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If you’ve played any recent Pokémon game, you might’ve noticed a decline in creativity. The cool Pokémon you remember like Charizard, Mewtwo, Snorlax, and Psyduck now sit next to some odd new species in the Pokedex.
Whether you love or hate the following Pokémon, you can’t deny that they’re unique. These are some of the weirdest Pokémon that you’ll ever encounter.
This Pokémon is literal trash. Just the idea of someone at Game Freak brainstorming this very abomination makes me sick. Not to mention that someone actually approved this trashbag Pokémon.
As if the name “Trubbish” isn’t obvious enough that this Pokémon is made out of trash, the creators just had to give it a trashbag-shaped body and arms made of sludge. Unfortunately, Trubbish doesn’t get any better when it evolves—its evolved form, Garbador, looks like an animated version of a landfill.
Vanillish is an Ice-type Pokémon that resembles a frozen ice cream cone. When it evolves into Vanilluxe, it has two scoops on its cone instead of one. Using this Pokémon is a great way to humiliate your friends in battle. Who wants to get beat by a dopey-looking ice cream cone?
I hate to call a Pokémon useless, but Klefki pretty much falls into that category. As you can tell, by its name and its looks, Klefki is modeled after a keyring. Collecting and stealing keys is just about the only talent it has.
The Pokémon series introduced us to Comfey in Pokémon Sun and Moon. Comfey is basically the Alolan version of a Hawaiian lei. While it doesn’t have very powerful attacks, it’s actually somewhat helpful. Comfey specializes in a move called Floral Healing—you can use this to heal the other Pokémon on your team.
5. Alolan Raticate
Raticate is one of the most well-known Pokémon in the series, as it originates all the way back in the very first Pokémon game.
I can’t tell you why Game Freak decided to change Raticate for Pokémon Sun and Moon. The Alolan version of Raticate looks like a rotund version of its former self. Its cheeks look as if they’ve been stuffed with peanuts, and its portly body just doesn’t do it any justice.
Despite Chandeure’s resemblance to a chandelier, it’s actually a powerful Pokémon. Chandelure starts as Litwick, a mere candle, and later evolves into Lampent, which is (obviously) a lamp.
It’s a bit of a shame that Game Freak didn’t inject a little more creativity into this Pokémon. I think the look of Chandeleur is a dealbreaker for most Pokémon trainers.
Polteageist is the newest Pokémon on this list, as it’s set to appear in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Game Freak yet again continues its pattern of creating Pokémon out of inanimate objects—Polteageist looks like a ghost inside of a teapot.
We don’t know what the evolution of this Pokémon will look like yet, but I can’t wait to find out.
I feel like it’d make more sense to wield an actual sword in a Pokémon battle than use Honedge. This animated medieval sword is a Ghost and Steel type that eventually evolves into Aeigislash: a sword and shield combo.
Klingklang makes this list both for its ridiculous name, and its strange body. This Steel-type Pokémon starts out as Klink, evolves into Klang, and finally becomes Klingklang. Can it get any weirder than that?
Is Probopass an undiscovered addition to the Easter Island statues? I’m not sure what possessed the Pokémon creators to come up with this Easter Island knockoff but it definitely looks freaky. This Pokémon has one giant nose, two smaller noses on its side, a fluffy mustache, and two piercing blue eyes.
Apparently, its mustache isn’t even a mustache—it’s actually a bunch of iron filings that its magnetic nose attracts. To make this Pokémon even more bizarre, Probopass also controls Mini-Noses that it uses to attack its foes.
11. Alolan Dugtrio
I think this picture is pretty self-explanatory—the wig-wearing Alolan version of Dugtrio is just hilarious.
The design for Pineco is inspired by—you guessed it—a pinecone. This Pokémon has been appearing in games since the second generation. At level 31, it evolves into the equally hideous bagworm Pokémon, Forretress.
What’s Next for Pokémon?
Knowing Game Freak’s track record, we can definitely expect more weird Pokémon in the upcoming games. We’ll just have to wait and see what bizarreness is in store.
Want to make your next Pokémon playthrough a little more interesting? Try the Pokémon Nuzlocke Challenge if you’re up for it.