14 Pokemon mysteries that have never been solved

David Purcell
Pokemon mysteries image with Ash, Pikachu, Dugtrio, and more

The Pokemon Company changed the world with their first Pokedex in 1996, with the original 151 entrants all legends in their own right. As the series has progressed, though, more mysteries have surfaced and many still haven’t been solved. 

Trainers have jumped on boats between many areas of the Pokemon world in the 24 years the franchise has been running. We all started out at the Kanto Region and now, over two decades later, we find ourselves in a world of Gigantamaxing ‘mons with the Galar region – and downloadable content islands Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra.

So many boundaries have been broken down to make it an all-encompassing franchise, achieving success on television, with its Trading Card Game, and even with its video games. The latest is of course Sword and Shield, a Nintendo Switch game.

However, mysteries didn’t start appearing with the release of those titles. There are still big questions to be answered about our very first Pokemon adventures, and here we explore a whole bunch of them in detail.

Hopefully one day, we’ll be able to update this article and solve a few, with your help.

The nurse problem

Nurses in Pokemon
Nurses have always looked the same.

Nurse Joy was the one Brock had his eyes on, back when the TV series first started, but he realized something interesting after that.

Every Pokemon Center they visited, the nurses looked the same. Not just in the Kanto Region, but in several other islands they have visited since. If you jump into any game as well, whether it be Pokemon Sword and Shield or Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, that trend continues.

It makes you wonder if they are clones, or potentially all from the same family. Who knows, but it’s weird. That’s for sure.

Diglett and Dugtrio

Dugtrio Pokemon
Is Dugtrio really just three Digletts?

We’ll be short and sweet with this one.

Every Pokemon that has an evolved form usually takes on a different look, although Diglett appears to just appear out of the ground three times when evolved into Dugtrio.

Is this the worst evolution in history, does it not actually evolve at all, or is there something we’re missing?

Ghost in Pokemon X & Y

There have been some spooky spectacles throughout the history of this franchise. It all started with Ghost-type Pokemon like Ghastly and Gengar, not to mention the haunting music of Lavender Town. It would send shivers up your spine, traversing the Tower of Ghosts.

Since then, things have gotten even worse. A ghost was discovered with zero explanation in X & Y’s Lumiose City – seen in the YouTube video above from TheGamerFromMars. She has been dubbed “Ghost Girl.”

The figure wasn’t just a standalone character, either, reappearing in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Her only piece of dialogue was: “No, you’re not the one,” which begs the question of who is she looking for? Also, how did she pass away?

Maybe she will have a huge part to play in the future, or nothing at all.

Why did it take so long to meet Hoopa?

Hoopa in Pokemon anime
Hoopa might be the most powerful Pokemon of all, but how it gained such power is a mystery.

This was, at one time, at the heart of the biggest mystery the series had ever seen. The Pokemon was discovered in a leak before its release in Gen 6.

In a previous data mine flagged by Pokebeach, they uncovered some very interesting details about this species. Maybe its role in the world is much greater than anyone could have imagined when they first saw it in X & Y.

Leaked text stated: “The Pokémon called Hoopa is linked to many of the unexplained supernatural events that have occurred in this world. My search for Hoopa has led me to this library.”

“See, I travel around the world, trying to solve its many mysteries. I’ve been researching supernatural events that have occurred over the last 100 years. One thing I’ve found is that the Mythical Pokémon Hoopa is connected to many of these strange events! I’ve also managed to come across some information about the mysterious power that Hoopa appears to wield. So, without further ado, I’d like to share my findings with you! After all, you’re actually traveling with Hoopa–the very subject of my research!”

Rings, lair, and exploits

This was followed by three options a player could select. These were “Its mysterious rings,” “the secrets of its lair” and “its deeds and exploits.”

On the point of rings, this small species has the power to transport entire islands and move any object as it pleases. It’s also said to have stolen mountains of gold and silver treasures from the wealthy in the past, hiding in a desert. Its backstory is also as strange and mysterious, with an unnamed organization having tried to wield the power of the Pokemon for themselves before Hoopa struck back by making their assets disappear one by one.

