Hall of Fame pt. 3

Okay, okay. It’s been a minute, I know. I’m a bit behind. The holiday season (which, if you work retail, is Sept-Jan) has been rough on me this year. But I am TRYING to get back on track with posting and I appreciate the patience!

Though, my job has not been the only reason I haven’t been posting. I have also, unashamedly, spent most of my limited free time playing Pokemon Shield. It’s been a wonderful journey through the Galar region for me, and I can now say that I have become the league champion! I’m currently enjoying filling my Pokedex, and, for the fourth time since Diamond/Pearl, my Pokemon have contracted the Pokerus virus!

But here is my final team!

1.) InteleonSarge
I always pick the water starter, and I was super pleased with Sobble and its evolutionary line. While I’ve breezed through games with other water starters at the helm, this one actually gave me a nice, but not too frustrating challenge at times, which allowed some other team members to shine. Plus, the secret agent/spy theme Inteleon has going on is pretty cool – definitely an upgrade from Primarina.

2.) CorviknightRook
I caught my brave bird as a Rookidee way back at the start of the game and he stayed with me through the end! Even though HMs are no longer used for their traditional functions in Sword and Shield, so a bird was not necessary for the move ‘Fly,’ it would have felt strange not having a flying type on my team, and Corviknight was easily the coolest option.

3.) BolthundScamp
I had a corgi growing up, so I had to catch a Yamper when they popped up on route 4. Scamp ended up being the ace on the team once she evolved, and when I began swapping team members out after the sixth badge, Scamp was the only one who had a guaranteed spot.

4.) DragapultMerry
It took me wayyyyyy too long to find a Dreepy, but I knew I had to have this beautiful creature on my team and the two hours I spent hunting it was worth it. A Dragon/Ghost Pokemon that launches two smaller dragons from its head as a weapon? Uh, YES PLEASE.

5.) Galarian RapidashMana
It’s a FAIRY-TYPE UNICORN, people. Why wouldn’t I have one on my team??? She was a bit of a late addition, but from the moment Galarian Ponyta was revealed, I knew I would have one on my team. She is beautiful, and kicks butt too!

6.) CoalossalRiga
I had no intentions of using this Pokemon one I was able to preview the dex, but I caught a Rolycoly fairly early on and she grew on me! She is now my main egg-hatcher, since she has the flame body ability, but she can also totally wreck the competition.

Honorable mentions:
ThievulThistle
He still pops in now and then to max raid fight, but I swapped him out for Merry before the end. He also crushed the ghost gym.
AppletunFiji
I didn’t catch an Applin until right before I fought Raihan, so Appletun didn’t make the cut… but he is a treasured member of my secondary Dragon-only team, which I am currently developing!

 

The Choices We Make

I have technically been an adult for 9 years, but in many ways, I feel like I’m not quite there. I sometimes forget that I am the master of my own destiny, the bearer of my own burdens, the navigator on my own stretch of road, and I determine the path, and how to handle the obstacles that arise. I can go out, buy a whole cake, and eat it all by myself if I feel like it, with no one but my conscience to stop me.

I’ve wanted a Nintendo Switch for a while now, and planned to buy one next month. Thanks to an employee special at work, I would be able to get one for a great price. And then, come November, I’d be playing Pokemon Shield, and making my way across the Galar region. And there would be a lot of Mario Kart, and maybe some Let’s Go Eevee! until then. Plus, I could play online with my two best friends – Mario Party is great fun when the three of us play together.

But I had my car inspection this week on my beloved Nissan, Vice. It has been a long while since I’ve needed anything done to it – I usually breeze through inspection with maybe a couple of tweaks, nothing major. So it was time, and $337 later, my wallet was a bit thinner than I would like it to be – and I’m looking at new tires in the near-ish future. Which won’t come cheap.

And so, I had a moment of clarity – that the choices we make can reflect where we are in our lives, and our values. I have bailed on plans because I don’t have the funds, but have also spent money on things that aren’t necessities. No matter how badly I want that Switch, it is going to have to wait until my Nissan has some new tires, even if I miss my initial chance to become the champion of the Galar League. So, I must be an adult for now… but eventually, play time will come around again.

 

Hall of Fame pt. 2

Much like my post last Monday, where I detailed my return to Pokemon Alpha Sapphire after a five year hiatus, I picked up Pokemon Moon this past week, determined to conquer it. I got to the Team Skull base in Po Town last time around, but never actually finished the game.

