17 Pokémon Trivia Facts for Your Dex

(Last Updated On: March 27, 2023)

For those who are unaware of just how much money Pokémon makes (we will get there), you might not be aware of how there is a Pokémon Day. It’s on February 27th, to commemorate the original releases of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green (Pokémon Blue was for the international release) on the same day in 1996. But maybe you’re kind of over collecting all the little pocket monsters and are into collecting trivia facts. Either way, here are some Pokémon trivia facts. 

Pokémon Trivia Facts

1. Remember when we made reference to how much money Pokémon makes? Well it makes… All the money. It’s the highest grossing media franchise with a total revenue somewhere around $77 billion. Maybe it’s because they sell the same game twice every time. 

2. There’s a Pokémon that literally evolves by having you spin around in a circle. 

3. Drifloon is a Pokémon that looks like a balloon. This would not be interesting except for the fact that it steals kids. 

4. The 38th episode of Pokémon aired on December 16, 1997. It wasn’t aired again because of an effect used in the episode that induced seizures in viewers (some 685 children were taken to hospitals by Japan’s Fire Defense Agency). The whole thing caused the show to be taken off the air for like four months.

5. There are like 4,294,967,296 variations of the Pokémon Spinda. In words that’s like 4.3 billion. This doesn’t include the shiny version, so if you count shinies it’s more like 8,589,934,592 (which is just 4,294,967,296 multiplied by two). Now uh… Go catch them all?

6. Parasect is a bug Pokémon controlled by a fungus. Yes. The zombie fungus is a thing in real life and in Pokémon. 

7. If you were around for Pokémon X and Y, you probably remember mega evolution and thought it was kinda cool. It was probably dropped because it was easier to just make the Pokémon bigger or give them weird hats than it was to design new forms. It’s heavily implied that mega evolution is apparently super painful? So much for your Pokémon being your friends or whatever. 

8. There’s a ghost type Pokémon that disguises itself as a Pikachu like a sheet ghost so it can make friends. It’s called Mimikyu, and if you look at its true form it’s apparently so horrifying you just die? Same, buddy. 

9. Remember when trees in Pokémon Sword and Shield (2019) looked comparable to trees in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)? Also Ocarina was on the Gamecube when Pokémon was on the Switch. Wonder where the $77 billion went?

10. You might recognize the Pokémon Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan as references to Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, respectively. In Japanese, though, their names are instead references to Japanese boxer Hiroyuki Ebihara and kick-boxer Tadashi Sawamura. 

11. Charizard is one of the most frequently searched Pokémon. 

12. Second is Gardevoir. Don’t think about it.

13. Weedle is the only Pokémon that can’t learn normal type moves. 

14. No Pokémon evolves into another Pokémon with a lower base HP value, this prevents you from evolving a Pokémon and having it immediately faint or have a negative HP value. 

15. Also Charizard is not a dragon type because dragon type Pokémon didn’t exist in Generation I. Same with Gyarados. Charizard would later get a form with the dragon type in Generation VI.

16. The first Pokémon ever distributed to players in a cherish ball was a Tropius. 

17. Go boot up the introduction of an original copy of Pokémon Red and Blue. Professor Oak introduces himself with a Nidorino, but it makes the sound of a Nidorina. 

If you’d prefer Pokémon trivia team names, we have you covered here. See if you still know the original 151 here.

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Kyler is a content writer at Sporcle living in Seattle, and is currently studying at the University of Washington School of Law. He's been writing for Sporcle since 2019; sometimes the blog is an excellent platform to answer random personal questions he has about the world. Most of his free time is spent drinking black coffee like water.