The most overused Pokemon designs

Coming up with new Pokemon these days must be a tough job. With over 500 Pokemon on the roster to date, some overlap is inevitable and quite forgivable. But even in the early days of Pokemon, designers were doubling and even tripling up on Pokemon based on the same animal or on a similar design template.

Come with us, Pokemon fans, trainers and champions, as we point out the most redundant Pokemon in our Pokedex…

Huggable pink blobs


The amazing thing about these adorable butterballs is that aside from Blissey, these were all introduced in the original roster of 151 Pokemon. The pink blobs introduced in Pokemon Red and Blue can be divided into the big-eyed (Jigglypuff/Wigglytuff) or beady-eyed varieties (Clefairy/Clefable, Chansey).

Jigglypuff had a memorable run on the animated series, where he'd go around causing mischief by putting people to sleep with his lullaby and drawing all over their faces with a marker. He was totally badass. But what did Clefairy do again? Well, he did have his own episode in the show ("Clefairy Tales," episode 62), in which he... gets beat up by a Jigglypuff?! That's pretty rough, man. Poor Clefairy.

That's not the worst thing to happen to Clefairy though - he was actually originally supposed to be Ash's first Pokemon and main sidekick in the series, but for whatever reason was swapped out for Pikachu at the last minute. He was also slated to be the main mascot for the series until Pikachu's sudden popularity completely crushed his chances. How does he manage that base 140 happiness stat after everything that's happened to him?

And we can't forget about sweet Chansey, whose place in the Pokemon universe is cemented by her vocation as a nurse at the Pokemon Centers. Her combination of rarity and low catch rate can make her a frustrating Pokemon to obtain, but of all the other pink blobs she's arguably the most useful in battle, especially when evolved into her final form, Blissey.

And just to be thorough, don't forget their prevolutions:


Gen V is set to introduce another pink blobby duo with Munna and its evolution, Musharna, which reminds us of a pink blob version of Drowzee:


Honorary pink blob shout-out also goes out to the Slowpoke family.



When looking at all four generations of Pokemon, it's not that ducks are overdone so much as that the first generation immediately doubled up on ducks. With so many animals to choose from in the world, why devote three spaces in your limited line up of potential Pokemon to ducks?

Further evidence that someone on the Pokemon design team has an unusual affection for the Anatidae family, several non-duck Pokemon seem to have been gifted with unusually duck-like features.


Oh Magmar, what are we going to do with you?

Boring birds


There are tons of bird Pokemon, and we're OK with that. Psyduck is cool in our books, and the same goes for Honchkrow, and hey, even Farfetch'd and Chatot. But too many bird Pokemon are simply too boring, and too similar to their real-life counterparts to make interesting Pokemon.

Every generation, it seems mandatory to introduce at least one evolutionary family of completely uninspired birds, and it looks like Black and White will be no exception. Despite Mamepato's total resemblance to a common pigeon (pigeons are actually remarkably cool birds, by the way), we still have hope that his final evolution will be something more interesting. Chances are small though, if you take into account bird Pokemon history.  


  • ShokuaHyuga - September 26, 2010 6:04 p.m.

    I know just evrybody else has said it, but, how the hell did you guys pin Snorlax as a cat?! Anyhow; the pokemon model I'm getting tired of seeing is ghosts. Yes, the ghosts have been original in every new set of games, but they're going too far. Shuppet and Banette pushed the limit in Sapphire/Ruby, and then Diamond/Pearl had ghost ballons, Ghost Ballons! Drifloon and Drifblim were just f*cking ridiculous.
  • Sleepingsnorlaxlvl100 - August 30, 2010 12:08 a.m.

    @derbyt I AGREE
  • tstrike20 - August 13, 2010 4:57 p.m.

    Why is this on Gamesradar, and why would anyone care?
  • TinyButDeadly - August 8, 2010 2:15 p.m.

    I would like to see a Polar Bear pokemon.
  • ShotgunEric374 - July 26, 2010 1:50 p.m.

    wait wait wait snorelax is a cat?!?!?!?
  • rxb - July 26, 2010 12:20 p.m.

    All the pink ones remind me of Kirby.
  • philipshaw - July 26, 2010 9:17 a.m.

    All of this article is so true
  • tyeatsairplane - July 26, 2010 5:02 a.m.

    I'm pretty sure Raiku is a dog.
  • Romination - July 26, 2010 3:12 a.m.

    Yeah. Snorlax is NOT a cat. Just because it has pointy ears doesn't mean it's automatically a cat. It's more bearlike in nature.
  • axelgarcia1 - July 26, 2010 2:41 a.m.

    the new bird pokemon looks boring
  • samgardner94 - July 25, 2010 6:55 p.m.

    That Lopunny is fit
  • Xplosive59 - July 25, 2010 2:53 p.m.

    cocoon pokemon such as kakuna, metapod, silcoon, cascoon, and those thingys from gen 4 which i think are called burmys
  • boringarticles - July 25, 2010 7:26 a.m.

    I'm sick and tired of boring and uninspired Pokémon ... articles describing how Pokémon is boring and uninspired. If you haven't noticed somehow, EVERY video game these days copies Pokémon in having a collection aspect, or some reason to investigate every single monster/item/background element in the game, and either collect it, or get its rare items, or its soul or a piece of its DNA, or its research entry or whatever. This means that YOU ARE ALWAYS PLAYING POKÉMON IF YOU STILL PLAY VIDEO GAMES. The only reason I signed up for this site was to tell you to stop writing/approving/paying-for these boring and uninspired articles. How about making a game that sells better than Pokémon, which follows all of your "great" guidelines on how not to make a boring, uninspired game?
  • Defguru7777 - July 25, 2010 3:12 a.m.

    Say what you will, but Deoxys and Hitmonlee are awesome!
  • 510BrotherPanda - July 25, 2010 1:34 a.m.

    I agree with Samael; I said there should be a quetzal and hoatzin bird Pokemon in the last article. And since the hoatzin has a digestive system that supposedly works like a cow's, why not have it upchuck a smelly lump of cud? They already have Swallow and Spit Up, why not make Regurgitate similar in poisoning to Sludge Bomb?
  • GameManiac - July 25, 2010 1:33 a.m.

    This, as a Pokemon fan, really doesn't bother me. So what if designs are used too much. If Game Freak learns from their "mistakes", then that's fine with me, because I rarely complain about something so biased. Well, that explains Snorlax's ears. Who knew Clefairy was supposed to be Ash's first Pokemon. I certainly didn't.
  • Samael - July 25, 2010 12:49 a.m.

    While he is indeed the greatest Pokemon ever, Snorlax is not a cat. Far more hibernating bear-like, in personality if not appearance. I liked this article though. I do hope we'll see more creative Bird Pokemon, like Natu and Xatu.
  • JohnnyApplesperm - July 24, 2010 11:39 p.m.

    Good article. The pink blobs in the 1st gen always seemed odd to me and I always got them mixed up. Now, my interest in Pokemon dwindled right around when the 2nd gen came out (at that time I did not play the games though, got into them much later) so I really only like the OG151 and somewhat less, 2nd gen, so with that in mind, all the newer gens seem soo uninspired and... ugh. That said I'm enjoying the shit out of Soul Silver.
  • MediocreDinosaur - July 24, 2010 10:38 p.m.

    Jinx: the crack whore of Pokemon.
  • powergamer - July 24, 2010 8:34 p.m.

    Lame article.

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