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Best and worst Pokémon names

Tom picks his. What are yours?

So today we're expecting to find out the English names for the three Starter Pokémon in Pokémon Black & White.

In Japan they're known as Pokabu, Mijumaru and Tsutaja but it is expected that their names will be changed for the UK. I'm just hoping they won't be called Snakeleaf, Pigmon or Ottersaur.

You can divide the names for Pokémon into two camps. The inspired and the uninspired. While some are named after famous emperors from history, others are just named after animals but with one letter changed. Seel? You're not fooling anyone! Might as well call it Seal and be done with it. And don't even get me started on Wailord!

So here are my best and worst names for Pokémon. Let's hope the new Starters fall into the inspired camp...

Best Pokémon Names

Hitmolee
Hitmolee
Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan

Okay, I'm cheating slightly by having two Pokemon for the price of one but are there better names for fighting Pokémon than Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan? After all, they're named after kung fu legends Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. Apparently Tyrogue is named after Mike Tyson but we'd prefer it if he was called Brunogue after Frank Bruno. Or how about Harrisogue after Audley Harrison. Okay, perhaps not...

Kangaskhan
Kangaskhan
Kanghaskhan

We know Empoleon is named after Napoleon but I like the idea of a kangaroo named after Genghis Khan, the founding father of Mongolia. Not sure why they chose to name a kangaroo after Genghis Khan though. Surely it would be more appropriate for him to put his name to a Przewalski Horse, the national animal of Mongolia. But then Przewalskikhan would be a mouthful.

Unown
Unown
Unown

Okay, they could have stuck a 'k' in its name and called it Unknown but that's me being pedantic. In a world of Pokemon which look like real-life animals, we love this strange symbol Pokemon. What is it? That's the point. Apparently little is known about this Pokémon which is why it's called Unown.

Sudowoodo
Sudowoodo
Sudowoodo

Just makes me laugh. That's all. Sudowoodo is just one of many amusing Pokémon names that could have made my top five. Others include Jigglypuff, Wigglytuff, Igglybuff, Diglett, Squirtle and Smoochum.

Pysduck
Pysduck
Psyduck

It's a psychic duck. Nuff said

Worst Pokémon Names

Seel
Seel
Seel

This isn't a Pokemon. It's just a seal. You can't hide it by changing one letter in its name.

Horsea
Horsea
Horsea

What's worse? Changing one letter of an animal's name or swapping the order of the syllables and hoping no one notices. Horsea? It's a seahorse!

Magikarp
Magikarp
Magikarp

The most misleading name in the history of Pokemon. There is nothing magic about this carp. Unless you think ineffective attacks are magic.

Aerodactyl
Aerodactyl
Aerodactyl

We don't really know why it's called Aerodactyl. We presume it's named after a Pterodactyl but then they could fly too. There's nothing special about a Pterodactyl that can fly. Would have been better if it had been an actual Aero with wings. As in the chocolate bar...

Exeggute
Exeggute
Exeggcute

The last time I heard a worse egg pun we were watching the omelette challenge on Saturday Kitchen. Eggcrutiating. See, I can do it too!

What are your best and worst Pokémon names? Let us know by commenting below...

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  1. Toastie Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 16:21

    I pretty much agree with those names, although they are a bit too Gen I centric, with absolutely no Gen III, IV or V 'mon.

    Jirachi wins the name contest for me.

  2. FinalStar Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 16:24

    Bidoof. Terrible name for a terrible Pokémon.

  3. BlueLink3411 Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 16:26

    Best for me: Lugia (it's just awesome sounding!!)
    Worst for me: Spinda (whoa, real creative, its a panda with spin in the name)

  4. MarioMagic Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 16:29

    Best: Shuckle. DON'T. DISS. SHUCKLE.
    Worst: Golduck. It's not even goooooooooooooollllllllllllllld!!!!

  5. KoreeluStromboli Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 16:31

    Some of my fave names names are Heracross, Zoroark, Suicune, Lucario, Blaziken, Typhlosion, Mewtwo.

    The names I dislike are Butterfree, Gloom, Ditto, Jynx, Onix, Golem Farfetch'd, Swanna, Gear, Gigear and Gigigear. I know the last four names are Japanese ones, but the original Pokemon namers need to try harder.

  6. apollo justice Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 16:32

    psyduck is gold and golduck is psy

  7. LightSamus Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 16:33

    "Would have been better if it had been an actual Aero with wings. As in the chocolate bar..."

    Made me laugh a bit.

  8. Joeshi Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 16:35

    Worst- Krabby, it sounds stupid and babyish.

    Favourite- Kingdra, doit just sounds powerful and sorta stylish.

  9. Retrofan Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 16:42

    Most of the generation 1 names and 'Mon themslves were eye-wateringly bad. But there have still been some horrible designs after that, mostly from generation 3.

  10. TaleOfTheToaster Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 16:45

    I say Magikarp is a good name. I think pure flying legendary Tornelos sounds cool.

    Unlike Gloom, Persian, Mr. Mime, Farfetch'd, Dewgong. And I don't understand where Cubone comes from. Still, some of the beta Generation 1 names were ridiculous, such as Att, Ny, Man O War & Orphan.

  11. hyperkarate Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 17:13

    Lucario and Luxray FTW!

    Luc is my actual name and Lux is Luc in latin!

