Top Ten Pokemon (Bovine Swimsuit Edition)
by, 29th April 2012 at 02:08 PM (2834 Views)
It seems to be the style at the moment to post Top Ten lists of Pokemon. So, because you've all been waiting for it, here's mine. These are the Pokemon I enjoy using the most.
Disclaimer 1: My opinion on what constitutes a "good Pokemon" is subject to extreme and arbitrary biases such as "it's super-pretty", "it's based on an adorable and/or badass animal" and "it gets this one move that makes a cool noise." This list does not even come close to reflecting mainstream opinions on the relative qualities of Pokemon. Any statements regarding the metagame are simply my own impresions of a hugely complex maelstrom in which I generally do not partake.
Disclaimer 2: Despite the above, this list is absolutely, objectively correct. These are the best Pokemon. I am right and everyone else is wrong.
A few honorable mentions: Nidoqueen, Ninetales, Kangaskhan, all of the Eevees except Jolteon, Cyndaquil, Skitty, Spinda, Lileep, Milotic, Banette, Absol, Shinx, Roserade, Lopunny, Snivy, Scolipede, Joltik, Stunfisk and Mandibuzz. My favorite legendary is Mew, which has never been bested. My favorite pseudo-legendary is Salamence, mostly because J owned one in the anime, and J makes Pokemon look awesome just by standing near them.
To those of you who have read this far, it will probably be evident that my main criterion for choosing Pokemon is how they look. And this might seem like a shallow approach, but the thing that has always drawn me to the games is the quality of the creature designs... so really, why wouldn't I judge Pokemon based on those merits? I also have an admitted fondness for weaker Pokemon, both in-game and outside of it. This probably got started after I realized just how many of my existing favorites were weaklings, and decided to embrace it. Because it's exciting to take on the Elite Four with a battle-scarred Meganium and a lump of happy pink coral. It's awesome when bigger, meaner-looking Pokemon are getting smacked around by an energetic cow. And it's fun rooting for the underdog.
And in the end, isn't fun the reason we're all here? The games give us an enormous selection of Pokemon to choose from and share our adventure with. And we choose the Pokemon that make it the most fun for us. Some people like specific types, and others study stats to make their decisions. Me, I like pretty Pokemon. But they're all just different paths to achieving the same thing: awesome fun times with Pokemon. I'm not and never will be any good in the competitive scene: even in the low tiers I'm way too attached to my favorites to master the metagame. But it's okay, because it's fun.
And as long as you're having fun, you're doing it right.
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