The 12 Chinese zodiac are all animals that have different cultural connotations. The rat is clever, the dog is loyal, and the tiger is fierce and so on. But what about if the zodiac were Pokémon?

This has been talked about before by fans, but not in terms of specific types. For example, what if all the zodiac were Grass-type?

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Here is a list of the Chinese zodiac and there respective Grass-types. Keep in mind, this is a match of personality assigned to the zodiac and not just the animal symbols.

12 Rat - Applin

This year is the year of the Rat and the years before that produced others under this sign are 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, and 2008. Rats are known to be witty and resourceful. Their weakness is that they are not the bravest.

Applin is well suited for the Rat because it is resourceful in how it hides in an apple while also being a bit of a coward. Despite Applin being part Dragon-type, it is definitely not suited for the Dragon zodiac and is more of a Rat.


11 Ox - Shiftry

The years of the Ox are 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, and will continue in 2021. Ox are traditionalists who typically enjoy family and work most of all. They are diligent and honest.

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The design of Shiftry are based on Japanese tengu, which would make someone with a love of tradition and Japanese patriotism pretty happy.

10 Tiger - Tsareena

Born in the years 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, and 2010, Tigers are known to be unpredictable, competitive, and confident.

Tsareena is similar as it has both an aggressive personality as well as being a symbol of beauty. It is used for beauty ads and it uses its powerful legs to knock out its opponents.

9 Rabbit - Lilligant

Gentle and elegant, Rabbits are born in 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, and 1927. It's only natural that they would get a Grass-type whose name is literally based on the word "elegant."

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Lilligant, like Rabbits are patient and polite. They also require a trainer that can care for it with a similar attitude for its flower to bloom and smell right.

8 Dragon - Virizion

Dragons are a sign that are known to make great leaders. They are born in the years 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, and 2012. As dragons are legendary in Chinese culture, their Grass-type version should also be legendary.

Virizion is a legendary Grass-type that shares the same intelligence and confidence seen in many Dragons. Its legend even states that it fought humans to protect its friends.

7 Snake - Celebi

No, it is not Serperior despite it being both a snake and Grass-type. Based on personality, Celebi are most suited for Snakes.

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Born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, and 2013, Snakes are symbols of wisdom. Despite what they could share, they often are timid and keep to themselves, like Celebi. Celebi only really appear during peaceful times.

6 Horse - Ludicolo

Horses, born in 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, and 2014, are sort of the jocks of the Chinese zodiac. They are known to be active and energetic. This is not just a physical energy either, as they can also be quite humorous and love to delight others.

Ludicolo is similar. This Grass-type loves to move around and dance.

5 Goat - Jumpluff

Born in the years 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, and 2015, Goats are calm and gentle people. Despite Gogoat being a Grass-type goat, a Grass-type like Jumpluff is more suited to the Chinese zodiac's personality.

Like Goats, Jumpluff like be around in groups and act quite gentle on the surface.

4 Monkey - Gourgiest

Monkeys are born in 2018, 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, and 1956. Like how monkeys are often played to be in film, they are quite intelligent but can also be total pranksters. While its all in good fun, others might find the naughtiness of Monkeys annoying.

A Ghost and Grass-type like Gourgiest is similar. It loves to pretend to be a child to fool adults. That takes both intelligence, but also a naughty personality.

3 Rooster - Serperior

On the surface, it may seem strange for a snake Grass-type to be assigned to the Rooster. However, in terms of personality, they are quite similar. Roosters are born in the years 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, and 1945. They are hard workers and love attention.

In fact, Roosters can be somewhat vain and boastful. Serperior is the same, as it often acts like its the hottest thing in a room.

2 Dog - Gloom

Dogs are born in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018. While they are loyal and honest, they are known to be poor at communication. In that case, a Grass-type that is hard to read is a good match. Gloom is such a Grass-type, as it does not really express emotions as well as others.

Dogs also have the lucky colors, red, purple, and green. These are all pretty close to the color scheme of a Gloom.

1 Pig - Leavanny

Born in 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, and 2019, Pigs are calm, diligent, and compassionate. A care-taking Grass-tyape is Leavanny also shares those traits. It feels a sense of responsibility towards smaller creatures.  and will take care of them.

Their one negative trait is that they can be easily be fooled.

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