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Fridge Brilliance
  • Why does Magikarp require a whopping 400 candies to evolve? Well, given what it evolves into compared to what it is now, is it really surprising? Of course it's going to take a lot of effort to evolve it!
    • And so does Wailmer as of the Gen 3 update, considering Wailord's sheer, um... size.
    • Since Swablu, a Normal/Flying-type bird whose typing is one some Com Mons typically have, evolves into Altaria, whose Dragon/Flying typing is one of the rarest-typings so far, the need of 400 candies to evolve could be a reference to this page and to prevent evolution abuse to make easy Dragon Tamer medals.
    • Meltan is mythical so it makes sense that it needs 400 candies. This also forces you to use Let's Go! to mass produce Meltans, as only one can be encountered in-game.
  • The game only tracks movements of less than 15 mph in order to prevent players from driving and playing at the same time. What, then, is the fastest way to travel that isn't a car, a train, or an airplane? Why, your Bicycle, of course — just like in the main games themselves.
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  • When a Pokémon spawns, it normally faces a random direction, and when tapped on, turns to face your trainer's position, and stays facing that way if you run away. Nosepass, however, always faces the same direction, and goes back to facing that direction after running away, because it's a compass that's always pointing north.
  • Why was the game only available in some territories at launch? Well, think about the frequent server overload the game faced on launch day. If the entire world got in on the game at once, the game would be completely unplayable for days.
    • This also explains why no Pokémon beyond the original 151 are included in the game — the game already has to spawn 140+ Pokémon (the Legendaries and Ditto are absent so far) at random intervals, imagine how much it'd be crashing if all the Pokémon from ALL generations were in there too (not to mention the fact that the series' generations aren't complete yet).
  • Pikachu can be acquired as your starter Pokémon by delaying your starter choice until Pikachu shows up. This was also something only discovered after many players at initial launch had already chosen their starters. This means that, just like Ash in the anime, you get Pikachu for showing up late.
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  • Getting a Pokémon to its final stage of evolution usually takes 50 candies, regardless of how many total evolutions it went through previous to that. Eevee, however, only needs a mere 25. Makes sense that the Pokémon whose genetic code is ridiculously susceptible to mutating would end up twice as easy to evolve as every other creature.
  • The Legendary Birds aren't the only Legendary Pokémon to be represented in the three teams; there's also Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf. What do they represent? Wisdom (Mystic prefers logic and calm), Emotion (Valor prefers emotion and high energy), and Willpower (Instinct tries the hardest as they are the smallest team, albeit through relying on instinct). The three even have the same color line (Red, Blue, Yellow), even if the colors don't line up with the teams' motives.
    • Oddly enough, though, Lake Valor's guardian is Azelf, which is the blue guardian, while the red guardian, Mesprit, is at Lake Verity.
  • Speaking of team colors, there's definitely something significant about choosing between Red, Blue, or Yellow versions of the same Pokémon game. It would also make sense that most players are apparently choosing between Valor and Mystic, while Instinct has a comparably smaller fanbase; most Gen I fans played Red or Blue instead of Yellow.
  • Tauros, Mr. Mime, Farfetch'd, and Kangaskhan are the only Pokémon that are endemic to one region. With most of them, the reason seems obvious (Tauros is a bison and thus only lives in North America, Mr. Mime is a mime and thus only lives in Europe, and Kangaskhan is a kangaroo and Kangaroos Represent Australia), but why is Farfetch'd endemic to Asia? Two likely reasons: 1. It's based on a Japanese proverb ("a duck comes bearing a green onion", meaning either "a strange but convenient occurrence" or "someone allowing themselves to be fooled") and 2. Because according to the games, Farfetch'd is an endangered species. Also qualifies as Fridge Horror, below.
    • Kangaskhan is an interesting case in a meta-level: In Pokémon X and Y, Kangaskhan is already overpowered in her Mega Evolution form and many competitive players use her in tournaments allowing Mega Evolutions. Niantic nerfed this overusage by making her a region-exclusive for Australian continents in this adaptation, fearing that everyone would use Kangaskhan to sweep Gymsnote .
    • The reason why Zangoose and Seviper were made rotating region-exclusives in Generation III update relates to their lethal feud in the main-series games, in which both are portrayed like how mongooses (and cats to a lesser extent) and snakes fight each other. Similar cases could be made for both versions of the Shellos/Gastrodon line, as well as Volbeat/Illumise and Lunatone/Solrock.
    • While the idea of keeping some Pokémon region-locked may have been done to encourage players to travel to complete the Pokédex (and possibly trade with friends after returning home,) it also echoes the idea of regional Pokédexes in the main games, where no one region has contained every known Pokémon; the regional Pokédexes in the real world simply contain the majority of Pokémon as opposed to a smaller percentage of it.
  • It always annoyed some fans that NPC Trainers would always have two or more of the same Pokémon in their inventory, and wonder why there isn't much more variety in their lineup. Seeing as that most players catch the Pokémon that are more readily available to them and knowing how hard it is to find rare Pokémon, it's easy to see why those NPCs have what they have. There's also the fact that the Player Trainer could go all around the region while those same NPCs generally stayed in one area — same as Pokémon GO players. In short, the real life trainers are being put in those NPCs' shoes!
  • In the same vein as 'being put in an NPC's shoes', it explained several things about the main game. Ever wondered why those NPCs still stayed out at night searching for Pokémon? Now you know. Another example is the NPC's dialogue in the main game telling that he lost Poké Balls when trying to capture a Pokémon. It must be those Zubat.
  • Why Swablu are Com Mons in Pokémon GO when they aren't in core-series games and other spinoffs? Because according to some Pokédex entries, Swablu lines are not afraid of humans, and love to land on their heads of people and sit like a Nice Hat. Considering they appear in densely-populated areas, this is more than just appropriate.
  • In July 2019, Team GO Rocket Grunts were introduced, invading Pokéstops and ambushing anyone trying to get items from them. Often, they'll hint as to the type of their strongest Pokémon just before you pick your team. One such quote seems highly specific to a few possible Pokémon, such as Arbok, even thoughnote  no Grunt would have Ekans or Arbok on their team.
    Team GO Rocket Grunt: Coiled and ready to strike!
This is actually a sneaky reference to Coil, a Poison move.
  • Two for one on this one: not only do Ekans and Arbok learn Coil, so does Seviper. Is there a recurring anime character who has used all three of these at some point? Jessie. Yes, that Jessie.note  It's possible that the Grunts idolise and/or take cues from her and James due to their popularity.

