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NWR's Favorite Pokemon

Pikachu

by Kimberly Keller - March 18, 2016, 11:24 am EDT

The official mascot of the entire Pokémon franchise.

I love Pikachu and if you don’t, you’re a goddamn liar. Look at that thing, it’s an electric mouse! It’s like Mickey Mouse developed superpowers and now I’m just realizing that two of the most recognizable mascots in the world are mice…

For many, Pikachu was their introduction into the world of Pokémon. He’s cute, friendly, and in the anime, willing to do whatever it takes to help his best friend. My first Pokémon game was Yellow, so I’ve always had a soft spot for the little guy. He helped me through that entire game, following me around everywhere, how could I break his heart and store him in the computer? It would be like something was missing if I ran around without that pixelated mouse behind me.

For way too many, liking Pikachu is a symbol of not being a true fan. There are always more powerful, more badass Pokémon out there. Because of this, Pikachu is seen as something only parents or kids like because Nintendo has plastered him everywhere. While I admit it’s been a while since Pikachu was a mainstay on my team, I still get excited when I come across him in the tall grass and have fun electrocuting the heck out of any Youngster that comes my way.

Plus he surfs, so there’s that.

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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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