Do You Know Enough to Be a Pokemon Master?

By: Ashley Ehman

Do You Know Enough to Be a Pokemon Master?
Image: Game Freak / The Pokémon Company / Nintendo

About This Quiz

It's one of the most important questions in a young person's life: what original starter Pokemon do you choose? Will you choose Squirtle, the water-type Pokemon that can easily learn surf? Or maybe the fire-type, Charmander is more your speed. Its final evolution into Charizard makes it a strong contender for battling. If neither of those strikes your interest, then it must be Bulbasaur, the grass-type Pokemon, that you end up starting your journey with! All of them are solid choices, with each one bringing individual positives and negatives to the table. 

Since the original Pokemon were introduced in the Kanto region, the world has continued to expand. What started as a collection of 151 of these creatures has grown to over 800! The number of regions has grown, as well as the amount of information a person needs to be a good trainer. 

Do you have what it takes to be a Pokemon Master? Can you name more than one Legendary Pokemon? Are you well-versed in what types of Pokemon are more effective against other types? Through the 35 questions in this quiz, you'll discover whether you would make it to the Elite Four or end up at the nearest Pokemon Center. 

Pokemon 3 What food is common in the Pokemon world?
Breads
Milkshakes
Berries
There are different types of berries; they each do different things. Some berries work to make certain types of Pokemon more effective in battle, others are used to restore things, like HP and PP.
Apples

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Pokemon 11 Which Pokemon has the ability to see the future and the past at the same time?
Xatu
Xatu is believed to stand motionless and stare off into the distance because of its power to see the past and future. Xatu is plagued with the ability to see the bad things that will happen but not being able to change them.
Psyduck
Mew
Glalie

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Pokemon 15 Which of the following would a Psychic-type Pokemon be weakest against?
Fire
Ghost
Psychic-type Pokemon are most susceptible to damage when dealing with Bug, Ghost and Dark-type Pokemon. It was arranged this way because those three things are common fears that people have!
Water
Rock

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Pokemon 6 What does it mean to be an HM slave?
An HM slave can only learn HMs.
An HM Slave is the name given to the Pokemon to which you teach all the necessary HMs.
The best type of Pokemon for an HM slave is typically a normal-type subject, though water and flying types can also be decent choices. Beyond Generation VI, there are no longer HMs, so HM slaves are obsolete.
An HM slave is a Pokemon that is weak to HMs used in battle.
A Pokemon that knows an HM can control another Pokemon, making it an HM slave.

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Pokemon 19 Which Pokemon games represent Generation VIII in the Pokemon universe?
Snow and Grass
Sword and Shield
Pokemon Sword and Shield is a 2019 addition to the Pokemon world. The setting for this generation of games is the Galar region, where a Pokemon is able to reach a new level of power by Dynamaxing.
Mountain and Valley
Jungle and Prairie

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Pokemon 12 Which Pokemon is the only one that can devolve?
Omastar
Registeel
Slowbro
The final evolution of Slowbro requires another Pokemon, Shellder, in order to reach its final form because Shellder takes root on Slowbro's tail. Should a Slowbro lose its Shellder attachment, it will turn back into Slowpoke.
Slaking

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Pokemon 4 Which of the following is not a Legendary bird?
Zapdos
Mew
The birds have multiple appearances in the anime and games., but most notably appear together to protect and rule the Shamouti Islands. The only Pokemon that can defeat the group is Lugia.
Articuno
Moltres

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Pokemon 16 Which Pokemon is considered the God of Pokemon?
Dialga
Arceus
Despite being #493 in the Pokedex, Arceus has earned the title of "The Original One." Based on Pokemon mythology, Arceus is believed to have created the Sinnoh region, as well as all of the Pokemon universe.
Ho-Oh
Mew

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Pokemon 7 Of the Pokemon that are assigned genders, which one is the only one that can change genders during evolution?
Magikarp
Politoed
Bidoof
Azurill
Azurill evolves into Marill when it becomes strong enough and has a high enough friendship level. The trait that determines whether it will become a male or female Marill is its personality value.

