I’m a huge fan of Pokemon origami and we’ve made several posts in the past about origami Pokemon. This time I’ve put together a master post of as many Pokemon that I can.
I had originally planned to put every single one that I’ve seen together in this post however there were just too much. I had to scale things down and went with just one image per Pokemon.
Some Pokemon are more popular than others. There are at least 5 different origami Charizard designs that I know of for example. Multiple people have folded the same Pokemon as well.
Because of this in this post we’re going to feature the single best version of each origami Pokemon. Whether that be an image or a video.
We haven’t quite managed to catch them all but we did put together about 100 of them which is quite an impressive amount.
Before we get into the Pokemon I made to take a minute to give a shout out to four amazing artists. Each of these people have designed a bunch of really amazing paper Pokemon.
Kakami Hitoshi is the first Pokemon designer I ever saw. He runs a website called Calico’s Origami Aquarium where you can find all his Pokemon models. Plus he has lots of other animals and especially origami fish.
Henry Pham runs a fantastic YouTube channel with lots of video instructions for folding Pokemon. He has video instructions that show how to fold the best Eeveelutions I’ve ever seen. I’ve even folded a few of them myself.
Paper Ph2 (I unfortunately don’t know their real name) runs another really great YouTube channel with tons of video instructions for origami Pokemon.
Finally I have to mention Lee Bo-Yeon, an artist from South Korea who has also designed a ton of really great Pokemon.
You’ll see all four of these artists come up lots of times throughout this post.
So with all that out of the way, lets get started with Generation 1.
Generation 1: Pokemon Red/Blue/Green/Yellow
Generation 1 is arguably the best generation when it comes to Pokemon designs. This is also reflected with the number of different origami designs there are. You’ll see there are way more Generation 1 designs than any other generation in this post.
First up is this video tutorial for a Bulbasaur designed by Henry Pham.
#001 Bulbasaur, Designed by Henry Pham
Henry Pham also designed this really great Charmander.
#004 Charmander, Designed by Henry Pham
Tadashi Mori definitely has my favourite Charizard design. It’s pretty complex and not easy to fold though.
#006 Charizard, Designed and Folded by Tadashi Mori
Here’s a really great Tauros design, especially the tails.
#128 Tauros, Designed by Henry Pham
There are a couple of really great Gyarados designs out there. Henry Pham has a really good one but for this post I had to go with this fantastic design by Kakami Hitoshi. It’s not too complex but it still has tons of details and really captures the ferociousness of the Pokemon.
#130 Gyarados, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi
Here’s a really great Lapras design. I love how the shell on the back is a different colour.
#131 Lapras, Designed by Henry Pham
As mentioned at the start of this post, when it comes to Eeveelutions Henry Pham has some of the best designs. He’s also nice enough to share them with these excellent video tutorials. I’ve tried folding them myself and they’re not too difficult. They look really great too, especially the Vaporeon.
The hardest one I found was the Jolteon. The one I folded looked terrible but I think I just need more practice.
#133 Eevee, Designed by Henry Pham and Folded by Natalia Romanenko
Everybody loves Snorlax and now you can fold your own!
#143 Snorlax, Designed by Henry Pham
Back when Pokemon Go first came out and everyone was playing it Henry Pham designed amazing origami versions of the 3 legendary birds that were also the mascots for the 3 teams in Pokemon Go. Articuno for Team Mystic, Zapdos for Team Instinct and Moltres for Team Valor.
These are all a little bit tricky to fold but the all look amazing.
#144 Articuno, Designed by Henry Pham
#145 Zapdos, Designed by Henry Pham
#146 Moltres, Designed by Henry Pham
Next we have possibly the cutest origami Pokemon design there is.
#147 Dratini, Designed by Adilio Toledo and Folded by Natalia Romanenko
Generation 2 was probably my favourite generation. It kept all the really great Pokemon designs from Generation 1 and added a bunch of new ones which were just as good. Generation 2 also introduced Espeon which is probably my all-time favourite Pokemon and Umbreon, another one of my favourites.
There are a lot of great origami Pokemon from Generation 2 as well. Let’s get started with one of the starters.
#152 Chikorita, Designed by Paper PH2
One of the most famous Pokemon from Generation 2 is Togepi so of course there’s an origami version of it too.
#175 Togepi, Designed by Paper PH2
Here’s a really great Wooper design.
#194 Wooper, Designed and Folded by Scott Keita Okamura
I absolutely love this Lugia. It’s another one of the best Pokemon origami designs I’ve ever seen. It’s all one sheet of paper and the colour changes are fantastic. It took Ji Woo Han 10 hours to fold this one.
