We here at Nintendo Life are always hungry because, while not many are aware, writing about Nintendo everyday works up a massive appetite. So it’s only natural that when the new Pokémon Scarlet and Violet trailer revealed another food-themed Pokémon, we couldn’t help but wonder how it would taste.
Scarlet and Violet aren’t the only games with edible Pokémon in them, however. Of the approximately 37 billion Pokémon now discovered, we uncovered 11 food-themed Pokémon and their evolutionary lines – excluding fish, most plants, and Pokémon that otherwise have no food motif (hey, we love us some jamón but we're not throwing Lechonk in here just yet) – and ranked them by how much we’d want to eat them. No, we haven’t had lunch yet. Why do you ask?
So, let's start in descending order with a little side dish, shall we?
#11 - Smoliv
Smoliv is an olive. While we enjoy olives paired with other food – cheese, wine, pizza toppings – we do not recommend trying to eat an olive raw. Olives are said to be so bitter before being cured into the salty and slightly tangy form we know and love that they’re inedible.
If you threw Smoliv into a brine for about a year or so, we think it’d taste pretty great paired with some Miltank cheese. Too bad there isn’t a wine-themed Pokémon yet. Better yet – grinding Smoliv into oil to drizzle onto our hypothetical PokéPizza.
Who would do such a thing to the Pokémon universe’s newest – and arguably cutest – grass-type addition, you might ask? We would. We’re famished.
#10 - Tropius
We don’t want to eat all of Tropius, a Pokémon which we’d argue ranks near the top of the list of strangest designs, yet we must admit the banana-like fruit hanging from its chin intrigues us. It looks a lot like a nanab berry, though none of its Pokédex entries confirm or deny this.
However, Tropius ranks low on this list simply because the fruit it produces look a lot like chin hairs. Would you want to eat a fruit grown from an animal’s chin? No, we wouldn’t either.
Yet we can’t help but wonder how Tropius’s fruit would taste mashed, mixed with sugar, butter, eggs, some baking soda, and then thrown into an oven at 180°C for an hour. We could go for some nanab bread right about now.
#9 - Sinistea and Polteageist
While Nintendo Life is based out of the UK, we found it difficult to rank this tea-based Pokémon any higher than 11th. We love a good cup of tea – perhaps served with a splash of Micery – but the fact that Sinistea and Polteageist are ghosts troubles us. Ghost-type Pokémon have some of the most frightening Pokédex entries, and despite these two having rather mild entries in comparison, we can’t trust that they won’t syphon a little bit of our soul with every sip.
We prefer our tea without the risk of possession.
#8 - Exeggcute and Exeggutor
You’d be forgiven for thinking that an Exeggcute consists of a group of six eggs when, in fact, they more closely resemble plant seeds (according to several Pokédex entries). It's said Crabrawler often hunts Exeggcute and climbs Exeggutor in search of coconuts, so we assume these two Pokémon taste a lot like actual coconuts.
We’re not the biggest fan of coconut, but some Exeggcute or Exeggutor shredded on top of some pancakes or baked into some chocolate cookies sounds pretty tasty.
#7 - Togepi
Sorry Misty – turn your back for a moment, and we’d snatch up that Togepi to make a delicious bowl of oyakodon. For those unaware, oyakodon is a Japanese dish made from both chicken and eggs that translates literally into ‘parent-and-child bowl.’ Togepi evolves into bird-like Pokémon, so it must taste somewhat like chicken, right?
Simmered in a broth of soy sauce and chicken stock before topping a bowl of rice, Togepi looks a lot like a convenient way to make oyakodon with the least amount of fuss. We just hope that its colourful shell doesn’t get stuck in our teeth.
#6 - Swirlix and Slurpuff
Swirlix is a sentient piece of cotton candy that evolves into a sentient cupcake. Its Pokédex entries state its ‘fur’ does in fact smell and taste like cotton candy, so we can take a little leap of faith and assume its evolution, Slurpuff, tastes like a cupcake, meringue, or cream puff. We don’t really know which, but we wouldn’t say no to visiting a cafe in Kalos to sample for ourselves – perhaps with a side of Sinistea and a ‘coconut’ cookie made from one of Exeggutor’s heads.
What I’m wondering is where would Gooigi be placed if he were on this list?
A lot of these don't even look like Pokemon. Number 3 looks like something you'd see in Digimon
Mmmm oyakodon is tasty. I’d eat Togepi oyakodon.
Can Tepig be an option?
Where is Lechonk??? I could go for some Lechonk kawali.
WHY DO PEOPLE WANNA EAT POKÉMON?!?
Because some of them are food source for peoples in Pokemon world.
Btw, just now I browsed Roasted Lechonk from Google image and I got very obvious horror of roasted whole piglet.
People do eat Appletun, they peel off slices from it's body as snacks.
@moodycat Absolutely not! They're meant to be cursed tea - so presumably made by somebody putting cold tea into the microwave. The horror.
Surely they're all edible?
Even Ash is technically edible
I always like the idea that the common phrase when it comes to eating meat and fish in the Pokémon world is to “not think too much about it”. It’s definitely Pokémon though, having actual animals would be redundant to the world.
Also, Hate to be the fun police on this one, but the Vanilluxe line is not part of the “food” pokemonl. They’re not even ice cream, they’re sentient icicles that purposefully look like ice cream to appear more friendly to humans.
@weisske Most new Pokemon look like knock-off Pokemon. I find the effect usually dissipates and your brain accepts them as normal after staring at them for a couple years straight.
I am getting tired of everyone saying fuecoco is based on peppers he is clearly not.
