How many Pokemon are there in 2023? All types & generations

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There are countless Pokemon available to catch across all nine generations of games, from starters to Legendaries and Mythicals, so if you’re wondering how many Pokemon there are in total, we’ve got you covered.

The beloved Pokemon franchise now spans decades, with loads of different creatures and types introduced since it first burst onto the scene in 1996, so it can be hard to keep track of how many Pokemon there are.

Each new generation like Scarlet & Violet can bring more than a hundred Pokemon to the National Pokedex, so we’ll keep this page updated when new games are released – but for now, this is all the information you need to know.

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Have you managed to catch ’em all yet?

How many Pokemon are there in 2023?

There are currently 1008 Pokemon officially registered on the National Pokedex.

This number increased with the new Pokemon introduced in Scarlet & Violet like the starter trio Fuecoco, Quaxly, and Sprigatito. We’ve got a list of all the new Gen 9 Pokemon right here.

Our number doesn’t include regional forms like Alolan Vulpix or Galarian Rapidash, as they’re considered to be the same number in the Pokedex.

It’s also worth pointing out that these 1008 species span multiple games and generations, so although there may be over a thousand Pokemon in total, you’ll never find that many in one single game.

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How many Legendaries are there?

66 Legendary Pokemon can be found in the games at the moment, which is a massive increase from the five that appeared in the original games.

The latest additions to this lineup are Koraidon, Miraidon, Wo-Chien, Chien-Pao, Ting-Lu, and Chi-Yu from Pokemon Scarlet & Violet. There’s also Enamorus from Legends Arceus.

This number includes pre-evolutions like Cosmog and Cosmoem, but it doesn’t include Galarian versions of Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos. It also counts Urshifu as one Legendary, despite having two ‘styles’.

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New Legendaries are being added to the Pokedex all the time.

How many Pokemon types are there?

Pokemon are currently categorized into 18 separate types: Bug, Dark, Dragon, Electric, Fairy, Fighting, Fire, Flying, Ghost, Grass, Ground, Ice, Normal, Poison, Psychic, Rock, Steel, and Water.

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All of these types have been available since Gen 1 except for Dark and Steel, which were introduced in Gen 2, and Fairy, which was introduced in Gen 6. There have been no more types added since then.

How many generations are there?

There are currently nine generations of Pokemon games, following the release of Scarlet and Violet in November 2022.

Each generation contains multiple games – for example, Gen 8 had Sword & Shield as well as Legends Arceus and Let’s Go! – but there is traditionally always one pair of mainline games per generation.

These are Red & Blue (Gen 1), Gold & Silver (Gen 2), Ruby & Sapphire (Gen 3), Diamond & Pearl (Gen 4), Black & White (Gen 5), X & Y (Gen 6), Sun & Moon (Gen 7), and Sword & Shield (Gen 8).

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That’s everything you need to know about how many Pokemon are in the franchise. For more content, check out our type guides below:

Best Fairy-types | Best Water-types | Best Grass-types | Best Fighting-types | Best Psychic-types | Best Electric-types | Best Legendary Pokemon | All cat Pokemon | All dog Pokemon | Creepiest ‘mon | Cutest PokemonSteel-type weaknesses | Ice-type weaknesses | Fairy-type weaknesses

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