Fridge Horror

  • So how, exactly, does transferring Pokémon give you an extra candy? Playful or not, there are already theories on what Professor Willow does...
    • Some have suggested less creepy alternatives, like sending them to good new homes or releasing them back into the wild.
    • Considering that wild Pokémon come holding these candies, and that hatched Pokémon provide a whole bunch of them, it seems unlikely that the production of the Pokémon candies is nearly as nefarious as some of these guess make them out to be.
  • According to the games, Farfetch'd is an Endangered Species. In this game, it's endemic to a single region. Could this mean it's gone extinct everywhere else in the world?
    • Not quite. If we recall the anime, manga, and previous games, Farfetch'd (the wild ones, anyway) was mostly in one area, so, it's not so much that they're extirpated than it is that they just don't exist in any other areas. It's much like how some RL species are endangered/threatened because they only exist/thrive in one area but not others.
  • For the 2018 Halloween event, one mission involves catching 108 Pokémon. When you complete the mission, you get rewarded with a Spiritomb, which is made up of 108 spirits. Assuming you transfer all the Pokémon you catch for the event (or an equal amount in that timeframe), some rather disturbing implications are painted as to how Professor Willow is able to get the Spiritomb...
  • With the arrival of Trainer Battles, you can also do AI battles against one of the three team leaders (Blanche, Candela and Spark). In what menu is the option to challenge them located? Nearby.note 

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