My Top 5 Random Pokémon Facts

I’m sure many of us are familiar with well known Pokémon facts.  Examples include the number pun with ArticUNO, ZapDOS and MolTRES. There is also the martial artist tribute in HitmonLEE and HitmonCHAN.  Allow me to share with you some of my favorite, most interesting top 5 random Pokémon facts.

1. Splash - Normal Type move
1. Splash – Normal Type move

Back in the day, I always wondered why “Splash” was listed as a normal type move.  It turns out the Japanese word for splash can also mean hop.  It explains why the grass type Hoppip or the psychic type Spoink can also use splash.  I suppose splash was initially used in the English versions because of its exclusive association to Magikarp.

2. Poliwag Swirl
2. Poliwag Swirl

The iconic swirl found on Poliwag is actually a nod to the visible intestine found in real life tadpoles.  The evolution line also resembles the real life Glass Frog.  This particular species has transparent skin, enabling visibility of its internal organs.

3. Azurill gender change
3. Azurill gender change

Azurill’s gender ratio is 25% male to 75% female.  The evolutions Marill and Azumarill share the same 50-50 ratio.  A female Azurill runs a 1 in 3 chance of evolving into a male Marill.  This is the only Pokémon to do this.  I think it was just an oversight.

 

4. Foreshadowing?
4. Foreshadowing?

In Red/Blue/Yellow and the remakes, a Picnicker trainer mentions that she wants to have a pink Pokémon with a floral pattern.  Perhaps game developers must have kept this in mind when the Pokémon Munna was introduced in Black and White (generation V).

5. Rhydon #1
5. Rhydon #1

Ever wonder what Pokémon was in statue form inside the gyms?  It’s Rhydon!  That Pokémon was actually stated to be the first Pokémon ever created.  It even predates its previous stage Rhyhorn.  I think its statue inside the gyms is a nod to its first one status.

Extra trivia  

Speaking of Rhydon, ever wonder why Rhyhorn’s cry sounded virtually the same as Charizard’s?  That is because in generation I, 37 unique cries were used for the 151 types of Pokémon.  Pitches, speeds, echoes and sound channels were manipulated to differentiate Pokémon cries.  For reference and nostalgia, here’s a YouTube video.

 

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