Greninja named Google’s Pokémon of the Year, crushing the competition

Greninja named Google's Pokémon of the Year, crushing the competition

Google has left Pokémaniacs around the world vote for their favorites of all 890 Pokémon earlier this month, and Greninja was crowned winner in a livestream Thursday celebrating Pokémon Day.

The top 10:

  1. Greninja (140,559 votes)
  2. Lucario (102,259 votes)
  3. Mimikyu (99,077 votes)
  4. Charizard (93,968 votes)
  5. Umbreon (67,062 votes)
  6. Sylveon (66,029 votes)
  7. Garchomp (61,877 votes)
  8. Rayquaza (60,939 votes)
  9. Gardevoir (60516 votes)
  10. Gengar (60,214 votes)

The winner, by a wide margin.

Screenshot by CNET

It’s certainly an eclectic list, and the complete absence of Pikachu is a surprise. At least Mimikyu is wearing a super scary Pikachu costume, so he’s kind of portrayed.

If you are looking for more details on the voting process, the Pokemon Database an infographic showing the top 30 from each of the eight regions in the series. Pikachu was the fourth most popular Pokémon in the Kanto region, with 48,060 votes.

After the revelation of the Pokémon of the year, the livestream turned to the future by showing the new mythical Pokémon, Zarude. It is a Dark / Grass type, with the Leaf Guard ability. It will come Pokemon sword and shield on Nintendo Switch, but mythical ones (like Mew and Celebi) cannot be captured during normal play. Traditionally, Nintendo distributed them at events or through the Mystery Gift feature in the game.

Zarude, the new mythical Pokémon, arrives on Sword and Shield.

Pokemon Co.

The company hasn’t said when or how you can get Zarude, but Sword and Shield gets a pair of extensions Later this year.

“This mythical Pokémon lives in a pack in the heart of the dense forests of Galar. It treats anyone who is not part of its pack with immediate hostility”, the description bed. “During fights, he sways tree branches, attacking relentlessly with his sharp claws. His quick wit helps him to excel in battles.”

Zarude also appears in the next Pokemon Coco movie, which got a Japanese trailer Thursday. This is the 23rd film in the franchise and will be released in Japan on July 10, so Zarude could arrive in Sword and Shield at that time.

February 27 is Pokemon Day, the 23rd anniversary of the release of original pokemon games (Red and Green) on Gameboy in Japan. They arrived in the United States a few years later, Green being replaced by Blue.

If you’re not worried about Google’s Pokemon popularity contest, more Pokemon celebrations are underway. Wild Pikachu and Eevee started wearing party hats in Pokemon Go on Tuesday, and Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle, similarly, started hatching from 7 km eggs.

Mobile gaming also marks Netflix launch on February 27 Pokemon: Mewtwo strikes back – Evolution by bringing nasty clones of Venusaur, Charizard and Blastoise to four-star raid battles and Armored Mewtwo to five-star raids. And you can do two special trades each day rather than one. All this will last until Monday March 2.

Mewtwo, Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Charmander, Charmeleon, Squirtle and Wartortle started to appear Thursday in the multiplayer fights of Max Raid from Sword and Shield. You can’t catch extremely powerful Mewtwo – you have to use the recently released Pokemon Home to transfer it from an older game in the series – but you get great items for beating him, noted Pokemon Serebii news site. You can catch the others, and they will stay until 4 p.m. PT Sunday March 1.

Released for the first time on February 26 at 5:45 a.m. (Pacific time).
Update at 6:25 p.m. PT: adds more details on Pokemon Day.
Updated February 27 at 5:05 p.m. PT: note that Mewtwo and Kanto starters appear in Max Raids at 6:20 a.m. PT: adds the winners at 7:15 a.m. PT: adds more details on Zarude.
Updated February 28 at 4:30 a.m. PST: Add an infographic and Coco trailer.

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