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Pokemon 23 Which of the following is a Fairy-type Pokemon?
Pidgey
Umbreon
Groudon
Floette
Fairy-type Pokemon were introduced in Generation VI and are most effective against Dark, Dragon and Fighting Pokemon. They are most susceptible to damage against Poison and Steel Pokemon.

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Pokemon 18 A new Entei is born every time what natural occurrence takes place?
An earthquake happens
A tsunami occurs
A new volcano forms
The trio of Legendary Pokemon that is made up of Suicune, Entei and Raikou was revived by Ho-Oh after a fire that burned down their home. They lived in the Brass Tower found in the Johto region.
A mountain collapses

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Pokemon 22 How many gyms must a trainer defeat before going up against the Elite Four?
Six
Eight
The Elite Four and the eventual Pokemon Champion that one faces are the hardest trainers to beat in a typical Pokemon story line. Because of this, one must collect all the gym badges in the region before battling them.
10
12

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Pokemon 9 If you had a Bug-type Pokemon in battle, what type of Pokemon would it struggle to beat?
Psychic
Grass
Fire
A Fire-type Pokemon would have the advantage over the Bug-type. Other types that the Bug-type Pokemon would have a disadvantage against would be Fighting, Poison, Flying, Steel and Ghost.
Dark

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Pokemon 5 Which Pokemon was the first one ever created by the teams behind Pokemon?
Pikachu
Bulbasaur
Rhydon
Despite Bulbasaur being the first Pokemon listed in the Pokedex, it was actually Rhydon who was created first. The teams who designed the Pokemon did not design in any order, and Rhydon was the first to come to fruition.
Arcanine

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Pokemon 17 What does the term "party" mean in the Pokemon universe?
A party is when more than one Pokemon shows up in wild encounters.
A party is the sixth Pokemon a person battles with.
Pokemon are often based on real animals and objects. Poliwag is no exception. The iconic swirl on Poliwag's stomach is based off the twisted appearance of tadpole intestines.
A party is a group of trainers.
A party is the term given to the collection of trainers that occupy a gym.

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Pokemon 20 Where do you leave your Pokemon if you want them to get stronger?
A gym
At the Professor's laboratory
At the day care
In addition to allowing your Pokemon to grow and level up, the day care is also where you place a pair of Pokemon that you want to breed. If they're compatible, an egg will eventually appear.
At your mom's house

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Pokemon 21 If you encounter a Pokemon that you want to be guaranteed to catch, which Poke Ball should you use?
A Net Ball
A Master Ball
Along each story line, there is typically one opportunity to obtain a single Master Ball. The idea behind the Master Ball is to use it on Legendary or quick-to-flee Pokemon since it offers a 100% catch rate.
A Great Ball
An Ultra Ball

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Pokemon 25 What do trainers do at Pokemon Centers?
Heal their Pokemon
Pokemon Centers are most often found in each town within a region. They can also be found near certain areas in a game that requires an extensive amount of battling, such as caves or bodies of water.
Buy items
Battle other trainers
Learn about Pokemon

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Pokemon 27 What's the name of the main character in the first season of the Pokemon anime?
Ash
Satoshi Tajiri is said to have modeled Ash Ketchum's character loosely after himself. This is made even more obvious when one realizes that the Japanese name for Ash's character is Satoshi.
Misty
Erika
Steven

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Pokemon 10 Based on Generations I through V, what move does HMO4 teach?
Strength
Strength is taught to Pokemon in order to move something large and heavy that prevents the main character from getting further in the game. It can also be used in battle as a normal-type move.
Surf
Fly
Cut

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Pokemon 24 A Light Ball is meant to only be held by which Pokemon?
Zubat
Bulbasaur
Pikachu
Despite sounding like it would be used to catch a Pokemon, a Light Ball is an item that is designed to be held by Pikachu. It helps by raising the Pokemon's Attack and Special Attack stats.
Murkrow

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An item that is given to a Pokemon to increase its love for its trainer
A Poke Ball that works best when the Pokemon you encounter is one you already have
An item that makes breeding Pokemon easier
A Poke Ball that works best when the two Pokemon involved in the encounter are opposite sexes
There are a variety of Poke Balls that offer the trainer trying to catch the wild Pokemon certain advantages based on the type of ball used. For example, Repeat Balls work best on Pokemon that have already been caught by said trainer.

