Just as many Pokémon species have been created after animals, insects, and even legendary creatures, many are based on inanimate objects such as plants and rocks. In this piece, we present you with the ten-best mushroom-inspired Pokémon.
Best Mushroom Pokémon
Breloom opens our list as one of the six species that share the “Mushroom Pokémon” category. Its head seems to be based on the agaric mushroom, and its body resembles a kangaroo, perhaps a boxing kangaroo when taking into consideration its fighting type.
It was the first and the only Pokémon to have the Grass/Fighting type-combination until Virizion and Chesnaught were introduced in Generations V and VI, respectively. However, as Virizion is a Legendary and Chesnaught is the final form of a Starter, Breloom remains the only Grass/Fighting Pokémon obtained multiple times.
Introduced in Generation I, Vileplume is the final form of Oddish and is the only Pokémon in our list that evolves by being exposed to an evolution stone, as well as the only with a branched evolutionary family.
The Rafflesia Arnoldii flower inspires its mushroom-like appearance, and the petals on its head can release pollen that’s allergenic to humans and toxic to other Pokémon.
Previous to the introduction of Generation II, Petal Dance was a move that could only be learned by Vileplume and its previous forms.
Along with Morelull’s evolutionary line, Amoonguss and its previous form are the Pokémon, whose designs are more clearly based on a mushroom. It’s the Pokémon that requires the most training to evolve in our list, as it reaches its final form starting at level 39 and, by its look, it might also be the less friendly among the ten species.
Amoonguss has a hat and two shields that resemble a Poké Ball and, along with its base form and Voltorb and Electrode, is the only Pokémon that has Poké Ball-like elements.
Along with its pre-evolution, Parasect was the original Mushroom Pokémon. Introduced in Generation I, its appearance is based on a crab with a parasitic mushroom instead of a shell on its back.
The fungus is called Tochukaso and is attached to the Pokémon since being an egg. As Paras grows, so does the mushroom and, by the time it evolves into Parasect, the Tochukaso takes full control of its body and mind, just like a zombie.
Shiinotic and its previous form, Morelull, are the most recently introduced mushroom-inspired species as both made their debuts in Generation VII. They’re also among only four non-Legendary Pokémon to have the Grass/Fairy type combination.
Unlike Parasect and Amoonguss, Shiinotic’s appearance is not intimidating as it resembles a bioluminescent mushroom without looking fierce.
However, it does compete with Parasect as both have some similarities and fight for territory, as it can be noticed in the Lush Jungle in Pokémon Sun and Moon, where only one species can be found depending on the version of the game.
The Weed Pokémon made its debut in Generation I as the first evolution of Oddish. Originally, it could only evolve into Vileplume following exposition to a Leaf Stone, but from Generation II it also became able to evolve into Bellosom by being exposed to a Sun Stone.
The spherical flower on its head resembles a mushroom and is inspired by the blossoming Rafflesia Arnoldii. The “drool” that falls from its mouth is a nectar that can be used as a fertilizer and to make perfumes.
As a curious fact, Gloom is the only dual-type that can evolve into a single-type Pokémon.
Foongus made its debut in Generation V, and, unlike its final form, its design is much more friendly. However, both forms share the Poké Ball pattern on their caps. This is advantageous to Foongus as it uses the pattern to attract people and other Pokémon.
Its design is different from that of Voltorb’s evolutionary line in that it includes the button in the middle of a Poké Ball.
Curiously, its shiny form resembles a Master Ball.
Paras’ appearance looks much like a cicada, and the two mushrooms that grow on its back give it its category of Mushroom Pokémon.
These fungi are the same that can take control of Parasect. However, in this stage, they’ve not developed fully, and Paras can take them off at any moment without suffering any setbacks.
One of the smallest Grass-type Pokémon, Morelull was introduced in Generation VII together with its final form. Its appearance is that of a growing mushroom, and it can release spores to make the three funguses at the top of its head shine at night or in dark places.
