The 23 Best Games Like ‘Pokémon’

Pokémon is a giant in multiple different forms of media. When it comes to video games, the Pokémon franchise is one of the top five best-selling of all time, with an estimated 380 million in worldwide sales. This puts it ahead of Grand Theft Auto, Minecraft, Lego, and more massive names.

Naturally, something that has been as great as Pokémon over the past few decades is going to be very influential. Many games take direct inspiration from Pokémon and that’s a good thing for you if you want something similar but a break from the series.

Below, in alphabetical order, we’ve listed the twenty-three best games like Pokémon.

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1. ‘Ark: Survival Evolved’

Although it felt disappointing to many on launch, Ark: Survival Evolved (funnily enough) has evolved into a game that people can appreciate, with its player base growing steadily. This is a great option if your favorite part of Pokémon games is trying to tame animals. Although the animals here are a little less cute and more ferocious than most Pokémon.

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2. ‘Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy!’

Developed by h.a.n.d. and published by Square Enix, Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! is part of a franchise that was actually established before Pokémon, but is now linked with it heavily. Creatures in this game can be befriended and fight alongside you as you traverse dungeons and search for some tough battles.

Buy Now, $55.63
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3. ‘Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth’

Perhaps if you’re a diehard Pokémon fan, you’ll turn your nose up at the mention of Digimon. You’re well within you’re right to do so, but you’re also missing out on the chance to play Cyber Sleuth. Think of this like a Pokémon that happens in digital cyberspace where hackers reign supreme. The similarities to Pokémon are pretty glaring, too.

Buy Now, $26.32
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4. ‘Dragon Quest Monsters’

Dragon Quest Monsters is quickly growing in popularity over here in the west, but it’s been big in Japan for a while. Fans and critics were quick to draw comparisons to Pokémon early and rightfully so, but the game does a good job of standing on its own too. Picking up and playing or diving right into all of the unique mechanics are both rewarding in different ways.

Buy Now, $23.99
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5. ‘Fae Tactics’

Developed by Endlessfluff Games and released in the summer of 2020, Fae Tactics allows you to summon allies, cast spells, and just like Pokémon, befriend characters who can assist you on your journey. It’s a strategy RPG that features turn-based combat (just like Pokémon famously does) and the 3D pixel world is genuinely beautiful to look at.

Buy Now, $19.99
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Chumbosoft’s HEARTBEAT is a game that takes what Pokémon offers and takes it enough places that it feels like a must-play for any fans of that genre. It’s a top-down RPG where you play as Eve Saccato, a Conjurer from a small village. The context of the setting is that humans and Mogwai have struggled to co-exist for years, but you go on a journey that could change that.

Buy Now, $14.99
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7. ‘Jade Cocoon: Story of the Tamamayu’

Jade Cocoon: Story of the Tamamayu is a game that fans of it will swear is one of the best RPGs of all time. In North America, it was released in 1999, so visually it does look very dated. But if you’re willing to look past that, you’ll find a treat in the story. Here, you can breed and fuse together Minions, and depending on how many you’ve already caught, it’s easier to catch them in the future.

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8. ‘Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance’

Dream Drop Distance is the seventh installment in the Kingdom Hearts series. While the gameplay itself might not feel like a Pokémon game, you’re able to recruit creatures called “Dream Eaters” to help you out in fights, which is of course a mechanic many Pokémon players will know and love. This entry in the series also went for turn-based combat and the worlds can feel similar to gyms.

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9. ‘Minecraft’

Like Pokémon, Minecraft is also one of the biggest franchises around with over 200 million in estimated worldwide sales, which is very impressive considering its first release was in 2011. While you might like the regular game as a Pokémon fan, what really makes it special is the “Pixelmon Generations” mod which essentially turns it into a large-scale Pokémon game.

Buy now, $29.88
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10. ‘Monster Crown’

You only have to take one look at the design style for Monster Crown to know that it was heavily influenced by Pokémon. The creators don’t shy away from that fact and have revealed that the game dives into an aspect they feel Pokémon doesn’t focus on enough, monster breeding.

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11. ‘Monster Hunter Stories’

If your favorite part about the Pokémon games are the monster collecting and battles and you’d like a different take on them, look no further than Monster Hunter Stories. There’s a catch-up mechanic, which means if you decide against catching new Pokémon because of the struggle of leveling them up, that won’t be a problem here. The story can be a little childish, but it’s just there to tie the gameplay together. If you walk away from this game satisfied, then it’s also worth checking out its quality sequel Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin.

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12. ‘Monster Sanctuary’

Made by German studio Moi Rai Games, Monster Sanctuary is what many critics of the Pokémon games wish they would have evolved into eventually. It feels a little bit like a hybrid of Pokémon and “Metroidvania” gameplay elements. You hatch monsters from eggs and there are a bunch of areas to explore so at the end of the day, it’s worth a try.

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13. ‘Nexomon: Extinction’

Nexomon: Extinction borrows so many elements from Pokémon games that you’d be forgiven for dismissing it as a rip-off, but there are still many reasons that this game is worth playing. One spin it puts on the battling is that there’s a stamina system here, so it means that even more strategy is required with rotation.

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14. ‘Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch’

A nice way of thinking about Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is that it’s a Pokémon game with a larger focus on a story. The story’s not there for the sake of it either. It’s genuinely gripping and enhances the gameplay. Combat can be either turn-based or active. If you’re a fan of Wrath of the White Witch, then try out Revenant Kingdom too. 

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15. ‘Ooblets’

Ooblets feels like Pokémon combined with the vibes of Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon. You live in a cute world where humans and creatures called Ooblets live. The art style feels like a more colorful version of some of the more recent Pokémon games. If you’re a fan of those kinds of games where a lot of its elements are within your control, then go ahead and try this one out.

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16. ‘Persona 5 Royal’

Persona 5 Royal is similar to Pokémon largely because of its JPRG roots. Some of its foundational mechanics can feel similar to Pokémon – the hundreds of monsters on the roster, themed dungeons that resemble gyms, and turn-based combat. Despite this, it also sets itself apart from the pack with many features. This is definitely the definitive way to experience one of the best JRPGs in recent memory.

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17. ‘Shin Megami Tensei V’

Once again, although the entire game doesn’t have the same atmosphere as a Pokémon game here, some key elements in it will definitely be familiar to Pokémon fans. Namely, catching demons, raising them, and using them in battle. One key difference here is that the battle systems are more complex, which might be something you welcome. 

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18. ‘Slime Rancher’

In this game, you play Beatrix LeBeau. As a rancher, your goal is to capture, raise and breed slimes, which then allows you to earn currency so that you can explore the world, where you’ll encounter more slimes. This game is for those who enjoy this process over battles because there are none of those here.

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19. ‘Suikoden’

This game stands out on this list. While many of the games here allow you to recruit creatures to battle alongside you, with Suikoden, you have to build an army of warriors. For many, this is where the similarities to Pokémon end. The game is not as childish as Pokémon can be and that might be a welcome change for some, or it might not be what you’re looking for.

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20. ‘Temtem’

Developed by Crema, Temtem is a goal that was made with Pokémon in mind, to some extent. The idea was to improve on some of the old mechanics and give the genre a refresh. As a result, this game feels as if Pokémon was finally given a massively multiplayer online revamp, which might be music to your ears. Since this game is technically still in early access, it’s constantly getting new updates too.

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21. ‘World of Final Fantasy: Maxima’

World of Final Fantasy: Maxima is an upgraded spin-off of Final Fantasy and takes place in Grymoire, a world of coexisting Final Fantasy settings. The land is inhibited by Lilikins, which are cute and resemble Pokémon. This is an especially good pick for those who are already familiar with and fans of the Final Fantasy series because some familiar faces return.

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22. ‘YO-KAI WATCH 3’

Before YO-KAI WATCH 4 was even released, gamers who wanted a dose of Pokémon-like gameplay from somewhere other than the massive franchise looked to YO-KAI WATCH 3. Unfortunately, if you’re reading this, you might need to do the same, because the fourth installment in the series is only available in Japan right now. Your Yo-kai watch allows you to see, befriend and summon Yo-kai, which can evolve.

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23. ‘Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution’

This is a unique entry on this list because while the vast majority of games here have a lot of similarities with the actual Pokémon games, Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution actually resembles the trading card game a little. Combat here is nuanced and requires great strategy.

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How to Sell Pokemon Cards: Your Ultimate Guide

Looking to invest short and long term with some of the safest cards on the planet? Pokémon cards have been on a blistering pace over the last five years, with unbelievable growth and what appears to still be plenty of meat left on the bone. The facts might have you on eBay in a matter of minutes. With prices shooting to the stratosphere, are you curious to see what your old cards collecting dust might be worth?

This Ultimate Pokémon Guide is your compass to buying and selling vintage Pokémon cards today and for the future.  

For more information on what Pokemon Cards are worth you can read our Pokemon Card Value and Price Guide.

(Note: all values listed are valid as of date of publication)

Why Invest in Pokémon?
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Pokémon cards are the premier non-sports cards to invest in today. The original 1999-2000 sets have been on an upward trajectory for over 5 years, with 2020 being the mega increase, thus creating a cultural demand similar to the 1999 release. 

  • Pokémon is the highest-grossing media franchise ever. Recently the company hit $105 Billion. 
  • The Most Valuable English card, 1st Edition Charizard in PSA 10 Gem Mint has soared from $50,000.00 in July 2020 to a then record-breaking purchase by the rapper Logic for $225,000.00. That record was topped in March of 2022 at PWCC Auctions with a final sale price of $420,000.
  • Pokémon Trading Card sales have topped $10.25 Billion. 
  • The buying demographic is between ages 24-36. This group will continue to make more money annually and have a higher spending threshold. The next 20 years should be meteoric. 
  • Starting in March 2020, prices surged – in part due to the pandemic. Being stuck home caused a major demand in collecting and opening original sealed packs. Pokémon Cards exploded, just as the sports card market did as well. 
  • Grading companies became overloaded, unable to meet the demand in a timely fashion causing graded cards on the market to surge. The trajectory from January 2020 was for cards to double in price over the year, not quadruple. 
  • Original Pikachu cards increased up to and beyond 1,000% in that time period. The most famous Pokémon has become the new go to character for collectors. 
  • Japanese Pokémon cards are 24 years old. With the 25th anniversary last year, the original cards continued to surge before pulling back a bit.  
  • A 1st Edition Box sold for $432,000.00 at PWCC Premier Auction in N0vember of 2021, breaking the $408,000 record previously set at Heritage Auctions just a few months earlier. There are also reports of one of these boxes selling for as high as $450,000 in a private sale on Instagram.

