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PokéGods is a term used to refer to a certain group of fake Pokémon whose Pokédex numbers were greater than 150 and were supposedly obtainable in the Generation I games. The term was in popular use among fans in the late 1990s and into the new millennium, as the Gold and Silver versions were in development. The concept was very much discussed and disputed over on various forum websites at the time, and many edited screenshots were passed off as real to try to "prove" the case.
Most PokéGods were said to be near-invincible, while a few were only considered hidden, "bonus" Pokémon. Codes and cheats to obtain these Pokémon were widely distributed. The cheats usually involved doing odd tasks that could take hours at a time, such as beating the Pokémon League a predetermined number of times, usually with set Pokémon.
Rumors of the so-called PokéGods are thought to have originated with Mew, the mysterious Pokémon about whom very little was known at the time. The lack of information led to speculation and rumors on how to obtain Mew, including the infamous truck rumor.
Similar rumors circulated as new Generation II Pokémon began to be revealed (Marill in particular), resulting in fans declaring these new Pokémon to be PokéGods. Rumors spread of other PokéGods with no basis in fact as well; most were evolutions of already fully-evolved Pokémon, or different versions of existing Pokémon. Fake cheats and codes for obtaining these PokéGods in Red and Blue versions were widely distributed for years, even after the release of Gold and Silver.
List of PokéGods
Many different PokéGods surfaced among the rumors, from various different origins. A list of the most well-known ones can be found below.
Real Pokémon dubbed as PokéGods
Evolutions of previously-existing Pokémon
- Sapusaur or Sapsaur, assumed evolution of Venusaur
- Charcolt, assumed evolution of Charizard
- Rainer, assumed evolution of Blastoise
- Nidogod, assumed evolution of Nidoking
- Nidogoddess, assumed evolution of Nidoqueen
- Pikaflare or Flarachu, assumed Fire-type evolution of Pikachu or Raichu
- Pikabud, assumed Grass-type evolution of Pikachu or Raichu
- Locustod, assumed evolution of Butterfree
- Beepin, assumed evolution of Beedrill
- Raticlaw, assumed evolution of Raticate
- Pearduck, assumed evolution of Golduck
- Flareth or Flarith, assumed evolution of Flareon
- Sandswipes, assumed evolution of Sandslash
- Spooky, assumed evolution of Gengar
- Corona Mew, assumed evolution of Mew
- Mewthree, assumed evolution of Mewtwo
- Dimonix, assumed evolution of Onix
PokéGods with no canon basis
- Psybird, evolution of Psybir
- Doomsday, evolution of Doomsay
- The Unidentified Dragon
Some of these PokéGods were actually glitch Pokémon who were able to be encountered or otherwise obtained through cheating. Additionally, one other well-known PokéGod was Venustoise (Japanese: フシギックス Fushigix), which originally appeared in The Ghost of Maiden's Peak as a gag. However, since the Japanese name of Venustoise exceeds the limit of five characters for Pokémon names present in all Japanese main series games since Generation I, it would be impossible for it to be present in the games with such name.
Two other PokéGods originated as April Fools' Day jokes: Yoshi (claimed to be the evolution of Dragonite by Expert Gamer magazine in issue #58) and Luigi (claimed to be the evolution of Lickitung by the official Nintendo website).
There was a rumor about the Mist Stone, an item that was said to evolve every single Pokémon, and there were many different ways to obtain it.