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Computer Learns To Create Its Own Pokémon, And They're Great

 Image: Iguanamouth
Image: Iguanamouth

You can train a Neural Network—basically a machine that learns—to do all kinds of things. The best thing, though, is to create a list of its own fake Pokémon. Please welcome Stangute, Tortabool and Ronch to the Pokédex.

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“I decided to train [a] neural network to randomly generate Pokemon names and abilities based on this list as a training set - and found that it was good at generating Pokemon”, writes research scientist Janelle Shane on her blog. “Annoyingly good at it - by the time it had gone through the training set 50 times, it was already fluently plagiarizing Pokemon word for word.”

Here’s a list of some of the pocket monsters it has come up with:

Quincelax
Abilities: Sturdy, Secene Grace
Hidden ability: Tunged Leus

Tortabool
Ability: Healy Stream

Strangy
Abilities: Wharmwbra, Darp
Hidden ability: Magic Guard

Staroptor
Ability: Stench
Hidden Ability: Stick Hat

Stangute
Ability: Banger
Hidden Ability: Drang

Tyrnakine
Ability: Beak Eye

Minma
Abilities: Buttery armor, Shell Armor
Hidden ability: Weak armor

Ronch
Abilities: None

Mawuh
Ability: Rum Power

We are all Ronch.

The only thing that would make the list better would be if we knew what these Pokémon looked like, so big thanks to Iguanamouth for doing just that and illustrating a bunch of them.

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If you’re interested in the neural network and what else it can do besides Pokémon, Shane is also teaching it superhero names and a Lovecraft/cookbook mashup.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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I lost it at Agumon with the gat.

I need to get some sleep, man.