Just like its evolved form, it shares some similarities with Paras’ evolutionary line, like the level at which both evolve and their total base stats.
Among Fairy-type Pokémon, Morelull is tied with Cleffa and Igglybuff for having the worst base Speed
and, before Generation VIII, Morelull and Shiinotic were the only Pokémon capable of learning the move Strength Sap.
Shroomish closes our list as the final of the six Mushroom Pokémon and as the only single-type species on our list. Its appearance is that of a small mushroom with two feet, and its color pattern resembles that of a Pokémon egg.
Just like the other Pokémon with which it shares category, Shroomish can have the ability Effect Spore, which can make opposing Pokémon sleepy, paralyzed, or poisoned following contact. It’s also one of seven Pokémon that can learn the move Spore.
Altogether, we can say that this group of Pokémon is usually overlooked. None of them are usually among the most popular of their respective types, and, with a few exceptions, none has been too relevant in the anime.
However, they have some of the unique characteristics and, if used properly, could be a major asset for any trainer that’s trying to develop a well-balanced strategy. So, hopefully, one day, they’ll receive more love in either the games or the anime.
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Foongus (Japanese: タマゲタケTamagetake) is a dual-type Grass/PoisonPokémon introduced in Generation V.
It evolves into Amoonguss starting at level 39.
Foongus is a white, mushroom-like Pokémon with a cap that looks quite similar to a Poké Ball. It has stubby, digit-less arms, a large pink mouth, and pinprick-like dark eyes. It uses the Poké Ball-like pattern on its head to lure people and Pokémon in grassy areas, then releases a cloud of poisonous spores to defend itself. The spores can also be used as a stomach medicine if thoroughly dried. It moves by either hopping or turning on its side and rolling on its cap. It is one of the shortestGrass-type Pokémon.
In the anime
Multiple Foongus debuted in Facing Fear with Eyes Wide Open!, when they poisonedAsh and his friends' Pokémon after Scraggy used Headbutt on one of the Mushroom Pokémon.
In Clash of the Connoisseurs!, Marigold played with a Foongus. Then, she hid it from her father as she was afraid he would not like it.
In Expedition to Onix Island!, a Foongus was living at a deserted island. It ended up attacking Dawn when she got too close.
In Go, Go Gogoat!, multiple Foongus were living at an unnamed island in the Decolore Islands. They attacked Ash and his friends with Poison Powder.
Multiple Foongus appeared in Lost at the Stamp Rally!.
Multiple Foongus appeared in A Maractus Musical!.
In The Lonely Deino!, a Foongus was under Bobby's care. It was later picked up by its Trainer.
A Foongus appeared in The Mighty Accelguard to the Rescue!, under the ownership of a shopper at the Driftveil Market.
A Trainer's Foongus appeared in Cilan Takes Flight!.
A Trainer's Foongus appeared in Climbing the Tower of Success!.
A Foongus appeared in Search for the Clubultimate!.
A Foongus appeared in Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 1.
Multiple Foongus appeared in All for the Love of Meloetta!.
Multiple Foongus appeared in Jostling for the Junior Cup!, all under the ownership of a Trainer.
A Trainer's Foongus appeared in Curtain Up, Unova League!.
In Mission: Defeat Your Rival!, Flora's Foongus was seen with her in a Pokémon Center.
Two Foongus appeared in Strong Strategy Steals the Show!, both under the ownership of a Trainer.
A Trainer's Foongus appeared in Cameron's Secret Weapon!.
In The Island of Illusions!, a Foongus was living at Grand Spectrala Islet.
Multiple Foongus appeared in A Pokémon of a Different Color!.
Multiple Foongus appeared in Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction.
A Trainer's Foongus appeared in Thawing an Icy Panic! and Under the Pledging Tree!. In the latter episode, it attended the Coumarine City Festival.
