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  • Some of the Pokemon themselves are pretty chuckle-worthy.
    • As noble and majestic Zacian may be, there's just something inherently amusing about a wolf carrying a sword in its mouth. Not even, say, an anthropomorphic bipedal wolf, or a wolf with a sword as part of its body, it somehow wields the sword in its teeth like a dog playing fetch with a stick. Although Zacian looks "normal" in comparison to Zamazenta whose design motif of wearing a huge shield on the front part of its body is akin to a frilled-neck lizard.
    • Just when you thought Pokemon based on inanimate objects couldn't get weirder, we get Sinistea, a literal possessed teacup, and Polteageist, a literal possessed teapot.
    • Appletun, the apple pie dragon.
      • In fact, the entire line of this Pokemon is based off of apple maggots, also known as wyrms in apples.
    • Galarian Weezing, with its two tall hats and smoky moustaches that make it resemble a wealthy, posh tycoonnote . Double points due to Unfortunate Character Design making it look like a bong.
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    • Snom. With a cute simple design and a cute simple name, it was no wonder it was an instant Ensemble Dark Horse among fans.
    • Eiscue, a penguin with a block of ice around its head and a single hair sticking out the top.
    • Stonjourner. There's something chuckle-worthy about what's basically living Stonehenge.
    • Galar's fossil Pokemon may be considered Nightmare Fuel to some, but the sheer mismatch of the different body parts, combined with the Pokemon franchise's cartoony art style, makes them appear downright comical. Special mention goes to Dracovish- a fish's head stuck on a dinosaur's tail with a derpy face and a silly-looking gait (as seen in Pokemon Camp).
  • Some of the ridiculous ways Pokémon evolve in this game. Malamar makes a return (turn your device upside down when Inkay levels up), and the game introduces Sirfetch'd (have Farfetch'd land three critical hits in one battle), Alcremie (give Milcery a Sweet and spin the analog stick), and Runerigus (have Yamask take at least 49 damage in one battle and then walk under a specific rock archway in Dusty Bowl without healing it). The sheer absurdity of these is worthy of a chuckle. YouTuber Alpharad even compared Yamask's to the "Mew under the truck" rumor due to its absurdity.
    • Milcery in particular is absurd since there are nine possible Alcremie forms dependent on the direction you spin your character, how long you spin, and the time of day you're doing it.note  But wait! The sweet it's holding also influences the result slightly, so accounting for the seven sweet types that exist, that makes it a grand total of sixty-three possible combinations it can take! A shiny Milcery only adds on seven potential outcomes with the only differences being whatever Sweet is given, unless you count the new "square shinies" as their own forms which increases the total to seventy-seven.
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  • Sinistea has the most absurd form differences of any Pokemon: there is a genuine teacup version and a counterfeit teacup version. However, the two are identical in stats, movepool ability and even overall appearance. The only difference? A tiny, hard-to-notice label on the bottom of the genuine form's teacup.
  • Before fighting you, one policeman says the following line:
    Policeman: 'Ello, 'ello, what's all this then? Fancy a scrap with a copper?
    • And for those that were disappointed that he said "Copper" instead of "Bobby", there's a policeman later named "Bobby" to complete the joke.
  • During your battles with Hop, he'll often comment if you manage to land a Critical Hit or target a weakness. Most of them are fairly standard, but if you manage to land a critical hit during your first battle...
    Hop: A critical hit?! What kind of beginner's luck is that!
  • In one encounter with Team Yell, they're trying to keep people from waking up a Silicobra that's sleeping on the side of the path. They let an older lady past them when she promises to stay quiet, but immediately — and loudly — refuse to let either you or Hop past, on the grounds that you're too loud...all while yelling at you at the top of their lungs and stomping on the ground. Even better, the Silicobra eventually wakes up and leaves long after everyone but the player character has left the area.
  • After Bede destroys the mural in Stow-on-side, revealing statues depicting Zacian, Zamazenta, and the two heroes, a nearby child has this to say:
    Child: I feel it was more artistic before it got destroyed.
    • Even better, shortly before the mural is destroyed, Sonia tells the player that it's a recreation of the original art that used to be there. Given that the mural is... somewhat simplistic and juvenile, one has to wonder what exactly happened during the restoration process.
  • In Hammerlocke, a little girl named Paula asks you to deliver a love letter to a man named Frank in Ballonlea. The letter is very old, and as it turns out, so is Frank. Frank then reveals that Paula was his childhood friend, but she was very sickly, and he wasn't able to see her in years. He then asks you how Paula is doing, and you can either say that she's fine or reply with stunned silence as the realization sets in.