High-End Pokémon cards are being viewed as modern art, with the price tag for a pristine 1st Edition Base Charizard currently at $433,000.00 and climbing if you can get one. Due to correlations to Magic the Gathering, the prices today could increase steadily over the next 5 years. Outside of the economy crashing, Pokémon would seem to be a safe play. 

Demand for original cards has consistently increased since 2010, but due to awareness, and points mentioned previously, there has been a fearlessness from buyers to set records. All year, record sale after record sale for high-end Pokémon Cards. The fear of missing out on today’s price is real.

Set Your Goals
  1. Budget 

It’s imperative that you set a budget and know when to stop buying. Winning auctions can be addicting and it’s easy to go overboard fast. Monitor recent sales. Know how much you’re willing to spend to acquire the desired card.  

  1. Decide your financial goals with the hobby

Why are you getting in? Are you an enthusiast who wants to collect for long-term profits or are you trying to make money fast?  

There are many routes you can go when investing in Pokémon Cards and there is a quality card for every budget. Starting out at $10 card purchases works in the long term. Buying the rarest cards under $20,000.00 for a quick profit has been a major play in 2020. 

Understand Different Card Buying Strategies
  1. Long Term Investing

With 1999-2000 Pokémon cards, the long term investing would be towards Mint raw cards and Near Mint graded cards. Graded cards have been on a blistering pace the last 12 months. Lower grades of the most expensive cards or PSA 8 and up for the rest of the 1999-2000 cards are great long-term investments.   

  1. Flipping

Flippers will buy a card with the goal to make a profit on it ASAP. Education is what sets the flipper from the casual collector. They know the sales, population reports and what cards are coveted by monitoring the market. If a card takes off, flippers often look to capitalize. If you only know the main Pokémon characters and not much else about the cards, flipping is probably not for you. You have to study sets, know errors, sales, population reports and have a deep understanding of why cards/sets get hot. All of this is covered here. 

  1. Collecting

Pokémon cards are all about collecting. Gotta Catch Em All is the slogan and for good reason: children aimed to have every card. In 1999, having a binder with complete sets was a major deal. Set collecting isn’t much different now, with gem mint and lower graded complete sets becoming all the rage once again. Pokémon battling and collecting were the essence, but today collecting dominates. One of the phenomenons with Pokémon cards is the overwhelming nostalgia and lack of willing sellers due to attachment to the cards. Many collectors value their cards well beyond the current prices and it’s shown with a limited supply of high-grade 1st Ed Base holograms available. Being out-priced is becoming more apparent and some collectors are flipping cards to finish sets and upgrade. 

How To Find the Value of Your Cards
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Taking your old cards out of the closet and researching to find their current value is the most common way people are getting back into Pokémon. When trying to figure out a card’s value, make sure to follow these steps:

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Step 1. Find the year of the card. Check the bottom year(s) of the card.

Step 2. Find the set the card belongs to. If there is no logo on the right side, it’s Base. Every other set has an indicator. 

Step 3. Identify the card with the name and number in the set. 

Figuring Out What Pokémon Card To Buy
1st Edition Base 
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  • The grail set, Charizard is on fire with a recent sale topping $420,000.00.
  • The graded population on this set is low, and the demand has become astronomical.
  • The record sale price of a sealed box in an auction went for $432,000.00.  
Shadowless Base Set
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  • Identical to the 1st Edition cards except they don’t have the 1st Edition Stamp. 
  • The Shadowless set is just as rare / more rare than the 1st Edition set.
  • Gem Mint Charizard has a much lower population and the price hovers around $90,000.00. 
  • Shadowless is the only other set with the Red Cheek Pikachu error card.
Base Unlimited
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  • The Unlimited set boxes are currently selling for just over $14,000.00.
  • Gem Mint Charizard is around $9900.00.
  • This set had 6-8 times the print runs compared to 1 print run each for 1st Edition and Shadowless.
Jungle Set
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  • 2nd Expansion set
  • 1st Edition Boxes worth over $14,000.00
  • Each holographic card has a non-holographic version
  • Only expansion set where every holographic card has a no symbol version.
Fossil Set
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  • 3rd Expansion Set
  • 1st Edition Boxes currently sell for around $12,000.00
  • Each holographic card has a non-holographic version.
Base Set 2
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  • Combination of Base & Jungle sets.
  • Boxes currently sell for around $7,000.00
  • PSA 10 Charizard is valued at around $10,000.00
  • Having the original Charizard artwork will always keep this set in demand. 
Team Rocket
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  • The 5th set, Team Rocket pays homage to the villains of Pokémon: Jesse, James & Meowth.
  • 1st Edition Boxes are currently valued at around $10,000.00
  • 1st Expansion set to have Charizard
  • After Base Set, Team Rocket is arguably the hottest Gen. 1 set to collect.
Gym Heroes
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  • Focuses on 1st 4 Gym Leaders: Brock, Misty, Lt. Surge & Erika
  • 1st Edition Boxes are valued at around $12,000.00
  • PSA 10 1st Edition Moltres is worth $1,500.00
Gym Challenge
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  • Focuses on Final 4 Gym Leaders: Sabrina, Koga, Blaine & Giovanni
  • 1st Edition Boxes are valued at around $10,000.00 
  • PSA 10 Charizard is worth $5,500.00 
Promo Cards
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Pokémon had numerous promo cards: E3 promos, Black Star Promos and Prerelease promos. They were available at events, in magazines, by mail request and one was available with a VHS film. Due to scarcity, some have skyrocketed and the demand is increasing rapidly.  You can read more about Black Star Promos in this article.

Complete Sets
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Serious collectors always value sets. The challenge of putting together any complete original set gets tougher by the day due to demand. For example, there are only 12 complete PSA 10 Base 1st Edition English sets currently, with the last sale fetching $129,500.00 in July 2020. Set collecting is a crucial aspect of the Pokémon community; even filling a binder with every card is an accomplishment that will make you money over time. Money isn’t the biggest driving factor; the desire to hold cards you coveted as a kid outweighs all other aspects and provides further proof that prices will continue to skyrocket.

Sealed Packs
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Hands down the safest way to invest in Pokémon has been buying sealed packs. The opportunity to pull a Charizard or rare card is enough to make people rip packs open to display or send cards in to get graded. Blister packs are the safest way to get un-weighed packs (packs can be weighed to determine if a hologram is or isn’t in it). There are lots of ways to tamper with packs so make sure to read the risks involved further down.

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Owning any original English sealed box has become a major accomplishment. Multiple boxes make you a rock star. A clean, sealed box is one of the ultimate investments moving forward. As noted earlier, a 1999 Base English 1st Edition Box fetched $433,000.00 recently at PWCC Auctions. That’s almost six times the value from as recently as 2019 and the more boxes that are opened, the less remain in existence – which should cause the value of the remaining boxes to rise.

Artist Autographed Cards
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Pokémon artists have become rock stars as well. Mitsuhiro Arita (Charizard & Pikachu Base Set artist) signed cards have soared in value and created a whole new market for collectors. Illustrations on the cards have also become a major part of collecting and the sales are staggering.

Error Cards
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Error cards have shown to be major value opportunities for collectors. There are many error cards, such as the Red Cheek Pikachu in the 1st Edition and Shadowless sets. 1st Edition cards, the stamp itself can be grey, which is highly desirable. There is a ghost stamp 1st Edition Pikachu where the 1st Edition logo is barely noticeable: this card is a grail. In 1st Edition and Shadowless there is a Vulpix with a Green Dot on its butt.

Variables That Can Affect a Card’s Value
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1. The Grading Company

PSA is the king of Pokémon card grading with BGS a close 2nd. Both companies command top $ for their graded cards and have proven that grades do matter in the Pokémon realm, with a BGS 9.5 1st Edition Charizard selling for nearly $73,000.00 in July of 2021. 

2. Supply of the card (Population reports)

Pokémon cards have low populations compared to sports cards. The number of graded cards can be the biggest indicator of value, but some cards, such as Pikachu or Charizard, have insane demand regardless of populations. Supply is outmatched by current demand, and after two decades since these cards were produced, that won’t change. Check the PSA 1999 Pokémon Game Population report to get more info on how limited the Base set cards are. 

3. Buying Raw vs. Graded

Thanks to modern technology, getting clear photos of cards is easier than ever. That said, until you hold a card, you don’t know how clean it really is. Graded cards are the safest indicator that you’re getting what you want. When buying graded cards, think of the price paid for the grading and that there is no wait time besides shipping. There is much less risk buying graded cards, but raw (loose cards) can be the best bet to make profits faster. You never know what you can find in a binder someone is selling, but be careful and do your best to inspect those cards.  

4. Surface, corners, edges, creases & centering

In the process of card grading, the most important aspects are the surface, corners, edges and how well the card is centered front and back. For Pokémon cards, are there any scratches on the holofoil? Do you see whitening on the edges? Are the corners nicked? Grading is subjective with individuals determining what a card is valued at, based on its condition.

5. Your negotiation tactics

How you negotiate will go a long way in collecting and flipping. Knowing market value, monitoring auctions, and making offers when possible are great ways to limit risk and help you score deals. Never be afraid to message a seller, feel them out and potentially make a long-term outlet for purchases while building trust. Networking is a major component.

6. Nostalgic elements

Pokémon culture is wide-ranging, with the Pokémon Go app, video games, movies, TV shows, merchandise, and more, everyone knows something about Pokémon. Pikachu is as recognizable as Hello Kitty, Pokémon is unisex, and the cards are a major component for the culture. This won’t change. The cards are a major part of Pokémon Lore and will continue to be the biggest aspect of nostalgia moving forward.  

