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Strawberry Delcatty
November 23rd, 2005, 10:17 PM
Something came to my mind about how the Pokedex list Pokemon species in an AIM conversation...

[21:55] Eternallostgamer: wild monkey? There's a mankey in teh fight?
[21:56] Ida Kathry: No... the's Vigoroth's classification...
[21:56] Eternallostgamer: they're monkies?
[21:56] Eternallostgamer: thought they were... no clue
[21:56] Ida Kathry: http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Vigoroth_%28Pok%C3%A9mon%29
[21:57] Ida Kathry: I'm just going by sources
[21:57] Eternallostgamer: (looks at sereebi instead)
[21:57] Eternallostgamer: hmm wild monkey
[21:57] Eternallostgamer: so wonder wjhat the slaking is
[21:58] Eternallostgamer: lazy... behomth
[21:58] Eternallostgamer: lazy... behemoth or something could'b fit more*
[21:59] Eternallostgamer: geez this is a weird one sloaoths are sloths in reality and sure I had no clue what Vigo was but Slack was a behmoth
[22:00] Eternallostgamer: none of those forms look like monkies. Game Freak IS on crack
I DO have to admit of some oddball species that don't match the Pokemon at all (Sandslash is a mouse?).

Does anyone feel that some Pokemon species classifications are... inaccurate?

Charaxes
November 24th, 2005, 10:31 AM
Slaking is more a sloth but yeah, I agree with you.

Kyorge, for example is a Manta Ray, why don't they call it that? Or saying that Omastar should be a nautilus Pokemon, which it is as it's based on an actual nautilus.

And do they bother with Slowpoke/Slowbro/Slowking? I still don't know what those things are supposed to be.

I like this. And yeah, I think Sandshrew is more shrew than mouse. Weird.

Nedrag Terces12
November 24th, 2005, 11:09 AM
yeah, some of the species classifications are a bit..off. and there are a few in which i can't even take a guess

Dragon-Chan
November 24th, 2005, 11:49 AM
Slaking is more a sloth but yeah, I agree with you.

Kyorge, for example is a Manta Ray, why don't they call it that? Or saying that Omastar should be a nautilus Pokemon, which it is as it's based on an actual nautilus.

And do they bother with Slowpoke/Slowbro/Slowking? I still don't know what those things are supposed to be.

I like this. And yeah, I think Sandshrew is more shrew than mouse. Weird.

Actually, Kyogre is a whale..

pika57
November 24th, 2005, 01:08 PM
Actually, Kyogre is a whale..

More Mant Ray than Whale I would think.

Whalord is a whale.

Strawberry Delcatty
November 25th, 2005, 12:07 PM
I noticed that some people say that Kyorge is based on an orca, but since that's another name for killer whale, I'm sure something disagrees with that.

Why WOULD a legendary Pokemon be called a sea basin anyway?

Dragonfree
November 25th, 2005, 01:01 PM
They aren't really supposed to be saying what the Pokmon is. If I remember correctly, Ledian's classification is "Five Star"; note the singular.

In the anim and R/S Pokdex, the classification is followed by "Pokmon" - "Five Star Pokmon" would therefore be a five-star Pokmon, not a Pokmon that's actually supposed to be five stars. Admittedly some of them do say some animals, but meh. Maybe it's the first thing they thought of. :P

Oh, and Kyogre is definitely an orca. Note the white patches on its head...

Charaxes
November 25th, 2005, 02:00 PM
You're right, the Kyorga is more whale based but those flippers are quite confusing. And Sea Basin indeed.

And indeed about Ledian. Who else is confusing, maybe the Regis, they do seem golem ish, don't they? What are they called on the Dex again? I forget.

Fury of Ninetales
November 25th, 2005, 02:43 PM
well dark weezing, i remember that regice is the iceberg pokemon and regirock is the rock peak pokemon but i forget what registeel is.

Shiny Meganium
November 26th, 2005, 12:44 AM
Pikachu is described as a 'mouse'. In a way it is even though the name would suggest that it's based on the 'Pika', a small mouse type thingy found in the Rocky mountains, Colorado to Canada.

Diglett looks more like a worm than a mole in my opinion.
Rhyhorn is a spikes pokemon!? Should really be a rhino.

Roffle
November 26th, 2005, 02:22 AM
OMG
i think its kinda cool how each monster gets their own uniqueness; as mentioned before with ledian - five star pokemon.

if you get my drift its kind of uber. om

Eirikr
November 26th, 2005, 08:59 PM
Personaly, the dex needs better english writers, alot makes little to no sence, mostly 0001(theres bound to be 1000+) -0251 need it more.

