Do you have the itch to “Catch ‘Em All?” Do you turn your cap backward every time you see a wild Pidgey? You’ve got the Pokéballs, the Pokédex, and the willpower to be the very best (like no one ever was), but you’re only missing one important factor: the right nickname for your Pokémon.
Does your Haunter, Ghastly, Shuppet, or Mismagius need a nickname? Check out these spooky offerings.
Spectre – Not just the name of a Bond villain organization, it’s also a solid choice for a ghostly Pokémon.
Sorrow – Ghosts are sad because they’re dead.
Phantom – You could also spell it “Fantom” or “Phantam” for extra style points.
Sepulcher – An old-world word for a tomb or crypt.
Spookypants – Because . . . why be serious all the time?
Why go with “Psyduck” or “Uxie” when you can land a Pokemon nickname you’re not going to run into at the tournament?
Mindbreaker – Does your psychic Pokémon shred brains? This is the name you need.
Ego – The mind’s construct of self, “Ego” makes a fantastic name for a psychic Pokémon.
Cerebella – For a female Pokémon with psionic powers.
Cerebro – The male equivalent of Cerebella. You could also go with “Cerefella.”
Enkefalos – The Greek word for brain, it practically sounds like its own Pokémon.
Grass Pokémon represent nature and green, growing things, so here are a few names to match.
Verdanta – Or Verdonto for male Pokémon, the name means “green.”
Ceres – Ceres was the Roman god of growing plants.
Aja – An African spirit of the forest.
Arduinna – In Celtic myth, Arduinna is a goddess of the forest.
Zivilyn – A nature deity in the Dragonlance novel setting.
Don’t be shocked (eh?) if you fall in love with one of the Pokemon nicknames for an electric-type.
Tesla – Named for the father AC current and noted brilliant scientist.
Raiden – Named for the Japanese god of storms and lightning.
Zappz – Not every nickname has to be a classical reference: nobody is messing with Zappz.
Mjolnir – The name of Thor’s lightning-throwing hammer.
Stormcloud – The storm cloud is the source of all lightning, after all.
Check out these five insectoid names for your bug-type Pokémon:
Waspinator – The name of the cowardly wasp in Transformers: Beast Wars, “Waspinator” is a fantastic name for a Beedrill or a Venomoth.
Aristaeus – The Greek god of bee-keeping, believe it or not.
Parvati – According to Hindu myth, Parvati killed a demon with a horde of black bees.
Ittybitty – Because insects are cute, and small, like this name.
Tithonus – Another name from Greek myth, Tithonus was a man who turned into the first cicada.
Shale – A type of rock, Shale is a strong, sharp name.
Jagger – For “Mick Jagger,” one of the most famous rock gods.
Terra – Latin for “Earth,” it also makes a great nickname for a female Pokémon.
Lapis – The name of a jewel, it’s also the Latin word for “stone.”
Eva Lanch – A punny name for “Avalanche.”
Want a better name than “Charmander” or “Pansear?” One of these fiery names should light a fire under your imagination.
Ignis – Latin for “fire.”
Hephaestus – The hideous Greek god of fire and the forge.
Immolata – Derived from “immolate,” to burn something down to nothing.
Raze – Raze also means to “burn to the ground.”
Frikkshun – A fun, Pokémon-esque spelling for “friction.”
Travel into the unknown and unknowable fey woods with one of the fairy pokemon nickname.
Oberon – King of the faeries in Shakespearean writings.
Sprinkle – Faeries live to sprinkle people with fairy dust, after all.
Tam Lin – The name of a fairy knight in the song Tam Lin.
Robin – For “Robin Goodfellow,” an alias of the trickster fairy Puck.
Aos Si – An Irish myth, the Aos Si were a race of elves.
Here are five pokemon nickname that will save your water Pokémon from ending up all washed up.
Neptune – The Roman god of the ocean, and the name of our very own water planet.
Tidalia – From “tidal,” Tidalia is a powerful nickname for a female Pokémon.
Crest – Like the crest of a wave, not the toothpaste.
Coral – So named for the otherworldly undersea landscape made up of millions of tiny creatures.
Callypso – An ancient goddess of the sea and storms.
Chucknor – You know what they say about Chuck Norris? He doesn’t sleep . . . he waits.
Wick – After “John Wick,” the frightening assassin in the movie John Wick.
Pugilo – Derived from “pugilism,” the art of violence with fists.
Stunner – For the infamous “Stone Cold Stunner” wrestling move.
Tatum – Drederick Tatum was the name of the Mike Tyson lookalike in The Simpsons.
A Nickname for any Pokémon
No Pokémon should be saddled with just the default moniker, so make sure you return to this list whenever you need a little inspiration.