It was pokémon day not to long ago. Now I wanted to do something for pokémon day.. but I figured we kind have to many “days” CAPSLOCK SPEAK day, talk like a pirate day, three variants of valentines day, may the fourth as star wars day. It’s like we have a day for everything! Did you know that on february 27 it is not only Pokemon day, but also Polar Bear Day, Chili Day and Protein day… So was I busy saving a polar bear.. popping protein pills to get all jacked up or maybe I ate to much chili…and you know! You can decide.. February 28 was chocolate souffle day..but that did not turn out good for me. On the 27th The Pokémon Company and Google released a ranking of the most popular pokémon and today I will discuss their ranking and how I feel about it.
Honorable Mention: Snow .. Number 38
Snom to my surprise gained massive popularity in the pokemon community. It isn’t really good..it’s a Snom! It’s a bug ice type which make it’s quad weak to both rock and fire and does not have very good resistances due to how bad the ice type actually is… balance wise. Snom won my heart for how cute it is though and it since have become some sort of a meme. I would have suspected Falinks to be higher than Snom those guys are so adorable but I am still happy to see something as innocent like Snom on this list. Simply because it has no gameplay… let alone competitive play use, I know people really voted for it because they love it! There is also no nostalgia for it.. this is just a entry of pure love! And it made me smile.
Number 10: Gengar
Gengar is a pokémon I love to bits, it is a well designed, scary but fun pokémon that is also fun to use in both gameplay as well as competitive play. While I do think his gigantamax is just a poor man’s version of his terrifying mega-evolution Gengar has always gotten a lot of love and support from the pokemon community and it is well deserved. Had I make to make my own top 10 I think Gengar would be somewhere in the middle bracket. Ghost and Poison type is still fun for me to use. His lore simply telling you to give up hope when it’s behind you still is one of the most ominous pokédex entries to date and they make a pokémon powerful and scary enough to back it up. A well deserved candidate.
Number 9: Gardevoir
Now I know why she is on this list… you vagrants, but seriously Gardevoir is a great pokémon and once again worthy of a top 10 entry. For those who don’t know Gardevoir is one of these pokemon people do lewd a lot. It is a very feminine pokemon that more or less mimics a bride. However due to gender ratios in the games she first appeared in and still existing as a male form Gardevoir has also gotten a nasty reputation to be.. something of an ugly word in its context that rhymes with clap. It’s a bit of controversy about a lovely pokémon. I had many Gardevoirs on many teams and I love raising one! It’s just fun and she gets a very good moveset and utilities so I really love her. Her sleek white pink and green design is among my favorite colour schemes of all pokémon and if I ran one never did it felt lackluster. Definitely a great choice!
Number 8: Rayquaza
Mega-Ray is definitely my favorite Mega-Evolution in the entire pokémon series. It looks stunning. Even among the legendaries it is one of my favorites, though I do feel this spot should have gone to Mew. While I adore Rayquaza’s design his impact on the pokémon world is just so much less than Mew’s. Still amazingly designed though so I do get why people would vote for this one. The problem I have with legendaries is that you get them so late into the game, I never really get a bond with them. The only mythical/legendary I really enjoyed was Victini because you could get it so early in the game. Rayquaza is something you get LATE LATE game. Like it’s an endgame pokémon and even then it’s late. So I never really felt a bond which pokémon such as those. Poipole being another exception mostly because it’s kind of Eldritch Pikachu. In the TCG Rayquaza has always had some good cards and figurine wise.. that would be the one I really want, as far as a usable legendary I think there are more memorable options.
Number 7: Garchomp
This one is the first I actively disagree on. Garchomp is a great pokémon but it’s such a normy answer. Sure it is great to use a Garchomp in competitive battles as it truly is a fearsome beast with heaps of potential.. I just don’t find it fun to use.Garchomp uses Earthquake, Swords Dance, Outrage and another physical attack. There isnt that much wiggle room. Maybe you can give it Dragon Dance instead but meh! My biggest issue with the pokemon however is that it is not fun to raise.Training a Gibble I never found fun. Training Dragons from early on I never found fun.. with the exception of Goomy and Deino and the latter evolves ridiculously late. I am also not a big fan of Garchomps design.. it’s angry land shark with blades for arms. I always felt it was a bit to Edgy.. Like Bisharp.. They both feel more like Digmon to me.. so yes I can’t agree with this one.. but I understand you guys who voted for it. Now go listen to your my chemical romance cd’s because this next one is not your cup of tea.
Number 6: Sylveon
Oh my Arceus, My favorite Pokémon is in the top 10! Yes YES! YES. I love you guys. Not only is Sylveon the best eeveelution ever ( though most disagree with me still) it is also a very solid allrounder pokémon. That can both be tanky and deceptively aggressive. Dynamaxing has hurt how good it is (due to how fairy Max moves work) but I still love the pokémon and it’s very concept. It’s the pokemon that evolves by love (and knowing Fairy moves) not friendship but love! Well .. it used to.. now it evolves by friendship..but stil. It is a pokémon that completely symbolises love and it’s pink! How can I not love it. Sylveon is a strong pokémon that with his ability pixilate and the move hyper voice can turn into a total ringer! It its tremendously fun to use to raise as you really need to spend time with your pokémon to play with it and feed it and actually get a pet like feeling, so it’s very easy to bond with and I adore that and everything about it.
