Predicting Gen 9 Pokémon Names For Scarlet & Violet

There's a lot to speculate about and look forward to with Pokémon Scarlet and Violet's upcoming release - including what kinds of names players will see in the games' full Pokédex of new Pokémon. A lot of thought goes into the creation of Pokémon, and this applies to Pokémon names as much as any other area. Some names are simpler than others - Seel's name is as straightforward as its design, for example. However, others make for clever or at least entertaining wordplay combining references to Pokémon types, real-world animal inspirations, and other elements of a Pokémon's concept into one memorable word.

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Of the Scarlet and Violet Pokémon that have been revealed to fans so far, at least one already appears to have a successful moniker. Many appreciate Lechonk's name, a dark choice for a cute Pokémon based on a piglet, but also a funny and clever one for combining a playful slang description of the Pokémon's appearance with the name of a pork dish found in Spanish and Spanish-influenced cultures.

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Sprigatito and Fuecoco's names also reference Scarlet and Violet's Spanish-inspired setting: the former includes gatito, the Spanish word for "kitten", and the latter combines fuego, or "fire", with cocodrilo, or "crocodile". It's reasonable to expect that many Scarlet and Violet Pokémon will reference Spanish culture in their appearances and concepts - and current precedent implies that it's likely those Pokémon's names will do the same.

A Flamenco Flamingo: Pokémon Scarlet & Violet's Easiest Op

Pokemon Scarlet Violet Gen 9 Names Oricorio Aromatisse

Perhaps the most obvious opportunity to combine a real-world animal name with an allusion to Spanish culture presents itself in the idea of a flamenco-dancing flamingo Pokémon. Flaminko makes an easy starting point as a name for such a Scarlet and Violet Pokémon, staying close to the spelling of "flamingo" but implying the pronunciation of "flamenco". The name would also leave room for the Pokémon to evolve, as ko is a Japanese word meaning "child" and is often added to animals' names to clarify that the animal is a baby. For example, inu means "dog", while koinu means "puppy".

While the series already features a flamenco-dancing bird in the form of Baile Style Oricorio, Pokémon has iterated on concepts it's already broadly included before, introducing more than one Fire/Fighting-type starting companion and punk rock musician Gym Leader across generations. There would be plenty of ways for a flamenco-dancing flamingo Pokémon to establish itself as different from Oricorio - or justify the similarity by having a direct relationship with the bird as an ally, leader, or even evolution. In the last of these cases, Flamincorio would make both a sensible name and a fun one to say, achieving the same effect as Flaminko while also building off its pre-evolution name.

A flamenco flamingo Pokémon could also distinguish itself from Oricorio via typing. Flamingos' name derives from the Latin word for "flame", in reference to their reddish color, so it'd feel like a missed opportunity for a flamingo Pokémon to lack the Fire type. But Flying isn't a strictly necessary type for a bird Pokémon - a flamingo Pokémon could instead have an unusual second type like Water, as flamingos are at least as associated with their watery environments as they are with their ability to fly.

It could also be Fire/Fairy-type, referencing the enchanting nature of dance - and this presents another opportunity to connect the hypothetical bird to another Pokémon. The Fairy-type Spritzee line are also somewhat flamingo-like, being pink birds with long distinctively-curved beaks. They even reference dance: Aromatisse partly resembles a can-can dancer. But their design influences don't end there, as they're also themed after perfume and plague doctors. A flamenco counterpart to the Spritzee line would benefit from an equivalent additional bit of inspiration.

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Spain is famous for its wine, which, like perfume, is a fragrant substance with an art to its craft and an association with romance and decadence. While it may be too risqué for a creature to directly reference wine in its name in a game for kids like a Pokémon entry, that bit of conceptual consideration may combine with dancing to make for a broader theme of fun and revelry. Perhaps Spritzee counterpart Flaminko could evolve into Aromatisse counterpart Flamakkus, named after Bacchus, Roman god of revelry and hedonism; or Flaimesta, after fiesta, the Spanish word for celebratory events like parties and festivals.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Could Feature A Knightly Lynx

Pokemon Gen 9 Scarlet Violet Names Don Quixote

As an example of Spanish fauna, the Iberian lynx would be a logical animal basis for a Scarlet and Violet Pokémon. The Spanish word for "lynx" is lince (pronounced like "leein-seh"), which both looks and sounds a bit like "lance", a type of spear often associated with knights. Therefore, a lynx Pokémon could be a knightly or otherwise warriorlike character. Meanwhile, Iberian lynx are highly endangered. Their scarcity could lend to a Pokémon with legendary elements, either as Pseudo-Legendary or actual Legendary Pokémon or as a Pokémon that references folklore or other enduring Spanish stories.

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes is arguably Spain's most famous novel, and it tells the story of a man whose love of chivalric and romantic literature inspires him to become a self-styled knight and try to revive what he feels is a noble culture that has died out. Written in the 1600s, many consider the book to be a surprisingly early example of postmodernism since it satirizes literary tropes of the time and comments on the ways that people relate to art.

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It'd be an appropriate book to reference in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, given their past vs. future theme - and the character would be a likewise fitting one for a Scarlet and Violet Pokémon based on an animal that's working its way back from the edge of extinction to imitate. The name Qilincé would combine Don Quixote's knight name and the word lince in a way that retains the shared last sound of both. It also includes qilin, the name of a Chinese mythological creature resembling a scaly unicorn or antlered dragon, leaving potential room for the knightly Pokémon have ironic Dragon or Fairy-type elements.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Need A Musical Dolphin

Pokemon Gen 9 Scarlet Violet Names Water Type

While stringed instruments have historically appeared in countless cultures across the globe, the guitar as it's generally recognized today originated in Spain, and referencing the origins of such a familiar item would be a ripe opportunity for Scarlet and Violet to take on that basis alone. But it'd also allow the Pokémon franchise to introduce a Water-type Pokémon if not a starter, based on a dolphin, which many fans have wanted to see in the series for a long time. Dolphins live in Spanish waters, and as dolphins are famous for their distinctive clicking and whistling noises and the sonar navigation abilities tied to them, it'd make sense to combine them with music or an instrument into a Pokémon concept.

The Spanish word for guitar is guitarra while dolphin is delfín, a pair of words that don't present any immediately obvious wordplay opportunities together. However, looking at qualities associated with dolphins instead, alegre is a Spanish word to describe something or someone playful or jolly. One of its etymological relatives is the musical term allegro, which describes music played in a quick and upbeat way. Theoretically, simply calling a guitar dolphin Alegro would combine the spellings of the two words for an easy pun (especially since "allegro" is already a musical term), even if it may be one of the worst Pokémon names in the series for its safety - but to take things a step further, Alegruka would incorporate iruka, the Japanese word for "dolphin". Allegolin, AlegolinAllegholin, or Alegholin, meanwhile, would incorporate golfinho, the Portuguese word for the animal.

Absolutely anything can serve as the basis for a Pokémon, so any efforts to predict what kinds of Pokémon may appear in a new generation can only go so far. But language and how the series uses it provide a fun avenue for looking at that endless potential and the various options Pokémon Scarlet and Violet has in tapping into it.

2022-07-10T18:03:55.000Z

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