List of references to Pulseman

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The Pokémon games and the game Pulseman are both made by the same company, Game Freak. Understandably, the two games often reference each other, and thus, a list of possible references to Pulseman are listed here. These references are most prominent in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, but appear in other generations as well.

Artwork of Pulseman, Quinty from Mendel Palace, and Pikachu by Ken Sugimori

List of references

  • The computer Pulseman was born on is named the Saint Ann (サント アンヌ) which is also the Japanese name of the S.S. Anne, along with being its name in the anime.[1]
  • Ledian bears a very significant resemblance to Pulseman.
  • Xatu resembles the birdlike enemy in Stage 2 of Pulseman, as they both share a nearly identical color scheme and similar shape.
  • Volt Tackle's Japanese name, ボルテッカー Volteccer is derived from the name of Pulseman's signature attack, where he flies around as a ball of electricity.[1] The Final Smash version of Volt Tackle used by Pikachu in Super Smash Bros. Brawl closely resembles Pulseman's Volteccer.
  • Although "Team Galactic" is not incorrect, a more literal translation of the Japanese name is "Galaxy Gang", possibly a reference to the Galaxy Gang in Pulseman. Charon's design may be based on Doc Waruyama, the main antagonist and a leader of Galaxy Gang in Pulseman.
  • Rotom appears to be based on Pulseman, although it may also be inspired by the unexplained phenomenon of ball lightning.
  • Lisa Hatfield, a character from Pulseman, was on the logo art of Pokémon Journal at the Game Freak Web page. The designs for May and her counterparts are possibly based on Lisa Hatfield.
  • Barry's battle music has several notes that resemble a portion of Neo Tokyo's music from Pulseman (Junichi Masuda also composed for Pulseman). Many other pieces of music from Pulseman also have similar features to Pokémon music.
  • Dialga and Palkia's battle music also has several notes similar to stage 6 music.
  • Boltund's Japanese name, パルスワン Pulsewan, may be a reference to Pulseman.
  • Iron Jugulis’s Pokédex entry in Pokémon Scarlet describes it as the offspring of a Hydreigon that fell in love with a robot, which is reminiscent of Pulseman’s origin story as the child of a scientist who fell in love with an AI.


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