Porygon is a Normal type Pokemon introduced in Generation I. It evolves into Porygon2 when traded holding an Up-Grade, which evolves into Porygon-Z when traded holding a Dubious Disc. Take a look below for 26 amazing and interesting facts about Porygon.
1. Porygon is a Pokemon made completely out of programming code.
2. It has a pink polyhedral body with a blue front, blue triangular prism feet, and a blue rectangular prism tail.
3. It has a pink, polyhedral head that ends in a blue beak and has hexagonal eyes.
4. In 3D games, such as Pokémon Stadium, it can detach its limbs and head from its torso.
5. According to its Pokédex entries, it has copy protection built into its code, preventing duplication through electronic means.
6. It was created 20 years ago at the Pokémon Lab on Cinnabar Island using the latest technology of its time, so many of its parts have since become obsolete.
7. Due to its man-made origins, Porygon does not need to breathe or eat, though it can still accept food if given.
8. It has the ability to convert its body into digital data, allowing it to travel through cyberspace.
9. Porygon has two signature moves, Conversion and Conversion 2, and in the past it also had Sharpen for a signature move.
10. It can use Conversion to change its appearance to mimic another Pokémon’s and has also demonstrated the ability to change color for camouflage.
11. Because it is man-made, it is generally found in computers or in labs and other buildings where people work.
12. Porygon is the only Pokémon that evolves by trade twice: once holding the Up-Grade into Porygon2, and a second time (as Porygon2) into Porygon-Z when holding a Dubious Disc. It is also the only Pokémon in a three-stage evolutionary line that does not require leveling up to trigger any of its evolutions (i.e. it is possible to acquire a Porygon-Z at level 1).
13. Porygon’s evolutionary line is the only three-stage evolutionary line whose members can all learn both Giga Impact and Hyper Beam, as all three were considered fully-evolved during their respective debut generations.
14. Porygon may be based on the concept of a bird made with primitive 3D computer graphics software.
15. It may also draw inspiration from an origami crane.
16. Its coloration also somewhat resembles the Argentine blue-bill duck.
17. Porygon is a corruption of polygon.
18. Porygon made its only major anime appearance in EP038, where two specimens created by Dr. Akihabara appeared, one of which was stolen by Team Rocket, while the other one was borrowed by Ash and his friends. Both were left behind at Dr. Akihabara’s house at the end of the episode.
19. This episode caused more than 600 children in Japan to be transferred to hospitals by ambulance because of seizure-like symptoms they reported, due to a flashing strobe effect present at several points of the episode, and was therefore banned and never aired again anywhere in the world. Since then, Porygon and its evolutions have never played a main role in the anime.
20. Porygon made its English dub debut in a brief appearance during a graphic display in A Chansey Operation, as well as Clefairy Tales and Lights, Camera, Quack-tion.
21. A Porygon made a cameo during the “World of Pokémon” opening narration of both Celebi: The Voice of the Forest and Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias, where it was shown floating behind a wire fence in a city.
22. A Porygon appeared in a shot in a “World of Pokémon” opening at the beginning of the clip show OVA The Journey to be a Pokémon Master Begins!!, where it was floating above a fence in a very similar location.
23. A Porygon appeared alongside its evolutions and all pre-Generation VI Pokémon besides Genesect in the opening sequence of Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice.
24. A Porygon appeared as an image in Partner Promises!, marking its most recent appearance in the anime to date.
25. Blue obtained a Porygon at the Rocket Game Corner in A Tale of Ninetales, and it soon became a core member of his team. Prior to Volume 13, it evolved into a Porygon2.
26. A Porygon appeared at the Battle Factory in Uprooting Seedot.