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The Top 10 Fairy-Type Pokémon

Pokémon Sun and Moon are coming out tomorrow (hype!), and we at Gamnesia wanted to celebrate—that’s why, for the eighteen days leading up to the launch, we’ve been revealing our team’s Top Ten Pokémon of each of the eighteen Types! We’re nearly at the end of this journey, but we still have one Type left to discuss: the newest of them all, the Fairy-Type. While we may be distracted by our impatient need for midnight to hurry up and get here, we still managed to sit down and work out which ten of these magical creatures are our favorites.

Let’s help the clock tick by with a look at our Top Ten Fairy-Type Pokémon!

10. Jigglypuff

“When its huge eyes light up, it sings a mysteriously soothing melody that lulls its enemies to sleep.”
— Pokémon Red & Blue Versions

Well now, this little guy certainly looks familiar! We did try to avoid having the same Pokémon appear on two different lists by recommending that our staff vote based solely on Primary Typings, but enough people ignored that suggestion to get Jigglypuff into the Fairy-Type list as well (the small number of Fairy-Type evolutionary lines didn’t exactly hurt its chances, either). Not that we’re complaining about seeing the Balloon Pokémon again, but we already gave most of our reasons for loving it
in the Normal-Type list; rather than repeat ourselves, you can head over there if you’d like to see our reasoning.

9. Spritzee

“It emits a scent that enraptures those who smell it. This fragrance changes depending on what it has eaten.”
— Pokémon X

Moving on to primarily-Fairy-Types, we come to one of the brand new Pokémon introduced in Generation VI: Spritzee, the Perfume Pokémon. Depending on its diet, it can give off a variety of scents, but each of them smells wonderful. In ancient times, women of the nobility and royalty would even forego perfume in favor of carrying a Spritzee with them wherever they went. It’s an interesting idea to base a Pokémon around, but it certainly does seem to work, especially with the cute little bird-like design Game Freak opted to go with.

8. Florges

“In times long past, governors of castles would invite Florges to create flower gardens to embellish the castle domains.”
— Pokémon Y

Serving as the final evolution of Flabébé and Floette, Florges is the Garden Pokémon, a pure-Fairy-Type that creates and lives in expansive flower gardens, which it then draws energy from to sustain and empower itself. Its appearance has a dual inspiration, reflecting both the look of a woman wearing an elegant gown—fitting, as this evolutionary line is exclusively female—as well as a nicely-wrapped bouquet of flowers. Florges is a powerful creature in battle, especially in team battles, as its unique abilities Flower Veil and Symbiosis are only at their full potential when you have multiple Pokémon from your team battling at once.

7. Snubbull

“Although it looks frightening, it is actually kind and affectionate. It is very popular among women.”
— Pokémon Gold Version

When Gen VI rolled around and introduced the Fairy-Type, a number of Pokémon from previous generations got converted into this new Typing to help fill out its ranks. Snubbull is one such case that left us scratching our heads; even though it is literally categorized as the “Fairy Pokémon,” and has been since it first appeared in Gen II, we’re still a bit bewildered by it. Our confusion doesn’t stop it from being a cool creature, of course. Much like the bulldogs it was designed after, Snubbull can appear scary, but this mainly seems due to its cowardly nature, which it attempts to hide by scaring off foes instead of fighting them. When it’s safe, though, Snubbull lets down its guard and becomes quite affectionate towards its trainer and friends.

6. Slurpuff

“It can distinguish the faintest of scents. It puts its sensitive sense of smell to use by helping pastry chefs in their work.”
— Pokémon X

Here at Gamnesia, we all adore well-prepared sweets and pastries, so of course we would adore a Pokémon based off those things just as much. The evolved form of the cotton candy-esque Swirlix, Slurpuff is the Meringue Pokémon and certainly resembles that dessert, as well as other things like cakes. Not only does it look like them, but Slurpuff also often makes such desserts for others to enjoy, using its incredibly effective nose to pick out the perfect aromas and ingredients for its creations. Its sense of smell is said to be 100 million times better than a human’s, so that it can even function better than sight when it comes to surveying an area or finding an opponent.

5. Togekiss

“It shares many blessings with people who respect one another’s rights and avoid needless strife.”
— Pokémon Platinum Version

The final and strongest member of the Toge- line, Togekiss is a Fairy/Flying-Type creature that entered the series during the fourth generation, evolving from Togetic when exposed to a Shiny Stone. Known as the Jubilee Pokémon, Togekiss is said to always visit peaceful regions, “bringing them gifts of kindness and sweet blessings;” meanwhile, it avoids areas of strife at all costs, never appearing there. Togekiss is a symbol of what we all want the world to become: a place where people love and help each other, and it blesses all those whose lives fall in line with that vision of the future.

4. Clefairy

“On nights with a full moon, Clefairy gather from all over and dance. Bathing in moonlight makes them float.”
— Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 Versions

Hailing from all the way back in Generation I, Clefairy is the original Fairy Pokémon, and it too became an actual Fairy-Type when Gen VI arrived. Inextricably tied to the moon, with them living in Kanto’s Mt. Moon, requiring a Moon Stone to evolve, and theorized to have originated on the lunar landscape, Clefairy draw in energy from moonlight and use it float in midair. They are admired throughout the Pokémon world—and our world too, no doubt—for their cute appearance and their playfulness, but Clefairy are also very rare creatures, hiding themselves away most of the time and only venturing out at night to dance beneath the full moon. It’s a very mysterious creature, in the end, and one we’d not mind getting a bit of focus someday; perhaps
Pokémon Moon will give us that? I guess we’ll see soon enough!

3. Togepi

“Its shell is said to be stuffed with happiness that it shares with kindhearted people.”
— Pokémon Diamond & Pearl Versions

A number of our staff members may love Togekiss, but even more of us adore its original baby form of Togepi, no doubt as a result of the copious amounts of screentime it was given in first few seasons of the anime. Not counting the mysterious rainbow bird in the first episode that we’d later come to know as Ho-Oh, little Togepi was the first Generation II Pokémon ever revealed to the world, hatching from an egg and adopting Misty as its mother; as such, we got to see plenty of this eggbound creature and came to enjoy it immensely. Its innocent nature was contradicted perfectly by its more mischievous tendencies, and it even played a key role in several episodes by secretly using Metronome to get our heroes out of a tough spot.

Being a Baby Pokémon, Togepi has little in the way of combat expertise, though it can still learn the aforementioned Metronome as well as some really powerful attacks once it reaches higher levels, like Double Edge. It’s also got access to some great TM moves—though really, if you’re trying to make this little guy a fighter, you’ll have evolved it into Togetic before too long. But we don’t love Togepi for its power; we love it for its adorable design and our many memories of it in the anime, and we’re happy to see it rank so highly as a result.

2. Xerneas

“Legends say it can share eternal life. It slept for a thousand years in the form of a tree before its revival.”
— Pokémon X

If it’s a powerful Fairy-Type combatant that you want on your team, on the other hand, look no further than the Legendary Life Pokémon Xerneas, one of the mascots of the sixth generation and the counterpart to the Destruction Pokémon Yveltal. Xerneas has the power to grant eternal life to others; when it reaches the end of its lifespan, it releases all the life energy it has stored up out into the world, revitalizing nature and other creatures in the process. Afterwards, Xerneas turns into a tree for a thousand years, sleeping as it slowly stores up enough energy to trigger its own revival.

As a Legendary Pokémon, Xerneas is quite powerful in a fight, and its mighty stats are enhanced even further by its signature Fairy-Type move Geomancy, a move which sharply increases its Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed over the course of two turns. If may leave Xerneas open for a bit, but if the opponent can’t finish it off before the second turn is up, this move turns Xerneas into an unstoppable beast of a battler. Coupled with a number of strong Fairy-Type moves and some of the most powerful attacks of the game, this creature proves to be a perfect partner for utterly destroying your opponents.

Yet even with such a impressive Pokémon, it isn’t our favorite of the Fairy-Type. No, our team reached out and grabbed ahold of a different creature, a simple and lithe little Pokémon that we simply love to love:

1. Sylveon

“It wraps its ribbonlike feelers around the arm of its beloved Trainer and walks with him or her.”
— Pokémon Y

It’s been a running theme throughout these lists that we adore Eevee and its many evolutions, and so it seems rather fitting that we ended up giving the top slot of the Fairy-Types to the newest Eeveelution of them all: Sylveon, the Intertwining Pokémon. There’s a certain degree of elegance found in this brand new creature, with its fluttering ribbons and the soft coloration giving it a peaceful air—until, of course, you enter battle with Sylveon and learn that those aren’t ribbons, but rather feelers that it can control and shoot out at opponents to entangle or beat them into submission. It doesn’t do this a lot, instead preferring to use its ribbons to emit a calming aura that stops fights rather than starts them, but the potential to turn them into whips and lash out at its enemies is still there.

There’s a lot of things we love about Sylveon, but the biggest aspect is the strength of the bond you form with Eevee while preparing it for this evolution. It’s a very involved process, with several more requirements than usual: Eevee must know a Fairy-Type move, have reached the second level of affection with its trainer in Pokémon-Amie, and then it will evolve when it next levels up. That affection part is key, as it forces players to spend a lot of time caring for Eevee and playing with it, forging that bond while you get it to the point that it can evolve. Finally obtaining Sylveon is far more rewarding and memorable after all of that effort.

Following months of teasing, Sylveon became one of the very first Pokémon ever officially confirmed to be part of the new Fairy-Type, and as a result it seems like it’s almost become that Type’s chief representative. With its beautiful design masking its hidden potential, it’s certainly worthy of that role—just as it’s worthy of filling the number one slot in our favorite Fairy-Type Pokémon.


That does it for our Fairy-Type list, as well as for these Top Ten lists in general!
Pokémon Sun and Moon will be out in a matter of hours, giving us a whole slew of new creatures to collect and grow to love, and we can’t wait for the new Alola region any more than you guys can. But instead of just watching the clock for the rest of the day, why don’t you head to our comments and give us your own ranking of the Fairies? Or you could let us know what you liked or didn’t about these eighteen Top Ten lists, and tell us if you’d like to see more content like this in the future.

Until next time, Alola everyone!

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The Top 10 Dragon-Type Pokémon

Pokémon Sun and Moon are just two days from launch, and we at Gamnesia wanted to celebrate—that’s why, for the eighteen days leading up to the games’ release, we’ve been revealing our team’s Top Ten Pokémon of each of the eighteen Types! Today, it’s finally time to turn our attention to one of the series’ most powerful creatures: the Dragon-Types. There are ton of mighty Pokémon to choose from, including a number of Legendaries, but we’ve managed to go through them all and pick out the ten our group likes best.

So, without further ado, let’s get started with our Top Ten Dragon-Type Pokémon!

10. Latias

“It communicates using telepathy. Its body is covered in down that refracts light to make it invisible.”
— Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver Version

One of the two Legendary Eon Pokémon from Generation III, Latias is a highly intelligent and emotional creature, able to understand human speech and sense people’s emotions. This member of the Eon Duo has the awesome ability to ruffle its feathers to refract light in specific ways, allowing it to effectively turn invisible or create illusions that alter its appearance; it even takes on a human appearance in several
Pokémon manga and movies. If all else fails, however, Latias can always fall back on its signature Mist Ball attack, as well as its brand new Mega Evolution from ORAS.

9. Altaria

“Altaria sings in a gorgeous soprano. Its wings are like cotton clouds. This Pokémon catches updrafts with its buoyant wings and soars way up into the wild blue yonder.”
— Pokémon Sapphire Version

With a body that resembles a light, fluffy cloud, Altaria is the evolution of little Swablu from the Hoenn region and is known as the Humming Pokémon, capable of singing melodies that enrapture people and Pokémon alike and make them feel like they’re dreaming. That lore seems to be its strong point, however, as Altaria has the lowest Attack and HP of any fully-evolved Dragon-Type—but Generation VI did provide it with a Mega Evolution that gives it a unique Dragon/Fairy-Typing. A Dragon that’s immune to Dragon-Type attacks is definitely worth looking into, especially if it’s as pleasant a creature as Altaria.

8. Zekrom

“This legendary Pokémon can scorch the world with lightning. It assists those who want to build an ideal world.”
— Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 Versions

One of the mighty Legendary creatures of the Unova region, Zekrom is Dragon/Electric-Type and is known as the Deep Black Pokémon. Its tail contains an electrical generator which not only powers its attacks but also creates an anti-gravity field, allowing Zekrom to fly and summon enormous lightning storms with which Zekrom hides itself while airborne. In addition to its awesome design and Typing, it also has two signature moves, Fusion Bolt and Bolt Strike, each of which deal out massive electrical damage and can be amped up even further when combined with one of Reshiram’s attacks.

7. Haxorus

“Their sturdy tusks will stay sharp even if used to cut steel beams. These Pokémon are covered in hard armor.”
— Pokémon White Version

Known as the Axe Jaw Pokémon, Haxorus is the final evolution of Gen V’s Axew. Its most prominent feature is, obviously, the twin axes that extend from either side of its mouth, each of which is strong enough to cut through steel beams without weakening; these are often put to good use in defending its territory from intruders. Its armored hide also serves it well in combat and gives it a pretty sweet-looking design, but attack is definitely Haxorus’ strong point. Combined with some of the powerful moves it can learn just through leveling, Haxorus is a mighty creature that no one would want to face off against in real life.

6. Kyurem

“It generates a powerful, freezing energy inside itself, but its body became frozen when the energy leaked out.”
— Pokémon Black Version

The mysterious Boundary Pokémon of Unovan legend, Kyurem is a Dragon- and Ice-Type beast and a counterpart to Reshiram and Zekrom—those two are said to represent Yin and Yang, while Kyurem takes after Wuji, a term in Taoism referring to the absence of both Yin and Yang. Its Ice-Typing may have been influenced by Wuji as well, given how ice forms from an absence of energy. It’s got some really deep lore, and Kyurem becomes all the more intriguing when the DNA Splicers are used on it, allowing it to merge with either Reshiram or Zekrom to assume different Formes. Each of these Formes has its own unique ability based on its other half’s powers over Fire and Electricity, but even when it lacks their help, Kyurem always has its signature move Glaciate to fall back on.

5. Latios

“A highly intelligent Pokémon. By folding back its wings in flight, it can overtake jet planes.”
— Pokémon Diamond & Pearl Versions

The second half of Gen III’s Eon Duo, Latios is the more aggressive of the Eon Pokémon, having a much better attack than Latias at the cost of some defense. I’m not entirely sure why Latias and Latios are so far apart on our lists, but perhaps our team was more drawn to the quickness and power of Latios, who is noted to be able to match speed with a jet when it folds its forelegs in. It also has its own signature attack, Luster Purge, which deals damage while lowering the target’s Special Defense. All that aside, though, Latios and Latias are pretty similar and serve as counterparts to one another, right down to Latios also obtaining a Mega Evolution in the
ORAS remakes.

4. Salamence

“It becomes uncontrollable if enraged. It destroys everything with shredding claws and fire.”
— Pokémon FireRed & LeafGreen Versions

Salamence is the ultimate creature for showing just what dreams can do for you—its constant dreams of flying while a Bagon and Shelgon are said to have actually caused its cellular structure to shift for its final evolution, creating a pair of wings with which Salamence can at last take to the skies. But even though it’s living the dream, Salamence’s power can still go wild if it becomes angry, resulting in a massive degree of destruction. Come Gen VI, Salamence also received a Mega Evolution, granting it a new form that furthers its aerodynamic elements to let it go even faster and hit even harder than before. The Mega form seems a bit hit-or-miss with some of fans, and with some of our staff, but all of us still find Salamance to be an awesome creature overall.

3. Dragonite

“This marine Pokémon has an impressive build that lets it freely fly over raging seas without trouble.”
— Pokémon Silver Version

The original Dragon-Type hailing from the very first generation, Dragonite was the Pokémon so many of us worked so hard to obtain—or, at least, so hard to defeat, as it served as the signature partner of Elite Four member Lance. It was an especially powerful creature back then, essentially having a weakness to just Ice- and Rock-Type attacks thanks to Dragon-Type moves only consisting of the fixed-damage-dealer Dragon Rage at the time.

While it’s always been a fierce opponent, it is also a fairly kindhearted Pokémon, as evidenced by how its sprites almost always depict it with a smile on its face. As the evolved form of the water-loving Dratini and Dragonair, Dragonite is often found living out at sea, but even with its bulk and small wings it is able to fly so quickly that it can circumnavigate the globe in a mere sixteen hours. It’s definitely an impressive creature and one that we used to fear going to battle against, even if other Dragon-Type Pokémon and attacks have made the threat at little less daunting over time. Either way, we still adore this lovable Dragon.

2. Garchomp

“It is said that when one runs at high speed, its wings create blades of wind that can fell nearby trees.”
— Pokémon Platinum Version

Garchomp is known as the Mach Pokémon, and its design is an interesting one, apparently taking notes not only from dragons but also sharks. Its pre-evolutions, Gible and Gabite, also have this sort of inspiration, but Garchomp is where it becomes most pronounced, with the fin-shaped wings on its arms and back growing even larger than Gabite’s, while its tail now sports shark-like fins of its own; its head, too, takes on a resemblance to a Hammerhead shark’s. It’s a pretty interesting crossover, and one that certainly seems to have worked out well for this Pokémon.

While we see mostly shark attributes, the Pokédex is far quicker to point out Garchomp’s similarities to jet planes, claiming that this creature resembles one when it folds its body up and extends its wings. Doing this certainly allows it to travel quickly; as its classification attests, it is able to soar through the air at the speed of sound, ensuring that no prey can ever escape it. Being a pseudo-Legendary, Garchomp has tons of power at its disposal to take this prey down, and its Dragon/Ground-Typing gives it access to a number of strong moves for just that purpose. But if its regular level of power isn’t enough, Garchomp also has the ability to Mega Evolve, granting it a larger size, sharp claws or horns all over its body, and a pair of extra-sharp blades on its arms. It’s a mighty Pokémon, and one that should never be taken lightly.

But even with Garchomp’s fascinating design and high level of strength, it isn’t our favorite of the Dragon-Types. No, there was only one creature we could give that honor to:

1. Rayquaza

“Rayquaza is said to have lived for hundreds of millions of years. Legends remain of how it put to rest the clash between Kyogre and Groudon.”
— Pokémon Omega Ruby

The Legendary Sky High Pokémon of Generation III, Rayquaza is the mighty beast that rises up to defeat Kyogre and Groudon whenever they begin fighting. First receiving the spotlight in
Emerald Version, Rayquaza made a mighty return to everyone’s attention in the Delta Episode of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, where Rayquaza not only gained a Mega Evolution but became the only Pokémon that is not required to hold a Mega Stone to reach this new form. This drake must instead know Dragon Ascent, a Flying-Type move that deals massive amounts of damage and weakens opponents’ defenses, with no drawback save that only Rayquaza can learn it. Which is not much of a drawback at all. It’s no surprise that the competitive scene gave Rayquaza its own tier at the very top, as Mega Rayquaza can simply shatter any opposition with this level of strength.

Of course,
ORAS only renewed our love for this Legendary creature, as we’d already had a great deal of adoration and respect for it for some time. Its design is simple but still stands out—even more so after Mega Evolving, but I digress—sporting the emerald coloration of the game for which it served as mascot and helping it to soar through the skies without ever needing to rest. In fact, it flies so high and for so long that humanity was almost entirely unaware of its existence for centuries, with only legends of it informing them of what lived far above.

Rayquaza is a sheer powerhouse of a Pokémon, and when coupled with its fantastic role in the Hoenn games’ storylines, it’s no surprise that people have fallen in love with this beast. If any creature worthy of being named our favorite Dragon-Type Pokémon, this is definitely the one.


That does it for our list of Dragon-Types! Did you like our choices, or were we missing your favorite draconic creature? Let us know how you’d rank these and other Dragons in the comments! And don’t forget to drop in again tomorrow, when we’ll be finishing up our run through of Pokémon Types with the final and newest group, the Fairy-Types. We hope to see you then!

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The Top 10 Ice-Type Pokémon

Pokémon Sun and Moon are launching this Friday, and we at Gamnesia wanted to celebrate—that’s why, for the eighteen days leading up to the games’ launch, we’ve been revealing our team’s Top Ten Pokémon of each of the eighteen Types! As we enter the final few days before the seventh generation, we’re setting our sights on the frigid, cold-loving Ice-Types. We’ve gone through the list and had Delibird check it twice, and now we’re ready to present our ten favorites from this group.

So grab yourself a cup of hot chocolate or a warm bowl of soup, then let’s get started on our Top Ten Ice-Type Pokémon!

10. Avalugg

“Its ice-covered body is as hard as steel. Its cumbersome frame crushes anything that stands in its way.”
— Pokémon X

A new, pure Ice-Type introduced in Generation VI, Avalugg is the Iceberg Pokémon and the evolved form of Bergmite. Its form looks like a gigantic sheet of ice with a head and four legs, and the perfectly smooth top of its icy back often serves as a resting place for Bergmite; when several of them gather, it supposedly makes Avalugg resemble an aircraft carrier. It’s a pretty interesting design and a welcome new addition to the Ice-Types, who otherwise didn’t see much love in Kalos (save for Amaura and Auroras,
who we’ve already discussed).

