Grass types of Generation 5 (Part 2) - winstein's Review
by, 18th February 2011 at 04:22 AM (3648 Views)
At last, the last part for the Grass-types! Previously, we covered all the pure Grass-types, so today we will cover all the Grass-types with another type. Without the extra frills, let’s go and finish this now!
Sewaddle, Swadloon & Leavanny
“The transition from Sewaddle's innocent face to Swadloon's seemingly crestfallen expression and
finally to Leavanny's perpetual sunshine smile adds character to each of them, thus leads
to the creation of what is for me, a perfect Pokémon line.” ~ Morru Magnum
The first Bug that is revealed officially is Sewaddle, who is loved by many when it first appeared. Sewaddle’s appearance was combined with the announcement of Struggle Bug, a move that reduces the Special Attack of several opponents. Swadloon is the cocoon stage, but isn’t actually dormant because it is still actively dieting on leaves. Leavanny is the parental Pokémon, meaning it is naturally a caring Pokémon, especially to its kind, where it makes clothes for newly-hatched Sewaddles. That is adorable, in fact.
In terms of bugs with plants, we already have parasitic mushrooms taking over cicadas as well as bagworms with leafy coats. The next one on the list is bugs that are practically born with leafy bodies, and this family are based on them. There is a group of insects whose bodies look like leaves to fool the predators into thinking they are unimportant, which helps them survive in the wild, as they are not the kind that can be threatening and dangerous. They may even imitate the rustling of the leaves when walking to keep up with the disguise. Clever! As such, these Pokémon have the ability to learn Camouflage too.
While leafy bugs are essentially bugs with leafy bodies, these Pokémon seem to have grass characteristics inherited to them. For example, it’s shown in the anime that Sewaddle can generate leaves out of itself as the Razor Leaf attack. They also can have the ability Chlorophyll, which would normally be an ability that plants can take advantage of. Swadloon actually looks the most Grass-type of the family because of how it is encased in a leafy hide and those odd leaves under its body.
Each of these bugs is adorned with leaves that reflect their stages. Sewaddle is the youngest, and the leaf adornment it has resembles a baby’s hood. Swadloon looks like as if it’s wrapped in blankets, and the way it looks resemble the Hihikomori, a Japanese term for social anxiety disorder. Leavanny’s leaf adornment gives vibes of the fashion of the 17th century. Their expressions are also really interesting through the stages, with Sewaddle having an innocent face like a baby, Swadloon with a miserable face like an introvert, and Leavanny has a happy face like a youth.
This family have two abilities that are known to be exclusive in each of their types: Swarm is a Bug ability, and Chlorophyll and Leaf Guard are Grass abilities. Overcoat is basically an ability based on their appearance of wearing leaves. This trait is actually highlighted in Swadloon’s PokéDex entry, in which it is said to protect itself from the cold with its leaf hide.
Leavanny is a pretty decent Pokémon in competitive battling, and Chlorophyll is the better ability to use since Swarm is rather situational. Leavanny has some decent physical options (Leaf Blade, X-Scissors, Shadow Claw) to use with Swords Dance, and he/she can escape harm thanks to Baton Pass. Leavanny is also able to pass boosts from Calm Mind, Hone Claws and Agility too. Besides those, Leavanny is also able to perform some support him/herself, with great Doubles moves Helping Hand, Befriend, String Shot and Struggle Bug. Besides those, Leavanny is able to use Reflect, Safeguard and Light Screen, and Me First if you care. If you want, you can even use GrassWhistle (Swadloon only learns this) for a Sleep move, but it is best used with Hone Claws.
I would like to see this family get Power Swap as a new move next time, which although doesn’t serve much use, can be useful to pass the unwanted side effects of Leaf Storm. Although their Special Attack isn’t higher, Giga Drain will be a great addition to their movepool. Feint seems like a nice choice for a move that goes first. Some Fighting-type moves will be a good addition to Leavanny, and the ones I can see as additions are Wake-Up Slap and Low Kick, as with the Psychic move Psycho Cut.
It is actually a very splendid choice to make an insect that happens to look like leaves, because I find the real-life species fascinating due to how they are created that way. Now we need an insect that looks like a twig. Anyhow, these Pokémon are really friendly, but I am yet to see an overprotective Leavanny, since being a parent may make one too cautious. Also, Leavanny comes from the word “nanny” too, right? It does look like one.
9 leaves out of 10!
