Poison types of Generation 3 - winstein's Review
by, 15th January 2011 at 03:38 PM (4442 Views)
It's the 3rd Generation, and there aren't much Poison-types here either. In fact, when you look at the Hoenn Dex, you will see that there are more Poison-types that come from Generation 1 than the native region to fill the variety of Poison-types. Also, I decided to do something new in my reviews, which is to add quotes by various people about the Pokémon. With that, we start!
"Dustox is easily the most original of the early bugs and, although not the strongest Pokémon
by sheer force of numbers, it shines as a strong addition for any new trainer's team." ~ Ghaskan
Dustox is one of our early mature bugs of this Generation, who, following the footsteps of Beedrill, is a Bug/Poison type that can still be affected by Ground attacks, and besides evolving from a cocoon Pokémon, are pretty much the only similarities he/she had with Beedrill. Dustox is actually one part of the split evolution, starting from a Wurmple. The evolution is actually random, since you do not know if he/she will evolved into a Cascoon, and subsequently a Dustox. Also, in Generation 3, in order to obtain Dustox, you need to evolve a Cascoon, which is easier if you just caught one (although it comes at a price of not being able to attack) because the random factor in evolution is actually based on Wurmple’s personality value. On a side note, Dustox seems to have his/her whole body seen on the sprite on the Generation 4 handheld games.
Dustox, like Venomoth, is based on a moth that’s also poisonous, except that Dustox is more colourful, which seems to allude his/her poisonous nature. Even his/her wings are said to be able to spread poisonous powder like Butterfree and Venomoth too. However, unlike the other two, Dustox is incapable of learning the Powder status moves, which would be tremendously helpful for this moth. I read online on how there are such things as poisonous moths, but the only ones I know from there are ones that have poisonous bodies, and not their wings (though their wings are an indicator, since they’re colourful). There are certain characteristics that Dustox shares with real moths, like being nocturnal, where Dustox is more active at night. Another characteristic is Dustox’s attraction to light. Real moths are also attracted to light (and fire counts as a source of light too), but why they do this is still not concluded, and yes, not even the scientists knew exactly why, but they do have some theories behind that behaviour, like requiring them to fly in a straight line. The PokéDex entries mentioned how Dustox wreaked havoc in cities by ripping the tree leaves apart, which I never really heard a real moth do. While some of them mentioned how Dustoxes eat those leaves, those that said that they are just doing it for the sake of doing it didn’t reason it. My guess is that they did that because they were psychotic with the bright lights around them.
The anime presented Dustox as a major Pokémon, because it’s a Team Rocket Pokémon. She (Pokémon) was a Wurmple, and then evolved into a Cascoon, and followed by a Dustox. Jessie came to appreciate her new Pokémon. In fact, she adored her! This Pokémon was used in contests, and was also used as an attacking Pokémon against the good guys too. This Dustox seems to be adorned with ribbons on both antennae. I heard Dustox’s farewell episode is a sad one, and it would do justice to quote a fan’s opinion about this, since I cannot do justice to this incident. A Rocket Fan (Meron) commented this moment: “The episode [Crossing Paths] was probably one of the saddest episodes in the Pokémon anime. It's up there with Butterfree, Charizard, Arbok & Weezing etc. There is just so much emotion loaded to the ending scene of the episode, which makes the episode stand out from the rest. People often tell me that they cried during the scene where Jessie smashes her Pokéball when Dustox refuses to leave her. The flashbacks of Dustox's trainer are also something very special and rarely seen in the Pokémon anime. The Dustox departure episode is definitely worth checking out, but prepare some tissues.” I may not have watched it, but I am convinced that it’s a great episode.