9. Swinub

“It rubs its snout on the ground to find and dig up food. It sometimes discovers hot springs.”
— Pokémon Gold Version

Swinub, the tiny Pig Pokémon first seen in the Johto games, is the pre-evolution of Piloswine and Mamoswine, a evolutionary line which comprises the only Ice/Ground-Type Pokémon in the games. While its evolutions are far stronger and better in battle, Swinub is a simply adorable little guy that we can’t help but love. Its snout is sensitive to delicious aromas, and when it finds one it darts off in pursuit of the source of the smell; sometimes, as it rubs its nose on the ground, it even discovers hot springs instead. That sort of heat probably isn’t good for an Ice-Type, but it’s still a cute little piece of lore for little Swinub.

8. Froslass

“Legends in snowy regions say that a woman who was lost on an icy mountain was reborn as Froslass.”
— Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver Version

When a female Snorunt is exposed to a Dawn Stone, it can forego its usually evolutionary lineup to instead transform into the mysterious Froslass, an Ice- and Ghost-Type Pokémon likely inspired by the
Yuki-onna of Japanese folklore. It can blow out icy winds that reach nearly 60 degrees F below zero, and rumor has it that any prey frozen solid by Froslass is then added to a secret display of its victims. The design behind Froslass is a fascinating one, with its hands extending from its head covering and the kimono-like outfit it wears actually being hollow on the inside, and the lore and inspiration is just as good.

7. Glalie

“Glalie has a body made of rock, which it hardens with an armor of ice. This Pokémon has the ability to freeze moisture in the atmosphere into any shape it desires.”
— Pokémon Ruby Version

Froslass may be a beautiful spirit born from a woman lost in the mountains, but Snorunt’s primary evolution of Glalie is a devilish beast that has taken on a shape reminiscent of hailstones. It’s known as the Face Pokémon, as there really isn’t much to it beyond its face, and the icy coverings seem to resemble a hockey mask. Those horns don’t help that image, though, and they give Glalie a far more menacing appearance—especially when it Mega Evolves and transforms into more of a big mouth ready to take a big bite out of its prey. The design is frightening, but Glalie’s power is real, as it can freeze both atmospheric moisture and its enemies solid in an instant.

6. Spheal

“It is completely covered with plushy fur. As a result, it never feels the cold even when it is rolling about on ice floes or diving in the sea.”
— Pokémon Emerald Version

A brand new seal-inspired Pokémon introduced in the Hoenn region, Spheal is the adorable first stage in the evolutionary line that includes Sealeo and Walrein, a trio of Ice/Water-Type creatures. Spheal in particular is known as the Clap Pokémon, as they are often seen clapping their fins when happy. It can’t swim too well yet, as its spherical shape doesn’t promote easy underwater movements, but it can roll around on the ground to quickly build up speed. Spheal may not have the power or speed of its evolutions, but we still love this cutie all the same.

5. Jynx

“It speaks a language similar to that of humans. However, it seems to use dancing to communicate.”
— Pokémon Silver Version

There were only a handful of Ice-Type Pokémon in the original
Red and Blue games, but Jynx quickly stole our hearts, not only for having access to those powerful Ice moves we needed to take down Dragon-Types, but also for being part of the powerful Psychic-Type. Categorized as the “Human Shape Pokémon” (Game Freak apparently wasn’t feeling their most creative that day), Jynx does indeed resemble a small woman in a crimson dress, and it loves to dance, which seems to be its main method of communicating despite having a vocal language of their own as well. Interestingly, its dancing seems to entice humans into joining in, often without them realizing that they’re doing so. That may sound great for dancing-enthusiasts, but we’re not sure we would enjoy such a fate.

4. Regice

“Its entire body is made of Antarctic ice. After extensive studies, researchers believe the ice was formed during an ice age.”
— Pokémon Emerald Version

One of the three Legendary Titans of Hoenn, Regice is the original Iceberg Pokémon and takes the form of numerous icy crystals all joined together in a humanoid form. It goes far beyond your normal Ice-Types, able to make temperatures plummet to a devastating -328 degrees F and freezing anything that comes near it—and absolutely nothing can melt it, not even molten lava. Sure, Fire-Type attacks will still be super-effective against it, but the games still reflect this lore by giving Regice the highest Special Defense stat of any creature in the game, its fellow Legendary and Mythical Pokémon included. It may not be the greatest attacker out there, but this creature can still become an insurmountable ice wall that its foes and would-be capturers must struggle fiercely to overcome.

3. Delibird

“It carries food rolled up in its tail. It has the habit of sharing food with people lost in mountains.”
— Pokémon Diamond & Pearl Versions

If any Pokémon was designed with a holiday in mind, it’s Delibird, and Game Freak did a fantastic job with this little guy. Dressed up like Santa, down to the red suit and the bag of goodies, and designed after penguins, Delibird is known as the Delivery Pokémon, and it plays out its role as the creature of Christmas through its signature move Present, an attack that can either deal damage or heal the target. This Present comes out of the bag on its back, which is actually no bag at all—it’s Delibird’s tail, which is designed in such a way that it can be used to carry food or other knickknacks. Delibird wanders icy mountains and brings this food to those lost in the frigid wastes, often saving their lives in the process.

We may not be too fond of Delibird’s Present ability in battle, as the randomness of it all doesn’t seem that appealing, but it definitely has a place in the game, being able to reach up to a mighty 120 attack power if you get lucky. If you’re willing to take the risk, it could very well pay off, and even if you aren’t, Delibird still has plenty of Ice- and Flying-Type attacks that it can fall back on. That design, though, is why we really adore this Pokémon as much as we do.

2. Glaceon

“By controlling its body heat, it can freeze the atmosphere around it to make a diamond-dust flurry.”
— Pokémon Platinum Version

The beautiful Eeveelution of Ice-Types, Glaceon is obtained when Eevee levels up in the vicinity of an Ice Rock in the overworld. First seen in Generation IV, this new, chilling form has the ability to regulate its body temperature and lower it substantially beyond what most creatures can bear, in the process turning the air around it into the ice that facilitates its attacks. Glaceon can also use this method to freeze its own fur, making its hairs into tiny, pointed needles that give its physical attacks an extra bit of pain and its physical defenses a little extra toughness.

Referred to as the Fresh Snow Pokémon, Glaceon’s design takes on the standard fox/dog/cat inspirations of all its relatives, mostly likely taking most of its own basis from the arctic fox. It also adds in a few geometric shapes throughout the design that could be referencing the geometry of snowflakes, as well as tassels dangling from its head much like one would see on a pair of earmuffs. We adore each and every member of the Eevee evolutionary family, as we’ve said several times before, and Glaceon is no exception to that.

But there is still one more Ice-Type that we believe rises above Glaceon, not to mention the other frigid Pokémon as well. One more snow-loving creature soars above them all:

1. Articuno

“One of the legendary bird Pokémon, it chills moisture in the atmosphere to create snow while flying.”
— Pokémon Silver Version

There are plenty of beautiful, elegant, and breathtaking creatures in the Pokémon world, but even twenty years after its original debut, the Legendary Bird Articuno remains one of our favorites. Dubbed the Freeze Pokémon, this legendary Ice-Type soars the skies above the frosty peaks of the world, reveling in the cold and creating ice and snow wherever it travels. Its wings are translucent, causing some to speculate that they are made of ice themselves, and its tail flows beautifully in the wind as it flies. It is said that Articuno appears before “doomed people who are lost in icy mountains,” which also gives it something of an ominous vibe, as the Pokédex never says that it helps such people. Even so, we like to hope that it does indeed guide those travelers safely out of the snowy wilderness.

As a Legendary Pokémon, Articuno has some impressive stats, particularly in the Defensive categories, and it can also form icy winds and even entire blizzards to launch at opponents at will. With powerful attacks like Blizzard and Hurricane at its disposal, it’s definitely not an easy Pokémon to beat and capture, and even finding it tends to be a challenge—we all remember that lengthy trek through the caves of the Seafoam Islands back in Kanto, a long and arduous journey that was capped off by a thrilling battle to try and catch the ice bird of legend. It took us many tries to finally add Articuno to our team, but I don’t think a single one of us would say that it wasn’t worth the effort.

This member of the Legendary Birds is a gorgeous creature that we’ve loved since the very start of the franchise. As such, we are thrilled to see Articuno take the top spot as number one favorite Ice-Type Pokémon.


That’s it for our Ice-Type choices (at least until
Sun and Moon launch and bring in some awesome new Ice-Type Pokémon and Alolan forms)! Is this a solid list in your opinion, or did we only see the tip of the iceberg? What Pokémon would you have rather seen take a spot or move even higher up on the list? Let us know down in the comments, and drop by again tomorrow for another Top Ten list of a different Pokémon type!

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Pokémon Sun and Moon are launching this Friday, and we at Gamnesia wanted to celebrate—that’s why, for the eighteen days leading up to the games’ launch, we’ve been revealing our team’s Top Ten Pokémon of each of the eighteen Types! Today’s subject of discussion is Poison-Types, and while they may all seem like noxious beasts you’d never want to be around, we still identified ten that we love to have on our teams.

So let’s get started! Here are our Top Ten Poison-Type Pokémon:

10. Skuntank

“It attacks by spraying a horribly smelly fluid from the tip of its tail. Attacks from above confound it.”
— Pokémon Platinum Version

A Poison/Dark-Type Pokémon from Gen IV, Skuntank is the evolved form of Stunky. Based obviously off of skunks, even going so far as to be called the Skunk Pokémon, this creature sprays out a liquid from its tail that smells horrendous and can hit targets up to fifty meters away—which is perhaps the inspiration for the “tank” part of its name. While its defenses aren’t the best, it has some high HP and solid attacking power, and its two Typings cancel out every weakness except Poison’s to Ground attacks, giving it some solid staying power in battle.

9. Drapion

“It has the power in its clawed arms to make scrap of a car. The tips of its claws release poison.”
— Pokémon Diamond Version

An oddly-shaped scorpion-esque creature with arms coming out the sides of its head, Drapion is the Ogre Scorpion Pokémon. Its arms may be placed in a strange location that seems pretty unnatural considering that the rest of its proportions appear pretty normal, but its arms are still strong enough to rip apart cars; even with its poison-filled claws, it is proud of its physical strength and prefers to finish opponents off with its own power. It’s an interesting stance for a part-Dark-Type to take, especially since its pre-evolution Skorupi seems very fond of using poison over power. Make of it what you will; either way, we still think Drapion is a pretty cool creature.

8. Toxicroak

“Swaying and dodging the attacks of its foes, it weaves its flexible body in close, then lunges out with its poisonous claws.”
— Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver Versions

Toxicroak, like the Croagunk it evolves from, is a Poison/Fighting-Type from the Sinnoh region and is based off of the numerous frogs in our world which advertise their toxicity with their brightly colored skin and patterns. But unlike most of its real world counterparts, who only poison those who eat them, Toxicroak is happy to spread its poison while still alive and breathing, using the claw on its hand to do so. Interestingly, it does this in spite of being called the Toxic
Mouth Pokémon; this classification appears to come from how its poison is stored within its throat sac, which then is sent to its claws via a series of tubes running down its arms. It’s useless against Psychic attacks, but that doesn’t stop us from finding it rather awesome.

7. Weezing

“It lives and grows by absorbing dust, germs, and poison gases that are contained in toxic waste and garbage.”
— Pokémon Yellow Version

Perhaps known best as being the anime’s original partner Pokémon for Team Rocket’s James, Weezing is the evolved form of Koffing and is apparently formed when two Koffings come together, mixing their separate toxic gases over time as they slowly merge into this Poison Gas Pokémon. Each of these heads continue to contain their own type of gas, though they do continue to mix constantly, and it survives and grows larger by ingesting noxious fumes from rotting garbage and toxic waste. You’d think James would’ve gotten deathly ill from being around this Pokémon all that time, but maybe he built up a resistance to it after all their adventures together.

6. Seviper

“Seviper’s swordlike tail serves two purposes – it slashes foes and douses them with secreted poison. This Pokémon will not give up its long-running blood feud with Zangoose.”
— Pokémon Sapphire Version

The Fang Snake Pokémon from Generation III, Seviper is known both for its bladed tail and its generations-long feud with Zangoose, a relationship designed after the constant struggle between snakes and mongooses in the real world. Seviper is the only pure Poison-Type Pokémon that does not evolve from or into another creature, but that’s just fine with us, as it’s got a great design and plenty of power already. Between its fangs and its poisonous blade of a tail, Seviper just looks like a dangerous Pokémon and one we’d never want to cross, though we’d be quite happy to have one join our team.

5. Dragalge

“Tales are told of ships that wander into seas where Dragalge live, never to return.”
— Pokémon Y

Introduced in Generation VI as Kalos’ “Mock Kelp Pokémon,” Dragalge is a Poison/Dragon-Type which lives underwater and has camouflaged itself by taking on an appearance similar to the dried-up kelp found floating in the ocean. The poison it spits from its mouth is strong enough to burn a hole straight through the hull of a tanker, and it uses this against anything that enters its territory; as a result, tales abound of ships that enter Dragalge’s waters and are lost as a result. It’s got a really fascinating design and some cool lore, plus its Typing is a rather unique one, so Dragalge quickly became a standout Pokémon of the sixth generation for many of us.

4. Arbok

“The pattern on its belly appears to be a frightening face. Weak foes will flee just at the sight of the pattern.”
— Pokémon FireRed Version

You can’t have one of Team Rocket’s original partner Pokémon without the other, right? That’s what we think, and we rather prefer Jessie’s old friend Arbok to James’ odorous Weezing. The final form of the original serpent evolutionary line, Arbok is the Cobra Pokémon, and it uses long body to constrict its prey and the bright patterns on its belly to intimidate others or frighten them away. Interestingly enough, the early games mention that Arbok’s patterns change based on region, and with Gen II and III Arbok do indeed have a different pattern than all the others. It’s a neat little detail that most of us have overlooked all these years; even without realizing that, though, we adore this snake and all it has done, be that as a member of Team Rocket or of our own parties.

3. Crobat

“Having four wings allows it to fly more quickly and quietly so it can sneak up on prey without its noticing.”
— Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 Versions

First seen in Generation II, Crobat is the final evolutionary form of Golbat and Zubat, two Pokémon that we had already come to respect in the first few games—but Crobat kicked things up a notch and soon became a fan-favorite. Aside from losing the gaping maw that seems to define Golbat for a more standard sized orifice, Crobat’s biggest change is the addition of two new wings on its hind legs; these backups are still powerful enough to keep it aloft, and alternating between the pairs allows the Bat Pokémon to continue flying for a full day without rest if it needs to. It might be a bit more clumsy on the ground now, but in the air Crobat is a swift and silent stalker of prey.

We all wanted a Crobat when we first learned about it, seeing as it was an evolution to a creature we’d already thought of as strong back in Gen I, but Game Freak’s decision to base this evolution on the Friendship between Pokémon and Trainer ensured that we got really close to Golbat while waiting for it to reach its final form. We traveled with it constantly, doing whatever we could to raise its love for us, and in turn we came to really love this Pokémon as well. That made it all the more rewarding to finally obtain that Crobat we’d worked so hard for, and it became a lifelong love of our team’s as a result.

2. Grimer

“Born from polluted sludge in the sea, Grimer’s favorite food is anything filthy. They feed on wastewater pumped out from factories.”
— Pokémon Emerald Version

I’m just going to come right out and admit that our team is probably a bit biased towards Grimer; while I’m sure many would list it or Muk in their Top Ten Poison-Types, I don’t know if they’d rank it this highly. Our love for it mostly comes from how we’ve appropriated
Grimer’s Red and Blue sprite as a custom emoji for our staff chats—it serves as our team’s own personal shorthand for “hooray!”, “party time!”, “definitely!”, or any number of other messages depending on the context, so we’ve all come to adore this little guy.

That’s not to say that it isn’t a great Pokémon on its own, of course. Grimer is the Sludge Pokémon from the original titles, a creature formed of living sludge that sees toxic waste and garbage as a wonderful feast, and it is so full of poisons that plants die and never regrow in the areas where it travels. When it loses pieces of its body, they take on a life of their own as brand new Grimer, which would probably have some horrific consequences if Game Freak ever took it to its natural conclusion. It’s also getting an Alolan form in Generation VII, and while some of us find the new design a bit gaudy, we all agree that the addition of a Dark-Typing can only help Grimer become a stronger competitor.

But if our favorite Pokémon emoji was only ranked second, what toxic creature stands at the top? What could possibly rank above the image of a sludge-filled monster raising its hands in pure, uninhibited joy? Why, none other than a monarch of a Poison-Type Pokémon:

1. Nidoking

“Nidoking’s thick tail packs enormously destructive power. With one swing, it can topple a metal transmission tower. Once this Pokémon goes on a rampage, there is no stopping it.”
— Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire Versions

Over half of all Poison-Types originated in
Pokémon Red and Blue, so we expected from the start that one of them would probably take the top spot—and of all the poisonous beasts of the first six generations, none stood out to us as much as the great Nidoking. Serving as the final evolution to the male Nidoran and Nidorino, Nidoking’s form just screams of its power, its armored bulk mixing well with its clawed arms and horns to create a very mighty appearance. Its tail, however, seems to be the most dangerous part of it, as it can topple metal towers, snap telephone poles with one swing as if they were matchsticks, and “smash, constrict, then break the prey’s bones” when in battle. Its primary horn is also plenty strong, as this aspect of the Drill Pokémon is said to be able to pierce diamonds, but the tail appears to be its primary weapon.

It was never easy to get a Nidoking, as Moon Stones have always been in short supply, but getting such a powerful creature was certainly a good reward for that cost. Its hide is said to be like steel, and it is both a Poison- and Ground-Type Pokémon; this lets it easily switch between defeating opponents slowly with poison and pummeling them with powerful Ground-Type attacks at will, as well as wrecking foes with its own body when required. It can even expand its moveset further with other horn-based moves like Megahorn or via TMs like with Thunder or Fire Blast, giving it plenty of ways to fight back against its several weaknesses

Nidoking may not have gotten too much attention in recent years—we’d sure love to see it obtain a Mega Evolution or maybe a Regional Variant that takes full advantage of that “steel hide” comment—but it remains a mighty contender that we love to have on our own teams. Power, variety, and rarity: they’re all solid aspects of this impressively-designed Pokémon, and we are thrilled to see it taking our top slot among Poison-Types.


That concludes our rankings for Poison-Type Pokémon! Did you like our ten choices, or are we missing out on the majesty of a different toxic beast that you utterly adore? If you want to convince us of its worth, go ahead on down to the comments and let your voice be heard! And don’t forget to drop by again tomorrow for another Top Ten list of a different Pokémon type!

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Pokémon Sun and Moon are launching this Friday, and we at Gamnesia wanted to celebrate—that’s why, for the eighteen days leading up to the games’ launch, we’ve been revealing our team’s Top Ten Pokémon of each of the eighteen Types! We’re continuing that effort today with the creepy, crawly Bug-Types, and our team has thought long and hard to determine which ten creatures from this group we adore the most.

So then, let’s get started with our Top Ten Bug-Type Pokémon!

10. Genesect

“Over 300 million years ago, it was feared as the strongest of hunters. It has been modified by Team Plasma.”
— Pokémon Black Version

Serving as the only Bug-Type Mythical/Legendary Pokémon in the series, Genesect is an ancient creature which was revived and modified by Team Plasma of the Unova region. The only modifications specified by the Pokédex involve them upgrading the cannon on its back, but its robotic appearance suggests that they may also have worked on aspects of this creature. Either way, its cannon is definitely useful, as it can be outfitted with different drives to alter the Typing of its signature move, Techno Blast, making Genesect a possible threat against a wide variety of foes.

9. Galvantula

“They employ an electrically charged web to trap their prey. While it is immobilized by shock, they leisurely consume it.”
— Pokémon White Version

The only dual-typed Bug/Electric Pokémon—at least until Gen VII brings us Charjabug and Vikavolt—Galvantula is an arachnid with only four legs and the power to generate electrically-charged webbing. Its Typings work together to cancel out a fair number of their individual weaknesses, as well as to give rise to its specialty move Electroweb, an attack only it and its pre-evolution, Joltik, can learn through leveling up. The move slows opponents, and in nature it allows Galvantula to take its time as it eats its prey alive. Which is a bit dark, but hey, no one said these Bugs were friendly.

8. Scyther

“It slashes through grass with its sharp scythes, moving too fast for the human eye to track.”
— Pokémon Gold Version

One of the original Bug-Types from Generation I, Scyther is of course best identified by the twin scythe blades that make up its forearms and hands, weapons which can slice through thick logs in a single swing and which is continuously sharpens by cutting through harder and harder materials. Taking after the praying mantis, Scyther also has ninja-like speed and reflexes along with natural camouflage in the tall grass, making this a relatively hard-to-find creature that we all grew up loving. Plus, even though it doesn’t use its wings all that often, it can still learn some solid Flying-Type attacks, just adding that little bit of extra appeal in battle.

7. Pinsir

“It grips prey with its pincers until the prey is torn in half. What it can’t tear, it tosses far.”
— Pokémon Diamond & Pearl Versions

Designed after stag beetles, Pinsir is a large bug with some massive horns growing from its head that serve as pincers for anything that gets on their bad side. As its horns are far stronger than any of its other limbs, these are its primary implements for battle as well as more common tasks like digging a burrow for the night. Its pincers grab enemies and try to tear them in half; if it can’t manage this, it can still hurl them aside with ease. Come Gen VI, Pinsir also gained a Mega Evolution that granted it fully developed wings to go with its newly added Flying-Typing.

