10 Best Reptile Pokemon

Reptiles come in many different shapes, colors and species including snakes, crocodiles, lizards, turtles and many more. The main characteristics of Reptiles are that they are vertebrates, cold-blooded, and covered in scales – characteristics reptilian Pokémon share with their real-world counterparts.

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The Pokemon designers clearly looked for specific reptile species when creating these Pokemon, as many of them directly reference real-world reptiles, from their appearance to their behavior. If you’re looking to build a reptile-themed team, these scaly creatures are sure to be in your party due to their ties to the real animal kingdom and their intricate designs that set them apart from the hundreds of other Pokemon available.


ten Nice To Sea You: Carracosta

Carracosta is one of two fossil Pokémon you can choose from in generation five, alongside Archeops. Since Carracosta is a fossil Pokemon, it makes sense that it was inspired by Archelon, an extinct turtle and the largest of its kind. Rather than the hard turtle shell seen today, Archelon had a leather-like appendage on its back – Carracosta has a similar feature, which resembles a life jacket.

One of Carracosta’s other defining characteristics is his strong fins which have tremendous power behind them, as many of his Pokedex entries talk about his powerful slap.

9 The whole world is your Torterra: Torterra

Torterra is a Grass and Ground type Pokemon and the final evolution of Turtwig, a generation four starter. Torterra is known as the Pokémon Continent due to the forest-like biome on its shell which resembles a grassy landscape. Torterra’s appearance is most likely inspired by the World Turtle, which features in different mythologies around the world and carries the weight of the world on its back.

Its Pokedex entry in Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver indicates that the ancients believed that a huge Torterra “dwelt” beneath the ground, reflecting the actual mythologies that Torterra is based on.

8 Pretty vicious: Seviper

The Fang Snake Pokemon Seviper is a Poison-type that looks like a traditional snake, living up to the “viper” in its name. The most notable thing about Seviper is its rivalry with Zangoose, a mongoose-based Pokémon, which it has feuded with for generations.

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In the animal kingdom, mongooses and snakes are natural enemies – mongooses hunt snakes and also fight them in self-defense, while some snakes have been known to steal baby mongooses. The hexagonal patterns on Seviper’s skin are also similar to those of various poisonous snakes found in Japan.

seven Camouflage King: Kecleon

A third generation Pokemon, Kecleon is inspired by chameleons, specifically the Veiled Chameleon. Kecleon has a similar pattern of stripes on its face and crests on its head, like this animal. It is known as Pokémon Color Swap, referring to the fact that chameleons can change color to communicate with others of their kind.

In the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series, Kecleon appears as an NPC who will sell you items in dungeons; however, if you attempt to steal any of his possessions, he will attack you and be nearly impossible to beat. It is a powerful chameleon.

6 Turtle, Not Turtle: Blastoise

The fully evolved form of Squirtle, Blastoise is a Generation 1 Water-type Pokémon inspired by turtles, despite its name coming from “turtle”. The “explosion” part comes from the water cannons in its hull that fire jets of water “capable of punching holes through thick steel,” according to its Pokedex entry in Pokemon Silver.

Much like turtles in real life, Blastoise can enter its shell as a defensive mechanism. He even learns the move Retreat as Squirtle, which allows him to use his shell as protection, increasing his Defense stat.

5 Solar Power: Heliolisk

Heliolisk is an Electric and Normal-type Pokémon that evolves from Helioptile through the use of a Sunstone. Her frilled neck resembles the sun, and in fact, Heliolisk uses her frills to generate electricity, similar to solar panels. Its appearance is also inspired by the frilled lizard which, as its name suggests, shares similar characteristics with the Pokémon.

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The name Heliolisk comes from Helios, the personified form of the sun in Greek mythology, and “basil”, referring to its connection with the common basilisk. This is a type of lizard that can run on the surface of water, just like Heliolisk in New Pokemon Snap.

4 Cool and Cunning: Cunning

A Dark and Fighting type, Scrafty is known as the Hoodlum Pokemon due to its mohawk and shed skin that resemble baggy pants. Scrafty can have the Shed Skin ability that matches his lizard appearance.

Scrafty’s Pokedex entry in Pokemon Black explains its Pokemon Hoodlum moniker, as it says multiple Scrafty come together to “beat everything in between[s] their territory”, spitting an acidic liquid on their enemies. However, Scrafty is also protective, as although he is aggressive towards strangers, he takes good care of his family, similar to the territorial behavior of real life lizards.

3 Caution – Toxic: Salazzle

Known as the Toxic Lizard Pokémon, Salazzle is a Poison and Fire-type introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon. Unlike the majority of Pokémon species, Salazzle can only evolve from the female Salandit, a trait it shares with whiptail lizards – a female-only species of lizard that reproduces parthenogenetically.

As Salazzle hails from Alola, a region inspired by Hawaii, it’s possible that the creature Mo’o from Hawaiian mythology may have influenced the design of this Pokémon. Mo’o is a shape-shifting lizard that takes on the form of a woman to attract and consume men, similar to Salazzle’s vicious and feminine attributes.

2 The clue is in the name: Krookodile

A Ground and Dark-type Gen 5 Pokémon, Krookodile evolves from Sandile and Krokorok. This Pokemon is a crocodile with sharp claws and a fang-lined mouth, as well as black coloring around its eyes that makes it look like it’s wearing a mask, just like a cartoon bandit.

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Similar to other Dark-type Pokémon, Krookodile likes to cause mischief. In fact, his name is a play on the “crocodile” and the word “crook”, a term used to describe someone who is dishonest or a criminal. This suits Krookodile perfectly, as it’s known as the “Pokémon Intimidation” and uses its powerful jaws to rip its prey in half, according to its Pokedex entry in Pokemon Moon.

1 Sky Serpent: Rayquaza

Legendary Pokémon Dragon and Flying introduced in Generation III, Rayquaza and its design are inspired by mythological creatures such as Quetzalcoatl, an Aztec god, and the Chinese dragon. Although Quetzalcoatl and the Chinese dragon both derive from mythology, they are depicted as reptilian, and the same can be said of Rayquaza.

The sky is Rayquaza’s dominance, where it “flies endlessly” and only descends to the ground if Groudon and Kyogre are fighting, according to its Pokedex entry in Pokemon Emerald. Raquaza’s reptilian appearance is striking and fearsome, and perfectly captures her legendary status.

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