Pokemon Blue Version Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Pokemon Blue Version RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Top 7 Pokemon Generations https://www.gameskinny.com/aucnw/top-7-pokemon-generations https://www.gameskinny.com/aucnw/top-7-pokemon-generations Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:00:01 -0500 Unclepulky

It's 2017, and that means Pokemon has been around for 21 years. In that time, we've gotten dozens of games, 801 individual Pokemon, over 950 anime episodes, and an uncountable amount of merchandise.

One of the ways fans have broken down the series is by labeling different eras of the series as "Generations." Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow, along with their spinoffs, are Gen 1, Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, and all of their spinoffs are Gen 2, etc.

I've been playing Pokemon for as long as I can remember, and I'm proud to say that I've played nearly every official Pokemon game ever made. As such, I've decided to rank my Top 7 Pokemon Generations, meaning I'll be ranking them from my least favorite to my favorite.

Just a few things to note before getting to the list itself: Despite my hefty experience with most of the spin off games, this list will only be taking into account the main series RPGs, on account of Pokemon Sun and Moon having just recently come out, meaning they haven't had time to grow a list of spinoffs. Also, I will not be taking any remakes into account.

7. Generation 6 (Pokemon X and Y)

I do not hate any main series Pokemon games. In my eyes, they all have something that makes them worthwhile, be it their story, their presentation, or just the Pokemon they introduced.

That said, Gen 6 is both my least favorite generation of Pokemon, and the first of three generations which I view as far inferior to the other four.

The biggest mechanic Pokemon X and Y introduced to the series was mega evolution. Through the use of mega stones, previously fully evolved Pokemon could now go one step beyond. While some viewed these new mega forms as unoriginal and game breaking, others became quite fond of them, myself included.

Pokemon X and Y were the first main series games to be in 3D, and for being the first of their kind, they look quite good, a few areas in particular looking truly stunning. Also, despite this being the developer's first attempt at 3D, the game plays very fluently.

And sadly, that's where the good ends with these games.

Not counting mega evolutions, a mere 71 Pokemon were introduced in this generation. This would be alright if the Pokemon were all amazing, but there are only a handful that I have strong feelings toward.

The story of these games is also, in my opinion, the worst in the series. It's poorly paced, cliche, and most damaging of all, flat out boring.

Ultimately, while I don't like X and Y too much, I do have an appreciation for them, being the games where I truly got involved with competitive play.

6. Generation 4 (Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum)

Looking at these games as games, they're the worst. However, as Pokemon games, Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum are great.

The thing that really kills these games is the general speed of everything. Getting anywhere takes forever, battles seem endless with long animations and slowly decreasing health bars, and the pacing of the story is painfully slow.

As far as presentation goes, while the graphics are technically better than all of the generations which came before them, I find Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum to be rather ugly games.

The only positive to these games on a technical level is the soundtrack, which is quite memorable.

Now, a good soundtrack alone wouldn't be enough to put this generation over Generation 6. However, where this game fails as a game, it more than makes up for it in aspects which are specifically Pokemon related.

The gym leaders, elite four, and champion are all likeable, especially the champion, Cynthia, the post game is massive compared to most other games in the series, and, best of all, the Pokemon introduced in this generation rock.

106 Pokemon were introduced in these games, including an abundance of evolutions and baby forms for older Pokemon, and, in stark contrast to Generation 6, there are very few that I don't like.

Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum almost made me give up on a series I held dear. Thankfully, their immediate successor more than redeemed the series in my eyes.

More on that later.

5. Generation 1 (Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow)

The best of the "Weak Trio" as I call these bottom three generations, the original Pokemon games were fun to play in 1998, and they're fun to play in 2017. Fun...but not without flaws.

Yes, these games are horribly outdated. But be it out of nostalgia or just their natural charm, I find the poor visuals, chip tune music, and glitches to all just be part of the experience.

All of those things that I complimented Generation 4 on? Generation 1 is better in every area.

The members of the Kanto elite four and the Kanto gym leaders are ingrained in the minds of all Pokemon fans, and, of course, these games introduced the original 151 Pokemon.

This roster is far from flawless. But for every bland, unoriginal design, there's a really cool Pokemon to make up for it. Again, possibly because of nostalgia,  the Gen 1 lineup is still one of my favorites.

The story is much simpler than the ones in future games, and frankly, with two exceptions, its better than all of the overly complex stories. You're just a kid out to catch them all, become the Pokemon League champion, and who occasionally meddles in the plans of Team Rocket, essentially a bunch of mobsters.

However, the true star of this story is your rival. I didn't mention the rivals in the previous entries because they're so bland they're not worth mentioning, but your rival in these games is the best the series has ever produced.

The one. The only. The man we all named either Gary or Assface...

BLUE!!!

Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow served as an excellent template for future games. However, in terms of pure quality, they would be surpassed multiple times over the course of two decades.

4. Generation 5 (Pokemon Black and White and Black and White 2)

Ladies and gentlemen, the games that reinvigorated love for the franchise!

When I was a kid, the first two generations were already out, and I played the games from them all the time. For gens 3 and 4, I got the games as soon as they came out. However, when Pokemon Black and White were released, I had no intention of getting them. I'd even stopped watching the anime at this point.

Thankfully, on my first birthday following the release of the Gen 5 games, my brother got me the best gift he's ever gotten me: A copy of Pokemon White.

I started the game with low expectations, and as such, was blown away. Because despite what some fans of the series will tell you, Black and White are absolutely fantastic.

Generation 5 introduced 156 Pokemon, the most introduced in any generation. They aren't all my favorites, but they're certainly a very creative bunch.

The graphics were a huge step up from generation 4, with a very appealing art style to boot. Your rivals, Cheren and Bianca, while friendly, were the best rivals we'd gotten since generation 2.

The elite four and gym leaders weren't the most memorable, but more than making up for that is the story of Pokemon Black and White. N is a fascinating character, and the debate over Pokemon rights serves as both a good theme in its own right, while also serving as a satire of real-world complaints launched at the series.

Taking place two years after the first games, Black 2 and White 2 don't have quite as strong a narrative as their predecessors, but the stellar post-game serves as an adequate substitute.

Generation 5 made me fall in love with the series all over again, and as it stands now, it's right in the middle as far as my favorites go.

 3. Generation 2 (Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Crystal)

 Pokemon Gold is the Pokemon game I have the most nostalgia for. It was the first game in the series I played, it was the first game in the series I completed, and it was the first game where I got a Pokemon to level 100, that being my Typhlosion.

However, even taking nostalgia out of the equation, these games are still objectively some of the best made in the franchise.

Pushing the Game Boy Color to its limits, these games had, in my eyes, the most appealing visuals up until Generation 5. The soundtrack is also one of the best in the series, and actually, the top three generations have the top three soundtracks.

While I don't want to talk about the remakes of these games, HeartGold and SoulSilver, I will quickly mention that they absolutely butchered the soundtrack of the original games.

These games introduced 100 new Pokemon, and it's definitely one of the best rosters we've ever seen. Along with plenty of other fan favorites, this generation also introduced my favorite Pokemon of all time, Umbreon.

All of the flaws from Generation 1 were ironed out in these games, leaving the gameplay to be as smooth as butter.

The story of these games is nothing compared to Generation 5, and especially the next entry on the list, but for a GBC game, it's good enough.

Plus, while the main plot was nothing special, the character development of Silver was done expertly. He's no Blue, but his character development from a jerk who only cares about himself to someone who takes care of his Pokemon well is great to see.

Lastly, we have the two things everyone remembers about this generation.

Whereas other games only allow you to travel through one region, here, once you've completed the Pokemon League in Johto, you get the privilege of going back to Kanto and fighting all of the gym leaders from Generation 1.

And then, there's the final battle. While the battles with Blue and Ghetsis are filled with greatness, they really can't compete with getting to battle Red, the player character from Generation 1.

...

Let's be honest though: As kids, we all thought this was Ash.

2. Generation 7 (Pokemon Sun and Moon)

The newest additions to the series are, without question, the most finely crafted games in the main series of Pokemon RPGs. However, my own personal bias has allowed one generation to rank above them on this list, and by the process of elimination, you already know what number one is.

Before we get to that though, we must discuss some of the things that make Sun and Moon so brilliant.

These games are by far the most cinematic Pokemon games we've ever seen. With a heavy emphasis on what's actually an interesting story, a villain who's essentially Ragyo Kiryuin from "Kill la Kill", and the magnificent bunch of bumblers known as Team Skull, Sun and Moon possess the best narrative in any Pokemon game.

While Generation 6 brought the franchise into 3D, Generation 7 perfected it! The visuals are absolutely gorgeous, and, for the first time, the player is not confined to a grid of any sort, able to move around with complete freedom.

As said in the previous entry, the top three generations have the top three soundtracks. However, the order is not the same, as Generation 7 has, bar none. the best OST in the series.

Whereas other games have only had a few standout characters, Generation 7 has introduced a plethora of likeable and interesting characters. I love Lillie and her family, I love the Trial Captains, more on them in a moment, I love Team Skull, and I love your rival, Hau.

Hau: The video game character my girlfriend thinks is more attractive than me.

Sun and Moon changed a lot about the series. Gone were tedious, move-slot wasting HMs, and in their place is Poke Ride. Gym Leaders are gone too, having been replaced by Trial Captain, each with their own unique trial and Totem Pokemon.

Generation 7 has so far introduced 80 Pokemon. While this is a small amount, unlike Generation 6, all of these Pokemon are great! And, rather than adding more Mega Evolutions, these games introduced all new Alola Forms for an assortment of Kanto Pokemon, essentially making them all new Pokemon.

Sun and Moon are brilliant games, and by the end of Generation 7, it may be the best. For now though, that title still belongs to...

1. Generation 3 (Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald)

 I've never played Pokemon Sapphire...but Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Emerald were my childhood.

Between the two games, I put in literally over 2000 hours. I may have played Pokemon Blue, Pokemon Yellow, and Pokemon Gold before these games, but they were the ones that made me a lifelong Pokemon fan.

I'll fully admit that on a technical level, these games aren't the best in most areas. The soundtrack, while very memorable and enjoyable, is still outclassed by Generation 7's soundtrack, and I know that some people don't care for the OST's focus on the use of trumpets and french horns.

These games aren't the best looking, and they weren't even the best looking when they came out.

So, even with all of my nostalgic bias, how can I justify putting Generation 3 at the top?

 Well, first off, I believe these games to be the most fun to play and replay. Even after over a dozen playthroughs, I'm not even close to being tired of them.

Helping this is that this game's opening goes by very quickly. Contrast that with Gen 7's prologue which, while well crafted, still takes up the better part of two hours.

The Gym Leaders are all great, especially your father, Norman, who I believe to be the best Gym Leader in any Pokemon game, and likewise, I believe this generation to have the best elite four of them all.

Generation 3 also has both the best bunch of starters in the franchise, and debatably the best group of Pokemon as a whole.

As for the story, it's absolutely ludicrous, focusing on two groups of Eco-terrorists, one out to expand Earth's land mass, and the other out to expand the ocean. It's like something you'd find in a Saturday morning cartoon, and I love it!

While Ruby and Sapphire's were lacking, Emerald has far and away the best post-game in the franchise, with its expansive Battle Frontier.

If I were making this list purely objectively, Gen 2 would be at the top, Gen 7 would still be in 2nd, and Gen 3 would be in 3rd.

However, this list is subjective, so Generation 3 takes home the crown.

Do you agree with my list? What's your favorite generation of Pokemon? Who's your favorite Pokemon? Let me know in the comments!

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Generation I Exclusive Moves You'll Want Your Pokemon to Know https://www.gameskinny.com/gi8kq/generation-i-exclusive-moves-youll-want-your-pokemon-to-know https://www.gameskinny.com/gi8kq/generation-i-exclusive-moves-youll-want-your-pokemon-to-know Fri, 06 Jan 2017 07:51:35 -0500 David Fisher

Ever wanted a Mewtwo that could explode? An Articuno that could shoot out a Bubblebeam? How about a Raichu that could learn Submission? Well in Pokemon Red and Blue there were plenty of TMs that could help your Pokemon learn how to do just that!

Just so you won't have to do it yourself, here's a compiled list of exclusive moves that you might want your Pokemon to know. Not all of these moves are particularly useful, but some are certainly interesting to say the least.

Check 'em out below!

Note: TM/HM list and locations are included at the end of the article...

