10 Hilarious Pokémon Logic Memes That Are Too Funny | ScreenRant

Pokémon are great. They’re cute, their games are fun, and their anime is still on over two decades later; what Pokémon aren’t, though, are something can be called logical. The Pokémon franchise is ridiculous if you watch it while retaining your common sense, and it takes accepting the series’ logic to have a good time.

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Even then actually, you can’t say for sure that it’s going to be making a lot of sense, because Pokémon’s in-universe logic is a whole other can of worms you need to understand. But having a lighter attitude toward this series ensures you have a good time and a lot of laughs, and these 10 memes will do just that for you.

10 What Good Are You?

The reason why Team Rocket ever started following Ash around in the first place was because he apparently had a special kind of Pikachu, one who could battle and defeat much more powerful ones. And yet, how many times has Pikachu lost to smaller foes?

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This meme is referencing the game series, but we have a bone to pick with the anime. The show has never portrayed Pikachu in the way he was initially built up, and Pikachu has lost every time he’s been used by Ash in his final battles. So, what was the point of bragging about his powers all this time?

9 That Was Easy

The logic behind the Poké Ball is that it can store any Pokémon in creation; however, how can humans have devised such a technology when they never could capture legendary Pokémon? 

In the case of Mewtwo, that Pokémon is so ridiculously powerful that he transcends the Pokémon trope of being a pet, and yet even he can be stored inside a simple Poké Ball. If that’s the case, then why is anyone even scared of legendary Pokémon when these beings can easily be sealed in this little Poké Ball?

8 Talk About Being Nerfed

The Abra Pokémon at least has an excuse of being lethargic, so that can be used as an explanation for it not being so strong. The Kadabra Pokémon has no such excuse, considering it has a freakish IQ of 5000! 

First of all, why the heck would any being of that IQ still live as a pet? Secondly, how is it possible that Kadabra and Alakazam only have a handful of moves when they’re supposed to remember everything from birth and can mega evolve? You’d think it wouldn’t take more than a couple minutes for this Pokémon to learn at least one more move.

7 So Long Physics

To be fair, we’re talking about a world where animals don’t exist and Pokémon take up that role; it’s like having a pet rat that can electrocute you, none of it is supposed to make sense. Still, there’s something known as in-universe logic, and nothing in Pokémon has ever confirmed that a Pokémon like a bat can pick up a turtle.

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You can clearly see in this picture that there’s no way a turtle can be picked up like that; yet, he’s actually flying in tow with Zubat somehow. At least if the bird Pokémon had picked him up it would’ve looked like it had big enough claws to do so.

6 Where Do They Store Them?

Ash has like a hundred or more Pokémon by now, but he’s never seen carrying anything other than his small backpack to go around. So, where has he been keeping his Poké Balls all this time? 

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Even if we were to believe he had the means to transport them, how the heck does he go and purchase these? Going by this meme, Ash must have to go and buy them in bulk, and he probably does look like a weirdo lugging these Poké Balls around in a large bag. We doubt Brock and Misty are enough for Ash to distribute these to.

5 Does This Kid Ever Grow Up?

Even those kids born ten years after the show started are now older than Ash is supposed to be. The boy looks like he belongs in Peter Pan’s gang, considering he never ages even a single day. 

This also raises the question as to how long it has been in-universe since the adventure began, considering Ash has had thousands of experiences now – even the most conservative estimates should put Ash at least at the age of a teenager. If you want to disregard that, then how about we ask you if it seems possible for a 10-year-old kid to be circling the world with such ease?

4 Nice Going, Ash

Playing Idiot Ball is a trope Ash is well known for. In Pokémon: The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back, Ash took his idiotic levels to the limit by trying to attack Mewtwo physically. Hitting a Pokémon (even the lowest level one) never works, so why would anyone want to punch the strongest one yet?

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Later on, Ash would again be a stupid prat by running in between Mew and Mewtwo’s fight, causing him to turn into rock. The Pokémon brought him back through their tears, but that doesn’t make Ash any less of an idiot, or a fool as Mewtwo liked to call him.

3 How Does That Work?

Pokémon generally does mention that there are certain types of Pokémon to use in a fight against certain others, but that isn’t a hard and fast rule. On the contrary, we’ve seen Pokémon who should have no chance against another come out as the victor.

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This meme points out how a grass type Pokémon as Bulbasaur was able to beat one with the rock element. The same way, we’ve somehow seen a Pokémon like Charmandar beat a water level Pokémon. Shouldn’t it be a stomp win in favor of the greater element, or are leaves just so very strong now?

2 Get It Together, Ash!

Team Rocket hasn’t been entertaining for over a decade, and it gets even more annoying how these guys are the antagonists in every episode. In-universe, you’d think Ash would have some brains to see through their obvious disguises after having been duped many times; but he never learns, does he?

Jesse and James don’t even bother changing their appearances, and you only see them wearing hats or glasses when pretending to be someone else. But we understand why they don’t put in much effort, because who would try hard when they’re facing a gullible kid like Ash?

1 Because…Reasons

The selling point of the Pokémon is how cute they are. And if the show wants to put these creatures in cute situations by sacrificing logic, then that’s what’s going to happen. Case in point is in this meme, where a water level Pokémon apparently needs a tube to avoid drowning.

