How do Pokémon reproduce? (How do Pokémon breed?)

I’ve always wanted to know what goes into Pokemon’s breeding process 🤔. I don’t like the fact that I have no power over the creation of my new eggs.

Even as an experience gamer, I’ve never seen Pokémon mating. However, I’ve successfully bred and hatched hundreds of eggs.

I decided to look up the facts and opinions about reproduction in the Pokémon universe.

Continue reading to find out what I learned about this topic.

Do Pokémon reproduce asexually?

What is the process of Pokémon reproduction?
Do Pokémon reproduce asexually? Image source: Pinterest

No, history shows that Pokémon only reproduce sexually. Even the genderless Pokémon need a Ditto to produce a viable egg.

If they could reproduce asexually, male-only Pokémon would not find it so hard to breed. Even the steel types would breed without you having to find a Ditto.

A Pokémon with unknown gender is said to be incapable of breeding. If asexual reproduction were an option, this wouldn’t be the case.

How Do Mechanical Steel-Type Pokémon Reproduce?

Mechanical Steel-Types need the Ditto to reproduce. That’s because they cannot produce eggs on their own.

The shape-shifting Ditto provides an elegant solution by assuming the gender and type needed to breed with a steel type.

The ditto helps a steel-type like Dialga produce an egg and fertilize it.

How do Pokémon breed?

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Do Pokémon have reproductive organs?

It is not clear if Pokémon have reproductive organs. Judging by their appearance, there are no visible genitalia. However, Pokémon can breed sexually, which means reproductive organs are involved. Some Pokémon are gendered, while others are genderless.

Examples of gendered Pokémon include Butterfree, Pikachu, Rhydon and Venusaur. Due to the family-friendly nature of the Pokémon franchise, gender is not distinguished through reproductive organs.

For instance, you can distinguish between a male and female Pikachu by checking its tail. The female Pikachu’s tail doesn’t have a point.





Long whiskers

Shorter whiskers


Long fangs

Short fangs


Multiple spots on its buds

One big spot on each bud

How do Pokémon lay eggs?

What is the method by which Pokémon reproduce?
How do Pokémon lay eggs? Image source: Pinterest

It’s a mystery 🧐 how Pokémon acquire their eggs. When you take your Pokémon to the daycare centre for breeding, you don’t get to see them do the actual act.

If you’re the lucky player, the caretakers will give you an egg. According to the elderly man and his wife, they just stumbled upon the egg.

In the anime, no human has ever witnessed the breeding process of Pokémon. Players that want a new Pokémon must choose two Pokémon of different genders and leave them at the DayCare.

Remember the Pokémon have to like 👩🏻‍❤️‍💋‍👨🏾 each other for all this to work. Although it’s not guaranteed that you’ll get an egg this way, the success rate is relatively high.

The Ditto usually comes in handy for many players who don’t want to put too much effort into acquiring an egg.

How do male-only Pokémon lines exist?

How do Pokémon breed?
How do male-only Pokémon lines exist? Image source: Pinterest

🧔‍♀️Male Pokémon are not yet extinct due to alternative breeding methods like the Ditto. Some Pokémon enthusiasts also suggest that certain all-male species in the wild can find suitable mates.

For example, people speculate that the Rufflet can mate with Vullaby while Tauros is sexually compatible with Miltank.

According to Fanon Pokedex, Sawk and Throh can mate with females outside their species and reproduce. These theories explain how male-only Pokémon continue to exist.

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