6. Volcarona

“When volcanic ash darkened the atmosphere, it is said that Volcarona’s fire provided a replacement for the sun.”
— Pokémon Black Version

Volcarona is the evolution of Larvesta, appearing as a giant, moth-like Pokémon with fiery red wings to match up with its partial Fire-Typing. Known as the Sun Pokémon, in ancient times, when volcanic ash was thick enough to block out the sun, the fiery scales from its wings were said to have burned bright and hot enough to help life survive through the bitterly cold winter that followed. Volcarona’s power shines through its signature Fiery Dance move, which it only learns upon reaching level 100; it deals some solid damage and half the time will boost Volcarona’s Special Attack, which is always a great bonus for Fire-Types.

5. Shedinja

“A peculiar Pokémon that floats in air even though its wings remain completely still. The inside of its body is hollow and utterly dark.”
— Pokémon Emerald Version

Calling Shedinja “peculiar” is putting it lightly, but that’s the term that the Pokédex seems most fond of using for this creature. A Bug/Ghost-Type, Shedinja comes into being when Nincada evolves into Ninjask; if the trainer has an extra Poké Ball in their inventory at this time and less than six creatures in their party, the skin shed from Nincada comes to life and is automatically added to your team. It can only have 1 HP, but its unique Wonder Guard ability makes it immune to any attacks not dealt by a Super Effective Type, making it unable to be harmed by moves of thirteen of the eighteen Types. It’s definitely a niche Pokémon that requires a good strategy to use effectively, but its unique attributes
really makes Shedinja stand out from all others.

4. Beedrill

“It has 3 poisonous stingers on its forelegs and its tail. They are used to jab its enemy repeatedly.”
— Pokémon Yellow Version

Hailing from the early routes of the very first generation of games, Beedrill is the final evolution of Weedle, the little bug we all feared during our first trip through Viridian Forest on account of its ability to inflict our partners with devastating poison. Catching one for ourselves and evolving it into Beedrill was always a delight, though, as it let us use that poison to our advantage instead. Beedrill is fiercely territorial and will all swarm anyone who intrudes on their turf, using poisonous strikes and its once-signature move Twineedle to make their targets pay. It becomes even more fierce-looking as Mega Beedrill, with its stingers becoming more like lances, an extra two of which appear on its lower limbs to maximize the pain it can bring.

3. Butterfree

“In battle, it flaps its wings at high speed to release highly toxic dust into the air.”
— Pokémon Red & Blue Versions

While Weedle was the Bug we all feared to face on our first trips through Kanto, Caterpie was an easy capture for many of us, and its evolution into the beautiful Butterfree quickly made it a strong companion—especially as it gained the Psychic-Type Confusion attack, an incredibly potent move for such an early point in our adventure. It followed that up with the ability to inflict status conditions with Sleep Powder, Poison Powder, and Stun Spore, furthering its combat potential. While we usually switched it out for something more powerful as time went on, Butterfree’s contributions and usefulness to us in those early days and battles are something we never forgot.

We’d of course be remiss if we failed to mention Ash’s own Butterfree from the anime; watching his Bug grow and evolve along with him as a trainer was great, and his decision to release Butterfree was one of the most heart-wrenching farewells in many of our young lives at the time. It certainly served to make our own Butterfly Pokémon all the more memorable. Throw in all of the solid Bug-Type attacks that have released since that first generation, in addition to extra moves Butterfree gains as a Flying-Type, and it’s still a pretty useful Pokémon even now.

2. Heracross

“Heracross charges in a straight line at its foe, slips beneath the foe’s grasp, and then scoops up and hurls the opponent with its mighty horn. This Pokémon even has enough power to topple a massive tree.”
— Pokémon Ruby Version

A number of solid Bug-Type Pokémon were introduced in the second generation of games, but only a few stood out as much as the mighty Heracross. Designed after the rhinoceros beetle, this creature’s most prominent feature is the horn growing from its forehead, which also serves as its primary method of attacking—it charges enemies and either bludgeons them with its horn or uses it to pick up and hurl its foes away. Heracross is exceptionally strong and its horn exceptionally sturdy, as it can lift up to 100 times this Pokémon’s own weight with ease. Its entire body is designed to maximize the effectiveness of these horn attacks, with its large build and the claws on its feet serving to anchor it whenever it chooses to throw something.

Heracross is the only Bug/Fighting-Type Pokémon known so far, and at least for the second generation it was the only one capable of using Megahorn, a mighty Bug-Type attack that made it especially useful against Psychics and the newly introduced Dark-Type. It seems a peaceful creature at most times, but an angered Heracross is not something you want to encounter. Even more dangerous is its new Mega Evolution, which significantly alters Heracross’ horn into more of a spiky shape perfect for stabbing opponents rather than throwing them. Some of us like the Mega, some of us don’t, but many of us adore Heracross no matter what form it takes.

But what Bug is the best of them all? Which creature gives even the mighty Heracross a run for its money? In our opinion, there is only one capable of that honor:

1. Scizor

“This Pokémon’s pincers, which contain steel, can crush any hard object it gets a hold of into bits.”
— Pokémon Crystal Version

Known either as the Scissors or the Pincer Pokémon, depending on the generation, Scizor evolves from Scyther when the latter is traded while holding a Metal Coat, which already spells trouble for us as that tends to put it in direct competition with Onix to see which one we’ll choose to evolve. While we’ve not yet decided whether we like Scizor or Steelix more, we do know that the Scizor is certainly our favorite Bug-Type, with a gorgeous crimson coat mixed with some interesting lore that is lived out through the gameplay.

According to the Pokédex, Scizor’s claws are not merely powerful enough to crush anything in their grasp; their decorations appear like eyes to other creatures, and by waving the claws around it gives off the appearance that Scizor has three heads, scaring off would-be predators. Additionally, while it has wings, its steel body is no longer capable of flight; it instead uses these wings to regulate its body temperature. This all gets reflected in-game by the dropping of Scyther’s partial Flying-Type in exchange for Steel-Type attributes—it can no longer fly,
and it has a pretty big issue with heat. Aside from its rather hefty weakness to Fire-Type attacks, however, any other Type will only deal standard amounts of damage at best, as the Bug- and Steel-pairing cancels out all other weaknesses. Couple it all with powerful moves of both Types like X-Scissor or Iron Head and you’ve got a pretty amazing Pokémon at your side.

Scizor may not be perfect—its Mega Evolution, for instance, never really seemed all that appealing to us—but it’s a powerful fighter with an awesome design that we just adore. Scyther was great, but its evolved form definitely takes the cake in our book and proceeds to knock down all other challengers. We’re happy, then, to name Scizor as our number one favorite Bug-Type Pokémon.


Well, that does it for the Bug-Types! How did you enjoy our selections? Did we get all the interesting trivia tidbits in there, or is there something we forgot? Or maybe there’s a completely different Bug that you think deserves a mention all its own? Head down to the comments to share such thoughts with us! And either way, don’t forget to drop by again tomorrow for another Top Ten list of a different Pokémon type!

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Pokémon Sun and Moon are less than a week from launch, 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! Today we turned our attention to the devilish and dangerous Dark-Types, a host of powerful monsters ready to crush even the mightiest of Psychic Pokémon. Our team has gone through the list of such creatures, and we’ve put together our ten favorites for all to see.

And here they are: our Top Ten Dark-Type Pokémon!

10. Honchkrow

“It is merciless by nature. It is said that it never forgives the mistakes of its Murkrow followers.”
— Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver Versions

Dubbed the Big Boss Pokémon, Honchkrow is the mafia don-inspired evolution of Murkrow through use of a Dusk Stone. Managing to obtain this new form apparently gives Honchkrow a pretty big level of clout among its fellow Pokémon, as it quickly recruits numerous Murkrow to act as its underlings; a single deep cry can summon a whole flock of the pitch black pre-evolutions, leading to Honchkrow’s nickname as “Summoner of Night.” Its design and apparent attitude certainly reflect this lore, and we’re fans of every part of it.

9. Poochyena

“It savagely threatens foes with bared fangs. It chases after fleeing targets tenaciously. It turns tail and runs, however, if the foe strikes back.”
— Pokémon Emerald Version

Poochyena was the first commonly available pure Dark-Type Pokémon to be introduced to the games, showing up in early routes of the third generation to quickly become a lifelong partner for new trainers. Its bark may be worse than its bite, according to Pokédex entries like the one above, but its Bite attack is still a pretty potent move. Like the dogs, wolves, and hyenas that it was designed after, Poochyena also has a strong sense of smell, allowing it track its prey and hunt them down with ease. It also has an awesome evolution in Mightyena, which has always served us well but just isn’t quite as lovable as a puppy Pokémon like this is.

8. Hydreigon

“This brutal Pokémon travels the skies on its six wings. Anything that moves seems like a foe to it, triggering its attack.”
— Pokémon Black Version

A mighty Dark/Dragon Pokémon first seen in the Unova region—and the only evolutionary line to have such a Typing matchup—Hydreigon is known as the Brutal Pokémon and is based on the multi-headed, demonic drake Yamato no Orochi from Japanese legend. While it only has three heads compared to Orochi’s eight, Hydreigon’s trio of mouths are still put to horrible use to consume and destroy everything in its path. It’s also a pseudo-Legendary, having the best set of stats possible for a non-Legendary creature, which is sure to spell doom for any opponent it faces off against.

7. Zoroark

“Each has the ability to fool a large group of people simultaneously. They protect their lair with illusory scenery.”
— Pokémon White Version

One of the first Pokémon ever revealed from the fifth generation, Zoroark is a master of illusion and deception, to the point where it is classified as the Illusion Fox Pokémon. Its Illusion Ability perfectly reflects this bit of lore, as whenever it is sent into battle it will appear as a different Pokémon on your team, at least until one of your opponent’s attacks breaks through the illusion and reveals the trickster for what it truly is. But while it could easily use these powers for evil, many choose instead to use them to protect their homes and their fellow Pokémon from attackers—though rumor has it that those who try to hunt it will be trapped and punished within one such illusion.

6. Sableye

“It feeds on gemstone crystals. In darkness, its eyes sparkle with the glitter of jewels.”
— Pokémon FireRed & LeafGreen Version

Sableye consume gems, causing large parts of their body to take on a gem-like appearance and properties—especially the eyes, which is where much of the public’s fear of this Pokémon rises from. Although they live in the darkness and rarely venture out to trouble humans, the light reflected off their jeweled eyes appears as “a sinister glow in the darkness” and has led to the superstition that this glow indicates Sableye is in the process of stealing a person’s spirit. That never stopped us from welcoming a Dark/Ghost-Type Pokémon to our teams, of course, and the introduction of its Mega Evolution in Gen VI certainly provided even more appeal to this creature.

5. Houndoom

“If you are burned by the flames it shoots from its mouth, the pain will never go away.”
— Pokémon Gold Version

Houndoom’s name says it all: it is a demonic dog, carrying within it a cursed flame that seems drawn straight from the fires of Hell. Okay, yeah, that may be a bit of embellishment, but Houndoom is definitely worth it, with its bone-covered exterior and the descriptions of its blaze’s pain absolutely meant to evoke thoughts of a demon beast. People are even said to have mistaken its howl with the cry of the grim reaper. For those of us who had captured a Houndour, this evolved form became an invaluable partner in battle, and the Mega Evolution provided it in the latest generation made Houndoom an even stronger—and an even
more devilish—contender.

4. Weavile

“Evolution made it even more devious. It communicates by clawing signs in boulders.”
— Pokémon Platinum Version

An evolved form of Sneasel introduced in Gen IV, Weavile is the Sharp Claw Pokémon, a crafty little creature who communicates with others of its kind by slashing special, encoded marks into trees, ice, and rocks. Serving as the series’ sole Dark/Ice-Type evolutionary line, Weavile may have a good number of weaknesses, but its power against Dragon-Types made it quite useful in the years before the Fairy-Type arrived, and even now it still can battle against them and Psychic-Types with great efficiency. It has also appeared in
Pokkén Tournament, where it has become a favorite fighter of several of our staff members.

3. Absol

“Every time Absol appears before people, it is followed by a disaster such as an earthquake or a tidal wave. As a result, it came to be known as the disaster Pokémon.”
— Pokémon Ruby Version

Poor, misunderstood Absol was introduced as a pure Dark-Type in Generation III, and its lore has always stood out to us—its horn gives it the power to foresee natural disasters, and whenever it does so it quickly races down to humans in an attempt to warn them. These efforts resulted in failure or miscommunication often enough, however, that people began to instead believe that Absol was the cause of these terrible events, even going so far as to classify it as the Disaster Pokémon. We all feel pretty sorry for this creature as a result, as it only wanted to do the right thing, but it is cool to see this lore supported in the games: Absol tends to appears in areas where, at some point in the game’s storyline, a grave disaster will strike. That’s a pretty awesome and subtle detail.

Fortunately, plenty of trainers have had a chance to catch and befriend Absol, so it seems like public perception of it has changed as of late. It’s a powerful ally as well, able to learn a variety of attacks in addition to its Dark-Type moves, and it even has its own Mega Evolution, which sees it sporting two angelic wings that give a glimpse at this Pokémon’s true desire to help others.

2. Darkrai

“Folklore has it that on moonless nights, this Pokémon will make people see horrific nightmares.”
— Pokémon Pearl Version

The Nightmare Pokémon of the fourth generation, Darkrai has the power to afflict people with nightmares during the new moon, though it seems to do so out of a desire to protect itself rather than to torment others. As a Mythical Pokémon, it can only be gained through special events like those we’ve been having throughout this twentieth anniversary of the
Pokémon franchise, meaning that many of us have never had the chance to own and use our own Darkrai before now. That doesn’t mean we didn’t fall in love with this creature and its design a long time ago, though; there’s just something fascinating about the wispy, ghost-like appearance of this pure Dark-Type.

In battle, Darkrai’s nightmare powers come into full effect thanks to a combination of its signature move Dark Void, which has a rather high chance of putting any and all opponents to sleep, and its unique ability Bad Dreams, which saps HP from sleeping Pokémon at the end of each turn. Of course, Darkrai can further compliment this terrifying combo with Dream Eater, plus the wide variety of additional attacks it can learn through leveling up and via TMs. It may not be causing nightmares out of malicious intent, but my gosh can it use them to their utmost efficiency. We can’t help but stand in awe of Darkrai as a result.

But if a Mythical Dark-Type can’t manage to take our #1 slot, what possibly could? What Pokémon could we adore more than all others? Well, if you’ve seen our past lists, you might not be surprised by the answer:

1. Umbreon

“When darkness falls, the rings on the body begin to glow, striking fear in the hearts of anyone nearby.”
— Pokémon Silver Version

We freakin’ love our Eeveelutions, as should be clear by now, and it seems that Umbreon is our most treasured of them all—over half of our staff’s participants voted to rank it as our number one Dark-Type, which is
far more support than any other member of the Eevee family received. It’s not hard to see why: not only was it one of the very first Dark-Type Pokémon, and the only pure Dark-Type in its Generation II debut, but Umbreon’s lithe design mixed with the curious golden markings all over its black skin stands out to this day, a simple yet beautiful look for Eevee to take on when it evolves at night. It is said Eevee takes this evolutionary path as a result of bathing in the moon’s energy, and that same energy causes its markings to glow ominously when it prepares to attack.

In battle, Umbreon is more than prepared to take damage as well as dish it out, boasting a high Special Defense and a number of good Dark- and moon-based moves, as is befitting of the so-called Moonlight Pokémon. But what continues to draw us in isn’t really its battling capabilities so much as the bonds we’ve formed with this Eeveelution over the years and the mysterious beauty of its appearance. It’s a hard thing to put into words, but I’ve no doubt that if you’ve used an Umbreon on your team before, you know exactly just how alluring a creature it can be.

All of Eevee’s forms have our love, but Umbreon stands atop both them and the rest of the Dark-Types in our mind. We are thrilled to name it our number one Dark-Type Pokémon.


Thus concludes our team’s list for our favorite Dark-Types! How did you like it—does it have every creature you would include, or did we miss out on a major player? Give us your own lists and thoughts in the comments, and come back tomorrow for yet another Top Ten list of a different Pokémon Type!

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Pokémon Sun and Moon are just one week away from launch, 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! Psychic seems to be Game Freak’s go-to Type for Mythical and Legendary Pokémon, giving us a ton of amazing competitors for this round, but we still managed to sort through them all and select the ones we love the most!

Without further ado, let’s get started with our Top Ten Psychic-Type Pokémon!

10. Espurr

“It has enough psychic energy to blast everything within 300 feet of itself, but it has no control over its power.”
— Pokémon Y

One of a handful of new Psychic-Types introduced in the latest generation, Espurr is a bipedal creature designed after kittens. It has an intense amount of psychic energy at its disposal, and as it is just a little thing, it cannot yet control it very well; it keeps its ears folded up, as otherwise that immense power would leak out, to potentially devastating effect. The folded ears thing is a trait shared with its evolution, Meowstic, but several of our members advocated for Espurr on account of its cuteness, so that’s the form that made our list.

9. Wobbuffet

“Usually docile, a Wobbuffet strikes back ferociously if its black tail is attacked. It makes its lair in caves where it waits for nightfall.”
— Pokémon Emerald Version

Wobbuffet is an interesting Pokémon which was basically born to serve as a champion for the moves Counter and Mirror Coat, the only two damaging moves that it is capable of learning. When attacked, these two moves deal double the amount of damage which was received, with Counter only working with physical attacks and Mirror Coat bouncing back special attacks. It’s a neat little gimmick, and while it may end up being more a bit more risk than reward in the games, in the anime Jessie’s Wobbuffet is a powerful companion for them, practically serving as a fourth member of Team Rocket. It’s a humorous creature, but it can be just as powerful as it is funny when battling Pikachu and the other Pokémon.

8. Gardevoir

“Gardevoir has the psychokinetic power to distort the dimensions and create a small black hole. This Pokémon will try to protect its Trainer even at the risk of its own life.”
— Pokémon Sapphire Version

Gardevoir is known as the Embrace Pokémon, and it serves as one of the final evolutions of Ralts and Kirlia. Capable of predicting the future and seeing impending disasters, Gardevoir will risk even its life to protect a trainer with which it has forged a strong connection, often gaining access to its greatest level of strength in these moments of danger. Such power allows it to distort reality so much that a black hole is formed, though this usually exhausts all its mental energies in the process. Gardevoir’s elegant appearance is already something we love, and the enhancements to its look and its power via Mega Evolution only makes us adore this Pokémon all the more.

7. Celebi

“This Pokémon wanders across time. Grass and trees flourish in the forests in which it has appeared.”
— Pokémon Gold Version

While
Dialga may have created and been placed in control of time, it is hardly the only creature capable of wandering through it at will. Celebi was introduced as one such creature way back in Generation II, and the Time Travel Pokémon is as fascinating as it is cute. The games’ lore reveals that it only appears in times of peace, and forests flourish whenever it does so; people also believe that its continued appearances serve as a sign that the world has a bright future ahead of it. It being a Psychic/Grass-Type also affords it a number of great moves, though we wish we’d gotten more chances to try it out over the years; alas, Celebi being an Event Pokémon does have some major drawbacks.

6. Lugia

“It slumbers at the bottom of a deep trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.”
— Pokémon Black & White Versions

One of the Legendary birds introduced in Generation II, Lugia is the mascot of Pokémon Silver and serves as the master of Gen I’s Legendary trio, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres. It holds power over the weather, able to summon massive storms that last for weeks with a single flap of its wings, and because of the great destruction it is capable of causing, it often hides itself away deep in the ocean and sleeps there alone. But when it awakens, it is a powerful foe, wielding its signature Aeroblast, which is either depicted as a destructive beam of power a hurricane-like vortex depending on the Generation—regardless of how it looks, though, it’s a mighty attack, and one of our favorite things about the Legendary Lugia.

5. Deoxys

“An alien virus that fell to earth on a meteor underwent a DNA mutation to become this Pokémon.”
— Pokémon Diamond & Pearl Versions

Appearing most recently as the final boss of
ORAS‘ post-game Delta Episode, Deoxys is the extraterrestrial DNA Pokémon, an alien virus that evolved into a powerful Psychic creature. Its design is especially noteworthy, with its arms spiraling around one another in the same fashion as DNA—at least, they do in its Normal Forme. Deoxys has three other Formes it can switch between, Attack Forme, Speed Forme, and Defense Forme, each of which boosts their Forme’s titular stats immensely. Each one also alters the Pokémon’s appearance greatly, remaking its body to better reflect its new focus. Deoxys is a fascinating, well-designed creature with a wide variety of options available to it, and, oh yeah, it can fire laser beams from its brain. That’s pretty freaking awesome too.

4. Alakazam

“Its brain cells multiply continually until it dies. As a result, it remembers everything.”
— Pokémon Silver Version

With a brain that outperforms a supercomputer and is capable of remembering everything it ever sees or experiences, Alakazam is the final evolution of Abra and Kadabra, serving as a powerful Psychic-Type in the first generation of games. Referred to as the Psi Pokémon, Alakazam’s brain is actually so large that its neck cannot support its head, and its muscles in general are said to be rather weak, forcing it to use its psychic powers to support itself and to move. This doesn’t seem to slow it down in combat at all, however, as it has plenty of mental energy left to devote to taking down its enemies. And if that wasn’t enough, it also gained a mighty Mega Evolution in Gen VI that strengthens its powers even further.

