A Scientific Ranking of the Original 151 Pokemon

110. Bellsprout
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Grass types aren’t really all that great once you get the first few badges, and Bellsprout doesn’t exactly go against that grain. It has a serious lack of offensive moves to start, but does get a healthy stable of disabling moves. I also dig the plant themed design.

Name – 5
Design – 7
Video Game – 3
Trading Card – 1
TV Show – 4
X Factor – 5
Total – 25

109. Porygon
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Porygon is a weird ass Pokemon. You can only get it at the Rocket Game Corner, which helps its rarity score, but it’s not a great Pokemon in battle. It does learn Psybeam and Tri-Attack, but its main move, Conversion, only changes its type to match the Pokemon it’s fighting. Not super useful.

Name – 7
Design – 7
Video Game – 4
Trading Card – 2
TV Show – 1
X Factor – 4
Total – 25

108. Weepinbell
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Bellsprout’s first evolution, Weepinbell doesn’t retain the cuteness of its predecessor. Instead it’s a very obvious play on the Venus Fly Trap plant, but without any of the menace. It does play a large part in the anime, though, which helps its final score.

Name – 5
Design – 5
Video Game – 5
Trading Card – 3
TV Show – 5
X Factor – 2
Total – 25

107. Sandshrew
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Sandshrew is super cute, and you can catch one pretty early on, but his move set isn’t all that great compared to the other Normal type Pokemon available at the time. The fact that he’s so common and that he has a much better evolution hurts his chances in this list.

Name – 6
Design – 7
Video Game – 4
Trading Card – 1
TV Show – 1
X Factor – 6
Total – 25

106. Tangela
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Tangela is another Pokemon where I’m not sure if I love or hate the design. It’s certainly bizarre. The name is fitting, though, as I can imagine quite a few things have been tangled in there. However, Tangela’s lack of much presence in the anime and not so great trading card bring the score down.

Name – 6
Design – 6
Video Game – 4
Trading Card – 2
TV Show – 1
X Factor – 6
Total – 25

105. Magnemite
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Magnemite is now a dual Electric/Steel type, but when the games were first released there wasn’t a Steel type and that’s the method by which I’m scoring the Pokemon. Still, Magnemite isn’t a bad get when you first come across him. I don’t love the cobbled together design, but his moveset is pretty good.

Name – 6
Design – 5
Video Game – 4
Trading Card – 2
TV Show – 4
X Factor – 4
Total – 25

104. Rattata
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Rattata is another well known Pokemon, which helps him in ranking this high up. He’s an early catch for most trainers, and loses usefulness quickly, but he’s a great combo of cute and angry looking. I hate the name, though. I always pronounced it Ratatata as a kid.

Name – 4
Design – 6
Video Game – 3
Trading Card – 2
TV Show – 3
X Factor – 7
Total – 25

103. Poliwhirl
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Poliwhirl looks so stupid, you guys. What is he supposed to be? The basis is a frog, obviously, but he’s wearing boxing gloves and has a giant spiral where his mouth should be. It’s a mess. His pre-evolution ranks higher because at least Poliwag has a cuteness factor.

Name – 5
Design – 4
Video Game – 5
Trading Card – 2
TV Show – 3
X Factor – 6
Total – 25

102. Victreebel
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Victreebel is the final evolution of Bellsprout, and is actually not that terrible for a Grass type. It evolves with a Leaf Stone, though, and won’t learn any new moves after its evolved. Still, this is a much better version of the Venus Fly Trap look than Weepinbell.

Name – 4
Design – 4
Video Game – 6
Trading Card – 4
TV Show – 4
X Factor – 3
Total – 25

101. Kangaskhan
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I know tons of “professional” Pokemon players use Kangaskhan nowadays in battles because of its super evolution, but in the original games, those didn’t exist. I like the idea of a mom and baby Pokemon, but it’s also kind of weird if you think about it. The name is also hard to spell, which is an automatic deduction in points.

Name – 3
Design – 4
Video Game – 6
Trading Card – 3
TV Show – 3
X Factor – 6
Total – 25

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