This time, when I booted up a new file, I amended a past wrong – in my first failed run, I chose Litten as my starter. But I chose Popplio for this attempt, because I have always had my best results when I’ve chosen the water starter. Water starters 4life. Though Primarina is definitely my least favorite of the water starters thus far.

Alola definitely isn’t my favorite region – none of them come close to Johto, for me – but I did admire the changes the games implemented. The trials were fun, though I much prefer standard gyms. Z moves were fun, but I kind of missed Mega Evolution. The Alolan dex is also my least favorite dex, though I LOVE the Alolan variants of the Kanto Pokemon, like Raichu and Marowak. The story-line was compelling, though I’m not sure I’ll delve too deep into the post-game. I’ve been wandering a bit, collecting the Zygarde cells, finding hidden paths, and might just take a peek into what the Ultra Beasts are all about…

However, on this run, I also tried to do things that I normally don’t. I managed to secure a team with a solid theme – half cute, half scary. Team Cute n’ Scary, if you will. And I was super pleased with the balance of my team, as I think I used everyone just about evenly and had a way to combat just about every type of competition. I also finally achieved my goal of using a fairy-type on my main squad. Thus, now that I’ve become Alola’s first Champion, I thought I’d document my team. Team Cute n’ Scary consisted of…

PRIMARINA Merry 
lvl. 59, holding the  Primarium Z
Moves: Hyper Voice, Sparkling Aria, Hydro Pump, Moonblast
HP: 177
Atk: 121
Def. 115
Sp. Atk: 187
Sp. Def: 153
Speed: 91

TOUCANNON Rio
lvl. 59, holding the Sharp Beak
Moves: Beak Blast, Bullet Seed, Drill Peck, Hyper Voice
HP: 184
Atk: 177
Def. 106
Sp. Atk: 112
Sp. Def: 118
Speed: 96

ALOLAN RAICHUMango
lvl. 59, holding the Electrium Z
Moves: Discharge, Echoed Voice, Nuzzle, Psychic
HP: 159
Atk: 128
Def. 90
Sp. Atk: 130
Sp. Def: 123
Speed: 160

MIDNIGHT LYCANROCRiff
lvl. 59, holding the Amulet Coin
Moves: Rock Slide, Stone Edge, Crunch, Counter
HP: 193
Atk: 176
Def. 126
Sp. Atk: 79
Sp. Def: 94
Speed: 137

SYLVEON Poe
lvl. 59, holding the Fairium Z
Moves: Dazzling Gleam, Moonblast, Swift, Draining Kiss
HP: 198
Atk: 124
Def. 99
Sp. Atk: 144
Sp. Def: 177
Speed: 92

ALOLAN MAROWAKZen
lvl. 60, holding the Scope Lens
Moves: Thrash, Flare Blitz, Bonemerang, Flame Charge
HP: 148
Atk: 128
Def. 147
Sp. Atk: 92
Sp. Def: 111
Speed: 97

 

 

 

Hall of Fame

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were released for the Nintendo 3DS way back in 2014, and, like a good Pokemon trainer, I bought my copy of Alpha Sapphire in advance so it would arrive on release day. But Hoenn has always been my least favorite region, so, as video game burnout set in for me, I played the game for only a couple of sessions and then stopped completely.

I had three badges when I set it down, and my team consisted of a Swellow named Fio, Marshtomp named Warin, Aron named Raze, Mightyena named Jolly,  a Numel named Bram, and an Electrike named Volt.

Recently, I’ve had the itch to play Pokemon again. And I’ve been in a general slump, so I’ve been looking for some things to boost my mood. So last week, I dug out my 3DS, charged it up, and booted up the ol’ Alpha Sapphire save file, five years later.

I can now proudly say I am the champion of the Hoenn League, twice over! But this time I did things differently. I stuck to a few of my general rules, such as keeping the starter on my team the whole time, fully evolving my starter before the fourth gym, and having the entire team be lvl, 60+ before entering Victory Road.

Whenever I played the original games, I had the same team – Swampert, Swellow, Mightyena, Aggron, Absol, and Skarmory. Every time. I always tried to get a Manectric and Camerupt, but always gave up on it, every time. Like I said, Hoenn is my least favorite region, and I never really gravitated toward many of the Pokemon that were added in gen 3. Besides Mudkip, of course. But this time, when I kicked off again, I put Mightyena and Swellow in the box, and replaced them, over time, with a Swablu named Loom and a Girafarig named Griff. I’d always wanted to use both, but never achieved it, so they became main team members, and I hung onto both Numel and Electrike until they evolved. They ended up being the two best Pokemon on my team, stats wise.

