How are Tropius, Carnivine, and Maractus Roselia counterparts? They don't seem to have much in common besides being initial single stage Grass types, and that's not a strong enough reason to label them counterparts.
Anyway, I think Druddigon and Tauros/Miltank should get baby forms. Druddigon so we would have a fairly early game Dragon type, and Tauros/Miltank so Tauros can benefit from Egg Moves and breeding its DW ability.
Standard anwser if you ask me :d.
Well you tried, it is probably info they want to share on a special occasion.
I thought that was a great read. Very thorough and logical. I would love to hear some more of your opinions on potential evolutions; if not, could you maybe expand upon the method you use to narrow down possible evolutions?
Thanks Trainer Yusuf for another one of these I love the analysis you do on the Pokémon.
Regarding base stat totals, I find it odd that you consider 490 (Slowbro/Slowking) to be "low" and 495 (Mismagius) to be "sufficiently low" , while 500 (Golduck) is "high" and 510 (Steelix) is "very large".
The "highness" and "lowness" is only about the potential of an evolution, that is, a standard evolution and not a scrambled BST evolution like Scizor and Porygon-Z are. This is only because of the common trends involving the cross-generational evolutions that are not side evolutions. It has nothing to do with everything else because I didn't exactly made the math to see what is the real average and what is not(because why should I? That is not the point of the these blogs. I might do for something else I plan to do regarding BSTs, but that's for later).
Also, how is availability in the previous games relevant to a new generation?
Same as above.
Scizor wears Saiyan armor...
Regarding base stat totals, I find it odd that you consider 490 (Slowbro/Slowking) to be "low" and 495 (Mismagius) to be "sufficiently low" , while 500 (Golduck) is "high" and 510 (Steelix) is "very large". You do realize that a difference of a few points doesn't mean much unless Speed is involved, right? Any base stat total over 480 can be quite effective with the right distribution and supporting attributes. Of course, some Pokémon can make do with an even lower BST (see Breloom).
Also, how is availability in the previous games relevant to a new generation? Nevermind the fact that certain the unevolved forms of "complete" Pokémon have been available in the early routes. Luxray and Roserade from DPPt come to mind, as does Staraptor which is more competitively viable than Luxray is despite its lower BST. An even better example is Lucario in B2W2.
@Gotpika: Croagunk was the mascot of Pastoria City before the animé.
Fun read, it should be noted Croagunk was never planned as a mascot. It just sorta slipped into that role and became surprisingly popular, like Piplup.
@Lord Clowncrete: I fail to see what I missed. Yes, Storm Drain is fantastic and helps it a lot; but also it can't use any Curse sets like it used to; which has been a common stable for Water/Grounds especially in higher tiers, and everybody on Smogon harps it for having no point in OU outside of stopping Rain teams. I do admit I don't play OU almost at all and I do admit I haven't went into detail as much as I could have, so I don't have any hands on experience with Gastrodon and whether it is worth it enough or not.
Besides, if I somehow mixed ingame usefulness and metagame usefulness, Gastrodon would be prettty kickass, especially in DP because of its ability to use Waterfall and Surf and immunity to Bertha's sandstorm. I know because I had one. It was blue and aerodynamic.
Still thanks for being such a religious follower of my ramblings : p.
Please don't take this as an insult but after the post, especially the gastrodon part, I get the feeling that you are still new to the ou metagame. For example, Pokemon ingame and competitively have no relation whatsoever while Gastrodon went OU due to its ability to stop rain teams. As long as rain teams remain strong, it will remain ou, maybe at the bottom of the barrel but still ou.
Still enjoyed reading the article and will look forward to more.
Karrablast looks like Accelgor.......
The only problem with Escavalier is it's speed
You switched drifloon and drifblim around.
Surksit is one of the biggest dick moves made by Game Freak.
That's an understatement. The main reason I want a Masquerain evo is to fix a mistake that never should have happened in the first place :I
Haha, nice :P
I've stopped watching BW as well. It just didn't hold my interest like DP did.
Originally Posted by TeddiUrsa Looks like this is a new trend in the fandom.... Seems more like the trend on Bulbagarden than the entire fandom.
Looks like this is a new trend in the fandom and, to be honest, I can't blame anyone who wants to quit following the anime at this point. BW2 was much worse then Jotho and the league was on Kanto-league level, Episode N looks predictable and not that exciting...I hope you will return once XY are released, alonside with a new ( and hopefully better ) anime.
That's too bad Yusuf, I guess it's hard to invest yourself in a series with nothing that interest you. I'm kinda surprised Cilan doesn't interest you enough to make you stay, but yeah I can see why you aren't to entranced by the series anymore. IIRC, your favorite thing about DP was Ursula and somewhat Dawn's Contest so that probably was one of your driving forces behind following it.
TBH, I never really have a huge driving reason to follow Pokemon. I think I just love the show in-general, if I didn't love the battles, Ash, and the entertainment value I guess my driving force to watch it would be Iris and somewhat Cilan. But, take a break if you feel the need to.
Hope we can have some more NU battles in the future. :3