3. Espeon

“Its fur is so sensitive, it can feel minute shifts in the air and predict the weather… and its foes’ thoughts.”
— Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 Versions

It’s been a little while since our last Type with an Eeveelution, hasn’t it? Don’t think that our love for Eevee and its many paths has diminished over the course of this series, though, as Espeon is one of our top contenders for favorite Psychic-Type. Known as the Sun Pokémon, Eevee can only evolve into Espeon during the day, and in doing so it gains precognitive abilities, a power which stems from its desire to better protect the trainer it loves so dearly. Complimenting these psychic strengths is the fine hairs covering its body, which can detect even the smallest shifts in the air, letting it predict the weather as well as its opponents’ next moves.

Design-wise, Espeon isn’t all that impressive, but it still sets itself apart from other Eeveelutions with its forked tail—which is said to twitch as it predicts its opponent’s moves—and the gem on its forehead—a jewel which serves to boost its Psychic powers even further. With all of this thrown together with our already-established
adoration of Eevee, it’s no surprise to see our staff loving Espeon so dearly.

2. Mew

“Because it can learn any move, some people began research to see if it is the ancestor of all Pokémon.”
— Pokémon Crystal Version

The original Mythical Pokémon which was unobtainable through normal gameplay, Mew is referred to as the “New Species Pokémon” in reference to how, in the day and age of the first generation of games, it was the newest creature to have been discovered. It is also thought to be the original Pokémon, from which every other species had descended from, and while the introduction of creatures like Arceus throw a wrench in a possibility that’s that all-encompassing, it certainly seems to be related to a number of Pokémon. Of course, as a brand new species that is also the ancestor of all Pokémon, and therefore must’ve been around for a long time, Mew is skilled at hiding itself; it is said to be capable of turning itself invisible, and it only shows itself to people who have both pure hearts and a strong desire to meet this rare Pokémon.

Mew’s lore as the origin of all Pokémon is reflected excellently in its ability to learn any TM or HM, regardless of Typing or the usual reliance on a certain body part like wings, and it also gains access to Transform and Metronome through leveling up, which only further enhances its variety of options. While it could theoretically, then, fill any role on your team that you want, failing to make use of its enormous Psychic potential feels like a bit of a waste. It’s a powerful little guy, to be certain.

We love Mew, and the fact that it has appeared so often over the years has only served to increase its renown. Really, there’s only one Psychic Pokémon that we could ever find ourselves more drawn to:

1. Mewtwo

“It was created by a scientist after years of horrific gene splicing and DNA engineering experiments.”
— Pokémon Red & Blue Versions

The original final boss of the
Pokémon franchise, Mewtwo is the result of a series of terrible experiments done by scientists on recovered DNA of Mew. While secrets concerning its creation and struggles are scattered about the first generation’s titles, and its battle in Cerulean Cave will likely always be a high point in our memories, the thing that really pushed Mewtwo over the top for us would have to be its role in the first Pokémon movie. The Genetic Pokémon’s almighty power was on full display for all to see, its backstory was revealed in a terrifying manner, and its questions about its purpose in life is one that every one of us could relate to on some level. The games state that Mewtwo has “the most savage heart of all Pokémon,” but we all want to believe that, like in the movies, it learns to be compassionate and trusting as time goes on.

Mewtwo has gotten plenty of respect in the games as well, of course, being one of the most powerful creatures in the original titles and later returning in the Kalos region with not one, but two mighty Mega Evolutions at its disposal. Mega Mewtwo Y bolsters its Psychic abilities even further than it always was, while Mega Mewtwo X gains a partial Fighting-Typing and becomes a powerful physical attacker as well. It’s one of the mightiest Pokémon of all time, at least in the minds and perception of fans, and it was amazing to see Game Freak bring it back again in such an epic way.

While a number of Psychic Types have caught our attention and gained our devotion, Mewtwo will always be one of the best—not only for its design, its abilities, and its Mega forms, but indeed for the sheer power of the story and development that so many of us experienced this Pokémon going through. Mewtwo is more than a creature in many of our minds; it is a character all its own. How could we not make such a Pokémon our number one choice for Psychic-Types?


That does it for our list of the superior Psychics! Who all was missing from our list that you thought deserved to be there, and which creatures did you agree with us on? Let us see your lists and thoughts in the comments, and drop by again tomorrow for another Top Ten list of a different Pokémon Type!

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Pokémon Sun and Moon are little more than a week away, 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! This time we’re looking over all the Fighting-Type Pokémon out there; it took a number of close battles in all of our minds, but we’ve finally put together the list of the brawlers we think most deserve a shot at a title. Also, I wrote a fair chunk of this late at night, so apologies in advance for any Fighting puns that slipped through.

That said, let’s get started with our rankings for the Top Ten Fighting-Type Pokémon!

10. Throh

“When they encounter foes bigger than themselves, they try to throw them. They always travel in packs of five.”
— Pokémon White Version

Starting off, we have Throh, the fighter from Generation V whose name is so blatantly simple that there’s really not much that needs be said about its combat style. It throws stuff, learning moves like Seismic Toss, Vital Throw, Storm Throw, and Circle Throw as it levels up. Its strength somehow seems to be derived from the belts it wears, which it crafts itself using vines. Despite the simplicity of the premise, the Judo Pokémon executes well enough on it to get a place on our list.

9. Pancham / Pangoro

“It does its level best to glare and pull a scary face, but it can’t help grinning if anyone pats its head.”
— Pancham entry, Pokémon Y

Generation VI was a bit light on new Fighting-Types, but it did a fantastic job with the introduction of Pancham and Pangoro. Pancham is a cute little guy who tries to look tough, but at its core it’s a sweetheart, enough so that it has been labeled as the Playful Pokémon. It’s always seen chewing on a leaf, which
X calls its “trademark.” Pangoro, on the other hand, it a pretty impressive beast—a Fighting/Dark-Type known as the Daunting Pokémon, which uses its own leaf to sense its foes’ movements. And yet, while it may be violent in its own right, one thing it will never accept is bullying, which is a laudable tidbit for Game Freak to throw in there.

8. Hariyama

“It has the habit of challenging others without hesitation to tests of strength. It’s been known to stand on train tracks and stop trains using forearm thrusts.”
— Pokémon Emerald Version

Hariyama is a massive fighter, standing at 7’07” and weighing nearly 560 lbs., and that gives the Arm Thrust Pokémon a ton of bulk to throw behind every single one of its attacks. Based on sumo wrestlers, it often challenges other massive Pokémon to tests of strength so it can see how powerful it is. While its primary attack is, of course, Arm Thrust, it also gets access to a solid number of other Fighting moves and Physical attacks, and its heft ensures that it can take numerous hits before it finally goes down for the count.

7. Medicham

“Through yoga training, it gained the psychic power to predict its foe’s next move.”
— Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver Version

Serving as the evolved form of Meditite, Medicham and its line are the first Pokémon to be dual Fighting and Psychic-Type Pokémon, which, while not giving it many resistance or immunities, does cancel out a number of the weaknesses that those two Types usually possess. It is skilled in yoga, giving it an elegant, dance-like fighting style that allows it to avoid attacks and launch its own in a single motion. Come Gen VI, Medicham also gained a Mega Evolution, in which state it can use its mental powers to create four additional, ghost-like arms for use in battle.

6. Mankey / Primeape

“It grows angry if you see its eyes and gets angrier if you run. If you beat it, it gets even madder.”
— Primeape entry, Pokémon Diamond & Pearl Versions

One of the original Fighting-Types in the series, Mankey and Primeape are known as the Pig Monkey Pokémon and are very hot-tempered creatures—especially Primeape, who can only calm down when no one else is nearby. Mankey is sometimes calm, but it can transition into a state of “towering rage” at a moment’s notice with little or no provocation, and when one gets mad its entire colony starts rampaging right along with it. They may be hard to handle, but this fury translates to some powerful battling capabilities and strong Fighting-Type attacks. Adding those to this pair’s simple yet distinctive designs give the Pig Monkeys high marks in our books.

5. Hawlucha

“Although its body is small, its proficient fighting skills enable it to keep up with big bruisers like Machamp and Hariyama.”
— Pokémon X

Designed after the masked luchador fighters of Latin America, Hawlucha is the Wrestling Pokémon introduced in the Kalos region. It has the unique Typing matchup of both Flying and Fighting, granting it a number of attacks from each Type, as well as its signature move, Flying Press—a uniquely dual-type move that acts as both a Fighting and Flying attack, drastically altering the kinds of Pokémon it is effective against. It’s a powerful ability, and mixed with Hawlucha’s unique Typing and excellent design, this Pokémon is one we’d definitely cheer on in a fight.

4. Hitmonchan / Hitmontop

“While apparently doing nothing, it fires punches in lightning fast volleys that are impossible to see.”
— Hitmonchan entry, Pokémon Red & Blue Versions

Hitmonchan and Hitmontop are two of the possible evolutions for Gen II’s Tyrogue, the former modeled after a boxer while the latter takes after practitioners of “Capoeira,” a martial art from Brazil centered around kicks, spins, and high mobility. Each are powerful fighters in their own rights, with Hitmonchan able to cause burns just from grazing an opponent with its punch, while Hitmontop spins so fast it can bore its way into the ground if it isn’t careful—imagine how painful it must be when such swift spins connect with its target! These two Pokémon have been with us for a while, and we’ve grown rather fond of them and their fighting styles over the years.

3. Machamp

“It punches with its four arms at blinding speed. It can launch 1,000 punches in two seconds.”
— Pokémon Diamond Version

The absurdly-muscular Superpower Pokémon from the very first generation of games, Machamp is the final evolution of Machop and Machoke, obtainable back then only for those of us with a Link Cable and assistance from our fellow trainers. Getting a Machamp from all that added effort was certainly worth it, however, as this four-armed creature packs a serious punch—it’s said that a solid hit will send opponents “clear over the horizon.” Lest you think that mere hyperbole, Pearl states that a single punch from Machamp can send an entire train flying. And of course, it has speed to match, able to deal out one thousand punches in two seconds, which would simply decimate anything standing its way.

Machamp can learn a number of Fighting-Type moves; it is said to have mastered every form of martial arts, so it’s cool to see this lore brought into gameplay with its wide variety of attacks: throws, punches, chops, kicks, and more are all at its disposal. It’s certainly not a Pokémon you’d want to have to face off against, and its impressive build and powerful strikes make Machamp a favorite in many of our books.

2. Hitmonlee

“It is also called the Kick Master. It uses its elastic legs to execute every known kick.”
— Pokémon Crystal Version

You guys didn’t think we’d forgotten dear old Hitmonlee, did you? No, the master of the High Jump Kick is in fact our favorite of the bunch, with its springlike legs allowing it to leap heads and shoulders above the other evolutions of Tyrogue. Hitmonlee’s legs can contract and stretch out like springs, reaching up to twice their normal length to attack distant or fleeing opponents, and it also has “an awesome sense of balance” which lets it unleash a flurry of kicks regardless of the position it finds itself in. That all would be devastating enough on its own, both to the body and morale, but Yellow Version throws in an added, especially painful detail: its feet are as hard as diamonds, ensuring each attack completely destroys Hitmonlee’s opponent.

Legs are obviously the focus of this Pokémon, to the point where its design doesn’t even have a real head; it’s simply a torso with eyes on its top, which is a bit strange. But it’s probably also an efficient form for keeping its center of gravity low, which may be what grants Hitmonlee its incredible sense of balance. Regardless of the reasons, the unique design certainly doesn’t turn us off from this fantastic Fighting-Type, and we are always happy to put the many Kick attacks it learns to good use.

But what Pokémon can rise even higher than Hitmonlee? Which fighter takes the belt in our book? Turns out, this selection was one of the easiest decisions we’ve made in this series:

1. Lucario

“A well-trained one can sense auras to identify and take in the feelings of creatures over half a mile away.”
— Pokémon Platinum Version

Introduced in Generation IV, the Aura Pokémon Lucario quickly became a fan favorite due to its awesome design and its major role in one of the eighth
Pokémon movie, Lucario and the Mystery of Mew. Several Lucario have featured prominently in the years since it was first revealed, whether it be in the anime, spinoff or crossover titles like Pokkén Tournament and Super Smash Bros., or even within the main series itself—Pokémon X and Y have you obtain a Lucario to serve as the first Pokémon you Mega Evolve, for example.

Even without all this added importance placed on it, though, Lucario is a pretty amazing creature, capable of reading a special energy of its opponents called Aura to predict their moves and follow them even when they escape its vision. Likely designed after Anubis, the canine Egyptian lord of the dead, it can also use Aura for offensive purposes, as seen with its key Aura Sphere attack. Lucario is also both a Fighting- and a Steel-Type Pokémon, granting it a number of solid resistances and a good variety of extra moves it can learn to take out its foes. To top it all off is Lucario’s aforementioned Mega Evolution, a form that modifies both its design to be more epic and its Aura sensing abilities to be more powerful.

Lucario is an impressive creature no matter what angle you approach it from: an intriguing design and lore, solid Typing and move pool, and plenty of major appearances throughout a number of
Pokémon-related media. This guy is everywhere, and for good reason, because it’s simply an awesome creature. We are thrilled to see it named the champion of our list of Fighting-Type Pokémon.


So there you have it: the battle is over, and the victor of Fighting-Types has been crowned! At least as far as our team’s choices go, that is. Is Lucario truly the best Fighter in the Pokémon series, or is there one that you treasure even more highly? What do you think of our other choices? Give us your thoughts in the comments, and come back tomorrow for yet another Top Ten list for a different Pokémon Type!

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Pokémon Sun and Moon are less than two weeks away, 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! We’re now more than halfway through our series of lists, and the next one we’re gearing up to knock out is the Steel-Types. We’ve all made our choices and figured out who the staff’s overall favorites are, so let’s get going with our Top Ten Steel-Type Pokémon!

10. Cobalion

“It has a body and heart of steel. Its glare is sufficient to make even an unruly Pokémon obey it.”
— Pokémon White Version

A member, and perhaps the leader, of the “Swords of Justice” group of Gen V Legendaries, Cobalion is known as the Iron Will Pokémon and is said to have battled against humans in the past, seeking to protect its fellow Pokémon from those men who would do them harm. As one of the Legendary Swords, Cobalion has access to the powerful Sacred Sword attack, and it can also learn other solid Fighting- and Steel-Type attacks as it grows.

9. Registeel

“Registeel was imprisoned by people in ancient times. The metal composing its body is thought to be a curious substance that is not of this earth.”
— Pokémon Sapphire Version

One of the Legendary Titans of the third generation of titles, Registeel is said to be made of a metal that both is not of this world and was further strengthened by pressure underground for thousands of years. Despite its body’s resilience to damage, the metallic substance it is composed of can stretch or shrink flexibly; another oddity is that the inside of its body is apparently hollow. However it is that Registeel works is sure to be fascinating, and we’d love to see the
Pokémon games delve into that mystery in a future entry.

8. Aegislash

“Apparently, it can detect the innate qualities of leadership. According to legend, whoever it recognizes is destined to become king.”
— Pokémon Y

Aegislash is the final evolution of Honedge, a Steel/Ghost-Type Pokémon introduced in the Kalos region—and that pair of Typings is a powerful one, lending it resistances/immunities to twelve of the eighteen Types, albeit at the cost of four Types it is weak against (which, really, isn’t too terrible). Aegislash also has two different Formes it can take: a Blade Forme for dealing heavy damage and a Shield Forme for turning into a defensive wall. It’s a versatile Pokémon with a wide range of options, and the idea of it being a possessed sword and shield with the power to select a leader—and, perhaps, use its Ghostly abilities to force people to follow them—is some pretty sweet lore.

7. Mawile

“It uses its docile-looking face to lull foes into complacency, then bites with its huge, relentless jaws.”
— Pokémon FireRed & LeafGreen Versions

Known as the Deceiver Pokémon, Mawile is a creature with a huge set of horns that have grown over the years to become a second set of steel jaws; it is said to lure foes in with its sweet and nonthreatening appearance before turning on and striking them with these massive teeth. These jaws are powerful, too, able to chew straight through iron beams, and their strength gets ramped up even further when Mawile undergoes Mega Evolution. Mega Mawile even has a second set of horn jaws that sprout from its head, and compared to the original Mawile’s jaws, these look positively ferocious and ready to rip their victims to shreds.

6. Aggron

“You can tell its age by the length of its iron horns. It claims an entire mountain as its territory.”
— Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver Version

Aggron is the final form of Aron, and its description as the “Iron Armor Pokémon” certainly fits well with the metal plating that covers its body. This creature is highly territorial, claiming an entire mountain for itself and mercilessly defending it from anyone or anything it deems an intruder—but it is also responsible for its home, with
Sapphire noting that it will bring fresh soil to and plant trees in regions harmed by natural disasters like wildfires or landslides. It too received a Mega Evolution in Gen VI, making its armor even more pronounced. We can only imagine the level of terror we’d feel encountering this beast on its home turf, and we’d certainly never set foot on said mountain again.

5. Skarmory

“Its sturdy wings look heavy, but they are actually hollow and light, allowing it to fly freely in the sky.”
— Pokémon Gold Version

One of the first Steel-Type Pokémon even introduced into the
Pokémon games, Skarmory is a bird completely forged from metal—metallic wings, metallic head, metallic body and talons… And yet its body is somehow surprisingly light, allowing it to soar through the skies at speeds exceeding 180 MPH. Its entire body can be turned into a weapon, with feathers it loses having been used as swords and knives by people in the past, and any damage done to its wings is completely restored within a year. It’s a strong Gen II Pokémon, and several of us have had one on our teams over the years.

4. Jirachi

“Jirachi will awaken from its sleep of a thousand years if you sing to it in a voice of purity. It is said to make true any wish that people desire.”
— Pokémon Sapphire Version

The third generation’s Legendary “Wish Pokémon,” Jirachi is said to sleep for a thousand years at a time, only awakening for one week so that it can grant any wishes requested of it. During this slumber it becomes encased in a tough, crystalline shell, but if that isn’t enough to protect it, Jirachi can also fight back against attackers while in the midst of its dreams. This includes using its mighty signature move Doom Desire, an amped up, Steel-Type version of Future Sight that can deal some serious damage to foes. Also, if all that wasn’t enough, Jirachi’s a pretty cute creature; how could we not adore it?

3. Dialga

“A legendary Pokémon of Sinnoh. It is said that time flows when Dialga’s heart beats.”
— Pokémon Platinum Version

The extra-dimensional Legendary created by Arceus to be lord of all time, Dialga has the power to move between the past, present, and future at will, as well as to warp time so that it slows down or stops entirely. Sinnoh lore even states that time only began moving when this Temporal Pokémon was first born. Its enormous, armored frame has always caught our attention, and giving it a body reminiscent of a dinosaur is a fitting choice given the aspect of reality in commands. The role it serves in the games also drew us to Dialga, as it could very well have halted the main Pokémon universe before giving rise to another if Team Galactic had gotten their way, which shows just how mighty it can truly be.

On the battling side of things, Dialga’s Steel- and Dragon-Typings are both powerful choices, providing it was an advantage over a number of Types, and its signature Roar of Time move has the most powerful base attack of any Dragon-Type move in the series. There are plenty of other strong moves it can learn as well, like Iron Tail or Dragon Claw, to turn it into a truly terrifying opponent. All-in-all, Dialga is definitely worth of its legendary status, and it has quite a number of fans among our staff.

2. Metagross

“Metagross has four brains that are joined by a complex neural network. As a result of integration, this Pokémon is smarter than a supercomputer.”
— Pokémon Emerald Version

Serving as the Iron Leg Pokémon, the final evolution of Beldum, and the signature partner of Hoenn champion Steven Stone, Metagross is a pseudo-Legendary creature formed when two Metang fuse together, thereby obtaining the power of the four Beldum the Metang were comprised of. This gives it incredible computational powers, which it uses to analyze enemies and determine how best to attack them. Despite its large weight, whether due to some mechanical prowess or its secondary Psychic-Typing, Metagross is even capable of flight. And lest you think this some simple computer, it also hunts its own food, which it traps beneath its heavy form as it devours them.

Being both Steel and Psychic, Metagross has a ton of strengths and moves to draw on in battle, with a variety of powerful attacks that it can learn as it levels up. And of course, if that’s still not enough for you, you can always turn to Mega Metagross, a Mega Evolution that floats in the air constantly so that it can turn all four of its mighty claws to bear on its opponent. It also holds even better computational abilities than its standard form. Metagross just has an awesome design, awesome Typing, and awesome lore that definitely make it a solid contender for the best Steel-Type.

But with all of Metagross’ strengths, there was still one more creature that we felt was superior. One that stands tall above all other metallic Pokémon:

1. Steelix

“It is said that if an Onix lives for 100 years, its composition becomes diamondlike as it evolves into a Steelix.”
— Pokémon Gold Version

Introduced in Generation II as a brand new evolution for the classic Rock-Type Onix, Steelix is an even taller serpent whose body has been transformed by the heat and high pressure of the earth into a form harder than diamonds. This Pokémon lives deep underground, going as far down as six-tenths of a mile, a habitat afforded it by its ability to chew up boulders with its jaw and see in the dark. It’s design is a tad more complex than its pre-evolution, though not by much, consisting mainly of a much wider, hornless head and jaw, a spear-like tail, and several body segments with their own pillars of metal extending from the sides.

If you want a true transformation, however, Steelix can obtain that as well via Mega Evolution. With added armor to its jaw, its pillar segments turning into crystal spikes, and a series of crystal discs revolving around its head, Mega Steelix has a truly fearsome appearance, with its height increased even further and its weight nearly doubled from its original form. Its attack and defenses are boosted to make up for its low speed, and it is said to be able to withstand any temperatures or attack without flinching. Those last points may not play out so much in the games, but it’s certainly some impressive lore that makes its Mega form seem truly powerful.