Except, can’t it just, you know, swim around? Why would anyone need a flotation device when they can float by themselves and never have the danger of drowning? This isn’t the only instance of logic failing in the Pokémon world, as we’ve seen cases like Pokémon burning humans, only to have not even a little bit of fire catch the humans.

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2019-07-12 05:07:48

Saim Cheeda

Pokémon Sword & Shield: Dynamax & Gigantamax Differences Explained

Pokémon Sword & Shield will be introducing the Dynamax mechanic to the series, which also has an off-shoot called Gigantamaxing – and there are key differences between the two. The Dynamax transformation allows any Pokémon to grow to a huge size and gain access to special new moves, while specific Pokémon can transform either further through Gigantamaxing, which gives them even more power.

Pokémon Sword & Shield won’t be using the Mega Evolutions or Z-Moves from the previous entries from the series, which means that their distinct presence in the competitive battling scene will be absent for the time being. They have been replaced by Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing, which offer a temporary boost in power, in comparison to the battle-length Mega Evolutions or the one-shot hit of the Z-Moves.

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The ability to transform a Pokémon into a giant will be a huge part of Pokémon Sword & Shield, so it’s important to understand the mechanics behind how they will work.

In order to perform the Pokémon Sword & Shield Dynamax transformation, players will need to acquire an item called a Dynamax Band, which means that they will likely be given one at an early point in the story. The Dynamax Band can only be used in specific locations that are made to accommodate giant Pokémon, such as Gyms.

When it’s their turn, players can transform their current Pokémon using the Dynamax button, which will turn it into a giant. A Dynamax Pokémon will have its stats increased for the duration of the transformation; it only lasts for three turns. A Dynamax Pokémon will see all of its moves transformed into Max Moves, which will change how they function. One example that has been given involves the Normal-type move Scratch. If a Pokémon with Scratch undergoes the Dynamax transformation, then it will turn into a new move called Max Strike, which adds the additional effect of lowering the enemy Pokémon’s Speed stat.

It’s possible for four players to take on a Dynamax Pokémon during Max Raid battles, which can be found in Pokémon Dens in the Wild Area, and they won’t revert to normal after three turns have ended. Each player can only select a single Pokémon for these battles. There are some Dynamax Pokémon that will be protected by a barrier that needs to be hit a certain number of times in order to break it, while others can neutralize the abilities and stat buffs of other Pokémon. If the player’s Pokémon is knocked out in battle, they can cheer on their allies during their turn in order to give them beneficial effects.

If a Pokémon lands the winning blow on a Dynamax Pokémon, then players have a chance of catching that Pokémon. The other players will also get one shot each at catching it if the previous player fails. All of the players can win items from Max Raid battles. The caught Pokémon will return to normal after the battle ends.

It’s possible for all Pokémon to use the Dynamax transformation, but there is a second form known as Gigantamaxing, which allows the Pokémon to grow even bigger and change their appearance.

There are currently only three Pokémon that are confirmed to be able to perform the Gigantamaxing transformation – Alcremie, Corviknight, and Drednaw. It’s stated that these Pokémon will usually undergo the regular Dynamax transformation, but certain individuals among the species will use the Gigantamax transformation instead. The reason why only certain Pokémon can use the Gigantamax transformation in Pokémon Sword & Shield is unknown, but it’s stated that it’s possible to catch them during Max Raid battles.

A Gigantamax Pokémon won’t just take on a new appearance, as they gain the ability to perform a powerful G-Max Move in battle. There are three G-Max Moves confirmed so far:

  • G-Max Finale (used by Alcremie) is created from a Fairy-type move and will heal all damaged Pokémon on Alcremie’s team, while also damaging the opponent.
  • G-Max Stonesurge (used by Drednaw) is created from a Water-type move and has an effect similar to Stealth Rock, while also damaging the opponent.
  • G-Max Wind Rage (used by Corviknight) is created from a Flying-type move and will remove beneficial effects from the opponent’s side of the field (like Light Screen or Reflect), while also damaging the opponent.

It’s clear that Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing will change the face of competitive battling going forward in the Pokémon series, while also giving the player some epic battles during the single-player campaign.

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2019-07-11 04:07:01

Scott Baird

Here’s Why LEGO Don’t Make Pokemon Sets

It feels like the two brands should be a natural fit together, so how come LEGO don’t produce Pokemon sets? The Pokemon franchise launched way back in the late 1990s and quickly became a worldwide phenomenon. In addition to the best-selling games, it’s been turned into a long-running anime, a series of animated movies, comics, toys and much, much more.

The franchise is finally set to receive a live-action feature too with Pokemon: Detective Pikachu. Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) voices the title character and there’s already talk of sequels and other spinoffs, should the movie prove to be a success. Detective Pikachu is receiving warm reviews from early screenings, so the odds of Pokemon conquering the big screen is looking good.

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One movie that felt like it would never work was 2014’s The LEGO Movie, from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. What seemed to be a clear ploy to sell toys turned out to be one of the funniest, freshest comedies of recent years, thanks to energetic direction and a great cast. LEGO has produced sets from a lot of iconic films, TV and comic properties, from Star Wars to Batman and The Lord Of The Rings. One strange omission from that line-up is the lack of an official Pokemon LEGO set.

