such an interesting pokemon

“unimportant” special interests like book series, video games, tv shows, and musicians are good and wonderful. you don’t need an “academic” special interest to be successful. special interests are helpful for you and that’s all that matters.

In the Pokemon fandom, every once in a while you stumble upon a ‘Pokeballs are $200′ joke. In reference to how Pokeballs cost 200 of the in-game currency:

What a lot of fans, especially more casual ones, don’t seem to realize is that the currency in the Pokemon games it based on the Japanese yen. The symbol for the currency in the games even resembles the yen symbol:

In fact, according to Bulbapedia, the ‘Poke dollar’ symbol was specifically created for the English translations of the games, and the original Japanese versions use the yen symbol.

Now, for perspective, although the exact exchange rate naturally varies, a US dollar is equivalent to about 120 Japanese yen. So, 200 yen is about $1.67. 

A Pokeball in the Pokemon games actually cost less then two bucks. 

There’s a REASON we see so many young kids training Pokemon, especially early in the games. The cost of investing into a Pokeball to try catching their own Pokemon easily falls into the range of a typical kid’s allowance. A Potion for healing after battles is 300 (or about $2.50), but since Pokemon Centers offer their healing services for free, that’s a moot point.

Youngsters in the early game only give within a range from 50-150 of the currency, which is about equivalent to $0.40-$1.25. The first Gym Leader in Hoenn Region, Roxanne, give 1,680 in Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, equivalent to about $14. Which is about right for the equivalent of a middle or high school honors student. A later Gym Leader, Winona, gives 4,200, or about $35. The Champion, Steven, gives 11600, or $96.67.

The winnings from enemy Trainers varies, but Ace Trainers seem to give out about 1500 or $14 on average, give or take. Swimmers (especially common later in ORAS), award a range from 400-800, or $3.33-$6.67.

Vitamins (such as Calcium, Iron, and HP UP), cost 9,800 or $81.67 each. An Ultra Ball cost 1,200, or $10. A Paralyze Heal costs the same as a Pokeball, while an Awakening is half that. A Revive is 1,500, or $12.50.

What’s the point of doing this? Well, for one, to get a better sense of the in-game economics, which can be hard to grasp if one doesn’t realize the in-game ‘Poke dollars’ are based on the Japanese yen. And a look at said economics reveals some interesting details.

First, it shows basic Pokemon training and raising is well within the affordability of a ten-year old, or older. Which makes sense as Pokemon is aimed at younger kids, and the develops would want them to have the sense that going on a Pokemon journey is something they could do if they somehow ended up in the Pokemon world.

On the other hand, it also shows there’s really not that much money to be made in Pokemon raising and traning, unless you battle frequently and regularly against higher-level opponents regularly and and win. Which is…very much in line with how professional sports work in real-life. Pokemon battling gets compared to a sporting event a lot for a reason. The initial 3-D games were even called Pokemon *Stadium.* Parallels are frequently drawn between the Pokemon League tournaments and the Olympics in the anime. The low money output is probably also why we often see Gym Leaders and the like working other jobs.

Just something interesting I decided to look into. I’m a Pokemon fan first, before any other fandom, and always will be. It’s shocking that I haven’t written any meta on it yet.

Hope you enjoyed!

EDIT:  As pointed out by invenblocker:

The 1000000 price for the bicycle translates to $8259.51, which is the price of a top quality bike for proffesionals.

Excellent catch! Helps explain why the bikes can ride through stuff like snow and sand. They are of excellent make.

And it also helps explain why the bike shop owners are happy to give out their bikes to a prospective Pokemon Trainer for free (whether through a voucher or otherwise). Your average Trainer taking the Gym challenge puts those bikes through the *wringer.* Riding them along mountains, through marshes, and even through snow. But a bike being able to endure that is the kind of thing a professional rider would look for, and desire.