Gen 1 Exclusive Moves

Bulbasaur / Ivysaur / Venusaur
  • Bide
  • Mega Drain
  • Rage
  • Reflect
Charmander / Charmeleon / Charizard
  • Bide
  • Leer
  • Rage
  • Reflect
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Take Down
Squirtle / Wartortle / Blastoise
  • Bide
  • Bubblebeam
  • Fissure
  • Rage
  • Reflect
  • Submission
  • Take Down
Caterpie / Metapod / Butterfree
  • Bide
  • Mega Drain
  • Psywave
  • Rage
  • Razor Wind
  • Reflect
  • Take Down
  • Teleport
Weedle / Kakuna / Beedrill
  • Bide
  • Mega Drain
  • Reflect
  • Skull Bash
  • Take Down
Pidgey / Pidgeotto / Pidgeot
  • Bide
  • Rage
  • Razor Wind
  • Reflect
  • Sand-Attack
  • Take Down
Rattata / Raticate
  • Bide
  • Bubblebeam
  • Rage
  • Skull Bash
  • Take Down
  • Water Gun
Spearow / Fearow
  • Bide
  • Rage
  • Take Down
Ekans / Arbok
  • Bide
  • Fissure
  • Mega Drain
  • Rage
  • Skull Bash
  • Take Down
Pikachu / Raichu
  • Pay Day
  • Rage
  • Reflect
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Take Down
Sandshrew / Sandslash
  • Bide
  • Fissure
  • Rage 
  • Sand-Attack
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Take Down
Nidoran - F / Nidorina / Nidoqueen
  • Bide
  • Bubblebeam
  • Fissure
  • Horn Drill
  • Pay Day
  • Rage
  • Reflect
  • Submission
  • Water Gun
  • Tackle
Nidoran - M / Nidorino / Nidoking
  • Bide
  • Bubblebeam
  • Fissure
  • Pay Day
  • Rage
  • Reflect
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Water Gun
  • Tackle
Clefairy / Clefable
  • Bide
  • Bubble Beam
  • Psywave
  • Rage
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Take Down
  • Teleport
  • Tri Attack
  • Water Gun
Vulpix / Ninetales
  • Bide
  • Body Slam
  • Double-Edge
  • Mimic
  • Rage
  • Reflect
  • Skull Bash
  • Swift
  • Tail Whip
  • Take Down
Jigglypuff / Wigglytuff
  • Bide
  • Bubblebeam
  • Psywave
  • Rage
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Take Down
  • Teleport
  • Tri Attack
  • Water Gun
Zubat / Golbat
  • Bide
  • Mega Drain
  • Rage
  • Razor Wind
  • Take Down
Oddish / Gloom / Vileplume
  • Bide
  • Rage
  • Reflect
  • Sleep Powder
  • Take Down
Paras / Parasect
  • Bide
  • Mega Drain
  • Rage
  • Reflect
  • Skull Bash
  • Take Down
Venonat / Venomoth
  • Bide
  • Mega Drain
  • Psywave
  • Rage
  • Razor Wind
  • Reflect
  • Take Down
  • Teleport
  • Whirlwind
Diglett / Dugtrio
  • Bide
  • Rage
  • Sand-Attack
  • Take Down
Meowth / Persian
  • Bide
  • Bubblebeam
  • Rage
  • Skull Bash
  • Take Down
  • Water Gun
Psyduck / Golduck
  • Bide
  • Bubblebeam
  • Pay Day
  • Rage
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Take Down
Mankey / Primeape
  • Bide
  • Pay Day
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Take Down
Growlithe / Arcanine
  • Bide
  • Dragon Rage
  • Leer
  • Rage
  • Reflect
  • Skull Bash
  • Take Down
  • Teleport
Poliwag / Poliwhirl / Poliwrath
  • Bide
  • Fissure
  • Psywave
  • Rage
  • Skull Bash
  • Take Down
  • Water Gun
Abra / Kadabra / Alakazam
  • Bide
  • Dig
  • Psywave
  • Rage
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Take Down
  • Tri Attack
Machop / Machoke / Machamp
  • Bide
  • Fissure
  • Rage
  • Skull Bash
  • Take Down
Bellsprout / Weepinbell / Victreebel
  • Bide
  • Mega Drain
  • Rage
  • Stun Spore
  • Take Down
  • Wrap
Tentacool / Tentacruel
  • Bide
  • Mega Drain
  • Rage
  • Reflect
  • Skull Bash
  • Take Down
  • Water Gun
Geodude / Graveler / Golem
  • Bide
  • Fissure
  • Harden
  • Rage
  • Submission
  • Take Down
Ponyta / Rapidash
  • Bide
  • Rage
  • Reflect
  • Skull Bash
Slowpoke / Slowbro
  • Bide
  • Bubble Beam
  • Fissure
  • Pay Day
  • Psywave
  • Rage
  • Reflect
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Take Down
  • Teleport
  • Tri Attack
Magnemite / Magneton
  • Bide
  • Rage
  • Take Down
  • Teleport
Farfetch'd
  • Rage
  • Razor Wind
  • Sand-Attack
  • Skull Bash
  • Take Down
  • Whirlwind
Doduo / Dodrio
  • Bide
  • Reflect
  • Skull Bash
  • Take Down
  • Whirlwind
Seel / Dewgong
  • Bide
  • Bubble Beam
  • Pay Day
  • Rage
  • Skull Bash
  • Strength
  • Water Gun
Grimer / Muk
  • Bide
  • Mega Drain
  • Rage
Shellder / Cloyster
  • Bide
  • Clamp
  • Rage
  • Reflect
  • Teleport
  • Tri Attack
  • Water Gun
Gastly / Haunter / Gengar
  • Bide
  • Mega Drain
  • Rage
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Take Down
Onix
  • Bide
  • Fissure
  • Take Down
  • Teleport
Drowzee / Hypno
  • Bide
  • Psywave
  • Rage
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Take Down
  • Teleport
  • Tri Attack
Krabby / Kingler
  • Rage
  • Skull Bash
  • Take Down
  • Water Gun
Voltorb / Electrode
  • Bide
  • Reflect
  • Take Down
  • Teleport
Exeggcute / Exeggutor
  • Bide
  • Mega Drain
  • Psywave
  • Rage
  • Take Down
  • Teleport
Cubone / Marowak
  • Bide
  • Bubble Beam
  • Fissure
  • Submission
  • Take Down
  • Water Gun
Hitmonlee
  • Bide
  • Rage
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Take Down
Hitmonchan
  • Bide
  • Rage
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Take Down
Lickitung
  • Bide
  • Bubble Beam
  • Fissure
  • Pay Day
  • Rage
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Take Down
  • Water Gun
Koffing / Weezing
  • Bide
  • Rage
Rhyhorn / Rhydon
  • Bide
  • Bubble Beam
  • Fissure
  • Leer
  • Pay Day
  • Rage
  • Submission
  • Teleport
  • Water Gun
Chansey
  • Bide
  • Bubble Beam
  • Psywave
  • Rage
  • Reflect
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Teleport
  • Tri Attack
  • Water Gun
Tangela
  • Bide
  • Rage
  • Skull Bash
  • Take Down
Kangaskhan
  • Bide
  • Bubble Beam
  • Fissure
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Take Down
  • Water Gun
Horsea / Seadra
  • Bide
  • Horn Drill
  • Rage
  • Skull Bash
  • Take Down
Goldeen / Seaking
  • Bide
  • Bubble Beam
  • Rage
  • Take Down
  • Water Gun
Staryu / Starmie
  • Bide
  • Bubble Beam
  • Harden
  • Rage
  • Skull Bash
  • Take Down
  • Teleport
  • Tri Attack
Mr. Mime
  • Bide
  • Rage
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Take Down
  • Teleport
Scyther
  • Bide
  • Rage
  • Skull Bash
  • Take Down
Jynx
  • Bide
  • Bubble Beam
  • Psywave
  • Rage
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Take Down
  • Teleport
  • Thrash
  • Water Gun
Electabuzz
  • Bide
  • Metronome
  • Psywave
  • Rage
  • Reflect
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Take Down
  • Teleport
Magmar
  • Bide
  • Metronome
  • Psywave
  • Rage
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Take Down
  • Teleport
Pinsir
  • Bide
  • Rage
  • Slash
  • Take Down
Tauros
  • Bide
  • Fissure
  • Horn Drill
  • Leer
  • Skull Bash
  • Stomp
Gyarados
  • Bide
  • Bubble Beam
  • Rage
  • Reflect
  • Skull Bash
  • Tackle
  • Take Down
  • Water Gun
Lapras
  • Bide
  • Bubble Beam
  • Dragon Rage
  • Psywave
  • Rage
  • Reflect
  • Skull Bash
  • Solar Beam
  • Take Down
Eevee
  • Bide
  • Focus Energy (Yellow Only)
  • Rage
  • Reflect
  • Sand-Attack
  • Skull Bash
Vaporeon
  • Bide
  • Bite
  • Body Slam
  • Bubble Beam
  • Double-Edge
  • Mimic
  • Mist
  • Rage
  • Reflect
  • Sand-Attack
  • Skull Bash
Jolteon
  • Bide
  • Rage
  • Reflect
  • Sand-Attack
  • Skull Bash
Flareon
  • Bide
  • Leer
  • Rage
  • Reflect
  • Sand-Attack
  • Skull Bash
  • Take Down
Porygon
  • Bide
  • Psywave
  • Rage
  • Reflect
  • Skull Bash
  • Take Down
  • Teleport
Omanyte / Omastar
  • Horn Attack
  • Horn Drill
  • Rage
  • Reflect
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Take Down
Kabuto / Kabutops
  • Bide
  • Hydro Pump
  • Rage
  • Razor Wind
  • Reflect
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Water Gun
Aerodactyl
  • Bide
  • Dragon Rage
  • Rage
  • Razor Wind
  • Reflect
Snorlax
  • Bide
  • Bubble Beam
  • Harden
  • Pay Day
  • Psywave
  • Rage
  • Reflect
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Take Down
  • Water Gun
Articuno
  • Bide
  • Bubble Beam
  • Peck
  • Rage
  • Razor Wind
  • Take Down
  • Water Gun
  • Whirlwind
Zapdos:
  • Bide
  • Rage
  • Razor Wind
  • Reflect
  • Take Down
  • Whirlwind
Moltres
  • Bide
  • Leer
  • Peck
  • Rage
  • Razor Wind
  • Reflect
  • Take Down
  • Whirlwind
Dratini / Dragonair / Dragonite
  • Bide
  • Bubble Beam
  • Horn Drill
  • Rage
  • Razor Wind
  • Reflect
  • Skull Bash
  • Take Down
  • Water Gun
Mewtwo
  • Bide
  • Bubble Beam
  • Psywave
  • Rage
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Take Down
  • Teleport
  • Tri Attack
  • Water Gun
  • Selfdestruct
Mew
  • Bide
  • Bubble Beam
  • Dragon Rage
  • Egg Bomb
  • Fissure
  • Horn Drill
  • Mega Drain
  • Pay Day
  • Psywave
  • Rage
  • Razor Wind
  • Self-Destruct
  • Skull Bash
  • Submission
  • Take Down
  • Teleport
  • Tri Attack
  • Water Gun
  • Whirlwind

TM/HM List

TM01 Mega Punch Mt. Moon
Celadon City Store
TM02 Razor Wind Celadon City Store
Game Corner
TM03 Sword's Dance Silph Co.
TM04 Whirlwind Route 4
TM05 Mega Kick Victory Road
Celadon City Store
TM06 Toxic Fuchsia City - Gym
TM07 Horn Drill Celadon City Store
Game Corner
TM08 Body Slam S.S. Anne
TM09 Take Down Saffron City
Celadon City Store
TM10 Double Edge Game Corner
TM11 Bubble Beam Cerulean City - Gym
TM12 Water Gun Mt. Moon
TM13 Ice Beam Celadon City Store Roof
TM14 Blizzard Pokémon Mansion
TM15 Hyper Beam Celadon City - Game Corner
TM16 Pay Day Route 12
TM17 Submission Victory Road
Celadon City Store
TM18 Counter Celadon City Store
TM19 Seismic Toss Route 25
TM20 Rage Route 15
TM21 Mega Drain Celadon City - Gym
TM22 Solar Beam Pokémon Mansion
TM23 Dragon Rage Celadon City - Game Corner
TM24 Thunderbolt Vermilion Gym
TM25 Thunder Power Plant
TM26 Earthquake Silph Co.
TM27 Fissure Viridian City - Gym
TM28 Dig Cerulean City
TM29 Psychic Saffron City
TM30 Teleport Route 9
TM31 Mimic Saffron City
TM32 Double Team Fuchsia City
Celadon City Store
TM33 Reflect Power Plant
Celadon City Store
TM34 Bide Pewter City - Gym
TM35 Metronome Cinnabar Island
TM36 SelfDestruct Silph Co.
TM37 Egg Bomb Fuchsia City
Celadon City Store
TM38 Fire Blast Cinnabar Island - Gym
TM39 Swift Route 12
TM40 Skull Bash Safari Zone
TM41 Softboiled Celadon City
TM42 Dream Eater Viridian City
TM43 Sky Attack Victory Road
TM44 Rest S.S. Anne
TM45 Thunder Wave Route 24
TM46 Psywave Saffron City - Gym
TM47 Explosion Victory Road
TM48 Rock Slide Celadon City Store
TM49 Tri Attack Celadon City Store
TM50 Substitute Celadon City - Game Corner
HM01 Cut S.S. Anne
HM02 Fly Route 16
HM03 Surf Fuchsia City - Safari Zone
HM04 Strength Fuchsia City
HM05 Flash Route 2

And that's all folks!

What moves will you be teaching your Pokemon before transferring them to Pokemon Sun and Moon? Any particularly odd moves you'd like to point out? Leave your ideas in the comments section below!

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Pokemon Bank Update Still Hasn't Received a Release Date https://www.gameskinny.com/yr0ci/pokemon-bank-update-still-hasnt-received-a-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/yr0ci/pokemon-bank-update-still-hasnt-received-a-release-date Fri, 06 Jan 2017 07:01:00 -0500 David Fisher

Back when Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon were announced, we had confirmation that Pokemon Bank would not only be compatible with the upcoming games, but that we would be able to transfer our beloved Pokemon from Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow as well. The update was originally to be released in November alongside Sun and Moon, but was then delayed until January 2017.

Well... it's January now, and we still haven't heard anything about the update from The Pokemon Company.

Unless something else has come up, chances are that we'll still be getting our update sometime this month. However, the question that comes to many fan's minds is "when".

Considering the virtual silence that The Pokemon Company has had about the update in recent months, I'm going to assume that the update will roll out sometime after the Nintendo Switch event on the 12th. If this turns out to be true, and the Pokemon Bank update is revealed during the event, I'm going to put my money on the rumors of Pokemon Stars being true as well.

In the meantime, Pokemon Trainers should invest their time in getting all their previous generations of Pokemon ready for the move into the next generation. If you don't know how to prepare, then be sure to check out this guide on transferring your Pokemon from Generation 3 all the way to Generation 7. 

