Censored Names in Pokemon X and Y

I’ve been out of the Pokémon loop for a few years. I recently picked up Pokémon X and have been blown away by all the changes since my last adventure, Pokémon Silver. Pokémon X and Y contain all sorts of internet features, like battling foreign trainers or trading with strangers. I had heard that with internet connectivity, Nintendo instituted a policy of censoring certain Pokémon names.

Being the family-friendly company Nintendo strives to be, I had heard that in the previous generation, Pokémon Black and White, common swear words were censored; the player is unable to use them in names for his or her Pokémon. Presumably the fear is that players will put swear words in their Pokémon’s names, then share them online with little kids, who are impressionable and easily corrupted.

While I’m all for free speech, even in games, I didn’t anticipate that I’d have a problem with Nintendo’s censorship policies. After all, I was never one to give my Pokémon names like Nasty Bitch.

But to my surprise, I’ve had several attempted names denied by Pokémon X, names that I did not think contained swear words. I decided to investigate the topic further to see exactly which words are censored and which words are not. For ease of reading, I’ve listed banned words in red and acceptable words in green.

Warning: This post does contain strong language, obviously, but is used in the interest of educating the reader on exactly where Nintendo draws the line when it comes to censorship.

Anatomy

I started with human anatomy. Not surprisingly, most words relating to male and female genitals and private parts are censored. The following words for female anatomy cannot be used: boob, breast, clitoris, cunt, labia, tit, titties, vagina, and vulva. The following words for male anatomy cannot be used: balls, cock, dick, nuts (and derivatives like numbnuts and nutsack), pecker, penis, prick, schlong, scrotum, and testes. And general anatomical words that could apply to either gender cannot be used: ass, butt, gonads, and genitals.

Note that in general, these words just have to appear somewhere in the name. For instance, ass is banned, including its numerous derivatives, like jackass and asshat. I personally ran into a problem with boob, TWICE!, though not intentionally. The first time, I caught the panda Pokémon “pancham.” Pokémon are often named after some feature related to that Pokémon; pancham’s name is a portmanteau of “panda” and “champion.” I wanted to give my pancham a unique name, so I decided to reference a panda-related noun: bamboo. But instead of naming him Bamboo, I decided to switch it up: BooBam.

Not the most original name, I know, but I tried it. And Pokémon told me: “You cannot use that word.” What? I didn’t take me long to figure out why; my name contained the word boob. I even tried naming him Boo Bam with a space, but that didn’t work either.

Later, I caught a ghost Pokémon and wanted to name him after the To Kill a Mockingbird character, Boo Radley. I wanted a play on words and tried naming him Boo Bradley. But once again, I was denied. I rebelled and used the Leet character for “b”, the number “8”, and spelled the name Boo 8radley.

However, my theory about root banned words is not applied consistently. So while tit and titties are banned, titty in the singular is not. The root butt is banned when used in isolation, but buttocks and butthole are acceptable names. The root balls is banned, along with ballsack, so I initially assumed the root sack was banned as well, but no. Sack is just fine.

Interestingly, not all slang words for body parts are banned. Breast has numerous acceptable synonyms: bosom, bust, gazongas, jugs, melons, nipple, teat, and udder. You can even name your Pokémon Busty Chick if you really wanted. Other sexual organ synonyms that are acceptable include hymen, phallus, pudenda, and surprisingly, testicle or testicles!

Bodily Fluids

Words indicating bodily fluids are generally banned: crap, feces, piss, poop, semen, shit, and urine. But some words get through, such as dung, the root pee (which will allow you to name your Pokémon Peeping Tom if you want) and poo.

Sexuality

Related to banned anatomy words are banned sexual words. Words related to sex acts, not surprisingly, are banned: fuck, rape and sex. Words related to sexual predators, understandably, are banned: molest, molester, the root pedo (as in pedophile), and rapist. Interestingly, masturbate is banned, yet fornicate is acceptable. Shag is banned, which I thought was a stretch (I tried naming a very furry Pokémon Shag Carpet to no avail).

