Pokemon Based On Inanimate Objects, Ranked

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Some people will tell you that the worst Pokemon designs are the ones based on real-world items, rather than animals. Those people are wrong. Actually, some of the best creatures in the pocket monster roster are ones based on inanimate objects.

The thing about inanimate object Pokemon is, you can tell Game Freak actually has fun coming up with them, because they're so ridiculous. Comparatively, having the obligatory bird Pokemon at the start of your adventure, or a new Pikachu-like, feels boring and uninspired. Even well-designed creatures, like Rockruff and Bewear, will never inspire the same amount of delight, horror, and confusion than something based on, say, a sandcastle.

That's exactly why I love monsters based on objects, they're weird, unexpected, and they inspire all sorts of horrifying philosophical questions. Are these Pokemon actually objects, or living, breathing Pokemon that just happen to look like things? What is the real difference between a rock Pokemon and a keychain Pokemon; aren't they both equally not-alive? I don't know. I love that I don't know.

Here's the definite ranking on Pokemon based on inanimate objects, from worst to best. (Some evolutions will be grouped together, as they tend to be similar to one another.)

Voltorb/Electrode

Klinklang

Magnemite & Magneton

Roggenrola

Nosepass

Geodude

Solrock

Lunatone

Bronzong

Comfey

Cofagrigus

Cryogonal

Avalugg

Exeggcute

Gourgeist

Rotom

Aegislash

Dhelmise

Litwick & Chandelure

Sandygast & Palossand

Klefki

Vanilluxe

Trubbish & Garbodor

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Comments

    I have always hated those because they don't make sense in-universe. For sure Pokemon, like all other living beings, predate modern human artifacts so they have no business looking like them.

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