A Pokemon LEGO set sounds like it would be a license to print money, but it will likely never happen. The license to Pokemon is held by Mattel’s Mega Brands, a rival to LEGO. A LEGO Pokemon Center was a concept that was once pitched by Savath_Bunny on LEGO Ideas, but despite gaining a lot of support and fan interest online, the company soon shot the notion down.

They stated that since Pokemon is a property owned by a competitor, it wasn’t in their interest to pursue a license to produce the set. That’s not to say a Pokemon LEGO set is something that could never happen, but the odds of it being produced in the near future looks bleak. While some fans might be disappointed by this, there’s still an almost endless number of official Pokemon toys and video games to play around with. They can also give the Mega Bloks Pokemon sets a try too.

Another thing that should ease the pain about a lack of Pokemon LEGO sets is Pokémon Sword and Shield, the next entries in the game franchise set for release in late 2019. Starter Pokemon include Sobble, a water-type chameleon, grass-type monkey Grookey and fire-type rabbit Scorbunny.

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2019-04-25 03:04:34

Padraig Cotter

15 Generation IV Pokémon No One Should Catch (And 10 That Are Totally Underrated)

The Pokémon franchise has been enjoyed by millions of fans around the world, for over two decades.

If you grew up in the heights of late-nineties Pokémania, you probably didn’t just play the game. You collected the cards, used the lunch box with Pikachu’s grinning face on it, watched the show, slept beneath the bedsheets emblazoned with spooky-looking Drowzees and Hypnos (wait, that’s scary, forget we said that)… Pokémon wasn’t just a fandom. It was a way of life, and it still is for many of us.

Looking back at the early days of the franchise is a bittersweet experience, however. Yes, Pokémon Red and Blue blessed us with the original 151 Pokémon, a group that so-called ‘genwunners’ still insist are the only ones worth bothering with. With the benefit of hindsight, though, it’s clear that the early installments were in desperate need of all kinds of quality of life improvements (as we reported over on The Gamer).

It was generation IV that really kicked things into high gear. Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum brought us the (almost) unlimited bag system, which finally saved us from endless Resident Evil-style inventory-wrangling just to grab that Potion. The physical/special split was a real godsend too.

Most importantly, generation IV added a total of 107 new Pokémon to the mix. As always, they proved to be a mixed bag. From Wormadam to Staraptor, from Chatot to Froslass, let’s take a look at the Diamond, Pearl and Platinum Pokémon that are just irredeemable, along with the ones that are surprisingly good if given a chance.


You’d be forgiven for dismissing Burmy at first glance. Encountering it very early in the game, you’ll see it pop up on your screen for the first time and you’ll probably think, what the heck is this tiny little leafy hunk of uselessness? Excuse me while I don’t nab it for my team right away.

Now, we’re not saying that you should ever judge anything by appearances. All we’re saying is that you’re absolutely darn right on this one. While it’s quite neat that Burmy can adopt different forms depending on where it last battled (and evolve into one of three different forms of Wormadam as a result), it has a rough movepool and stats that are just as bad.


No, seriously. Stop that snarky sniggering. You won’t be laughing when a +6 Attack Bibarel with +6 Defense is rampaging through your team, like Godzilla through a delicate china replica of Tokyo.

Yes, Bidoof and Bibarel are notorious as one of the worst things that generation IV brought to the table, but there’s some incredible potential here. Thanks to the Simple ability (which doubles all stat boosts and drops), it just needs a couple of turns of Curse to become more powerful and tanky than something that looks this ridiculous ever has any right to be.

Of course, it isn’t easy to set that up, but in the right situation, Bibarel can be a powerhouse.


We know what you’re thinking, friends. Technically speaking, it isn’t really possible to ‘catch’ Phione. The polite thing would’ve been not to point that out and embarrass us in front of everybody.

What we’re getting at here is that there’s really no need for Phione to exist. It’s super confusing that it does, in fact. You see, Phione is the result of Manaphy breeding with a Ditto, and nobody knows why this legendary Pokémon can breed in the first place (it’s the only one that can).

If Phione a baby form of Manaphy or something? It doesn’t evolve into one, just keeps those sub-par stats forever.


They don’t call this beast the Big Boss Pokémon for nothing, friends.

Murkrow doesn’t look like much, does it? Its witch-like design is cool, if a little cliché, and it can do some fiendish things with its Prankster ability, but a powerhouse? Absolutely not.

Somewhere around the time, it used that Dusk Stone to evolve, however, it must’ve been binge-watching the Rocky movies or something. A good few training montages later, and Honchkrow was born.

At base 125 Attack, this thing is deceptively strong, and it learns a good mix of high-powered moves to get the job done. Throw in the Moxie ability (which gives it an Attack boost whenever it knocks out a Pokémon), and you’ve got a force of nature that can snowball quickly.

Its Speed is only base 70 and its Sucker Punch can be predictable, but if you can work around this, you’ll see what Honchkrow can really do.


Chatot’s a bit of a tough one to place. To be completely fair to the little guy, it’s surprisingly fast and has a reasonably potent Special Attack (base 91 and base 92 respectively). It can knock some heads when it really needs to, particularly when you consider that it has access to powerful moves like Hyper Voice right from the off.

