Eiscue – Origin of Species

In this recurring series, I’ll analyze the origins of Pokémon designs, their culture, and their historical allusions to British culture. Eiscue is based on a penguin, and is classified as the Penguin Pokémon. Its name is a modification of “ice cube”, relating to its cube head, in which eyes are shaved and a beak is … Read more

Zacian and Zamazenta – Origin of Species

In this recurring series, I’ll analyze the origins of Pokémon designs, their culture, and their historical allusions to British culture. On February 27, 2019, two legendary Pokémon were teased in the premiere trailer for Pokémon Sword and Shield. These were the box legendaries, both based on wolves. Both are classified as the Warrior Pokémon. Living … Read more

Galarian Yamask and Runegrigus – Origin of Species

In this recurring series, I’ll analyze the origins of Pokémon designs, their culture, and their historical allusions to British culture. Galarian Yamask Yamask was introduced in the fifth generation as a pure Ghost-type Pokémon. Its name was a combination of Yama, a Hindu and Buddhist deity of death, and “mask”. In Galar, it has received … Read more

Dreepy, Drakloak, and Dragapult – Origin of Species

In this recurring series, I’ll analyze the origins of Pokémon designs, their culture, and their historical allusions to British culture. Dreepy Dreepy is a small and slim Pokémon. It’s a dual Dragon and Ghost-type, and its name represents this as a combination of “dragon” and “creepy”. It has a pointed head and a long tail … Read more

Falinks – Origin of Species

In this recurring series, I’ll analyze the origins of Pokémon designs, their culture, and their historical allusions to British culture. Falinks Falinks is a single-stage Fighting-type Pokémon classified as the Formation Pokémon. However, a cursory look at it suggests it is really more like six Pokémon working together. Its centipede-like design breaks it out into … Read more

Galarian Stunfisk – Origin of Species

In this recurring series, I’ll analyze the origins of Pokémon designs, their culture, and their historical allusions to British culture. Galarian Stunfisk Stunfisk was introduced in the fifth generation as a Ground and Electric-type. Known as the Trap Pokémon, it lurked in swampy mudflats waiting for something to step on it. Stunfisk has received a … Read more