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All 151 Original Pokemon Ranked From Worst To Best

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Ever since Pokémon Go took over the world, those weird, cute, sometimes creepy pocket monsters have become more popular than ever. Everyone has their favorites, whether its the beloved Pikachu, the dashing Ponyta, or that elusive Gyarados that they’ve been chasing since day one. But which of the original Pokémon is the best — and which leave a lot to be desired?

We asked a panel of pokéxperts to rate and review all 151 of the first generation Pokémon and create the definitive list, from worst to best! We look forward to your furious repudiations.


Rattata

 
 

151. Rattata: Pity poor Rattata. What was once a generic, low-level rat has become one of the most hated Pokémon on the planet by weight of sheer numbers and “ugh, you again?” disappointment. [Chris Sims]

 
Mr._Mime

 
 

150. Mr. Mime: Probably the single creepiest Pokémon. Not a dude you’d want to find at your window one dark night. [Alex Spencer]

 
Raticate

 
 

149. Raticate: Just a big rodent. It’s not even part dragon or anything. [Elle Collins]

 
Jynx

 
 

148. Jynx: She looks like she’s up for a night drinking Skinny Girl and watching Channing Tatum movies, and I respect that. [Andrew Wheeler]

 
Kakuna

 
 

147. Kakuna: Don’t just sit there, become a Beedrill already. [James Leask]

 
Exeggcute

 
 

146. Exeggcute: Succeeds at exactly one half of its name. Yup. Those are eggs. They’re definitely not cute. [AS]

 
Dodrio

 
 

145. Dodrio: An abomination that is an affront to our lord Arceus. [Kieran Shiach]

 
Doduo

 
 

144. Doduo: Come on, really? I don’t have time for this goofy two-headed bird. [EC]

 
Exeggutor

 
 

143. Exeggutor: Three eggs clinging to a palm tree dinosaur. Well, they seem happy. [AW]

 
Weedle

 
 

142. Weedle: Squish it, squish it, squish it. [AW]

 
Spearow

 
 

141. Spearow: A Pidgey someone didn’t launder correctly. [JL]

 
Drowzee

 
 

140. Drowzee: Yawn. [AW]

 
Pidgey

 
 

139. Pidgey: They’re everywhere! [KS]

 
Tauros

 
 

138. Tauros: It’s just a bull. Sure, with three tails. Awesome. Great design work. [KS]

 
Fearow

 
 

137. Fearow: All that work to evolve your Spearow and this is what you got? Whoops. [JL]

 
Metapod

 
 

136. Metapod: Useless. [AS]

 
Hypno

 
 

135. Hypno: Creepy, but I’d rather have it on my side than mad at me. [KS]

 
Electrode

 
 

134. Electrode: How dare you not be a pokéball? [JL]

 
Caterpie

 
 

133. Caterpie: Have you heard the Caterpie/Venomoth theory? Give it a Google and watch those handlebar eyebrows. [AS]

 
Pidgeotto

 
 

132. Pidgeotto: Derided for a hairstyle that is either Trump-esque combover or hipster undercut, but I think Pidgeotto pulls it off. [AW]

 
Magneton

 
 

131. Magneton: How do they work? [AW]

 
Weepinbell

 
 

130. Weepinbell: Unnerving. I do not want this. My Pokédex is incomplete. I hope you’re happy, Niantic. [JL]

 
Seel

 
 

129. Seel: A sea-dwelling Ray Smuckles. [AS]

 
Staryu

 
 

128. Staryu: Throw this one back into the tidal pool. [JL]

 
Victreebel

 
 

127. Victreebel: A little better than Weepinbell. That’s the nicest thing we can say for it. [JL]

 
Ekans

 
 

126. Ekans: So very clearly just a snake that its name is just snake backwards. Zero effort. [AW]

 
Krabby

 
 

125. Krabby: I have a soft spot for Krabby’s face. He always looks like he’s freaking out, and I relate to that. [EC]

 
Seaking

 
 