  12. Hylian_Grouch Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 17:14

    TENTACOOL

    now he's cool

  13. IG-42 Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 17:14

    NO ONE SPEAKS ILL OF AERODACTYL!!!!!
    anyway i think pichu is a daft name i mean all they did was take 2 letters from pikachu

  14. TheLupineOne Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 17:16

    Gear. Seriously. In Japan there's a 5th gen Pokémon that looks like a set of gears called... Gear.

  15. Argetlam Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 17:18

    Zubat.

    If only they were only found in zoos...

  16. Waldy565 Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 17:44

    It's a psychic duck. Nuff said


    great. just great :P and whats with the negative on Aerodactyl? first time i realised yu could resserect amber, i was like woop woop!

  17. Eragon Firesword Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 17:45

    NO ONE SPEAKS ILL OF AERODACTYL!!!!!
    anyway i think pichu is a daft name i mean all they did was take 2 letters from pikachu


    Not to be nerdy, but being a Japanese name, it's technically one letter - "ka". Pikachu is written in hiragana/katakana (not sure which) as "Pi ka chi-yu" so... yeah.

    I've always liked Deoxys, as a reference to SCIENCE!:shock:!:shock:! Garchomp sounds like my kinda pokemans name - it does exactly what it says on the tin, chomping in a very GAR manner. Fearow's pretty good - just exudes menace.

    Names I dislike? Muk. NOT OBVIOUS AT ALL. Pachirisu's a bit... what? Did the translator forget? And now for the controversial one... Pikachu. It's japanese for sparkly mouse. Just... no. It's a shame because Raichu's bonkers.

    You guys make up such silly contests, but hey!

  18. ThOnlyEarthbound Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 17:58

    Has anyone else noticed the question mark in the black diamond where the E should be in Pokemon on this site?
    What's going on there?

  19. dragalionos Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 18:07

    snake and ekans are just terrible imho... i mean: hmm... how should we call these 2? Let's take there names and spell it in reverse! Thats just so original!!!

  20. Poke-J Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 18:08

    Mewtwo, how goddamn lazy. They just added a number infront of another 'mon name.
    Should've called it Mew x (2^10)

  21. SuperLuigiBros Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 18:12

    Psyduck

  22. link982 Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 18:19

    Suicine is pretty crap.

  23. samus_killer Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 18:20

    I was amazed as a kid when I found out that ekans and arbok was just Snake and kobra backwards. I always thought mewtwo was nearly as unoriginal as seel. Also how could you not love abra, kadabra and alakazam?... Genious!

  24. Avalanche2114 Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 18:34

    Best: Luxray and Luxio because it just sounds awesome.
    Girafarig because it spells Girafarig when spellt backwards.

    Worst: Porygon 2. I don't mind Porygon-Z but Porygon 2 just sounds bad and I think they could of thought of something better.
    Imagine if other Pokemon were named this. Caterpie 2 (Metapod), Magikarp 2 (Gyarados), Spearow 2 (Fearow)?

  25. carnivine chaos Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 18:37

    Bidoof's an epic pokemon, Brown version with Bidoof ftw!

    As for crap pkmn names, Nosepass? Compass and Nose? No. Probopass for evolution? Should've been stachepass based on it's pre-evo.

  26. amystar119 Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 18:45

    Is it wrong to say Mudkip? Also I loved Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres, just because at the time I thought that was the cleverest thing ever.

    Not too found of Ho-Oh or Piplup to be honest.

  27. Fpob_tim Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 18:52

    Best:
    1) Entei - Not sure what it means but oh well
    2) Tyranitar - Just somes up how epic it is
    3) Alakazam - Nuff said

    Worst:
    1)Krabby - How mind-numbly unimaginative
    2)Tentacool - Its not cool, its annoying. Popping up in every stretch of water
    3)Sizor or however you spell it - More dirty-minded individuals will know what I mean...

  28. Grovyle Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 18:57

    many pokemon names come from other languages and other such places

    Check this out:

    Bulbasaur � bulb(ous) + dinosaur
    Ivysaur � ivy + dinosaur
    Venusaur � venus (fly trap) + dinosaur
    Charmander � char + salamander
    Charmeleon � char + chameleon
    Charizard � char + lizard
    Squirtle � squirt + turtle
    Wartortle � war + tortoise + turtle
    Blastoise � blast + tortoise
    Caterpie � caterpillar + pie (as in 'cutie-pie')
    Metapod � metamorphosis + pod
    Butterfree � butterfly + free
    Weedle � weevil + needle
    Kakuna � cocoon
    Beedrill � bee + drill
    Pidgey � pidgeon
    Pidgeotto � pidgeon
    Pidgeot - pidgeon
    Rattata - rat
    Raticate � eradicate + rat
    Spearow � spear + sparrow
    Fearow � fear + sparrow
    Ekans � �snake� backwards
    Arbok � �cobra� backwards
    Pikachu � pika (Japanese onomotopoeia for "Light Sparks.") + chu (Sound a mouse makes.)
    Raichu � �rai� (meaning thunder) + chu
    Sandshrew � sand+ shrew
    Sandslash � sand + slash
    Nidoran Š - needle
    Nidorina � needle + �a� to distinguish femininity
    Nidoqueen � needle + queen
    Nidoran ‰ - needle
    Nidorino � needle + �o� to distinguish masculinity
    Nidoking � needle + king
    Clefairy � clef (as in music) + fairy
    Clefable � clef + fable
    Vulpix � vulpine (fox) + six (tails)
    Ninetales � nine + tails
    Jigglypuff � jiggly + puff
    Wigglytuff - wiggly + �tough�/tuff as in tuffet/tuft
    Zubat - bat
    Golbat - gol ("Good as Gold" or gulp.) + bat
    Oddish � odd + radish
    Gloom � gloom or gloom(y) + bloom
    Vileplume � vile + plume
    Paras - parasite
    Parasect � parasite + insect
    Venonat � venom + gnat
    Venomoth � venom + moth
    Meowth - meow
    Persian � Persian cat
    Psyduck � psychic + duck
    Golduck - gol ("Good as Gold.") + duck
    Mankey - monkey
    Primeape � primate + ape
    Poliwag � comes from the word "pollywog" (another name for a tadpole; not certain about spelling)

