Pokemon Go has arrived, and it is causing Pokefans of all ages to go hunting in their local area for wild Pokemon to capture. While the game contains itself to the first generation of Pokemon (fornow), there is actually 721 Pokemon currently in existence, with more incoming through Pokemon Sun and Moon.
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These Pokemon come in a variety of shapes and styles, from the fiercely cool to the just plain bizzarre. Let us take a look at ten of the oddest Pokemon that found their way into the Pokedex.
10. Magikarp, Gyarados & Mega Gyarados
The reason this line makes the list is simply down to the differences in their two initial forms. Gyarados can prove to be a helpful Pokemon to have on you team, if you know how to train one. It is even better now it has the ability to Mega Evolve, but it comes from one of the most pointless Pokemon ever. Magikarp is pretty much useless and takes a place up on your team, just so you can level up it up and get Gyarados. To make it even worse for Magikarp, it can not learn any breeding moves. These are rare moves that a Pokemon can only learn through breeding mechanics, where one of its parents knows the move that can not be typically taught to the Pokemon. So there is not even an advantage to breeding Gyarados, unless you simple need a compatible male to go with a female Pokemon.
9. Pineco & Forretress
This pair are on the list for a confusing classification. The pair are clearly designed after a pine cone and a walnut. So you would think that logically the pair are grass-type Pokemon, but you would be wrong. Pineco is a pure bug-type and its evolved form Forretress is a bug/steel-type. This seems to be simply down to the pair living in trees, and bugs can live in trees? But so can birds and mammals. It is a confusing classification given their design really points to another Pokemon type. It would be like classifying Grimmer and Muk as water types because they are more liquid than solid.
8. Deino, Zweilous & Hydreigon
This trio are here for their basic appearance. While it is obvious that Hydreigon is based on the Hydra, a mythical serpent that could grow two new heads if it lost one, but it seems sad to make cute Deino evolve into something quite terrifying. It is also strange for the sheer amount of experience you need to get to achieve the level required to finish the evolution chain. You have to get a Zweilous to level 64 to make it evolve into Hydreigon, which is 5 levels more than any other Pokemon.
7. Vanillite, Vanillish & Vanilluxe
This is a bizarre trio no matter how you try to look at them. They are simply ice cream cones. It's when you remember this line exist that you have to question how long it will take until we have a Pokemon based on burgers and fries. You could see it now; the first stage is simply french fries, the second form is fries and a burger and the final form is fries, burger and a drink. I mean let's face it, having an ice cream cone on your team is not exactly the height of excitement for any Pokemon trainer.
6. Grimmer & Muk
What kid doesn't want to travel around with their own pet made of toxic waste? This is a line that always makes me laugh, as toxic wastes have many things that can effect someone exposed, including infertility and cancer. So why are children in the Pokemon world running around capturing a monster that will help make them sick or infertile? Perhaps this is why towns and cities in the games never seem to have many houses; Grimmer and Muk must help maintain the population numbers.
5. Litwick, Lampent & Chandelure
This trio fall into the same category as Vanillite's line. It's a candle, lamp and chandelier. You have to wonder if there is just one developer in the team over at Pokemon HQ that struggles more than the others. Is a radio Pokemon that evolves into a television the next big idea? It could even be a steel/electric type! While this trio is an interesting combination, being ghost/fire-types, it isn't exactly exciting to throw a lamp into battle.
I guess this is the Pokemon you call on when you have a baby that needs entertaining. You have to wonder why a set of keys was ever considered as a good candidate for a Pokemon. It's combination of steel/fairy-type is also rather odd. Perhaps they have a plan to link Klefki to the new Pokemon Magearna, that is set to appear in the upcoming movie Pokémon The Movie: Volcanion And The Ingenious Magearna. Both are steel/fairy-types and Magearna is a mechanical Pokemon, so perhaps Klefki will have more purpose in the anime than it has in a Pokemon battle. Admittedly, this wouldn't be hard.
3. Magnemite, Magneton & Magnezone
This line tend to show up in post like this, and that is because no one can still figure out how they actually work as a line. The original Magnemite evolves into a Magneton which consists of three Magnemites. However, you never need more than one Magnemite to make it evolve, and additionally the Magnemites in the Magenton are much bigger in size than when just Magnemite. The mechanics behind how they evolve and work is something that has always confused Pokemon fans. Also, let's not forget how random a set of magnets are for a pet monster.
2. Trubbish & Garbodor
I know every parents asks their child to take the rubbish out, but I have never heard of them asking their child to play with the rubbish. I mean seriously think about it - would you want a smelly bag of rubbish as a pet? This pair are like Grimmer and Muk and we can't make sense of their conception. I also have to wonder what would happen if their bags ripped open? Would they spill out rubbish?
While Darkrai is a brilliant Pokemon to have on your team in a battle, it is effectively the "Boogeyman" of the Pokemon world. One of the Pokedex enteries states;
Folklore has it that on moonless nights, this Pokémon will make people see horrific nightmares.
Basically only the bravest kids would ever attempt to seek out a Darkrai. So if Pokemon were real, Darkai would be like vampires and werewolves and be a monstrous creature of darkness. Add to that its ghostly appearance, anyone who met a Darkrai would probably run the other way.
As stated there are over 700 Pokemon, and the Pokedex is still growing, and these are only 10 of the odd Pokemon out there. However, these ten are truly stick out when you go through the entire list and you do have to question where their inspiration came from during the development process.
Which Pokemon do you think is the strangest? Do you have another suggestion other than those listed?