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Evolutions for?... Part 2-5: Tajiri's Trap?!

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“You're nearly a laugh”-Joke Pokémon


This is going to be a bit awkward as most of the Pokémon listed here are sidequest Pokémon, however, unlike the likes of Gyarados and Hippowdon, these are meant to be inferior to their counterparts, at least the ones that require trading.

Psyduck and Golduck


Psyduck is yet another funny but somewhat useless(competitively, not in-game) Pokémon. It only gained notoriety through the animé, and that made it well recognized enough give it access to Amity Square and eventually Cloud Nine, just so it can have a reason of existance beyond being a throwaway mid game Water-type.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Psyduck and Golduck were one of the few Water-types to have Psychic moves before that became a thing. They also had their signature ability Cloud Nine(which has been iven a larger distribution), and Psyduck, as a true fan-favourite, became accessible in every National Dex, excluding Black and White's Unova dex for obvious reasons(though it can be obtained post-game). Psyduck was also incapable of learning Psychic outside of breeding until Gen IV and is the only Pokémon to learn Wonder Room through level up while not being Psychic-type. Psyduck also became a version exclusive Pokémon for FireRed despite being accessible in both of the original games, though Golduck is only available in Seafoam Islands for Blue version and Slowpoke and Psyduck's encounter rates change depending on the version for Seafoam Islands. It also had a brief stunt as a road block. It can also learn Soak.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? While it has some bulk, its movepool is only somewhat usable; as such unless you use it for Swift Swim in NU, don't bother with it.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? While you could capture it only in mid game in the original games, it became an early route Pokémon for elsewhere. Not to mention, it does have a high 500 BST.

Slowpoke


Derp.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? It has to evolutions that require another Pokémon, but only as flavor and not game mechanics. It is also the only Pokémon that evolves to different Pokémon with different EV yield totals. It and its evolutions are also one of the few Water-types to learn Fire-type moves. Slowpoke also became a version exclusive Pokémon for Leafgreen despite being accessible in both of the original games, though Slowbro is only available in Seafoam Islands for Red version and Slowpoke and Psyduck's encounter rates change depending on the version for Seafoam Islands.

Slowbro


Derp.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? See Slowpoke.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Slowbro is possibly the only proper bulky Water-type that didn't lost almost anything from the transition to Gen V. While it lost its ability to set up Trick Room reliably, its defensive capabilities have been boosted with small pool of new toys it has been presented, and far more so with the changed metagame, which requires its abilities far more so than Gen IV OU. It also has a very nice crime partner in Amoongus. As such, yes.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? While it has a low BST and was a mid game Pokémon in the original games, it also became an early route Pokémon(only in Johto but still), and its side-evolution has 3 EV yield, making it and by proxy Slowbro acceptible as a fully evolved Pokémon.

Slowking


Slowking was one of the first Gen II Pokémon to be showcased not only through the anime but in the events as well.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? See Slowpoke. It is also the only Pokémon with catch rate of 70.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? It is most certainly a reliable Pokémon in its tier, but it struggles to do what its brother can do in OU. On the other hand, it is a dangerous Trick Room user, thanks to its access to Nasty Plot and a large movepool. Unfortunately for it, Trick Room is not a reliable support strategy anymore in upper tiers. If it becomes a useful strategy again, Slowking might rise again as a hipster Pokémon.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? See Slowbro.

Mime Jr. and Mr. Mime


Mr. Mime is the earliest trade possible in the original games, location and request-wise(though Farfetch'd doesn't require you to backtrack). Though it is more noticable for its mime design, as Internet despises those.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Mr. Mime was originally the only Pokémon that could Dual Screen(but only through Reflect TM). Mime Jr. evolves upon leveling up with Mimic, was one of the first Gen IV to be announced and was one of the few playable Pokémon in the demo for Diamond/Pearl. Mime Jr. also gives Mr. Mime Tickle and is the only Pokémon with a catch rate of 145. Mime Jr. also has a very large level up movepool comapred to some Baby Pokémon.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Mr. Mime has only one niche over its destined rival Kadabra, Nasty Plot and Baton Pass. Kadabra is faster and more powerful than it is, even with its Techinican. While it has a stunning Special Defense, it also has only 40 HP and no recovery. As such, Mr. Mime should do its job quick and simple.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? Sort of. Its counterpart Jynx is a fairly late-game Pokémon, but much like its crime partner Sudowoodo, it became a early route Pokémon from an early-mid game Pokémon. So, it is hard to say anything really.

