Not that long ago, in preparation for Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, our team put the generation 4 Pokémon to a vote to determine which one was the best. Now, we’ve decided to do it again, but we’re taking things all the way back to the beginning in order to give you the best of the original 151. For clarity on how this was done, each participating member of the team nominated a few Pokémon and then everyone rated them (privately) on a scale of one to five, the best scores overall determined our rankings here today. So, without further ado, here are the top ten of the original Pokémon set, as according to our “highly advanced” system.
Eevee has the cuteness factor on it’s side for sure. Sure, it’s not the strongest Pokémon in the world, though it is more than capable of putting up a decent fight if you really want it to. Perhaps the thing about Eevee that appeals most to us in the boundless potential that it represents. Eevee has so many options for what i may become, and even back in generation one, this was so unique about it, even if some of them were left under-performing thanks to some dodgy mechanics and stats. However, t’s no wonder that Eevee has gone on to almost become a secondary mascot for Pokémon, it’s popularity nearly on par with the ever popular Pikachu. While it may be on the bottom of our list, that’s still a feat given how many this sweet fluffy beast had to beat out to get there.
Are you shocked? Maybe! Pikachu only managed to come in ninth place once we put it to a vote, which is strange given that this is the mascot for the entire series. Perhaps that’s why, though. Pikachu is EVERYWHERE when it comes to Pokémon and oversaturation has made some of us a little sick of this little electric mouse. There’s even the argument that it tends to outshine its own evolution… Still, there is no denying that Pikachu doesn’t rank in the top percentile of all the Pokémon in the first generation. Not only is it a speedy little powerhouse, but it’s just so darn cute. Those who might be sick of it taking up the limelight are more than welcome to turn their backs on this little spark, but that doesn’t mean that the rest of us have to.
From sparky to spooky, comes our next choice in the form of Haunter. As the only line of ghost types in the first generation (though that dual poison typing did do them some detriment in the game), there’s good reason that this evolutionary line stood out. They were quite unique at the time! However, I think we all know the reason that some of us are so attached to Haunter. If you were someone who was never able to trade Pokémon with anyone else, Haunter was as far as you were going to get, giving it a little bit of a nostalgic boost for those of us who never made it to Gengar. Still, Haunter is no slouch compared to its spooky older sibling. It’s still guaranteed to give you a good scare the first time that you run into it on your own.
The only one of the legendary birds to make it onto this list, we have to wonder what about Articuno makes it so special. Well, for me, I admit that I loved it when I was a kid because it was the prettiest one, the design a beautiful icy blue with elegant flowing lines that just begged to be animated flight. However, that’s not the only reason why it would be so beloved. For many of us, this sparkling ice statue was likely one of the trio that we found first, as it was one of the easier ones to come across in the first generation of the games, so for the less exploratory kids, it might have been the only one that you found without some help.
Haunter might have made the list, but it’s big sibling was always destined to come out higher. It’s everything Haunter was, but better and with legs! The Pokémon Company clearly knows how much we love this evil goblin of a ghost too, since it’s seen it’s fair share of special treatment over the years. Not as much as the ever popular Charizard, of course, but with several special forms of it’s own, this spook has managed to keep relevant all these years. However, even back in the past, it was a force to be reckoned with, and if you were one of the lucky kids who was able to have one back then, I envy you.
Breaking into the top five, Squirtle is our first starter on this list, and boy is it a cutie. We always tend to be attached to the starters, particularly the first one that we choose, but there’s just something a little special about Squirtle. It’s funny to think that something this small would one day carry a pair of canons on it’s back, but that’s Pokémon for you. For many of us this little turtle would be a constant companion, not only to be our starter, but to be the Pokémon that would surf us over hell and high water. I mean, have we all forgotten the glory that is the Squirtle Squad? Now all we need to do is settle that debate about if it’s squirrel + turtle or squirt + turtle…
Mewtwo is iconic, just plain and simple. From serving as the final challenge in the first games, to being the big bad of the first Pokémon movie, Mewtwo has done it all and done it all with style. While he doesn’t get as much special treatment as some of the other well known Pokémon, that doesn’t mean that he hasn’t gotten any, with multiple appearances in both games and animation, and a whole two mega evolutions to suit two totally different styles of play. Everything about Mewtwo is stellar.
Mew is like Mewtwo, but smaller, cuter, and absolutely delightful. Mew hasn’t gotten quite as much special attention, but form its status as being a special event Pokémon to still being given out for events to this very day, it’s remained a mainstay in the consciousness of players. There’s also plenty of theorycrafting to be done if you interested regarding the process of Mew’s cloning and this special Pokémon’s origins. However, there is one thing that is extra special about this legendary Pokémon, the way that you can teach it whatever move you want. Anything at all. Amazing!
I feel like Snorlax some days. It’s one of the Pokémon that best gives off a vibe that so may of us want to be able to enjoy. Who doesn’t want to just sometimes spend a whole day laying around eating good food and nothing else. Sounds like a dream to me. Heck, we can even lay around on top of the Snorlax! Never forget how terrifying an angry Snorlax can be, though. The sized up ones in Pokémon Legends Arceus have been showing us just how scary they can be lately.
I don’t think that we could have expected anything else to top this list, given the age of the folks that we had voting. Bulbasaur is one of the Pokémon that a lot of us overlooked when we were kids, but these days we’re going back to with a completely renewed love. I mean, just look at them! They’re absolutely delightful! Bulbasaur is purely an simply shaped like a good friend. They just look huggable in a way that is not easily described. Perhaps the biggest benefit, though, is that Bulbasaur offers the promise of a house plant that you cannot so easily forget to water. Those of us who are house plant killers could rest easy with one of these cuties around.