Pokémon Sun and Moon release just two weeks from today, and we at Gamnesia wanted to celebrate—that’s why, for the eighteen days leading up to the games’ launch, we’ll be revealing our team’s Top Ten Pokémon of each of the eighteen Types! Water-Types are up next, and despite the massive volume of options we’ve found a way to cut down the list to our team’s favorites.
So then, let’s check out our Top Ten Water-Type Pokémon!
“It travels around the world to purify fouled water. It dashes away with the north wind.”
— Pokémon Diamond Version
Johto’s Legendary Beast of Water, Suicune contrasts Entei’s powerful build and Raikou’s fierce glare with an air of calm and simple grace. Its artwork shows that these traits do not necessarily make it an open and friendly creature, however; there is still a look of distrust in its gaze, a wariness that stems from how people reacted violently to its reincarnation by Ho-Oh. The Aurora Pokémon is still a gentle soul and a powerful Legendary, though, and it’s one that we journeyed across Johto countless times to find and add to our teams.
“Kyogre is said to be the personification of the sea itself. Legends tell of its many clashes against Groudon, as each sought to gain the power of nature.”
— Pokémon Alpha Sapphire
If Suicune is kind and gracious, Kyogre is its opposite: fierce and destructive, having the power to raise up entire oceans with no regard for how that might affect the creatures dwelling on land. That’s certainly how it appears in the games and a recent episode of
Pokémon Generations, at least, but there appears to also be a kinder side to it, as other Pokédex entries mention it helping people stricken by drought. While we loved Kyogre way back in Sapphire, the recent remake’s Primal Kyogre really allowed its power and appeal to shine like never before.
“The rocket cannons on its shell fire jets of water capable of punching holes through thick steel.”
— Pokémon Silver Version
The final evolution of Gen I starter Squirtle, its design is something that caught all of us off-guard the first time we saw it. It’s a turtle…with two metallic water cannons sticking out of its shell? Cannons which shoot water hard enough to puncture solid steel? How awesome is
that? Gen VI’s Mega Blastoise was a bit more hit-or-miss for our group, but the original look is something that we’ll always appreciate, especially after going on so many journeys through Kanto with it leading our lineup.
“Its well-developed jaws are powerful and capable of crushing anything. Even its trainer must be careful.”
— Pokémon Gold Version
There was some fair support in our team for both Totodile and its final form, Feraligatr, but in the end, the original starter is the one that managed to make our cut. Totodile is a strong fighter in its own right, but unlike its giant, lumbering evolution, this little guy is a cute and playful creature that we can imagine just goofing off with all day long. Of course, the Big Jaw Pokémon lives up to its classification, so we’d have to be careful that it doesn’t try to bite us without realizing the strength of its own teeth. But that’s a risk we’d all be willing to take.
“A gentle soul that can read the minds of people. It can ferry people across the sea on its back.”
— Pokémon Yellow Version
Lapras has basically been the mascot of Surfing since the very first games—a role we’re thrilled to see it taking back up for
Sun and Moon‘s Poké Ride feature—with its design, lore, and part in the anime specifically pointing to it being the go-to Pokémon to ride across the water. According to the games’ lore, they’ve been hunted almost to the point of extinction, rarely putting up a fight due to their kind natures; even so, we’ve partnered up with Lapras often enough on our journeys to know that its many Water- and Ice-Type moves can pack a mean punch.
“In water, Mudkip breathes using the gills on its cheeks. If it is faced with a tight situation in battle, this Pokémon will unleash its amazing power – it can crush rocks bigger than itself.”
— Pokémon Sapphire Version
So yes, you heard correctly: we do indeed like Mudkip (or however that tired old meme chose to misspell it). The internet fame of the Mud Fish Pokémon may have swayed some of our staff members, sure, but just as many had chosen and come to love Mudkip long before it achieved that online status. It’s an impressive little creature, capable of lifting and crushing large rocks, as well as sensing danger just by using the fins on its head to detect changes in the environment. As such, when
ORAS rolled around, many of us were quite happy to partner up with Mudkip once again.
“It creates throwing stars out of compressed water. When it spins them and throws them at high speed, these stars can split metal in two.”
— Pokémon X
Frog Pokémon had already been done in earlier generations, but Game Freak grabbed everyone’s attention when they created a frog
ninja. Greninja, the final evolution of Gen VI Water starter Froakie, quickly became a hit for its quick speed and signature Water Shuriken move, which only became more pronounced when it was added to the roster of the latest Super Smash Bros. games. It’s definitely a fan favorite, probably more so than any other Kalos Pokémon, and it even gained a new, special Ash-Greninja form in the anime. With that form now coming to players via the demo for Pokémon Sun and Moon, there’s little doubt that this Water/Dark-Type will be staying in the spotlight for a long time to come.