Having starred in the 18th Pokémon movie, Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, we now know a lot more about it since that leak. Should it fall into the wrong hands, the world could be doomed, and it probably has ample more secrets for us to uncover in the future too.

Why did it take so long for us to meet it if it was so pivotal, and powerful? Plus – what else don’t we know about it? We seem to know a lot less about this Pokemon, compared to all of the others.


Pokeball throw in Pokemon Sword Shield
These have been thrown around for years, but what’s inside them?

Pokemon balls have been around since the very beginning. They have even become a worldwide symbol of the incredible fictional story of catching ’em all.

Let’s start with what we know about them. They can be used to catch Pokemon, making them available to battle with. There are many types of ball, each having different qualities depending on the scenario. They can be bought and sold in any region in the world.

What we don’t know is what’s inside. Is it larger than life, almost like the Tardis from Doctor Who, when you step inside? Not only that, but why can’t humans be trapped inside of them when the beam strikes them? As a matter of fact, why hasn’t this been tried?

Maybe we will see the interior of one explored in the future, but it’s shrouded in mystery for now.

What’s inside a Forretress?

Forretress Pokemon
What’s inside that shell that makes it so mysterious?

Here’s another one where you just have no idea what’s inside. In Pokemon Gold, there was a very interesting description given to Forretress.

It reads: “Its entire body is shielded by a steel-hard shell. What lurks inside the armor is a total mystery.” Since that time, we still haven’t seen anything in relation to the contents of inside the shell, nor has there been any signs we will in the future.

Entrants to the Pokedex can change in appearance when they adapt to different surroundings. Maybe in the right region, we will find out what secret is being concealed here.

Pokemon Wars

Pokemon wars image
The great Pokemon Wars said to have happened before we were introduced to the world is a long-standing theory.

The mysterious Pokemon Wars have been theorized many times. What are they? What happened? Why do we think something like this occurred. There are many questions surrounding the topic.

Firstly, most of the characters we meet in Kanto are not middle-aged. Those who are have gone on to lead gyms, with players guessing that many of this age range participated in a great war between the Kanto and Johto regions. There are also a lot of hospitals and gyms in that region, too – noted by Creepypasta Wiki. Those may be big clues.

In fact, one of the gym leaders (of Vermilion City) even referenced war. “You won’t live long in combat! That’s for sure! I tell you what kid, electric Pokémon saved me during the war!” Lt. Surge said.

The character was cautious in the army according to the limited lore available on him, which would explain why he would survive any battle that may have happened.

This is one of the most famous mysteries around, and we still are not sure if it happened. Nor do we know if the future holds a very similar outcome.

Why can Meowth talk?

Pokemon Sword & Shield Dynamax Soup can wildly transform your monsters.
Gigantamax Meowth is very powerful in Pokemon Sword & Shield, but even its Gen 1 form had the upper hand.

The story behind Meowth learning to communicate with humans is a somber one, actually.

According to Bulbapedia: “One day, Meowth came across a female Meowth named Meowzie. She rejected him, saying that he was poor and that she preferred humans, so Meowth attempted to make himself more human-like to make her love him. Thus, he painstakingly taught himself to speak human language and walk upright like a human.”

That explains the reason why the character developed the way it did, although it begs the question of why other Pokemon haven’t had the same adaptation?

Every Pokemon would be at a huge advantage if they could talk to their trainer about strategy, but strangely enough just Team Rocket is blessed with the phenomenon exclusively. Perhaps in the future, this will be explored further. After all, Pikachu did speak in Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You!

Wailmer mystery in Pokemon Sword & Shield

You don’t have to know everything about the Pokemon games to understand this mystery. It’s a common sense thing, more than anything.

A whale needs water. In fact, needs a whole lot of it to survive and live in the wild. That being said, in the Galar region, there are areas of the map where Wailmer and Wailord appear to be able to squeeze into the smallest spaces you’ve ever seen, maybe tinier than in captivity.

On one hand, you may say a trainer might have left it there after catching it in the sea, although that doesn’t happen in Pokemon.

Just looking at the small size of the pond and the size of the onlooking Wailmer in this post from Reddit user Aeyen_the_lobster left us scratching our heads. We’re not the only ones, either. People have even found Gyarados in similar spots.

