by, 27th March 2012 at 10:39 AM (1242 Views)
Ursaring is bro. We go way back. All the way back to the year 2001, if you'll believe that. I have no idea why Ursa isn't higher on the list. He really should be, but alas, such is life in the harsh and brutal world of pokemon. He's still one of the best Normal-types in the entire pokedex though. Never forget that.
Teddiursa and Ursaring are both bears. This is Phanpy and Donphan all over again. Teddi is a teddy, and Ursa is
an ursaa grizzly. Well, it looks like a grizzly but it actually could be the asian black bear to which it is based on. The asian black bear is also known as the moon bear, and clearly the ursa's have some relation to the moon (see: the crescent moon on Teddi, and the full moon on Ursaring). The moon bear has weak hind legs, whereas Ursaring is bipedal, so it likely draws inspiration from other bears aswell then. Going back to the moon, and astronomy, Ursaring may also be based around the constellation of Ursa Major, which means Great Bear/Large Bear and has often been said to be a bear. So Teddiursa and Ursaring came from space... but not really, just their basis. In the anime Ursaring always looks evil. Well, not evil, but it's always angry or vicious from the few times I saw one. I don't think it's like that really. A couple of bad eggs spoil the bunch. OK, so that wasn't Phanpy and Donphan all over again. At least not by much. Oh that's right, both Phanpy and Teddiursa are version exclusives in HG/SS, so they have a little relation in that regard.
If pokemon were real, another pokemon I would like, just like Phanpy, is a Teddiursa. Because look at it, using its Charm:
Oh look, here's Ursaring using Charm:
Errr. OK, then. Moving on...
Even this evil Teddiursa is cute!
OK, now I've finished spamming random images, I'll move onto its team use. I used one a few times in Gen II. I haven't used one since, iirc. It's strong enough, even if it's rather slow and lacks any great level-up moves. Definately something to consider just because of that brutally high attack.
What is with all the cool pokemon ending up in NU, seriously? Ursaring has the potential to be great with that huge attack, and its abilities, Guts and Quick Feet, can turn it into a wallbreaker or a sweeper, with one ignoring burn which is a killer for most physical attackers. It has an amazing movepool. And STAB 210 Facade coming off of a Guts boosted, Swords Dance boosted base 130 Attack is insane. But it's slow. And Normal isn't a great typing in itself. Quick Feet can remedy the speed issue slightly though. But Ursaring is always on a timer due to it needing status to work to its full potential, which is usually self induced through a Flame Orb (Guts) or a Toxic Orb (Quick Feet). But it's crazy strong when it does work. Oh, but don't use Flame Orb with Quick Feet, because Quick Feet doesn't stop burn reducing your attack, only Guts does that. On a somewhat related and unrelated note, if you use a Quick Feet set in the Subway (Jolly max speed/attack with Facade/Crunch/Close Combat/Swords Dance) then you can sweep teams with ease.
#27 Ursaring. The grizzly, brutally strong bear, with relations to the stars. Ursaring is a star of pokemon itself. That's why it's on my list!
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