  29. Grovyle Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 19:07

    Poliwhirl � tadpole + whirl
    Poliwrath � tadpole + wrath
    Abra � �magic� word
    Kadabra � �magic� word
    Alakazam � �magic� word
    Machop � macho + chop
    Machoke � macho + choke (as in chokehold?)
    Machamp � macho + champion
    Bellsprout � bell (as in the plant) + sprout
    Weepinbell � weeping + bell
    Victreebel � victory + tree + bell
    Tentacool � tentacle + cool
    Tentacruel � tentacle + cruel
    Geodude � geode + dude
    Graveler � gravel + er
    Golem � a golem
    Ponyta � pony + tail
    Rapidash � rapid + dash
    Slowpoke � a slow poke
    Slowbro � slow + �brother�
    Magnemite � magnetic + �mite� (suffix for some metallic materials)
    Magneton � magnet + proton?
    Farfetch�d � derived from �far-fetched� meaning impossible/unusual
    Doduo � dodo + duo
    Dodrio � dodo + trio
    Seel � seal
    Dewgong - dew + dugong (kind of manatee)
    Grimer � grime + slimmer (kind of mold)
    Muk � muck (like mud or grime)
    Shellder � shell + oyster
    Cloyster � clamp + oyster
    Gastly � gas + ghastly
    Haunter � haunt
    Gengar � in Japanese has to do with something you say after you play a prank on someone or Dopplegengar, a ghost that lurks in the shadows and copies people
    Onix � onyx, a type of mineral
    Drowzee � drowsy
    Hypno - hypnosis
    Krabby � crab + crabby
    Kingler � king + angler
    Voltorb � volt + orb
    Electrode � an electrode
    Exeggcute � execute + egg
    Exeggcutor � executor + egg
    Cubone � cueball + bone
    Marowak - marrow (as in bone marrow) + whack
    Hitmonlee � hitman/ hit + �mon� as in monster + lee (Bruce Lee)
    Hitmonchan � hitman/hit + mon + chan (Jackie Chan)
    Lickitung � lick + it (�lick it!�) + tongue
    Koffing � coughing
    Weezing � (the name says it all)
    Rhyhorn � rhinoceros + horn
    Rhydon � rhinoceros + �don� (which means tooth in Latin, used kinda like the way they name dinosaurs)
    Chansey � chancey (as in gambler)

  30. Grovyle Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 19:07

    Tangela � tangle
    Kangaskhan � Genghis Khan (Mongolian leader who took over the largest amount of land ever) + kangaroo
    Horsea � �sea horse� combined together
    Seadra � sea dragon
    Goldeen � goldfish + queen
    Seaking � sea + king
    Staryu � starfish + you (in the cartoon it seems to say �hey ya!� as in �hey you� or �hey y�all� )
    Starmie � starfish + me (in the cartoon it seems to say �who?� which kinda responds to what Staru says)
    Mr. Mime � it�s a mime
    Jynx � a jinx
    Electabuzz � electric + buzz
    Magmar - magma
    Pinsir - pincer
    Tauros � a bull as in �Taurus�
    Magikarp � magic + carp (despite being a carp, it isn�t very magical)
    Gyarados � ???
    Lapras � derived from its Japanese name "Laplace" named after a scientist who studied the waves...
    Ditto � derived from �ditto� which basically is a copy of the aforementioned phrase
    Eevee - phonetic pronunciation of "EV" the first two letters in "evolve"
    Vaporeon � water vapor + eon
    Jolteon � jolt + eon
    Flareon � flare + eon
    Porygon � polygon (possibly a Japanese Americanized name, because sometimes words with the letters �ru� translate to �l� ex. Mariru = Marill)
    Omanyte � an ammonite (an ancient seashell mollusk, looks almost like a nautilus)
    Omastar � ammonite + star
    Kabuto � a kabuto (a Japanese helmet)
    Kabutops � kabuto + tops
    Aerodactyl � �aero� (prefix for �air�) + �dactyl� (suffix for �wing�)
    Snorlax � snore + relax
    Articuno - artic + �uno� (Spanish for �one�)
    Zapdos � zap + �dos� (Spanish for �two�)
    Moltres � molten + �tres� (Spanish for �three�)
    Dratini � dragon + tiny
    Dragonair � dragon + air
    Dragonite � dragon + knight (it represents the dragons that fought knights in the middle ages)
    Mewtwo � �mew� as in �meow� + two
    Mew � �mew� (sound a cat makes)
    Chikorita � Chicory + ita (a Spanish suffix showing a small, feminine, cute, or beloved description of the word added to)
    Bayleef � bayleaf
    Meganium � mega + geranium (a kind of flower)
    Cyndaquil � cinder + quill
    Quilava � quill + lava
    Typhlosion � typhoon + explosion (personally I think it should be something like Volquill)
    Totodile � toddler (tot) + o + crocodile
    Croconaw � crocodile + gnaw
    Feraligatr � feral + alligator

