Pokémon's Ridiculous Timeline, Explained In A Single Image

Pokémon's Ridiculous Timeline, Explained In A Single Image

Thanks to shenanigans involving alternate dimensions in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon's timeline has officially become bonkers. But, there is a way to make sense of it.

Basically, there are three different Pokémon dimensions, all of which house their own Pokémon games.

In one dimension, you've got all the original Game Boy games, from Red to Crystal. Here, the Link Cable provided a way to interact with different versions of the same world. But, beyond that, the technology in this dimension is still kind of primitive. Then you've got the "connectivity" dimension. That's where the Game Boy Advanced and Nintendo DS games go, from Fire Red to Black and White 2. Here, Link Cable tech is so advanced, Pokémon can actually travel into the future. And then we've got the Infinity dimension, where the 3DS games take place. The least is known about this dimension, but it's the most interesting so far. This dimension is the most advanced, but they're worse off for it, arguably — the Infinity Energy that they rely on uses the life force of things like Pokémon. On the other hand, they have mega evolutions, so it's not all bad.

Tumblr user azzyfox explains this mess in great detail in this infographic, and it's a must-read if you'd like to understand Pokémon's timeline. Click on "expand" to see it in full.

Pokémon's Ridiculous Timeline, Explained In A Single Image

Dang. And people like to say Pokémon's story is simple. Actually, it's getting quite wild.


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    I'm one of those people that prefer just the vanilla era pokemon the Kanto and Johto era's.
    Pokemon is so strange to me now, half the time I don't even know what it is supposed to be yet alone all the new element types available.

    PLaying the new smash bro's on the Wii U and you get all these new pokemon coming out of the pokeballs and it's like "the hell is that, is it a pokemon?"

    Though I stopped Playing pokemon after silver lol, i'm just old.

      In the past it was definitely a lot easier to guess Pokemon types just by looking at them. These days, not so much. Since Johto in GSC there has only been one new type added (Fairy) IIRC.

      Completely agree with you. Played Red back in year 6, and now jumping in with X & Y, White/Black or Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby just seem to daunting. Was happy to keep going with the original 151, maybe add a couple more legendary pokemon and change the regions would of been great. That being said pokemon doesn't revolve around nostalgic preferences, and I am sure a lot of new players prefer the way the franchise moves forward.

      Just when you start a new game, there is something comforting of choosing squirtle, bulbasaur or Charmander.

    Well, there goes any peace in trying to maintain the games are all in 1 timeline & trying to connect all the regions on 1 map while trying to maintain that all the games take place on the same planet

      Considering this isn't official from Nintendo/Game Freak, I'd still argue your point ;)

    Then you’ve got the “connectivity” dimension. That’s where the Game Boy Advanced and Nintendo DS games go, from Fire Red to Black and White 2. Here, Link Cable tech is so advanced, Pokémon can actually travel into the future.

    Uh, they had that in Gold/Silver/Crystal, so it's not that much of an upgrade.

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