Detective Pikachu: All The Pokemon In The Movie
By Kallie Plagge | @inkydojikko on
Pokemon Detective Pikachu starring Ryan Reynolds is now in theaters. The movie, which is based on the 2018 3DS game, explores a different side of the Pokemon universe than you might be used to. Here, in Ryme City, Pokemon live alongside people in a battle-free zone, doing work and providing companionship. But still, Detective Pikachu is a little different.
The movie focuses on Tim Goodman (Justice Smith), who travels to Ryme City after his father, Harry, has an accident. There, Tim meets Detective Pikachu (Reynolds), who he is able to communicate with--yet no other humans can understand him. Together, they investigate what happened to Harry and to Detective Pikachu's memory. They meet quite a few Pokemon along the way.
Detective Pikachu includes Pokemon from every generation of Pokemon games to date aside from the unreleased Pokemon Sword and Shield. Many of these Pokemon appear throughout Ryme City, walking or flying among humans and other Pokemon. Others appear in posters and signs or are otherwise mentioned in the movie, which means they exist in the world somewhere. This feature includes every single Pokemon or Pokemon mention we found in Detective Pikachu. Spoilers ahead!
When you're done checking out every Pokemon in the movie, read our full Detective Pikachu review. Then check out how Ryan Reynolds originally wanted to play Pikachu--it could have turned out very different--and all the Pokemon Easter eggs, references, and inside jokes we spotted. We also have a video breakdown, a report from Detective Pikachu's movie set, and a feature about how the movie aims to appeal to hardcore Pokemon fans.
He's the star! There are no non-detective Pikachu in the movie, but Tim's bed at Harry's apartment does have a Pikachu headboard. There's also art of Pikachu toward the beginning of the movie. Detective Pikachu himself is said to be a very abnormal Pikachu, as they're not known to wear hats. (However, multiple Pokemon games feature Pikachu that can dress up in clothes.)
Everyone's favorite all-powerful abomination, Mewtwo, is the antagonist of the movie. It's mentioned that Mewtwo had escaped a lab in the Kanto region 20 years prior, which lines up nicely with the series canon.
"Ancient Mew" is mentioned in a newspaper early in the film. While there's no "Ancient Mew" in the games--it's just Mew, and it's typically only available through special events--the infamous Ancient Mew card was handed out as a promotion for the theatrical run of the movie The Power of One. Mew also appears in graphics at the news station and as a balloon.
The saddest Pokemon, Cubone, is in the opening sequence of the movie, in which Tim's friend tries to get him to catch a Pokemon. Cubone wears the skull of its dead mother, a fact which is very much not ignored here.
Snubbull is the very grumpy-looking partner to Ken Watanabe's Lieutenant Hide Yoshida. Despite looking intimidating, Snubbull is actually supposed to be "kind and affectionate," according to in-game Pokedex entries.
Psyduck plays quite a big role in Detective Pikachu. It's Lucy's partner Pokemon, and like in the original anime, its headaches are a constant threat (and a plot point).
7, 8, 9: Pidgey, Pidgeotto, and Pidgeot
All three birds from the Pidgey line appear in the movie at various points, mostly in the background. Pidgeot plays a big role in the final fight scene.
10, 11: Doduo and Dodrio
These multi-headed birds appear both in the grassy area at the beginning of the movie and in Ryme City itself.
It's not a city without rats. (Seen here in the bottom-left corner.)
Surprisingly, this bull Pokemon is found within Ryme City in addition to the countryside.
A Lickitung grossly licks Tim's face on a train. Good thing it didn't cause paralysis.
The Gen 1 starter appears in a few scenes in the movie.
In Ryme City, Squirtle work as firefighters! Squirtle also appears in the Ryme City welcome video.
Like in the Detective Pikachu 3DS game, Aipom is the first Pokemon Tim encounters that's been affected by the drug R. These guys are not friendly.
18, 19, 20: Growlithe, Arcanine, and Golurk
Even fire-breathing dogs make good pets for the people of Ryme City, and you can see Growlithe and its evolution, Arcanine, in several scenes. Golurk is the large golem-looking dude that appears in the background of a few city scenes. Golurk are kind of robotic, which is very different from the rest of the Pokemon in the movie.
21, 22: Rufflet and Braviary
First introduced in Gen V, these are your standard normal- and flying-type bird Pokemon. You can see Rufflet in the outdoor market and a few other locations, and a Braviary flies overhead early in the movie.
One of only two Gen 7 Pokemon in the movie, Comfey is a lei-like string of flowers. You can see it floating in the sky in a few scenes, including briefly above the group of Bulbasaur that help Tim and Detective Pikachu.
24, 25: Pancham and Pangoro
The adorable Pancham and its considerably more intimidating evolution Pangoro appear frequently in Ryme City. Who can resist a cuddly bear?
Audino is the strange-looking pink Pokemon that's not Lickitung. You can spot it in the outdoor market scene.
Joltik are little electric spider-like Pokemon that appear a few times, including on power lines.
This octopus Pokemon appears to be working at some sort of stand in the outdoor market area.
There is an abnormally high number of Sneasel in Ryme City, and you can see them in quite a few instances.
Snorlax is hard to miss! As always, he's blocking the road in Ryme City.
Like in the games, Machamp gets put to work thanks to its strength and the fact that it has four arms. You can see him directing traffic in the movie.
