Nigel has been playing video games ever since he first picked up a Master System controller in his diapers. Nintendo fanboy.
Pokémon has been around for over twenty years and in those twenty years we've seen a lot of Pokémon designs come and go. Some have been total duds (I'm looking at you Garbodor), but many have been absolutely breathtaking, and some have even been absolutely adorable! Now, there's over eight hundred Pokémon around, so I'm going to follow some rules:
- No mythical or legendary Pokémon. It's not that they aren't cute or adorable (Like the Jirachi above), many of them absolutely are! I just think anything involving a mythical Pokémon should have it's own list.
- Only one Pokémon per evolutionary line. It gives more Pokémon a chance and creates a bit more variety on the list. This includes Alolan Pokémon. If there's an Alolan Pokémon in here, that disqualifies any member of it's evolutionary line from any region, and vice versa.
- This is strictly my opinion. You can crucify me in the comments, but this is not meant to be an objective list.
With that said, let's take a look at ten Pokémon so cute that you probably have pictures of them in your wallet right now.
Those big eyes! Amaura was introduced in X & Y Versions and is inspired by the aurora borealis phenomenon, sometimes called the "northern lights." It's sails are designed to mimic the shape and color of the phenomenon, and it's sails even change color when fed in Pokémon-Amie or Refresh, which is also a cute behavior in it's own right!
As a kid, I always loved dinosaurs so seeing what a chibi version of a dinosaur would look like hit every nerve in my body that could be triggered by adorableness. But don't let those cute eyes fool you! This fossil Pokémon may have the ability refrigerate, which turns all normal type moves to Ice-type, and then gives it another boost!
And this isn't even its final form, though honestly, since this is a list about cuteness, Amaura beats Aurorus easily. It's a baby dino! I grew up with Land Before Time so how can I say no?
What can I say? I love pink. Introduced in Black and White versions where half the introduced Pokémon are essentially clones of Pokémon from Gen 1—because that's a well Game Freak can't get out of—Audino is this series' version of Chansey. A healing themed Pokémon with a high hit point stat and gives out a ton of experience when defeated, Audino is also the Unova region's Pokémon Center mascot.
In the metagame, there's almost no significant difference between Audino and Chansey. But unlike other Gen 5 Pokémon, Audino is if nothing else an improvement aesthetically on it's inspiration. Chansey—cute as she may be—is essentially an egg carrying an egg. Audino has more visual personality. It looks like it wants to tend to your wounds, and indeed will.
If that's not enough, it even acts adorable! It uses the feelers in its ears as a stethoscope in treating injured humans and Pokémon, and when encountered in the wild there's a decent chance half her attacks will actually heal you!
Those droopy floppy ears, those beady eyes and the way its fur looks like it's wearing a pink nurse's jacket are just so adorable!
Real talk: I hate bugs. They give me the willies and the shivers. The bigger the bug, the worst it is. I wouldn't last a day in a world where insects are the size of my head. I wouldn't last more than a few minutes in a world with hornets the size of a small child.
But then there's Cutiefly, who looks like a large mosquito meets a hummingbird. Among the smallest of all Pokémon—and smaller almost always means cuter—it has a mosquito-like mouth used to drink nectar from flowers, and instead of the tiny hairs most bugs have, this one looks like it has just got a big furry body perfect for petting! Plus it seems to make its habitat in much more serene environments, so I think I might be able to chill with one of these adorable little guys without breaking into anxiety and panic attacks.
For all the nostalgia nerds and 'genwunners' out there, here you go. The OG cute Pokémon. Its appearance has changed a little bit over the years - most notably Pikachu is a little slender nowadays, and I do kind of wish they kept the 'chubby Pikachu' design that I felt not only made him cuter, but also made him look a little more like a cartoon mouse. They certainly looks more fit while maintaining a more realistic mouse-like body. His cheek sacks that store electricity look like they are just begging to be rubbed, possibly a defense mechanism formed from natural selection to ward off strangers constantly trying to stroke its cheek.
This one hits the nostalgia, since here in the West the anime actually made it's debut a few weeks before the video games were first released here, so before we met any of the starters, or any of the generation's other cute Pokemon (looking at you Jigglypuff), we met Pikachu. Since then, the games have changed their design to more resemble the anime design. It's the only mascot we've ever known and w completely missed out on the era where there was no mascot and Game Freak was trying to decide which of it's many creatures would be the face of the franchise. It was almost Clefairy at one point, but decided that they wanted to go with a color that wasn't associated with any gender-based marketing.