124. Seaking: Seaking looks exactly as traumatized as it should, considering it looks like Seaking and used to look like a fabulous, beautiful Goldeen [KS]

 
Starmie

 
 

123. Starmie: I like how weird Starmie is, but it’s hard to root for a Pokémon without a face. [AS]

 
Pidgeot

 
 

122. Pidgeot: Pidgeot has been done dirty by this list, and I am no longer speaking to my colleagues. A treasure of a Pokémon. [KS]

 
Kingler

 
 

121. Kingler: Krabby, but less goofy. [EC]

 
Zubat

 
 

120. Zubat: If Zubats were rarer, everyone would love them. Creepy eyeless poison bat creatures? Awesome. [EC]

 
Electabuzz

 
 

119. Electabuzz: Some sort of electric tiger, which is maybe also the name of the caffeinated alcoholic beverage it looks like it’s been knocking back. [AW]

 
Bellsprout

 
 

118. Bellsprout: Nowhere near the best flower Pokémon, and that’s not even a real category of Pokémon. [JL]

 
Dewgong

 
 

117. Dewgong: This is just a sea lion. I can go see one of those at the zoo! [KS]

 
Shellder

 
 

116. Shellder: Great when nomming down on a Slowpoke’s tail. Otherwise, pretty dull. [AS]

 
Nidorino

 
 

115. Nidorino: Like a Barney the Dinosaur that evolved to survive predators. [AW]

 
Nidoran-male

 
 

114. Nidoran (male): According to the Pokédex, Nidoran senses danger with his ears. That’s… that’s literally just called hearing. [CS]

 
Nidoqueen

 
 

113. Nidoqueen: Doesn’t get the recognition she deserves compared to her male counterpart, which shows the Pokémon world isn’t too different from our own [KS]

 
Lickitung

 
 

112. Lickitung: Aw, a new pink frien— oh no, oh no, why does it have that tongue?! [JL]

 
Golem

 
 

111. Golem: Golem is a solid case against evolution, because it is worse than Graveler in every way. [KS]

 
Paras

 
 

110. Paras: The embodiment of the Pokémon formula; take this one creature, add this other… semi-related thing… profit? [AS]

 
Kabuto

 
 

109. Kabuto: A Pokémon resurrected from a fossil is pretty neat! Oh, but it’s a trilobite, the most boring of the fossils. Never mind. [JL]

 
Muk

 
 

108. Muk: Industrial waste Pokémon always feel like an all-too-plausible result of humanity screwing with nature. [AS]

 
Kabutops

 
 

107. Kabutops: Not the most handsome fella, but underrated in the badass stakes [KS]

 
Butterfree

 
 

106. Butterfree: I once dressed as Caterpie/Metapod/Butterfree for Hallowe’en, emerging from my sleeping-bag cocoon as Crazy Town’s “Butterfly” started playing. [AS]

 
Pinsir

 
 

105. Pinsir: Looks like a Power Rangers villain, which is always good. [KS]

 
Goldeen

 
 

104. Goldeen: An angelfish with a unicorn horn? Sure, whatever, get in the truck. [EC]

 
Mankey

 
 

103. Mankey: A scrappy little fella that just needs a hug.

 
Nidorina

 
 

102. Nidorina: Pokémon designs are, at best, a balance of cute and tough. Nidorina sits right on that threshold, pouting.

