Rusty Shackleford's Non-Linear One-on-One Top Ten Worst Designs of Gen V Part 2
by, 11th March 2011 at 11:43 AM (4582 Views)
When Gamefreak announced that Generation V would contain no new Pokemon, most people assumed that we would get quite a bit of new Pokemon who would replace the older Pokemon in terms of design and gameplay and, indeed, this was true.
Roggenrola took the place of Geodude.
Drilbur took over the role of mole Pokemon from Diglett.
And some Pokemon, such as Whimsicott, seemed to be inspired by multiple old Pokemon...this little fella, for example, draws inspiration from primarily the Hoppip family given their speed and similar method of transporation, with a slight sheep basis reminiscent of the Mareep family.
While some people my criticize Gamefreak for being a bit uncreative this Gen, they mentioned that because it was a new region, some niches needed to be filled, and thus some old ideas were reinvented. And, to be honest, the same animal inspiring multiple Pokemon is nothing new...and for every "copy" of an older Pokemon we got in Generation V, we got an equally unique Pokemon such as Cofagrigeous and Vanillite, Pokemon based off new ideas, new ideas which may have attracted some negative views, but new ideas nonetheless.
Furthermore, despite some of the new Pokemon occupying the same niche as their forefathers, they usually have some gameplay or aesthetic element to set them apart. Drilbur and Diglett may be both moles in basis, but they look completely different, one being an attempt to play a mole straight and giving it a drill motif, while the other is a more playful take on the Whack-A-Mole design, not to mention their different typings.
Yet Alomomola, despite getting points for being a palindrome, is probably the weakest of the rehash Pokemon, and one I feel can be rightfully criticized. When it was first revealed, not surprisingly, people immediately labeled it as a Luvdisc evolution, being that it was revealed before the infamous interview where Gamefreak stated that "no old Pokemon" would appear within Unova. At the time, however, people considered it was perhaps similar to Electivire, a Pokemon who was revealed in early release videos of DP, but was unavailable till the post-game. There were probably going to be post-game evolutions in Gen V as well, because Gamefreak wouldn't design a Pokemon that resembles Luvdisc that much and make it completely unrelated, right?
Wrong. Sure, in the past, fans have seen pre-release Pokemon and wrongly speculated they were related to older Pokemon, so this isn't unprecedented. People thought Drapion evolved from Gligar, and that Burmy was a new Pineco pre-evolution for example, but Alomomola takes that to a new level. I completely understand anyone who thought it would be a Luvdisc evolution, myself included, and don't fault anyone for thinking that.
Perhaps the main fault with Alomomola is not its design, because it isn't the worst one out there, but rather the fact that Gamefreak chose to rehash the one Pokemon considered to be the worst one ever by a majority of the fandom to the point that Alomomola isn't a Luvdisc evolution, it's basically a Luvdisc destroyer. Seriously, with its better stats, move-pool, and aesthetic design, Alomomola may as well replace Luvdisc entirely. In the Hoenn Remakes, I wouldn't be surprised if they slip Alomomola in in place of Luvdisc and just pretend the latter never existed. Yes, basically, I think that the one thing that hurts Alomomola the most for me is the fact it isn't a Luvdisc evolution. If it was, then I would have no problem with it...it's a sensible evolution for Luvdisc to undergo and achieves what a good evolution should do, giving power to an underloved and underused Pokemon. Yet, as a standalone Pokemon, it does the opposite...it completely overshadows a previous Pokemon, and that's one thing I don't like. You'll always have the competitive players saying that same-type Pokemon overshadow their weaker brethren, but even then there's usually an aesthetic difference between them that doesn't make the weaker one completely redundant in the grand scheme of the Pokemon World. Alomomola completely destroys any interest in Luvdisc fans may have had left, and that's just sad. I never cared for Luvdisc in any capacity...but now I pity it.
I guess then, perhaps, that a dislike for Alomomola may fuel a newfound respect for the little heart-shaped Pokemon then. So, maybe Alomomola isn't all bad...by hating it, we come to find out that maybe Luvdisc did indeed suck, and maybe we all hated it, but damn Gamefreak if they try to replace it. It worked hard to earns its place as the Number One Pokemon Punchline, and no imitator deserves to take its spot away from it!
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