That’s the full extent of its usefulness, though, unless you want to throw in its signature move Chatter (which involved an odd mechanic that gave it a higher chance to Confuse the louder a recording through the microphone was). Outside of that, you’re better off waiting, because a far better music-note-based Pokémon was on the way next generation (Meloetta).


Water-types are the most numerous of all, so it’s no surprise that generation IV added a huge crop of new ones. We’ve already looked at Bibarel and Phione, but there were a lot more besides.

One of which was just about the most average and vanilla Water ‘mon you could possibly imagine: Finneon. Its design isn’t particularly bad (when it evolves into Lumineon, it’s quite graceful-looking), but it’s just… it’s a fish. A fish with middle-of-the-road stats right across the board.

Whichever role you choose from it, there’ll be another Pokémon that can probably do that job better. It’s not easy being a jack-of-all-trades in this franchise, friends.


Fundamentally, Luxray is very similar to Honchkrow. It boasts around the same level of Attack (base 120 in this case) and is pretty darn useful if you can work around its lackluster Speed (which is base 70, exactly the same as Honchkrow’s).

The trouble is, this Electric-type has no access to STAB priority. Or any priority at all, in fact, unless you want to breed Quick Attack onto it. Which you don’t. That definitely hurts its viability.

Nevertheless, it’s arguably one of the best Pokémon designs of generation IV, and it gets a surprising variety of moves to keep opponents off guard.


As was the case with Burmy, Bidoof and the like, alarm bells should be ringing in your head as soon as you catch sight of this thing. Granted, evolution does wonders for Pokémon, and the most pathetic-looking can become imposing (Magikarp into Gyarados, for instance), but some designs are just irredeemable.

Cherubi looks like the kind of Pokémon that will have to evolve six times just to become as threatening as a napping Weedle. Sadly, it evolves just once, and Cherrim really isn’t up to much either.

It has a totally adorable Sunshine form, which it adopts in the sun, but that’s as far as it goes.


If Nintendo has taught us anything, it’s that putting super-cute smiley faces on inanimate objects is the way forward. In the Mushroom Kingdom, clouds, hills and just about everything else sport a gleeful grin. It’s adorable and welcoming, and about the most Nintendo thing you’ll ever see.

Game Freak seems to have caught on to that whole concept too. The odd little honeycomb-bee-thing that is Combee has not one, but three happy little faces. Funnily enough, this does not translate to battling prowess.

Vespiquen has reasonably good defensive stats and some interesting moves, but it’s let down by its typing. Only female Combee can evolve, though, leaving the male ones without any of these redeeming qualities.


Gastrodon is a curious case. It’s one of those Pokémon that may not sound like very much on paper, but can perform amazingly well in the right circumstances.

Water/Ground is one of the best typings in the game, being weak only to Grass. It’s a 4x weakness, so it’ll faint if it so much as sees a blade of grass out of a car window (not that it can drive, being a slug, so we shouldn’t really have bothered bringing that up), but with careful use, this thing can be incredibly effective.

With access to Recover, too, it makes a great tank and is especially effective against rain teams (absorbing Water moves with Storm Drain). If they don’t have Ludicolo, they have a problem.


As we know, a lot of Pokémon designs take their inspiration from real-world animals. As such, fans of said animals are going to appreciate them. Was there a cat person in the world who didn’t pick Litten as their Pokémon Sun and Moon starter? No, no there wasn’t.

Some would probably draw the line at Purugly, though. While Glameow isn’t too bad a design (albeit, again, a little generic), it had clearly let itself go around the time it evolved. Purugly is a big, imposing Pokémon (“It is a brazen brute that barges its way into another Pokémon’s nest and claims it as its own,” reports Pokémon Diamond’s Pokédex), and it’s really lackluster.

It’s faster than its chunky thighs would suggest, though, so it’s got that going for it.


Do you remember the early days of Pokémon X and Y, when we all caught Fletchling and immediately dismissed it? It sure got the last laugh when it gained access to its hidden ability. Talonflame was a monster in the early competitive scene, and Gale Wings had to be nerfed for Sun and Moon (it now only activates when Talonflame has full HP).

Staraptor is another exception to the old ‘Route One Flying-Types are crapola’ rule. Starly doesn’t look like much, but this thing’s high Attack, great Speed, and very heavy-hitting moves make it a force to be reckoned with. Give it a Choice Scarf or Choice Band, and you’ve got a very strong offensive force on your hands.

Brave Bird and Double-Edge, with a Reckless boost on top? That’s going to launch foes into the year 3000 (where, we hear, not much has changed, but they live underwater).


Now, this is nothing new. Poor old Bug-types have gotten an unfortunate rap since the days of Pokémon Red and Blue, when they had very little worthwhile representation. When Twin Needle is about the best move you can muster, you know you’ve got one heck of a problem on your hands.

Over time, great Bug-types like Volcarona and Scizor have been added, as well as monstrous moves like Megahorn. There are still hilariously bad Bug-types being thrown in there too, though (it’s tradition, after all), and Kricketot is definitely one of them.

The best thing this evolution line has to offer is Kricketune’s cry, which is like having your ears caressed by a traveling troupe of angels.


Pokémon with unique type combinations will always be appreciated by fans. We’re looking at a roster of around a thousand Pokémon now, which makes a ‘mon that is still completely different something special.

