You can train a Neural Network — basically a machine that learns — to do all kinds of things. The best thing you can train it to do, though, is to create a list of its own fake Pokemon. Please welcome Stangute, Tortabool and Ronch to the Pokedex.
"I decided to train [a] neural network to randomly generate Pokemon names and abilities based on this list as a training set - and found that it was good at generating Pokemon", writes research scientist Janelle Shane on her blog. "Annoyingly good at it - by the time it had gone through the training set 50 times, it was already fluently plagiarizing Pokemon word for word."
Here's a list of some of the pocket monsters it has come up with:
Quincelax Abilities: Sturdy, Secene Grace Hidden ability: Tunged Leus
Tortabool Ability: Healy Stream
Strangy Abilities: Wharmwbra, Darp Hidden ability: Magic Guard
Staroptor Ability: Stench Hidden Ability: Stick Hat
Stangute Ability: Banger Hidden Ability: Drang
Tyrnakine Ability: Beak Eye
Minma Abilities: Buttery armour, Shell Armour Hidden ability: Weak armour
Ronch Abilities: None
Mawuh Ability: Rum Power
We are all Ronch.
The only thing that would make the list better would be if we knew what these Pokemon looked like, so big thanks to Lauren "Iguanamouth" Dawson for illustrating a bunch of them.