 
Nidoran-female

 
 

101. Nidoran (female): A true pioneer, the first Pokémon by number to have a gender. In a punk rock move, she subverts traditional color schemes and… shoots deadly poison barbs at her enemies. [CS]

 
Weezing

 
 

100. Weezing: Despite the prominent poison skull logo, Weezing lacks the charm of Koffing. I guess in this case (puts on sunglasses) two heads aren’t better than one. Yeeeeaaaaaa—[CS]

 
Tangela

 
 

99. Tangela: What’s with Tangela’s shoes? Are they part of its body, or are Tangelas just natural cobblers? [AS]

 
Primeape

 
 

98. Primeape: A giant furry ball of fury. Don’t ever look it in the eyes. [KS]

 
Voltorb

 
 

97. Voltorb: Great, not only are we enslaving cute little animals, but now the balls look like they’re mad at us. [AW]

 
Golduck

 
 

96. Golduck: If Venusaur is the awkward teenage years of Bulbasaur, Golduck is Psyduck turning 14 and shopping at Hot Topic. [CS]

 
Grimer

 
 

95. Grimer: Grimer is a puddle of poisonous goo. But like, a cute puddle of poisonous goo. [EC]

 
Omastar

 
 

94. Omastar: Literally the most terrifying mouth in the entire franchise. [CS]

 
Abra

 
 

93. Abra: The starting seed of the best, most organic chain of evolutions in the original games. [AS]

 
Nidoking

 
 

92. Nidoking: An utter tank of a Pokémon that shows why poison types aren’t to be messed with. [KS]

 
Magmar

 
 

91. Magmar: Just your typical duckbilled dinosaur made of fiery lava. That singularly Pokémon mix of goofy and intimidating. [EC]

 
Tentacool

 
 

90. Tentacool: A jellyfish with mind control powers? You’re right, that is tenta-cool. [EC]

 
Tentacruel

 
 

89. Tentacruel: The idea that “cool” evolves into “cruel” is some real Elvis Costello thinking, Pokémon franchise. [CS]

 
Onix

 
 

88. Onix: It’s surprising that Onix isn’t a bigger deal, because he’s one of the toughest and scariest looking Pokémon. [KS]

 
Kadabra

 
 

87. Kadabra: Bonus points for being the cause of an unlikely ’90s lawsuit between Nintendo and noted spoon-bender Uri Geller. [AS]

 
Magnemite

 
 

86. Magnemite: Why does it have screws? Did someone put those in? [JL]

 
Diglett

 
 

85. Diglett: Probably the laziest design in the original 151 — “stick some eyes on this brown thumb” — but charming nonetheless. [AS]

 
Venomoth

 
 

84. Venomoth: Venomoth has the eyes of muppet, and that’s enough to win me over. [EC]

 
Arbok

 
 

83. Arbok: Of all the Team Rocket Pokémon, the giant purple snake with a face on its flared head is the one that lends itself to the worst jokes, somehow beating even Lickitung. [CS]

 
Omanyte

 
 

82. Omanyte: Not only adorable, but very probably delicious with some garlic butter. [AW]

 
Beedrill

 
 

81. Beedrill: Finally, a Pokémon that looks like an animal that ruins your picnic! It’s not even a bee! It’s a wasp! [JL]

 
Rhydon

 
 

80. Rhydon: The only thing scarier than an angry rhino is an angry bipedal rhino [KS]

 
Golbat

 
 

79. Golbat: Have you met my bat with a giant gaping mouth big enough to swallow your whole head? Did you know it’s also poisonous? [EC]

 
Persian

 
 

78. Persian: The Pokémon of choice for a crime boss who constantly fails to murder a ten year-old. [CS]

 
Graveler

 
 

77. Graveler: Graveler is one bad dude, and the final point right before Geodude’s evolutions go off a cliff. [AS]

 
Wigglytuff

 
 

76. Wigglytuff: It is both of those things! [JL]

 
Vileplume

 
 

75. Vileplume: A tiny, adorable goth flower. [JL]

 
Parasect

 
 

74. Parasect: Parasect is scarier than any ghost type. It’s a crab that’s been totally overtaken by a parasitic fungus. Look at its blank eyes! So creepy. [EC]

 
Dugtrio

 
 

73. Dugtrio: A lot of people like to bag on later generations where Pokémon are just, like, lamps, or trash bags, but never forget that Gen 1 had one that was literally just three Pokémon hanging out.

