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What are "Pokémon" Categories?
A trainer's Pokédex lists Pokémon categories (sometimes called species) for each creature. These have no affect on gameplay, but are interesting tidbits that often reference the real-world inspiration for a Pokémon.
Most are unremarkable, but every so often, you'll see one worth chuckling at, highlighting the weirdest quirks of various Pokémon. Which are most mind-boggling? These are the ten funniest Pokémon species names!
10. Slowpoke (Dopey)
Slowpoke is classified as the dopey Pokémon, and well, yea, he is. Poor guy doesn't even feel pain until five seconds after something hits him. But hey, I'd take dopey over his original Japanese category, which translates to stupid. At least he's not Psyduck, who needs headaches for his psychic powers and never actually gains the Psychic type.
9. Scrafty (Hoodlum)
This one cracks me up because it sounds like some Pokémon elder was having a rough day when he named it. Maybe Professor Oak was tired of forgetting his grandson's name and took it out on Scrafty, that darned hoodlum hooligan.
8. Comfey (Posy Picker)
What in the world is a posy picker? Does it mean a picky eater? Did someone mispronounce nose-picker? No, no, it's actually just talking picking the posy flower, but it's still a hilarious description.
7. Luvdisc (Rendezvous)
On the surface, this name might not elicit giggles, but, well…Luvdisc is all about love. It's heart-shaped, associated with couples, and can even fly by kissing another Luvdisc and flapping their "wings". So a rendezvous here is about as raunchy as Pokémon gets, though maybe not as much as breeding a Wailord with a Skitty.
6. Meowth (Scratch Cat)
Someone at some point said "no, no, Meowth isn't just a cat, you fool. He is clearly the scratch cat to end all scratch cats." To be fair, Nintendo had to determine how to translate Meowth's Japanese category, bakeneko, which references a mythical creature most overseas players aren't familiar with.
Still pretty weird though, as bakeneko are said to lick lamp oil as a bad omen. Yea, maybe an omen of gastrointestinal problems when you're doing that.
5. Galarian Zapdos (Strong Legs)
Fully appreciating this name requires some context. When Kanto's three legendary birds received new Galarian forms, the other two got fearsome-sounding categories: Articuno as the malevolent Pokémon and Moltres as cruel. Meanwhile, Zapdos's new form is, well, strong-legged. For an even more pitiful name, look to its direct Japanese translation as the "good walker" Pokémon.
4. Anorith (Old Shrimp)
Sure, Anorith's status as a fossil Pokémon means he's from prehistoric days, and his Japan-translated title dubs him an ancient shrimp. That's far better than an old shrimp, something most kids playing Pokémon would probably call me. I feel ya, Anorith.
3. Accelgor (Shell Out)
Tell me you can't hear the Ninja Turtles telling each other to "shell out, man". Of course, the title actually refers to Accelgor's discarded shell, which gives him amazing speed, but nothing can stop shell out from sounding like 90's slang.
2. Lickitung (Licking)
Both Lickitung and Lickilicky are known as the licking Pokémon, which is definitely accurate. That doesn't make it any less weird that one of the original Pokémon was simply based on licking. I guess this one's as much the concept as the actual species name, but either way, it's a prime example of Pokémon silliness.
1. Vullaby (Diapered)
Dark Pokémon generally have menacing names and natures, but there's no denying Vullaby's diaper-dub is hilarious. His Japanese translation doesn't save him either (where he's simply called the "diaper" Pokémon), so there's no escaping his playground teasing, at least until he evolves into Mandibuzz.
Amusing Pokémon Concepts
Some Pokémon are classified oddly, others are simply based on weird things, like Trubbish the trash pile or Vanillite the ice cream cone, but either way, there's plenty of wacky things to chuckle at in the Pokémon world.
This extends to moves too, with silly attacks like Tickle, Snore, and Let's Snuggle Forever (I wish I was kidding), but for now, vote for your favorite laughably-classified creature and I'll see you at our next Pokémon countdown!
© 2020 Jeremy Gill