There are a lot of Pokémon.
That’s probably the understate of the century. Back in the day things were simple. There were 150 Pokémon and a rap to help us learn them all. Easy. There were also only a handful of Pokémon types – fire, grass, normal, etc. There are now close to 1,000 Pokémon, with 18 different types among them. It goes without saying that The Pokémon Company was bound to run out of good ideas for them sooner or later – especially considering the game is celebrating its 25th year this year.
While there are some really cool Pokémon like Articuno, Blastoise, Sylveon and more, there are also some pretty darn weird ones. We’ve put together a list of some of the weirdest Pokémon in the franchise that just plain don’t make sense to us.
Starting strong right out of the gate is the generation five Pokémon, Trubbish. He is rubbish. No, not like he’s bad – he’s actual rubbish. Trubbish is designed to look like a bag of trash with a tie at the top for ears. It’s a poison-type Pokémon who can emit noxious gasses that render its enemies unconscious. And, get this: it evolves into Garbodor, an even bigger pile of garbage.
It only makes sense that eventually, good Pokémon become harder and harder to come up with, but trash is going a bit far don’t you think? What’s next? A toilet? Actual faeces? Sure, we feel bad for Trubbish. He didn’t choose this life, but we’ll be damned if this choice didn’t make us scratch our heads a little.
We’ve all lost our keys at one point or another. And we’ve almost certainly heard the saying, “Well they didn’t grow legs and walk away.” Well what if they did, MOM? What then? Klefki, a generation six Pokémon is literally a forgetful person’s nightmare. You can’t just hang up your keys on the wall where they always go and expect them to be there in the morning, no sir.
Klefki is a steel/fairy-type Pokémon who is described as a “prankster.” That’s likely because it resembles an everyday ring of keys, but it can fly around freely confusing the crap out of anyone that spots it. “Wait a second, are those my keys?” Nope, just a weird-ass Pokémon that never should’ve seen the light of day.
Okay, we aren’t going to lie: Luvdisc is pretty cute. But that doesn’t make it any less weird. A generation three Pokémon, Luvdisc is a water type that has been around for a while confusing us. It’s basically a fish shaped like a love heart.
One of the freakiest things about Luvdisc is that it can lock its lips with a fellow Luvdisc and transform into wings to fly for short periods of time. So, not only does this fish look like a big, weird sideways heart, but if it starts to make out with another random Luvdisc it can fly away from all the haters. Not going to lie: that’s pretty dope. Just make sure you’re not lip-locking with a Luvdisc who just had garlic bread with his lunch or something.
Another Pokémon that resembles a real-life object is Vanillish, a generation five Pokémon. Context clues will tell you that Vanillish is shaped like a vanilla ice cream cone. As you might imagine, this creature lives in snowy regions so it can stay cool. It came about during an Ice Age and is, appropriately, an ice-type Pokémon.
There’s nothing inherently weird about this Pokémon’s history or story, but just the fact that there’s a Pokémon that humans could eat and not feel strange doing so seems weird enough to us. Lots of people like vanilla ice cream is all we’re saying. It’s no wonder we haven’t seen these Pokémon around a lot.
Solosis is a psychic Pokémon from generation five. Just look at its picture – do we really need to say anything more? It’s a big blob of… well, we don’t know what and, honestly, we really want to poke it to find out. Get it? Poke… poké? Anyway…
Solosis is meant to resemble the endoplasmic reticulum of a cell which says to us that its creators ran out of so many ideas they just opened a science textbook to a random page and said, “That’s the one! Endoplasmic Reticulum.” It could have just as easily been a DNA strand or a blood cell or something.
And we finish our weird Pokémon list off with the generation five ice-type Pokémon, Cryogonal. If you read the story of Cryogonal you’ll basically be learning about how weather works. During the winter, Cryogonal comes “to life” and can use its icy abilities on enemies. But as the weather warms up, it will melt, reverting back to ice only when the weather cools down again.
Interesting. And by interesting we mean, not at all. Cryogonal might look cool with its snowflake-like body, but it literally melts in the heat. Unless you live in a place like Alaska or Antarctica, you’re going to constantly be wondering what happened to your Pokémon only to realise it melted and will be back the next time it’s cold enough. It’s just plain weird. And a little bit sad.