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25 Weird Mistakes Fans Completely Missed In Pokémon

25 Weird Mistakes Fans Completely Missed In Pokémon

Ah, Pokémon. Seven generations of video games— plus remakes— and huge media content material stretching over twenty-one seasons of exhibits and twenty-one films at present launched (we’re not counting Detective Pikachu… but). You’d assume that with all the Pokémon content material on the market, Nintendo would go over the whole lot with a fine-tooth comb for errors. However that doesn’t all the time appear to be the case— particularly with the sooner video games.

Many Pokémon video games are fraught with errors of some type. Gen I video games like Pokémon Purple/Blue/Yellow are plagued with glitches— some, like Missingno, extra well-known than others—programming errors, and mistranslations from the Japanese video games. However there are a couple of less-subtle errors that the majority gamers won’t discover in passing.

A lot of them need to do with coach Pokémon utilizing strikes they shouldn’t. When you might blame programmers for not rigorously analyzing a Pokémon’s movesets, many Pokémon strikes typically find yourself having the identical outcomes, and it’s straightforward to get wires crossed. Different errors embrace buggy, overpowered, or improperly-functional options that have been fastened in later patches or later Generations of video games. Lastly, some issues simply don’t add up, and it’s by no means defined whether or not it was intentional or if the Nintendo improvement workforce is simply that tight-lipped about errors.

Thankfully, a whole lot of these errors can sneak proper beneath most followers’ noses— a lot of the ones on this record didn’t end in a patch or perhaps a point out of a mistake from the Nintendo group. Right here’s 25 errors from assorted Pokémon video games that you could be not have observed throughout your playthroughs.

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25 The Frozen Standing Impact Was Method Too Highly effective

In Era I video games, the frozen standing impact meant huge hassle on your Pokémon. Whereas freezing doesn’t impression well being, it does render your Pokémon motionless, leaving it broad open from assaults from the opposite get together. For those who want your frozen Pokémon healed whereas in a battle, you’ve acquired two choices— waste a flip utilizing an Ice Heal, or hope that your opposing coach has a Pokémon with a Hearth-type assault that may thaw your Pokemon out for you.

This could pose an issue in battles like Elite 4’s Lorelai. This ice queen has two Pokémon with strikes able to freezing yours, and none of her different Ice-types have Hearth-type assaults as a result of… why would they? In the event you uncared for purchase some Ice Heals earlier than going into your Elite 4 journey, you’re simply out of luck.

Fortuitously, this was fastened in Era II going onward. There’s now a proportion probability per flip of your Pokémon overcoming being frozen, identical to another standing impact.

24 Lance’s Dragonite Is aware of Barrier

In all Era I video games (except for Pokémon Yellow) the Dragon-type Elite 4 coach, Lance, has a Dragonite that may use the transfer Barrier, which it has by no means been capable of study. That is additionally to say nothing of Lance’s low degree, absolutely advanced Dragonites in Era II.

In a cheeky wink by Nintendo, a Gen VI International Hyperlink occasion distributed a Dragonite based mostly on Lance’s personal Dragonite— together with the transfer Barrier. Because of the Pokébank and the power to cross down Egg Strikes throughout breeding, it’s now technically potential in later video games to have a Dragonite that is aware of the transfer by authentic means.

23 Early Coach AIs Have been Variety Of Busted

Opponent Pokémon trainers need to have some type of programming concerned to make issues difficult. Nevertheless, in early video games, the Trainers have been simply type of programmed to make use of sure strikes in a sure order. Which means widespread Pokémon techniques, like type-matching, weren’t actually taken under consideration. Opponent Trainers and even Health club Leaders would typically use ineffective strikes on a participant’s Pokémon. For instance, Lt. Surge’s Electrical-type Pokémon on the Vermillion Fitness center in Pokémon Pink/Blue/Yellow will nonetheless use Electrical-Sort Strikes— even on a Floor-type Pokémon.

