What a cruel joke at the expense of longtime fans who wanted Dunsparce to become cool.
A real step down from Hydreigon’s already incredible design. It even has worse stats.
Looks too much like the Reddit Snoo to feel like a Pokémon. Collecting Gimmighoul’s coins is annoying.
It’s just Pawmo, but slightly bigger and spikier. Revival Blessing is cool, though.
It’s just Pawmi, but slightly bigger and bipedal.
A Grass/Fire pepper had so much design potential, and it was wasted on this.
Doesn’t really feel like a Pokémon.
Also doesn’t feel like a Pokémon, and Geeta used it incorrectly on her team.
Looks too much like it should be a mascot for a string cheese brand. Its typing is good, though.
It just looks like two cartoon mice, nothing screams Pokémon about its design.
Its Shiny is great, but its normal colors make it look quite ugly.
It feels derivative of Whiscash, but is an offensive powerhouse if used right.
Feels a bit too drastically different from the much better Tarountula to be an evolution.
Has a slightly bland design, but cute nonetheless.
It’s fine, but nothing really stands out about it.
A generic middle-stage Grass-type, a bit too reminiscent of Roselia and Steenee.
It’s cute, but feels a bit small and incomplete – like it should be a Baby Pokémon.
Also feels like it should be a Baby Pokémon.
It’d be higher on the list if it had an evolution, it just feels incomplete for a final form.
Doesn’t stand out too much, but the rockabilly theme is fun.
Not an improvement over Donphan’s already great design.
It’s a dung beetle, there’s not much else to say.
Simultaneously cute and ugly, so it’s redeemed by having pug energy.
Its fake eye gimmick is cool, but they could have done more with it.
Amoonguss isn’t great to begin with, but this form at least makes it threatening.
Turning the dung ball into psychic energy is an interesting concept, plus Revival Blessing is great.
It evolves off-screen by adding an extra mouse, that’s hilarious and makes up for its iffy design.
Another design that feels a bit too basic, like a Baby Pokémon. It’s cuter than the other two, though.
Feels like a generic variant of Koraidon and Miraidon, but still fine for sure. Needs an evolution.
Poor Greavard was reduced to this upon evolving. Last Respects is staggeringly powerful, which redeems it.
Doesn’t change too much when it evolves, but the design still works for sure.
A tumbleweed Pokémon is a great idea. The design feels too similar to Dhelmise, though.
Could have been a bit more different from Tentacool.
A similar issue, but the head swirl looks cool at least.
Also too similar to a Kanto Pokémon, but Wiglett’s just too funny to put below the others.
Basically just a Minecraft enemy.
It’s cute, but in the overworld it is a feral beast, like Paras was in Legends: Arceus.
Feels generic considering how fun Lechonk is, but the two different forms are a nice touch.
A cute little spider that, if bigger, could have been the final stage of a line for sure.
Its graceful design helps differentiate it from other Grass-type final evolutions.
Girafarig getting an evolution is great, but more could have been done with its tail.
Paldean Tauros (Combat Breed)
It’s basically the same as Kantonian Tauros, but black, and yet that’s still a cool change.
Dark/Ground is a great typing, and it has a really solid design.
Literally just a flamingo, but something about that is really endearing.
Why couldn’t it have been a cool Iberian lynx? At least it’s not Incineroar 2.0.
Its weird grimace is both concerning and funny to look at. The most forgettable of the new dogs.
Paldean Tauros (Blaze Breed)
Being a Fire-type with horns that glow red when heated makes it a step above Combat Breed.
Its flame design feels weirdly unique, and it’s a very strong Pokémon.
If only regular Misdreavus was Ghost/Fairy, but this will have to do.
Looks like the Rock Mushroom from Super Mario Galaxy 2, and yet somehow it works.
Its weird bendy magnet legs are hilarious, as is its sort of caveman design.
Having a more simplistic, kaiju-like design makes it feel like a Gen 1 Pokémon.
Who knew an engine could be so cute?
Something about it is so silly, but it looks like a happy friend.
The differences in its shapes at least make it feel a little unique from Dugtrio.
