We love ourselves some Pokémon, and with the popularity of Pokémon Go right now, it is a great time to catch up on some of the beloved creatures of the series. Pokémon has been around for about twenty years, and there are over 700 different Pokémon! People have watched over the years as Ash and Pikachu have teamed up with new friends and battled against Team Rocket while promoting the values of friendship. There are even songs to remember the names of different Pokémon. Whoever came up with this series was a genius, and now Pokémon is worth over $1 billion. There are trading cards, movies, the TV anime, plushes and other toys, video games, and even a version of Monopoly based off of Pokémon. Let’s take some time to learn more about 15 Pokémon You Won’t Believe Actually Exist in Real Life.
That’s right; you can find some Pokémon out in the wild, although they might look a bit different than what you first imagined. How about finding a Drowzee or Sandslash or Emolga in the wild?
Anyway, we hope that you enjoy this list of Pokémon that you might find in real life. Be sure to keep your peepers peeled! And if you haven’t tried playing Pokémon Go yet, what are you waiting for? New updates are coming out all the time, and the best is yet to come!
Victreebel is the final form of Bellsprout, which is much less imposing than Victreebel. This Pokémon is one of the earliest in the series and is definitely based off of a plant. But it isn’t that simple. Victreebel is very reminiscent of the Pitcher Plant, which is the floral emblem of Newfoundland, Canada. The Pitcher Plant is quite frightening; it is a predatory plant that is visually similar to Victreebel. The Pitcher Plant has a leaf that hangs over its mouth, and this fools bugs and insects from resting on the leaf. Then the Pitcher Plant gobbles it up! Something the Victreebel has that a Pitcher Plant doesn’t is a pair of sharp scary fangs. That was added by the Pokémon creators. Victreebel’s abilities include Chlorophyll and - believe it or not - Gluttony, which it uses to defeat its enemies. Its name sounds a bit like the word “Victory,” which perhaps could hint that you will see success with this Pokémon!
Drowzee was among the first one hundred Pokémon, and it evolves into Hypno. This is a psychic type Pokémon and he uses the abilities of Insomnia or Forewarn on his enemies. Drowzee is definitely a Pokémon with an interesting look. He sort of looks like an elephant, or an anteater, or something in between. In actuality the creators of Pokémon had a different animal in mind when they were designing Drowzee: the Malaysian Tapir, which is a type of pig. This animal is black on its upper half and white on its lower half, and it has a long anteater-type snout and short legs. Their eyesight is very bad, so it needs to rely on its senses of smell and hearing. Maybe that’s why Drowzee is a psychic type Pokémon. Drowzee is usually depicted with his eyes behind half closed and heavily lidded. Likewise, the Malaysian Tapir has a bluish cloudiness around its eyes. On another note, Drowzee may be based off the mythical Japanese creature of nightmares.
The Poliwag is a Pokémon that appeared early on in the popular series. It nearly shares an identical name to a creature that exists in real life, if you can believe that. The Poliwag was inspired by the Polliwog, which is basically a more complicated word for tadpole. Polliwogs exist in the larval stage of a tadpole’s life, before it matures into a full-fledged amphibian. Most tadpoles live in the water (since they don’t have legs), but there are some types of tadpoles that live on land. As for the Poliwag Pokémon, it is a water type that uses the Water Absorb or Damp ability on its enemies. The Poliwag is instantly recognizable by the swirly design on its tummy. There is actually a type of tadpole that has a swirled cut in its head. These translucent creatures just swim through the water living happily until they evolve into frogs or toads. Poliwags evolve into Poliwhirl, and from there they can evolve into Poliwrath or Politoed.
The Gorebyss is the 368th Pokémon to be created in the series. It is a cutesy looking Pokemon and sort of resembles a pink seahorse, kind of like Horsea. However, Gorebyss is a Pokemon all its own. It uses attacks such as Swift Swim and Hydration against its enemies. This water type Pokémon is based off of the real life long-nosed chimaera. Never heard of it? It’s a rare, deep-sea fish that is known for its long snout, which it uses to hunt down its prey. The similarities between the long-nosed chimaera and the Gorebyss abound. There is the long slender nose, of course, as well as the pale pink color and the large eyes. However, we must say that Gorebyss is much cuter than the scary-looking chimaera. We think that the Gorebyss should be a water/poison type, since the long-nosed chimeara has spines on its dorsal fin that are slightly venomous.