What about Shuckle and it's berry juice? ^_^
I think I'm going to go with Appletun on this one. Yeah Alcremie, Sirfetch'd and Vanilluxe sound delicious, but Appletun is hard confirmed to be something that kids in the Pokemon world consume and from what we know, it seems to be incredibly delicious. Plus, I'm a massive fan of apples myself so that helps as well. Just no shiny ones for me though: red apple > green apple.
@Kyloctopus Probably on top of Alcremie, cake with jelly is very nice
Chansey or Blissey eggs
Gardevoir all day.
I just want to chew on a Pikachu.
PETP stands for People Eating Tasty Pokemon
There's no way to proof which one is indeed the tastiest of all if we can't physically taste them...
Just going for the classic vanilluxe with a cherubi on top here.
The smell of sizzling Spoinkon in the morning is just the tops.
The only right answer is Galarian Zapdos. Nice pre-cooked chicken, just makes me wanna bite into it.
If you are a vegan or hate the idea of people eating meat, please ignore this message, I dont' want to disgust anyone.
With that out of the way:
How is Lechonk not an option??? Lechonk is my answer, all the way.
Vanillite, Vanillish, and Vanilluxe aren't made of ice cream
they are made of snow, on top of sentient icicles
they only look like ice cream, but in reality, they are nothing more than snow and icicles
Obligatory Brian David Gilbert's video on pokemon edibility: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqzghgtJ1Is
So if you're vegetarian or vegan and you eat a plant pokemon like Cherubi or Sunflora are you actually a meat eater?
On topic I would prefer hot n spicy Torchic nuggets or a double Miltank burger with cheese.
Why not Magikarp?
It's scales are too hard to eat, that's why not
@Zverik Thank you for posting this link so I didn't have to. I miss having new Unraveled videos.
I love me a good steak.
This was a good and fun read, nice job!
@weisske alas, the closest thing to a pie digimon is shortmon
unless your meaning appletun which i could honestly see being eldoradimon's rookie...
one would think that there would be more food based digimon than there are food based pokemon given that theres a lot more digimon than pokemon, but so far theres only like 7 or 8.
the one above, potamon, jagamon, torikaraballmon, bugermon(rookie), bugermon(champion), & ebiburgamon
not sure if weddinmon counts as its more wearing food than being food
no love for Cherubi
I will not stand for Bounsweet erasure.
Kudos to the writer for remembering Tropius exists. If only the Pokemon Company did. My favorite pokemon is forever forgotten, still sour that Tropius wasn't in SuMo. Alola would seem appropriate to be Tropius' original home.
@Jploy54 WHAT? the Vaniluxe evolution family is not based on ice cream, that ridiculous
Sorry but togepi is dinner
The method for evolving Milcery into Alcremie still makes me chuckle even yet. How are you supposed to know you have to spin around in a circle? 😂
What will they come up with in gen 9 I wonder? hmm let's see perhaps you have to climb a tree at a certain time? or perhaps swim around a certain area of water at a certain time? who knows.
“ While Nintendo Life is based out of the UK, we found it difficult to rank this tea-based Pokémon any higher than 11th. “
Mate, it’s number 9.
How daaaaaareeee you suggest that Togepi can be butchered and devoured!
I’m heartbroken at the idea and disgusted by the graphic visuals. The angels will not be kind to you, naughty sir!
wolfs down Smolivs with Bouffalant cheese
I love that this isn't a back page article. This is serious news, people!
I mean, we already know people eat Pokémon from comments in the first season; in Hypno's Naptime, the Magikarp at the Pokémon Center falls over and Ash says, "Looks like it's ready for the deli counter." Farfetch'd's Pokédex entry says clearly that it's almost extinct because it's delicious when cooked with leek (which, for its survival, it should really stop carrying around with it). And of course there's the scandal in Gold/Silver/Crystal regarding Team Rocket and the sale of Slowpoke tails. Along that vein, what I'd like to know is if Sharpedo are mangled and murdered for their fins like the sharks of our Earth... but as far as 'Can we eat it' questions, what about a Clamperl? Octillery? Whishcash? Stantler and Miltank are definitely going on my menu, but I bet you could add a Tauros in there, as a buffalo equivalent. I was going to ask about Sunflora seeds, but since those would be Sunkern, I clearly just have to admit that I'm a monster, unless there's some way to harvest and eat them before they sprout and become a Pokémon with big adorable eyes. If you wanted honey, would you keep a hive of Combees and a Vespiquen, or would you just munch down on the Combees themselves? If you live in the colder regions of the Pokémon world, are Seel and Spheal on the menu? And what, I ask you, does a Delibird taste like, if not chicken?
And now I want Apple (Crumble?) Pie. Thanks NLife!
Well, Pokémon's version of PETA disbanded after the man behind the scenes was caught using the organization as a front for world domination. You can the former leader, N, for more details.
@AvianBlue @SteamEngenius Miltank are raised for their Moo Moo Milk. If you want a burger or steak, eat a Tauros.
Squirtle. Get rid of the head and eat the rest in the shell with a spoon.
@weisske you are right about this.
If someone turns Lechonk into Bacon, I will become vegan.
I'm not sure Togepi is an egg, it's a baby animal that still has it's shell on. If you want eggs you need Chansey.
Also they absolutely do eat Appletun I remember the Pokedex entry talking about kids peeling it's pastry skin for snacks...which is horrifying.
There's a few missing form the rankings. Cheruby is a cherry. Boundsweet and it's evolution are literally the Fruit pokemon and is a mangosteen. Foongus and Amongus are mushrooms... I guess you could count Parasect and Paras for that too but they have bugs in 'em.
And Combee is a flying honeycomb debatably.
I'm sure I'm missing a few other than the "could be meat" ones.
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