Evolutions for?... Part 2-1: Le One-Evolutionary Lines
by, 21st January 2013 at 02:00 PM (202 Views)
Yep, we are going to continue this. Whether you like it or not. Why? Because I've got nothing better to do.
Now to the actual opening paragraph. This portion of the “series” is going to be far more difficult because:
1-There are so many two staged Pokémon.
2-There are so many two staged Pokémon that are not meant to be bad but are bad.
3-There are so many two staged Pokémon who have completely different roles than each other.
4-While single stagers traditionally get more pre-evolutions, these guys traditionally get more evolutions as “bug fixes” or “reimagning”s.
Because of these reasons and the fact that I didn't like how I stopped caring after 20 pics limit, this is going to be many itsy bitsy little parts.
“I've been mad for f****** years”- The Primary Gimmick Pokémon
Despite the common misconception, the gimmick Pokémon are not only single stagers, but exist within every group of evolutionary lines. Second stagers is the second most common place they live, and the reasons are obvious, a secondary stage doesn't make them overbearing to the metagame and most of the ones listed here were previously single stagers. However, in RBY era, most of the Pokémon had obvious gimmicks, were obvious jokes or gained their gimmicks after sucking for generations(see Marowak, Azumarill etc.), as such to shorten the list and reduce the weight to other areas, we will currently discuss the Pokémon who are VERY OBVIOUSLY created for game mechanics or similiar things... for the RBY era. Rest of the generations will be more relaxed however, for obvious reasons.
Voltorb and Electrode
Created to utilize the “fake chest” RPG trope, Voltorb and Electrode's only reason of existance is to punish people from exploring loots in dungeons and explode on their face.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Both Pokémon are notable for being incredibly fast(fastest Pokémon until Gen III) and having a decent movepool. Also, they are fake items.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? While it had various niches until Gen V, all of them are now done better by other Pokémon. Explosion nerf didn't help either. It still has a usable 80 Sp. Atk and good movepool, so it can be very good in NU, and can continue its niche as a fast Rain Dancer.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution?As it is a joke on players, it would get a non-standard and odd evolution if it ever gets one.
Totoro Fan Art, by Ken Sugimori. While Snorlax have always had troubles, it always remained a tough opponent, until recently, where there has been far too many threats for it to handle with his GSC stat spread. Much like its Curse abusing colleague Swampert, Snorlax is currently far too mediocre for the standard and upper metagames.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Snorlax is the first road block Pokémon to ever grace the game, christening the trend that will be followed by the next generations(until BW, whose region is linear enough to not require an extensive amount of random road blocks.)
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? As much as I would like to say yes, the answer is no... for higher tiers at least.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? Obviously no.
Pre-evolutionary corner: Munchlax
One of the only baby Pokémon that can be used competitively seriously somewhat(outside of Riolu and Wynaut), Munchlax was THE first Pokémon from Gen IV that was announced. Thus, Munchlax managed to get a lot of recognition through spin-offs and the animé. Surprisingly enough, this only continued on for Adventures manga and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, whereas every other place mostly conveniently forgot its existence. Probably because it was really uninteresting all along.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Surprisingly yes. It could be only caught in specific honey trees, and it had a specific coding for it to show up. In addition to this, it used to give Snorlax access to Zen Headbutt so it could theoritically fight back against Fighting-types, but B2W2 tutors made breeding a Munchlax unneccessary.
Epileptic trees are real! Sudowoodo is the second roadblock Pokémon of the series. Created by Ken Sugimori, it is obvious that Sudowoodo is a living, breathing joke. It is meant to be a rare early-mid-game route Pokémon, but has long upgraded to a rare mid-mid-game Pokémon.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? It was the second roadblock Pokémon, and it is clearly a pun on uso(false), ki(tree) and usotsuki(Liar)(psedo and wood for English version).
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? NO.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution?That depends on whether Sugimori-san wants Sudowoodo to become the lie or just stay as a liar.
Pre-evolutionary corner: Bonsly
Fake Tears' living embodiment. Bonsly was one of the first few Pokémon from Gen IV that was introduced. It was also the first playable Generation IV Pokémon in a RPG game, thanks to Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness' Bonsly Card in Battle Bingo.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? It exists for Fake Tears, which is the only exclusive move it gives to Sudowoodo, outside of Uproar. It also has a gimmick that it only evolves after leveling up with having Mimic in its movepool, a trait it shares with Mime Jr. It also continues the pun tradition of its evolution, as it comes from uso(lie) , hachi(flowerpot) and usoppachi(downright lie)(bonsai and sly or lie for English version).
Wobbuffet had often been mocked for his ridiculous gimmick. In GSC. In R/S/E, this changed, as Wobbuffet gained an actual movepool and one of the best abilities in the game that was pretty much custom tailored for it. This turned it from one of the worst Pokémon in the game to the single best gimmick Pokémon, except maybe Breloom.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Wobbuffet is the living embodiment of the moves Counter and Mirror Coat, as everything it has were given to it or created to maximise this potential. Wobbuffet single handedly confirmed how these techiniques would be effective in competitive play, and its ability has helped a lot of people to get roaming legendaries. In addition to this, outside of Deoxys, it is the only Pokémon who can gain both of the moves at the same time and in the same moveset.
