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Like real-world animals, Pokémon vary greatly in brainpower, some effectively mindless beasts, others comparable (or even smarter than) humans. The Pokédex offers the best way to gauge a Pokémon's smarts, with several entries noting particular intelligence, especially for Psychic-types—which know-it-all reigns supreme? These are the ten smartest Pokémon!
Pokédex (Pokémon White): These remarkably intelligent Pokémon fight by controlling arms that can grip with rock-crushing power.
Reuniclus is the final form of Solosis, who (like most Psychic types) has low physical attack but high special attack. In addition to his above Pokédex entry, another states that drinking his surrounding liquid grants great wisdom, but is poisonous. While his defenses are questionable, his Magic Guard ability impresses, blocking all indirect damage (like weather, poison, recoil, and so on).
Pokédex (Sapphire): Latias/Latios is highly intelligent and capable of understanding human speech.
Both Latias and Latios are noted for their intelligence, able to understand human speech and communicate telepathically. Latias favors special defense while Latios prefers special attack, and their intelligence can be seen in the film Pokémon Heroes, where Latias even masquerades as the human Bianca.
Pokédex (Sword): It's famous for its high level of intelligence, and the large size of its brain is proof that it also possesses immense psychic power.
Blipbug's final form is both intelligent and menacing; in fact, another dex entry states that if strained to capacity, it could brainwash everything in the area to obey its commands. But despite its fearsome lore, Orbeetle is actually a defensive creature, favoring both defense and special defense.
Pokédex (Sapphire): Deoxys is highly intelligent and wields psychokinetic powers.
Deoxys has four different modes with different stat spreads: a balanced Normal Forme, aggressive Attack Forme, tanky Defense Forme, and swift Speed Forme. But no matter your preferred mode, it's a dangerous virus from space that mutated into its current state, and rivals Mewtwo in raw power.
Pokédex (Sun): Known for its extreme intelligence, this Pokémon will look down on inexperienced Trainers, so it's best suited to veteran Trainers.
Both smart and prideful, Oranguru aren't afraid to showcase their knowledge, frequently challenging each other to battles of wit. Another Pokédex entry notes they occasionally travel to the beach to match wits with one of few non-legendaries capable of rivaling them intellectually…
Pokédex (Gold): It has incredible intellect and intuition. Whatever the situation, it remains calm and collected.
While Slowpoke and Slowbro are dim, Slowking had his brain kickstarted by a Shellder's poison, effectively reversing his dopiness into intelligence. Plus, he's injected with more poison every time he yawns, which increases his brilliance even more, and Pokémon 2000 even shows him talking. Base Slowking is Water/Psychic, but his Galarian form is Poison/Psychic.
Pokédex (Sword): It's very intelligent and can use an incredible variety of moves.
Mew's intelligence wasn't specifically noted until a gen 8 Pokédex entry, but it makes sense: after all, she can learn all kinds of TMs and is one of the oldest Pokémon. Mew's clone Mewtwo is also presumably intelligent (and capable of speech in his movie), but his entries focus on his savageness and lust for battle.
Pokédex (Diamond and Pearl): Known as "The Being of Knowledge." It is said that its emergence gave humans the intelligence to improve their quality of life.
Uxie forms ⅓ of the Lake Trio. It represents knowledge, where its counterparts Mesprit and Azelf encompass emotion and willpower. Uxie is undoubtedly wise, with several entries stating that Uxie's arrival gave mankind problem-solving skills that advanced civilization.
Pokédex (X): With four linked brains, it's more intelligent than a supercomputer, and it uses calculations to analyze foes.
Metagross has strong stats, nice typing, a mega form, and (according to the encyclopedia) four brains superior to supercomputers. This allows amazing processing power and pinpoint accuracy, perhaps exceeded only by…
Pokédex (Red): Its brain can outperform a super-computer. Its intelligence quotient is said to be 5,000.
Abra's final form is one of the game's most infamous glass cannons, bearing amazing speed and special attack but terrible defense. But perhaps even more impressive, he's smarter than supercomputers, with an outstanding IQ factor of 5000 (most humans are around 100)!
Alakazam's supreme smarts are further emphasized by his Silver entry, stating "Its brain cells multiply continually until it dies. As a result, it remembers everything." So, not only does he only get smarter with time, he has a perfect memory.
Does Pokémon Intelligence Influence Gameplay?
While intelligence isn't directly linked to regular battles, hidden factors like IVs and EVs (individual and effort values) denote a Pokémon's potential, so in a way, a Pokémon's natural aptitude matters.
IQ also plays a role in spin-off games like Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, where higher IQs mean more skills, but for now, vote for your favorite think-tank and I'll see you at our next Pokémon countdown!
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