Words related to sex for money are banned: pimp, prostitute, and whore. The word ho, sometimes used as slang for whore, is acceptable, although I’m guessing because this root is common in so many words that it would be irresponsible to ban all instances of H-O. Milf is also banned.

While the word doesn’t necessarily have sexual connotations, panties is banned. What’s most confusing is not that panties is banned, but that all other words for undergarments are acceptable: boxers, bra, briefs, g-string, panty in the singular, thong, and underwear.

Violence

Some words related to violence are banned, like kill, killer, and murder. Considering Pokémon is a violent game, they can’t reasonably ban all violent words. Choke and hit are acceptable (you could even name your Pokémon I’ll Choke U). Death and hate are acceptable, as is the name I Hate You.

Mafia is acceptable.

A few select war-related words are banned, notably Hitler, holocaust, jihad, nazi, and terrorist. But banning these words sends such a mixed message. Holocaust is banned, yet genocide is not. I found out jihad was banned when I tried to name my Rhyhorn Jihadi. I chose that name just as a joke: the Pokédex description for Rhyhorn says that his stomps are so powerful they can destroy buildings. So jihad is banned, yet not blitzkreig. Terrorist is banned, but not September 11. A murderer like Hitler is banned, yet Osama, bin Laden (the name is too long to fit all together), Adolf, Stalin, and Joseph Stalin are not. Likely the names of other dictators and terrorists are acceptable.

Thinking about the banning of jihad and not Osama, I wondered if maybe the word was banned for its religious connotations, not violent connotations. But I tried all of the following religious words and they all worked: atheist, Christian, God, Islamist, Jesus Christ, Muslim, Satan, and sin. The root damn is banned (and likewise damnation, the only other religious word I could find), yet hell is acceptable (I even named by Talonflame Hell Hawk just because I could).

I didn’t expect these names to be banned, but Barack Obama and George Bush are both acceptable. Dick Cheney, however, is banned, though that’s probably because of the word dick, not any hatred the developers have toward Cheney. 🙂

Substances

Given Nintendo’s hard stance on so many content areas, I was confident words related to substances would be banned. To my great surprise, all of the following substances are acceptable names: alcohol, cigar, cigarette, cocaine, drugs, heroin, marijuana, and meth. There are dozens more words that I could’ve tested, but so far I have no indication that substance words are banned. If anybody finds a substance, though, that is banned, comment below.

Name Calling

There are a number of words related to insults and name calling that are banned, and yet again, inconsistencies abound. Words like bastard and bitch are banned. An alternate spelling of bitch is banned: b!tch. However, an alternate spelling of bastard, basterd (as Quentin Tarantino spelled it in Inglourious Basterds) is acceptable.

Many racial slurs are banned: chink, nig, nigga, nigger, spic, and wetback. The American localization team, though, forgot to ban redskin. KKK is also acceptable, so you could name your Pokémon KKK for Life if you wanted.

Finally, words related to homosexuality are banned: fag, faggot and queer. I can understand this to a point, as these words are often used as disparaging terms against the LGBT community. Homo is also banned, though hetero is acceptable (heterosexual, though, is not because of the root sex). What’s most shocking to me in this category of words, though, is gay. Gay is acceptable, yet lesbian (and the more disparaging dyke and lesbo) are not. Lesbian really confused me, as women who are attracted to women often self-identify as lesbian. At first I thought gay was acceptable because maybe it was a root word of a certain Pokémon (the Pokémon Nosepass contains the word ass, yet is thankfully not banned). But as far as I can tell, no Pokémon (at least in the English version of the names) contains the root gay. So I’m really not sure why gay wasn’t banned, given that all other LGBT words were banned.

So why are these words banned?

Nintendo has always been a family-friendly company, so presumably these words are banned because kids might see them. This is especially a danger in modern games like Pokémon X and Y, which allow you to battle or trade with trainers all over the world through the internet. It’s a somewhat reasonable policy, though as I’ve shown, there are so many inconsistencies that it is unclear why certain words are banned and yet not others.