Like Beedrill, who was reviewed way earlier, Dustox’s performance in competitive battling is very limited, due to comparatively low Base Stat Total for a fully-evolved Pokémon, small movepool and movepool unbefitting for its base stat distribution. When we see Dustox’s movepool, we can see some good Special attacks to use, like Psychic, Bug Buzz, Shadow Ball and Sludge Bomb. Sadly, Dustox’s Attack stats are on the low, meaning that it’s not going to end up strong, and not to mention that Dustox didn’t have many Physical attacks to use. Dustox does have better defences, although it’s not stellar (Special Defence is the best stat). However, Dustox also has some good support moves to use, namely Roost, Whirlwind, Light Screen, levelled-up Toxic (good characteristic in-game) and Tailwind. Butterfly Dance, a 5th Generation blessing, makes Dustox better by the stat boosts to be faster, more powerful and more durable, and thankfully, Roost can be used with it with the help of the PokéShifter (it’s a 4th Generation TM). Dustox does have great abilities, though. Shield Dust at least accommodates his/her better defences to an extent, since stuff like DynamicPunch or Shadow Ball cannot apply nasty secondary effects on the moth. The Hidden Ability CompoundEyes, while very useful, doesn’t have much utility on Dustox as of now, because the least accurate moves he/she has is 90%, which becomes more than 100% after calculation. So, you can say Dustox isn’t meant to compete with the big boys unlike Venomoth, who can do so.
It’s too bad, actually. Dustox looks really cool for a moth for being a colourful one. To Dustox’s credit, he/she can be a useful Pokémon in the earlier parts of your main quest due to evolving to the final stage early at Level 10, hence the last part of the quote above. I am going to be optimistic here and say that Dustox is interesting.
6 toxins out of 10!
(One point for aforementioned episode)
"Roselia are beautiful, but deadly." ~ Octavia
You would have thought that a Pokémon who is colourful and has thorns wouldn’t be poisonous, right? If you say no to this question, then you are smart; if you say yes to that, you would be in for a surprise, like me. Playing Sapphire had taught me that, because I got afflicted by Poison Point’s Poison in a battle against a trainer’s Roselia.
Roses are known to have branches with thorns, so you can see how Roselia has thorns, but the thorns only appear on the head. Unfortunately, according to the PokéDex entries, Roselia also has thorns on his/her flowers, which means that Roselia hurts to touch when picking. Roselia’s thorny body is said to be poisonous as well, and can even be discharged too! The Dex also mentions this as a warning, since Roselia hates floral thefts, so like the quote implies, don’t pluck those flowers!
Usually middle evolutions are often the forgotten one, as fully-evolved Pokémon are the battlers, and the youngest members are for the cute factor. The middle evolutions are often seen as the middle child and often forgotten because they are the in-betweens. While Roselia wasn’t one, being in the present, this perspective is old, so Roselia becomes a middle child. Still, you mustn’t forget that Roselia is the only one in the family who can naturally learn Toxic Spikes, which is actually saying something because not many Pokémon learn that move.
In this day and age, Roselia isn’t really used competitively because he/she has an evolution that has an upgrade in Base Stat Total, Movepool and Ability (in Generation 5), though this allowed Roselia to use the Evolution Stone to buff Roselia’s defences to good levels. In Generation 3, Roselia wasn’t that impressive, even with a good Special Attack, since Roselia wasn’t quite defensive and was on the slow side anyway (though being able to use Sleep Powder will always remains an advantage).
In the anime, Roselia was used by Drew and Nando (one was initially like that and the other had evolved), and they were both used in contests. Wally used Roselia in the games and the Adventures manga. There isn’t much else to comment on Roselia, because Roselia didn’t really strike me as a Poison-type as much as a Grass-type, and besides, I had said most on my opinions in my previous review on Roselia.
5 toxins out of 10!
(Extra point for having great evolutionary relatives)
Gulpin & Swalot
"Gulpin and Swalot are awesome because of their funny faces, Swalots impressive mustache,
and the fact that they can eat pretty much anything." ~ SuperSeaking
Of all the things a Pokémon can be based on, the stomach is chosen this Generation. Our newest Poison-types happen to be based on a stomach. Well, to be fair, Poison-types are never meant to be clean and pleasant-looking anyway. We have Poisons that are gaseous in nature (Koffing) and made out of toxic (Grimer), so the next logical step is to have a Poison-type that are acidic in nature. In the stomach, acid is secreted in order to provide an optimal environment for certain enzymes to digest food, like proteins.