In So You're Having a Bad Day!, Bonnie and Meowth landed on top of multiple Foongus. While Meowth was able to escape unscathed, Bonnie fell victim to their Spores.
A Foongus appeared in Secrets of the Jungle.
In the manga
A Foongus appeared in the manga adaptation of Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction as a resident of Allearth Forest.
- Main article: Foongy
A Foongus appeared in The Case of the Missing Pokémon, where it was one of the Pokémon kidnapped by Team Plasma. It was later found in a stronghold and returned to its Trainer.
A Foongus appeared in Up in the Air.
A Foongus appeared in a flashback in A Wretched Reunion.
Foongus is a Pokémon owned by Whitley. She used him to defeat a Sigilyph, earning his Trainer a Pokédex. This Foongus is nicknamed "Foongy". Foongus was a Pokémon liberated by Team Plasma. He first appeared in A Difficult Parting.
Multiple Foongus appeared in Scizor Defends as residents of the Pokémon Village. One of them reappeared in Charizard Transforms.
A Foongus appeared in Chesnaught Protects.
A Foongus appeared in a flashback in Yveltal Steals.
A Foongus appeared in Xerneas Gives.
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In the TCG
- Main article: Foongus (TCG)
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Morelull (Japanese: ネマシュNemasyu) is a dual-type Grass/FairyPokémon introduced in Generation VII.
It evolves into Shiinotic starting at level 24.
Morelull is a small, white Pokémon similar to a mushroom. It is one of the shortestGrass-type Pokémon. It has large, black eyes with pale green half-circle markings on the outer sides. Small bumps ring the top of its head, similar to hair. Its head is much larger than its thin, stem-like body. At the base, the stem splits into three green roots that act as feet. Three large mushrooms sprout from the center of its head. Each mushroom has a thin white stem and a darker ring of color around the base of the cap. The center and largest mushroom is light pink, while the other two mushrooms are smaller and a light purplish-blue. At night, Morelull can make the spores filling its mushroom caps glow.
Morelull likes dark damp areas but changes locations every night to avoid depriving the plants in any one area of too many nutrients. In addition to locomotion, its roots are also used to communicate with other Morelull. When in danger, it scatters spores that burst into bright, glittering sparks. The pulsing light of the spores can induce drowsiness. It is rumored that once when a group of Morelull were disturbed and all threw out their spores at once, a plane passing overhead suffered a near brush with disaster.. The caps on Morelull's head are a delicacy for Pokémon living in the forests and can grow back overnight.
Before Generation VIII, Morelull and its evolved form were the only known Pokémon that could learn the move Strength Sap by leveling up.
In the anime
Multiple Morelull debuted in Lulled to La-La Land!, where they evolved into Shiinotic. One of them had been draining energy from Ash and his classmates to help sustain a tree.
In The Tale of You and Glimwood Tangle!, Goh caught a Morelull in Glimwood Tangle.
Two Morelull appeared in Mallow and the Forest Teacher!, where they helped provide light at Oranguru's place. One of them reappeared in Acting True to Form!. The pair then reappeared in the Poké Problem segment of A Recipe for Success!.
A Morelull appeared in Tasting the Bitter with the Sweet!, during a flashback.
Multiple Morelull appeared in Dewpider Ascending!, where they walked past a sleeping Dewpider and led it to a tree before falling asleep.
A Morelull appeared in The Shape of Love to Come!, where it was approached by Rapp, who found it cute.
A Trainer's Morelull appeared in We Know Where You're Going, Eevee!.
A Morelull appeared in Secrets of the Jungle.
In the manga
Two Morelull debuted in Homecoming and the Brilliant Professional Golfer. One of them was seen helping Moon and Mallow gather Berries at Lush Jungle.
A Trainer's Morelull appeared in Truth and the Mastermind Behind Team Skull.
