The main purpose of the song was to list all the known Pokémon of a specific generation. It usually rhymes, as heard in the original Pokérap which had many Pokémon names that rhymed, but no rhymes were made in the next one as there was a limit on names that rhymed and Pokémon. The third Pokérap had rhymes, but didn't rhyme any Pokémon, instead rhyming normal words together, or with the Pokémon's name.
Usually, the evolutionary families would be jumbled up, and sung in different lines or verse. In later raps, such as the Hoenn Pokérap, this rule was not followed; the Lotad evolution family was sung together.
There are currently three Pokérap songs, one for each of the first three generations. Pokéraps have yet to be announced for the fourth and fifth generations of the Pokémon anime, but are widely anticipated by fans.
- Kanto Pokérap - names all Generation I Pokémon, excluding Mew.
- Pokérap GS - names all Generation II Pokémon, excluding Celebi.
- Hoenn Pokérap - names all Generation III Pokémon, as well as Mew and Celebi. However, it leaves out Relicanth and Zigzagoon.
- Some Christian fundamentalists complained about the song, because they claimed that if one were to play backwards the Pokérap, "Gotta Catch 'em All!" can be heard as "I love Satan".
|Kanto Pokérap • Pokérap GS • Hoenn Pokérap|
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