It’s always Sunny in Paradise: Sunshine Blogger Award 6

Hello again my sweet Island Guests! It is Siesta week! That week where it is so hot outside that I coast myself through it writing mostly using blog tags. Almost all of them ironically are Sunshine Blogger Awards! Today I will handle my sixth! Saturday one more will follow!  So come on join the Siesta and check out some blog tags! Like always in my posts you can get yourself nominated all you have to do is ask!

Rules and Gratitude

This time I am not going to copy the rules! I seriously do not think there is anyone who doesn’t know them by now.  Display the logo, thank the one who tagged you, answer 11 questions, come up with 11 questions.. nominate 11 people.  Eleven people is too much to nominate so I will nominate three. By the end of doing these three sunshine blogger tags I have nominated 11 people!

Celestial Sparkles is the one that tagged me and of course she deserves my gratitude! I am honoured that so many people keep tagging me! I do feel loved and that is a great feeling that makes these questions so much more fun to do! I am not just writing for myself.
My dearly appreciated blogging buddy also has taken a shine, pun intended,  to my style of doing these and adds Pinkie Pie.. to all her stories which I really love! As a result I now imagine she is a pony in real life.. but Pinkie Pie is so emotable it makes for amazing visual presentation! Check it out here! Since  Celestial Sparkles uses Pinkie Pie as her avatar, Pinkie frequently interacts with Pinkie! Which is lovely and both confusing. So now let’s see if Pinkie can ask the questions of Pinkie.

What is the most geeky thing about you?

Well I dream that I have to patrol the city with Darkwing Duck, or that I have to do a Shokugeki against a vampire girl making Goulash, that’s pretty geeky. My house is filled with Pokémon, there isn’t a piece of non geeky art on my wall and if I could drive I would certainly drive in the Pikachu car. I don’t think there is a lot that is not geeky about me. I go out for drinks.. but I play games a lot more. I watch anime weekly sometimes more.

If you really want to know what is the most geeky thing about me.. it’s probably that with a picture I know like 95% of all Pokémon.. if not 100%.  I can recognise a fair few  by their cry, I know the stat distribution of most, in a lot of cases I even know what colour they are slotted in according to their pokédex.. and no it’s not as easy as it might sound.  I even had a pokémon adventure at conventions and my lifelong dream is to visit the Pokémon Café in Tokyo! Like it is my second highest dream.. with the first one being hidden because it’s too personal.. some might be able to tell what it is.. but yeah Pokemon Café Tokyo is the place I would visit if I could go anywhere in the world. That’s pretty geeky I’d say! Though some might call it being a Pokémon Loser.

What is the next Anime that you are planning to watch?

Actually It is time for me to generate another random anime to watch so for me to answer that question I go to randomanime.org generate a list of anime and then roll a random number between 1 and 50 as I pick that spot on the list. So the next anime I am going to watch apparently is Nanana’s Buried Treasure! I am not going to read anything about it and watch the first 5 episodes and then check if I will continue it!  I really like random elements in my life! I know there are so many great suggestions to see.. but I like not knowing what will happen or what I will experience the next day. So I don’t plan a lot.. I just go with this stuff and somewhere I decided that once per month I roll a random anime and watch it.. last month’s pick.. unfortunately was not good enough to write a blog about. It was Stan Lee’s The Reflection.. I just could not find words to write about it! So let’s hope Nanana’s buried treasure fares better.

If you could write out your life story, how would that story go?

As in how will it go from here?! That would not be something I really like to do.. I do have my struggles and gripes with life right now and I went to a very depressed spell thinking of just giving up a while ago but I think writing my life out would be worse. Always knowing what is going to happen?!  I mean.. I’d use it to get filthy rich and support all of you on Kofi and donate to your websites and all.. but also get a super comfy home and probably host my own convention or such. That’s a dream I also have.. hosting a con!   That might actually make a neat  story on how I’d accomplish that. Talking to dealers, dealing with my own social anxieties to realise this dream.. and of course visiting the Pokémon Café in Tokyo to have a conversation with a band we are booking.. my trip and food of course would be factored into the admission ticket price. Yet if I write out my life.. I set up expectations for my life.. dreams are nice but if dreams become expectations it can lead to unhappiness and discourse and I want to avoid that. So if at all possible.. the story of my life remains unwritten until it happens. If I know stuff is going to happen life would be very boring.

What was the saddest Anime scene you have watched?

That is something I could not spoil.. it involves a little girl, a radio and the sweetest most helpful teacher you ever saw. While it is a somewhat comedic scene I knew how the dialogue flowed and what was going to happen. I yelled to the screen. No! No don’t do this!  But the Radio.. came into play exactly as I had expected. Later on we get a recall to that scene and it made me feel even worse. I don’t worry that much about spoilers but this anime..was something so special as an experience to me.. at least for the first half of the series that I would not even want to spoil the series name now. The girl has a cute black hat and pink hair and the teacher has lavender hair and a dark purple dress .. and that is all I am willing to share about it. It might not have been the saddest scene.. but the scene I least wanted to happen.

I shared more than that in the past but it was in a different context. If I have to name anything by name.. I  could say Ushio’s death from Clannad but to be fair that didn’t do much for me. The death of a hero and the death of a loved one, in a certain very over the top mecha show I talk a lot about that made me cry a whole lot.  Then there is this story about a girl and her beloved dog.. and the plight of a father to bring the two closer together… that messed me up pretty much as well.Actual Spoiler Coming up!  Recently an episode of Slime I watched made me ball like a baby as well! The ending of Tengen Toppa left me feeling deeply saddend as well.

What was the best thing you have done for a friend?

That’s a bit relative. For one guy who is very dear to me I picked him up and helped him get up after his bride left him at the altar after ten years of being together. I spent any waking moment I could with him so he did not have to feel alone, even helped him get back in the saddle a bit by helping him ‘chase’. That is an energy I very much hate.. but I did it for him cause I wanted to see him happy.  Yet in the end that all seems to have been gone and forgotten now that he has a new relationship.

Another friend I took into my group of friends after his father passed away and introduced him to new people and helped him grow into the amazing fun person he is today. I helped him come out of his shell by having fun with him myself. I would classify the latter as maybe a lesser thing as it was only natural..but it had such a great impact.  Another friend I helped build up after she was mentally completely spent..she had nothing left.. I helped her rebuild her life but recently she told our friends she sees me as a huge failure because I am too sick to get a job currently..she was glad that even though she was a failure in life I was a bigger one.. I’d classify the effort I put in her to be amazing.. but it meant nothing to them.

Once I had a friend.. who was once a very popular kid! He was exiled because he broke his arm and could not play Soccer anymore.. we were very young like 10 or so. He even became suicidal. He was a former bully of mine.. but I offered him a friend in his time of need and desperation. He missed being popular though and even if we made good friends.. I knew he wasn’t happy. The rest of the class bullied me as well.. so I sacrificed our friendship to make him popular again.. the place where he was happiest.. among the jock kids. I told him where to bully me so it hurts. If he bullied me again.. saying he did it to win my trust just to crush my spirit they might think he is cool again..because I was really hated because I moved weird.
He did not want to do it at first.. but when he found out that he could not make it back to the soccer team because people did not want him there..he decided to go ahead.. he was very passionate about the sport but was to poor to travel to another town. I made sure he made me cry and break.. and it worked .. he was accepted back in the folds. He never really bullied me after that and even kept the other bullies away but we could not hang out anymore as on the record we on opposite sides. During a Reunion he came up to me and thanked me.. he even got a job in the soccer industry.. and getting back on that team was his first step.. and he had a very happy live.

What were your plans this year before the pandemic?

Hmmm some of the things I had planned are a tad on the personal side. Health wise some changes of plan had to be made, as some treatments I had scheduled both mentally and physically got postponed due to risks and rules etc. My plan to move away from where I live to a more open minded less racist place went south due to schools and jobs going in the fritz. I would also visit a few conventions but they poofed of course. Luckily I don’t really form expectations so I did not do the 2020 will be my year kinda stuff, not really .. so it’s not all that bad. It’s just very much not my year.. but I  that goes for everyone.. so at least I am not that disappointed. It is not like I planned to go to the Pokémon Café this year! I would have been utterly devasted if I missed that. Luckily I can still dream about Mew’s Fluffy Marshmallow Drink.

If you could pilot a mech or Gundam, which one would it be?

The Power Rangers Ninja Falcon Megazord combination with me flying the Pink crane I want the Falcon Zord combination so I can fire lots and lots of missles.. .. Thunder megazord with me flying the pink phoenix would be great as well. If you are in your regular Mecha show you are going to die! Also there are hardly any pink mecha’s out there! I am very big on mecha shows either.. only Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and heck if I want to pilot anything in that world! No sirree.  So since Power Rangers never die…except for one…and she was pink.. that seems like the safest mech to pilot! Also it comes with a cool pink suit! I could hang out in a juice bar, the job automatically comes with at least two friends.. but usually more, there is usualy something cute on my team as well and I get fireworks and get to take poses?! Heck yeah!

If you could marry an anime or video game character, who would it be?

Currently it would be Lohse from Divinity 2.. She is a perfect match of selfish but aware of the rest of the world. She has a hint of playfulness, but is also serious… Maybe a tad lusty.. for me.. but maybe she is a very cute and fairly mature woman which is a big plus..usually these days it’s all kids .. or like 3000 year old women looking like kids… I just don’t see that working mentally.  Lohse knows how to fight for herself and fights for a happy live of her own and she is willing to  let go of strangers for it.  I find it very important that my significant other has a will to live. She realises who she is ..and that she deserves happiness as well and doesnt just put everyone else above her! Self love is important. If Lohse loves herself I can love her.. and I know she will be with me because it makes her happy! She isn’t just setteling to make me happy! Lohinskie as a shipping name or maybe Pinshe?!

For similar reasons , Sayaka from Bloom into You  would be a great anime pick for me. I love how strong she is in the fact that she is actually gay. She is open with it and accepts it unlike most the other characters in the show who either blindly lust or are oblivious to feelings including their own.. She also seems like a person I could be with in terms of tranquility! Very high energy output people can really drain me.. and Sayawka walks that line very well for me. I could see us sitting on the couch watching a movie together. Or me playing a game and she leaning onto me with a book. Cute!  Sayakie sounds adorable as well.

Tell me about the last game you have played?

No! I review a lot of games I play so I would like to shoot myself in the foot with that!  I recently completed Divinity Original Sin 2, a review is probably coming next week!  I am currently playing Pokémon Rangers Shadows of Almia.. and I plan to finish it by next week or the week after.   Pokémon Rangers is a game where you draw circles around pokémon to befriend them and you solve little puzzles with them. I had to touch a bidoof, to make it tackle a crate for example or make friends with a Gastrodon.. which required me befriending a Nosepass  because it was trapped behind some rock and only Nosepass was strong enough to break that rock! Every time I do something ell my character takes a super sassy pose with a spin and a twirl. I have only just unlocked side quests so I am sure that this one might take a while. It’s a fun game so far but a girl can only draw so many circles before her hands get tired and she has to take a break.  You can also expect a review on Pokémon Sweet 2th.. the Sequel to Pokémon Sweet version I am not gonna tell you much more than that it left me a bit bitter. Darn it! I told so much already!

Is there a character out there that is most similar to you?

Weird as it may sound I really identify with Princess Unikitty from the Lego movie. She is a bit more extroverted than me but we are still pretty similar. Not so much her series counterpart but the one in a movie(s) specifically. Someone who really tries not to confirm her own and constantly goes around with a smile, sometimes sincere sometimes fake.. but the theme of being your own person is something I very much see in her.. we also share the cutesiness coat.. and once we get angry we turn into an all consuming all destructive force. You would not like me when I am angry.

Last book you have read?

Oof that has been a hot minute the last book I held was around the world in 80 dishes. A cookbook! But I used that to toss it at a wasp I had just trapped with hairspray! I was so scared of it! It’s dead now though. The last book I read I think was called Corona .. ..how oddly applicable in this day and age. It’s about some group of science people that are in africa and get themselves trapped in another dimension to the sun teleporting them there and it’s a place of evil apes and stuff. It was not a very good book but it came on the tail-end of my reading fatigue.. everything felt very samsey..mostly because I really prefer the “Dan Brown” Mystery genre.

I tried to branch out into fantasy but that was hit and miss and since it’s all series it’s also super expensive,  and movie like books like Corona that was like Congo with more supernatural elements. I also read a book around the same time called the stonehenge mysteries.. which is like Dan Brown books based on a cult and Stonehenge.. the dutch translation though sucks sooo much.  The original is written in very formal english  Very expensive looking words.. translated in dutch though no one speaks like this.. it feels like it has been translated and then passed through a thesaurus.. like the wedding speech  Joey wrote for Chandlier and Monica in friends… it put me off books and I have never been back! I wonder what happened to the book about the monkeys in the fire dimension though cause I can’t find it!

Questions and Tags

Eleven questions answered so now it’s time for my 11 questions
1. Which is your favourite Power Puff Girl. If you don’t have a favourite or don’t know the series make one up!
2. If anime could be taken in as actual nourishment..what genre would be your favourite breakfast.
3. How are you holding up in these times? Are you doing okay?
4. Did you ever have an imaginary friend?
5. Have you ever had impure thoughts about an anime/video game character?! What was the character?
6. Have you ever had impure thoughts about another blogger? Who thought I was gonna ask which blogger? I am not going to do that! But tell us a story anyway maybe drop us a hint!
7. Tell us about a weird thing you own.
8. How does the room you are writing this post in look like?
9. Have you ever cooked/eaten something because you saw it in an anime/game?
10. If you could switch lives with an anime/game character and could make other choices as the character in the anime would.. Who would you swap with and what would you change?
11. Come up with a final question you really would like to answer.. then answer it!

As for my Nominees!

Egg Sandwhich gets a nomination! He recently tagged me so he gets one back! I know he is fairly young so question 5 and 6 should be answered with very little detail please. I really hope it goes a bit like “Oh madamme I do not know what you mean with those questions “.. but if not.. well as long as you keep your answer PG I think we are safe!

We Be Blogging Gets a nomination because I havent interacted with them enough and this might be a nice way to do that!

The Unpopular Popular gets a nomination , I think I might be a bit far away from their style but anyone with Senpai’s seal of approval is bound to have some great writing techniques in their arsenal and I would love to see what they would do with something as silly as my style of questions.

If you are a Coconut you are always nominated for these posts and you can become a coconut by supporting my KoFi. If you can’t spare any money but would love a nomination all you have to do is click your heels three times and say Pinkie nominate me. In case I live out of hearshot though.. you could just ask me in the comments and I will add you! Do be sweet and leave a like and follow the blog before you ask for a nomination though! I get friend you get a nomination! Once more if you are to shy to ask.. you can always go the KoFi route!


Pokémon Top 5 : My Favourite Grass Types

Hello Island Guests, we are nearing this series completion! Five more types and we covered every single Pokémon type and made lists of my favourites for all of them! Today we discuss the grass type! One of my favourite typings over all that oftenly blend with another favourite typing of mine! The poison type! This does mean I had a bit of difficulty with the the number 4 and 5 on my list.. but my top 3 is something that will never change!  I love almost all grass types though and except for my top 3 they are all incredibly close to another.. except for a few but I will never tell them cause it will make them cry!

Like always time for some honourable mentions! As per the rules I can not state more than one entry per evolutionary line and if I like a final form less and it makes me want to use it less  than it can go on this list. While nowhere near as strongly as some of the other types this is how I feel about Bayleef!  I LOVE Bayleef! I am however not a big fan of Meganium.  It’s a bit safe, it doesn’t get great moves , let alone good grass moves. Since Typhlosion and Feraligatr do get some great moves with the Same Type Attack Bonus.. Meganium is just really the lesser choice. It is really outdone by most other grass starters which is a shame. Bayleef has so much personality though and will always be one of my favourites.

A Pokémon also has to feel like a grass type. Grass types usually have this covered except for some legendaries like Kartana the Ultra Beast and  Tapu Bulu the Island Guardian. Paper and a Tiki Bull do not shout Grass Type to me…However I don’t like to use Legendaries in general..only the earlier ones . There is one other Pokémon that I dont really find a grass type and that is Whimsicott. I see the fairy part, and I guess I can see how you look at it as a tree spirit thing or something.. but I just see a pixie like creature. It usually doesn’t rely on grass moves all that much either! It’s hella cute and a great Pokémon.. I am just not sure I see it as a grass type!

Speaking of almost not using legendaries there is one I do really like, no It is not shiny Celebi.. I know it is pink.. but it is just a lesser variable and more fragile version of Mew..and Mew is pink base form.  No I am  talking about Shaymin… I do not mind it’s normal form but I find it a bit meh design wise. Shaymin Sky Forme however is amazing!  I LOVE that design and the extra typing it gets puts it as one of favourites. However it is just a side form of Shaymin so I did not feel it was right to put it here as I really find regular Shaymin to be quite lackluster.

Pokémon that appeared on earlier lists will not make the cut either! Which actually includes what would be by definite number four! This Pokémon is Breloom! I love Breloom soooo much!  In the pokémon scene it has become very popular to react to Jaiden Animations , My First Nuzlocke!  In it a Breloom dies and I felt the pain! A Breloom is such an amazing grass type pokémon that it would just feel terrible to lose it! This is why I do not Nuzlocke these games. I’d cry my eyes out! In am a sucker for mushroom Pokémon and even though none of them made the list.. because they are all below Breloom.. a swarm of mushrooms would show up if this was a top 10 and every Pokémon was allowed! Breloom! You rock!

In the past I made an argument of including the “sound” type in Pokémon.. and a lot of my top five Pokémon so far would have fitted in that typing. Ludicolo, Chatot, Exploud, Toxtricity and now Maractus. I have a thing for sound based Pokémon. I am not even sure what it is because Maractus isn’t that amazing when it comes to gameplay! I just completely adore it anyway!  On a Stream of a Pokétuber called Patterrz he had a Maractus named Jeb! Jeb was amazing!  My own Maractus I used in a fan game was pretty sweet as well!  It is just such a nicely designed cactus Pokémon. A dancing cactus that has pink little flowers on its head. It is just one of those pokémon that makes me go N’awwww every time I see it. I think in part it’s it’s bunny like design , a bunny was my first plushy so I have something for bunny ears. Bunny eared cactus is definitely a win here! In the anime it’s adorable as well.. and I would like to hug it so much! It would be a bad idea! But still it’s just one of those things. 

Maractus live out in the desert where they would fall prey to some of the arrid region birds if they had not had their secret weapon! The power of dance! With a little uptempo dance they become some weird sort of scarecrow. A Marcatus can only move rhythmic and if it does it produces a Maraca like sound which scares of Pokémon..I assume because it sounds like rattlesnakes.. but maybe Pokémon are scared blind of Samba de Amigo games as well! Who knows?! The scarecrow thing they do to protect their very nutritious seeds once a year they shed ove these seeds and scatter them all across the desert. These seeds are an important food source to animals and humans in these regions alike!  Birds want to eat them while they are still on the Marcatus though..and pecks are super effective.. so you can’t really blame these cactus pokémon for defending themselves can you.