Thankfully, opponent AI has been improved during the last seven generations, nevertheless it’s nonetheless not utterly flawless.

22 Victini’s Pokédex Quantity

Each Pokemon is assigned a Nationwide Pokédex quantity (which accounts for all Pokémon) and a regional Pokédex quantity (which solely accounts for Pokémon that may be present in that recreation). Each regional Pokédex begins again at #001.

Nevertheless, the regional Pokédex quantity for the Legendary Pokémon Victini in Gen V is #000. It’s by no means said by builders why that is— that is the one occasion of it occurring, and the regional dexes for Generations VI and VII begin again at #001. That is additionally the one occasion of a Legendary/Legendary Pokémon falling into the Pokédex earlier than the widespread Pokémon of the area.

21 Gardevoir Is aware of Fairy Wind In The X/Y Trailer

Throughout Nintendo’s E3 2013 trailer for Pokémon X and Y, we see an opponent Gardevoir utilizing the transfer Fairy Wind. In the precise X/Y recreation, it isn’t attainable for Gardevoir to know or study this transfer.

It’s very potential that Gardevoir was initially meant to have the ability to use Fairy Wind, and that was later scrapped. X/Y marked the start of Era VI, and the primary iteration of the brand new Fairy-type. Introducing a brand new Pokémon sort all the time hits a couple of snags within the first recreation— assigning new Pokémon, reassigning some previous Pokémon, and arising with new strikes as properly. Certainly, it could get just a little complicated.

20 How Does Friendship Evolution Even Work?

Starting in Era II, some Pokémon might solely evolve when leveling up with a excessive sufficient friendship stat. This may be a wonderfully positive mechanism if anyone would clarify how Pokémon friendship even works. Positive, there are some actions that may improve a Pokémon’s friendship with you, and others that may lower it, however the actual numbers aren’t actually agreed upon.

And whereas there are a handful of NPCs in every recreation that may measure friendship, they by no means give a precise quantity so that you can gauge the place you’re. Having no option to instantly measure a Pokémon’s friendship stat may be tough in sure conditions. This doesn’t even embrace the Affection stat, which was launched in Gen VI and is seemingly an entire different factor.

19 Cooltrainer Dianne’s Lanturn Is aware of Earthquake

Cooltrainer Dianne, who might be discovered on on Victory Street in Pokémon Emerald, has a Lanturn that may use Earthquake. It has by no means been potential for Lanturn to know this transfer. In reality, it’s not attainable for Lanturn to study Earthquake— by leveling up or by TM/HM— in any Pokémon recreation. And whereas there are a handful of Water-type Pokémon that can use Earthquake, most of them even have Floor-type secondary varieties, which Lanturn doesn’t. In reality, Lanturn’s secondary sort is Electrical, so it wouldn’t even make sense for it to be able to a Floor-type transfer.

In addition to, does anybody need to clarify to me how it might even be potential for a fish to trigger an earthquake?

18 Potential Recreation-Ender in Saffron Metropolis

In the unique Pokémon Pink/Blue/Yellow, you need to bribe the guards with a refreshing drink to entry Saffron Metropolis. There’s a method, nevertheless, to make it unimaginable to buy the merchandise, thus locking you in place, making it truly unattainable to proceed the sport.

The essential approach to do that is to expire of cash. Battle each coach (stopping you from making any extra money), promote your gadgets, and waste your cash by blacking out, or on the Recreation Nook. It’s tough to do, and most unlikely to occur by chance, however the level is that it is attainable.

Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen and different future Kanto-region video games created a workaround to this by making the tea that the guards need a key merchandise that can’t be bought or traded.

17 MewTwo Comes Earlier within the Pokédex Than Mew

Mewtwo is usually mistakenly known as an advanced type of Mew, however it’s truly extra of a clone or a descendant. So it’s a bit unusual that Mewtwo’s precise Pokédex quantity (#150) comes earlier than Mew (#151).

