Pokémon Go Stories That You Won’t Believe

Pokémon Go has been out for little more than a week, but it has already reignited a craze that we haven’t seen in twenty years.

You might have heard about it already, but for those who haven’t, the augmented reality game uses GPS tracking and overlays gameplay onto your surroundings, turning your neighborhood into a digital ecosystem and you into a Pokémon trainer. The game has had much more appeal than even developer Niantic could have ever expected, sending droves of people into the streets, forests and streams looking for their very own super powered animals to collect, raise and battle.

When most people think of the first Pokemon created, they tend to assume Pikachu was the original capsule monster. If the little yellow mouse was your guess, you’re wrong. The first Pokemon created isn’t any of the typical starter Pokemon either. In fact, you’ll like never guess the correct answer.

 

It’s Rhydon.

 

This large, grey Pokemon looks to be part dinosaur, part rhino. As the evolved form of Rhyhorn, Rhydon uses its powerful horn in hard-hitting attacks and its armor-like hide to withstand heat and tough physical blows. Overall, Rhydon is an extremely strong and worthwhile Pokemon.

In an interview with Ken Sugimori, the illustrator of the original artwork for the Pokemon games, it’s revealed that the original designs for Pokemon were more like dinosaurs. This explains Rhydon’s dino-like characteristics. You’ll also find Rhydon listed as the first Pokemon in Pokemon Red and Green‘s programming data.

 

Because of Rhydon’s significance, you’ll often find statues of the Pokemon throughout the original games.