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List of Japanese Pokemon Names | 30 Pokemon Names Every Fan Should Know!

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Here’s a list of Japanese Pokemon names every Pokemon fan should know! After all ‘ Gotta catch ‘em all!

Where my 90s kids at?

As someone who grew up in the 90s, Pokemon was a huge part of my daily life. I remember rushing back home after school to catch the next episode of Pokemon on TV.

Back then it was the “it” thing. Everyone had stuffed Pokemon toys and Pokemon trading cards among other Pokemon paraphernalia. 

Over the years, I have seen the Pokemon franchise evolve and grow into what it is today. It still remains one of the most popular franchises among children and adults alike. 

 There are 898 species of Pokemon. Here’s a list of Japanese Pokemon names that ever Pokemon lover should know! Check it out!

List of Japanese Pokemon Names — Quick Summary

Pokemon NamePokemon Type Abilities
Bulbasaur/ FushigidaneGrass, PoisonOvergrow
Charmander/ HitokageFireBlaze
Charizard/ RizadonFireBlaze
Squirtle/ ZenigameWaterTorrent
Blastoise/ KamekusuWaterTorrent
Caterpie/ CatapiBugShield Dust
Butterfree/ ButefiruBug, FlyingCompound Eyes
Pidgeotto/ PijonNormal, FlyingKeen Eye
Tangled Feet
Rattata/ KorattaNormalRun Away
Guts
Pikachu/ PikachuElectricStatic
Clefairy/ PipiFairyCute
Charm
Magic Guard
Jigglypuff/ PurinNormal, FairyCute
Charm
Competitive
Diglett / DigudaGroundSand Veil
Arena Trap
Dugtrio / DagutorioGroundSand Veil
Arena Trap
Meowth/ NyaasuNormalPickup
Technician
Psyduck/ KodakuWaterDamp
Cloud Nine
Abra/ KishiPsychicInner Focus
Synchronize
Machamp/ KairikiFightingGuts
No guard
Bellsprout/ MadatsubomiGrass, PoisonChlorophyll
Snorlax/ KabigonNormalThick Fat
Immunity
Magikarp/ KoikingWaterSwift Swim
Jynx/ RujuraIce, PsychicOblivious
Forewarn
Mr. Mime/ BariyaadoPsychic, FairySoundproof
Filter
Chansey/ RakkiNormalNatural Cure
Serene Grace
Lickitung/ BeroringaNormalOblivious
OwnTempo
Rhydon/ SaidonGround, RockRock Head
Lightning Rod
Hitmonchan/ EbiwaraFightingKeen EyeIron Fist
Gengar/ GengaGhost, PoisonCursed Body
Exeggutor/ NashiGrass, PsychicChlorophyll
Onix/ IwakuRock, GroundRock Head
Sturdy

List of Japanese Pokemon Names

Bulbasaur

bulbasaur

Bulbasaur is a dual type grass and poison type Pokemon. It is one of the three starter Pokemons. It evolves into Ivysaur and then into Venusaur. 

Charmander

Charmander Pokemon

Charmander is a fire type Pokemon. It is one of the three starter Pokemon. It evolves into Charmeleon and then into Charizard.

Charizard

Charizard Pokemon

Charizard is a dual type flying and fire Pokemon. It is the final form of Charmander and has two Mega Forms.

Squirtle

Squirtle Pokemon

Squirtle is a water type Pokemon and is one of the starter Pokemon. It evolves into Wartotle and then into Blastoise

Blastoise

Blastoise Pokemon

Blastoise is a water Pokemon and is the final form of Squirtle. It has two forms, Mega Blastoise and Gigantamax Blastoise.

Caterpie

Caterpie Pokemon

Caterpie is a bug type Pokemon. It evolves into Metapod and then into Butterfree.

Butterfree

Butterfree Pokemon

Butterfree is a dual type Bug and Flying type Pokemon. It is the final form of Caterpie. It also has a Gigantamax form.

Pidgeotto

Pidgeotto Pokemon

Pidgeotto is a dual type normal and flying Pokemon. It evolves from Pidgey and into Pidgeot. 

Rattata

Rattata Pokemon

Rattata is a normal type Pokemon that resembles a rat. It evolves into Raticate.

Pikachu

Pikachu Pokemon

Pikachu is probably the most popular Pokemon. It is an electric type Pokemon. It evolves from Pichu  and into Raichu. It has a Gigantamax form. 

Clefairy

Clefairy Pokemon

Clefairy is  a fairy type Pokemon that used to be a normal type Pokemon. It evolves from Cleffa and into Clefable.  

Jigglypuff

Jigglypuff Pokemon

Jigglypuff is a dual type normal and fairy Pokemon. It used to be a pure normal type Pokemon. It evolves from Igglybuff and into Wigglytuff. 

Diglett

Diglett Pokemon

Diglett is a ground type Pokemon. It evolves into Dugtrio. It is a small Pokemon that is perpetually buried in the Earth with only its head visible. 

