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
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...
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.
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.
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.
It's a psychic duck. Nuff said
Worst Pokémon Names
This isn't a Pokemon. It's just a seal. You can't hide it by changing one letter in its name.
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!
The most misleading name in the history of Pokemon. There is nothing magic about this carp. Unless you think ineffective attacks are magic.
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...
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...