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7 Japanese Folklore Monsters used in Pokémon

6. コノハナ Konohana (Nuzleaf), ダーテング Daatengu (Shiftry)

Taneboo, konohana and daatengu. As you can see especially from the Japanese name from the 3rd evolution, they didn’t even try to hide the source of their inspiration. The inspiration was from the Tengu.

The Tengu is a human-like yokai that has wings and looks like they’re wearing a red mask that has a long nose. A long nose like a lying Pinocchio. The Tengu especially the Dai Tengu lives in solitude and is viewed as god-like sages.

This corresponds to a pokedex entry for the Daatengu, “A Pokémon that was feared as a forest guardian. It can read the foe’s mind and take preemptive action”.