Maractus is a Never Used tier Pokémon and it’s base stat total of 461 is quite low! It has a very decent special attack and a fair amount of health though so it’s best if you equip it with a Big Root, and teach it Leech Seed and Giga Drain. Big Root boosts your health gains and it’s ability Water Absorb let’s you freely switch it in against water types and provide some extra heals even. Acupressure will help you give it some boosts on the turns your opponent is free to swap out but you can go with Growth as well.. but Growth will make speed an issue. If your opponent runs a lot of physical moves Spiky Shield is a good shoutout.. or use Maractus to counter your opponents walls and teach it toxic!  Personally I prefer to use it as a Wall breaker! A careless opponent can really let you buff your Cactus up nice and easy!  If you do run Acupressure, which gives you a random stat buffed you could take poison jab instead of toxic as well in case you get lots of physical attack buffs!

The pinkest grass type I could find (except for maybe Shiny Celebi)  is definitely on my favourites list. While again it’s stats are a bit lackluster, it is just such an interesting Pokémon.  We all know the walking twig bug is a bug pretending to be a plant. So Creatures Inc, Game Freak and Nintendo came up with a plant pretending to be a bug! Amazing! It’s a Totem Pokémon as well so if you play Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon you can get a special version of this pokémon.. which was a huge selling point for me to use it. It’s amazing!  Sun and Moon really made their mons so much more memorable. The design looks very feminine and elegant but you can also tell it is a physical attack that will use it’s sickle talons to attack. Its pre-evolution is absolutely adorable and I just want to hug it till it heads pops.. but not literally I’d be super super upset. I like cool evolutions fine but I love the graceful evolutions just a bit better.  Primarina , Gardevoir, Milotic and Lurantis, it is nice to see some “grace” in the pokémon world. This is definitely a monster I have taken a shine to.

Lurantis is very themed in with solar light! Not only is grooming  this pokémon an effort that requires a lot of love and sunlight, this makes it quite popular among non Pokémon Trainers who want to have the Lurantis with the most vibrant colours. So it has a pretty nice life. It has little defences against bugs however so it just pretends to be a bug itself! In its habitat there are still a few  bugs so that is probably a good move. However if you look closely you can spot that the cloth over its arm is actually flower petals. These petals are harder than they look super thin and razor sharp. So they are often used as a sickle! However these petals can also actually shoot laser beams! Yes it is actually called a laser in the Pokédex! These beams are so powerful that they can blow holes in , what else but, thick steel plates. The steel plate industry in the Pokémon world must REALLY be thriving with how much of those get destroyed! Of course this pokémon is a Alola region creation so  it has a more twisted pokédex entry as well. When it is slashing and cutting into its opponents and great speed and grace people almost look like it is dancing. If you see a Lurantis cutting up it’s opponent you will think it’s the most Glamorous Pokémon you have ever seen.

There are many ways to build a Lurantis  for battle. It has Contrary as it’s hidden ability so a Leaf Storm using Lurantis is a good way to build for victory! Z Sunny day for some speed and bam!  But that is not what we are after! Today I want to give you a build that does that whole laserbeam from it’s petals thing! So we make a set that has the ability Leaf Guard (which prevents status changes in the sun)  Sunny Day, which sets up the sun!  Toxic, to prevent your opponent from setting up (As toxic damage stacks over time) Aerial Ace  to deal with bugs and (most) poison types and Solar Blade.. which is buffed up by Sunny Day.EV’s  go into Health to make it sure it can take a hit and Attack to make sure it deals Maximum Damage. Your laser plant is ready for use!

Vileplume is just another Pokémon I am just in love with! From it’s simple but appealing looks, to its cry. Every time i see a Vileplume I want to use one. When I saw  it in Pokémon Snap it was my favourite Pokémon to put on camera. Vileplume has been on plenty of my teams and will continue to be for the future. It is great and bulky so it allows you to scout new Pokémon a lot as a result  I really like to use it during first runs and as a lead. That means I always see what nickname I give it first and most.. and our bond really grows! I also still like the fact that Oddish it’s prevolution can punch and tackle better than an Onix. Vileplume has that level of clunk in it..it doesn’t seem to be able to run very fast and the way it’s hands are shaped make think with how it’s head is shaped it can get into a few awkward situations! So in essence I really like this pokémon because I think it could easily get it’s head stuck in a door!

Right away from the first generation we begin with a zinger of a Pokedex entry. It’s big head is heavy and hard to hold up! Oh my Arceus I love it so much for that!  Mamma will help you with your head Boo! It also seems to be the thing with the largest petals in the world… Don’t tell it about Galarian Venusaur! The larger the petals are the more poisonous these things are. As it waddles about it spreads those toxic spores around oftenly making the sky tint yellow . This poison causes ravaging allergic reactions that sometimes can even lead to paralysis. Once a Vileplume has paralysed its prey will will walk up to it and devour it. It seems to prefer jungles as its natural habitat and it can be dangerous enough that people are advised to stay away from any pretty jungle flower because it might be a vileplume and it might not end well for you.

In combat Vileplume is one of those, Jack of all trades master of none type pokémon. It’s Special Attack is it’s best stat and the rest is actually “fine”. So EV it’s special Attack to the maximum and split what’s left across it defences and equip it with Moonlight, a powerful healing move, Effect Spore as ability to help you with you defences, Sludge Bomb And Giga Drain for offensive moves and toxic to status non physical attackers. It will be a nice set that allows Vileplume to do it’’s thing and hold it’s head up high proudly when it comes out of it’s battles victorious! It is a set focussed on enduring and out-stalling your opponent. Vileplume can also work well on a sun team but still can be a bit sluggish!  Trick Room might be an option as well if you give it a slowing item to equip, but I’d say it is best equipped with something like Leftovers who heal a little between turns.

Rowlet is just SOOO adorable.  It is one of my favourite starters ever. I wrote a lot about Rowlet before just before I joined OWLS!  Rowlet’s line is based on an Owl that is a plague in Hawaii.. evolving into an Owl that is becoming scarce on Hawaii into an owl that has gone extinct in Hawaii. I love that it is a bit a story of human hubris. First we see something as unwanted , so we try to bring back balance but we do not know what we do.. and we end up with only memories. This pokémon is so well designed and has so much personality! When the starters were revealed everybody loved Rowlet right away and I mean everybody! The little owl with a tie on it’s neck won over so many hearts including mine. The anime where Rowlet sleeps in Ash backpack just made me love it so much more. I love my grass starters but rarely do they turn out so well as Rowlet. I do think Chespin and Snivy are the weakest grass starters, respectively and seeing Creatures Inc return strongly in the form of this was amazing.  For a good chunk of my first blogging year Rowlet has also stood for OWLS. The Otaku Warriors of Liberty and Self Respect.. and a message I very much support which makes this more than a Pokémon it is a symbol as well.

Rowlet nesting in Ash bag is something that is actually explained in it’s pokédex entries. Rowlet do like to nest in caves or dark and tight spaces. It is even known to nest in Trainer’s Pockets if they are big enough! Which of course is completely adorable! Pocket Owl! It doesn’t mind being in the light all that much as well as it does sleep during the day to photosynthesis and store energy to use at night. It is a very silent flyer and on dark nights it will go out hunting for prey! When it spots something it will toss it’s feathers at it which are sharp and arrow like.. as a little..hint and what is to come. Rowlet is quite hot tempered though. It it moves too close to its opponent it doesn’t retreat of fly up and try to throw it’s feathers again.. no It just moves in close and treats their opponents to some vicious kicks.
So even though Rowlet is only 30 centimeters (or 1 foot)  tall and it only weighs 1.5 kilograms apparently it’s kicks are formidable. For those who need to know 1.5 kilograms is like 3. a bit  in pounds. This one is definitely on the list of Pokémon I would want as a pet.

Rowlet is first form pokémon, so the moveset here is a Little Cup Set, which means only unevolved pokémon.. that at least evolve ones created at level 5.  EV’s  are used to max out attack, just a little bit into special defence to tie it up with its other defensive stat and the rest goes into speed. Rowlet is a physical attacker and like most little cup Pokémon it is quite weak which means you will want to bring some set up. Rowlet’s best set up move is Sword Dance. Fittingly enough it’s best grass move is Leaf Blade. Brave Bird will give it it’s flying Same type attack Bonus and Sucker Punch will give it some hard hitting priority move your opponent really has to work around! Depending on your opponents team you give it either a Life Orb to maximize damage ,if you plan to burn it out quickly and need it for a few specific takedowns like ground or fighting types. If you want to use it to chip at your opponent you better be off equipping if with some Berry Juice though to let it endure for longer. While this format may not have the prestige of an O.U. (OverUsed Tier)  fight bringing Rowlet to a little cup fight certainly can be a hoot.

Was there ever any doubt in my mind that this would be my favourite grass type? Hell no! Not only is Bulbasaur my favourite Grass type, it may very well be my penultimate favourite pokémon just behind Sylveon. This was the first pokémon I ever adventured with and with very few exceptions, whenever I can pick Bulbasaur. I think I used about 18 different Bulbasaur in games. Not counting Delta Bulbasaur in Pokémon Insurgence and Browniesaur in Pokemon Sweet Version. This is more than a Pokémon to me.. even more so than Sylveon. Bulbasaur is the single most important pokémon in my life without a shadow of a doubt. That first journey I went on with Bulbasaur the Bulbasaur changed my life. I would not be writing this today without that little guy.  Bulbasaur was something I nurtured, it started my trent for rooting for the underdog! We had Pokémon Red which meant Charmander.. and we had Pokémon Blue which meant Squirtle and while I indeed actually picked Squirtle first..empty batteries soon fixed that.. as if I got a signal from above that the little leapfrog with the bulb on it’s back should have been my partner. Now well over 20 years later.. I still partner up with Bulbasaur whenever I can.. it made me fall in love with Pokémon and taste the geek community!  It is just a super big part of me! It is part of my soul!

Pokédex entry wise Bulbasaur isn’t all that facinating though… but there is an interesting factoid all the same. The moment a Bulbasaur is born a seed is planted on it which grows out to be it’s bulb. This means that a Baby Bulbasaur technically is born without it’s bulb.. just as soon as it is born it gets its own bulb. After that moment the bulb rapidly grows every day. Bulbasaurs like to sunbathe and nap in the sun a lot as this allows them to store nutrients in said bulb. If the bulb is filled with nutrients Bulbasaur can survive on whatever nutrients it stored for days. Not having to eat a single Morsel. That is about all there is to tell about Bulbasaur’s Pokédex entry. Yet there is a question I can not shake. Who plants the seed on Bulbasaur.. is it it’s parents? What if you get a bulbasaur egg from the daycare.. do you get a seed to plant on it from the old folks taking care of the daycare?  Does the egg itself maybe plant the seed?  Is there like a sandman of bulbs?  What does a bulbasaur say when it comes out of the egg bulbless! Is it just called Saur or Asaur until it’s seed grows?! I do not know! One of my favourite pokémon in the world and I do not have an answer!

In Little Cup Bulbasaur is an amazing Pokémon as well, but I don’t think Sword and Shield have the little Cup format at all. So we are going for a Sun and Moon build here! Which means taking advantage of Z-moves and in this case Z-Celebrate. Z-moves are a form of super moves and while Celebrate is a worthless move that just gives your opponent a present Z-Celebrate will be a big and useful stat Buff!  Sludge Bomb, Giga Drain and Sleep Powder will decimate your opponents team in the later phases of the fight. If you burn out there counters against the little thing early game you are sure to sweep your way to victory using this amazing Bulbasaur build. It looks festive too!  If your opponent runs a lot of grass types, or steel types take hidden power Fire instead of sleep powder to get around those. Z-Celebrate and Little Cup will make sure that Hidden Power still has enough oomph to realling bring the pain! Who says you need to evolve to be strong!

Bulbasaur and I go way back..it is one of those pokémon I’d say I have a genuine bond with! It  opened up a new path in my life! It went with me to the  first geek gathering I ever had.. even if it did not play. I have a Bulbasaur plushie watching over me at night, I have a hard time not picking Bulbasaur whenever I can.. I genuinely feel bad.. as if we belong together. That First Bulbasaur may be gone.in terms of data, it got reset over.. and I played the other two starters as well. I also made a new game and came back to Bulbasaur. A new one! Bulbasaur accompanied me in Pokémon Leaf Green, it was on my team in Let’s Go Eevee. Bulbasaur was there for me in Pokémon Reborn, Bulbasaur was there for me in Pokémon Mega Adventures. I played variations of it, I ran a grass TCG deck just so I could play a Bulbasaur and if someone asks me what is the best starter I can without a shadow of a doubt say it’s name. My sweet Bulbasaur you will always be my number 1.

What is your favourite Grass-Type? Which of the starting types you like best? What was your first ever pokémon? Do you have any loyalty toward it?! Let me know in the comments! Next time will be the last time I can add to the chain of typings that are super effective against the previous list. Next time we discuss my five favourite Poison types! Now it’s time for me to be all plantlike and play in the sun for a bit!

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Pokémon Top 5: Favourite Water Pokémon

After the really off-beat fire type favourites of last time it is time for a much more conventional list of pokemon this week! The water type is without a single doubt THE type all pokémon trainers , until recently always ran on their gameplay theme. Let’s see if my list holds water and can make a splash! These are my top 5 favourite water types.

Like every list so far, I follow four main rules. Only one entry per evolution line, and if the later stages are really disliked by me, while the first form adds little on it’s own it will not make the list. Such is the case with Sobble. I really love this little crybaby up to a point where it might be my favourite designed water starter. However it’s monotype evolution line with a creepily slender final evolution didn’t do anything for me. I have a problem with human-like starters, it takes away from their pet quality a starter should have. Water evolutions don’t often work for me as Oshawott, Mudkip Piplup and Totodile all are dear to me but I do not care for their final evolutions.

The second rule is a Pokemon has to feel like a water type to me, since like 90% off all water types are either blue or a fish they most of the time have this covered but one that really doesn’t feel like a water type to me is Golisopod. While it has powerful water moves , Surf and other powerful water moves have been available to the weirdest pokemon! Like Pikachu, Rhydon and Nidoking amongst others. So Golisopod having a water move doesn’t make it a water type and a fast bug monster that can switch itself out when taking damage, that liked priority moves doesn’t feel water to me in any way! The Legendary pokemon of space, Palkia is yet another one that missed the mark.

Finally I am not allowed to use temporary forms.  Some Pokemon gain a type or switch types like Meloetta for example. Yet in the case of water types there is a Mega Evolution I adore while not caring a lot for the base Pokemon. That Pokemon is Mega Slowbro.  While this pink creature is great at defence I think its look is a bit generic nowadays. It did not age that well for me. Galarian Slowbro  fixes this for me, but Mega Slowbro did it so much better. I love the commercial design and this take on mega evolution, evolving the former shellder on its tail to make it almost consume it whole. A great wall in its mega form and adorably awkward!

The fourth rule, a Pokémon can only be entered once! Cloyster  and Walrein are examples of earlier water type entries. Ducklett is excluded from this list for a similar reason. It already was on my top 5 favourite Pink Shines list. I mentioned it in a few posts in and outside of Pokémon so I do not think I have much more interesting stuffs to add to it hence it is not on my list either. I want to show as much love to as many Pokémon as possible! So if your favourite one did not make the list check out if was on an older list!  Gyarados and Lapras just fell short. Usually when I get Lapras I already have a water pokémon and Gyarados I think is fundamentally flawed with it’s water flying typing, making it more pointless to level up a Magikarp just to see it one shotted by a simple spark.Same goes for Ducklett.. but that is a baby Duck! I can accept that! Plus it has a pink Shiny!

When we got introduced to Feebas in Hoenn I firstly thought..beh just another Magikarp! Yet  there was so much more to this Pokémon than meets the eye! Quite literally! In these games to Evolve A Feebas into A Milotic it needed to be deemed beautiful! By having it participate and win Beauty Contests!  Feebas is quite an ugly fish but by showing it’s inner beauty this pokémon could unleash that beauty and transform into one of the most beautiful water pokémon designed. One that feels like a water pokémon but also one that reads that theme and it’s story very well. Pokémon Twilight Wings released a beautiful story about a Milotic as well and you can check that out by visiting the Pokémon Official Youtube Channel right here. It is a Pokémon that is all about obtaining beauty by being yourself and that is a message I’ll always support. It may be a bit fairytale like but just as every frog might be a prince to some.. every big lipped Bass with a triangle on its head can be a magnificent sea serpent!  It was one of the most interesting evolutions, and its a shame that over time it became easier to evolve taking away that theme a bit..which is why it isn’t higher on this list.

It is known as the most beautiful pokémon in the pokedex lore! They have scales that reflect the light differently depending on what angle you look at it , giving it a rainbow like glance over it’s entire body as all it’s scales are also in different angels! This has led the pokémon to become a muse for artists all across the pokémon world. Which again is reflected in the Pokémon Twilight episode, where both a model and the photographers use it to improve their career and create shots of true beauty. Yet Milotic is more than just about beauty. It’s beauty is said to be so vast that it will mesmerise anyone who looks at it. This effect causes people to lose any negativity in their heart, with hate and their will to fight being specifically highlighted. So not only is this a radiant pokemon it is also an envoy and a symbol of peace. If there is one supermodel in the world that CAN achieve world peace and happiness for everyone it is Milotic!

In combat Milotic works best as a wall.. it can tank a lot of damage due to it’s excellent defensive stats. It’s special defences are amazing and it’s physical defences are decent enough to take a hit or two as well. Having access to the move recover, which is considered a staple for Milotic will make it even better. Scald is the move that is placed on it for chip-damage and burns to make physical attacks weaker. Usually you equip the pokémon with leftovers for even more recovery and longer tanking. The other two moves are flexible and dependent on your team. Ice Beam is a favourite as it helps deal with pesky Ground and Dragon Types and usually Toxic is slapped onto it to give dots. Depending on your opponents team though Toxic might be swapped out with Haze..with resets set up moves like Swords Dance or Calm Minds and if you run the toxic stalling set , you might want to replace ice beam with Refresh for even more recovery and longevity. Whatever you build.. you can make it work with Milotic! It has a more supportive function in your team rather than a flat out offensive so adapts it move-set to your team’s strengths! But keep Scald and Recover!

Hoenn had some really good water Pokémon, which makes sense because of how much of the Region is covered in water. One of my favourite water types is the gigantic whale Pokemon Wailord. Why.. because it is so comically big and so ridiculously light for its size.. yet still heavy enough.. to be something incredibly memorable! Of course it famously breeds with Skitty ..the little cat pokémon too so there is already a lot of fun to be had with this pokemon. Skitty is 60 centimeters tall while Wailord is 14,5 meters tall. Respectively about 2 feet compared to 48 feet. Yet they can still make eggs together!  Wailord with it’s 398 kilograms of  877 pounds of weight has a Body Mass Index of 1.9.. compared to that of a human at 18 to 25 that isn’t very high! That being said, Skitty is not the only weird paring this whale of a pokémon can get it on with! Diglett is also a great partner. Wailord is just this really unique  water type who just for its size has taken a place in people’s hearts but he is still a pretty solid Pokémon as well!  Especially during Gameplay or the friendlier competitive scene this is a beast! Also it’s a symbol of friendship between me and this girl so I have lots of positive associations with it!

