|Pokémon series character|
|First game||Pokémon Red and Blue|
|Designed by||Ken Sugimori|
|Voiced by (English)||Emily Jenness (Brock's)
Rachael Lillis (4Kids)
Sarah Natochenny, Emily Jenness (PUSA)
|Voiced by (Japanese)||Miyako Itō (Takeshi's)
Tomoe Hanba, Tomoko Kawakami (Nurse Joys')
Chansey, known in Japan as Lucky (ラッキー Rakkī ), is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori, Chansey first appeared in the video games Pokémon Red and Blue and subsequent sequels, later appearing in various merchandise, spinoff titles and animated and printed adaptations of the franchise.
Design and characteristics
Chansey was one of several different designs conceived by Game Freak's character development team and finalized by Ken Sugimori for the first generation of Pocket Monsters games Red and Green, which were localized outside of Japan as Pokémon Red and Blue. Originally called "Lucky" in Japanese, Nintendo decided to give the various Pokémon species "clever and descriptive names" related to their appearance or features when translating the game for western audiences as a means to make the characters more relatable to American children. While her name was originally to be "Lucky" in English, it was changed to "Chansey", which takes from the word "chance".
Chansey, known as the Egg Pokémon, have pink, egg-shaped bodies. They have hair-like outgrowths on the side of their heads. Chansey have stubby limbs, a short tail, and a pouch that holds an egg. Chansey is a female-only species with no male counterpart. Extremely rare in the wild, Chansey is said to bring happiness to those who are lucky enough to capture it. Chansey lays a new egg every day. The egg is extremely nutritious, tasty and sublime. A kind-hearted and charitable Pokémon, Chansey will share its eggs with injured Pokémon it may come across. Chansey walks carefully to protect its egg from damage but can be startlingly fast when it must run from danger.
In video games
Chansey first appears in Pokémon Red and Blue, where it can be found in the Safari Zone, and is considered a rare Pokémon. Because of Pokémon Yellow being based on the anime, Chansey appear in Pokémon Centers. It later appears in several sequels, including Pokémon Gold and Silver, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Pokémon Diamond, and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. In Gold and Silver, Chansey gains an evolution called Blissey, while it gains a pre-evolution in Diamond and Pearl called Happiny.
Outside of the main series, Chansey has appeared in Pokémon Pinball, Pokémon Snap, and the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games. In Pokémon Stadium 2, Chansey stars in its own minigame called "Egg Emergency". Players get points for catching eggs in their pouch, while having to avoid bombs. In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness, Chansey runs the Chansey Day Care where the player can hatch their eggs received as a reward from missions. In Super Smash Bros, Chansey will sometimes appear from the Silph Co. Building in Saffron City. In Super Smash Bros Melee, Chansey appears as a float in the Pokéfloats stages. In both games, Chansey can appear from a Poké Ball and throw eggs which either heal the player or contain items.
In other media
Throughout the anime, Chansey is mainly seen working at Pokémon Centers. The first instance was in Pokémon Emergency!. In Overjoyed! a Nurse Joy uses a Chansey to defeat Ash's Corphish in battle. In DP190, Brock's Happiny evolves into Chansey in order to help sick Pokémon. In Pokémon Adventures, Chansey is seen as a Pokémon under the ownership of Daisy Oak, Blue's sister. Plum owns a Chansey in Magical Pokémon Journey.
Since appearing in the Pokémon series, Chansey has received generally positive reception. It has been featured in several pieces of merchandise, including figures, plush toys, and the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Its design was used for Pop Tarts along with three other Pokémon.
Author Paolo Taggi described Chansey as a rare Pokémon, while The San Diego Union editor Chris Morgan called it a coveted Pokémon. Time described Chansey as a "vaguely dinosauric pinkish cloud". Irish Independent News editor Sarah Chalmers described Chansey as "cute and cuddly", commenting that she would fit in well in My Little Pony. GamesRadar editor Carolyn Gudmundson listed the "huggable pink blob" type Pokémon as one of the most overused Pokémon designs, citing Chansey as an example. She described it as frustrating to obtain due to her rarity and low catch rate, but ultimately saying that it was the most useful of this type of Pokémon, Fellow GamesRadar editor Raymond Padilla criticized the Safari Zone due to how difficult it is to capture rarer Pokémon, citing Chansey specifically. Fellow GamesRadar editor Brett Elston described it as "semi-iconic" to the series, describing it as a "meat shield". IGN described Chansey as odd in both appearance and nature, citing its high health but low defense for the latter. They comment that it is hard to recommend Chansey unless the player is intending on annoying their opponent.
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