Also, if you're transferring up from Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow, be sure to teach your Pokemon all sorts of cool moves they can only learn in that generation! Some cool examples include: Bubblebeam Articuno, Explosion Mewtwo, and Submission Raichu! If you want the full list of exclusive moves, check them out here!

Be sure to keep checking back for news of Pokemon Bank Sun and Moon's eventual release!

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10 RPGs That Deserve the Skyrim Remastered Treatment https://www.gameskinny.com/mncg2/10-rpgs-that-deserve-the-skyrim-remastered-treatment https://www.gameskinny.com/mncg2/10-rpgs-that-deserve-the-skyrim-remastered-treatment Tue, 01 Nov 2016 06:00:01 -0400 StraightEdge434

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1. Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow

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The three amigos. The holy trinity of all Pokemon games that we know today. These three were the first Pokemon games to be released (Red and Blue in 1998 and Yellow in 1999), and were the main reason why people hopped on the Pokemon bandwagon from the start.

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The plot will be familiar to any player of the modern titles: journey across land, capture Pokemon, get all 8 badges, beat the Pokemon League, and defeat the bad guys (which is Team Rocket of course).

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But what made these RPGs so unique was because they were the first of their kind. The gameplay was different, the mechanics were new at that time, and the idea of capturing Pokemon (and having one follow you...Pikachu in Yellow) was appreciated for its time.

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Now imagine reliving your childhood memories but with 3D graphics, battle mechanics, and an interface like in Pokemon Sun and Moon, then of course WiFi. Yep, that's epic.

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This is just a small list of some of the RPG titles that deserve a graphical remaster like Skyrim. What games do you think need to be added to the list? I know that there are many more great classics that deserve to be up here. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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2. Pokemon Emerald

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Developed by Game Freak, and published by The Pokemon Company, Pokemon Emerald was released for the Game Boy Advance in 2005.

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Pokemon Emerald is seen as a combination of Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire (after all, it is possible to catch both, Kyogre and Groudon in Pokemon Emerald). However, after the player defeats the Pokemon League, the game does not finish. After finishing the game, players get access to the Battle Frontier, a location where powerful trainers can battle one another (each "gym" in the area has a certain stipulation).

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Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire were remastered for the 3DS as Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire respectively. So, what happened to Pokemon Emerald? Why didn't it get a remaster? Seeing as it is a combination of both games, it only makes sense as it belongs to the same "family" and the same generation.

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3. The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind

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Morrowind was developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks for original Xbox and PC in 2002.

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Believed by many fans to be the greatest/best Elder Scrolls game ever made (yes, even better than Skyrim to some), Morrowind is an open-world RPG game set in Morrowind, particularly the island of Vvardenfell.

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The game follows similar mechanics like Skyrim and Oblivion in regards to quests, side-quests, exploration, etc.

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However, when Skyrim was announced as a remake, many wished for Morrowind to be released instead. But why does Morrowind deserve a remake more than Skyrim? A fellow writer has published a lengthy article in which he explains (and goes into great detail) as to why Morrowind over Skyrim.

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4. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

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This title was developed by Square and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo SNES in 1996.

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Super Mario RPG is a very unique Super Mario game because it has a combat system very similar to older Final Fantasy titles (turn based). The plot is different from other Super Mario games. Bowser isn't actually the main enemy (can you believe it?)! Instead, it's a giant talking sword that shattered the Star Road, and overtook Bowser's castle. Mario has to unite with other characters in the game to restore the missing stars and defeat the giant sword.

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The game was released 20 years ago, so you can imagine that the graphics aren't the best when compared to today's graphics. Nevertheless, such unique Super Mario title deserves a remastered version not because of world design, but because of fun and wacky combat animations, as well as a Final Fantasy easter egg...

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5. Monster Hunter

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The Monster Hunter series spans across many platforms like PSP, Wii, 3DS, etc. However, the original Monster Hunter was first released for the PS2 in 2004. It was developed and published by Capcom.

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Hunting monsters larger than life with many different weapons sounds incredibly appealing to almost anyone. This RPG allows players to customize their hunter and embark on quests to slay beasts across all areas like volcanoes, forests, tundras, etc. More than that, players can harvest materials from those monsters and craft weapons and armor out of them.

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Remaking Monster Hunter with better graphics, and elements from Generations like Styles and Arts would prove to be quite interesting.

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6. Dark Souls

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Dark Souls was released in 2011 for PS3 and Xbox 360, and in 2012 for PC. The game was developed by FromSoftware and published by Namco Bandai Games.

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The game that started it all in the Souls series -- Dark Souls. This was the game that drew players in, turning them into fans, and making them play other titles like Dark Souls 2, Dark Souls 3, Demon Souls, and Bloodborne.

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Brutal combat, punishable deaths, mysterious items, unique boss designs is what made this game memorable. As far as the plot goes, well, that one aspect is tricky to grasp. The actual story is never directly told to us. Instead, the lore is revealed through item descriptions, NPC dialogue, and world design. Plus, it ties in with Dark Souls 2 and Dark Souls 3.  

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If remastered on the Bloodborne and/or Dark Souls 3 graphics engine, just imagine the visuals, particularly of areas that appeal to you the most. And not just the areas, but monster designs as well!

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7. Fallout 3

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Published by Bethesda Softworks, and developed by Bethesda Game Studios, Fallout 3 was released in 2008 for the PS3, PC, and Xbox 360.

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Picture Skyrim, but with guns. Or better yet, Fallout 4, but in a different location and no Preston Garvey telling you about settlements. The plot is quite simple too: dad goes missing, and you have to go find dad while exploring the wasteland Washington D.C.

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A remastered version of this open-world RPG game would make any fan happy, as well as bring new players in. But besides better graphics, mod support would be provided as well for Fallout 3. Bethesda did it for Skyrim Remastered and Fallout 4 on console, so why not Fallout 3... that is if it ever gets a remake...  

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8. Mega Man Battle Network Series

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Developed and Published by Capcom, the first Mega Man Battle Network was released in 2001 for the Game Boy Advance.

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Mega Man Battle Network is a real-time tactical RPG spin-off series, based off the original Mega Man series. Instead of robots, the Battle Network series focused on technology and computer networks.

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Plots were different, but still the same for each one: a cyber-terrorist organization tries to destroy the world, or rule the world, or take over technology altogether, only to be stopped by Mega Man, and his operator, Lan. 

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Other titles included: Battle Network 2 (2001), Battle Network 3: White and Blue (2002), Battle Network 4: Red Sun and Blue Moon (2003), Battle Network 5: Team Colonel and Team Protoman (2004), and Battle Network 6: Cybeast Gregar and Cybeast Falzar (2005).

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A remake of the whole series, released on one cartridge would be a dream come true for any fan of the series. 3D graphics instead of 2D would probably be the main attraction, as well as enhanced and sharper battle animations and graphics.

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9. Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light

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Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light was a PSP exclusive title developed by Hit Maker and published by Nippon Ichi Software, and released in 2006.

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The game is a turn-based RPG (very similar to Persona and older Final Fantasy titles) that is basically about a guy named Lance (pictured above) who must save the world from evil (what else is new...).

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This title was unique in a sense because it had an unusual combat and crafting system. For combat, a turn would not begin unless a monster was first attacked. As far as crafting, you could combine items and create new weapons, but they would break after a certain amount of uses.

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Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light was met with mixed reviews because of the boring and typical story line, but the challenging combat system was received well.

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Though a remastered version will most likely never happen, the animations of special attacks, environments, and certain enemies would definitely become more visually appealing, as well as more beautiful in general.

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10. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards

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This RPG strategy card game came out in 2003 for the Game Boy Advance, and was published and developed by Konami.

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Remember how in middle school you had friends who were obsessed with Yu-Gi-Oh cards? Or maybe you yourself also joined in on the craze, and got involved trading cards, as well as having duels with fellow fans of the anime? Well, this game was part of that craze.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards focuses on you, the player, and your dueling adventures during the Battle City Tournament. Of course, there were bad guys along the way whose butts needed to be kicked in order to save the day.

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One interesting aspect of the game was that this was the first game that allowed you to use the Egyptian God cards. Remember those?

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On a completely bizarre side note, the game did not follow its own rules! In other words, each card had a weakness, that when exposed to that weakness, would be destroyed instantly! For example, if you had a Pyro (fire) type monster on your side of the field, and your opponent had a Forest (wood) type monster on their side of the field, your card would instantly destroy their card, even if their card was stronger than yours! Huh?! Since when was that allowed?

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If this game was remastered for the 3DS, or any handheld/mobile device for that matter with 3D graphics, and more important, fair rules, then that would make many fans of the franchise happy.

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Skyrim Special Edition (or simply known as, Skyrim Remastered) was released this past Friday, on October 28th. When the remaster was first announced during Bethesda's E3 2016 press conference, fans of the game were extremely pleased. But not because of improved graphics, but because of mod support that would come to the console versions of the game. This allowed console players to experience the joys of mods, just like PC users could -- since the release of the original version of the game back in 2011. Not to mention the stability improvements that came with the 64bit upgrade.

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Now that Skyrim Remastered is out, let's take a look at some of the other RPGs that deserve a graphical remake for modern consoles and handheld devices.

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Should Schools Have a Required Gaming List? https://www.gameskinny.com/doy2s/should-schools-have-a-required-gaming-list https://www.gameskinny.com/doy2s/should-schools-have-a-required-gaming-list Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:13:36 -0400 Aaron Grincewicz

Way back in high school I remember having a 'Required Reading List' in English class. The list is nearly standardized among schools. Most of the time it includes titles like; To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, The Scarlet Letter, Lord of the Flies, and other classics.  

Movies also have a similar list in some schools. With films like; Citizen Kane, Casablanca, and Gone with the Wind being standard. If your teacher is cool enough, they'll also consider movies like Star Wars, and Aliens

In case you haven't heard, times have changed. Gaming is mainstream, and in some cases, in our DNA. Video games have influenced pop culture and many other aspects of modern life. Games have been such a part of my life that if the Animus were real, a ton of my memory sequences would involve playing The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. That is also the reason I would want my kids to have an appreciation of the gaming classics. 

While I'm sure everyone has their idea of what criteria a game must meet to qualify for such a list, I'll dive into some that I would recommend in my class. A lot of the games would most likely be from Nintendo due to the family-friendly nature of the company.  The less time a school has to deal with upset parents, the better.

Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue are a great way to kick off a semester.  Not only is Pokemon just as popular as ever, but the games are amazing. Students would discover the origins of the monster-catching craze, and could also study how accessible the gameplay is, some aspects of character design, and even the financial impact the sales had on Nintendo.

Super Metroid would be great to study in time for mid-terms. Regarded by many as one of the greatest games ever, it's gameplay still holds up, and has been imitated many times, but arguably never duplicated.  While the game is light in the story area, the level and boss design are nearly unparalleled. Shadow Complex would be a great modern alternative, but it's often better to start with the roots.

For the final exam, my class would study my personal favorite, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.  This game nailed so many things, but the soundtrack, boss design, and Hyrule itself stand out most to me. Ganondorf is also an excellent example of what makes a great villain/Final Boss. Not only was his power intimidating, but the game showed he was smart, too.

What do you think? Should schools be equipped to teach students about the games on which their parents and teachers spent so much time? Do you have kids, and want them to try your old favorites? Which games should be on that list?

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Happy Anniversary Pokemon Blue/Red -- How I became addicted for 18 years https://www.gameskinny.com/dhsml/happy-anniversary-pokemon-bluered-how-i-became-addicted-for-18-years https://www.gameskinny.com/dhsml/happy-anniversary-pokemon-bluered-how-i-became-addicted-for-18-years Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:18:48 -0400 Jeffrey Rousseau

Nearly 20 years ago today, the Pokémon video game franchise was unleashed in the US. As part of Nintendo marketing campaign, Pokémon Blue and Red was released the same year as the anime.

What then followed was a phenomenon, and Pokemon quickly became one the bestselling RPG series on the GameBoy worldwide. It's reported that both versions sold nearly 10 million copies in the United States alone.

Pokémon Blue/Red set the basis for all future games. It told the simple story of a 11 year old protagonist on his quest to become a Pokémon master. As you were greeted by Professor Oak, you were tasked with completing the Pokédex. At that time, finding all 151 was no easy task.

The game presented a new dynamic to players regarding monsters. Players were also to take on multiple roles. As a trainer you could get them stronger, as a completionist you could focus on finding them, and as an eventual master you could study all their nuances.

Although back then the games only had 15 types of Pokémon, the challenge wasn't without its gravitas. After conquering the eight gyms and heading to the indigo plateau, players soon dug into a new aspect of the game -- playing against friends. This opened a whole new meta game for the series. For example, your Pidgeot's speed, or your Charizard's special attack might be enough to beat the Elite Four, but won't stand up to your friends.

Millions of fans found themselves taking part of sponsored Pokémon events to prove themselves. This eventually lead to the creation of the Pokémon Championship Series. The game inspired a trading card game that was just as strategic and competitive.

A Memoir of Red and Blue

When the original games released, I was 12 years old and received Pokémon Blue as a gift. Before then I was a full blown fan of the anime. I never missed an episode and made note of Ash's wins -- although like most fans, I soon realized he was a mere shadow of the game's protagonist Red.

To be blunt, Pokémon got me invested in video games and made it a lifetime hobby. After homework and chores were done, I fired up Pokémon every day. I studied the type weaknesses and my eyes lit up when Pokemon could learn moves they were weak to. (For example, #121 and water/psychic type Starmie can learn Thunder, go figure.)

Playing Pokemon also made me a fan of the artist, Ken Sugimori. The name may not be familiar, but his character art for the Pokemon series is. For Red/Blue he was able to create a juxtaposition of nearly classic watercolor painted characters while being modern. The pages of the manual, the promotional art, and so forth were all beautiful.