  • In the desert town of Stow-on-Side, some kids are playing with a Bronzong. One wants to wear it as a hat, another asks where its mouth is.
  • During Opal's Gym mission, you get asked two-choice questions during battle; answering right gives your Pokémon a stat boost, and answering wrong reduces their stats. When you battle Opal herself, she asks "How old do you think I am?" with the choices being 16 years old or 88 years old. Should you choose the latter, she will admit that is not wrong, but calls you out for being insensitive... and your Pokémon get the stat reduction as if it was a wrong answer.
    • Speaking of Opal, her reaction to Bede has her shouting "Pink! Pink! Pink!" before dragging him off to her gym. When you fight him at the finals, he's stuck wearing one of the Fairy Uniforms!
      • Look closely at the back of the uniform he's wearing in the finals, specifically how it's tied in the back and hitched up to look like a shirt. It's implied that Opal made him wear a copy of her dress instead of the normal Fairy Uniform!
      • Doubles as Hilarious in Hindsight, as many initially mistook Bede for an older woman, only for him to be taken in by one.
      • Opal is normally very slow as she walks along, as one would expect from an old woman. Once, she spots you talking to Bede, however, she drops everything she's holding and sprints over to accost him, looking completely manic the whole time.
  • The detective scene in Hotel Ionia in which you, "the interfering child" as the detective calls you, have to interrogate three hotel guests to find out who ate the berries in the lobby. When you've found the real culpritnote , the detective immediately deduces that the Dancer is responsible. The dancer ends up chasing him out of the room in a rage.
    Dancer: What does that even mean? You're no detective-you're a fraud!
  • The reasoning behind the endgame raid on the Rose Tower is nothing short of hilarious. In most games, you storm the bad guy's lair as their evil plans start getting truly dangerous, or after a direct attack against you and your friends. But Rose has so little in the way of bad intentions that you and your pals ended up assaulting a heavily defended building because Leon was late for dinner. Leon and Rose did nothing except to talk. The whole thing spiralled out of control thanks to Piers and Team Yell jumping at a chance to do anarcho-punk anti-establishment stuff on one side, and Oleana being a nutter on the other side.
  • When climbing up Rose Tower after the semifinals, one of the opponents you face is a member of Macro Cosmos Insurance, who asks the player and Hop if they have life insurance policies.
  • Before you fight Bede during the Opening Ceremony, he says that if he loses, he will retire from being a Trainer. When you defeat him, the crowd cheers him on and tells him not to give up. Frustrated, he reveals that retiring was just supposed to be an excuse to get away from Opal.
  • Fairy Gym Leader Bede, in general, is extremely entertaining, simply because he's so dishonest about it. He often talks about how he hates it, is starting to hate fantasy in general, won't wear pink ever again, and probably would murder Opal in her sleep if the occasion arose. But the moment he gets on the job, he cranks up the fabulousness and fairy-style to a level that shows way more dedication to the craft than he'd have ever admitted.
  • Chairman Rose announcing he's bringing back the Darkest Day is supposed to be Nightmare Fuel; however, he does this by interrupting the match between the player and Leon and politely letting them know what he's doing.
    • The fact that the destructive cataclysm that could bring about the End of the World as We Know It was a complete accident as opposed to the typical-for-the-series final step of a Machiavellian scheme crafted by an evil team's brilliant leader.
  • After becoming champion, the post-game story introduces two new villains: Sordward and Shielbert, two brothers who are descended from the old royal lineage of Galar and have ridiculous hairstyles resembling a sword and shield respectively. The pair look goofy even by Pokémon standards, are ridiculously foppish, constantly going on about how they're celebrities, and are completely astonished whenever they suffer defeat. They're the most directly antagonistic and self-serving characters in the game, but also too clownish not to be entertaining. The heroes make a point of calling them "those two weirdos," and they don't take it well when they find out.
    Sordward: If you want to stop us, do your best to chase after our splendid-looking bottoms!
  • Dragapult's Dex entry states how it carries its pre-evolution Dreepy within its horns but also states how the Dreepy eagerly look forward to being launched into battle. That's right, it's somewhat like Kangaskhan carrying its young along with it, except that the babies are happy about being used as mom's weaponized projectiles. This isn't the usual gameplay-irrelevant flavour text, either; Dragapult's signature move, Dragon Darts, literally launches two Dreepys at the enemy.