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Pokemon 8 How many Pokemon types are there?
10
13
18
The 18 types of Pokemon are as follows: Fire, Water, Grass, Ice, Poison, Flying, Dragon, Fairy, Psychic, Dark, Steel, Rock, Ground, Normal, Ghost, Fighting, Electric and Bug. There may be new types in the Pokemon games being released later this year.
21

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Pokemon 26 Each game starts with the option to choose from which three types of Pokemon?
Normal, Fighting, Flying
Dark, Psychic, Normal
Grass, Fire, Normal
Grass, Fire, Water
There's a reason that the first three Pokemon a trainer can receive in a game are either Grass, Fire or Water type. The creators of the the Pokemon games wanted to represent natural forces as much as possible in the first three Pokemon encountered.

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Pokemon 13 In what year was the first Pokemon game released?
1990
1992
1994
1996
The very first Pokemon games were released on February 27, 1996. The original Red and Green versions of the game were made for the Game Boy portable gaming console created by Nintendo.

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Pokemon 35 This item will raise the level of the Pokemon it is given to by one. What item is it?
Moomoo Milk
Rare Candy
If there's one Pokemon that almost everyone can recognize, it's Pikachu! However, it had been the original intent of creators to have Clefairy serve as the "poster child" to the Pokemon brand.
Red Nectar
Pinap Berry

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Pokemon 1 What does the acronym "HM" stand for?
Hidden Move
Hidden Machine
Hidden Machines, or HMs, are moves that are absolutely necessary to complete the video game story lines. The rate at which your Pokemon learn these moves controls the flow of the game.
Helpful Move
High Machine

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Pokemon 31 Which of the following is NOT a status condition?
Burn
Poison
Paralysis
Itch
Status conditions are present in battles and cause a Pokemon to suffer some sort of disadvantage. Poison and Burn will reduce a Pokemon's health, while Paralysis has a chance to prevent the afflicted Pokemon from moving.

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Pokemon 32 What does Pikachu evolve into?
Pichu
Pikachan
Raichu
The evolutionary line for Pikcahu begins with Pichu, who evolves into Pikachu, who then turns into Raichu. In order for the change from Pikachu to Raichu to happen, the Pokemon must be exposed to a Thunder Stone.
Pichukang

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Pokemon 33 Which Pokemon can be brought to life from the Dome Fossil?
Omanyte
Jirachi
Electabuzz
Kabuto
Kabuto is said to be modeled after the horseshoe crab, which explains its rock and water typing. It is remarkably easier to come across a male Kabuto, since 87.5% of the population is male.

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Pokemon 34 The acronym "IV" stands for what in the Pokemon universe?
Interesting Values
Intrinsic Values
Individual Values
Primarily used in Pokemon Go, IVs are the stats that a Pokemon is given. These statistics are based on Attack, Defense and Stamina, with values ranging from 0 to 15, where a higher number is more desirable.
Intelligence Values

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Pokemon 2 What type of Pokemon is the rarest to come across?
Fairy
Poison
Dark
Ice
Since the most recent release of Generation VII, there are only 40 different types of ice-type Pokemon. Some of them include Glaceon, Mamoswine and Regice. Ice types only makes up about 5% of all Pokemon.

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Pokemon 28 Kyogre is known to call which region home?
Sinnoh
Kanto
Johto
Hoenn
Kyogre is one of the three Pokemon that make up the Weather Trio. The other Pokemon in this group are Rayquaza and Groudon. Together they control the hydrosphere, lithosphere and atmosphere, respectively.

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Pokemon 30 In the Hoenn region, HMO5 is known as Flash. What name does it go by in the Sinnoh region?
Surf
Flash
Dive
Defog
Flash is used to bring light into dark spaces, whereas Defog is used to lift the haze in a given area. In addition to Defog, the Sinnoh region also had Cut, Fly, Surf, Strength, Rock Smash, Waterfall and Rock Climb.

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Pokemon 29 If you encounter a Charizard in battle, which move would be the best to use?
Tackle
Leer
Fly
Earthquake
Because Charizard is a combination of Flying and Fire-type Pokemon, it would be best to use Earthquake. This is because Earthquake is a ground-type move and Fire-type Pokemon are weak to it.

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