Dugtrio

Dugtrio Pokemon

Dugtrio is a ground type Pokemon that evolves from Diglett. Like Diglett, it is perpetually buried in the ground and is a set of Diglett triplets. 

Meowth

Meowth Pokemon

Meowth is a Normal type Pokemon that evolves into Persian. It also has a Dark type regional form and a Gigantamax form. 

Psyduck

Psyduck Pokemon

Psyduck is a water type Pokemon that evolves into Golduck. It resembles a duck and platypus and is yellow in colour.

Abra

Abra Pokemon

Abra is a psychic type Pokemon. It evolved into Kadabra and then into Alakazam. 

Machamp

Machamp Pokemon

Machamp is a fighting type Pokemon. It evolves from Machoke and into Machop. It also has a Gigantamax form. 

Bellsprout

Bellsprout Pokemon

Bellsprout is a dual type grass and poison Pokemon. It evolves into Weepinbell and then into Victreebel.

Snorlax

Snorlax Pokemon

Snorlax is a normal type Pokemon and is the heaviest of this type. It evolved from Munchlax and has a Gigantamax form. 

Magikarp

Magikarp Pokemon

Magikarp is a water type Pokemon that evolves into Gyarados. It is a fishlike Pokemon that is usually perceived as weak. 

Jynx

Jynx Pokemon

Jynx is a dual type ice and psychic Pokemon. It evolved from Smoochum. It is a humanoid Pokemon that resembles a woman. 

Mr. Mime

Mr Mimepokemon

Mr. Mime is a dual type psychic and fairy Pokemon. It used to be a pure psychic type Pokemon. It evolves from Mime Jr. and into Mimic. It also has a dual type ice/psychic regional form. 

Chansey

Chansey Pokemon

Chansey is a normal type Pokemon. It evolves from Happiny and into Blissey. It is a kind Pokemon that shares its eggs with injured people and Pokemon. 

Lickitung

Lickitung Pokemon

Lickitung is a normal type Pokemon. It evolves into Lickilicky and is known for its long tongue that is twice as long as its body. 

Rhydon

Rhydon Pokemon

Rhydon is a dual type ground and rock Pokemon. It evolves from Rhyhorn and into Rhyperior. 

Hitmonchan

Hitmonchan Pokemon

Hitmonchan is a fighting type Pokemon. It evolves from Tyrogue and is characterized by the purple tunic it wears and red boxing gloves.

Gengar’

Gengar Pokemon

Gengar is a dual type ghost and poison Pokemon. It evolves from Haunter and into Gastly. It has two other forms as well. It can Mega Evolve into Mega Gengar and also has a Gigantamax form. 

Exeggutor

Exeggutor Pokemon

Exeggutor is a dual type grass and psychic Pokemon. It evolves from Exeggcute. It also has a dual type grass and dragon regional form in Alola. 

Onix

Onix Pokemon

Onix is a dual type rock and ground Pokemon. It evolves into Steelix. Its body is made of a giant chain of gray boulders and is the tallest rock type Pokemon.

History of Pokemon

The Pokemon franchise was created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1995. He got the idea for Pokemon from his childhood hobby of collecting insects. Fun fact, Pokemon is actually an abbreviation for Pocket Monsters. “Gotta catch em all!” is the English slogan for the Pokemon franchise.

The Pokemon Company is owned by Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures. There are currently 898 Pokemon, counting the distinct species of Pokemon. Depending on how you count and what forms you include, this number could vary. 

There are eight generations of Pokemon and each generation has their own titles. Pokemon can be male or female, male only, female only, or genderless. 

Pokemon are fictional characters that live in the fictional Pokemon World. Here, humans catch and train Pokemon and are called Pokemon trainers. 

The designs for the different species of Pokemon are inspired by plants, animals, mythological creatures and inanimate objects. Over time, most species evolve into more powerful beings and change their form. 

Pokemon has been released in various forms since its inception. There are manga, video games, movies, TV shows, trading cards, live action films, soundtracks, and anime series. 

There has been much controversy and criticism of Pokemon. Fundamentalist Christians have drawn parallels between the occult and Pokemon. They feel that the concept of Pokemon evolution goes against the account of Biblical creation in Genesis. 

In 2001, Saudi Arabia banned Pokemon games and trading cards because they believed that the franchise promoted Zionism, Freemasonry, and Christianity because of the presence of symbols like the Star of David, triangles and crosses on the cards. 

Although the Pokemon franchise’s target audience was children, Pokemon continues to be a growing interest and hobby among adults.

List of Japanese Pokemon Names: FAQs

Who is the first Pokemon?

According to Ken Sugimori, the primary designer of the Pokemon games, Rhydon was the first Pokemon ever designed.

Who is the smallest Pokemon?

Introduced in the X and Y games, Flabébé is often known as the smallest Pokémon.

What is the strongest Pokemon?

Arceus is considered the strongest Pokemon since it is capable of stopping time and disappearing.

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