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[[File:Nickname.png|frame|A {{p|Bulbasaur}} being nicknamed "Bulbagarden"]]
A '''nickname''' (Japanese: '''ニックネーム''' ''nickname'') is a name given to a {{OBP|Pokémon|species}} by its [[Original Trainer]]. Every time a player catches, hatches, or is given a new Pokémon in a [[core series]] game, hethey or she isare able to nickname the Pokémon. The exception is [[Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!]], where a Pokémon can be nicknamed from the menu at any time rather than being prompted to name the Pokémon when it is caught. The nickname can be a maximum of six characters in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese and twelve characters in Western languages (five and ten, respectively, prior to [[Generation VI]]). In addition to the games, nicknamed Pokémon have also been shown in the [[Pokémon anime]] and several {{pkmn|manga}} series. Nicknames serve as a means of personalizing one's Pokémon, and distinguishing them from other individuals of the same species.
==In the games==
In all main-series games except for the Let's Go! games, Players are given the option to nickname their Pokémon immediately after receiving them in any manner, such as receiving it from an NPC, hatching from an {{pkmn|Egg}}, or capturing in a [[Poké Ball]]. TheIn onlyLet's wayGo!, toa Pokémon can be nicknamed either for the first time or have its nickname changed at any time from viewing the Pokémon's status outside of battle. In the other main-series games a player can later change a Pokémon's nickname is by taking the Pokémon to a [[Name Rater]], and before [[Generation VIII]] the Name Rater willwould refuse to change the nickname of a Pokémon if the player is not that Pokémon's [[original Trainer]]. Starting in [[Pokémon Sword and Shield]], a Pokémon can be nicknamed by a different trainer than its original Trainer as long as that Pokémon has not been nicknamed.
In [[Generation V]] and {{gen|VII}}, tapping the Pokémon's sprite on the nickname screen replaces the currently entered text with the Pokémon's species name. In Generation VI, this replaces the currently entered text with the Pokémon's current nickname, or its species name if it has not been nicknamed.