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Why is Riolu classified as a baby Pokemon?

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The only similarity I can see is that it can't breed, but neither can Nidoqueen, so that's not a particularly useful indicator. It was introduced in the same generation as its evolved form, and I thought most baby Pokemon were introduced in later generations (like Pichu or Budew). Its stats aren't that bad for a unevolved Pokemon as well, with a BST of 285 (compare that to Pichu's BST of 205).

So is there any real reason as to why Riolu is considered a baby Pokemon?

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Not sure really on this question but by baby Pokemon are you like kinda referring to this?;

Riolu (Japanese: リオル Riolu) is a Fighting-type baby Pokémon.

If so, according to Bulbapedia;

Baby Pokémon can be classified as such by these four rules:
1. Can be obtainable by hatching an Egg.
2. Must be the lowest form in a family chain.
3. Must be able to evolve at least once.
4. In Undiscovered Egg Group.

^^More Similarities I suppose :P
Riolu fits those categories perfect so I suppose that's why? ;~;

Anyway, yeah most baby Pokemon were introduced after their first stage evolutions, with the exceptions of Riolu and Togepi.

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That's a very good answer.