The Sandslash Pokémon is one of the earliest in the series, and is a close relative of the Pangolin, a real-life creature in the African savannah. Pangolins are actually anteaters that have scales on their backs for defense (very similar to Sandslash)! Another similarity is the group of long sharp claws that can be used for killing and climbing. The Pangolin’s overlapping scales are made of keratin, which is the same substance that makes up the fingernails on humans! Both the Pangolin and the Sandslash can roll themselves into a ball for added protection. As for Sandslash, this Pokémon is a ground type, but it also has been featured as an ice/steel type. Sandslash uses the Sand Veil or Sand Rush attack on its enemies. While it can walk on all four of its legs, it usually prefers to be bipedal. Sandslash is an excellent jumper, and its speed and power abilities are also good.
This one is so obvious, right? Krookodile is based off of a crocodile! NOPE! Haha, Pokémon totally fooled you! Krookodile is not a crocodile, but a Gharial, which is a crocodile species. So we guess you’re half-right. Anyway, the Gharial has an appearance very similar to a crocodile or alligator (it’s not red like Krookodile!) except the Gharial has an even longer and more slender snout that could do some major damage. This snout is the most characteristic feature of the Gharial, which lives in Northern India. The long and skinny snout on this creature makes it more advantageous in the water, so this is where the Gharial is most deadly. On the other hand, the Krookodile is a dark/ground type that uses an Intimidate or Moxie attack on its enemies. Reminiscent of the scaly skin on a Gharial, the Krookodile has spines on its back. It is Numer 553.
Brock had a Mudkip, which is kind of interesting because a Mudkip is so cute and adorable. This Pokémon is light blue with orange pointy cheeks and a sweet-looking face. Mudkip is a water type and is most apt to use its Torrid power against enemies. Honestly, it just looks like a glorious little blob that you could cuddle with, if it weren’t all wet. The creature that inspired the creation of Mudkip was the Axolotl, a Mexican salamander that is also very cute. It never evolves or matures into adulthood, which makes sense when you consider that Mudkip always stays delicate and small. The Axolotl has thin limbs and lidless eyes, and it is a rare breed, and it’s only found in 2 lakes in Mexico, so if you want to find one, good luck! Moreover, these creatures are endangered, so they need all the protection they can get!
Emolga is sort of special because this electric Pokémon doesn’t evolve. Can you guess what this fun creature is based off of? A flying squirrel! Both Emolga and flying squirrels have flaps or membranes beneath their arms, which enable them to glide and soar throughout the air. Yet while Emolga makes cute sounds while gliding, a flying squirrel doesn’t. Emolga is very small and would make a great companion on your shoulder or in your backpack. He also made a short cameo appearance in Super Smash Brothers for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U. A flying squirrel is obviously not as likely to make a good house pet, but it is a popular animal to have stuffed and displayed in a taxonomy collection. Another interesting tidbit is that it is believed that the flying squirrel had evolved over the years, whereas the Pokémon is inspired, Emolga, does not even evolve at all!
Number 567 in the Pokémon series was Trubbish, and maybe the creators were running out of inspiration, because this creature is based off of something that is probably in your house right now. It’s a bag of rubbish or garbage. Yup. Trubbish, rubbish. Not much else to see here! Still, you have to admit that this Pokémon is much cuter (and hopefully better-smelling) than a bag of trash. Trubbish is a poison type, and he uses a stench or stinky hold attack of his enemies. Weighing in at over 60 pounds, Trubbish would be able to rival your heftiest pile of garbage. If you look closely at Trubbish, you can see that its ears are meant to resemble the tied ends of a bag of rubbish. Trubbish has big wide eyes that stare blankly, and a row of sharp teeth that stick out of its mouth. It’s strangely charming.
The Magikarp gets a bad rap. Sure it takes dozens upon dozens of them to evolve into the mighty Gyarados, but it is so worth it when it happens. Even so, while you have a Magikarp, don’t expect it to do much. It’s basically a useless Pokémon, and just flops there like, well, a fish out of water! Magikarp will just flop or lie there and look at you with wide empty eyes. In a way, it’s kind of cute, but at the end of the day, you want that Magikarp to be a Gyarados. Anyway, the Magikarp can be found in real life - sort of. This Pokémon is based off of the Yellow Rock Fish, which is almost a twin version of Magikarp. Also known as a Red Snapper, the Yellow Rock Fish has a similar body structure to Magikarp and can live to be over 100 years old! You can find these fish chilling out all around the East Pacific Ocean, although they are bottom feeders, so good luck spotting one.
