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Pokémon Predator & Prey
Developer(s) Lunatic Entertainment
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) PC, Wii U, 3DS, 2Ds
Release Date(s)
On Hiatus
Mode(s)
Single Player, Multiplayer
Age Rating(s)
T for Teen
Genre(s) 2D Top-Down, Action, RPG
Media Included Direct download

Pokémon Predator and Prey is a fan game set in the Pokémon universe created in conjuncture between Nintendo, Game Freak Inc and Lunatic Entertainment. Unlike most other Pokémon games, these games follows a darker, though not necessarily gritty, storyline. Several new and unique features are introduced in these two games.

The game's main attraction was the idea of Pokémon consuming one another, but the secondary feature was various subspecies of existing Pokémon. However, with the release of Pokémon Sun & Moon and the Alola Forms, Predator & Prey went into hiatus status. Three other features included new evolutions for "orphaned" lineages such as Farfetch'd, an attempt to cover all type combinations that had not yet been touched upon by other Generations and the use of scrapped Pokémon that never made it into the games.

Unique features

New to the game is that the games follow 2 non-conflicting related storylines, with each game following a similar path of two individuals attempting to accomplish the same overall goals. This allows a player who plays one game to more readily be willing to access the other to fully tell the complete storyline.

The game also introduces a new nation, which currently remains unnamed. In this region the usage of Pokémon is more controversial than in other locations, and protesters can be seen picketing here and there, primarily in major cities. The region also allows Pokémon to follow their natural dietary instincts, and having one's Pokémon eat wild Pokémon is neither illegal nor uncommon. If the player's Pokémon is battling against the correct type of Pokémon (not necessarily battle types but more specific such as types of insects or plants) than they have an option once the opponent has been weakened to eat the opponent (for predator Pokémon) or kill their predator (for prey Pokémon). Doing so will give the Pokémon stat increases, or in the case of predators will recover health. Instead, prey killing their foe won't increase health but they can instead graze in grass and tall grass. Canonical Pokémon who have had descriptions indicating their meal preferences will remain true to these revelations.

The two games also feature different starters, with Predator featuring three predator Pokémon starters, and Prey featuring three prey starters.

Development

Initial conceptual development for Predator & Prey started not long after the release of Pokémon Emerald Version on the Game Boy Advance -- roughly around June 2005. The game was always a "backburner game idea" for Lunatic Entertainment, though several factors were quickly decided upon:

  • Pokémon would be able to eat each other, not only because they are effectively animals and it'd make for an interesting mechanic, but certain Pokémon already had Pokédexes that referred to their predating upon others, such as Pidgey feeding on Caterpies.
  • Due to game director Thor Steinbach's background in biology, the idea of subspecies were brought into play. These would be the same Pokémon you would know in terms of stats but their physiology would be altered slightly to show regional variance. This was intended also as a sensible "next step" in showing the evolution of these mystical creatures. When Alola Forms were introduced with Pokémon Sun & Moon 11 years later, this concept was temporarily dropped to not appear to be copying the concept, but was later brought back as it was a "favorite" feature of the director's and he wanted it to still appear in the game whether it seemed copied or not.
  • Several Generation 1 Pokémon would be given evolutions, as Steinbach always found these Pokémon to be "disappointing". This was centered around Farfetch'd, despite knowing that this sort of ruined the in-joke behind that Pokémon's existence.

Scrapped Pokémon

Like some official games released before it, Predator & Prey had a few Pokémon currently cut during development for various reasons. These include:

  • A "Scrubbing Bubble" Bug Pokémon that had appeared in the manga, for the sake of not knowing which route to evolve it.
  • The removal of several formerly cut Pokémon initially planned to appear, including the "Unnamed Sheep", the Beta version of Hoppip, the Raikou/Suicune hybrid, as well as the Beta design for Treecko and Groudon. These were all removed for the sake of having more original Pokémon to fill the Pokédex without extending the game's roster too much, having the intent of returning the game in some fashion to its roots with smaller numbers of creatures to collect. They are still held on the sidelines though, with the idea of bringing them back into the roster should the Pokédex numbers get extended.
  • The removal of an original lineage of Poison Types based on the idea of royalty combined with nuclear power plants. This consisted of a possible pre-evolution that had gone unnamed (though considered to likely be based and named in some manner after Three Mile Island), followed by a Russian-themed one named Chernoble, and finally a Japanese-themed one named Fukushogan. These were ultimately scrapped before announcement due to the painful memories it may bring back to some survivors of the disasters, especially Fukushima.

