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Porygon (ポリゴン, Porigon) are a type of fictional species of Pokémon creatures from the Pokémon media franchise introduced in Generation 1. It is a pure Normal type Pokemon and its Pokedex number is 137. It and its evolutions are categorized as the Virtual Pokemon.

Biological characteristics[edit]

Porygon is genderless and the first man-made Pokémon, the product of extensive research by the fictional company Silph Co. It is special among Pokémon because it consists entirely of programming code. This unique origin gives Porygon many traits and abilities related to computers. For example, Porygon does not need to breathe, sleep or eat, so people want to use it in any environment, even ones normally considered inhospitable, though no one's ever achieved it yet.[1] Porygon is also capable of moving freely in cyberspace, which it can enter by converting itself entirely back to computer code. The code that makes up Porygon is copy protected in order to prevent its illegal duplication. Otherwise, this code is fairly basic, limiting Porygon to certain pre-programmed motions, actions and reactions. The name "Porygon" originates from the word "polygon", which is used to make up a three-dimensional computer image of something.[2] [3]

In the Pokémon video games[edit]

Porygon can be found in every game except Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, Pokemon Colosseum, Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness, Black, and X and Y. To obtain Porygon, the player must go to the Celadon City Game Corner prize area. In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Porygon became available naturally, for the first time. Although Porygon is somewhat rare in Pokemon GO, You can still find it either during events or near public areas. You can find Porygon in the wild from Gold and Silver to Let's go Pikachu and Let's go Eevee.[1]

Porygon learns a variety of interesting moves, including its signature Conversion move, Sharpen, Tri Attack, and the Lock-On/Zap Cannon combo. However, its stats doesn't say greatness. Its evolution, Porygon2, is much more fit for competitive battling. To evolve it, Porygon must be given the Up-Grade item and then traded to another player, where it will automatically evolve[4].

The movelists of Porygon and Porygon2 are identical with one exception: at level 24, Porygon learns Sharpen, whereas Porygon2 learns Defense Curl. Waiting at level 24 for Porygon to learn Sharpen, then evolving it with the Upgrade item, gives the opportunity to learn both moves. The logic behind this, is that Porygon has a sharp, defined shape, while Porygon2 has a more rounded figure. Porygon is the only three-stage evolution line that evolves through trading twice: Once with an Upgrade to evolve to Porygon2, then has to be traded again, this time with a Dubious Disc, to evolve it to Porygon-Z. In Pokemon Go, one must obtain a Porygon, @5 Porygon candies and an Up grad to get a Porygon2. Then one must collect 100 more candies and a Sinnoh Stone in order evolve Porygon2 into a Porygon-Z.[5]

Porygon are also found in the Nintendo 64 game Pokémon Snap. One Porygon is using conversion to hide itself in the rocks. If you manage to hit it, it will then revert back to its normal form so the player can take a picture of it. another one is integral to opening up the Cave course. Porygon also appears in Super Smash Bros. In the sequel, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Porygon was replaced with Porygon2. In Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, Porygon and Porygon2 can be found.[6]

In the Pokémon anime[edit]

Porygon's only major appearance in the entire anime is "Dennō Senshi Porygon", an episode infamous for causing hundreds of children to have epileptic seizures on its broadcast in Japan. Japan's Fire Defense Agency reported 685 affected people were admitted into hospitals of 30 prefectures by the following day. The phenomenon was then repeated when a news broadcast about the event inexplicably replayed the scene. It was subsequently determined that the very quickly alternating red and blue patterns of the scene in question triggered a previously undiagnosed (in Japan) form of epilepsy. This light was not caused by the Porygon, but rather from a blast created when Pikachu destroyed a pair of missiles with a Thunderbolt attack. As it turned out, the American Federal Communications Commission, and equivalent agencies in most European countries, already knew that television used in this manner could sometimes invoke epilepsy, and had banned extremely high frequency color switching on television broadcasts in their countries.[7]

The Pokemon anime was on a four month hiatus in which no new Pokémon episodes were aired in Japan for four months after this. The episode has never been aired again and there are no plans for a dubbed version to be aired internationally. There were plans on doing so, but they got cancelled after the ban on the episode. As a result of this incident, Porygon has only been seen a few times since.[7] One Porygon has been seen in the "Ash's Journey" segment that precedes the Kanto and Johto movies. Another Porygon can be seen in the beginning of Pokémon 4Ever and Pokemon Heroes.[8]

Its evolved form Porygon2 has been seen once during the cameo of the Johto Pokerap and Kyurem and the Sword of Justice cameo. Its final evolution, Porygon-Z's only appearance in the anime was the World of Pokemon cameo.[9]

In the Pokémon TCG (Trading Card Game)[edit]

Porygon has had plenty of appearances in the Pokémon Trading Card Game’s history, in all cases Basic Colorless Pokémon.[10]

  • Base Set
  • Team Rocket
  • Gym Challenge (as Sabrina’s Porygon)
  • Neo Destiny
  • Aquapolis
  • EX Firered & Leafgreen
  • EX Unseen Forces
  • EX Delta Species

In addition, Porygon has appeared as a promotional card named Cool Porygon which was packaged with special Pikachu-themed Nintendo 64s.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Pokemon Let's Go Porygon | Moves, Evolutions, Locations and Weaknesses". RankedBoost. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  2. ^ "Computer Graphics". Cacnerbury.ac.nz. Retrieved July 31, 2006.
  3. ^ "Serebii.net Pokédex - #137 Porygon". www.serebii.net. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  4. ^ False Swipe Gaming (2017-10-29), How GOOD were Porygon & Porygon2 ACTUALLY? - History of Porygon & Porygon2 in Competitive Pokemon, retrieved 2019-06-11
  5. ^ "Porygon Pokédex: stats, moves, evolution & locations". pokemondb.net. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  6. ^ Shea, Brian. "All The Characters, Stages, Assist Trophies, And Pokémon Confirmed For Super Smash Bros. Ultimate". Game Informer. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  7. ^ a b "This banned Pokemon episode caused 700 Japanese children to have seizures". Metro. 2015-10-21. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  8. ^ ""Pokémon 4Ever" Anime Review". Breaking Canon. 2015-04-17. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  9. ^ Wiencek, Thomas. "Porygon2 or Porygon-Z always omitted the Pokémon anime". The PokéCommunity. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  10. ^ "Porygon | XY—Ancient Origins | TCG Card Database | Pokemon.com". www.pokemon.com. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  11. ^ Toad, Troll and. "Cool Porygon - Pokemon". TrollAndToad. Retrieved 2019-06-11.


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External links[edit]

Category:Pokémon Category:Fictional artificial intelligences Category:Virtual reality in fiction