While it might not seem like it, Pokemon games are often filled with obscure facts and references that many players are unaware of to this day, 25 years after the first titles were released. This happens both in terms of actual gameplay and everything concerning the lore, with an example coming from a Pokemon fan who shared a curious fact about Vaporeon in Pokemon Yellow, who could learn two moves at level 42, but only if it was staying at the Pokemon Daycare.
Another strange fact is that some status moves in the games also cause the Pokemon to use a different move altogether, such as Metronome, and Dark-type critters with the Prankster Ability could turn out to be immune to otherwise super-effective moves generated this way. And yet, one of the most fascinating aspects of Pokemon games is to dissect the names of each creature and find further meaning to them, which often also include references to their designs and move-sets.
A Reddit user by the name of ThePikaPencil shared a post stating that they just realized Garchomp’s evolution line was all about bites getting bigger, from Gible (nibble) to Gabite (bite), and finally Garchomp (chomp). This post spawned a series of interesting comments that share more fun facts about Pokemon names, such as Sudowoodo’s name coming from its “pseudo wood” body, when instead it’s a Rock-type Pokemon. Another user highlighted even more facts, with one regarding Deino, Zweilous, and Hydreigon stemming from the German words for one (eins), two (zwei), and three (drei).
One of the most interesting facts has to be that Sawsbuck’s name consists of the word buck combined with the acronym for every season of the year – summer, autumn, winter, spring, respectively. Another Redditor pointed out that Pokemon Black and White‘s three Legendary Pokemon – Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion – all come from different words: cobalt, terracotta, and viridis (a Latin word for green). The three Pokemon are also inspired by the Three Musketeers, with Keldeo being the fourth and the youngest, clearly inspired by D’Artagnan.
The Pokemon franchise has plenty of other strange facts surrounding its games and creatures, and recently a Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl fan pointed out an inconsistency with HeartGold and SoulSilver, with the Battle Frontier missing from the former titles. This was especially strange to notice because Pokemon Platinum was the first to feature the location, which is absent from Gen 4 remakes but can be found in Gen 2. Clearly, there is a lot of intriguing info out there for Pokemon fans to dive into if they would like to do so.