Number 5: Umbreon
Clearly you guys don’t know what the best Eeveelution is. Umbreon is better than Sylveon? Heck no! Not in my world! It has the better shiny though and it is my second favorite Eeveelution. In fact it might just be top 10 material for me as well. Umbreon is a toxic staller pokémon and while I would put Chansey in it’s spot in the top 10, I love myself a good toxic staller. This Pokémon is known as Blacky in Japan.. well actually Burraki I guess but still. It is in the top 3 of my favorite shinies and it’s an adorable little thing. My issue with it that unlike Sylveon , Umbreon isn’t that fun to use during actual gameplay, it has more weaknesses than chansey.. but also has the same as my pink egg nurse, just different immunities but Chansey has such high hp that it doesn’t matter. Unlike Sylveon I never really found reason to use Umbreon, though Foul Play is better than Seismic toss. Also it was hassle to raise it at night.. because I could not play my game that late when I was a kid. Only on a holiday and a weekend. If it was in my top 10 it would take the 10 spot.. or it is slightly below. Still solid taste.. unlike the next slot.
Number 4: Charizard
First of all you picked the wrong starter.. Team Bulbasaur! Secondly.. I really think Charizard stuff has been overkilled. He has gotten a Gigantamax, Two Mega-Evolutions, each TCG set has Charizard ringers, he had a major role in the Ash anime as well as in Origins. Charizard feels so available that it is hard not to love. I get why it is beloved but I am surprised that so many still support the old dog. In all honesty I never saw the appeal as much. I loved him in the anime.. the bond growing between him and Ash but that has later been done even better. Charizard to me feels like Pewdiepie. I am sure there is good content to be had but it also shouts a bit “buy my merch” Still a great classic because it is the dream pokémon of an 8 year old boy and those who never grew that much further into the franchise but for those who us who have been in this journey for so long.. this kind of feels like a REALLY?! pick for me. I am happy it is just number four though
Number 3: Mimikyu
A … we return to good taste. I adore Mimikyu and find it infinitely funny that the one mimicking an OG is the more popular one of the two. Mimikyu is a ghost pokémon that dresses up like Pikachu because it also wants to be loved.. but if people see it’s true body they get cursed and oftenly perish. So it makes a costume that is very dear to it and which it will take very good care off, repairing it as soon as it is broken and not resting until it’s fixed again. This is one of those pokémon that truly touched by heart in a big way. He is the plushie I am missing most in my collection! Mimikyu is fun in the anime, it’s great during gameplay and even can see some lower tier competitive play. It has gotten quite a bit of love in the tcg and merch department as well so no matter which way you go there will be some Mimikyu for you.. without it being overly obnoxious. A great choice that is definatly in my own top 5.
Number 2 : Lucario
By far the worst pick on this list. It feels so normie. Lucario is a solid pokémon with a cool design and I did enjoy Korina and her Lucario in the anime but it is just a Mewtwo Echo Fighter in Smash, It’s so so in the pokemon tcg and for some reason it can never really live up to my expectations in games. Lucario feels slower than he should be and deals less damage than I think it should. It looks strong and cool but it also feels really catered to 8 year olds. I get why people are nostalgic for Charizard so I forgive them for voting for such a dudebro pokémon but Lucario.. I don’t know! It had that one movie it was really good in but I never really saw the appeal. At best I’d count him as my 5th favorite fighting type and MAYBE it’s in the top 3 of steel types for me. My second favorite Pokémon has now become Alcreamie I truly love it but I do get why it hasnt made this list
Number 1: Greninja
I’d go as far as saying Greninja is my favorite final water evolution. I love Primarina and Blastoise as well but Greninja had something that seemed much cooler than Water Types usually are. There is many water starters I prefer over it’s basic form Froakie, yet none evolve as cool as this one. It’s probably also one of my favorite water types to raise due to how diverse he is and how it makes so much more sense to use on land than most water pokémon. It’s protean ability which allows it to switch typings only makes it better. Since we now have Libero Scorbunny, which also allows it to switch typings base, a cool little tug of war is going on between those two. (Since Greninja gets a lot of dark type moves and Cinderace gets a lot of fighting types they might alternate between which one is super effective.
Greninja was also such a star in the anime, their bond even topping that of Ash and Charizard! In fact I might even argue their bond was better than that of Ash and Pikachu. Which is why never forgave Ash for abandoning it. Is Greninja that greatest pokemon ever? No… battlebond (Where it transforms into a hybrid between him and ash) feels to flimsey in games. Yet I do get the appeal. Not a top 10 pokémon for me by a longshot but a top 50 entry for sure. I also get why people love it which feels like a completely genuine pick so I am happy it at least got this much love! It shows that Pokémon is more than nostalgia.. it’s about bonds as well. And that is a message I can very much get behind.
Of course you should not take my opinion to seriously. Each Pokémon on this list has earned their love way or another. If yours is not here it doesnt mean it is trash either. That is the beauty of this series. Each finds what they love in different packages! I simply explained my view on these!
Who do you think should be added to this list?! Remember that I love you all and don’t forget to keep smiling