Eight animals Pokemon hasn't tackled yet



Rodents are no strangers to Pokemonization (Pikachu, Rattata, Pachirisu – the list goes on) but Pokemon designers have yet to tackle the King of Rodents, the capybara. An elegant, semi-aquatic beast with quiet dignity, the capybara has the honorable distinction of being the largest rodent in the world. Capybaras are also known for their ability to reproduce quickly, so it should definitely only take a few egg cycles to hatch capybara Pokemon eggs.

We already have enough solid Ground/Water type combos (Swampert, Whiscash, Quagsire), but surely there must be room for this fine animal.



Equal parts sass and fluff, a llama would bring some much-needed attitude to the Pokemon roster. Llamas are social animals and actually quite friendly toward humans and other llamas, but all bets are off in the arena of battle. A llama Pokemon should definitely have some kind of spit attack, since real llamas spit as a form of punishment for bad behavior.

Llamas are huge in Japan right now, so there's a good possibility we might actually see a llama-based Pokemon in Black & White. Factoid: You can tell llamas and alpacas apart by their eyelashes – llamas don't have eyelashes but alpacas do.



If there’s one type of animal Pokemon designers love, it’s the oddball gimmick animal, like the anglerfish or the giraffe, so it's surprising that the peacock has yet to be tapped for a Pokemon design. Pokemon designers are clearly fond of birds as it is (especially bland, generic ones), so there’s no excuse for this missing flamboyant Pokemon. Like other Pokemon, the peacock Pokemon would need its key feature exaggerated, in this case its ludicrous tail feathers. You could argue that Ho-Oh is peacock-like with its big tail feathers, but his design draws almost directly from the myth of the Phoenix.   

A fitting Peacock Pokemon moveset could include the typical Flying moves, like Aerial Ace etc. but should also include some confuse or infatuate moves (like Attract), as a result of its mesmerizing  tail feathers.    

Saber-tooth tiger


Another animal with a gimmick, a saber-tooth tiger would be a great fit for a Pokemon, though as with most of them, it’d need some exaggerated features, like even bigger teeth. We’re talking walrus sized tusks here, protruding from the poor thing’s mouth. While Entei, Raikou and Suicune (and Persian, to an extent) certainly have a “big cats” vibe to them we certainly feel there’s room for a more traditional tiger/lion.

A saber-tooth tiger Pokemon could be a straight normal type, but given its prehistoric nature, it’d be a neat twist to see it mixed with an Ice or Rock type to imply it was frozen or fossilized. It should have a solid speed stat and good physical attack because it’s a huge scary cat.

Hey, we already have a wooly mammoth Pokemon (Mamoswine), why not a sabertooth tiger?

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  • jonathan-wigren - December 1, 2012 3:29 a.m.

    psyduck is basicly a combination of a duck and a platypus
  • MrPokman - April 6, 2012 1:54 a.m.

    Yeah gorebyss is a dolphin and I thought it was common knowledge that arceus is a llama
  • samuel-isaiah-garner - March 31, 2012 9:04 p.m.

    gorebyss is a dolphin
  • kyle-maxwell-kite - November 12, 2013 5:27 p.m.

    It's a Snipe eel.
  • Wizardprince - July 23, 2011 5:01 p.m.

    I think that the gila monster pokemon should be a poison/ground type
  • sockyetiinmydrawer1 - September 18, 2010 10:40 p.m.

    to teh_ty rapidash is a unicorn
  • TinyButDeadly - August 8, 2010 2:22 p.m.

  • Crissy Arcturus - March 24, 2012 4:01 p.m.
  • tellemwhat - July 22, 2010 6:01 p.m.

    i love silver its probly my favorite
  • 510BrotherPanda - July 15, 2010 4:06 a.m.

    @tellemwhat Oh, thanks, but I'm not really all that big a Pokemon fan... I'm looking most of this stuff up on Bulbapedia or from whatever I remember from playing. Actually, I like the game, but never get into competitive fights, or EV/IV training stuff. I play Pokemon mostly for heavy nostalgia value now, from way back in 1998 and Blue Version...
  • tellemwhat - July 13, 2010 8:57 p.m.

    510brotherpanda u rock i make it a pont to read your posts
  • Cernunnos - July 13, 2010 2:58 p.m.

    have they done earthworm?
  • 510BrotherPanda - July 13, 2010 4:40 a.m.

    @ Gorillaman23 Technically, they could just add more appliances for Rotom to possess and control; after all, it can be a fan, lawnmower, fridge, microwave, and washing machine right now. Why not add a vacuum cleaner?
  • Gorillaman23 - July 13, 2010 2:50 a.m.

    When I was a kid, I came up with a vacuum pokemon. My design was stupid-looking, of course, but after reading this article I remembered the idea and realized that a vacuum pokemon might make quite a bit of sense. IMO, there aren't enough pokemon based on real-life objects than aren't animals.
  • shyfonzie - July 12, 2010 7:23 a.m.

    Only Gamesradar has the ocjones to call out the lack of peacocks in Pokemon! REAL JOURNALISM.
  • baconcheeseburger - July 12, 2010 3:43 a.m.

    amazingly this is all very very true
  • 510BrotherPanda - July 11, 2010 4:28 a.m.

    @Defguru7777 There is Shieldon and Bastiodon which are like Styracosaurus/Triceratops without horns, and are not particularly useful as a sponge in battles because of their Steel/Rock type. There is also Cranidos and Rampardos, which are like Pachucephalosaurus with the helmet-head. Both groups are from Gen. 4 fossils. I am surprised they haven't made therapod dinosaur Pokemon like Tyrannosaurus or Allosaurus or Deinonychus yet; they already have kind of fierce lizard/dragon-like ones, like Feraligatr and Charizard and Salemence. @SYN616 I was tired of Pokemon around the 151 mark too, but I ended up wanting the original Silver game because there was a holographic Game Boy contest in Nintendo Power at the time. I got the game even thought I didn't win the contest. To be honest, I didn't need to get SoulSilver, but I was taking a running class and thought I could use the pedometer. I thought "Boy, it's a pedometer with a free game" instead of the other way around. I've used the enthusiasm from walking/ running to motivate my mother to exercise with me and get her in shape.
  • GameManiac - July 11, 2010 3:56 a.m.

    And people say that Pokemon is running out of ideas. Thank you GamesRadar for collecting those complaints and discreetly shoving it back down their throats. I can come up with a few new ideas already. A few more fossil-based Pokemon could be created from numerous dinosaur species, such as sauropods, triceratops, T-rex, etc. The possibilities are endless! People are just to ignorant and impatient to realize it. And now for something off-topic, disturbing, and TRUE (that I felt like mentioning): 1. Dolphins sometimes try and have sex with people (their trainers especially). 2. Baby Koalas eat the feces of their mothers (especially when fresh) because they lack gastrointestinal enzymes to process eukalyptus trees.
  • Spocksjock - July 10, 2010 4:18 p.m.

    The chupacabra anyone? That would be one BA pokemon...just saying.
  • Solid_Gabriel - July 10, 2010 3:39 p.m.

    Nice list. Many things here I didn't know about pokemons.