Watch: See How Well the ‘Detective Pikachu’ Cast and Crew Know Their Pokémon

     May 7, 2019

In honor of Pokémon Detective Pikachu making its way into theaters this week, Warner Bros. brought us to Tokyo to get an early look at director Rob Letterman‘s film and chat with stars Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, and Kathryn Newton. All well and good, but I had an ulterior motive: To find the best potential Pokémon trainer of the bunch, the very best, like no one ever was.

To that end, I sprung a Pokémon Pop Quiz on the cast and crew of Detective Pikachu to see if they knew their stuff and were up to snuff on all things Pokémon. Keep an eye out for more insider content in both cast and crew interviews and chats from the red carpet premiere with our own Steve Weintraub, but in the meantime feel free to see how well you know your Pokémon! And be sure to see Pokémon Detective Pikachu in theaters starting May 10th.


Image via Warner Bros. and Legendary

Do you want to play along at home? Here’s the list of Pokémon (and non-Pokémon); see how you do compared to the cast!

  • Pikachu
  • Pikami
  • Starmie
  • Staryu
  • Splenda
  • Stakataka
  • Guzzlord
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    Image via Warner Bros. and Legendary


  • Schwifty
  • Scrafty
  • Swirlix
  • Skrillex
  • Heatmor
  • Gargantula
  • Kabuterimon
  • Zigzagoon
  • Lucario
  • Chikorita

Image via Warner Bros. and Legendary

Here’s the official synopsis for Pokémon: Detective Pikachu:

The first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” stars Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu and is based on the beloved Pokémon brand—one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and one of the most successful media franchises of all time.  Fans everywhere can now experience a Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as Detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other.  The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon, each with its own unique traits and personality.

The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened.  Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to work together, as Tim is the only human who can talk with Detective Pikachu, they join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.

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