A mostly average design largely held up by how useful it is for Tera Raids.
One of the cutest Pokémon of this generation for sure; it just looks so upset all the time.
Its Pokédex entry states that it mercilessly attacks Bisharp, so it may be why Kingambit exists.
Combining Cleopatra with an ostrich shouldn’t work, but it does.
It’s basically Scarlet and Violet‘s answer to Ralts, but if it were a Fire-type. That’s cool.
Fire/Ghost is a cool type (but a little overdone recently), and its design is exceptional.
Looking like a Mega Man character is not a bad thing. It feels more Pokémon-like than Ceruledge.
Its name is great, its typing is great, and its design is great. The stomach bag is a little odd, though.
Mechagodzilla and the mecha Tyranitar from Black and White 2 are both canon now, which is great.
Having a cute little sombrero egg hat makes it impossible to not love this Pokémon.
Like Grovyle, this middle-stage Grass-type starter managers to be cooler than its final form.
Dragon/Ice is a great typing, and Baxcalibur has a nice design, but it feels just slightly lacking.
At the midpoint of the evolution line, Arctibax feels like it has so much squandered potential.
Maybe not the best dog Pokémon from Scarlet and Violet, but its role in the story drags it up a few spots.
Its incredible design would have it higher on the list if it wasn’t a nightmare in the overworld.
One of the best Pokémon to Shiny hunt, and has the great typing of Steel/Poison.
A nice quadrupedal final starter evolution. Its design is busy, but Torch Song is amazing.
A really solid regional bird design, its simplicity is reminiscent of Taillow.
It’s astounding that it took 26 years to get a dolphin Pokémon, but it was worth the wait.
Its Zero form is underwhelming, but its Zero form is a powerhouse that has broken the Gen 9 meta.
The constant look of terror in its eyes is so cute. Poor Smoliv.
It’s such an adorable Bug-type, and surprisingly helpful in battle too.
This Minecraft monstrosity is a strong battler and has a pyramid on its back. Brilliant.
A really slick regional bird. Its Electric typing helps it stand out from previous Flying-types.
Its palette is very visually pleasing, and it makes for a very capable companion.
Scarlet and Violet‘s starters have exceptional base forms, and Sprigatito is no exception.
Fuecoco is first seen burning an orange and trying to eat it. Just such a lovable goofball.
Like the other starters, Quaxly oozes personality, but somehow it has even more than they do.
Fusing Gardevoir and Gallade was always going to result in a cool design.
With Megas being gone, this is the closest anyone is getting to having a Mega Salamence.
Something about this Pokémon and how it walks is utterly hilarious.
Corviknight can’t be used as a taxi service in Paldea because Tinkaton is that dangerous.
It has a third set of legs that are switchblades, and is based on Kamen Rider – what’s not to love?
A robotic Volcarona that can’t be poisoned is an asset to any team, especially with an Air Balloon.
It’s almost a fusion between Larvesta and Volcarona, which is fascinating.
All it wants is to play with people, but it drains their life force – tragic yet adorable.
Primeape getting so angry that it dies is just so on-brand, plus Fighting/Ghost is an interesting type.
Its name isn’t just a meme, it’s a brilliant pun based on the Spanish dish lechon.
One of the happiest and cutest little Pokémon in Gen 9.
Sword tusks are obviously cool, which makes sense because it’s an Ice-type.
Bisharp didn’t need an evolution, but it was a very welcome surprise.
It’s just so cute, and the sushi concept feels like a logical Pokémon idea.
An amazing Gen 9 design with an excellent type and color scheme.
Its little bone whiskers are just adorable.
One of the cutest Pokémon dogs for sure.
Adorable bread dog, and its immunity to Fire-type attacks is the cherry on top.
Quagsire, but better. Water Absorb is a great ability for it too.
Not using its wheels because it’s from the past is hilarious, plus its design is brilliant.
The closest thing to an official, much-needed Delibird evolution, with great battling potential.
Donphan’s already amazing, so a cool design, great stats, and being a Fighting-type now is a real glow-up.
Great design, and the Moxie + Aqua Step combination is deadly.