  31. Grovyle Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 19:07

    Sentret � sentry + ferret
    Furret � fur + ferret
    Hoothoot � hoot + hoot�it�s making a noise, like an owl�?
    Noctowl � nocturnal + owl
    Ledyba � ladybug � the �g�
    Ledian � ladybug + alien
    Spinarak � spinneret + arachnid
    Ariados � arachnid + ???
    Crobat � cross + bat (I've also heard crowbar + bat)
    Chinchou - (might have to do something with the Chinese lanterns they send down rivers at certain ceremonies)
    Lanturn - lantern
    Pichu � chu + pi (cute or little)
    Cleffa � clef + fa (As in Do Re Me Fa So La Ti Do.)
    Igglybuff � iggly (Cute baby word?) + buff (Tough)
    Togepi - Toge is the Japanese word for "spike" or "needle"... And I think "pi" means either cute or little... (which explains Pichu)
    Togetic - Toge is the Japanese word for "spike" or "needle"... + chick, since its japanese name is Togechikku, and "chikku" could also be written as "chick" (why the official translation is "tic", I have no idea).
    Natu - names sound Native American or which makes sense due to the pattern on Natu's stomach; can be part of Aztec language
    Xatu - names sound Native American which makes sense due to the pattern on Xatu's stomach; can be part of Aztec language
    Mareep � Mare + sheep
    Flaaffy � fluffy + �baa�
    Ampharos � amp + pharos (the legendary lighthouse of Alexandria, explains why it is used in the Olivine lighthouse)
    Bellossom � bell + blossom
    Marill � rill + mar (Spanish for "sea")
    Azumarill � azure + rill + mar (spanish for "sea")
    Sudowoodo � pseudo (prefix meaning "kinda, but not quite" or "false") + wood
    Politoed � tadpole + toad
    Hoppip � hop + pip (kind of seed)
    Skiploom � skip + bloom
    Jumpluff � jump + fluff/luff (the act of facing the wind)
    Aipom � ape + palm
    Sunkern � sun + kernel
    Sunflora � sun + flora (meaning flower)
    Yanma � I think it�s the Jap. Name for dragonflies
    Wooper � woop + er
    Quagsire � quagmire + sire
    Espeon � E.S.P. + eon
    Umbreon � umbra + eon
    Murkrow � murk + crow
    Slowking � slow + king
    Misdreavus � mischievous + dread
    Unown � unknown�that�s it�
    Wobbuffet � wobbly + tuffet
    Girafarig � �giraffe� spelled the same forward and backward (I forgot what those words are called, like the word �radar�)
    Pineco � pinecone � the �ne�
    Forretress � forret (French word for �forest�) + fortress
    Gligar � glide + ???
    Dunsparce � dune (like a sand dune) + sparce
    Steelix � steel + onyx

  32. Grovyle Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 19:08

    Snubbull � snub + bull
    Granbull � bull + grand
    Qwilfish � quill + fish
    Scizor � scissor
    Shuckle � shuck + huckleberry (because it stores berries in its shell)
    Heracross � Heracles (Hercules) + cross
    Sneasel � sneak + weasel
    Teddiursa � teddy + ursa (means �bear�)
    Ursaring � ursa + ring
    Slugma � slug + magma
    Magcargo � magma + �escargot� ( snail)
    Swinub � swine + snub
    Piloswine � �a plie of� swine (it was the best I had)
    Corsola � coral + ???
    Remoraid � remora + raid/aid
    Octillery � octopus + artillery
    Delibird � delivery + bird
    Mantine � manta + marine
    Skarmory � scar/sky + armor
    Houndour � hound + devour
    Houndoom � hound + doom
    Kingdra � king + dragon
    Phanpy � elephant + impish? (impy)
    Porygon2 � polygon + 2
    Stantler � staring + antler
    Smeargle � smear + beagle
    Tyrogue � tyrant + rogue
    Hitmontop � (see other �Hitmon�s) + top
    Smoochum � smooch + chum/�em
    Elekid � electric + kid
    Magby � magma + baby
    Miltank � milk + tank
    Blissey � bliss (or blissful)
    Raikou � directly romanized versions of theirapanese names
    Entei - directly romanized versions of theirapanese names
    Suicune - directly romanized versions of theirapanese names
    Larvitar � larva + tar
    Pupitar � pupa + tar
    Tyranitar � tyrant + tar
    Lugia - directly romanized versions of theirapanese names
    Ho-oh - comes from Houou, a type of phoenix
    Celebi � celestial + being
    Treecko � tree + gecko
    Grovyle � grove + reptile
    Sceptile � sceptor or forceps + reptile
    Torchic � torch + chick
    Combusken � combust + chicken
    Blaziken � blaz(e/ing) + chicken
    Mudkip � mud + skip (or mudskipper, a kind of fish)
    Marshtomp � march or marsh + stomp
    Swampert � swamp + rampart
    Poochyena � poochy + hyena
    Mightyena � mighty + hyena
    Zigzagoon � zig-zag + raccoon
    Linoone � line + raccoon
    Wurmple � worm + apple
    Silcoon � silk + cocoon