Pokedex wise there is mostly more stories about how big Wailord is and how much it can eat.  It can eat entire schools of Wishiwashi (which is a very tiny fish Pokémon) and if there is a pod (a group of whales)  Wailords near fishing beaches they decimated the pokéfish population so much that fisherman have to scare them off in order to keep their livelihood. The lungs of a Wailord are so big that it can dive 10.000 feet or +/- 3 kilometers deep and still have enough breath to come up for a new gasp of air no problem! It does this by breathing through its nostrils that it sticks above the water in it’s time of need. Wailords hunt in packs and heard their prey by leaping out of the water completely, which causes such big splashes that it can drive their prey in one direction or even flat out knock them out by the massive shockwave of a wailord hitting the water again. While it is the pokémon that is known as the largest one.. some smaller Wailords do exist. If it is targeted by Pokémon like Sharpedo or Dhelmise..all the Wailord in it’s pod flock together to deal with the treat to their smaller pack member. That smaller one probably is the child of a Diglett!

In the competitive Meta Wailord mostly uses its ability pressure and it’s fabulous healing to PP stall their opponents and making them unable to use moves!  While that is a good set to build it isn’t particularly my style. I prefer the “Moby Dick” set. Which uses moves like Curse, Waterfall , Rest and Avalanche to up it’s defences and rest up while becoming near immortal. Than just chipping away damage at the enemy. This works best with a Chesto Berry to make it snap awake early so you can do it all again! This set let’s your enemy despair. Since it’s health is insanely high , 170 base total using the move Water Spout  which deals damage based on how much health you have remaining is a good shout out as well. This usually means equipping it with a Choice Scarf for speed.. but I prefer to run this set on a sticky web team so I can boost the damage through the use of Choice Specs and see it kill everything! Fun and an excellent use of Wailords flavour! Both movesets also shout “big and clunky”  so you know it has my love!

Lotad , the basic form of Ludicolo was the first pokémon I ever caught in Hoenn after starting with Torchic .. I did a Mudkip run as well but since I never knew what kind of animal Mudkip was I felt closer to the fire chicken.. which was blatantly wrong.. but hey without that mistake I would not have loved Lotad as much or Ludicolo if i had started ..properly.. with Mudkip. A Water and Grass type pokémon combined was an excellent idea, and to base it around a lillypad.. that .. kind of becomes like a dancing Pineapple with a duck bill is amazing.  Because all ducks are amazing! Ludicolo even became more special to me when I played trough Colosseum and Gale of Darkness XD.  I actually started with Gale of Darkness XD for some reason and encountered a man named Mirror B! Who used mostly Ludicolo and dancing based themes. When I faced him in Colosseum  though he had this amazing conga-line like music theme. It became Ludicolo’s theme for me as it fits it so well! A pocket monster with it’s own music theme is amazing! 

Ludicolo is just the epitome of cheerfulness which is reflected by it’s lore.. which mostly a single entry across almost all generations. It loves to dance! It loves to dance so much that whenever it hears music it’s muscles become so charged with energy that it can not help not to dance. It grows stronger through dancing as well as it actually gives it energy rather than take it away. Any little happy beat will trigger this as well.  It is said to love dancing so much that it can be summoned by children, who hum just for fun! It will join them and dance on their merry melodies! Which I take as a lesson to never completely grow up! When we are adult we don’t hum a lot anymore! At least not like we did as a kid! We might mimic what Kanye song is hip .. or do whatever song is now a meme.. but we don’t really do our own melodies anymore! Like we used to. Ludicolo is a Pokémon that is a very odd duck that dances to the beat of it’s own drum.. and whatever drum people choose to walk to. So it teaches us a lesson to just do it! Go Ludicolo!

As a moveset, Ludicolo is very versatile again.. it functions best when it is in the rain as it activates it’s abilities Swift Swim, which speeds it up in the rain. Or Rain Dish which lets it heal in the rain.  The Rain Dish set is more often used in competitive using leech seed, giga drain and moves like that to keep sapping and gaining health.. a near immortal pineapple duck lily pad that never stops dancing. The Swift Swim set is usually quite aggressive with powerful water moves such as Hydro Pump, Giga-Drain again and two other offensive moves.  I personally like the aggressive Ludicolo a lot,  and if you make it set up the rain it is a great teammate on any rain team. With Dynamax setting up the rain is easier than ever so this pokémon is great!  The healing one is definitely more versatile though and helps you much better if you  your opponent lacks a bug type or another good counter for Ludicolo. It stats are lackluster compared to most of the other pokémon here, as it only has a 480 base stat total which is in the lower end of a fully level monster but given how easy it can boost itself this pokémon is still a keeper! 

Blastoise and I have a kind of weird relation. While it is not my starter of choice and nowadays I rarely pick it up anywhere, I still love it dearly… I just love another starter more. As a kid me and my sister used to play with Legos and at one time there were these Pokémon Gashapons which you can get.. we combined with lego’s to play Pokemon. The pokemon toys were about the right size so me and my sister would spend an entire day to build our pokémon same including a battlefield and a gym puzzle. My sister got Pikachu and Charmander, I got Blastoise and Gengar.  Our Gym leaders would visit each others gym, solve the puzzle and battle the gym leader.. which my sister always won..because if not she would break my gym!  But it was fun! We played our Pokémon talking to each other after the fight was done and Blastoise was my hungry lovable oaf. Gengar was an edgelord and he never got a lot of love! One time I won a gym battle and my sister got angry and tossed Gengar away and I did not find it again for a very long time.  So Blastoise was all I had. I grew super close to that toy so it will always have a warm place in my heart.

I played plastic Blastoise as someone who was always taking of it’s next apple as we had an apple toy as well!  Which neatly blended in with lore that was added during Pokémon Gold and Silver. A Blastoise likes to eat and keep being fat. It does this so that it is not jetisonned when it fires it’s own cannons. For these water cannons are powerful enough to punch a hole into thick steel plates. It can use it’s cannon to create water bullets that are so precise it can hit a tin can 160 feet or 53 meters away. It can use the pressure of it’s cannons to launch itself into a highspeed tackle and it likes to  crush it’s opponents with it’s heavy body until they faint. So that is already a lot of fire power! However if Blastoise Mega-Evolves the additional cannon it grows is about equal in strength to that of a tank!  Still very accurate. If it Dynamaxes however it loses all sense of accuracy for some reason so instead it just fires it’s 31 cannons over and over again, with the central cannon being powerful enough to blast holes into mountains.. once more proving that Pokémon hate steel vehicles like Dump Trucks and tanks but hate mountains even more…. I think it’s all the Zubat!

Our cannon turtle is a bit difficult to build because it really depends in what generation you build your set. Blastoise is often used as a Rapid Spinner, which means he should know the move Rapid Spin, which removes hazards your opponents sets! In  Generation VIII this move has become so much better due to the increased base power and speed boosting effect of this move.  Next you’ll want Scald in the pokémon to inflict burns and render physical move users pretty worthless! Dragon Tail gives you momentum control by forcing your opponent to swap out and Ice Beam is nice weakness coverage, which you can take advantage off because of the speed boosts.  This also works nice with Dynamaxing as it gives you access to four offensive Dynamax moves, even losing the low priority of Dragon Tail once you upgrade it to Max Wyrmwind. If you play a generation where you can Mega Evolve Blastoise you want to go hyper offensive with moves like Hydro Cannon and Dark Pulse.. as well as ice beam again.

Both my number 2 and number one pick aren’t even the characters I prefer to choose but these Water Pokémon are amazing.  Initially I was on Team Popplio when Sun and Moon where announced but I fell for the charm of Rowlett. It felt more consistent. However where I really love Rowlett so much it is in my top 5 of next week.. I did not particularly care for it’s evolutions. Primarina though… is amazing.  A water Fairy Type.. based on an seel who opera sings who gets her own sound based water move?! Sign me up for this this! I love the fairy type and Primarina is no exception!  I spend 5 hours mystery trading so I could add a Popplio on my team next to my Rowlett just so I could have a Primarina.  So it came to be that I became the first champion of Alola with all three starters in my squad! Heck I even wrote a little story about Popplio which is a testament on how much I like this evolution line! It still can not hold a candle to Rowlet on it’s own but throughout the entire evolution line this one is my clear winner.  In fact I dare say this is my final fully evolved starter ever.

Having not been around for long in the pokémon world it’s pokedex lore is a bit lackluster but this Primadonna requires a lot of it’s trainer.  As allegedly Primarina uses its singing voice as it’s main weapon, it is up to the trainer to maintain his poke-partners throat at all costs. So I bet Primarina stays perfectly hydrated and gets to eat lots of yummy ice cream to cool it’s throat. With song a primarina controls water balloons filled with sonic waves which form the basis for its attacks. These songs are passed down down for generations , thus a Melody should be able to tell you if Primarina are family of another or maybe if  they have been captured to early. Primarina is the Idol Girl, the Hatsune Miku, if the pokemon world as well. They don’t really care about battle, they battle simply so they can set foot on the “stage’ to display their songs. On moonlit nights it goes out in the see and looks quite mystical as it searches for other Primarina as they burst into song together!  That seems like a very on brand water pokémon for me!

Primarina is another one of those pokémon that is is a bit version specific. The Alola starter for example works best with Sparkling Aria, it’s signature water move that does that exact water Balloon thing we mentioned earlier, Moonblast which is the most powerful Fairy Type Move, Ice Beam  for weakness coverage against grass  and Psychic for weakness coverage against Poison. Equipped with a Primarinium Z to give it access to it’s signature and very powerful and good looking Z-Move, Oceanic Operetta. In Sword and Shield Surf is the better option over Sparkling Aria because it’s equally as reliable and powerful but functions better in Double Battles as well. It has one of the highest special attacks of all the pokémon on this list so it works best as a physical sweeper. Good items to equip it if you aren’t going for the Z-moves are items like a Life Orb or Choice Specs.  The latter may prove to be tricky though as Primarina is rather slow. Choice Scarf can make it faster but not enough so stay away from that. If your opponent doesn’t have many counters for Primarina you may want to consider putting an Assault vest on the pokémon.. which increases her defensive stats in trait for her not being able to use non offensive moves. 

Water Pokémon are a bit of a weird brand for me, I always feel a bit forced to use them so they do not always impress me as much, plenty are a hassle to evolve  or require you to commit hard to a single direction. Primarina is an amazing easy to start , easy to learn Pokémon that can offer joy to everyone! Her moves all by herself is pretty amazing so no need to hunt for moves to make her decent!  The design is resonates really well with me and it’s one of the most unique fully evolved starters out there that even can get rookies pretty far in their journey! This pokémon really sings to me! The winner! Primarina.

So who is your Favourite Water Pokémon? I do expect a lot of Lapras and Gyarados answers here but I have been wrong before! What is your favourite starting type? Next week we will cover the last of the starting types with the grass type! Let me know your thoughts in the comments and see you next time!

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Pokemon Top 5: Favourite Fire Types

This is it! The list that would kill my blog if it had still been just about Pokémon! After reading this list not a single pokémon fan will take me seriously anymore.. after reading this list the man with the long sleeved coats and the soft walls will come collect me! All because the fire type beats the steel type! No Charizard will not be on my list! I find him overrated and overused! It’s like you talk about Pokémon and there he is well not this time Charizard this post will not mention you……D’oowww friggin crabcakes!

With this post we will be two-thirds into every pokémon typing so the rules should be clear by now. Only one entry per evolutionary line and I am free to pick my favorite but if I dislike the final evolution a pokemon might miss a nomination..because of all the steep competition Raboot and Scorbunny come to mind, but not because I dislike Cinderace, in fact I don’t mind him at all. I just REALLY dislike how little rhyme and reason there is to their evolution line. From a though kid with  a patch on his nose, into a ninja like, into a soccer player.  Now I know the ninja like look may be a soccer player warming up .. but I see a ninja and an edgy kid. So I can’t help but feel like “this doesn’t evolve into THAT when I see it. I would have loved to see Raboot somewhere else.. in the game..not as starter but like a thing of its own.. it doesn’t seem to fit Galar in the way I interpret it but I love the design I really want to see it in a more fitting line.

Secondly a pokémon has to fit a certain flavour for me to fit the typing. The fire type mostly has that covered for me. A weird one I do not really find a fire type is the pokémon Ironically named Talonflame…yet even with fire in the name and bright orange feathers I am not sold that it is a fire type. To me it’s a speedy hawk. With its ability Gale Wings I usually run it with Brave Bird anyway and run it more as a pure flying type.  The reason  I think this is is because it gets a primary typing change. It starts as Fletchinder who is a normal flying type like most birds. Yet when it evolves it’s primary typing gets changed. That doesn’t happen a whole lot and since the time I did actually pick it up I ran with a Fennekin I gave it a normal and flying moveset and that feeling stuck for me! I recognise it’s a Fire type.. but I rarely use it as such so to me it’s like all the other birds.

Nothing with a temporary form either, while I vastly prefer Primal Groudon over regular Groudon, a primal reversion is not a form you constantly have on your team You can choose not to give it the red ob and then Groudon will stay a ground type! I think this Pokémon should always have had the fire typing because of that it represents so I was really glad when Omega Ruby gave me what I had been asking for all those years! However, it only happens when you send it into battle so no this pokémon unfortunately will not be making my list.. unlike.. a pokémon I am sure will get me discredited as a pokémon fan. 

That’s right the most hated pokémon of all times, is in my top five favourites and no that is not a stunt for attention I really and genuinely like this pokémon. I like it so much that one of the first posts I made on my website was a promotion of this adorable simian.  No one shared love for it so now it is back with a vengeance! I honestly feel that everything deserves love so when I saw Simisear get so much hate I just could feel it weeping that nobody cared for it.. I heard it cry so I picked it up and realised..this isn’t so bad at all. In fact this a solid mixed attack, sure it isn’t all that special but I had a lot of fun with it. On Pokémon Showdown while doing random battles this pokémon also came up a lot for me and every  time I was happy.  I am like the patron of unloved pokémon .. I try them out and try to find the best in them and often I do and I had a blast with my sweet monkey! Who’s a good boy! Mamma Pinkie loves you even if no one in the world doesn’t!

Lorewise this pokémon isn’t particularly interesting but it has enough endearing info for me to fall in love with it more. This pokémon survives by keeping a flame within itself alive, for this it needs a lot of energy which it prefers to gets out of candy and other sweets. It reminds me so much of my OC Luma who is a near godlike creature who also needs lots of energy so she is a candy fanatic herself. Since it’s like a counter to your opponents starter and a static pokémon the pokemon fan titled “trash monkeys’  have a 87.5% chance to be male! Biologically speaking at least! I do not assume gender of course! Simisear evolves from Pansear once you expose it to a fire stone and it gains the ability to shake embers from it’s head and it sprays out fire from his tail once he is excited. The more excited this pokémon becomes the hotter it gets. So a happy little monkey is a hot little monkey!

Simisear has fairly low stats with his attack and special attack only being 98  aside from speed being at 101 the rest is all lower resulting in a fairly lackluster base stat total of 498. However Simisear gets a pretty decent moveset that can really surprise his opponents. Obviously you will want to run flamethrower or at least a powerful fire type move for same type attack bonus moves! Since it’s stats are fairly low you will want to run Nasty Plot to boosts it’s special attack!  Put on the move Focus Blast which provides Weakness covery against rock but also is a very powerful way to get around earth types and even most dragon types or anything resisting fire. Grass Knot is a great final move since all of his weaknesses usually are heavy and slow pokémon. Grass Knot deals damage based on the pokémons weight and it covers all three of it’s weaknesses so that is absolutely a great move to put on this  guy that kinda looks like Giorno Giovanna! So the best part is you can play Giorno’s theme when kicking ass with a pokémon people really can not stand! That is a win in my book!

The guy gal or otherwise who came up with the idea to make an Alolan Marowak based on a Hawaiian fire dancer should be given an award of some kind because oh my! While Cubone’s lore has always been super special Marowak always just was that  mother that just kinda got killed. I like it fine but the way it Alola treated it was amazing. One of my if not my favorite regional forms and and for those keeping track.. I really like alolan forms! It might not even be the last one we see in this format!  The hawaiian fire dancers that pay tribute to the dead alone would be enough to make it pretty special.. but they also had to give it the ghost time? Remember Marowak?! Well it’s still dead! Yet they did more with it.. you see.. this Marowak is not that pokémon that got killed.. it is actually that Cubone but it evolved.  There are  actual layers to this pokémon. And when it literally evolves an okay but sorta bland design into an almost identical looking one but better in every way with just some subtle tweaks and recolourations you know you are doing something right! , I can gush about how right this pokémon feels like me for ages and I think that is on it’s own a very powerful achievement.  For once I am not particularly  called back to my pokémon but how it fits in the entire pokémon world! Mad Props!

There is no Alolan Cubone, instead this Cubone is something that takes a different path. It’s mother was a regular , or an Alolan Marowak that got killed and Cubone this time took her bones instead of just her skull. However these bones were filled with regrets  of it’s mother of being unable to keep her child safe. Mother and child now sort of fuse into a spirit of vengeance where the former cubone functions as the body while it can manipulate the spirit of it’s mother into being flames that burn it’s targets.  With a burn that does not go away by applying water! Due to its nature and their familiarity with loss Alolan Marowak make graves for their fallen companions and honour their fallen by dancing for them, the graves consist out of little mounds of dirt. As a result of its loss it has a rivalry with the pokémon Mandibuzz, which is apparently responsible for it’s mother. Both Pokémon can be found in rocky mountainous areas, which is Marowaks habitat because it has trouble living in green environments on account of it’s fire abilities.  This calls back to the fact that cubone is the lonely Pokémon! This pokémon lives with its allies in relative isolation not to set the region ablaze. It’s lore keeps very much in mind where the pokémon came from as well as the region and I love it for it.

Alolan Marowak is much like his Kantonian counterpart a physically defensive pokémon.. as they share stats amongst each other it means their defence is the highest stat at 110 and both their offensive stats cap of at a mediocre 80. With a speed of 45  this thing is quite slow despite of its nimble dancing so it is not something you want to send in and take a hit from something it is weak against. I personally run the set with Willow Wisp.. a 100% burn guarantee move that halves your opponents physical attacks damage! Allowing it to maximise its own defences. Depending on your team set up this can be replaced by stealth rocks for entry hazards or sword dance for additional damage .. (if you have another way to burn them that would be great) you run it with its signature move Shadow Bone, which offers great same type attack bonus and as a ghost type move has some good coverage and the move Flare Blitz. THis move could be swapped out for Fire punch if you decide you rather have lighting immunity on your team with it’s lightning rod ability rather than Rockhead which prevents recoil damage. In my opinion Rock Head/Flare Blitz  is superior combination in general especially in regular gameplay moments as electric moves types usually do not want to swap into this pokémon because it knows Bone Club and Earthquake which should be your last move anyway. 