In the TCG
- Main article: Morelull (TCG)
Multiple Morelull appeared in Detective Pikachu. After Detective Pikachu was injured in the garden of giantTorterra, they assisted a group of wildBulbasaur in leading Tim and Detective Pikachu to the hiding place of Mewtwo.
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9 Best Mushroom Pokemon
Mushroom Pokemon are the part of Plant Pokemon many fans search about these mushroom Pokemon. So today we are going to create a list about these mushroom-like Pokemon.
In the past we have talk about Flower Pokemon, Bat Pokemon, Fish Pokemon etc but today we are going to talk about mushroom Pokemon in this list.
So, Here are top 9 best mushroom Pokemon of all times.
Amoonguss is a mushroom-like Pokémon with a large, light-colored Poké Ball designed cap with warts.
It also has a huge, gray, stem-like body; fierce-looking eyes; and a large, pink mouth. Amoonguss wields two Poké Ball-like shields.
It uses the Poké Ball-like patterns on its arms to lure in prey, though it doesn’t work too well in most cases. It also blows poisonous spores at its opponents.
Ladylichen is a humanoid mushroom Pokemon. It has long hair made of mold fuzz, and a dress made of slime mold. This Pokemon is a fan fiction Pokemon.
Ladylichen rots everything near it. They take residence in large, illustrious mansions… that quicky become dilapidated and condemned within hours.
It often acts as though it were a wealthy human and the building its estate. Ladylichen is a combination of ladylike and lichen, a type of mold.
Breloom is a bipedal, mushroom-like Pokémon with some kangaroo-like qualities. Most of its body is green, but its head to its neck and its tail are beige.
On top of its head is a green, mushroom-like cap with beige gills underneath and a round, red berry-like growth with a hole in the middle on either side.
It has oval, black eyes, a beak-like mouth, and frilled segments around the base of its neck. There are two red claws on each of its hands and feet.
Paras is an orange, insectoid creature that resembles the nymph stage of a cicada. Its ovoid body is segmented, and it has three pairs of legs.
The foremost pair of legs is the largest and has sharp claws at the tips. There are five specks on its forehead and three teeth on either side of its mouth. It has circular eyes with large pseudopupils.
Red-and-yellow mushrooms known as tochukaso grow on this Pokémon’s back. The mushrooms can be removed at any time and grow from spores that are doused on this Pokémon’s back at birth by the mushroom on its mother’s back.
Parasect is an orange, insectoid Pokémon that has been completely overtaken by the parasitic mushroom on its back.
It has a small head with pure white eyes and a segmented body that is mostly hidden by the mushroom.
It has three pairs of legs with the foremost pair forming large pincers. The fungus growing on its back has a large red cap with yellow spots throughout.
Foongus is a white mushroom-like Pokémon with a cap that looks quite similar to a Poké Ball. It has stubby, digit-less arms, a large pink mouth, and pinprick-like dark eyes.
It uses the Poké Ball-like pattern on its head to lure people and Pokémon in grassy areas, then releases a cloud of poisonous spores to defend itself.
The spores can also be used as a stomach medicine if thoroughly dried. It moves by either hopping or turning on its side and rolling on its cap.
This one is also one of the fan fiction Mushroom Pokemon Ladylichen is a humanoid mushroom. It has long mold fuzz hair done in a beehive hairdo, and a poofy dress made of slime mold.
Queenlichen are elderly Ladylichen. They have complete rot control, able to rot anything or even stopping the rotting process all together.
Its mold also has a similar degree of control to it.Queenlichen is a combination of queenlike and lichen, a type of mold.
Vileplume is a blue, bipedal Pokémon with rudimentary hands and feet. It has beady red eyes and a small mouth.
On its head is a massive red flower with an orange-brown center. Vileplume’s flower is said to have the largest petals in the world and is almost too heavy for the Pokémon itself to support.
The rounded petals of the flower are red and covered with white spots. A female Vileplume has fewer, but larger, spots on its petals.
