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Pokemon Games: 20 Easter Eggs You Didn’t Know About

Pokemon Games: 20 Easter Eggs You Didn’t Know About

Get a Starter Pokemon, defeat your rival, and catch all the Pokemon – you might think you know everything about Pokemon, but there is always something new to discover in these games.

In its 26 years of existence, the Pokemon video game franchise has lots of trivia and references hidden and tucked away in its games.

What’s up with Alola and rainbows? Why are Eevees named as such in Pokemon Go? And was Professor Oak meant to battle you in Red and Blue?

Today, let’s don our trivia hats and go digging for Pokemon Easter eggs! We have gathered 20 of these delightful trivia tidbits, with a focus on the latest Pokemon games, Scarlet and Violet, in the end.

1. Red and Green Colors Are Based on Mario and Luigi

Pokemon Red and Green looking similar to Mario and Luigi's colors
Source: Bulbapedia, Nintendo.com

It’s fitting to start this list by going back to Pokemon’s roots! 

Before the English-speaking part of the world got Pokemon Red and Blue, the first ever Pokemon games in Japan were actually Red and Green.

Now, why did they pick red and green as the colors for the titles? According to Pokemon Story, a book by Kenji Hatakeyama and Masakazu Kubo detailing the history of the franchise, Shigeru Miyamoto wanted different colored versions of the games.

The team liked the idea of seven-colored versions of the games, just like a rainbow. But of course, this was too much at the time.

So, the team eventually settled on just two colors, red and green, which represents Mario and Luigi.

2. “Boy and His Lapras” Song in HeartGold and SoulSilver

Player riding on a water Pokemon, and Pryce with his Lapras
Source: L3V3NDI on Youtube, Bulbapedia

While swimming along Route 41 in HeartGold and SoulSilver, a swimmer trainer by the name of Susie comments on how elegant you look with your water Pokemon. She then tells you of a hit song that’s about a boy and his Lapras.

A lot of fans think this is referencing Ash in the first opening song of the Pokemon animated series.

You do see him riding a Lapras while gazing in amazement at other Pokemon. Plus, the first English opening song of the anime will always be iconic!

However, some fans think this is about the Pokemon Adventures manga. In the story, a young Professor Oak, Agatha the Ghost type Elite Four member, the old Day-Care Couple, and Kurt the Azalea Poke Ball smith, wrote a song for their friend Pryce.

Pryce is the Ice type Gym Leader of Mahogany Town. When he was a child, he lost two beloved Lapras to an avalanche, which terribly broke his heart. His friends decided to compose a song to help him heal from his pain.

“Just let the soft, soft waves heal your heart so tired from sadness.”

3. Lapras Was Originally Fierce-looking

Early sketches of Lapras and Lapras's Gigantamax form
Source: Bulbapedia

Speaking of Lapras, this gentle and peace-loving Pokemon actually looked fierce and wild when Pokemon was still in its developing stages.

In its early drafts and sketches, Lapras didn’t have its cute curly ears and looked more dinosaur-like.

Later on, sharp fangs were added and it had an angry expression. Lapras’ name was supposed to be Ness, which is a reference to the Loch Ness monster.

We eventually got the friendly and docile Lapras that we all know and love today.

However, hints of its past show through its Gigantamax form. This behemoth of a Pokemon isn’t playing around!

4. Munna Foreshadowing

Girl outside Rock Tunnel talking about Munna
Source: Bulbapedia, @PokemonArtFacts on Twitter

A lot of trainers probably remember the grueling trek through the Rock Tunnel in Red and Blue.

But what a lot of us don’t remember is that there is a young female trainer just outside the tunnel who talks about Munna.

The young Picnicker wishes there would be a pink and chunky Pokemon with floral designs. Well, years later her wish comes true!

Debuting in Gen 5, Munna is a pink Pokemon with a chunky and round body shape. All over its body are purple and pink floral patterns.