That is more than likely as a result of Mew was a legendary Pokémon that was believed to be extinct (therefore, why it was cloned and spliced into turning into Mewtwo). Mew initially wasn’t even meant to be in Pokémon Pink/Blue/Yellow, which could account for it being added to the Pokédex after Mewtwo. Nevertheless, with a reputation like MewTWO, it’s nonetheless a bit of odd that it comes first within the dex.

16 The Blackout In Lumiose Metropolis

In Pokémon X/Y, there’s a part of Lumiose Metropolis that’s cordoned off on account of a blackout and the participant can’t progress till it’s fastened. This gained’t be resolved till the participant takes on Staff Flare on the Energy Plant. Till then, the participant is prevented from accessing the north a part of city.

In case you go to the blocked-off space at night time, when Lumiose Metropolis is all lit up, you’ll nonetheless be stored from accessing that a part of city because of the blackout. Despite the fact that you possibly can clearly see that there are lights on… proper… behind… him. Some “blackout”.

15 Arguably One Of The Most Highly effective Pokémon Is… Smeargle?

Smeargle from Pokemon

Smeargle has the transfer Sketch, which permits it to completely copy the final transfer utilized by the opponent Pokémon and simply use it… every time. Any transfer that ought to be unattainable for Smeargle to make use of could be copied with sketch. Once we say “any move”, we imply any transfer. Clearly, you possibly can’t copy Z-Strikes. You can’t copy Wrestle, which isn’t an actual transfer, or Chatter, which the builders simply in all probability included as a result of Chatter was a nightmare from a improvement standpoint.

Smeargle can study Sketch a number of occasions because it ranges up, which means you could have a Smeargle with 4 strikes that it technically shouldn’t be capable of know. This can be a ridiculously highly effective transfer that’s unique to this Pokémon and has only a few in-game limitations. It’s not a mistake per se, however it is an enormous oversight that’s in determined want of overhaul.

14 Hiker Jim’s Onix Is aware of Wrap

Pokémon Let’s Go! Eevee / Let’s Go! Pikachu launched Grasp Coach Battles, which is a brand new improvement for the collection that sees gamers battle specialists of the unique Gen I Pokémon, plus Meltan and Melmetal, after beating the Elite 4. Profitable all of those bestows the participant with the title Grand Grasp.

The Onix Grasp Coach, Hiker Jim, could be discovered on Underground Path 7-Eight. He has an Onix that is aware of the transfer Wrap. This isn’t a transfer that Onix ought to be capable of study. It’s probably a programming error— Onix is able to utilizing Bind, and Bind could be very comparable in results to Wrap (though they’ve totally different energy ranges).

13 Unown Cannot Study Hidden Energy

Unown is an odd little hieroglyphic Pokémon able to showing in numerous letter and punctuation shapes. Launched in Gen II, Unown was designed to solely have the ability to use one transfer— its signature transfer, Hidden Energy. Unown doesn’t study new strikes upon leveling up, nor can Hidden Energy get replaced by a TM or HM transfer.

Hidden Energy is obtainable as a TM for some Pokémon to study— principally Psychic-types. Nevertheless, in what can solely be described as a match of sadistic irony, Unown is unable to make use of this TM based mostly on its solely transfer. This is because of the truth that a transfer can’t be overwritten by itself.

12 Mawile’s Identify Was Misspelled In Its Pokédex

Mawile is a Gen III Pokémon with a big jaw on the again of its head. It was launched as a Metal sort, and have become a twin Fairy-type in Era VI. In the launch of Pokémon Ruby, Mawile’s entry within the Pokédex was misspelled as “Mawhile”. This error solely occurred within the precise Pokédex entry itself— all different situations of Mawile’s identify within the recreation have been appropriately spelled. This will likely have simply been a problem in translation from the Japanese recreation, and it was fastened in model 1.1.