Like the aforementioned Poison-types, they are from the Indeterminate Egg Group, which happen to contain many Pokémon with simple designs, and they are no exception. Gulpin is a green blob resembling the shape of a stomach, while Swalot is a purple blob that’s looks like a tall ice-cream scoop. Both of them have diamond shapes on their bodies, which I am assuming are patterns on their bodies. Swalot also comes with a pair of whiskers that look like a moustache, and females have shorter ones. Somehow, I like Pokémon who have a completely different colour between evolutionary lines because it makes them look both unrelated and related at the same time, like Hoppip’s line. They have these little hands that look very funny on them, because they are so short that it didn’t seem very useful on them, but this allowed them to pull the food into their large mouths. In terms of face expressions, Gulpin’s had the lazy look, while Swalot had the clueless look. It’s the kind of expression I like, since they do not look immediately dangerous when they actually are.
Since these Pokémon are based on a stomach, it’s obvious that they are big eaters too. It seems that nothing is impossible to be a meal for the duo, for they are stated to have powerful digestive juices that can digest anything, and I suspect that it includes metal, as they might be corroded by acid. When I said that nothing is impossible, I mean it, for they are able to expand their mouths large enough to make objects up to their size their meal. Funnily, Swalot cannot digest its own stomach, of course, or else Swalot will never survive. This does raise the question as to what their role is in the environment. Since they can eat anything, does that mean that they exist to make seemingly undesirable materials like toxic waste their food? In the anime episode “Gulpin it Down”, Gulpins are viewed as pests (a description I agreed on), since they basically eat the city’s food, and there are a lot of them that the Gulpins are needed to be rid of. While most of them were rid of, one of them was enlarged by a machine, rendering it unstoppable, but luckily it was caught in a Heavy Ball. With their big mouths, nothing can resist having a nap when they yawn, so of course when they Yawn, something is bound to fall asleep, which could be an alternate method for catching their prey.
Like Muk, Swalot is able to use Curse because of the ability Sticky Hold, preventing Choice items from ruining your fun. However, the Physical moves that Swalot gets are limited, so that strategy isn’t really suited for Swalot. Swalot do have a better chance on the Special side, since he/she has Acid Bomb, which is guaranteed to sharply lower Special Defence, allowing Swalot to do some extra damage with Ice Beam (must be for desserts), Giga Drain, Slime Wave or Shadow Ball. However, Swalot’s support movepool is actually quite wide. We have Yawn (as mentioned), Encore, Stockpile, Amnesia, Acid Armour, Counter, Gastro Acid and Destiny Bond, all decent moves in their own right, so it seems like Swalot is specialised in support, I guess. Swalot also has Explosion, but sadly, this move is more usable in the past Generations where the power of it was great for its one-time use.
There are two things I realised when finding information of the Pokémon. One, Swalot is said to be based on the blobfish on Bulbapedia, although I don’t see how this is true; Two, Gulpin also has the ability to learn Sing, which is an XD purification move. What kind of song would this Pokémon possibly sing? So yeah, Gulpin and Swalot would make those who likes to eat big satisfied because they can relate to these Pokémon. Some would also like them because of the quirky design. Does anybody feel hungry now after reading about them?
8 toxins out of 10!
"It breeds with its mortal enemy. Foe Yay at its very best." ~ Ranger Jack Walker
Seviper looks oddly familiar for those who played the game the first time on Sapphire. This is because Seviper is a snake, and Arbok’s also a snake. Actually, Seviper is a different kind of snake from Arbok. Arbok’s a cobra and Seviper’s a viper. Seviper is also based on one part of a natural rivalry between mongooses and snakes. We’ll get to the mongoose part of the rivalry if the time comes, but this is the snake part of it. Both are fighters against one another, and the snake's the prey. It’s actually new to me that there is such a thing as a street performance between the two, especially with snake-charmers where there can be times when the mongoose mock-fights the snake. However, this kind of performance is banned, mainly for the snake-charming.
Seviper’s body seems quite colourfully evil since it’s dark, and not to mention those red fangs and tail along with those eyes to make it seem like the viper’s the bad guy. There are markings on Seviper too that look like purple scars, which was explained to be battle scars caused by Zangooses. The yellow patterns on Seviper look similar to patterns on some snakes, although it looks less scaly and more metallic. It’s just me, I am sure, but the hexagon patterns on Seviper reminds me of the medals from Medabots. Anyway, one funny thing about Seviper’s Chinese name is that it describes Seviper as a spoon-shaped snake. That was a semi-random description, kinda like Cofagrigus’s Chinese name describing it as a “Death Mirror”. Seviper’s main weapons of choice are his/her fangs and tail, in which they are not only marked with red, but are sharp as well. If that doesn’t look the least threatening, then I don’t know what is. It’s possible that Seviper’s tail is meant to look like a sword to stab things with and to secrete poison.
