Can You Name the Animals These Pokémon Are Based On?

By: Khadija Leon
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Beedrill What is the name of the animal which Beedrill is based on?
Python
Slender-snouted crocodile
Asian giant hornet
Beedrill is a Bug/Poison-type Pokémon which was introduced in Generation I as an evolved form of Kakuna. The Pokémon’s design was based on a bee, but many people have likened it to the Asian giant hornet.
Clouded leopard

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Ursaring Ursaring is a Generation II Normal-type Pokémon. Which of these animals was it inspired by?
Tawny Frogmouth
Bear
Ursaring is a Normal-type Pokémon which was introduced in Generation II as the evolved form of Teddiursa. The Pokémon is based on a bear but incorporated features from both the sun bear and the Ussuri brown bear.
Ostrich
Whale

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Seel The Pokémon Seel looks exactly like the animal which it is based on. What is this animal called?
Southern screamer
Harp seal
Seel is a Water-type Pokémon which was introduced in Generation I and later evolves into Dewgong. The design of the Pokémon is based on a seal pup, most likely that of the harp seal.
Iguana
Aardvark

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Victreebel Victreebel is a Grass/Poison-type Pokémon which was based on the real-life ____________.
Gelada
Sloth bear
Pitcher plant
Victreebel is a Grass/Poison-type Pokémon which evolves from Weepinbell when it is exposed to a Leaf Stone. This particular Pokémon is based on the carnivorous plant known as the pitcher plant.
King cobra

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Seaking One of these animals was the inspiration for the Water-type Pokémon called Seaking. What is that animal's name?
Pelican
Takin
Orange goldfish
Seaking is a Water-type Generation I Pokémon which evolves from Goldeen once reaching level 33. The Pokémon is based on a variant of the orange goldfish with the coloration and markings of a shubunkin goldfish.
Cheetah

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Rhydon What is the name of the animal which Rhydon is based on?
African bullfrog
Common squirrel monkey
Spotted pig​
Rhinoceros
Rhydon is a Ground/Rock-type Pokémon which evolved from Rhyhorn at level 42 and is then able to evolve into Rhyperior. The Pokémon takes much of its inspiration from the rhinoceros, with some features taken from different dinosaurs.

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Tauros Which animal was the inspiration for the creation of Tauros?
Jaguar
Kagu
Bull
Tauros is a Normal-type Pokémon which was introduced in Generation I as the counterpart of Miltank. Based on the constellation Taurus, the Pokémon’s design is similar to that of a bull, with elements of a bison.
Wallaby

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Metapod If this Pokémon were an animal, it would be a _____________.
Green chrysalis
Metapod is a Bug-type Pokémon which was introduced in Generation I as the evolved form of Caterpie. The Pokémon’s green segmented body resembles a green chrysalis, which is the pupal stage of the butterfly.
Raccoon
Saiga
Prairie dog

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Pidgey Which animal was the inspiration for the Pokémon Pidgey?
Desert tortoise
Porcupine
Sea lion
Cedar waxwing
Pidgey is a Normal/Flying-type Pokémon which was introduced in Generation I. It is able to evolve into Pidgeotto and later Pidgeot. Although its name is closer to "pigeon," it resembles the cedar waxwing.

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Kakuna Kakuna was inspired by one of these animals. Which one is it?
Secretary​ bird
Bee pupa
Kakuna is a Generation I Bug/Poison-type Pokémon which evolves from Weedle starting at level 7 and evolves into Beedrill starting at level 10. Its design was based on the pupa stage of a bee, a form which it stays in until it evolves.
Red panda
Cockatoo

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Clauncher Which of the following animals was this Pokémon's design influenced by?
Giant panda
Dung beetle
Koala
Snapping shrimp
Clauncher is a Generation VI Water-type Pokémon which is able to evolve into Clawitzer. The Pokémon is based on the snapping shrimp, although some people have likened it to a mutated American lobster.

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Charmander Which animal was the inspiration behind​ the Pokémon Charmander?
Pygmy marmoset
Ringtail possum
Salamander
Charmander is a Fire-type Pokémon which was introduced in Generation I and is able to evolve into Charmeleon and then Charizard. It is one of the starter Pokémon in many of the games, and its design is based on a salamander.
Camel

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Poliwag At high levels Poliwag can evolve into​ Poliwhirl and Poliwrath or Politoed, but what animal was the inspiration for this Pokémon?
Transparent tadpole
Poliwag is a Water-type Pokémon which is able to evolve into Poliwhirl and later Poliwrath or Politoed. It is based on the transparent tadpole, found in Costa Rica, whose skin is see-through, allowing its internal organs to be seen.
Banded archer fish
Maned wolf
Red kangaroo

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Dewgong The Generation I Water/Ice-type Pokémon was based on one of the animals listed here. Which one is it?
Zebra
Dugong
Dewgong is a Water/Ice-type Generation I Pokémon which evolves from Seel beginning at level 34. Although its predecessor is based on a seal, Dewgong is based on an aquatic mammal called the dugong, which can be found living in tropical waters.
Humboldt penguin
Jaguar

