Is this a Digimon or a Pokemon?


By: Gavin Thagard

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Ask fans of both "Digimon" and "Pokemon," and they will immediately start listing off the reasons that one show beats out the other. Perhaps, it's the storylines that run through each of them. "Digimon" was packed with intense action as the Digital World was always in peril, while "Pokemon" was always more sporty with its trainer battles and championship leagues. They might also talk about the protagonist, comparing the hot-headed Tai Kamiya to the always-eager Ash Ketchum. Of course, none of that compares to what really drives each franchise: the creatures. 

There are many similarities between a Digimon and a Pokemon. Both are typically based on animals or mythological creatures, they use powerful attacks in battle and they team up with humans for a common goal. However, even with these similarities, they were also quite different. Digimon could talk, for example, or even die. Unless a Pokemon was unique, they only communicated through expressions, and fainting in battle was the worst thing that could happen to a trainer's precious Pokemon. 

Whether you favored "Digimon" or "Pokemon" more, both series produced some pretty interesting and fun creatures to obsess over. Here's your chance to see which series produced each of them, though. Get started with this quiz and see how engaged you were as a fan.

Where does this monster belong? It's one of the faces of the franchise.

Pikachu is the first Pokemon that Ash acquires after it's given to him by Professor Oak. The Pikachu that Ash uses is much stronger than other versions of the Pokemon, one of the reasons Team Rocket wants to steal it from him.


This creature is perhaps the most recognized monster in its respective series. Is this a Digimon or Pokemon?

Agumon is the main Digimon partnered with Tai Kamiya in the anime. The two are a perfect match for each other in that they share similar personalities, always showing concern when their friends are in trouble.


Known as the "Noble Hero," can you match this lion to the correct category?

Leomon might look mean and ferocious, but it's actually a very strong-willed Digimon, earning the nickname "Noble Beast." Never afraid to dish out justice, Leomon often serves as a foil against the Digimon Hunter known as Ogremon.


Fire attacks are the speciality of this powerful creature. Do you know if it's a Digimon or Pokemon?

In the anime, Ash obtains a Charmander after it's abandoned by its owner, training it until it evolves into a Charizard. Ash's Charizard becomes one of his strongest Pokemon, but it often refuses to obey Ash unless he uses it in a battle against a worthy competitor.


Are you familiar enough with this creature to know if it's a Digimon or Pokemon?

Unlike most other Pokemon in the franchise, Mewtwo was the result of a science experiment, though it eventually rebels against its creators. It later serves as the main antagonist in "Pokemon: The First Movie," where it uses its psychic powers to try to take over the world.


Fans of which franchise will recognize this monster for its dirty tricks?

DemiDevimon is always up to no good in the anime, using its cunningness to gain an advantage over the opposition. DemiDevimon even lured Devimon, who was once a member of the Angel-species, to the Dark Side by using its cunning tricks.


Do you recognize this newly discovered dragon as a Digimon or Pokemon?

Veemon has the unique ability to Armor Digivolve. To achieve this type of evolution, Veemon has to use an ancient item known as a Digi-Egg. There are various kinds of Digi-Eggs, which all result in a different form for Veemon depending on which one is used.


Will the bulb on the back of this creature help you match it to the appropriate category?

Bulbasaur is one of the three original starters in the first two "Pokemon" games, which makes up Generation I. A combination of grass and poison type, Bulbasaur has two evolve forms with its top form, Venusaur, being reached at level 32.


Place this monster, known for its shy personality, into the correct series?

Though Gabumon is a Reptile Digimon, it's known for wearing a fur pelt to cover up its scaled skin. The fur pelt belongs to Garurumon, a form that Gabumon Digivoles into, and serves as protection against the Digimon who fear Garurumon.


This little creature loves to play pranks. Does it play those pranks on other Digimon or Pokemon?

A Holy Digimon, Tailmon has immense power even though it does not appear threatening. However, this power lies in the Holy Ring that's attached to its tail, and if this ring is lost, Tailmon's power disappears as well.


Is this king of the undead a Digimon or Pokemon?

