How many Pokémon are there in 2022?

You might find yourself wondering, how many Pokémon are there in 2022? After eight full generations, we’re here to tell you the answer

Famous water-type Pokemon Blastoise firing the water cannons attached to his shell

How many Pokémon are there? The answer isn’t as simple as you might think. When it comes to Pokémon Trading Card Game and videogame series, it’s often said that you’ve gotta catch ‘em all. But establishing just how many Pokémon there are to catch can be tricky.

Spanning eight generations and almost 100 mainline Pokémon TCG expansions, the pocket monsters just keep on coming. New creatures, new types, and new quirks are added to the franchise with each generation, not only adding more Pokémon for you to do battle with, but also add to your Pokédex (or commit to memory, if you’re an ardent fan).

While we think Pokémon is at its best in the trading card game, where you can spread your creatures across the tabletop, and gaze in wonder at the rare Pokémon cards you’ve just found in a booster pack, it’s the franchise’s mainline videogames that herald each new generation. The answer to ‘how many Pokémon are there?’ changes with each new set, but it’s not unusual for a generation to add anywhere between 70 to 150 of the cuties. And with eight generations, the total number of Pokémon is now pretty high.

So, let’s cut to it. There are 905 Pokémon. That’s the simplest and strictest answer, counting only distinct species of Pokémon. Within those, 63 are Legendary.

But you could count differently, and include the different forms of Pokémon as separate entries. There are currently 55 regional forms from Galar, Hisui, and Alola. These variants of previous Pokémon have different typing, appearance, and abilities, to match the environments in which they live, such as the gorgeous white Vulpix of the Alola region.

How many Pokémon are there - artwork of a Bulbasaur

On top of that, there are 48 different Mega Evolutions that some Pokémon can evolve into during battle, granting radically new appearances and abilities for a limited time. Plus, there are 32 different Gigantamax forms open to some Pokémon, each of which sees the creature grow massively in size.

Count these hard cases, and you’ll find well over 1000 Pokémon. But we think it’s best to stick to the basic count, and see these alternate forms as just what they are – variations, rather than entirely separate species.

We’re also not counting the ‘mons from Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet until those upcoming games are released. Sorry, Lechonk, you’ll just have to wait.

But what have been the most notable Pokémon of each generation? We’re pleased you asked.

How many Pokémon are there - artwork of MewTwo

Generation I

The starting set, first introduced in Japan with 1996’s initial Game Boy games, Pokémon Red and Green, includes the franchise’s original 151 Pokemon. All the classics are here: Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Jigglypuff, Snorlax, Mew, and, of course, Pikachu.

Generation I also introduced four Legendary Pokémon to the franchise. Three make up a Legendary trio of birds, native to the Kanto region: Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres. And the final is none other than that most infamous, genetically-enhanced clone, Mewtwo.

Many Pokémon from this generation are featured on some of the best Pokémon cards of all time. And why wouldn’t they be? Everyone loves a classic.

How many Pokémon are there - artwork of Lugia

Generation II

The second generation added a cool 100 new Pokémon. While they might not have the kudos of being in the original class, there are many famous names among them. Slowking was added as an evolved form of Slowpoke, Cleffa quickly became a staple of the TCG, and even the new starters, like Totodile, have their fans.

Five new Legendary Pokémon were introduced in this generation, including the trio of beasts Raikou, Entei, and Suicune, alongside ‘guardian of the seas’ Lugia, and ‘guardian of the skies, Ho-Oh.

How many Pokémon are there - artwork of a Groudon

Generation III

Adding another 135 Pokémon, Generation III’s most notable creatures include the Flying-Ground-type Flygon, and the Pikachu-esque pair Plusle and Minun.

But it’s through its eight new Legendaries that this generation really shines. The trio of golems Regice, Registeel and Regirock were added, alongside the pair of birds Latias and Latios. Its trio of super-ancient, weather-specialist Pokémon – Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza – quickly became fan favourites, too.

How many Pokémon are there - artwork of Lucario

Generation IV

Taking it down a peg, Generation four added 107 new Pokémon, including videogame starters Empoleon, Infernape, and Torterra, as well as Lucario, who might be best known now as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The generation also introduced an abundance of new evolutionary forms, such as Leafeon and Glaceon for Eevee, and Magmortar for Magmar.

As for Legendaries, Generation IV added the trio of Lake Guardians Uxie, Azelf, and Mespirit, the creation trio Giratina, Palkia, and Dialga (all with vaguely metaphysical abilities), and standalones Cresselia, Heatran, and Regigigas. That makes for a total of nine.

How many Pokémon are there - artwork of Zoroark

Generation V

Generation V added a whopping 156 new Pokémon, the most of any generation so far. Many of them are dual-types, such as Archeops, and some have gone on to become firm favourites in the TCG, including Zoroark.

And it didn’t skimp on the Legendaries, either, adding another nine, in the form of three trios. These were the musketeer-inspired Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion, the geography-themed Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus, and Tao trio of Reshiram, Zekrom, and Kyurem.

How many Pokémon are there - artwork of a Greninja

Generation VI

After the previous generation’s bumper supply, Generation VI added a mere 72 new monsters, and marked a change towards lower turnout in future generations. But the vast majority of the new Pokémon are brand new species, rather than evolutionary forms of previous creatures. You might recognise Greninja, Aegislash, and Delphox among its roster.

Generation VI went less trigger-happy with Legendary creatures than previous gens, too. There were the poster children Xerneas, Yveltal, and Zygarde; then the crystal fairy Diancie; the djinn Hoopa; and the steam-powered Volcanion – a total of six.

How many Pokémon are there - artwork of a Mimikyu

Generation VII

Carrying on the trend of smaller rosters, 88 Pokémon were added in Generation VII, and many of them yet to become big names. Most notable is the disguise-wearing Mimikyu, and the incredibly weird Dhelmise, which is a ship’s anchor and wheel, all wrapped together in seaweed.

Generation VII was also the first to introduce new regional forms of previous Pokémon, adding new colours and abilities to those creatures living in the generation’s Alolan region. The best of them is undoubtedly the Alolan version of Exeggutor, which adds a huge neck to the usually stubby plant.

Generation VII also brought eleven new Legendaries: the four guardian deities Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, and Tapu Fini; Type: Null and its evolutionary form Silvally; the psychic pair Cosmog and Comoem; and Solgealeo, Lunala, and Necrozma as the life-giving light trio.

How many Pokémon are there - artwork of Zacian

Generation VIII

The latest generation in the Pokémon franchise added 96 new pocket monsters, 89 in the Galar region with Pokémon Sword and Shield, as well as 7 from Pokémon Legends Arceus. There are some fetching additions: the cute, monkey-like Grookey, the electric-poison type Toxel, and the hilarious lump-creature that is Snom.

And Legendaries haven’t been forgotten, either, with eleven more added in this generation. These include the heroic guard dogs Zacian and Zamazenta; the extraterrestrial Eternatus; the martial arts-inspired Kubfu, Urshifu; the snowy Glastrier, Spectrier, and Calyrex; the titans Regidrago and Regieleki; and the lovely Enamorous.