  33. Grovyle Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 19:08

    Beautifly � beautiful + butterfly
    Cascoon � cast/casket + cocoon
    Dustox � dust + toxic
    Lotad � lotus + tadpole
    Lombre � the Spanish word "hombre" actually means "man", which makes sense because the Pokedex says that it looks like a human child...
    Ludicolo � a play on "Rudicolo" the spanish word for rediculous
    Seedot � seed + dot
    Nuzleaf � nuzzle + leaf
    Shiftry � shift + tree
    Nincada � ninja + cicada
    Ninjask � ninja + mask
    Shedinja � shed + ninja
    Taillow � tail + swallow
    Swellow � swell + swallow
    Shroomish � mushroom + ish "like a shroom"
    Breloom � umbrella + mushroom
    Spinda � spin + panda
    Wingull � wing + seagull
    Pelipper � pelican + flipper
    Surskit � surface + skit
    Masquerain � masquerade + rain
    Wailmer � wale + wail + mermaid
    Wailord � wale + wail + lord
    Skitty � skittish + kitty
    Delcatty � delicate + cat + kitty
    Kecleon � romanization of its japanese name, Kakureon; that name comes from kakureru (to conceal oneself) + chameleon
    Baltoy � balance/baltic + toy
    Claydol � clay + doll
    Nosepass � nose + compass
    Torkoal � torch or tortoise + coal
    Sableye � sable + eye
    Barboach � barb + loach
    Whiscash � whisker + catfish
    Luvdisc � love + disk
    Corphish � core + crayfish
    Crawdaunt � crawdad + daunt
    Feebas � feeble + bass
    Milotic - ???
    Carvanha � carve + piranha
    Sharpedo � shark + torpedo
    Trapinch � trap + pinch
    Vibrava � vibrate + ???
    Flygon � fly(ing) + dragon
    Makuhita - a rank you can achive through Sumo Wrestling
    Hariyama - a rank you can achive through Sumo Wrestling
    Electrike � electric + strike
    Manectric � mane + electric
    Numel � numb + camel
    Camerupt � camel + erupt
    Spheal � sphere + seal
    Sealeo � seal + leo
    Walrein � walrus + rein/rain/reign
    Cacnea � cactus + ???
    Cacturne � cactus + nocturne
    Snorunt � snow + runt

  34. Grovyle Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 19:09

    Glalie � glacier + ???
    Lunatone � lunar (moon) + stone
    Solrock � solar (sun) + rock
    Azurill � azure + rill
    Spoink � spring + oink
    Grumpig � grum or grumpy + pig
    Plusle � plus
    Minun � minus
    Mawile � maw + wil(e/y)
    Meditite � meditate (Spelled funny. XD)
    Medicham � meditate + champion
    Swablu � swab + blue
    Altaria � altitude + aria
    Wynaut � derived from the phrase �why not?�
    Duskull � dusk + skull
    Dusclops � dusk + cyclops
    Roselia - rose + camelia (kind of flower)
    Slakoth � slack + sloth
    Vigoroth � vigorous + sloth
    Slaking � slack + king
    Gulpin � gulping � the �g�
    Swalot � swallow + a lot
    Tropius � tropical + brontosaurus
    Chimecho � chime + echo
    Whismur � whisper + murmur
    Loudred � loud + red/dread
    Exploud � explode + loud
    Clamperl � clamp + pearl
    Huntail � hunt + tail
    Gorebyss � gore + abyss
    Absol � �the absence of Sol� (basically the opposite of the sun)
    Shuppet - shame + puppet
    Banette � banshee + marionette
    Seviper � sever + viper
    Zangoose � zany + mongoose
    Relicanth � relic + coelacanth (an ancient fish, found recently off the coast of Madagascar)
    Aron � iron
    Lairon � lair + iron
    Aggron � aggressive + iron
    Castform � form + forecast
    Volbeat � volt + beat
    Illumise � illuminate
    Lilleep � lilly + weep
    Cradily � crawl/cradle + lilly
    Anorith - armor + monolith
    Armaldo � armor + armadillo
    Ralts - anagram of "relates" (it relates to its trainer's feelings)
    Kirlia � derived from Kirlian photography, developed by Seymon Kirlian, to photograph the magnetic force each of us gives off (1939)
    Gardevoir � devoir (to have to) + guard
    Bagon � bang (it bangs its head against rocks) + dragon
    Shelgon � shell + dragon
    Salamence � salamander + commence
    Beldum � �dumbbell� cut in half and then reversed
    Metang � metal + tang (meaning "point")
    Metagross � metal + gross
    Regirock � rock + regicide (to kill a king)
    Regice � ice + regicide (to kill a king)
    Registeel � steel + regicide (to kill a king)
    Kyogre � Kai (meaning God) + Orca (whale)
    Groudon � ground + don (means �mastadon�)
    Rayquaza � directly romanized versions of their Japanese names
    Latias - directly romanized versions of their Japanese names
    Latios - directly romanized versions of their Japanese names
    Jirachi - Russian word for "wish."
    Deoxys � deoxyribonucleic + s

  35. Grovyle Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 19:10

    Just for anyone whos wondering, i am very bored and banned off my wii. i do have a life

  36. Cyberguy Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 19:21

    Hippopottas, Seel, Tauros and Doduo are the worst, along with the Abra family that are just named after magic words. And the Regi trio....

    I think Infernape is a cool name, along with Rayquaza.

  37. Issun2765 Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 19:43

    Guess what I nicknamed Exeggute?
    Soldiers! LOL :lol: :lol: :lol:
    *cough*

  38. Squares-Squares Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 19:57

    Theres a thread on this in the pokeforum, so Im just going to say here what I said there: Mewtwo. Im glad they didn't make a mewthree.

  39. bowatera Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 20:11

    Names I dislike? Muk. NOT OBVIOUS AT ALL.

