If you love Pokémon as much as we do, then you know how important it is to keep yourself informed, up to date, and entertained when you’re not playing or watching it. One fun way to check all those boxes throughout the week is to tune into some of the awesome Poké-podcasts that are out there!
We have a lot of podcasts in our queue, and when it comes to Pokémon, we have a handful of favorites that we look forward to listening to every week. These podcasts have great hosts, engaging content, and some of the funniest conversations/banter you’ll hear. Of course, not every podcast is perfect, which we’ll point out later on. But, for the most part, these Pokémon pods do a good job connecting with audiences and providing useful info that Trainers, players, and collectors can use to their advantage.
Here are the Poké-podcasts that land in our top 5:
1. It's Super Effective
Probably one of the oldest and most well-known podcasts on this list, It’s Super Effective is a cool weekly pod that provides listeners and fellow Trainers with news from the Pokémon world. So, if you’re looking to stay in the loop with the latest, this is the podcast for you. It's Super Effective, covers a lot of ground, and offers a ton of valuable info on everything Pokémon. When we say everything, we mean games (GO, UNITE, Sword & Shield, etc.), cards, shows, merch, and a lot more.
Hosts Steve, Will, and Greg make every episode an enjoyable and informative experience for their audience, which has grown significantly over these last few years. Together, The Three Ludicolos, have made an award-winning podcast that’s packed with fun conversations and fantastic content. As we’ve said in the past, this can only be done if the hosts share a certain chemistry and rapport, which clearly these guys do.
Fans look forward to tuning into It’s Super Effective every Monday. As of this week, they’ve reached their 517th episode, with no signs of slowing down. You can catch Steve, Will, and Greg’s awesome Pokémon podcast on Google and Apple Podcasts.
If you've listened to this week’s show, be sure to leave the Pokémon of the Week in the comments section below!
2. Special Conditions
As long-time players and fans of the TCG, Adam Tuttle and Ken Pescatore make perfect hosts for this Poké-podcast, which offers a lot of insight into the various aspects of the game. If you want to know more about collecting or competing in the Pokémon TCG world, Special Conditions should be in your queue. With their combined experience and passion for Pokémon, Adam and Ken have created an enlightening, family-friendly pod that listeners love.
No matter how new or knowledgeable you are, Special Conditions provides valuable info for players of every level and can really be a great resource for audiences of all ages. In fact, some youngsters out there can use this pod as a guide for starting their Pokémon TCG journey. And if you’re looking to get back into the game after a hiatus or maybe get a feel for what the card market is doing, Special Conditions can help you there too.
We can’t say enough good things about this pod, so the best thing for you to do is give it a listen yourself, if you haven’t already. You find Ken and Adam doing what they do best every week (or sometimes every other week) on Apple and Google Podcasts
3. Lured Up
Many have called Lured Up their GO-to for Pokémon GO news and info! This is a fun, fiery podcast, presented by Pokémon Professor Network, that airs every week and offers Trainers/listeners a fresh perspective on their favorite Pokémon game. For those who have never tuned into Lured Up before, we would like to point out that the hosts (Ken and Adam) are known for sprinkling in some colorful language here and there, which can add some flair and humor to the show. So, we’ll just say that Lured Up isn’t the most family-friendly pod on this list, but it’s definitely entertaining.
One thing you will notice right away is that Ken and Adam are both very passionate and knowledgeable, as every host/duo should be. Their ability to make more serious topics surrounding Pokémon GO fun and entertaining for listeners is part of the reason why so many have chosen to make their pod a part of their weekly schedule. They also conduct some really great interviews with guests who feel just as strongly about the game as they do.
Again, Lured Up is one of the most entertaining Pokémon podcasts out there right now. Our only suggestion to them would be to maybe dial down the swearing just a tad. Other than that, it seems that Lured Up has the formula to keep Trainers in tune and up to date.
You can listen to Lured Up every week on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, Audible, Podchaser, and Stitcher.
4. Shadowless Podcast
Here’s a fun one that we think you’ll like. Shadowless is a very chill, laid-back pod hosted by Dani (SuperDuperDani), Nate (RealBreakingNate), and Jordan - three friends who love to talk, and occasionally banter, about all things Pokémon. This is another Pokémon podcast that looks to keep Trainers informed, but thanks to the humor and fun conversations that these three bring, it really doesn’t sound or feel like your average news pod. So, it not only keeps you up to date, but keeps you laughing as well.
Let’s be honest, it’s always fun to listen to a pod that features a group of friends talking about their (your) favorite game. But, if you listen to enough podcasts with that format, you realize that there’s a right and wrong way to do it. Sometimes there’s too much cross-talking, too many off-topic conversations, and tangents, which can easily happen in pods like this.
When this happens, listeners are not informed or entertained. However, Shadowless definitely does it right, as they have a perfect mix of both. They present their content in the most fun and informative way possible, without straying too far afield.
You can tune in every Wednesday on Apple and Google Podcasts, BuzzSprout, and Podchaser
5. Welcome to the World of Pokémon
This podcast has a rather unique format that’s different from the others mentioned on this list. Instead of a pod that’s focused on news, Welcome to the World of Pokémon is focused on education. Specifically, educating the audience (students) on Pokédex entries. Your hosts are Professor Jacob, Mr. Kurtis, and Corbin. Together, they create a classroom kind of environment for listeners who wish to learn more about Pokémon biology.
Now, even though this podcast has more of a classroom, educational format, it’s still just as fun and entertaining as the pods listed above. In fact, some episodes (or classes, if you will) may remind you of a time that you had in a real classroom when your teacher started a lesson on a certain topic/subject and found a way to make it more enjoyable for the whole class. And just like in a real class, sometimes the students can get a little rowdy, but Professor Jacob always keeps them from getting too out of control.
Overall, Welcome to the World of Pokémon is a funny, informative pod that we think everyone will enjoy listening to. Each episode (class) can last anywhere between 30 - 50 minutes long and airs every Wednesday on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
Now that you know our top 5, we really want to know yours. We also want to know if you’ve listened to any of the pods on our list, and if so, what did you think of them? With so many great podcasts airing right now, it’s tough to catch’em all, which is why we want to learn more about the ones you listen to. So, be sure to leave your thoughts, suggestions, and top 5 favorites in the comments.