As the name suggests, the Vileplume Pokémon is a poison (and grass) type. It closely resembles a plant, but not one that you would think would exist in the real life. Well, you would be wrong, because there is a plant that was the inspiration behind the Vileplume. Rafflesia Arnoldii, also known as The Corpse Flower, is one plant that you wouldn’t want to see face-to-face. Its main characteristic is emitting a stench that smells just like rotting human flesh. That nasty scent helps to attract insects that land on the plant, which then noshes on the bugs. Now that’s vile! We much prefer the Pokémon, which is smiley, cute, and walks on two legs. It’s heavy flowers resemble those of the Rafflesia Arnoldii and are so heavy that they almost knock the poor little Vileplume onto its bottom! The people behind Pokémon definitely did a good job making this plant sweet.
Caterpie is one of the most adorable Pokémon in the series. This bug type is tiny and isn’t the most impressive Pokémon in the world, but that’s okay. It’s so cute! Caterpie usually defends itself with its Shield Dust or it just runs away. You can probably guess that Caterpie is based off of a caterpillar, but do you know which one? There is more than one type of caterpillar out there, you know. Caterpie is actually supposed to be inspired by the Swallowtail Caterpillar, which looks very similar to the Pokémon. It’s a green species of caterpillar, with a thick body and the same orange V-shaped antennae on its head as Caterpie. Both the Swallowtail and the Pokémon have those instantly recognizable black spots on their heads. They’re actually not eyes, but markings! If you want to see a real life Swallowtail Caterpillar, you can find one in North America. This species evolves into the Swallowtail Butterfly and is even the state butterfly of New Jersey and Oklahoma.
Leavanny is the 541st Pokémon of the series and it is so cute. As you would expect, Leavanny is in the shape of a leaf, which would make you think that it was based off of just that - a leaf. It was inspired by pretty spring leaves, but also by bugs and praying mantises. Did you know that it is illegal to kill a praying mantis? So if you see one, you better just capture it in a net and set it free in the wild; they’re endangered, you know! Anyway, the mantises that closely resemble leaves have earned the obvious nickname “Walking Leaves,” and they are mostly found in Australia and Southern Asia. Just like the Leavanny Pokémon, these mantises have what look like bite marks on them to fool predators and work as camouflage. Smart natural design! As for the Leavanny Pokémon, it is a bug/grass type that uses swarm and chlorophyll attacks.
The Stunfisk Pokémon is a ground/electric type that uses a trap attack on its enemies. Stunfisk sort of just looks like a blob or a sad-looking slice of honey baked ham. It was introduced in Generation V and in case you didn’t notice, the Stunfisk has an upside down exclamation point on its back. Does that mean it’s Mexican? Anyway, it may seem difficult to imagine, but the Stunfisk is actually based off of a real-life animal: the Stargazer Fish. Both the real fish and the Pokémon have the same mouth and eyes on top of their heads. Besides its humongous head, the Stargazer Fish has a large mouth that tilts upward to help it eat (the Stunfisk has this feature as well). Stargazer Fish are actually poisonous; it has little spines on its fins that secrete venom that can hurt other sea creatures. Even so, the Stargazer Fish is considered a culinary delicacy in some parts of the world.
Oh, Pikachu is the face of the Pokémon series, and he has been one of the most popular Pokémon throughout the twenty years that Pokémon has been on the air. Pikachu is Ash’s trust sidekick and is always there to help the gang get through thick and thin. Pikachu’s signature is his lightning bolt attack, which is charged up in his big rosy cheeks. And of course there is that iconic yell of “Pikachu!” This mousy Pokémon was inspired by a real-life mousy animal - the pika mouse. There are actually 23 species of the pika mouse, which is tiny and cute and somewhat resembles Pikachu. You can find a pika mouse hidden in the mountains of Tibet and China, but these animals are super rare. In fact, there are only 1,000 worldwide in the wild. And just like Pikachu, pika mice also make a high pitched sound that’s squeaky and sweet.