What Your Pokemon Go Playing Style Says About Your Taste In Music

If you’ve jumped on the Pokemon Go bandwagon, chances are you’ve picked your team and favorite Pokemon — but does your favorite Pokemon type predict your favorite music style?

Probably not, but we tried to see if it did anyway. And if we missed, think of these as suggestions to replace the 30 minutes or so of original music that serve as the Pokemon Go soundtrack. You're probably sick to death of it by this point, anyway.

Here's what your favorite pocket monsters in Pokemon Go say about your taste in music.

NORMAL  Cock Rock
Whether it’s hair bands and glam rock from the '80s, grunge, or Nickleback — fans of Normal Pokemon opt for the most basic type of music. Just like seeing a Pidgey or Rattata, this music is everywhere, and quite frankly, a lot of people get sick of hearing it pretty quickly. The blob Snorlax the half-sleeping cat-bear, and Polygon the mouthless freak-accident from a stoned person in geometry class, are other normal-type favorites.

FIRE  Hip-Hop and Rap
Fire is fierce and edgy, but also a timeless classic with a sexy side (talking to you, Ninetails). It's no coincidence that Charizard looks like he's about to drop the most "fire" mixtape of 2016. Lovers of this type of Pokemon respect the honesty, creativity, and rawness of artists like Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar, but also know every lyric from Dr. Dre’s The Chronic 2001. Fire is one of the elemental types of Pokemon, and hip-hop and rap are an elemental pillar of music. Fire favorites include OG Charmander, fire-horse Rapidash, and sassy Vulpix.

WATER  House Music
From the tropical house tunes of Watermat and The Magician, to the progressive-house styles of Kaskade — if you love water-types like Squirtle, Staryu, and Poliwag, you can’t get enough of the builds and waves of house music beats. Water-loving types are floaty and somewhat unpredictable, where water-type Pokemon are the most common. Water-pokemon are strong, and have one go-to special attack at the gym (surf), and a person who loves the ebb and flow of house music melodies has that one, unique go-to move on the dance floor.

GRASS — Reggae
Grass-types are one of the weakest types of pokemon, so grass-type people aren’t in it for the glory. They're more of a chill person who just wants to have a good time. Let’s just say that grass-type Pokemon aren’t your only favorite type of grass. From classics like Bob Marley to more modern acts like Gyptian, Dirty Heads, and Sean Paul, reggae is your jam. Just like it’s hard to find a pure reggae act these days (a lot take inspiration from other music styles) most grass-type Pokemon are a combination of either bug, poison, or psychic — making grass types pretty dynamic. Currently, the only completely grass-type Pokemon on Pokemon Go is Tangela — and nobody really knows what it is.

FIGHTING — Country
Fighting-type Pokemon are the Alphas of Pokemon Go, and lovers of types like Mankey and Hitmonlee appreciate the straightforward voice of country music. Whether it’s following newcomers like Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood, or appreciating the artists who paved the way like Tim McGraw and Hank Williams, you admire strength and toughness. When on the offensive (which you often are), you’re effective against most other types of people.

While poison-types aren’t the strongest physically, they are calculated, strategic, and don’t mess around. Much like the people who love all of the different types of punk music: Tiger Army, The Casualties, The Dead Kennedys, The Descendants, Black Flag, Pussy Riot, Sheer Mag, Downtown Boys etc. On Pokemon Go, you actually get a “Punk Girl” medal after you catch so many poison-type Pokemon. Favorite types include Ekans, Nidoran, and Grimer.

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