  • In one scene, Sonia sees a tapestry of the legend in a restaurant and declares she’s made an important discovery, asking the player to guess what it is. You’re given the option to either pick from two correct choices or.....comment on a nearby poster of the restaurant’s mascot. If you do, Sonia will decide he must be part of the legend because of his “brilliant smile”, then realize what she’s saying and yell at the player for sidetracking her.
    • Funniest of all? She makes a >_< face that looks hilariously like a Wobbuffet!
  • Pokémon Camp gives plenty of opportunities for hilarious Pokémon reactions, much like Pokémon-Amie before it. When you let six Pokémon out of their balls in the same place, chances are something funny will happen.
    • There's something amusing about feeding a Bug-type a tiny spoonful of curry in comparison to the Trainer's full plate. All except for Snom, who gets an even bigger portion than the trainer! Guess these bugs really like to eat! The fact that Frosmoth ate only a tiny spoonful instead makes it even funnier to some players that it ate so much as a Snom it can't eat as much as it used to anymore as a Frosmoth.
      • Inteleon is the skinniest of the final starters, and visibly skinnier than you, yet it also gets a much larger portion.
    • Try cooking a Koffing Class Curry. The trainer's facial expression as they try to eat it anyway is priceless.
    • Much like Arceus and the Ultra Beasts before it, you can play with Eternatus in Pokémon Camp. An Ancient Evil chasing after a rubber ball, playing with your other Pokémon, and happily eating curry with you is a sight to behold.
      • You can even put Eternatus into the Poké Ball Plus and take it with you on the go. The possibilities are endless, indeed.
      • Have Eternatus as your leading mon, then go talk to your mother, who will insist you rest. Specifically, she says that your "sweet Eternatus" looks tired. There's something inherently hilarious about someone referring to the near-unstoppable, Person of Mass Destruction draconic thing that is Eternatus being called "sweet".
      • Sometimes the captions appear as "Eternatus is afraid of *other Pokemon*" or "Eternatus seems concerned about its surroundings". Exactly what an eldritch dragon from space is worried about is equal parts hilarious and...mildly disturbing.
    • Your team members can potentially get into little arguments with each other, consisting of mock attacks and threatening gestures (or the equivalent of a slap fight). As their Trainer, you can stop the fight or just let it play out. Special mention goes to Cinderace, which always looks like it's either threatening to punt a smaller Pokémon across the campsite or kicking a larger Pokémon in the junk.
    • Fetching a bouncy ball is one of the two games you can play with your Pokémon in the camp. Some of them, such as Stunfisk and Snom, can be very amusing in how passionately they will fetch the ball and how pleased with themselves they are when they return it, despite them looking rather silly carrying it and moving very slowly via their crawling/hopping animations.
      • Even better part: One of the bouncy balls has Leon's face on it. More often than not, it looks more like your Pokemon brought you a decapitated head of Leon.
    • Your team members may challenge each other to races. It's amusing in general watching them, but it can be downright hilarious when a very slow-moving Pokémon challenges a fast running one, and after the fast one wins, it proceeds to wait for up to a few minutes for its racing companion to reach the finish line. No matter how slowly a Pokémon runs, it'll emit a dust trail as it crawls across the screen.
    • Mewtwo's reaction to being fed Koffing-class curry makes it look like it's watching you with absolute hate as its forced to eat the slop.
  • When Raihan is about to Gigantamax one of his Pokémon, he takes a selfie before throwing his Poké Ball.
    • Raihan's Gym Battle team also qualifies, as he presents himself as a Dragon-Type specialist.....with only 2 Dragon-Type on his team. In fact, his team actually revolves more around Sandstorm than Dragon-Types. He gets better in the Champion Cup, however.
  • In one of the hotel rooms in Circhester, there is a man standing in front of the bathroom complaining that his Pokémon is a hardcore germophobe who obsessively takes showers in its desperation to get clean... when it's a Ground-type Pokémon.
  • Yes, you can Dynamax Wailord in this game. Amusingly, Wailord's "normal" sprite size is greatly scaled down to just slightly larger than the trainer themselves... then when Wailord gets Dynamaxed, it becomes roughly twice the size of a regular Wailord. Given that most Dynamax Pokemon grow from about the trainer's height or smaller, to the height of a five-storey building, the idea of Wailord just becoming twice as big is strangely, hilariously... underwhelming.
  • Melony's rare card is a heartwarming depiction of both mother and son, but Gordie himself looks to be baring an expression that says "Mum, you're embarrassing me..."