 
Venonat

 
 

72. Venonat: Inexplicably becomes a moth, despite being the adorable Tribble of the Pokémon world. (Science fact: Tribbles don’t turn into moths.) [AW]

 
Horsea

 
 

71. Horsea: It’s like if a seahorse and Q*bert had a baby. [EC]

 
Alakazam

 
 

70. Alakazam: Alakazam isn’t just one of the most powerful psychic types, he has the best moustache out of all the original 151. [KS]

 
Hitmonchan

 
 

69. Hitmonchan: Shoulder pads, boxing gloves, and head nubs. Not sure I see the resemblance to Jackie Chan, but a good look. [AS]

 
Moltres

 
 

68. Moltres: The third and least of the Legendary Birds, Moltres feels like a Pokémon that happened because it had to, rather than because there was a good idea to it. Why else would they make another legendary fire bird in the very next game? [CS]

 
Cloyster

 
 

67. Cloyster: Not only does this Pokémon have some serious armor going on, but it has a spiky horn inside the armor, like a secret shiv. Don’t mess with Cloyster. [AW]

 
Rhyhorn

 
 

66. Rhyhorn: You can ride one of these big boys, for goodness’ sake! [JL]

 
Venusaur

 
 

65. Venusaur: If you don’t want this dinosaur with a tree growing out of its back to be your friend, I don’t know what to tell you. [EC]

 
Sandslash

 
 

64. Sandslash: The Wolverine of the Pokémon Universe. [AS]

 
Seadra

 
 

63. Seadra: This snooty seahorse is best known for a cameo appearance in the opening of The Little Mermaid. That was the same one, right? [AW]

 
Raichu

 
 

62. Raichu: The only Pokémon that will always be overshadowed by its less-powerful pre-evolved form, because who even wants one when we’ve been hearing for 20 years that Pikachu is the best? [CS]

 
Ivysaur

 
 

61. Ivysaur: The Awkward Teen phase of the Bulbatrio. Awkward teen flower dinosaurs must be cherished at all costs. [CS]

 
Hitmonlee

 
 

60. Hitmonlee: Most fighting Pokémon are just boxers in monster suits. Not Hitmonlee, the weaponised Slinky designed only for kicking. [AS]

 
Sandshrew

 
 

59. Sandshrew: The pangolin is one of the coolest animals; it made sense to make a Pokémon based on it. [JL]

 
Gloom

 
 

58. Gloom: Gloom’s eyes are perpetually closed, and it’s drooling. Pretty sure this poison type is getting high on its own supply. [EC]

 
Charmeleon

 
 

57. Charmeleon: All three starter Pokémon have an awkward teen stage in their middle evolution, but Charmeleon’s is the gawkiest. [AS]

 
Chansey

 
 

56. Chansey: Why on earth would you want any other egg-based Pokémon when this one’s there? [JL]

 
Porygon

 
 

55. Porygon: The Pokémon too dangerous to show on television. And like Mewtwo, a Pokémon created by humans. Where’s the game about that sinister conspiracy to play God? (Or “Arceus,” I guess.) [CS]

 
Poliwag

 
 

54. Poliwag: A tadpole Pokémon that they only thought to evolve into a toad in generation two. So initially they just… wanted… a tadpole? [AW]

 
Poliwrath

 
 

53. Poliwrath: Not the best Poli- Pokémon, but you don’t want to mess with those fists of fury. [KS]

 
Geodude

 
 

52. Geodude: Geodude doesn’t let the fact it has no legs or torso get it down, it floats there — somehow — and gives its all in every fight. [KS]

 
Machop

 
 

51. Machop: Machop gets buff by bench-pressing Graveler. It’s a Pokémon that works out by lifting another Pokémon. That’s some Crossfit stuff, y’all. [CS]

 
Growlithe

 
 

50. Growlithe: OMG! So cute! Let’s adopt a puppy! Hi, I’m Sarah McLachlan. Call the number on your screen. [AW]

 
Wartortle

 
 

