Do humans eat pokémon? Do pokémon eat other pokémon? What is in a Galarian curry? The makers of Pokémon Sword/Shield aren’t so sure…
Although it’s slightly more sci-fi, the world of Pokémon is portrayed pretty much exactly the same as the real world, except that there are hundreds of species of sentient pokémon living amongst humans.
Many of the games have tried to present the idea of pokémon battles as something they enjoy, where no one gets permanently hurt, but the other big question is what do pokémon eat – and do people eat pokémon?
That question has arisen again in the upcoming Pokémon Sword/Shield because one of the new features allows you to cook a range of, seemingly meat-based, curries, which you then feed to humans and pokémon alike.
Do humans eat pokémon?
Producer Junichi Masuda was asked by Game Informer what’s in the sausage curry and he admitted he didn’t know. With director Shigeru Ohmori adding, ambiguously: ‘It’s a Pokémon world sausage’.
The problem is, ordinary animals are rarely ever shown in the Pokémon world. Non-pokémon insects and invertebrates are occasionally glimpsed in the anime, but while it’s sometimes implied that there are also more complex animals, that aren’t pokémon, they’re never really seen.
So wherever meat is coming from it’s presumably from pokémon.
Maybe it’s meant to be a vegetarian sausage (even though it’s blatantly not) in Sword/Shield but eating meat is certainly something that happens in the Pokémon world, which raises some awkward questions.
The games usually try to sidestep the issue, although a lot of the water-based pokédex entries imply that they’re eaten by humans, like the ones for Basculin or Crabrawler.
Selling Slowpoke tails (which often fall off naturally) as a delicacy is a plot point in the Pokémon Gold/Silver games, while Sharpedo’s pokédex entry in Pokémon Moon indicates that its fins were eaten in the past but that the species is now suffering due to overfishing – mirroring the plight of sharks in the real world.
The anime goes further though and not only strongly implies that humans eat water-based pokémon but features a pokédex entry for Farfetch’d that specifically says they make ‘a delicious meal’ and have nearly gone extinct as a result.
The pokédex entries from the games don’t mention this but Farfetch’d is get an evolution to Sirfetch’d in Pokémon Sword/Shield, so maybe that’s to protect themselves from ravenous humans.
Do pokémon eat other pokémon?
When it comes to pokémon eating other pokémon there’s no ambiguity at all, and a complex food chain has been described since the first games.
Pidgeotto eats Magikarp, Ekans (a snake) eats Spearrow, Hypno eats Komala, Furret eatas Rattata, Apipom (a monkey) eats Bounsweet (basically a sentient cherry), Taillow eats Wurmple, Wingull eats Finneon, and so on.
You can only imagine what human and pokémon alike do with Vanillite, a pokémon ice cream cone, or the new Alcremie from Pokemon Sword/Shield, which is basically a perambulatory cake.
So, maybe those sausages are made of pokémon and maybe not, but either way the Pokémon world isn’t quite as idyllic as it seems on the surface…
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