The Ultimate Pokémon Generation I SuperFan Quiz

By: Eric
Image: Sergei Bachlakov/Xinhua Press/Corbis

About This Quiz

Calling all true Pokemon Masters!

Do you know which Pokemon you can start your journey with? How about what region you're in? Who do you see to pick your starter?

Pokemon have been winning hearts worldwide since they were created. Ever since, people around the world have been working to become a true Pokemon champion. They have a passion for the games, anime, and card game that made them fall in love with the franchise.

To prove yourself as a master of the Kanto region, you'll need to know the games and the Pokemon in them. Do you the weight of Charizard? How about where you can battle Sabrina? Which Poke Ball do you only receive one of? If you're a real Pokemon master, these questions should be a breeze.

Can you name the 151 original Pokemon? How much do you know about them? There's a lot to know, as each Pokemon is unique in its own way. Make sure that you know your types and evolutions; these are important for Pokemon trainers to master.

Pokemon come in all shapes in sizes, so there is a lot to know about these creatures. So, if you think you're the very best, you'll have no trouble. Use tackle on this quiz and see if you have what it takes to become a Pokemon champion!


Box Art Lightning Round 1 of 4: Which Pokémon appears on the cover of Pokémon Red?

In the original trading card game, Charizard is widely considered to be the best card made. To this day the Charizard card commands top dollar on eBay.

Box Art Lightning Round 2 of 4: Which Pokémon appears on the cover of Pokémon Blue?

Blastoise gets its name from the combination of the words “blast” and “tortoise”. This name is also used in the Spanish an Italian versions of the game. French players arguably got the best name for this creature: Tortank.

Box Art Lightning Round 3 of 4: Which Pokémon appears on the cover of Pokémon Green?

Venusaur’s most distinguishing feature is a flower growing out of its back. This flower bears a striking resemblance to the Rafflesia arnoldii found in the rainforests of Sumatra. You may be more familiar with this plant from its nickname the “corpse flower” due to the strong uncanny odor of rotting flesh it emits when blooming.

Box Art Lightning Round 4 of 4: Which Pokémon appears on the cover of Pokémon Yellow?

Because, of course it’s Pikachu. How could it not be?

Japan received four versions of the original Pokémon game on the Nintendo Game Boy. North America only got three. Which version never made it to North America as a Game Boy cartridge?

Pokémon Green was the original counterpart to Pokémon Red in Japan. The Blue version was made available to Japanese gamers several months later as a special edition available only through mail order. Pokémon Green was eventually remade and released on North America on the Game Boy Advance as Pokémon LeafGreen.

There are three fishing rods you can get over the course of the game. You generally get the Old Rod first, which can only be used to catch which Pokémon?

Perhaps the best thing that can be said for Magikarp is that it is aware of its inherent feebleness. My grandfather used to say the best way to eat a wild carp was to get a board, rub it on the fish, throw away the carp, then eat the board.

A significant factor overcoming the disappointing initial sales figures was a mythical 151st Pokémon that became the subject of much rumor and speculation until its existence was officially confirmed in April 1996. What is the name of this mysterious Pokémon?

Mew was added to the game at the very last minute by Shigeki Morimoto as an internal prank. Though never intended to be seen by players, certain glitches would allow Mew to be encountered. After April 1996 contest which officially confirmed the existence of Mew, it was distributed at Nintendo promotional events.

In 2006, a contestant on American Idol attempted to nerd-charm his way past the judges by singing which Pokémon’s eponymous song?

While it was a novel and slightly brave tactic, contestant Donnell Bolton’s rendition of Jigglypuff left the judges confused and he was sent packing in the first round. But, hey! It got him on TV.

After six long years of development, Pokémon (then called Pocket Monster) was released in Japan. At what position in Famitsu Magazine’s Top 30 sales chart did Pokémon debut?

Debuting at number 3 on the sales charts behind Super Batter Up 5, and Power Pro Baseball 3, Tajiri and team would watch nervously as weekly sales figures saw the game nearly fall out of the top 10. But the game found its audience and go on to become 1996’s number 1 top selling game in Japan by a wide margin.

In the opening scenes of Pokémon Red/Blue in North America the main character has which video game system in his room?

It was a Super Nintendo, which was a bit retro at that point. The Nintendo 64 had been on the market in North America for two full years when Pokémon Red/Blue was released. Chalk this one up to the lengthy effort required to localize the product for release outside of Japan.

One character you meet in your travels is trapped in the body of a Pokémon. What is the name of this character?

Really, Bill and everyone working with teleportation technology should be required to watch the movie The Fly so that they can avoid common teleportation pitfalls.

There are many vehicles present in the game, some you can use and some you can’t. Which of the following does not appear in Pokémon Red/Blue?

Let’s be perfectly clear about this: despite the rumors, Mew is not under the truck. The cake is a lie.

There is a kid who famously (infamously?) really really likes shorts. So much so, he must tell you about them. What were his exact words?

This line seems to come straight out of left field, which helps explain why it was so memorable. The literal translation from the original Japanese was “Shorts are nice and easy to move around in! Why don’t you wear some too?” When you consider that the male trainers you fight are called “Shorts Kids” in the Japanese version as opposed to “Youngsters” in the English version, the line starts to make more sense.

In order to obtain the Bike Voucher what slightly unpleasant task must you do?

Quoting the Chainman: “My favorite Rapidash... It... cute... lovely... smart... plus... amazing... you think so?... oh yes... it... stunning... kindly... love it! Hug it... when... sleeping... warm and cuddly... spectacular... ravishing...” The horror… The horror…

In Viridian there is a grumpy old man lying in the middle of the road blocking the way to Route 2 because he hasn’t had any coffee. In the Japanese version of the game, the old man is really lying down in the road because...