    Glad i'm not the only one who thinks Muk is a stupid name. Grimer is another one whose name is just as obvious.

    Best names:
    Arcanine
    Vulpix
    Espeon
    Arceus
    Squirtle!!!

    Worst names:
    Mankey
    Vileplume
    Bellsprout
    Bayleef

    and pretty much any other pokemon after #201.

  40. sciqueen Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 20:16

    I don't think that simple names should be put down just because they are made from common words or phrases. What's important is the name is catchy and memorable. For example I think that Abra, Kadabra and Alakazam are great names. The idea of splitting up well-known magic words to make a whole evolution of Pokemon was genius!

    Names that are bad are ones that don't roll off the tongue or are obscure, or ones that just sound stupid. Bidoof, for instance...

    Anyway, my favourite Pokemon name is Hoothoot! Too bad that it evolves into a Pokemon with a rubbish name.

  41. Guwuh Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 20:48

    Wow Grovyle was it so hard to just post a link.

    Anyway Aerodactyl is better than Unown. Unown is uninspired. Psyduck isn't even psychic.

  42. Hypertech Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 20:49


    and pretty much any other pokemon after #201.


    go away

  43. IG-42 Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 21:33

    Best: Luxray and Luxio because it just sounds awesome.
    Girafarig because it spells Girafarig when spellt backwards.

    Worst: Porygon 2. I don't mind Porygon-Z but Porygon 2 just sounds bad and I think they could of thought of something better.
    Imagine if other Pokemon were named this. Caterpie 2 (Metapod), Magikarp 2 (Gyarados), Spearow 2 (Fearow)?


    eevee and ho-oh backwards also spell the same btw

  44. sciqueen Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 21:40

    Oh yeah, I never really liked Meganium and Feraligatr. Their evolutions started off so well!

  45. Caz14 Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 22:25

    Sudowoodo is called that cos its made of rock not wood, but looks like a tree, so its pseudo-wood(o)... That's what I guessed anyways...

    But for me, worst name is Luvdisc. Mainly cos I hate that miserable excuse for a pixel =.=

    Best, definitely Charizard. For one thing it sounds like a chav called Char describing himself, another thing, Charizard is so damn cool :)

  46. Caz14 Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 22:30

    I should say I didn't see Grovyle's insanely long list of Pokemon names before I posted that ^^...

  47. Hylian_Grouch Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 22:41


    and pretty much any other pokemon after #201.


    go away

    thats rude, telling someone that speaks the truth to go away.

  48. ClockMenace Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 23:12

    My favorite pokemon names are Raquaza and Raikou.

    Lopunny is a pretty sorry name. Puns go low? I don't get it.

    And Leafeon. I think Vineon would have been a bit cooler.

    Lunatone also doesn't sit well with me...Solrock was pretty good, but Lunatone?

    -Doesn't like "L" names, :lol:-

    The last time I heard a worse egg pun we were watching the omelette challenge on Saturday Kitchen. Eggcrutiating. See, I can do it too!

    ...It took me until right now reading that that "Exeggcute" was "execute" and not "Eggs r cute".

  49. imbusydoctorwho Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 23:33

    Bidoof. Terrible name for a terrible Pokémon.


    I think Bidoof cute :)

    Golduck

  50. Colgax Monday 22nd Nov 2010 at 23:45

    Tsutaja's english name sure goes to my list of terrible names...

    Not that the name is bad, but he had such a cool name, and now it sucks....

  51. Random-Hero Tuesday 23rd Nov 2010 at 03:22

    Magikarp is a rather awesome name.

  52. Megadude199 Tuesday 23rd Nov 2010 at 11:20

    everyone is forgeting Mankey!
    Mankey is an awesome!
    Mankey best Seel worst. sorry that i have to agree with you on that tom. javascript:emoticon(':D')

  53. SBM Tuesday 23rd Nov 2010 at 12:01

    it's not really a pokemon, but i hate the english name for Isshu-Unova
    to me, it sounds so gay

  54. charljenky29 Tuesday 23rd Nov 2010 at 12:03

    geodude!
    he's a dude from geology!
    that's the best pokemon name ever!

  55. Jymaru Tuesday 23rd Nov 2010 at 12:10

    I could reel off a freakin' LIST.


    So I will


    Best:

    Hitmonchan - Hit monster-chan! Kawaii~<3
    Hitmonlee - Hit monster Lee. Rock Lee's upgraded form
    Suicune - No idea what made it, but it's pretty enigmatic :3
    Raikou - As is Raijin Kou. Nice name for a dog based on a thunder god =P
    Jirachi - Jira-chi! Another kawaii~<3
    Celebi - Like, celery? THIS POKEMON IS EDIBLE????? GIMME GIMME GIMME GIMME GIMME! 83


    Worst:

    Deoxys - ...wut? Dee-oxies? Or Dee-ox-iss? Add in one letter and you've got Detoxys =P
    Entei - You bred Enki with Tewi and got this. It's like something ripped from Touhou! *looks at Entei Forest* Wait...
    Moltres - Molten three. THANK YOU POKEMON COMPANY YOU HAVE OFFICIALLY RUINED SUZAKU'S REPUTATION
    Ho-Oh - Not the name itself, that's brilliant, but OD YOU HAVE TO REPRESENT YOUR SECOND VERSION OF SUZAKU WITH A FAT BIRD???? Do me a proper phoenix and I'll love you forever. Call it Zhuque or something along those lines and I will buy everything to do with it and love it 'til I die X3

  56. hoshixcandy Tuesday 23rd Nov 2010 at 12:17

    WORST?! OSHAWOTT.