Whichever version of Steelix you prefer, its appeal as one of the very first Steel-Types as well as the evolution of a beloved first generation Pokémon is very strong. We’ve had a long time to come to love this creature, and despite all the competition in recent years, its age has not harmed our opinion of it at all. Steelix is an awesome Steel-Type Pokémon, and we are pleased to see it named our favorite of the bunch.


That ends our look at the Steel-Types we think most highly of! Which ones would you have chosen for your own Top Ten list? Are they similar to ours or wildly different? Give us your thoughts in the comments, and come back tomorrow for yet another Top Ten list for a different Pokémon Type!

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The Top 10 Rock-Type Pokémon

Pokémon Sun and Moon are less than two weeks away, 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! Next up on our list of lists is the Rock-Type, filled with a ton of ancient and interesting creatures, and we went through them all to choose the ones we liked the best.

So then, let’s check out our picks for the Top Ten Rock-Type Pokémon!

10. Regirock

“It is entirely composed of rocks with no sign of a brain or heart. It is a mystery even to modern scientists.”
— Pokémon FireRed & LeafGreen Versions

Regirock is one of the Hoenn region’s Legendary Titans, a trio of ancient creatures who fall under command of the great Regigigas. While all the Titans boast some impressive strength in battle, Regirock also has the ability to heal its injuries by simply finding more rocks to replace any that have been lost from its body, leading to a patchwork appearance for this creature. How it does all this without a brain of its own is a bit odd and somewhat fascinating, perhaps indicating that
it too takes inspiration from the legendary Jewish Golems.

9. Tyrantrum

“Thanks to its gargantuan jaws, which could shred thick metal plates as if they were paper, it was invincible in the ancient world it once inhabited.”
— Pokémon X

Reborn through use of the ancient Jaw Fossil, the little Tyrunt soon evolves into the mighty Tyrantrum, a T-Rex-inspired beast whose teeth could rip through practically anything in the ancient world. Despite its tiny arms, the beast’s huge head and similarly large mouth carved out a dominion for this Pokémon, and its constant victories apparently led to it behaving “like a king.” The Pokédex doesn’t go into detail about what exactly that entailed, but the awesome design and great strength of this “Despot Pokémon” sure would make us give it the royal treatment.

8. Aurorus / Amaura

“Using its diamond-shaped crystals, it can instantly create a wall of ice to block an opponent’s attack.”
— Aurorus entry, Pokémon X

No, we haven’t started grouping
all evolutionary lines together for these lists, but when they chart right next to one another like Aurorus and Amaura did, we figured combining them was far better than doing back-to-back entries on each. Amaura and Aurorus are Tyrantrum’s fellow fossil Pokémon from Gen VI, these two being icy sauropods who lived in regions too cold for predators. Aurorus is able to generate freezing winds up to -240 degrees Fahrenheit, while Amaura is shown in the anime to be able to generate auroras in the sky by crying out. Visually, the most notable feature of these Tundra Pokémon is the sails running around Amaura’s eyes and down Aurorus’ neck, which also became the primary feature of the fossil they were reborn from.

7. Geodude / Golem

“Found in fields and mountains. Mistaking them for boulders, people often step or trip on them.”
— Geodude entry, Pokémon Red & Blue Versions

When people think of Rock-Type Pokémon, very few creatures are going to spring to mind faster than Geodude and its evolutions—creatures formed entirely of living rock, even sometimes being mistaken for stones in their earlier evolutionary stages. Geodude are often stepped on by travelers on accident, but they don’t appear to mind this. Golem, however, is a massive creature who you’ll definitely see coming—especially if it’s tucked into its ball form and rolling directly at you. This final evolution has a skin hard enough to withstand dynamite, and it continues to grow by shedding its skin once a year. These two are some of the original Rock-Types in the series, and while it’s a shame that our staff doesn’t seem as fond of Graveler, Geodude and Golem are definitely worth including on this list.

6. Kabutops

“With sharp claws, this ferocious, ancient Pokémon rips apart prey and sucks their body fluids.”
— Pokémon Silver Version

Our apologies to those who often lie awake at night, trembling at the mere thought of the dreaded Dome, but that extra piece of
Twitch Plays Pokémon fan-lore simply isn’t enough to stop us from finding Kabutops cool. One of the original fossil Pokémon from the first generation, this Shellfish Pokémon is the evolution of little Kabuto, and it has gained fierce weapons in this new form—two impressive, scythe-like blades extend from each arm, ready to slice opponents to shreds, and its newly-formed legs let it efficiently travel both on land and sea. It’s quite the battle-ready Pokémon, and to those of us who don’t mind the fact that it literally drinks the blood of its victims, it’s one we value highly.

5. Onix

“As it grows, the stone portions of its body harden to become similar to black-colored diamonds.”
— Pokémon LeafGreen Version

If any Pokémon is more of a go-to example for Rock-Types than the Geodude line, it’s Onix. While a snake made of stones was always cool, many of us didn’t realize just how enormous it was until we saw Brock summon his in the anime—and once you see just how big 28’10” is, you do
not forget it. Even with this massive size and a distinct lack of arms, Onix can burrow through the earth at speeds of 50 MPH in search of food, leaving behind vast tunnel systems that other Pokémon like Diglett can then inhabit. It’s a terrifying creature to have to confront and battle against, but once you had a giant Rock-Type serpent on your side, it was a companion like none other.

4. Sudowoodo

“Although it always pretends to be a tree, its composition appears to be closer to a rock than a plant.”
— Pokémon Gold Version

Anyone who’s played through the second generation of games had that original encounter with the strange tree blocking your path, forcing you on a lengthy trek the long way around to reach Goldenrod City. Of course, this “tree” ended up being Sudowoodo, a Rock-Type Pokémon who merely camouflages itself as a wooden roadblock, but it shows its true colors the moment water is sprayed on it and challenges you to a fight. It’s a memorable encounter, certainly, especially for those of us who didn’t have the internet and had to puzzle our way through why this creature was resisting attacks that usually do great against Grass-Types. Once we captured it and saw its typing, though, everything suddenly made sense, which is just a neat surprise to get in a series where appearances are rarely so deceptive.

3. Omanyte

“One of the ancient and long-since-extinct Pokémon that have been regenerated from fossils by humans. If attacked, it withdraws into its hard shell.”
— Pokémon Emerald Version

We may have a fondness for Kabutops in spite of its more devilish origins, but none of us can escape the draw of the mighty Lord Helix. Omanyte and Omastar have been some excellently designed creatures since the beginning, sure, but it really was the legends spawned by
Twitch Plays Pokémon that turned it into an internet-wide sensation. Seeing this little guy as a long-lost deity of the TPP world who was eventually restored and led our hero to victory in his quest to become Champion of the Kanto region is just awesome.

In
canon lore, on the other hand, Omanyte isn’t really all that special, but it does still have a neat design and a strong evolution. Crafted after the extinct Ammonite species of mollusks, the helix-shaped shell for which its fossil is name is used both for protection as well as to help it swim through deep waters, as it draws air in or expels it from this shell to control its buoyancy. It also uses its ten tentacles to help guide it through the currents. Omanyte has a simple design for a seemingly simple Pokémon, but it’s managed to use its divine powers to reveal its true nature elsewhere in the fandom and become one of our favorites. At least, that’s how we choose to interpret what happened on Twitch.

2. Aerodactyl

“In prehistoric times, this Pokémon flew freely and fearlessly through the skies.”
— Pokémon Crystal Version

It may not feature in the
TPP lore anywhere close to the level of its fellow Gen I fossils, but Aerodactyl is still a mighty Pokémon that has long been a favorite in the eyes of many fans. It can soar the skies in spite of its Rock-Typing, and its large wings, fanged mouth, sharp talons, and spiked tail all work together seamlessly to give it a rather imposing figure. It is said to be vicious, and it often aims to rip into an opponent’s throat with its jaws; one can only wonder who would come out on top if Aerodactyl was pitted against a Tyrantrum in battle.

To date, the mighty Aerodactyl is the only fossil Pokémon that you can obtain without having to give up a second fossil in exchange, and for a long time it was also the only Fossil Pokémon incapable of evolving—but this all changed with the introduction of Mega Evolutions, which gave rise to Mega Aerodactyl. This new form truly chose to accentuate the Rock-Type features of this creature, taking its once-smooth body and introducing jagged armor and spikes all over it. Some of us like this new design, and others prefer the original, non-Mega form, but either way we have to respect this dominant flyer of the ancient world.

And so, with all the best fossil Pokémon (at least in our opinion) out of the way, which mighty Rock-Type is left to take the top slot? What could possibly be chosen to reign over all the others? For us, it was a close battle, but in the end we had to go with:

1. Tyranitar

“Tyranitar is so overwhelmingly powerful, it can bring down a whole mountain to make its nest. This Pokémon wanders about in mountains seeking new opponents to fight.”
— Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire Versions

Regarded as the Armor Pokémon, Tyranitar is the only Rock- and Dark-Type Pokémon in the series, and it does both of these Typings proud. Its thick skin is basically an impenetrable suit of armor, and as a result Tyranitar’s body is said to be unable to be harmed, no matter what attack is thrown its way, which has led to it becoming a very aggressive and battle-hungry creature. It often goes on rampages, and these can result in so many changes to the mountains and rivers of the area that entire maps may need to be redrawn. All this is wrapped together with “an insolent nature that makes it not care about others,” which certainly turns Tyranitar into a terrifying force—after all, what’s to stop it from just mowing you down along with whatever mountain you happen to be standing on? Nothing.

Tyranitar gains some strong attacks from both its Types, such as Crunch and Stone Edge, as well as some of the most powerful attacks in the game, like Hyper Beam and Giga Impact, making those Pokédex entries about its destructive power no empty threat. Come Gen VI, it also gained a Mega Evolution that provided its armored body with extra horns and thick plating…though being surrounded by so much armor
does make its tiny arms stand out a bit more, in a bit of a comical way.

Nevertheless, we’ve always adored this Pokémon’s massive size and powerful capabilities, and no minor touches of humor will make us forget about all the times we used this beast against our opponents and walked away with victory. Tyranitar is stellar in design and in strength, and we are happy to proclaim him our number one favorite Rock-Type Pokémon.


And thus concludes the list of our favorite Rock-Types! What do you think of our selections? Did we forget anyone who seems like an obvious choice to you, or is this list solid as a rock? Let us know what you think of this in the comments, and come back tomorrow for our next Top Ten list for a different Pokémon Type!

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The Top 10 Ground-Type Pokémon

Pokémon Sun and Moon are less than two weeks away, 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! Our staff had a number of great Ground-Type creatures to choose from for today’s list, and we all worked hard to select our favorite ten of these earth-loving creatures.

So let’s get started! Here are our choices for the Top Ten Ground-Type Pokémon:

10. Golurk

“It flies across the sky at Mach speeds. Removing the seal on its chest makes its internal energy go out of control.”
— Pokémon Black Version

A mighty Pokémon created in ancient times, Golurk is designed after the Golems of Jewish folklore: beings formed from clay or mud into a humanoid shape and then brought to life through magical means. Its look also seems somewhat similar to, and could very well be inspired further by, the giant robots and mecha that pop up so frequently in modern Japanese anime and culture. Golurk’s secondary Typing as a Ghost-Type gives it a wide variety of moves to compliment its primary Ground abilities, and strangely enough, it can even learn Fly…which really just makes the mecha allusions all the stronger.

9. Krookodile

“They never allow prey to escape. Their jaws are so powerful, they can crush the body of an automobile.”
— Pokémon Black Version

Krookodile is the final evolutionary stage of the Sandile line, a Ground- and Dark-Type creature whose appearance definitely matches up with that latter Typing. Its dark red scales may look menacing, but it lightens things up a bit with the way the area around its eyes look like sunglasses, transforming it from what could have been an evil looking creature into one that looks stereotypically “cool.” Even so, they are apparently pretty violent, never letting targets escape their excellent vision and the crushing might of their jaws.

8. Marowak

“It collects bones from an unknown place. Some whisper that a Marowak graveyard exists somewhere in the world.”
— Pokémon SoulSilver Version

When Cubone overcomes its grief and adopts a more violent temperament, it succeeds in evolving into the mighty Marowak, a savage, bone-wielding warrior with a skull for a face. It is incredibly skilled with its weapon, as reflected in its signature Bone Club and Bonemerang attacks, and of course it also has access to a number of other Ground-Type attacks, though usually these require TMs for it to learn. While we admire Marowak a great deal already, we’re especially intrigued by its upcoming Fire/Ghost Alolan form, which looks like a great new twist on this classic creature.

7. Sandslash

“It curls up, then rolls into foes with its back. Its sharp spines inflict severe damage.”
— Pokémon Diamond & Pearl Versions

Sandslash is the evolved form of Sandshrew, gaining enormous claws in the evolutionary process that allow it to cut through both enemies and the earth with ease. It also gains a back covered in sharp quills, which it can use to dig into opponents by rolling up into a ball, and while both the spines and claws may be break from the stress of overuse, Sandslash will begin to regrow them in less than a day. It’s a pretty simple but solid design, and it’s getting a neat revamp with Alolan Sandslash in Gen VII…although we do have to wonder how well the
Sandslash name can work for an Ice/Steel-Type Pokémon…

6. Groudon

“Groudon is said to be the personification of the land itself. Legends tell of its many clashes against Kyogre, as each sought to gain the power of nature.” — Pokémon Omega Ruby

One of the powerful Legendary Pokémon of the third generation, Groudon wages an endless war against Kyogre of the seas by summoning droughts and forcing volcanoes to erupt, thereby evaporating water and expanding the reach of the land. Its design is definitely reminiscent of dinosaurs, and the power at its disposal is certainly nothing to take lightly. Just like
with Kyogre, the ORAS remakes reintroduced us to Groudon in a phenomenal way, with its new signature move Precipice Blades and its Reversion to Primal Groudon helping us to fall in love with this mighty Legendary all over again.

5. Dugtrio

“These Diglett triplets dig over 60 miles below sea level. No one knows what it’s like underground.”
— Pokémon Crystal Version

Diglett and Dugtrio first entered the Pokémon universe in the first generation, and now, twenty years later, we still haven’t a clue what they look like underground. You’d think somebody would have dug one up so we could see the whole thing at some point, but nope! It’s as much of a mystery as Game Freak’s reasoning for giving Alolan Dugtrio those weird new hairdos. These mysteries might play a big role in our fascination with this line, but the three headed evolution is also pretty neat in its own right, as it’s capable of digging up to sixty miles deep in a single hour—a trait which affords it powerful Ground-Type attacks like Earthquake and its once-signature move Fissure in the process.

4. Donphan

“If Donphan were to tackle with its hard body, even a house could be destroyed. Using its massive strength, the Pokémon helps clear rock and mud slides that block mountain trails.”
— Pokémon Sapphire Version

Referred to in the Pokédex as the Armor Pokémon, Donphan is the evolved form of Phanpy and resembles an elephant with tire treads running down the length of its back. That armor is aptly designed, though, as Donphan can easily roll up to take a tire-like form and drive directly through opponents with the force necessary to demolish a house. This lends itself perfectly towards giving Donphan the dreaded Rollout move, and its tusks have also often served it well in a fight. Donphan’s design simply looks like a powerful form, like one that you would fear coming across, and its various body parts functioning together so perfectly makes it a creature we can’t help but adore.

3. Rhydon

“By lightly spinning its drill-like horn, it can easily shatter even a diamond in the rough.”
— Pokémon Crystal Version

Rhydon is known throughout the
Pokémon fandom as the very first Pokémon to ever be created and added to the code of Japan’s original Red and Green versions. It is designed after both dinosaurs and rhinoceroses—though the horn that lies in the center of its face obvious takes after a modern drill instead, and in more than just appearance. Rhydon can spin it exactly like a drill, and the force this weapon creates can shatter even diamonds. That’s hardly the only component to this Pokémon’s strength, however, as its hide can withstand molten lava and its tail can collapse buildings with a single sweeping motion.

While Rhydon may have gotten a further evolution into Rhyperior in the fourth generation, this original beast will always be our preferred member of this evolutionary line due to how often we used it in our old quests. The Drill Pokémon is powerful all on its own, capable of learning a variety of attacks of multiple Types (even Surf, somehow), and it’s intelligent enough to make it into quite the worthy partner for a Pokémon Master.

2. Cubone

“Cubone pines for the mother it will never see again. Seeing a likeness of its mother in the full moon, it cries. The stains on the skull the Pokémon wears are made by the tears it sheds.”
— Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire Versions

Marowak may be the strong one in the family, but the lore behind its previous form of Cubone continues to tug at our heartstrings to this day. The timid little creature is said to have lost its mother at a young age, and now it wears her skull on its head in memory of its fallen family member, hiding its face from prying eyes as it struggles to overcome the trauma caused by its great loss. Sure, this doesn’t really hold up so well when you take into account the breeding mechanic introduced in Gen II, and Game Freak maybe should have created a baby form for this evolutionary line to help explain the dissonance of how Cubone emerge from their eggs already apparently wearing their mother’s skull. But most of our staff doesn’t bother to nitpick the lore that much.

Like its evolution, Cubone also comes equipped with a bone for a weapon, giving it the unique Bone Club and Bonemerang moves, and its skill with this weapon and these moves is what allows it to survive despite its caretaker’s passing. It’s hard to think of a Pokémon with a sadder backstory, but its ability to press on in spite of all that hardship is a bit inspiring as well. Cubone has become a memorable creature to us simply because, in spite of that strength, we still want nothing more than to hold it close and whisper to the little guy that everything will be alright.

So with that bit of heartbreak out of the way, which Ground-Type creature takes the top slot? What could possibly overcome all the other choices we’ve named so far? Guess what—it’s not a Gen I Pokémon (about time we had one of those, right?). No, instead, we picked…

1. Flygon

“Flygon is nicknamed “the elemental spirit of the desert.” Because its flapping wings whip up a cloud of sand, this Pokémon is always enveloped in a sandstorm while flying.”
— Pokémon Ruby Version

Serving as the final evolution of Trapinch, the mighty Flygon was the very first Pokémon to mix the Typings of Ground and Dragon, and my goodness did it leave a mark when it did so. Modeled after the adult form of the burrowing antlion, probably with a little bit of dragonfly inspiration mixed in for good measure, the Mystic Pokémon Flygon dwells in the desert, kicking up sandstorms each time it flaps its wings. This motion also produces a sound akin to a woman singing, which has led many people to identify it as a desert spirit, even though there doesn’t seem to be anything truly supernatural about it.

As both a Ground- and Dragon-Type Pokémon, Flygon gains access to a vast and powerful move pool, from Earth Power and Earthquake to Dragon Claw and Dragon Rush—and it can further expand its repertoire with TMs and HMs. In addition to more moves of its own Types, Game Freak also took into account its design and lore, giving it access to wing-based moves like Steel Wing and Fly and paying homage to the heat of its desert habitat with its access to Flamethrower and Fire Blast. Even the fact that it’s modeled after insects comes into play, with several Bug-Type moves just waiting to be taught to it. It’s an impressive move set no matter how you look at it, and it’s awesome to see so many elements being used to provide Flygon with such a variety of options.

While Flygon never got the Mega Evolution that Game Freak wanted to provide it with, we’re hopeful that future generations of games will let this creature shine even brighter than before—and even if they don’t, it’s still shining strong already. Flygon is just an incredible Pokémon, and we’re pleased to see it listed as our number one choice of all Ground-Types.


That does it for our list of our favorite Ground-Type Pokémon! What did you think of our choices? Would you have rather seen something else, or is our order exactly how you would place them? Let us know in the comments below, and come back tomorrow for our next Top Ten list for a different Pokémon Type!

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Pokémon Sun and Moon are less than two weeks away, 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! The Electric-Type has a ton of awesome creatures in it, making it really tricky for us to narrow down which ones were our favorites. But after a lot of work, we’ve finally managed to determine the ten that our staff members value most.

So without further ado, here are our Top Ten Electric-Type Pokémon!

10. Blitzle

“Its mane shines when it discharges electricity. They use their flashing manes to communicate with one another.”
— Pokémon Black Version

Based on zebras, Blitzle and its evolved form of Zebstrika first appeared in the fifth generation of the series as an early Electric-Type Pokémon for trainers to encounter and catch. While Zebstrika may be more powerful, many of our staff chose Blitzle as their pick due to its appealing design: a cute little zebra with a smile on its face, even as electricity courses through its mane. Said coursing is used for more than just attacks, though, as Blitzle can communicate with others over long distances by discharging their power, which makes their fur flash in certain sequences.

9. Electabuzz

“Normally found near power plants, they can wander away and cause major blackouts in cities.”
— Pokémon Red & Blue Versions

Electabuzz is a powerful Pokémon which, according to the games’ lore, seems to sustain itself by consuming electricity. This causes it to live primarily near power plants and to scale heights during thunderstorms in the hope of being struck by lightning, a trait that has led some towns to use groups of Electabuzz in place of lightning rods. We love the strong design as well as the pairing of good physical and electrical attacks that this Pokémon has, and while its evolutionary line may have been expanded later on with Elekid and Electivire, we can’t help but be drawn back to the original as our favorite of the bunch.

8. Pichu

“Despite its small size, it can zap even adult humans. However, if it does so, it also surprises itself.”
— Pokémon Silver Version

The baby version of series mascot Pikachu, Pichu takes the powers and abilities of its evolved form and adds an extra dose of cuteness to the mix. While it does have the standard electrically-charged cheeks of their line, these are not yet fully developed. As such, the Tiny Mouse Pokémon lacks control of their energy, enough so that the sparks it creates can surprise or hurt Pichu as much as whatever it’s shocking. One also appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee, exemplifying this aspect of its personality by taking damage itself whenever it used its lightning attacks.