Shroomish is a small Pokémon similar to a mushroom. It has beady black eyes and a half-triangle-shaped mouth. Its upper body is beige with frilled segments along the bottom and a small opening at the top.
There are green spots marking its upper body, while its lower body is completely green. It has small, round feet and no visible arms or hands.
When it senses danger, it shakes its body and scatters toxic spores from the top of its head.
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As of 2021, Pokemon has existed for twenty-five years following the 1996 launch of the Game Boy titles in Japan. In that span, Game Freak has introduced eight generations of Pokemon from all walks of life. Their inspirations include animals, plant life, and even inanimate objects like a literal bag of garbage. There are almost a thousand critters out there to catch, which is a daunting task.
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That’s why some players have decided not to become Pokemon Masters, but specific types of trainers instead. For example, a player could dedicate themselves to all types of dog, or turtle Pokemon. Could a dedicated player become a mushroom trainer? How many such Pokemon are there?
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12 Paras - A Bug Growing Parasitic Mushrooms
In Gen 1, Paras (#046 in the Dex) became the first mushroom creature introduced in the Pokemon universe. It is categorized as a Bug/Grass type, which makes sense since it does mostly resemble a bug. However, its past is pretty dark if one reads into it.
For example, its Pokedex entry from Pokemon Ruby states that the mushrooms on its back are parasitic, drawing nutrients from the host.
Though the parasite aspect is grim, the entry also states that these mushrooms have medicinal properties. Fans can see this in episode 41, of the anime, "The Problem with Paras."
11 Parasect - Taken Over By Parasites
Paras’ (#47) evolved form has become more mushroom than. The Pokedex entries discuss how the parasites fully take over the host (sounds like The Last of Us). Parasites aside, there are actually two Pokedex entries worth discussing for two other reasons.
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Its entry in Pokemon FireRed states that its spores are used as herbal medicine in China—it’s interesting to see an entry mention a real-world location. Meanwhile, Pokemon Sun states that Parasect fights over territory with Shiinotic. Not many Pokedex entries explore rival Pokemon battles, although it is also not unheard of.
10 Gloom - The Aromatic Plant
While it's more straight-up plant than mushroom, there are certainly ample spore-like qualities to this somber, drooling creature. Gloom (#44) stands as a significant evolution from the smaller, simpler Oddish, while keeping with the Grass/Poison type of its predecessor.
This large growth of a Pokemon is paradoxically well known for its powers in poison as it is in perfume-making, thanks to its Stench ability that can take on various forms. Opponents are often fooled by its seemingly unthreatening, colorful nature, before being blindsided by potent moves like Petal Dance.
9 Vileplume - Gloom In Full Bloom
One of the strongest Grass types from the first generation, Vileplume (#045) can overwhelm opponents with its large size and toxic pollen, which yield various negative effects. This Pokemon is said to have among the largest petals in the world, which are so heavy that the creature can barely support them atop its head.
Vileplume evolves when exposed to a Leaf Stone, while its more whimsical, well-dressed sibling Bellossom evolves from a Sun Stone. With its damage-over-time poison, and its ability to learn potent Grass/Poison moves, Vileplume can be a true force of nature.
8 Shroomish - A Strange Little Spore
Mushrooms were skipped in the next generation of games, but returned in the third via Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire. Sadly, Game Freak's next fungal Pokemon was a bit disappointing to many fans.
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A pure Grass-type, Shroomish (#285) tends to resemble a spore than a mushroom. Its unique appearance doesn't exactly give it the vibes of either a cute or crazy Pokemon. Additionally, its various Pokedex entries don’t have anything truly fun to discuss other than it loving compost as food. However, its evolved form is worth investing time into in the games.
7 Breloom - The Mushroom That Packs A Punch
Breloom (#286) is the evolved form of Shroomish, and an intensely more interesting Pokemon to discuss. First of all, it is now classified as a more potent Grass/Fighting type. Despite how tiny those arms look, as if they’re from a T-Rex, they actually stretch out.