List of Pokémon

Pokédex No. Sprite / Pokémon Diet Type(s)
000 Missingno. N/A FlyingNormal
001 Ermatch Predator Fire
002 Weselerant Predator Fire
003 Warvosene Predator FireIce
004 Ignetel Prey Fire
005 Flareweed Prey Fire
006 Putchking Prey FireGrass
007
Pankit
Pankit Predator Water
008 Platterkat Predator Water
009 Pummelion Predator WaterFire
010 Prey Water
011 Prey Water
012 Prey WaterBug
013 Predator Grass
014 Predator Grass
015 Predator GrassWater
016 Prey Grass
017 Prey Grass
018 Prey GrassElectric
019
Kokana Somarinoa
Kokana
(Gentle Bug Pokémon)
Prey Bug
020
Kasanagi Somarinoa
Kasanagi
(Social Bug Pokémon)
Prey Bug
021
Kasanite
Kasanight
(Surly Bug Pokémon)
Prey BugFighting
022 Fledgewing Predator Flying
023 Bacondor Predator Flying
024 Babiroost Predator Flying
025 Pichu
(Tiny Mouse Pokémon)
Prey Electric
026 Pikachu
(Mouse Pokémon)
Prey Electric
027 Raichu
(Mouse Pokémon)
Prey Electric
028
Kabiin Somarinoa
Kabiin
(Creepy Face Pokémon)
Predator Ghost
029 Nidoran
(Poison Pin Pokémon)
Prey Poison
030 Nidorina
(Poison Pin Pokémon)
Prey Poison
031 Nidoqueen
(Drill Pokémon)
Predator PoisonGround
032 Nidorino
(Poison Pin Pokémon)
Prey Poison
033 Nidoking
(Drill Pokémon)
Predator PoisonGround
034
035 Ninjerbil
(Rogue Pokémon)
Prey ElectricGhost
036 Nymfloat Predator BugFlying
037
Ledybash
Ledybash
(Spotty Pokémon)
Predator BugFlying
038 Azurill
(Polka Dot Pokémon)
Prey NormalFairy
039 Marill
(Aqua Mouse Pokémon)
Prey WaterFairy
040 Azumarill
(Aqua Rabbit Pokémon)
Prey WaterFairy
041
Zudrac
Zubat
(also known as "Zudrac")
(Bat Pokémon)
Predator PoisonFlying
042
Golula
Golbat
(also known as "Golula")
(Bat Pokémon)
Predator PoisonFlying
043
Dracro
Crobat
(also known as "Dracro")
(Bat Pokémon)
Predator PoisonFlying
044
045
046
047
048 Toxipilla
(Hornworm Pokémon)
Prey BugPoison
049 Thrashcase
(Grumpy Shell Pokémon)
Prey BugPoison
050 Sonikoth
(Hawk Moth Pokémon)
Prey BugPoison
051 Heracross
(Single Horn Pokémon)
Predator BugFighting
052 Curlicle
(Icy Bird Pokémon)
Predator Ice
053 Snipiper
(Serac Bird Pokémon)
Predator GhostIce
054 Psyduck
(Duck Pokémon)
Prey Water
055 Golduck
(Duck Pokémon)
Prey Water
056
Rokku Somarinoa
Rokku
(Grapeshot Pokémon)
Prey Rock
057 Slingorn
(Slingshot Pokémon)
Prey Rock
058
Tunorn
(Tuning Fork Pokémon)
Prey Rock
059

