Is It a Pokémon or a Foreign Currency?

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By: Heather Cahill

6 Min Quiz

You've heard of "Euro," but does it exist in the real world as foreign currency or in the Pokémon universe as one of the Pocket Monsters?

The Euro is the official currency used in countries that belong to the European Union. These countries adopted the currency in 1999, and they used it ever since. You might recognize the one Euro coin, with a silver middle and a gold exterior.

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Is "Ribombee" a type of currency used in the world or an important Pokémon?

You can try to pay in Ribombee, but it might not work out well for you! This sweet little Pokémon evolves from Cutiefly, who is equally as cute. Did you know that Ribombee only comes out when it's nice outside?

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You can find "Naira" somewhere that it's hot. Is that in the real world as currency or the Pokémon world as a beloved monster?

Naira is the currency used within Nigeria, where it has been in use since 1973. The banknotes once started from 50 kobo, which was smaller than 1 naira, and now they go all the way up to 1,000 naira. These banknotes found themselves under redesign in 2007.

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If you've used a "Krona," was it in the real world or the Pokémon world?

Despite being a real-world currency, Krona has also been used in fiction, just not in Pokémon. The Krona is used in Sweden and has featured many different public figures on the notes. One notable one is Greta Garbo, who graced the 100 krona note.

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"Nidoran" is a name that may sound like both a currency and a Pokémon, but it's just one of them. What is it?

Nidoran is two different Pokémon, as there is a male version and a female version. They are most easily distinguishable from their colors, with the female being blue and the male being purple. They evolve into Nidoqueen and Nidoking, respectively.

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"Eiscue" might be hard to pronounce, but can you tell what it is?

Eiscue is easily identifiable by the giant ice cube that encapsulates its head. Underneath it, you'll find that it is just like an ordinary penguin, though the ice serves as an essential part of it. It loves to stay cool!

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While there's no doubt that "Franc" is a name, what is it the name of?

The Franc is, in fact, a currency, which is used by a couple of different countries today. One is the Swiss Franc, used by Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The highest value of the coins is five Swiss Francs.

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If you were to use "Burmy," it would be to buy or to battle. Do you know which it is of the following choices?

Burmy was first introduced in the fourth generation of Pokémon, where it is known to evolve in a few different ways. One of its most important features, according to the PokéDex, is its cloak, which is used as protection.

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Short and sweet is the name "Leu," which belongs to which of the following items?

Used in Romania, one unique thing about the Leu is that the banknotes are all of different sizes, whereas many other countries keep the same dimensions. Despite not being an official Pocket Monster name, there's also one Pokémon name that you can find the name of this currency in. If you guessed Gossifleur, you're correct!

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The name "Rupiah" could easily fit into the real world or the world of Pocket Monsters. Which of the following is it?

In Indonesia, the Rupiah is used as an official currency. One unique fact is that while there are many one rupiah coins, they are not used as often anymore due to not having much value to them. In fact, to even make one US dollar, you must have rupiah in the tens of thousands.

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A name that is short and sweet, "Peso" is associated with which of the following?

With the first emergence of this currency being in Spain, the peso is associated with countries such as Mexico and Argentina now. It has a history dating back to the mid-1500s when the coins were created with silver. There's no denying that it would make a great name for a Pokémon as well!

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Stealing a "Nickit" could get you in trouble no matter what it is. But do you know if it is a Pokémon or a currency?

A Nickit is a Pokémon that is best known for stealing and getting away with it. It mostly sticks to stealing the food of other Pokémon. There's no wonder that when it evolves, it turns into a Pokémon named Thievul!

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If you're familiar with "Sentret," then you'll know that it is which of the following?

Sentret is a Pokémon who was introduced in the Johto region, but it's definitely not used as currency! Did you know that it is very easy to startle this Pokémon? It's known to be nervous and always on the lookout.

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"Rupee" is a currency used within the "Legend of Zelda" franchise, but is it also used as a currency in real life or is it actually a Pokemon?

In many places around the world, the rupee is used as currency. A few of those places are India and Nepal, which, upon adopting the currency, use different names ahead of the word to indicate the type. Did you know that at one time, there were zero dollar Indian rupee notes in circulation?

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A little more popular in the past, which of the following do you believe a "Dirham" is?

The only place that you'll come across today using the Dirham as an official currency in a select few Arab States. For example, Morocco still uses this currency, which has been around and used for centuries.

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If you're a real "Gogoat" getter, then you might know this one. Would you guess that "Gogoat" is a Pokémon or a currency?

This grass-type Pokémon is great for hitching a ride on when you really need it. They're also extremely in tune with their trainers' emotions, knowing how to adjust to match the trainers' emotions according to the PokéDex.

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You can never have enough "Kuna." Do you know which of the following it is?

If this sounds familiar, it might be because of the Pokémon named "Kakuna!" Or, it could just be because it's the official currency of Croatia, which the country adopted back in 1994.

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You can go to Paris, but would you also use a currency named "Paras," or a Pokémon by the same name?

A Paras is a crab-like Pokémon that is part of the first generation of pocket monsters from the Kanto region. Despite appearing to be a crab, instead of a shell, it carries a mushroom on its back that can do a few unique things.

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A "Dinar" would make for a mighty Pokémon, but is it in fact that, or a currency?

A currency that comes from ancient times, the dinar has been adopted and used by many countries. Some still use the currency today, such as Tunisia and Bahrain. In the past, some coins were made of complete gold, including the ancient dinar.