Its Pokemon Ruby Pokedex entry demonstrates just how strong this creature is, saying that its fighting "puts boxers to shame.” That should go without saying; it is a magical monster after all. How and why such powerful Pokemon obey the commands of humans is one of the most bizarre things about the series.
6 Foongus - Adorable But Strangely Designed
Another generation was skipped before a new crop of mushroom creatures sprung up via Pokemon Black/White. Foongus (#590) more resembles a traditional mushroom, not unlike one Mario might eat for fire power. The only exceptions are its piglike face and the Pokeball insignia on its top, adding some much-needed distinction to its appearance.
Even the Pokemon Black Pokedex has no idea what this Grass/Posion type is thinking, stating that it is unknown why this species resembles a Pokeball. Surely the lore behind this oddball must be interesting, if only it was known.
5 Amoonguss - Ineffectively Camouflaged
This is the evolved form of Foongus, though that's obvious from its similar design. The only real addition is the bigger size and arms, which also look like Pokeballs now.
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Pokemon White’s Pokedex claims that Amoonguss (#591) shows off its Pokeball designs to attract prey, but this doesn't often work. This also seems like an obvious statement – what Pokemon wants to be captured anyway? If this Pokemon wants to attract others, one would think it'd opt to use the antithesis of a Pokeball design—whatever that might be.
4 Morelull - Equal Parts Cute & Creepy
The most recent set of mushroom critters were introduced in Pokemon Sun/Moon on 3DS. Morelull (#755) is a Grass/Fairy type. It’s a bit unsettling to look at, appearing to be some sort of luminous skull with mushrooms growing off of it.
The Pokemon Sword entry claims that forest-dwelling Pokemon eat the caps on Morelull’s head, which regrow overnight. The big question is, does that hurt Morelull? Either way, it is a bit creepy. At least this creature isn't as unsettling as Farfetch'd Pokedex entries, which discuss it going extinct because people are catching it to eat.
3 Shiinotic - Sweet But Slightly Menacing
The evolved form of Morelull looks a bit like the skeleton or withered body of Toad from the Mario franchise. This shroom Pokemon also appears to have a mushroom hat and diaper.
Shiinotic (#756) also resembles a typical alien that one would category as a Gray, which is the more likely inspiration for this Pokemon.
It looks haunting, like something out of a ghost story. Just imagine these Pokemon and Parasect fighting each other before trying to go to sleep, and prepare for the nightmares.
2 Ladylichen - A Humanoid Charmer
The sketched image and unique design may raise an eyebrow or two, and understandably so. In fact, this humanoid Pokemon is the manifestation of a creative fan, who has seen their creature appear in Pokemon Lost and Found, a fan-made game from Pokemonfnafiction.fandom.com's "Grounder."
This detailed Grass/Poison Pokemon holds the ability to both charm and inflict pain over time, by rotting everything near it. Ladylichen resides in large, lavish mansions which swiftly wither away and become dilapidated. One can view its powers as having a sort of reverse King Midas effect.
1 Queenlichen - Fungi Royalty
This evolved form of Ladylichen sports an even more luxurious wardrobe, while simultaneously morphing further into a spore-like form. Even its seemingly lavish dress is crafted of slime mold. The evolution of this mushroom-ic royalty is a century in the making, as it takes 100 years of aging for Ladylichen to assume its queen status.
In Pokemon Lost/Found, however, this process is a fair bit quicker and simpler. In this game, it need only be in the presence of the living clock Pokemon Overclock. Queenlichen is a force to be reckoned with, as it can wither and rot anything it touches in mere seconds.
The lore and attributes of this distinct Pokemon are partly inspired by Yu-Gi-Oh!'s Dark Sage, who grew more powerful as he got older from Time Wizard's effect.
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