A Scientific Ranking of the Original 151 Pokemon

100. Magikarp
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Magikarp is well known for his uselessness in the Pokemon games. He only knows Splash until level 15, so he can’t even hurt any Pokemon he comes across. It’s his evolution that makes the patience worth it. Still, he gets extra points for the hilarious design and ironic name, and his strong presence in the anime.

Name – 7
Design – 7
Video Game – 1
Trading Card – 1
TV Show – 5
X Factor – 5
Total – 26

99. Venomoth
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Venonat is oddly cute, but Venomoth is not. It has the same, baleful eyes, but the pincers are no longer innocuous and the six arms/legs are creepy. There are a lot of Pokemon that look like bugs, and Venomoth falls on the negative side of that. Plus its moveset isn’t all that great.

Name – 6
Design – 5
Video Game – 6
Trading Card – 3
TV Show – 2
X Factor – 4
Total – 26

98. Ponyta
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It’s a flaming horse. We’ve seen this kind of thing a million times in fantasy stories, so there’s no real uniqueness here. Still, it’s a cool look, and the name is simple yet fitting.

Name – 6
Design – 6
Video Game – 4
Trading Card – 2
TV Show – 2
X Factor – 6
Total – 26

97. Staryu
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I dig the badass starfish design of Staryu, but the central orb thingy is kind of weird. In the games, Staryu doesn’t become overly useful until it evolves, but Misty’s use of one in the tv show helps bring the score up to a respectable level.

Name – 6
Design – 5
Video Game – 4
Trading Card – 1
TV Show – 5
X Factor – 5
Total – 26

96. Raticate
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Raticate totally makes sense as an evolution to Rattata, but it is weird that it loses the purple color. The moveset centered around its teeth with moves like Hyper Fang and Bite is fitting, as well. Not terribly useful in game, but not a bad choice if you want to rock a Normal type.

Name – 6
Design – 4
Video Game – 6
Trading Card – 3
TV Show – 3
X Factor – 4
Total – 26

95. Mankey
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I’ve always really liked Mankey. He was especially awesome in the Yellow version of the games, where you could catch one early on to help with the first battle against Brock. The combo monkey/pig look is odd but cool, as is the karate aesthetic.

Name – 4
Design – 6
Video Game – 6
Trading Card – 1
TV Show – 2
X Factor – 7
Total – 26

94. Dewgong
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Seel’s evolution, Dewgong retains some of its predecessor’s cuteness but gets an unfortunate name. Dewgongs are real animals, and they don’t really look like this. Still, it was a rare Ice type in the original games, so it had some utility.

Name – 4
Design – 4
Video Game – 8
Trading Card – 3
TV Show – 1
X Factor – 6
Total – 26

93. Mr. Mime
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Mr. Mime gets a lot of hate, and he was definitely annoying on the tv show. He has an ugly design, and as a Psychic type, you’d expect him to learn some better Psychic moves. The name is perfect, though.

Name – 7
Design – 2
Video Game – 5
Trading Card – 2
TV Show – 5
X Factor – 6
Total – 27

92. Drowzee
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I’ve always been a fan of Drowzee. He was a great option for people tired of always using Abra as their Psychic type, and he learned some cool moves like Hypnosis and Dream Eater. The design is a little stupid looking, but fits his lazy, dreamy personality and name.

Name – 7
Design – 5
Video Game – 4
Trading Card – 2
TV Show – 3
X Factor – 6
Total – 27

91. Fearow
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To me, Fearow is like a lesser Ho-Oh from the later games. He’s just a Normal type flyer with no spectacular moves. I even like the design less than its pre-evolution, Spearow. The name makes him sound more badass than he is.

Name – 7
Design – 6
Video Game – 5
Trading Card – 3
TV Show – 2
X Factor – 4
Total – 27

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