Smoochum and Jynx


I would put in a description but...
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Jynx has a unique typing and is the only user of Lovely Kiss outside of NYC events in Gen II. It also has the longest cry. Smoochum gives Jynx access to Sweet Kiss and Lucky Chant, everything else is either fairly standard Baby Pokémon moves, Sing and Confusion and Skill Swap from Dream World which Jynx can learn through B2W2 Move Tutors. Jynx was also originally the only user of Ice Punch outside of Hitmonchan and was accessible through an in-game trade in Cerulean City which also requires backtracking. It is also one of the few Pokémon to have Heart Stamp.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Much like Mr. Mime, its Physical presence is non-existant, but it can reliably use Calm Mind and Nasty Plot, far better than Mr. Mime in fact. Dry Skin isn't good enough for it to be used in higher tiers though, except Ubers, sort of.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? Sort of. Jynx has always been a fairly late-game Pokémon and it does have a very low BST. So yes, even if the idea of one might be hard to pull off.

Wailmer and Wailord


Largest beasts of the majestic sea, Wailord is the largest of all Pokémon and Wailmer is pretty gigantic as well. Wailmer was also one of the first Pokémon from Gen III to be revealed to the public.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Wailord is largest Pokémon ever, and has the highest HP of all Water-type Pokémon. It was also one of the few Pokémon to get Water Spout and is one of the few Pokémon to learn Soak. It also has a unique Egg Group combination(Water 2 and Field). Wailord is also catchable through surfing in Route 129, but has a %1 encounter rate. It is also the tenth heaviest Pokémon, as such it is the third heaviest non-STAB user of Heavy Slam.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Unless you use it with Trick Room and Choice item, or just with a Choice item, you aren't going to get much results. As gigantic its HP is, it has paper thin defenses and below average offensive prowess, both stat and movepool-wise.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? Wailmer is a Good Rod Pokémon, which is the equalivent of an early route Pokémon for fishing Pokémon. Not to mention, Wailord's 500 BST(and its status as the largest Pokémon as said by the Pokédex) means it has little to no chance of evolving unless it is an anti-thesis evolution.

“Now that I've found somewhere safe to bury my bone.”- Those who have succeeded.


This part is mostly meaningless, but still needs to exist because;
-to see how cross-generational evolutions are handled.
-due to the tradition, generally the Pokémon from previous two generations are favoured to gain an evolution. As Gen VI's second previous gen will be Gen IV and a good portion of the Gen IV Pokémon are cross-generational evolutions, this will be useful for that discussion.

Onix


Oh Onix. The original stone wall. The original ultimate challenge that is actually just as powerful as a Raticate. Onix was one of the most useless(though certainly coolest) Pokémon that made you feel like David who conquered Goliath. Too bad, that feeling didn't continue on too much. After all, this isn't Shadow of Regigigas, this a Mon series.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Thanks to Eviolite, Onix is the best Physical wall in the entire game. Statistically speaking, of course. Onix is the largest Pokémon that can hatch from an Egg, or more specifically, largest and heaviest Pokémon that evolves once, or largest that can evolve, period. The Lagging Tail takes its design from Onix. Onix is also found in almost every region except Hoenn, and along with Steelix, it is the only Pokémon outside of Drilbur-line to be encountered from dust clouds. Along with Swablu, it is the only Pokémon to change its primary typing while keeping the secondary one. Onix is also faster than Steelix. Onix and its evolution also can't learn snake moves such as Glare and Coil.

Steelix


Steelix continues Onix's legacy, by having a human face much like its pre-evolution. The difference is, while Onix's seems to be based on a middle aged Japanese man, Steelix's is unmistakably based on Jim Carrey's expression in the “A Night at Roxburry” sketch.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Steelix has the highest Defense of all Pokémon outside of Shuckle. It also had a unique typing until Excadrill(again, the specific combinations are still unique). It also can't learn Iron Defense. It is also the second largest Pokémon and is the heaviest of STAB Heavy Slam Pokémon. See Onix for everything else.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Steelix keeps what its doing in its current enviorenment, being Defensive in RU. Much like Ferrothorn( and Ferroseed), it can Gyro Ball without fear of its high Speed getting in the way. It can theoritically use Curse and Resttalk, but both encounter similar problems. Steelix really needs a reliable recovery move to be more efficient.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? As Steelix is a gigantic and very heavy Pokémon, that causes issues. Not only that, but also Onix and to a lesser extent Steelix has always been accessible fairly early in the adventure, and Steelix has a very large 510 BST. All in all, Steelix should either get boosts from elsewhere, or should get an anti-thesis evolution.