Speaking personally, my parents found Pokémon to be a positive influence on me. I was using math on stats and moves. I was reading and using critical thinking as I worked my way through Mount Moon, Silph Co., and etc. Also, the lack of blood and violence was a big plus -- though it bares mentioning you're pitting supernatural animals in fights against each other. But I suppose that's why Pokémon was so well-received...it managed to be family friendly.

Pokémon Red/Blue didn't gain a fan with everyone that played it, of course. Some didn't even have the chance to play it because they didn't (or still don't) have the right systems to do so. So Nintendo released Red, Blue, and Yellow on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in 2015.

So happy 18th birthday for Pokemon Red and Blue! Though technically it's 20 years of Pokemon, as the series was released in 1996 for Japan.

Have any special memories of the original Pokémon? Please let us know in the comments below. 

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Don't Bank On Pokemon Bank Just Yet https://www.gameskinny.com/g1auc/dont-bank-on-pokemon-bank-just-yet https://www.gameskinny.com/g1auc/dont-bank-on-pokemon-bank-just-yet Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:37:28 -0400 Joshua Harris

Yesterday, The Pokemon Company announced that one of its most popular games Pokemon Bank will be getting an update Sometime in January 2017. A crucial tool for die-hard Pokemon fans, Pokemon Bank is a staple in for current-gen Pokemon collectors. An update was supposed to arrive this fall in anticipation for Pokemon Sun and Moon, but The Pokemon Company announced that they will be delaying  the release of the next iteration in the service.

Another feature that was supposed to debut this fall was Pokemon Bank support for the virtual console releases of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow. Players will be delighted to know that Pokemon caught in the Virtual Console versions of these games will be able to be transferred to the bank and then into Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon  thanks to a future update to the Poke Transporter application.

The Pokemon Bank application is a versatile and most needed tool for any Pokemon trainer worth their salt. Pokemon's longest standing fans understand how daunting it is having to worry about catching the seemingly infinite amount of Pokemon; 'we' grew up with 100-250ish monsters to worry about, and when the technology of handheld gaming evolved, there was a disconnect between the old and the new games.

Pokemon Bank, however, has begun to bridge the gap and make it possible to catch them all again. GameSkinny writer Kate Reynolds explains in her Pokemon piece about how important this Pokemon Bank business really is. What it all boils down to is this: well before the advent of wireless Pokemon gaming, trainers had to use cables from one console to the other, meaning that players would have to catch dummy Pokemon to make even trades.

Barring special event Pokemon, trainers will soon be able to catch them all. Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon are bridging the gap between classic and contemporary players, bringing Red, Blue, and Yellow into the modern age. Now that the option exists, will you finally become the Pokemon Master? Let us know down in the comments.

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How Pokémon introduced me to RPGs https://www.gameskinny.com/4ntg4/how-pokemon-introduced-me-to-rpgs https://www.gameskinny.com/4ntg4/how-pokemon-introduced-me-to-rpgs Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:10:38 -0400 KINGDC1989

When Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue first hit American shores back in the fall of 1998 I wasn’t sure on what to expect, and I definitely didn’t know that Pokémon would have such a huge impact on my life moving forward. I vividly remember playing Pokémon Red on vacation in the back of the family car and frantically trying to keep the glare off the screen while simultaneously making sure my Gameboy didn’t die during my many attempts to catch the legendary Mewtwo.

I can’t even begin to calculate the hours I spent battling and collecting Pokémon throughout my Kanto journey. Something about the collection aspect of Pokémon and building the perfect team felt rewarding, and I became attached to each Pokémon on my roster.

The sense of progression in Pokémon and the victory I obtained over each gym became the catalyst that fueled my drive to continuously progress and shaped how I would play future games -- especially RPGs. The many memories that I established with the Pokémon games and the time I spent with the first generation Pokémon games in general would definitely go on to shape the rest of my gaming catalog for the proceeding years afterward.

The Pokémon series was my first introduction -- and I’m sure many people's first introduction -- to the world of RPG’s. Because of Pokémon, I developed a better sense of the mechanics and gameplay elements that defined role playing games at the time.

Although most of the core gameplay elements and progression systems present in Pokémon were not much different than many JRPGs released at the time (like the Final Fantasy series and Earthbound), it was the sense of accomplishment and camaraderie you established through building your team and the collection aspect that set Pokémon games apart from similar games in the genre. 

In spite of Pokémon's continued success for well over 20 years, there are some people today who constantly complain that the Pokémon core series as a whole has not changed much from a gameplay standpoint over the past 20 years. I personally believe that is perfectly fine that the series hasn’t changed much overall, and in many ways that is why the series has remained successful. Sometimes game series can change too much and that can potentially alienate long-time fans.

There have, however, been many incremental changes and additions made to the franchise and additional Pokémon that have changed the series in fundamental ways.  Although there haven’t been many changes made to the actual gameplay of the main franchise there have been many experimental games and spinoffs that have garnered plenty of success.

Pokémon Go is a current example of the nostalgic power of the Pokémon series. The fact that Niantic and the Pokémon Game Company only used first generation Pokémon was definitely strategic on their part and was one of the main reasons Pokémon Go was able to establish the foothold and see the success that it initially gained in the first month after release.

My main complaint about Pokémon Go is that it lacks the sense of progression and strategic elements that make the main games so fun and rewarding. The battle system present in Pokémon Go is very limited, and there’s no real strategy involved. Pokémon Go does, however, maintain the collection aspect that is present in the core series -- and that is probably why it remains so popular. 

I personally believe that Pokémon games are the perfect introduction for anyone trying to learn the mechanics and strategy that go into turn based and stat based role playing games. There is a heavy emphasis placed on numbers and statistics, and also a great deal of strategy involved within the Pokémon series. And if you actually spend the time learning all of the various nuances and layers of strategy involved, you gain a greater appreciation for RPGs in general. 

When you actually break down the moment to moment gameplay in Pokémon it is essentially about numbers, types, and weaknesses. Each Pokémon has a designated type, and sometimes multiple types. You base your team roster around multiple types so you have plenty of variation and differing Pokémon to deal with opponents’ weaknesses.

The combat system and strategy you learn in Pokémon can be very rewarding -- especially in the thriving competitive scene. Pokémon has personally changed my life and it introduced me to a gaming genre that I would grow to appreciate and respect over my many years of gaming. It has taught me patience and many of the fundamentals that are present in role playing games today -- plus to be a better gamer and more strategic gamer overall.

I think without having played the original first generation Pokémon games I would have never played many of the RPG series that I love today. The series overall has had plenty of ups and downs over the years, but the core gameplay has stayed pretty much the same and if you are looking to start playing RPGs (or JRPGs for that matter), then the Pokémon series is definitely the perfect introduction.

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On Legends and Reality: A Minor Insight Into First Generation Pokemon https://www.gameskinny.com/e34e8/on-legends-and-reality-a-minor-insight-into-first-generation-pokemon https://www.gameskinny.com/e34e8/on-legends-and-reality-a-minor-insight-into-first-generation-pokemon Mon, 12 Sep 2016 15:00:02 -0400 Joshua Harris

Pokemon is rife with history, in and outside of the long line of games. The legendary pokemon, however, set the golden standard by which future installations in the franchise would order and balance for future trios. The three birds, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres are birds of creation. Along with it, the playful and rarely-seen pokemon Mew central to the pokemon creation mythology. Generation 1 was central in establishing the narrative for future games and creating the formula by which the mythology would evolve. 

On Ice

Known as the winged mirages, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres are responsible for keeping the elemental forces of the pokemon world in check. The first of the legendary birds, Articuno, is said to be able to manipulate ice by freezing the surrounding moisture in the air. Even its wings have the ability to chill the air, which contribute to conversion of water to snow in the air. Legends state that it stays in the peaks of icy mountains, waiting to save those explorers who get lost and find themselves near death.

The real-life bird it was based on, however, was not as friendly. Once believed to be a noble bird created by Jehovah, the Anka indiscriminately devoured all the animals on Earth, prompting it to consume humans (primarily children). After preying upon those asking Jehovah for salvation, their god removed the birds ability to procreate which eventually lead to their extinction (although their reported lifespan was about 1,700 years). Not much else is known except that this creature shares traits with two other mythical beings: the Pheonix and Thunderbird. 

A Shocking Revelation

Differing from its icy compatriot, Zapdos has sharper, more 'electric', plumage. The electrical charges protruding from its body are said to produce lightning bolts when it is airborne. Its home is in the thunderclouds and is drawn out by naturally accuring thunder storms. Lightning strikes are said to increase its power as well. Based upon North American indigenous mythology, Zapdos draws its inspiration from the Thunderbird.

There are several mythologies regarding the ancient bird in Algonquian mythology, such as the Thunderbird control the upperworld while underworld is controlled by the Great Horned Serpent. Zapdos, much like the Thunderbird, has an x-shaped appearance and creates electricity. The Menominee, however, state that they control the rain and enjoy fighting. Their enemies are the great horned snakes, the Misikinubik which would have otherwise consumed mankind had it not been for their protection. In the Ojibwe version of the story, the Thunderbirds were creatd by the Nanabozho for the purpose of fighting the underwater spirits and to punish humans who were immoral. 

Like a Phoenix From the Ashes

The final legendary bird, Moltres, is the last of the winged mirages. Noted for its ability to control fire, it is identifiable by its flaming plumage . Moltres is said to live in especially hot regions, most notably volcanoes. In the spring it will migrate to the south, signaling the start of a new season.

Its real life counterpart, the Phoenix, is cyclically reborn in the decomposing and fiery remains of its old life. The red and yellow coloration is the more popular interpretation of the legend's appearance, but there is no actual consensus on what the Phoenix actually looks like. Both birds are said to regenerate when injured as well; the Phoenix will heal naturally while Moltres will dip its wounds in molten magma to cure itself. 

A Mew Too

The pink mammalian pokemon Mew is historically integral to the Pokemon series. Within its DNA lies the genetic code for every pokemon in existence which, in reality, can be hearkened back to a common ancestor for all life on Earth. Its geography is even based in the real world, it was discovered in the Pokemon world deep in the jungles of Guyana, South America. Mewtwo, its counterpart, was created in a lab making one of the few man-made pokemon in this universe. Appearing humanoid and feline, Mewtwo was created from the attempts at gene splicing a pregnant Embryo, which in turn created a powerful and cold-hearted fighting machine. 

 

It is clear that while based in slivers reality, the Pokemon universe exemplifies its own in-game mythology while paying homage to its predecessors. Not only did the generation one games cement itself in the industry as one of the largest franchised to ever be created, it set the standard for future Pokemon games in terms of their narratives and kickstarted the legendary trio narrative. 

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Top 10 Most Underrated Generation One Pokémon https://www.gameskinny.com/1f6fn/top-10-most-underrated-generation-one-pokemon https://www.gameskinny.com/1f6fn/top-10-most-underrated-generation-one-pokemon Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:59:57 -0400 Angelina Bonilla

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There you have it, the most underrated Pokémon from the Kanto region, whether it's because of the physical/special split, the lack of further evolution or mega evolution, or just paling in comparison to other Pokémon. Even with all that said, these Pokémon are still beloved by some players because Kanto was the first region people came across, and even if they're sometimes forgotten, these ten Kanto Pokémon will never be truly gone from people’s hearts.

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What do you think about these Underrated Pokémon? Were there any we should have had on the list? What's your personal experience with the Kanto Region's Pokémon? Tell us all in the comments below.

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 Image Source: Here

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1. Golem

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In Kanto there are 4 Pokémon that evolve by Trade: Alakazam Gengar, Machamp and Golem. 3 of the 4 of these are used all the time, and are praised as amazing Pokémon. Golem, on the other hand, well…Golem is just sort of there. When looking for the artwork for this list, you'd be hard pressed to find a picture of Golem that's not some realistic interpretation or a Mega Evolution, which is something this Pokémon desperately needs. Anything to boost him up just a little further, or make it at least on par with other Ground/Rock types like Rhyperior.

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That's not to say Golem is a bad Pokémon; it has plenty of physical defense and decent health, which makes it able to tank with moves like Suckerpunch or Toxic at its disposal, but with its attack stat it's far more suited for an all-out attacker with moves like Stone Edge and Earthquake. It's also one of the most reliable Stealth Rock Pokémon in the game to lead off with. The one sad thing about Golem is that oftentimes, people who send him out, do it for one reason and that's to explode. Yes, its ridiculous self-destruct has destroyed many an opponent, and that's what it's meant to do, but it is a little tragic to see a Pokemon's only purpose is to blow itself up after it stopped being useful in battle.

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 Image Source: Here

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2. Vileplume

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What would a list like this be without Vileplume? An unsettling little Pokémon based on the group of carrion flowers, which smell like rotting flesh. Vileplume wasn't as much unpopular for a while as much as it was unloved. Not a lot of people wanted to use Vileplume and again, with all sorts of Grass types out there now, people just see it falling short of what the other grass types have to offer.

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However, what Vileplume does have over its more flowery contemporaries is its bulk, and with Effect Spore as its ability it makes it a force to be reckoned with. Combine that with moves like Giga Drain, Sludge Bomb and Sleep Powder, and Vileplume is able to wait out its competition for a little while.

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Or, if you want to go full offensive, use the same Giga Drain and Sludge Bomb with an added Hidden Power Fire or Ground to pack a punch. There's other ways of playing with Vileplume thanks to its fairly diverse movepool. It's a fun little Pokémon that can take plenty of hits, and while it's not as beloved as others, this red eyed Pokémon deserves to be on any list.

