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How many Pokemon are there?

Since its inception in 1996, the Pokemon series has taken the world by storm.

Than Pokemon is added to the Pokedex with each new part of the game, so how many in 2021?

Pokemon has been hugely popular with a series of TV series, video games and cards that continue to excite fans.

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Pokemon has been hugely popular with a series of TV series, video games and cards that continue to excite fans.Credit: Alamy

How many Pokemon are there?

There are now a whopping 898 creatures that are part of the Pokemon family.

New generations are introduced every three to four years on average.

The new creatures of the Pokemon franchise have new areas, moves, and abilities that continue to evolve.

To date, there have been eight generations.

Generation I

Bulbasaur is the first Pokemon of all species, before Charmander and Squirtle

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Bulbasaur is the first Pokemon of all species, before Charmander and SquirtleCredit: Handouts

The first generation of Pokemon introduced the world with names like Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, and Pikachu.

Generation I fictional characters are numbered 001 to 151 in the Pokedex.

Pikachu in particular has grown immensely in popularity since the first game came out.

The character acts as a mascot for the pokemon franchise, which has certainly helped with his role as Ash’s sidekick in the animated series.

Pikachu has since branched off on its own, last appearing in the 2019 live-action Detective Pikachu movie.

Eevee are another popular creature, especially due to their evolution into many new types of Pokemon – with more species added over the generations.

Generation II

Pikachu is a fan favorite and has inspired many other characters from the Pokemon clan including Pichu, who evolves into a yellow mouse-like creature.

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Pikachu is a fan favorite and has inspired many other characters from the Pokemon clan including Pichu, who evolves into a yellow rat-like creature.Credit: Unknown, clear with picture desk

Generation II added another 100 Pokemon to the incubator and saw the initial evolution of Pikachu, Clefairy, and Jigglypuff introduced.

Some of these characters are enhanced forms of previous Pokemon – seen in Pichu, Cleffa, and Igglypuff, who carry a smaller, cuter version of themselves.

Other memorable additions include Meganium, Croconaw, and Tyranitar.

The first Pokemon of this generation, number 152 is the grass type Chikorita and the last one – number 251 – is “Voice of the Forest” Celebi.

Fictional characters of Generation II are numbered 152 through 251 in the Pokedex.

Generation III

Ghostly Duskull is part of Generation II

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Ghostly Duskull is part of Generation II

All Ghost-type pokemon were added to the Pokedex in Generation III.

Duskull, Pokemon Go’s October 2021 Community Day Featured Pokemon, Banette and Shuppett have made their debut.

But there are also less spooky new Pokemon that are also given unusual type combinations and completely step into their gender roles.

The variety between the likes of number 315, Roselia, and number 362, Glalie, has proven appealing to Pokemon fans.

Fictional characters of Generation II are numbered 252 to 386 in the Pokedex.

Generation IV

Lucario has proven to be a hit with fans of the Pokemon series

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Lucario has proven to be a hit with fans of the Pokemon series

The fourth generation of Pokemon brings in 107 other fictional species.

Both Lucario and Garchomp from Generation IV were warmly received by fans around the globe.

Bastiodon, Gible, Weavile and Giratina are also introduced.

Fictional characters of Generation IV are numbered 387 to 493 in the Pokedex.

The VU generation

Hydreigon was introduced as an evolution of Deino and Zweilous in Generation V

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Hydreigon was introduced as an evolution of Deino and Zweilous in Generation V

Generation V has the most pokemon.

A total of 156 pokemon have been added to the Pokedex.

Pokemon Hydreigon Dark-Dragon-Type, an evolution of Deino and Zweilous, is one of the more commonly used pokemon from this generation.

Lovely additions including Herdier, Munna and Drilbur have been rolled out along with ferocious newcomers including Krookodile, Haxorus and Beartic.

Fictional characters of Generation V are numbered 494 to 649 in the Pokedex.

Generation VI

Water-type character Greninja known for his ninja-like qualities

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Water-type character Greninja known for his ninja-like qualities

Generation VI spawned 72 new Pokemon, including the much-loved water-type Greninja.

This colorful creature is most memorable as part of Team Ash in the animated series.

But that also doesn’t forget the likes of Bararacle, Dedenne and Xerneas, who have also been released in season six.

Fictional characters of Generation VI are numbered 650 to 721 in the Pokedex.

Generation VII

Pikachu's ghostly impersonator Mimikyu was brought into Generation VII

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Pikachu’s ghostly impersonator Mimikyu was brought into Generation VII

Generation VII once again marks another evolution of Pikachu – but not quite in the way you’d expect.

Pokemon introduced Mimikyu, a Ghost-Fairy-Type that tries to disguise itself as a lover of feathery yellow.

Unfortunately, the costumes just make the Pokemon look less cute and scary.

Toxapex, Oranguru and Buzzwole were also launched.

Fictional characters of Generation VII are numbered 722 through 809 in the Pokedex.

Generation VIII

Dragapult's mysterious form fascinates gamers and anime fans

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Dragapult’s mysterious form fascinates gamers and anime fans

The eighth generation brought another 88 Pokemon characters into the world.

It’s no surprise that Dragapult is a fan favorite as it is a Type of Dragon.

Dragapult is not only a Ghost-Type but it is the embodiment of the fully evolved pokemon from Dreepy, also introduced in this generation.

Other notable characters include Toxtricity, an evolution of Toxel, which has the ability to include Punk Rock, meaning they can use sound to their advantage.

Dragapult, Runerigus, and Coalossal were also included in this generation.

Fictional characters of Generation VIII are numbered 810 to 898 in the Pokedex.

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