I’ve done it! I went though every Pokemon and created 7 charts.
I have lot of people bring up this topic, but they don’t really go that deep into why that’s the best/worst.
*What are ‘kind of’ designs? These are debatable Pokemon (they are not bad, but there not good).*
From this chart we can see that the fall in design quality actually started in started in Sinnoh.
My final findings were:
Unova, Kalos, Alola: They didn’t fail because they were bad, they failed because they played it too safe.
Johto surprising almost fell into this category; if it wasn’t for the table scraps of Kanto this entire region could of been a disaster.
What are your thoughts on this Data?
T-o Its not that good, but its not that big of a drop off from generation 4.
There are a lot more ‘questionable’ designs, but no real change to frequency of forgettable/bad designs.
I think the biggest problem with generation 5 is that it a lot of its designs straight up copy Pokemon from other generations ( I managed to almost fill a second document of Pokemon this generation copied).
To this day I still sometimes think Larvitar and Axew are the same Pokemon.
That’s not to say the new designs are not better then there originals, it just makes you wonder who on the design team thought this was a good idea to try and contend with them in the first place.
Why would you make an imitation of your own game????
*^-^ luckily for me gen 6 only has 72 Pokemon (I can get that done in no time).*