15 Animals that haven't been made into Pokémon
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8. Goblin Shark
The terrifying goblin shark is practically a Pokémon already. It's best known for its extendable jaw, which it can use to reach out and grab its prey. It also sports a long, sword-like snout that could easily be incorporated into a Pokémon design.
Its spooky appearance makes Water/Dark-type a good fit, but it'd be really cool to see what Game Freak could do with a Water/Ghost-type. Goblin sharks have been around for millions of years. Imagine them as souls cursed to roam the ocean eternally. It would make for an amazing Pokédex entry.
Game Freak's made a lot of rabbit Pokémon, but they've never done anything like a jackalope. A mythical rabbit/antelope hybrid feels like something they would have created on their own if it hadn't already been invented. It'd be great to watch one grow from a tiny bunny into a fearsome jackrabbit.
The milk of a jackalope is said to have medicinal properties, which would compliment the Normal-type move Milk Drink perfectly. That said, a Grass/Fighting jackalope would be a lot of fun. Jackrabbits in the wild sometimes look like they're boxing, and Headbutt would be brutal with those antlers.
Every generation of Pokémon has a creature inspired by a dog, and it's high time we got a dalmatian. They have an iconic look that could blend into the Pokémon world with minimal alterations.
Since dalmatians are known as firehouse dogs, why not go with Water/Normal-type? It'd be pretty different from the dogs we've gotten in the past, and would make for some really fun animations. A standard Normal-type dalmatian would be fun, but not as fun as a dog with a built-in fire hose.
The indestructible cockroach would make an excellent defensive wall. Cockroaches aren't well-liked, but they'd definitely make for an interesting Pokémon. A Madagascar hissing cockroach already looks like it's wearing armor, and American cockroaches, gross though they may be, have a lot of personality.
Since Rock-types have such high defense, a Bug/Rock cockroach makes a lot of sense. A Dark/Bug roach would probably be easier to take down, but it could also make for a really fun design. Picture a cockroach as a tiny Pokémon supervillain.
It's hard to believe that there's not a flamingo Pokémon already. I had to double and triple check to make sure it'd never been done. When Game Freak finally gets around to making one, it'll feel like it's been in the Pokédex for years.
Flamingos spend their time wading in water, so Water-type is an obvious choice. It's figuring out what to combine it with that's tricky. A flamingo could potentially be a great HM slave. Maybe they can join Bibarel in the Normal/Water club.
A minotaur Pokémon could be both spectacular and terrifying. Sure, it'd be weird to feed it Poké Puffs in Pokémon-Amie, but it'd be impressive in battle. Your rivals would be intimidated before you used a single move.
There were rumors of a Fairy/Fighting minotaur for months before the release of X and Y. They didn't pan out, but it would have been awesome. Fire/Dark would also be suitable. No matter the typing, a minotaur Pokémon should definitely be a legendary. Players could travel through a labyrinth in order to catch the beast.
Gamers have been wanting a hummingbird Pokémon for a long time, and not just because it'd have a formidable speed stat. Hummingbirds are small and adorable, but still pretty cool looking. They have the potential to be one of the most interesting birds in the Pokédex. They're also a perfect fit for the Sap Sipper ability.
Both Normal/Flying and Grass/Flying could work really well for a hummingbird Pokémon. Normal-type would suit a traditional design, and Grass-type would let Game Freak play with the hummingbird's love of flowers. Either option would look great in a Pokémon party.
15. Mantis Shrimp
The mantis is so cool looking it's hard to believe it's real. It feels like a miniature monster decked out in a dazzling array of colors. Adding to its appeal is the fact that its a brutal killing machine.
One of the many ways a mantis shrimp kills its prey involves electric shock waves, which means it'd make a great Water/Electric Pokémon. It can also boil its victims alive, making it an ideal choice for the first Water/Fire Pokémon. This is the Pokémon of dreams, and maybe someday we'll have the chance to unleash this tiny killer in a Pokémon battle.
Game Freak's created over 700 Pokémon, but there's still plenty left for them to do. No matter how many creatures they make, there'll always be more amazing animals they can use for inspiration. Be sure to share your ideas fo Pokémon in the comments!