It’s not exactly clear as to why both Seviper and Zangoose (the mongoose counterpart) are fighting with one another, even though both of them are famous for their rivalry. Maybe it’s the food they share? Maybe it’s bad chemistry? I am not sure, exactly, but as I said before, real-life mongooses eats snakes, which I don’t think is the same in this case because nothing is said in the PokéDex and elsewhere, and they usually accentuate on their rivalry. Both of them do have some similarities and polar differences as rivals.
One difference between them is that they have a different level-up pattern. Seviper levels up faster early on, but later on, Seviper requires a lot of experience to gain levels. Zangoose have the opposite problem, in which he/she levels up slower early on, but faster at later levels. Seviper’s stat spread marks him/her as a powerful, yet slow Pokémon, while Zangoose is fast and has great Attack. What about the similarities then? Both of them have the same durability, with the same base HP and Defences. They also learn the risky-but-powerful move Extreme Risk, taking their lives to defeat the other. Because they have the same base HP, if the stronger one risked his/her life against the other, both will be taken out in a draw. The weaker one taking out the other will result in a fruitless defeat. Probably the best similarity between them is that they share a common Egg Group. Yes, both of these Pokémon fall under the Ground Egg Group, which means that they can both breed. That’s right, like the quote above mentioned, the perceived mortal enemies can actually mate, and while not as famous as another unusual pairing between two different Pokémon introduced in the same Generation, is pretty notable. Obviously this cannot happen in real life, but you just gotta love oddities that can only happen in Pokémon.
The anime shows two different people owning a Seviper each. The first one is Jessie, who seems to have caught it due to its intelligence (and maybe also being a Poison-type). It seems that as a Team Rocket Pokémon, any semblance of skill is ignored and is easily-defeated by the good guys. Still, it did have good use by providing Haze to make way for escapes. This Seviper is also used in contests like her Dustox. Another character that used Seviper is Pike Queen Lucy, a Frontier Brain that also used Seviper in the manga and Emerald. In the anime, it battled against Ash’s Donphan, who had a narrow victory against it. The Queen herself also fashioned herself after Seviper, I might add.
In competitive battling, Seviper is another Pokémon that’s hard to capitalise on over others, especially due to the Speed. Still, you cannot deny Seviper’s decent offensive movepool with Flamethrower and Crunch included in it. Actually, Seviper has a nice movepool, for it also contains good support moves as well, like Taunt and Knock Off. One of the things that Seviper can do is to take advantage of Shed Skin to make Rest less risky, since there would be a 51% chance Seviper can get out of sleep earlier. This is especially great with Coil Around or Stockpile to keep the stats boosted. Speaking of Coil Around, this is a move that Seviper favoured greatly, because it fits well with Seviper’s movepool. There are a good number of Physical moves to use, and some moves would appreciate an add-on Accuracy boost, like Dragon Tail, Glare and Aqua Tail. Giving Seviper a Choice item will greatly benefit his/her offensive capability, but do you know Seviper can learn Switcheroo too? Yes, with that move, Seviper can trick an item to an opposing Pokémon who might become less useful due to restricting their move options. Don’t forget Sucker Punch too, because that might save Seviper from another attack. Seviper is again compared to Arbok here, since they have some common moves, but Arbok gets the upper hand in most cases due to greater Speed, Intimidate (ability), and some great moves that Seviper didn’t learn like Disable and Gunk Shot.
Well, it is indeed true that Seviper is yet another snake, but at least it has some originality by making the snake based on something different. Being in the most common Egg Group did indeed make some things very funny, because as said before, Seviper is able to breed with his/her mortal enemy, which makes their rivalry sound like racial segregation, although it’s not really like that at all in these circumstances. Seviper comes off as a more evil snake than Arbok, which is saying something because it’s a logical design choice to make poisonous snakes look evil.
7 toxins out of 10!
Next time, Generation 4's Poison-types will be looked at. Fortunately, there is a good quantity of Poison-types introduced there, and we will be looking at all of them, as always. How do you like the idea of having quotes in the reviews? Do tell me your opinions about it too (in addition to other forms of feedback). I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I have writing them.
Thanks for reading.
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