And so, now that I’ve swept the League twice, done all the optional mini games and quests, and caught all the legendaries available to me without trading, here was my Hall of Fame team! I was pretty proud of them, so I’m documenting them here!

AGGRON Raze
lvl. 77, holding the Aggronite
Moves: Rock Slide, Rock Smash, Ice Beam, Iron Head
HP: 208
Atk: 202
Def. 294
Sp. Atk: 113
Sp. Def: 139
Speed: 111

CAMERUPT Bram
lvl. 85, holding the Cameruptite
Moves: Fissure, Flamethrower, Will-O-Wisp, Earthquake
HP: 248
Atk: 229
Def. 163
Sp. Atk: 193
Sp. Def: 157
Speed: 123

MANECTRIC Volt
lvl. 80, holding the Manectite
Moves: Bite, Charge, Thunder, Thunderbolt
HP: 233
Atk: 141
Def. 137
Sp. Atk: 202
Sp. Def: 137
Speed: 237

SWAMPERT Warin
lvl. 86, holding the Swampertite
Moves: Earthquake, Surf, Hammer Arm, Scald
HP: 302
Atk: 234
Def. 175
Sp. Atk: 181
Sp. Def: 159
Speed: 141

GIRAFARIG Griff
lvl. 84, holding the Amulet Coin
Moves: Crunch, Psychic, Zen Headbutt, Strength
HP: 249
Atk: 170
Def. 136
Sp. Atk: 201
Sp. Def: 129
Speed: 178

ALTARIA Loom
lvl. 100, holding the Rocky Helmet
Moves: Fly, Moonblast, Dragon Pulse, Draco Meteor
HP: 289
Atk: 215
Def. 206
Sp. Atk: 159
Sp. Def: 252
Speed: 209

 

Maybe I’ll replay Y next…although, I never did finish Moon…

Lottery

When I was about seven or eight, I was obsessed with the musical CATS. Like, properly obsessed – I used to watch it every day after school, knew all the words to the songs (even though I didn’t know what half of them meant), and dreamed that I could be one of the characters onstage someday. Seeing as I can’t sing or dance, this was a lofty – and unreachable – ambition. But child Allie kept on dreaming. And my favorite cat was Skimbleshanks (the Railway cat), if you were wondering.

I loved it so much, my mom took me on a bus trip to NYC to see the show on Broadway. I was psyched. It felt like my dreams were coming true – what could possibly be better than seeing CATS on Broadway?

The day of the trip, the bus was full. Lots of dancin’ feline lovin’ folks, but I was easily the youngest by a significant margin, and definitely the only person whose age was still in the single digits. Also this was circa, like… 1999, for reference. This was the original Broadway run of CATS. To pass the time on the bus, the people who organized the trip arranged for us to play a game. A lottery-type game.

So, everyone who wanted to participate would put in $1 into a pool, and then everyone who put money in would write their name onto a slip of paper and put it into a bucket to be drawn. The last name drawn would win the entire pool. My mom added a dollar on my behalf, as well as for herself, so my entry into this contest was legit.

I think you can tell where this story is going.

One by one, the names were read out, occasionally accompanied by a groan or a sigh of disappointment. The slips of paper in the bucket began to dwindle. My mother’s name was read out, but I kept waiting for mine, until there were only two names left. Needless to say, I won, which upset many of the other passengers, but my mom made sure to shield me from disapproving glares and grumbles, so I wasn’t really cognizant of that.

I won $45, which, to a seven year old in the year of our lord 1999, might as well have been six figures. My mom kept it safe for me since we were going to see the show first, but we would have some shopping time afterward, and I had plans for that cash.

The show was incredible, of course – CATS really opened my eyes to the wonderful and expansive world of musical theater. I still can’t sing or dance, but I love watching other people do it. They also let the kids climb onstage and explore a bit during the intermission, because the show was a big hit with the younger crowd. But after loving the music and watching the VHS over, and over, and over again, it was a total dream come true for child Allie to see it live. I also get to be smug and brag about how I got to see it during the original, previously record-breaking Broadway run. And Skimbleshanks is still my favorite.

After the show, we got some pizza at a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant, and then… it was time for the next stop on our trip. A little place called FAO Schwarz. For those unfamiliar, it’s the toy store in the movie Big where Tom Hanks plays the giant floor piano. It’s not open any more, but it was insane, like a Toys-R-Us (R.I.P.) on steroids. And I was a child with $45 in my velcro wallet.

