An avid Pokemon fan has taken the time to create a chart showing the difference in sizing between elephant Pokemon. The visual representation reveals some interesting things, and fans have pointed out parallels between the Pokemon world and the real world.
There are now over a thousand Pokemon to collect across the multitudes of games the series has released, with a large portion of them based upon real-world animals and objects. Whether players are picking the tiny turtle Pokemon Squirtle in Pokemon Red and Blue or Quaxly, a duckling from Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, the wide range of creatures in the real world have inspired myriads of Pokemon designs, and this includes elephants.
In a chart shared by Beloberto on Reddit, six different elephant Pokemon are showcased, revealing the surprising size differences between them. The chart begins with the tiny Phanpy, standing at just 1’08”, and extends all the way to Copperajah at a towering 9’10”. Missing from the chart are Gigantamax variants of Pokemon, but considering that all Gigantamax Pokemon are huge, it wouldn’t be an entirely fair comparison to make anyway.
Fans in the comments were quick to draw parallels between the elephant Pokemon and their real-world counterparts. Some were surprised to see that the vast majority of elephant Pokemon are nowhere near as tall as the real world’s Asian and African elephants, with only Copperajah measuring up. However, others pointed out that there are a multitude of elephant species, such as Borneo elephants and dwarf elephants, which are or were significantly smaller than that.
Other users pointed out their surprise at the size disparity between Iron Treads, Great Tusk, and Donphan. Donphan sits squarely in the middle at 3’07”, while Great Tusk is much larger at 7’03”, and Iron Treads is only 2’11”. This seems to be part of a pattern, however, as future-based Paradox Pokemon seem to be smaller than their historical counterparts, with Great Tusk being the ancient Paradox Pokemon and Iron Treads being the future Paradox Pokemon.
While elephant Pokemon aren’t the very biggest creatures in the series, this chart goes to show how developers look to the realities surrounding real-world creatures when designing Pokemon. With the addition of time travel or ancient and future Pokemon playing a significant role in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet as well as Pokemon Legends: Arceus, it will be interesting to see how the series handles the impact of time on Pokemon with future releases in the series.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are available now for Nintendo Switch.