I always favoured Magmar over Charizard, because Charizard to be honest is my least favorite starter  of Gen I , I just like the other two better, since Growlithe never appeared in Pokémon Blue that meant my options were either Ponyta or Magmar when it came to a fire type. I could trade with my sister but she usually really liked Charizard and never ended up really catching fire types. At school I was a bit of a bullied kid so Growlithe was something I missed out on for quite a while. Not until a Pokémon event I visited would I get that one. So while I love Growlithe and Arcanine.. I never had the same bond with it as I had with Magmar.. my fire duck!  For those who are a bit familiar with me they know I love ducks!  Of course it doesn’t hurt that it has a pinkish shiny!  When my Lava duck got a trade tiem that evolved it into a super duck! I could not be happier! Magmar already had the previous two entries defeated in the stat department and now it got even better! A super artillery like fire duck that had some cool pairing with Electabuzz evolution as well! Sign me up!

Lorewise Magmortar is the most boring pokémon on this list. It has basically one relevant pokédex entry and it states that it can shoot fireballs that are about 3600 degrees fahrenheit which are 2000 degrees in the real temperature of Celsius (1982 to be exact) and for those who say.. Go Fahrenheit.. I say Celsius scales to Kelvin.. it just has a different zero point.. and Kelvin is the absolute temp measurement.. so if you really want to nag ..sure then  Magmortar fires fireballs of 2255.15 degrees Kelvin which is the absolute best temperature measurement, there we go. But yeah other than those fireballs it doesn’t do a whole lot.. it body becomes a bit whiteish when it does that according to most Pokedex entries and it’s breath is boiling hot and can sizzle.. which is not strange if you consider that Magmar , it’s pre-evolution’s body temperature is already 1477.594 degrees Kelvin, which is 273.15 degrees more than it’s temperature in Celsius and it’s 2200 degrees of that weird one.|Obviously Sun and Moon had to make this pokedex lore a bit darker because that is what they did.! Apparently if Magmortar fires these balls in rapid succession it’s body becomes so hot that it begins to melt. Whatever it hits turns into a blackened shrunken , charred nothingness… so it prefers to kill its prey in other methods because there isn’t enough left to eat otherwise. Thanks Sun and Moon!

In combat Magmortar has many options , but let’s build a set that really capitalised on his amazing 125 special attack!  I think one of the best ways to use it to its maximum potential is to make it a Sunny Day user. This is a move that boosts up the power of fire moves and one should consider Heat Wave, Fire Blast or Flamethrower  with Heat Wave being your best option in my opinion but Fire Blast coming with a Higher Power but lower PP and Flamethrower coming with a better chance to burn etc.  Solar Beam should also be equipped. After Sunny Day it is a one turn move with 120 base power that hits all of Magmortars Weaknesses super effectively, with a base speed of 84.. I suggest putting some EV’s in speed and it will on average be the faster between those water rock or ground types. Psychic would be a great move for some further coverage against some Meta-dominating types and in Showdown where it can Dynamax psychic terrain grants some additional benefits. Spec it out like a semi-fast special sweeper and you will definitely bring some pain.

Darmanitan is easily one of the most unique fire types out there, based on A Daruma doll with some ape like features and an ability to turn into a statue that gains the psychic type as well as massive defensive an special attacking capabilities make it a super versatile monster. However it’s alternate ability makes it a powerhouse that can one shot so many things. There is just something to this pokémon that is incredibly appealing to me. It has this charisma. Whenever I see that Pokémon I go like! Yes that is a Pokémon I wanna use! It looks awesome. Even when a Daruma Doll pokémon is a weird thing to insert in a region based on America. In fact that is what made it even more appealing. Darmanitan and Darumaka stood out from Black and White to me.. and Darmanitan is probably my favorite Gen V Pokémon, though I really like Scrafty as well.. oh and Krookodile! It just feels so unique to me, those bushy eyebrows, those eyes, that sharp grin it is absolutely amazing. Visually except for Ho-Oh who already made a prior list maybe the most appealing fire type for me! So there is already a lot of love there! Yet i can’t even fully tell why.

Pokédex wise it’s more temperate stuff, but I can’t be bothered doing all the calculations again so let me just say it’s colder than Magmortars self melting fireballs and hotter than Magmar. While in it’s Apish  form it is said to have a power level.. equal to its temperature with a maximum 2500. While Power Level is never used in Pokémon.. 2500  equals abouts Two Raditz and a normal form Master Roshi. I know those sound weak but I bet they could punch the crap out of a shit ton of wildlife! While it’s unsure if this power level is anything remotely close to the one we see in Dragon Ball Z is unknown BUT it is given context in the pokedex.. as Darmantian can obliterate a Dump Truck with one single punch, which makes me thing the Two Raditz is fair comparison. Also I know PETA tried to make us feel bad for the Pokémon in this world but no one ever stood still at the dump trucks! I noticed how many dump trucks get destroyed by pokémon, is that why we never really see a lot of cars in the anime or in the games! Regardless all in all Mew chose a pretty shitty hiding place  back in Vermilion city! Perhaps it really wanted to get found and since it is the biological ancestor of all pokémon it made sure so many pokemon could find it and play with it? Hmmmm theories!

In combat Darmanitan can be a beast. While many people prefer to run the mixed Zen Mode set, the one where Darmanitan turns into a statue (which is other pokedex lore but they just say it turns hard and sharpens it’s mind so meh)  I prefer the Sheer Force version. Which boosts power of attacks by 30% but negates any secondary effect like a burn chance etc. Flare Blitz, Earthquake, Rock Slide and Hammer Arm  as moves give it a coverage against virtually everything, a life orb will make sure it hits so hard it just destroys everything in its path. It doesn’t take a lot of hits.. but to be honest that would not be fair.  With Dynamax being a thing letting this one grow and  use a few Max fighting moves to increase it’s already huge 140 base so now it arguably is even better, with the Dynamax Fire move putting up the sun to power your Flare Blitzes as well this can really be a sheer force to be reckoned with.

Cyndaquil is my favorite fire starter ever, without a shadow of about, I like torchic as well but Blaziken I found a bit.. undefinable or something I do not know! Cyndaquil is my favorite starter from my favorite Gen from my possibly favorite Region. Of  course it’s also the only one who is weak to Whitney’s Miltank so I cursed the living daylights of it as well  Though that was mostly the Miltank! Gold is the game I replayed the most times..except for Kanto based Rom Hacks maybe.. and while I ran Totodile twice and Chikorita once.. Cyndaquil I have chosen for a grand total of at least 5 times.  A feat only surpassed by a single starter and it’s not a fire type. I head a lot of Cyndaquils, bearing a lot of names and all of them I loved very much! The nick nameless one (I think it was the first but not fully sure)  was one I particularly held dear because it was the first pokémon I ever taught the move Return, which deals damage based on affection and through the power of our friendship we are a very strong pairing. I shall never  forget the good times I had with this mon and what it did for me!
Thank you for making my childhood and my adventures in Johto awesome.

Now lore wise this Pokémon has no Sun and Moon nor Ultra Sun and Moon Pokédex entries so it should be known that there are no real super dark descriptions on how it blows up innocent kids or something for the heck of it or how it’s burn victims scream in pain only livable for life if they are hoisted in a robotic suit that makes them sound like James Earl Jones. Instead it’s Pokédex entries are a testament of Typhlosion’s  power and it’s tantrum. The heat one of these fire starters emits is directly related to it’s rage!  At the peak of it’s rage it is so hot that anything it touches..or touches it.. immolates. Science shows that humans who allegedly self immolated have burned at a temperature of 1930 degrees Celsius or 2200 degrees Kelvin (Which translates to about 3500 degrees Fahrenheit).
Given that I think it is safe to assume that a Water Killed Crocodile or a Rock with arms probably have higher immolation temperatures it is safe to say this beasty is a big hot head.
It is so hot that it can create a shroud of heat. Heat Shimmers that are so intense it can actually hide behind it, from which it launches it’s secret technique! By rubbing it’s blazing  fur together it can create an explosive that are so powerful it can reduce everything to firey nothingness. So this means something has to be heated so much it gets undone on a molecular level. This basically only incurs in the sun. So even if we lowball Typhlosions explosion by using the suns outer layers it already can reach up to 5500 degrees Centigrade, 5770 degrees Kelvin and 10.000 degrees Fahrenheit, with the inner workings of the sun going up way higher going into the millions.  So pretty powerful either way.

Typhlosion is a mixed attacker, with it’s special attack at 109 base and it’s physical attack at 84.  While certainly not the best stats this does keep your opponent guessing. This creature is best when it comes equipped with a choice-item which is an items that boosts a stat (attack, special attack or speed for band, specs or scarf respectively) Physical sets usually run Earthquake (the most used move in this game ever) Fire Punch and Shadow Claw. Special sets use Eruption (which deals damage equal to your hp left.. so rather than boosting your attacking stat boosting your speed seems rather nifty, unless your opponent has a slow team. Flamethrower and Extra Sensory, the fourth move in both cases is a a case of covery and usually based on what type of team you run. Ice is usually a good shout out against Dragon Types. Typhlosion is one of those “it’s okay” in everything  type Pokémon so that does means it does not like to swap into opponents moves. Since a choice item locks you into a single move this requires your team to have a special and physical wall to exploit effectively. With Eruption it can hit hard and fast early game and take out a lot that doesn’t resist it but after it takes a hit when locked into Eruption it needs to be swapped out. If it faces something that resists the move it is locked in.. you need to swap it out.  This also means you will be very vulnerable to entry hazards like stealth rocks and spikes. So asides from having something that can tank damage you will want a Rapid Spinner or a defogger to remove hazards. So Choice item users really become the center of your team. As a result I do think Typhlosion is a little more advanced to use than some other entries.. but It keeps your opponents guessing and you should know by now how I feel about Mind games! My number1 pick for fire types is this  dedicated good boy!

So who is your favourite Fire Type?! Do you usually start out with Fire Types? I am a dedicated Grass starter myself.. I rarely start with fire types! How many of you will answer Charizard?! We will find out! Next week there we will take a break from this list to celebrate my blogs anniversary but the week after that we will be back with the water type! Now all this writing made me want to play with some fire!

Pokémon Top 5: My Favourite Steel Types

Rock gets beaten by steel! While Ice and Rock are arguably the worst typings in the game, Fairy , Steel and Dragon are commonly seen as the best . Mostly Fairy and Steel, where an  argument made for steel to be the absolute winner. So this must be an amazing list of pokémon right?! Well.. I don’t really like the steel type! It’s my least favorite type in the entire game..with some margin. So for the first time I had a hard time selecting Pokémon I actually like.

Now same rules as all my others lists apply but this one has one additional rule, but before we get there let’s discuss what we already know. Pokémon that were on a list before already can not be on this list before. Otherwise Magnemite and Lucario would be on this list.

I identify them by the type I most identify them with. Lucario I don’t find that steel like, and Magnezone’s evolution line was introduced in Gen I as a pure electric type.. hence I came to see it as electric. There is a pokémon on this list though that would have made the Rock Type list, if I did not see it more as a steel type as well so it can work both ways. If A pokémon doesn’t feel like a steel type to me at all it will not make this list either. Example and otherwise number 1 for this list Mawile! I love the Pokémon and I have used it as a steel type before.. I just don’t feel it is. Reading it’s lore I can get it but ask a random person to look at it’s picture and say what typing is that.. I bet you almost no one would ever call it a steel type. Jirachi for me is the same.

Another rule is that there is only one entry per evolution line, while i am free to pick my favorite of a line.. if the pokémon at one point becomes not fun for me to use or I find it ugly or stupid in terms of lore or whatever I have to deduct points. While I love Bulbasaur more than Venusaur I do not mind the big boy either.  Cufant however is an adorable cute elephant pokémon that really makes me go n’awww! I love how cute it is for a steel type and the typing really needed a cutie!  However it’s evolution and even worse it’s gigantamax are just square blocks of green metal with the trunk being a digging tool. It isn’t all that bad but a big missed opportunity to warm me up to the type a bit.

Temporary forms do not count as separate entries so was a pure rock type that only upon mega became steel it would not be allowed. However the steel type has no qualifiers as for that! It does have one extra rule though that no other type had before! I have to exclude pokémon I haven’t played a lot with yet. Perseker for example  is a pokémon I can really get behind, however I have no real grasp of its abilities or moves.. as opposed to Copperajah who is used by some major characters in the game. I have also dabbled with it in Pokémon Showdown.. Perserker however is a big unknown to me and I know it has gotten some love in the community and it does appeal to me.. so at best I can give it a mention.

The first time I nominate a basic pokémon while it possesses a stage 2 evolution, but not the last time. Aron and me go way back!  Way back when I was a kid that tried to fit in at school and never really did!  Pokémon no longer was hype and after Gen 2 it became a only for geeks kinda thing. So under pressure I did not buy the game. One day though trough my dad mentioning it..before I remembered I could emulate! I wasn’t allowed to buy Pokémon Ruby in stores because I should play more grown up games or do things with my friends in person so I wasn’t allowed to own an official version. On a day a school kid made me trip into lockers than threw his sandwhich meat on me I got at home feeling sad and misunderstood when I found a rom of Sapphire.. I could play the game…. but it was illegal. I decided that my mental health was more important to me then the legality issue and since I would have bought it if I could I figured let’s do this. I picked up a Torchick as my starter and decided not to capture anything else before the second gym.. and there I found Aron. Which I named Hummel. It was the first steel type I liked it was so cute!  It was pretty good and when it evolved at level 32 that was it.. Okay I still like Hummel.. but then it evolved again and it was actually really good!  Yay Hummel!

Lorewise it is pretty interesting as well..Aron to me is like a tiny steel dog, not bigger than the size of a poodle being about 40 centimeters tall  which is like 1 foot 4 or something and not that much longer. However it weighs about 60 kilograms and with the right ability even double. Double these weights is you measure in pounds and you know this is one heavy metal poodle.  Aron’s body is made by Iron and it sustains itself by eating metals and extracting stuff from it to grow/maintain its body! Aron is not very able to recognize what it eats though so at times it causes trouble for everyone by eating train tracks or tackling dump trucks , which it is able to take down.. before eating those as well. I like my pokémon clumsy or clunky and this sort of thing is my jam when it  comes to pokémon lore. Unfortunately my beloved steel baby has not been getting lore in Sun and Moon or we would have learned something about the horrible accidents it causes when eating cars or train tracks.. then again it does keep my baby innocent.

In the competitive scene Aron is a Little Cup Pokémon, one of the very first featured on here.. with the exception of Cubone being in there as well. Little cup is format where you duke it out with unevolved pokémon (that still can evolve)  with the exception of a handful of them for balancing reasons. There is also a catchable at level 5 rule but I am not sure how that work because  you can get later stuff as well. It excludes some evolving legendaries and such I am sure. Regardless Aron has two major uses in battle. You can use it to set up hazards like stealth rock and sand storm or it can be used as a physical sweeper. The physical sweeper set can be super fun since Aron has some serious power in that department when it comes to little cup. Using It’s ability Rock Head, Head Smash becomes an amazing move that allows it to trash anything weak to rock or even neutral to rock! Earthquake  is that move that you always put on a any ground type unless you do double battles and you add Iron Head for Same type attack bonus moves and flinch chances.  Aerial Ace for Weakness covery as Little cup fighting type pokémon prefer to set up using Belly Drum or Sword Dance and you got a solid set and a very useful and lovely Aron. Top it with A Choice Band a voila! A steel wrecking ball that is super cute!

I am one of those girls that really takes a shine to a pokémon when it gets hate. I want to show the little creatures that someone cares for them even if the world is being mean and cruel to them, and so I adopted a Klefki from a friend which was calling it stupid. I asked them to rename it Sesame for me before they send it over. Sesame and I quickly became great friends. I did not run fairy type moves on it as I had my sylveon! No Sesame was there to save my other guys! I really like it’s cry and it has some pink elements! I imagined Sesame was like Ash Charmander.. with its original trainer leaving it out to die.. not caring for it at all. It became a sort of thing for me to adopt people’s Klefki after that.  Due to the excellent friend system Pokémon X and Y had as well as some communities. I became a Klefki Mamma and it was fun..it did not help me with the game as I mostly kept an almost full  box of Klefki which I had to play with in Amie so they would at least get some love..but it was a fun side activity. Sesame eventually got replaced right before the pokémon league so I could focus a bit more on offence but it was the pokémon that made me like using defensive strategies.

Lorewise I am also very charmed by this pokémon too because it has gotten of of the silliest pokédex entries among this list. Klefki is a ring pokémon that uses the “horn” on it’s head to suck the ions out of metals. For no reason whatsoever it adores keys. It likes them so much that giving it one.. is like giving it the greatest gift in the world. It will be super happy, and while you can still use said key it will do everything it its might to keep those keys safe. Never will you have to worry anymore when you go inside a rollercoaster,  that you would lose the key, never will you lose a key anymore because it will never ever lose one!  You just ask it to lock something up for you or if it can help you open it and tadaa! Such a  pure an innocent little thing. It’s beyond beautiful. But that is not even the silly part what I love about it so much.. in Pokémon shield it was revealed that this pokémon likes keys SO much that it’s head had to look like a key as well! In other words it likes something so much, it became that in a way.. talk about mind over matter! I see a symbol of hope in it that people can be what they want to be if it truly makes them happy!

Klefki in competitive was pretty amazing for a while. Mostly as a Hazard of Barrier setter, but a particularly fun set I like to use is a Prankster set with Thunder Wave, Foul Play Torment and Flash Canon. It makes Klefi into a pesky little sweeper. Foul Play allows you to use your opponents physical stats instead of Klefki’s for damage calculation, Torment prevents opponents from using the same attack two times in a row and Thunder Wave paralyze your opponent and halves their speed.  This can result in a little mind game on when to swap out when to t-wave, when to foul play and so on that can make this set of keys give you a lot of battle field momentum. This is exactly my kind of pokémon! People get annoyed if they are being destroyed by a set of keys! Since Foul Play is a dark type move and not a lot of typings are resistant to that.. it really is fun to see Sesame and it’s friends take revenge on those who cast them aside! Mwhuahahaha!

Time for the legendary entry on this list.. and yes it is a legendary and no I do not care it is also called a mythical. While it never really became a part of my journey this pokémon really is a bit of a spirit animal for me.. well not really a spirit animal as it is more of a homunculus pokemon somewhat ..but still .. it reminds me a bit from the owl Clash of the Titans (1981 version) that was a great animal companion and Magearna is no different. The combination of Metal and Princess as well as parts mechanical pokeball make it a cute addition to the line up, and one of the cuter artificial pokemon out there, along with Ditto and Porygon….hmm Artificial pokemon sure come in pink often enough! Guess people really know what is the best colour in the pokemon world.

Lorewise this pokemon is a bit of an odd one you see it’s body is not the pokemon, that little round sphere in the center is the pokemon and not even that, this monster is basically what is inside that sphere. It is best comparable to a Kinder Egg, its not the chocolat, its not the yellow container it’s the toy that is inside..oh and its also banned in some places. Magearna is one of the few pokemon that fully understands human speech, while it may seem like all pokemon can this is not actually true, I guess Ash super specific instructions were just a lucky shot. Mageaena can not just comprehend language though, it can also understand peoples emotions, train of thought and can  even feel their pain, so it is always willing to help! The monster was made as a gift for a princess who lived about 500 years ago, over time her colour faded away and we get the metally grey pokemon we see today.