Wobbuffet was also based off Sanpei Hayashiya, whose son has voiced the Cleavon Schpielbunk(Heat Minamino in Japan) in the Japanese Dub of Original Series, and its Japanese name creates an endless conversation with Wynaut's Japanese name. It also gets to wear lipstick if it is a female one.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Less so in this generation, but most certainly yes. Wobbuffet's life is getting tougher and tougher however, and te franchise will eventually come to a place where it can't be useful even with access to an actual recovery move and Protect. Until then, it stays as one of the most underrated yet incredibly useful Pokémon in the game.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? Whatever evolution that may come up MUST follow with Wobbuffet's many joke traits. Outside of that, there is little to no reason for it to not evolve.
Pre-evolutionary corner: Wynaut
One of the few somewhat competitive baby Pokémon, and for good reasons. It can do anything Wobbuffet can do. Scratch that, it IS the reason why Wobbuffet can do what it does. Wynaut was one of the earliest debuted Gen III Pokémon, and it eventually dissapeared after the promotion. It is still a good Pokémon and absolutely adorable.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Wynaut could only be catched in the Mirage Island, though you can get an Egg containing one during your travel to Lavaridge Town's spa. It also gave the moveset Wobbuffet needed to be amazing.
Surksit is one of the biggest dick moves made by Game Freak. It could be found in many different routes, but by only %1 chance! Due to this, it is often considered to be the reason why Net Ball existed in the first place.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? It had a %1 catch rate and changes its unique typing upon evolution. It also becomes a swarm Pokémon in Emerald after mixing records with Ruby or Sapphire.
Evolutionary corner: Masquerain
The famed evolution of Surskit, in which it gains a common and crappy typing. Masquerain is notable for having intimidation abilities despite not looking intimidating, thanks to its giant eye shaped feelers. It used to be uncatchable, until Platinum came and changed that.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Again, it is one of the few Pokémon with intimidation abilities even though it is not threatening but its design is related. It also has the unique 414 BST.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? While it gained Quiver Dance, the only reason for it to be used over any other Quiver Dancers is the fact that it has Intimidate, gains Water-type related moves and can Baton Pass its boosts. This is due to fact that it has no sleep inducing move and it is incredibly slow.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? Maybe? It does have some gimmicks, but it has no gimmicks specific to it left.
With its perpetual frown, Shroomish stands out fairly easily from the rest. Kind of. Somewhat. Not really. Despite having an actually common expression, Shroomish is more than that. As an early route Pokémon, it was one of the earliest showcased Pokémon. But outside of that, it is thought to be a cute enough Pokémon to be a part of Amity Square along with other Pokémon created to exploit young children or ended up becoming iconic eventually. This probably makes it just as popular as the others in Game Freak's eyes, though it might just be easily that they are trolling us. But that doesn't make much sense given Snubbull's entire concept is based around being cute due to others' claim than being actually cute. Alteratively, it might be a part of their own personal favoritism towards it. It's hard to tell.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Not really. It learns Spore at a very high level but learning useful moves at high levels is a part of many unevolved Pokémon. It is clearly created to capitilize its funny looking perpetual frown, but it is not really a popular Pokémon. It is not a dud either, so just what is it?
Evolutionary corner: Breloom
Breloom is one of the best... uhhh... sort of failed gimmick Pokémon. While outside of its 130 Attack and semi-unique typing it doesn't look that significant, with its access to Spore, to lesser extent Growth and its fantastic abilities, it becomes a great Pokémon. This is mostly, and was only because it could reliably use Substitute+Focus Punch. This has changed to Techinican shenanigans nowadays.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Not really.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? It becomes slightly more and more one dimensional each generation. Eventually, it might need an evolution. Until that day comes, it has surpsingly many useful options that are still relevant somewhat.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? As it is an early route Pokémon, not much.
The famed ultimate noob Pokémon. Ninjask is the coolest of early route bugs. It has a great Speed stat[in fact, he is the fastest thing aliveee(except Deoxys-S)] a great ability and a great Attack stat. Just what ever happened that it gained its recognition?
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks?
It is the single fastest non-legendary Pokémon, and used to be the only owner of the elusive Speed Boost ability.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Outside of Baton Passing Speed boosts, no. Despite its decent Attack, its movepool is far too shallow for it to be anything significant. However, it is still decent enough to make Ninjask somewhat of a threat, if its movepool ever gets a full revamp.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? As it is an early route Pokémon(sort of), not much.
