In the older Pokémon games my brother and I always tried to come up with the most weird Pokémon-names. For example we chose something like "poo-toilet". Will others be able to see them and can you get in trouble if you pick a name that offends others? Can other people see the name if your Pokémon is in a gym?

  • Haha. But I wouldn't name mine the F-word.
    – Jim Jones
    Jul 13, 2016 at 17:35
  • You can try using a funny Trainer name instead, though I'm not sure how they're regulated. My sister's is PenisInMyMouf, which makes me conclude they either do not check or do not care.
    – Kimbluey
    Jul 21, 2016 at 21:45

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Other trainers cannot see nicknames you give Pokemon, so nobody else will be able to tell if you give your Pokemon offensive names.

Source: "...create a personal nickname that can only be seen by you" (emphasis mine)

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    This was the answer I was looking for and it's probably the easiest solution for the devs to prevent foul language. Thanks!
    – Gigala
    Jul 7, 2016 at 13:44
  • You can see the nicknames of Pokémon in gyms, so this answer ought to be amended.
    – jackwise
    Jul 15, 2016 at 17:17
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    @jackwise I've never seen another trainer's nicknamed Pokemon in a gym, so I think you only see the nickname in the gym if it's your own Pokemon there.
    – Doktor J
    Jul 15, 2016 at 20:25
  • @DoktorJ you're correct, I was misremembering. apologies!
    – jackwise
    Jul 15, 2016 at 20:35

They do seem to filter out some things, I couldn't put some names I wanted in there.

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    Were the names being censored (i.e., were you trying to enter slurs/swears), or were they just too long? From what I understand, there is a length limit of 11 characters.
    – Mage Xy
    Jul 13, 2016 at 15:30

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