As with all legendaries this pokemon is not really usable in any form of battle.. Where pure in game legendaries are usually based around one or two incredible stats, the event distributed legendaries, also known as mysticals  always get a more even stat distribution. Magearna’s highest stat is it’s special attack which with 130 is nothing to cry about but compared to the Mewtwo’s and Arceus’s and it’s other peers out there it isn’t really to much to write home about. However it shines through because of it’s typing Fairy Steel is an incredible typing that allows many defensive bonuses.  First of all it negates ALL the fairy type weaknesses. Fairies are weak to poison, which steel type is immune to so cant damage this soul at all, it’s weak to steel..and steel resists steel so that hits neutral now. Metal has three weaknesses, fighting, ground and fire. The fighting weakness gets resisted due to it’s fairy typing so it has only 2 weaknesses , 9 resistances and 2 immunities. That is some good typing.  Almost as good as Water Ground! As a result Magearna is very beginner friendly. It’s signature move Fleur Cannon is like a counterpart of the Draco Meteor move, high power but lowers its own stat after use.  The ability Soul Heart negates this drop a bit however.. so i’d say pick up a robot and soul today!

A crowd favorite along Lucario I am sure but only my penultimate steel type! Metagross is a Pseudo Legendary that is known as the signature pokémon of Champion Steven Stone. One of the trickier champions to beat. (Lance was such a weak champion) The pokémon looks amazing has a great moveset and it evolves early enough to use endgame (level 45) but late enough so it really does feel rewarding. However there is one flaw that keeps Metagross from the number one spot here. Beldum’s Catch Rate of 3. This means that a Beldum (or any of it’s evolutions) have a 1.6% chance to stay in their pokéballs if you throw it at a pokémon with no status condition and green health. This catch rate.. is shared with Mewtwo… this means that a Beldum is as hard to catch as a MEWTWO! So imagine chibi pinkie playing her game, encountering this weird fist shaped pokemon with an eye… that just doesnt want to stay in it’s friggin pokébal! I did not know it was a pseudo back then! I wasn’t even allowed to play this game so I played it in secret! I was like.. well fudge this pokémon! I am out! It took me until Omega Ruby until I got myself a Beldum.. A shiny one from an event! I loved it! I named it ..Hi Ho..because it was silver.

Hi Ho would grow up from a little stubby fist like, missile looking thing to a four legged tank/super computer with one of the most badass mega evolutions out there, ever. Metagross is formed by the fusion of two Metang, (the stage 1 form of the pokémon) while it’s mega evolution is A Metagross, A Metang and Two Beldum forming together. So in other words this is the combiner robot of the pokémon world. It has four separate brains which allow it to analyse things faster and  better than a super computer does. Meanwhile it is still incredibly strong as well. It has the strength to pin an enemy on the wall with it claws after which it will begin devouring them alive. It will also use it’s big brain to win the fights it is in, analyzing it’s optimal moves. Making this a fearsome foe. When it Mega evolves it gets even smarter and leaves behind any decency it might have had before, now dictated by cruel cold logic. Any means of victory is now allowed and thus its fighting style becomes so gruesome most people can only avert their eyes and wait for it’s battle to be over. If it senses it can not win a fight it will impale an enemy’s limb with itself and then self detonate. Ouch

Metagross is fairly universally run as physical sweeper, and with a base attack power of 135 that isn’t too surprising. It doesn’t get much better than that.  The moves you’ll want to put on this monster is Earthquake, Agility, Zen Headbutt and Meteor Mash.  Agility and Zen Headbutt can be adapted if your team  specifically requires anything else, like calm mind if you need it to tank out a few hits for reasons or Grass Knot if your team is weak to ground but over all Zen Headbutt, and Agility will allow you to sweep if Meteor Mash gets one or two attack boosts. Meteor Mash is almost it’s signature move, only learned by Jirachi, Clefairy, and Lucario otherwise, a 90 base power physical attack that can boost up your attack stat.  Agility once or twice can take care of it’s meh speed and as an item a life orb can give you more damage output.  It’s not to uncommon to run aforementioned explosion either to kill something completely dead if Metagross is about to die! It is one of those pokémon that pressures your opponent into making the right call.. mess up once or twice and this pokémon has all the cards it needs to wipe your entire opponents team of the board.

This sword and shield pokémon was obviously introduced in X and Y.. huh that seems weird now huh! However this pokémon quickly became my favorite steel type. I have never really liked wall Pokémon much .. for the simple reason that I never found a wall that was better than Chansey. While Chansey’s physical defence isn’t great I’d use something like Shuckle. A pink egg and a worm in a rock.. those clearly are the superior tanks. I always like to mess with people when playing pokémon.  I don’t play with the pro’s so people never expect that Dugtrio is one of the fastest Pokémon ever.. they do not expect Chansey can  take a Draco Meteor like nothing has even happened, no one suspects Shuckle to survive a normal gem explosion..but they sure do! When people make mistakes people play poorly.  Aegislash is one of those guess what’s coming next pokémon I love so much because it is both a sword and a shield! It’s either a sword resting in a shield or a sword wielding a shield.. guestimate what it does wrong and you will be sorry! Also I really like object pokémon apparently!

Aegislash begin their live as Honedge. Honedge become pokémon when a person on the battlefield dies. Their soul becomes entangled with the blade that kills them and and the sort gains a blue  cloth that it can use to attach itself to those who dare touch the hilt. It will then begin to drain their life force completely. It evolves when it fed on enough life force, usually draining several people completely and it becomes two blades, who communicate with telepathy to form deadly attacking patterns that slice their foes to ribbons. After evolving it they become attendants of kings in history. Their past has allowed them to judge those who possess leadership qualities, hanging around those who it deems destined to be king.  However it does not do this from an altruistic stance it possesses over might spectral powers that allows it to manipulate people and pokémon alike and they use these kings to create a kingdom of their liking. One kingdom was particularly mentioned with a powerful king wielding an Aegislash creating an amazing kingdom, eventually however the sword drained all his life away and the kingdom since quickly fell. Aren’t ghost pokedex entries the best?

Like Metagross , Aegislash has a fairly widely accepted build. That being it’s signature move King’s Shield, which is a form of Protect (a semi perfect shield move)  that negates all damage and lowers your opponent’s special attack. It should know Swords Dance to heighten it’s already high attack, and Shadow Sneak and Night Slash or Sacred Sword as it’s attacking moves. Shadow Sneak is a move that always goes first and is boosted by the same type attack bonus and Night Slash or Sacred Sword you slap on there depending on what type of team your opponents run for maximum damage. What makes this pokemon so fun to use though is its ability, Stance Change. With this it can go from defensive mode into offensive mode and vice versa. In defensive mode it’s defensive values are 150 and in blade mode it’s offensive stats are 150. With all it’s other stats being only 50 though it’s a one trick pony… well it’s a one trick pony twice to be exact. However this does keep pressure on your opponent, if you sent it in against a physical attacker, the fun begins! Since its secondary stats are super weak it is a pokémon that does require you to know who is physical and who is not so it is a bit on the more advanced side of things. Yet it is through all of it’s quirks that and the brain game that this pokemon is so fun to play!

Callum and the best Steel Type…that will kill him!

It was wonderful seeing so many steel types still have plushies! I would have been in trouble with how I handle my images otherwise! What is your Favourite Steel Type? Do you like this typing? Do you use it oftenly?! Can you guess which type is next? Let’s get those comments going! Now excuse me while I go feed my hair!

Poké Ball Z?! Pinkie Reviews: Dragon Ball Z Team Training

My sweet Island guests! Hi how are you doing today?! Hope you are well! Two of the fandoms I am most active in is Pokémon and Dragon Ball, so when you get the chance to play a rom hack that combines these two things are bound to be good. Time to evolve to a Super Trainer and use Explosion on a wild Yamcha as we venture into Dragon Ball Z team training!

<Editting Pinkie Here! What Bad Luck I lost my own images! I posted them in a wrong place and now I can no longer acces them so while the images you see will not be of my journey! I can assure you I definitely finished the game!>

Dr Brief introduced my female trainer Pinkie to the wonderful world of Dragon Ball, in this world I have to train up powerful fighters and make my ways across gyms all across the land so I can prove my worth as a fighter trainer and eventually I can take on the four Kais. It’s a journey that will take you through locations such as Mount Paozu , Namek, The Red Ribbon Army Base and Makyo City.

Yet before I can venture out into this , slightly,  Dragon Ball themed world I have to pick my starter first.  We get the choice out of Goku, Vegeta and Adult Gohan. All can evolve multiple times. With Gohan being able to go Super Saiyan and Ultimate, Vegeta being able to go Super Saiyan and Majin Vegeta and Goku being able to go Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan 3.  However End game all can go beyond, with everyone learning super Saiyan God and even Super Saiyan Blue.. and Goku being able to go Ultra Instinct as well. Goku also is able to go Golden Oozaru and Super Saiyan 4 and if you pick Goku you can also catch a Vegeta later on and can fuse them together.  Goku gets a tiny bit more love than the other two ..but hey  that’s how the show does it as well!

I picked up Goku…as I really wanted to make him go Ultra Instinct.. mostly because I wanted to see how ridiculous his stats would be!  I did not give him a nickname because… well I kinda feel bad giving these characters nicknames as they have their own names so ..I decided to go nickname-less. If I had chosen to go nicknames I would have made silly ones…like naming Piccolo Eggplamber or something! Still I had a serious job..defeating the four Kais.  So I grabbed  hand full of capsules and began tossing them on Krillin and Piccolo  as I build myself a team of canonical good guys! Choosing that route proved to be a mistake. 

Dragon Ball Z has always been about transformations, stronger opponents and bigger challenges, this is reflected in the game as well.

Perfect Cell at level 30 has way higher stats than Lvl 30 Final Form Frieza. Lvl 20 Super Saiyan Goten is stronger than Lvl 20 Yamcha, by a fair margin. This makes the game get it’s unique feeling.. your team is always changing. Krillin is quite good to have until level 25 or so but after that he becomes utterly useless as even the wild encounters you meet will have better stats. My level 22 second form Frieza had better stats than my level 31 Krillin. Some characters are exceptions to this, for example Piccolo stays fairly relevant throughout the game in terms of power, he can match with the non legendary characters. Not being that much weaker than Perfect Cell or even Kid Buu. 

He does however..get in trouble later on because he does not learn any good new moves. The third gym lets you fight the androids (Cell is the fourth gym)  so around the low level 30’s Piccolo learns Hellzone Grenade and after that.. nothing really.  Capsule Moves  you find can help.. but overall .. Dragon Ball Z Team training focuses on advancing getting better stuff rather than making stuff work.. so it plays quite a bit different from regular pokemon. It’s a change I hated at first, but later came to appreciate. It is willing to move away from Pokémon to be more Dragon Ball, not the Dragon Ball Hero stuff either.. where suddenly characters all become hyper powerful.. no it follows the Z story..if a character stops being relevant in the story it kinda becomes less relevant as a game character as well. That does make this game a bit grind heavy though…and for the first time ever in a Pokémon game.. I had to use 3 legendaries plus two characters who have near Legendary stats in order to win against the Kais.  You always have to be aware of more powerful creates and you have to make that swap. (Well unless you like grinding into insanity.. but still your better of improving) 

This does mean the game is not as tactical, rather it’s a bit of a resource management like game. Finding fighters with good stats or move pools, searching for fusing items and good techniques and the best way to do this is to know stuff about Dragon Ball Z. You’ll want to pick fighters that evolve and how do you know people evolve? By having watched the series but also the extra content. Super Saiyan Bardock is a thing, but you can also transform him , Raditz or Nappa into an Oozaru using a Moonstone. You can catch a Trunks and Goten and fuse them together into a Gotenks and yes you can even make Gogeta or Vegito. If you do not know about these though, you’ll never guess the Fusion combinations because there are well over 100 fighters in the game. If you do not know Frieza is stronger than Aqua or if you don’t know Bunyon and Giran are just from Dragon Ball , you will struggle to know what is good on your team. So If you are a  just a Pokémon Fan, wanting to play a interesting Rom Hack this isn’t for you. If you are a Dragon Ball fan who knows nothing about Pokémon but just want more content..this game has a few quirks and issues as well. So this game is only for fans of both. It’s literally a fusion!

While on the surface combining these two ideas can still result in a rather interesting game, this Rom Hack doesn’t really pull it off for me.

Mostly due to its poor balancing. There are only a few types that really matter in the game, being Fire, Fighting, Steel and Dark.  Ice , Grass and Electric are in there as well as a few rock and Psychic type moves but it’s extremely sparingly.  Officially typing matchup should have remained the same.. but I don’t think quadruple damage is a thing..or maybe it’s only quadruple damage that is a thing.. I can’t figure this out. Hitting Frieza who is a Dark Ice type with a fighting  type move is super effective, while hitting him with a Kamehameha is effective normally. I can not just forget the old typing system and since it does still refer to the old typing system this is something I seem unable to master. Fire not super effective against Ice? I just don’t get it.. Electric still beats water, fighting beats dark. Who knows! 

As a result I just end up doing “something” spam powerful attacks, 90% of the moves are fire of fighting type moves anyway.  This feeling is enlarged by the fact that the game is mostly based on the Japanese version of Dragon Ball Z. What I mean by this is that we for example do not get Android 18 but instead C-18..as in the original they are referred to as cyborgs or just numbers. That isn’t a bad thing but it might leave you scratching your head if your a dub kid. What IS a problem for Dub-people is that all the techniques are phonetic Japanese as well. So  Special Beam Cannon is Makankosappo, Solar Flare is Taiyoken, After images is Zanzoken and the Spirit Bomb is the Genkidama. I love the sub and I know the techniques by those names but if you are one of those Dub is better folks, you’ll wonder what techniques are which.. and since half of the charm this game is recognisability of all the characters and such I can see that being an issues for you! There still is plenty there and once you get used to it , it will be fine but I can imagine how this would not feel as YOUR Dragon Ball… so  this is a a game for fans of both Dragon Ball and Pokémon but mostly catered to those that watch subs?! That’s a specific niche right there.

While that did not effect me I felt it did needed to be said, what did bother me however is how poor the artwork can be at times. While I do use techniques for my content very similar to these.. like using pre-existing assets wherever possible this game really uses a lot of different styles. Most character sprites come from games like Dragon Ball Z Super Sonic Warriors, but Bunyon’s sprite is from Dragon Ball Advanced Adventures, while some sprites like general Red are made by the team itself. As a result it can feel a bit hotchpotchy.  Goku base form for example is a very thick outlined sprite and when he evolves he goes into his Super Sonic Warrior Sprite, while Gohan and Vegeta  already use earlier sprites from the get go. It just takes a bit of consistency out and makes some evolutions feel REALLY disappointing.The same can be said for the order towns are laid out in, while we do progress throughout the story , Pewter City is Saiyan Saga, Into Cerulean being the Namek Saga, into  The Android saga.. we suddenly get Makyo town after that which is Garlic Jr’s story…which takes place before the Android saga.. I do not mind persé that stuff is out of order.. but I have a bit of trouble with doing  both in AND out or order it makes the game feel needlessly sloppy.

Since this game is a Romhack the map is exactly the same as it was in Kanto.. just buildings have replaced sprites , like Mount Paozu having capsule homes and Namek having green water and blue grass.

Yet in its core the game is still the exact same game as it was in Kanto, the official Pokémon game however explained way better where to go to next. If you do not know, this game can have you search a bit.  Some buildings and locations HAVE been replaced however, for example both “rocket hideouts” are  now in the same town. Capsule Corps and the Game Corner are both in Gingertown, While Satan City now has the developer building. The way to the Power Plant is also different. So since it is so familiar but randomly tosses stuff around , it can also be a bit confusing to fans. It’s a shame  the game choose for this half and half route as I like that some things are different but treading familiar ground for 90% of the adventure makes those 10% a bit frustrating. I actually do love to explore, but when something is so familiar with for like the majority of the game.. .Either I find myself disappointed they did not do more stuff like that.. or I search around aimlessly as they chose to change one trivial thing.

The game would also have been more fun if they chose a story slightly more Akin to fighters where not everyone can use their full abilities so the playing field could be more even. I at first struggled big time during the pokémon league. Everyone around their level 50’s  gets so little Power Point in moves that you burn out in no time and the level hike was quite large. I was seriously underleveled by the end.. but since every Kai had something like A Krillin or a Zarbon 2 in their team I just send out Shenron, let him boost up his attack  since weak characters can barely damage it, heal up and sweep a team. This also worked if I used Broly, or Frieza or whoever had a setup technique. Everyone has that one weak fighter that completely unbalanced any fight. It was nice that some technique was required for the final part.. but it felt more like an exploit and not that excited.

I was going to play the post game and get myself a Ultra Instinct Goku but the post game is locked behind having to have caught 60 fighters. Since most of them are so useless, I did not particularly bother with catching so I had just so many work left to do that I just gave up. Dragon Ball Z Team Training is not a bad game, it’s just a crazy little Dragon Ball experience but the system is to unbalanced and fighters are too useless to sell me on the collecting aspect. In the end these two franchises do not mix very well.  I had my fun exploring the world, I had an enjoyable time but I would have had a better time playing either pokémon OR Dragon Ball Super Sonic Warriors. In the end I’d compare it to a Peep Box.. it’s fun to stare at it for a while wondering where everything goes and discovering the scene but if you stare at it long you notice some things are cut out a bit iffy and there isn’t that much going on. Fun to experience  but in the end what you get is only paper thin. It’s fun to recognise things but not particularly fun to play.

The Verdict!

I had some good times time with this game but mostly in the first half the second half got quite frustrating having to substitute my entire time all the time, also I do not really know who this game is for.. it really asks some knowledge of Dragon Ball Z and Pokémon to play.. and in terms of Dragon Ball the sub specifically. Do you know of a Rom Hack or Fan Game I should play next? From now on once per 4 weeks I shall review a Pokémon fan game! You can help me determine what is next! Thank you for reading and if you like my content and would happen to have some funds you do not know what to do with..consider supporting me on Ko-Fi and join Camp Coconut!

Pokémon Top 5: Favorite Rock Type Pokémon

Hello Hello my sweet island guests! Even a restyle can not stop me from continuing to do top fives on one of my most beloved franchises in the world. Pokémon! By the time you are writing this the DLC will have been out for about a week or so. However I plan to take my time with that.. plus I work ahead a bit so I will discuss that when I get there. Most likely on a game cocktail as well. So keep an eye out on tuesdays! Today however we will discuss a pokémon type that is super effective against the ice type! The Rock type!

Unlike the ground type , which is counted as one of the stronger pokémon types, the rock type oftenly along with the ice type is considered on of the two worst typings. Rock type moves are quite okay .. but due to how many enemies are weak or quad weak to rock, you do not really need the STAB bonus for it.. rock type moves are often better of being used on a non stab pokémon. And  that is mostly due to the insane amount of weaknesses rock has as well. Water, Grass, Ground, Fighting , Steel. While it is super effective against Fire, Flying, Bug and Ice that already forms a problem. Bug Ice and Flying are all part of the weaker, less (end game)  represented typings.

In the competitive scene.. nearly all fire types learn will o’wisp which burns an enemy and harms physical attack.  Most rock moves are physical and stat wise.. these pokémon are oftenly specced on the defensive side.. for example Oddish has a better physical attack than Onix.. that means a beet..can punch you harder than a rock snake! Halving their offence so easily.. is not that good! Since it’s so bad! Onix is not my favorite but he does get a mention.