Does water have different qualities in Pokemon that we don’t know about, or is this just unrealistic placement?

Can we eat Pokemon?

Pokemon eating
Some say Pokemon can be eaten by man.

The thought of catching Pokemon and eating them might be gruesome for some trainers. After all, all we know about them is that we help each other in battles. Many might even consider them pets, in all honesty.

That bond between animal and man is obviously evident in the real world, but so too is the slaughter of wild animals for humans to feed on. There is minimal information on this in the Pokemon world. Some scenes have shown people going to eat Pokemon, but the footage almost never gets shown.

In Sword and Shield, we were introduced to the idea of cooking curry to increase the happiness of our catches. Are they eating other Pokemon?

In the past, Brock has had pictures run through his mind of a cooked Magikarp, which would be normal. People eat fish. Slowpoke Tail Quiche has been mentioned in the show, too, not to mention people seemingly licking Vanilluxe.

Do they eat Pokemon though? Some say yes, others say no. It would be quite brutal, if true.

Where was Dad?

We don’t know a lot about one particular Gym leader.

In the earlier days of Pokemon video games, the mother of the lead character was a very prominent figure. On your journey, you would often check in with your hometown and speak to her.

Players had to wait until Ruby and Sapphire, though, as the father turns out to be the gym leader of Petalburg City Gym.

Aside from that role, in the earlier games – despite a few references to Dad in the story – his presence in your life is very limited. Is there a reason for this? What was he doing for all of those years?

So many questions are still yet to be answered here, but we do know his name is Norman.

Arceus and the Unown

Arceus in Pokemon
Arceus is said to have built Pokemon the way we know them using 1,000 arms – but the form we’ve seen is a few short.

This species might have been held up as the creator of the world and all things in it, by its lore. It even mentions this notion of a “thousand arms” coming to assist his efforts, originating from an egg of nothingness. Now, that’s just about as convincing as some stories about how our world started.

The Unown burst onto the scene early in the series, in Gold and Silver, along with Entei. They entered the space shrouded in mystery, really, and that mystique has somehow faded away. They looked different from everything else and still do. There were hundreds of them in the Pokemon movies.

Did these two come together to form the existence of mons? We’re not entirely sure, but it sounds plausible based on the notes. There’s even been a suggestion that the Unown, shaped like letters, could be some sort of DNA system for their formulation. Again, possible, yet not confirmed.

Pokemon PC

Pokemon PC storage
Trainers have been storing Pokemon on their PCs for years.

Storing Pokemon on the PC is engrained in the behavior of all trainers, We are taught right from the beginning that you can have a limited amount in your party, then by visiting computers dotted around each region we can store our mons – in a cloud-like system.

We don’t really know what happens when we take off and leave them. They are transferred into data, according to the series, and then transported back into our world when we choose them again. That means hundreds of Pokemon are being farmed by just one player in the cloud. Across a period of 20+ years, that means billions of Pokemon have been snatched from their natural habitats and been left stuck as data.

The idealistic scenario here would take inspiration from Upload, a TV series on Amazon Prime Video. Here, they transport people into a sanctuary where it very much feels like real life, although unlike many characters on that show Pokemon can come back from that data state.

It would be interesting to see what happens from a Pokemon’s perspective, because nobody really knows what it looks and feels like in there.

What was the first Pokemon?

Bulbasaur Pokemon
Bulbasaur is the first entrant on the Kanto Pokedex, but many doubt it was the first Pokemon to have existed.

As we just said, Arceus is known as the creator – but if he can also be trapped just like every other Pokemon, it flings the door wide open really.

There are many theories about our own existence, never mind Pokemon, yet the questions are similar. If there is just one species to kick things off, how did they breed and become the force they have in the world? These theories usually revolve around Mew, Arceus, Bulbasaur – for placing as No.1 on the Pokedex – and also Rhydon.

The last one on that list has been confirmed as the first ever designed by developers, although that doesn’t necessarily mean it was the first to arrive in the story. Perhaps the real answer, which has not been revealed, encompasses a story of all four. You just never know.

Do you have a big mystery you would like an answer to? Hit us up @PokemonSwordNS on Twitter and we’ll take a look at your comments.