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The best Pokémon of the decade

They’re all good Pokémon, but we picked out the best

In the last decade, Game Freak and Nintendo have churned out four generations of Pokémon games.

From Pokémon Black and White to Pokémon Sword and Shield, so many new and lovable monsters have been released or even re-designed with a new form. With the decade coming to a close, we put together a list to remind you of some of the best designs that Game Freak has gifted us in the last 10 years, in order by Pokédex number.

Alolan Raichu

Alolan Raichu’s base art The Pokémon Company

It surfs! It’s adorable! It participates in a pancake-carrying race in the Pokémon anime! How many reasons do I really need to list here? —Julia Lee

Alolan Meowth and Persian

Alolan Meowth and Persian’s base art The Pokémon Company

Alolan Meowth could’ve just been the Goth Cat of our Goth Tween dreams, but Alolan Persian blew us out of the water by being a perfectly round-faced boi — and still a Goth. —Petrana Radulovic

Mega Alakazam

Mega Alakazam’s base art The Pokémon Company

Just imagine all the ice cream it could eat with that many spoons, dude. —JL

Alolan Exeggutor

Alolan Exeggutor’s base art The Pokémon Company

A lot of Alolan forms are pretty good and they have great reasons as to why their typing and appearance is different, but Alolan Exeggutor trumps it all. They’re really tall because they get all that sunlight in Alola! I don’t know why this only makes their necks grow like palm trees and why it doesn’t elongate the rest of their bodies, but I really like it. —JL

Mega Kangaskhan

Mega Kangaskhan’s base art The Pokémon Company

It’s baby! —JL

Galarian Zigzagoon

Galarian Zigzagoon’s base art The Pokémon Company

I can really relate to being a young, energetic metal-head. —JL

Mega Gardevoir

Mega Gardevoir’s base art The Pokémon Company

She finally got a poofy dress. She deserves this. —JL

Snivy

Snivy’s base art The Pokémon Company

The beloved grass-starter, formerly known as Smugleaf. Its evolved forms are not as good as its base form, but we still appreciate media reminding us that snakes are not scary creatures. —JL

Woobat

Woobat’s base art The Pokémon Company

Go away, Woobat haters. Woobat is valid and it deserves its spot on this list, as it is a fluffy, cute, flying orb. —JL

Swadloon

Swadloon’s base art The Pokémon Company

Now this is a comfy Pokémon. I look like this Pokémon during the winter time. —JL

Darumaka

Darumaka’s base art The Pokémon Company

I was told I could not say “It’s baby!” for more than one Pokémon, but look at this little nugget. He’s adorable. —JL

Scraggy

Scraggy’s base art The Pokémon Company

Pants Pokémon. —JL

Ducklett

Ducklett’s base art The Pokémon Company

You would think just being a blue duck would make this design bad, but it actually makes it good. —JL

Vanillite

Vanillite’s base art The Pokémon Company

I do not know why this Pokémon gets so much hate when it is so adorable. Why are Geodude and Grimer valid, but this one isn’t? It’s bullshit. —JL

Chandelure

Chandelure’s base art The Pokémon Company

It’s spooky, it has a cool Shiny form, and also it will punch you in the head and kick your ass in Pokkén. —JL

Stunfisk

Stunfisk’s base art The Pokémon Company

Stunfisk haters are not allowed to continue to exist on Polygon dot com. Stunfisk did nothing wrong. —JL

Espurr

Espurr’s base art The Pokémon Company

This Pokémon looks like this emote: O_O. —JL

Aurorus

Aurorus’ base art The Pokémon Company

We’ve gotten a lot of dino Pokémon, but Aurorus is sleek, svelte, and very elegant, therefore Aurorus is the best dino Pokémon of all. —PR

Sylveon

Sylveon’s base art The Pokémon Company

Pokémon said, “Trans rights!” —JL

Goomy

Goomy’s base art The Pokémon Company

Goomy is slime. Goomy is shaped like a friend. —PR

Rowlet

Rowlet’s base art The Pokémon Company

It’s an orb owl who turns into an edgy cloaked archer. I don’t know what about this is not to like. —JL

Litten

Litten’s base art The Pokémon Company

My baby goth kitty before he turned into a Man. —PR

Toucannon

Toucannon’s base art The Pokémon Company

Not only is this thing a toucan and a cannon, but it’s also a grumpy grandpa, according to the anime. —JL

Salazzle

Salazzle’s base art The Pokémon Company

Only female Salandit are allowed to evolve into Salazzle. A crime queen who knows how to pose and strut, Salazzle also secretes a toxic gas that attracts male Salandit. She knows what she wants and how to get it. —PR

Bewear

Bewear’s base art The Pokémon Company

This Pokémon is delightful for how simple the design is, but what makes it really good is how disgustingly strong it is, as shown in the anime. —JL

Bounsweet

Bounsweet’s base art The Pokémon Company

I ate a mangosteen in real life for the first time in 2017 and it made me like this Pokémon more. If you have never eaten a mangosteen, try your best to find one somehow, even though it only grows in tropical regions like Southeast Asia. You will like this Pokémon more after you eat it. —JL

Comfey

Comfey’s base art The Pokémon Company

She’s beauty, she’s grace, she’s a wreath of flowers and we stan. —PR

Wooloo

Wooloo’s base art The Pokémon Company

I want to bury my face in the Wooloo wool. —JL

Sirfetch’d

Sirfetch’d is exclusive to Pokémon Sword The Pokémon Company

This design invokes more fear in me than any Pokémon design ever, and that includes Giratina, which is a weird creepy tentacle-ghost-thing. —JL