Pokémon is the third-best-selling video game franchise in the world with an overall 386 million units sold across all games, says Business Insider. Two of the top 25 best-selling video games of all time are in the Pokémon series, Pokémon Red/Green/Blue/Yellow and Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal, according to HP.com.
Each new Pokémon entry brings a new slate of Pokémon for players to discover. However, over 20 years have passed since the first Pokémon video game released and, with nearly nine generations of Pokémon, says Bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net, the number to discover continues to climb.
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How many Pokémon are there?
According to Bulbapedia, there are 905 Pokémon spread across eight generations that have been released since 1996. The eighth and latest generation added 96 new Pokémon, while the next generation will add an undisclosed amount. Planned for a late 2022 release, “Pokémon Scarlet” and “Pokémon Violet” will kick off the ninth generation.
The first generation of Pokémon began in 1996, introducing the first 151 Pokémon of the series. “Pokémon Red,” “Pokémon Green," “Pokémon Blue” and “Pokémon Yellow” are the core franchise games of the first generation.
Pokémon’s second generation, starting in 1999, added 100 new Pokémon, bringing the total up to 251. It features core games “Pokémon Gold,” “Pokémon Silver” and “Pokémon Crystal."
Generation III in 2002 brought the total Pokémon to 386 after its addition of 135 new species. It added “Pokémon Rubyy,” “Pokémon Sapphire,” “Pokémon FireRed,” “Pokémon LeafGreen” and “Pokémon Emerald” to its core games.
Starting in 2006, Pokémon’s fourth generation added 107 new Pokémon species, raising the total to 493. This generation features “Pokémon Diamond,” “Pokémon Pearl,” “Pokémon Platinum,” “Pokémon HeartGold” and “Pokémon SoulSilver.”
156 new Pokémon were added in Generation V, reaching 649 total Pokémon across all games. “Pokémon Black,” “Pokémon White,” “Pokémon Black 2” and “Pokémon White 2” were all released during this generation, starting in 2010.
Beginning in 2013, Generation VI added the fewest Pokémon so far with 72 new species bringing the total count to 721: “Pokémon X,” “Pokémon Y,” “Pokémon Omega Ruby” and “Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.”
There were 88 new Pokémon added in this generation, totaling 809 Pokémon after it began in 2016. This generation features “Pokémon Sun,” “Pokémon Moon,” “Pokémon Ultra Sun,” “Pokémon Ultra Moon,” “Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!” and “Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!”
Generation VIII, added 96 Pokémon to reach 905. “Pokémon Sword,” “Pokémon Shield,” the paired expansion passes for both, “Pokémon Brilliant Diamond” and “Pokémon Shining Pearl." The latest addition, “Pokémon Legends: Arceus," released in 2022, added seven new Pokémon species.
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Did Pokémon GO add any new Pokémon?
No, Pokémon GO did not add any new Pokémon to the franchise. The hit mobile game with $1.21 billion in revenue in 2021, according to businessofapps.com, has not added any new Pokémon and is still working to integrate all already-created Pokémon into the game. Pokemongo.fandom.com says that the video game has yet to make all 905 Pokémon available to players.
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