How Many Pokemon Are There In Total? (2023 Updated)

How Many Pokemon Are There In Total? (2023 Updated)

Since its release, the Pokémon franchise has been around for 26 years, amassing hundreds of creatures. While it's no secret for Pokémon fans that there are 151 monsters in Generation I, keeping track of the latest count can be overwhelming.

So, how many Pokemon are there in total? Let's find out!

Total Number of Pokemon

Total Number of Pokemon

There are originally 151 monsters in Pokédex taking place in the games Pokémon Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow in the Kanto region [1]. But how many Pokémon are there, including the new generation? The shortest possible answers to that are the current official count stands at 898 for eight generations in its own species, including the most recently introduced Pokémon from Crown Tundra DLC, such as Zarude, Regieleki, Regidrago, and Calyrex. 

The latest number of Pokémon includes 59 Legendary Pokémon, and it may go higher if 48 Mega Evolutions and 32 Gigantamax are added to the count. In addition, Mega Evolution count as separate Pokémon, and each one has its Pokédex, which means the total number of Pokémon reaches 980 [2].

Pokemon Breakdown

National Pokedex (as of Generation VIII)

National Pokedex (as of Generation VIII)

Excluding the Shiny Pokémon and alternating forms, the total number of Pokémon that are their species in the National Pokedex now reaches 900, after the Pokémon Legends: Arceus created Wyrdeer and Basculegion.

Since the first Pokémon was released, Generation II added 100 new Pokémon, including 5 Legendary Pokémon and 135 monsters in Generation III.

Then, the Pokémon world grew bigger with new Pokémon 107 in Generation IV, 156 in Generation V, 72 in Generation VI, 88 in Generation VII 88, and 89 in Gen VIII.

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Pokedex (With Forms)

There are different forms of Pokémon varying in appearance, stats, and availability. Alternate forms include the Alolan, Galarian, Hisuian, Unown, Spinda, Deoxys, and more. Each Pokémon has varying forms like the Alolan with 19, Unown with 28, and Deoxys with 4 forms. The Alcremie also comes with over 60 varying forms and is obtainable through pre-evolution. In total, there are 389 Pokedox with forms.

Special Categories

Special Categories

Another consideration when counting the total number of Pokemon is if they fall under the special category. Special Pokemon are referred to as those with QR codes that you cannot check in the Rotom Pokedex, including Legendary Pokemon, Mythical Pokémon, and Ultra Beasts. In total, there are 33 considered Special Pokemon.

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By Game

Base Game

When the sequel games were released, the total number of Pokemon in the Galar region Pokedex raise to 400. The base game comes with 319 older Pokemon, and 81 was released for Gen VIII. The entire games also have the most Galarian forms with 13 in total, such as Meowth, Zigzagoon, Rapidash, and Darmanitan.

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Sword & Shield (Generation VIII)

The Dexit controversy is a movement limiting the total number of Pokemon in the Galar region, which draws lots of criticism from fans for the Pokémon games Sword and Shield. Nonetheless, the game releases two rounds of older generations Pokemon. Also, eight more Pokemon are introduced in special events and two-game extensions. But what's the proper way to watch Pokemon in order?

Isle of Armor

Isle of Armor

In the Isle of Armor Pokémon game, old and new Pokemon are introduced, including Zarude, Urshifu, and Kubfu, reaching the total count of Gen VIII to 84. Furthermore, Galarian forms are added to the game, including Galarian Slowpoke and Galarian Slowbro. There are 211 monsters in this game, with 102 old Pokemon.

Crown Tundra

In the southern Galar mainland, the Crown Tundra introduced 5 new Pokemon, including Calyrex, Glastrier, Regieleki, Regidrago, and Spectrier. It also re-activated 119 older Pokemon, leading the Galar with 540 old generations.

Overall, the Crown Tundra has 210 Pokemon with new Legendaries and Pokemon that are old generation inhabiting Galar and Isle of Armor.

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Side Games

New Pokemon Snap 

New Pokemon Snap

In the New Pokemon Snap game, the Pokémon availability will vary based on the game stages, and some Pokémon types are unique to each level. For example, the Florio Nature Park has 33 Pokemon in total, and 26 of them are unique to that stage. But overall, there are 234 Pokemon found in this game.

Pokemon GO

Many fans still play Pokémon Go, a popular mobile game that the world plays. And due to the fans' demands, the latest generation of Pokemon was added to the game despite not finishing Generation V, Generation VI, and Generation VII. Generation I to II Pokemon are all in the game, and Generation IV are missing Mythical Pokémon and Rotom forms.

Pokemon Masters

Pokemon Masters

In the Pokemon Masters side game, you have to recruit Sync Pair that trains a specific Pokemon. As the game starts, you play with Pikachu and Sync Pair Misty and Starmie, and Brock and Onix are recruited. There are over 200 Sync Pair you can recruit in this game.

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Cafe Mix Jump 

The Cafe Mix Jump is not like a traditional Pokemon game. Instead, you have to make friends with Pokemon before they ask to join your staff. This game features Pokemon in varying outfits, with 60 Pokemon you can recruit as your staff, and 2 Pokemon are non-recruitable, including Timburr and Pelipper.

Mystery Dungeon

Mystery Dungeon

There are 418 Pokemon available, including first to third generations and 45 Mega versions. Furthermore, the Mystery Dungeon features Primal Riversion and the unexpected appearance of Lucario and Riolu. Unlike other Pokemon games, this game is played by recruiting Pokemon to join your team that you will meet in dungeons.

Pokemon Unite 

The Pokemon Unite is the newest game in the online world, featuring playable monsters with varying roles and styles. It comes with 29 characters starting with just the base stats and evolves when the Pokémon levels up in a match. However, Pikachu is an exception, and only other characters will evolve, such as Charizard, Venusaur, Garchomp, and Dragonite. So, who's the greatest Pokemon player ever?


How many Gen 1 Pokémon are there?

There are 151 Gen 1 Pokemon in total. The first Pokémon was #001 Bulbasaur and ended with #151 Mew. 

How many to-be-released Pokemon are there?

The Pokémon universe revealed the release of new games, Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet. But what shocked fans the most is the upcoming ninth generation of Pokemon to be released this 2022. It was unclear how many Pokemon are set to be released, but the trailer featured the Starter Pokémon for Generation IX.

In Summary

Whether you’re a fan of Pokémon anime or games, it is quite intriguing how many Pokémon species you can catch and add up to your collections, from the ancient Pokémon, Fossil Pokémon to Baby Pokémon - the list seems endless!

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