Pokémon (a portmanteau of "Pocket Monsters") referred to the creatures that can be obtained in the highly successful Pokémon franchise. Currently, there are a total of 720 identified types of Pokémon species, with about 100 or so new ones being introduced with each new generation, or series of the games. In the first generation, which consisted of Pokémon Red and Blue, and the counterpart Pokémon Yellow, there were a total of 151 Pokémon.
Each Pokémon is categorized into a multitude of traits, including their type, color, weight, height, and so forth. Most Pokémon can evolve into a more powerful species by leveling up, sort of like how a character in a traditional RPG can change into a more powerful level.
Pokémon in the anime, have been shown to only be able to speak their name or a variation of it, excluding a select few who can actually speak English (example - Meowth). Others, such as Mewtwo and the ever popular Lucario can speak telepathically, but not directly to a human.
Variation within species
There are a number of Pokémon with differences between genders. Most of these are some small differences, but some of these are completely separate species of Pokémon like Tauros and Miltank. Gender variation was not introduced until the fourth generation. Oddly, after the fourth generation, the amount of gender differences has greatly decreased but, the degree of difference of these Pokémon are much larger than the majority of them.
Some Pokémon can only evolve if they are a certain gender.
Legendary Pokémon tend to be the most powerful types. They're usually the mascots of a particular game and are found near the end of the playable character's adventure where they'll be given the chance to actually capture it.
Mythical Pokémon, also known as Event Legendaries, are a subset of Legendary Pokémon who are only available from Events
- Main Article: Mega Evolution
Some Pokémon have the ability to get stronger than their final evolution. It requires "a certain bond with their trainer" and a special stone called a Mega Stone. This is called a Mega Evolution. The Pokemon are stronger than their normal forms and often change many features and abilities. After a battle finishes, they return to their normal form. This was introduced in Generation 6 with Pokémon X and Y.