This Gen 3 starter appears in Harry's apartment building and in a few other scenes. It's weirdly popular in Ryme City (guess they've never heard of Mudkip).
You can't miss him! Charizard and Pikachu "battle" in the underground Pokemon fight club, although not in the traditional sense. Charizard also appears on the Ryme City Police Department seal.
The original baby Pokemon, Togepi, is bizarrely hanging out with its trainer at the Pokemon fight club.
Graveler, the rock with arms, gets caught up in the chaos at the fight club.
36, 37: Gengar and Blastoise
Gengar and Blastoise battle in the underground arena. Gengar is arguably the scariest-looking Pokemon in the movie--why are its teeth like that?
38, 39: Magikarp and Gyarados
Magikarp is in a fish tank in the underground battle arena, but when chaos ensues, the tank is broken. With some help from Detective Pikachu, Magikarp evolves into the much larger and more powerful Gyarados.
In the underground battle scene, a group of Loudred helps amplify the DJ's music.
This small flying squirrel-ish Pokemon appears in the fight club scene, during the parade, and in the outdoor market (on the left here).
Greninja plays a big part in Detective Pikachu during the Pokemon lab scene, showing off its signature move, Water Shuriken.
As seen in the trailers, Jigglypuff sings a cafe-goer to sleep. It also appears in the background elsewhere.
Ludicolo works at the cafe, serving coffee and yelling. In the games, Ludicolo is more of a dancing kind of Pokemon rather than the yelling kind, but it still makes for a fun scene.
45: Mr. Mime
In one of the funniest scenes of the movie, Tim and Detective Pikachu have to get creative while interrogating a cheeky, silent Mr. Mime (that uses Reflect during the process).
Slaking is a big, sleepy sloth-like Pokemon. You can see them briefly in a few scenes.
Ditto is in lots of scenes--you just don't know it.
48, 49: Eevee and Flareon
Bill Nighy's Howard Clifford evolves an Eevee into a Flareon to illustrate a point about evolution.
The movie includes both regular-sized and extremely large Torterra. You can't miss 'em.
51, 52: Bulbasaur and Morelull
A group of adorable Bulbasaur helps Tim save Detective Pikachu after the Torterra incident. They kind of chirp instead of saying their name like they do in the anime. Morelull is the glowy mushroom Pokemon that floats around the Bulbasaur, and it's the second of the only two Pokemon from Sun and Moon that appear in the movie.
Flabebe is a flower Pokemon that can be spotted in the skies of Ryme City.
This adorable croc appears in a public service announcement welcoming visitors to Ryme City.
This cat can be seen in a few scenes, including at the battle arena.
You can spot Venusaur at the train station at the end of the film.
57. Spoink (Bobblehead)
A bobblehead-like Spoink sits on the dashboard of Lucy's car.
58, 59, 60: Geodude, Natu, and Sandshrew (Art)
A hieroglyphic-like piece of art shows these three Pokemon together along with Bulbasaur.
61, 62, 63: Meowth, Slowbro, and Butterfree (Art)
Art on Howard Clifford's office wall shows several Pokemon, many of whom appear elsewhere (including Wooper and Snorlax). Meowth, Slowbro, and Butterfree are only found in this piece of art, which can be seen in the Ryme City welcome video as well.
64-72: Petilil, Cherubi, Goomy, Combee, Wooper, Slurpuff, Victini, Noctowl, and Zubat (Signs)
Various signs around Ryme City depict Pokemon not seen in the world itself. Many of these are in wide shots, while Noctowl is the mascot of the coffee shop. All of these except Zubat appear as logos, while Zubat is mentioned by name only.
73-82: Dragonite, Hypno, Articuno, Steelix, Feraligatr, Latios, Latias, Rayquaza, Reshiram, and Zekrom (Posters)
Posters in Tim's room--both his bedroom in Harry's apartment and his childhood bedroom in a flashback--depict popular and powerful Pokemon as the subjects of famous battles. Rayquaza appears as a cutout on Tim's present-day wall in the art style of the games, while Latios and Latias cutouts can be seen on Tim's childhood wall in addition to a Feraligatr poster.
83, 84, 85: Jolteon, Miltank, and Primeape (Posters)
Posters elsewhere in the movie include references to other Pokemon. Jolteon and Miltank appear on the outside of the Pokemon Stadium shown in the Ryme City welcome video, while Primeape gets a shoutout in the coffeeshop behind where Jigglypuff sings.
86-89: Krabby, Kangaskhan, Electabuzz, and Zapdos (News Station Graphics)
Graphics for the Cliffords' news show feature these four Pokemon that don't appear elsewhere, in addition to Ditto and Mew.
90, 91, 92: Dialga, Palkia, and Arceus (Statues)
The statues in Howard Clifford's office depict these three Gen 4 legendaries.
93, 94: Unown H and Unown O (T-Shirts)
Tim wears Unown-branded T-shirts despite pretending that he doesn't like Pokemon.
95: Lugia (Balloon)
Seeing a real Lugia would have been cool, but this Gen 2 legendary was at least immortalized as a balloon in the parade.
96: Dwebble or Crustle?
We've been debating this, but at the very beginning of the movie, there are crablike Pokemon in the distance that are most likely either Dwebble or its evolution, Crustle. (We previously thought it was Parasect, but after a second viewing, they don't have Parasect's spots.) Let us know what you think it is!
97: Patrat (Warning Sign)
This warning sign, spotted at the docks in the movie, depicts a silhouette of Patrat.