There is long history of alcohol references being removed from Japanese games released in North America. Another great example is Chrono Trigger on SNES which changed a drinking contest to an eating contest which made one character’s sudden intoxicated behavior from consuming a too much “soup” to be very incongruous.

Guess The Weight Lightning Round 1 of 5: Go! Rattata!

In Generation II there is a trainer named “Youngster Joey” who famously claims to have a “top percentage Rattata”. This would serve as the inspiration for The Youngster Joey Challenge in which players attempt a Rattata-only run through the game.

Guess The Weight Lightning Round 2 of 5: Go! Snorlax!

ヾ(。 ̄□ ̄)ツ...zzzZZZ

Guess The Weight Lightning Round 3 of 5: Go! Mew!

NOT. UNDER. THE. TRUCK.

Guess The Weight Lightning Round 4 of 5: Go! Ditto!

Is there a connection between Mew and Ditto? They both weigh the same, both have evenly level base stats, both are genderless, both share very similar pigmentation, both can learn Transform naturally, and Ditto can be found in the same cave as Mewtwo. Coincidence? Conspiracy? The truth is out there, man! I WANT TO BELIEVE!

Guess The Weight Lightning Round 5 of 5: Go! Magikarp!

largest carp ever caught stands at a whopping 105 pounds 13 ounces – or one full Alakazam. Had the anglers chosen to eat it, the size of the board required boggles the mind.

In the original Pokémon Red and Blue games released in the United States, three companies are listed as copyright holders. Which of these companies is NOT one of the original three.

Often associated solely with Nintendo, the original Pokémon video games were the result of a partnership with Game Freak (which was founded by Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri), Creatures Inc., and Nintendo. Pokémon Ltd. was later created in 1998 to manage the world wide dominance of these fierce but adorable critters.

The Pokémon franchise has grown into a multi-billion dollar global phenomenon, but it was created by a single person. Who is credited as the primary creator of the Pokémon universe?

Satoshi Tajiri grew up in Machida Japan and, despite being close to Tokyo, the area was fairly rural. As a child Tajiri was an avid collector of insects before becoming fascinated by video games. The design of Pokémon is intended to recreate the experience of creature collection as urban expansion reduced children’s access to thriving insect habitats.

Pokémon was designed to encourage trading creatures. This concept was taken a step further by publishing two versions of the game and requiring trading across versions to collect all the Pokémon. Whose idea was it to create two distinct versions of the game?

Yes, the same Shigeru Miyamoto famous for creating Super Mario Bros. helped guide Satoshi Tajiri throughout the development of the first Pokémon games. So was it business savvy or gameplay genius? In this case it was both. Many customers just bought both versions of the game resulting in a very nice bump in sales.

Pikachu’s reach and ubiquity around the world is nearly absolute. In fact, what small island nation actually put Pikachu on its currency?

Niue is clearly a country that knows how to have some fun with its money. In addition to issuing legal tender coins with Pokémon characters in 2001, they went on to mint coins featuring various characters from Disney, Doctor Who, and Star Wars. These all now fetch a pretty penny on the secondary market.

The design of Alakazam sparked a legal dispute between Nintendo and what famous psychic?

So, let’s see. We’ve got a Pokémon of type Psychic, prominently holding a spoon (Uri Geller being famous for bending spoons), and the original Japanese name “Yungerer”. Hmmm….

In the Pewter City Gym you encounter a character who chides “You’re still _______ from facing BROCK!”

This line is one of the most fondly remembered in the game, second only to that kid who really likes shorts.

What is the name of the theme song for Pokémon Red/Blue?

Constrained by the audio capabilities of the Nintendo Game Boy the theme song Monster utilized short bursts of white noise to simulate the sound of a snare drum.

Deep in the jungle of what real-world South American country was Mew said to have been found?

Why Guyana? It’s not clear. Perhaps because real-world Guyana is home to some amazing creatures including the largest species of spider on the planet - commonly known as the Goliath Bird Eater, but more practically referred to as Pure Nightmare Fuel.

The Pewter Museum of Science in Pewter City holds a Space Shuttle on display. Which Space Shuttle was in the museum?

Space Shuttle Columbia was the first shuttle launched by NASA. Sadly Columbia broke up on reentry February 1st, 2003 claiming the lives of all seven astronauts on board. Generation III remakes in North America changed the name on the plaque to simply “Space Shuttle”.

In official canon the North American version Pokémon Red/Blue featured a protagonist named Red. What is the Generation I name of the protagonist in the Japanese version?

It is no coincidence that protagonist shares a name with the Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri. Red/Satoshi is based directly on Tajiri’s insect collecting childhood self.

Former United States National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden has a rather appropriate favorite Pokémon. Which is it?

Missingno is the most widely known of the glitch Pokémon. Short for “Missing Number” the name is comes from the game’s internal error handler when attempting to access a nonexistent Pokémon species. Nintendo tried to warn players against interacting with the glitch, but the community was undeterred. Similar to Mew before it, the mystery surrounding Missingno only helped propel the popularity of Pokémon even farther.

On February 12th 2014 the video game streaming site Twitch began hosting a social experiment in which tens of thousands of viewers would simultaneously control a hosted version of Pokémon Red. The experiment came to be known as Twitch Plays Pokémon. How long did it take the crowd to beat the game?

When it was over, a stunned and delighted world began to tabulate the results. Twitch Plays Pokémon earned a place Guinness World Records for “Most participants on a single-player online videogame” with a total of 1,165,140 players and a staggering 36 million views throughout the event. 18 years after it was first released, Pokémon’s magical menagerie still keeps us coming back to catch ‘em all!

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