    It's like they've tried to combine the OSHI- meme with Wotter. PFFT.

  57. sciqueen Tuesday 23rd Nov 2010 at 12:29

    I'd like to change my Worst Name nominations to the Black and White starter names. OMG!

  58. Master Infermo Tuesday 23rd Nov 2010 at 17:53

    The starterts names........wow, WTF is Snivy, Tepig or Oshawott. WORST POKEMON NAMES EVER :evil:

  59. Shmilly Tuesday 23rd Nov 2010 at 18:27

    The good names are the clever ones they bothered to think about. Like and Altaria being a high pitched song like its description, and Girafarig being the same in reverse. And Typhlosion's cool because it uses the same derivatives as the Japanese name.

    The awful ones are the really uninventive ones, like seahorse<->Horsea and dumbbell<->Beldum. And of course, Seel. Oh, and also Snivy is pretty awful, Smugleaf was fine as it was.

  60. bowatera Tuesday 23rd Nov 2010 at 20:02


    and pretty much any other pokemon after #201.


    go away

    thats rude, telling someone that speaks the truth to go away.

    Thank you Hylian_Grouch. I didn't intend to come across as mocking pokemon #202 and onwards. I do feel though that after the second generation the pokemon names became less imaginative and less memorable. I also may have been a bit harsh in saying the worst names included any other pokemon after #201 because that includes Lugia and Suicune, which are brill names.

  61. Bulborboy Tuesday 23rd Nov 2010 at 20:17

    Why did they never use Hitmonnorris?

    (As in Chuck)

  62. MrChewtoy Tuesday 23rd Nov 2010 at 21:05

    I named my Magikarp "Magipoo" in Diamond. Kinda cruel now he's a Gyaridos, but serves him right for being so rubbish to begin with ;D

  63. Dan-the-Wii-man Tuesday 23rd Nov 2010 at 21:11

    Raikou is the coolest name :D

  64. RubbishGamer Tuesday 23rd Nov 2010 at 21:31

    Furret. Oh, like a ferret, but it's a...furret. Poor.

  65. Andy88 Wednesday 24th Nov 2010 at 09:07

    Worst name ever is easily Ho-oh. It sounds like you're getting ready to sneeze when you say it. What does it even mean!? It's just 2 sounds put back to back. rubbish! :x

    "Raikou" is rubbish as well, but only for sounding far too similar to "Raichu"

  66. Cpt.Fish Wednesday 24th Nov 2010 at 15:25

    EKANS is SNAKE backwards!! ARBOK is COBRA with a K!!! :!:

  67. Tepig Wednesday 24th Nov 2010 at 16:53

    ARCEUS

    IT SOUNDS A BIT LIKE ARSE-E-US

  68. arkeous Wednesday 24th Nov 2010 at 17:35

    ARCEUS

    IT SOUNDS A BIT LIKE ARSE-E-US

    Don't diss Arceus

    My worst names are:
    Snivy, Tepig and Oshawott.

    My best name:
    Zekrom

  69. Toastie Wednesday 24th Nov 2010 at 18:03


    and pretty much any other pokemon after #201.


    go away

    thats rude, telling someone that speaks the truth to go away.

    Thank you Hylian_Grouch. I didn't intend to come across as mocking pokemon #202 and onwards. I do feel though that after the second generation the pokemon names became less imaginative and less memorable. I also may have been a bit harsh in saying the worst names included any other pokemon after #201 because that includes Lugia and Suicune, which are brill names.

    Hylian_Grouch, it's not as though it's a 'fact' that names are bad or good - it's completely subjective. Also, bowatera, I think it's a bit silly to say every single Pokemon after #201's names are bad.

    Oh, and Arceus's name is pronounced ARK-E-US.

  70. TheWarioMan Wednesday 24th Nov 2010 at 18:07

    ARCEUS

    IT SOUNDS A BIT LIKE ARSE-E-US

    I always thought it was pronounced like this.

  71. bobinatr Wednesday 24th Nov 2010 at 18:14

    I think Snivy, Tepig and Oshawott are awful names.

  72. Vianyte Wednesday 24th Nov 2010 at 19:43

    Whoever doesn't say Lickilicky is a communist

  73. BlueSoup8 Wednesday 24th Nov 2010 at 19:57

    Best: Salamence. It's just epic.
    Worst: Aron. What the hell?!

  74. Locarii Wednesday 24th Nov 2010 at 21:01

    Gear. Seriously. In Japan there's a 5th gen Pokémon that looks like a set of gears called... Gear.

    That's in Japan though. It will probably change over here.

  75. KokiriThreepwood Wednesday 24th Nov 2010 at 22:40

    The new names for the black/white pokemon aren't too good, are they becoming less imaginative over the Generations of Pokemon.

  76. Pappi Wednesday 24th Nov 2010 at 22:42

    HO OH

    Awesome name, I mean...it is a Japanese deity. You can capture a Japanese deity in a ball.

    0_o

    Worse name, though it suits is is Jigglypuff. I mean, if you saw that word out of context you would think you were reading the description of a love hotel or something. COME AND SEE ALL THE GIRLS JIGGLYPUFF AND STUFF--OH YEAAAH

    And its so pink and round and wobbly..... :?