Best Channels To Buy Pokémon Cards

1. eBay:

The safest online marketplace to buy and sell Pokémon cards. Check sales for a quick look at where cards are at price wise. Check seller reviews and buy with confidence from high rated sellers. eBay is the largest online marketplace and is your best chance to locate inventory. When searching for cards, look at items nearest you, and contact nearby sellers, potentially creating a local network. It saves on shipping and more. Load up your watch list to get faster alerts when cards sell or are pulled. 

2. WhatNot:

WhatNot is at the pinnacle of auction sales by live streaming their auctions. Sellers have the ability to add prizes and a multitude of different other ways to entire buyers to participate. They also frequently do large charity box breaks with influencers, bringing additional light to the hobby.

2. Facebook groups & Instagram:

Look for feedback from sellers to check legitimacy, these are great places to score deals and build relationships within the collecting community but beware of scams. 

3. COMC:

Marketplace designed to help you buy individual cards, specializing in set collecting.

4. Mercari:

Popular marketplace to buy and sell cards. When hunting for low population cards, it’s important to utilize all options. 

5. Card Shows & Stores:

If you can find a show or store with vintage Pokémon cards, go. You get the chance to look at cards in person, check sales online, network and decide what’s of value. You never know what you can walk away with.


Shill Bidding

“Shilling” is when a card bids for an overly high price, but the sale never gets completed. Bidders often times will try to manipulate the market this way, to pump the value of their own identically or near graded cards. Check recent sales and bidding history on a sale to identify if it’s legit or not. There is a number rating next to buyer’s names in the bidding history. Often times it’s safe to trust the highest bid from a legitimate account. 

Fake Cards

When purchasing loose cards, make sure to research what you are buying, check the indicators (years, artwork) to make sure you are not getting scammed. The fake Pokémon cards are easily spotted, you can see through them, although there are some impressive forgeries of Charizard and the Illustrator Pikachu. 

Re-Sealed Packs

First off, check whom you are buying packs from. Ratings, reviews, make sure the seller is legitimate. Packs can easily be resealed and if you don’t know how to look, you can easily be scammed. Ask for as many pictures as it takes to see the entire pack, look at the top and bottom of the foil to see if there are any discrepancies, such as the foil looking different in one spot, and check for how crumpled up the pack is to indicate if the cards inside have been damaged. 

Weighing Packs

Assume every Booster pack you buy is weighed. If it says Unweighed, it’s almost certain to be a light pack. Light packs won’t contain a hologram. Heavy packs will. When listed as heavy, make sure to tell the seller you intend to open the pack upon arrival, which will ensure they send a legitimately weighed pack otherwise they face ramifications of bad reviews, refunds, and can be labeled a scammer. The safest way to purchase individual packs is in Blisters. Blister Packs are sealed in plastic and cardboard, they can’t legitimately be weighed or tampered if sealed. Sealed packs get more limited by the day because people won’t stop opening them. Nostalgia is a major factor. Also, the dream of pulling a perfect Charizard or Pikachu can’t be overstated.

The Future of Pokémon Cards

Given this is vintage, the original high graded cards, sealed boxes and packs are scarce. The probability for further profits is strong. Due to demand, desire and drive, the Pokémon Game appears to be safe. Over $10 Billion in card sales since 1996 is staggering. 

Long term investing paid off in a short term for collectors in 2020. Prices have come back down a bit since, due to population growth and declining recent exposure from celebrities and influencers. It’s a winning proposition due to Pokémon culture being bigger than any competing market. Pokemon is the #1 ranked media franchise on the planet, slightly besting Hello Kitty. They flat out win. Television, video games, cards, it’s still going strong. The children collecting today know all about the original cards and they covet them. Can you name the top 10 sports cards to own pre-1980? The children collecting today can name the top Pokémon Cards from 1999. 

Even though prices have fluctuated a bit, if you zoom out and look at the growth over the last five years, it has been astronomical. The main concern moving forward is liquidity drying up, but that has also impacted the entire card market, crypto, the stock market, the NFT market, and more.   

The first generation of collectors is dropping record money on these cards because all the indicators show Pokémon is still wildly undervalued. The new investors who research and make rational decisions should see major profits moving forward. If you are selling, make sure you pay close attention to detail. 

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Pokémon Series Order: How To Watch The Entire Series

Considering it is the most valuable media franchise in the world, it’s no surprise that there’s constantly people trying to get into Pokémon. Between GO and the resurgence of its trading cards in the past few years, there are likely millions of people that start following Pokémon every year. It can be a daunting task though, with two dozen seasons of the show, over one hundred games and nearly a thousand Pokémon. Arguably the best place to start is the show though and as confusing as it can be, we’ve got you covered.

How many seasons are there in the Pokémon series?

Pokémon media is available in abundance. There have been multiple films, a spin-off series and multiple mini-series. But in terms of the main series, there are twenty-four seasons of Pokémon, with the most recent series set to finish airing in the coming weeks.

Where can I watch the Pokémon series?

As of right now, the easiest way to watch Pokémon is on the Pokémon TV app, which is one of the few apps that you can download from the Nintendo Switch eShop. Amazingly, it’s a free service, so all you have to do to watch is create a Pokémon Trainer Club account.

Unfortunately, at the time of writing, every season isn’t available on there. You can currently watch seasons 1, 2, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 of the main series. Hopefully this changes soon, because having the entire series in full on there for free would be massive.

1. Indigo League
  • Number of episodes: 82
  • Season first aired: April 1st 1997
  • Season last aired: January 21st 1999

Ash gets given a Pikachu by Professor Oak and meets Misty and Brock on his way to trying to win the Indigo Plateau’s Pokémon League. First, he must get the required amount of Gym Badges in the Kanto region.

2. Adventures in the Orange Islands
  • Number of episodes: 36
  • Season first aired: January 28th 1999
  • Season last aired: October 7th 1999

In this season, Ash collects Gym Badges in Orange Archipelago so that he can compete in the Orange League competition.

3. The Johto Journeys
  • Number of episodes: 41
  • Season first aired: October 14th 1999
  • Season last aired: July 27th 2000

The home of this season is the Johto region, which is located in the west of Kanto and is widely considered to be the best region in Pokémon.

4. Johto League Champions
  • Number of episodes: 52
  • Season first aired: August 3rd 2000
  • Season last aired: August 2nd 2001

On his way to the Johto League competiton, Ash tries to get more Gym Badges and competes in the Pokémon Sumo Conference along the way.

5. Master Quest
  • Number of episodes: 65
  • Season first aired: August 9th 2001
  • Season last aired: November 14th 2002

Ash finally makes it to the Johto League and finds himself in some of his toughest battles yet, including one with his old rival Gary Oak.

6. Advanced
  • Number of episodes: 40
  • Season first aired: November 21st 2002
  • Season last aired: August 28th 2003

This time around, Ash is joined by a somewhat new cast of Brock, May and Max as he aims to enter and win the Hoenn League competition.

7. Advanced Challenge
  • Number of episodes: 52
  • Season first aired: September 4th 2003
  • Season last aired: September 2nd 2004

This season continues the quest of the last, but with new battles like the one between Team Magma and Team Aqua getting in the way. 

8. Advanced Battle
  • Number of episodes: 54
  • Season first aired: September 9th 2004
  • Season last aired: September 29th 2005

In the show’s eighth season, Ash finally makes it to the Hoenn League competition and eventually returns to Kanto to compete in the Battle Frontier. May continues to get her ribbons.

9. Battle Frontier
  • Number of episodes: 47
  • Season first aired: October 6th 2005
  • Season last aired: September 14th 2006

The journey to find the Battle Frontier proves harder than usual for Ash and once he get there, he has arguably the toughest battles yet ahead of him.

10. Diamond and Pearl
  • Number of episodes: 52
  • Season first aired: September 28th 2006
  • Season last aired: October 25th 2007

For the tenth season of Pokémon in Sinnoh, Ash and Brock are joined by Dawn, a novice Pokémon Coordinator who has her own goals in mind.

11. Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension
  • Number of episodes: 52
  • Season first aired: November 8th 2007
  • Season last aired: December 4th 2008

Ash and Dawn, though on separate paths, enter the Wallace Cup competition and Professor Rowan’s Pokémon Summer Academy before going up against Pokémon Hunter J.

12. Diamond and Pearl: Galactic Battles
  • Number of episodes: 53
  • Season first aired: December 4th 2008
  • Season last aired: December 24th 2009

The dozenth season of the show continues in the Sinnoh region. Ash and Dawn are still up against Team Galactic and Paul.

13. Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors
  • Number of episodes: 34
  • Season first aired: January 7th 2010
  • Season last aired: September 9th 2010

The shortest season of Pokémon ever, Sinnoh League Victors sees Ash get his focus back on qualifying for the Sinnoh League.

14. Black & White
  • Number of episodes: 50
  • Season first aired: September 23rd 2010
  • Season last aired: September 15th 2011

Ash and his mother accompany Professor Oak on his way to Unova and when he gets there, Ash is overwhelmed by the new Pokémon there.

15. Black & White: Rival Destines
  • Number of episodes: 49
  • Season first aired: September 22nd 2011
  • Season last aired: October 4th 2012

This season, Ash finds himself against Alder, who is the Champion Master of Unova.

16. Black & White: Adventures in Unova / Black & White: Adventures in Unova and Beyond
  • Number of episodes: 45
  • Season first aired: October 11th 2012
  • Season last aired: September 26th 2013

Season 16 of Pokémon is the only season to be split up into two parts. The first part finished airing on April 18th 2013 and the second part started a week later.

17. XY
  • Number of episodes: 48
  • Season first aired: October 17th 2013
  • Season last aired: October 30th 2014

In XY, Ash and Pikachu explore the Kalos region with their new friends Clemon, Bonnie and Serena. They look into the new Mega Evolutions.

18. XY: Kalos Quest
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  • Number of episodes: 45
  • Season first aired: November 13th 2014
  • Season last aired: October 22nd 2015

Ash continues his quest to win eight Gym Badges so that he can enter the Kalos League.