6. (Tied) Raikou

“This Pokémon races across the land while barking a cry that sounds like crashing thunder.”
— Pokémon FireRed Version

Raikou is the electrically-inclined Legendary Beast of Gen II, and it sprints like lightning through the fields of Johto with the rain clouds it carries on its back. Raikou shares the origin story of Entei and Suicune, having been reincarnated by Ho-Oh from a Pokémon that died in the fire of Ecruteak City’s Brass Tower, and like them it is also found throughout the region, often fleeing from battle when encountered rather than fighting. We trekked all over Johto in search of this creature, and the Thunder Pokémon served well worth the difficulty of whittling down its health through a series of battles before finally managing to capture it.

6. (Tied) Zapdos

“This legendary bird Pokémon is said to appear when the sky turns dark and lightning showers down.”
— Pokémon Yellow Version

The lightning-based Legendary Bird of the first generation, Zapdos is capable of creating thunderstorms just by flapping its wings. Its classification as simply the “Electric Pokémon” may seem a tad obvious, but in many ways its design does seem to be the epitome of Electric-Types—its whole body is shaped with thunderbolts in mind, with its wings and head designed after the jagged artistic depiction of lightning and its sharp talons ready to strike at a moment’s notice. We all remember braving the Kanto Power Plant in search of this legendary, and capturing it in those games was a point of pride for all early trainers.

5. Luxray

“When its eyes gleam gold, it can spot hiding prey–even those taking shelter behind a wall.”
— Pokémon Pearl Version

Joining the franchise in Generation IV, Luxray caught our eye from the moment we first saw it—a black-furred lion with power over lightning sounds good on paper, after all, and it works great in execution. If that wasn’t enough, it holds the ability to see through solid objects, allowing it to locate both items and opponents that are hidden from view. Its eyes shine gold when doing so, giving it the moniker of the “Gleam Eyes Pokémon.” It’s a fascinating piece of lore and one that we wish was utilized in some way through the series’ gameplay, but even without that, its awesome design complimented with key electric moves like Thunder Fang and Wild Charge make it a standout creature in our eyes.

4. Jolteon

“It concentrates the weak electric charges emitted by its cells and launches wicked lightning bolts.”
— Pokémon Gold Version

Jolteon is the evolved form of Eevee through use of a Thunder Stone, and it employs the same jagged design as Zapdos to make it look like a living, breathing thunderbolt. It is capable of blasting out electrical attacks to the tune of 10,000 volts, but its electrified hair can also become pointed enough to let it use the Bug-Type Pin Missile attack—and that alone made it a mainstay on many of our teams in the first generation, back when Psychic-Type Pokémon were so overwhelming powerful and it was so hard to get a Bug-Type attack good enough to take such beasts down. That little bit of versatility went a long way, and as such we developed a last respect and love for this Lightning Pokémon.

3. Rotom

“Its body is composed of plasma. It is known to infiltrate electronic devices and wreak havoc.”
— Pokémon Diamond & Pearl Versions

Rotom is an Electric/Ghost-Type Pokémon first seen in the Sinnoh region, but that typing isn’t always accurate—Rotom has the power to possess a variety of different machines and gadgets, and it takes on new powers and Typings whenever it does so. At present, six different variations on the Plasma Pokémon have been revealed, and so this creature has gained massive appeal simply because it can often fill whatever holes you currently have in your party. Not to mention, its forms all have a playful air to them, and it often takes command of machinery for the sole purpose of causing mischief. Which, let’s be honest, is exactly what any of us would do if we had that sort of power, which helps us relate to it a bit more than many Ghosts.

Rotom looks ready to continue its possession tactics to an even greater degree in the upcoming Gen VII games, with one taking over your Pokédex to, in some way, become your main companion through the Alola region. We’re not sure how that’s going to work out in the long run, but for now, we’re definitely looking forward to seeing how this creature handles its newfound role in our adventures.

2. Ampharos

“Ampharos gives off so much light that it can be seen even from space. People in the old days used the light of this Pokémon to send signals back and forth with others far away.”
— Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire Versions

Known as the Light Pokémon, Ampharos is the final evolution of the electric sheep Mareep, a timid Pokémon found in the early areas of the Johto region which we never expected would turn into something so strong. The light its tail gives off is blindingly bright, able to be seen over vast distances, even reaching into outer space; this ability has been employed to search for lost people, deliver messages via special signals, and, as seen most notably in the Gen II games, as the source of light for ports’ lighthouses.

While Ampharos’ appearance may not be that intimidating, its wide Electric move pool makes it a truly dangerous force, and in Gen VI it even gained the ability to use Dragon Pulse—an especially important move given its brand new Mega Evolution, which significantly boosts its Special Attack and tacks on the Dragon-Typing to this creature. Mega Ampharos looks to be designed after Chinese dragons, with its long, flowing hair appearing like a storm cloud from which it can draw its power. It’s a really awesome design and certainly a good reason to give Ampharos a shot in battle, if you hadn’t already been doing. We love Ampharos for what it was and what it’s become, and we can’t wait to see how it continues to evolve in the coming games.

Usually at this point, I’d offer some brief tease about our #1 pick to help lead us into the final entry. But let’s be honest: we all knew going into this that it would be Pikachu.

1. Pikachu

“When several of these Pokémon gather, their electricity could build and cause lightning storms.”
— Pokémon Red & Blue Versions

The mascot of the entire
Pokémon franchise, it’s a secret to no one that Pikachu is one of the biggest characters in the world—not just the Pokémon world or the world of gaming, either. The electric Mouse Pokémon, from its lightning-filled red cheeks to the tail that zigzags just like a lightning bolt, has become an global icon in the real world as well, courtesy of the major role it plays in the anime as Ash’s lifelong companion throughout his many journeys. It’s been almost twenty years since Ash and Pikachu first set out from Pallet Town, but their adventures continue to entertain countless fans to this day.

Of course, Pikachu as just another Pokémon is pretty cool in its own right, storing electricity in their cheeks to discharge at will. It is also a rarely seen creature, tending to be found only deep in wooded regions, something that actually factored into
the anime’s decision to use Pikachu as a main character. But that means that they can be a bit tricky to find in the wild, making them a valuable Pokémon to locate and catch. And, of course, Pikachu’s popularity has led to it obtaining many special benefits in the games as well, such as its major role as your starter in Pokémon Yellow Version, its signature move Volt Tackle, or its upcoming unique Z-Move, Catastropika. And it’s also seen major appearances in other franchises or spinoffs like Super Smash Bros. or Pokkén Tournament.

Pikachu is everywhere, and it’s captured the hearts of nearly every generation of gamer since the anime first launched in 1997. As such, it comes as no surprise that our staff would choose it as our favorite Electric-Type Pokémon in the series.


That does it for our staff’s favorite Electric-Types! How does it match up with what you all believe is the best of these thunderous Pokémon? Is Pikachu at the top of your list, or do you rank something even higher than the series’ mascot? Give us your lists and thoughts in the comments, and come back tomorrow to see another Top Ten list for a different Pokémon Type!

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Pokémon Sun and Moon are less than two weeks away, 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! While there aren’t many primarily Flying-Type Pokémon in the series (only three creatures have that distinction, if you can believe it), there are plenty of Normal/Flying-Types that we passed by during our Normal-Type rankings. That means there’s plenty of aerial creatures ready to populate our list, and we thought long and hard to select our favorite ten of them.

And here they are: our Top Ten Flying-Type Pokémon!

10. Tornadus

“Tornadus expels massive energy from its tail, causing severe storms. Its power is great enough to blow houses away.”
— Pokémon White Version

One of the Legendary “Force of Nature” Pokémon of the Unova region, Tornadus holds dominion over the winds and is capable of traveling at speeds of 200 MPH, though doing so creates highly destructive winds that “blow everything away.” Its Formes are interesting, with its standard Incarnate Forme taking after a genie while Therian Forme turns it into…a mustachioed bird. It’s designed after Japanese mythological deity, and that definitely entitles it to the power needed to back up its legendary status. Also, fun fact: it is the only pure Flying-Type Pokémon in the entire series.

9. Swellow

“If its two tail feathers are standing at attention, it is proof of good health. It soars elegantly in the sky.”
— Pokémon FireRed & LeafGreen Versions

Swellow is the evolved form of Taillow, the Hoenn region’s token Normal/Flying-Type bird found in the early routes of the game. While its pre-evolution is a cute one, we love how the Swallow Pokémon’s appearance instead takes on an air of confidence and power, as one would expect from such a strong airborne hunter. It is said to never miss its prey when diving at them from above, using its clawed talons to crush any hope of escape.

8. Noivern

“They fly around on moonless nights and attack careless prey. Nothing can beat them in a battle in the dark.”
— Pokémon X

Noivern is a new bat Pokémon introduced in
X and Y, but it also has the awesome distinction of being part-Dragon (though Flying is its primary Type, so don’t be surprised if this guy’s missing from our Dragon-Type list). Known as the Sound Wave Pokémon, Noivern can release ultrasonic waves from its ears which are capable of shattering boulders, and it can of course use echolocation to fly through and battle in the dark of night. Even though you need Noibat to reach level 48 to evolve, getting Noivern made all that effort well worth it.

7. Braviary

“They fight for their friends without any thought about danger to themselves. One can carry a car while flying.”
— Pokémon Black Version

Referred to as the Valiant Pokémon, Braviary is an eagle that will always charge straight into battle—not because of a sense of bloodlust but rather due to their sense of duty; it wants to protect its comrades and will go to any lengths to do so. The more scars they obtain, the more respect they have among their families and friends, and its efforts have earned it the nickname “soldier of the sky.” We can’t help but respect its attitude, and we also love how Braviary’s design incorporates elements reminiscent of Native Americans, especially the way its head feathers resemble a Native American war bonnet.

6. Dodrio

“Watch out if Dodrio’s three heads are looking in three separate directions. It’s a sure sign that it is on its guard. Don’t go near this Pokémon if it’s being wary – it may decide to peck you.”
— Pokémon Sapphire Version

Doduo and Dodrio form that one family of Pokémon that never really made sense to have as part of the “Flying”-Type, but it’s in there, and my gosh do we love them for it. Dodrio may not be much of a flier, but it can dash at speeds of 40 MPH and has three sets of hearts and lungs to go along with its three heads, granting it an impressive degree of stamina for such runs. And while there doesn’t seem to be any evidence of this happening in the games’ lore, it’s always fun to think that the three heads are constantly bickering with one another and getting in each other’s way.

5. Staraptor

“It has a savage nature. It will courageously challenge foes that are much larger.”
— Pokémon Diamond Version

Staraptor is the final evolution of Starly, the token early bird of Gen IV’s Sinnoh region. While Starly and Staravia tend to live in flocks of their kind, Staraptor are the loners of the group, heading out to live on their own after they evolve to this third form. They certainly have the strength and willpower needed to survive on their own at this stage, though, and will aggressively attack their foes even if they have sustained injuries of their own. Such traits are pretty appealing, but we also get a good chuckle at how sensitive it is about maintaining its haird…er, featherdo? Whatever that silly thing on its head is.

4. Hoothoot

“It has an internal organ that senses the earth’s rotation. Using this special organ, a Hoothoot begins hooting at precisely the same time every day.”
— Pokémon Emerald Version

Pokémon fans everywhere have been getting excited for Rowlet and its evolutions for months, but let’s not forget the original owl Pokémon in the midst of Sun and Moon‘s impending launch. Hoothoot is the token Flying-Type of early Johto routes, usually only appearing after night has fallen, and while it does have two feet, it only uses one to stand on, switching between them faster than the naked eye can notice. For those of us who were eager to explore Gen II’s new addition of a day-night cycle, Hoothoot was one of the first nocturnal creatures we encountered and became our main Flying-Type for the region—especially once it evolved into the impressive Noctowl.

3. Fearow

“It shoots itself suddenly high into the sky, then plummets down in one fell swoop to strike its prey.”
— Pokémon Gold Version

Sporting a massive wingspan, spear-like beak, and talons that look positively eager to swoop in and catch you and your Pokémon off-guard, the design of Fearow has always been the epitome of how how scary Flying-Type Pokémon can be. With so many birds treading down the cute and cuddly path early on, then following it up by evolving into majestic forms as they grow, Spearow and Fearow have always grabbed our attention for instead starting off fierce and then shifting into look just plain dangerous. Fearow’s design just screams that it is a predator, built for battle and ready to rip its opponents apart, and that alone makes it stand out from almost every other bird Pokémon there is.

Of course, Fearow has the strength and the moves needed to back up that fierce appearance. It may not be the only Pokémon that can learn Drill Peck, even back in Gen I, but that move has always felt to us like it was specifically designed with Fearow in mind. It also gets the powerful Mirror Move early on in its levels, and we’ve often enjoyed turning our opponents’ attacks back on them with this technique.

2. Farfetch’d

“The plant stalk it holds is its weapon. The stalk is used like a sword to cut all sorts of things.”
— Pokémon LeafGreen Version

Fearow may be fearsome, but Farfetch’d sure isn’t—at least, not as far as appearance goes, anyway. The Wild Duck Pokémon, if anything, comes off as a tad silly, and not only because its name implies that it is exactly that. Its signature feature is a random leek stick it carries around wherever it goes, using it for a variety of tasks: a weapon, a tool for building its nest, or even as a last ditch meal if no other food sources are available. And yet…it just looks so silly carrying that thing with it all over the place; as one of our staff members described this Pokémon, “It’s a duck carrying the leek you need to cook it with.”

The interpretations that one can draw out from this simple devotion to this random stick, though, are vast, with some seeing Farfetch’d and its stick as having a relationship akin to a samurai and his blade. Later Pokédex entries take that one further and state that this bird actually cannot survive without its leek, leading it to defend the stick with its life at all times. Whatever the case, something about this strange Pokémon with a humorous name struck a major chord with a large number of our staff members, leading the duck to wind up this far up our list.

And what bird could possibly top this one? Oh, come now, surely you’ve heard of him—he’s a divine savior and everything…

1. Pidgeot

“It spreads its gorgeous wings widely to intimidate enemies. It races through the skies at Mach-2 speed.”
— Pokémon FireRed Version

While a number of Flying-Type Pokémon were introduced in the first generation, none have had quite the impact or lasting appeal as the Pidgey line. Alongside Rattata, it was among the first wild Pokémon most of us ever encountered and caught for ourselves, and training it up to reach that final evolution was quite the task—but one that completely paid off in the end, as Pidgeot is a excellent companion to have at your side. According to various Pokédex entries, it can quickly reach speeds of Mach-2 and has strong enough vision to spot a Magikarp from a thousand kilometers away. It even obtained a Mega Evolution in the most recent games, adding even further to its beauty and power with this new form.

Of course, other aspects beyond the game have constantly brought Pidgeot and its pre-evolutions back to the spotlight. Ash caught a Pidgeotto early on himself in his first journey through Kanto, ensuring that countless kids came to love this line. More recently, the Pidgey line became a major focus of Twitch Plays Pokémon, with the social experiment generating the beloved lore of Pidgeot being “Bird Jesus” and savior of all who follow the great Helix. But no matter how far we go, there biggest factor is probably simple nostalgia, tugging us back to the original, majestic bird that we partnered up with so often during our very first journeys through the Pokémon world.

Pidgeot is just a classic creature, with a simple yet beautiful design, and we still love it to this day. As a result, we are proud to name it our number one favorite of all Flying-Type Pokémon.


So there you have it: our picks for the best Flying-Types in the series! Do you agree with our selections, or are we sorely missing some of your favorites? How would you have ranked all these creatures? Let us know in the comments, and come back tomorrow to see another Top Ten list for a different Pokémon Type!

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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!

10. Suicune

“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.

9. Kyogre

“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.

8. Blastoise

“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.

7. Totodile

“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.

6. Lapras

“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.

5. Mudkip

“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.

4. Greninja

“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.

3. Psyduck

“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.

2. Squirtle

“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:

1. Gyarados

“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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Pokémon Sun and Moon are just a few weeks away, 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! Today’s Type of choice, the powerful Fire Pokémon, seems to have generated numerous fan-favorites no matter what the generation, but we’ve still managed to comb through them all to pick out the ones we’d most like to have at our side.

Here they are: our Top Ten Fire-Type Pokémon!

10. Blaziken

“Blaziken has incredibly strong legs – it can easily clear a 30-story building in one leap. This Pokémon’s blazing punches leave its foes scorched and blackened.”
— Pokémon Sapphire Version

The final form of Gen III starter Torchic, the mighty Blaziken is a martial artist chicken; it sounds absurd when you say it like that, but the silly concept is executed expertly to create a really awesome creature. Fans adored this Blaze Pokémon from the moment it was revealed, as we had not yet grown bored or angry by the prospect of a Fire/Fighting evolutionary line for our starters. Being able to leap thirty stories in a single bound and encase its fists in flames made Blaziken seem more superhero than fighter, and its Mega Evolution certainly didn’t hurt that comparison. How could we not love it?

9. Ninetales

“According to an enduring legend, 9 noble saints were united and reincarnated as this Pokémon.”
— Pokémon Yellow Version

Ninetales has always been a Pokémon of beauty, its shimmering mane and nine long tails exuding an air of wonder from the very first generation. That beauty hides great power and a vindictive streak, however, with various Pokédex entries claiming that it is capable of casting thousand-year-long curses and seizing control of its enemies’ minds with a glance. Those of us who are fans of legendary creatures adore it taking inspiration in all these regards from the kitsune of Japanese folklore, adding yet another awesome mythical beast to the
Pokémon series.

8. Flareon

“It has a flame bag inside its body. After inhaling deeply, it blows out flames of nearly 3,100 degrees Fahrenheit.”
— Pokémon FireRed Version

One of the first available Eeveelutions, Flareon is gained by spending one of your precious Fire Stones, but the resulting form is definitely worth the cost. Its design is one of the simplest of Eevee’s offshoots, but it’s definitely an effective one: the yellow mane adorning its red body gives it a striking appearance reminiscent of a lion, which in turn creates a sort of regal air about it. Plus, anything that can breathe 3,000 degree flames is definitely a keeper in our books.

7. Charmander

“If it’s healthy, the flame on the tip of its tail will burn vigorously, even if it gets a bit wet.”
— Pokémon Crystal Version

As players of the original
Red and Blue Versions improved and decided to tackle the games all over again, Charmander quickly became a fan favorite due to the increased difficulty it provided—anyone could beat the first few gyms with Bulbasaur, and Squirtle didn’t have too tough a time either, but we all knew you had to be a real master to see Charmander through those trials. It was only natural that we would learn to love the Lizard Pokémon throughout those struggles, and those feelings for the first Fire-Type starter haven’t faded over the years. Of course, it also evolves in an amazing way…but we’ll talk more about that shortly.

6. Vulpix

“At the time of its birth, Vulpix has one white tail. The tail separates into six if this Pokémon receives plenty of love from its Trainer. The six tails become magnificently curled.”
— Pokémon Ruby Version

Ninetales may be impressive and powerful, but Vulpix is simply adorable, and so this younger Fox Pokémon struck a chord in some of our staff members that its evolved form could never touch. While it does share Ninetales’ fire abilities, Vulpix seems to lack the vengeful or frightening aspects of of its future form’s lore, being instead described in the games as “quite warm and cuddly.” Its evolution may be the more powerful of the two, but strength isn’t everything; Vulpix proves this by coming out ahead simply due to how much we wish we could hold one in our arms and cuddle up to it ourselves.

5. Talonflame

“In the fever of an exciting battle, it showers embers from the gaps between its feathers and takes to the air.”
— Pokémon X

Fletchling may have started out Gen VI as the token Normal/Flying-type you get early in your adventure, but by the time it evolves into its final form it’s become far more than that. The switch from Normal to Fire as its primary Typing was an unexpected but very welcome discovery for most of our staff, giving Talonflame an impressive set of strengths and filling a crucial role for any of us who’d passed over Fennekin at the start of the game. While most generations have seen us sending our early bird Pokémon to the PC partway through our journey, Talonflame gained a permanent slot on many of our teams, traveling with us from the start of our adventure all the way to our battles against the Kalos region’s Elite Four.

4. Entei

“This brawny Pokémon courses around the earth, spouting flames hotter than a volcano’s magma.”
— Pokémon Crystal Version

The Fire-Type member of Gen II’s Legendary Beasts, Entei is known as the Volcano Pokémon, an apt title considering that legend states a new one is born alongside the birth of a volcano, and another which claims that a volcano erupts whenever Entei barks. The legend surrounding the beasts—that of Ho-Oh reincarnating them from Pokémon slain in a fierce fire—is equally fascinating, but there’s more to our adoration of Entei than just its lore. Its appearance is perhaps the most awe-inspiring of the three Beasts; just in the way it stands, it strikes a mighty, imposing figure that no one in their right mind would want to challenge. And yet we raced all over Johto back in the day to try and find this elusive Pokémon, a trek that firmly entrenched a fond respect for it in our hearts.

3. Cyndaquil

“It flares flames from its back to protect itself. The fire burns vigorously if the Pokémon is angry. When it is tired, it sputters with incomplete combustion.”
— Pokémon Emerald Version

Following the love that Gen I created for Fire-Type starters, it was hardly a surprise that many of us opted to stick with this Type as we began our journey through the Johto region. Cyndaquil definitely lived up to our expectations, proving an invaluable partner in our new quest to become Pokémon Masters. The tiny Fire Mouse Pokémon may seem timid at first, based both on its small stature as well as the several Pokédex entries that call it exactly that, but once the flames on its back ignite it becomes a far strong and more impressive creature that you know can hold its own in a fight.