  • When you meet Chairman Rose at Hammerlocke Stadium, which happens to be above his energy plant, he shows you an "easy to understand" diagram on his tablet. It's a cartoony vibrant diagram with a smiling drawing of him which looks like it was taken from a science museum. Problem is, it's entirely-written in the Pokémon universe's fictional language, meaning that you, as the player, understand nothing about it at all. He does give you a quick rundown on what it apparently says, though.
  • Chairman Rose's "incognito" disguise. It's a baseball cap with cheap shades along with a bright-white puffy raincoat and blue polka-dotted shorts which look like Goofy Print Underwear from far away. No one falls for this.
  • The "Game Freak Room" in Circhester has a female office worker struggling to play Pokémon GO.
  • As demonstrated in its reveal trailer, Cramorant's ability Gulp Missile lets it scoop up an Arrokuda in its mouth after using Surf or Dive, which it can then launch at its opponent the next time it's attacked. This is amusing on its own, but what the trailer didn't show is that, if it's below half health, it'll scoop up a Pikachu instead. The Pokédex entries for this "Gorging Form" sell it.
    Sword Entry: This Cramorant has accidentally gotten a Pikachu lodged in its gullet. Cramorant is choking a little, but it isn't really bothered.
    Shield Entry: The half-swallowed Pikachu is so startled that it isn't struggling yet, but it's still looking for a chance to strike back.
    • The latter is funnier because A: The Pikachu is visibly struggling, and B: Type-matchups are on Pikachu's side; it could just use Thundershock and solve the problem immediately but doesn't for whatever reason.
  • The Galar region's mandatory water route is confined to just Route 9... which also happens to be one of the region's snow routes. Yes, there are still swimmers present (thankfully not in the water), and yes, they are still wearing nothing but swim trunks and bikinis.
    • Visit a UK coastal town in the winter, and you'll see how accurate this actually is.
    • On one out of the way beach a male swimmer even lampshades how cold it is to his female counterpart, who is apparently unaffected by it and instead brags about how she has her own secret stretch of beach.
    • Despite all the ice and snow there are still beach chairs in the background of battles.
    • One female swimmer, when defeated in battle, claims that she's actually a mermaid and she wants to go back to the ocean.
  • After becoming Champion, you learn through two optional events that Aether Paradise has taken two hits earlier after at least one Beast Ball was leaked to the Stow-on-Side market and someone stole files which allowed Galar scientists to create their own Type: Null, which someone decided to send to you as a gift at the Battle Tower. The Gym Challenge helper waiting for you to pick it up was thinking of using an Electric Memory on it to downsize her electric bills.
  • If you try to use a move that is based on weight against a Dynamax Pokémon, the move will fail. However, the game won't just tell you that the move has no effect, it has to tell you that your Pokémon just refuses to use it at all.
    [Trainer]'s [Pokémon] shook its head. It seems like it can't use this move...
  • Spinning and posing can elicit several reactions from wild Pokémon if they're watching you. Some will attack faster, some will imitate it, and some will just turn around and leave like they're embarrassed.
  • Some of the Gigantamax Pokemon have truly silly designs. Alcremienote , Gengarnote , Snorlaxnote , and Meowthnote  are top of the list.
    • Speaking of Meowth, its cry when it activates Gigantamax has it shouting "MEOW MEOW MEOW!!!"
    • Gigantamax Pikachu's cry is just it saying the first syllable of its name. Yeah.
    • When Duraludon Gigantamaxes, it turns into a skyscraper. And you thought Dragon-types couldn't get weirder. Even funnier when you realise that you're pretty much pummeling the opposition with The Shard.
    • Gigantamax Inteleon's design, especially compared to the other two starters. Cinderace? Rides around on a sentient Pyro Ball (and gains extremely long ears.) Rillaboom? Gets a drum tree as opposed to a drum stump. Inteleon, on the other hand, gets an incredibly long tail that it uses as a sniper's nest...and a gun. It looks like it's 60% tail, 30% gun, and only ten percent of the damned thing is the actual Inteleon. Joker's neutral special comes to mind...
  • It is possible for Shedinja to appear in a Max Raid Battle. As soon as the battle starts, it erects an eight-bar barrier. The catch is that the barrier does nothing to prevent from one super-effective hit from knocking it out.
