#377, 378, 379, 486: Regirock, Regice, Registeel, Regigigas
by, 4th July 2011 at 09:11 PM (389 Views)
As I've said before, the third generation is my least favorite in terms of Pokemon designs, and with good reason considering these guys. The third generation is where the legendary Pokemon started getting lame. It was the first generation which introduced unnecessary legendary Pokemon and the first to mix up the idea of a "legendary trio" which previously had been composed of fire, electric, and water or ice (not so different from each other) types. While new ideas are always welcome in the Pokemon games known for notorious patterns, the Regi trio was an abysmal way to implement a change. Regirock isn't the worst of the Regis, it's decent, but at the same time pretty lame considering it's a legendary. I'd actually say that Regirock is the best out of the golems. I like the huge hulking arms and layers of spikes on Regirock's back, and overall the body looks like a nice rock Pokemon. The eyes are what bothers me though. I understand the eyes are really the only thing which brings the golems together, but I think they look stupid on all except Registeel. In terms of what I've been calling "awe", or 'how legendary a Pokemon seems', Regirock doesn't do so well. Regirock looks just about as legendary as Nosepass, there's really nothing special about it. Regirock isn't terrible, but it's not good. It's the best out of its trio, but that's not saying much.
Before the third generation, Regice was probably the worst Pokemon of all time. It's really bad. And it's a legendary Pokemon! What were they thinking? Everything that was semi-decent about Regirock is now awful on Regice. The arms look clunky and lame, with the fingers next to pointless. The overall shape is stupid, it looks way too fat. The spikes on the back look strangely out of place. The feet though are easily the worst part about Regice. The feet end in points, which is pretty stupid, it doesn't make sense at all. The legs are upside-down cones with prisms set atop them. Regice looks like it would be impossible to balance, it looks like it would either fall over or the top portion would slip off of the hip or upper leg pieces. Regice is an unexplainable abomination that puts the title of a legendary Pokemon to shame. As with Regirock, the eyes are stupid; they look just as stupid on ice as they do on rock. The only thing Regice has going for it is that it isn't the worst Pokemon of all time, although I'd definitely pin Regice as bottom five, maybe even bottom three. Who's the worst? Well, you'll see eventually, although I'm sure most of you can guess it. Regice is for sure the worst legendary Pokemon though. I've talked about the awe and value already for Regirock, what I've said there is largely the same for Regice. The fact that it is part of a trio which embraced a change from the typical fire-electric-ice/water combo we'd already seen twice is the only reason it gains points in the "value" category. I've already spent too much time on Regice, a Pokemon that just barely passes.
Registeel isn't nearly as bad as Regice, actually it's just barely below Regirock. Registeel's feet look stupid, though not nearly as stupid as Regice's. At least it's understandable that Registeel can physically stand up. Registeel's hip does look weird though, it might've looked better if the legs were longer and the hip didn't extend farther than the torso directly above it. Registeel's body is decent, and the eyes actually look good on Registeel, unlike Regirock and Regice. The way that the grey steel opens up to the black metal looks fine. The arms are decent, but they're a little too thin. The hands are good though, especially with the red markings. Overall Registeel suffers from the same things as Regirock. It just doesn't look like a legendary Pokemon. As a whole, the trio is probably the worst set of legendary Pokemon (although the genies come close). While I congratulate the Pokemon team for implementing a legendary trio which deviated from the standard, the golems were not the way to do it. The fifth generation finally got it right with the musketeer trio, but that's for another time.
The fourth generation is abundant in legendary Pokemon. It introduced more legendary Pokemon than any other generation, even though it was the second smallest generation (after the second). Of these thirteen legendary Pokemon of the fourth generation, many were unnecessary, Regigigas among them. I'm not a big fan of increasing the amount of legendary Pokemon (they're supposed to be rare and unique), and in my opinion Regigigas was the stupidest addition to the ensemble. As bad as the Regi trio was, the designers decided to add another golem. That being said, Regigigas doesn't look terrible. The overall shape is weird, just like the other golems, but the eyes and gems on its face look decent, and the arms are nice. The stripes all over its body look good, and the legs even look fine. The moss is an interesting touch, but I can't decide if I like it or not. I think I'm okay with the moss on Regigigas' legs, but not on its shoulders. I could also say that I like the yellow color of Regigigas' shoulders, wrists, and face. The shape is really the only thing that brings down the design. With the addition of the gems and the moss to supplement the original Regi design, Regigigas actually looks legendary. It's awe scores better than the other golems, but its value is essentially worthless, so it fails in that respect.
I've been wanting to get these guys out of the way for a while, so here goes. I was thinking of doing some sort of patriotic review in honor of July 4th, but Braviary was the only Pokemon to come to mind and I didn't feel like reviewing him.
Thanks for reading!
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