Ever since the Pokémon series’ first generation, there have been many Pokémon that eat other Pokémon as a part of their daily diet. Following the release of Pokémon Red and Green in Japan, the Game Freak series made its worldwide debut with the Pokémon Red and Blue Kanto RPGs in 1998. Although Pokémon has largely been a child-friendly property since the very beginning, the Nintendo series can also be scary at times. For example, there are quite a few Pokémon that actually eat other Pokémon for food.
In Pokémon Red and Blue, players could catch up to 151 Pokémon in the Kanto region. The groundbreaking RPG’s introduced many iconic Pokémon that are still beloved today, such as the Gen 1 Starters Venusaur, Blastoise, Charizard, and many others. While the Kanto games have some of the series’ most beloved Pokémon designs even eight generations later, the Pokémon Red and Blue Pokédex is also now infamously known for having some pretty weird Pokémon entries by today’s standards.
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When the Pokémon franchise first launched in 1996, many of the Gen 1 Pokémon were inspired and designed around real-life animals. As a result, the series has many mature themes such as Pokémon hunting other species down for sustenance. Below is a list of the series’ scariest examples of Pokémon that eat other Pokémon.
Pokémon Black & White’s Heatmor Eats Durant
Making its first appearance in 2010’s Pokémon Black and White, Heatmor is unmistakably designed after an anteater, so it should come as no surprise that the Unova region’s ant-inspired Pokémon Durant is hunted down by the bipedal creature. What is shocking though is the method with which how the Pokémon preys on the Bug-type.
According to the Pokémon Black and White Unova Pokédex, Heatmor actually lights its tongue on fire to melt down Durant’s steel body. After burning a hole through the Bug-type, its tongue is then used to slurp up its insides. While it makes sense that the anteater-like creature would eat the Gen 5 Bug-type, its pretty chilling to think about how it hunts its prey.
Pokémon Sun & Moon’s Toxapex Likes To Chew On Corsola’s Head
In Pokémon Sun and Moon players could run into Poison-type Pokémon Mareanie and Toxapex while exploring the Alola region. Although the goofy-looking Pokémon looks harmless on the surface, there is a vicious predator hiding behind its big smile. In its Gen 7 summary, it’s stated that Toxapex actually likes to munch down on the coral that grows on top of Corsola’s head.
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If that doesn’t sound harsh enough, it’s also revealed that Toxapex crawls across the ocean floor and “leaves a trail of Corsola bits scattered in its wake.” With Pokémon Sword & Shield’s Galarian Corsola becoming a Ghost-type, it makes Toxapex and Mareanie’s coral-eating habits all the more disturbing.
Pokémon Sun & Moon’s Bruxish Paralyzes Its Prey Before It Eats
Across the Alola region’s many vibrant locations, Bruxish stands out as one of Sun and Moon’s most terrifying Pokémon to encounter. Its massive rows of sharp teeth are enough to give any Pokémon trainer the chills if they’re unlucky enough to see it.
According to the Alola Pokédex, Bruxish uses those teeth to hunt down other Pokémon. The fish not only uses its Psychic-type powers to paralyze its prey, but it then grinds up their bones by gnashing its jaw together. Its teeth are so sharp, that they can even crack through Kanto Pokémon Shellder and fellow-Alolan resident Mareanie.
Pokémon Black & White’s Carracosta Drags Pokémon Into The Sea
Carracosta made its debut in Gen 5 and has since become a favorite of the Unova region RPGs. The Pokémon Black and White Fossil Pokémon is first obtained after players revive the Cover Fossil which can be found in the Relic Castle. However, the Tirtouga evolution has a darker side to it when it comes to securing its meals.
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In its Pokémon Black and White Pokédex entry Carracosta’s jaw is described as being so powerful, that it can eat an Omastar and Omanyte completely whole. But what makes this Pokémon truly terrifying is that it likes to drag land-based Pokémon into the sea to finish them off, before consuming their entire bodies – bones and shells included.
Pokémon Red & Blue’s Pidgeotto & Pidgeot Are True Birds Of Prey
For many players, Pidgeotto and its evolution Pidgeot are iconic as they were heavily featured in the first season of the Pokémon anime. The Bird-type was also one of the first Pokémon players could catch in Pokémon Red and Blue’s Kanto region. The Gen 1 bird however is also one of the series’ first predators.
Mega Pidgeot is a scary Pokémon GO raid, but even in Red and Blue, Pidgeot uses its massive talons to dig into the bodies of Exeggcute and Magikarp to swoop them into the air. Considering that Exeggcute’s heads can fall off according to its Gen 1 Pokédex, Pidgeot’s attempt to hunt the Pokémon could turn ugly quickly.
Black & White’s Druddigon Ambushes Pokémon In Their Homes
In Pokémon Black and White, players first encounter Druddigon in the Dragonspiral Tower. The large Dragon may look intimidating on the surface, but the menacing way that it hunts other Pokémon proves that it’s also very cunning as well. In the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Pokédex, it is revealed that Druddigon likes to hop into the tunnels created by Diglett and Dugtrio. After infiltrating their underground tunnels, it likes to hide in the shadows before eating the Ground-type Pokémon when they pass by.
Pokémon Black & White’s Mandibuzz Uses Cubone To Make Nests
Introduced in Pokémon Black and White, Mandibuzz is one of the series’ most terrifying creatures. With the Dark-type bird being designed around the vulture, it’s not exactly shocking that it likes to prey on other Pokémon. But it’s what the bird does after it’s done eating that is really disturbing.
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According to its Sun and Moon Pokédex entry, Mandibuzz likes to eat Pokémon Red and Blue’s Cubone and then use their bones to build a nest. The vulture Pokémon actually picks apart the bones of its prey to construct a place to sleep. Considering the tragic story behind the Skull mask of Cubone, Mandibuzz’s nest-building is particularly cruel.
Pokémon Diamond & Pearl’s Weavile Shares Prey With Its Group
While Weavile has been a favorite among Pokémon Diamond and Pearl players for years, its eating habits may have some players thinking twice before approaching it. In the Gen 4 RPGs, the Sneasel evolution is encountered in the wintery mountains of the Sinnoh region. However, the Ice-type could also be found in the tropical Alola region in 2016’s Sun and Moon.
In its Gen 7 summary, it is revealed that Weavile is a vicious predator that likes to hunt in groups. The Alola Pokédex further details that Weavile likes to hunt down and eat Alolan Vulpix and Alolan Sandshrew. After catching the unsuspecting Pokémon with its sharp claws, Weavile likes to divide up its prey with its group. The pack of Weavile then all take turns eating the Gen 7 Alolan Pokémon.
Although the vast majority of Pokémon do not eat each other, each generation has continued to include predator Pokémon. With Gen 9 Pokémon Scarlet and Violet releasing this November, it will be interesting to see if the Pokémon franchise gets any new predators added to the series’ massive National Pokédex.
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Brent R. Koepp is a games journalist based out of Los Angeles, CA. An avid Pokemon fan for over 25 years, he has spent his career reporting on the popular Nintendo franchise. Following his role as a Pokemon Content Lead at another company, Brent is now a Pokemon Senior Writer for Screen Rant.
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