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 Image Source: Here

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3. Wigglytuff

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Wigglytuff is a tragic case of its pre-evolution being far more popular than its evolution. It's very similar to Raichu in that sense, because Jigglypuff and Pikachu are part of what could be seen as the "Mascot" Pokémon for the entire franchise, while Raichu and Wigglytuff just get left in the dust. At least Raichu gets an Alolan form, but Wigglytuff was just given a Fairy secondary typing, with an expanded movepool, and that was it.

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That's not to say that Wigglytuff doesn't have the right stuff to be used in battle of course. Wigglytuff has a huge moveset thanks to its normal typing, and with its massive HP stat it has a chance to set up some moves before it’s eventually taken down thanks to its low defense stats. Still, Wigglytuff is one of those Pokémon you can try a couple of different things with to see what works for you as a trainer. While it may not be the most popular puff, it's known to have the stuff to be tough.

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Image Source: Here (Artist Unknown)

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4. Dewgong

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Poor Dewgong, it's one of the Water/Ice Pokémon that just couldn't be up to snuff compared to the likes of Lapras. You get a Lapras for free and it's everything Dewgong is and so much more. Not only that, but it doesn't fare well compared to even other defensive water types. But it does try, it really does. The biggest problem is the primary typing, which is Ice, and while it is on the bulkier side, any sort of entry hazard can spell disaster for Dewgong, especially Stealth Rock.

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Dewgong has access to abilities like Thick Fat, which can make it a decent special defensive Pokémon with moves like Surf, Perish Song, Stockpile and Toxic. It makes Dewgong able to be used on most defensive teams as long as they can make up for the weaknesses it has. Overall, Dewgong is a cool Pokémon and even if it's surpassed by others, it’s still worth giving a try.

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5. Dodrio

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You can get a Pidgey or a Spearow relatively early on in your journey, which means by the time you run into a Doduo you'll already have a fairly strong flying type that you've journeyed with and have no reason to pick a new one up. That and with access to Mega Pidgeot and Starraptor, to most people there seems to be almost no reason to pick up a Dodrio. If you don't however, you'll be missing out on one of the oddest, yet most formidable normal/flying types in the game.

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Let's check out this road runner's stats.

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Dodrio has high attack and high speed with a plethora of moves at its disposal, which allows it to use them to their maximum effectiveness. It outspeeds many Pokémon and can shatter through some of the toughest of walls, as long as they don't have a resistance to normal or flying type moves. This is where Dodrio falls short, because as soon as it strikes it's a sitting duck for any other move that can be thrown at it, and with its abysmal defenses and HP, it'll fall in battle quickly. This is why the main mode of attack for Dodrio is to go all in and make sure there are no entry hazards waiting for it on the other side.

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Image Source: Here

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6. Victreebel

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Who remembers this screaming monster from the anime who always decided to snack on James' head whenever he had the chance? Everyone? Okay, now which of you actually used it on your team? If you answered that you didn't use Victreebel on your team, you're hardly alone; Victreebel isn't the most popular pick for a grass type, especially not now, when you have access to the entire world of Pokémon at your fingertips and you can pick countless other Pokémon.

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However, Victreebel did have its uses and it still does in its own, odd, terrifying sort of way. It's a dandy Pokémon to have on a Sun-based team, as in a Pokémon using Sunny Day and then the battle continues with that weather effect. It helps Victreebel make up for it's not so great speed and helps strengthen moves it has like Weather Ball. It's also a dangerous Sludge Bomb thrower and in that sunny weather, well, its solar Beam is terrifying to behold. With the right team, Victreebel can be a monster; it's just a matter of putting it on a sun team, since otherwise it doesn't function very well outside of it.

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Image Source: Here

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7. Mr. Mime

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Mr. Mime is one of those Pokémon you remember seeing all the time in the Pokémon anime, but never really wanting to use yourself. This is one of those cases of Pokémon fans not wanting to use a Pokémon because of their appearance. Why?

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People don't like clowns.

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There's a reason you'll find quite a number of horror films with a clown as the main villain, or as antagonistic in some way. Coulrophobia is alive and well in society today and that's part of the reason why Mr. Mime is here. The fact I could find far more scary Mr. Mime artwork than I could the not so scary is telling of how the fandom feels about it.

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Interestingly enough, just like many of its psychic brethren, Mr. Mime isn't too shabby in battle. It's a wall breaker, just like many of the other psychic types but it has access to moves like Healing Wish and with its speed, if worse comes to worst, it can sacrifice itself to fully heal another member on its team. Not only that but he can also set up barrier moves like Reflect and Light Screen, giving its team support. While it doesn't excel at that as much as it does at wall breaking, it's still a Pokémon with a diverse move pool that's worth giving a chance.

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Image Source: Here

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8. Tauros

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When it comes to Pokémon suffering because of the physical/special split back in the Sinnoh games, there isn't a better example of how the mighty have fallen than Tauros. If you played Pokémon back in the days of Red, Blue and Yellow, you'll remember how much of a monster Tauros was. It was an incredibly powerful Pokémon that broke almost any walls it came across, just like an actual bull. Now, it just seems that they put this poor bull out to pasture.

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Gone are the days it could break any wall, and now it's stuck ramming into Pokémon it would have stampeded over in the past. Not that it's changed all that much. Tauros has the same diverse movepool it had back in the first games, and it's only grown in recent years. Sheer Force has also helped Tauros maintain its status as a dangerous bull to lock horns with. Even if its glory days seem long gone, Tauros can still hold its own.

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9. Nidoqueen and Nidoking

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When it comes to the king and queen of Kanto, one needs to look no further than Nidoking and Nidoqueen. Both of these Pokémon are incredibly similar, the difference being that Nidoqueen has more defensive stat distribution and Nidoking is stronger offensively. That, and their movepools are slightly differentiated by a few moves.

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Nonetheless, these two were incredibly popular back during Pokémon’s initial release, but have fallen out of use in recent years. While they're still fairly unique in their typing people have found other powerhouses to use, causing these two to fall by the wayside. Still, they both have amazing movepools and with the advent of the dream world ability Sheer Force back in Unova, it's given this battle couple a resurgence in usage in recent years. While they're both still outclassed by a few different Pokémon, these two are still solid members on any team.

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As long as the other team doesn't spam earthquake.

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Image Source: Here

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10. Flareon

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On the grand scale of the evolution of the Pokémon Eevee, Flareon has been, and always will be the weakest of the group. While all of Eevee's evolutions are incredibly popular, Flareon gets a lot less love, mostly due to its mediocre move pool for a physical based fire type Pokémon, and because it's on the slower side compared to other Pokémon that can utilize Flare Blitz.

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GameFreak has been slowly giving it more moves over the year making it far more usable in battle than it used to be, but the damage has already been done. Luckily, Flareon is still part of the illustrious group of Eeveelutions, so it'll  that's at least a happier ending for one of these unloved Pokémon.

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Image Credit: Here

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The Kanto region was the first region of the Pokémon world introduced to us all the way back in the 90s and it's stayed with us for around that long. It's still one of the most beloved regions for many, but with that title come many downfalls. Next to the Unova region, Kanto introduced us to the largest number of Pokémon and with that, comes a number of monsters that fall to the wayside compared to others.

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It's not because they're bad, but they just pale in comparison to some of the other Pokémon from their region. The ones that'll be included are ones who either haven't been given a Mega Evolution or Alola form, have suffered a blow because of the changes the game has made over time or are just not remembered by the Pokémon trainers at large. This doesn't mean they're bad Pokémon, just less loved than the rest of the bunch.

Let's take a look back, just as we did in Hoenn, to check out the most underrated Pokémon from the Kanto Region. 

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5 Scary Games Outside of the Horror Genre https://www.gameskinny.com/ykepo/5-scary-games-outside-of-the-horror-genre https://www.gameskinny.com/ykepo/5-scary-games-outside-of-the-horror-genre Thu, 13 Oct 2016 02:00:02 -0400 Joshua Harris

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Not all horror are equal, and games such as The Legend of Zelda: Majoras maskPsychonautsBatman: Arkham Asylum, Minecraft, and Pokemon Red and Blue are evidence of that. Horror is not purely psychological or visual, but its power lies within the estrangement of familiarity. Children's games, for example, are presented to the world as either happy or not as serious as their more mature counterparts.

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That, therefore, is where the many eerie and unsettling events of Majora's Mask derives its power; even the implied themes of death in Pokemon may leave even the most hardened trainer weepy-eyed and snotty. The fact of the matter is that any game has the potential to be jarring, horrifying, or spine-chilling. These themes are not contingent on something being solely geared towards a specific genre, but are scary because they estrange into something familiar.

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Psychonauts

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Perhaps the most heartbreaking and spine-chilling moment comes from Psychonauts. During the mission "Milla's Children", the player can veer off course to a secret room which contains a literal mental vault. The player, having ignored Milla's pleas, is subject to a heart-breaking and terrible secret. Milla had run an orphanage and loved the children she cared for. But, one night after returning from the grocery store, Milla had came back to a burning orphanage was unable to save the rest children. If the player opens a chest nearby, the game will display messages like "It Burns!" or "Why didn't you save us, Milla?", implying the birth of her psychic powers was concurrent with the dying thoughts of the burning orphans. 

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Not all horror are equal, and games such as The Legend of Zelda: Majoras maskPsychonautsBatman: Arkham Asylum, Minecraft, and Pokemon Red and Blue are evidence of that. Horror is not purely psychological or visual, but its power lies within the estrangement of familiarity. Children's games, for example, are presented to the world as either happy or not as serious as their more mature counterparts. That, therefore, is where the many eerie and unsettling events of Majora's Mask derives its power; even the implied themes of death in Pokemon may leave even the most hardened trainer weepy-eyed and snotty. The fact of the matter is that any game has the potential to be jarring, horrifying, or spine-chilling. These themes are not contingent on something being solely geared towards a specific genre, but are scary because they tap into something familiar. 

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Minecraft

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Minecraft has absolutely nothing in common with creepy games, but its cave exploration leaves a lot to fear. When playing in survival mode, excavators have to worry about mobs spawning or appearing out of nowhere, hours of hard work can be destroyed by a barrage of arrows from a skeleton or the sudden explosion of a creeper. Countless items and experience can be for not should an unwitting crafter find themselves lost in the massive network of randomly generated caves. 

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Pokemon Red and Blue

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Pokemon Red and Blue may be fun, happy, and enjoyable, but the generation 1 games left trainers scratching their heads at things such as a handful of Pokedex entries leaving players scratching their heads collectively. For example, it is said a boy had suddenly transformed into a Kadabra overnight (implying that spontaneous psychic metamorphoses are responsible for a good deal of the Pokemon population), a Pokemon exists solely to consume dreams nightly (preferring the dreams of children), or even a ghost that will literally poison its victims by licking them. 

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The most unsettling aspect of Red and Blue is the fact that the player, albeit it implied, kills their rival's Raticate. The infamous Lavender town, home to the games largest and only Pokemon cemetery, is where trainers are shown their rival standing over the grave of the previously mentioned Raticate, mourning the loss of their dearly departed partner. Even for a children's game, this material is still a lot to take in and is written in such a way that only people who would be able to parse the clues left behind by Game Freak would be able to understand the tragic implications of pitting Pokemon against each other. 

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Batman: Arkham Asylum

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Batman: Arkham Asylum works its way into the top 5 scary games for the brilliance in both the writing as well as the level and character design for the boss fight against the Scarecrow. After pummeling Joker's henchmen, the bat makes his way up to the security room before trudging deeper into the asylum. At some point the game's screen glitches out as if it's broken, but then "restarts" with the usual intro sequence. What has changed, though, is the bat signal in addition to the Joker driving Batman to Arkham Asylum as if he is the patient.

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Eventually, Joker shoots the Batman and the game treats the player as if they had just died and re-spawns them into a graveyard surrounded by caged and insane Batmen. In his toxin induced psychosis, Batman manages to fight off Scarecrow on his psychological battleground and is forced to fight inmates through the lingering hallucinogenic effects of Scarecrow's chemical cocktail. 

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Majora's Mask

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The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask has, by far, made its way into the top five for a variety of reasons. Although it is not on par with the plethora of horror games, Majora's Mask claws its way to the top of the "creepy games" list. Ripe with unsettling sequences, such as the moon plummeting towards the town, wearing masks imbued with the essence of the shortly departed, or even the music box house in Ikana Valley with with the half-decaying man inside, Majora's Mask major anxiety fuel was the Romani Ranch ghost quest.

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On the first day, Romani asks Link to visit the ranch at 2 A.M. to help her save her cows from the invading "ghost". At first, flatwood monster-esque creatures begin to slowly infiltrate the field. The beginning is not all that scary until the music eerily changes and they begin to flood the farm. The resounding responsibility of protecting the cows coupled with the eerie and ambient atmosphere of the invasion is what makes this moment scary. 

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Games like Depth (the underwater multiplayer game) have seriously scary and tense moments, despite not being a part of the horror genre. These five games have similar styles or moments that shock and creep players out.

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Top 5 Saddest Pokedex Entries https://www.gameskinny.com/avtl1/top-5-saddest-pokedex-entries https://www.gameskinny.com/avtl1/top-5-saddest-pokedex-entries Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:37:21 -0400 Alex Anderson_0905

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Cubone

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“Wears the skull of its deceased mother. Its cries echo inside the skull and come out as a sad melody.” – Pokemon Yellow

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“It 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 it wears are from its tears.” – Pokemon Emerald

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You’ll be hard pressed to find a first generation Pokemon fan that doesn’t know about Cubone’s backstory. Aptly called the Lonely Pokemon, Cubone is known for wearing its dead mother’s skull to hide its face and staining it with its tears. Its mother died when it was young and it howls at the moon at night because it misses her. According to Bulbapedia, its original name in the Pokemon Red and Blue beta was going to be Ophon, a play on the word orphan.