Lickitung and Lickilicky


Lickitung might look like a mixture between a a corrupted chameleon, Slowpoke and Eraserhead baby. Probably because it is. Lickitung is accessible through trading in a Slowbro, and much like most in-game trades of R/G/B/Y era, it is designed to look and work similar to its counterpart. Lickilicky goes with Slowpoke and baby route, but not the chameleon route(it does have a curved tail like some though).
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Lickitung was only accessible through an in-game trade for Slowbro(Golduck in Firered), but this changed in Japanese Blue and later changed forever until Gen I remakes. Lickitung couldn't originally learn Lick(even though its Pokédex mentions it can paralyze enemies with it) and much like Piloswine, it was perfectly capable of doing its current evolution method in Gen III, making it one of two Pokémon to not exactly have reasonable evolution method retcons. Lickilicky's body is far more rounder due to its unique evolution method, leveling up by having Rollout. It is also the only Normal-type to have Explosio outside of Smeargle. It is also one of the few Pokémon with Cloud Nine, probably as a result of briefly being a counterpart to Golduck.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? With Explosion's nerf, it can no longer spam STAB Explosion. On the other hand, it can run effective support and Swords Dance sets and a decent Curse set in its current habitat. It can be an effective support pivot in slightly higher tiers, but there are generally better options.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? While Lickitung is not an early Pokémon by any means(except Platinum, sort of), Lickilicky also has a high 515 BST, putting it in the “anti-thesis evolution or bust” category.

Tangela and Tangrowth


Yet another Kanto Pokémon that hides its real body, Tangela and Tangrowth keep the standard fantasy trope of a creature that can't be seen due to its body parts.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Tangela was originally the only Grass-type from Gen I that wasn't part of an evolutionary-line and it was the only Pokémon outside of starters and legendaries that was inaccessible in D/P along with Tropius. It also evolves through leveling up with AncientPower. Tangela was also accessible through an in-game trade with Venonat, but you could catch it in wild as well.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Tangrowth was originally accepted as one of the best Pokémon in the Gen IV evolutions batch, as it was a very dangerous and versatile Pokémon that was great in anything it did... except be a Special wall. However, the power creep made its achilles heel a major setback, and its rather mediocrity as a result of being a balanced Pokémon made it outclassed by many different Pokémon, most notably Venusaur. Much like Exeggutor, you can use it for Chlorophyll in theory... but there are very good and easier to use alternatives.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? As it has a gigantic 535 BST, there is absolutely no hope, until we start seeing 4th and 5th evolutions.

Scyther


The original counterpart to Pinsir, Scyther did not forget its past comrade, and continued to be its version counterpart in Diamond/Pearl and since it was unaccessible in Hoenn, in three generations. Unfortunately, despite Scyther's attempts, the two comrades' routes have long been separated.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? As Scyther was a very usable Pokémon on its own, it only got an evolution that played as its opposite. Because of that, it is the only Pokémon that doesn't change its BST upon evolving. It could also not learn any Bug-type moves through leveling up until Gen III and it was originally accessible only in Safari Zone and Celadon Game Corner. It continued its nature as a Pokémon that could only be caught by specific methods, except for Platinum.

Scizor


Wearing the Iron Coat, Scizor trades its ninja abilities for the armor of Freiza's forces and raw power.
Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks?Scizor has the highest attack of all Bug-type Pokémon, and despite having pincers it can't learn ViceGrip. It also has the highest amount of sharplt stat increasing moves in its level-up movepool, Swords Dance, Agility, and Iron Defense.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Please tell me you're joking.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? NO. It is already an opposite of Scyther. The only way you can become more opposite is if you become Special oriented, which is near nonsensical for Scizor to become.

Aipom and Ambipom


Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Aipom was originally one of the few Pokémon obtained only in Headbutt trees. It is currently the only Pokémon outside of Zigzagoon that has an evolution with Pickup. It has an unique evolution method, evolving by leveling up with Double Hit.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Ambipom used to be very solid UU Pokémon with many different options to play. In Gen V, it recieves stiff competition from Mienshao and Cinccino, both of do what Ambipom does, bt better. Thankfully, they can only do his abilties individually, which allows Ambipom to be an average Pokémon with extremely powerful Fake Out and usable Techinican options for its current place. Beat Up's changed mechanics also helped a bit.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? Aipom has always been accessible from specific methods, but those methods essentially allow it to be in every route. The earliest you can get the Aipom is... well, fairly early, as such outside of Ambipom it doesn't have much chance of evolving further.

Yanma and Yanmega


Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Yanma was originally a very rare(%1 encounter rate) Pokémon for Route 35. Nowadays it doesn't have much point. Yanma has access to all variations of AncientPower though. What's more, Yanmega has the highest HP of all Bug-types and gives out 2 Attack Evs despite being a Special sweeper.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Yanmega's shallow movepool hurts it a lot, and Volcarona stealing its title as the Bug-type with highest Special Attack doesn't help Yanmega. While it still hits like a truck in UU, don't use it in any higher tiers. As great as Tinted Lens is, it is simply insufficient.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? As Yanmega has a high 515 BST, it is in the “no evolutions unless it is a counterpoint to it” camp.