This snake lifts less than this beet!

Like Always one entry per evolution line, while I can use prior forms if I like them better, I’d have to like the final form at least a bit. It has to be usable.. if the final form makes me not want to use it.. it gets reprimanded. As is the case with Tirtouga and it’s evolution Carracosta. While I really like the energetic looking rock turtle Tirtouga, Carracosta is just a cranky boring as bipedal version of it and it feels extremely lazy in design! It doesn’t have a fun move set either and it lacks any form of charm. Gen VIII finally showed us how a rock turtle is properly done with Chewdle and Drednaw. I do love Tirtouga design wise.. it just doesn’t got anywhere.. which is a shame. 

Now this typing is the worst offender by far of my.. it has to feel like a rock type to me rule as well. The biggest reason is all the fossils being rock type because they are ancient pokémon and came out of a rock! (Well except for the Gen VIII fossils but so many of them miss the mark. Aerodactyl should have been a dragon type.. while I get the redundancy with dragonite nothing really screams that this thing is made of rocks until it’s mega evolution. It’s a flying dinosaur. Flying Rock and Flying Ground and Flying Rock types I have difficulty believing. Minior and Archeops being the only exceptions because one is a meteor.. so I get both typings.. and the other is a dinosaur that can barely fly.  I know Aerodactyl has some pretty solid rock type moves but I’d rather see either an Ancient Type or giving Dinosaurs the Dragon type. 

Another rule is that a pokémon can not show up on a list more than once. If a pokémon was on an earlier  typing list it can not exist on the list of it’s other typing as well. Shuckle, Archen and Archeops are therefore out of the running. Still I would like to name one of my favorite Ultra Beasts here, Nihilego.. it’s a starry Jellyfish that shoots poison .. but for some reason they gave it the rock typing! Not only does this make my precious like super weak to sooo many types.. it should not be a rock type at all! It doesn’t have anything that ties it to a rock type other than that it learns Power Gem and possibly Ancient Power?!  Blegh! Bad call Game Freak!  So unfortunate that lovely will not be on the list either! Now let’s see who did make it.

For the first time I flipped a coin to determine my number 5. It was a close one between this and Minor, the cute jelly filled rock which has a pink form!  Ultimately when I think about it though Sudowoodo is definitely the more iconic one of the two! It’s one of the famous roadblock Pokémon, it has that level of clunk to it which I really appreciate in pokémon and like Minior it has a bit of a deceptive nature.  Where Minior looks like a rock but is actually a rock covered.. alien thing.. this looks like a tree that is actually a rock. Comparing those statements next to each other does make me think Sudowoodo is the better pick! His anime voice is amazing as well! This pokémon actually became a part of my first Pokémon Gold Team for a brief while! I would later travel with a Bonsly that would turn into Sticks the Sudowoodo in another pokémon fangame, whose name I am not sure off. It might be Pokémon Phoenix Rising.. but it might have also been something else. I play a lot of those!Reason enough to have a personal connection with this pokémon though! So yay for number 5.

Lorewise Sudowoodo is quite an odd Pokémon which endears me to it! It hates fighting so it pretends to be a tree to avoid being attacked.  While up close you can see it seems to be made out of rock rather than out of wood it really sticks to the practice. It is so rigid that if you see a twig shake in the wind.. you know it’s NOT a Sudowoodo! While it is not moved by the wind.. it starts fleeing as soon as it begins raining as it hates the rain so much, which I find adorable.  The fact that it hates rain and water so much is mentioned in nearly every pokédex entry.. and it had a lot!  It allegedly has has gained tremendous strength keeping its muscles so stiff. However by far the best pokedex trivia comes from the fact that old folks tend to collect and groom Sudowoodo. The greener their finger orb things are the higher the collectors value. Old people like to compare their Sudowoodo with each other, trying to find one that has the perfect arm length and angle with as green as possible orbs. This practice has become so popular it even sprouted it own magazine! So if you ever want a magazine filled with posing tree rocks travel to the pokémon world!

Sudowoodo is not a very competitive pokemon. With a Base Stat Total of only 410 it’s about as powerful as a Ponyta, Bibarel or Pyukumuku .. it also has the same base state total as the number four on my list.. and that one is not even fully evolved… neither is Ponyta though. While it’s defence is a great 115 and it’s attack a very respectable 100 the rest of it’s stats are VERY poor. Speed being at 35 as Sunkern and a Metapod and with it’s Special Defence, and Health being below par means it will not take kindly to even a water gun!
Sudowoodo however can learn the devastating move Head Smash and is one of the most punishing sucker punch users to send out against psychic types, ghost types or fire types.  While Woodo will go down with just a splash of water or a Giga- or mega drain  it can still take away a large chunk of enemy hp. Counter or Lowkick and Wood Hammer are pretty solid to run on this pokemon as well. It could also set up the sun if you have team build around that.  All in all a great monster that does show the rock type it’s flaws very well. It might be physically defensive..but three out of the  9ish predominantly physical types are its weaknesses.. 4 if we count the pretty solid grass physical covery.  So it is a mon you need to swap out a lot.

This pokémon is a bit of a weird pick! It’s the first, and not final evolution of Rolycoly, the cutests named rock type in existence. It is on this list because with some distance it is my favorite designed rock type. A coal cart! That is so random.. but what won me over is that Coltrane  my Carkol was so fun to play with at Pokémon camp! I had a blast tossing the ball for it and see it play fetch. There is something about seeing a mine cart filled with fire and a head smile gleefully at you that felt deeply satisfying. I also really like the combination of fire and rock types being used as non-lava pokemon for once. Coal seems a perfect metaphor for that type and since Galar is based on England making a pokémon to represent that part of their history I found quite enjoyable. There is so much recognisability in Galar pokémon, one might call it gimmicky but I actually love this style. You can glance at a pokémon and say! Well yep that’s from Galar!  It’s a great route I hope they will take in the future and this pokémon to me might be the epitome of it. 

Now lore wise Carkol is lacking a bit as it is only one generation old and DLC has replaced alternative versions so less dex entries for it to be had anyway! Carkol  apparently can form coals deep inside its body which it then “drops”  these coals have fueled many generations of people living in Galar. So there you have it , steam trains in Galar run on Pokémon Poop! I never thought I could make a PooChoo train joke but here I am! Thank You Game Freak.  Not to speak of Poop-Power Plants! Pooper Plants?  Of course this is never really stated to be poop.. but it is a dropping the pokemon forms out of waste inside its body so that does sound awfully familiar.  Carkol rolls around on its little  stumpy legs, they can spin around like wheels.. but not as round.. which is hilariously clunky and if you read any previous top 5 you know I have a thing for that. It’s top speed is 30 kilometers per hour or 18 miles per hour! Proof that kilometers are the best because more of them fit in the same hour! More is always good!  This little train that is about as fast a sprinting cyclist  can also breathe fire of about 1000 degrees Celsius or 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.. which proves Celsius is better.. because there are less degrees to get hurt by!

Competitively this pokémon of course can’t do anything! It’s base 410 stats are evenly distributed with a best stat of 90 in defence and speed being the lowest at 50.  Since it is 4x weak to both water and ground basically every semi decent pokémon trainer will kill it dead within a single turn. Coalossal it’s evolution however does have some uses as a physical wall. Just make sure to equip it with an air balloon. It’s signature ability Tar Shot adds a weakness to fire moves on the next turn so it’s best used to take care of enemies you do not have a counter for during gameplay! I don’t see this pokémon being used a lot in competitive battles and Smogon has put it in a bit of a borderline competitive tier RarelyUsed. So instead of trying to making this pokémon work for you in battle I suggest you use it where it really matters. In your pokémon camp! Making it fetch various forms of toy-balls and such! Thats where this little coal cart really can warm your heart!
<I found no Carkol Plushie otherwise it would be depicted as an image>

Who would have thought that a pink pixie that is considered the jewel pokémon with a mostly white and pink colour scheme would ever be one of my favorite rock types?! It’s a legendary pokémon as well.  Now I know some people will nitpick and call it a mystical pokémon instead but no it has 600 stat points at least! It’s a legendary! Mystical is a term I hate to define pokémon with. It’s so exclusive for no reason at all! Anyway this pokemons design is so amazing. I loved Carbink already but when they gave it a magical evolution that formed this legendary creature it just got better. It’s Mega evolution is so amazingly pretty! It felt truly like something legendary.. but not like Celebi or Victini.. whose designs I find a back lackluster. This one walked that balance so much better. Just look at it! It’s so pretty and the gem on the normal form changes into a heart when it evolves. Have I told you it’s shiny is even pinker?! * Fan Girl purring noises* 

Only in the Gen VI games has Diancie ever had a pokédex entry! While it is linked to the regularly pokémon, the rock and fairy Type Carbink it doesn’t actually evolve from it in game. Rather according to the pokédex it more or less mutates into a Diancie. A sudden transformation rather than a build towards evolution. The reason why it does this is not known. It’s pink glimmering body is in universe said to be the prettiest site in the entire world… *Squeeeeee*  So the fact that this pink thing is the prettiest thing in existence in the pokémon world makes me feel I am right! Pink is an amazing colour! So it’s a great pokémon for me to have! Not only that but Diancie also has the ability to create Diamonds from “nothing” It can compress the carbon between it’s hand and form pink diamonds which she can hurl at her enemies.. or of course give to me .. her loving trainer. Diamonds might be a girls best friend but that is just because most girls do not know what a Diancie is!

In battle Diancie is amazing, as to be expected of a legendary with a mega evolution. Just unfortunately like almost every dual rock type she has a 4x weakness. This time to steel types. Luckily Iron Head and Bullet Punch, and Meteor Mash are usually the only steel type moves that are run so it’s not as bad as being 4x weak to fighting or to Water or Grass.  With 100 base stat in both attack and physical attack it’s about as strong of an attacker as Mew  and with 150 defence and special defence it’s as hard as Registeel! It has terrible hit-points and speed though. It can probably survive one of two hits due to it’s tankiness but still this pixie does not enjoy pain! When you Mega evolve it it swaps around it’s offensive and defensive stats and becomes fast!  Meaning it now can hit really hard really fast. Usually I run a barrier setting Diancie with Diamond Storm and Moonblast as offensive moves.  Get your barriers up, transform and bring the pain.  Once again though Diancie is a monster you do not want to sent out against anything it is weak against.. and that is still a fair few things. You probably need a trick room setter or a hazard setter to optimise your beautiful jewel.

This pokémon would be my number 1 with quite some margin if it did not have one big strike against it.  It’s four times weak to fighting type moves. Those are quite prevalent in end game and competitive scenes due to moves like Close Combat. Also since Dynamax fighting moves are really good, as in that they actually increase your most important stat if you use those type of moves…  that is a major flaw in the current generation for this pokémon. Despite that fact though this is such a cool pokémon. I am a bit upset they did not give it a Godzilla like Gigantamax. This is the pokémon is basically Godzilla anyway so now that pocket monsters can actually become Kaiju this is a missed opportunity. That being said ..this pokémon is so incredibly cool! Like from it’s design to it’s moveset, to it’s mega!  This is a COOL pokémon. I’d say rivalling charizard in charisma for me! …Not that I am THAT fond of charizard but still I can’t deny it’s charisma! This is the same.  Probably my favorite designed pokémon from Gen II. 

In the pokedex this pokémon is quite hyped up as well. It being described as so incredibly powerful that in a single of its hands it has the power to destroy mountains. It is unable to feel physical pain so it travels through mountains to find a new home destroying every opponent it finds on it’s way. It cares for nothing but for itself and it can create earthquakes powerful enough to shape the land. When A Tyranitar goes on a rampage maps have to be altered because the land simply will not look the same. Ultra Moon describes it as a mobile Disaster.. it will go where it wants to go and if something is in it’s way it will go through rather then around. No matter if this is pokémon , people, houses or mountains. All shall be  crushed by its power.  It should come to no surprise then that Tyranitar is a Pseudo-Legendary.. and in fact having high enough stats to be counted among some of the legendary pokémon. It’s mega evolution only has 12 pokémon physically stronger than it.  Mewtwo X, Kyurem Black, Primal Reversion Ground and Deoxys are amongst the list.. so  you can imagine how many pokémon can actually stand up to it… all but two are mega evolutions as well. 

What is most terrifying about this pokémon though is that it learns Dragon Dance, a support move that boosts Attack and Speed. Dragon Dance is one of the.. if not the best set up move in the entire game and it turns Tyranitar in a justified OverUsed (best rank of competitive battling that are not widely banned)  candidate despite it’s weakness. However since I don’t exactly know what does get Superpower or Close Combat or on who it ‘s viable and what not I can’t use this pokémon to the max of its potential!  You definitely want Dragon Dance on your Tyranitar usually with Crunch a dark type (thus boosted) physical move  and Stone Edge, which is the best physical rock type move an elemental punch of your choice to complete the set and you are done! You created a monster.. although one that will fall immediately if someone uses low Kick!

This pokémon looks like the most edgy pile of rocks you have ever seen. Yet this pokémon really feels like rocks! I just love this design! The blueish main rock with those orange like shards and those split rock.. yellow eyes it is completely amazing to me! During my first play trough of Black and White I caught a Roggenrolla intrigued by the little thing. It’s evolution into Boldore and trade evolving into Gigalith was one of my most liked evolution lines. This really feels like an evolution but it also feels really impressive and powerful. I managed to get it evolved by trading with someone willing to help me out after I wondered why Boldore would not evolve and looking it up. The pokémon that I got in return was so badass and while I am not a big fan of badass pokémon this one quickly won my heart.  During Black and White 2 I found no one to trade me and this pokémon was sorely missed. It’s a super sluggish pure rock type.. but unlike Tyranitar I always feel like I am control of this beast and I can make the proper plays!  Plus my Barney could really look impressive while he was doing it. 

Like Tyranitar Gigalith is a force to be reckoned with, though where Tyranitar is a Pseudo Legendary this one is not, which is reflected in its lore! It’s a much more friendly pokémon usually working with humans in construction. It works a bit like Dynamite..capable of producing energy that could blow up filled dump trucks. However to do so it must  charge it’s orange bits in sunlight first. It can not keep this charge for very long either because it is stated that on rainy or cloudy days it can not use it’s beam attacks.  While it is being described as a beam attacker though it’s actual special attack stats (which is used for beams etc)  are quite low. However there is still a way that Gigalith can unleash all this energy! It can explode with a big bang! When it compresses the energy inside itself it can gather enough energy to blow up an entire mountain along with it, so that means it would be a great pokémon for Megumin from Konosuba.  Explosion!

Explosion is a great optional move on this pokémon. However this pokémon comes with with the ability Sand Force .. and that is what you want it to have. This ability boosts Rock steel and earth types moves power by 30% if used in a Sandstorm.. so obviously you want to carry that move named the same as a Darude song with you . Then you want to run earthquake.. while it does not get STAB bonuses on Gigalith it’s 135 attack along with the 30% boost will not make that to much of a problem. You could run toxic on it because Gigalith is counted as a wall pokémon but I honestly advise you to just bring normal gem and explosion along and use the last move for Stone Edge. Toxic stalling might be smarter but exploding and taking out your opponents ace is so much more satisfying. For some reason everything I see Gigalith I just think.. man now thats a cool rock type.. when I see Tyranitar I think.. wow thats a cool pokémon! So that’s a point for this one! Another point.. A fully set-up Tyranitar will surely cause despair in your opponent but seeing their face when their Kyurem white just jumped into an explosion is so much more priceless. Now seeing a face doesn’t often happen but I got lucky on a few occasions and while I think Tyranitar really is overused and a bit of a generic pick.. I would use Gigalith again!  My favorite rock type is just that.. a rock! Both on and off the battlefield.

Winner! Gigalith!

Due to almost all the Rock dual types having a 4x weakness, this is one of my lesser favorite types! I love rock types moves but due to their stats they are usually still beter on another Pokemon. What are your favorite Rock-Types? Is it Aerodactyl? Do you use the type a lot? Let me know in the comments! Thank you for reading and next time we are going to look at my absolute least favorite type.. the steel type! Now it’s time for me to be taking a plunge into making some more content! Bye!

Pokémon Top 5: Favourite Ice Types

Hello my sweet island guests, get a fruity little drink! Today I’ve got the ice!
The Ice type  is commonly seen as one of the worst two typings in the entire game. While good against the Grass, Flying Dragon And last weeks ground type, it’s weaknesses to fire, steel rock and fighting make it quite a struggle to use these things. Their defences are usually very flimsy while many are built like tanks.. Today we look for a little ray of sunshine amongst the ice types. Let’s hope they don’t melt!

If you have been keeping tracks of these list by now you do know the rules. No pokémon from earlier lists and only one entry per evolution line which in this case is much less of a problem because there is only one good unevolved ice type pokémon and even then I do not mean it in the viable sense. The only good, non fully evolved ice type is of course Snom! He’s so adorable!He also feels like an ice type because of well his name.. and his colour! He’s precious we should all protect snom! A single pebble can kill him so he’s no list material but still!

The second rule I always wield is.. the pokémon has to feel to me like it’s typing and ooh boy.. does the ice type miss that mark a lot. Of the 53 ice types out there 9 do not feel like ice types at all to me. That would arguably be more if I count the cold water pokémon. Lapras however I do count among the list that do not feel like ice types to me. Perhaps because the anime branded it as native to tropical islands but yeah that doesn’t feel icey to be.. it’s gigantamax does. Then again I think it would be better as a water-sound type. I do not like Lapras though.. so it would not make the list regardless. Sneasel and Weavile also don’t really feel like Ice types to me! I love using them and I run them with ice moves but why is it an ice type?! I don’t really see it. Same goes for Jynx . 

A final shout out goes to Zen Mode Galarian Darmanitan. I really don’t like the design of it’s normal mode.. but when it goes into Zen Mode using its ability I love the design. The fire and ice typing is fun as well.. but SO much ice types have quad weaknesses and this on does as well.  Given that Zen Mode Galarian Darmanitan needs to be  below a certain amount of health to transform into his ice and fire state, it is a temporary form pokémon and thus not eligible for this list. Still a great design though. 

I am gonna get strung up for this by the Pokémon community but I LOVE Vanilluxe! The ice cream pokémon it looks so Happy! The idea of a snow cone pokémon  I find perfectly okay! People complain that it’s ice cream and say Gen I pokémon were better no stupid objects. We had a Pokéball  that evolved into an inverse Pokéball.  We had a stick in the ground that became three sticks in the ground and we had two magnets on an eyeball! The whole idea of Pokémon is seeing creatures you have never seen before. If you just want cats in varying colours go play that cat mobile game.  Vanilluxe is great!  It deserves love! It is probably THE pokémon that everyone would look at at say “Now THAT’s an ice type”  along with very few others.  Along with about half the full ice types.  My test for this would be.. imagine a black and white picture of the pokémon.  No colour.. could you still say it’s an ice type? Heck yeah I could!