Deerling & Sawsbuck
“A much better deer-like Pokémon. Interesting Type Combination, cool gimmick, good Stats,
awesome Movepool, and decent aesthetics in most seasons supported by an overall solid design make
up for one of the best novelty Grass additions of this Generation.” ~ Orion Hasta
These deer look like they have plant life growing out of them, huh? Both Deerling and Sawsbuck have a never-before-explored type, which is the Normal/Grass type. This is special because usually the Normal-type isn’t paired with any other type except Flying. These Pokémon also takes advantage of the newest feature this Generation: Seasons. For each season, both of these Pokémon will have different coats to accommodate the weather. This is an interesting gimmick, but it would’ve been great if each of these coats have a unique attribute in battling.
Deerling’s coat changes also depend on the colour and scent of the grass. Of course, it will hide in tall grass when it senses hostility nearby, which would normally be predators and the like. Due to the reactive nature of the coats, it is easy to see if the season had changed, at least in the anime, which as of this writing, is currently Spring. It is possible that Deerling’s floral tuft leads to the growth of Sawsbuck’s antlers, similar to how trees grow out of seeds. The antlers on Sawsbuck are made out of wood, and plant life can even grow on it, like flowers and leaves. Due to the way it changes state depending on the seasons, Sawsbuck’s antlers are undoubtedly similar to deciduous trees. With these antlers, this deer is able to use its signature move Horn Leech (a Physical Giga Drain). On the thought of venison, would it be treated as a vegetarian meal and a meat meal, since the Pokémon is composed of meat and greens?
This family is the first one to naturally get the ability Sap Sipper. Now, if you hear this name, what do you think it’s for? Probably nectar lovers like Heracross. Do you know what the Japanese name for this ability is? It’s Herbivore! Yes, the English name sounds vague and likely subjected to questionable debates on who should get the ability (as well as the questionable effects on the ability like Razor Leaf being rendered useless), but still there are some great translated names like Work Up (Cheer Up) and Horn Leech (Wood Horn).
In competitive battling, Sawsbuck is a great Sun sweeper. One of the main things he/she get is Chlorophyll. He/she also has a usable range of Physical attacks to use with his/her higher Attack stat, along with Swords Dance to boost that stat. The attacks at his/her disposal are Return, Double-Edge, Meaghorn, Wild Charge, Horn Leech, Jump Kick, Nature Power (now Earthquake) and Faint Attack. His/her support moves aren’t bad either, with Aromatherapy, Charm, Baton Pass, Synthesis and Thunder Wave (and more) for learning. Still, Sawsbuck still has to watch out for his/her Fighting weakness. Sawsbuck other abilities are Sap Sipper and Serene Grace. The former can be useful, but it’s not something you can take advantage of on your own. The latter isn’t quite useful, as Sawsbuck only moves to use with it are mainly Shadow Ball and Energy Ball, which uses his/her lesser Special Attack stat.
Leafeon has the same Base Speed and much better Defence (and Chlorophyll too), but what give Sawsbuck the edge? Firstly, Sawsbuck is able to use his/her Normal-type to do some extra damage with Normal attacks like Return and Double-Edge. Secondly, Sawsbuck has an offensive recovery move Horn Leech. Thirdly and most importantly, Sawsbuck is able to deal with Steel-types; With Nature Power and Jump Kick, Steel-types cannot even to hope to stop Sawsbuck from sweeping, which Leafeon can’t do well (His only means to do that is Rock Smash).
It would be nice if Sawsbuck can learn Growth, to make him/her much better in the sun, so that he/she is able to take advantage of his/her other Special attacks. Quick Attack would be a good addition for this family, as deer are quite agile too. Some other rushing moves will be really good additions too, and the ones I have in mind are Head Smash and Skull Bash. Still, I feel that it would be awesome if each seasonal coat contributes to a different advantage in battling, because there’s a lot of potential.
Their gimmick is a great addition among myriads of Generation 5 Pokémon, in which we have quite a few with aesthetic differences among species (like Unfezant, Frillish and Jellicent’s gender differences). Apart from that, they are also interesting because of how they are essentially ordinary animals whom are basically infused with plant life. They may not be fully plant-like, but they are quite graceful deer. (Got to remember that deer doesn’t have “s” in its plural)
9 woods out of 10!
Foongus & Amoonguss
“One of the things I remember about DBZ is that half-Saiyan, half-human hybrids tend to be stronger
and greater than the sum of their parts. Amoonguss can be very much likened to this principle:
it looks like the weird spawn of Vileplume and Parasect, but with Spore, Regeneration,
Grass/Poison typing, and nicely distributed stats, it leaves both in the dust.” ~ F-22
Like Generation 1 and 3, the 5th Generation introduced us with another mushroom Pokémon, and these Pokémon look more like actual mushrooms compared to Shroomish. They also have the added benefit of looking like Pokéballs with their oddly-shaped caps, which is good for fooling others, like what Voltorb and Electrode did in the Power Plant. The names Foongus and Amoongus make for a pun “Fungus Among us”, which is also a name of an album by Incubus. The naming convention of putting the whole phrase across an evolutionary line isn’t new, as Alakazam’s family does this too.