11 Roselia Is aware of Sludge In Battle Corridor


The Battle Frontier is among the extra distinctive options obtainable in Pokémon Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver. A stadium which permits gamers to face battles with sure challenges utilized within the hopes of potential reward, the Battle Frontier makes for an attractive little bit of post-game content material. All the Roselia encountered within the Battle Corridor portion of the Frontier know the transfer Sludge. Though Roselia is a Grass/Poison-type, Sludge just isn’t a transfer it’s able to studying. Nevertheless, it could possibly study Sludge Bomb by way of TM, which could simply account for the error; the strikes are very comparable and share the phrase “sludge”.

10 Zoroark Can Emulate A Shiny With out Being Shiny

Zoroark is a Darkish-type Pokémon launched in Era V. It has the power Phantasm, which permits it to disguise itself as one other Pokémon up till they’re first hit in battle. It’s potential for Zoroark to be shiny, and it’s also attainable for Zoroark to emulate a shiny Pokémon. As a result of the chances for Zoroark being shiny and its phantasm being shiny are calculated individually, it’s potential for a participant to consider that they’ve discovered a shiny Pokemon, solely to find on the primary assault that it’s actually only a plain previous Zoroark. This isn’t a mistake per se, nevertheless it is fairly imply of the builders and doubtless did not happen to them till after the sport’s launch.

9 Nintendo Anticipated Us To Commerce For Gengars And Not Be a Bunch Of Monsters About It

Gengar in Pokemon

In what was virtually definitely a conspiracy on the a part of Nintendo to promote hyperlink cables (again earlier than the age of WiFi), some Pokémon might solely be advanced by buying and selling it to another person. One among these examples is Gengar; a Ghost/Poison-type extensively considered some of the desired Gen I Pokémon. You possibly can solely evolve your Haunter right into a Gengar by buying and selling.

In fact, this concerned placing a average quantity of religion in your folks that they might truly offer you your newly-evolved Gengar again upon buying and selling. We doubt builders stopped to consider how youngsters might simply disconnect the cable and never commerce the Gengar again, thus turning them into real-life Staff Rocket counterparts.

Eight The Totem Wishiwashi’s Ally Alomomola Is aware of Water Gun

Say that 5 occasions quick. We dare you.

Pokémon X/Y launched Totem Pokémon, that are highly effective iterations of a selected Pokémon that the participant should face as a part of a trial. These Totem Pokémon have the power to name ally Pokémon into battle, thus making the trial harder to win. One such Totem, Wishiwashi, can name in a squad of Alomomola. These Alomomola can assault the participant’s Pokémon with the transfer Water Gun. This isn’t a transfer that Alomomola are able to studying. Contemplating that Alomomola is a Water-type Pokemon, there is a plethora of Water-type strikes it may use, and it is unusual that it ended up with one of many strikes it will possibly’t.

7 Parasect’s Pokédex Entry Mentions China

Officer Jenny's Parasect

It is extensively accepted that Pokémon exists in its personal little universe, away from the strife of globalization and politics. Some Pokémon areas do have apparent real-life counterparts—for instance, the Kalos area is predicated of of France, full with it is personal “Paris” within the type of Lumiose Metropolis. Nevertheless, Kalos is not France, it is simply the Pokémon model of it.

Nevertheless, Parasect’s Pokédex entry in Pokémon Stadium states that, “…the bug host is controlled by the mushrooms that scatter poisonous spores. The spores are sometimes used as medicine in China.”

That is proper. China. China is seemingly a common fixed between the Pokémon world and ours.

You may argue that Pokémon Stadium is an previous recreation, and that builders might have nonetheless been hashing out the thought of Pokemon simply being its personal little world. Besides… wait. The identical Pokédex entry is utilized in Pokemon FireRed. Whoops.