What really bothers me, though, is that so often legitimate names I choose for my Pokémon are not allowed. Recently I caught a Chingling, a psychic Pokémon that looks like a jingle bell. It has an attack called Uproar where it shouts really loud at you, hurting your Pokémon. I caught it, but it almost killed me. So I wanted to name it, appropriately enough I thought, Psycho Mouth. It’s a psychic Pokémon with a loud mouth: Psycho Mouth. Yet I couldn’t! I tried Psycho by itself and that worked. Only later did I figure it out: the H-O at the end of Psycho plus the M-O at the beginning of Mouth spells homo. Good grief.

Nintendo cannot be expected to find every possible offensive word, especially considering gamers often invent their own slang without the influence of the developers. As I have shown, there are ways around some of these banned words if you get creative phonetically.

I personally believe games should allow players to enter whatever name they want: that’s how they always used to be in the 1990s. If Nintendo is worried about children being exposed to bad words, then why not try this as a solution: any time you battle somebody online or trade Pokémon with them, all names revert back to the Pokémon’s original name. That would address the concern of kids being exposed to these words while still giving people the freedom to name their Pokémon whatever they wanted on their own private game.

Yet, Nintendo’s censorship policies really seem like a solution in search of a problem. Are gamers really using these words to name their Pokémon or characters? Maybe sometimes. In X and Y, not only can you name your character, your friends give you a nickname, which you also choose. My friend, who is black, tried to make his nickname Big Nigga and similar variations, to no success. But he’s 22 and should be able to do that if he wants.

However, most people that I have interacted with through Pokémon X and Y’s online services don’t give their Pokémon offensive names, nor do they attempt to get around these censorship policies. I have traded quite a few Pokémon with other trainers around the world, at least 50-60, and yet almost every single time, can you guess what people name their Pokémon? Nothing! They use the Pokémon’s given name, like Eevee or Charmander or Squirtle. I’m actually kind of disappointed people don’t name their Pokémon something funny, but that’s a separate issue. In my experience, nobody is naming their Pokémon offensive names or even attempting to get around the censorship with alternative spellings.

So what’s the problem Nintendo is really addressing? I have yet to figure it out.

Game on,
~Dennis

Note

I did not attempt to exhaustively discover every banned word in Pokémon X and Y. There are probably a hundred more words I could’ve attempted. If you know of any other banned words, please comment below. What’s more interesting to me, though, is not the words that are banned, but similar words that are not. If you find banned words, try to find related words that are acceptable.

Update: 4/1/2014

  • I caught a Horsea today and wanted to name him Hoarsea (not the best pun, I know). I was denied. Hoarsea contains the root arse.
  • I did a Wonder Trade with a person in Virginia named ComeDumpster. Apparently that is an acceptable name. I realize that banning the root come would be unfair, especially because it appears in other, non-offensive words, like Comet. But it’s just interesting to see what words get past the censors.
  • I had read that Pokémon banned words that were offensive in other languages, like French, German, Spanish, Japanese, etc. This seems a bit too far, as certain combinations of letters in English might not be offensive, except to foreign players. Again, is the fear that foreign players will trade Pokémon with an English-speaking person and be corrupted? I haven’t tested the extent of banned foreign words (I don’t really know any), but I knew that the word Viola was banned (apparently it means rape in French). I even tested it. You can imagine my surprise, then, when I fought the first Gym Leader, Viola. Pokémon X and Y is entirely based around French culture, so certainly if Game Freak had the foresight to recognize that “viola” meant something bad in French, then why give that name to the first Gym Leader? And why ban players from using it? The word isn’t remotely offensive in English.

Update: 12/10/2014

Wow, this post is by far my most popular and commented post! Thanks to everybody for adding your insight. It’s still very strange which words get banned and which do not.

I went through the comments section and have found that the following words are also banned. Those with asterisks have no clear reason to me.