Vanilluxe comes into existence when two Vanillish (it’s pre-evolution) partially melt in the sun! When they go out to play at night together they freeze up together and now are one entity! This gives them the ability to cause powerful blizzards that can freeze just about everyone. However this ice-cream is also a bit of a hot head! It gets angry a lot and when both heads get angry it will cover the land in a huge snowstorm regardless if friends or foe are in there! It just throws a tantrum! An Ice type that is a hot head! I love it! Of course Pokémon Sun and Moon had to add some darkness to it’s pokémon entries by stating that both it’s head have separate brains that can agree and disagree with each other.. making it’s power alternate! It also was stated there that it can occur that one of the heads is lost! If that is so the other still can live in relative comfort! How said! You just got a forever friend and then it’s head is blown off and you live with just the body of your friend. Basically.. it’s just Dio then I guess

In combat Vanilluxe is not bad either! It has an okay base speed of 79 but it can learn the ability weak armor which easily allows you to crank that up! It also has some speed boosting moves. Ice body and Snow Warning as an ability can come in clutch as well. It’s attack being at 95 which is also fairly high makes it that it’s Explosion move can also hurt like heck! It’s defences are quite okay as well! Not great but not trash either so it could possible take a hit and if it’s too damaged you just blow it up and take your opponent with you.  It gets powerful ice moves such as blizzard and ice beam but it also learn Flash Cannon a nice steel type special move to give it some weakness-covery against rock! It gets the move Sheer Cold as well which can knock your opponent out in a single hit. .if luck is on your side!  It was a great addition to my  princess tea party team in Galar (An Apple Pie, With some Whipped Cream, A scoop of Ice and Some hot tea, all with a fairy princess and her magical unicorn)! 

A pokémon that is both an ice type and a fairy type. That looks super pretty and is inspired on the nine tailed fox? Of course that would make the list! This pokémon is probably the most pretty Alolan form across the line!  I wish I could have made this my favorite but unfortunately it has two major flaws. It’s stats aren’t all that great with everything but speed hovering at around 75, only being specially defensive. It is quad weak to steel type moves though.  It’s great for killing dragons though! Also have I told you it looks pretty?! This definitely is the prettiest pokémon on the list.. heck I think it might be one of the prettiest pokémon ever! What it lacks up for in battle aptitude it  makes up for in style.  Many times over! During my fairy only type run in Alola,  Shirona  was my Alolan Ninetales and while I noticed she lacked the ability to hit hard.. she made my team look pretty and helped me deal with a bunch of peky types! Sometimes style does go over substance.

This design is reflected in the  pokédex lore it has been given. Due to it’s looks it has been revered as a deity before it was identified as a regional version of Ninetales. This has to do with the fact that in the mountains these majestic pokémon dwells there lives a deity. When seeing a snowy beautiful pokémon like this of course it was given divine qualities. This also is in part because Alolan Ninetales will guide lost hikers back to the foot of the mountain. However it does not do this out of kindness it does this because it wants the hikers gone from it’s mountain to protect the deity! Other deities seem to visit the areas they live in as well making it even more important that they are left alone. Those who damage the nature in the areas they live in.. do not get the kind treatment to safety. It will never forgive anyone who scars it’s mountain.  So there you go! This is a pokémon that is above humans it rather plays with deities! That’s top 5 worthy!

In battle Alolan Ninetales does not have a lot of oomph! It’s attack stats are just to poor. It usually is made to be into a supportive wall setter. Equipped with the ability Snow warning and the Light Clay Item, this pokémon can set a unique barrier that shields against both physical and special moves (it needs to be hailing for it to do so though.. hence the ability which sets up the snow/hail) This means you give it the move encore as well to prevent your opponent from setting up or force a switch if they set up weather to counter you.  Very important to carry that move then! Offensively there are two main types of pokémon that can set up the weather in your disfavor in general,  Grass types set up the sun while Water types set up the rain! (Rock and Fire types can set weather but you switch out against them anywya) By taking the move Freeze-Dry you have super effective special moves against both grass and water so that is a good shoutout to take as well. For a fourth move you should let it know Sheer Cold. Random One Hit Knock Outs can be good since when the shields are up, Ninetales becomes a tad throwaway.

A penguin that has a block of ice on it’s head that is also a head already sounds like a perfect pokémon for me! So adorable and derpy!  This is the type of design I love! I am fairly alone in that because some people seem to hate this pokémon despite of how cute it looks!  When it is hit by a physical move the ice cube shatters and it becomes penguin with a super tiny head that has turned all blue from the cold! I love it so much! In the Crown Thundra DLC trailer we have seen recently we see an Eiscue in the water.. it’s floating there because it’s head is just a big ice block! It looks so fun! Squeee! I just imagine the little feet trampling at all their might underneath the water to get anywhere but it just doesn’t work! So it has to let the current take it where it wants to go! If you read any of my lists before you know I really appreciate clunk in Pokémon.

Since this is a Gen VIII pokémon we do not have a lot of pokédex entries yet ..but what we have is super cute! It does indeed mention that it likes to drift in the ocean to keep its head super cold! It likes the big head it seems! When it breaks it reveals a slightly worried expression that has enamoured many people in the pokémon world and I totally get that! I love that face I just want to squeeze it in it’s tiny cheeks and tell it’s a good boy and I will help it get it’s favorite head back! Yes I will! Mamma will put a block of ice on your head! When it is drifting about the ocean it uses it’s little hair that grows out of the ice block as a fishing rod.  When it’s in it’s small faced form the single hair reacts to it’s thoughts. The hair is in straight connection to the brain so  when something is on it’s mind the hair emits a cold aura. I just want to put a little ribbon in there! 

In battle Eiscue can be amazing! It learns Belly Drum.. and combining that with a hp recovery berry, and it’s ice face ability this pokémon is rather amazing. Belly Drum boosts it’s physical attack stat from a base 80 attack to a base 320 attack. If it moves into its tiny face form by being hit physically it’s speed stat becomes 130 too. Which means it hits fast  and REALLY REALLY hard. If you combine it with a Dynamax it can even set up the hail and get it’s square head back to be bulky in defence over speedy! The only problem.. it doesn’t really matter it has bulky defence as the head shatters if it’s hit with a physical move and the head shattering negates any damage! So … in the ice head form it has a lot of wasted stat points, which is a shame and prevents it from being higher up this list. Liquidation avalanche and facade are good physical moves to run on this good boy!  The ability Ice face is kinda tricky to understand and I do not have the room to go into detail.. so google if you need.. but if used properly this penguin can kick some ass.

A very close to number one second this time around in the form of the Gen 3 pokémon Walrein. While I have used one on my team in my first playthrough of Pokémon Sapphire, I really warmed up to the pokémon trough my playthrough of Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness. There is something about seeing a Walrus in 3d with animations that makes it more charming. I also really needed it on my team as it destroys Salamence which I saw often in that game.  Designwise it’s about as much as you can do with a Walrus I guess. While I do not like that all water pokémon are blue, or most of them at least,  the blue on this one along with the white really does well to sell the cold qualities it possesses. It looks kind of dopey which I do like.. it doesn’t feel as ugly and mean as some other stage 2 pokémon. It keeps that beloved pet vibe more than say Tyranitar or Exploud for example. 

It’s pokedex entries do not state to much interesting facts about this pokemon, other than that it is very fat! There have been 12 pokedex entries of Walrein  to date and 11 mention it’s thick layer of blubber. The only one that doesn’t mentions that when a Walrein is the leader of a herd it will battle anything that invades it’s territory and it will continue to fight to keep it’s herd safe regardless if that means it’s own death. It can even lose it tusks in these battles.  All the other pokédex entries state that it is protected by it’s large amounts of blubber. The blubber shields it from both the cold and enemy attacks. The real impressive feat however is that it can break 10 tons of iceberg with a single attack with its tusk! Now that is an effective ice cube maker!  I bet it would be neat to use at parties! Crushed ice for everyone!

In battle it’s quite okay! It’s hindered by the poor stat average most ice types have.. with only a very high hp count and the other stats being okay! However.. due to its ability Thick Fat it is so bulky it makes up for that weakness. It can just tank! It will not die easily!  As for movesets.. that is a bit tricky! I ran my most beloved Walrein, Hoomphrey on a coliseum game, which means 2 v 2 battles. Moves like Surf and Blizzard are great shout outs for that.  It’s special attack is capped at 95 which is really quite alright certainly given it’s high hp, so special moves are your bread and butter. I personally run it with rest for a full recovery and sleep talk. But Snore is also a okay move to put on this pokémon. There are plenty ways to play but I do really prefer to break this one out in 2v2 battles. In 1v1 I kinda see how it does not deal as much damage as it could. Still it’s  also nice PvE playthroughs as it learns a nice amount of HM’s and is able to use them in combat rather effectively. A great allrounder that I wish would have gotten just a little more punch.

Even now I feel like .. should this be here? Does it feel enough like an ice type?! Heck there was  time I didn’t even know it was an ice type! It was only when I started playing competitive battles with my friends that i discovered skill link, kings rock Cloyster using ice type attacks with stab.. murdered EVERYTHING. I always liked Cloyster quite a bit as it had one of the most interesting designs in Gen 1 for me. I loved that black pearly little head in that spikey shell. Of course in Gen 1 this was a rather terrible pokemon. A good looking but terrible pocket monster. It lacked some good moves, it lacked anime support. Shellder being involved in Slowpokes evolution and having such an iconic but annoying cry in the anime made me aware of this pokémon .. rather than the pokemon itself . However since the invention of the ability skill link and the move Shell Smash.. killer oyster is exactly my battle style! The kings rock item makes it so much better even!  I really love it!  I have since used that spec in a playthrough with my main guy Hurl-Pearl. 

For some reason this pokemon seems rather hated in the pokémon-world.. well or at least they think there is a pearl inside and they want to reach it.  As it is stated that once a Cloyster closes its shell no one can open it.. not even someone with superior strength. It is also stated that not even bombs can open it! Mentioning no one managed to get inside to take a look at it’s interior .. It can “swim” by swallowing up water and shooting it out the back…. that sounds kind of dubious and kinda clunky but well it’s a shell  so I am sure it doesn’t poop out water or anything… “it uses this same system to to shoot its spikes a it’s opponent”.. Uhm wait.. it shoots spikes out of it’s ass?! That’s kinda cool! Do shells even have asses though?! It has a hole in the back that expel excess material at least. Sounds like an ass! The spikes on its body are its main method of attacking. They are so hard that old tribes used the spikes that Cloyster lost.. by shooting them away as their weapons.  The spikes are even so hard that even missiles can’t break them! Why are humans shooting missiles at cloyster and why do they try to blow them up! You meanies!

In combat this by far is one of my favorite pokemon to use ever! Skill Link, as an ability makes your pokémon always hit the maximum amount of times a move can hit.  Icicle Spear and Rock blast are both offensive moves that hit up to five times and the coverage amongst them is quite solid. Shell Smash will boost your speed Attack and Special Attack in trade for your Special Defence and Defence.. but with a White Herb that first skill down step is negated.  Or like me you could give it a Kings Rock! Which grants an attack a 10% chance ability to flinch. However due to skill link you now have five 10% chances.  That makes the chance of flinching pretty high! A flinch means a pokémon can not move that turn. So this pokémon can deal massive damage with a huge chance to stun your pokémon! I know there are better builds like the herb..but Kings Rock is just so funny!! Hurl-Pearl and me.. we are Nakama! I think this pokemon is very nICE!

What is your favorite ice type? I am predicting a lot of Articuno answers here, but proof me wrong?! Do you use the ice type a lot?! Let me know! Next week we will discuss the other “weakest” type, the rock type! Which Pokémon do you think will be on there?! Since Rock Types are super effective against the ice type..some ice pokémon are already coming up with a counter! See you next time!

Pokémon Top 5: Favourite Ground Type Pokémon

Island Guests! It has happened! I have a top five of typed Pokémon for you where Iridium Eye probably knows like 80% of these Pokémon! That’s like super special! That also reveals to you there is probably not a lot of Pokémon of later generations on this list! They really started the series strong with this type!  So prepare for my eight out of 18 typing lists. With the only typing that is super effective against the electric type ! The ground type!

Like Always we will follow the rules of only one pokémon per evolution line and no duplicates of previous lists to reduce redundancy. This leaves Krookodile out who already made it to my dark type list. If a pokémon’s evolution is something I strongly dislike it’s previous evolution can be given a demerit for evolving into something I dislike. Drilbur is one of these cases. It’s evolution just looks so incohesive and meshed together to me that I actually really dislike  using it. Since Drilbur on it’s owe will not be that useful in playthroughs nor does it have any other way to use it.. it gets no further than a mention here.

Pokémon also have to feel like a Ground type to me to qualify for this list. Oddly enough the Ground type is rather weak in this department. Nincada, Gligar, Gliscor, Gastrodon and of course fan favorite Flygon are all pokémon that I quite like but would not associate with the ground type just by looking at it.  Gastrodon is a sea slug, Gligar and Gliscor are flying scorpions and Nincada is just a bug… from the faintest distance I still see why they belong to that type but then there’s Flygon. A flying green dragon that gets the ground type bestowed up to him because he evolves from a Sand Trap Pokémon. I get why the first evolution gets it but there should not be ANY flying Ground types  besides for Landorus. It just doesn’t feel right to me. I guess It’s nice to have a Dragon that is not a Dragon Flying type, unlike so many before it.. but they have the same weakness. Nothing shouts to me that this is an earthquake user other than that it gets STAB boosts.. so it will not make the list.

By that same sort of standard there is yet another honourable mention i wish to mention and that is Quagsire. Which is a great Pokémon that I deeply love for how derpy and joyful it looks but teaching it ground moves is SUCH a hassle. It learns 2 in it’s natural moveset and one of them is totally worthless as it has low base power and uses it’s rather bad special-attack stats to deal damage. The second it learns at level 52, which in Gold and Silver basically is end game. It’s so hard to run this with a decent ground  type move unless you breed that you basically will be using this as a pure water type that switches out it’s electric weakness with a double weakness to grass (and Freeze Dry) that it is just a very defensive Water Typing that can feel like a ground type… but on average not so much.

Cubone has the “honour” being being the very first ground type on this list whom I have never really (actively) used during a playthrough of the main games , yet I still love the  heck out of. It doesn’t have great stats and Marowak is a bit lackluster in its ground shape. Yet Cubone made it on my list for another reasons. Cubone for example is one of the most significant lore driven pokémon of the earlier games. The whole story of Lavender Town?! Where it’s mother gets killed by team Rocket and it wears the skull of its mother as her final protection. It is so sad and it left an early impact on me! We always saw it depicted crying and in a way it is one of the very few things that have ever appeared to something I thought I would never have. Motherly instincts.  I just wanted to take care of it , hug it and tell it everything was going to be alright! It’s the exact emotion you have to feel about the pokémon as well so it really landed.  To this day it’s design is one of the most unique looking pokémon out there and I adore it.  It feels cute and cold at the same time.. cold as in..distant. Which.. again is rather as intended. 

I really enjoy Alolan Marowak as an evolution as well! It was the Alolan form I was the most excited about and felt the most clever of them all. It stayed with me! A fire dancing ghost.. worked so well. Yet Cubone and Pikachu have never changed their basic forms (Yes Pikachu is still a basic form not Pichu.. as to gain that little tyke you need some incense) which shows how great it’s design is. It made me laugh and cry .. but mostly cry.  I am not a big fan of the Let’s Go Games but their rendition of the Cubone story was so beautifully animated. How Trace accompanies it.. how Cubone sees it’s mother one more time and tries to embrace her right as she ascends to heaven.. it showed very clearly..pokémon can truly die. Pokémon have families to.. and some pokémon deserve to be taken care of , even if they aren’t always the strongest. Had Trace not taken the little Tyke I would have done so myself but it was a nice reminder that Pokémon .. isn’t always about using the strongest like Agatha says.. it’s about using the pokémon you love.  Unfortunately I have always been really unlikely when it comes to finding one and I usually only add it to my team in the actual gameplay phase.

The real reason why I have this added to my list though is because it was the pokémon I reincarnate as in the first Mystery Dungeon game. I knew the story a tiny bit and playing through the game as a Cubone made so much sense given the story and the main character that gets turned into a pokémon by a mysterious force, then finally finds some friends in their brave little adventure club! While the game surely is not easy to run as a Cubone.. I had a blast being this little monster and seeing it’s epic journey .. growing into one of the coolest club around .. taking on other squads and solving mysterious was just so great and unique. If I ever get around to playing Pokémon Mystery Dungeon DX I am sure I want to be a Cubone again. It will ALWAYS be the mon for these type of games. In a way I really felt I could relate to Cubone. To odd for the real world but bound to friends by this mysterious thing called pokémon.. a sentiment that could have easily made it my number 1..but this week I decided to follow a bit of a different route. Because there is sentiment throughout!

This is the only pokémon on this list that does not belong to gen I. It is my favorite Pokémon typing combination being Ground and Water.. but it beats out Swampert as my favorite because I really like the way it evolves. Swampert I prefer to leave as a Mudkip.. so cute! Mudkip of course doesn’t have the ground typing yet or that would actually be on this list. Seismitoad also has such a cool name. It’s an earthquake making frog, that uses it croaks to establish it! How cool is that?! It looks pretty darn cool as well. I love it’s design and evolution line so much. This walks the perfect line between clunky and cool to me. It feels sluggish and derpy yet also something that can hit you hard and without mercy. I like frog Pokémon in general and we have a surprisingly nice variety on them as well. Most are water types of course, but we have fighting, poison , dark and ground types to boost the roster.. one frog can even change types! Woop! This Ground one is a very good addition as a warted toad. 

Seismitoad is popular with the elderly (in universe) .. while I am not that old… it’s  appeal its not lost on me. It’s warts constantly vibrate constantly which the old folks love to use for massages. I would love a massage from a big frog pet! Even if it’s vibrating Warts. It can also harness these vibrations to throw powerful punches that can turn rocks to dust or even create earthquakes. Not that’s some multi functional warts.  I wonder how I can get vibrating warts! Think about  how relaxed I would be!  ..  Maybe they can swell up really bad and they would be pink too! Seems like a win! Just kidding , of course I would not want any warts as big as this pokémon but it’s design is among the most  toad like of the whole series.. It has this uniqueness that I really love. Most other frogs are a bit streamlined. This feels like the pokémon of a Witch.. not sure why but I also really love the colouring.. it’s just a blue with a lighter blue.. but the red eyes.. the dark rings and the deep blue base tone really makes it something I love to see.

With the abilities Poison Touch and Water Absorb this Pokémon already is  though to deal with.. but it’s main Bread and Butter is the Swift Swim Ability. Due to the way that Dynamax Works setting up rain is now easier than before and if you run it on a rain team it can deal massive damage. Ground Types usually are slow but this one with a base speed of 74 is already fairly okay speed wise but can easily become blisteringly fast.  That 74 is it’s lowest stat as well. Which means that this pokémon is quite okay in everything. It’s not great at anything but you can customise it in anyway you like. It keeps your opponent  guessing. Assuming it is Swift Swim while it is actually Water Absorb.. can hurt.  Since you can run it with both special and physical set it is capable of catching your opponent of  off guard. Earthquake and Surf are great multi-target moves  Best on a rain team, this combines great with Drizzle Pokémon like Pelipper for maximum damage.  A boosting combination that  that is a landslide of earth and water that will wash your enemies away.