Ice and Ghost is a combination only Froslass has, and it’s an interesting Pokémon all around. Its inspiration seems to be the Yuki-onna (an ice spirit from Japanese folklore), a being that is also exclusively female. There’s a real mystical quality to Froslass as a result.

It cannot take a hit, and it’s lacking offensively too, but it has a lot of tricks up the sleeves of its kimono. It’s very fast, has equal Attack and Special Attack, and has access to tricky moves like Spikes and Destiny Bond. Historically, it’s been an excellent offensive lead.


What did we say about Game Freak and happy little faces? Once again, you’ve got to give cute points where they’re due, and Mantyke deserves a whole truckload of them.

Nevertheless, we can’t get caught up in these things. Mantyke and Mantine are rare Water/Flying Pokémon, so that’s neat, but how much do they have to offer?

Mantine does have very high Special Defense and recently-buffed HP, so you could go the specially tanky route. It learns Roost, which is a huge boon there, and can support the team quite well with Tailwind and Wide Guard. It’s become quite popular in competitive play more recently, but the years of obscurity beforehand definitely count against it here.


Hippowdon’s another interesting case. We don’t just mean that its female form’s coloration is dramatically different from the male, tricking our younger selves into thinking we had a shiny Pokémon on our hands when we totally didn’t. That is true though, and lots of us still haven’t forgiven Game Freak for it.

What we’re getting at here is the fact that has been a big deal in the meta. It’s an excellent physical tank and has much more utility than simply being a Sand Stream machine. However, Tyranitar’s very existence really hurts Hippowdon, being the premier sandstorm-bringer around these parts.


As we’ve said, Pokémon Red and Blue can be quite rough to replay these days. Iconic as it is, it really hasn’t aged all that brilliantly, lacking crucial series mechanics that we take for granted today. Breeding, for instance.

Baby Pokémon were first introduced in Generation II, and Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum would later swell their ranks a little more. One that you really don’t need to bother with is Mime Jr, the baby form of the similarly-irrelevant Mr. Mime. This bizarre Pokémon has a nice selection of utility moves, but it’s not fast or offensive enough to really get the job done.

When you do see it in battle (which you won’t), it’ll probably be doing something niche like Baton Pass chains. Even being retconned to Psychic/Fairy didn’t seem to help it much.

8 TOTALLY UNDERRATED: Turtwig, Piplup, And Chimchar

That’s right, friends. The starter Pokémon of Diamond and Pearl are here, they’re now, and they’re actually pretty darn good.

You can never quite tell with starter Pokémon, can you? As soon as the new trio for Pokémon Sword and Shield were revealed, the debate over their final evolutions, their typing, and their viability began in earnest. It’s fruitless until we actually get to see them in action, though. Everybody doubted Froakie at first, and what a monster Greninja turned out to be!

Turtwig, Piplup, and Chimchar don’t tend to be players’ favorite starter trio, but they’re all good Pokémon (Torterra being debatable). While Fire/Fighting is totally tedious by now, Infernape has proven to be an excellent and versatile Pokémon, and the Grass/Ground Torterra and Water/Steel Empoleon are different enough to each bring something unusual to the table.


As long-time Pokémon players will know, Sudowoodo has been lurking around and pretending to be a tree for some time now. It was introduced in Pokémon Gold and Silver but wouldn’t get a baby form of its own until Generation IV.

That baby form is Bonsly, a Pokémon that the world never knew it needed (wait, scratch that knew). Similarly to its evolved form, it has high Attack and Defense but is sorely lacking in everything else. These are traits that plague Rock-types generally, and it’s the same old story: abysmal Speed, coupled with the fact that Rock is weak to absolutely everything ever, means that it’s going to struggle to achieve much.


Now, fair’s fair, we can’t get too snarky-happy here. Lickylicky isn’t an especially bad Pokémon. Not by the standards of some we’ve seen over the course of this rundown, for sure. It’s got decent all-around stats and can take hits and dish them right back with interest in the lower tiers.

That’s the issue here, though. Of all the Pokémon that were in need of an evolved form this generation, how was it that Lickitung got the nod? Lickilicky is a peculiar-looking beast by anyone’s standards, and it’s another unfortunate jack of all trades type, often outclassed.


That’s right, friends. Like Froslass, Rotom is another highly unorthodox Ghost-type (Ghost/Electric), but it has even more tricks up its sleeve than she does.

In its standard form, Rotom is another reasonably fast, reasonably strong special attacker, with a nice sideline in spreading status around.  The trouble is, you very rarely see vanilla Rotom, because it has one of the handiest Pokémon party tricks in franchise history: it can ‘possess’ various household appliances (in a specific area in each game), changing its appearance and typing as a result.

The ever-popular Wash Rotom is one high-profile example, but you also have unconventional choices like Frost Rotom (the Electric/Ice refrigerator) and Mow Rotom (the Electric/Grass lawnmower).

Depending on which form you pick, Rotom can be incredibly underrated.


If you’ve even dabbled in competitive Pokémon in recent years, you’ll surely be familiar with the menace that is Chansey/Blissey. Whoever it was that created the Eviolite (an item that boosts Defense and Special Defense when given to a Pokémon that isn’t fully evolved) had no idea of the evil they had just unleashed on the world.