Murkrow and Honchkrow


Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Along with Gligar, it is the only Pokémon with gender differences that evolves to one without them. Murkrow also has higher Speed than its evolution. It also used to have a unique typing.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Honchkrow used to be a large threat with the moves it gained from HG/SS. Now it is a larger threat, but so are the Pokémon around it. Because of that, its weakness, its low bulk and low speed, are more noticable now. Its typing is also not a good defensive one, but a decent offensive one. It is difficult to use, but it is certainly worth it... in UU.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? It has a 505 BST. You can fill the blanks. It also briefly became an early route Pokémon in D/P in night and it is an evolutionary stone evolution. But it was originally a late game Pokémon.

Misdreavus and Mismagius


Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Misdreavus was the first pure Ghost-type. It also keeps its HP, Attack and Defense to its evolution.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Mismagius used to have minor reason to be used in OU with Nasty Plot, but nowadays it stays as a good but not great UU Pokémon.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? Sort of. It briefly became an early route Pokémon in D/P, and a middle route Pokémon in HG/SS. It is also an evolutionary stone evolution. But it was originally a VERY late game Pokémon and it has a sufficiently low 495 BST.

Gligar and Gliscor


Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Gligar was originally only capable of learning Earthquake as a gift from Stadium 2. Gligar is also heavier than its evolution, and both Gligar and Gliscor can learn the highest amount of high critical hit ratio moves in a movepool, six. It also used to have a unique type combination.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Insert your own description here.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? Not much, thanks to its high 510 BST.

Sneasel and Weavile


Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? They have a unique type combination. Sneasel is also the fastest of Pokémon that can evolve, and Weavile is the fastest Dark-type(along with Darkrai) and Ice-type. Sneasel is also one of the few Pokémon that can evolve into a Pokémon with single ability despite having two abilities(not counting Hidden Abilities). They are also some of the few Pokémon with Pickpocket ability.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? Insert your own description here.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? See Gliscor.

Nosepass and Probopass


Does this Pokémon have inherent game gimmicks? Nosepass can be caught in the place it requires to evolve(in Platinum). Nosepass is the only Pokémon with 375 BST, and as it evolves into a part Steel type Pokémon, it can learn Volt Switch and have Magnet Pull ability. It also had Head Smash as an Egg move from the data in HG/SS, but since it was incompatible with any Pokémon with it, this was eventually deleted(why not give it as a level up move?). Probopass has the highest Special Defense of all Steel types along with Registeel and learns a move at every six levels until 79.
Is this Pokémon salvagable for metagame without an evolution? It makes a good defensive pivot for offensive teams in NU, and has a nice support movepool. There are also some troll sets for OU(particularly to kill Steel types), if you are courageous or insane enough to do it.
Does this Pokémon have any hope in evolution? Not only Probopass has a very high 525 BST, it also gives out 3 EVs in total just like a three staged Pokémon. It is about as done with as a Pokémon can be.

Next time we will be discussing late-game and mid-game Pokémon, and NOT discuss Eeveelutions, fossil Pokémon, Good Rod Pokémon and early route Pokémon... unless you request it, that is.

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  1. Silktree's Avatar
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    Regarding base stat totals, I find it odd that you consider 490 (Slowbro/Slowking) to be "low" and 495 (Mismagius) to be "sufficiently low" , while 500 (Golduck) is "high" and 510 (Steelix) is "very large". You do realize that a difference of a few points doesn't mean much unless Speed is involved, right? Any base stat total over 480 can be quite effective with the right distribution and supporting attributes. Of course, some Pokémon can make do with an even lower BST (see Breloom).

    Also, how is availability in the previous games relevant to a new generation? Nevermind the fact that certain the unevolved forms of "complete" Pokémon have been available in the early routes. Luxray and Roserade from DPPt come to mind, as does Staraptor which is more competitively viable than Luxray is despite its lower BST. An even better example is Lucario in B2W2.
  2. Lugion's Avatar
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    Scizor wears Saiyan armor...

    holy shit
  3. Trainer Yusuf's Avatar
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    Regarding base stat totals, I find it odd that you consider 490 (Slowbro/Slowking) to be "low" and 495 (Mismagius) to be "sufficiently low" , while 500 (Golduck) is "high" and 510 (Steelix) is "very large".
    The "highness" and "lowness" is only about the potential of an evolution, that is, a standard evolution and not a scrambled BST evolution like Scizor and Porygon-Z are. This is only because of the common trends involving the cross-generational evolutions that are not side evolutions. It has nothing to do with everything else because I didn't exactly made the math to see what is the real average and what is not(because why should I? That is not the point of the these blogs. I might do for something else I plan to do regarding BSTs, but that's for later).

    Also, how is availability in the previous games relevant to a new generation?
    Same as above.

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