Beaver, Burner*, Connor*, Coon, Cum, Dago (slang for Italians), Fanny (but Fannypuss works), Fuk, Georgie (contains orgie), Gordon*, Hatching*, Hard, Hektor (but Hector is fine), Hooker, Horny, Jizz, Kakashi (perhaps “kaka” or “caca”), Kukka (French for “flower”), Kyke, Laputa*, Mudso Budso* (someone suggested “bud” is banned, not sure why), Muff, Ostin*, Passerby (contains ass), Penelope (because “pene” is a word some people use for penis?), Pickles*, Pig*, Pik (apparently “pik” is Dutch for penis, though Pikachu?), Pussy, Ritsuka*, Rock* (so many problems with this banned word), Screw (though Scréw does work), Shazam (“shaz” is pervert or deviant in Arabic), Shooter (but shootér works), Slave (but S.L.A.V.E. is okay), Snatch (but this is a Pokemon move, so…), Sobek*, Sober*, Spicy*, Tart*, Thumper (because of hump, though you can get a Steelix from a Hiker called Thumper…), Torpedo (because of pedo), Tucker*, Turd, Weed (but Cannabis is legal), Violet (contains “Viol”, French for “rape”), and XXX.

Some other interesting tidbits. In Pokémon Black 2, ass and fag are both banned, but apparently Assfag is not. Blueballs is not banned, though I found that sometimes the root balls is banned, so not sure why there’s a discrepancy. Mussolini and 9/11 are fine. Somebody got from the Wonder Trade a Pokémon named TittySkitty though from my research, tit and titties are banned, so somehow there’s an exception.

Somebody got a Dugtrio named ThreeD!cks over Wonder Trade. One person was able to get around the censorship with some clever misspellings: Fa-Gi-Oh, Fu-K Yo Mama, Kum Bubble, Alasha-zam, and Twa-T Taco.

Other acceptable names: 3===D, BadAssCHU (really?!), BladeRuner, BIoodyMary (capital “i” instead of an “l”), Butshole, Cassidy (though usually words with the root ass are banned), Dead Soul, Drunkard, FatSackOCrap, G-Spot, GayThoughts, HitchC0ck (use zero or circle shape instead of “o”), Idiot, Knives, Marijuanamon (this one is funny to me), Mourningwood, MYdingaling, OilLeakSUX (suck and sucks don’t work), PelvicDive, P.M.S., and T-Bone.

One player in Germany said that most of these banned words are banned there as well, but some get through. He fought a Rapeface and P!mpMcBunny from another German trainer.

When trading with somebody, the person was shown a F you D-bag. Wow!

So I’m not going to go out of my way to play the new Alpha and Omega remakes, mostly because I still have plenty of post-game content in X and Y to get through, should I get back into the game (after investing 100+ hours, I sort of lost interest. But I got my money’s worth, especially considering it was “free” as part of a deal Nintendo had). And let’s be honest, do I really want to play Alpha and Omega for the amazing story? All the Pokémon are the same as what I have now.

But anyway, if somebody has Alpha or Omega, I’d be curious if you could test some of these words, not just the obvious ones, but the ones that make no sense, like Rock and Pik. Did Game Freak get their act together?

~Dennis

Update: 11/25/2015

Check out my new post, Censored Course Names in Super Mario Maker! I conducted a similar investigation about that game, trying to identify which words players can use and which ones they cannot. While Pokémon and Super Mario Maker are both published by Nintendo, they actually have very different stances when it comes to censorship!

229 thoughts on “Censored Names in Pokemon X and Y

  1. I just tried “gay” today on ORAS and it’s banned now, even though it wasn’t before–I have a clefairy named Gay (I’m gay myself and clefairy’s one of my favorite Pokemon). I was like, so what’s going to happen to the pokemon who already have ‘gay’ in their names? they must have banned the name recently, like in the past week or something. I’m sad. :C

    • Wow, interesting. Just out of curiosity, does the game say what version it is on, usually on the title screen? Is it on version 1.0, or something like 1.1 or something now? I’m curious if, whenever Game Freak updates the game, they will be updated their banned words list.

      On the other hand, I think they would just cut-and-paste the current list from X and Y.

      • on ORAS, ‘gay’ was an allowed word until very recently, like a couple of weeks ago. but now that you mention it, they did just have another recent update (and the update … didn’t specify what it did?) so that might be when the censored words list was updated. hmmmm.

        thanks for the article btw!

