There are loads of types of nicknamers in Pokemon Go. Some love to have their Pokemon’s IVs and stats as the nickname (I do it too, I have a Salamence98). Others like to have symbols to easily see their move types. Others are just plain silly.
Guess which one I am?
I have such a reputation for nicknaming my Pokemon that a friend of mine has nicknamed me as ‘Nicknamer’ on his friends list.
Today I’m looking at my Pokemon’s strange nicknames. I’ll do my favourite ten so that we’re not here all day. And this post is in conjunction with my Ultra Friend, Tim, who’s doing his own list on his site here: https://thattinywebsite.com/category/video-games/pokemon/.
Giratina – Vulcão
In my final weeks in Portugal, I went to Parque das Naçoés, and found a raid at a Gym called Vulcão da FIL. It’s one of the water volcanoes that line the street. After a lot of coordinating in both Portuguese and English, we got to it. I mean, it’s not the most thrilling encounter, but I felt it was a good name for the Giratina all the same.
Swampert – Naomi/Valentina
During Mudkip Community Day, I stumbled upon two 96% Mudkip – one of them was shiny, of course. After catching them, I remembered the ‘Club 96’ moment from RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 4, where the queens had to build a club concept. Naomi Smalls and Valentina were paired up, and went for Club 96. So clearly every time I see that number, that’s all I see.
Masquerain – You Bastard
Definitely a legacy name now, as you can’t name Pokemon with swears. But before that time, I was in a bit of a pickle. While on a birthday trip to Nottingham last year, a wild Masquerain popped up for Connor at our hotel, but it didn’t for me. Okay, fine. Except when we got to the train station and it fled after I pressed for it on my Go+. Needless to say when I finally evolved my Surskit, I knew the name it was getting.
Alolan Exeggutor – LongLongMan
Last year, my friend Steve was addicted to the Sakeru Gummi advert with the ‘long long man’, and I was admittedly hooked too. So when Alolan Exeggutor was released, I had to name a male one – you guessed it – LongLongMan.
Rayquaza – SlipperyBoi
Okay so The Arcana is yet again to blame for this. Once I caught and traded my shiny Rayquaza for a Lucky, I wanted to name it after the great Faustian meme shown above – okay, so I admit that was a bad joke, but it was intended. So my Rayquaza’s name is ‘SlipperyBoi’.
When I did my first EX Raid in Portugal (the first I could make), it was the Deoxys Normal Forme. I named it ‘Spaghetti’ as a joke, due to the shape of its arms. The theme kinda stuck for when I came back home and did some more EX Raids. Every time I get an invite and do one, I’m always trying to think of a pasta-related nickname. Nicknames thus far are Spaghetti, Bolognese, Fusilli, Tagliatelle, Lasagna, Ramen, Ravioli, Noodle, Udon and Macaroni.
Lugia – Hallelugia
As you may be aware, Lugia was one of the first ever Legendary Pokemon to be released in Pokemon Go, alongside Articuno. Back then, we needed a solid group of at least 15 to take down a Legendary, as a lot of us weren’t up to level, or with good enough counters – admittedly they were sprung upon us with little prep time. While I managed an Articuno or two, after a few attempts of catching it, Lugia proved differently. In the time span that I’d raided Lugia the first time, I had caught none. People actually refused to do a Lugia raid in favour of a Tyranitar raid, which wasn’t likely to disappear any time soon. That was a very salty moment.
Lugia was released again last year, and the first couple of tries, I still struggled to catch it. However, it was the day of an EX Raid, with two Lugia raids right after. I caught a 96% Mewtwo, then went to do the raids. It was snowing at the time, so we struggled to keep our phones dry. At the Main Post Office, we huddled along the wall to do the raid, we must have looked like pillocks. It was during that raid that I caught the Pokedex entry Lugia, and appropriately named it ‘Hallelugia’.
I have three fully maxed out Gyarados, and they’re all nicknamed. My first ever Gyarados is called ‘Gary’, as a twist on the first part of its name. It’s also in memory of my uncle, who passed away last year. My 98% is called ‘Gyaradosbox’, referring to a DOSbox, which is an emulator program, and fit the last part of its name.
My first ever Pokemon Go shiny was a Magikarp, and when evolving, became ‘Red Ross’. As we know, Gyarados is known for being angry, and its shiny is red. My main reference was from the TV show Friends, where Ross plays rugby and his ‘Red Ross’ persona is introduced. I felt it fit perfectly.
Metagross – Arnold
In one of my many trips to Nottingham, me and Connor went to the Lost Adventure mini-golf bar, where you can play some adventure golf and then have some drinks afterwards. I was downing a whiskey and coke, checking the area, as the newest wave of Hoenn Pokemon were released. On the nearby, I could see the silhouette of a wild Metang. Luckily it wasn’t too far away, and I literally necked the drink, hurriedly told Connor that I’d be going after the Metang, and I just ran. It was just out of the building and down the road, and I was relieved when I caught it, at least. Connor followed suit and caught his.
Because its location tag specifies it being from Arnold, that became its name.
Kyogre – Power Five
Back before you could duo Kyogre, we had to rely on a good solid group of players to take one down. Back in June 2018, five of us were at my local Gym ready to take it down. I think at the time, only one of us was level 40, but the rest of us were relatively higher-levelled (think around 38/39). Of course, nobody else was interested despite the shiny chance. So we hopped in, and somehow managed to take it down. I still have the Kyogre to this day, clearly. We were so happy that we managed to do it, and we took a picture to send to the group chat as proof that it was just the five of us.
Now for the rest of you (except Tim, of course), I’d like to see your best nicknames in Pokemon Go, and do you have a method?