This is it guys and girls, the first pokémon that ever existed. Rhydon was the first pokémon to ever be programmed into the game. A fact that many people did not even know. Of course that already makes this Pokémon special to me! It’s one of my favorite pokémon designs ever to boot. Sure it got its evolution later  on that also is pretty great..but this look was something so special. I am normally not a fan of grey pokémon and the ground type is far from my favorite, yet this Pokémon .. was so stunning ever since I saw it come to live in 3d in Pokémon Stadium. The version in that game.. at least one of them.. that knew Surf. It was truly amazing. It was the first time I knew looks could be deceiving. The way it was depicted in the anime! Pikachu using the horn to conduct electricity to it, the whole proud face and the tough skin.. I would love a little statue of this pokémon! It’s so magnificent! Words fail me to describe why..but whenever I see it.. I just go.. that’s a good looking pokémon. It might even be my absolute favorite design wise….and it’s grey! Sylveon of course is amazing as well but that’s pink I was bound to like that.

With an armor that can withstand temperatures up to 3600 degrees fahrenheit it can swim in Lava.. or hide in it as well!  As soon as it left it’s quadruped phase of Rhyhorn it became intelligent and also the ability to punch holes into rocks by  simply jabbing it with it’s horn. When he uses the horn as a drill he can turn even uncut diamonds into dust. Suck on that Shiva! He’s a rock type ..which is super effective against ice types.. so it kinda makes sense.. though ground types lose to ice .. so it would be a 50/50 on Shiva vs Rhydon. That’s a Final Fantasy reference by the way.  The fact that it can swim in lava is a bit of an underestimation. Lava is around 1250 degrees Centigrade at its hottest.. that weird Fahrenheit thing .. means it it can withstand 1900 ish degrees centigrade.  The less confusing temperature standard. Basically this means that this Rhino could even swim into melted platinum! The only metal on Earth that would kill it in its molten form would be Osmium ..which melts at 2700 degrees centigrade. Makes sense Rhydon is quad resistant to the fire type then!

Rhydon is still quite usable in battle! It hits with a whopping 130! Base stat in attack and it’s Defence is 120. This kinda makes it a more favorable option in combat than it’s fully evolved counterpart! Who buffs the attack up to 140 and defence also goes up a notch but no longer can use Eviolite! Since Rhydon usually functions as a hazard Setter and you combine it with moves like Sword Dance, Stone Edge, Earthquake and aforementioned Stealth Rocks.. the non evolved version is actually the bulkier option of the two. This means in pvp battles it is nice as a pokémon to swap in with and take a hit as well. It’s lighting Rod ability even makes it quite nice for double battles.  With a 130 base stat in attack you also do not have to worry this pokémon is lackluster in terms of gameplay playthroughs. I can even learn surf and strength which are the two HM’s that are quite usable in battle for older generations. It gets elemental punches as well including Ice Punch. That and it’s Stab Rock moves basically make it super good against Dragon Type elite four members, because of so many dragons being quad weak to ice.. and plenty of them being flying types so also being weak to rock! In general this pokémon is really good against the elite 4. At least against the majority of them.

I was thinking of classifying this among my favorite rock types..when I realised it would not make the top of that list! So it’s actually safe to put on here! Because it is among my favorite ground types… I do not know why I favor the weaker typings in general. Fairy being a major exception. Golem is another one of those pokémon whose design I really really love. It’s that thing Indiana Jones always runs away from.. but this time it has a face! Yet another pokémon I cam to adore trough Pokémon Stadium.. and spoiler, number 1 will have that as well.  My first time meeting this pokémon however was quite an experience. I was always bullied in school  because due to my motor issues and muscle trouble I walked weird. I never had many friends.. yet Golem is a thing that got me a friend.. or sort of at least.. I was just going to middle school. Thirteen years of age and I had zero friends. To pass the time I brought my gameboy to school! It wasn’t really allowed.. but I’d find a quiet corner to crawl away and since going to the cafeteria usually meant people started throwing food to me .. and the school had to clean it up.. it was sorta allowed. One day one of the bullies snuck up to me and looked nervous.

He asked me if I played Pokémon and if I would trade his graveler with him so it could evolve it was the last pokémon needed but his little brother kept his first one and would not trade it back.I did not know about trade evolutions yet so in trade I got all 4 as he explained to me. When that Golem was send over I thought it looked so cool and I bonded with my bully! The fact that he also snuck a gameboy to school did not even occur to me .. but he saw me do it .. so should be fine.  We talked about pokémon for an entire recess.. he could let a part of him out he could not show in front of the other kids.  Every now and again .. he would return if something happened in the tv series that was cool. Because of that kid I also had the courage to go to a pokémon competition hosted on tv to meet other fans.. my first geeky community thing. He of course became an ass again as soon as he lost interest in the game after but he never really bullied again.. like he laughed as others threw tacks at me.. he  was there when people stole my lunch..but he never  was active against me anymore.. all because of a Golem!

In combat the pokemon is about the opposite of Rhydon.. Physical defences and physical offence are swapped. The rest is  about the same.  Yet since this boulder does not benefit from an Eviolite.. it is the lesser choice to use in battle. I tend to run it with Rollout , explosion and earthquake .. more as a flavor team member as too seriously use it in combat. Also dig on it is quite fun because how it looked in Pokémon Stadium! Also since Gen I did not have abilities and held items yet.. Golem was a bit better in those games.  Golem’s main ability is Sturdy.. which is a good ability for it two have since it has two quad weaknesses so usually I run it with a normal gem and explosion  as a revenge killer. That’s fun and though I would of course never use it like that in a Nuzlocke because I would not  want it do die..  it is always fun to know if an opponent can do nothing to stop a normal gem boosted explosion.. as long as they don’t have a ghost type or Protect on a certain set. Using this creature is much more of a gamble but that is what makes it fun. Essentially if you do not misplay it can get rid.. or close to get rid of anything you do not want to deal with by sacrificing itself.. such a good friend! 

Hail to the king baby! While I could easily see this as a Poison Type it is because of it’s counterpart Nidoqueen that I actually both identify them more with the Ground type. She doesn’t get that much good poison moves.. in fact.. I originally planned her to take this spot and give the King the top spot in the poison list.. but Nidoqueen kinda sucks! Well not really she is okay at everything but it feels like the wrong stats have been averaged. She lacks a great offensive stat and makes it up with a bit more bulk.. but her defence isn’t that good anyway. Her special attacks a borderline bad. I love both these designs though .. but I do favor Nidoking’s more Kaiju-esque.. vibrant purple design over Nidoqueens sleaker one.  Nidoqueen if defencive where Nidoking is offensive.. yet Nidoqueen’s bulk can get her less far than King can do with his offence. I still really love them both though! They shaped pokémon! Big time!

In the lore department Nidoqueen is kinda bland She’s just hard.. that’s like rephrased seven different times or so and bam that’s all we know about Nidoqueen. she protects the nest, she has hard scales with phrasing differing just a mild bit every time.  Nidoking has at least some cool stuff like destroying radio towers, horns hard enough to break diamonds… I guess in the Pokémon Universe Jojo’s part four would be REALLY short.  Anyway it also destroys telephone poles. Now there is an entry that did not hold up all that well.. well that or there are A LOT more Nidokings than we think there are in real life. I bet some conspiracy guys would love to get their hands on a Nidoking right about now!  5 Great balls required to capture it. All in all though there isn’t all that much special about this pokémon.

Then why do I love it so much?! I do not know which seems a theme about these ground types. I love using earth power on Nidoking even if Earthquake is more effective. I love random trivia about the pokémon! For example did you know that Nidoqueen is the undefined Egg Group.. that means she can’t breed! The first gendered Pokémon.. the two species that started a trend for gold and silver and all the games onward to become the breeding game we all know and love. .and one part is sterile! This also again.. makes Nidoking factually better.. as it that can be IV bred. Also their secret ability “Sheer Force” is  their best ability.. you can get that by breeding.. so …..there is problem for one of them.. still these two pokémon are icons in the pokémon world.. they reshaped the pokémon world for generations to come.. yet they can not “play”with each other. It’s so wonderfully odd. Nidoking looks better though, learns better moves, is easier to use in combat and bascily does everything a little bit better. The fact that what they do isn’t anything special makes just all the more credible that I actually love this Pokémon! Sometimes there is no reason.. but I just have some heavy Nido in the kokoro.

What is your favourite Ground Type? Did you know Rhydon was the first pokémon?! Did you play Pokémon Stadium as a kid?! Let me know! Let’s hope next week it will be nice and hot outside, because I got another top 10 list waiting for you to cool you off as we discuss the Ice Type.
Now I have to Dig into some more writing for my DnD games so I will be off! See you next time.

Gotta Steal them All: Pokémon Fire Red Rocket Edition

Prepare for Trouble! Horsea use Bubble!
 To protect Kanto from Devastation! To steal peoples pokémon across the nation!
To denounce the evils of Oak and Lance!  I now play a Rom-hack on Gameboy Advance!
Pinkie

Plays!
Team Rockets  New Rom-hack of Fire Red!
So boot up the Rom.. and start with a rat!

Pinkie! Reviews that!

For the first time since pokémon Gold, I am a male Pokémon Trainer! And not just any pokémon trainer.. A Team Rocket Grunt… with pink hair! His name is Pinkie… how fitting! Pinkie is not me because he is one mean S.O.B… well he had the chance to be either a good spirited Rocket who doesn’t steal much Pokémon or be one who steals everything.. given how this game is actually about being evil it did not seem to make sense to go with the goody two-shoes route as it would invalidate one of the special mechanics of the game.

That would be kind of like installing a mod in Skyrim that improves human custom characters.. and then you play an Argonian. Or installing an extra hard difficulty level.. and then play on Normal. So this Pinkie had to be one S.O.B.  But let me stress that this guy is not me! He gets a Rattata out of a box of Rattata as we start our adventure in the Cerulean Game Corner Rocket Hideout.  That is such a clever idea! We also meet Ronnie.. an enthusiastic looking fellow that is a new recruit as well. He teaches that since we are lowly grunts we can only steal from young children and old people! As we can intimidate those into handing us their pokémon!

He takes me out to Celadon City Square and we find a girl playing with her two new pokémon she got for her birthday! Rattata  beats up  her Pidgey and her Spearow and I get to steal one of her beloved new friends!…Oof This is going to be harder than I thought. I just have to remember I am not this Pinkie! I reluctantly steal her Pidgey. Troughout the remainder of the adventure I would never steal from someone who only has one pokémon. Because Ronnie stole her Spearow.. leaving the girl with 0 friends.. the poor thing.  I wasn’t even going to use the Pidgey but I had no choice!  I decided to nickname my Pokémon very random names. Like Xibu and Ipsor.. just a random collection of consonants and vowels so I don’t see them as other peoples pets! Still getting Pokémon this way is kind of interesting! It reminded me a bit of the Coliseum games! Yet more evil! A few towns in and I was stealing left and right.. with the only rule never to leave someone without a single pokémon! Because everyone deserves a friend!

Otherwise I tried to be as evil as possible.. in a game where you have to be mean , you better be mean so I beat up people’s boyfriend, I snatched someone’s gold tooth , I robbed a Pokémart and more! Evil. it pained my heart at times but sometimes it felt good! like when I stole a hooker from a Pimp and gave her a better life in a pokécenter whose Nurse Joy was fed up with it all. It felt wrong.. but also right! I was so happy I was a male trainer.. because this guy was not me! He was someone else.. that became my most important rule in this game and I would need it for the story that was to come.

Pokémon Fire Red: Rocket Edition follows the story of Red and how he stops Team Rocket and Giovanni’s scheme to take control of Kanto and the Pokémon Mewtwo. Yet we do not follow it through the eyes of Red.. we follow it through the eyes of Pinkie who is not me! Fresh off the boat we get send to Mount Moon to obtain some fossils when the group gets stopped in their tracks by a Spikey Haired kid with a Wartortle and an even stronger kid with a cap and Charmeleon. We then get to meet Giovanni for the first time who wonders why these two kids have War-Pokémon. We then realise something.. the world Red sees is not the actual world. It’s the world through the eyes of a kid the actual world is much more dystopian. Bill, Oak, Blaine, Surge, Koga heck even that old guy with back troubles in Viridian city.. everyone has secrets but they would never tell that to a kid. The kid would not be able to comprehend… He also never really speaks to asks questions he is just a good boy to Oak.

It doesn’t take long for us to meet Bill. Apparently Blaine had been making Porygon for Team Rocket.. as a way to provide them with income..having an infinite supply of porygon for their game corner ..so people waste their cash for such a rare but secretly not so rare pokémon.
Since Blaine is to scared to help the crime organization we have to ask Bill.. bribing him with some goodies which include two tickets aboard the S.S. Anne Cruise. He doesn’t like that gift ..but he likes the other stuff we give him so it’s all good. We also sell trade steroids to LT Surge so we can use the SS Anne to smuggle Pokémon.. stuff like that. Yet we discover there is more about Team Rocket than we originally thought. They are not just criminals.. they want an Independent Kanto. We find out that Kanto lost the great war to Johto and it’s general Lance has taken over from the Elite Four of Kanto. Oak, Fuji, Giovanni.. and Shingeki.. or something.. a name I keep forgetting and that doesn’t come into play until much much later.  During the war these were involved to create the ultimate weapon. A Pokémon that could destroy Lance.. based on the DNA of Mew.. codename Mewtwo.

I will not spoil the story any further but for those interested in finding out I am more than willing  to spoil on demand, let me just say that the story of this game is quite amazing. It utilizes so many fan theories along side with later made revelations. We see how Silver became the douche he is in Pokémon Gold and Silver, seeing the toxic relationship with his father Giovanni and his mother Arianna. We see the man Giovanni and his convictions to bring back the Kanto he once loved through extreme measures. We even see the dark side of Professor Oak. No one in the Pokémon World is a saint. The team Oak had in Blue and Red that got scrapped but still was in the code..comes into play here. We see Oak use these pokémon. We see why  characters walked away from the Mewtwo project and we even see what link that old man in Viridian city has with the creature on the east coast of Cinnabar island. There is so much lore here, it is very impressive.

The game offers some interesting new mechanics. Due to how easy it is to steal Pokémon, managing your team is quite a bit harder. We get less XP , Less Money and more Pokémon.. as a Rocket it doesn’t take long to feel like we are behind the curve in levels.. to reflect your status as a Rocket.. we may be able to beat trainers but it’s a lot harder for us than it was for Red.  There is a promotion system that actively changes our sprite as we move from Grunt to Executive to Admin and even beyond. 

Ranking up allows us to steal pokémon from a wider pool of trainers. Like Teens and girls when we become an executive, males when we become an Admin.. and eventually we can even steal from Gym Leaders and Elite Four members. Yet there is always an upside and a downside to things. Steal a Pokémon from a Gym Leader and you do not get a Technical Machine. Get a high enough bounty and team rocket will reward you with powerful battle items like a life orb, or a kings rock. Keep your record clean long enough and the police might reward you with an Exp Share, A lucky egg or powerful moves.

So there are several ways of power, the Rocket way allows you to battle more viciously while the good way makes the game a bit easier.. as if you where playing an actual normal main character.  It is also interesting how the world acts around a character that in the original game would be considered an “npc”. You can not get the coin case you normally get because that is meant for Red.. people do not want to give it to a Rocket Criminal. People rip on Surge gym puzzle because when you are not a kid you realise how stupid that particular puzzle is.  We see how people interact with you while you do not have a trainer passport.

We do not have a pokédex either so our inventory feels so weird. As a result this game feels so unique yet so familiar and right. A lot of thought went into this and while the plot really delves deep into fanfiction and fan theory .. every piece of dialogue and every option you have fits into that.. they even go as far as to explain why mechanics in the original games worked like they did.. stupid little things you never wondered about suddenly fall into place. To a certain extend even going as far as to explain why Samuel doesn’t know his grandson’s name.

This game is such an easy recommendation to anyone who loves the franchise but thinks it’s just a bit to kiddy and to lighthearted. It’s great for anyone who thinks Pokémon is just a bit to easy. It’s amazing to everyone who at least knows the story of the first generation a bit basically. It’s infinitely better if you read some theories though, Missing No for example is a story element, if you at least know how to get it things will resonate more strongly.  If you noticed that Blue suddenly stopped Raticate in his team and afterwards he can be found in Lavender city.. things will immediately click.. it’s faith has always been a popular theory but here you finally get the talk from the other side. We see why Blue is so bitter and why he eventually becomes the Viridian Gym Leader. There is so much to experience..and for an amateur it’s just .. a simple more mature version of pokémon with a crime mechanic.. for those who know Kanto trough and trough.. this is the ultimate fan fiction experience.

The strongest point is the story, but also the gameplay has been updated. Even though it’s fire Red.. all the 18 typings, including fairy types and new movesets exist. So they even dealt with my biggest gripe, having to remember old systems. Special Attack and defence is split,  moves can hit physical and specially regardless of their type and all those things have been brought into pokémon as we know it. Add a backstory in the veins of.. Pokémon as we  suspect it was.. and a twist story that reveals the existence of a counterpart of Mewtwo and these are a few hours well spend to anyone who either watched the first pokémon movie or played the first game. The more you know about Pokémon the more there is to love!  I had a blast! Even if my character ended up in jail for 46 years!  That’s a good thing.. he was a bad man.. and definitely not me! He got what he deserved.. and with this game. .as a fan I got what I deserved too!

This game is such an easy recommendation to anyone who loves the franchise but thinks it’s just a bit to kiddy and to lighthearted. It’s great for anyone who thinks Pokémon is just a bit to easy. It’s amazing to everyone who at least knows the story of the first generation a bit basically. It’s infinitely better if you read some theories though, Missing No for example is a story element, if you at least know how to get it things will resonate more strongly.  If you noticed that Blue suddenly stopped Raticate in his team and afterwards he can be found in Lavender city.. things will immediately click.. it’s faith has always been a popular theory but here you finally get the talk from the other side. We see why Blue is so bitter and why he eventually becomes the Viridian Gym Leader.

There is so much to experience..and for an amateur it’s just .. a simple more mature version of pokémon with a crime mechanic.. for those who know Kanto trough and trough.. this is the ultimate fan fiction experience. While strongest point is the story, but also the gameplay has been updated. Even though it’s Fire Red.. all the 18 typings, including fairy types and new movesets exist. So they even dealt with my biggest gripe, having to remember old systems. Special Attack and defence is split,  moves can hit physical and specially regardless of their type and all those things have been brought into pokémon as we know it.

This game is us!.. Pokémon as we  suspect it was.. and a twist story that reveals the existence of a counterpart of Mewtwo and much more! These are a few hours well spend to anyone who either watched the first pokémon movie or played the first game. The more you know about Pokémon the more there is to love!  I had a blast! Even if my character ended up in jail for 46 years!  That’s a good thing.. he was a bad man.. and definitely not me! He got what he deserved.. and with this game. .as a fan I got what I deserved too!

I got everything I expected and so much more! There are some glitches..but for what this is I could not expect more!

I would like to thank you all for reading! Feel free to ask questions about the game if you are interested! Or tell me your experience with in the comments. Did you feel as badly as I did when you stole pokémon?! Do you not like to steal? Do you prefer to reverse steal?! Well have I got good news for you! I have a Ko-Fi thingamajig! Just saying! Not robbing you here!

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