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Evolutions for?...2-2: Routine job is routine

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Evolutionary corner: Froslass


As Glalie was incredibly masculine, and Dawn Stone needed another Pokémon to justify its existance, Froslass was created. Froslass immediately comes across as superior to her masculine counterpart, with better distributed stats and more helpful movepool.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Along with Gengar, she is the fastest Ghost-type and she has a unique typing. It is also in both Fairy and Mineral groups.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Surprisingly yes, even though her niche is small and gimmicky. She can no longer be used semi-seriously as an offensive threat, but she makes a nice supporter, especially thanks to her incredibly fast Destiny Bond. She is not reliable, of course.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? Same as Glalie.

Burmy


Eevee 2.0. Burmy is often regarded to be Caterpie/Wumple of the Sinnoh, despite having an actual movepool, evolutions with actual stats, being only accessible through certain means, and Sinnoh having a much proper early route bug in Kricketot. Another common misconception for starters is that it changes its typing with different cloaks. It doesn't.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks?It is only accessible through specific methods, first being the Hoeny Trees. Its primary gimmick is that its cloak depending on where it last battled, which is purely cosmetic until evolution.

Wormadam


Wormadam is a unique Pokémon in that it can be three different Pokémon with different movepools, stats, and typings, even if they are all the same species. This is an incredible rarity, as this is a series that considers different genders of the same species as different Pokémon. It is also one of the few Pokémon that requires more than one determining factor in its evolution.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Read above. In addition to this, Wormadam-G is the only fully evolved Pokémon with Bug/Ground typing combination as of now. It also has unique BST along with Mothim.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? None of them are useful in metagame by any strech of means, even though their stats are somewhat decent and their movepools are somewhat nice, for an early route bug, the thing is, it is not an early route bug. It is a gimmick Pokémon who appears in early-mid game and that is only if you go out of your way to obtain it. Even if you do, you can't get it until you get your first badge at best(then again, so is Nincada-line).
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? As Burmy's evolutions are the latest stages of bagworms' life cycle, they would need to go out of their way to accomplish it. Outside of that, they really don't have much reason not to evolve, though it is still an early route Pokémon.

Mothim


Face the second coolest early route bug! And outside of having an actual movepool and stats, it doesn't have much going for it.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? It is one of the few Pokémon related to another Pokémon with form differences. It also has a unique BST along with Wormadam.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? It is Venomoth 2.0. It doesn't have much going for it outside of that. It has the highest Special Attack of most Quiver Dancers, but it doesn't have good defences, speed or status moves to help it. It is pretty cool in-game though.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? See above.

Combee


With the creation of honey trees, there obviously needed to be a Pokémon who propagated that mechanic. As such, Combee was born. Notable for having a %100 chance of having a Honey when caught, Combee can also get Honey after half of the battles with its Honey Gather ability... until Hidden Ability Teddiursa came, of course.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? It is created for Honey Trees. It also has a gender specific evolution and is the booby prize of honey trees.

Vespiquen


Evolution of the notorious female Combee, Vespiquen stands as immediately a threatening Pokémon. Despite being the mother of his followers, Vespiquen will not hestiate from using its biologically incorrect army against intruders.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Vespiquen is the only Pokémon with three signature moves, and only non Poison Pokémon that can learn Toxic through level-up.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Despite its good defensive and usable offensive stats and decent movepool, its typing stops it from achieving greatness... maybe. It is hard to know if its movepool and stats would allow it to be great if they weren't hampered by a bad typing. It would be quite good though.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? See Wormadam.

Cherrim


Much like its Honey tree breathen, Cherrim is considered to be early route Pokémon of its region, even though it barely is. It has one of the more interesting gimmicks though.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Cherrim is the only Pokémon with Flower Gift ability, which allows it and its double battle partner to gain %50 boost in Sp. Def. and Attack under sun. It's form change is also not depended on its ability, in Gen IV at least. I couldn't find any information about Gen V mechanics yet.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Eh? You can have some success with Cherrim but outside of doubles it is not worth it. It is usable, but not worth it. Not with its current movepool at least.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? Flower Gift allows it to gain 567 BST under sun, which is similar to Archeops' BST. Which is, of course ridiculous and ruins its chances of evolving.