Mushrooms are decomposers, meaning their source of nutrition is from dead organic things. Speaking of that, these Pokémon can learn both Synthesis and Solarbeam, which can be used if they can perform chlorophyll, but mushrooms are not able to perform this, making them an oddity, as they are not even green-coloured! Because mushrooms can reproduce very fast, it would be an interesting illusion if a field of Pokéballs is seen lying around on the field.
Like the previous mushroom Pokémon, they have Effect Spore as an ability, which is a situational ability, but it’s an annoying ability in the game, where getting hit by its effect is not good. Also, like those Pokémon, their other ability is the better ability. They have Regenerator, which is very good with their defensive nature. They also learn the extremely prized Spore, which is a Sleep move that will always hit. Unlike them, they can learn Rain Dance, which is a condition that mushrooms generally prefer.
In competitive battling, Amoonguss is more of a supporter. It’s true that his/her Attacking stats are decent, but he/she also has a good supporting movepool. From there, we can see Giga Drain, Ingrain, Stun Spore, Synthesis, Anger Powder (great in a Trick Room team), Clear Smog, Gastro Acid, and of course, Spore. He/she is able to take a lot of hits, with that high HP and good Defences, which makes him/her bulkier than Venusaur. This Pokémon can learn the Defence Curl and Rollout combo too, if you care.
In terms of new moves, I couldn’t help but want Amoonguss to learn Swords Dance as he/she can be a dancer too (and many Grass-types get it too). Also, Stockpile will be an interesting option as the defensive boosts will really help. Curse will also certainly be an interesting addition. It would also be nice if both of the Pokémon gets Leech Seed, seeing as other mushrooms got this move as well, and will make it a nice Pokémon defensively. Maybe an odd choice, but I would love Baton Pass to be implemented on this Pokémon for Ingrain-passing.
It had been brought to my attention that Amoonguss can indeed be caught in the wild as a Pokéball in another review. They may not be conventional Grass-types who are based on plants, but being out of the ordinary is great because it contributes to the biodiversity of the Pokémon world. To me, these Pokémon are cute in a way. As to why their caps shaped like Pokéball, it must be for the sake of comedy and charm.
9 ‘shrooms out of 10!
Ferroseed & Ferrothorn
“He looks laid back and lazy but he will cut you if you piss it off. It also looks like a freaking UFO
with vines and spikes. What's not to love?” ~ Envoy
This is another Pokémon with a new type combination, and their combination is Grass/Steel. They also possess the new Egg Move combination of Plant and Mineral, which its two types are known to belong to. While they don’t look physically attractive with their grumpy eyes and untouchable bodies, they are very attractive to competitive battlers, and we will see why later.
While Ferroseed looks like a durian, I don’t think it’s really based on one, as it cannot learn Sweet Scent, despite it being thorny and tough (durians are also known for its smell). I believe that Ferroseed is more of a seed, and Ferrothorn has sprouts coming out from it. Ferroseed seems to be a metallic plant, because it absorbs minerals from rocks rather that from the ground. Ferrothorn’s method of catching prey is to hang from the ceiling and ambush any unsuspecting prey, probably other Rock Pokémon. Ferroseed isn’t as offensive, as it can only shoot spikes to avoid being taken out. Ferroseed’s choice of mobility is to roll around, and for Ferrothorn...I am guessing it walks around with its sprouts. They are able to shoot their spikes, but for some reason, both needed to learn Spikes as an Egg Move.
In competitive battling, Ferrothorn is one of the stars of this Generation. One of the reasons for Ferrothorn’s success lie in his/her defensive typing, allowing him/her to defend against some offensive type combinations like Water/Dragon and Electric/Dragon. Ferrothorn also has very good defensive stats, which unlike many steel types, has great Special Defence in addition to an even greater Defence, making Ferrothorn a very resilient wall. This makes Ferrothorn a premier Bulky Water counter, as they cannot Poison him/her nor do much damage with their main attacks. Ferrothorn is mainly attractive for the ability to set up entry hazards, namely Spikes and Stealth Rock, and can even use Leech Seed too! He/she is also able to use Thunder Wave, which usually won’t help Ferrothorn go first, but it will benefit the other members.
