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The Cutest Pokémon of All Time
Some Trainers collect Pokémon for the thrill of battling them, training their teams, and evolving them into stronger forms. Others enjoy their original cute appearances, and sometimes it pays to maintain the base form, letting you learn new attacks faster.
No matter how you play, you're bound to find some creatures that especially worm their way into your heart. Of course, "cuteness" is largely subjective, and we all have our own favorites, but today we'll examine 50 of the most-endearing Pokémon available!
While Emolga could use an evolution, he's undeniably cute and offers a strong elemental typing—Flying negates Electric's weakness to Ground, leaving few openings and several resistances.
Sleeping animals are cute. Koalas are cute. Put them together and you've got this drowsy but endearing mammal. In fact, Komala's slumber actually helps him in battle, as he's always treated like he's asleep (meaning he can't gain other non-volatile status conditions) but can still attack normally.
Type: Normal/Psychic (Aria Forme), Normal/Fighting (Pirouette Forme)
Meloetta's a good-natured legendary with two potential forms, each with a rare typing. Just don't start thinking her and Gardevoir are that cute—we've got enough of those fans as is.
Ghosts types are often creepy, but Pumpkaboo's a chunky little fella with a sweet name. Plus, according to the Pokédex, he's benevolent in nature, carrying deceased spirits to "the place where they belong" so they can move on.
Everyone loves cats, and Meowths have demonstrated a surprising number of skills in various media. In the anime, Team Rocket's Meowth is capable of speech, the signature Pay Day attack provides a great money-generating tool in the games, and Meowth's alternative Dark-type Alolan form (in the evolved Persian state) saw competitive use thanks to a great ability and moveset.
This thing is almost sickeningly cute—he's a ball of fluff with one tooth and a heart emblem on his nose. And Woobat only evolves once his friendship stat peaks, rewarding you for bonding with him.
Shinx gets more intimidating as he evolves, but it's hard not to like his adorable base stage. And Luxray made a great companion to traverse Sinnoh with, offering impressive base stats geared towards offense.
Cubone's story is tragic, wearing the skull of his deceased mother, but if anything, it only reinforces our sympathy for the Pokémon that just wants to be with his family.
Type: Fairy (previously Normal)
Before Johto's games released, Togepi was featured heavily in the anime, exciting fans for the next generation. Togepi's basically a baby—cute, but with a lot of crying. And he's stayed surprisingly competitive throughout the years, converting into the powerful Fairy type and obtaining a third stage (Togekiss).
As cliche as Electric rodents are, even I have to admit Togedemaru is pretty cool. He's a happy, chubby mouse with a fun type pairing—just keep him away from Ground attacks.
Snorlax was later given the pre-evolution Munchlax, but his base form is one of the most relatable Pokémon around, just wanting to nap and snack. He's also competitive, bearing great attack and special defense, and his scripted battles in the Kanto games earned him a slot in many teams.
Jirachi's an odd mix of cute and ominous. Despite his small stature, he's a powerful legendary with an intimidating signature attack called "Doom Desire." But at the same time, he's a wish-making Pokémon with seemingly pure intentions—just don't make him mad.
Like Jirachi, Manaphy is a cute but powerful legendary who won over fans despite controversy with his sort-of pre-evolution Phione. To get Phione, you need to breed Manaphy, but Phione can't actually evolve into him, meaning Trainers are still unsure whether to classify them as a singular evolutionary line.
The very first Grass-type legendary, Celebi's control over time makes him deceptively powerful, and we got to examine his joyful nature in the movie Pokémon 4ever.
Type: Grass (Land Forme), Grass/Flying (Sky Forme)
Another Grass legendary, Shaymin's got two cute modes to choose from, the balanced Land Forme and the offense-oriented Sky Forme. Just watch out for Sky's quad weakness to Ice.
For years, Mew was the rarest Pokémon of all, finally seeing the spotlight in Pokémon: The First Movie, which highlighted both his playful nature and incredible power.