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If you look for them, you can find some pretty interesting Pokedex entries. Some are sad, some are happy, and some are just straight up disturbing. Go look for more Pokedex entries for yourself because they’re tons out there to enjoy!

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Banette

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“An abandoned plush doll became this Pokémon. They are said to live in garbage dumps and wander about in search of the children that threw them away.” – Pokemon Emerald

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“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.” – Pokemon Sapphire

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How many toys do you remember throwing away as a kid? Because some of them probably remember you throwing them away. Banette’s Pokedex entry is pretty sad, especially when coupled with the fact that you can find this Pokemon in garbage cans in the game and it’s mentioned in some entries that if it opens its mouth, it’s energy will escape, effectively killing it. But, there’s a different twist to this Pokemon’s entry because it seeks revenge on the children that threw it away.

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Spoink

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“Spoinkbounces around on its tail. The shock of its bouncing makes its heart pump. As a result, this Pokémon cannot afford to stop bouncing - if it stops, its heart will stop.” – Pokemon Ruby

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Spoink is another cute Pokemon with a sad Pokedex entry. While the Pokemon Sapphire entry is a lot more tame, commenting on Spoink’s quest to find a bigger pearl, the Pokemon Ruby entry tells us that if it stops bouncing, this cute little pig will die. It almost makes you forget its evolved form Grumpig uses its psychic powers to control its foe's minds.

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Yamask

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“Each of them carries a mask that used to be its face when it was human. Sometimes they look at it and cry.” – Pokemon Black

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Yamask is a cute little Ghost-type, that carries around its own face. Not only is this entry sad because Yamask cries over its face and the memories it holds, but it also reminds us that Ghost-type Pokemon used to be alive and they’re stuck fighting for their trainers while dealing with their own confusing existence.

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Parasect

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“A host-parasite pair in which the parasite mushroom has taken over the host bug. Prefers damp places.” – Pokemon Red/Blue

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“When nothing's left to extract from the bug, the mushrooms on its back leave spores on the bug's egg.” – Pokemon Crystal

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Parasect, the evolved form of Paras, has a dead look in its eyes. That’s because it’s actually dead. In almost all of Parasect’s Pokedex entries the game mentions it scattering spores around the forest. This is normal since it has a huge mushroom on its back, but in Pokemon Red and Blue, and later in Crystal, the entries allude to the mushroom being a parasite that has completely taken over the host bug.

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If you’ve been playing Pokemon for while, you’re probably no stranger to Pokedex entries. They give players more information about the lure of the world and how Pokemon interact with it. Pokedex entries are a great way of worldbuilding in the Pokemon games, but they can get really sad, really fast. Here is a list of the top 5 saddest Pokedex entries.

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Predicting Alolan Form Pokémon https://www.gameskinny.com/tyy9p/predicting-alolan-form-pokemon https://www.gameskinny.com/tyy9p/predicting-alolan-form-pokemon Wed, 17 Aug 2016 05:13:38 -0400 David Fisher

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That's it for this Alolan Form predictions list! There's still plenty of other Pokémon that could take new forms in the Kanto Pokédex and elsewhere, but based on the patterns so far these seem to make the most sense so far. That's not to say that there might not be more! There's over 60 fully evolved Pokémon in the Kanto Pokédex, so now I turn the spotlight to you, Pokémon Masters!

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What Pokémon do you think should take on Alolan forms? What reasons would they change for? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Tauros - Feral Hawaiian Bull

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Another Normal/Dark possibility, Tauros would take after feral bulls in Hawaii. Other typings I could imagine this Generation I bull taking on include Normal/Fire, Normal/Rock, and more.

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The reason for Tauros taking on a dual type would be similar to how Hawaiian Bulls went feral. Since they were no longer tended to by humans, the feral Tauros adapted to survive the Alolan climate. Their already aggressive tendencies were compounded, and resulted in a Normal/Dark or Normal/Fire typing. In the case of Normal/Rock, it could be that they were hanging out in the desert or mountainous regions found in Alola.

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Weezing - Volcanic Fumes

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Volcanoes are toxic in nature, and what better Pokémon to eat up those toxins than Weezing? While Weezing is already found on the volcanic island of Cinnabar, maybe Alola's volcanoes are much more toxic in the deeper parts of the mountainous volcanoes? Since Weezing is typically explosive by nature, the Pokémon had to adapt to fire, and as a result took on a Poison/Fire dual-typing.

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The image above was retrieved from deviantART user Phatmon. I must say, it's exactly what I expected from a Fire/Poison type Weezing. While it was originally designed as a Mega Evolution, maybe their design will be on the money for a future Alolan Form Weezing!

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Kingler - Hawaiian Ghost Crab

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Kingler would make an amazing Water/Ghost Pokémon. With an amazingly high attack stat, Kingler would finally be able to break out of the lower tier brackets and take down opponents that it otherwise couldn't as a solo-Water type. It would be a great typing to have for balance as well, since at this moment there is only one other Pokémon species that shares a Water/Ghost typing -- the Jellicent evolution chain which is rarely used in competitive, and acts only as a defensive Pokémon.

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As for an explanation, it could be that Kingler took on a Ghost/Water typing to escape from predators in Alolan waters. While it typically feeds on easy water prey in Kanto, the introduction of Kingler into Alola resulted in a need for it to adapt in order to survive. This would be somewhat similar to Corphish's evolution chain as it needed to survive predators such as Sharpedo.

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(Ghost Crab image by Forest & Kim Starr, CC BY 3.0)

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Spiral Shellder Form

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It's a widely known fact among Pokémon Trainers that Shellder clamps onto Slowpoke's tail and becomes a Slowbro. What doesn't make sense, however, is the shape that Shellder suddenly takes. To explain this away, maybe an Alolan Shellder is the form that the clam-like Pokémon takes when it bites onto Slowpoke's tail?

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An explanation as to why Shellder takes on this form in Alola could be that the waters in certain areas of Alola give off the same chemical that Shellders are looking for when they bite Slowpokes. This would possibly change Shellder into a Psychic/Ice type (reflecting the gain of Psychic typing originally), or possibly a new typing altogether.

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Arcanine - Fire/Flying

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Ninetales and Arcanine play similar positions in Red and Blue, so it got me thinking... If that's true, why not differentiate them in Sun and Moon? The result? A Fire/Water dual type Arcanine! It would make a bit of sense according to the lore too.

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While this image comes from DeviantART user Viper-mod's Pokémon splices, I actually came up with the idea of a Fire/Water Arcanine from an old Pokédex entry from Pokémon Stadium:

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A Pokémon whose beauty is legendary in China. It is said to run gracefully and lightly, as if it were flying.

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While Arcanine doesn't literally fly, maybe Arcanine in Alola developed the ability to fly as a means of getting from island to island by taking on a lighter, perhaps more gaseous form (i.e.: steam)? Considering the number of hot environments Alola's bound to have, I'm sure at least one would be able to make this evolution a possibility somehow!

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That, or I'm literally blowing steam...

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Golduck - ???

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Pokémon that seriously needs a typing adjustment, but has no means of achieving it lore-wise, Golduck has been mistakenly believed to be a Water/Psychic Pokémon since it first appeared in Pokémon Red and Blue. This is the result of its Pokédex entries, learnset, and even its design reflecting such traits. In reality, Golduck has only been a Water type since Generation I.

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This is a Pokémon that doesn't really have an excuse to have a new typing in Pokémon Sun and Moon, but it would be great if an Alolan Form could finally fix this.

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Primeape - Pinkan Berry Primeape

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A reference to another episode of the Orange Islands series, a number of pink Primeape and Mankey were spotted in the unfortunately named Pokémon episode "In the Pink" had an island filled with pink colored Pokémon. The pink color was actually caused by a berry called "Pinken Berries", and while they didn't change anything other than a Pokémon's natural color, it makes for an interesting concept similar to the design choice of Alolan Raichu looking similar to Puka from the episode "The Pi-Kahuna."

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With some obvious design changes aside from simply making it pink, I think that a pink Primeape would make for an interesting Fighting/Fairy combination. The lore would be similar to the Pokémon anime episode with the alteration that long-term exposure to the berries changed the Primeape species' typing. It also helps that an overwhelming majority of the Pinken Island Pokémon seem really happy for some reason.

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It would also be pretty cool to see a Fairy/Fighting typing, given that there are none as of yet.

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Venomoth - Black Witch Moth

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While not native to Hawaii itself, Black Witch Moths can be found amongst the islands. The name of the inspiring creature already leads me down the path of a Dark/Bug Pokemon, but I'm not quite sure how Venomoth could evolve into something inspired by this insect.

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Considering the volcanic activity in the area, maybe Venomoth took on a darker appearance to blend in with the cooled lava? It would make for a long shot seeing as Bug types and Fire types are natural enemies, but maybe the higher special defense that Dark types tend to have resulted in this evolution?

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It's another stretch of the imagination, but quite possible.

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Parasect - ???

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I know Pokemon is a game for kids, as much as it is for the long term fans, but hear me out when I say this: Hawaii allegedly has an orgasm inducing mushroom. Now, I know this is a stretch, but I think that this could work as a means of getting us our first Bug/Fairy Pokémon.

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According to a running story, John Halliday and Noah Soule found a fungus that allegedly induced a powerful female orgasm in an instant. While it has since been proven untrue, the concept might be enough to inspire a Pokémon that induces "good dreams". Considering the more adult-themed Pokédex entries that Generation I gave us in Red and Blue, I wouldn't be at all surprised if this worked.

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Maybe the Bug/Fairy adaptation could be rationalized by Parasect's need to feel wanted by the human and/or Pokémon populace? If Raichu can become a Psychic type because of sweet and fluffy pancakes, I don't see why Parasect can't do the same!

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Arbok - Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake

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Interestingly enough, Hawaii actually has its own subspecies of cobra known as the Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake. While it's by no means similar to the cobras we are used to, it's quite possible that Arbok would take on a Water/Poison typing to adjust to the abundance of water that Alola has.

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One reason for this could be that Arbok was simply incapable of relying solely on land-based prey to satisfy its appetite. It could also explain why Raichu might take on its Electric/Psychic typing as it would now be able to counter the evolutionary change of Arbok.

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Food - or in this case - prey for thought...

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(Snake photo retrieved via Wikipedia)

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Raticate - Black Rat

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Yungoose is a Pokémon introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon that can be directly associated with mongooses, which were originally introduced to take care of the invasive rat population. This, of course, failed spectacularly. In the Pokémon world, however, it could be argued that the reason why the Alolan Raticate was so tough to beat was because its typing outmatched the Yungoose that were sent to e-raticate them!

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Considering the fact that black rats are one of the main troublemakers in Hawaii -- aside from the Asian Rat -- I would say that this would act as the inspiration. The Alolan Raticate would then be a Dark type to reflect its new color, and it would make a whole lot of sense seeing as Dark type Pokémon have often been associated with higher defense and such. It would also be interesting to see Raticate become one of the few offensive Dark types, as it is one of the higher Attack and Speed stat Pokémon in the early game.

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(Black Rat Photo taken by Alexey Krasavin, retrieved via Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Butterfree - Kamehameha Butterfly / Orange Islands

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When Ash and Co. traveled around the Orange Islands in the Pokémon anime back in 2000 they stumbled upon a strangely colored Butterfree. While Butterfree is typically known for having white wings, this one had yellow wings with an orange spot. While the orange is much more pronounced on the real world Kamehameha Butterfly of Hawaii (named after the Royal House of Kamehameha, and not the Dragon Ball move), it would be an interesting design change.

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This new Butterfree could take on an Electric/Bug typing or maybe Fire/Bug. As for the reason it took on this coloring, it could be that it was crossbred with the Archipelago Vivillon from Pokémon X and Y. It's a bit of a stretch, but it could be a result of an offering to the royalty of Alola, similar to the Monarch Butterflies of our own world. If they went with Monarchs as the inspiration, Hawaiian Monarchs are known to have low amounts of toxins in them, possibly changing Butterfree into a Poison/Bug!

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The possibilities for this Pokémon are fascinating!

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Pokémon Sun and Moon has surprised fans on multiple occasions. First there was the announcement that we would be able to transfer Pokémon over from Pokémon Red and Blue via Virtual Console and Pokémon Bank, then a whole bunch of Pokémon were shown off in all sorts of highlight videos since E3. Most interesting of all has been the showcasing of brand new "Alola Form" Pokémon.

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While there's already been a handful of Pokémon that have had forms in the past, Alolan Form Pokémon are unique in that these changes are drastic compared to those in the past. That got me thinking: what's a new feature without some speculation?

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Today we're here to check out what fully evolved Pokémon still haven't had an Alolan release, and consider possible changes as to why they might have their new typings and abilities. To do so I took the following into account:

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  • The Alolan Forms have been exclusively Kanto Pokémon
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  • For the most part they completely change the typing of a Pokémon
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  • They always have an explanation for why the Pokémon have these changes
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  • The Alolan Forms tend to reference old games, the Pokémon anime, or other Pokémon media
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  • None of them have Mega Evolutions
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  • Legendaries don't have Alolan forms
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  • They also tend to be Pokémon with evolutionary lines that have been somewhat ignored since the first generation of Pokémon games were released
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As a personal rule, no Pokémon that are man-made or are created due to circumstance will be considered for this list. Their Alolan Form should also have a reason for existing in the first place. Of course, there's always the possibility that these rules might be changed in the future as more news rolls out.

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With this in mind, though, are you ready? Then let's check out some of these possibilities!

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The Pokemon TCG base set returns with "Evolutions" https://www.gameskinny.com/9z9vm/the-pokemon-tcg-base-set-returns-with-evolutions https://www.gameskinny.com/9z9vm/the-pokemon-tcg-base-set-returns-with-evolutions Wed, 27 Jul 2016 08:38:54 -0400 Ryan Gulliford

We can all agree that this year so far has been pretty big for the Pokemon brand. With the upcoming release of generation 7 games and the impact of Pokemon Go, surely there is nothing to top this?

