures manga, Koga used some kind of item (like a syringe) on his Rhyhorn: The strange part is that the Rhyhorn suddenly evolved into a Rhydon, in the middle of the fight: Red ...
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Did Pokemon start off as a Manga?

Was Pokemon initially manga and then tv producers changed the story they wanted it or was it a product of imagination of tv producers?
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How can Pikachu speak now?

In this clip from the new movie I choose you, it appears that Pikachu speaks natural language. There is a clip of it in English on YouTube (speaks around 35 seconds) I haven't seen the movie yet, ...