I’ll give my mom a lot of credit – she didn’t try to rein me in. I was a kid with whims, and I wasn’t about to put that money in the piggy bank to save for something like college. No, that didn’t even cross my mind. If there was anything at that point in my life that I loved as much as CATS… it was Pokemon.

I spent all the money – and I mean all – on Pokemon stuff.

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To be fair, twenty years later, I still have some of it. I have five talking figurines and a couple of plushies. I also bought a poster of the original 151 Pokemon to hang above my bed, because that’s the only Pokemon that existed at the time – it started at Bulbasaur and ended with Mew. The picture is of the figurines, which currently stand guard on my bookshelf, and sneaky peek of Raichu’s head. Squirtle also only speaks Japanese for reasons beyond my comprehension.

Was this the most responsible use of that money? Probably not. But I was young and $45 was a treat for me. It was like winning the lottery. If I won $45 now, I would probably put it toward bills. Either my car payment or my student loans. Because I’m 27 now, not 7. I can’t just toss money away on a whim.

Though it would be very tempting to spend it on Pokemon stuff…

Film Review: Detective Pikachu (2019)

Dir: Rob Letterman
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Ken Watanabe, Bill Nighy, and more.
Runtime: 1hr 44min
Spoiler Level: Light!

As someone who was around back in the late nineties, when the Pokemon sensation swept the globe, I remember the craze when it was at full glory. Not only that, but I actively participated in it. I had a poster of the original 151 Pokemon over my bed, so I could look at them all every night before I went to sleep. I wore my favorite shirt, emblazoned with a Pikachu, until it was too ratty to wear. I’ve played every game since the Blue and Red era, and I forced my poor mother (love you, Mom!) to take me to see Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back! back in 1999. Needless to say, she did not take me to see Pokemon The Movie 2000 – which I still contend is a great movie, but that’s beside the point…

Pokémon_Detective_Pikachu_teaser_poster.jpgDetective Pikachu follows 21-year-old Tim Goodman (Smith) as he attempts to solve the circumstances behind his father’s disappearance with assistance from a caffeine-addicted, wisecracking, deerstalker-hat-wearing Pikachu. But the search for clues leads the unlikely duo into a mystery more intricate than either could have anticipated, and finding answers could save or condemn all of Ryme City.

Honestly, the biggest surprise in this film is that it’s good. And I don’t mean that it’s just a good Pokemon movie – it is a legitimately good movie overall. It works on a level that many other video-game or anime or cartoon adaptations have failed to achieve… because it doesn’t rely solely on nostalgia or fan-service to make a quick buck, nor does it neglect the source material so not to alienate new viewers. Instead, Detective Pikachu balances well-placed nods to the fans (both old and new) while presenting a film with believable characters and motivations, a story that is intriguing to follow, and it takes great care in bringing everyone’s favorite pocket monsters to life onscreen in a way that fans have been yearning for since 1999, or even earlier.

Despite the fact that Pikachu himself is CGI, the chemistry between the leads is superb, especially their banter and the evolution of their relationship as the story develops. Justice Smith is easy to root for, Pikachu/Reynolds offers steady doses of both heart and humor, Kathryn Newton (and her Psyduck) is a charming reporter eager for the truth, and both Ken Watanabe and Bill Nighy, known for their decidedly more “serious” work, give solid performances.

I haven’t played the Detective Pikachu game – I’ve stuck to the main games – so I knew basically nothing about the plot going into the film. The story flows well, and there are parts of it that are predictable and familiar – it is a “kids” movie, after all – but I was genuinely surprised and impressed by a couple of twists. As in, my jaw dropped and I said, “Oh my GOD” to my friend at one point. It’s not Sherlockian-level sleuthing taking place, but it’s also not Blue’s Clues level, if you catch my drift. The dialogue isn’t dumbed down, it’s sharp and won’t give adults a headache. And it feels like the people who made this film actually know Pokemon. As a longtime fan, it is awesome to see Charizard’s flamethrower come to life, Pidgeotto soaring in the air, Loudred beat-boxing in a club, and Magikarp flapping uselessly on the ground. The Pokemon aren’t crammed into the film to try and appease fans, thrown in wherever for throwback or nostalgia reasons; they have purpose, are immersed in the world, the effects are impressive, and their design does true justice to the originals. No, that’s not a dig at Sonic… or maybe it is

Now, does this mean this film will be able to lure non-Pokemon fans into seats? Maybe not – though a few might make the venture based on the adorable titular character, voiced expertly and hilariously by Reynolds. However, it’s definitely the sort of film that won’t bore parents being dragged to the theater by their Poke-crazed kids. If this had come out when I was ten, my mom would have taken me to see the sequel. It has a cohesive narrative, a snappy script, and doesn’t delve so deeply into fan-service that the uninitiated can’t follow what’s going on. It’s one of the first films of this nature that feels like it can make the cross-medium jump without crashing and burning. It’s a solid mystery film for Pokefans young, old, and new, and though it hits familiar beats, it doesn’t feel tired or overdone, and might even generate interest for a new era of fans. 