None of this is Happiny’s fault, granted. It’s just a feeble little baby Pokémon which is, again, too darn cute to handle. Still, so many of us have memories of Softboiled, Minimize, and other shenanigans, and would be content never to see this whole evolution line ever again.


So, yes. Generation IV threw several new baby Pokémon into the mix, as well as a healthy dose of newly evolved forms. Rhyperior was one of these evolutions, and it’s proven quite a controversial one.

Rhyperior takes everything it means to be a Rock-type and dials it up to eleven. Its Attack and Defense is sky high, and it’s got some considerable HP too.

It’s never really been rated very highly, though, for reasons that we’ve also already been through: it’s super slow, and it’s also Rock- and Ground-type. This compounds some of those weaknesses, resulting in key vulnerabilities to Water and Grass.

To get anything much out of Rhyperior, you’re going to need to support it with Trick Room or the like.


Like its fellow Steel and Psychic types, Bronzong definitely took a hit with the recent nerf. It’s now weak to Dark and Ghost moves rather than neutral, and probably feeling a little resentful about the whole situation.

Nevertheless, it continues to be a very solid pick in the lower tiers, sporting an excellent combination of raw stats, handy support movepool, and useful abilities. It’s most often seen firing off a surprisingly powerful Gyro Ball with its hilariously low Speed, or otherwise benefitting from its super-slow nature as a Trick Room setter.

It’s one of those Pokémon that doesn’t exactly set the competitive world alight but continues to humbly plod on and perform well.


Speaking of Steel-types, if any Pokémon has ever successfully masqueraded as one, it’s probably Chingling and Chimecho. Just look at them. They’re totally Psychic/Steel like Bronzong, except they aren’t. They’re pure Psychic.

Regardless, both members of this line are just utterly sub-par. Chimecho’s stats are rather solid all around (a base Special Attack and Special Defense of 95 and 90 respectively aren’t too bad), but it’s just not suited to using them.  The best it can really do is run an awkward sort of supportive set, and there are a lot of Pokémon better suited to that role. Sorry, Chimecho.

2019-04-11 08:04:12

Chris Littlechild

Pokémon Sword and Shield: 10 Things We Already Know About The Game

Using the February 27th Nintendo Direct to announce game info, The Pokémon Company treated us to the latest addition to the mainline games: Pokémon Sword and Shield. After Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, it seems like Nintendo’s learned a lot about how that gameplay experience, of what worked and what didn’t.

They were preparing us all for a new evolution in Pokémon. Now fully making the leap from handheld systems to console, Sword and Shield has some high expectations to live up to. Given how much Sun and Moon changed the Pokémon formula, Sword and Shield needs to be better, graphically beautiful, and continue tapping into that core spirit of Pokémon that keeps us coming back for more.

After rumors and some time to fully digest that trailer, here are 10 things we already know about the game.

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10 The New Starters

As with any new Pokémon game, we’re treated to three new starters: Scorbunny, Grookey, and Sobble. Fire, Grass, and Water type Pokémon are always the first to start any adventure (minus that one time Pikachu was) and due to how the type match-ups work, it makes sense. Those three are the easiest to start your journey with, especially when your first gym has a disadvantage to at least one of the starter types.

We don’t know their evolutionary chains yet, but given how past evolutions have gone, they’ll most likely end as dual types. Dual type evolutions actually go back to Generation I of Pokémon, with Venasaur being a Grass/Poison type and Charizard being Fire/Flying. Poor Blastoise, at least make it part Rock. Blastoise deserves some dual love too.

9 The Galar Region

Unlike the Let’s Go games, Sword and Shield will add a new region to the Pokémon world. The Galar region has a blend of very different environments, blending contemporary cities with older architecture. So far, it looks like it was inspired by England which is equal parts awesome and hilarious given that Kalos was inspired by France.

But it’s cool to see Pokémon continue to expand their world to reflect ours. In certain cases, The Pokémon Company bases a region or city on a real-world equivalent. Alola was definitely inspired by Hawaii and Unova draws from the NYC metropolitan area.

The first four regions fall more into fan speculation, but it’s easy to draw the conclusion that they were based off certain areas of Japan. The Kanto region is pretty much a given, seeing as there’s a Kanto region of Japan and for the most part, remains similar in geography to its IRL equivalent. The Johto region aligns with the Chubu region to the west, Hoenn with Kyushu in the south, and Sinnoh with the northernmost island of Hokkaido.

8 New Pokémon!

This one should be a given, but just in case: yes, there will be new Pokémon. Usually, the only exceptions to this rule are remakes of games, such as Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby, or the “new and improved” releases, like Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

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So far, we can only officially confirm the three new starters. But we’re getting our fair share of familiar faces too! Pikachu, Hoothoot, Wailmer, Tyranitar, and Flygon all made an appearance in the trailer. The games have slowed their roll on adding more than 100 Pokémon to each new generation, which is probably for the better. An updated PokéRap would be impossible. But given the trend of the newer mainline games, we can probably expect to see between 70 and 80 new Pokémon.

7 Gyms, Not Trials

Sword and Shield has us going back to the classic Gym battles that made Pokémon so popular. It’s bittersweet. The creation of the trials and introducing solid mini-boss battles into the story was a welcome change of pace. Going back to a Gym format feels like taking a step back rather than forward, though we still don’t know how many Gyms will be in this game.

