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Pokémon who don't look like their types

Discussion in 'General Pokémon Discussion' started by NovaBrunswick, Apr 28, 2020.

  1. Venomshock

    Venomshock Well-Known Member

    Because Flygon's an antlion it would make sense but if I had to guess maybe Gamefreak didn't want to make a new Bug type that was that powerful so they made Flygon part Ground instead of Bug.
  2. NovaBrunswick

    NovaBrunswick Canada Connoisseur

    I forgot about them. (Can't blame me, there's nearly a thousand Pokémon now that sometimes I forget about some of them. :p)

    A Ground/Poison type could be kind of cool, and would've made sense in Silicobra and Sandaconda's case, since they're based on venomous snakes. Cufant and Copperajah are probably pure Steel instead of Ground/Steel because we already have Steelix for that combo.
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  3. GhostTyper101

    GhostTyper101 Ghost Enthusiast

    I don't know why Falinks isn't part Steel. I like many did think it was a bug when I first saw it in the overworld but I understand why it's not. It's a squad of little soldiers that literally have armour on. Should be Fighting/Steel

    Haunter/Gengar also don't really strike me as Poison types either. I get why Gastly is, and I know they're purple/spiky but they don't scream Poison to me. Gengar could have been made Ghost/Dark as the shadow Pokemon, but I think Haunter and Gengar should have been mono Ghost in Gen 1. It's not like they were lacking with poison types and at least then the best pokemon to counter Psychic wouldn't also be weak to it
  4. Reinhardt

    Reinhardt Well-Known Member

    You wouldn't think Alolan Diglett and Dugtrio were Steel-types jus by looking at them, obviously there's some lore behind their hair relating to a volcanic glass fibre, but even so, nothing about them screams Steel-type. 90's boyband-type perhaps.
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  5. Joycap

    Joycap The Smogonites' personal George Orwell

    Slight disagree? Re-use isn't any kind of reason to make something not a dual typing, otherwise Excadrill wouldn't be the fan favourite that it is. At least, if you can help it, or make something a unique typing.

    It would be like making Galarian Slowbro mono psychic, when they would have otherwise missed a golden opportunity to make is Psychic/Poison like they did. It's the concern I had when Galarian Slowpoke was revealed to only be mono-psychic, but I digress.
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  6. Monox D. I-Fly

    Monox D. I-Fly Well-Known Member

    I don't remember anacondas being venomous.
  7. Leonhart

    Leonhart Imagineer

    I think Game Freak were just reaching for a secondary type to give those two Pokemon, so they went with the Steel-type based on rather flimsy reasoning about their hair fibers.
  8. NovaBrunswick

    NovaBrunswick Canada Connoisseur

    With Deerling and Sawsbuck's gimmick, they could've given them different types based on their form:

    • Spring Form could be Grass/Fairy
    • Summer Form could be Grass/Fire (because of warmth, and forest fires often happen in summer)
    • Autumn Form could be Grass/Ground (since the leaves fall to the ground)
    • Winter Form could be Grass/Ice
    Also, I wonder why many more Pokémon didn't have form changes in Gen 5, with the season-changing feature?
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  9. TwilightBlade

    TwilightBlade Well-Known Member

    Goomy looks slimy and fitting for a potential Poison type so I'm a little mad that GF didn't go with the most obvious type combo choice and left Goomy's family as pure Dragons. :[
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  10. Leonhart

    Leonhart Imagineer

    Shikijika's (Deerling's) seasonal form change coming with type changes as well would've been great, and it probably would've made me more likely to use a member of that evolutionary family.
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  11. MrJechgo

    MrJechgo Well-Known Member

    How about these?
    • Lugia, not Water
    • Celebi, not Fairy
    • G-Articuno, not Ice
    • G-Zapdos, not Electric
    • G-Moltres, not Fire
    • Comfey, not Grass
    • Flabebe, not Grass
    • Darkrai, not Ghost
    • Grapploct, not Water
    • Falinks, not Steel... or Bug (NOT a problem though ;) )
    • G-Farfetch'd / Sirfetch'd, not Normal
    • Lunatone, not Ice
    • Solrock, not Fire
    • Porygon, not Electric
    • Goodra, not Poison
    • Samurott, not Fighting
    • Zeraora, not Fighting
    • Flygon, not Bug
    • Torkoal, not Rock
    • Psyduck/Golduck, not Psychic
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2020
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  12. willprogresivo

    willprogresivo Creepy Uncle

    Gothitelle should be Psychic/Dark, Tsareena should be Grass/Fighting.

    Girafarig ahould be either Normal/Dark or Psychic/Dark.
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  13. Redbird

    Redbird Member

    Glalie looks part Dark (evil-looking design, one of its two most prominent colors is black), has a Dark behavior (the Pokédex says it freezes its prey and eats it leisurely), learns many Dark moves, and has a scary-looking Mega evolution, yet both it and its Mega evo are pure Ice types. I don't get why they didn't make it Ice/Dark.

    Charizard obviously looks like a dragon, and its Japanese name is Lizardon, which sounds like lizard + dragon. Well, its types still match technically, as dragons can breathe fire and fly, but still... no Dragon type. I guess they wanted to reserve it for the pseudo-legendary.
    I've read somewhere that the reason Azurill isn't Water is that when they added it to the game, the programmers copied the data of another baby Pokémon (either Igglybuff or Cleffa, forgot which one) to its slot and modified it from there, but forgot to change its type. So it ended up being Normal in R/S, and later games kept it that way for consistency. This is supported by the fact it has a 75% female gender ratio like Igglybuff/Cleffa, despite Marill and Azumarill's being 50%, which led to the infamous transgender Marill glitch.
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2020
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  14. Leonhart

    Leonhart Imagineer

    I sort of agree about the former since it has a black color scheme, which implies that it should be a Dark-type. I figure that maybe it was initially conceived as a pure Dark-type, but then perhaps Game Freak realized that they needed more Psychic-types for Cattleya (Caitlin) to use on her team, so they changed that evolutionary family's type.
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  15. Monox D. I-Fly

    Monox D. I-Fly Well-Known Member

    I believe the "-don" part refers to how some dinosaurs' name end with "-don", like Iguanodon.
  16. Rockapheller

    Rockapheller A Pokémon Enthusiast

    Japanese culture associates dragons with snakes while it is the European culture associating dragons with lizards.
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  17. Luthor

    Luthor Well-Known Member

    The Goomy line. With their Slimness I thought they might be a Poison type or a Water type.
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  18. jaden767

    jaden767 Amphetamine

    I'm glad they were not Water types because there were enough Water Pokemon in the X and Y games and more weren't needed. Them being Poison type would've made more sense.
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  19. Luthor

    Luthor Well-Known Member

    Poison would be my preference as well.
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  20. Redbird

    Redbird Member

    I'm aware of that, but Pokémon designs take inspiration from cultures all around the world. Charizard has obvious dragon features like horns and wings, and there have been other western-style dragons like Samalence or Druddigon, which did get the Dragon type.
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2020
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