I’m going through one of my periodic Pokemon fazes right now–something that occurs a few times per year to the point where I’ve accepted I’m never going to get over Pokemon, no matter how hard I try. Anyway, to vent some of my Poke excitement I thought it would be cool to post my ideal Pokemon Team–because, why not?
This evolution change will always have a special place in my heart. While I was old enough to know about Pokemon Red and Blue, my parents were not willing to field the money for a Game Boy or the game to play on. As a result, though I was as crazy about the original 150 Pokemon as anyone, it wasn’t until Pokemon Gold and Silver were released that I was introduced to the Pokemon games. The first game I owned was Pokemon Silver, and since I had been a fan of the Water Type since Generation 1, I naturally chose Totodile as my first starter and from then on I was in love with Totodile and his evolutions.
When I heard Pokemon Heartgold and Soulsilver were coming out I was overjoyed–finally I could go back to Johto which was the first region I played a Pokemon game in, and this time I could do things right. While SoulSilver was disappointing in the storyline changes–with me greatly preferring the original Silver, it did provide a bit of re-think in terms of Pokemon team building. Instead of catching a bunch of Pokemon and never battling with the majority of them, I made it my goal to build a small team of Pokemon I could level up and concentrate on. To this end, I caught a Pidgey early in the game, and this seems to have been a good choice. I had liked Pidgey since Generation I, and it was a useful Pokemon to have.
In the same vein as Pidgey, I caught a Magikarp and started leveling it up immediately in Pokemon Soulsilver because I knew a Gyrados would be worth it and allow me to go further without having to get a whole bunch of different type Pokemon. With Dragon, Water, Flying, and Dark moves, Gyrados is well rounded and thus very useful.
Eevee is a holdover from my original days of playing Pokemon Silver. I always loved Eevee, and his evolution Vaporeon. But when I was playing Pokemon Silver, my Eevee unexpectedly evolved into an Espeon, with both Hidden Power and Shadow Ball already learned as moves. Once I got used to a Psychic Eeveelution I realized I liked it a lot more than Vaporeon. I was able to use Espeon to defeat a lot of opponents my Feraligatr wasn’t able to handle with the Pikachu owned by Red at Mt. Silver being the most memorable win for my Espeon.
As soon as I saw Marill and Azumarill I knew I loved them. While not as powerful as Feraligatr, they were still useful battlers–and boy, was it satisfying to use that so annoying Rollout technique on others instead of being powned by Whitney’s Miltank using it.
Skarmory is another Pokemon that goes back to the Silver days. It was my main Flying type and while Pidgeot is good, it’s nice to have Skarmory’s Steel type a lot of the time.
Okay, so that’s my ideal Pokemon team of 6 but as any good Pokemon fan knows you can only carry six, when a lot of the times you want to carry more so here’s three more I would love to have for specific situations.
A nice Water/Electric combination that took a while to grow on me, but to which I now say is very useful in specific battle situations–like when you want to defeat other Water Pokemon without getting hurt basically at all.
A Water/Rock combination is a bit weird I know but Corsola can learn a lot of useful techniques and I’m always a fan of Pokemon that can heal themselves.
I’m not as big a fan of Fire Types but they can be incredibly useful when battling nasty things like Steel Types and Grass Types, and I’ve always been a fan of Vulpix since the anime featured Brock’s Vulpix so I naturally added one to my team in Pokemon Soulsilver and it turned out to be a great decision in taking on Lt. Surge.