“When its headache intensifies, it starts using strange powers. However, it has no recollection of its powers, so it always looks befuddled and bewildered.”
— Pokémon Emerald Version
Oh, Psyduck. Honestly, if the
Pokémon franchise existed simply as a set of games, this creature would probably have never gotten our attention—but that’s not the case at all, is it? Misty’s Psyduck became a constant source of comic relief in the anime, often appearing silly and useless and always managing to get in the main cast’s way somehow. Yet the show still managed to reverse that humorous streak often enough, thanks to its headache-induced psychic powers, that you never knew what to expect when Psyduck showed up. That made its silly moments all the more hilarious, the times where it saved our heroes from certain defeat all the more awesome, and its every appearance a memorable one.
In the games, of course, it’s hardly useless—no Water- or Psychic-Type Pokémon could ever be called that, especially not one with the attributes of both. Having access to that wide variety of attacks and abilities make it a potent choice for one’s party, and its evolution into Golduck enhances those abilities all the more. But Misty’s Psyduck never did bother to evolve, so that original form is the one that continues to stick with us all these years later.
“Squirtle’s shell is not merely used for protection. The shell’s rounded shape and the grooves on its surface help minimize resistance in water, enabling this Pokémon to swim at high speeds.”
— Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire Versions
Blastoise is pretty cool thanks to its water cannons, but alas, in our team’s book even those aren’t enough to help it compete against its original form as Squirtle. The Tiny Turtle Pokémon stands out for several reasons—obviously due to it being one of the first three starters, but there’s more to it than that. Its simple design still manages to be cute and appealing; despite it really being nothing more than a turtle standing on its hind legs, those big eyes and wide smile make it endearing while its tail and shell make it distinct.
And of course, the anime informed this choice yet again, as Ash’s Squirtle was one of our favorites during the first few seasons of the show. We all remember those Squirtle Squad sunglasses and the attitude of the Pokémon who originally wore them, and that’s definitely played into how fondly we view its in-game counterparts. The Squirtle we trained and journeyed with through Kanto and other regions may not have ever been a vandal or troublemaker, but after watching the show, it was easy to think of them as having that same level of depth and personality. As such, it only feels right to put Squirtle high up on our list of favorites.
So then, which creature comes in as the best of Water’s best in our book? The answer probably won’t surprise you, as this Pokémon
is a pretty awesome one:
“Rarely seen in the wild. Huge and vicious, it is capable of destroying entire cities in a rage.”
— Pokémon Red & Blue Versions
Gyarados was the ultimate surprise in the first generation—nobody wanted to bother with training up a weak little Magikarp until they discovered that this amazing powerhouse was their reward for doing so. While Gyarados still hasn’t been given the Dragon-Typing it so desperately deserves, even via Mega Evolution, it is still definitely worth the trouble required to obtain it, and every one of us has had it on our team at some point in our Pokémon journeys. With an impressive array of powerful attacks like Hyper Beam, Hydro Pump, and several Dragon-Type moves at its disposal, it absolutely lives up to the lore of it going on violent rampages that demolish whole cities.
What really makes Gyarados stand out to us, though, isn’t simply that sense of sheer amazement we felt when Magikarp first evolved into this colossal beast. The Atrocious Pokémon is also one of the most enduring Pokémon, appearing on the teams of a number of powerful opponents over the years and even having its own events at times. All of us remember encountering the crimson Gyarados in Johto’s Lake of Rage (often our
first encounter with a Shiny Pokémon), and it’s been on more Elite Four Champions’ teams than any other Pokémon. Dragon-Type gym leaders and specialists often employ one, as do several leaders of Evil Teams. No matter how many generations pass, Gyarados continues to be used in the series as a symbol of power and destruction to mark your strongest opponents, and it doesn’t seem like it will be relinquishing that role any time soon.
Some day, we hope, Game Freak will actually do right by Gyarados and give it a form that is officially Dragon-Typed, but even if that day never comes, this sea serpent will continue to be one of the best and most beloved Water-Types in the franchise. It is certainly deserving of being named our top choice of all aquatic Pokémon.
That does it for the Water-Types! What did you think of our list? Are we missing some Pokémon that seem like obvious choices to you, or are you pleased with the ones that made it on our list? Which ones would you call your favorite? Let us know in the comments below! And come back tomorrow, when we’ll release another Top Ten list for a different Pokémon Type!
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