19. XYZ
  • Number of episodes: 47
  • Season first aired: October 29th 2015
  • Season last aired: October 27th 2016

Ash, Serena, Clemon and Bonnie continue to explore Kalos. Here, they encounter Team Flare and meet Alain, a Mega Evolution Trainer.

20. Sun & Moon
  • Number of episodes: 43
  • Season first aired: November 17th 2016
  • Season last aired: September 21st 2017

The twentieth season of Pokémon is the introduction to Alola and new faces Kiawe, Mallow, Lana and Sophocles pop up.

21. Sun & Moon: Ultra Adventures
  • Number of episodes: 49
  • Season first aired: October 5th 2017
  • Season last aired: October 14th 2018

Still at the Pokémon School, Ash and Pikachu explore the Aether Foundation, which might have some dark secrets under the surface.

22. Sun & Moon: Ultra Legends
  • Number of episodes: 54
  • Season first aired: October 21st 2018
  • Season last aired: November 3rd 2019

Pokémon School students are now Ultra Guardians. Ash continues to complete Grand Trials and find Z-Crystals.

23. Journeys
  • Number of episodes: 48
  • Season first aired: November 17th 2019
  • Season last aired: December 4th 2020

Ash meets Goh and Professor Cerise asks them to become official researchers. Ash continues his quest to become a Pokémon Master and he’s closer than ever before.

24. Master Journeys
  • Number of episodes: 36
  • Season first aired: December 11th 2020
  • Season last aired: November 12th 2021

The current season of Pokémon, Master Journeys sees the crew traveling multiple regions, including the newest Galar region.

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How Many Pokémon Are There?

Throughout the decades since its inception, Pokémon has somehow only grown to become more and more popular. At important points, it had great catalysts for growth and boosts in fans, like Pokémon GO a few years ago and the increase of interest in Pokémon cards and their value during the height of the pandemic.

It’s no surprise that of all the most valuable media franchises in the world, including Harry Potter, Mickey Mouse, Star Wars, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pokémon has generated the most revenue, with an estimated $100 billion.

Of course, as the brand proves its longevity and new fans arrive annually, some of the older generations can be forgotten and the history can get lost over time. If you’re a newer fan and have questions about how many Pokémon there are in totality, how many generations there are, or who the most powerful Pokémon of all time are, look no further.

How many Pokémon are there?

At the time of writing, there are close to 1,000 Pokémon. 901, to be exact. If you’ve done your research and have seen the number 898 floating around, let us explain. In footage of the upcoming Pokémon Legends: Arceus game, three new Pokémon (Wyrdeer, Basculegion, and Kleavor) were shown, which is where the extra 3 come from. Some aren’t counting them yet until the game releases, but technically we know they exist.

Pokémon are generally broken up into species, of which there are 6.

What are the different Pokémon species and what do they mean?
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The 6 kinds of Pokémon species are Starter Pokémon, Fossil Pokémon, Baby Pokémon, Legendary Pokémon, Mythical Pokémon, and Ultra Beasts.

A Starter Pokémon is the first Pokémon that is available to players in main series games. As a general rule, there are 3 per generation, with the only exception being Generation I which had 2 extra. There are 26 Starter Pokémon.

A Fossil Pokémon is an ancient Pokémon that is only obtained by resurrecting fossils and their evolutions. There are 26 Fossil Pokémon.

A Baby Pokémon is, as the name suggests, an infant Pokémon that can only be obtained by breeding their evolved forms. There are 19 Baby Pokémon.

A Legendary Pokémon is associated with the legends and lore of Pokémon. There are 59 Legendary Pokémon.

A Mythical Pokémon is a Pokémon that can only be obtained through distribution events. There are 22 Mythical Pokémon.

Finally, an Ultra Beast is a Pokémon from another dimension. It is the rarest species of Pokémon, with only 11 in total.

Who was the first Pokémon?

As simple of a question as this may seem, there’s some debate about this within the community. It’s largely because of misinformation and different interpretations of the word “first”.

The first Pokémon in the Pokédex is Bulbasaur. The first Pokémon ever designed and put into game data was Rhydon. In terms of lore, Arceus is of course the creator of the entire Pokéverse, so there’s an argument there too. Mew though is considered to be the ancestor of all Pokémon.

What are the most powerful Pokémon?

Just like there are many ways to interpret who the first Pokémon ever was, there are also multiple ways to measure who the most powerful Pokémon is. The aforementioned Arceus is certainly in the conversation by default, being the creator of all Pokémon and having the ability to stop time, change shape and type, and the full extent of his powers has never been revealed.

Also in the conversation is Mewtwo, an artificial Pokémon initially created to be a weapon before he became self-aware and indescribably powerful.

To see a list our list of the 20 most powerful Pokémon of all time, click here.

Generation I (Kanto)
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  • Release date: 1996
  • Number of Pokémon: 151
  • Notable Pokémon: Pikachu, Charizard, Jigglypuff, Mewtwo, Snorlax, Bulbasaur, Squirtle
  • Main games: Red, Green, Blue, Yellow

Arguably the most iconic generation of Pokémon, easily featuring the most prominent Pokémon in the franchise, Generation I set the formula for every single one of its successors. Despite this, these days it often gets shunned. Fans think that it gets remembered fondly only for being the original.

Generation II (Johto)
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  • Release date: 1999
  • Number of Pokémon: 100
  • Notable Pokémon: Cyndaquill, Typhlosion, Scizor, Togepi, Lugia
  • Main games: Gold, Silver, Crystal

The main argument against Pokémon Gold, Pokémon Silver, and Pokémon Crystal is that they haven’t aged well in terms of visuals and mechanics. Story-wise however, they’re appreciated for being some of the best Pokémon games, and great and necessary improvements were made upon the first-gen.

Generation III (Hoenn)
  • Release date: 2002
  • Number of Pokémon: 135
  • Notable Pokémon: Rayquaza, Groudon, Kyogre, Regirock
  • Main games: Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald

Fans seem to be split down the middle for Hoenn, with some hailing it as the best generation of Pokémon and others thinking it falls somewhere along the middle. Perhaps nostalgia plays a part, but objectively, it included many fan-favorite Pokémon and introduced players to Kanto, which they’ll be forever grateful for.

Generation IV (Sinnoh)
  • Release date: 2006
  • Number of Pokémon: 107
  • Notable Pokémon: Giratina, Lucario, Infernape, Arceus
  • Main games: Diamond, Pearl, Platinum

Generation IV features some of the most beloved regions in franchise history, but in terms of its impact on the franchise, nothing is more notable than the Physical/Special split, which many credit with saving the series entirely.

Generation V (Unova)
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  • Release date: 2010
  • Number of Pokémon: 156
  • Notable Pokémon: Zoroark, Hydregion, Mienshao, Zekrom, Kyurem
  • Main games: Black, White, Black 2, White 2

Unova houses an incredible collection of Pokémon and to date, is the generation that introduced fans to the newest Pokémon, with only Generation I coming close. Many herald Black and White with having the best storylines in any Pokémon game ever and largely for that reason, it is a large portion of the fan base’s favorite generation of all time.

Generation VI (Kalos)
Pokémon Wiki
  • Release date: 2013
  • Number of Pokémon: 72
  • Notable Pokémon: Zygarde, Greninja, Xerneas, Talonflame
  • Main games: X, Y

It is of course debatable, but the general consensus around Generation VI is that it has some of the weaker games from the entire series. This is because they’re a little too easy with less emphasis on the storyline. Where you fall on this generation might also be down to what you think of Mega Evolutions, because this is where those came into play.

Generation VII (Alola)
Pokémon Wiki
  • Release date: 2016
  • Number of Pokémon: 88
  • Notable Pokémon: Lycanroc, Necrozoma, Lunala
  • Main Games: Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon

Another highly debated generation amongst fans, but even those who love the game agree that the hand-holding in it was a little much. 

Generation VIII (Galar)
  • Release date: 2019
  • Number of Pokémon: 92
  • Notable Pokémon: Zacian, Rillaboom, Dragapult
  • Main games: Sword, Shield, Legends: Arceus

It’s no surprise that Galar is easily the most polarising generation of Pokémon, seeing as though it’s the newest. There tends to be a general resentment for newer things in any long-lasting franchises, but even controlling for that, many fans aren’t happy with the direction of the generation so far. Of course, Pokémon Legends: Arceus could still sway things.

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The 20 Best Electric Pokémon of All Time, Ranked

Have you wondered about which Electric Pokémon are the best? Since there are 898 Pokémon, it’s important to know which type each represents. Of all 18 Pokémon types, Electric & Normal have the least weaknesses when battling. The only weakness Electric Pokémon have is with Ground Pokémon. Currently, 61 Electric Pokémon are spanning 8 generations. That’s less than 7% of the total Pokémon population. The key to Electric Pokémon is how much electricity they can generate and discharge in a single move. Here is our countdown of the 20 best Electric Pokémon.

20. Tapu Koko – Gen. 7 #785

The Legendary Pokémon, Tapu Koko, is also the Guardian Deity of Melemele Island. Standing at 6 feet and 45 pounds, Tapu Koko is able to store its’ electricity by simply encasing itself within the shells on its arms. Tapu Koko’s signature move, Nature’s Madness, is utilized by the fellow Guardian Deities of Generation 7. Those Guardian Deities are Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu & Tapu Fini. Tapu Koko is known to have fits of rage but can also quickly fail to remember what caused the rage in the first place. 

19. Xurkitree – Gen. 7 #796

The Electric Pokémon, Xurkitree, is one of the Ultra Beasts of Generation 7. Standing at 12 ½ feet & weighing 220 pounds, Xurkitree can gain electricity by plugging its limbs into the ground. Legend has it that Xurkitree once raided a power plant, thus gaining the ability to survive off electricity alone. Xurkitree is capable of expelling up to 1 million volts of electricity at a time.  

18. Ampharos – Gen. 2 #181

Generation 2 Pokémon Ampharos is the evolution of Flaffy & Mareep. Ampharos is a true Electric-type and is unique in that the orb on the tip of its tail can light up so bright that it can be seen as far as outer space. Although Ampharos isn’t fast, it can evolve into Mega Ampharos, which heightens its abilities by also becoming a Dragon Pokémon. This is only possible with Ampharosite, which is a Mega Stone. 

