Halloween is a great time to tribute to awesome pumpkin carvings and pumpkin face … and hardly anything gets more universal love than Pokémon pumpkin carvings. There’s been a whole generation that grew up on the tiny little beasts, and for some that started with the original 151 and kept up, it’s one of those things that has been around forever. There’s people that are around their 30s who play the most recent games with the same enthusiasm as the 11 year olds who just discovered the franchise with Pokémon Black and Pokémon White and, with such universal love for the franchise, why wouldn’t this carry on to the pumpkin carvings that appear every year around the Halloween season?
One of the most prolific pumpkin carvers on the web is Joh-wee, who has done several videogame characters carvings, but his work with Pokémon is so extensive that it pretty much deserves an article on it’s own. Let’s go over some of the best ones we found.
Pikachu has become the most well known Pokemon out of the almost 650 that are around right now thanks to its inclusion in the TV series, and starring on Pokémon Yellow. This is fair, though, the cute yellow rat is adorable and charismatic, so it’s great to see a pumpkin that does it justice.
Charmander and Charizard Pumpkins
Charmander was pretty much the most chosen starter for Pokémon Red/Blue, and became one of the most recognizable faces of the franchise too. We just realized, it’s only fair that the most iconic fire-type looked so great with actual fire as the background. It’s third-tier evolution, Charizard, is still considered the epitome of “awesome” around the Internet.
For those who played and beat the original Pokémon games, you all know how over-powered psychic Pokémon were, and how out of all of those, Mewtwo was the strongest. This fantastic carving makes him look as badass as ever.
On the opposite side of the spectrum was the cute Mew, which was unavailable on the west for years, and the only way to catch him was through glitches and cheats.
Bulbasaur is one of the original three starter Pokémon, a leaf type, and an absolutely adorable one, at that. Even if most people chose Squirtle or Charmander, he holds a special place in our heart for having the best type advantage for the first half of the game, which with a system as broken as the gen-1 was, mattered quite a lot.
Eevee’s Evolutions Pumpkins – Jolteon, Umbreon, Espeon, Leafeon, Glaceon & Flareon
Eevee is a versatile Pokémon that can evolve into almost any type depending on the players actions. Some of these are carved in watermelons instead of pumpkins, but whatever, they’re still fantastic pieces and absolutely worth it. And yes, we’ve also thought that doing a run through whichever game with only Eevees and it’s respective evolutions would be awesome, the only thing keeping us from doing that is the lack of a flying-type evolution. Here’s an idea for your next game, Nintendo!
Lugia & Ho-oh
The poster boys for Pokémon Silver and Pokémon Gold (recently updated to Soulsilver and Heartgold) look fantastic on these two pumpkins. Beware the guardians of the skies and seas!
Lots of gamers complain that there’s just too many Pokémon out there, that the new ones look lame, and that only the original 151 count. “Haters gonna hate”, we say. Absol is one of the most badass Pokémon the franchise has produced.
Legendaries Galore! – Entei, Raikou & Suicune Pumpkins
The fire, thunder and water beats were the stars of one of the coolest sidequests in Heartgold and Soulsilver, and chasing them around the map, although it could get frustrating at times, was definitely a lot of fun.
Top Percentage Rattata Pumpkin
“You know my Rattata? Well he’s different than other Rattata. It’s like my Rattata is in the top percentage of Rattatas. Just wanted to tell you that. Bye!” – We know, Youngster Joey, please shut up and stop bragging about your damn Rattata now!!
More Legendaries! – Articuno, Zapdos & Moltres
The legendaries of the first generation were awesome, they combined flying types (they were birds after all) with another element indicated in their name along with a number in spanish (Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres, apparently, this detail gets lost a lot!).
Firestarters! – Cyndaquill and Torchic Pumpkins
These cute guys over here were the starters for generation II and III respectively, Cyndaquill being the only starter ever to remain pure fire all along it’s evolution line, while Torchic eventually became a fire-fighting type, which became a trend ever since then.
Fire Pokémon tend to be amongst the better looking, and Rapidash is no exception. No wonder it’s been present in most games since it first appeared all the way back in Gen I.
Joh-Wee is an extremely talented carving artists, and fans should check out his Deviantart to see more of his work. Hell, there’s even many more Pokémon pumpkins that we’re sure fans will appreciate, but in case you can’t quench your poké-thirst with this, we invite you to read some of our other articles, such as Pokémon Evolution Drinks if you feel like chilling after so much carving, or keep celebrating with the Pikachu Cake.