Can You Identify These Generation 1 Pokemon From Gameboy Screenshots?

By: Gavin Thagard

In the Pokemon anime, Ash has a habit of eventually letting his captured Pokemon go. However, he's always kept Bulbasaur around, though Bulbasaur mainly stays at Professor Oak's laboratory​.

Kakuna's main method of fighting is to harden its shell to protect itself from attacks. It also uses poison attacks, which can be quite dangerous.

Rattata is one of the most common Generation 1 Pokemon in Red and Blue. They are found in a multitude of places from trails to caves to abandoned buildings.

Geodude is a defense-based Pokemon with surprisingly strong attacks as well. However, the Pokemon is weak against water-types.

In the anime, Charizard is one of Ash's strongest Pokemon. Ash is often forced to deal with Charizard's attitude, though, which can be quite poor unless it's motivated.

Sandslash is the evolve form of Sandshrew. It's a ground-type mouse Pokemon known for its powerful earthquake attack.

Haunter is a powerful ghost-type Pokemon. It has the ability to travel through walls and uses its tongue to paralyze opponents.

In the anime, a Marowak mother is killed protecting her child from Team Rocket. After her death, the Marowak comes back as a ghost to look after her kid.

Arcanine is listed as a legendary Pokemon despite being more common than the other legendary Pokemon from Generation 1. There is little explanation for this, but a theory states that Arcanine was intended to be used in the place of Moltres, a legendary-bird Pokemon.

In the anime, Team Rocket's Meowth can talk and is often the one scheming plans. Meowth usually leads Jessie and James in their pursuit of Ash's Pikachu.

Primeape is a very ill-tempered Pokemon. They are known for launching into fits of rage if you make eye contact with them.

Zubat can be a pest if you're traveling through caves in Pokemon Red and Blue. They are well-known for poisoning your Pokemon which will drain their health if you don't seek medical attention.

Over the years, Pikachu has become the face of the Pokemon franchise. Even today, Pikachu is displayed on everything from backpacks to phone cases.

Ninetales is a fire-type Pokemon shrouded in mystery. Legend has it that Ninetales can live for 1,000 years.

Ekans' name comes from "snake" spelled backwards. The Pokemon is a favorite of Jessie's from Team Rocket.

In the anime, Psyduck suffers from a constant headache and is always holding its head. The Pokemon has psychic powers that will activate by accident if its headache worsens.

Since it's burrowed in the ground, Diglett never shows the bottom part of its body. Fans have speculated that the Pokemon has feet because they are mentioned in the game Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, though they are never seen.

In Generation 1, Poliwhirl evolves into Poliwrath. In later Generations, however, it can also evolve into Politoed.

Blastoise is the final evolve form of Squirtle, one of the three starter Pokemon. A water-type, hydro pump is its most powerful water attack.

Seel only has one evolve form, Dewgong, which it reaches at level 34. When Seel evolves, it goes from a water-type to a water and ice-type Pokemon.

Flareon is one of three evolve forms of Eevee. Depending on what type of stone you use, Eevee can also evolve into Vaporeon and Jolteon in Generation 1.

Snorlax will fall asleep and block paths that you have to cross in Pokemon Red and Blue To get it to move, you have to play a flute which will awake the Pokemon and cause it to attack.

Nidoking is a ground and poison-type Pokemon. It's capable of learning a multitude of attacks from thunderbolt to blizzard.

In Generation 1, Gloom evolves into Vileplume. Generation 2 introduced another evolve form for Gloom named Bellossom.

Machamp is pitched as the Pokemon that's mastered every type of martial arts. Its four arms make it deadly if it gets hold of an opponent.

Tentacruel often uses its tentacles in battle, usually to constrict or bind its opponent. It's said that Tentacruel has a total of 80 tentacles that it can use at any time.

Slowpoke is a water and psychic-type Pokemon. They are famous for hanging out along river banks where they use their tails to fish for food.

Magneton has a strong magnetic force that holds itself together. The magnetic force is strong enough to evaporate nearby water.

A water-type Pokemon, Shellder has a unique relationship with Slowpoke. If a Shellder bites the tail of a Slowpoke, the Slowpoke will evolve into a Slowbro.

Throughout the different Pokemon games, Hypno has been depicted as a creepy Pokemon. For example, in Pokemon Gold, it apparently puts people to sleep then eats their dreams.

In the anime, Ash first uses Krabby against an Exeggutor during the first round of the Pokemon League Tournament. Krabby wins the match and immediately evolves into a Kingler.

One of Lickitung's most obvious features is its large tongue. However, in the Generation 1 games, the Pokemon couldn't learn the move lick.

Weezing and its other evolution, Koffing, were supposed to be named La and Ny. Those names represented Los Angeles and New York, which were known for pollution.

In the anime, Magmar was the prized Pokemon of Cinnabar Island's gym leader Blaine. Magmar made his debut in the episode "Riddle Me This."

Staryu is one of Misty's Pokemon when you have to battle her in the second gym in Generation 1. She also has its evolved form Starmie, which is her strongest Pokemon.

Brock is the first gym leader you come across in Pokemon Red and Blue. His most powerful Pokemon is Onix, who is difficult to defeat unless you have a water or grass-type Pokemon.

In Pokemon Red and Blue, players only have one opportunity to catch the legendary bird Pokemon. If they miss their opportunity, the Pokemon flies away, never to be heard from again.

Dragonite is a dragon Pokemon that evolves from Dragonair at level 55. However, according to the game measurements, Dragonair is nearly six feet taller than Dragonite.

In Generation 1, Electabuzz is a standalone Pokemon with no evolved forms. However, it's given a lower evolved form, Elekid, in Generation 2 and a higher evolved form, Electivire, in Generation 4.

One of the most powerful Pokemon in the game, Mewtwo cannot be captured in Pokemon Red and Blue until you defeat the Elite Four. Once that's accomplished, you can find Mewtwo in the Cerulean Cave.

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About This Quiz

Pikachu, Charizard, Mewtwo; the Generation 1 Pokemon were a fun group of monsters for fans of the show and games. How well do you remember the Pokemon from Generation 1? Could you identify them from an image? Here's a quiz where you can find out!

If you were a '90s kid or perhaps even for some of the later Pokemon fans, Generation 1 was easily the best generation of Pokemon. It's the generation that started it all, with some of the best designs and unique looks that future generations would try to mimic, sometimes with success and sometimes not so much. Generation 1 launched the franchise, and the kids who played the games and watched the show were so much better for it. 

Of course, there were also a lot of Pokemon in Generation 1, 151 creatures to be exact. That's a lot of Pokemon for any fan to remember, especially for those of us who haven't been around the Pokemon world in a while. Are you going to be able to recall some of the rarest Pokemon from this generation? 

If you're up for the ultimate Pokemon challenge, dig deep into that Pokedex of a brain and see if you can recall these Pokemon from Generation 1! 

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