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According To One Dark Theory, The Entire Pokémon Series Takes Place After A Massive War

May 22, 2020 246 votes 36 voters 2.1k views12 items

List RulesVote up the clues that convince you Pokémon is actually a post-apocalyptic series.

When many people think about Pokémon, they think about the thrill of collecting exciting new creatures. Unfortunately, the Pokémon war theory has changed people's views on the popular series. The theory revolves around the Kanto War, which pitted Kanto against Johto. In the end, the entire Pokémon world changed forever.

We look at the arguments backing up this shocking theory. From missing family members to work issues, all aspects of life were turned upside down. While developers might not give these fan theories the time of day, it makes for a great conversation. Vote up the items that make you a believer.

  • Photo: Pokemon Leaf Green / Game Freak

    Children Are Traveling The World Doing Research

    Following the war, Professor Oak decided to give every kid a shiny new Pokédex. This device helped Oak find out which Pokémon survived the conflict.

    As someone who studies the relationship between Pokémon and humans, he found this information essential. The Pokédex also helps recover any missing information lost in the fight.

  • Photo: Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! / Game Freak

    Pokémon Saved Lt. Surge During The War

    As you can tell from his rank, Lt. Surge is a former military officer. The fan theory suggests he managed to survive the war thanks to his Pokémon.

    Before players face him in Pokémon Red and Blue, he makes sure they know about his tough past: "Hey, kid. What do you think you're doing here? You won't live long in combat! That's for sure! I tell you, kid, electric Pokémon saved me from the war."

  • Photo: Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! / Game Freak

    There's A Lower Population

    Because of the conflict, the region's population has diminished. The Pokémon anime depicts a much brighter world with people from all backgrounds. Unfortunately, you're stuck in a nearly empty landscape in the game.

    While the protagonist might like the quiet, being in an empty town can lead to some sadness over the course of the journey.

  • Photo: Pokémon Sword / Game Freak

    The Water Is Contaminated

    The war contaminated one of nature's prized offerings: water.

    Pokémon are not allowed to drink any water from the world or else they'll get sick. Instead, they must use fresh water, which can heal more than a regular potion.