Cyndaquil and its awesome evolutions, Quilava and Typhlosion, saw us through a number of battles over the our journeys, and we have a deep love for all three forms of this Pokémon. What tipped the scales in Cyndaquil’s favor was its cute design that still packs a punch; we can just as easily imagine taking on a powerful gym leader with Cyndaquil at our side as we can see ourselves snuggling up to the little guy in the night that follows our victory. As long as doesn’t accidentally light its flames in its sleep, of course.

2. Charizard

“A Charizard flies about in search of strong opponents. It breathes intense flames that can melt any material. However, it will never torch a weaker foe.”
— Pokémon Emerald Version

Wait, Charizard, what are you doing here? I thought for sure you’d be #1!

No, in spite of the heavy adoration Charizard has received from fans over the years, we placed the final evolution of Gen I’s Fire Starter firmly in second place. That’s not to say that we don’t adore it—we’ve always loved dragons and grew up wishing for one of our own, and even if its Typing didn’t say so, nothing could ever convince our young selves that Charizard was not the perfect fulfillment of that dream. Even in the days of
Red and Blue, when it technically couldn’t use Fly, we were always imagining soaring the skies on the back of this mighty beast.

As mentioned before, Charmander was the toughest Pokémon to start with in
Red and Blue, and that meant that every milestone reached with it was that much more impactful. Fans everywhere soon saw Charizard as one of the best Pokémon partners out there, and that remains true to this day; heck, Game Freak themselves acknowledged its continued popularity by granting it two separate Mega Evolutions, one of which finally made it into the dragon it had long deserved to be.

We went into this ranking fully expecting Charizard to take the top slot, and it definitely deserves its placement there on many others’ lists. Even so, for our group, there was one Fire-Type that we ultimately decided we love even more than the dragon starter:

1. Arcanine

“Its magnificent bark conveys a sense of majesty. Anyone hearing it can’t help but grovel before it.”
— Pokémon Silver Version

This list has contained plenty of Fire-Type Pokémon that we admire for their power and plenty that we adore for their appealing designs, and Arcanine has always seemed like the perfect combination of the two. For many of us, our first look at this creature was in the original intro sequence to the
Pokémon anime, where we see it racing alongside Ash across a wide field. It’s an image that clearly shows Arcanine as a gigantic creature, one which would no doubt be imposing to face off against—yet at the same time, that fluffy mane and bushy tail still make it appear approachable and lovable, just like the Puppy Pokémon it evolves from.

Known as the “Legendary Pokémon,” Arcanine is renowned for its bravery and its loyalty, as well as for its speed, being able to run 6,200 miles in a single day and night. That quickness made it the first Pokémon to gain access to the powerful Extreme Speed attack, an excellent compliment to the standard array of impressive Fire-Type moves it has access to—or, at least, Growlithe does. Needless to say, no matter what the generation, Growlithe often joined our teams as soon as we caught one, all so we could train it up as quickly as possible, get it to learn its best attacks, and then finally let it evolve into the beast we adored.

Arcanine may not be a starter Pokémon or a Legendary or Mythical beast (despite its classification), but its ability to be both fiercely powerful and lovably loyal won a lasting place in our hearts for this creature. With that in mind, we are thrilled to see it named our number one favorite Fire-Type Pokémon.


And thus concludes our list of the best of the Fire-Types! Did any of our choices catch you by surprise? Is there another Pokémon that you think deserves to be listed above, or do our selections more-or-less match up with your own favorites? Let us know in the comments! And don’t forget to check back tomorrow for another Top Ten list of a different Pokémon Type!

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The Top 10 Grass-Type Pokémon

Pokémon Sun and Moon are just a few weeks away, 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! With Ghost- and Normal-Type Pokémon taken care of, now we’re ready to turn our attention to our favorite members of the plant-loving Grass-Type. It’s one of the most populous groups out there, but we’ve still managed to narrow it down to just ten.

Enough introduction—let’s get started with our Top Ten Grass-Type Pokémon!

10. Bellossom

“Plentiful in the tropics. When it dances, its petals rub together and make a pleasant ringing sound.”
— Pokémon FireRed Version

Known as the Flower Pokémon, Bellossom caught many of us off-guard when Gen II rolled around simply because of how different it was from Oddish’s original evolutionary line. Seeing the foul-smelling Gloom evolve into a beautiful hula dancer—one which we expect to see quite a bit of in the Alola region—was certainly a memorable surprise. With all due respect to Vileplume, our team far prefers this cheerful, dancing form to the more toxic alternative.

9. Abomasnow

“They appear when the snow flowers bloom. When the petals fall, they retreat to places unknown again.”
— Pokémon Platinum Version

Basing a Pokémon off the abominable snowman seems like a no-brainer, but Game Freak surprised us again by giving that creature a Grass/Ice-Typing. Labeled as the Frost Tree Pokémon, Abomasnow shrugs off Grass’ usual weakness to Ice-based attacks, though the extra Fire weakness is indeed felt hard. Nevertheless, we love Abomasnow’s unique Typing choice, its excellent inspiration, and, of course, its mighty Mega Evolution.

8. Treecko

“Treecko is cool, calm, and collected – it never panics under any situation. If a bigger foe were to glare at this Pokémon, it would glare right back without conceding an inch of ground.”
— Pokémon Sapphire Version

Treecko was the Grass starter for Generation III, and despite all the love fans have given Torchic (well, its final evolution) and Mudkip (well, its memes), Treecko always stood out due to its demeanor. The
Sapphire Pokédex says it all: it never panics, even when threatened by larger opponents, staring them down coolly to see if they’ll back down or attack. Getting reintroduced to this creature in ORAS only helped to reawaken our fond memories of traveling with the Wood Gecko Pokémon, and quite a few of us were happy to return to Hoenn with it as our chosen partner.

7. Torterra

“Groups of this Pokémon migrating in search of water have been mistaken for “moving forests.””
— Pokémon Pearl Version

Torterra serves as the final evolution of Gen IV starter Turtwig, and this so-called “Continent Pokémon” certainly lives up to its description. While it may not be as big as an actual continent, Torterra is large enough to grow an entire tree on its shell, and sometimes other creatures will make nests and start living on its back; some even spend their entire lives atop Torterra’s shell, supported by the ecosystem built upon it. The battlers in our group also appreciate its added Ground-Typing, which affords it several extra competitive edges.

6. Shaymin

“It can dissolve toxins in the air to instantly transform ruined land into a lush field of flowers.”
— Pokémon Pearl Version

The adorable Mythical Pokémon Shaymin holds some massive power within its tiny body, capable of absorbing and destroying pollution in the air, which it then converts into power for its signature Seed Flare attack. Its inspiration may be one of the most appropriate puns in the series—it really is a
hedgehog—but it also has an alternate Forme: Sky Forme, which changes it into more of a reindeer. Many of us weren’t able to get a Shaymin of our own until this year’s 20th Anniversary distributions, but even so, we’ve always had a soft spot for this tiny little guardian of mother nature.

5. Exeggutor

“Originally from the tropics, Exeggutor’s heads grow larger from exposure to strong sunlight. It is said that when the heads fall, they group to form an Exeggcute.”
— Pokémon Emerald Version

Let’s not beat around the bush (…I am so sorry): yes, Exeggutor’s brand new, overly-memed Alolan form definitely helped move it up our list, but that’s hardly the only reason for its appearance in our top ten. During the original generation of games, almost every Grass-Type Pokémon came with a secondary Poison-Typing, so Exeggutor switching it up to be part-Psychic was a welcome and powerful departure from the norm. Its design may be a weird one, but that didn’t stop several of us from using Exeggutor as our go-to Grass-Type Pokémon—a trend that will likely return once we enter Alola and gain access to its draconic variant.

4. Sceptile

“The leaves that grow on its arms can slice down thick trees. It is without peer in jungle combat.”
— Pokémon Black & White Versions

Did I forget to mention that we love Treecko’s evolutions even more than we do the original starter? Because we do. Serving as Treecko’s final evolution, the Forest Pokémon Sceptile takes everything we loved about its starter form and improves on it, making it even cooler while also more combat-ready. It’s agile enough to run circles around many opponents, and the leaves on its arm can slice their foes right open. Its calm demeanor remains intact, and nowhere is that more apparent than with its Mega Evolution, as Mega Sceptile doesn’t even face opponents head-on; it turns its back on them, daring its foes to attack with a sly glance over its shoulder. How can you
not love Sceptile after seeing it like that?

3. Chikorita

“It loves to bask in the sunlight. It uses the leaf on its head to seek out warm places.”
— Pokémon Crystal Version

Chikorita is the Grass-Type starter of the Johto region, and there’s a certain sweetness to its design that we keep finding ourselves drawn to. We’re not alone in that regard; in-game, the leaf on Chikorita’s head constantly gives off a pleasant aroma that draws in and calms anyone nearby. But beyond just the matter of lore, there’s a sense of calm playfulness that you get from just looking at it. The short little legs, the ring of buds adorning its neck, and the leaf flopping around its head all mix so very well with that friendly smile it gives in pretty much all of its sprites and artwork throughout the generations.

Being based off a dinosaur certainly doesn’t hurt the Leaf Pokémon either, nor do its evolutions. Plenty of us chose Chikorita to be our partner in the second generation of the series, and we have fond memories of fighting through our many gym battles with this little guy in tow, watching it take down our foes and evolve into the mighty Meganium by the end of it all.

2. Leafeon

“Just like a plant, it uses photosynthesis. As a result, it is always enveloped in clear air.”
— Pokémon Diamond & Pearl Versions

One of Eevee’s two new evolutions introduced in Generation IV, Leafeon is exactly what you’d imagine a floral version of Eevee to be. The way Game Freak worked the leaves and foliage into its design is simple but effective, easily conveying its Grass-Typing while still remaining similar enough to Eevee to be recognizable. Of course, these plantish attributes are more than just decorations; they are constantly performing photosynthesis, leaving the air around it fresh and clean wherever it goes. Leafeon’s also noted to be a peaceful Pokémon, preferring not to fight, though it can obviously do so quite well if necessary.

We’re in love with all of the Eeveelutions in the
Pokémon series, but Leafeon especially maintains its original form’s level of adorableness and continues to draw us in with its appearance alone. Of course it also has access to many of the great Grass-Type moves that we love to employ, but let’s face facts: that cute design, with its perfect blend of plant and animal features, is what’s put it so high up on our list.

I won’t even bother trying to tease our number one choice—no doubt many of you saw it coming from a mile away. So without further ado…

1. Bulbasaur

“A strange seed was planted on its back at birth. The plant sprouts and grows with this Pokémon.”
— Pokémon Red & Blue Versions

As I’m sure this list has made apparent, we love our Starter Pokémon, so it’s only fitting that our number one slot be handed to the Starter that started them all: #001 in the Pokédex, Bulbasaur. The original starter is really what gave us our first look at the fantastical side of
Pokémon, cluing us in from the moment we laid our young eyes on it that these creatures were not of our world. A lizard with a burning tail? A turtle that stands upright? Those are cool, but not groundbreaking. An animal with a plant bulb growing on its back? Now that’s something that none of our young minds ever expected to encounter.

Its design is simple but inspired, and its evolutions follow naturally from that original form while still remaining unique and impressive in their own right, with Bulbasaur’s animal side getting larger even as the plant on its back grows and eventually opens into a mighty bloom. From a combat perspective, Bulbasaur remained the starter of choice; in Kanto especially, Grass has a big advantage against the early gyms. This made it the best selection for young Trainers venturing into the world for the first time, and more than a few staff members did indeed share their first gym battle victories with this Grass-Type partner.

Many of us would move on to Squirtle and Charmander in subsequent playthroughs, eager to bump up the challenge of those early gyms, but we still look back fondly at our very first Pokémon partner in the series. As such, we couldn’t think of a better Pokémon to take the top slot of our Grass-Type rankings.


So there you have it: our top ten selections for Grass-Type Pokémon. Do they match up with your own personal lists, or is there a Pokémon missing that you wish had been included? Head down to the comments to share your own thoughts and choices! And don’t forget to check back tomorrow for another Top Ten list of a different Pokémon Type!

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Pokémon Sun and Moon are just a few weeks away, 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! We started with Ghosts yesterday, in honor of Halloween, and today we decided to discuss our favorite Normal-Types. There were a lot of different creatures to choose from, but we’ve managed to whittle their numbers down to the ones we feel are the best of the best.

Oh, and before anyone says anything: yes, we’re aware that our banner contains Clefairy, who is now a pure Fairy-Type. It’s crazy how hard it is to find good banner art for Normal-Types; get on that, fanartists!

With that said, here are our choices for the Top Ten Normal-Type Pokémon!

10. Tauros

“This Pokémon is not satisfied unless it is rampaging at all times. If there is no opponent for Tauros to battle, it will charge at thick trees and knock them down to calm itself.”
— Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire Versions

Tauros is a rampaging beast of destruction and is known as the Wild Bull Pokémon, as it cannot stop charging once it stops. There are some obvious design cues from the bulls of our world, mixed in with a trio of whip-like tails that it can use to lash itself into a frenzy. While we all love Tauros for what it’s already been, it’s especially encouraging to see it getting the spotlight again in
Sun and Moon as part of the Poké Ride system, replacing that weak Rock Smash with this beast’s ability to gallop straight through any boulders in your path.

9. Meowth

“It loves things that sparkle. When it sees a shiny object, the gold coin on its head shines too.”
— Pokémon Crystal Version

As nice as the Scratch Cat Pokémon is on its own, there’s no denying that many of us voted for Meowth due to his prominent role in the anime. The scheming, talking Pokémon partner of Team Rocket serves as the perfect villainous counterpart to Pikachu, and his countless appearances have certainly made him a memorable creature. It’s a shame his species in the games often fails to inspire such a lasting impression, but hey, at least their Pay Day move can help you out if you’re ever low on cash.

8. Furret

“There is no telling where the tail begins. Despite its short legs, it is quick at hunting Rattata.”
— Pokémon Silver Version

In Gen II, Furret and its pre-evolution, Sentret, take up the standard role of the Normal-Type rodent Pokémon that you find early on in your quest, but Furret beats out Raticate, Sentret, and the rest by being pretty adorable as well. The Long Body Pokémon has a good deal of speed in spite of its short legs, and it can wiggle through small gaps to escape from attackers when necessary. And if nothing else, Furret has access to a fairly wide variety of moves, including several HMs, which makes it into a solid HM Slave if you really need one.

7. Jigglypuff

“Nothing can avoid falling asleep hearing a Jigglypuff’s song. The sound waves of its singing voice match the brain waves of someone in a deep sleep.”
— Pokémon Emerald Version

Jigglypuff is another one of those Pokémon which rose to fame as a result of the anime, this time not by filling the role of protagonist or antagonist—no, Jigglypuff is all about that comic relief, even if she (and Ash and friends) don’t find it funny. The cute little Balloon Pokémon’s every appearance ensured a good round of our heroes trying desperately to stay awake, only to fail and later find their faces scribbled all over with Jigglypuff’s marker. It’s a shame that it’s more or less disappeared from the anime, but we’ll always remember the laughs that we got from the episodes it did appear in. And gaining partial Fairy-Type in Gen VI certainly didn’t hurt Jigglypuff’s chances at remaining relevant in the games, either.

6. Kangaskhan

“To protect its young, it will never give up during battle, no matter how badly wounded it is.”
— Pokémon Silver Version

The Parent Pokémon has fascinated gamers for years, being a massive creature with obvious strength that is used to defend the young child in its pouch. Its child was long the subject of theories and speculation, and that all came to a head when
X & Y introduced Mega Evolution—and, with it, Mega Kangaskhan, a complete powerhouse on the field thanks to the child emerging from its pouch to fight alongside its mother. Even without taking its combat potential into account, though, we love the unique parenting aspect that this creature is able to represent in the series; there’s really no other Pokémon that so strongly demonstrates the strength of a parental bond.

5. Ditto

“Its transformation ability is perfect. However, if it is made to laugh, it can’t maintain its disguise.”
— Pokémon Silver Version

The adorable little…blob that is Ditto continues to stand out to fans even after all these years thanks to its ability to Transform, letting it change into a perfect replica of its opponent, even gaining their move pool in the process. But that’s not the only reason players continue to seek the Transform Pokémon in each new game; in fact, it’s probably not even the main one. Rather, Ditto is capable of breeding with almost every other Pokémon, making it the perfect creature to have in the Daycare when you want an egg. This all but ensures that it will remain incredibly useful to and loved by Trainers for generations to come.

4. Arceus

“It is described in mythology as the Pokémon that shaped the universe with its 1,000 arms.”
— Pokémon Diamond Version

According to Sinnoh mythology, Arceus is the creator of the entire Pokémon world, and it has taken up the role of “Pokémon god” for much of the fanbase. It is directly responsible for the creation of a number of creatures, including other legendaries like Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina, who hold dominion over time, space, and antimatter. The Alpha Pokémon also has the ability to alter its Type via the Plates that it holds, allowing it to take on whichever typing it or its Trainer thinks is best for a given opponent.

Probably the only real drawback, and the reason Arceus isn’t even higher on our list, is that it is an Event-only Pokémon, making it extremely difficult to obtain. As much as we love Arceus, most of us have never really had the time we needed to develop a bond with it in our own Pokémon adventures.

3. Porygon

“A man-made Pokémon created using advanced scientific means. It can move freely in cyberspace.”
— Pokémon Platinum Version

Porygon has the distinction of being the first artificial Pokémon, and it holds a special place in our hearts as denizens of the internet—it is, apparently, a physical manifestation of computer code, and it can convert itself back into data at will to travel through cyberspace. Its design reflects this wonderfully, mimicking the low-polygon-count creatures that once filled our video games. The Virtual Pokémon’s evolutions, Porygon 2 and Porygon-Z, continue this trend, but we always come back to the original as our favorite of the bunch.

If that all wasn’t good enough already, Porygon was also the first creature in the series with the ability to change its Typing, thanks to its signature Conversion and Conversion 2 moves. They may not be as special anymore, especially when compared to the abilities of Arceus or the upcoming Type: Null and Silvally, but it’s still pretty fun to see Porygon become resistant or immune to your opponent’s attack at will.

2. Snorlax

“It is not satisfied unless it eats over 880 pounds of food every day. When it is done eating, it goes promptly to sleep.”
— Pokémon FireRed Version

Snorlax has been a landmark fixture of the
Pokémon franchise since the very beginning, with its huge bulk blocking your path until you can wake it up and engage it in what is, at that point in your journey, often a pretty tough battle. It’s got a high level for that point in the game, a strong Defense that keeps its damage to a minimum, and the accursed Rest move that lets it completely heal itself at a whim. Beating a Snorlax in those early games was a challenge on its own, and only the best of the best could actually capture one, making each successful capture a monumental moment in a Trainer’s journey.

The enormous Sleeping Pokémon has reappeared numerous times throughout the history of the games and anime, each time making sure its presence is known—and that certainly holds true as we head into Generation VII, where Snorlax’s unique Pulverizing Pancake Z-Move has already secured a place in the hearts of gamers throughout the world. This creature may be based on a simple concept (it’s just a hibernating bear, after all), but it’s still managed to make a huge impact on countless Trainers in the past twenty years.

What Pokémon could possibly top the lumbering mass that is Snorlax? What creature stands above the first artificial creature and the creator of the Pokémon world? There can only be one with that sort of potential:

1. Eevee

“Thanks to its unstable genetic makeup, this special Pokémon conceals many different possible evolutions.”
— Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 Versions

Eevee is the epitome of potential in the
Pokémon series, a creature with a wide variety of evolutionary paths that it can take in its efforts to become a strong and loyal partner for its trainer. Currently it has eight different forms it can evolve into, each with a different typing, and fans always hope to see new Eeveelutions when we’re heading into a new generation. While Gen VII isn’t offering anything more in that regard, we’re certain that there will be plenty more ways for Eevee to grow in the future.

That potential is key in making Eevee stand out among other Pokémon, but what really drives it to the top of our list is a natural result of its many options: the bond that is formed as you choose and work towards a specific evolution you want your Eevee to take. We’ve all had to select a path and then work together with Eevee to obtain it, whether that meant spending one of our precious evolutionary stones, heading off the beaten path in search of the Moss or Ice Rocks, or simply spending time with and caring for our buddy. It’s a subtle but powerful bond-builder, and every one of us has felt it to some degree over the years.

Not to mention Eevee is just plain
adorable. Put it all together, and there’s no doubt that this Pokémon deserves its place at the top of our Normal-Type list.


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The Top 10 Ghost-Type Pokémon

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Around the world today, many people are focused on Halloween, and while we’re happy to join in on tricks and treats, there’s a different date that all of us are focusing on right now: November 18th, the day that
Pokémon Sun and Moon are finally released. With eighteen days left to go, the Gamnesia team got together and decided to celebrate the impending release with eighteen days of Pokémon—namely, a Top Ten list every day counting down our favorite Pokémon of each Type. And of course, since today is Halloween, we figured it would be all too fitting to start off with the mysterious and terrifying Ghost-Type.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at our choices for the best of the Ghost-Type Pokémon!

