Top Five: Pokemon
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 14:10
The newest game in the Pokémon series was released last Saturday. In light of that I thought it would be appropriate to do a piece related to it. I have been following Pokémon for a long time now and have played every game in the series.
My love of the series has followed me into adulthood as I am now procrastinating on homework to get through Y version. So in honor of the Pokemon X and Y, I am going to pick my five favorite Pokémon from the previous five generations—yeah, there are that many now—and for the record the selection of, for example, Charmander include Charmeleon and Charizard.
So without ado—my selection for the top five Pokémon of the last five gens.
No. 5 Ralts
Many people might be surprised that I didn’t go with Abra. I do like Abra, but I think Ralts has a slight edge. Unlike Abra, Ralts learns Confusion at level six, which is a good move early on.
It also evolves into Gallade—which is fighting/psychic—if it is a male rather than strictly psychic Gardevoir. Overall, Ralts is a solid choice and a really good Psychic Pokémon.
No. 4 Darumaka
In my opinion, Black and White did not have a lot of solid Pokémon. The selection was limited, but there were a small few that I really liked, among them being Darumaka. It is a solid fire Pokémon that learns both Fire Punch and Fire Fang, which are great moves.
When it evolves into Darmanitan, it has an ability called Zen Mode. When its HP drops to below half, it will change into its Zen Mode at the end of the turn, which is a dual-type Fire/Psychic form. When I played through Black and White, I could rely on Darumaka.
No. 3 Jolteon
Out of all the evolutions of Eevee, I prefer Jolteon slightly over the rest. What I like about Jolteon is that he maintains a good level of defense despite being an electric type. I find the electric type to usually be one-hit wonders. Jolteon stands tall against multiple enemies. He looks pretty cool as well with the lightning yellow fur.
No. 2 Tauros
Yes, Tauros is number two and that is no bull!
Although normal types are typically looked down upon by everyone, I find that Tauros is an exception. It is a great overall Pokémon based on the moves it can learn. Tauros is able to learn both Surf and Flamethower, making it a viable candidate in any circumstance.
No. 1 Gravaler
At last number one and my vote goes to Gravaler—or Golem if you have a friend to trade with. For me what make Gravaler a highly exceptional Pokémon is its dual rock/ground type. It also has many high-power moves such as Rollout, Self-Destruct and Earthquake.
Gravaler is good because in many instances the battles are one-hit KOs. While playing SoulSilver I can honestly say Gravaler was the “rock” I built my team on.
So that is my list of the top five Pokémon from the previous generations. You may love it or hate it, but that is the beauty of Pokémon—there is so many to choose from.
If I missed any you felt should have had an honorable mention tweet @Werness42 with your suggestion and reason.
You’ll never know which Pokemon you may love until you try to catch ‘em all.
Caleb is a sophomore majoring in English.