After 25 years and nearly 900 Pokemon, the fans have decided who can claim the title as the most-popular Pokemon of all time.

16:50, 26 Feb 2021

For the past 25 years, we've been won over by Pikachu's electrifying personality, taken a dip with Garchomp, been in awe of Suicune, spooked by Gengar, terrified by Mewtwo's villainous stare, or just wanted to ride on the back of Charizard. At last count, there were 893 Pokemon (don't @ us), meaning we've branched out a lot from the first 151 that were introduced all the way back in 1996. While you've all got your favourites, the question of who is the most-popular Pokemon of all time is a tough one.

While it would be all-too-easy to crown Pokemon mascot Pikachu as the king of the castle, it isn't that simple. You might think Pikachu and his chubby cheeks have made him top dog (sorry, mouse), with his own spinoff game and live-action Detective Pikachu movie helping him on the way. More than just us throwing out a survey to find out who is the most-popular Pokemon of all time, this is the real deal with an official poll from The Pokemon Company. Place your bets on who you think gets the gold.

 

Who is the most-popular Pokemon of all time?

The annual Pokemon Day is even more reason to celebrate in 2021, as it marks 25 years since Pokemon Red and Green launched in Japan. We've already seen plenty of announcements for Pokemon Trading Card Game rereleases, a next-gen version of Pokemon Snap, the long-awaited confirmation of a Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remake, and the surprise reveal of an open world game called Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Away from the reveals of games, there are a whole host of Pokecelebrations that start with the confirmation on who is the most-popular. 

The official Pokemon Twitter asked you to cast your votes by sharing the name of your favourite Pokemon. There were nearly 1.2 million votes cast, with a surprising winner edging above the competition. Drumroll please, the winner is Dedenne with nearly 69,000 votes. Introduced in Generation VI, the Electric/Fairy-type Pokemon quickly stole our hearts thanks to its similar look to Pikachu. Added to this, Dedenne had a starring role in the anime as Clemont's unofficial Pokemon of choice.

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What are the other most-popular Pokemon?

Coming in a not-so-close second is Cinccino with 54,444 votes. Arriving before Dedenne in canon, the Gen V Normal Pokemon looks like an adorable fur-wrapped koala. We're seeing a running theme of cutesy Pokemon ranking highly - sorry Magikarp. In third was the diamond-eyed Sableye, followed by the snooty Snivy in fourth, and Magnemite rounding off the Top 5. We're going to be honest, seeing both Sableye and Magnemite so high is a little baffling. There's also some notable absences of starter Pokemon, with First Gen Bulbasaur coming in at No. 27. Thankfully, the fan-favourite Charizard lands at No. 18. 

The votes were taken in real-time, with the polls starting as a close race between Dedenne and Buzzwole. As the rankings went on, Dedenne took a striking lead and Buzzwole continued to slip. Cinccino snuck up for the silver out of seemingly nowhere. The site lets you sort by region for a more comprehensive list. There's a nice mix of old and newer Pokemon, with Legendary also making the list. Still, we're just glad to see the terrifying Mimikyu made the list. If you want a full breakdown of the Top 30 and how many votes they received, the Top 30 is here:

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1. Dedenne 68,398 votes
2. Cincinno 54,444 votes
3. Sableye 45,562 votes
4. Snivy 41,894 votes
5. Magnemite 35,206 votes
6. Swadloon 34, 204 votes
7. Pikachu 33,125 votes
8. Buzzwole 33,077 votes
9. Oshawott 32,191 votes
10. Flygon – 22,08 votes
11. Whismur – 21,529 votes
12. Piplup – 18,190 votes
13. Chandelure – 18,095 votes
14. Empoleon – 17,989 votes
15. Luxray – 17,773 votes
16. Greninja – 17,337 votes
17. Jirachi – 17,254 votes
18. Charizard – 16,243 votes
19. Mimikyu – 15,797 votes
20. Inteleon – 15,540 votes
21. Eevee – 15,524 votes
22. Barbaracle – 15,128 votes
23. Glaceon – 14,923 votes
24. Spheal – 14,783 votes
25. Scolipede – 13,806 votes
26. Lilligant – 13,677 votes
27. Bulbasaur – 13,424 votes
28. Sliggoo – 13,417 votes
29. Lucario – 13,286 votes
30. Gardevoir – 12,534 votes

 

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