But there might just be. Let's take a look at the trading card game series and its latest announcement. 

Very recently it was announced that the Pokemon Company is revisiting the past with a special edition TCG set "Evolutions" which is inspired by the original base set cards! These cards will feature unaltered artwork from the original 1999 base set, sparking the nostalgia of every young adult and the hearts of collectors. 

However, being a revisited set, Evolutions will feature current versions of TCG cards, such as EX style and Break cards. Considering this, it is a very exciting time indeed to see some of our favorite Generation 1 Pokemon back in packs. Just when you thought Pokémon couldn't get any better, it just did.

The Evolutions set will drop in November this year for the West and September for Japan.

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Pokemon: top 5 Originals https://www.gameskinny.com/vjivq/pokemon-top-5-originals https://www.gameskinny.com/vjivq/pokemon-top-5-originals Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:54:28 -0400 John Robson

Pokemon is a franchise that has evolved, if you'll excuse the pun, into one of the greatest selling franchises in video game history. There have been frequent upgrades to the series, including additional poke balls, TMs, HMs, as well as the introduction of double and triple battles. All of this is fantastic for the general progression of the franchise, but I might have left something obvious out. Yes, that's correct, there have also been hundreds of Pokemon additions. For some this is fantastic, but for others, well...

This article will attempt to list the top five Pokemon from the original games, with a detailed explanation of why they're chosen. The list has absolutely nothing to do with cuteness -- I'm boring like that -- but has everything to do with power, statistics, the diversity of its attack types and its type strengths and weaknesses. Remember, all types and attacks are based on generation 1.

5) Gengar

(The shadow Pokemon, Gengar)

Types: Ghost and Poison

Gengar seemingly appreciates appearing mischievous and spooky, but in Pokemon terms, it's a real handful. Gengar notably has several statistical weaknesses; these are, HP, attack, and defense -- since Gengar is a ghost type, it need not worry about normal and fighting types, but should definitely worry about other physical attacks. Its special defense is easily above average allowing it to survive against quite a number of attacks. Its greatest statistics are its very high special attack and high speed, basically allowing Gengar a smash-and-grab fighting style that also leaves itself fairly vulnerable to attacks.

Type strengths and weaknesses wise, Gengar is weak to ghost, psychic and ground. The ghostly monster is resistant to grass and very resistant to bug and poison. Gengar is completely unaffected by normal and fighting attacks.

Gengar is capable of learning some unusual attacks for its type. The mischievous shadowy minion can learn the following: psychic, ghost, electricity, grass, fire and ice. Its greatest attack combination is hypnosis and dream eater, as the latter attack on a sleeping Pokemon restores Gengar's HP.

4) Starmie

(The starfish Pokemon, Starmie)

Types: Water and Psychic

Starmie is a remarkable Pokemon in a myriad of different ways. Boasting higher-than-average special defensive stats and solid defense, it's capable of taking a beating. While perhaps not the greatest at physical attacks, its special attacks are powerful indeed and combined with its high speed, they're its most threatening attributes. Perhaps Starmie's greatest weakness is its low HP, but that's not a problem, as you'll soon learn.

Type weaknesses and strengths wise, this Pokemon is tremendously fortunate to have very few weaknesses. Its weaknesses relating to its water type are, electricity and grass; its weaknesses relating to its secondary type are, ghost and bug. Because this Pokemon has no types which are considered double weaknesses to a single type, that means its defenses are more than adequate. Resistance-wise, Starmie is tough against, water, psychic, fire, ice, and fighting.

Where Starmie particularly shines (yes, pun intended) are its moves - those that are learned and can be learned. This star-shaped creature can learn practically anything and that makes it extremely useful for taking on a surprising number of Pokemon without needing to switch to a different type. Starmie is capable of learning psychic and water abilities, obviously, but is also capable of learning ghost, bug, ice, rock and even grass and lightning. While Starmie isn't capable of learning all assorted moves of those types, having one with ice beam, thunderbolt, psychic and surf will give opponents the jitters. Starmie is also capable of learning the coveted "recover", an ability which restores 50% HP.

All of the above makes Starmie a real contender for the number one spot.

3) Nidoking

(The King Lizard Pokemon, Nidoking)

Types: Poison and Ground

Nidoking is an imposing sight to behold. Boasting higher than average statistics in defense and special defense, he can take a beating. Nidoking shines particularly in speed, HP and special attack making him formidable at attacking powerfully quickly. Add this to his physical attack, which is his strongest attribute and he's a real powerhouse.

Type strengths and weaknesses wise, Nidoking is more fortunate than unfortunate. Because he is a poison type, he need only worry about psychic and ground attacks. For his secondary type, ground, he only needs to worry about ice and water. Resistance-wise, Nidoking is tough and can easily resist bug, rock, and fighting types. He's very resistant (25% damage received) to poison and completely immune to electricity.

Like Starmie, Nidoking is particularly successful due to its moves. Boasting an impressive array of different types, Nidoking is almost a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to moves. Nidoking can learn the following types: poison, ground, fire, ice, electricity, fighting, bug, water and rock. If Nidoking has earthquake, rockslide, and two unusual types, like thunderbolt and ice beam, he can be formidable against many different types.

2) Dragonite

(The dragon Pokemon, Dragonite)

Types: Dragon and Flying

While it perhaps looks similar to another dragon from another media form, Dragonite is definitely something else here. Dragonite boasts some of the most impressive statistics in the original game and features above average speed, solid HP, and even more solid defense. Dragonite's special attack and special defense are particularly high, making it equally dangerous as it is defensive. But the dragon's most prominent stat is its attack, which is very high indeed and capable of ruining a Pokemon's day quite easily.

Type weaknesses and strengths wise, Dragonite is only weak to dragon and rock but is unfortunately very weak (4x damage received) to ice. Resistance-wise, Dragonite is tough against fire, water, bug and fighting and very resistant to grass. Dragonite is completely invulnerable to ground.

Dragonite is capable of learning a large amount of different types of attacks. Dragonite can learn the following: fire, dragon, flying, electricity, ice and psychic. Like the previously discussed Pokemon, Dragonite is devastating with a powerful physical attack like hyper beam and a couple of special attacks like thunderbolt and ice beam.

1) Blastoise

(The shellfish Pokemon, Blastoise)

Type: Water

Who wouldn't find a creature with two cannons protruding out of its shell intimidating? Blastoise's statistics for HP and speed are solid, meaning more-than-above-average. Its attack and special attack are higher still, allowing it to deal damage. Blastoise's greatest asset is its defensive prowess, with defense and special defense all nicely high, allowing it to withstand some serious punishment. This Pokemon is a well-rounded, tough competitor.

Type weaknesses and strengths wise, Blastoise is only vulnerable to grass and electricity. The shellfish Pokemon is resistant to fire, water and ice. The lack of weaknesses and amount of strengths this Pokemon has really sets it apart from most others.

Blastoise isn't capable of learning as many types of attacks as some of the preceding Pokemon in this list, but can still learn a fair few. Our shell fish friend can learn water, fighting, ice, rock, and ground, allowing it some diversity and the ability to surprise unaware opponents. A Blastoise combined with attacks like surf, ice beam, earthquake and rock slide will be a force to be reckoned with.

There you have it. Blastoise is the winner because of its solid-to-high attributes, limited vulnerabilities and the good array of attack types it can learn.

Am I right? Am I wrong? What are your top 5? Leave your answers in the comments.

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The National Drinkédex: Cocktails For All 151 Original Pokemon https://www.gameskinny.com/a8iax/the-national-drinkedex-cocktails-for-all-151-original-pokemon https://www.gameskinny.com/a8iax/the-national-drinkedex-cocktails-for-all-151-original-pokemon Fri, 10 Jun 2016 11:51:31 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

Struggling to keep track of all of the Pokemon cocktails we've created so far? Wishing there was a handy way to find your favorite at a glance? Well, fret not. This is the National Drinkédex, a handy, searchable codec that will allow you to Drink 'Em All more conveniently.

The Drinkédex will be updated weekly, as more cocktails are created.

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Gotta Drink 'Em All! Cocktails for #029 Nidoran through #038 Ninetales https://www.gameskinny.com/90kx5/gotta-drink-em-all-cocktails-for-029-nidoran-through-038-ninetales https://www.gameskinny.com/90kx5/gotta-drink-em-all-cocktails-for-029-nidoran-through-038-ninetales Fri, 10 Jun 2016 04:32:31 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

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#039 Ninetales

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Much like Pikachu, Vulpix evolves when exposed to a specific elemental stone. To become the elegant, mighty Ninetales, we'll need to give our Vulpix some extended exposure to a Fire Stone.

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And luckily, they sell these at your local candy store.

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By adding an atomic fireball candy to the drink, and choosing to shake the drink instead of stirring it, we will be able to impart the intense heat and wonderful cinnamon-y spiciness of the candy to the drink itself. Careful when you sip, however. This drink is a bit of a flamethrower. There's about a 10% chance you could get burned.

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Prepare a glass filled with ice and rimmed with chili powder. Add 1.5oz whiskey, .75oz cinnamon simple syrup. and an atomic fireball candy to a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake vigorously for 60 seconds and strain into the glass. Retrieve the fireball from the shaker and garnish with the candy.

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Have you been enjoying our cocktails so far? Make sure to catch up here if you've missed any! Do you have a favorite? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to come back next week when we take on Jigglypuff through Parasect!

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#038 Vulpix

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For those of you who grew up with Pokemon Blue and didn't take Charmander as your starter, Vulpix was likely the first fire Pokemon you welcomed to your party. The original fire fox, Vulpix is known for its iconic tail, and also for generally just being a li'l cutie pattootie.

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To honor Vulpix's sweetness while still giving the drink some heat, we're going to make a cinnamon simple syrup. Simply heat a cup each of water and sugar until the mixture boils, then throw in two cinnamon sticks. Simmer until the mixture reduces by around a third, and then cool. The syrup should have a decently thick consistency. Move it to a mason jar, keeping the sticks inside, and reserve for later use. We're going to use this to make a cinnamon whiskey drink that blows any Fireball cocktail out of the water. Simply rim your glass with chili powder, then stir together a shot of whiskey and a pony of the simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a martini glass and enjoy.

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Prepare a glass filled with ice and rimmed with chili powder. Add 1.5oz whiskey and .75oz cinnamon simple syrup to a cocktail shaker full of ice. Stir and strain into the glass.

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#036 Clefable

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Any trainer worth their salt knows that the way to evolve a Clefairy into a Clefable is to expose Clefairy to a Moon Stone. Now, we here at GameSkinny can't in good conscience recommend that you break into your local museum to steal moon rocks for use in your cocktails, so we've come up with an alternative.

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A perfect sphere of strawberry ice cream or sorbet will add a pleasant hit of sourness to this drink, and turn it into a wonderful float-style-cocktail for hot summer nights. So don't hesitate to evolve your Clefairy. It'll be worth the extra effort.

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Add 1 scoop of strawberry ice cream or sorbet to a chilled coupe glass. Pour 1.5oz rumchata over the ice cream, and cover with cream soda.

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#035 Clefairy

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Deep in the bowels of Mt. Moon, a mysterious dance is taking place. Alien Pokemon said to be visitors from the moon gather around a mysterious stone, chanting and singing. The Pokemon seem docile, but hide massive strength behind their cute, pink, fluffy exterior. This is the true nature of the Clefairy.

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To adequately capture the cuteness of Clefairy in drink form, we'll be using an overwhelmingly sweet spirit as our base -- Rumchata. It's creamy and slightly spiced, which makes it a perfect match for the cream soda we're going to add to it. 

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Add 1.5oz rumchata to a chilled coupe glass. Cover with cream soda and serve.

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#034 Nidoking

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The final evolution of the male Nidoran, and one of Giovanni's favorite Pokemon alongside Nidoqueen and Rhydon, Nidoking also has the ability to use devastating ground-type moves-- not to mention the fact that he can also use the one-hit KO move Fissure.

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By now you know where we're going with this. To add earthiness and body, swap vodka for whiskey, and shave one or two cloves into the drink until it becomes aromatic. Hey, those cloves kinda look like horns, don't they? Maybe pretend they're Nidoking horns when you grind them into the drink.

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Don't do that thing.

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Wow. That got dark.

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In a rocks glass, muddle a handful of raspberries. Add ice, 1.5 oz whiskey, and .75oz sweet vermouth. Cover with soda, and using a microplane or grater, shave a clove or two into the drink.

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#033 Nidorino

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Nidorino, like Nidorina, is a much more powerful version of the Pokemon that came before it. Nidorino is brawny, with ample muscle mass to launch that deadly, poisonous barb into any Pokemon unlucky enough to cross its path.

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Again, like the Nidorina, we'll add some sweet vermouth here to the base male Nidoran drink. The flavors here are actually very interesting. Since raspberries are sweeter and slightly less earthy than blackberries, the sweet vermouth here adds some much-needed smoothness to the drink, instead of complementing the flavors that are already there.

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In a rocks glass, muddle a handful of raspberries. Add ice, 1.5 oz vodka, and .75oz sweet vermouth. Cover with soda and stir.

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#032 Nidoran♂

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Like its sister, the male version of Nidoran is a cantankerous beast, best known for its tendency to solve problems by bashing them with a horn until they magically go away.

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Again, we're going to use a base of vodka and soda here, but for color and taste, we'll use muddled raspberries for the male version of this Pokemon. Anywhere between 1 and 5 will be plenty. The tart flavor makes this drink a very refreshing one, one that tastes slightly sweeter and sharper than the female Nidoran cocktail.

