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Thousands vote on most popular Pokemon, the results might surprise you

Published: 24/Jun/2019 13:32 Updated: 25/Jun/2019 13:13

by Paul Cot

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Ever wondered what the most popular Pokemon is? Well, we may now have the most definitive answer to date with thousands participating in an online poll.

The survey was made in an attempt to find out whether every Pokemon is someone’s favorite. While there were 4 Pokemon that didn’t receive any votes from the 52,000 that participated, the results were extremely interesting.

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The most popular featured an array of well known Pokemon but the order may come as somewhat of a surprise. Firstly, the face of the Pokemon series, Pikachu, came in at a lowly 44th. So, despite Detective Pikachu, being the face of the anime and the most promoted, Pikachu was beaten by 43 other Pokemon!

Odyssey OnlineAll 809 Pokemon to date could be voted for in the survey…

Charizard voted most popular

The fearsome Charizard came out in number one place receiving 1,107 votes. The dual fire and flying-type is no doubt a popular Pokemon but it might come as surprise it took the number one spot.

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The number two ranked Gengar may come as more of a surprise, though. Astonishingly, the Kanto ghost received more than 2% of the vote.

Screen RantCharizard – the most popular Pokemon, according to the survey…

Then at number three came Arcanine which would have been another shock. While Arcanine is popular, few would have expected it to come as high as number three.

In at number four came Bulbasaur which would have been less of a surprise. The Kanto starters are among some of the fan favorites even today and the likes of Bulbasaur even have their own fan community – a factor which could have seen it voted so highly.

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Blaziken was ranked number five and is the highest rated Pokemon outside of the first generation.

Top 20 favorite Pokemon

The top 20 and the votes each of them received can be seen below:

  1. Charizard – 1,107
  2. Gengar – 1,056
  3. Arcanine – 923
  4. Bulbasaur – 710
  5. Blaziken – 613
  6. Umbreon – 607
  7. Lucario – 604
  8. Gardevoir – 585
  9. Eevee – 581
  10. Dragonite – 551
  11. Absol – 542
  12. Typhlosion – 534
  13. Ampharos – 529
  14. Squirtle – 523
  15. Flygon – 510
  16. Ninetales – 471
  17. Tyranitar – 451
  18. Infernape – 443
  19. Snorlax – 433
  20. Torterra – 430

Surprise omissions from the list

These top five won’t be the top five many Pokemon fans expected but some of the Pokemon that failed to make the top 20 are even more shocking.

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The aforementioned Pikachu failed to make the cut which is kind of explainable given its immense notoriety. However, there were other notable Pokemon missing too.

Pokemon FandomMewtwo was a surprise omission from the 20…

The Kanto starters would expect to feature on any popularity list but Charmander didn’t and Squirtle finished relatively low for a Pokemon of its stature. Respectively they finished 32nd and 14th.

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Elsewhere, fan favorite Eevee, who recently had its first Pokemon game named after it (Pokemon Let’s Go), did finish 9th but this was lower than perhaps expected given the attention it receives.

Mewtwo, who is considered one of the most powerful Pokemon, and also has a movie named after it, finished 43rd with just 298 votes.

The results show that you might think you know what the most popular Pokemon are but in reality there are lots of different opinions out there.

Last updated 09:13 ET, June 25, 2019

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Pokemon Go: Legendary Pokemon are getting even rarer

Published: 13/Oct/2020 15:36 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:37

by Paul Cot

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In recent times Legendary Pokemon have been made what they should have been all along in Pokemon Go – rare.

There was a time in Pokemon Go when getting those legendary ‘mons became all too common and easy. This resulted in it becoming a mundane task – something which getting one should never be.

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Research Breakthrough rewards were introduced to the mobile game in April 2018. You can obtain these rewards by earning seven Field Research stamps.

Only one can be earned per day and you get one for completing any Field Research task. As anyone who has completed these before can attest to, they are often very easy to do.

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From April 2018 until December 2019, the majority of these months had a Legendary Pokemon waiting for you when you earned those seven stamps. This meant you could earn an encounter with the likes of Moltres, Latios, Groudon – and any other of the litany of legends that featured – for completing seven simple tasks.

If you routinely played, this meant a new Legendary Pokemon every seven days. It was no wonder Legendary Pokemon lost their allure.

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Easy to obtain Legendary Pokemon are a thing of the past in Pokemon Go…

Make Legendary Pokemon rare again

From January 2020 though, legendary species no longer featured as the Research Breakthrough encounter reward. Niantic likely realized they were too easy to get and wanted to make getting them mean something again.

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Generally, this made them only obtainable in Raid Battles. This made sense because with rare ‘mons so easy to get hold of previously, fewer trainers would spend the time to get them in the more difficult route of Raid Battles. This is in addition to them costing real money/PokeCoins if you did more than one a day.

It hasn’t stopped there, however. It looks like Niantic want to make them even rarer. Many trainers will have noticed five-star Raids are appearing far less frequently.

This hasn’t been confirmed in any official capacity but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from the Pokemon Go community. “[I] was in an area with over 25 gyms but could only find 2 Giratina during 5 [a] hour period this afternoon,” MarinaBlu shared. They did note a lot more Mega Raids were appearing during that time.

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Encouraging Mega Raids?

There could be multiple reasons for this. Firstly, it will make trainers jump on Raid Battles that feature Legendary Pokemon, stopping the often empty lobbies which single trainers have to avoid.

Then there could be an element of wanting to make Legendary Pokemon even more desirable. This is understandable but certainly puts newer players at a disadvantage. After all, experienced trainers will have a lot stocked up. They would argue this is deserved, however, due to the time they have put into the game.

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Finally, it could be Niantic are trying to encourage trainers to play more Mega Raids. The concept of Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go hasn’t been received as well as the developers would have hoped, though.

We don’t know if the reduced five-star Raid Battles will carry on, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.