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Leak reveals 14 Pokemon that could have been in Red and Blue

Published: 18/Apr/2020 15:47

by Paul Cot

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The original 151 species are set in Pokemon history. They could have been much different though, as a leak has revealed.

Believe it or not the original plan was to have 200 species in Pokemon Red and Blue. “We designed more than 200 Pokemon for the first games, then whittled them down to 150,” Satoshi Tajiri shared in a 2018 interview with Yomiuri Newspaper.

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The Pokemon Company had to cut the Pokedex down to 150 because there wasn’t enough memory on the Game Boy cartridges. This is despite each Pokemon entry reportedly taking up less than 50 bytes of space!

An interesting story reveals why Mew was sneakily added to Red and Blue at the last minute. Sneaking in Pokemon and worrying about space isn’t something developers have to worry about these days, however.

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Let’s take a look at some of the Pokemon that missed the cut then. All of these come from Dr Lava who routinely shares fascinating Pokemon facts.

Gyaoon
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Gyaoon could be the oldest designed Pokemon we have never seen!

Gyaoon

Gyaoon and Rhydon are supposedly the first Pokemon ever designed. It looks like a small Tyrannosaurus Rex and looks like it would have fit right in with the franchise.

Little else is known about it. We don’t expect Gyaoon to be added any time soon either!

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Crocky Jaggu Barunda
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Fan recreations of Crocky (left), Jaggu (middle) and Barunda (right)…

Crocky Jaggu and Barunda

Crocky, Jaggu and Barunda were found in a 2018 Japanese manga magazine called Satoshi Tajiri (yes the same one as above). Each of them were part of a poll where people who worked on the game would vote if they’d make it in.

Evidently none of them did and we may never know the full reasons. According to Bulbapedia, Barunda’s cry was put into the final game but remained unused.

Kotora Raitora
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Kotora (left) and Raitora (right) are Tiger Pokemon that have yet to make it into the National Pokedex…

Kotora and Raitora

Two other Pokemon found in footage from a Japanese TV show in 2004. These were Kotora and its evolved form Raitora.

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It isn’t clear whether these Tiger Pokemon were designed for Gen 1 or for Gen 2, though. They were both found in the Pokemon Gold and Silver beta Pokedex.

Kotora and Raitora look the type of Pokemon who would be popular today. Who knows, maybe the Pokemon Company will dive into their archives and resurrect them one day.

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Unreleased Baby Pokemon
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It’s almost certain Pokemon fans would welcome these baby evolutions with open arms to the series…

Baby Pokemon

Many Pokemon fans will be aware of the fact that the Johto region introduced various baby forms, or pre-evolutions, of those in the original 151. This suggests they were designed to appear in Kanto but were shelved due to the memory issues.

These include Cleffa, Elekid, Igglypuff, Magby, Pichu, Smoochum and Tyrogue. As it turned out, their addition in Gen 2 helped bridge the gap between the two generations.

There were other Baby Pokemon that were never released. Among these were baby forms of Doduo, Growlithe, Magikarp, Meowth, Paras, Ponyta, Tangela and Vulpix.

Now, who knows, they could be released at a later point but we’re betting had they been already, they would have all been very popular.

It looks like if the developers for future Pokemon games are struggling for ideas that they have plenty to fall back on. You can watch the video discussing these lost Pokemon and other interesting bits of information in the video above.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

Snivy

So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.