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The NWR Pokemon Sun and Moon Starter Debate

The Case For Popplio

by Donald Theriault - May 16, 2016, 10:20 am PDT

The only thing getting lit up is all the cat and owl users.

Popplio is the new Rodney Dangerfield - he gets no respect. He's "ugly", there are already two seal/sea lion families, we have a cat that shoots actual flaming hairballs... But here's the thing: I don't care about looks of Pokémon, I care about results. And as it turns out, Popplio and his family have a lot of advantages in Sun and Moon.

To start with, we're going to Hawaii, y'all. If Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire taught us anything, it's that you need a really good Water type to handle tropical environments. And the Water starter has been the best of the new Water-type Pokémon in every generation since Gold and Silver (and the most abundant type in the game, no less). Starters are usually equipped with a wide variety of move types, so anyone who brings Rowlet is going to eat a big, fat Ice Beam in the face (and Litten can get that flaming hairball crap outta here when it’s getting drowned by the inevitable Surf). Whether it’s thrashing the gnarly waves of Alola or wrecking faces at the Battle Spot, I want Popplio by my side.

For those who care about aesthetics, Popplio has that cool little frilly neck thing, and the art of him bubbling Rowlet is really cute. And remember, in Pokémon X and Y Froakie looked really plain compared to Fennekin and Chespin… but who ended up in Smash Bros and with his own amiibo? Greninja. The starter is a means to an end, and the idea of what that final form could be will keep me hyped until November. He could be the cutest little mass-murderer you ever saw or Cthulhu – we won’t know for several months.

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the underdog. Heaven knows my rooting interests in hockey should bear that out, and my starter choices in recent generations have gone far against the fan consensus (Treecko, Turtwig, Tepig and Chespin were my favorites from the last four generations). So seeing 90% of my Twitter feed going all-out to slam Popplio has solidified this for me. Call me a hipster… frankly my dear, I don’t give a darn. November 18, I’m swinging for the fences with Popplio.

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Talkback

Mop it upMay 16, 2016

I always choose the fire one.

CaterkillerMatthew Osborne, Contributing WriterMay 16, 2016

I want that Rowlet bad! Though I always tend to go for the Pokemon that seems to be least loved so maybe I'll go with Popplio.


Really looking forward to their secondary typings as well. Grass flying might hold up but would be cool if it changed into something else. A burrowing owl thats Grass/Ground would be pretty cool. Litten's Japanese name and coloring give the idea of molten rock so I would love if we got a Fire/Rock or Fire/Ground out of it. I don't know what Popplio could be, maybe it's clown theme could lend it's self to Fairy?


None of those typings are unique but with Tropious and Shayman as our only Grass/Flying Pokemon, Camrupt/Primal Groudon as Fire/Ground, Magcargo as Fire/Rock and Azumarril as Water/Fairy I would be pretty content with any of those secondary typings. Doesn't matter if they have quadruple weaknesses, they can join the 4x club with Charizard, Swampert and Torterra.


With the circus theme going we've got the clown, the ring master and I guess just the performing tiger. Not sure how those things could play into their potential typings. When I think of clowns I guess I think of fairy because of Mr Mime. With the others who knows?

OedoMay 16, 2016

I can see all three of them having cool evolutions. I wasn't a fan of Oshawott either (who had a similar circus/aquarium theme to Popplio) and couldn't see how its design could go in a good direction, but Dewott is friggin' amazing and one of my favourite Pokemon designs. They fudged it up a bit with the final evolution, but the point is all three of them can go in any number of good direction from here. I can see myself choosing either of the three after seeing how things shake out.

TOPHATANT123May 16, 2016

Like Pikachu I like it when a Pokemon is designed to be both cute and cool. Litten looks like it's trying too hard to be cool, Popplio looks like it's trying too hard to be cute, and Rowlet is in that perfect middle zone with cuteness and coolness in equal measure.

Evan_BMay 16, 2016

Quote from: Oedo

I can see all three of them having cool evolutions. I wasn't a fan of Oshawott either (who had a similar circus/aquarium theme to Popplio) and couldn't see how its design could go in a good direction, but Dewott is friggin' amazing and one of my favourite Pokemon designs. They fudged it up a bit with the final evolution, but the point is all three of them can go in any number of good direction from here. I can see myself choosing either of the three after seeing how things shake out.

Oshawott was based on the fisherman/merchant/samurai clothing and armor stylings.

Poplio, on the other hand, is just a big, dumb clown seal.

LucarioMay 16, 2016

They all suck, don't think ill use the starter this gen, which makes me really sad.

CaterkillerMatthew Osborne, Contributing WriterMay 16, 2016

Quote from: Lucario

They all suck, don't think ill use the starter this gen, which makes me really sad.

Lucario you are a booty head.

LucarioMay 16, 2016

Booty? XD

nickmitchMay 17, 2016

Someone didn't eat their BootyOs

the asylumMay 17, 2016

Fire.

Always Fire.

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