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NWR's Favorite Pokemon

Charizard

by Becky Hollada - March 18, 2016, 11:27 am EDT

One hot Pokémon.

Everyone has a favorite in the original Kanto starters because for many of us fans, that’s where it all began and choosing our first Pokémon is one of our fondest memories. Admittedly, I am actually a Charmander convert. My first few runs of Pokémon Blue started with Bulbasaur and Squirtle because these made Brock’s Gym a cakewalk. As a young kid, I had the gaming prowess of a side table drawer, so truthfully, I needed the handicap. But once I had the courage to step out and try the more challenging route, there was no going back. Ash’s Charizard might have been a jerk, but he was also a badass and that was all I wanted to know.

I like setting things on fire, a lot, and Charizard’s combination of a moderately high Special Attack and Speed makes it easy to do. I know the big lizard buddy may not have the best advantage against other types these days, netting three weaknesses because of its dual type, but he has a trump card when its health falls: Blaze. Take a strong Pokémon with some generally strong attacks and raise its strength? Yes, please. And yes, while powering through someone’s defenses in a literal blaze of glory may not be able to defeat anyone above the age of seven who isn’t a computer player, it’s still really fun to do.

Charizard also has not one, but two, count them two, mega evolutions. The only other Pokémon to have two mega evolved forms? Mewtwo, Nintendo’s poster child for awesome. See? Nintendo and I know where it’s at with this guy.

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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