The Original 151 Pokémon, Ranked

The Original 151 Pokémon, Ranked

For some people, the first set of Pokémon designed by Game Freak might as well be the only Pokémon that exist.

This post was originally published on February 12 2016

Given that this year those OG Pokémon turn 20 years old, what better time to mercilessly judge them against one another? Here is the definite ranking of the original 151 Pokémon, from worst to best.

Zubat

Oddish

Electrode

Voltorb

Seaking

Fearow

Goldeen

Tauros

Muk

Raticate

Dugtrio

Magneton

Paras

Spearow

Goldbat

Tentacool

Kabuto

Parasect

Magnemite

Drowsee

Jynx

Hypno

Weezing

Krabby

Metapod

Kakuna

Caterpie

Weedle

Bellsprout

Horsea

Doduo

Dodrio

Seel

Kingler

Cloyster

Tentacruel

Golem

Vileplume

Venonat

Golduck

Venomoth

Dewdong

Staryu

Persian

Eevee

Poliwag

Graveler

Machop

Bulbasaur

Chansey

Wigglytuff

Poliwhirl

Arbok

Starmie

Magmar

Tangela

Exeggutor

Machoke

Shellder

Beedrill

Gloom

Seadra

Geodude

Venusaur

Clefable

Pidgey

Vaporeon

Omastar

Ditto

Ivysaur

Rattata

Nidoran♀

Nidoran♂

Sandshrew

Kabutops

Nidorina

Nidorino

Diglett

Abra

Jigglypuff

Primeape

Mr. Mime

Rhyhorn

Charmeleon

Pinsir

Hitmonlee

Machamp

Poliwrath

Mankee

Kangaskhan

Flareon

Aerodactyl

Rapidash

Butterfree

Koffing

Grimer

Victreebell

Farfetch'd

Dratini

Haunter

Clefairy

Vulpix

Moltres

Weepingbell

Ponyta

Growlithe

Lickitung

Onix

Slowbro

Sandslash

Articuno

Arcanine

Exeggcute

Alakazam

Hitmonchan

Omanyte

Pidgeotto

Ekans

Dragonair

Blastoise

Meowth

Pidgeot

Pikachu

Gastly

Charmander

Ninetails

Zapdos

Electabuzz

Nidoqueen

Marowak

Slowpoke

Psyduck

Jolteon

Gyarados

Wartortle

Kadabra

Rhydon

Squirtle

Scyther

Snorlax

Raichu

Lapras

Cubone

Charizard

Nidoking

Mewtwo

Magikarp

Dragonite

Mew

Porygon

Gengar


Comments

    Magikarp is where now? I know it evolves into Gyrados, but until it does it's useless. You have to mindlessly grind it out. And Oddish at second worst? Come on man, did you forget about stun spore and sleep powder?

      https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRXQfFOiEuWdmIMNYUY_DG6de7wQVmaNwXFMh86EdI5N4aUXOrZy0xDE3kHVg

      And then after Magikarp evolves it moves down to #18.
      Was Patricia making a joke? ("But it failed!")

        Her joke wasn't very effective.

    from worst to best By what criteria? I can't think of any criteria that would put Magikarp at number 5.

      Effects on pop culture.

    Came to check that Gengar was number 1. Was not disappointed.

      With consistently being OU/Uber tier in the video games. I would be disappointed if Gengar wasn't.

      Gengar is a boss, but Squirtle is where it's at.

    First 151? You mean the only pokemon, right?

      Yeah, i think it was a simple typo

      Yeah, mostly came here to correct the typo.

      For right-thinking people, the first set of Pokémon designed by Game Freak are the only Pokémon that exist.

      Scizor, Flygon, Galvantula, Froslass, Houndoom. So no. You shush your mouth. =P

    based on what? you can't just be like from worst to best just because.

    List is wrong, Blastoise is #1.

    Went with the approach that no matter what order they're in people will disagree so just rank them arbitrarily.

    Nice work.

      I pretty much view this article as "let's just chuck it out there and see how many people it annoys". I expect it will be spectacularly successful. Magikarp was a nice touch.

    In what kind of sick world is Jolteon rated higher than Vaporeon?!? Madness I say!