Whether Munna is a scrapped idea from Gen 1 or Game Freak just reviewed their old dialogue, we’re not sure.

What we are sure of though is this is a pretty neat thing to remember or come across when playing the old games.

5. Eevee Names in Pokemon Go Are From Trainers

Different Eevee trainers with their Eeveelutions
Source: Bulbapedia, Pokemon Fandom, Serebii.Net

Evolution is handled a bit differently in Pokemon Go. If you want to evolve your Eevee, you have to give it 25 Eevee candies to get a random Eeveelution.

But to make it accurately evolve into the Eeveelution you want, you can rename your Eevee with a specific name before evolving.

Pyro gets you Flareon, Sparky for Jolteon, Rainer for Vaporeon, Tamao for Umbreon, Sakura for Espeon, Rea for Glaceon, Linnea for Leafeon, and Kira for Sylveon.

They might seem like random names, but these are actually names of notable Eeveelution trainers.

Pyro, Sparky, and Rainer are the Eevee Brothers, while Sakura and Tamao are part of the Kimono Sisters. Both groups are from the anime.

Meanwhile, Rea, Linnea, and Kira are part of Sun and Moon’s post-game content. To get the Eevium Z Z-Crystal, you have to fight eight renowned Eeveelution trainers in Alola. 

Rea with her Glaceon was known as a “cool beauty” and nicknamed Miss Absolute Zero. Linnea with her Leafeon is a world-famous model who wants to keep her youth with the help of medicine.

Lastly, Sakura was someone who adored Fairy type Pokemon. Sadly, she passed away, and in her stead, her grandchild takes care of her Sylveon.

Welp, we didn’t expect this Eevee Easter egg to get bittersweet.

6. Different Languages in Black and White Reference Future Regions

Foreign Trainers visiting Unova
Source: Lueroi on Youtube

Pokemon Black and White is set in the region of Unova. It is a diverse region based on real-life New York City, particularly its metropolitan area and notable state landmarks.

So it’s not too out of place to meet foreign trainers in Unova. On Route 11, you battle a Backpacker who speaks French. He wants to battle you to make wonderful memories on his journey.

On Route 15, an Italian Backpacker tells you about the beautiful mountains he has trekked, which apparently makes him want to battle.

In one of Castelia City’s buildings, there is a party with international guests.

There is a German guy who just bought a car but is nervous about his driving test, an Italian warmly welcoming you to the party, and a Spanish visitor who definitely wants to come back with their friends.

While on the surface it seems like a fun detail, they seem to hint at future regions. We eventually got France-inspired Kalos and Iberian Peninsula-inspired Paldea.

Maybe we’ll get a region set in Germany or Italy next!

7. Japanese Tourist Trainers in X & Y and the Paris Syndrome

Tourist Trainers enjoying the Kalos region
Source: Bulbapedia, Pokemon Fandom, Serebii.Net

Speaking of France-inspired Kalos, it’s no surprise that, lore-wise, the region gets a lot of tourists! 

The Tourist Trainer Class is a type of Pokemon Trainer added in Gen 6. You see them a lot in Kalos enjoying the scenery and battling with you. But interestingly, these trainers all have Japanese names.

The reason for this is that a lot of Japanese love France! It is estimated that more than a million Japanese tourists visit France yearly. These new trainers are based on France’s Japanese visitors.

Unfortunately, some Japanese tourists have such an idyllic version of France in their heads, that they get disappointed when it doesn’t meet their expectations. There’s even a name for this – Paris Shokogun or Paris Syndrome!

8. Heahea or Kantai City is Kanto and Kansai

Kanto, Johto maps, and Heahea or Kantai City
Source: Bulbapedia

Let’s take our Pokemon Easter egg trip to the shores of Alola!

Heahea City in Alola is a city founded by trainers hailing from Kanto and Johto. It’s considered as the “front door” of Akala Island. 