Known for its cruel demeanor, Myotismon has an incredible amount of power, which it obtained through the dark arts. However, this power can only be used at night, as it is cut in half as soon as the sun rises.


What category does this turtle belong to: Digimon or Pokemon?

A group of Squirtle in the anime make up the Squirtle Squad, who were originally criminals looking out for themselves after being abandoned by their owners. However, they later become a team of firefighters after helping put out a forest fire caused by Team Rocket.


It's often painful watching this creature try to solve a problem. Are those Digimon or Pokemon problems?

Psyduck is described as a Pokemon who uses mysterious powers to generate brain waves as a form of defense. However, these powers cause it to suffer from a constant headache, one of the reasons it appears to be dimwitted.


Will the large ears on this monster help you classify it correctly?

Patamon can use its enormous ears as wings to fly through the air. The only problem is that it's extremely slow when flying, so much so that walking is usually the better option when Patamon really needs to get somewhere.


Where does this powerful dragon belong?

Dragonite is the prized Pokemon used by the dragon-type Pokemon trainer Lance. In "Pokemon Red and Blue," Dragonite is his strongest Pokemon, held at level 62 with powerful attacks like Slam and Hyper Beam.


This creature loves to be terrifying. Does it try to scare other Digimon or Pokemon?

Gengar has one of the most lethal licks around, using it as one of its most powerful attacks. When Gengar licks its opponent, that opponent becomes paralyzed, which means they are unable to attack 25 percent of the time.


Be it by its six wings or perfect virtue, can you match this monster to its category?

As a Champion Digimon, Angemon has several useful attacks, making it one of the strongest Digimon in the series. The most powerful of those attacks is Hand of Fate, a move that is most effective against Virus Digimon.


Do you know this legendary monster well enough to classify it as a Digimon or Pokemon?

The cover Pokemon for "Pokemon Gold," Ho-Oh is incredibly powerful with many unique attacks like Sacred Fire. When it holds the item Sacred Ash, it can heal all of the Pokemon in a party once outside of battle.


Pick the right grouping for this creature that prefers the Dark Side?

After falling to the Dark Side, Devimon was cursed with the Mark of Evil, which appears on its chest. Though several other Digimon with dark powers also carry the mark, Devimon is the most well known Digimon to be branded by it.


Have you watched enough episodes of both series to know if this is a Digimon or Pokemon?

Blaziken is known for its insanely strong legs, which give it the ability to jump over a 30-story building. With these legs, it uses several powerful kick attacks like Blaze Kick, Double Kick and High Jump Kick.


Classify this creature known for being cool, calm and collected?

Recognized as one of the strongest Rookie Digimon, Renamon lends its skills to the tamer Rika Nonaka. Together, they battle against Digimon who have crossed the barrier between the Digital World and the real world.


This monster has robot-like features. Are those the features of a Digimon or Pokemon?

A Cyber Digimon, MetalGarurumon is the final evolution of Garurumon. Its body is its primary weapon, utilizing features like laser sights, infrared rays and even X-rays to locate its opponent, no matter the conditions.


This is one of the most vicious snakes around, but is it a Digimon or Pokemon?

Arbok is one of the strongest Pokemon used by Jessie of Team Rocket. She first acquired the Pokemon as an Ekans when she was a child, but it evolved after she wished that it would turn into an Arbok on her birthday.


How do you categorize this muscled-up monster?

Machamp is the third evolve form of Machop, but in the video games, the Pokemon can only reach its final form after it is traded with another trainer. When Generation VIII came out, Machamp was given a Dynamax form known as Gigantamax.


It's a popular monster befriended by one of the main protagonists. Where does this creature belong?

Onix is one of the prized Pokemon carried by the rock-type Pokemon user Brock. In the anime, Brock is the first gym leader Ash defeats. After he's defeated, Brock decides to leave his gym behind and sets out on a journey with Onix to become a Pokemon breeder.


What category does this creature belong to: Digimon or Pokemon?