Shellos South Somarinoa

Shellos
(Sea Slug Pokémon)
Prey Water
060

Gastrodon South Somarinoa

Gastrodon
(Sea Slug Pokémon)
Prey WaterGround
061
Buhi Somarinoa
Buhi
(Slow Moving Pokémon)
Prey NormalElectric
062
Bufouette
Bufouette
(Spinning Pokémon)
Predator ElectricFighting
063
Mira Somarinoa
Mira
(Forward Pokémon)
Prey NormalFairy
064
Arim
Arim
(Backward Pokémon)
Predator NormalDark
065 RESERVED FOR GORILLAIMO DEVOLUTION Predator
066
Gorillaimo Somarinoa
Gorillaimo
(Eighth Wonder Pokémon)
Predator
067
Wingull Somarinoa
Wingull
(also known as "Wingoon")
(Seagull Pokémon)
Predator WaterFlying
068
Pelipper Somarinoa
Pelipper
(also known as "Plundipper")
(Water Bird Pokémon)
Predator WaterFlying
069
Hypnowag
Hypnowag
(Impressionable Pokémon)
Prey WaterPsychic
070
Nyoroppi Somarinoa
Nyoroppi
(Squat Frog Pokémon)
Predator WaterPsychic
071
Nyosuka Somarinoa
Nyosuka
(Frog King Pokémon)
Predator WaterPsychic
072
Tentacute P&P
Tentacute
(Tiny Jelly Pokémon)
Predator WaterFairy
073
Tentacool Somarinoa
Tentacool
(Jellyfish Pokémon)
Predator WaterPoison
074 Tentacruel
(Jellyfish Pokémon)
Predator WaterPoison
075 Nosepass
(Compass Pokémon)
N/A Rock
076 Probopass
(Compass Pokémon)
N/A RockSteel
077 Budew
(Bud Pokémon)
Prey GrassPoison
078 Roselia
(Thorn Pokémon)
Prey GrassPoison
079 Roserade
(Bouquet Pokémon)
Prey GrassPoison
080 Magnemite
(Magnet Pokémon)
N/A ElectricSteel
081 Magneton
(Magnet Pokémon)
N/A ElectricSteel
082 Magnezone
(Magnet Area Pokémon)
N/A ElectricSteel
083 Farfetch'd
(Wild Duck Pokémon)
Prey Normal
084 Flonin
(Adrift Duck Pokémon)
Prey Normal
085 Miyamalard
(Warrior Duck Pokémon)
Prey NormalSteel
086 Hartebahn Prey FireElectric
087 Avegnu Prey FireElectric
088 Boulevaard Prey FireGround
089 Alleydillo Prey FireGround
090 Shellder
(Bivalve Pokémon)
Prey Water
091
Shellbro Somarinoa
Shellbro
(Angry Clamp Pokémon)
Predator WaterFighting
092
Shellking
Shellking
(Bliss Clam Pokémon)
Prey WaterPsychic
093 Combee
(Tiny Bee Pokémon)
Prey BugFlying
094 Vespiquen
(Beehive Pokémon)
Prey BugFlying
095 RESERVED FOR MALE COMBEE EVOLUTION Prey
096
Kurusu Somarinoa
Kurusu
(Sea Dog Pokémon)
Predator Ice
097 RESERVED FOR KURUSU EVOLUTION
(Sea Wolf Pokémon)
Predator Ice
098
Buku Somarinoa
Buku
(Puffed Pokémon)
Prey WaterPoison
099
Stangler
Stangler
(Ambush Pokémon)
Predator WaterDark
100
Swablak
Swablu
(also known as "Swablak")
(Cotton Bird Pokémon)
Prey NormalFlying
101 Altaria
(also known as "Altarmigan")
(Humming Pokémon)
Prey DragonFlying
102 Kangasquire
(Emancipated Pokémon)
Prey Normal
103 Kangaskhan
(Parent Pokémon)
Prey Normal
104 Cubone
(Lonely Pokémon)
Prey Normal
105 Marowak
(Bone Keeper Pokémon)
Prey Normal
106 Babirec
(Pickpocket Pokémon)
Prey
107 Henchhog
(Lackey Pokémon)
Prey
108 Kingpig
(Mastermind Pokémon)
Predator
109 Koffing
(Poison Gas Pokémon)
Poison
110 Weezing
(Poison Gas Pokémon)
Poison
111 Hakking
(Poison King Pokémon)
Poison
112 Absol
(Disaster Pokémon)