6 Some Child Pokemon Have been Launched After Their Advanced Varieties

Builders in some later-Era video games determined to show two-stage Pokémon evolutions into three-stage by including a brand new Pokémon originally of the road. These “Baby” Pokémon are low-level, often cute, and sometimes considered ineffective Pokémon that you simply let sit behind your celebration and rack up sufficient friendship for it to evolve to the subsequent stage. Examples of “Baby” Pokémon added to Gen I evolution strains embrace Cleffa (evolves into Clefairy), Pichu (evolves into Pikachu), Tyrogue (evolves into Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, or Hitmontop), and Igglybuff (evolves into Jigglypuff).

Whereas builders have the suitable to do no matter they need, including Pokémon to the start of the evolutionary line simply does not make sense. Did Jigglypuff simply instantly begin bursting out of eggs as Igglybuffs beginning in Gen II?

5 Lysandre’s Gyarados Is aware of Iron Head

In Pokémon X/Y, Workforce Flare Chief Lysandre has a Gyarados able to utilizing the transfer Iron Head. This can be a bit odd, as a result of though Gyarados can know Iron Head within the video games instantly earlier than (Pokémon Black 2 / White 2) and instantly after (Pokémon Solar/Moon), Gyarados might by no means study Iron Head in X/Y. It’s, nevertheless, attainable to import a Gyarados that is aware of Iron Head from Black 2 / White 2 or Solar/Moon into X/Y. Gyarados additionally appears to be able to Iron Head in Pokémon OR/AS as properly, so it appears odd that X/Y can be the one holdout to this transfer.

four The Previous Man Claims Your Raichu Advanced

In Pokémon Pink/Blue/Yellow, there’s an previous man on Cinnabar Island who will commerce you his Electrode for a Raichu, which is… truly a reasonably candy deal?

Should you go to him later, he’ll inform you that the Raichu you gave him advanced! This isn’t truly potential, as a result of Raichu was by no means given an advanced type.

A attainable rationalization for this seems to be an improper translation. In the Japanese model of Blue, the participant truly trades their Kadabra, which evolves into Alakazam by way of commerce. That is why in Japanese Blue, the previous man tells you that your Kadabra advanced. The English variations borrowed some dialogue from Japanese Blue, however they by no means fastened the dialogue about evolving— they only substituted “Raichu” the place the dialogue stated “Kadabra”.

three Brendan’s Hippowdon Is aware of Dig

After acquiring the Nationwide Pokédex in Pokémon Platinum, there are new trainers so that you can problem on Victory Street. One such coach, Veteran Brendan, has a Hippowdon, which is a Floor-type Pokémon. Veteran Brendan’s Hippowdon is aware of the transfer Dig—nevertheless, it isn’t attainable for that Pokémon to have the ability to use this transfer.

It’s truly a bit odd that Hippowdon is unable to make use of Dig in Platinum. This modified in HeartGold and SoulSilver, and it is attainable to commerce a Hippowdon with the Dig transfer from a type of video games into Pokémon Platinum utilizing the Pokébank.

2 Focus Power Was Not As Marketed

Focus Power was a Era I transfer designed to primarily double a Pokémon’s probability of touchdown a essential hit, which does additional injury. Nevertheless, resulting from a programming bug, the crucial hit probability truly decreased when a Pokémon used Focus Power— actually, it was virtually quartered. This was a serious bug, and by chance it was fastened in Era II and onward.

Moreover, the Focus Power transfer could possibly be disrupted if the opponent Pokémon used the transfer Haze. This was additionally eliminated going into Era II.

1 Blaziken Is aware of Ice Punch In An Official OR/AS Screenshot

Blaziken Pokken Tournament

In official Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire pre-release screenshots by the Pokemon Worldwide web site, a Mega Blaziken is seen utilizing the transfer Ice Punch. Though the screenshots have been later eliminated, one quick-draw twitter consumer had the screenshots saved. It isn’t potential for any Hearth sort— Mega or in any other case —to know this transfer, and this consists of Blaziken.

The unique screenshots gained numerous consideration on social media; sufficient that the Japanese Pokemon web site truly ended up pulling the screenshots and apologizing for the error. You will discover the unique apology (though you’ll need to translate it) right here.

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