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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. Includes Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Manaphy, Shaymin, and Victini. Often also referred to as Legendary fairies, although that term is also used to describe the lake guardians.
A Pokémon found in the first few routes of the game. Includes 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 based on rodents, consisting of Pikachu, Raichu*, Pichu, Plusle, Minun, Pachirisu, Emolga, and Dedenne. 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. With the exception of Pichu, all of them (and only them) can learn Nuzzle starting in Generation VI. This group is also referred to as the Pikachu family, Pikachu clones or Pikaclones.
Marill and its evolutionary relatives are sometimes erroneously placed in this group, despite not being Electric types and having HP as their highest stats.
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 referred to collectively 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, usually in battle.
- 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. Includes 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: Game mascot
A Pokémon that appears on the boxart of one of the Pokémon games in the core series.
A pejorative term used to describe fans who dislike elements of the Pokémon franchise released after Generation I (and, to a lesser extent, Generation II) without a definitive reason. A corruption of "Generation One". Originated from the Transformers fandom, where some fans have a similar stance on their franchise.
- 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, levels, EVs, or Ribbons, had none of its moves changed or reordered, and has not evolved, 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 or Centrico Plaza trick
Securing the D-pad or analog stick in one direction so that the player continuously walks around the circular Gear Station or Centrico Plaza, resulting in an effortless refilling of Hidden Grottoes, increase in friendship, hatching of Eggs, and accumulation of Poké Miles.
Training a Pokémon to a certain level through repetitive battling.
- Main article: HM slave
A Pokémon kept in the party primarily for its ability to use one or more HM moves outside of battle.
A Skitty and a Wailord at the Day Care
The fan term HSOWA is an acronym that stands for Hot Skitty On Wailord Action. It is derived from the fact that Skitty and Wailord can breed in the games despite the massive size difference. It has reached cult status on some message boards.
The term originates from GameFAQs where, when this topic came up, the user 'Endgame' reportedly said "HOT SKITTY ON WAILORD ACTION!". The name then stuck.
The reason why Wailord is included in the Field Egg Group, the same group Skitty is in, in the first place is likely because whales are mammals, like most other Pokémon in the Field group.
Intentionally breeding Pokémon to have a specific IV or set of IVs.
- Main article: Masuda method
The game mechanic that increases the likelihood of 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 self-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 and hatching of Eggs. 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 IVs—both endeavors which would otherwise leave a lot up to chance.