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The name "Shuckle" might make you chuckle, but it's time to find out what it really is. Do you guess that it's a currency or a Pokémon?

The Pokémon Shuckle is bug/rock type despite looking quite similar to a turtle. Hidden in that shell, this Pokémon is usually something quite helpful within battles. If you guessed that it hides berries, then you're right!

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"Spinda" can leave you hypnotized in no time. Is it money or a Pokémon?

Spinda is a Pokémon that is known for being unique. In fact, you'll never encounter a Spinda that has the same pattern as another one. If you're on the lookout for a shiny Spinda, you'll want to find the one with green spots.

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"Renminbi" can also go by the name "Yuan." Can you tell if it's currency or a Pokemon?

Whether you call it Renminbi or Yuan, there's no doubt that it's known to be currency! Used in the People's Republic of China, it consists of a colorful set of bills and has been used unofficially in many other countries around the world.

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"Aron" is probably a name that you've heard before, but what is it really?

You can definitely trade an Aron, but you probably can't use it as currency no matter where you are. Aron is a tough Pokémon, even feeding on iron. You can always find it somewhere in a cave or somewhere with lots of precious metals.

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"Persian" is a word that exists in the real world as well as the Pokémon universe. But does it belong to a real currency or a Pokémon?

Persian is a cat-like Pokémon that is the evolved form of Meowth. It comes in a few different forms depending on what region it is in; for example, Galarian Meowth is known to be more grey and evolves into Perrserker.

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Ready to talk "Munna?" Then do you know whether it is money or a creature?

Munna's name sure sounds like "money," but it is, in fact, a Pokémon. This little Pokémon is known to eat people's dreams, which in turn makes them forget it. Munna is helpful to have around if you're prone to having nightmares!

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"Ruble" could make for a mean fire-type Pokémon, or it could be used for purchases in the real world. Do you know which one it is?

The ruble is a currency used in parts of Europe, though you have probably heard of it most in relation to Russia. The ruble was first used as a currency as early as the 1700s, and it is also the currency used within Belarus.

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"Yen" is something that you can find all over Japan, but which of the following is it?

Japanese yen has been the official currency of Japan since its adoption in 1871. Did you know that some of the coins have holes in the middle? One of those coins is the five yen coin that is made of copper and zinc.

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If you heard the term "Roggenrola" for the first time, it might be hard to figure out the answer to this one. Is it a currency or a Pokémon?

This rock hard Pokémon is definitely not a currency, even though its core could resemble one! The core is put to good use as it is filled with energy inside. Roggenrola is its base form, with two more evolutions afterward.

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The small "Riolu" is packed with character, but is it currency or a Pokémon?

Riolu is the first form of Lucario and emits an aura that allows others to sense how it is feeling. Riolu is typically blue, but when you come across its shiny form, you'll notice that it is instead a vibrant yellow.

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Is "Ringgit" the name of a steel type Pokémon or a type of steel currency used in another country?

The Malaysian Ringgit had a coin made of steel with a value of one sen. Nowadays, it's the five sen coin, which is made from stainless steel instead. All the coins that are part of the Malaysian Ringgit picture the national flower on one side of them as well.

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So, you've heard of the elusive "Sylveon." Do you know which one it is?

The fairy Eeveelution Sylveon is one that so many want to have their Eevee evolve into. Its ribbons are quite useful, and one lovely gesture that the Pokémon likes to extend is wrapping its ribbons around its trainer!

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Made of steel, can you tell if "Meltan" is money or a Pokémon?

The top of this Pokémon resembles a coin in a way, but it has nothing to do with money besides being a steel-type! Did you know that strong Meltan can absorb other Meltan to become even more powerful?

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You might use a "shekel" if you need to buy some groceries or you might use one to become the ultimate champion. Can you guess if it's money or a Pokémon?

While many Pokémon have names that start with "she," none of them have the unique name of "shekel." The name of this official currency of Israel dates back to the BC years, where it was instead used as a term of measurement.

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An "Applin" is a master of disguise. Even if it's hidden, can you tell what it is?

An Applin is quite a unique Pokémon taking on a form that is similar to an apple. Did you know that the apple that the Pokémon lives inside serves as its food source as well? No wonder it likes to hide!

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Let's get "Riyal!" Is this the name of a currency or is there a Pokémon that takes on this moniker?

The Riyal is used within Saudi Arabia, and its banknotes most commonly feature a photo of the King at the time. Like many other countries, the riyal banknotes are colorful and come in values of one, five, 10, 50, 100, and 500.

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About This Quiz

It's no secret that there is a lot to know when it comes to foreign currency or Pokemon. Both go by many names, and both share the fact that they can be complex at times. One thing that they don't share is the same universe! The Pokemon world uses its own currency while in the real world, there are countless forms of currency all around the world. So, think you can tell the two apart?

Pikachu and Eevee might be easy for you, but with over 800 Pokemon, there is a lot to remember! Foreign currencies are also plentiful with many names like "rupee" and "yen" to remember. Recalling the countries that use them is a whole other ball game! While it can be easy to mix up the two, if you look for certain clues, you can figure it out a little bit easier.

So, you've been around the world, and you've been around the Pokemon world. Now it's time to put both together to find out if you can tell the name of a Pokemon from the name of foreign currency. Think you've got what it takes to distinguish the two? Prove that you know it all by acing this quiz!

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