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The Pokémon metagame has a wide range of fanmade terminology for various aspects of the games. These are colloquial terms originating from unofficial sources, and are not found within the games themselves. However, some terms originally coined by the fandom have been used officially, such as Eeveelution and Shiny; these terms are not listed here.
Cute Legendary Pokémon
A subset of Mythical Pokémon, this is a group of Legendary Pokémon that are perceived to be small and cute. Each of their base stats are 100 with a base stat total of 600. They are only available as event Pokémon. Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Manaphy, Shaymin, and Victini. Often also referred to as Legendary fairies.
A Pokémon found in the first few routes of the game. Caterpie, Weedle, Pidgey, Rattata, Spearow, Sentret, Hoothoot, Ledyba, Spinarak, Poochyena, Zigzagoon, Wurmple, Taillow, Wingull, Starly, Bidoof, Kricketot, Patrat, Lillipup, Purrloin, Pidove, Sewaddle, Venipede, Bunnelby, Fletchling, and Scatterbug.
A group of Electric-type Pokémon that are based on mammals of the Rodentia order. All of its members are in either the Fairy or Field Egg Group, along with having Speed as their highest stat and only giving out Speed EVs when defeated. Its members are Pikachu, Raichu*, Pichu, Plusle, Minun, Pachirisu, Emolga, and Dedenne. Often also referred to as Pikachu clones or Pikaclones.
A deck from the Gym Challenge Strategy Guide is named Electric Rodents of Doom, possibly referencing this fan term. It is a predominantly Lightning-type deck that features Pikachu and Raichu, as well as Rattata and Raticate, which are also based on rodents.
- Main article: Elemental monkeys
Pansage, Pansear, Panpour, Simisage, Simisear, and Simipour.
- Main article: Eon duo
Latios and Latias. Often also referred to as Lati@s.
- Main article: Hitmons
Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, Hitmontop, and sometimes Tyrogue.
- Main article: Legendary duo
A group of two Legendary Pokémon that share some association.
- Main article: Legendary trio
A group of three Legendary Pokémon that share some association.
A Pokémon that possesses a unique trait.
- Main article: Pseudo-legendary Pokémon
A Pokémon that has a three-stage evolutionary line, 1,250,000 experience at level 100, and a base stat total of exactly 600. Dragonite, Tyranitar, Salamence, Metagross, Garchomp, Hydreigon, and Goodra.
- Main article: Trio master
A Legendary Pokémon that is associated with and regarded as superior to (in in-universe lore) the members (or other members) of a Legendary trio.
- Main article: Version mascot
A Pokémon that appears on the boxart of one of the Pokémon games in the main series.
A pejorative used to describe fans who dislike elements of the Pokémon franchise released after Generation I without a definitive reason. A corruption of "Generation One".
- Main article: Living Pokédex
Having a Pokémon of every species (available in that game) in the Pokémon Storage System at the same time.
A Pokémon or item obtained without cheating.
A Pokémon who is in the same state as it was obtained in. Specifically, it has gained no experience or levels, had none of its moves changed or reordered, gained no EVs, gained no Ribbons, has not evolved, and has not gained Pokérus or had its pre-existing Pokérus become inactive. Commonly used to refer to event Pokémon and in-game gift Pokémon.
- Main article: Cheating
The use of any device unauthorized by Nintendo or Game Freak to modify a Pokémon game. Being found to have cheated in any way, or having a Pokémon that was obtained by cheating on another game will result in immediate disqualification from any official tournament, and disqualification from all future official tournaments.
Intentionally battling Pokémon for the EVs they give out in order to ensure EVs are distributed in a specific way or capped.
Gear Station trick
Securing the D-pad or analogue stick in a single direction so that the player continuously walks around the circular Gear Station, resulting in an effortless increase in friendship or refilling of Hidden Grottoes.
Training a Pokémon to a certain level through repetitive battling.
- Main article: HM slave
A Pokémon kept in the party solely for its ability to use an HM move. These usually know multiple HM moves.
- Main article: HSOWA
Hot Skitty On Wailord Action, often shortened to HSOWA, refers to the fact that Skitty and Wailord can breed in the games despite their size difference, due to both being in the Field Egg Group.
Intentionally breeding Pokémon to have a specific IV or set of IVs.
- Main article: Masuda method
The game mechanic that makes Shiny Pokémon to hatch from Eggs if the parents are from differing real-world geographical locations. Named after Junichi Masuda who first documented this mechanic in his blog.
- Main article: Nuzlocke Challenge
A special challenge playthrough of a Pokémon game in which the player must follow a set of player-enforced rules to make the game more difficult. Most notably, the player can only catch the first Pokémon they encounter on each route, and must release any Pokémon that faints. Named after the comic series of the same name that first proposed the type of playthrough.
- Main article: Appendix:Repel trick
Using Repels and a lead Pokémon of a specific level to restrict wild Pokémon encounters to a specific Pokémon or group of Pokémon due to the maximum level at which wild Pokémon can appear.
Securing the D-pad or analogue stick in a single direction so that the player continuously walks into a spin tile, resulting in an effortless increase in friendship. Often called the "Fuego trick" in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum due to Fuego Ironworks being the optimal location for doing so.
- Main article: Appendix:Metagame terminology
- Main article: Effort values
Effort values, often shortened to EVs, are capped permanent stat bonuses gained by defeating Pokémon, using items such as vitamins or wings, or using services such as those in Join Avenue. They ensure trained Pokémon are stronger than newly caught Pokémon.
- Main article: Individual values
Individual values, often shortened to IVs, are fixed values that can be inherited from the Pokémon's parents. They ensure Pokémon are genetically different.
- Main article: Pseudorandom number generation in Pokémon
Refers to the Random Number Generator, or rather the practice of manipulating it through the use of fan-made software, in order to obtain Shiny Pokémon or Pokémon with specific individual values—both endeavors which would otherwise leave a lot up to chance.