Trivia time! Which Pokémon came first? The answer may not be what you think.

According to the Pokedex, the answer seems clear-cut: Bulbasaur, the cabbage-like Pokémon, is number one. So it's gotta be the Pokemon that comes first, right? No, actually. The "first Pokémon" varies depending on how you look at it, and what criteria you use to determine the first Pokémon. Pokedex-wise, yes, Bulbasaur is the first Pokemon; it comes before all others. But that's just an arbitrary number, isn't it?

As Pokémon veterans know, lore-wise, the answer is a bit different. Looking at Pokedex entries, "the first Pokémon" could be two different Pokémon. Arceus, for example, is pretty much Pokémon's version of God. Known as "The Original One," Arceus is said to have created the Pokémon universe. Here's Bulbapedia on Arceus' Pokedex entries:

So the first Pokémonis this menacing-looking thing, right??


Nope. That's because Pok√©mon lore isn't exactly consistent. That's probably why, according to Pok√©mon lore, the legendary Mew could be also be considered to be the "first" Pok√©mon‚ÄĒit's the ancestor of all Pok√©mon, and its DNA contains the genetic code of all Pok√©mon. Here are some of Mew's Pokedex entries, for proof‚ÄĒscientists in Pok√©mon seem to believe Mew came first, before all other Pok√©mon:

This would make for a pretty good first Pokémon, right? Well...


If we go outside of the games themselves, the answer is radically different. There, Mew isn't the first Pok√©mon, but rather the last one. In real life, the first Pokemon is not what appears in the Pokedex first, or what legendary Pok√©mon is said to have created everything. In fact, the first Pok√©mon ever designed in real life‚ÄĒthe first monster written into the code of the original games‚ÄĒis surprisingly ordinary. It's Rhydon. Edit: whoops! Got RhyHORN and RhyDON confused.

So really, the Pokémon that "came first" depends on who you ask. There's no wrong choice. It's just not a given that it's Bulbasaur, either.