  2. Reblogged this on Denny Sinnoh and commented:
    I was so happy that I found this article from D-Pad I have been thinking about these issues for some time, and he has hit on many of the major points I would make.
    D-Pad: I salute you sir!
    I tried to name a female Spinda “Spice Girl” but it would not allow “Spic”. Like you, I also tried to use Boo Boo, for a Tedirursa (in honor of the Yogi Bear character), but it would not take the “boob” even with the space,.
    I was able to

  3. Very, very good article. I have been thinking about this for some time.
    I tried to name a female Spinda “Spice Girl” but it would not allow “Spic”. Like you, I also tried to use Boo Boo, for a Tedirursa (in honor of the Yogi Bear character), but it would not take the “boob” even with the space,.
    I was able to name a Vespiqeen “Lez Bee” and “LezBeFriends” however.

  4. And I don’t think you can type in passerby.

    *And sry guys that I put 4 straight comments, hope you’re not to mad
    😁😊☺😉*

  5. One time when I was playing pokemon X I tried to name my wailord Moby Dick(from that story), but I couldn’t, I wasn’t trying to be offensive, I just thought it would be a great name, because both are whales and both are huge, but no since it has dick in it I couldn’t.

    Gamefreak just over did it with the censorship . They are banning some words and not other, they are inconsistent with their bands. And they are banning some words just because they have a root word that is banned stupid. But saying that, they have plenty of words that THEY put in like +Evyndarahl said pASSerby but that’s not banned!

    Gamefreak I’m verrrrryyyy disappointed with you guys, you all need to find a solution to this. I hope it’s fixed in pokemon omega ruby and alpha sapphire, I’m getting pokemon omega ruby for Christmas, so we will see.

  6. Weed is banned, but cannabis is legal in Pokemon land. I tried to name a wheedle weedme,wouldn’t let me but cannabisme worked just fine 🙂 I think bud is banned as well.. At least the Japanese are so backwards in their drug laws they forgot what cannabis was!

  7. Slave is banned, but I got around it by writing it as S.L.A.V.E.
    Blueballs, the clever name I gave my Azumarill is also not banned.
    Mussolini is also fine.
    You can name something 9/11.

    I have yet to test Hiroshima and Nuclear, although I assume at least one of those is banned.

  8. Apparently “The Rock” and “Hard Head” are also banned. To test it I also tried “Hard Rock” and “Rock Hard”. All are banned so apparently we can’t name any pokemon after rock type.

  9. Shazam is banned mainly because i found out shaz means pervert or deviant in arabic. But i have gotten around the censorship thing i wont ever trade these pokemon but i currently have a few pokemon named as follows. Chandelure Fa-Gi-Oh, sylveon twa-t taco, Gyrados Fu-K yo mama and ferrothorn kum bubble. I only named them this because i wasnt allowed to name my alakazam alashazam i would of never created such nick names had it not been for this. But at least i Was Able To Name Him Alasha-zam. I Just think Its Rediculas.

  10. I was denied calling my pokemon Bugger (well, OK, I didn’t think at that moment). But then I was surprised I can’t use names Ostin (god, why?) and Spika (it’s just a star in the Virgo constellation!).

    • Its because the word pik. I tried that just now and it’s censored.

      Its another word for penis in dutch.

      Hower pikachu has it in its name….

  11. My real life nickname is “Screwball” so that’s what I wanted to call myself. I couldn’t though, the word “Screw” wasn’t accepted. I just went around that by using the “e” with an accent.

  12. Just a little something: it’s blitzkrieg, so with i e, not blitzkreig, with e i. It’s a German word, krieg means war.

    Also, I tried to name a pokemon Fanny, which wasn’t allowed either (and it’s a rather neat word for butt too)

  13. Someone on a another site reported that when he named his grass type, TumbleWEED it became censored.

    NO-NO NAMES: ‘Horny’, ‘Pig’, ‘XXX’, ‘Tart’, ‘Spicy’, ‘Burner’, ‘Pickles’, ‘Shazam’, ‘Laputa’, ‘Hatching’, ‘Thumper’, ‘Gordon’, ‘Sober’, ‘Torpedo’, ‘Sobek’, ‘Tucker’ , Ritsuka & Kakashi… etc.

