The Pokémon franchise has shown no signs of slowing down over the years and is seemingly getting bigger and bigger as time passes. Fans have many different reasons why they love the series, and most of them have certain Pokémon types they prefer or admire. Some people love the blazing glory of Fire-types, while others stand firm with Ground-types. Which Ground-types reign supreme over all others, though? Let's now take a look at the 5 ugliest and 5 cutest Ground-type Pokémon, through Pokémon Sword & Shield.
10 Cute: Swinub
Whoever at GameFreak and The Pokémon Company came up with merging a pig with a mammoth deserves a raise. Swinub is these cute little pigs completely covered in fur that serve as the oddest, but most adorable puppy-like pigs in existence. In the anime, it showcases how cute they are in motion and how similar they are to small dogs. Their eyes always look closed, so it looks like they're in constant need of a nap. These Ground-type piglets don't get nearly the credit they deserve in terms of overall cuteness.
9 Ugly: Marshtomp
Marshtomp wasn't considered an ugly Pokémon for quite a long time. The moment everything changed for the Mud Fish Pokémon was when the games introduced 3-dimensional models. For some reason, it made the starter middle evolution way less endearing and a lot more awkward. It eventually turns into a powerful Water and Ground-type tank, but before then it's stuck being a tadpole-like goober. It's stuck between a rock and a hard place, or rather a cute and a cool place, evolving from Mudkip and into Swampert.
8 Cute: Wooper
Wooper may get a lot uglier as it grows and levels up into Quagsire, but that doesn't mean that this little Water and Ground-type isn't adorable. Designers know what they're doing most of the time, so not giving Wooper arms was a smart way to push fans to have empathy for it.
Normally giving a small creature big ears is a trick to make it cuter, but in this instance, they committed to its typing and gave it large antennae. Unlike Quagsire, the small beady eyes fit since they're proportional to the size of its body.
7 Ugly: Stunfisk
Stunfisk was originally considered one of the most hideous Pokémon designs regardless of typing. Once its Galarian form which is also Ground-type released, fans went back and retroactively were a lot kinder and understanding of what a Stunfisk normally looks like. Its Galarian form looks less like a weird fish and more like a bear trap with eyes. It also doesn't help that its weird bulbous mouth now sports a collection of razor-sharp teeth and its eyes look as dead as ever just staring into the abyss.
6 Cute: Sandshrew
Sandshrew is a Ground-type Pokémon from the Kanto region that is quite beloved despite being left out of many lists covering the best Kanto has to offer. It likes to roll up in a ball to protect itself from predators, which is an ability that can be used to have fun with its trainer. It is known as the Mouse Pokémon, which makes sense considering its face is very mouse-like in structure. Sandshrew may be unconventionally cute, but it still happens to be one of the cutest Ground-types, regardless.
5 Ugly: Hippowdon
Despite hippos often being portrayed as big misunderstood gentle giants in animation, the reality is that they can be quite dangerous. Hippowdon brings that reality to life and literally shows the ugly side of its real-world inspiration, the hippo.
Its body is a yellow-ish brown which is meant to reflect the fact that it's Ground-type, and this is accented by the dark gray armor-like parts of its body. If you're still unsure as to why hippos are scary, just do yourself a favor and Google it.
4 Cute: Phanpy
Two of the cutest real-world baby animals are elephants and pigs. Phanpy, the Long Nose Pokémon, happens to be a combination of both of them. The small Ground-type cuddle monster stands just above a foot tall and weighs on average around 70 pounds. Phanpy may start as a cute little thing, but when it evolves it turns into an intimidating battle tank that gives off tough guy vibes. Do yourself a favor and give your Phanpy an everstone so it can stay squishy and adorable for years to come.
3 Ugly: Quagsire
Quagsire is a Pokémon that has the unfortunate reality of sharing the same eyes as Ditto. The tiny little black beads it sees through makes it look dumb considering how large of a creature it is. People underestimate how important eye size and shape are when making a creature gives off a certain vibe. Quagsire seems like a fun Pokémon that just wants to have a good time, but it also looks like it could be a clumsy mess. It feels like the Pokémon version of large dogs who try to cuddle as if they're a third their size.
2 Cute: Cubone
The recently released Detective Pikachu film went a long way in bolstering Cubone's spot as the cutest Ground-type Pokémon in existence. On top of it having one of the most tragic and gruesome backstories, it happens to be a little creature that's tough as nails.
It's unclear what type of animal it is, but many believe Cubone to be a state in which a Kangaskhan dies with a baby in its pouch. Whether that's true or not doesn't change the fact that people would go to the ends of the Earth for this adorable critter.
1 Ugly: Pupitar
Coming in at #1 on the list of ugliest Ground-type Pokémon is Pupitar. The Hard Shell Pokémon is mostly known as being the middle stage evolutionary form people deal with on their way to acquiring a Tyranitar. Pupitar is a cocoon, but for some reason, it has eye sockets, as well as two additional holes that serve as eyebrows. This Pokémon looks like the finished product of a science experiment in which comedian Eugene Levy was turned into a monster, either on purpose or on accident.
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