#249 Lugia, Designed by Hashimoto Haruka and Folded by Ji Woo Han
Manectric is another one of my favourite Pokemon and this design is fantastic. I love how it perfectly uses colour changes so some parts of the model are yellow and others are blue, just like the actual Pokemon.
#310 Manectric, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi
Latios and Latias are both excellent Pokemon so of course there are origami versions of both of them. The really great thing is that they’re essentially the same design except for the colour. If you use red and white paper you end up with Latias and if you use blue and white paper you end up with Latios (I think I got that right).
There are a couple of really great Latios and Latias designs out there so picking one for this post was a bit difficult. In the end I decided on this one which isn’t too hard to fold and still looks really great. The colour changes match the actual Pokemon perfectly.
#380 Latias and #381 Latios, Designed by Wan Origami
The main legendaries in Generation 3 are Kyogre and Groudon. I managed to find a somewhat obscure Japanese YouTube channel with video instructions showing how to fold both of these. The designs are really great too.
#382 Kyogre, Designed by st te
#383 Groudon, Designed by st te
Jirachi is another legendary from Generation 3 and I absolutely love this Jirachi design. The 3 little strips of paper might technically be cheating but I don’t mind at all.
#385 Jirachi, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi
Deoxys is the final legendary for Generation 3 and ending things here we have this awesome shiny version of Deoxys. The whole model is folded from a single square of paper and it perfectly uses colour changes to match the actual Pokemon which is very impressive.
#386 Deoxys, Designed and Folded by Scott Keita Okamura
Generation 4 launched on the Nintendo DS in 2008 or 2009 depending on your country. This generation saw a pretty big graphical update and introduced a lot of excellent new Pokemon. Leafeon, another one of my favourite Pokemon is from this generation and we’ll see a really good origami Leafeon in a bit.
We’ll start off this generation again with the fire-type starter. I tend to usually pick the grass-type starter but the fire ones always seem to be the most popular.
#390 Chimchar, Designed by Henry Pham
Ambipom is a pretty unique looking Pokemon and this paper version captured it perfectly.
#424 Ambipom, Designed and Folded by Kakami Hitoshi
Leafeon is another one of my all-time favourite Pokemon and I usually have it on my team. In addition to all his other excellent Eeveelution designs Henry Pham also has this awesome Leafeon. I’ve folded it myself and it’s not too hard. You have to use white and green sided paper and for the most accurate look you need to fold with the white side as the dominant side and make the green side the back of the paper.
#470 Leafeon, Designed by Henry Pham
Probopass is a pretty obscure Pokemon but yep, there’s an origami version!
#476 Probopass, Designed and Folded by Lee Bo-Yeon
Generation 5 was a little bit different than the previous ones. Generations 2, 3 and 4 all included Pokemon from previous generations. As you played you definitely encountered some new Pokemon but you also ran into lots of Pokemon from the previous generations.
Black and White changed this and throughout the entire game you only encountered brand new Pokemon that were specially designed for this generation. After you completed the game you could start encountering older Pokemon though.
The developers wanted to capture the feel of how things were back in Generation 1 where everything was brand new.
Starting off this generation origami-wise we have each of the 3 starters.
Greninja is arguably one of the most popular Pokemon from this generation. Here’s a great tutorial showing how to fold a paper one.
#658 Greninja, Designed by Henry Pham
Henry Pham also designed this amazing Sylveon. The design is pretty amazing and even has those ribbons. Unfortunately there’s no tutorial for it yet so all we have is this video demo of it.
#700 Sylveon, Designed by Henry Pham
This Yveltal is easily another one of the most impressive looking origami Pokemon I’ve ever seen. It’s folded from a single sheet of paper. If you use a sheet of black and red paper you end up perfectly matching the colours in the actual Yveltal design.
#717 Yveltal, Designed and Folded by Ivan Danny Handoko
Paper PH2 made this great tutorial for a cute little Zygarde cell.
#718 Zygarde Cell, Designed by Paper PH2
Our final Pokemon for this generation is the unbound form of Hoopa.
#720 Hoopa Unbound, Designed by st te
Generation 7: Sun/Moon
Pokemon Sun and Moon just came out so there hasn’t been a lot of origami designed from these games yet. YouTuber st te though has created video tutorials for the main two legendaries from each of the games.
#791 Solgaleo, Designed by st te
#792 Lunala, Designed by st te
Wow, that’s a lot of origami Pokemon! We’ll probably keep updating this post into the future too as we see more.
In the mean time, let us know which one of these is your favourite in the comments. If you fold any of these feel free to share a photo of it with us too. We’d love to see!