The prime one-hit wonder. As the only Pokémon 1 HP, Shedinja should fear everything. Thankfully, it is given a gimmick in the form of Wonder Guard, which makes him the shed shell with most immunities.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? It is the Pokémon with most immunities. It is also the only Pokémon with 1 HP. It also has unique way to be obtained. Also prior to Gen V, it could gain any level up moves Nincada learned during its evolution.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Shedinja is only useful against Pokémon who has absolutely nothing to fight against it. Fortunately for Shedinja, they are more common than its vulnerabilities might make you think. Unfortunately, it dies to any form of residual damage. However, if Wonder Guard ever gets an upgrade to protect it from any residual damage as well, Shedinja will finally become truly terrifying.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? Since it is a shed shell, obviously not. It is a leftover. How that is going to metamorphose on its own?
Pre-evolutionary corner: Nincada
Nincade has always been baffling to people who didn't know about the life cycle of a cicada. Or the ones who simply didn't see its small nymph wings. Essentially it is an anthithesis of Ninjask, with its nice 90 Base Defense and atrocious stats in everywhere else. At least unlike Surskit it had an understandable encounter rate.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Prior to Wormadam, it had a unique type combination. And before Ferroseed and Larvesta-lines, it was the only gendered Pokémon who can learn TMs but not learn Attact and while it was learnable through TMs, it was the only gendered Pokémon who can learn TMs but not Captivate. It was also one of the few Pokémon with the Compundeyes ability, and only one that was accessible in R/S/E without trading with FR/LG. It was also accessible in a single route and unaccessible everywhere else. It also has a unique BST. It can also be bred from Shedinja and it is the only Pokémon that evolves into two different Pokémon at once.
Meditite and Medicham
With the introduction of the abilities in R/S/E, there needed to be a Pokémon that showcased the powers of the abilties. Naturally, best way to do this was to make a Pokémon who could only function with it's ability that isn't Shedinja as it has another gimmick going for it. As such, one of the newly introduced Pokémon needed to be the scapegoat. These guys were that scapegoat.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? It is introduced to showcase the power of abilities. As such, it has an ability that makes it amazing, but also makes it relatively useless without it.
In addition to this, it is more common in Sinnoh than in Hoenn and can be catched with using Sinnoh Sound as oppossed to Hoenn Sound in HG/SS.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? While it is relatively one dimensional, it has a great movepool, decent stats(with the exception of its amazing attack) and an incredibly powerful STAB move as of Gen V. As such, it is usable in the current metagame, but not reliable in higher tiers.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? With Pure Power Medicham gains around 518 BST, enough to be considered fully evolved. It is primarily a mid/early-mid-game Pokémon however. So... maybe?
Surskit might be one of the biggest dick moves by Game Freak, but Chimecho is very close second. Unlike Surskit, it could only be caught in the summit of Mt. Pyre and absolutely nowhere else, and but much like Surskit, it had a very, very low chance of appearing(%2). To top this, it had a very low catch rate, 45(%5.9 with a normal Poké Ball). Much like Surskit, it is most certainly not worth it.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? It was very rare and very difficult to catch. That's pretty much it.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Surprisingly yes, somewhat. As a support Pokémon it is good, and as a boosting Pokémon it is decent, but that is only because of its support movepool; and even then Gardevoir can do anything it can; outside of Entrainment and Recover.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? Maybe? It's gimmick has been long lost, and while it is clear that Game Freak is trying to keep it relevant, even if its stats were completely revamped, it still won't be good.
Pre-evolutionary corner: Chingling
There has never been a Pokémon who had a sucking value that was higher than Chingling, as far as the fandom is concerned. Maybe except Bidoof. Despite this shortcoming and its percieved unneccessity, Chingling gives three elusive moves to Chimecho, Last Resort, Entrainment and Recover(through breeding), the latter two justifying its existance as an addition to Chimecho's line. Outside of these it is completely useless though, and it is even more annoying since it was incredibly common in its debut game, while Chimecho was a quest on its own.
While time based events have been implemented in the games long ago with the day-night system, there hasn't been any events based on specific times of a day outside of Daisy's massage session. As such, Snorunt was created, the only Pokémon depended on the hour outside of Rotom in Gen IV. Not even Spheal, the only other Pokémon specific to Shoal Cave in Gen III, is dependent on the tides of Shoal Cave, as it appears in both times. Snorunt's line is also in both Fairy and Mineral Egg Groups.
Evolutionary corner: Glalie
Glalie was an unimpressive Pokémon with 80 base stats in every stat it has. It was completely overshadowed by its sexier female counterpart, despite having movepool differences and stat differences, as neither of those helped Glalie at all. And then, it got Moody.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? No, outside of being a visual pun(It is an onigiri that is an oni. ZOMGWTFBBQ.) It is also in both Fairy and Mineral groups.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Moody allows it to utilize its decent offensive movepool and makes it a decent Spikes user. However, Moody is banned in most standard tournaments, which leaves Glalie unimpressive for most tournament players.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? Maybe? Its BST is low enough even though there hasn't been any Pokémon with branched evolutions that gained evolutions for the brached evolved stages. But broken nature of Moody partially betrays it.
Because of the 20 pics limit, this part concludes here. If you think I am missing something, don't, as I am very likely to discuss about them later.
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