Everyone’s made comparisons between Palworld and Pokemon since the game was announced. While most of the Pals in the game’s Early Access version are original and admittedly well-designed, I thought it would be fun to list the Top 10 Palworld Pals that most resemble Pokemon.
Top 10 Palworld Pals That Most Resemble Pokemon
10. Leezpunk Looks Like Scrafty
Okay, Leezpunk doesn’t actually look that much like Scrafty at face value. However, the concept behind its design is a dead ringer for the Fighting/Dark-type Pokemon. Both are reptilian monsters that wear clothing to reflect a punkish style. Leezpunk also sports a Dark elemental typing to top it off.
9. Shadowbeak Looks Like Silvally
Of the Palworld Pals revealed so far, Shadowbeak is one of my personal favorites. This jet-black Pal is based on the mythological Griffin — wings and all. However, it also boasts features that look like Silvally, a Gen VII Pokemon that was created to combat the Legendary Pokemon, Arceus. Both monsters bear the same feathery plumage atop their heads, a trait uncharacteristic of a typical Griffin.
8. Anubis Looks Like Lucario
This one is most obvious to Pokemon fans, though you could easily write it off if you aren’t aware of Lucario’s popularity. It’s clear that Anubis’ design is intended to mirror the ancient Egyptian mythological figure of the same name, boasting a Ground typing, to boot. Unfortunately, its dog-like features, bipedal stance, and head-dressing do somewhat resemble those of Lucario.
7. Lamball Resembles Wooloo
Before I break down this comparison, it’s worth noting that both Lamball and Wooloo are essentially just sheep. They even sport similar types in their respective worlds. That being said, I would also argue that Lamball’s design could have gone in literally any other direction. The only difference between this Neutral Pal and Wooloo is a machine gun.
6. Dinossom Resembles Meganium
When I first saw Dinossom featured in Pocketpair’s Paldeck video series on YouTube, I was taken aback by the parallels between the Grass/Dragon Pal and Meganium. While Dinossom’s build is closer to Goodra, its face and concept share similarities to the final evolution of Johto’s Grass starter. Its eyes are nearly identical to Meganium’s.
5. Univolt Resembles Zebstrika
Univolt is an equine Pal equipped with electricity, reflected in the bolt patterns on its fur. While this is admittedly a cool concept, it’s noticeably similar to Zebstrika, an Electric-type Pokemon from Gen V. Given the sheer number of horse Pokemon, it’s tough to avoid clashing with existing designs. That said, Univolt’s coloring is both original and fitting.
4. Fenglope Looks Like Cobalion
Moving into the top contenders, Fenglope looks an awful lot like the Gen V Legendary Pokemon, Cobalion. Both monsters share the same sky blue and white color palette, topped off with extra fluffy patches of fur on their chests. They even have matching horns. All things considered, I have to say I prefer Fenglope’s design, even if it’s not entirely unique.
3. Lyleen Looks Like Gardevoir
Of the 113+ Pals appearing in the EA version of Palworld, Lyleen was one of the first I saw introduced. Even then, I couldn’t get past its uncanny resemblance to Gardevoir. While its face resembles the Psychic/Fairy-type Pokemon’s, the list of similarities grows longer when you compare Lyleen’s design to Gardevoir’s Mega Evolution. It’s the ball gown for me.
2. Boltmane Looks Like Luxray
On Boltmane’s official Wiki page, even the creator provides a disclaimer that this Pal’s design is almost identical to Luxray’s. An attempt was made to move in a different direction with its black and yellow color palette, but a quick image search of Luxray’s shiny proves they’re not so different. Looks aside, both monsters also share an Electric typing.
1. Robinquill Resembles Decidueye
To top it off, let’s take a look at Robinquill, a bird-like Pal that shoots arrows. This Pal is conceptually identical to Decidueye, a fan-favorite Grass/Ghost-type Pokemon first introduced in Pokemon Sun & Moon. Complete with a similar elemental typing and color palette, there’s no avoiding the copycat allegations here.
In all, these are just 10 Pals that most resemble Pokemon. Among the 100+ distinct Pals set to appear in the EA version of the game, there are plenty of original standouts and even more to come with the full release. Head over to our Palworld guides hub to learn more about how Palworld and Pokemon differ.