The world of Pokémon must be both an exciting and sometimes frightening place to live. With Jigglypuff that can lull you to sleep with a song, to Hoopa that can pick you up and transport you to a secret location with no return, Pokémon are capable of some really powerful abilities.
Yet there are some Pokémon that, by their Pokédex entries, would be particularly useful around the house. Sure, a Gyarados would be an awesome Pokémon to keep unwanted guests away, but it’s not something you’d want in your Koi pond. So here are some manageable Pokémon that would be welcome guests in anyone’s home.
These fiery pups are extremely loyal to their trainers, according to Pokémon Black 2, which states, “A Pokémon with a loyal nature. It will remain motionless until it is given an order by its Trainer.”
As if having a dog that comes pre-trained and 100% obedient wasn’t enough, Growlithe also defends its owner and territory via barking, roaring, and biting. It will even go up against enemies larger and stronger than it is. This makes Growlithe the perfect guard dog to keep you and your family safe from intruders.
Shuckle is the strange, turtle-like Pokémon that appears to be five worms crawling out of a shell. According to its Pokédex entry from Pokémon Diamond, it has a unique ability that may prove useful to its owner: “It stores berries in its shell. The berries eventually ferment to become delicious juices.”
Admittedly, drinking the juice of berries that have been stashed inside a creature’s shell doesn’t sound all that appetizing. But milk from a cow is just as bizarre, and that stuff’s delicious. If you can get over the idea of drinking juice that’s been fermenting next to a Shuckle’s body, you would have an unlimited supply of juice that is described by geniuses of the Pokémon world as delicious.
Swablu would be the perfect Pokémon for people who like to keep a clean house but don’t like dedicating their afternoons and Saturdays to maintaining that cleanliness. According to the Pokémon Sapphire Pokédex Entry, “Swablu loves to make things clean. If it spots something dirty, it will wipe and polish it with its cottony wings. If its wings become dirty, this Pokémon finds a stream and showers itself.”
Sure, you have to do a little landscaping to ensure there’s a continual stream of water by your house that'll keep Swablu from wandering off after it’s cleaned up. But it’s certainly worth the effort if it means never having to sweep, dust, or mop your own place ever again.
Gogoat would be a useful Pokémon to have for its ability to transport you wherever you need to go. According to the Pokémon X Pokédex entry, “It can tell how its trainer is feeling by subtle shifts in the grip on its horns. This empathetic sense lets them run as if one being.”
That’s right: this Pokémon acts like the horses from the movie Avatar and bonds with the rider to know exactly where to go and how fast it should travel. Admittedly, if Pokémon were real, a person could train any flying Pokémon to take them where they want to go. But having a Pokémon read your mind and travel accordingly would be very handy, especially when it has this ability without any training necessary.
This Pokémon could make gambling a viable career path. According to the Pokémon Black Pokédex entry, Victini has an interesting ability when it comes to luck: “This Pokémon brings victory. It is said that Trainers with Victini always win, regardless of the type of encounter.” Granted, this is a rumor, and if it was true, every Pokémon trainer in their right mind would have one, creating a unique paradox.
But another Pokédex entry from Pokémon Black 2 hints at another powerful ability that would be nice at home: “When it shares the infinite energy it creates, that beings entire body will be overflowing with power.” Even if the guaranteed wins turned out to be a bust, it sure would be nice to get some of that infinite energy after a brutal day at the office or an intense workout.
Diancie in the real world would quickly become a girl's best friend. According to the Pokédex entry from Pokémon Y, this Pokémon has a dazzling ability: “It can instantly create many diamonds by compressing the carbon in the air between its hands.”
An infinite source of diamonds would quickly allow a person to achieve a huge fortune if they dispersed it carefully and slowly in the marketplace. This makes this Pokémon a must-have around the house. At the very least, it’s an infinite supply of jewelry.
For those less entrepreneurial types who don’t want to bother selling diamonds or craft jewelry, Meowth is a good Pokémon for building up some pocket change. According to the Pokédex entry in Pokémon SoulSilver, “It loves anything that shines. It especially adores coins that it picks up and secretly hoards.”
Sure, you have to find that hoard, and you couldn’t leave your own coins lying around. But if you properly trained your Meowth to drop its nightly collections in the same spot every morning, you would have a stash of coins for the laundry, vending machine, or even let it build to fund that vacation you’ve been wanting to go on.
Chansey is arguably one of the most useful Pokémon on the list, given that it has multiple useful abilities. According to its Pokédex entry for Pokémon Ruby, “Chansey lays nutritionally excellent eggs on an everyday basis. The eggs are so delicious, they are easily and eagerly devoured by even those people who have lost their appetite.”
That means you would never get sick of eating Chansey eggs, no matter how many you ate. Considering how big a Chansey egg would be, you’d have a free nutritional breakfast for you and your family for the rest of your life. Not to mention Chansey is known for its healing moves and the ability to bring happiness to its trainer. This would be a very nice Pokémon to have indeed.
Speaking of healing, an Audino would be a nice Pokémon to have around the house for emergencies or accidents. According to its Pokédex Entry for Pokémon Black, Audino have a knack for sensing problems in other people: “It touches others with the feelers on its ears, using the sound of their heartbeats to tell how they are feeling.”
Combine this awareness with its signature move Heal Pulse, which restores up to 50% of a person’s health, this Pokémon would be handy for clumsy individuals, those with medical problems, or anyone who doesn’t want to have to pay for expensive health insurance.
This could either be the most useful Pokémon on the list or the saddest Pokémon to have around the house. According to its Pokédex entry in Pokémon HeartGold, this Pokémon has an amazing ability: “Generations have believed that any wish written on a note on its head will come true when it awakens.”
It sounds awesome, but the important clause is “when it awakens.” According to other entries, this only happens once every thousand years IF someone sings to it in a “voice of purity,” whatever that means. So, if the timing is right and you have the right set of pipes, you have yourself a free wish from this Pokémon. Otherwise, it’s a lump on the couch that your Swablu will dust occasionally.