Due to its history and location, the locals absolutely love visitors and tourists. It even has the tagline “A town that always welcomes visitors.” In Hawaiian, Heahea means “to welcome” or to call someone in a welcoming manner, which sounds perfect for the place!

But in the original Japanese games, the city is actually called Kantai City and has also a very good meaning.

Pokemon’s Kanto is based on the real-life Kanto region in Japan, while Johto is based on Kansai. Put these names together and you get Kantai City! The name also means “hospitable and warm welcome” in Japanese.

We’re feeling very welcomed here, alright.

9. Hawaii, Alola, and Rainbows

Giovanni leading the Rainbow Rocket team
Source: Bulbapedia, Serebii.Net, Steven Businger

Let’s extend our Easter egg vacation in Alola for just a bit more with this next Pokemon trivia.

Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon’s post-game content features Team Rocket in a new and colorful form. Called Team Rainbow Rocket this time, the organization gets quite the makeover. 

New allies, new castle, new “R” logo with a rainbow sheen, but with the same power-hungry Giovanni – it’s new and nostalgic!

But why rainbows? Well, it turns out that Hawaii, Alola’s real-life reference, is known as the “Rainbow State” and gets a lot of rainbows.

It’s also incredible how they wanted the colors of the rainbow when planning Gen 1, and 20 years later they set their new Pokemon game in a literal rainbow place.

10. Diamond Dust

Diamond Dust snow in Pokemon Platinum and Scarlet Violet
Source: Bulbapedia, MonoRun on Youtube

Let’s leave the tropical side of Pokemon for now and head to icy Easter eggs.

To add to the atmosphere and challenges in battle, the Pokemon series introduced snow or hail in Gen 3. It covers your surroundings with very cold wind, snow, and ice.

But in Gen 4, Game Freak decided to add a special kind of snow that sparkles in the air. This is called Diamond Dust.

Director Junichi Masuda implemented it during special dates, like Red and Green’s anniversary, a Leap Year, and his birthday.

A lot of hardcore Pokemon fans know about Diamond Dust already, but what a lot of players probably don’t know yet is that it makes a sparkly return in Scarlet and Violet!

On your birthday, head to Glaseado Mountain for this glittering icy surprise! Have your favorite Ice Legendaries tag along too – they’ll also enjoy the view!

11. Professor Oak Final Boss Joke in Let’s Go

Let's Go joking about fighting Prof Oak
Source: The Cutting Room Floor, L8Games Plays

After defeating Lance in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee, he tells you that you have one more trainer to defeat. With impeccable timing, Professor Oak enters the scene!

But as excited as fans are to actually battle the OG Pokemon professor, Oak’s not actually there to fight a Pokemon match.

This is just a clever Pokemon Easter egg and a joke about a certain cut content from Gen 1.

Dedicated fans were able to dig up some data that proves Professor Oak was meant to battle the player near the end of the Gen 1 games.

His Pokemon levels are insanely high, suggesting that he’s meant to be fought after defeating the Champion.

He has a level 66 Tauros, a level 67 Exeggutor, a level 68 Arcanine, a level 70 Gyarados, and a level 69 final evolution of one of the Starter Pokemon. Nice team, professor!

Sadly, fans never got to fight Professor Oak, even in the remakes. Maybe Game Freak will change their mind in the future, but for now this remains to be a nostalgic Pokemon Easter egg.

12. BDSP’s Project Codename

ILCA showing its logo and BDSP's cover
Source: ILCA, Bulbapedia

All Pokemon games get a project codename during development. This way, the games get referred to with a different name to keep things hush-hush.

For Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (BDSP), its codename was delphis, according to datamined info.

To save you time from Googling it, a dolphin’s scientific name is Delphinus delphis. How does this relate to BDSP? Well, the developer who made this remake is ILCA. In Japanese, iruka means dolphin.

ILCA, iruka – we’re definitely connecting the dolphin dots here.

