Pokemon Black & White US starter names: Snivy, Oshawott and Tepig. Oh gawd whut

RIP Smugleaf, Firepig and Wotter. The English-language names of the Black and White starters were revealed yesterday (via official site - are you sitting down? In English language territories, the Grass starter shall henceforth be known as Snivy, along with Tepig (Fire) and Oshawott (Water). Erm...

Above (left to right): Snivy, Tepig and Oshawott. Get used to it!

So, it seems like even the people most closely involved with the Pokemon franchise are hating on firepig. Tepig's name clearly comes from Tepid + pig, which is clearly rather insulting.

Snivy is an OK name, probably based on snide + ivy, but "ivy" has already been used in a starter name with Ivysaur, so it's been done. Plus Snivy sort of reminds me of words like "snivelly" and "iffy" which is kind of bleh. He'll always be Smugleaf to me.

At first, Oshawott just seems like a really lame name, especially since it almost looks like it's partially ripping off the fan-given starter name, Wotter. Seriously, I would have been happy if the Pokemon Company had just named him Wotter, but whatever. The name Oshawott is actually pretty cool though, since it appears to be based on a combination of "Oshawa" and "otter" - Oshawa is a city in Ontario, Canada, and the origin of the name refers to a river crossing.

Also worth mentioning, the Isshu region has been renamed to the Unova region in the English-language versions of B&W, marking the first time that a region has been renamed in the main Pokemon series. Unova sounds like a Pokemon Ranger region name to me. After four generations of keeping the region name the same as the Japanese version, why rename Isshu? Hmph.

In semi-related news, it was announced today that Zekrom and Reshiram will accompany the giant Pikachu balloon, along with all of Pikachu's other festive handlers, at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this Thursday. Reshiram and Zekrom will each stand at an impressive14 feet tall, and no further details were revealed on their appearance, so we'll have to wait and see. Will they be statues on a float, or people in costume? Inquiring minds want to know.

So what do you think about the starters' names? Any predictions on the names of the second and third stage starter names? Let your fellow Pokemon fans know in the comments below.

Nov 23, 2010




  • xtremejosh - January 4, 2011 10:34 a.m.

    I kinda like the names. Snivy and Oshawott sound all right, but tepig sounds horrible. If you like it, I have nothing against you. btw tepig reminds me of thepig lol.
  • psycrosis - December 2, 2010 12:43 a.m.

    Wow.... I lived in Oshawa my whole life and i never knew it ment river crossing. But now Im at a crossroads.... I planned on starting with Snivly, but... but As much as i kinda loathe Oshawa... I have to represent my roots but he SO weird looking. Plus i dont think i have ever actually SEEN an otter here in Oshawa, but thats me
  • rpadTVbsuKenyan5000 - December 1, 2010 8:10 p.m.

    I am not too big on any of the name changes. Especially the region name change. I like Isshu a LOT better than Unova, and don't really see a reason for the change.
  • PureSpirit - November 27, 2010 11:24 p.m.

    I kind of like the name Snivy better than Smugleaf, but I'm still going to call Oshawott Wotter :D
  • IIIIIACEIIIII - November 25, 2010 4:32 a.m.

    I shall name my Snivy 'Smugleaf'. When he evolves, I will take him to the name rater and rename him 'Smuggerleaf'. When he reaches his final evolution, I shall take him to the name rater and rename him 'Smuglord'. This was always my plan.
  • Larinah - November 25, 2010 3:11 a.m.

    I like the new names due to their interesting origins, but he will always be Tsutaja, Janobii, and Jaroda to me. I'm mostly interested in seeing how bad they're going to butcher Nageki and Dageki. Please don't let it be worse than the hitmon-twins.... Also, Meloetta is a nice name. IF YOU'RE READING THIS NINTENDO DON'T CHANGE IT YOU WILL MAKE IT TERRIBLE I KNOW IT!
  • SoySauceHater - November 24, 2010 11:36 p.m.

    well, my tradition is to always choose the fire type and naming it Teh Pig or Boarbeque may be the saving grace.
  • Nap1400 - November 24, 2010 9:24 p.m.

    Well, now that I get where Oshawott came from, that does sound like a cool name. I'm taking Snivy and naming him Smugleaf. And yeah, when I first saw Tepig, "TEH PIG" was the first thing that came to my mind.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - November 24, 2010 8:04 p.m.

    snivy and tepig sound a little odd. Oshawott is pure genius.
  • Chaoscoolperson - November 24, 2010 2:10 p.m.

    I'm going to nickname them anyway
  • Pyroclasm - November 24, 2010 7:36 a.m.

    Lol at the hate for Snivy. Tsu means ivy and ja means snake, so it's actually an accurate rendition of Tsutaja. But, haters gonna hate.
  • Schnipke - November 24, 2010 5:40 a.m.

    I think this will be the first generation I will start nicknaming my pokemon on the first game I start. Now if only I could come up with good names...
  • Hinro - November 24, 2010 4:17 a.m.

    I have never been more proud to live in Oshawa. Looks like we might be remembered for something other than GM.
  • link07 - November 24, 2010 3:25 a.m.

    wat i do not belive they change the region name
  • Cyberninja - November 24, 2010 3:13 a.m.

    i hate all their names and it was pointless to change the reigion name hopfull it will all be a joke and they change all the new names
  • MexicAntista - November 24, 2010 2:37 a.m.

    I don't care what the Pig is called. I'm naming him Bebop. Gooooo Bebop!
  • BoltActionRevolver - November 24, 2010 2:15 a.m.

    I have to agree with shmoopy97: Tepig... I first thought it was mem clever. You know, that fire starter..... Teh Pig one I think I do perfer Smugleaf and Wotter though
  • enlargedhousecats - November 24, 2010 1:53 a.m.

    I like snivy better than smugleaf. if only because it isn't 2 names without a hyphen and that it's actually snivy. I hated people calling it smugleaf because I knew that's not what it was going to be named. it's like calling the ipod touch itouch.
  • QWERTYCommander - November 24, 2010 12:48 a.m.

    I'm renaming "Snivy" to the Japanese name. Tsutaaja sounds awesome. Snivy sounds like WTF. Next generation, Game Freak should get Pokemon ideas from the fans, because it's obvious that they're running out.
  • Whoissheandwhydidshesayit - November 24, 2010 12:44 a.m.

    I go to Oshawa like every summer! Yup, that's right, Canada ftw :D

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