For the most part, the Alolan trials were a welcome change of pace and introduced some fun concepts like Z Powers and Guardian Pokémon as the pseudo-Legendaries. And it was nice seeing a Legendary that’s entire purpose was destroying the world. Kudos to you if you kept the nickname “Nebby.”

6 Gym Masters?

In a now-deleted tweet from the official Nintendo of America Twitter, the company mentioned something about the inclusion of Gym Masters rather than the typical Gym Leaders. There’s not a lot we can say on this topic, but given the potential title switch, it could lead to a different Gym experience.

A good blend of trials and Gym battles could be cool, given that some of the puzzle elements of the trials were a bit tedious. If Sword and Shield can refine that and merge it with the traditional setup and battles, it could work really well.

5 Changes from Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s Go Eevee!

Tzunekazu Ishihara, head of the Pokémon Company, assured us that Sword and Shield will be a complete Pokémon game. The Let’s Go titles refined many of the aspects from the more accessible Pokémon GO and adapted the concepts well to console-based play. But an entire, full-length game of that? Maybe not the best idea.

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In the trailer, we see our character encounter a wild Pikachu. So we definitely know the random encounters are back, which many prefer over the Let’s Go style. Hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Overall, Sword and Shield looks and feels like a more traditional Pokémon game and maybe that’s exactly what the Switch needs.

4 Only On The Switch

As of the Nintendo Direct announcement, Sword and Shield will only be available on the Nintendo Switch. Kind of a bummer for those of us still on the 3DS and living vicariously through them.

In all seriousness, the transition makes sense given the Let’s Go games. Pokémon makes a habit out of releasing sort of “test” games before finalizing a mainline game or taking the time to finesse a mainline game during the off year. So hopefully, we’ll see the best from Let’s Go in Sword and Shield.

3 That Late Year Release

The Pokémon Company confirmed that Sword and Shield will be dropping in late 2019. Given past experience and common sense, this will most likely be around mid-November. But Pokémon actually confirmed this about a year ago on their Twitter. We were just hoping for, you know, an actual date with the trailer.

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Oh well, we can always restart Ultra Sun while we wait. Only 7 more months to go!

2 3D Graphics

We haven’t had a 2D Pokémon game since Generation III on the GameBoy Advance. Diamond and Pearl up to Black and White saw the start of the 3D environment, but still using 2D animations for the Pokémon battles. Starting with the Kalis region in X and Y, Pokémon fully transitioned to 3D graphics and they haven’t gone back since.

Though we may miss the old graphics, the new models offer better flexibility considering the team has to animate over 800 Pokémon. It’s amazing that there are so many Pokémon models available in the Amie feature. Whoever animated a happy Giratina is a hero.

1 Pokémon World Cup?

One of the key features in that deleted Nintendo tweet was a structure that looks like a football (soccer for Americans) stadium. Outside of the States, football is a really big deal and among many, is considered the most popular sport worldwide. The FIFA World Cup is played every four years. Around 210 countries participate in the sport, though only 32 make it to the qualifying rounds.

Galar probably won’t go that hardcore, but considering how popular football is worldwide and where Galar is based on, it makes sense to finally introduce the sport in a very Pokémon way. The anime sometimes shows brackets of competitors within the Pokémon League, why not transition some of that over to gameplay?

NEXT: Gameplay Mechanics We Want (And Don’t Want) In Pokémon Shield & Sword

2019-04-09 05:04:20

Maddy Cohen

Pokémon GO Leaks Hint At Armored Mewtwo

The rumors of a new kind of evolution coming to Pokémon Sword & Shield have received a little more credence, as a new data leak has uncovered hints that Armored Evolutions will be appearing in Pokémon Go. 

Pokémon Sword & Shield is the upcoming eighth generation of Pokémon titles that was announced during the 2019 Pokémon Day celebrations. The initial announcement trailer for Pokémon Sword & Shield only revealed the base forms of the new starter Pokémon and didn’t offer any information about any new features that are coming to the series. There have been recent rumors that suggest that Armored Evolutions could be coming to Pokémon Sword & Shield, which would fit into the fact that the Galar region that the game is set in seems to be based on Great Britain.

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The debut of Armored Evolutions might be happening in a different game, as a Twitter user named Chrales has uploaded a picture from an upcoming update to Pokémon Go which lists a new variant of Mewtwo, called Mewtwo_A, which some fans believe refers to an armored form of Mewtwo. Mewtwo is one of the four Pokémon that is rumored to be receiving the new Armored Evolution (along with Charizard, Flygon, and Zeraora.)

It might seem unlikely that a new feature from the mainline Pokémon games would debut in Pokémon Go, but that’s exactly what happened with Meltan, which was a brand new Pokémon that first appeared in the wild through Pokémon Go and could be added to the Pokémon: Let’s Go! Pikachu & Let’s Go! Eevee games through trading. An armored version of Mewtwo appeared in the Pokémon anime and in Pokémon: The First Movie, so its addition to the games would finally canonize an idea from over twenty years ago.

