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NWR's Favorite Pokemon

Galvantula

by Donald Theriault - March 18, 2016, 11:23 am EDT

One badass bug.

I tend to care more about what the Pokémon can do as opposed to what they look like, partially because I spent most of my time as a competitive Pokémon battler sending commands to an IRC bot instead of seeing them on a handheld screen. I do have some soft spots though, and Galvantula has one of my favorite combinations of looking bad-ass and being a beast in battle.

A giant electric tarantula, Galvantula will show if it’s ready to rock when you run into it – if it doesn’t flash an ability, it’s packing Compound Eyes, which gives a big accuracy buff to moves that need it. One of those moves is the powerful yet totally unreliable Thunder, which would be my favorite move to use if it didn’t miss every single time I needed it. Galvantula fixes that problem masterfully.

People give Black/White and X/Y flak for introducing the Vanillite family and Klefki, but their hit ratio is higher than anything before it. Especially Red/Blue/Yellow. Galvantula is just the tip of the iceberg.

Talkback

LucarioMarch 18, 2016

Waits with a gun in hand....

KhushrenadaMarch 18, 2016

Quote from: Lucariofan99

Waits with a gun in hand....

If you click on the link, you can see the list of Pokémon chosen. In case you were wondering, Lucario isn't one of the chosen.

*puts on bulletproof vest and leaves thread*

ShyGuyMarch 18, 2016

Andrew Brown knows what's up! Meowth forever!

LucarioMarch 18, 2016

Quote from: Khushrenada

Quote from: Lucariofan99

Waits with a gun in hand....

If you click on the link, you can see the list of Pokémon chosen. In case you were wondering, Lucario isn't one of the chosen.

*puts on bulletproof vest and leaves thread*

Oh I know...

LucarioMarch 18, 2016

But his popularity speaks for himself, Smash, Pokken and in pretty much EVERY Pokemon Spin-off game.

Evan_BMarch 19, 2016

Great lists, guys. I certainly respect the Xatu choice- there are so many Pokemon that look super cool but lack in the power department. However, every Pokemon serves their use, which is why (excluding my two "rule of cool" choices, Lugia and Charizard), my top two favorite Pokemon are:


Granbull- I am a pug owner. While Snubbull is the more adorable of the two puggish Pokemon, Granbull is scrappy and has awesome defensive typing, coupled with high HP and Defense. You can even repurpose Granbull into a solid physical attacker with his impressive bulk, unreliable-yet-potent Play Rough, and a slew of other physical attacks not normally found in Fairy types. Altering his type in X and Y is possibly the greatest thing that could have happened to Granbull, as he is now a threat to a number of other offensive types and soaks up Dragon hits. A new lease on life solidified this pink powerhouse on my team.


Zoroark- I'll admit, I love foxes, too. Vulpix was one of my most sought-after Pokemon in the Red and Blue days, but its fire typing and low utility crippled its use. However, upon first seeing Zoroark, I was in love. A dark fox with wicked claws and offensive typing that allow it surprising viability, the most delightful aspect of this Pokemon has to be its ability, Illusion. IT'S SO COOL. I love playing mind games with other trainers (who expects an Abomasnow to suddenly spew Flamethrower?!), and because of its speed, Zoroark often gets a leg-up on opponents with its varied moveset, keeping them guessing. Although it's a more recent Pokemon, it's positioned itself high on my list because of its unique attributes.

Mop it upMarch 20, 2016

I see a lot from earlier generations... nice job!

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