Pre-evolutionary corner: Cherubi


Cherubi is an enigmatic Pokémon for gaining more recognition than its evolution, who is an actual gimmick Pokémon. Outside of that, it is generally bland.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Prior to Gen V, it could only be obtained by specific methods. It also has access to Chlorophyll and has no form differences despite being connected to a Pokémon that has.

Shellos and Gastrodon


Previously intended to be introduced in R/S/E, Shellos and Gastrodon had to bid their time in pain and suffering until Gen IV. Shellos and Gastrodon are often mocked in the fandom, despite being created to be fairly decent competitive players, as evidenced by Gastrodon's presence in Cynthia's original team.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks?
Gastrodon and Shellos are the only Pokémon that change appearances depending on which part of the region they are found in.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Uhh... despite being currently OU, it actually suffers more in this gen than in previous gens due to changes in metagame making most bulky Water-types unviable. It is a good Pokémon in theory much like the other Water/Ground-types, but it suffers from many changes their brethen suffer as well.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? Maybe? It has a low BST and it is an early route Pokémon, though that is commonplace in Water/Ground typed Pokémon, probably a safety measure to stop them from being overbearing in the metagame. So, who knows?

Drifloon


Much like other Amity Square Pokémon and Pikaclones, Drifloon is a Pokémon that is very transperently created to be cashed in. Unsurprisingly, it and its evolution gained enough recognition in their generation to be iconic and popular, even if their marketing was somewhat half-assed. At least they are relatively cool, useful and incredibly creepy.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Before Hidden Ability Mandibuzz/Braviary and Jellicent, it was the only Pokémon depended on weekly events after Lapras in G/S/C. It also has a unique typing and gained the unique Flare Boost after losing the uniqueness of its Unburden. It and its evolution are also the only Pokémon in the Fluctuating Experience Group that wasn't introduced in Hoenn. It also has the highest amount of immunities along with other Ghost-types with secondary typings that have immunities.

Drifblim


One of the few marketable gimmick evolution that is just as marketable as its pre-evolution, Drifblim was created to be a fan favorite and it has become one. And once its job was done, it was forgetten much like its pre-evolution.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? As it is a balloon, it has the highest HP of all Ghost-types along with Giratina. Its other gimmicks are mostly the same as its pre-evolution, except for requiring weekly events.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? While as a marketable Pokémon it has many different options, its stats are too mediocre to warrant its usage over other Ghost-types, except its titanic HP. In previous generation where the metagame was less offensive and Explosion wasn't nerfed it justified its usage, but in the current generation, it needs to played corretly and for its niches. As such it is still usable, but barely.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? Despite GameFreak's attempts to keep it relevant, it is barely relevant, and thanks to its low BST, it has a shot to get its own Togekiss.

Pansage, Simisage, Pansear, Simisear, Panpour, Simipour


It has always been fans desire to obtain more than one starter. Especially considering most starters are better than standard early route Pokémon. Instead of that, we had another set of elemental Pokémon to help the starters. In the generation when the starters and some of the early route Pokémon have been debuffed to force players to use different Pokémon. Yeah, that sounds reasonable.
Do these Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Elemental Monkeys are introduced to give players a different set of elemental Pokémon the help their starters, and they are created to showcase the Unova's design, that is, all gym leaders are located in areas that contain Pokémon that can beat their type specialty. It also helps with the Stration Gym's gimmick, by allowing the triplets to have different elemental typed Pokémon that are also virtually the same beyond their typing.

In addition to this, Pansage and Panpour get moves only they can learn through levelin-up(Grass Knot and Scald respectively).
Are these Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Surprisingly yes, but in lower tiers, and even then they are incredibly gimmicky and are not worth to be bothered with. This is because of their shallow movepools and low stats.
Do these Pokémon have any hope in evolution? Arguable. Their nature as pseudo-starters are both good arguments and counter-arguments for the case, and it depends which route GameFreak wants to continue with the starters.

