Ever since Pokemon’s first games debuted on February 27, 1996, it has been one of the most popular franchises in not only gaming but in all of entertainment. So this year we are celebrating Pokemon’s 25th anniversary by asking you to decide which Pokemon is the very best.
Is Pikachu your favorite? How about Charizard or Blastoise? We’ve selected 200 of the most popular Pokemon to “Face-Off” against each other two at a time. Will you choose Greninja over Mewtwo? Or Mimikyu over Dragonite? The choice is yours… Click on the image below to get started!
What is a Face-Off?
Like the name suggests, a Face-Off pits two things against one another and you decide which one is the superior of the two. In this case, you are voting to determine who the very best Pokemon is. It’s possible to see certain Pokemon multiple times so you can keep voting for your favorites to ensure they get ranked higher than the rest. IGN’s resident team of Pokemaniacs pre-selected 200 amazing Pokemon for you to choose from based on fan favorites from every region and various online polls. These get randomly paired up and each time you pick a winner, it’s tracked.
How do you determine a winner?
When voting ends on March 14, we tally up the total number of “wins” and “losses” each Pokemon has, and create a ranked list based on your choices that will go live on March 15. The Pokemon that won the most matchups will be crowned the “winner,” and in the event of a tied number of “wins,” the Pokemon with the least “losses” will take the top spot. If you continue to keep voting for your favorite Pokemon, they’ll have a better chance of ranking high on the list. You can vote as many times as you want until the Face-Off closes.
How do I know when I’ve clicked through everything?
It’s difficult to know when you’ve seen every Pokemon included because they are matched randomly and there are so many possible match-ups. Playing until you vote for all your favorite Pokemon or ensuring that certain Pokemon don’t get in the winner’s circle are different options you can take with a Face-Off. By deciding the winner throughout all these matchups, you’re ensuring that your picks for the best Pokemon will have a fighting chance to reach the top of the list.
Which Pokemon have you included?
The list of Pokemon has been decided by IGN staff, with Pokemon from each region included. There are so many Pokemon these days (almost 900!) that we had to narrow down the list to ensure voters will see as many of their favorites as possible. We are passionate Pokemon fans ourselves and did our best to provide a wide variety of Pokemon from every generation, from Pokemon Red and Blue all the way to Pokemon Sword and Shield.