Flareon bashing and why it sucks
by, 27th May 2012 at 03:22 AM (4460 Views)
Ugh. I am sick and goddamn tired of seeing Flareon bashing everywhere I go. I know I probably have some bias (it being my favorite pokemon and all) and I realize that everywhere I see bashing is in a competitive sense, but come on. This is ridiculous. I go and check the Smog's new issue and I see an article on nuzlockes, which, if you know anything about my fic, you'll know are of particular interest to me. So I read it, and it's actually pretty interesting. It's got Smogon's usual bent towards complete powerhouse pokemon as a legit strategy (going so far as to recommend the use of death fodder in a nuzlocke...), but overall, a good article. Then I see that the author has given a personal rating of the games in order of difficulty for nuzlockes. Fire Red/Leaf Green are listed pretty high up on the difficulty list (due apparently to lack of the physical/special split and the lack of pokemon that can compare to the likes of Darmanitan or Tyranitar). And then I see this:
Holy goddamn fuck, come on. They're praising Rattata over Flareon. Flareon is not terrible in game. You've just got to be willing to spend a few TMs on it. Even then, this isn't a competitive setting. This is in game, where the best solution to ANY problem is enough level grinding. Yet they recommend Rattata and Raticate over it.Originally Posted by The Smog's nuzlocke article
Look, using Flareon in FR/LG is simple. You get the Eevee in Celadon. You evolve it into Flareon. You get the TMs for Flamethrower, Iron Tail, Shadow Ball, and maybe Dig. You don't keep Flareon in on Rock, Water, or Ground types, and you really won't have to worry about it's low HP or physical defense. If speed is your issue, you level grind - you have to do it anyway to progress in the game, so why is it such a fucking big deal to do it for Flareon? Do people actually have such a low opinion of Flareon think that Raticate is a better resource for your EXP?
I'm not going to preach about Flareon's virtues in the competitive metagame, because yes, it's stats are flawed and it does have a very shallow movepool. If you're playing competitively, Flareon gets outclassed a lot, and I'm not going to deny that there's a reason it's scraping the bottom of the NU tier. But for a regular playthrough and for in game purposes, it pisses me right the fuck off that Flareon has earned such a reputation as a shit pokemon that fucking Raticate would get recommended over it.
Every pokemon is usable in game. Your regular playthrough is the time where, even if you're a hardcore battler, you can use pokemon that aren't necessarily the best just because you like them and still make it through the game just fine. The in game portions are about having fun and using the pokemon you want, and the nuzlocke challenge is all about helping players to discover the merits of pokemon they may never have used before. To discover that, hey, yeah, Raticate actually isn't that bad in game. Maybe Bidoof can be useful as more than an HM slave. And maybe, since I picked Bulbasaur as my starter and got unlucky with encounters, I can evolve this Eevee into a Flareon and see how well it does.
I realize that, because of the time I'm posting this (and because of the fact that it's apparently really fucking easy to ignore me), no one's going to read it. But it's just something I had to get off my chest.
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