Iron Thorns is a good ability on a defensive Pokémon, as it punishes contact moves by hurting the attacker, like Outraging Dragons. The best part is that if a weak Rapid Spinner spins, then they won’t spin away the hazards, because Ferrothorn pokes them to death first. Ferrothorn may be a defensive Pokémon, but one cannot underestimate his/her offensive potential. Because Ferrothorn is very slow, Gyro Ball is a great move to use, and even Ferroseed is able to make use of this move in Little Cup, unlike Bronzor, as he/she has a minimum Speed of 5 at Level 5 (which will hit any opponent at at least 75 BP if they are at 15 Speed or higher). Ferrothorn also has Power Whip to punish those who are weak to it. Unfortunately, Ferrothorn can only use Level Ground as a Ground attack, as he/she doesn’t learn Earthquake. Explosion would have been a decent move to use if the power is still the same as before, but as it stands, it’s better to take advantage of Ferrothorn’s superb defences rather than trade him/her for a single foe (or two).
The main thing that they need is more legal move combinations. Currently Leech Seed, Spikes and Stealth Rock can’t be on the same Pokémon, nor can both Gravity and Spikes unless the Mimic glitch is allowed to be used on any Pokémon for purposes of extended legal move combinations. Some move tutors will do the trick, mainly next time. For new moves, it would probably be too much to ask for Synthesis and Rapid Spin, which will be great additions for these Pokémon.
There isn’t really much I can say about these Pokémon, other than how successful they have been in competitive battling. Actually, they don’t look that bad, because of how “ferro-cious” they look, but I am not sure if they are metallic plants or plants with metallic armour. Maybe it’s both.
10 spikes out of 10!
“The most feminine of the Musketeer quartet. Guess what. It's based off a MAN.” ~ Gabite
We had Grass-type legendaries, but both of them are obtained by way of event. Both Celebi and Shaymin require the opportune moment to obtain. This legendary Pokémon, however, don’t need such hassle, as it can be obtained in-game in the game cartridge. Virizion is also one part of the musketeer trio. Of course, Virizion doesn’t look like one of the three musketeers, because they are human. Now, I haven’t read the story of the Three Musketeers, but from what I gathered, Virizion is based on the musketeer Aramis. This member is depicted as a feminine fellow, hence Virizion’s feminine look. Virizion’s animal representation is the antelope.
Virizion, like the other members of the musketeer trio, has a specialised stat, and in his case, is the Special Defence. Having this high Special Defence allows Virizion to handle some Special attackers, especially those who attack with a move that Virizion resist. If this move is a Flying-type, this wouldn’t work that well, however. I feel that in terms of in-group exclusive moves, the musketeers group did a much better job here than the three monkeys, since the water monkey is definitely the best, but the grass monkey is the least best. Basically, Virizion has the Grass moves that aren’t shared among the group.
Virizion is a pretty good Pokémon in competitive battling. One of Virizion’s best uses is the application of Calm Mind to boost the great Special Defence and powers up some of his great Special attacks like Giga Drain, Focus Blast and Hidden Power to deal with walls like Ferrothorn, Blissey and Jellicent. It also can use Swords Dance to use its also great Physical attacks like Close Combat, Leaf Blade and Stone Edge. One thing Virizion can do is to set up both Reflect and Light Screen, and Virizion is both fast and bulky to do this. All in all, Virizion is a great offensive Pokémon with the ability to do some supporting.
Virizion naturally resists the Rock and Ground combination like Breloom and Torterra, which is a decent advantage, but that combination is usually a Physical combination, so it’s still important to watch out for the stronger users. Some of the more famous Rock + Ground users are Gigalith, Excadrill, Rhyperior and Marowak, who are powerful physical attackers. Still, they do not like Grass attacks, which Virizion can use, and it can be either Leaf Blade or Giga Drain. In Excadrill’s case, Fighting moves are not his/her favourite.
As of now, there isn’t a lot to say about this Pokémon, as appearances of it in other media is currently nil, and not to mention the lack of interesting details in the PokéDex. In my opinion, this Pokémon really looks graceful, and it’s even a graceful fighter. Aside that, Virizion makes the musketeer trio look complete, because it’s a member that is tall and thin with some femininity looks (like the “boots” and the thin neck). I think the best part of this Pokémon is its slicer horns, which the other members don’t have. (Yes, I know it’s a quartet, but it hasn’t happen yet)
9 leaves out of 10!
(Lack of extra character details hurt for now)
With this entry done, we have already explored every Grass-type in existence! Of course, there were certain exclusions, but I have a reason to exclude them. Now that we have finally got the Pokémon out of the way, it’s time to cover something else related to the Grass-types next time, and while I would have like to do unexplored types, there isn’t enough types left unexplored, so in a sense, it will be expanded, so be sure to tune in next time to see what I mean. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I have writing them.
Thanks for reading.
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