Zaikiro
November 26th, 2005, 09:03 PM
I rebember the Slowpoke family as HermitcrabS. Kyorge is more of a Manta Ray than people see it to be.

They are inaccurate to be honest. Mabye some resarch needs to be done.

kohei
November 26th, 2005, 09:25 PM
Its probablly inaccurate because its either a direct translation from Japanese, or err... a direct translation from Japanese.

Btw, Sandshrew is a "sand mouse" Pokemon in Japanese, but in the English version, they've shortened it down to "mouse" Pokemon, which I also found to be confusing.

Nedrag Terces12
November 30th, 2005, 01:23 PM
perhaps the next time they make new pokemon they should make ones that can be easily "speciated". And my thought on kyogre is that it's a whale. those 2 white patches near it's eyes are like a killer whale's and it's got the big "wings"(i forgot the real term...). I see minimal relevence of it to a manta ray seeing how it's flat(kyogre's not flat) and kyogre has that dorsal fin on top, also it doesn't have that long thin stinger at the end. also the head part looks highly "whalish" to me.

Iveechan
December 1st, 2005, 01:56 PM
Pikachu is described as a 'mouse'. In a way it is even though the name would suggest that it's based on the 'Pika', a small mouse type thingy found in the Rocky mountains, Colorado to Canada.


Pikachu's name came from "pika", an electrical sound in Japanese, and "chu", a mouse's squeak. Pikachu is not based off the animal pika (which is actually a lagomorph, closer to a rabbit than a mouse). If anything, I'd say Pikachu's greatest inspiration in its design is the chinchilla, but that's a different topic.

I hate how Blastoise is a shellfish Pokemon. How the heck is it a fish?!

Mystic
December 3rd, 2005, 04:17 PM
Wouldn't Mantine be the Manta Ray? The Regi's seem to be Golems as Dark Weezing had said, but they could also be Titans as well. Though they don't look human like, so that would count them out of being Titans, I think.

Ho-oh would be a Phoenix. Either him or Moltres.
Zapdos could be the Quiztiquatal (sp?), but thats coming from the summon from FF8 though.
For some reason, to me, the 3 rare dogs don't all look like dogs. Entei looks the closest to an actual dog to me.

One thing that I just thought of is this, if in the game, they're adding new Pokemon that's just legendary (ie- Mew, Dexoys...), then why hasn't there been any other new ones thats legendary that we know of? Meaning, if they're adding them just by legendary accounts, then there's a possiblity of even more Pokemon. Thats just a thought though.

~Amethyst_Callista_Moon~
December 4th, 2005, 06:49 PM
"Pika" means "lighting" and "Chu" means "mouse". Therefore, Pikachu is a Lightning Mouse.

Kyogre is "Sea Basin". That's because when it was released by Archie, it flooded. Same thing with why Groudon is "Continent".

Staryu is "Starshape", when Ledyba is "Five Star". I don't get that.

Mystic
December 5th, 2005, 05:44 PM
Staryu is "Starshape", when Ledyba is "Five Star". I don't get that.

Staryu looks like a Starfish, well close to it, so I'm guessing its because it looks closest to looking like an actual Starfish.

Ledyba, I think its because there looks like there's five black dots on the back of its wings, so that might be why they call it the 'Five Star'.:\

nick-xx
December 7th, 2005, 02:19 AM
Originally posted by: puppypaladin000 Personaly, the dex needs better english writers, alot makes little to no sence, mostly 0001(theres bound to be 1000+) -0251 need it more.

I think the writters have doing the best they can, the jaanese is very difficult to translate, you know!

Iveechan
December 7th, 2005, 05:15 AM
"Pika" means "lighting" and "Chu" means "mouse". Therefore, Pikachu is a Lightning Mouse.


Nice try. Nezumi is mouse (or rat) and lightning is... something. But pika definately translates to spark*le* and chu is squeak, not the actual animal mouse. It's like if we had a Pokemon named Bow-wow-something, bow wow would be a dog noise, not the actual dog.

charizard_maa
December 7th, 2005, 05:29 AM
I think A_C_Moon is right about the Pikachu thing. I read in a mag that that how they came up with Pikachu's name.

They come up with the classifications by how americans will see it. I think they were targeting little kids to young teens when it first came out so they just made the classifcations to relate to things they know. Like Sand Mouse. I would find that hard to understand at age 11. If they told me it was an alemdo then I understand Sandshrew more better.