Bet you thought that Pokémon first appeared in Japan in the 1990s.
Not so, fartuous knave!
The British Library has revealed that they have already caught them all – in Medieval times.
Pokémon are known for by their strange hybrid appearance, bright coloring and distinctive quirks.
Many medieval manuscripts are filled with similarly fantastical creatures.
These two could be Pokémon Go! Medieval players
Manuscripts have weird and wonderful creatures like this Pokémon-looking little guy
Not to mention hybrids and dragons
Wait. Is the guy in purple hurling a Pokémon Go! Medieval Pokeball?
Pokémon And Other Medieval Beasts
An illustration student, Mary McClain, created a Medieval manuscript called a beastiary for Pokémon.
A bestiary is a illustrated Medieval book of real and imaginary animals.
This being the Middles Ages, there’s usually a pointed moral lesson as well.
Putting out Unicorn Fire with Pokeballs
Another marvellous Medieval catch
Medieval Satan and Pokemon
Medieval people believed in the devil. Remember, if your Pokémon possesses you, get an exorcism and vomit him out.
Read the full wonderful British Museum blog here.
Siobhan O’Shea is a freelance writer. She writes about pretty much everything but especially likes to bring readers’ attention to new tech, marketing, human behavior, and other oddities.