I don’t usually make listicle articles/videos, but seeing that I am a new member to the Enthusiast Gaming team, I wanted to make this one to give a little insight to me and my favorite game franchise, Pokémon.
Like many, Pokémon is a franchise from Nintendo that I hold very close to my heart and have loved since I was a young child. From the iconic theme song of the TV show to the competitive battling scene from the game. Every generation brings not only new features that keep me constantly returning to the series, but a slew of brand new Pokémon to meet. As of right now, there are eight-hundred and seven of these Pocket Monsters, so trying to pick a top five list was a lot more difficult than I had originally thought. To help narrow down the selection, I used few different categories to help: Their competitive use, design, and the Pokemon that I just love for my own selfish reasons. Without further ado, here is my top 5 favorite Pokémon.
Milotic was never a Pokémon that I would actively look for in-game, mainly because I never knew how to find one in the Ruby and Sapphire games. It wasn’t until my friends and I created our own Pokémon draft league where I learn the power of Milotic. She is a super defensive water type that can easily hold her own in a battle. Although she has a linear move-set, she does her job better than any other water type in the game. This is also one of the few Pokémon that I must have in shiny form.
This bug/fighting type from Gen 2 is always a must-have for me while playing the Gold and Silver games, even though he was slightly difficult to find seeing as he only has a 30% encounter rate. However, where he originally stood out to me was in the anime, where he first appeared in episode 119, A Sappy Ending. From the shenanigans with Heracross and Ash’s Bulbasaur to his battle with Gary’s Magmar in the Pokémon League, Heracross truly stood out from all the rest of Gen 2 Pokémon and really made bug types relevant to fans. As for his viability in the VGC, Heracross is currently sitting in the “Under Used” tier with an attack stat of 125, which is nothing to scoff about. He also has two relevant abilities — but is pretty average in everything else. Then Gen 6 happened and Heracross received a Mega-Evolution and gained a huge increase in its attack and defenses, but at the cost of some of its speed. No matter what, this Pokémon will always hold a special place in my heart.
Nickname: Naughty Dog
The Gen 1 doggo himself, while being exclusive to Pokémon Red, this fan favorite had to make an appearance on this list; the difficult part was deciding where to put him. A majority of the time I would take Squirtle as my starter, so getting to the Pokémon Mansion on Cinnabar Island was always one of my most anticipated parts of the game because I would get to capture a Growlithe. Then with a touch of a fire stone, I’d received Arcanine. Even though Gen 1 doesn’t feature my favorite looking Pokemon, I do love that they didn’t go all out with his design; It’s just a big, fire-breathing dog and I can respect that. To add to it, he is pretty viable and diverse competitively. With well-rounded stats, he works well offensively and defensively. Even though Arcanine is outclassed by Entei stat-wise, I would happily choose him over Entei, because of his sheer versatility alone.
While making this list, I only wanted to have one starter in it because more than likely there would have been few more. Trying to narrow it down to just the one was the hardest decision I had to make, but in the end, it had to be the fiery monkey himself, Infernape. Gen 4 is probably the most underappreciated generation out of them all, and that a real shame because it has some of the most we designed Pokémon, especially the starters. Infernape is largely inspired by Son Wukong, The Monkey King, and Hanuman, an ape-like humanoid who was granted immunity to fire. Like Heracross, I fell in love with this Pokémon from the anime when Ash faced Paul in the Sinnoh Pokémon League, which is hands down, the coolest and most heart-filled battle on that show. Not to mention, he is a speedy powerhouse in the VGC that can be both physical and special depending on what’s needed.
Last, but certainly not least, I had to give my number one spot the edgiest bird of them all, Staraptor. First time playing through the Diamond and Pearl series, I never expected the typical Route 1 flying type, Starly, would evolve into my favorite Pokémon to date. Especially with its awkward stage two evolution, but as soon as he hit level 34 and grew that awesome edgy haircut, I knew he was going to be something special. This was also the generation that the move “Brave Bird” was introduced, which gave some much-needed strength to flying types. To top it off, Staraptor is the only flying type that can learn Close Combat. So he has a more diverse move-set compared to his feathery counterparts. I even made him my mascot in my Pokémon fantasy league where we had to take a fictional city and pair it with our team’s mascot. My team was the “Racoon City Staraptors”.
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There it is, my top five favorite Pokémon. There were so many Pokémon I wanted to include, so some honorable mentions would be, Swampert, Gliscor, Flygon, Trevenant, and Greninja. Be sure to let me know who your favorites are in the comments below. Until next time, thank you very much!