      Jolteon is amazing.
      Versus people back in the day, everyone loved them some psychics. The kicked butt, were super effective against a lot of things, and really only awful versus bugs.
      However, bugs almost always had a second type that psychic were awesome against, so, typical bugs still got messed up because of it. Bug type moves were great, but offensive ones were lacking, typically only doing things like sleep or stun.
      Except for Pin Missile. Pin Missile was great, but alas, bugs with it (maybe just beedrill from memory, not totally sure) were also flyers, and psychics messed them up.

      Enter Jolteon. Super fast, of lightning type (no bonus for psychics), and, learns Pin Missile.
      Jolteon wrecked the place, because the other kids liked to fill their teams with things Jolteon eats for dinner.

        Pin Missile was great, but alas, bugs with it (maybe just beedrill from memory, not totally sure) were also flyers, and psychics messed them up.

        It was actually poison type, not flying, which Psychic was super-effective against.

          Cheers for the correct. Memory slightly faulty, overall point still the same. Jolteon awesome.

    Charizard not at No:1 is a crime. Sorry you are wrong Top six in descending order is

    Butterfree
    Primape (or Scyther)
    Arcanine
    Pidgeot (Non-negotiable)
    Nidoking (Non-negotiable)
    Charizard (Non-negotiable)

    Other contenders for the top 10 are Tauros, Pikachu, Alakazam and Hitmonchan.

      but how can you have a list that is wrong and not be negotiable? :P

        Well my list is like this because of the cool factor and that makes it right haha. Like everyone knows Dragonite is superpowerful but he is so doofy looking he doesn't make the cool list.

        If you don't believe Charizard, Nidoking and Pidgeot are some of the coolest looking 151 Pokemon I don't know if you can be helped :P.

          Lat time i played Blue i ran 5 squirtles and a dragonite.
          I do agree pidgeot is one of the coolest looking, but never been a fan of charizard, but i dislike all fire pokemon.

      Someone who agrees with me that Butterfree is a top-tier Pokemon? Man. Man. That never happens.

      Last edited 12/02/16 8:12 pm

        All the status effects you chuck on that guy messes the other guys up. Sleep, stun, poison, confusion. Loved Toxic as soon as I got it it went on this guy. Oh yeah and Megadrain and Solarbeam.

        Last edited 15/02/16 8:12 am

    True to life the female is ranked lower than the male (nidoran)

      just wanted to say, i down-voted.

      Last edited 16/02/16 12:29 pm

    Sorry all wrong, Ditto is number 1.

    I dear anyone to beat a team of 6 lvl 100 Dittos. You will fail.

      Don't Dittos take a turn to change? If so that puts the advantage with the other guy in every match up in that situation.

    Renta's List Of Frustrating Things (In Order Of Least To Most):

    - Battling a party of six Wobbuffets.
    - Wild Shiny Abra using teleport.
    - Kotaku's list.

    Last edited 12/02/16 2:47 pm

    What is this list? How is Kadabra rated higher than Alakazam? And why the f*** is Blastoise so far down the list???

    Did anyone else start hearing the PokeRap in their heads as they read through them?

    Poliwrath tops my list. All others are equal in their inferiority.

    Love it. Especially all the science.

    Squirtle at 14?
    You bloody what?!

      Squirtle's crap, Charizard much higher and frankly if an unevolved Pikachu isn't number 1, there's something wrong with your list, Ash.

    This list is quite arbitrary. On what grounds/specifications/parameters are they ranked? Am I going to have to start deserting Kotaku because of the emergence of possible clickbait articles?

      This is a kotaku US thing that is a regular feature.
      The purpose of the lists it to stimulate discussion and have a bit of a laugh
      They don't provide the reasoning as the purpose of this is to stimulate debate not be an this is right, this is wrong thing.

    Pikachu's not #1. Move along, nothing to see here.

    #pikafan

    I get that Christmas is slow but surely there's better stuff to re-post than garbage unexplained lists like this.

    I think Squirtle should be number 1 on the list followed by Charizard, Jigglypuff, Ivysaur Pikachu and even Venusaur. I mean what the fuck is wrong with you Game Freak?! You guys have got the Pokémon list all bloody wrong.

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