13. Stow-on-Side’s Name Origins

Stow-on-Side Galar Region
Source: Bulbapedia, Serebii.net

Gen 8 is set in the UK-inspired Galar region. As such, its cities and towns sound quirkily like UK places.

There’s Postwick, which is where the player lives, Wedgehurst, Circhester, and Hulbury, to name a few.

But we’re not here for those towns — we’re here for Stow-on-Side! This unique name isn’t just for show. Stow can mean house or lodge and is a British toponym. 

Meanwhile, a lateral or onside pass is a real sports move. And in Japanese, the town’s name is Lateral Town.

Galar shares the UK’s love of football, so this is apt all around. We’re kicking like Scorbunny out of excitement from this name discovery.

14. Sonia’s Book in Scarlet and Violet

Sonia and her book in Pokemon Scarlet Violet
Source: @PLDHnet on Twitter, Bulbapedia

In Pokemon Sword and Shield, Sonia is the granddaughter and assistant to Professor Magnolia.

You meet her at the start of your journey, and throughout the game she tries to find what she wants to do with her life.

She eventually finds her calling: to pursue the truths behind Galar legends. She gathered all her research about Zacian, Zamazenta, Eternatus, and the Darkest Day into a book, which later helped her become a professor.

Luckily, we can read excerpts of her book in Scarlet and Violet! Check the bookshelves in the academy to find a book titled Galar: A History.

Not only is this a cool Easter egg detail, it also adds proof that Sword and Shield is definitely set before Scarlet and Violet.

15. Pokemon Legends: Arceus and the Painting in Diamond and Pearl

Painting in the Foreign Building is similar to Legends Arceus cover
Source: Bulbapedia

By now, a lot of players have noticed interesting connections between Gen 4’s Diamond and Pearl and Gen 8’s Pokemon Legends: Arceus.

We’ve seen numerous ancestors of Diamond and Pearl characters in Legends: Arceus, like Volo and Cynthia, Sabi and Cheryl, and Cyllene and Cyrus.

In addition, Jubilife Village in Arceus has turned into Jubilife City in Diamond and Pearl.

But the most interesting connection between the two is the painting in Hearthome City’s Foreign Building.

The place looks like a cathedral, and people go there in solemn contemplation to appreciate and celebrate the wonders and miracles of the Pokemon world.

Inside, there is a huge wall painting showing a mountain, which seems to be Mount Coronet. It’s the same mountain as the one on Legends: Arceus’s cover!

Also, the Foreign Building seems to acknowledge that Jubilife Village’s founders were all people from foreign lands who traveled there to study the Hisui region.

Whew, we’re enjoying this Pokemon historical tour.

16. Scarlet and Violet and Legends: Arceus Connections

Bagin in Legends Arceus and the Bagin's bag store in Scarlet and Violet
Source: u/MobiusRocket on Reddit, Release Gaming

It’s not just Diamond and Pearl that have a deep connection with Legends: Arceus. Scarlet and Violet have some links up its sleeves too!

Let’s start with everyone’s favorite bag man, Bagin. This guy has exasperated a lot of Pokemon fans due to his steep satchel upgrades.

But wouldn’t you know it, the guy has made a fortune — his ancestors now own a bag shop in Paldea!

And then we have Jacq and Adaman. This might seem a stretch, but it’s hard to ignore the similarities between Adaman’s trinkets and symbols on his outfit and Jacq’s glasses. They have similar hairstyles too!

17. Blue/Gary in Scarlet and Violet

Blue holding an Ultra Ball, and a silhouette above the Pokemon Center that looks like Blue/Gary
Source: Bulbapedia, Release Gaming

Who’s that Pokemon, err, trainer?

For those with a sharp eye, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is filled with excellent details that really enrich the world of Paldea. One of these details is an ad on top of the Pokemon Center. 