Munna and Musharna


Continuing with the theme of the Pokémon introduced to showcase game mechanics, comes a Pokémon who makes a reference to two different NPC comments of previous games. Munna and Musharna were one of the most disliked Pokémon of Unova upon their reveal, and it probably didn't help that it wasn't necessary to obtain them to gain access to the game mechanic they are created for.
Do these Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Munna and Musharna are created to introduce Dream World and sell toys.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Musharna is often considered to be one of the best Pokémon in NU, so I suppose it is to a degree. Obviously it doesn't work in higher tiers, but for lower tiers it is pretty good, thanks to its good stats and its large marketable Pokémon movepool.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? About the same as Drifloon.

Drilbur and Excadrill


You know the drill. It was introduced to introduce dust clouds mechanics along with elemental gems etc.
Do these Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Excadrill and Drilbur were originally only accessible through dust clouds and were the only Pokémon to be obtained from them. In addition to this, Drilbur is the only pure Ground-type introduced in Gen V and Excadrill has the highest Attack of all Steel-types along with Metagross and Escavalier, highest HP of all Steel-types and lowest Defense of all Steel-types. It also has a unique BST.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? I really hope you are joking.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? It already has a high 508 BST, which is boosted further with its abilities. So, probably not unless it is something akin to Scizor. Also, Eviolite Excadrill. My God.

Ducklett and Swanna


Ducklett and Swanna are similar to Luvdisc in that they are the real-life source of an important item. That is where the similiarities end though.
Do these Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Ducklett and Swanna are created for the flying Pokémon's shadow mechanic occuring on the two bridges of Unova. They are the source of the feathers obtained from them, and originally could only be caught through this method.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? While it is dangerous rain sweeper in lower tiers, outside of that, no.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? Same as Drifloon.

Deerling and Sawsbuck


With the introduction of seasonal changes, obviously there needed to be a Pokémon related to them. Thus came Deerling and Sawsbuck, the two Pokémon who were immediately embraced within fandom after their reveal. Damn you Disney and your propaganda.
Do these Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Sawsbuck and Deerling change their forms depending on the season, and Sawsbuck has the signature move Horn Leech.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Despite being one of the most one-dimensional Pokémon ever, Sawsbuck is a dangerous Chlorophyll sweeper, thanks to its workable movepool, STAB Return and Horn Leech, and workable stats. Even though Leafeon might look like a better choice, Sawsbuck outclasses it with its better movepool, in higher tiers at least.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? Despite being accessible only around mid-game, Deerling and Sawsbuck are deisgned and treated as early-route Pokémon, which is admittedly, kind of stupid. So, if the creators actually realize what they have done with it, it might get one.

Karrablast, Escavalier, Shelmet and Accelgor


I was rather unsure about putting these two here, but considering their design is based on their trading method, they are probably better here.
Do these Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Their entire concepts are based on their evolution method.
Are these Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? They have nice movepools and great stats, as such they can always find a niche even though they would enjoy even more larger movepools.
Do these Pokémon have any hope in evolution? Again, their nature forces any possible evolution to meet their gimmicks... though it is possible for Karrablast and Shelmet to gain side evolutions.

Foongus and Amoonguss


Continuing “the fake chest” RPG trope Electrode and Voltorb follows, Foongus and Amoonguss are quite literally created to be annoying, which immediately makes them good competitors in the metagame.
Do these Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? They are fake items, and they access to Spore.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Despite the diffuculties in properly utilising it, Amoonguss is a fantastic Pokémon with good defensive and offensive stats, movepool and typing. Though it will find more difficulties in later offense oriented generations, it is usable in this generation.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? As it is meant to be annoying and a joke on players, not much. At least, not a standard one.

And picture limit strikes again! That's okay though, since I kinda lost my steam for today. See you whenever.

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Updated 23rd January 2013 at 04:46 PM by Trainer Yusuf

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  1. Mijzelffan's Avatar
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    You switched drifloon and drifblim around.
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  2. Dream-boy's Avatar
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    Karrablast looks like Accelgor.......
    The only problem with Escavalier is it's speed
  3. Lord Clowncrete's Avatar
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    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.
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    Updated 23rd January 2013 at 08:37 AM by Lord Clowncrete
  4. Trainer Yusuf's Avatar
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    @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.

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