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Complete Pokemon Phylogeny by KFblade Complete Pokemon Phylogeny by KFblade
A tree of life for every Pokemon that is based on a real organism. Contains Plantae, Fungi, and all of Animalia. Each Pokemon is shown in the group of the organism it represents. So that means it is not following any of the lore that says that mew is the ancestor to all Pokemon, or that Arceus created the rest. Arceus looks like a horse, so it's counted as a horse, not a god. This is going mostly off of Bulbapedia's description of what they're supposed to be. Keep in mind that I've only taken Botany, Icthyology, Invertebrate zoology, and Marine Mammal zoology, so all the rest are based off of wikipedia's description of relatedness and such.
Also, Paras and Parasect are on here twice, one for the insect that is the basis, and one for the fungus that is taking over them. I couldn't think of any others that were clearly two different creatures in one, so that's the only example of that.
Also, I'm working on another one with all the Pokemon based on non-living or non-real things, like ghosts and dragons, so that will be up shortly as well.
It's a really large file, so I had to decrease the quality a bit. Also, I'm not quite sure how you guys will be able to view it and navigate around to see it all, but if it doesn't seem to work, you can just download it and you should be able to view it from ms paint or whatever.
Let me know what you think!

Edited to include a couple I missed, as well as the gen 6 Pokemon revealed so far.
Xerneas sprite by TomTheZombie
Froakie sprite by BaconBoy914
Fennekin sprire by Kevfin
Chespin sprite by DancesofShadows

Updated with the Tympole line, which I had forgotten, moved the eeveelutions around a bit, and moved Charmander and Charmeleon to the Mythologidae. Also moved the blobs to protista.

Check out the other one here: [link]
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kingofpain0 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really  now
wow just wow
thomwim Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Student Filmographer
Don't know about you, but I consider Monferno a feline (looks like a tiger to me), and the Cyndaquil family to be rodents or somethin'.
saresare93 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
Why is Alakazam in Artiodactyla?
KFblade Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015
It's based on goats.
Guepard4 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
Some corrections:
Charmander, Charmeleon and Charizard are lizards (not dragons).
And dragons are dinosaurs without feathers.
phenix88888888 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
I had the idea too ... But yours is really really awesome !
Saurornithoides Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
I went into a bit more detail with families in my classification, seen here:…

I also added more X and Y Pokemon to the classification:
Quilladin Erethizontidae
Dedenne Muridae
Fennekin line, Furfrou, Sylveon, and Slurpuff line Canidae
Meowstic line and Pyroar line Felidae
Pangoro line Ursidae
Gogoat line Bovidae
Spritzee Passeriformes
Aromatisse Maniraptora incertae sedis (Oviraptorosauria?)
Talonflame line Falconiformes
Hawlucha Confuciusornithiformes
Heliolisk line Agamidae
Tyrantrum line Tyrannosauridae
Aurorus line Sauropoda
Avalugg line Ankylosauria
Noivern line Wukongopteridae
Greninja line Anura
Dragalge line Syngnathiformes
Barbaracle line and Clawitzer line Crustacea
Vivillon line Lepidoptera
Goomy and Sliggoo Gastropoda
Saurornithoides Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
As impressive as this is, I have done a similar project independently, and have some suggestions on reclassifications:
Torterra to Ankylosauria, based on mass
Heatran to Scincidae
Palkia to Oviraptorosauria.
Feraligatr line, Krokorok, and Krookodile to Spinosauridae, based on bipedality, spikes on the former (homologous to spinosaur sails?) and snout shape on the latter (resembles Baryonyx)
Sceptile line to Dilophosauridae, based on general body shape, head shape, and leaf-feathers (more and more dinosaurs have feathers now)
Archeops to Microraptoria, based off head shape and leg feathers
Blaziken line and Golduck line to Avimimidae, based off clawed hands and long tail in the latter
Pidgeot to Accipitriformes (osprey)
Delibird to Strigiformes, it can fly
Articuno to Passeriformes based off beak shape
Moltres to Pelecaniformes based off beak shape
Zapdos to Ciconiiformes based off beak shape
Fearow to Suliformes based off beak shape and neck length
Huntail to Saccopharyngiformes based off lack of lateral fins
Stunfisk and Finneon line to Perciformes (angelfish)
Chansey line to Monotremata, based on eggs (Chansey relative of echidnas?)
Cyndaquil to Afredentata (Eurotamandua)
Ampharos to Ornithopoda, based on bipedality, long tail, claw on foot, Denryu meaning "electric dragon" as well, and Mega Ampharos's dragon-type
Rhyperior line and Nidos to Synapsida (Estemmenosuchidae?), they are obviously not true mammals
Hypno line to Palorchestidae (look up Palorchestes and try not to think of Drowzee)
Suicune, Leafeon, and Umbreon to Canidae based off head shape
Vaporeon and Samurott to Cetacea (primitive forms, related to Ambulocetus)
Typhlosion and Quilava to Creodonta, based off of Typhlosion's stockiness
Plusle, Minun, and Whismur to Lagomorpha based off of ear size
Leavanny line to Embioptera based off parental care and leaf mimicry
Omastar line to Ammonoidea (it's so obviously an ammonite)
Cradily line to Tunicata (predatory tunicate)
Ditto and Swalot line to Placozoa
Breloom to Pachycephalosauridae (I've actually heard someone place it in Therizinosauridae, believe it or not)
Ludicolo to Hadrosauridae based off of beak shape, size, and general body shape
Reuniclus line to Amoebozoa
KFblade Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Wow, thanks so much for going through all of this.  You have some good suggestions.  I went through and looked up each change you suggested, and changed some of them, but I ended up keeping many of them the same. I was going primarily off of Bulbapedia's descriptions of what they are, and I'm going to stick with that. I would love to see your version of this project though!
Saurornithoides Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
Correction: Torterra to Ankylosauridae based on general build, including head shape and long tail
Zorua076 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
In some of the places where there's a huge pile of them in one order, how come you didn't divide them further? Rodentia alone I could split into four suborders and five families, probably more for you since you're treating each Pokemon independent of its relatives (I know (now) that you'd split Rattata, who's a rat, from Raticate, a muskrat).