Phanpy quickly evolves into Donphan at level 25, but where else can you find such an adorable baby elephant?
Even Misty might take a liking to this insect; after all, he's got "cute" right in his name. And unlike many creatures, he's still pretty cute even after evolving into Ribombee.
True, Minccino and his evolution Cinccino are vanilla Normal-types, and sure, they're not very strong. But simply being based on chinchillas (think mice with fluffier tails) scores them major points.
Espurr's blank expression is surprisingly cute, even if he's barely keeping his Psychic powers in check. His evolution Meowstic is just as cuddly, especially if you're a sucker for cats.
Featured heavily in the anime plus the Super Smash Brothers series, Jigglypuff's remained prominent throughout the years, especially with her comically-unattainable dream of fans listening to her song without falling asleep.
Skitty's endearing appearance makes her a popular in-game pet, though she's best known for her odd ability to breed with Wailord (hey, they've got compatible egg types) despite their incredible size difference.
As a rule. starters are all pretty cute, especially since they're our first companions in each adventure. We'll tackle them in trios, starting with the most recent, the Fire-type Scorbunny that made its debut in Sword and Shield.
Not as energetic as Scorbunny or anxious as Sobble, Grookey's a great choice for Trainers who like independence in their starter, and we're all curious what (if any) secondary types he'll eventually gain.
Sobble's panicked state might annoy some, but to others, he's a cute companion who—like us—gets a little stressed sometimes.
Popplio's design isn't my favorite, but he becomes more elegant as he evolves, and Primarina's Water/Fairy nature offers nice coverage and several resistances.
Rowlet's plump frame eventually develops into the sleek Decidueye, the very first part-Ghost starter. The family also enjoys the exclusive hidden ability Long Reach, letting them avoid physical contact (and penalties associated with it) when attacking.
While Incineroar's odd design drew controversy among fans, Litten's undeniably cute. Like the other Alolan starters, he eventually acquires a secondary element (Dark) not yet seen on a core starter, setting him apart from previous companions.
While many fans mocked Chespin's design, his final evolution (Chesnaught) eventually gains the competitive Spiky Shield attack, one of the best defensive moves in the game.
Featured in the anime and in Super Smash Brothers (as Greninja), Froakie received more attention than any other Kalos starter, and his Battle Bond ability grants the unique Ash-Greninja transformation after defeating an opponent.
Not only is Fennekin a cute fox, her family finally ended the infamous Fire/Fighting plague, becoming Fire/Psychic when evolved into Delphox.
The generation five starters are my personal least favorites (their final forms didn't offer any new type pairings). Still, their base stages are cute enough, though we'd just seen a Water-type otter with generation four's Buizel.
Tepig himself is cute, it's just disappointing that he evolves into the third Fire/Fighting partners in a row. But looking past that, you've got a solid starter, one of few Fire-types available in the Unova region's early stages.
Grass-types tend to be portrayed as compassionate, so it's nice to see one with a hint of attitude. Even Snivy's name sounds lovably stuck-up, making him my favorite Unova companion.
Chimchar's ultimate transformation into Infernape provided another Fire/Fighting, something we'd seen in the last generation. But at the time, two in a row wasn't so bad, and the pair does admittedly provide decent coverage.
Turtwig resembles a turtle even more than Squirtle, walking on four legs and eventually becoming Torterra, our first (and so far only) Grass/Ground Pokémon.
Penguins are cute, but don't underestimate Piplup's family—Empoleon's Water/Steel duo resists a whopping 11 types (including one immunity) while only being weak to three.
After two slower and more-defensive Grass starters, an agile, two-legged one was a welcome change. Treeko remains a pure-Grass type even when morphed into Sceptile, but he'll become part Dragon when he mega evolves.
Like the other Fire/Fighting starters, Torchic acquires his secondary element with just one evolution, quickly gaining STAB (same-type attack bonus) with two types of moves. His Blaziken form was also showcased in the anime, being one of few non-legendary Pokémon to defeat Ash's Charizard.
