Appendix:Fan terminology

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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.

Pokémon terms

Elemental monkeys

Main article: Elemental monkeys

Pansage, Pansear, Panpour, Simisage, Simisear, and Simipour.

Eon duo

Main article: Eon duo

Latios and Latias. Often also referred to as [email protected]


Main article: Hitmons

Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, Hitmontop, and sometimes Tyrogue.

Legendary duo

Main article: Legendary duo

A group of two legendary Pokémon that share some association.

Legendary trio

Main article: Legendary trio

A group of three legendary Pokémon that share some association.

Pikachu clone

The Pikachu counterpart introduced in each generation of Pokémon games. Plusle, Minun, Pachirisu, Emolga, and Dedenne.

Novelty Pokémon

A Pokémon that is considered to exist only or primarily for a gimmick it possesses.

Trio master

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.

Fan terms


A pejorative used to describe fans who dislike elements of the Pokémon franchise released after Generation I. A corruption of "Generation One".

Game terms

Collection terms

Living Pokédex

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.

Gameplay terms


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.

EV training

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.

HM slave

Main article: HM slave

A Pokémon kept in the party solely for its ability to use an HM move.


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.

IV breeding

Intentionally breeding Pokémon to have a specific IV or set of IVs.

Masuda method

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.

Nuzlocke Challenge

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.

Repel trick

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.

Spinner trick

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.

Metagame terms

Main article: Appendix:Metagame terminology

Technical terms


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.

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