    YES NAMES: Names that I or others used that WORKED:
    * BladeRuner [[Scizor]]
    * Knives (Trigun character) [[Pawniard]]
    * T-Bone [[Cubone]]
    * Dead Soul [[Haunter]]
    * OilLeakSUX (‘suck’ and ‘sucks’ don’t) [[Muk]]
    * 3===D [[Honedge]]
    * PelvicDive [[Honedge]]
    * GAYTHOUGHTS [[Hypno]]
    * G-spot [[Ditto]]
    * P.M.S. [[Jinx]]
    * Amer.Idiot (American Idiot, Green Day Album) [[Meloetta]]
    * Mourningwood [[Trevenant]]
    * Drunkard [[Spinda]]
    * BloodyMary (have an uppercase ‘i’ instead of a ‘L’) [[Sneasel]]
    * HitchC0CK (replace the ‘o’ with zero or the circle shape) [[Any Bird-Type]]
    * FatSackOCrap [[Snorlax]]
    * Waffle [[Faffy]]
    * Butshole [[Lunatone]]
    * BadAssCHU [[Pikachu]]
    * MYdingaling [[Chingling]]
    * ANUSTARTER [[Any Starter]]
    * Skidooosh [[Pancham]]
    * Sofa King (just say it out-loud fast) [[Slaking]]
    * Nipples [[Miltank]]
    * Humfrey [[Wailord]]
    * Buggernaut (Bugger can’t be used) [[Scatterbug]]
    * Marijuanamon [[Oddish]]

    I suggest viewing Bulbapedia and their extensive list of Censored Words. When deciding your nickname for your Pokemon.

    http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/List_of_censored_words_in_Generation_V

  14. Bizarre one I found just recently. Trying to get an Eevee with anticipation over Global Link. Wanting to have my message as “Anticipation Plz”, and yet it wouldn’t let that through. I used process of elimination to discover that the problem was ‘cipa’. Seeing that other language words are banned, I’ll have to look into translations.

  15. I find it funny that while ‘ass’ is banned in every word… I was able to name a COUPLE litwicks Cassidy – my spouse uses one in game actually.

  16. Adding to weird names banned, my Alakazam nicknamed “Shazaam” got blocked. I truly can’t figure out why, and it saddens me. He was the cornerstone of my first FireRed team back when I was in grade school 😦

  17. I am trying to get some closure on a nickname I tried but was not allowed. I tried to name my Goodra “Dagon” and it was not allowed. I’ve searched and searched, but for the life of me cannot find why this word is banned. Any thoughts?

    • Dagon Was The God Of An Ancient Religion That Human Sacrifice And Ritual Blood Letting Was Common In Its Practice. So I Assume That It Falls Under The Category Of violence Or Death. It Also Might Be Copyrighted By Bethesda Because The Elder Scrolls Games Have A Lord Dagon Who Really Isnt that Different Than What This religion Made People Do.

  18. Bit late to the convo, but I found this site whilst googling ‘pokemon censorship’ – I tried to name my pokemon ‘kukka’ (Finnish for ‘flower’), but nope, it wouldn’t. Any idea why? I think Nintendo takes this rather to the extreme.. And it’s a bit rude to people with certain names, or perfectly innocent words they use!

    • Hmmm, that’s really interesting. I don’t know why “kukka” would be banned, unless it contains some offensive root in a language other than English.

  19. I had a remoraid i caught so i decided to name it sharpshooter but it didn’t work but i tried sharpshootèr did work

  20. Great article–very thorough!

    Interestingly, I’ve noticed that the name “Hektor” is banned, yet “Hector” is acceptable. So far, I can’t find anything offensive about either the name, but I suspect it might contain something or other and will try to narrow it down.

  21. I couldn’t call my Combee Slave, I wanted to call it that as it was a male and as a worker bee it would probably be bossed around a lot but it wasn’t allowed. I was sat there thinking for a while (like the moron I am) then realised it would be rather offensive to any black people who would battle it / get it traded to them. So instead I called it Servant XD
    Less offensive but still funny lol.

