—Image © Kixeye
In-game Sprite
Pokey Animation
Monster Locker Level1
Favorite TargetAnything
DescriptionLike a swarm of ants, a roaming pack of Pokeys can devour a grown cow in less than five minutes.
Special AbilityN/A
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Pokey looks like a pink ball with purple-blue spikes protruding out of its body everywhere but its face. It has eyes which look lunatic, two nostrils, and vicious looking fangs.

Monster Information

"Thanks for unlocking me. I might be small, but I'm quick to hatch and can help you find the best route into an enemy's base. Start hatching me already!"

Pokeys are your basic monster, and you will unlock them automatically during tutorial at the very start of the game. Taking just 7 spaces of housing at level 6, it's the monster which takes the least space.

Main advantages:

-Low housing space

-Fast hatching time

-Low Goo cost to hatch

-Low Putty cost to upgrade

-Great in numbers

Keeping this in mind, Pokeys are useful in a lot of situations, including:

-Taking down single hit towers (snipers mainly, but you might also want to try teslas if you have enough of them, and even monster bunkers too).

-Taking down enemy champions, luring them away from towers with a small group of Pokeys (not more than four or five) and then flinging a large amount of them close to the victim (also known as a pokey bomb, a deadly attack to anything in the vicinity). This works pretty well against Drull, but you can try also against a low level Gorgo or a high level one with low HP. Never try this against a flying Fomor, since it cannot be attacked by Pokeys.

-Once you cleared towers from your enemy's yard, Pokeys are useful for your looting wave, since their low hatching time will help keep you from losing your looting wave to other players (Ninjas). However, it is advised that you fling them in seperately, in small groups, if all traps have not been detonated in the tower wave. You can lose a large group in only two or three booby traps.

-Tripping booby traps when you know their location.

-Baiting enemy bunkers to check their content. Octo-oozes are also good for this purpose, as they can withstand a couple of shots from most towers and therefore do not die before the entire contents of the bunker has been revealed.

-Helping clear the remaining buildings after  a raid. 

- If you have enough, it can be made into a pokey bomb.(Need 10M putty,though)

Main disadvantages:

-Low HP

-Low moving speed

Due to these two cons, it is highly adviced to avoid cannon towers, tesla towers and especially laser towers and definitely railguns. All of them can take a whole group of pokeys out in one-two shots, with the exception of the railgun in just a one hit kill

Upgrade Progression

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Movement Speed 1.2kph 1.2kph 1.2kph 1.2kph 1.2kph 1.2kph
Health 200 220 240 260 280 300
Damage 60 65 70 75 80 85
Goo Cost Goo-icon 250 Goo-icon 450 Goo-icon 675 Goo-icon 800 Goo-icon 1,000 Goo-icon 1,250
Housing Space 10 spaces 10 spaces 10 spaces 9 spaces 8 spaces 7 spaces
Production Time 15s 10s 8s 7s 6s 5s
Upgrade Cost Putty-iconFree Putty-icon4,000 Putty-icon8,000 Putty-icon12,000 Putty-icon16,000 Putty-icon22,000
Upgrade Time - 2h 3h 5h 8h 12h


  • Pokey used to be called "Heaphy", "Pinkus", and "Pinky"in order of oldness
  • Spurtz and Pokey are a similar ball shape.
  • You can fit 326 Pokies in your main yard with 4 maxed housings.
  • You can fit one more Pokey in a Monster Bunker if it is already full(this can only happen at some instances).
  • Pokeys are the weakest monsters in the game.
  • People want to see it devour a grown cow.
  • The Pokey of Backyard Monsters might have been inspired by the Spiny of Super Mario Bros due to the same spiky appearance and ball shape.
  • It is bigger than a Slimeattikus that has fissioned.
  • Pokey have small blue eyes in the picture but have big white eyes in-game.
  • Even though the description says that a pack of Pokeys can devour a grown cow in minutes, a pack of pokeys can destroy an entire building in a few seconds.
  • Pokeys resemble workers/builders, but are pink.
  • Pokeys are featured in the game "Attack of the Pokeys".
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