Pokemon has been around for 25 years, and the 900th monster was revealed earlier this year. That’s right, there are now 900 Pokémon for you to keep track of and remember everything. Not only their names, but also their types, move sets, the game in which they first appeared, and the games in which they have appeared since then, are all listed. When I was eight, it was difficult enough to remember all of the information for 150 Pokemon, and I had a lot less space in my head to be occupied by unimportant things like paying bills and understanding how to file taxes at the time.
The fact that there are 900 Pokémon is somewhat remarkable because it demonstrates the designers’ ability to keep coming up with new ideas on a consistent basis. Only in a sense, because the way some of the Pokémon looked even in gen one was hardly revolutionary. Voltorb is nothing more than a Pokeball with eyes. If those in charge of designing future Pokémon are having difficulty, it may be time to enlist the assistance of artificial intelligence.
If you’re interested in learning what an artificial intelligence would come up with, Max Woolf has the answer for you. An artificial intelligence (AI) was shown every single Pokémon that had been created so far, and then Woolf allowed it to come up with some designs of its own. As you can see in the examples below, as well as in the other examples included in the thread, the outcomes are a bit mixed.
Some of the AI-generated designs are quite attractive and could easily pass for brand new Pokémon in some cases. A name on the second page looks a little bit like a regional variant of Gastly, and it’s called Gastly. When it comes to artificial intelligence, it’s easy to see where the technology has drawn inspiration from. However, it is also clear why an artificial intelligence cannot be trusted to create the next generation of Pokémon without the involvement of humans. One Pokémon has the bottom half of Rhydon’s body and the top half of some sort of Pokémon Picasso painting as its body. The appearance of another is that of Togekiss without its skin and feathers, which I will never be able to forget after it was pointed out to me on Twitter.
If the year 2021 has taught us anything about Pokémon, it’s that the franchise and everything that comes with it will be around for a very long time. To be exact, Legends: Arceus will launch an entirely new and extremely ambitious chapter in the Pokémon universe just a little over a month from now in just over two weeks! It will also herald the arrival of some new Pokémon, or the return of some old ones, depending on how you look at it in light of the time period in which the game is set.