10. Haunter

“In total darkness, where nothing is visible, Haunter lurks, silently stalking its next victim.”
— Pokémon Gold Version

One of the original trio of Ghost-Type Pokémon from way back in the days of
Red and Blue, the Gas Pokémon Haunter certainly lives up to its name. Its appearance is perhaps the definitive Ghost, with malicious eyes and crooked fangs complimented perfectly by its two disembodied claws, and it can easily pass through walls and hide itself in the darkness. As if that wasn’t spooky enough, its tongue saps a person’s life force and is said to cause “shaking that won’t stop until the victim’s demise.” Definitely not the kind of Pokémon you want to encounter, and yet it also filled a key role for many trainers in those first few games, being the best Ghost-Type you could get in Red and Blue if you lacked a trading buddy.

9. Spiritomb

“A Pokémon that was formed by 108 spirits. It is bound to a fissure in an Odd Keystone.”
— Pokémon Diamond Version

Spiritomb exists as the conglomeration of 108 mischievous spirits that were punished for their misdeeds 500 years in the past by being bound within a mysterious rock known as an Odd Keystone. Its appearance alone is creepy, with that spectral haze portraying a jagged mouth and evil eyes, and the idea of over one hundred spirits (and all their resentments and rage) being trapped within a single stone would surely make this creature the center of many ghost stories in the Pokémon world.

8. Cofagrigus

“It has been said that they swallow those who get too close and turn them into mummies.”
— Pokémon Black Version

Coffins have long been tied to ghouls and mummies, and the ornately designed Cofagrigus lives up to all our expectations for such a box. With an eerie appearance obviously inspired by an Egyptian sarcophagus, the Coffin Pokémon is our list’s first pure Ghost-Type, and it certainly earns its typing—possessing a coffin and waiting around for grave robbers so it can “teach lessons” to them sure seems like something that only a specter would do.

7. Banette

“A cursed energy permeated the stuffing of a discarded and forgotten plush doll, giving it new life as Banette. The Pokémon’s energy would escape if it were to ever open its mouth.”
— Pokémon Sapphire Version

How many of you have ever thrown out a doll or stuffed animal, never to see it again? That’s the entire premise behind Banette—it was abandoned and left to rot, and the doll’s anger and resentment have brought it to life. Multiple Pokédex entries throughout the course of the games make note of how Banette’s hatred fuels its search for the child that discarded it, and we can only imagine what it would do if Banette ever found them. And if all that isn’t evil enough for you, there’s always the powered-up Mega Banette just waiting to be awoken (you poor, power-hungry fool you).

6. Misdreavus

“Misdreavus frightens people with a creepy, sobbing cry. The Pokémon apparently uses its red spheres to absorb the fearful feelings of foes and turn them into nutrition.”
— Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire Versions

Times were tough for Ghost-loving gamers in the second generation; while many types got plenty of new creatures, Ghosts remained as neglected as in Gen I. For these players, Misdreavus was
Gold and Silver‘s salvation—even if it could only be found at night in Mt. Silver—serving as Gen II’s only new Ghost-Type. As the name implies, this Screech Pokémon is a mischievous creature that loves playing pranks, but it doesn’t do so just for fun. Goodness no; it yanks on people’s hair and shrieks at them to create its favorite meal: pure fear.

5. Pumpkaboo

“The pumpkin body is inhabited by a spirit trapped in this world. As the sun sets, it becomes restless and active.”
— Pokémon X

Pumpkins have long been a staple of the holiday we’re celebrating today, and in Gen VI they finally inspired a creature of their own. Pumpkaboo, the Pumpkin Pokémon, is actually a rarity among Ghost-Types for not being obviously malicious or violent—in fact, the Pokédex in the
Pokémon anime states that they often light the way for travelers using the light from their glowing eyes, while their Y entry says that they help guide other spirits to the afterlife. Being a Ghost-Type doesn’t mean you have to be an evil, eldritch horror, and we thank adorable little Pumpkaboo for reminding us of that.

4. Trevenant

“It can control trees at will. It will trap people who harm the forest, so they can never leave.”
— Pokémon X

Right, enough adorableness—back to the horrific side of Ghost-Types. Trevenant obviously takes inspiration from tales of travelers who lose their way in a dark forest and become hopelessly lost, as it can manipulate the trees to cut off pathways and lead such wanderers into an endless maze. At least its wrath can be avoided if you leave the forest alone, but even with that caveat, Trevenant’s design is excellent for a Ghost- and Grass-Type, featuring a black figure covered in bark and leaves—exactly the kind of beast you’d be terrified to find when you’re alone and lost in the woods late at night.

3. Chandelure

“The spirits burned up in its ominous flame lose their way and wander this world forever.”
— Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 Versions

Chandeliers are common fixtures in the kind of old, abandoned mansions that ghost stories love, so it’s no surprise to see one used as the inspiration for a Ghost-Type Pokémon. It’s got the look down perfectly, even having spectral fires burning on each of its arms. This blaze doesn’t burn its opponents physically, however; rather, the Luring Pokémon’s flames serve to hypnotize foes, after which they burn and consume its victim’s very soul.

Its excellent design, creepy lore, and powerful Ghost/Fire typing aren’t the only reasons we’ve come to love Chandelure, though; it’s also appeared in several games outside of the main
Pokémon series, serving as an enemy in Smash for 3DS‘s Smash Run mode and as a playable character in Pokkén Tournament. Chandelure’s inclusion in Pokkén caught plenty of people off guard, but for us, it just makes it that much more apparent that Chandelure is a standout Ghost-Type Pokémon.

2. Giratina

“This Pokémon is said to live in a world on the reverse side of ours, where common knowledge is distorted and strange.”
— Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver Versions

The fourth generation of games introduced us to the first Ghost-Type legendary Pokémon, the mighty Renegade Pokémon Giratina. Given control of antimatter by Arceus back when the universe was created, Giratina’s violent misdeeds eventually led its creator to banish it to another dimension, the Distortion World, where it watched the Pokémon world through reflections as it sought a way to return.

It’s certainly creepy to think about such a beast watching us every second of the day, but as a Ghost/Dragon-type, it’s also a fierce opponent with a number of resistances and immunities. Plus, again, it’s a legendary, which already denotes that it would be a powerhouse even without such an advantageous and awesome typing—and that’s all without going into its Origin Forme, which grants it an extra immunity to Ground attacks via the Levitate ability.

Giratina is pretty awesome, is what we’re trying to say, both in lore and in combat. What Pokémon could possibly top it? Well, there’s only one Ghost-Type we could give that honor to…

1. Gengar

“The leer that floats in darkness belongs to a Gengar delighting in casting curses on people.”
— Pokémon Platinum Version

And thus we’ve come full circle; while Haunter may have started out this list, its final evolution takes the top. Gengar, the Shadow Pokémon, may not be a legendary creature, but it is still probably the most iconic of all Ghost-Types—not merely due to its excellent design or innate power as a final evolution, but also because it is one of the first Pokémon many older fans ever laid eyes on. Both in the anime and the original
Red and Blue games, the opening moments of the experience show a battle between Gengar and Nidorino, forever cementing these two in the minds and memories of countless wannabe Pokémon masters.

Of course, its appearance and power are nothing to sneeze at either. Gengar’s devilish grin and blood-red eyes would surely serve as the stuff of nightmares if you happened to spy one in a dark corner, and its already strong battle stats are further complimented by the Mega Evolution it gained in Gen VI. No doubt this Pokémon has been a staple on many trainers’ teams over the years, and who could blame them? Gengar definitely deserves its place as our #1 favorite Ghost-Type.


So there you have it: our top ten Ghost-Type Pokémon! Is it the same as your own list, or would you have switched out some along the way? Make sure to share your own lists with us in the comments below, and stay tuned to Gamnesia for the rest of the days leading up to
Sun and Moon‘s launch—we’ll be bringing you another Top Ten list for a different Pokémon Type every day, so please do check back tomorrow!

And be sure to check out the rest of our Top Ten Type Pokémon lists:

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Top Ten Favorite Local Multiplayer Games

Multiplayer has been an integral part of gaming since its birth. Heck, even
Pong was two player! While online multiplayer has been a great development, nothing really beats playing with a friend (or enemy) locally. Punching the guy next to you who’s insulting your mother can’t be replicated by anything online.

Below you will find my personal top 10 list of my favorite local multiplayer (versus and co-op) games. It’s restricted to games that I have personally played, so expect some of your favorites to be left out. Feel free to leave your own top 10 lists in the comments!

10. Rocket League (PS4)

This is a fairly new game, but it definitely deserves a spot on this list. It’s soccer. With cars. With friends. What more could you ask for? In the game you drive a car around a soccer field, jumping and hitting a truck-sized ball into your opponent’s goal.

This game can be picked up by anyone and is easy to have fun with. It has four-player co-op and versus play, as well as four-player local co-op in online matches, something you rarely see in other games. Its definitely earns its spot on this list with its amazing gameplay that seamlessly translates into local multiplayer.

9. Mario Party DS (Nintendo DS)

Mario Party is one of Nintendo’s cornerstone franchises and one of the best party games out there. It’s easy to pick up, fun, and competitive. Players basically roll a die to go around a game board collecting items and tokens, and occasionally a minigame will pop up and allow one of the players to gain an advantage. I chose the DS version because I’ve played it the most, and it is actually fun compared to other entries in the franchise. I’m looking at you, Mario Party 10.

My best memory of this game was in elementary school. On the last day of school, the teachers gave us free reign. Half of us whipped out our fancy new DS Lite systems and immediately started talking to each other using
PictoChat. In a call to arms, I rallied seven others and ran a huge match of Mario Party. Stealing items, winning minigames, and screaming at others for backstabbing me was one of the better parts of that year. The quality gameplay and fun multiplayer are what puts this game on my list.

8. Minecraft (PS4)

This choice is likely to be highly polarizing. Minecraft really brought sandbox multiplayer gameplay into the limelight and created a large enough following to get it onto almost every major platform (sorry, Wii U). It allows players to build cooperatively or fight to the death in an arena of their own design.

Minecraft provides a world that is clay in the player’s hands, a world that can be shared by everyone. Offering tons of customization for your character as well as options for players to either help or harm each other, this game really shows off what a sandbox multiplayer game should be. Build together, fight together, triumph together. Or beat each other to a bloody pulp.

7. Wii Sports (Wii)

There is no possible way this game could not make it onto this list. Wii Sports had the advantage of not only being a launch title, but also being included in the box with the Wii. It had one job—show the world how amazing and revolutionary motion controls are—and it performed tremendously well.

Games like Tennis, Bowling, Golf, and Baseball are all uproariously fun to play with friends. It’s almost as fun as the real thing! I knew a kid who claimed to have played baseball in
Wii Sports, forgot the safety wristband, and smashed his TV with an epic home run. Nothing beats hanging out with friends and playing sports in the living room. And that’s why Wii Sports made it onto this list.

6. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Wii U)

Now, I could have put almost any shooter on this list (GoldenEye 007 comes to mind), but Call of Duty: Black Ops II made it because of its diverse gameplay and balanced combat. If you don’t know what Call of Duty is, it’s arguably the most popular first person shooter in the world. Black Ops II is one of the most popular online games, and playing it locally allows all the banter and death threats to happen live, in person!

It exceeds the other
Call of Duty games in my opinion because it allows four-player split-screen and has some pretty awesome party modes to switch things up. Black Ops II really shows up the competition by how many local multiplayer options are available.

5. LEGO Star Wars II (PS2)

LEGO games have incorporated co-op since the series began. LEGO Star Wars II is an action and puzzle platformer that focuses on the original trilogy of movies. It was also the third game that I ever owned, and thus it will always have that special place in my health meter.

LEGO Star Wars II incorporates co-op play in a way that makes it easy for one player to carry the other, or both players to work on equally important segments of the level. This really makes it shine compared to other games where co-op is an afterthought. The LEGO games have incorporated co-op into the core of their gameplay.

4. Rock Band 3 (Xbox 360)

Playing in a band with your friends is something that requires precision and rhythm. Rock Band 3 captures all the fun of playing in a band without the hours of practice needed to learn an instrument. Picking up a plastic guitar, a set of drumsticks, or a mic, players jam out with each other to all sorts of classic and newer songs.

Co-op like this is very rare.
Rock Band co-op play requires every player’s full attention—there are no free rides—and if every player puts in their best effort, the whole team benefits. However, there is no overall goal, no level to complete, and no boss to beat. The game is purely about having fun and messing around with friends. That is what local multiplayer is all about.

3. Portal 2 (Xbox 360)

Portal 2 is one of the best physics-based puzzle games out there. Created by Valve, the game includes stunning physics-based gameplay, witty dialogue, and an entirely separate campaign for co-op. The co-op campaign requires both players to think and act in sync with one another. Sabotage is most definitely possible and occasionally encouraged.

This game really wraps up the whole puzzle package. The co-op is well thought out and requires cooperation and quick reflexes. This is definitely one of those titles that every gamer should own.

2. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)

Nintendo has the ability to produce great multiplayer games, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl is Nintendo’s version of a fighting game. The game is easy to pick up, but hard to master. Competitive multiplayer is the highlight of this game. Players pick any one of their favorite Nintendo mascots, and fight each other in levels based on Nintendo franchises.

Beating up your friends is more fun than ever thanks to Nintendo. The game is forgiving when it needs to be, and it has enough variety to keep it fresh for tons of gameplay. There is only one game that can possibly top
Super Smash Bros., and that is…

1. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)

The karting genre is defined by Mario Kart, the phenomenon that brought your favorite characters to the race track. You get to race your friends as Nintendo characters on tons of different tracks, and there are plenty of game modes to keep things lively. The strategy provided by the occasional power-ups keeps the game interesting.

Racing on the couch with friends was perfected in
Mario Kart Wii. Four-player split-screen and motion controls allowed it to take the spotlight. If you owned a Wii, you most likely owned this gem of fun and competitive gameplay. And that’s why Mario Kart Wii zooms into the number one spot on this list.

Think I forgot something? Feel free to post your own top ten list in the comments!

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Top 10 Favorite IP that Aren’t Made by Nintendo

As I’m sure many of you have noticed, a lot of us here at Gamnesia, including myself, are pretty hardcore Nintendo fans. While Nintendo is generally always on point when it comes to both their new and established IPs, they are not the only company that has developed exciting and original content. Therefore, for this Top Ten, I’m going to be counting down some of my favorite IPs that don’t come from Nintendo!

10. Typoman

You all may be wondering why I chose an unreleased game to put on this list. Well, I’ll tell ya. This game has one of the most original game mechanics I’ve seen in a long time and, while it hasn’t been fully released, there is a demo available on the eShop as a a part of the [email protected] event. The game is a 2D puzzle-platformer where you slip into the role of the HERO and use letters that are scattered around the environment to form certain words. These words then physically do or become what they’ve spelt to help you progress through the game. Typoman is being developed by Headup Games and Brainseed Factory and is set to release in Q3 of 2015 exclusively on Wii U.

9. X-Men Legends

With exception of Disney and Nintendo, not many companies have characters as popular or widely recognized as Marvel. In the X-Men Legends franchise, you select a team of four mutants from a roster of some of the most well-known characters in X-Men history. From there, you take your team on multiple missions around the globe (and even into multiple dimensions) where you fight baddies ranging from anti-mutant thugs and Morlocks to Magneto and Apocalypse. The gameplay follows an action-RPG setup where you fight through waves of baddies to hone your skills and enhance your powers. While the beat-em-up fighting style can get rather repetitive after a while, being able to play as your favorite X-Men more than makes up for it, and that’s why this franchise left a lasting impression on 12-year-old me. Not to mention it’s what introduced me to the world of Marvel comics.

8. Sonic the Hedgehog

Nothing fits the non-Nintendo IP category quite as well as Sonic the Hedgehog. Although I was too young (or not even born yet) to enjoy many of the classic Sonic games when they first came out, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the Blue Blur through Sonic Adventure DX and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle—both of which are among my favorite games that I owned for my GameCube. Since playing those games, I have always found Sonic’s snarky attitude and focus on friendship to be much more endearing than Mario’s silent Goomba-stomping. I just really hope that the franchise can reclaim at least some shadow of its former greatness. SEGA pls.

7. The Conduit

Outside of the core Nintendo franchises, I had a lot of trouble finding exciting games that I was willing spend money on during the Wii’s life cycle. Then, in 2009, here comes The Conduit to change that. Developed by High Voltage Software, this game was promising to bring a level of intense, first-person shooter action to the Wii, and it delivered. The game follows the story of a Secret Service agent named Michael Ford as he fights against an alien invasion and the uprising of a secret organization bent on global domination. Equal parts intrigue and action, The Conduit was definitely a gem in the archive of endless Wii titles. A sequel was released in 2011 that expanded the battle against the aliens to include vistas outside of Washington D.C. Both games also had very fun online play features with strong connectivity for a Wii title.

6. Portal

Never have I found another game to be so simplistic and yet so utterly intriguing as Valve Corporation’s Portal. The sterile environments of this FPS-puzzler franchise, combined with the disturbing, sadistic, and often hilarious monologues from GLaDOS and Wheatley, created extremely deep and immersive environments while never leaving the confines of the Aperture testing facilities. On top of that, add an innovative gameplay mechanic through the use of the Portal gun, and you’ve got yourself a long-lasting and memorable experience.

5. The Arkham Series

Everyone wants to be the Batman (don’t lie, you know you do). Well, Rocksteady Studios’ Arkham series is the closest you can get to being him without donning cape, cowl, and bat-nipples. With a heavy focus on stealth and hand-to-hand combat, Arkham Asylum raised the bar for Batman games by pitting you against some the most devilish rogues in the gallery. However, I don’ think the series didn’t fully hit its stride until Arkham City. The game world was expanded from a tiny island to half of Gotham City, and there was a much heavier focus on cape gliding and exploration. Arkham Origins doubled the size of the map by encompassing the entirety of Gotham City while putting you in the boots of Bruce Wayne soon after he first donned the Batman identity. Unfortunately I must stop here as I have not yet gotten the chance to play Arkham Knight, but I’m sure it lives up to its predecessors quite well. Except, maybe, on PC…

4. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

I never got into Blizzard’s World of Warcraft as a kid, as I was always (and still am) more of a console gamer, but I did always enjoy looking at the box art when I was in that section of Best Buy. I also enjoyed playing trading card games like Yu-Gi-Oh! Well, in 2014 these worlds combined with the result being Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Hearthstone is an online card game where you play as your favorite WoW class and use popular characters as minions to do battle against your opponents. The coolest thing about Hearthstone is that it can do a lot of things that normal trading card games can’t, like summon random minions and reward players with golden, animated cards. The user interface is also well-refined with simple drag-and-drop mechanics. With easy-to-learn gameplay, an incredible universe, and deep strategy, it’s not hard to tell why Hearthstone has become so popular over the last year and a half.

3. Castlevania

I love gothic horror motifs, and I love video games. So, what better way is there to enjoy both in one package than with Konami’s Castlevania franchise? Released in 1986, the first Castlevania was a difficult but compelling action-platformer where you adventured through Dracula’s castle while fighting hordes of horrific enemies in order to come face-to-face with the king of vampires himself. Since then, the series has taken on a couple different forms, but the most popular is the lovingly coined “Metroidvania” subgenre. As the term suggests, the Castlevania series took a turn towards a more adventurous style of play, like that of the Metroid series, with Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. This style essentially became the standard for the series after Symphony of the Night. However, each game comes with its own gameplay variations, my personal favorite being the “Tactical Soul” system from Aria of Sorrow and Dawn of Sorrow.

2. Borderlands

The Borderlands franchise is badass, end of story. Developed by Gearbox Software, this FPS-RPG franchise has such an original story and game world that I can’t help but love it. The entire series is very well-written and full of some of the most memorable characters I’ve ever come across in video games. The first game starts off with four Vault Hunters on a bus driving across the planet of Pandora. You then pick your Vault Hunter and begin to lay waste to bandits and skags as you perform missions for the locals. The RPG elements come into play with the Vault Hunters’ varying skill trees and the massive amount of equipment and weapons you can find. Borderlands 2 ended up perfecting the franchise by adding Badass Ranks, even more weapons, better skill systems, and just having much more exciting gameplay all around. Not to mention Borderlands 2 introduced Handsome Jack, who is, in my opinion, one of the best villains of all time. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel tried to capitalize on the success of Borderlands 2 by telling the backstory of Handsome Jack, but the game ultimately felt like it was lacking something, although I can’t exactly figure out what that something is.

1. BioShock

Irrational Games’ BioShock is my number one favorite franchise of all time. The dystopian, alternate history motifs are deeply engaging, especially with the amount of lore packed into the backstories of Rapture and Columbia. BioShock 1 and 2 are set in Rapture, an art deco-inspired, underwater utopia that is falling to pieces due to civil war and the insane, Adam-addicts called splicers. Both games pit you against hordes of these splicers as well, as the hulking behemoths called Big Daddies, as you fight your way through to the game’s mastermind. The real hook of this FPS is the use of Plasmids, which are special serums that give you certain powers like telekinesis or the ability to ignite things with a snap of your fingers. BioShock Infinite changed things around by being more focused on character relationships than with the city itself (you can see what I mean in our previous Top Ten on Best Friendships in Gaming). The setting was also changed from Rapture to Columbia, a hyper-conservative city floating in the sky that was commissioned by the United States as a symbol of the country’s religious and political ideals. Vigors also take the place of Plasmids in BioShock Infinite, though I find them to be less useful. Thanks to ingenious storytelling, amazing settings, and very unique gameplay, the BioShock series will always hold a special place in my heart.

What did you think of my list? Do you agree with my choices? Do you think you know of some better ones? Feel free to tell us your thoughts in the comment section below!

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