Literally just two mice holding hands, Pokemon Scarlet & Violet’s Tandemaus is quickly considered one of the cutest ‘monsters’ in the series.
Scarlet & Violet may have had more problems than its fair share, but Gen 9 had some absolute hit Pokemon designs that were fast becoming a fan favorite. There were Fidough, Lechonk, Quaxley, and more before it was released, but now that the game has actually been released, the floodgates have really opened up for Paldea’s favorite Pokemon.
While there are a few new Pokemon that are rapidly gaining popularity in the last week, they all have a Tandemaus that is quickly reigning over them. Wait, that’s two? Tandemaus may literally just be two rats holding hands, but his sheer cuteness invalidates everyone’s brains and makes them call him one of the best Pokemon of the 9th Gen.
And who can blame them? Even with just two little mice, Tandemaus is one of the cutest Pokemon to be introduced in a while, mostly thanks to its small size, general lack of mouth, and small button eyes. Some also, The seams and eyes are a clue that she’s inspired by dolls like the Sylvanian Families.This is another point in his favour.
Social media quickly flooded with fancams and fan drawings of Tandemaus, with many focusing on the little red face Tandemaus makes when they scream and the little animation of clapping when they’re happy. Things get even sweeter when you read the Pokedex entry that mentions that they “cut any food they find exactly in half.”
However, the tandemaus is just the beginning of how cute things can be. In a weird move for Pokemon, Tandemaus evolution literally adds another baby mouse or two, then changes its name to Maushold. Beyond the incredible wordplay out there, this strange evolution method caused some confusion in players who didn’t initially know how to evolve the Tandemaus.
It seems that Tandemaus literally evolves on its own, with no effort from the player. It’s definitely a weird move, but it’s another reason why Tandemaus is so cute. There’s this little mouse family and it’s doing its own thing, and the player has absolutely no say in it. More traditional Pokemon players probably hate it, but zoomers who make fan cams of weird mouse Pokemon love it.
Another thing that Pokemon fans love about Tandemaus is one of his moves, the Population Bomb. This move may sound like some kind of dirty joke, but it’s actually Tandemaus’ signature move and is oddly classified as a cutting move. Although this is actually due to the sharp teeth of Tandemaus (mentioned in the Pokedex entry), this is already Drawing of a threatening fan of Tandemaus holding a knife.