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.
POISON — Punk
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.
GROUND and ROCK — Metal
Ground and rock pokemon are listed together because most are dual types together, and share similar strengths and weaknesses. Ground and rock-type Pokemon like Onix, Rhyhorn, and Cubone have a lot of similarities to steel types, and aren’t fans of floaty-water and relaxed-grass types; making them a little more intense. Ground and rock-types are strong with a high defense and let it all out with shredding metal ballads from the likes of Megadeth, Metallica, Lamb of God, Cradle of Filth, and Maktbehov.
ELECTRIC — Dubstep/ Drum & Bass
Pikachu is arguably the star of the Pokemon television series, along with the Pokemon Go game. If you love electric types, you love to be center stage too, and go for the loudest and most attention-grabbing music you can find. Pikachu is also represented at countless raves in the form of costumes and backpacks, is the leader of the Pokemon band, and was mocked for his partying habits in an episode of Robot Chicken. Although you don’t want to generalize all electric pokemon — we’re guessing Electrobuzz and Zapdos get down, too. The only real weakness to an electric Pokemon is a ground type, and unlike water, electric Pokemon hit harder and prefer the tunes of Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Delta Heavy, Kill The Noise, and Skrillex.
PSYCHIC — Experimental/ Psychedelic
People who love psychic types are smart, and maybe sometimes a little too smart. Your only real weakness is yourself, because you’re creative and can get into your own head at times. This is why people who love psychic-types like Drowzee and Abra need music like Animal Collective, Tame Impala, Pink Floyd or the Mars Volta — something that’s a little more cerebral and gives their active brains and intuition something to play with. BUG — Jazz/ Blues
Bug-types are one of the weakest and least-attractive Pokemon in the game, so chances are if you like bug types, you are kind of an underdog yourself, or a hipster (liking them for ironic purposes). But one thing is for certain: Only real music nerds get into jazz and blues, and bug-types like Caterpie and Pinsir are definitely the music nerds of the Pokemon world. You may be somewhat shy, or find it hard to break out of your shell, which is why you choose music that’s great to just enjoy in solitude with a glass of wine like like Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, and Muddy Waters.
FAIRY — Pop, Disney Soundtracks
You can’t resist putting your hands up every time you hear old-Miley’s “Party In The U.S.A.” You also openly jam out to the soundtrack of Mulan and The Little Mermaid. The only difference between you and everyone else, is that you DGAF and own your embarrassing taste in music (because let’s be honest, we all have at least one pop guilty pleasure). Even though your music style isn’t exceptional, your personality is what makes you attracted to the rare-breed fairy-types.
DRAGON — Indie
People admire your taste in music, and you’re always looking for the latest and greatest new band or artist. You’re a leader and a trendsetter, and one of the most elusive types of music fans. It takes more for you to be won over or impressed with music because you listen for, and expect more, than the average listener. You pride yourself on digging a little deeper than your peer group and really spending time thinking through your pokemon. To your friends, this comes off as a little smug. Some of your all-time favorites include Modest Mouse, the White Stripes, Interpol, Sufjan Stevens, and Dinosaur Jr.
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