Its eyes are big beads, it's tail looks both cool and cute, even with the redesign its body still looks just a little chubby, as if it would roll onto it's back and ask for a belly rub. It even has a cute little nose that is perfect for poking.
Note, please do not try and poke the nose, stroke the tail, or rub the belly or cheeks of any strange Pikachu you encounter. You'll be in for a shocking experience!
It's a Pikachu that flies. Every generation of the game has its Pikachu clone, and almost all of them are electric type (save Gold and Silver). Starting in Black and White versions, they began introducing what amounts to dual-typing Pikachus. Emolga is the Electric/Flying type, and the reasons for its cuteness can be a summary of what was mentioned in the Pikachu entry, plus give it cute little gliding wings.
It's a big round pink ball with eyes that make up about a third of it's body. What else is there to say about it? It hops about and floats around just slightly heavier than air. Especially in the Let's Go series of games where it just gently bounces from side to side. And in the anime? This is Pokémon somehow manages to look just as cute when it's mad! Still though, don't fall asleep while it's singing. There will be consequences.
Does it look like Kirby? Yes. Way too much like Kirby. Might be because Game Freak and HAL Labs work closely together a lot. Could Kirby have originally been a Pokémon? We'll never know. But we have Jigglypuff, and we love Jigglypuff.
I promise, this is the last Pikachu clone on this list. I could—and probably should—make a list just about Pikachu clones. Plusle and Minun share this spot because they pretty much are the same pokémon with the only difference being their color and the plus or minus symbol located on their tails and cheeks. These tiny mouse/rabbit pokémon are small in frame but can pack a powerful punch when used properly.
However, this isn't a list about competitive pokémon, it's about cuteness, and it's tiny frame, slightly chubby body, round face, long and narrow pointed ears that almost look like antennae . . . I know I can't objectively score it for being cute, but I just think it deserves a spot on this top ten!
Flabébé is literally the Pokémon world's equivalent of a pixie holding a flower. It's tied with a handful of Pokémon for being the smallest, and another handful for being the lightest, though it's unclear if this includes the weight of the flower or not. For players of the video game, Flabébé was likely their first encounter with the newly introduced 'Fairy Typing' in the generation 6 games.
The tiny crown made of pollen she wears has healing properties, and if anything should happen to her flower she can only survive so long if she can't find a new one. Her big beady eyes on a tiny body just look like pure innocence. Plus, everyone loves a pretty flower, right?
If anyone but me were writing this list, there's a pretty good chance Eevee would be number one. In fact, the voting site The Top Tens lists Eevee as number one at the time of this writing. Some might argue that it's popularity stems from it's rarity in the early games and it's multiple possible evolutions, but I like to think it's because of it's features. Big beady eyes, bushy tail, tuft of fur on its neck and chest. It's like a dog, a cat, and a fox all in one! If Pikachu weren't the mascot of the franchise, Eevee could easily take its place.
It should be especially important to note that Eevee is primarily based on the Fennec Fox species, which is a popular and expensive pet in North America in most jurisdictions, partially due to it's bushy tail and large ears.
Every entry into the Pokémon franchise has to have at least one cat Pokémon. For Ruby and Sapphire versions, that cat Pokémon was Skitty, and its evolution Delcatty. Now, Skitty might seem like a very underwhelming choice for number one, but I specifically said the list wasn't going to be objective. Yes, it's absolutely useless in battle, and yes, Delcatty was only slightly less useless in battle. But I kept it on my team, the entire playthrough. Why? Because it's Skitty, that's why!
Skitty was really the Jigglypuff/Clefairy of the Gen III games. A two stage normal type Pokémon caught early on that evolves using a moon stone. And Jigglypuff and Clefairy are also adorable in their own right.
With its tiny body, stubby legs and feet, round face, cute closed eyes—you could nickname it Brock—and its adorable three-pronged tail every tiny bit of this Pokémon is adorable from ears to toe. Also, I just love cats.
And that's why Skitty is my pick for the cutest Pokémon out there—so far!