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Basically what I actually want to know is, if I rename a Pokémon to its original name and trade it, will the traded Pokémon evolve with its proper evolved Pokémon name or retain its "nickname"?

For example, I catch an Ekans and nickname it "Slithers". Later on I decide to trade it and want to remove my nickname in case people on GTS don't like it. I nickname it back to its original form's name with the exact spelling and capitalization, "Ekans".

When the other person receives my Pokémon and evolves it, will it become "Arbok" or remain as "Ekans"?

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Not 100% certain, but as far as I know it'll count as a nickname and not change on evolution. –  Arperum Apr 16 at 13:39
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This is actually a great question. +1 to the question and answer. –  Mkalafut Apr 16 at 15:46
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Not a duplicate: this is about 6th gen, the other question is about 5th, and the answer is the opposite! –  Lohoris Apr 17 at 7:50

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I'm sorry, but the Pokemon will retain the changed nickname.

So if you have got a Pikachu you called "Pika" earlier, you may visit the house of the name rater and change it it to "Pikachu", but if it evolves it's still called "Pikachu" and not Raichu. (In Camphrier Town right after Lumiose City you will find the Name Rater in the Pokemon Center.)

Furthermore, if you trade it and your friend evolves it to Raichu it's still called "Pikachu" and he will NOT be able to change the name of it.(Due something like "it's the earlier trainers spirit")

So, no you can't delete a pokemons nickname. But you may change it to "Raichu" for example, trade it - and if your friend evolves it later on, the name is matching.

Except for using a cheat-module, this is the only way to deal with stupid nicknames :/

--- Update --- There is the chance of using a bug in generation 6: If the name contains special chars (like the asian ones) the game will remove the nickname if you swap your pokemon with somebody else. This way would cost you about 20 bucks to buy the asian version :/ Which is quite expensive (for a nickname) - but the only way, if you don't want to be reported for an inapropriate name :D

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Give all Pokemon nicknames of "Dragonite". –  Batophobia Apr 16 at 17:33

No. Since Diamond/Pearl there is "Nicknamed" bit stored in individual values bytes, probably to allow dynamically changing the nickname when Pokémon was traded internationally using GTS. The name rater always sets this flag, even if you changed the name to species name.

However, this only applies to Diamond/Pearl, and games released after it. Before GTS that allowed online trades (well, technically Pokémon Communication Center also allowed trading, but it was Japan-only, so no issue here), there wasn't a nickname flag. The game determined if the specie was nicknamed in very simple way - if it had the same name as the specie in your name, it was assumed to be not nicknamed.

This obviously caused a problem when the Pokémon was traded internationally and evolved, but before fourth generation such trades were rare (before you ask, yes, Game Boy games allowed international trades, but only between versions using Latin alphabet).

Just for fun, the only Pokémon that couldn't be restored to original nickname in second generation was Porygon2, because you couldn't type "2" normally.

In fifth generation (not sure about sixth), there is the only way of removing nicknames I'm aware of, but it's probably not intended to be used in this way. There is a filter in a game (client-side, server instantly rejects such names, which is an issue with specie names like Nosepass) that automatically removes a nickname when you try to send to the GTS something with a censored nickname (warning: link contains potentially offensive words). You may want to use something censored, and the game will automatically change it into species name when sending it using GTS.

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As soon as you rename your Pokemon for the first time, it will never return to being without a nickname. Even if you rename it to the original name, it will still be considered nicknamed and won't change on evolution.

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When you make a nickname, it is a nickname throughout their journey and yours. So if you decide to give them on, they will be called that forever, unless you change it. It will never change by itself. For example, naming Squirtle 'Squirtle' will cause them to be called 'Squirtle' for the rest of time, even if they evolve to Wartortle and Blastoise. If you don't want them to have a nickname, and just evolve with their pokemon name, just say no. You can't delete a nickname, so don't give 'em one if you don't want one!

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No, it'll keep the name you gave it as it's new name even if it evolves. But I think if you go to the name rater and delete the name and press enter, it'll usually just revert back to what it was originally, meaning it should change after evolution. In theory.

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