Sure, non-fans might not be able to pick out their favorite Pokemon puttering about in the background – I got treated to Gengar and Blastoise, two of my favorites, though I missed my beloved Alakazam – but that doesn’t diminish the quality of the film. References may fly over the heads of Poke-novices, but will warm the hearts of wannabe champions from Kanto to Unova. Let’s face it folks – we all live in a Pokemon world. And it terms of video-game film adaptations, Detective Pikachu might just be the greatest master of them all.

Overall rating: 8/10

Pokemon World

When I was a child, we truly lived in a Pokemon world. Pokemon was EVERYWHERE. One of the greatest Christmas presents I’ve ever received is the Pikachu-themed Gameboy Color with Pokemon Yellow Version. With the recent release of Pokemon Sun and Moon, I’ve been reflecting on my history with Pokemon quite a bit, from winning $90 on a bus trip to NYC when I was a kid and spending all of it on Pokemon merchandise at FAO Schwarz, to watching the latest Pokemon movies over Skype with my best friend while away at college.

Though I’ve fallen out of the fandom as far as the training cards and anime go, I’ve played the games from each generation; they never seem to lose their charm for me. But nothing can erase the glory of the first generation – the original 151 Pokemon. So, I thought, as a child of that era, I would compile a list of my favorite Pokemon from the first generation, and here they are!

1.) Gengar
Gengar is my boo, man. Sadly, I’ve not always been able to procure a Gengar for my team, 600px-094gengarespecially back in the early days, when trading wasn’t quite as easy as it is now. As in, back in the prehistoric era of trading via cable, not the wireless deal we’ve got these days. Gengar is equal parts adorable and terrifying, which is all I need in a Pokemon, and I think Ghost types are severely underrated. Plus, he’s PURPLE. With the right training, the Hypnosis/Dreameater combo can be lethal. And I totally buy the fan theory that Gengar is Clefable’s shadow. It’s not quite as credible as the “Cubone was originally intended to be a deceased Kangaskhan’s baby” theory, but it would be cool regardless.

2.) Alakazam 
Alakazam is a staple for my team, if it’s possible to catch an Abra in-game. Getting it to 065alakazamthat phase is a pain (Abra only knows Teleport, so getting it to evolve to Kadabra can be a trial, then I always have to enlist someone to trade with to evolve Kadabra into Alakazam) but I’ve always found it beneficial to have a strong psychic type on my team. In my Diamond/Pearl days, I had a lvl 100 Alakazam and it was a total boss. Currently, in Moon, I have a Kadabra I’m waiting to evolve so I can get the brilliant spoon-bending fox-like psychic master back into my squad. AND it can learn Charge Beam! So if you find yourself bereft of an electric type on your team, Alakazam can fill that void. And it carries spoons, so if you find yourself with a bowl of soup and no utensil to eat it with, you’ll be set!

3.) Blastoise
I admit, I am biased toward water-type starters. I have almost always started with the 600px-009Blastoise.pngwater starter on my initial run of a game, with the exception of Pokemon Moon, where I couldn’t resist Litten’s adorable charms… and I wasn’t a fan of Popplio, to be honest. But, as much as I loved Feraligatr, Samurott and Empoleon (Feraligatr is great, an Empoleon with Pokerus was my first lvl 100, and I think Samurott is awesome) Blastoise will always claim the top spot in my list of favorite starter evolutions. So many people love Charmander/Charizard, but Squirtle has always been my preference.  I mean, Blastoise is a massive tortoise with water cannons on his shoulders. What’s not to like?!?!

4.) Marowak
How about a creature in a legit skull helmet, with a bone it can use as a boomerang? I 600px-105marowakabsolutely love Marowak, but, to be honest, I usually don’t end up with one on my team. By the time I encounter a Cubone, I usually have a pretty good idea of where my team is going to go, and even if I catch one, it just ends up in the box. The whole plotline in the game with the sad baby Cubone and the vengeful Marowak ghost is absolutely heartbreaking, though. However, I do currently have an Alolan Marowak on my team in Moon, and I adore him, even though he is currently the weakest link on my squad. The Alolan version is black and has a flaming bone as a boomerang, so it’s even cooler than the normal version!