    I heard elsewhere you couldn’t call a pokemon or yourself ‘Humphrey’ either, so I feel sorry for all the kids called Humphrey out there with X/Y. Cassidy is probably banned as well, and Violet is.
    So many names blocked… All those kids that would need to use aliases….

    You should be able to name your pokemon whatever you want, you should just not be allowed to trade it or battle with it if it’s a bad name. Easier solution.

  22. “Beaver” is banned; I tried to nickname my Bidoof that and couldn’t. I had to ask around Yahoo to find out why–and I’m an adult player; I’ve never once heard “Beaver” misused. Thanks Pokemon! I have now learned more euphemisms because of you; you protected me so well! Also “Assassin” is banned, obvious because of the double “ass” — even though it’d make a sweet nickname for a Weavile… -.-

  23. On one hand, there are people who do trade away Pokemon with offensive nicknames. It’s not the kind of thing I do, but I know some people do it. Back in the days of BW, someone on Gaia’s Pokemon forums complained about things like a Shiny Jolteon named Yum!Sperm being offered for trade. It’s not hard to imagine that for every little child playing the game, you have some mischievous teenager/twentysomething who would like to have a little fun and give silly nicknames. Add to that you have the Wonder Trade and it’s easy to see why Game Freak would want to censor those names.

    On the other hand, the censorship is both draconian and ineffectual. I couldn’t nickname my Bellsprout “Peashooter,” presumably because of the word “shooter” in it, even if I was naming the creature after one of the plants from Plants vs. Zombies. Also, what are they gonna do about Froslass if they keep banning names with the word “ass” in it? This is the Scunthorpe problem gone very, very wrong.

    I agree that the solution is not censorship, but a report system. Anyone who trades away Pokemon with foul nicknames gets blocked–with the 3DS using one FC for everything now, this should be a lot easier to do. Very young children should be supervised by their parents while playing this game. I’m pretty sure at the age of 10, though, people would know what most of these mean, and if they are offended they would be able to file a report.

  24. I’d like to add, that Fuk is also banned. Discovered this because I tried naming a pokemon Fuka, just like a normal, japanese name, but no. Also, in German, my mother tongue, most of the banned namens listes here are also banned, but not all of them. I saw a Electrode named Rapeface in a battle, owned and named by another German, as well as a Diggersby namend P!mpMcBunny, with the note that “Pimp” is blocked, also owned and namend by that other German.

    • Great work! Some of these slang terms I’m guessing little kids won’t even know what they mean, but “vag” seems pretty derivative of “vagina,” so you’d think it would’ve been included.

      I wonder if “raccoon” works. It’d be a great name for Zigzagoon.

  25. Even misspelled words like “kunt” won’t work, nor do attempts at substituting letters with symbols or numbers (ie B1TCH or B!TCH)

    Sucks because I have a childish sense of humor when it comes to naming Pokemon. At least “titty” is acceptable by Nintendo’s standards

  26. I’m nearly always giving nicknames to my Pokémons (except the ones I don’t really like or while breeding) and I find this censorship quite extreme. I’m mostly playing in French (I have both games, one in French and the other one in English) and I encountered a few censored words I didn’t understand at first.
    The first time I tried to nickname a Durant the game didn’t allowed the name ‘Antzier’ (sort of portmanteau between ‘ant’ in the original name and ‘acier’ in French which simply means ‘steel’) and I still don’t know why it got censored, I hope someone will explain me someday…
    A few weeks later I got disconnected during a multi-battle and I tried to apologize to my partner in the Shout-out writing ‘connection fail’ but I couldn’t (obviously for the root ‘con’ (masc) or ‘conne’ (fem) which is offensive in French and means ‘idiot’).
    Lately I was breeding to make a team based on the famous tale of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and I couldn’t nickname my perfectly bred Shinx ‘Bandersnatch’. At first I thought there would be not way to get past this because it contained the word ‘bander’ which in french could mean ‘to erect’ for male genitals, but I was wrong. ‘Bander’ was fine, ‘snatch’ was not (I didn’t know what it meant and why it was banned then because English is not my first language, but I do know now). Hopefully I could name it ‘Bandersnatsh’ but it’s still making me cringe because it’s not the right spelling and there’s just enough space to write it. On second thought I could name it ‘Bandersnight’ which sound great…
    Oh yeah, I nearly forgot to tel that we can’t write ‘Hi Passerbys’ in the shout-out because of the root ‘ass’, which is one of the most weird thing to ban since it’s written right there in the PSS.
    I deplore too that we can’t block specific people (I mean harassers you once interacted with) instead of blocking every passerbys or acquaintances, but that’s another story. Gamefreak should be slightly more lenient on nicknames and less on harassers spamming trade or battle requests (though there are ways to deal with them).
    Anyway thanks for your post, now I know which words to avoid and I’m relieved I’ll be able to nickname my future Houndour ‘Hell’s Gate’! :3
    Good day to you!

