Pok√©mon games make being a Pok√©mon trainer look like an absolute fantasy‚ÄĒespecially next to owning a real pet. And sure, there are some aspects about being a Pok√©mon trainer that aren't as messy as what comes with being a real pet owner.

You can heal 'mon for free. They come in all sorts of cool shapes and sizes‚ÄĒand sometimes, they're even legendary and magical. But still. Is being a Pok√©mon trainer actually better, Dorkly asks?

You'd be surprised.

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And to be fair, some people don't just throw away beloved Pok√©mon‚ÄĒthanks to the import and trading features, some people have digitally kept their creatures for nearly a decade or more. Maybe the bond wouldn't be as strong as surviving an actual pet, but people do care tons about their Pok√©mon, too!