The world is no longer the same with the launch of the new Pokémon Go app. With a tap into the smartphone game, lamp posts suddenly house Meowths, graveyards hold Charizards, coffee shops store Jigglypuffs, and public parks become gyms of rivalling teams. The craze is everywhere, with fans of the beloved Pokémon franchise trolling the streets in search of their next monster.
Most would think the game has struck popularity with a younger demographic- but think again. The madness has brought a spectacular Pokémon revival which resurrected the passion in adults who played the original Nintendo Gameboy series game in the 1990s.
We’ve put together a selection of our top poké records to keep you sharp on your creature capturing, no matter where the game takes you.
First Pokémon character
If we’re going to truly start at the beginning, we may as well start with the first Pokémon to ever start the franchise. Many assume Pikachu came before all, with his iconic standing in the games. However, its Rhydon that takes the title of first and foremost creature of the game. This rhino-like monster made its initial appearance in the RPG video games in 1996 and has been in the most Pokémon video games ever since, including the handheld smartphone app that’s reignited the Pokémon frenzy. If you’re lucky, you might find him by some rocks or buildings, as his horn-like features give him the ability to smash concrete and shatter diamonds.
For those who are just picking up the game, the fastest in the Pokémon world is none other than Deoxys, with a base speed stat of 180. This rapid creature was designed by Japanese Pokémon character artist Ken Sugimori, and introduced with Pokémon Emerald in 2004. Its name cleverly provides a clue to its attribute- as it stems from the swift process of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).
You’ll feel the ground move with this pocket monster, who is reported to weigh 2,094 lbs. “Groudon”, is the heaviest creature in the Pokémon - with the striking ability to move continents and trigger volcanic eruptions. His special ability made him strong enough to be the face of Pokémon Ruby, the eighth game in the series from 2002.
The bug-like Joltik is only 4 inches in height with several eyes, and parasitic tendencies. It doesn’t have the capacity to generate its own electrical force, so it must latch on to stronger Pokémon and then stores energy in its body pouch.
No, that’s not a dandelion flowing in the wind; it’s actually called a Flabebe. As one of the female Pokémon breeds, this lightweight creature resides in a flower for the remainder of its life where it sources electricity from the plant. Even with the added baggage, the monster only weighs 3.5 oz. making one of the rarer, graceful poke-creatures you’ll have to keep an eye out for.
Least Popular Pokémon
Out of the 720 existing Pokémon characters, Simisear ranked last according to the Pokémon General Election held in Japan throughout this year’s month of May. Apparently, no one likes red fire monkeys! In response to the poor feedback, the Pokémon Company made an effort to regain his social standing by creating a business card and giving them away at random to visitors at Pokémon Centers. We’ll see if this makes a difference, but for now, he’s down in history as the public’s least favorite creature.
Most Popular Pokémon
Somewhat surprisingly, perhaps, this record does not belong to Pikachu either. Although the bubbly yellow creature is the face of the brand, the most popular Pokémon goes to Greninja. Based on the same vote conducted at the Pokémon General Election in Japan in May, the water-based monster beat Mew, Arceus and Sylveon respectively. Looks like his froggy features really leaped into the hearts of players.
Largest Competitive Pokémon videogame family
Pokémon’s family-friendly charm is confirmed by the record-breaking five members of the Arnold family from Frankfort, Illinois, USA, who take part in official Pokémon videogame world championships. The family include Ryan, mum Linda, Ryan’s twin David, dad Glenn and youngest child Grace. Their most recent tournament took place in California in August 2011.
Who knows what they’re up to with the new app, but perhaps your family will be the next to break the record. May the best catch em’ all!