49. Wartortle: A tortle for whom there is only war. Only war. [AW]

 
Marowak

 
 

48. Marowak: Marowak overcame its tragic origin to become a fighter and hero. In many ways, it is the most superhero Pokémon there is. [KS]

 
Kangaskhan

 
 

47. Kangaskhan: It’s a dinosaur who’s also a kangaroo, and it comes with a bonus smaller version of itself in its pouch. That’s a lot of pokévalue. [EC]

 
Slowpoke

 
 

46. Slowpoke: I love pink Pokémon (there really are a lot of them) and Slowpoke is one of the pinkest. [AS]

 
Slowbro

 
 

45. Slowbro: It’s literally two Pokémon. Is it cheating? It’s still cool, though. [JL]

 
Koffing

 
 

44. Koffing: Koffing has a good time, all the time. [CS]

 
Articuno

 
 

43. Articuno: The Canada of Pokémon: legendary, majestic, and ice-based. [JL]

 
Clefable

 
 

42. Clefable: Not super different to the higher rated Clefairy, but solid, cute design — and apparently the light version of Gengar. [AS]

 
Oddish

 
 

41. Oddish: Hey, isn’t it odd that we have a talking, semi-sentient turnip running around that’s capable of human emotion? Well yeah, but in this world, it’s only odd-ish. [CS]

 
Blastoise

 
 

40. Blastoise: A giant tortoise… bear… thing with cannons on its shell! So rad they put it on the box. [JL]

 
Zapdos

 
 

39. Zapdos: The highest ranked of the Gen 1 legendary birds! Team Instinct FTW. (FTW = fun time, wheeee!) [AW]

 
Aerodactyl

 
 

38. Aerodactyl: Just a straight up Lockheed ripoff, but let’s be honest, Lockheed is pretty great. [AW]

 
Machoke

 
 

37. Machoke: He’s a dinosaur-faced pro-wrestler with a championship belt. He’s probably the only fighting type whose fights are worked, but I’m okay with it. [EC]

 
Scyther

 
 

36. Scyther: In the Pokédex he sits between Mr Mime and Jynx, which would explain the expression of constant irritability. [AW]

 
Charizard

 
 

35. Charizard: The only Pokémon on record as Not Taking Any Of Ash Ketchum’s Nonsense, which is worth some credit even aside from being an actual terrifyingly violent dragon. [CS]

 
Mewtwo

 
 

34. Mewtwo: As hard as it might be to believe, most Pokémon occur naturally. But not Mewtwo; he’s an abomination made in a lab, and he’s angry about it. [EC]

 
Gastly

 
 

33. Gastly: Too spooky for me, but maybe spoopy enough for you! [JL]

 
Poliwhirl

 
 

32. Poliwhirl: Superior to its evolved form Poliwrath, Poliwhirl is leaner, faster and just downright cooler than its beefy older form. [KS]

 
Vaporeon

 
 

31. Vaporeon: Not the coolest of the eeveelutions, but the one that takes the word “catfish” to its literal extreme. [CS]

 
Dragonite

 
 

30. Dragonite: Straddling the line between imposing and cuddly, Dragonite is one of the toughest yet most adorable Pokémon in the franchise. [KS]

 
Ponyta

 
 

29. Ponyta: Surely Tina Belcher’s favorite Pokémon, and therefore one of your favorites as well, because we are all Tina Belcher. [AW]

 
Vulpix

 
 

28. Vulpix: It’s a tiny, cute fire fox! Don’t read this entry in Chrome. Hahahaha get it? [JL]

 
Ninetales

 
 

27. Ninetales: Absolute dreamboat. [AS]

 
Dragonair

 
 

26. Dragonair: It’s sleek, it’s strong, and it bears a striking resemblance to Captain America’s fursona. [CS]

 
Machamp

 
 

25. Machamp: Combines the two greatest inventions of mankind: professional wrestling and Pokémon. [KS]

 
Dratini

 
 

