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[[File:Nickname.png|frame|A {{p|Bulbasaur}} being nicknamed "Bulbagarden" in Pokémon X and Y]]
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, they are 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. While not absolutely necessary, nicknames serve as a means of personalizing one's Pokémon, and distinguishing them from other individuals of the same species, or simply a cute name to call the Pokémon that their Trainer prefers.