Does it look familiar to you too? Yep, that’s the unmistakable silhouette of Blue or Gary!

That spiky hairstyle, the blue silhouette, the cool tossing of a Poke Ball – seems like Gary was indeed here.

18. Herba Mystica Name

Arven reading about the Sour Herba Mystica
Source: Release Gaming

Scarlet and Violet opens up three paths for your adventure. You have Starfall Street, where you tackle Team Star, Victory Road for the Pokemon League, and Path of Legends.

The last one is a spelunking adventure with Arven to find the Herba Mystica, which are plants or herbs that have healing properties. After finding each herb, Arven adds it to his sandwiches, much to the delight of Koraidon or Miraidon.

As mentioned, each Herba Mystica has mystical properties. After eating them, Koraidon or Miraidon gets a new ability, like being able to dash, glide, jump, climb, and even swim, which can greatly help with your travels.

You could say these abilities are like HMs. Herba Mystica, HM…rings a bell, don’t you think?

19. Cassiopeia and the Squad Names

Cassiopeia calling the player, and the Cassiopeia constellation
Source: Release Gaming, IAU.org

Cassiopeia is a mysterious character in Scarlet and Violet who asks for the player’s help to bring down Team Star. They keep their identity secret and only communicate through calls.

But that’s not the only compelling detail they have. (Huge spoilers after this, so skip this entry if you haven’t finished the game yet!)

In the end, it is revealed that Cassiopeia is the leader of Team Star who had to temporarily leave the team. To make Cassiopeia’s connection to Team Star pretty subtle, the hints are in the squad names.

All the squads under each of Team Star’s bosses have names, such as Segin Squad, Schedar Squad, Navi Squad, Ruchbah Squad, and Caph Squad.

These are actually star names under the constellation Cassiopeia!

20. The Ghost-Type Tera Jewel is the ??? Ghost

Pokemon showing a Ghost Tera Type Jewel, and Wartortle battling a ghost in Pokemon Red Blue
Source: Bulbapedia, whoisthisgit on Youtube

We’re ending this Pokemon Easter egg journey with a Gen 1 and Gen 9 combo!

Introduced in Scarlet and Violet, Terastallizing is the newest battle gimmick in the Pokemon series.

Using a Tera Orb, a Pokemon can go through a temporary transformation by crystallizing their bodies and changing their type to a Tera Type.

The Pokemon also gets a big jewel hat on top, which looks like a carnival headgear referencing carnivals in Spain. For the Ghost type Tera Jewel hat, the jewel looks like a ghost.

But it’s not just any ordinary ghost! It’s actually referencing the ghost sprite back in Gen 1. If you don’t have the Silph Scope, all Ghost type Pokemon in the Pokemon Tower will look like this.

Nice Easter egg throwback, Game Freak.

Ash holding a Pichu Egg
Source: Bulbapedia

Know any Pokemon Easter eggs that didn’t make it to our list? Let us know your favorite Pokemon trivia in the comments below!

If you want to do more Poke-reading, why not brush up on Pokemon types and combinations? Professor Oak would be proud.

Draziel

Wednesday 24th of May 2023

Here's an easter egg that I saw was not on the list. In Snowbelle city in Pokemon X and Y, there is an ace trainer that will play a song for you if you ask. Of the two songs she can play, one of them is a remastered version of the Jubilife City theme from Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, claiming she composed the song in "A cold region far away".

Dawn Lim

Sunday 4th of June 2023

Whoa! Thanks for sharing, Draziel. I don't know why, but that's quite heartwarming, for some reason. Time to dust off my Pokemon X copy to check that out haha.

Ortega

Saturday 11th of February 2023

Great read! I only knew 2 of these. And i thought i was a pokemon fan

Dawn Lim

Sunday 4th of June 2023

Thanks, Ortega! Some of these definitely surprised us, like Mr. Bagins haha. Here's hoping we see more Pokemon Easter eggs in the upcoming DLC!