17. Manectric – Gen. 3 #310

Manectric is an Electric Pokémon that evolves from Electrike. Standing at nearly 5 feet and 90 pounds, Manectric builds up electricity through its fur. It’s said that lightning created Manectric. Manectric is also the Police Dog of Officer Jenny in the Kalos Region. 

16. Electivire – Gen. 4 #466

The evolution of Electabuzz, Electivire is possibly the most powerful Electric Pokémon in existence. Just how powerful? A single Electivire can generate enough electricity to power a city for up to a year. Electivire’s electricity output depends on its pulse at a given time. Electivire is only capable of evolving with the help of the Electerizer, which is a device used to evolve from Electabuzz.  At nearly 6 feet and 300 pounds, this electric Pokémon has the power to match its size. 

15. Thundurus – Gen. 5 #642

The electric/flying type Pokémon, Thundurus, is one of the most feared Pokémon in existence. Due to destructive tendencies, such as causing thunderstorms and destroying places it passes, Thundurus is certainly scary. Resembling a genie, Thundurus stands at 5 Feet & 135 pounds and shoots thunderbolts through its tail. Thundurus is a member of the Forces of Nature, which is the Legendary Trio including Landorus and Tornadus. Tornadus and Thundurus battle every time they meet.  

14. Raikou – Gen. 2 #243

One of the legendary beasts, Raikou was revived by Ho-Oh after perishing in a fire at the Brass Tower. Along with Raikou in the fire were Entei and Suicune, who were also revived. Legend has it that Raikou’s lightning strike ignited that fire. Raikou stands at 6 feet and weighs close to 400 pounds. Raikou is also capable of controlling storms, and its’ cries can cause tremors. 

13. Arctozolt-Gen. 8 #881

Arctozolt is a fossil Pokémon that resurrects with the assistance of the Fossilized Bird and Fossilized Dino. Standing at over 7 ½ feet and 330 pounds, Arctozolt is one of the larger Pokémon on the list. Arctozolt is an Electric and Ice type Pokémon with a powerful move called Slush Rush. Although it’s a slow Pokémon, Arctozolt has a lot of power, which is obtained by shaking its upper half. 

12. Toxtricity-Gen. 8 #845

The Electric / Poison-type Pokémon Toxtricity is the evolution of Toxel. Toxtricity can have 2 different forms, Amped & Low Key. The Amped form is more of a strong and fun personality while the Low Key form is lonesome and serious. The way to tell the difference between the two is the Amped form has a yellow and purple appearance while the Low Key form has a light blue and purple appearance. Toxtricity stands at just over 5 feet and 88 pounds and can generate over 15,000 volts of electricity. 

11. Regieleki-Gen. 8 #894

One of the Legendary Titans, Regieleki came into existence through the use of pure electric energy. Regieleki’s creator is Generation 4 Pokémon Regigigas, which is a Normal-type Pokémon. Regieleki is considered one of the greatest Electric Pokémon due to its ability to absorb electrons. Regieleki is capable of powering all of the Galar Region.

10. Elektross – Gen. 5 #604

Eelektross resembles an eel and is a powerful Electric-type Pokémon. Evolving from Elektrik, Eelektross bites its prey when hunting on land, and electrocutes them before consuming underwater. At nearly 7 feet and 180 pounds, Eelektross has no weaknesses due to its ability to levitate, which makes ground attacks useless. 

9. Electrode-Gen. 1 #101

Evolving from Voltorb, Generation 1 Pokémon Electrode looks like a Pokeball. At nearly 4 feet & 145 pounds, Electrode is quite large for a Pokeball. Electrode typically can be found at Power Plants due to its consumption of the electricity being generated there. The more electricity, the faster Electrode becomes. Electrodes are also capable of causing blackouts due to the amounts of energy they consume. 

8. Electabuzz Gen. 1 #125

OG Electric Pokémon Electabuzz certainly packs a punch. At over 3 ½ feet and 66 pounds, Electabuzz doesn’t seem big, but it’s more than capable of causing blackouts when raiding Power Plants. To prevent this from happening, ground-type Pokémon, which are resistant to Electric moves, are kept at the Power Plants. Electabuzz also gathers electricity during thunderstorms by acting as a lightning rod. They can also communicate with one another through electrical currents. 

7. Dracozolt – Gen. 8 #880

Dracozolt is an Electric and Dragon-type Pokémon that can be resurrected only by combining a Fossilized Bird & Fossilized Drake. The fossilized Drake is a Generation 8 fossil. Standing at nearly 6 feet and weighing just under 420 pounds, Dracozolt is one of the larger electric Pokémon.  

6. Jolteon – Gen. 1 #135

Jolteon is one of the three original evolutions of Eevee. Evolving with the Thunder Stone, Jolteon is capable of discharging 10,000 Volt Lightning Bolts. The other ‘Eevolutions’ are Vaporeon and Flareon.

5. Raichu-Gen. 1 #26

Coming in at 5th on our list is Raichu. Raichu evolves from Pikachu with the help of the Thunder Stone. Raichu is 2 ½ feet tall and weighs less than 70 pounds. Although he is smaller than most of the Pokémon on this list, Raichu is capable of storing over 100,000 volts of electricity. Once Raichu has reached maximum capacity, it releases some electricity through its tail and into the ground. 

4. Magnezone – Gen. 8 #462

A drone-looking Pokémon, Magnezone takes 4th on our list. Magnezone evolves from Magneton with the help of a Thunderstone. It can also evolve in a special magnetic field when it’s ready to. While Magnemite and Magneton are generation 1 Pokémon, Magnezone is a Generation 8 Pokémon. Magnezone uses its magnets to control gravity and fly with ease.  Magnezone is capable of using Magnet Pull, which disables the ability for opponents to switch out Steel-Type Pokémon. 

3. Zapdos – Gen. 1 #145

One of the Legendary Birds, Zapdos is worthy of a top 3 spot on our list. Located in the Kanto Region, Zapdos is capable of creating thunderstorms from the electricity it generates while flying & has a top speed of 180 MPH. Not bad for a bird that’s over 5 feet tall & weighs 116 pounds. 

2. Zekrom – Gen. 5 #644

Legendary Pokémon Zekrom is an Electric & Dragon-type. Zekrom is from the Unova Region and is a member of the Tao Trio. The other two are Reshiram and Kyurem. Zekrom stands at nearly 9 ½ feet & 760 pounds and is capable of creating thunderstorms. The power is generated from its’ tail which also creates an anti-gravity field. Zekrom is the game mascot for Pokémon White. Zekrom is the largest of all the Pokémon on this list. 

1. Pikachu – Gen. 1 #25

The most recognizable of all Pokémon, Pikachu translates in English as Electric Rodent. Pikachu recharges while sleeping and when fully charged, is capable of generating a 10 Million-Volt Thunderbolt. Due to always saving the day and being the mascot of the Pokémon Franchise, there was no way any other Electric Pokémon would edge Pikachu out. Simply put, Pikachu is the Rocky of Pokémon. You can beat em’ down and wear em’ out, but no matter what, you’ll hear that PIKACHUUU and the other Pokémon is about to have squiggly lines for eyes. Pikachu is the boss, he refuses to get into a Pokeball and will make Team Rocket blast off again!

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The 20 Best Starter Pokemon

With over 800 Pokemon to choose from in the Pokemon Universe and tens of types such as Normal, Fire, Water, Grass, Psychic, Electric, Steel, Ghost, etc., it is difficult to determine the audience’s favorites. Furthermore, with different categories such as Legendary, the Pokemon Universe is full of interesting characters. If you were to pick fan favorites, though, Starter Pokemon would undoubtedly be among the top choices for most Pokemon fans.

Starter Pokemon are Pokemon that the trainer chooses at the beginning of their journey.

This basically means that once your Pokemon journey starts either as a player or as an anime watcher, you are first introduced to this very specific group of Pokemon. It’s because of this reason that they are beloved by fans. The emotional connection leads to them being fan favorites.

As with other Pokemon, they are divided into Generations in which they were presented. These Pokemon usually come in trios and are one of three types: Fire, Grass, Water. Each of them represents different regions. Naturally, they can evolve in more powerful forms, and they represent some of the most powerful Pokemon you can find. Starter Pokemon are separated as follows:

Gen I-Kanto Region 

  1. Bulbasaur (Evolves to: Ivysaur,Venusaur)- Grass
  2. Charmander (Evolves to: Charmeleon,Charizard)-Fire 
  3. Squirtle (Evolves to: Wartortle,Blastoise)-Water

Gen II-Johto Region

  1.  Chikorita (Evolves to: Bayleef, Meganlum)-Grass
  2. Cyndaquil (Evolves to: Quilava, Typhlosion)-Fire
  3. Totodile (Evolves to: Croconaw, Feraligatr)-Water

Gen III- Hoenn Region

  1. Treecko (Evolves to: Grovyle, Sceptile)-Grass
  2. Torchic (Evolves to: Combusken,Blaziken)-Fire
  3. Mudkip (Evolves to: Marshtomp,Swampert)-Water

Gen IV- Sinnoh Region

  1. Turtwig (Evolves to: Grotle, Torterra)-Grass
  2. Chimchar (Evolves to: Monferno, Infernape)-Fire
  3. Piplup (Evolves to: Prinlup, Empoelop)-Fire

Gen V- Unova Region 

  1. Snivy (Evolves to: Servine, Serperior) Grass
  2. Tepig (Evolves to: Pignite, Emboar) Fire
  3. Oshawott (Evolves to:Dewott,Samurott) Water

Gen VI- Kalos Region

  1. Chespin (Evolves to: Quilladin,Chesnaught)-Grass
  2. Fennekin (Evolves to: Braixen,Delphox)-Fire
  3. Froakie (Evolves to: Frogadier,Greninja)-Water

Gen VII- Alola Region

  1. Rowlet (Evolves to: Dartrix, Decidueye) Grass
  2. Litten (Evolves to: Torracat,Incineroar)-Fire
  3. Popplio (Evolves to: Brionne,Primarina)-Water

Gen VIII- Galar Region 

  1. Grookey (Evolves to: Thwackey,Rillaboom)-Grass
  2. Scorbunny (Evolves to: Raboot,Cinderace)-Fire
  3. Sobble (Evolves to: Drizzile,Inteleon)-Water

There are certain exceptions in different games and in the anime. Ash famously receives his starter Pokemon Pikachu after he arrives late to the lab. There are other Pokemon games in which Pokemon is given to the player as a starter Pokemon. Now that we know that these Pokemon are fan favorites, the question arises: Well, which ones are the strongest?.  We’re going to list the top 20 strongest starter Pokemon. The names will be based on their beginning form, but the ranking is made with their final evolution in mind. 

