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Legendaries. Too many, or not enough?

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by , 28th December 2008 at 03:42 AM (1161 Views)
Legendary Pokémon, some of the most powerful, and most majestic Pokémon in the world of Pokémon. Each generation has had these amazing Pokémon of legend, and each generation had released more legendaries than the preceding one. Are there too many of these Pokémon being released? Should Game Freak slow down on this wave of legends?

Let us look at the generations in order:

Generation I: Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Mewtwo, Mew.
Generation II: Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi.
Generation III: Regirock, Regice, Registeel, Latias, Latios, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Deoxys.
Generation IV: Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Dialga, Palkia, Heatran, Regigigas, Giratina, Cresselia, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus.

In simple numbers, we have 5, 6, 10, and 14 for a total of 35 legendaries.

Don't those last two numbers seem extremely high? Generation I released the first 151 Pokémon, 3.3% of which are legendary. Generation II released 100 new Pokémon, 6% of them are legendaries. Generation III, 135 new Pokémon, 7.4% are legendaries. And the most recent, Generation IV, 107 new Pokémon and a gigantic 13.1% are legendaries!

Generation V, what will we see? 115 new Pokémon, and 20, 25 of them being legendaries?! What will happen further down the road, will legendaries take over an entire generation at some point? I, even as a trainer of legendaries, really hope that such a takeover will not happen.

Currently, I am unable to think of more to add, so I shall make my leave for now. Please feel free to comment on the topic at hand, and voice your opinions on the number of legendary Pokémon appearing in each generation. Thank you.

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  1. Blackjack Gabbiani's Avatar
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    It entirely depends. I think as a ratio it was a bit high in IV, but total number isn't bad. Consider how many legends there are in the world, from every part of the globe, and how even the same story can lead to different tellings.
  2. Trainer-c's Avatar
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    Legendary Pokémon are extremely popular. They are also the majority of Pokémon distributed as special events. So there will always be a a good number of legends with any new set of Pokémon revealed.

    I'm not really worried about there being too many Legendary Pokémon. The number of regular Pokémon will always greatly outweigh the number of legends.
  3. Kogoro's Avatar
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    I agree, legendaries are very popular, but the Gen IV ratio was a rather high (at least compared to Generations I & II). I also agree that the current total percentage (around 7.5%) isn't too bad. But, if the trend of more legendaries per generation continues the number would grow exponentially as time passes.
  4. MAGNEDETH's Avatar
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    i dont like legendaries much, so, i think Gen II was good. a trio, some heavy hitters, and a "cute" one.
  5. The Outrage's Avatar
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    I wouldn't mind the number of Legendaries they had in this generation, if this generation wasn't also the one that had a high number of pre-evolutions and evolutions of old Pokemon, some of which weren't even catchable until after the Elite 4.
  6. Trainer-c's Avatar
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    I think that Game Freak is slowly moving to a place where the number of legendary Pokémon per generation will plateau, and they can expand the number through alternate forms. There was Deoxys in gen III, and we have Shaymin, Rotom, Giratina this generation. I would bet that we will see even more legends and events with alternate forms in gen V.
  7. Maybe Wednesday's Avatar
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    I think yes, there are far too many. People just use them in battle too much. My friends refuse to play OU division, preferring what they call "Open", and they just bring their hacked Darkrai, their GTS Deoxys, their GameSharked Arceus etc etc, and it just kills the fun of the game. I want to have a fair battle, but with so many Ubers that people insist on using, it's impossible. You might suggest that I get some myself. The simple answer is, no. I don't like them. They make it boring, and an Uber-vs-Uber battle is just such a deadlock. My highest level Uber, and the only one I really ever use, is my lv 86 Mewtwo. I also have a lv 70 Darkrai which I am very proud of, seeing as it knows Spacial Rend and Roar of Time. =)
  8. The Outrage's Avatar
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    What they call "Open" is basically non-competitive Ubers :/

    A good uber battle is pretty interesting still.
  9. Maybe Wednesday's Avatar
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    True, IF they know how to use them well instead of just abusing their high stats to grind the opponent down like my mates do.
  10. DCM's Avatar
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    I want less and less legenendaries each gen. 3 LEGENDARIES NEXT GEN! There are too many as it is, and Game Freak is just shoving them down our throats

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