  77. yoshifan24 Thursday 25th Nov 2010 at 18:10

    Bidoof=perfection

  78. Kirby8 Thursday 25th Nov 2010 at 19:00

    NO ONE SPEAKS ILL OF AERODACTYL!!!!!
    anyway i think pichu is a daft name i mean all they did was take 2 letters from pikachu


    Not to be nerdy, but being a Japanese name, it's technically one letter - "ka". Pikachu is written in hiragana/katakana (not sure which) as "Pi ka chi-yu" so... yeah.

    I've always liked Deoxys, as a reference to SCIENCE!:shock:!:shock:! Garchomp sounds like my kinda pokemans name - it does exactly what it says on the tin, chomping in a very GAR manner. Fearow's pretty good - just exudes menace.

    Names I dislike? Muk. NOT OBVIOUS AT ALL. Pachirisu's a bit... what? Did the translator forget? And now for the controversial one... Pikachu. It's japanese for sparkly mouse. Just... no. It's a shame because Raichu's bonkers.

    You guys make up such silly contests, but hey!

    Not nerdy at all. Very true that it is only one symbol (katakana....as they tend to write pokemon name's in katakana...not sure why), but you have to remember that Pikachu is also the English name for......Pikachu. Most pokemon names would have a different name in english, but not pikachu. So, for the english name it is 2 letters.

    I love Deoxys too!! Sooo cool that it is the DNA pokemon called deoxys...or deoxyribrose nucleic acid. XD

    HAHA, good reason. With Pikachu, granted they probably got inspiration from the Kanji to make the name, but the name is written in katakana, meaning it doesn't have the literal translation of sparkly mouse (since katakana is used to write foreign words and such). Also, Pikachu doesn't exclusively mean sparkly mouse. But, I will say that it is most likely how they got the inspiration for the name...but most names are like that...both english and japanese...so it's no reason to hate it. I like the name Pikachu, because it is the only name that is the same across all languages...and that in itself is pretty cool. :D

  79. geengy Thursday 25th Nov 2010 at 20:07

    What about Pokémon black and white's Gear? Do you lot not think it's worst that seel? They haven't even changed the name 1 bit!

  80. geengy Thursday 25th Nov 2010 at 20:09

    Best name: Shaymin

  81. Shadow117 Saturday 27th Nov 2010 at 15:35

    I don't know why but i just love the names Skarmory, Scizor and Lucario. They just sound so cool. :D

    But I hate the names Caterpie, Rattata and Pidgey. They're just so unimaginative. :(

  82. corbandioxide8 Sunday 28th Nov 2010 at 08:08

    Grovyle was wrong!!!!!!!!!
    Squirtle is the mix of a sqirrel and a turtle
    (sqirrels tail and a turtles body)

  83. wolfod Sunday 28th Nov 2010 at 18:28

    Squirtle is the mix of a sqirrel and a turtle
    (sqirrels tail and a turtles body)

    i'm just saying it's a mix of "squirt" and "turtle".

  84. mastersword313 Thursday 2nd Dec 2010 at 15:10

    The worst pokémon name ever is...(drumroll please).,. Gloom. Gloom is a terrible name for what is essentially a flower. Gloom is the gloomiest name that would have been possible for Gloom. Gloom brings me Gloom. I hate the name Gloom!

    P.s. Gloom=doom
    P.p.s doom=Gloom
    P.p.p.s I'll stop it now

  85. Eragon Firesword Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 23:31

    NO ONE SPEAKS ILL OF AERODACTYL!!!!!
    anyway i think pichu is a daft name i mean all they did was take 2 letters from pikachu


    Not to be nerdy, but being a Japanese name, it's technically one letter - "ka". Pikachu is written in hiragana/katakana (not sure which) as "Pi ka chi-yu" so... yeah.

    I've always liked Deoxys, as a reference to SCIENCE!:shock:!:shock:! Garchomp sounds like my kinda pokemans name - it does exactly what it says on the tin, chomping in a very GAR manner. Fearow's pretty good - just exudes menace.

    Names I dislike? Muk. NOT OBVIOUS AT ALL. Pachirisu's a bit... what? Did the translator forget? And now for the controversial one... Pikachu. It's japanese for sparkly mouse. Just... no. It's a shame because Raichu's bonkers.

    You guys make up such silly contests, but hey!

    Not nerdy at all. Very true that it is only one symbol (katakana....as they tend to write pokemon name's in katakana...not sure why), but you have to remember that Pikachu is also the English name for......Pikachu. Most pokemon names would have a different name in english, but not pikachu. So, for the english name it is 2 letters.

    I love Deoxys too!! Sooo cool that it is the DNA pokemon called deoxys...or deoxyribrose nucleic acid. XD

    HAHA, good reason. With Pikachu, granted they probably got inspiration from the Kanji to make the name, but the name is written in katakana, meaning it doesn't have the literal translation of sparkly mouse (since katakana is used to write foreign words and such). Also, Pikachu doesn't exclusively mean sparkly mouse. But, I will say that it is most likely how they got the inspiration for the name...but most names are like that...both english and japanese...so it's no reason to hate it. I like the name Pikachu, because it is the only name that is the same across all languages...and that in itself is pretty cool. :D

    Woot! Someone who knows what I'm talking about! I don't... Sorry to rain on the parade, but Pikachu only comes acroos all the languages because it kept squeaking it all over the anime, but at least they didn't dub him over with an annoying American voice actor, when they should really keep the japanese seiyĹ and subtitle them... but oh well.

    BTW, isn't it spelt "Deoxyribonucleic acid?" :P

  86. akatsukiworm Friday 14th Jan 2011 at 17:34

    arceus sounds like arse.
    nuff said. -_-

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