Predator Dark
113 Dronant
(Busy Ant Pokémon)
Prey Bug
114 Durant
(Iron Ant Pokémon)
Predator BugSteel
115 Polant
(Cutter Ant Pokémon)
Predator BugGrass
116 Firant
(Fiery Ant Pokémon)
Predator BugFire
117 Gunant
(Bullet Ant Pokémon)
Predator BugFighting
118 Fusant
(Bomber Ant Pokémon)
Predator BugDark
119 Buizel
(Sea Weasel Pokémon)
Predator Water
120 Floatzel
(Sea Weasel Pokémon)
Predator Water
121 Drifloon
(Balloon Pokémon)
Predator GhostFlying
122 Drifblim
(Blimp Pokémon)
Predator GhostFlying
123 Lingermax
(Lazy Cannon Pokémon)
N/A Steel
124 Widebertha
(Fat Cannon Pokémon)
N/A Steel
125 Dentipede
(Supergun Pokémon)
N/A Steel
126 Riolu
(Emanation Pokémon)
Predator Fighting
127 Lucario
(Aura Pokémon)
Predator FightingSteel
128
Marink
Marink
(Warm Hamster Pokémon)
Prey FairyFire
129
Honoguma Somarinoa
Honoguma
(Burning Bear Pokémon)
FairyFire
130
Mimii Somarinoa
Mimii Predator Water
131 RESERVED FOR MIMII EVOLUTION Predator Water
132 Ditto
(Transform Pokémon)
Unique Normal
132+ Mega Ditto
(Transform Pokémon)
Unique Normal
133 Eevee
(Evolution Pokémon)
Prey Normal
134 Vaporeon
(Bubble Jet Pokémon)
Water
135 Jolteon
(Lightning Pokémon)
Electric
136 Flareon
(Flame Pokémon)
Fire
137 Espeon
(Sun Pokémon)
Psychic
138 Umbreon
(Moonlight Pokémon)
Dark
139 Leafeon
(Verdant Pokémon)
Grass
140 Glaceon
(Fresh Snow Pokémon)
Ice
141 Sylveon
(Intertwining Pokémon)
Fairy
142 Antherabit
(Petal Bunny Pokémon)
Prey NormalGrass
143 Tulepus
(Flower Hare Pokémon)
Prey GrassFlying
144
Pestone
Pestone
(Rock Baby Pokémon)
Prey DragonRock
145
Godzillante Somarinoa
Godzillante
(City Terror Pokémon)
Predator DragonFire
146
Tyrante
Tyrante
(Crag Lizard Pokémon)
Predator DragonSteel
147 Rigla
(Wiggly Worm Pokémon)
Prey BugIce
148 Tumbla
(Box Shell Pokémon)
N/A BugIce
149 Kulex
(Vampire Pokémon)
Predator BugIce
150
151
152
153
154 Greeby
(Paranoid Pokémon)
155 Loonest
(Protective Pokémon)
Prey
156
(Field Trip Pokémon)
Prey
157 Heruppi
(Wanderlust Pokémon)
Prey NormalDark
158 Axolunge
(Powerhouse Pokémon)
Prey FightingFairy
159 Olmesper
(Clairvoyant Pokémon)
Prey DarkPsychic
160
Dragonaut
Dragonaut
(Dainty Eel Pokémon)
Predator Water
161
Nothogon
Nothogon
(Surf Lizard Pokémon)
Predator Water
162
Foragon
Foragon
(Water Dragon Pokémon)
Predator WaterDragon
163
Poppi
Poppi
(Nervewrack Pokémon)
Prey Bug
164
Papyo Somarinoa
Papyo
(Stinkbug Pokémon)
Prey BugPoison
165
166
167
168
169
170
171 Happa
(Sprout Pokémon)
Prey Grass
172 RESERVED FOR FALSE GRASS STARTER 2 Prey Grass
173 RESERVED FOR FALSE GRASS STARTER 3 Grass
174
Burneep
Burneep
(Warm Chick Pokémon)
Fire
175 RESERVED FOR FALSE FIRE STARTER 2 Fire
176 Blatias Fire
176+ Mega Blatias Fire
177
Terrapond
Terrapond
(Longing Pokémon)
Water
178 Archelake
(Nautical Pokémon)
Water
179 Karabajio
(Shore Leave Pokémon)
Water
179 Mega Karabajio Water
180 RESERVED FOR LEGENDARY
181 RESERVED FOR LEGENDARY
182 RESERVED FOR LEGENDARY
183 RESERVED FOR LEGENDARY