No, wait, I know why you stopped at the Order level. You ran out of paper. :P

Also, how would you categorize Aromatisse, the evolved form of Spritzee? It's bipedal and looks mammalian, but it has a beak and evolves from a bird. I'm confused. Aromatisse confuses me.
KFblade Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Yeah, I could separate them further, but that would take forever. Next step!

And as for Aromatisse, I have no idea.  I just called it a fairy and left it at that.
x-LittleOne-x Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god. Did you invent all of those species names? Also I thought all pokemon evolved from Mew?
nivlacart Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I never expected science could become such an art.
DeboraSaraiva Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
omg this is amazing!
Bentenny10 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
MatureManyula Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
I love this! this is so cool
FranklynFowler Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Niji-Jagaimo Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you. jkjkjk (please don't find me creepy) Hahahaha
This is like sooo fucking beautiful :iconmanlytearsplz:
I thought of doing a phylogeny of pokemon once, but I guess you beat me to it!
JNathanCS Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Today I was wondering about if it exist anything like pokemon taxonomy, and I just found this!, and awesome! Excellent work :D
Panzerraptor Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
A very nice phylogeny tree! I never imagined something like this were possible. And then your Imaginary Phyla is just as awesome.

Still, the more I look at this thing, there's some stuff that makes me scratch my head. When you did the Archosauromorpha, I found it strange that Theropoda, Ornithishia, and Sauropodomorpha aren't themselves aren't placed in the Order: Dinosauria or within the clade of Avemetatarsalia. Also, I always figured that Breloom would be classified under Ornithishia along with the Axew line (especially since the creator said that the Pokemon, especially Haxorus, is based on a herbivorous dinosaur). I would also say the same about the Treecko line, though your positioning them within Squamata does make sense. Though that being said, wouldn't Charmander and Charmeleon be included within that clade despite the final evolved form? Lastly, while it's true that Mewtwo is man-made, it is still considered a clone of Mew (albeit a modified form) which would make it a sister taxon.
KFblade Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Hey, so I realize this is almost a year late, but w/e. 

For the dinosaurs, I'm going off of the wiki page for Reptilia, which has Dinosauria as a superorder. I have changed it so that Theropoda and Sauropodomorpha are within the order Saurischia, to be equal with the other orders listed. 

On bulbapedia, Breloom is described as being based on a mushroom. Even though it looks like a kangaroo, and has an ankylosaur tail, I'll just go with mushroom. Also, bulbapedia says The Axew line is most similar to 
Scutosaurus, so they're listed under Procolophonomorpha.

I did take your advice and moved Sceptile, but left the other two as lizards. For Charmander, I decided that he and Charmeleon represent the mythical salamander that breathes fire, so they're in the Myth section.

And I suppose you're right about mewtwo. I'll move him. 
Johnnes Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Holy Arceus, that´s just... amazing ! Four years burning my eyes in all possible books to get a biology degree, some more years playing Pokemon and you came and win all zoology classes I ever attain.

May Darwin bless your work.
Solomonshaman Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
I'm glad you got the tympole line in their! :)
BubblesAndTea Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is HUGE! And awesome! It's really neat to see them all organized. Love it!
CreaturesUnity Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is incredible!
I can't believe you made this!
SpaceWhaleScrubber Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NICE! Will you update when all the Gen VI Pokémon are revealed?
KFblade Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Yeah, for sure!
SpaceWhaleScrubber Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great to know! I'm looking forward to the future of your project, and the future of Pokémon!
JamesFinnigan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Really nice work
Why Elekid and Electabuzz not on the Primates?
KFblade Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
On Bulbapedia, it says Elekid is just based on a electrical plug, and Electabuzz is an oni, whereas Electivire mentioned a gorilla, so the first two are on the imaginary Pokemon one.
giovannihp90 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I think Fennekin and Yveltal are missing.. However huge job man, huge job...
KFblade Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Yeah, I forgot Fennekin. She's there now. Yveltal is on the imaginary pokemon one for dragons.
Tragodile Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
W-wow! And this had every single pokemon to date? That's pretty impressive! Must have taken you some time to make!
KFblade Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Everyone that's based on a real organism, so no ghosts or dragons and such. But I'm working on those!
Also, your avatar just reminded me that I wanted to add the new gen 6 ones, but maybe I'll wait until they all are released.
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