With 898 different Pokemon, not all will be well designed. There are many very creative and interesting designs, of course, but there are certain Pokémon that seem to have been created simply to offset the numbers.
One of the main traps a Pokémon’s design falls into is being too similar to the real-life object it’s based on. While this is the case for many Pokémon, there are some where it shows the most. Others are designed in a way that makes them look like they don’t belong in the series at all.
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10 Comfey is a colorful but lifeless flower necklace
The only thing about Comfey’s design that sets it apart from the Hawaiian flower garland on which the Pokémon Posy Picker is based is its body, which blends in with the flowers and is very easy to miss, making it appear without lifetime. The flowers surrounding Comfey are colorful yet simplistic, and the fact that it doesn’t evolve and incorporate more flowers of different colors and sizes makes its design even more basic. If it’s not going to evolve, at least make it more elaborate than it is.
9 Sandygast fails to generate any emotion
The design of a Pokémon should be exciting enough that the player wants to catch it and use it in battles or competitions. Sandygast’s design is so lacking in character that it’s not worth worrying about. It is a pile of sand with a shovel stuck in the head. Without the shovel, it would be simply a beige version of Grimer, and the fact that his facial features are simply sand in the form of eyes and an open mouth make his expressions tasteless and lifeless.
8 Krabby and Kingler are hardly different from king crabs
Krabby is one of many Pokémon that are based on real life creatures. Like many of these designs, there is nothing in Krabby to tell you that it is part of the Pokémon universe. It could just be a cartoon of a crab.
While some other Pokémon are a different color than their real-life counterpart, this is not the case with Krabby, which has a red upper half and a light tanned lower half. Meanwhile, Kingler’s great claw is the only thing that differentiates him from his pre-evolution.
7 The design of the Klink family does not move anyone
In the line of Magneton, Dugtrio and Dodrio, the evolution of the Klink family is based on the addition of components found in the base form. It starts with Klink, single gear. Klang gets two more. Klinklang receives another team surrounding him. The design is hampered from the start, being quite boring and utilitarian. It seems that Klink and his evolutions should be part of a larger, machine-like Pokémon, rather than one in their own right.
6 Trubbish is at the bottom of the barrel
Some Pokémon may be labeled weak in design when the Pokémon is actually considered ugly or not cute, but in Trubbish’s case, it is a straightforward and basic design. There’s nothing exciting or endearing about a garbage bag, and even if it’s supposed to be an ugly Pokémon design, it stinks of a lack of imagination. Designers seem to have searched the trash for new designs and, finding nothing, said, “Let’s use the bag.”
5 Pineco is more of a real-world object than Pokémon
Many Pokémon are practically objects with facial features, and one of the biggest examples of this has to be Pineco. Introduced in Generation II, the only thing that differentiates the Bagworm Pokémon from a real pinecone is its two red eyes and the fact that it is a greenish-blue color. Even his name is two letters and one space away from being “pineapple.” Pineco evolves into Forretress, which is thankfully a very different looking Pokémon.
4 The electrode is voltorb backwards
Whoever designed Voltorb and Electrode obviously couldn’t resist making a Pokémon based on a Pokéball. However, the fact that when Voltorb evolves into Electrode, its design hardly changes, makes it arguably the most basic evolution family of all. The colors are simply reversed so that the upper half of the electrode is white instead of red. The electrode is given a mouth and has slightly different eyes, but it’s certainly not easy to remember which is which.
3 Grimer and Muk are indistinguishable from each other
Grimer is an amorphous purple spot. Muk is also an amorphous purple spot, only bigger. Muk also has slightly narrower eyes, but if it weren’t for the scale, it would be hard to tell which is which.
Grimer’s isn’t the flashiest design to begin with, and Muk’s doubles up. Gen VII introduced Alolan forms of the two, making them much more colorful and interesting, but for a long time, they were simply the old Grimer and Muk.
two Sunflora doesn’t look like a Pokémon
There are so many well-designed and interesting-looking Pokémon that the ones that aren’t really stand out. Sunflora is one of those Pokémon. The expression on his face and the sheer simplicity of his design does not scream “Pokémon”. It just doesn’t seem like it belongs in the series. There are other plant Pokémon with basic designs like Bellsprout, Maractus, and Cherubi, but at least they have something unique about them that makes them look like Pokémon. Sunflora looks like a Clipart Cartoon Sunflower.
1 Luvdisc is a heart whose design lacks a heart
Anything that a child can draw in a matter of seconds constitutes uninspired design. Luvdisc is a heart rotated 45 degrees and given an eye and a mouth. Completing her design is a pink circle on her cheek. It could have taken 10 seconds to create and draw Luvdisc. While it may be good for kids’ drawing practice, it has to be one of the least inspiring Pokémon designs out there.
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