5.) Raichu
I was actually disappointed that you were forced to follow the anime’s plot in Pokemon 600px-026raichuYellow, and could not evolve your Pikachu into a Raichu. But ever since then, if it’s possible to catch a Pichu/Pikachu in game and acquire a thunderstone along the way, I always have a Raichu by the end of the game. Having an adorable electric mouse with a cool-looking tail has often come in handy on my travels, especially when Water-type gyms are involved. However, as much as I love Raichu, I usually end up keeping one on ‘reserve’ instead of on my main team. I currently have a Pikachu on my main team in Moon, and will soon have an Alolan Raichu, though I think I like the original a bit more than the new version.

6.) Ninetales
Ninetales is as beautiful as it is useful, and often serves as a valuable member of my squad. 600px-038ninetalesSince I typically don’t select the Fire starters, I try and nab a Fire type during the game, so if Vulpix is able to be caught, that is often my first choice, unless it isn’t available until late in the game. Ninetales is just so graceful and elegant, and it can be a total boss in battle if trained appropriately. I had a lvl 100 Ninetales at one point and it was equal parts tough and gorgeous to look at – I used it in double battles with my lvl 100 Alakazam and they were quite the team to reckon with. I haven’t managed to snag an Alolan Vulpix in Moon yet, but Alolan Ninetales looks even prettier, so I look forward to getting one!

7.) Tauros
Although I find it to be one of the most badass of the original 151, Tauros is the only 128taurosPokemon on this list that I’ve never taken with me to the Elite Four to grace the Hall of Fame. However, I always make sure to catch one if it’s possible, no matter how many hours (and I mean hours) I have to spend in the Safari Zone. Tauros just looks so intimidating and cool. Unfortunately for me, I’ve never been able to train one to actually be good and it usually just ends up dying in every battle, so I typically just catch one and leave it in the box. But if I could get a Pokemon to have in real life, Tauros would be one of my first picks, because I think it would be cool to roll up to work in the morning on the back of a Tauros. I could also take out my enemies with a well-placed charge!

8.) Vaporeon
Of all the Eeveelutions, my favorite is probably Espeon, but since this is a list of my 600px-134vaporeonfavorite original Pokemon, and Espeon wasn’t around until the second generation, I’m including my favorite from the first gen, Vaporeon. As far as I can remember, you can only get one Eevee in the original games, and  I’ve always chosen to evolve it into a Vaporeon, but if it’s possible to get/breed multiple Eevees, then I make Vaporeon my second selection (after Espeon). I also had a holographic Vaporeon Pokemon card back in the day, and I deeply regret that I gave it away.  I mean, Vaporeon’s got fins on its head AND tail – that’s pretty convenient. I imagine it would be very useful to take on a swim.

9.) Rhydon
Of all the Pokemon types in the original games, Rock and Ground are probably the ones I 600px-112rhydonused the least, and likely still use the least. There just aren’t as many Rock type Pokemon that appeal to me, so Brock and I probably wouldn’t get along very well. But if I had to finagle a Rock or Ground type, my first choice would be Rhydon. Well… technically, the first choice would be Rhyhorn, which, in my experience, is a complete pain in the rear to catch in the Safari Zone. But Rhydon is the bomb, and he’s got a drill on his snout, which I would imagine comes in pretty handy. I’m not terribly fond of the next evolutionary form, Rhyperior, but back in my day, Rhydon was the final form… and I like to pretend it still is.

10.) Pidgeot
As many aspiring trainers know, in several of the games, it is necessary to have a Flying 018Pidgeot.pngPokemon, because at a certain point, you get HM02 (Fly) and get to fly back to all the places you’ve already visited. Due to this, I almost always make a bird Pokemon a staple of my team, and the original choice was always a Pidgeot. I mean, it’s not like it’s hard to catch… you practically drown in Pidgeys at the start of the early gen games, so you get your pick of the roost. I once picked a Spearow instead of a Pidgey, intending to bring a bit of variety to my squad, ended up with a Fearow, and it just wasn’t the same – it didn’t feel right. I picked a HootHoot in Gold version, as well, but Noctowl just couldn’t cut it either. Maybe because Pidgeot’s got such a regal mane of feathers, and I admire a good haircut on a Pokemon.

*Photo credit to Bulbapedia!

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