Greninja voted as the 2020 Pokémon of the Year

2020 Pokemon of the Year Greninja

We’ve come a long way since the days of the original 151 Pokémon. Eight generations in, the series now contains nearly 1,000 monsters of all different shapes and sizes. With so many to choose from, it can be hard to pick a favorite. Still, The Pokémon Company tasked fans with doing exactly that. In celebration of the anniversary of the franchise, they asked fans to vote for the 2020 Pokémon of the Year, and the results are in! This year, the fan base collectively voted Greninja as the best of the best. You can check out the top ten in the video below!

2020 Pokémon of the Year: Greninja

Counting down the top ten

Millions of votes were cast, and The Pokémon Company made the above video to celebrate the top ten. Shockingly, Pikachu did not make the list! An extended list on the official website shows that the series’ main mascot came in 19th place overall. Greninja took home the honor of 2020 Pokémon of the Year with 140,559 votes. Lucario, the second place vote-grabber, was well behind with 102,259. The top ten had a varied mix of Pokémon from almost every generation. If you don’t feel like watching the hype video, you can check out the text-based rankings below.

  • 10: Gengar
  • 9: Gardevoir
  • 8: Rayquaza
  • 7: Garchomp
  • 6: Sylveon
  • 5: Umbreon
  • 4: Charizard
  • 3: Mimikyu
  • 2: Lucario
  • 1: Greninja

Were you happy with the final results, or were your favorites left out in the cold? Did Greninja deserve that top spot? Let us know your 2020 Pokémon of the Year in the comments below!



Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.