    • Hey Evyndarahl,

      Thanks for your reply! You brought up a lot of interesting cases I hadn’t thought of. Do you know, is the censorship exactly the same in the French version and English version? I think you make a good point that I hadn’t considered: instead of banning specific words, why not give players the option to ban certain players if they don’t like the way they talk or name their Pokemon? I realize that would be retroactive censorship, whereas Game Freak wants proactive censorship. But some of the roots that they ban, like “con” or “ass” just don’t make sense like you point out because of how common those roots are in other words.

      ~Dennis

      • Hi Dennis!
        Sorry for the late reply. I would assume the censorship is the same for every language, whatever you chose before you begin to play, I think if we could write in Japanese, Chinese or Corean we would not be able to use offensive words either. It’s in my main game, in French, that I couldn’t name my Shinx (‘Lixy’ in French) ‘Bandersnatch’ (still no clue for ‘Antzier’, my poor Durant…) and I would assume you went accross all these words in your post through a game in English…
        Blocking specific people because they use inappropriate language (or whatever your reason to block them) instead of banning specific words would be useful, but Gamefreak would never allow it because firstly the younger ones would already see the ‘offensive’ words and use them without knowing what it meant (ahem yeaaaah suuuuure… now every kid knows them anyway, you should live with your time Gamefreak… I witnessed my lil’ bro saying a few of your ‘banned’ words when he was only ten… I didn’t even know them when I was his age. What’s worse is that he understood what it meant quite well in his childlike manner… where did childhood go?) Secondly this would be an open door to a lot of abuses : imagine you kindly lend a legendary, let’s say a precious legit Mew from Red and Blue, to a trainer to fill their Pokédex, you both agreed to trade back, but the other trainer disconnects and blocks you for good. Whatever you’d do to catch him again you will never see your Mew, ever. (awful story, I agree… No, I wasn’t scammed a Mew, only a (crappy) Haunter named Phantom… true story bro’! But his pokemon, another Haunter evolved during this trade, gave me two baby shiny Gastly, yeah two! Serve him right!)
        So scammers would certainly love this! But Gamefreak want us to think Pokémon is a friendly trading game where you cherish trust between everyone, and the ability to block people would also certainly spark a huge paranoia among people, doubting each other and distrusting anyone who isn’t directly related to them, resulting with hardly any trade including valuable.mon except disinterested trades… Yeah, Lysandre would definitely like that kind of paranoia, he would take that as an excuse to kill us all.
        I wandered a bit from the subject, but I suppose it’s not possible to make a perfect censorship system, even if they should at least exclude pokemon or characters real names or terms they use themselves! (ugh, they’re so gross! Calling them pASSerbys!) And they could try to open up to their customers a bit more, they could greatly improve their games. Anyway I’ll stop here for now. Ah yes about the censorship I guess French speakers get special treatment because one offensive word for women is ‘connasse’, basically the same as ‘bastard’, two banned root in one word, no way out kiddies!
        Lastly I would say that censorship didn’t prevent me from being insulted by a ten-year-old (maybe) showing me their pokemon named ‘F you D-bag’ in a trade because I told them with my own (polite) ‘wordmon’ that their pokemons didn’t interest me or that I had none of the (impossible) legendaries they wanted (shiny locked and alike)… so poetic isn’t it?
        See you, I shall wait for your reply!

        ~Evyndarahl

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