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Krookodile Krookodile is a Ground/Dark-type Pokémon which is based on what animal?
Lion
Gharial
Krookodile is a Ground/Dark-type Pokémon which is the evolved form of Krokorok and can evolve into Sandile. The maroon, black and white colored Pokémon bears much resemblance to the gharial, also known as the fish-eating crocodile, mainly because of its long snout.
Two-toed sloth
Caribbean flamingo

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Stunfisk Which animal was the inspiration behind the Pokémon known as Stunfisk?
Cheetah
Peacock
Western lowland gorilla
Stargazer
Stunfisk is a Ground/Electric-type Pokémon which was introduced in Generation V. One of the many animals that the Pokémon has been said to be based on is the stargazer – a fish which likes to bury itself in the sand.

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Psyduck Psyduck is a Water-type Pokémon which shares many features with what animal?
Platypus
Psyduck is a Water-type Pokémon which was first seen in Generation I and is able to evolve into Golduck once it reaches level 33. Although it is called Psyduck, its main inspiration was a platypus, with a few elements from a duck.
Kiwi
Dhole
Bali myna

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Articuno One of these animals was the inspiration for the Legendary Pokémon known as Articuno. Which is it?
Dwarf Mongoose
Bonobo
Quetzal
Articuno is an Ice/Flying-type Legendary Pokémon which was introduced in Generation I. Anatomically, it is very similar to a rare bird called the quetzal, but the Pokémon’s color is significantly different.
Amur tiger

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Huntail One of these animals provided the initial inspiration for the Water-type Pokémon known as Huntail. What is this animal called?
Oarfish
Huntail is a Water-type Pokémon which was introduced in Generation III as the evolved version of Clamperl after being traded while holding a Deep Sea Tooth. Because of its crest and fins, the Pokémon has been likened to an oarfish.
Honey badger
Gouldian finch
Beaded lizard

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Sandshrew Which of these animals is the Pokémon Sandshrew based on?
Kingfisher
Harpy eagle
Goliath
Pangolin
Sandshrew is a Ground-type Pokémon which is able to evolve into Sandslash when it reaches level 22. The Pokémon has qualities of an armadillo, but most of its physical features resemble the pangolin.

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Bulbasaur One animal inspired the creators of Pokémon to make Bulbasaur​. Which was it?
Frog
Bulbasaur is a Grass/Poison Pokémon which is able to evolve into Ivysaur once it reaches level 16 and then into Venusaur when it gets to level 32. It is said to resemble a frog, with the bulb on its back being a lily or onion.
Koala
Bobcat
Tarantula

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Paras Which animal laid the groundwork for the creation of the Bug/Grass-type Pokémon, Paras?
Cicada nymph
Paras is a Bug/Grass-type Pokémon which is able to evolve into Parasect once it reaches level 24. The name "Paras" is a shortened form of the word parasite, in reference to the parasitic mushroom growing on its back. The animal itself is a cicada nymph.
Surinam toad
Pancake tortoise
Fennec Fox

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Emolga This Pokémon looks exactly like the animal it was inspired by. What is the name of the animal?
Flying squirrel
Emolga is an Electric/Flying-type Pokémon which was first seen in Generation V of the Pokémon series. The white rodent-like creature with yellow cheek patches (which it uses to create electricity) and yellow wing flaps resembles a flying squirrel.
Emu
Red panda
Pygmy loris

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Luvdisc Luvdisc is a Water-type Pokémon with features similar to which of these animals?
White-faced saki
Vervet monkey​
Kissing gourami
Luvdisc is a Water-type Pokémon which was introduced in Generation III and is not known to evolve into or from any Pokémon. It was named after the discus fish and also based on the fish called the kissing gourami.
Fossa

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Mudkip What is the name of the animal which inspired the creation of Mudkip?
Axolotl
Mudkip is a Water-type Pokémon which is able to evolve into Marshtomp once it reaches level 16 and then Swampert once it reaches level 36. It is one of the starter Pokémon in many of the video games, and it is based on the axolotl, or perhaps the mudpuppy.
Hummingbird
Vampire bat
Nile crocodile

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Goomy Which of these animals does the Pokémon Goomy share many features with?
Meerkat
Nudibranch
Goomy is a Dragon-type Pokémon which is able to evolve into Sliggoo and Goodra at higher levels. The Generation VI Pokémon has been said to resemble the nudibranch – a type of sea slug.
Magpie goose
Macaw

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Vileplume What is the name of the organism which inspired the Grass/Poison-type Pokémon called Vileplume?
Corpse flower
Vileplume is a Grass/Poison-type Pokémon which was introduced in Generation I and evolves from Gloom. Like its predecessor, it is based on the foul-smelling corpse flower – the largest individual flower in the world.
Saddle billed stork
Flamingo
Maned wolf

