A Gamers Review of the Bug Type - Part 5
by, 24th December 2010 at 07:23 AM (205 Views)
It's back and better than ever, welcome to the next installment of... A Gamers Review of the Bug Type
It's been a while since the last review but don't fret cause this time I'll be reviewing three of the most unique and powerful Bug Pokemon. Yes that's right Scizor, Shuckle and Heracross!
This review raps up the Bug Pokemon of Gen II, but anyways enjoy.
#212-Scizor #213-Shuckle #214-Heracross
Scizor is the Pincer Pokemon and the evolved form of a previously reviewed Pokemon, Scyther. A weird thing about Scizor is that it has the exact same Base Stat Total as Scyther, with Scizor's speed stat now lower than its pre-evolution but now with signifacently improved Defense and Attack. One thing not many people realise is how good Scizor's Defense is, capping at 339 with Max IV's and a positive nature. The reason I'm guessing people don't notice this though is because of Scizors fricken' huge Attack stat, capping at 394.
Scizor also gets all the helpful moves Scyther gets, these include Baton Pass, Sword Dance, Agility, X-Scissor/Bug Bite depending on how picky you are and numerous others. But thanks to the Gods of Pokemon (GameFreak) in Platinum something happened, something drastic, something that would change the future of Pokemon and the World forever. Bullet Punch. With a 394 Attack stat, possible Sword Dance boosts, a Life Orb, STAB and the blessed ability Technician nothing was safe. The monsters of Pokemon; Tyranitar, Blissey and Salamence to name a few thought they were the top dogs, no more with Scizor cleaning up with his STAB attacks and the great move Superpower. No more could Weaville run rampant, nor Azelf and frail leads be without opposition. A new era of Pokemon was ushered in with Scizor leading the pack.
But in every great Pokemon there is a problem and Scizor suffered a big one. A x4 weakness to Fire is something not to take lightly and with the new generation filled with powerful Fire types the era of Scizor may be over. Do not fret users of this mighty Bug though as with new threats comes new options and prey. The highly anticipated Doryuzu and the Rocky behemoth Gigaiath along with hard hitters Archeos and Tsunbear could all come down a notch, and Scizor could very well be the one pulling them down. The new generation offers much promise for Scizor, hopefully as much as this past one.
Shuckle is weird. It has a weird typing, it looks weird, and it has weird-ass stats. It is astronomically one sided, having Defenses of 230 each and Attacking stats of 10 each. Coupled with its Speed stat of 5 it becomes the equal slowest Pokemon (with Munchlax, which is weird because in the Anime Munchlax is hypo?), yet it also has a terrible HP stat of only 20. What is Shuckle? To put it simply Shuckle is a rock. Not one that you throw but the type that is super heavy and just stays in one place. If that doesn't make sense than I hope this does, Shuckle is Defense. He has the highest Defense stats of any Pokemon and some of the lowest attacking stats of any Pokemon.
So what do you do with a purely Defensive Pokemon that has a bad HP stat? To put it simply you annoy the crap out of the opponent and hope they commit suicide. Knock Off, Encore, Rest, Safeguard, Toxic, Protect the list goes on and on. The only effective way to attack something with Shuckle is the extremely risky Power Trick set, and to be frank I wouldn't do this and I'd just use a Defensive Annoyer set, which works really well in Sandstorm due to further increasing Sp.Defence and the extra damage.
To have an effective Shuckle you have to work outside the box yet you have to know your limits. Shuckle won't last forever especially with only Rest for recovery, and its not exactly going to be the first Pokemon to attack. Sorry I don't have much to say on this one but I've practically said it all, Shuckle is what it looks like; a rock.
If you've read my review of Pinsir then you already kind of know my opinion on Heracross, but none the less lets continue. Heracross is of the Bug/Fighting type, having two useful STAB moves in Close Combat and Megahorn along with a bunch of others including Stone Edge, Earthquake, Night Slash, Facade (works great with Guts), Aerial Ace, etc... Anyway I've already told you about his stats (mostly same as Pinsir) and on the majority his movepool (again mostly same as Pinsir) so I'll try to focus on his usability.
It's pretty hard not to compare him to Pinsir but this I'll tell it from his side of the story this time. Back in the olds days of GSC Heracross was good, and in RSE Heracross was perhaps the best Pokemon non-legendary, but things soon began to go downhill. Heracross wasn't bad but it had just had such big popularity previously that when all the new D/P Pokemon came out and Heracross hadn't changed much people were disapointed. Heracross was still the same Fighting Bug as always compared to others like Rhydon who got an evolution or Machamp who got a great new ability. Heracross' decline in usage may also be related to Scizor's rise in popularity, with the red devil being the top Bug.
Numerous theories could be given to explain why Heracross fell but it would be about as pointless as explaing competitive Pokemon battles to a Two year old, all we know is it happened. Things are now that bad though; if I sounded super gloomy I'm not as I do quite like the little Beetle. Even with Heracross' decline in popularity this itself presents an option as now people will be less prepared for the Beetle and his STAB moves. The worst is over and with the new generation opputunities will arise, ones that Heracross could take.
Thank you for listening to my 5 reviews and I hope you enjoyed them, and lastly Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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