20. Turtwig

Turtwig is a grass-type Pokemon. What makes it unique is that it undertakes photosynthesis in its body and creates oxygen. When Turtwig undergoes evolution to Torterra, it becomes a very well-balanced Pokemon. With an attack standing at 200, defense of 193, and stamina of 190, it is as versatile of a Pokemon as you will find in terms of sheer base stats. While Turtwig’s lack of mobility puts it at a disadvantage, it makes up for it with its steady build and very well-rounded abilities. Having this Pokemon by your side means you’re going to have a Pokemon that can last long in battle.

19. Sobble

Sobble is a water-type Pokemon. With its ability to camouflage itself in water and make everyone around it cry when they cry, this Pokemon can hide as well as escape if caught. These two skills are valuable. What makes it worth fighting with however is its evolution form: Inteleon. Inteleon is called” The Secret Agent Pokemon”. This is due to its unique combination of hiding and water shooting abilities. Inteleon is also highly intelligent. While its base stats are not extraordinary, its special attack stands at 229. Combined with its above-average speed this Pokemon is a valuable asset to have. 

18. Fennekin

Fennekin is a fire-type Pokemon. While its base form is okay, its evolved form to Delphox is what makes it stand out more. Delphox attack score is 230, while its resistance to Fairy, Fighting, Fire, Grass, Ice, Psychic, and Steel types makes it easy to rely on when against a wide range of Pokemon.  With its signature move being the famous Fire Spin, it has a good balance of offensive damage and resistance. 

17. Tepig

This fire/fighting type Pokemon famously caught by Ash, evolves into a seriously strong Pokemon. Emboar is its second evolution form, and it is one of the most powerful Pokemon in terms of sheer power. Its disbalance between its 123 attack and 65 defense means that you need to strategize in order to utilize it. With its low defense and speed but high attack level, Emboar is best utilized among a fast Pokemon who can give Emboar time to charge and deliver its blows.

16. Squirtle

As 1/3 of the First Generation of Starter Pokemon, Squirtle holds a legendary status among the fans. A water type, it evolves in Blastoise. With two water cannons on its shell at all times, it is said that Blastoise can shoot through a mountain and at a distance of 10km. While it cannot use precise shooting, it shoots water at a large density so that it can overpower enemies. With its legendary status, overwhelming water power, and high stats of attack and defense, this Pokemon is a huge help in battle.

15. Litten

This Fire-type Pokemon evolves into Incineroar. While in its first form it is an unassuming kitten, when it transforms in its second evolution, it becomes a muscular cat. Incineroar is an aggressive Pokemon and is known to enjoy attacking trainers and other Pokemon who are in a weaker position. Its attack stat of 115 is good, but what separates this Pokemon is its special attacks. 

14. Treecko

Treecko is a Grass Type, and it becomes a Grass/Dragon when it evolves to Sceptile. Sceptile has the ability to use a piece of its tail as a weapon and shoot it, all while the tail regenerates by itself. With the ability to be both a Grass-type and a Dragon it is able to cover weaknesses that usually these two types have against each other. With a Special Attack of 145, its offensive powers are strong enough to be considered a powerful presence in any battle.

13. Chespin

A Grass Type Pokemon, Chespin uses its shell as a defense mechanism. Its evolution form, Chesnaught however, takes it to a whole other level. It can flip things that weigh tens of tons, as well as it can shield itself from extreme damage that includes bombs. A defensive force like this in a Pokemon battle is very difficult to overcome especially for long periods of time.

12. Totodile

Totodile is a Water Type Pokemon. While it is a fan favorite due to its friendly nature, its jaws have the capability to destroy almost anything. Its second-evolution form Feraligatr, has the special ability to increase the effect of attacks with secondary effects, in exchange for neutralizing the second effect. This makes it very formidable in its offensive capabilities.

11. Chimchar

Chimchar is a Fire-type. Its evolved form,  Infernape is a highly efficient offensive Pokemon, practicing a specific type of Martial Art. This martial art involves the use of all limbs. The fire created by Infernape never goes out.  It is a Fire/Fighting Type.

10. Piplup

Piplup is a Water-type Pokemon. While its first form is not extraordinary, its second evolution Is one of the more impressive ones. Empoleon is much larger than Piplup and uses its wings to slice anything it believes is a target. Those wings can also be used as a powerful defense tool as Empoleon is also a Steel type.

9. Popplio

A water type, Popplio can swim fast in the water. Its second evolution form, Primarina, has a balanced offensive and defensive skill set. It can use its melodic powers to create water bubbles that explode. As a Fairy type, it uses fairy special attacks to further increase damage. Primarina represents a very tricky opponent for anyone in a PvP. 

8. Snivy

A Grass-type Pokemon, Snivy evolves into Serperior. Serperior is a snake-like Pokemon that can transmit solar rays from its body. Its signature move, however, is its speed with which it causes considerable damage. With a Speed stat of 113, combined with its Leaf Storm signature move, Serperior’s speed becomes a problem for enemies in battle.

7. Bulbasaur

One of the most iconic Pokemon ever, part of the first Gen. Its evolved form to Venusaur is a Grass Type Pokemon. Venusaur uses sun rays to double its speed, by having the flower on his back take in the sun rays. The ability to double his already respectable stats to 160 speed, for a Pokemon of its size and robustness is very popular with fans around the world.

6. Froakie

A Water Type Pokemon, it evolves to Greninja. This Pokemon is characterized by its ninja-like movement. With swift and unpredictable speed and accuracy, Greninja is considered one of the most lethal Pokemon you could battle, especially in its Ash’s Greninja form. The water/dark type has an attack of 223. This Pokemon’s abilities have made it so popular, that it was chosen as 2020’s most popular Pokemon.

5. Charmander

Undoubtedly one of the most iconic Pokemon of all time, Charmander evolves into the legendary Charizard. The Fire/Flying-type possesses a wing hotter than magma and fire that is over 3000 degrees. With its ability to become stronger through sunshine, even with the downturns, Charizard remains a very powerful Pokemon that can cause damage from the sky.

4. Mudkip

A Water-type, Mudkip evolves to Swampert. Swampert has extreme strength and extreme speed. It is stronger than most Pokemon with strength as their main ATK and faster than pokemon with speed as their main ability. Besides offensive ability, Swampert can be very useful defensively through its defensive walls. 

3. Torchic

Torchic is a Fire-type that evolves into Blaziken, one of the strongest start Pokemon ever. Blaziken can release fire from his body and does a martial art style that allows him to perform damaging kicks. Its power directly corresponds with its body temperature and they go in parallel. With many attacks such as Fire Spin and Blaze Kick and a 240 ATK, it is a very powerful Pokemon.

2. Grookey

A Grass-type, Grookey evolves to Rillaboom. This Pokemon resembles a Gorilla, and through its drum, it is able to create different attacks, the most famous of which is Grassy Surge. This attack makes the terrain grassy, helping it launch counterattacks quicker. With ATK stats that of around 240, the strength of this Pokemon is undeniable.

1. Scorbunny

Scorbunny’s evolution form, Cinderace can change its type to its next planned move. This fact alone should let you know that this Pokemon Is unique. Cinderace can create extremely damaging attacks with relative ease. Its ability to use Libero, use its enemies’ moves against them is one more advantageous factor that makes Cinderace the strongest starting Pokemon, and not only. 

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All 7 Pokémon Switch Games, Ranked

From the start of its gaming franchise in 1996 to now, Pokémon has become Nintendo’s second biggest-selling series, moving out around half a billion units. It comes behind Mario, which has sold around 150 million more units than it, albeit with a head start of around a decade and a half.

Pokémon games started out on the Game Boy in the first generation and have continued all the way through the iterations of the Game Boy and the iterations of the Nintendo DS to now, where games release on the Switch, which is a top-five selling console for Nintendo and is quickly rising on that list.

There has been a total of seven games released on the Nintendo Switch at the time of writing and if you’re wondering how the seventh and eighth generation games are stacking up against each other, below we have compiled a list of them in order from worst to best. But first, we look forward to the game that has been announced for the Switch and what we can expect from them.

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1. ‘New Pokémon Snap’
Release date: April 30th, 2021

In 1999, Pokémon Snap was released for the Nintendo 64 in North America, and to this day, the community is split on how good it was. Some consider it one of the better Pokémon spinoff games ever, while some think it was a little boring. The concept of the game is that you’re a photographer called Todd Snap, and you travel around the world, taking pictures of different Pokémon species. Once you’ve taken 60 pictures, you take them back to Professor Oak, who rates each one.

It’s a simple concept that could be perfect for you depending on what kind of games you like. Next month, Bandai Namco Studios are putting out the sequel.

While the original was criticized for only including 63 Pokémon, New Pokémon Snap will feature over 200 different Pokémon. Now, you’ll traverse through jungles, beaches, and deserts on your hovercraft to take your photos and will take them to Professor Mirror who helps judge them with the help of Rita and Phil. Photos can now be retouched and shared online where the most liked pictures will be shared in-game.

A new addition is the Illumina phenomenon, which was teased at the end of the trailer. You’re tasked with helping to investigate it.

Pre-Order, $60
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2. ‘Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl’
Release date: Late 2021

One of the other games announced in celebration of Pokémon’s 25th anniversary was Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl. It will be an enhanced remake of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl which is a fourth-generation game that was released on the Nintendo DS in 2006 in Japan (and 2007 in North America).

The return to Sinnoh is highly anticipated amongst fans. The Diamond & Pearl games were a key turning point in the Pokémon series because they were a step up from previous games and showed fans what the future of the franchise would be. Fourth-generation is where online battling and trading was first introduced so it’s only fitting that it comes back around here. Aside from the obvious graphical changes, the remakes are believed to be faithful.