24. Dratini: The best thing about Dratini isn’t that he looks awesome, but that you get one by talking to a weirdo in a cave about how Pokémon are your friends. [CS]

 
Rapidash

 
 

23. Rapidash: It’s a unicorn made of fire. That’s cute, and metal as heck. [JL]

 
Charmander

 
 

22. Charmander: The original spicy boy! One of the most iconic Pokémon, this original starter has stood the test of time. [JL]

 
Lapras

 
 

20. Lapras: Actually riding around on a Lapras while surfing was one of the most satisfying moments of the X and Y games, matched only by Alpha Sapphire’s introduction of Sharpedo Surfing. [CS]

 
Jolteon

 
 

20. Jolteon: The only eeveelution that lacks a tail. I don’t know what that means. What does it mean? [EC]

 
Meowth

 
 

19. Meowth: In many ways, the true hero of the Pokémon story. Meowth put himself through standing-upright-and-talking school, and we can all identify with that determination. [AW]

 
Bulbasaur

 
 

18. Bulbasaur: It might not have the immediate appeal of a tiny cute dragon or a squirrel-turtle that grows up to be literally made of guns, but Bulbasaur is a dinosaur made of trees, and that’s awesome. [CS]

 
Magikarp

 
 

17. Magikarp: So what if he’s useless in battle until he evolves? Magikarp tries, and that’s what matters. [KS]

 
Clefairy

 
 

16. Clefairy: Fat femme fairies deserve your love. Don’t you ever forget it. [AW]

 
Flareon

 
 

15. Flareon: The fluffiest of the eeveelutions, but she’ll burn you to a crisp if you pet her the wrong way. [EC]

 
Farfetch'd

 
 

14. Farfetch’d: It’s a duck that swings a leek like a sword. It’s just like me! My new best friend. Don’t eat it. [JL]

 
Mew

 
 

13. Mew: Mew rules so hard that an entire generation of children spent years of their lives trying to find one. [CS]

 
Arcanine

 
 

12. Arcanine: Who’s a good boy? This proud fire doggo is one of the most regal Pokémon in all of Kanto. [KS]

 
Gyarados

 
 

11. Gyarados: Gyarados teaches us that the most important things about growing up are persistence and channeling your endless, all-consuming rage into something productive. [CS]

 
Haunter

 
 

10. Haunter: A poisonous purple ghost with free-floating hands and a gigantic grinning mouth? That’s all I want out of a pocket monster. [EC]

 
Gengar

 
 

9. Gengar: It’s all too rare that a Pokémon gets chubbier as they evolve. I love that Gengar manages to be both chunky and menacing. [AS]

 
Jigglypuff

 
 

8. Jigglypuff: One of the all time greats, but I liked the earlier albums better. [AW]

 
Ditto

 
 

7. Ditto: Ditto can change into anything and everything, but we love them for their flubber-esque form and blank-stared smile. [KS]

 
Cubone

 
 

6. Cubone: Cubone wears the skull of its mother as a helmet. That’s already the most drama going on with any Pokémon anywhere. [EC]

 
Psyduck

 
 

5. Psyduck: The avatar for all of us who go through life feeling constantly overwhelmed, but manage to look adorable anyway. [AW]

 
Pikachu

 
 

4. Pikachu: So beloved, it became the mascot of the franchise. A cultural institution, and deservedly so. [JL]

 
Squirtle

 
 

3. Squirtle: Squirtle is perhaps the ultimate synthesis of cool and cute. You want to hug him, but you’re not sure you’re worthy. [KS]

 
Eevee

 
 

2. Eevee: Eevee is the ultimate in high-concept evolutions and, more importantly, a total cutie. Look at that ruff! [AS]

 
Snorlax

 
 

1. Snorlax: Seriously the best. All it does is eat, sleep, and fight. Snorlax is an inspiration to us all. [CS]

 

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