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Sandslash Which animal was the inspiration for Sandslash - the Ground-type Generation I Pokémon?
Crowned eagle
Tapir
Pangolin
Sandslash is a Ground-type Pokémon which was first introduced in Generation I as an evolved form of Sandshrew. The Pokémon shares many traits with the pangolin, and many of its powers are also based on the physical traits of the animal.
Mandrill

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Shellos Shellos is a Water-type Pokémon, based on the real-life creature known as _____________.
Anaconda
Chromodoris lochi
Shellos is a Water-type Pokémon which was introduced in Generation IV and comes in two different colors – the pink West Sea and the blue East Sea. They are based on the sea slug known as the Chromodoris lochi.
Stick insect
Ocelot

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Caterpie Which animal is the Pokémon known as Caterpie based on?
Waxbill
Asian swallowtail caterpillar
Caterpie is a Bug-type Pokémon which was introduced in Generation I and is able to evolve into Metapod and then Butterfree. It is a stylized version which is said to resemble the Asian swallowtail caterpillar, also called the Chinese yellow swallowtail caterpillar.
Bald eagle chick
Binturong

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Vulpix Which of these animals inspired the creation of Vulpix, a Fire-type Pokémon?
Sumatran orangutan
Gaboon viper
Hedgehog
Fox
Vulpix is a Fire-type Generation I Pokémon which is able to evolve into Ninetales after being exposed to a Fire Stone. It is based on a fox, specifically the kitsune, a Japanese mythical creature known for its many tails and being able to breathe fire.

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Drowzee Which animal was the​ inspiration for the Psychic-type Pokémon known as Drowzee?
Nile crocodile
Dung beetle
Tapir
Drowzee is a Psychic-type Generation I Pokémon which is able to evolve into Hypno once it reaches level 26. The Pokémon, which resembles a tapir, is able to put people to sleep and then get a sense of the person’s dreams.
Vampire bat

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Rattata Rattata is a Normal-type Pokémon which is able to evolve into Raticate. Which animal laid the groundwork for this Pokémon?
Puma
Cichlid
White-bellied spider monkey
Large rock rat
Rattata is a Normal-type Pokémon which can evolve into Raticate once it reaches level 20. While its name indicates that it is based on a breed of rat, the specific type may be the large rock rat, or the Elvira rat, which can be found in India.

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Mankey What is the name of the ​animal which Mankey, the Fighting-type Pokémon, is based on?
Ladybug
Vulture
Orangutan
Barbary Macaque
Mankey is a Fighting-type Generation I Pokémon which evolves into Primeape once it reaches level 28. Most of the features of this Pokémon are based on those of a Barbary macaque, but there are also features of a baboon.

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Magikarp This Generation I Water-type Pokémon is based on one of these animals. What is it called?
Jaguar
Andean condor
Yellow-eyed rockfish
Magikarp is a Water-type Pokémon which was introduced in Generation I and is able to evolve into Gyarados once it reaches level 20. Not only is it based on the yellow-eyed rockfish, but it also shares the real fish’s colors.
African penguin

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Chatot What is the name of the animal which inspired this Pokémon?
King snake
Masked love bird
Chatot is a Normal/Flying-type Pokémon which was first seen in Generation IV of the Pokémon series. Its name comes from a combination of "chat" and "parrot." The Pokémon resembles a small parrot known as the masked lovebird. Chatot's head is shaped like an eighth note, and its tail is a metronome.
Toucan
Cottonmouth

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Pikachu This famous Electric-type Pokémon is based on an animal which looks like it. What is it called?
Otter
Mountain Lion
Stork
Pika mouse
Pikachu is an Electric-type Pokémon which was first introduced in Generation I and was typically seen alongside Ash as one of the main characters in the series. Pikachu is based on a small rodent known as the pika mouse, for which it was named.

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Gorebyss Gorebyss is a Water-type Pokémon which evolves from Clamperl. Which of the animals on Earth is it based on?
Trumpeter swan
Cassowary
King cobra
Long-nosed chimaera
Gorebyss is a Generation III Water-type Pokémon which evolves from Clamperl when holding a Deep Sea Scale. The Pokémon has been likened to many different animals, one of which is the long-nosed chimaera. Others include the pipefish and the snipe eel.

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Farfetch’d Which of these animals inspired the creation of Farfetch'd?
Golden lion tamarin
Duck
Farfetch’d is a Normal/Flying-type Pokémon which was first introduced in Generation I. It is based on a Japanese saying which translates to “A duck comes bearing green onions.” The grey bird is often seen holding the vegetable, even in battle.
Bird of paradise
Snow leopard

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Mr Mime One of these animals led to the creation of the Pokémon shown here. Which is it?
Chinese alligator
Giraffe
Agouti
Human mime
Mr. Mime is a Psychic/Fairy-type Pokémon which was introduced in Generation I as a purely Psychic Pokémon. Its inspiration comes from a human mime.

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