There still hasn’t been any official confirmation of the existence of Armored Evolutions in Pokémon Sword & Shield, but the evidence is starting to grow and it seems as if the armor-clad version of Mewtwo that was once used by Giovanni may soon be in the player’s grasp. Pokémon Go was a cultural phenomenon that sparked a huge nostalgia boom for the original Pokémon games, so it makes sense to feature closer tie-ins to main games as their launches approach. The audience of Pokémon Go may have diminished since it was first launched, but the game still has a huge audience that Nintendo would love to convert into Switch owners through cross-promotion.

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Source: Twitter

2019-04-08 08:04:20

Scott Baird

Pokemon Sun & Moon Starters: Which Is Best?

Which of the Pokemon Sun And Moon starters are the best? Pokemon has been the ultimate time sink gaming franchise for over two decades now. The series was created back in 1995 and follows human trainers catching creatures dubbed Pokemon and training them to fight one another. What started as a simple role-playing title for the Game Boy soon blossomed into a massive multimedia franchise. The success of the Pokemon games soon led to a hit anime series and multiple toys, comics and, animated movies.

The franchise remains a best-selling juggernaut for publisher Nintendo to this day with recent successes including the Pokemon GO mobile game and Nintendo Switch titles Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee! The franchise looks set to conquer live-action movies soon too, with Ryan Reynolds lending his voice to the title character in Detective Pikachu, which will almost certainly spawn numerous sequels and spinoffs.

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Pokemon Sun And Moon arrived on the Nintendo 3DS in 2016 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series. The game introduced over 80 new Pokemon for players to catch, in addition to extradimensional creatures dubbed Ultra Beasts. Needless to say, fans loved Pokemon Sun And Moon and it quickly became one of the top-selling Nintendo 3DS titles. In keeping with tradition, the game offers three starter Pokemon for players to pick from. In this case, they can choose between grass-type Pokemon Rowlet, water-type Popplio or fire-type Litten. So the question becomes which Pokemon Sun And Moon starter should players select?

The answer, naturally, needs to take personal playstyle into account, in addition to how useful the starter Pokemon’s evolutionary stages will become later in the game. Players choosing based on looks usually opt for the mega-cute Litten, but since most of the early opponents in Pokemon Sun And Moon are water-type, Litten can struggle early on. That said, Litten’s later forms Torracat and Incineroar even it out to be one of the strongest Pokemon overall.

Rowlet is typically seen as the easiest for players to start out with, especially with the amount of Bug and water-type Pokemon found in Sun And Moon, but Rowlet’s weaknesses only become more apparent as the game progresses. The water-type Popplio is quite cute and has a good mixture of strengths and weaknesses and like Litten evolves to become a more powerful creature. Litten and Popplio are typically considered the best Pokemon Sun And Moon starters, but while Litten has something of a tough time in the beginning, many players feel its the best Pokemon to take through the game.

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2019-03-29 01:03:15

Padraig Cotter

Pokémon GO Spring 2019 Equinox Event & Details Revealed

Pokemon Go will be hosting a spring equinox event in the coming months, details of which have now been made public. The augmented-reality mobile game became an overnight sensation upon release in the summer of 2016, but soon faced the inevitable challenge of keeping players coming back after the initial buzz of Pokemon nostalgia had worn off. To combat the decline in users, Pokemon Go has increasingly held special events and Community Days that feature specific Pokemon for a limited time and also offer added bonuses, unique moves and the potential to catch shiny or legendary creatures.

A recent example of such a festival came earlier in 2019, in recognition of Lunar New Year. This celebration increased players’ chances of catching 12 Pokemon that each related to a specific zodiac creature, including the rare Miltank. Following on from that event, Pokemon Go are offering players another stab at catching the legendary Dragon-type Pokemon Rayquaza over this current weekend in a Raid Battle.

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Pokemon Go’s next major event, however, will be in commemoration of the 2019 spring equinox. Fittingly, Grass-type Pokemon will take center stage in the forthcoming festival, which Niantic have now confirmed will run from March 19th to March 26th. During this period, Grass types will appear more frequently in the wild and act as Raid bosses for trainers to take on.

Additionally, Solrock and Lunatone, which each appear in only one hemisphere at a time, will switch locations. Field research obtained between these dates will also offer challenges in relation to nabbing certain Grass-type critters, and two new techniques will be added permanently to the game’s array of battle moves: Acid Spray and Leaf Tornado.

This isn’t the first time that Pokemon Go has held a Grass-based springtime extravaganza, and previous years have seen Easter-themed events bring out baby Pokemon, creatures with egg-related designs, and extra chances to hatch your own Pokemon eggs. While the benefits and bonuses seem to change year upon year, Pokemon Go‘s springtime events have rapidly become an annual occasion on the Poke-calendar, much like their Christmas and Halloween celebrations.

Grass-type Pokemon are fairly common in Pokemon Go during regular gameplay, so the prospect of extra Bellsprouts and Exeggcutes roaming the streets perhaps isn’t as exciting for players as previous special events have been (although the potential of catching shiny versions  of each partaking creature will certainly add to the appeal). Having the opportunity to capture Lunatone or Solrock – depending on the hemisphere in which you reside – does, however, offer the opportunity for some trainers to flesh out their Pokedex a little and add a unique creature to their collections.

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Source: Niantic

2019-03-16 09:03:40

Craig Elvy

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