Interestingly, the games are being developed by ICLA and overseen by Game Freak, when usually the latter is the main developer. This makes this the first time a main series Pokémon game where Game Freak is not the lead developer.

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3. ‘Pokémon Legends: Arceus’
Release date: Early 2022

Last but not least of the games announced earlier this year is Pokémon Legends: Arceus. It serves as a prequel to Pokémon Diamond & Pearl and in turn the Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl games. It is expected to be out around a year from now.

While it will honor the core gameplay of the games that have become for it, Pokémon Legends: Arceus makes history because it is the first action-RPG in the main series and Game Freak’s first attempt at that sub-genre of games.

The reveal trailer saw many fans comparing the environment, gameplay, and general cinematic style to that of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The game is set to feature an open-world setting that is an extension of the Wild Area that was introduced in Pokémon Sword & Shield (which appears in our ranking just below because it was a game for the Switch). Though it hasn’t been confirmed, it’s speculated that the objective of the game will be to create Sinnoh’s first Pokédex.

Now for the list…

Now that we know what’s to come, here’s the ranking of the games that are already out on the Switch.

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7. ‘Pokémon HOME’
Release date: February 12th, 2020

Perhaps this is a little unfair considering Pokémon HOME isn’t a game per se, but it’s still an official Pokémon application available on the Switch, so we decided to include it anyway. It’s completely free (more on this later) and acts as cloud-based storage for Pokémon.

There is a mobile version of the game and of course, a Switch version. The Switch version boasts some exclusive features, including access to the Basic Box where 30 Pokémon can be stored. Pokémon from Let’s Go Pikachu!, Let’s Go Eevee! and Pokémon Sword & Shield can all be stored here.

A key criticism of HOME is that if you really want to use the full breadth of it and if you’re a hardcore Pokémon player, there’s a good chance that you’ll have to pay for the Premium plan which allows you to store up to 6,000 Pokémon. A 30-day subscription will cost you $2.69 while a full year will put you $14.39 out of pocket.

Buy now, Free
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6.’ Pokémon Café Mix’
Release date: June 23rd, 2020

Developed by Genius Sonority and published by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company, Pokémon Café Mix, just like Pokémon HOME, is completely free. It’s not your average Pokémon game where you have to catch Pokémon. Instead, it’s a puzzle game.

You and Eevee own a Café and serve customers, who are Pokémon. Every time an order is placed, a puzzle is triggered. You must clear matching icons on a screen by linking them in a ring, with a particular focus on items that the customer has just ordered. Every time you complete an order successfully, you’re given the means to upgrade the café, which will, in turn, attract more kinds of Pokémon.

The art style is great, but players have criticized the longevity of the game to some extent. If these kinds of puzzle games that generally appear on mobile aren’t your thing, this game isn’t going to change your mind. But with a price tag of free, it’s worth a try anyway.

Buy now, Free
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5. ‘Pokémon Quest’
Release date: May 30th, 2018

The growing success of Minecraft meant that a bunch of franchises tried their hand at their own voxel-style games and Pokémon Quest is Game Freak’s attempt.

Set on the appropriately named Tumblecube Island, the new cube-shaped Pokémon we see here are called Pokéxel. There are four parts to the gameplay: base camp management, expeditions, catching Pokémon, and training Pokémon.

Much like Pokémon Café Mix, Pokémon Quest is considered to be a good enough game that it provides an ample distraction from everyday life, but it lacks the depth needed to compete with some of the games that appear later on this list.

Buy now, Free
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4. ‘Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX’
Release date: March 6th, 2020

Released last year, this game is a remake of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team & Red Rescue Team. It was the first remake of a Pokémon game that wasn’t a main series game.

You start off as a human who turned into a Pokémon and which one you turn into is decided by a personality test you take at the beginning. From there, you pick a Pokémon to be your partner and take on the jobs that you’re given. These can be anything from rescuing Pokémon to delivering items.

Similar to criticisms of other games that have already appeared on this list, many felt that the game could feel like too much of a grind which took the fun out of it, though considering it a worthy spinoff title that it’s hard for a Pokémon fan to ignore.

Buy now, $60
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3. ‘Pokkén Tournament DX’
Release date: September 22nd, 2017

Pokkén Tournament DX is an enhanced version of Pokkén Tournament that was first teased way back in 2013. It was released for Arcade in 2015, Wii U in 2016, and the Switch in 2017.

In Germany and Austria, the game is known as Pokémon Tekken, which should give you an idea about what kind of game it is. It’s a fighting game with a focus on action. Of all of the versions released, the Switch is the only one that has all 23 Pokémon in it.

The game is considered underrated and one of the better fighting titles you can get on the Nintendo Switch, with extra praise going to the Switch version.

Buy now, $55
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2. ‘Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s Go Eevee!’
Release date: November 16th, 2018

Yet another remake, coming in at second place, is Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s Go Eevee!, a remake of Pokémon Yellow. These games are unique because they’re made to be a good entry point for new fans as well as older fans who played the original back in 1998.

The return to Kanto did its job in providing nostalgia for the original fans. Fans and critics alike applauded the capture system and Pikachu and Eevee as protagonists.

Buy now, $53
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1. ‘Pokémon Sword and Shield’
Release date: November 15th, 2019

Finally, the best Pokémon game on the Switch, Pokémon Sword & Shield. Here, we go back to the classic storyline of a young Pokémon trainer who wants to become champion, this time of the Galar region by dethroning Leon.

The leadup to the game was shaky. The announcement that not all pre-existing Pokémon would appear had some fans disappointing and calling for a boycott, but all was well post-release. The game’s emphasis on freedom and general design was praised and most consider it one of the better games to be released in the entire series, let alone on the Switch.

Buy now, $112 (bundle)
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Pokémon Announces ‘Brilliant Diamond,’ ‘Shining Pearl,’ and ‘Legends: Arceus’

The Pokémon Company celebrated their 25 Year Anniversary this year and on Saturday, February 27, 2021, not only was there a Post Malone Virtual Concert and New Pokémon Snap preview, but also the announcement of new games being released on the Nintendo Switch. In 2021 and 2022, we’re going to see Pokémon Legends Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, and Pokémon Shining Pearl. 

1. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond
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The remakes of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl are highly anticipated. With Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl on Nintendo Switch, you will get modern graphics with the original map carefully designed to replicate Diamond & Pearl from the Nintendo DS console. Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are located in the Sinnoh Region in the present day, with the challenge to become a Pokémon Master and League Champion at hand. Starting out, the 3 Pokémon you’ll be able to choose from are Turtwig, Chimchar & Piplup. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond offers you the chance to catch the Legendary Pokémon Dialga, which is an ancient Pokémon. At nearly 18 feet in height, Dialga is an imposing figure that can also control time. The legend states that time began with the birth of Dialga. Make sure to fill that Pokédex in the pursuit to complete Pokémon Brilliant Diamond. The release date for Brilliant Diamond is currently slated for Late 2021.  

2. Pokémon Shining Pearl
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The counterpart to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl will give you the ability to catch the Legendary Pokémon Palkia. Palkia is a Spatial Pokémon listed at nearly 14 feet in height. The unique ability Palkia has is the power to distort space. The mythological Pokémon, Palkia, is rumored to live in a special dimension gap that’s parallel to the Pokémon world. The Sinnoh Region gets a complete makeover with all three of the new Pokémon games being located there. The release date coincides with Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, so stay tuned as we get closer to Late 2021 for an actual release date for the games. Make sure to check out our Top 12 Pokémon Games Ranked and see where the original Diamond & Pearl stacked up to the greatest games in the Pokémon catalog. 

3. Pokémon Legends Arceus
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Ready to return to an earlier time in Pokémon lore? Set in the Sinnoh Region before the Pokémon Diamond & Pearl games, Arceus challenges you to complete the first Pokédex for Sinnoh. Catching Pokémon in Arceus will take skill: you’ll need to discover each Pokémon’s unique traits while catching them off guard before throwing your Pokéball. You will also be able to utilize your own Pokémon to battle and catch wild Pokémon; buy throwing said Pokémon at the wild one. The 3 Pokémon you’ll choose from to start the game are Rowlet, Cyndaquil & Oshawott. The Game’s release is currently slated for early 2022.       

With the announcement of these three games, The Pokémon Company also announced New Pokémon Snap would release on April 30th, 2021. New Pokémon Snap will also be available on Nintendo Switch, which remakes the 1999 Nintendo N64 version. Here you will photograph Pokémon in the wild with the challenge of completing the Pokémon Photodex. Basically, you try to get Pokémon to give the best possible photo by feeding them. You can also add stickers, frames, and or filter to your snaps and even share the pictures after. It’s remarkable to see Pokémon at 25, captivating minds young and old alike and bringing families together to share in the experience of catching em’ all.

What game are you most excited to play? Let us know on Twitter and Instagram!

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Pokemon Day Is Coming: What’s Next, aDrive?

February 27th, 2021 will mark the 25th Anniversary of the launch of the Pokémon franchise. With total revenue estimated at nearly $100 billion, Pokémon is the #1 ranked media franchise of all time, higher than other iconic franchises such as Hello Kitty ($86 billion), Mickey Mouse ($74 billion), Star Wars ($70 billion), Mario ($36 billion) and Batman ($28 billion).

After revealing their 25th Anniversary logo at the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, rumors and leaks about what TPC (The Pokémon Company) plans on doing to celebrate their milestone have been all over social media. 

I recently had a chance to sit down with Dan “aDrive” Clap, one of the leading creators of Pokémon content on YouTube and Twitch, to get his insight into what we can expect to see in 2021. Rather than do a typical Q&A, I figured I would just let Dan tell us in his own words why he thinks the Pokémon hysteria has only just begun.

1. Pokemon Day Retail Promos

The Pokemon franchise has been really focused on promoting their brand across a handful of different platforms ahead of “Pokemon Day.” They just announced a new Build-A-Bear, which they have done in the past. They did a Levi’s line and announced partnerships with an Original Stitch. There is a General Mills cereal promotion, and many people are going after those promo cards. Suppose you happen to stroll into a grocery store and see that. Generally speaking, the cards in there will be worth a lot more than the box of cereal. If I walked into my store and saw the cereal promotion, I’d definitely pick one up immediately because I think they are going to fly off the shelves.