Unlike most other Digimon, Calumon does not engage in battle, partly because of its immaturity. Because Calumon does not fight, it doesn't need to Digivolve. However, Calumon does have the ability to help other Digimon Digivolve, a skill it uses throughout the series to help the heroes.


Does this creature release its bad temperament on other Digimon or Pokemon?

A Flame Digimon with crimson flames covering its body, Meramon originates from the firewall that's supposed to protect the Internet from entries that aren't allowed to be there. Some of the attacks it uses to perform its duty are Fireball, Blazing Flames and Fire Fist.


Is this monster that loves to sleep a Digimon or Pokemon?

Snorlax can be found covering several paths in the original "Pokemon" games. The only way to wake it up is to obtain a special flute. However, a trainer who wakes a Snorlax has to be careful because it's ready to attack anyone who disturbs its slumber.


Can you recall if this ancient being is a Digimon or Pokemon?

Anomalocarimon is an ancient Digimon who is brought back from the past after an excavation causes a computer virus. It was once a mighty predator, and this Digimon has a large appetite and uses its tentacles to catch prey.


Will the four arms or three faces of this legendary monster help you classify it?

Asuramon is the result of a computer scanning through ancient Hindu documents, bringing the ancient Digimon into the Digital World. Pulling from Hindu culture, Asuramon's three faces represent wrath, mercy and blessings.


If this creature's ability to transform doesn't confuse you, match it to the correct category?

Unthreatening in its normal form, Ditto has the ability to transform into any other Pokemon that it faces off against. This ability neutralizes type advantages and creates a more level playing field that depends on which Pokemon is at a higher level.


Do you know if these furry creature has been adoring Digimon or Pokemon fans?

Eevee is one of the rare Pokemon that can evolve into several different forms depending on the stone used to evolve it. The first three evolve forms released in the series were Flareon, Vaporeon and Jolteon.


Select the correct classification for this monster?

Magmar is the strongest Pokemon used by the fire-gym leader Blaine at the Cinnabar Gym in the Kanto region. If a trainer can get past Magmar's lethal fire attacks, they are awarded the Volcano Badge.


What are you looking at if this creature comes across your screen?

Misty, one of Ash's companions, carries around a Staryu with her throughout the series. It's actually one of the first three Pokemon she starts with. The others are Goldeen and Starmie, the evolve form of Staryu.


Have you been a big enough fan of both series to know if this ghost is a Digimon or Pokemon?

Since Bakemon is a Ghost Digimon, it uses a cloth to cover its mysterious body. Now an evil Digimon who destroys computer systems, Bakemon supposedly holds part of its former self underneath its cloth, though that part of itself is believed to be a black hole.


Was this rare dog created as a Digimon or Pokemon?

One of the Legendary beast along with Raikou and Entei, Suicune was once a Pokemon who died in the fire that burned down Brass Tower. The Pokemon was resurrected by Ho-Oh and is believed to represent the rain that put the fire out.


How do you classify this powerful ice user?

Driven by its ambition, Blizzarmon can often be reckless in battle, utilizing the power of ice and its two axes to combat opponents. Prior to battle, though, Blizzarman always releases a prayer to the god of ice while also observing its opponent to gain an advantage.


Are the nightmares cast by this monster enough to help you identify it as a Digimon or Pokemon?

Evilmon is a Devil Digimon that rarely engages in direct battle, choosing to use cheap tricks to gain an advantage instead. For example, Nightmare Shock is its most power attack, launching the move as a supersonic wave from its mouth. This attack traps enemies in a nightmare they desperately want to wake up from.


Is this creature known for its immense power a Digimon or Pokemon?

Groudon is the primary Legendary Pokemon in Generation III sought by Team Magma. Their goal is to obtain Groudon's power and use it to extend the continents so there is more room for land Pokemon. This, of course, comes as a detriment to sea Pokemon.


Classify this creature that will swindle its way to a victory?

Ganemon's desire for money causes it to use its slick speech to take advantage of opponents. It is able to locate money by using its mustache as a radar, and when money is found, Ganemon consumes it, causing its body to grow in size.


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