When you head out into the real world to play Pokémon GO, catching new monsters who are happily chilling outside your local post office, you're given the option to choose a nickname for your new virtual pet - just like the main series games. As you'd expect, developer Niantic has some restrictions on what you can call your chosen 'mon, but some exclusions seem pretty silly.

Reddit user sliceanddic3 has spotted that Ho-Oh, the name of an actual, real Pokémon, contains "inappropriate text". Of course, it has that name when you first catch it, but if you edit that name and try to re-save it, the following message appears:

Image: via sliceanddic3

Interestingly, variations of the name like 'Hoe-Oh' are perfectly fine (should you be particularly fond of garden tools).

Further digging (thanks, VG247), reveals that other Pokémon names are similarly banned. Both Lickitung and Lickilicky are forbidden thanks to the word 'lick' not being allowed - despite the fact that there's an attack in the game called Lick - and Shroomish can't be used either, presumably preventing players from declaring their love of hallucinogenic fungi via virtual creature battles.

If you accidentally go to change the name of one of these Pokémon, you can restore its real name by deleting all text and clicking 'OK'. Still, surely the game should be able to recognise when you're using a name that was accepted by The Pokémon Company in the first place?

What did poor Ho-Oh ever do to deserve this?

[source vg247.com]