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NWR's Favorite Pokemon

Xatu

by Bryan Rose - March 18, 2016, 11:26 am EDT

A future telling bird.

One of my favorite Pokémon is one that people hardly ever use in-game, Xatu. Its moveset isn’t that impressive compared to other birds, plus its not like the game helps you out finding Xatu as it’s hardly in abundance in wild areas. But ever since Gold and Silver came out, Xatu has been my favorite Pokémon. I guess in the end, much like myself, both Xatu and I are easy to overlook, but are pretty awesome once you get to know them!

For one, Xatu’s moveset is constantly improving. It wasn’t much in Ruby and Sapphire, but in recent generations, Xatu’s garnered some great movesets and abilities. One of its Dream Abilities is Magic Bounce, which allows it to block big time important status inflictors like Will-O-Wisp and Toxic during battle. With other powerful moves such as Signal Beam, Psychic, Drill Peck, and a good recovery move like Roost, Xatu’s status as a lame duck Pokémon in battle continues to change, and someday it might even be a powerful ally when it comes to big time battling competitions!

Also, it looks cool. I know that’s a trivial note more than anything, but come on! One of the biggest reasons why we choose a favorite Pokémon is because of its look. The folklore behind Xatu is that it is able to see the future. It being a Psychic/Flying type Pokémon, it faithfully resembles a bird that might be able to see what the future holds for all of us. With designs on its chest resembling a totem pole, the condor-esque Xatu stands out in a sea of bird Pokémon with its unique look and mystique.

Xatu isn’t anyone’s conventional Pokémon of choice when it comes to pretty much anything. There are better Pokémon out there to train, and there are so many Pokémon species that it seems like it wouldn’t make many people’s top ten lists. But I will always hold a special place for Xatu. It’s cool design and its continually improving moveset makes it a Pokémon you should always keep an eye on.

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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