Pokémon Smash or Pass, Explained

Yep, Pokémon Smash or Pass is a thing. Here is what the viral game is all about.

Pokémon Smash or Pass has taken the internet by storm as the meme game has continued to go viral throughout 2022. Here is everything you need to know about the bizarre trend and how it became popular in the first place.

What is Pokémon Smash or Pass?

Image via YouTube: Markiplier

Although the origins of Smash or Pass are murky, it began to gain prominence on the internet in the early 2010s. The party game is centered around participants judging whether they find someone attractive or not. On February 17, 2022, popular YouTuber Mark 'Markiplier' Fischbach shared his unique spin on the classic game with a video he created called "Smash or Pass: All 898 Pokémon". In the upload, Markiplier went through the entire National Pokédex to declare which of the 898 Pokémon he finds desirable or not. The jokey segment quickly exploded on the video platform, with other content creators giving their own ratings of the beloved Nintendo characters. Following the release of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet in November 2022, the Smash or Pass meme has started to trend again, as the Gen 9 RPGs introduced 102 new additional Pokémon to the long-running franchise. With the National Pokédex growing every year, Pokémon Smash or Pass isn't likely to go away anytime soon.

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How do you play Pokémon Smash or Pass?

Image by Pro Game Guides, via Game Freak

Pokémon Smash or Pass is pretty easy to play, as there isn't actually much to it. Simply head over to the official National Pokédex, and scroll through the entire list. However, before you move on to the next dex entry, you need to declare whether you would "Smash" or "Pass" the Pokémon you are currently on. Yes, it's that ridiculous, but that is, in fact, how you play it. If you are looking to take on the challenge, prepare to scroll through nine Generations of monsters, as there are now a total of 1008 Pokémon as of December 2022. Despite being a meme, the trend has also taken on a new life of its own, as fans of the Game Freak series have started to use it to rate the series' newest character designs.

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About the Author

Brent Koepp is a games journalist based out of California. An avid Pokemon fan for over 25 years, he has spent his career reporting on the popular Nintendo franchise. You can follow him on Twitter @brentrkoepp.

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