  • Magikarp is known as a rather pathetic Pokemon that can't really learn that many powerful moves. But these generations introduced Hydro Pump as a Technical Record — and yes, it's the only Water-type move that Magikarp can learn. It's more noticeable when you see NPC trainers use it during Max Raids - for once, an NPC's Magikarp does NOT know Splash, but DOES know Hydro Pump! The funnier part is, this actually makes said NPC more desirable as a partner than a few other NPCs.
  • The description for a plain instant-ramen curry.
    When the instant noodles and the curry were combined, they became exactly what you’d expect—junk food.
  • After Sonia comes looking for you at Turffield Stadium in the post-game, you can choose to either tell her exactly what happened there or exaggerate what happened. Choose the latter, and your character apparently tells Sonia that the stadium was completely destroyed by a Dynamax Pokémon. While the two of you are standing right in front of said stadium, which is very obviously not destroyed. And she buys it for a second.
  • This exchange near the end of the post game is quite chuckle worthy, especially with Sonia's cute mannerisms.
    Sonia: Ahhh! No fair. You two are so young and cute. I'm tearing up.
    Hop: Sonia! Getting a bit weepy in your old age, eh?
    Sonia: What?! I'm still young and super energetic!
  • Dynamax/Gigantamax Pokémon replace the animations for all moves with simpler ones, differing by type, when they get hit. Is the ammunition hocked up by Cramorant subject to this treatment? Nope! The Arrokuda/Pikachu lodged in its gullet just boops the enormous Pokémon on the midsection. Complete with the comical "WHAP" sound it makes when it normally hit. And this still removes a quarter of the Dynamax Pokémon's HP.
  • Being able to attack and KO Hop's Pokémon after he steps in to assist you might be a very mean thing to do. But the fact that he doesn't even complain about it really shows how upbeat and oblivious he is to your personal opinion of him.
  • Sword has a delightfully snarky Pokédex entry for Blipbug:
    A constant collector of information, this Pokémon is very smart. Very strong is what it isn't.
  • The very first time you cross the Route 5 Bridge and reach the eastern end, you'll see an Eldegoss spinning through the air for several feet before going idle upon landing. You're essentially given a free Grass Pokémon to catch or beat.
  • Some of the dialogue coming from the Battle Tower participants is so unexpected it can induce hysterical laughter:


  • Back when the Trainer designs were first leaked, the immediate fandom reaction to Gloria's look was to decide she was Scottish. This has inevitably led to EXTREMELY CRUDE Scottish stereotype humor.
  • At one point in the 24 hour Glimwood Tangle stream, an Impidimp takes a close look at the camera, fogging the screen with its breath. This ends up obscuring a good view of a Galarian Ponyta galloping by.
    • In fact, Impidimp itself is pretty much given the role as a troll by The Pokemon Company, with how it is never officially revealed despite having appeared multiple times in the stream, and despite its appearance in the playable demo. As a result, fans often joked that Impidimp doesn't actually exist and when the game is released it will be nowhere to be found in the game.
    • Even funnier due to Fridge Brilliance: the Dex entries state that Impidimp feeds off negative emotions like anger and frustration, so by deliberately interfering with and obscuring the much-awaited glimpses of new Pokemon, it's basically breaking the fourth wall to feast upon the abundance of frustration from the audience!
  • This version of the Poké Rap that cuts all the Kanto Pokémon not found in the Galar Dex is hilarious enough on its own. Then comes the last verse:
    "Charmeleon! That's All, Folks!" note 
  • When it was discovered that Arceus wasn't available in Galar but Silvally was, fans began to draw parallels between the game and the English Reformation: Arceus was Catholicism, which ended up being uprooted and largely destroyed as England's national religion, and Silvally was Anglicanism/Protestantism, which quickly became the new religion.
  • Toby Fox did the Battle Tower song for the game, and naturally for him, recycles some of his old lesser-known material. What song did he choose for that part he reuses? The Baby is 2, one of the more infamous songs he made just to troll the MSPA Forums and their weird specific rule, and got banned for a while for.
  • A fan's reaction to seeing a chimera fossil, which was what inspired this region's fossil Pokémon line.
  • When Galarian Slowpoke became available early as a teaser for the Expansion Pass, fans joked that Slowpoke was actually supposed to be in the initial release, but being Slowpoke, it showed up two months late.
  • The Pokemon Direct ends with Masuda stating, "You'll also be able to — " but then it suddenly gets cut off, trolling the various fans who were clamoring just what they would be able to do. Granted it was a broadcasting hiccup, but the timing was far too convenient.


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