SINCE its creation in 1996, Pokémon has taken the world by storm.

With many Pokémon being added to their Pokedex every year, how many are there in 2021?

Stars of popular Pokémon anime.


Stars of popular Pokémon anime.Credit: Alamy

How many Pokémon are there?

Currently, there are 898 Pokémon in total, with the last Pokémon introduced on September 28, 2021.

There are a total of eight generations of characters with Calyrex being added to Generation VIII, a psychic and grass type.

On average, generations last between three to four years.

Generation VIII was integrated in 2019.

Generation I

Bulbasaur was part of the First Generation Pokemon


Bulbasaur was part of the First Generation PokemonCredit: Handout

The very first Pokémon to be introduced was Bulbasaur, as part of the First Generation.

Since their introduction, further iconic Pokémon such as Charmander, Squirtle and Pikachu have been released.

Pikachu has became a staple character for the brand and is often the face of Pokémon.

Pikachu is not only Ash’s companion in the anime series but was also the main Pokémon in the 2019 live-action film ‘Detective Pikachu’.

Generation II

Generation II saw early evolutions of Pikachu, Clefairy and Jigglypuff introduced.

Pichu, Cleffa and Igglypuff respectively are the cuter, smaller versions of themselves.

Generation III

A whole host of Ghost type Pokemon were added to the Pokedex in Generation III.

Duskull, who was the featured Pokemon in Pokemon Go’s October 2021 Community Day, Banette and Shuppett got their debuts.

Generation IV

Generation IV's Lucario proved very popular


Generation IV’s Lucario proved very popularCredit: Handout

In 2020, The Pokemon Company released results on who fans had voted for as their top 15 Pokemon.

Both Lucario and Garchomp from Generation IV got a mention, with the former coming in second.

Generation V

Generation V comes with the most Pokémon.

A total of 156 Pokémon was added to the Pokedex.

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

Generation VI

Greninja was the Pokémon to claim the top stop in the 2020 fan poll.

The water-type is most memorable for being part of Ash’s team in the anime series.

Generation VII

Mimikyu is a Ghost-Fairy-Type who tries to disguise themselves as Pikachu.

Unfortunately, the costume just makes the Pokémon look less cute and more scary.

Generation VIII

It’s no surprise that Dragapult is a fan-favourite due to it being a Dragon-Type.

Not only is Dragapult also a Ghost-Type but it’s the full evolution Pokémon from Dreepy, also introduced in this generation.

Toxtricity, an evolution of Toxel, has abilities that include Punk Rock, meaning they can used sound to their benefit.

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