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In a rocks glass, muddle a handful of raspberries. Add ice, and 1.5 oz vodka. Cover with soda and stir.

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#031 Nidoqueen

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As Nidorina evolves into Nidoqueen, she not only becomes a true powerhouse of a Pokemon, but gains the ability to use powerful ground-based attacks like Earthquake, along with the devastating one-hit KO move Fissure.

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To adequately represent these powerful attacks, we're not only going to swap the vodka for whiskey, but we're going to add an earthy aroma to the drink by shaving some cloves into it. One or two should be enough, simply grate them into the drink until the aroma hits your nose. Like the Pokemon it's based on, this drink hits hard, and its flavors pull no punches.

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In a rocks glass, muddle a handful of blackberries. Add ice, 1.5 oz whiskey, and .75oz sweet vermouth. Cover with soda, and using a microplane or grater, shave a clove or two into the drink.

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#030 Nidorina

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The evolved version of the female Nidoran is a very different beast from the original. With an increased muscle mass and a proclivity towards punching problems away, we'll pay tribute to the stronger nature of the Pokemon by augmenting the basic female Nidoran drink with a healthy portion of sweet vermouth.

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The vermouth will not only add body to the drink, but its sweet, dark taste perfectly compliments the tart nature of the blackberries, creating a surprisingly sophisticated flavor profile.

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In a rocks glass, muddle a handful of blackberries. Add ice, 1.5 oz vodka, and .75oz sweet vermouth. Cover with soda and stir.

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#029 Nidoran♀

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Found in the wilds of Viridian City, a female Nidoran makes up for its slightly smaller horns with an irritable and protective nature. Any trainer unfortunate enough to cross paths with a female Nidoran better hope that there are some antidotes left in that bag, otherwise her venomous barbs will have your party feeling the effects of the encounter long after the battle is done.

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To pay tribute to the Nidoran line's poisonous nature and sharp barbs, we're going to use vodka as our main spirit, then add earthiness, sweetness, and color with muddled blackberries for the female variety. Fury Attack those berries into a fine pulpy mash, adding anywhere between 1 and 5 berries depending on taste. Then, all that's left is to cover the drink with soda, stir, and serve.

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In a rocks glass, muddle a handful of blackberries. Add ice, and 1.5 oz vodka. Cover with soda and stir.

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It's the end of another work week, and that means that we have another round of cheap, easy-to-make, and Professor Oak-approved Pokemon-inspired cocktails perfect for hot summer nights.

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This week, we have 10 cocktails on offer -- we've tackled the Nidoran line, created a deliciously creamy drink based on Clefairy, and taken Vulpix and Ninetales for a spin. A fire spin.

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Original Pokemon virtual console release sells over 1.5 million units worldwide https://www.gameskinny.com/3iqet/original-pokemon-virtual-console-release-sells-over-15-million-units-worldwide https://www.gameskinny.com/3iqet/original-pokemon-virtual-console-release-sells-over-15-million-units-worldwide Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:27:03 -0400 Jeffrey Rousseau

Nintendo has reported that the virtual console releases of Pokémon Blue, Red, Yellow, and Green (Japan only) have sold over 1.5 million units. Their earnings report from the previous fiscal year also shows that most downloads were from the American market. 

The original release of Pokémon (Pocket Monsters) was in 1996 for the Game Boy. The titles, developed by Gamefreak and featuring art from Ken Sugimori, introduced players to the concept of fighting, catching, and training monsters. Over time as new releases launched, these first entries in the Pokemon series became known among fans as Generation 1.

Generation 1 introduced the original 150 (151 counting Mew) monsters and gameplay features core to the series' design. Battle relies upon the rock, paper, scissors weakness system among 15 different types of Pokémon. The concept of having version-exclusive creatures was created as well. The story follows a boy leaving home to experience the world at large. Our protagonist meets a rival, battles gym leaders, and foils a nefarious organization on his quest to become the champion. 

As the series celebrates its 20 year anniversary, Pokemon is still popular as ever.

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Pokemon's 20th anniversary 3DS bundle announced https://www.gameskinny.com/ouy33/pokemons-20th-anniversary-3ds-bundle-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/ouy33/pokemons-20th-anniversary-3ds-bundle-announced Fri, 15 Jan 2016 07:25:51 -0500 Benjamin Browning

On February 27th, the Pokemon Company is releasing a special edition version of the New 3DS. This edition not only has digital versions of the original Red and Blue games pre-installed, but the bundle also includes a downloadable code for a free menu theme and two changeable cover plates themed after Charizard and Blastoise.

Along with the release of Pokemon’s New 3DS bundle deal, the updated Yellow version will be out that same day, as well. Green version will be exclusively offered in Japan, just like it was in 1996.

The four new games—three if not in Japan—have new features that the originals 20 years ago simply could not do: they can trade and battle -- amongst themselves, of course, not with X, Y, Alpha Sapphire, and Omega Ruby. Subsequently, the newest 3DS handheld unfortunately does not come with a charger, even the Pokemon version.

Pokémon players with Pokémon Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, X or Y will also be able to pick up Mew, Darkrai, Arceus and Genesect, one-by-one, during GameStop events throughout the year. Additionally, on Feb. 27, Nintendo will make some of the ‘best-selling’ Pokémon amiibo — Charizard, Jigglypuff, Greninja, Lucario and Pikachu — available at ‘select retailers," the Pokemon Company stated, reported by Megan Farokhmanesh on Polygon.

So, if you are a fan of the first journey of becoming a Pokemon master, or even need a gift idea, be sure to preorder a copy from participating retailers, so you are guaranteed in getting it.

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Pokemon needs fixing and here's how to do it https://www.gameskinny.com/c8kvl/pokemon-needs-fixing-and-heres-how-to-do-it https://www.gameskinny.com/c8kvl/pokemon-needs-fixing-and-heres-how-to-do-it Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:25:15 -0500 Andrew Whitehead

By the time Nintendo finally re-releases the original Pokémon games Red and Blue on the 3DS early next year, it will have been over 20 years since their initial release. Time flies. But when you stop and think about it, Pokémon at its core has remained virtually unchanged in those two decades.

That doesn’t quite mean Pokémon has remained exactly the same, either. Over the years, a lot of extra layers have been added to each new installment. But now it’s starting to look less like a franchise staying true to its roots and more like a series in dire need of a culling and an update.

So before we all jump back into the familiar monochromatic land of Kanto (and pick Bulbasaur because he’s the best starter) let’s look at what needs to be improved before the next big, inevitable generational shift.

Stop adding Pokémon

Which Pokémon you think make up the best of the franchise largely depends on when you started playing and what you consider the peak of the series. But a line was crossed when a garbage bag (that evolved into a larger garbage bag) and an ice-cream cone became Pokémon. Seriously...Trubbish?

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It’s true that some of the original 150 are as bad as any of the more recent misfires -- like Voltorb who is basically just a Pokéball with eyes, or the pile of goo that is Grimer who evolves into a bigger pile of goo called Muk -- but the original Red and Blue games should be thought of as Game Freak’s first album. It was a time for experimenting and breaking new ground, long before Pokémon became a billion-dollar business.

It’s clear that by the time Game Freak’s sophomore release Gold and Silver burst out the door, they knew exactly what they were doing. There was a logic to the designs of the Pokémon, and their placement within the world began to feel cohesive and natural. But as the games have continued to expand and change there have been diminishing returns on not only the design of the Pokémon, but their reasons for existing.

Right now, there are 721 little pocket monsters that range from truly inspired to ridiculously pointless. Of course, not all Pokémon need to be battle-hardened creatures; there’s always been room for the quirky and interesting within the series, like Smeargle or Shedinja. But would anyone care if the next game didn’t introduce a huge new crop of Pokémon to catch and train?

It’s hard to not feel for Game Freak -- after all, coming up with new Pokémon and making them balanced and engaging must be a nightmare. But it also feels a bit pointless when they have so many already being underused. Adding a new legendary or two to push the story forward and act as a carrot on a stick for returning players makes sense, but when there’s so much else to work on for the next game I seriously question the value of adding another horde of creatures. Spend the time and resources elsewhere, because I don’t think many fans are crying out for the new equivalent of Luvdisc or Lopunny.

Get rid of HMs

Customizing your Pokémon and growing your team is arguably the biggest strength of the series. My reliable Furret from Pokémon Gold wouldn’t have won any tournaments, but man did that little guy ever save me during a few close calls early on in my journey.

 

But at some point, it became clear he wasn’t going to be my lead fighter, and I’d gotten to the point where I needed access to Hidden Machine moves to progress the story. Sadly, my once trusty partner became little more than an HM slave, and was eventually tossed aside when I couldn’t be bothered to work with him anymore.

If you’ve ever played Pokémon, you’ll no doubt have a few bad memories of the dreaded Hidden Machine (HM) moves. Their inclusion made sense though -- they help block off areas of the game until you’ve both collected the HM and the gym badge required to use it. But somewhere along the way, HMs became more of a burden than clever way to guide the player.

Waterfall. Whirlpool. Rock Smash. Does anybody actually like using these moves during battle? I mean, I’ll defend Fly and Surf to the death, but seriously I cannot remember a time when I’ve thought “I can’t wait to teach this little guy Rock Climb!” HMs are a necessity that strip your Pokémon of their personality and make them tools rather than partners.

The solution is an easy one. As I mentioned before, HMs require a corresponding gym badge to work outside of battle, but what if that gym badge was all you needed? Say you find your path blocked by river. Why not make it so that any Water-type Pokémon can get you across, whether it knows Surf or not, provided you have the right badge. Same goes with Cut -- I mean does a Pokémon like Scyther really need a HM to know how to cut a bush? Its arms are literally blades!

Keep HMs in the game by all means, but just make it so they can be easily replaced after being taught to a Pokémon and aren’t required for progression. They’re a relic from a bygone era, and it’s time to move on.

Open world

As large as the worlds of each Pokémon game have been getting with new installments, they’ve always been fairly linear in their layout, usually winding the player in a circle back to their home town before sending them off on a new path. Even moves like Fly that allow you to go between areas you’ve previously visited don’t open the world up so much as speed up return journeys.

Nintendo should take a page out of their own book and open the world of Pokémon up a little bit like they did with the brilliant The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Imagine if your home town was in the centre of the map and you could move off in any direction and challenge any gym leader or take on a bunch of side quests and find new Pokémon. Exploring the world in a more organic fashion instead of sticking to a closed path would change the whole feel of the game without killing too many sacred cows.

Obviously there’d still be blocked off areas, and locking movement over rivers or through bushes could still be done if need be, but why should everyone’s Pokémon journey be so rigid? Why not let us choose our own path?

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The most obvious problem is the gyms which are spaced out logically to let you level up in between then and take on the gym leader at just the right time. But simply adjusting gyms to suit whatever your current Pokémon levels and play time are could change the whole feel of the next game. You’d always be in that sweet spot of exploring new areas, experimenting with new Pokémon and taking on challenges that suit your skill level.

Breeding revamp

Back in the mid-90s, a friend of mine and I sat down early one Saturday morning with our Game Boys, our copies of Red and Blue and a link cable. We then began the painful process of collecting all the starter Pokémon. I’d choose a starter, get to the point where I could trade with him, send the Pokémon to my friend’s game and then restart and do it all again. Long story short, both us eventually had a Squirtle, Charmander and a Bulbasaur, resulting in us both collecting all 150 Pokémon. To this day I count it among my most shameful/proudest video game achievements.

Now I have a Pokémon storage box filled with Charmanders, Squirtles and Bulbasaurs. I’ve been breeding in an effort to find one with the right Individual Value. But they have no value; I didn’t do much more than get on my bike and ride up and down a long stretch of road to create them. And frankly I’d trade any of them for some low level junk just to fill out my Pokédex.

Breeding needs to changed. It’s a tricky formula to mess with, because if it becomes a chore it won’t be worth doing, but adding a little complexity would make it feel more rewarding. The Nature stat of Pokémon could be used to determine if they’d actually want to breed with each other. Or simply make the production of eggs and their hatching happen in real-time so that common Pokémon like Rattata could take an hour, while rarer species like Feebas could take half a day or more.

It’s not about complicating a simple system, it’s about returning the balance to a series that’s gone from relying on trading and making fair deals with friends to Pokémon eggs farmers flooding the market with easy to reproduce junk. Oh, and seriously stop letting Ditto breed with any Pokémon. It’s ridiculously easy. But I fear with the online Pokémon Bank, the horse may have bolted on this one, still it is a shame that once highly coveted monsters have become so commonplace.

Knowing what to keep

The truth is that while there are a few things that need to be changed to improve Pokémon, there’s a whole lot more that should stay. The battle system may have gotten a bit bloated with the double and triple battles, but the core one-on-one fights still feel like the perfect blend of strategy, improvisation, and luck.

A lot of the side activities like the fashion shows and Poffin cooking haven’t really done much for me, but I’m sure they have their fans, so I don’t see why they should be eliminated. Even the rigid grid-based design of the world doesn’t need to be reworked -- because again, as the age-old saying goes, "if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it."

The truth is, Nintendo is probably pretty reluctant to shake things up with Pokémon, as it’s remained a solid franchise for two decades. But their willingness to evolve much-loved properties like The Legend of Zelda with Hyrule Warriors, or give gamers the reins with Super Mario Maker, proves that the big N has been taking a few more risks lately.

Like a nagging mother, I’m only saying all this stuff because I care. I still like Pokémon, but I want to see it grow into the series I always knew it could be. So here’s hoping the lightly updated Pokémon Red and Blue on the Nintendo 3DS, complete with trading over Wi-Fi, is their tip of the cap to the Pokémon of old and that the future of the series brings back the magic a nostalgia-riddled fan like myself so desperately wants.

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