They just released the McDonalds Happy Meal promo, which included a pack of Pokemon cards in each meal. It’s hard to say what the value of those cards is really going to be in the future, but the reality of it is that right now, the demand is so high for those things, and they flew off the shelves the second they hit the restaurants. 

2. Pokemon “Shining Fates”

Pokemon is hitting on all cylinders and all different angles and parts of culture from a promotional standpoint. We are actually headed towards the most anticipated set in recent memory, “Shining Fates.” In fact, I don’t even know if there has ever been a set that people are this excited about that has had this much hype overall. It will be coming out right before Pokemon Day. I believe that the official release is on February 19th. That set is going to feature a handful of shiny cards, but the main card that people are going to be looking for is the shiny Charizard V-Max card, which is going to be pretty difficult to get and will be very valuable when people are going to be able to find that card and get it graded. People are going to hunt down that set, and we already see prices going wild. 

3. Pokemon “Battle Styles”

There’s another set coming out in March to really keep this TCG hype alive called “Battle Styles,” and that’s a set that’s really more towards a competitive player, but there’s still some really cool stuff in there. At this point in where the TCG is, collectors are just looking for anything to open. Because the prices are rising so fast on some of the more recent sets, people are turning to whatever the most recent thing is just to be able to open cards. 

To give a little precedent, the set named “Vivid Voltage” was the most recent set that came out was originally selling for $100-120 per box, now 3 months later, they are $280 per box. This is a set that just came out. There are a lot of factors that are pulling this together. It’s the demand; a lot of people are into the TCG; we see a lot of celebrities and social media figures opening cards right now, and that’s driving the demand up. Also, because of the COVID pandemic, the supply has also dwindled because Pokemon isn’t printing as much as they used to print, so there is a little more scarcity when it comes to the quantities of these products. Because of that, people have to buy from resellers, and the prices just continue to climb. However, it’s interesting to note that Pokemon just announced they are increasing their print TCG products to respond to the demand:

I think that these next two months are going to be very interesting to watch from a TCG perspective. I never want to give financial advice to anyone because you just don’t know what’s going to happen with the market, but I think any time a new set comes out if you can get it at a reasonable price, you are probably going to get your return if you are holding on to it as sealed, just because the demand is so high right now. I, for one, prefer to open the product for fun and entertainment, but either way, I’ve learned quickly that getting products as soon as I can is definitely the best bet.

4. Pokemon Unite

Outside of the TCG, there are a bunch of other things that Pokemon has in store for the 25th anniversary. We know there is a mobile game coming called Pokemon Unite, which is a MOBA, kind of like League of Legends, that will be on Nintendo Switch and mobile devices. It will be free-to-play, and it seems as if their monetization strategy will be through skins, so they will have different costumes for these Pokemon that they can wear in the arenas. It is run by Tencent, which is obviously a giant Chinese conglomerate. They have all the backing to make this huge. Whether it will resonate with fans, I don’t know. The reality is that it is a free game with the Pokemon IP on it, so people will download and try it. I know from a content perspective, I am gearing up to be ready to handle “Pokemon Unite” content as soon as Pokemon Day happens either way!

5. Pokemon Snap

We have a release date for Pokemon Snap; it’s April 30th, 2021. That game looks really good, and I think it’s going to capture a lot of long time old school Pokemon fans and give them another title on the Switch to kind of tide them over to what is inevitably going to be the next main series launch this year. There have been some whispers about another Detective Pikachu game after the success in the box office. There was a previous Detective Pikachu game, and it didn’t really do that well, but I think now that the movie did well, there is a lot bigger chance of success to drop a new game on the Switch, or maybe even IOS and Android. We don’t have a ton of information on that; it’s more speculative at this point. 

6. Pokemon SINNOH?

There is a main series game release. There are a lot of people – including myself – that are on the SINNOH train right now. SINNOH is the generation 4 of Pokemon. Diamond, Pearl, and Pokemon Platinum being the first 3. Those came out 15 years ago, so the timing is perfect for them to release the remake of that game and all signs point to that. You are starting to see some of the merchandise come out for later this year. The merch launch usually gets teased and leaked months in advance and a lot of that is pointing towards some of the characters from SINNOH, and when you see all those generation 4 characters, all the signs start to point towards the SINNOH remake, and it is the most likely, logical conclusion in terms of chronological order and how they have done things in the past. They could always throw us a curveball and give us a brand new generation, but I don’t think that is going to happen. I don’t think they have had enough time from their previous generation, which was Sword and Shield, to really create a new generation of Pokemon, but they have done crazier things. 

Ultimately, it’s going to be wild. I think they have some bombshells. Pokemon is notorious for having some really cool secrets and some big drops. We have seen their partnerships so far and a lot of it is coming out to the light, but I won’t be surprised if they drop something big. 

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Who Created Pokemon? Meet The Founders of The Iconic Brand

Pokémon is truly one of the most iconic franchises—of any medium—in history. If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably spent some time wondering about the origins of the world-famous Pocket Monsters. Who created our favorite red-cheeked companion Pikachu? How did Pokémon go from a set of games to a media juggernaut?  In this article, we’ll dive into the history of the creator, his co-founders and the impact The Pokémon Game has had since its genesis. It’s a remarkable journey, so buckle up. It all began with the creator of Pokémon, Satoshi Tajiri.

Pocket Monsters: The Origins

Tajiri, a video game designer and co-founder of Game Freak Magazine, created Pokémon around 1990, after conceptualizing a two-person battle with insects through the Game Boy Link Cable. As a child, Tajiri collected insects, a popular hobby in Japan.  Pokémon, as you may know, is a portmanteau of the phrase “Pocket Monsters.” Originally the name was Capsule Monsters, but that had to be changed because of a trademark issue. Due to this, Nintendo rejected the 1st proposal by Tajiri. After the change to Pocket Monsters, the idea was again pitched to Nintendo, except it was by Shigeru Miyamoto. Miyamoto is the genius behind Super Mario & Zelda. With his help, Nintendo approved Tajiri’s concept, even though they didn’t fully understand it, and subsequently gave funding for the project.  

Original Pokémon Artist, Ken Sugimori, joined the Game Freak team as an illustrator after checking out the magazine in 1981. Sugimori, along with Atsuko Nishida, Motofumi Fujiwara and Shigeki Morimoto designed all 151 original Pokémon characters. 

Atsuko Nishida was the original Pikachu designer. She was tasked with designing 24 of the Generation 1 Pokémon, including Bulbasaur, Charmander, Charmeleon & Charizard.

Motofumi Fujiwara joined Game Freak in 1992, and is noted as the original Eevee designer. Satoshi Tajiri had requested a Pokémon that could evolve into multiple different forms, so Fujiwara tried to create “a blank slate Pokémon.” Fujiwara originally designed the evolutions Jolteon & Flareon, while Atsuko Nashida designed Vaporeon. This was all prior to the Eevee illustration.   

Shigeki Morimoto is best known for creating the Pokémon Video Game Battle system & designing the character Mew. Other designs from Morimoto include: Diglett, Meowth, Mankey, Taurus and Dragonite. Despite having the responsibility of redesigning the Battle System for each game, Morimoto is also credited as game director for: Pokémon Emerald, Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver.  

The First Video Games

Production for Pokémon games Red & Green began in 1991. Over the next 5 years, Game Freak nearly went bankrupt, with the company barely able to pay employees. Five employees quit due to the lack of funding. Satoshi Tajiri worked without salary during the tough times, taking assistance from his father. Running out of money to complete the games, Creatures Inc. joined the fray by providing the necessary funding to finish the games in exchange for 33% of the Pokémon franchise rights. 

Fast-forward to February 27, 1996, when Pokémon Red and Green versions on Nintendo Gameboy were released in Japan. The original games were not an instant success, but after CoroCoro Magazine issued a Pokémon offer to provide Mew to 20 contestants, over 78,000 people signed up and demand for the games soared. Pokémon Blue was released in Japan on October 15, 1996. The game provided upgrades to the graphics and music. The original three Pokémon games sold a total of 10.23 Million copies. There have been a ton of games since; we recently ranked the 12 Best Pokémon Games, check it out.

The First Cards

The first Japanese Pokémon Base set cards were released on October 20, 1996 by Media Factory. Although they aren’t the original Pokémon cards to be created, they are the first ones made for the game. Ken Sugimori also designed some of the original cards, such as Alakazam, Chansey and Blastoise.

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Mitsuhiro Arita, arguably the most famous of Pokémon Illustrators, is known for illustrating Charizard, Venusaur and Pikachu amongst others for the Pokémon Base set. Arita has illustrated over 500 Pokémon cards, and even has all 537 in a binder. In recent years, signed cards by Mitsuhiro Arita have become highly sought after. Arita is the most accessible of the Pokémon Illustrators. From his live art demo’s worldwide to posting his illustrations on Instagram, Arita enjoys his fan base.  Prior to the Pandemic, I even met Mr. Arita at an art demo and signing. It was a fascinating experience. He appreciates his fans and took time to answer a variety of questions, draw illustrations and take some pictures with over 100 people. 

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Keiji Kinebuchi and Tomoaki Imakuni are the final two Base Set illustrators. Kinebuchi, a 3D illustrator, is responsible for the Energy cards, and a good portion of the Trainer cards in the Base set. Imakuni, a musician by trade, illustrated Porygon. He also recorded music for Pokémon movies and shows.

The TV Show
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The Rise of Cards
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Pokémon Go
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Satoshi Tajiri is currently the CEO of Game Freak, overseeing the Pokémon world since its inception. Tajiri stepped down as director after Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire and became an executive producer. He also is credited for his work as an Executive Producer on the Live Action film Detective Pikachu. 

The Pokémon world is one of adventure, crafted from the desire to catch and nurture insects. Although you can’t throw a Pokéball at the neighbor’s cat, you can catch a Meowth on your phone. That’s the same thing, right?