As the original games celebrate their 20th anniversary, an aspiring Pokémon trainer now has an incredible 722 creatures to capture in order to complete their Pokédex. With the recent reveal of Pokémon Sun and Moon, there are sure to be a whole host of new Pokémon appearing on our 3DS consoles very soon, bringing that total up even higher.
Designing so many different creatures is by no means an easy task, but Nintendo have employed a great deal of creativity in their work. Now, as we wait for the reveal of the 7th generation creatures, it’s time to look back over some of the more unique monsters throughout the history of Pokémon.
Starting strong with the God of all Pokémon, Arceus is said to have created Sinnoh, Ransei, and quite possibly the rest of the Pokémon universe. According to the sometimes less than reliable Pokédex, Arceus was born from an egg in a place where there was nothing before creating the world. It is thought that Arceus was also the creator of other mythical Pokémon, namely the Lake Guardians: Uxie, Azelf, and Mesprit, as well as the Creation Trio: Dialga, Palkia and Giratina.
Arceus has an ability named Multitype which allows the creature to change it’s type, based off the type of elemental plate it holds. It’s signature move, Judgement, will also change type this way, allowing trainers worthy of capturing the Pokémon to adapt their strategy outside of battle.
One of the most recognizable and beloved Pokémon, Eevee was the creature that Professor Oak originally planned to give the player in Pokémon Yellow before your rival claims it. It is also the player’s starter Pokémon in the games Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness and Pokémon Conquest.
While Eevee itself is not particularly interesting, its evolutions are what give the creature its place on the Top 10 list. As of generation 6, Eevee can evolve into any one of 8 different Pokémon of various types, allowing players to create a diverse team for battles. In earlier games, Eevee were incredibly rare, with the player being given only one. This meant that Pokémon fans were forced to choose carefully when it came to evolving their furry friend.