Pokemon is one of the greatest franchises in history having a best-selling game, card collection game and TV series. The success of the franchise is almost unequaled and, as a result, has become a favourite for millions of kids and adults across the world. Therefore, we thought it would be fun to go out and find some interesting facts about Pokemon to share with you. So here are 15 odd but great facts about Pokemon you may not know.
1. Poliwag’s signature swirl pattern is meant to look like the visible intestines of tadpoles.
2. The move “Splash” is a mistranslation of the Japanese word “hop,” which is why it’s a normal-type move and not a water-type.
3. The Pokémon Koffing and Weezing were originally going to be named “NY” and “LA” because of the smog that New York and Los Angeles are known for.
4. It’s thought that Ditto is a failed attempt at cloning Mew. The Pokémon share similar moves, stats, and coloring, and are found in the same cave as the successful clone of Mew, Mewtwo.
5. Magneton is made up of three Magnemites and should logically weigh three times as much, but Magnemite weighs in at 13.2 pounds and Magneton weighs 132 pounds.
6. Slowbro is the only Pokémon that can de-evolve. Its pokédex entry says that if the Shellder on its tail is removed, it will revert back into a Slowpoke.
7. There’s a theory that right before the games, the world of Pokémon was embroiled in a massive war.
8. Wobbuffet’s various Pokédex entries seem to imply that what appears to be its body is actually a decoy, and that the small black tail with two eyes is its actual body.
9. It’s thought that psychic-type Pokémon are weak to bug-type, ghost-type, and dark-type Pokémon because they are common phobias.
10. It doesn’t make sense that Pokémon would shout their own names in human language. Instead, it’s thought that human language in the Pokémon universe evolved from Pokémon battle cries.
11. The Pokédex entries for Drifloon state that the Pokémon tricks children into thinking it’s a balloon and carries them away.
12. When Paras evolves into Parasect, the parasitic mushroom on its back actually takes over the host, which explains the Pokémon’s blank, white eyes.
13. The electric-type sheep Pokémon, Mareep, is thought to be a reference to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick.
14. Pikachu’s name is a combination of the Japanese onomatopoeia for sparkle, pikapika, and the sound of squeaking, which is expressed as chūchū.
15. The name ‘Pokemon’ isn’t Japanese at all, it is merely a combination of the two words ‘pocket’ and ‘monster’.