The inspiration for an infamous meme, Mudkip's also a worthy battler—Swampert's Ground-type beautifully pairs with Water, negating its usual weakness to Electric.
As of this writing, Cyndaquil is the only starter to retain his pure-Fire element throughout his family, making him a great choice for Fire enthusiasts who don't need the extra fluff.
Newer players may not realize that Chikorita was our first pure-Grass starter (Bulbasaur's line is Grass/Poison), and her array of defensive techniques (like Reflect) made her difficult to topple.
Spunky yet ferocious, many Charmander Trainers transitioned into Totodile, maintaining their predatory-reptile theme.
Our very first Water starter, Squirtle's family served as the mascots for Pokémon Blue, and his strong defensive stats help him endure any type of attack.
While Squirtle and Charmander seem to get the Kanto glory, Bulbasaur was really the most unique, carrying a secondary type. He's also the easiest to progress with, being strong against Kanto's first three Gyms.
Charmander was Ash's only Kanto starter that actually evolved, becoming the fierce Charizard, one of the anime's strongest non-legendary champions. Plus, Charizard is one of just two Pokémon (the other being Mewtwo) to have two potential mega evolutions, letting you customize his type and stats as you see fit.
This timid bear cub will melt anyone's heart with his cuddly appearance, even if he could really use a tissue.
Just as Cubchoo becomes the fierce Beartic, Teddiura evolves into the ferocious Ursaring, but that doesn't stop him from being one of the cutest pre-evolutions available.
One of the most well-recognized fictional characters ever made, Pikachu's the only constant companion to Ash in the anime, loyally traversing the globe together. Both he and his baby form (Pichu) also appear in Super Smash Brothers, putting their speedy Electric attacks to good use.
Eevee's not legendary and not a traditional starter, but his type-changing "Eeveelutions" and adorable design have made him one of the most popular Pokémon, even starring in one of the Let's Go! Kanto revisits.
More of the Cutest Pokémon
Today we've examined many collectable critters, and don't forget to check out the other members in their lines—many Trainers are as fond of the elemental Eeveelutions as Eevee itself.
With a series of consistently-praised core games, we'll undoubtedly discover more cuddly companions in future entries. But for now, as we await Nintendo's next set of adorable adventurers, vote for your favorite and I'll see you at our next Pokémon count down!
© 2019 Jeremy Gill
RoseMari on September 09, 2020:
Mew,Popplio,Shaymin,Scorebunny,Celibi,and Meloetta is probably the cutest (its my opinion)
Pika pika on August 15, 2020:
Phanpy and Pikachu is my brother's favorite
Charmander on July 19, 2020:
Charmander is my favourite and cute Pokemon
Kayley on July 10, 2020:
Eevee is the cutest
KJ on June 08, 2020:
Dedenne is the cutest... I mean, have you watch the anime? Love him.
pokemon fan1234 on June 05, 2020:
Eevee and Cydiquil
Dylarceus on June 03, 2020:
WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?! Teddiursa is definetly the cutest.
Ozzie on June 03, 2020:
Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on June 02, 2020:
Some fans dislike pre-evolutions like Pichu and Cleffa since they can remove the possibility of a third evolution (how cool would it be to see Raichu evolve?), but you're welcome to lump him in with Pikachu's slot!
Ozzie on June 01, 2020:
HOW IS PICHU NOT ON THIS
foxy on May 30, 2020:
VULPIX!!!!! it is the CUTEST!!!!!
Sophie Woo from hong kong on May 26, 2020:
eevee, melotta and cubchoo
Shawny on May 25, 2020:
None of the above it would be mareep
Adadee on May 13, 2020:
I think the number one cutest pokemon is Petilil and his evlution Liligant!
YellowStar1234 on April 23, 2020:
Omg! There ara tonu of cute pokemon ima fresk out my favorite is Eevee its so cute! İts strong to! And it can evolve into 8 types of pokemon!!!
Turtle on April 08, 2020:
My favorite is rowlet