February 27, 2016 at 03:54 PM EST

More than 700 pocket monsters strong, many of the titular creatures in the Pokémon series live in the shadow of the original 151 introduced in Pokémon Red and Blue. From the starters Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur to the legendary Mewtwo to franchise mascot Pikachu, the first set of Pokémon includes a number of beloved collectible creatures.

But not all Pokémon are created equal, and every one of the original 151 can’t be a Pikachu or a Geodude. For every Charizard there’s a… well, whatever Muk is.

With that in mind, EW’s Poké-experts have ranked the original 151 based on their staying power, the usefulness in the game, their design, and just how simply awesome they were when first introduced. For the best of the best, check out EW’s gallery of the top 30, but read on for the rest of the original 151 Pokémon ranked from worst to best. And for more in celebration of the series’ 20th anniversary on Feb. 27, read EW’s ranking of the six Pokémon generations.

151. Raticate — Rats are bad enough. A giant one has no business anywhere in your Pokémon rotation.

150. Persian — It’s literally just a big cat.

149. Tentacruel

148. Weezing

147. Exeggcute

146. Cloyster

145. Muk — The name alone is a problem, but the mere thought of living purple sludge is nightmare-inducing.

144. Jynx

143. Weepinbell

142. Beedrill — Nothing worse than an accidental Beedrill sting.

141. Parasect

140. Venomoth

139. Mankey

138. Golem

137. Grimer

136. Lickitung — The Gene Simmons of the Pokémon universe is as creepy as its name suggests.

135. Omastar

134. Hypno — Hypno definitely carries around a copy of The Game.

133. Seaking

132. Kabuto

131. Rhydon

130. Dodrio

129. Machoke

128. Victreebel

127. Seel — It’s… it’s just a seal with a silly smile.

126. Koffing

125. Seadra

124. Nidorino

123. Kingler

122. Drowzee

121. Shellder

120. Poliwrath — Poliwag and Poliwhirl seemed so friendly, why does their third form have to look so mean?

119. Golduck

118. Venonat

117. Vileplume

116. Golbat

115. Wigglytuff

114. Sandslash

113. Kakuna

112. Metapod

111. Fearow

110. Clefable

109. Exeggutor — A bit of a dummy, Exeggutor earns some points for the comedic relief that stems from its confusion.

108. Marowak

107. Primeape

106. Zubat

105. Gastly

104. Oddish

103. Dugtrio

102. Weedle — Not as creepy as some of the other bug Pokémon, but not nearly as adorable as Caterpie.

101. Pinsir

100. Aerodactyl

99. Tauros

98. Dragonite

97. Omanyte

96. Kabutops

95. Electrode

94. Mr. Mime

93. Chansey

92. Kadabra — Missing the sweet facial hair/extensions of Alakazam and not nearly as memorable a nuisance as Abra, Kadabra is mostly around to make the punchline of this evolutionary tree’s names land.

91. Arbok

90. Spearow

89. Flareon

88. Clefairy

BREAK: Take a moment to enjoy all of these names in rap form:

87. Magneton

86. Tangela

85. Rhyhorn

84. Paras

83. Hitmonlee

82. Venusaur

81. Nidorina

80. Machamp

79. Porygon — Seizure-inducing problems aside, Porygon is one of the most distinct, though ultimately underutilized, members of the original 151.

78. Goldeen

77. Slowbro

76. Graveler

75. Bellsprout

74. Doduo

73. Vaporeon

72. Nidoran (male)

71. Nidoran (female)

70. Dratini

69. Ekans

68. Tentacool — The only time a jellyfish has ever looked badass.

67. Gloom

66. Rattata

65. Pidgeot

64. Wartortle

63. Nidoking

62. Growlithe

61. Poliwag

60. Voltorb

59. Ponyta

58. Electabuzz

57. Haunter

56. Staryu

55. Jolteon

54. Mewtwo — The first man-made Pokémon set the benchmarks for future legendaries, but its evil ways in the original Pokémon movie prevent Mewtwo from rising any higher.

53. Kangaskhan

52. Vulpix

51. Sandshrew

50. Ditto

49. Magmar

48. Krabby

47. Magnemite

46. Machop

45. Alakazam

44. Charmeleon — Sandwiched in between two of the best Pokémon around, Charmeleon is the awkward middle child in every sense.

43. Raichu

42. Caterpie

41. Pidgey — A staple of any Red and Blue player’s early arsenal, Pidgey is one of the first introductions to the world of flying.

40. Nidoqueen

39. Meowth — Team Rocket’s version of Pikachu, the anime’s talking Meowth is one of the franchise’s most memorable singular Pokémon.

38. Onix

37. Magikarp — Just keep splashing.

36. Starmie

35. Zapdos

34. Ivysaur

33. Farfetch’d

32. Gengar — That mischieveous grin masks one devious force in battle.

31. Horsea

And check out the Top 30 here.

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