Most Pokemon Trainers will never be able to afford the bikes, but are in one of the best positions to push them to their limits. So giving them out for free is actually a clever marketing move. Imagine a potential buyer seeing a Trainer riding one of those bikes in Lillycove, and said Trainer reveals they rode it from Rustboro (which means they rose it around a mountain, several caves, a few marshes, and possibly other environments I’m not thinking of right now). That’s a hell of an impression to make, and a fast, easy way to sell the buyer on getting the bike themselves, especially if they ride competitively.

Case in point, in Pokemon Gold/Silver and their re-makes, the bike shop even gives you the bike specifically as ‘advertising.’ After you’ve ridden it around long enough, you get a call saying that because of you doing so, their sales have shot through the roof (and happily tell you to keep the bike). And it’s no wonder why.

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I love him and his dorky fighting stance so so much.

I imagine this is how he was looking at you when you went over to his house for tea and snacks. Flowers and all.

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Team Rocket reminders:

James comes from a super rich family and grew up severely sheltered and ridiculously “conditioned” to be ready for formal society, recieving little to no attention from his parents that didn’t directly have to do with prepping him to become an influential adult.
He ran away from home as a teen and joined a gang because it was as good a way as he could think of to get away from his family because anything “legit” he could’ve tried to do his parents would get involved with or try to talk him out of to instead just do whatever THEY wanted him to do to make even MORE money, marry some girl, have kids etc etc.
Not helped by the fact that the girl chosen by his family for him to marry is an extremely overbearing, controlling cruel girl who cared nothing for his feelings or well being. Only wanting him for his money and as a “trophy husband”.

In the original series, after a really cruel scheme by his family to get him to come home, get married, get a real job, make money, James left for good and forfeited his inheritance, effectively severing all ties with his family and their money.

His submissive personality comes from a childhood of strict upbringing and harassment from his supposed fiance as well as his neglectful parents. James struggles with being assertive or standing his ground as he’s been raised to believe his own emotions are not important and pleasing other people is all that matters.


Jessie was the only child of a single mother who was a high-ranking member of Team Rocket. Unfortunately, during an expedition to the Andes where there had been several sightings of Mew, Jessie’s mom went missing. Because Team Rocket is awful, Jessie was completely ignored by the organization despite her mother’s influence and she was booted to a foster home which had no money to look after her properly. She went a lot of times without food.

She tried to become a nurse but couldn’t get into the training school. She decided to go to another nursing school meant for Chanseys but eventually flunked that too since, you know, she’s not a chansey. She then went to a regular trainer school (where she met James) and eventually flunked out of that too. Which is where she and James joined the biker gang. She did some model work but it never went anywhere. She’s had a bunch of weird odd-jobs before joining Team Rocket.

She’s had a string of boyfriends but unfortunately seems drawn to scumbags as all her past boyfriends have treated her badly in some way or another. More than likely her childhood neglect makes her crave affection and she looks for it in bad places.


Meowth was a stray, moving to a big city believing it would be easier to find food and be taken care of there. At some point, he met a female meowth and became enamoured with her, but she rejected him, saying that she vastly preferred the company of humans to other pokemon, especially dirty strays with no trainers. So, in order to win her affections, Meowth went about learning to speak, and walking on hind legs (something I wish the friggen games would remember! The species don’t walk on hind legs!) But when he approached her again after he felt he had a good grasp on how to act more human, she called him a ‘freak’.

He joined Team Rocket as it was one of the first words he had learned to say and while there got himself to almost being in the position of Giovanni’s person “pet” pokemon. However, for unknown reasons, Meowth was kicked to the curb and assigned to Jessie and James, effectively “thrown away” by the organization who saw no further use for him and when the novelty of a talking pokemon wore off.

He has also effectively screwed up his own levelling as a result of the humans speech and mannerisms, and is unable to learn payday or evolve as a result.

Meowth is bad at trusting people and has a tendency to be sneaky and underhanded. Behaviour learned from trying to survive as a stray against stronger city pokemon and stealing food from humans to survive. He is still trying to win Giovanni’s attention and approval, possibly because he equates it to validation for existing.

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I KNOW what you’re trying to DO there gamefreak

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