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My Pokémon Team In Pokémon X Upon First Completion (Plus Two Extras I Trained With A LOT)

So, it’s been a while since I talked Pokémon, and I thought that, having JUST finished Pokémon X today (I took a hiatus, leave me alone), I thought I’d talk a little bit about what my team consisted of, some of my favourite moments training with them, and a couple of Pokémon I caught along the way that I also did a lot of work with. So, let’s start with…

Pinhead the Chesnaught

Easily one of my favourite Pokémon of the Kalos Region, Pinhead was Lv. 72 on completion and holding a Miracle Seed, with the moves Wood Hammer, Rollout, Pin Missile, and Hammer Arm. My first Pokémon for this game, its always held its own against a number of tough foes, and thanks to moves like Rollout and Pin Missile, it can use its strength to power through opponents with type advantages. Despite type issues, Pinhead was able to defeat Viola on its own with ease as a Chespin, helped me plough through many a Team Flare member, was instrumental in defeating Elite Four members Wikstrom and Siebold, and toppled AZ’s Golurk. It wasn’t ALWAYS able to overcome its multiple weaknesses, but it always went down swinging with everything it had, proving itself as the muscle of my team.

Talonflame

Probably one of the most awesome early-to-find Flying-type Pokémon of recent years, Talonflame was Lv. 70 and holding a King’s Rock, with the moves Brave Bird, Fire Blast, Attract, and Steel Wing. Talonflame is an AMAZING Pokémon, though I wish mine had Gale Wings instead of Flame Body for its ability (though that DID make breeding Pokémon a LOT quicker). Talonflame naturally saw a lot of aerial combat in Sky Battles, as one of the only two Pokémon I used regularly that could enter them (though sadly, that meant it lost more than its fair amount due to being out-numbered and overwhelmed), and played a big part in defeating Korrina, Ramos, Wulfric, and Wikstrom.

Sylveon

A constant bringer of joy and victory, Sylveon was Lv. 74 and holding a Pixie Plate, with the moves Moonblast, Baby-Doll Eyes, Swift, and Calm Mind. I almost feel bad for using Sylveon, because it’s ridiculously cheap. Not because it has amazing stats or attacks, though they are respectable in my opinion, but because the high affection required to evolve it from Eevee makes it able to get critical hits easier, take damage better, even dodge from time to time. And the fact that is has Cute Charm, meaning opponents that attack it physically to get around its high Special Defense might get infatuated, means it has even more going for it. Sylveon has beaten some of my toughest opponents, namely defeating Lysandre’s Mega Gyarados, taking Drasna of the Elite Four’s team single-handed, helping against Diantha, and while it wasn’t the most type effective member of my team against Gym Leaders, it was almost always on my team for back-up against some of the strongest ones.

Raichu

One of my earliest catches, and quite frankly one of the last Pokémon I expected to be using in this game, Raichu was Lv. 69 and holding an Expert Belt, with the moves Thunder, Thunder Wave, Brick Break, and Return. I was insanely lucky when I caught Raichu back when it was a Pikachu, in that it had a Light Ball and was a pretty tough battler. When it had a child Pichu, I was planning to raise said Pichu with Volt Tackle into its parent’s replacement, but I just found that Raichu was still super strong, even with the lack of the power it got from the Light Ball. It was on my team for nearly every major encounter I had, doing extremely well against Grant, Korrina, Olympia, Wulfric, and Siebold with its Electric and Fighting-type attacks.

Michelangelo the Blastoise

The Pokémon I received from Professor Sycamore, Michelangelo was Lv. 70 and holding the Blastoisinite, with the moves Surf, Dig, Ice Beam, and Protect. I chose Michelangelo as my gift Pokémon from the Professor by logic of choosing a Chespin as my starter and receiving a Torchic as a Mystery Gift. Was definitely a worthwhile choice, though I will admit to never really taking advantage of its Mega form’s Mega Launcher. Still, was always a heck of a tank against strong opponents, especially after Mega Evolving, was my Surfer for pretty much the whole game, and pretty much totaled Malva’s whole team by itself.

Gengar

A pretty sneaky yet powerful Pokémon, Gengar was Lv. 71 and holding the Gengarite, with the moves Hex, Venoshock, Dazzling Gleam, and Toxic. Gengar was easily one of the most useful members of my team after being able to Mega Evolve, though its natural Ability, Levitate, made it an awesome Double Battle partner for my Tyrantrum. Gengar pretty much dominated foes like Valerie and Olympia, before defeating the ace of Diantha’s team, Mega Gardevoir, thus earning my position as the Champion.

Tyrantrum

The mother f’ing t-rex, Tyrantrum is Lv. 68 and holding a Rocky Helmet, with the moves Head Smash, Dragon Claw, Crunch, and Earthquake. Despite the new Fairy-types being a major problem for it, Tyrantrum was always a MAJOR powerhouse on my team, wrecking opponents like Clemont and Lysandre. However, because of its typing and lack of speed, it sadly had to sit out of my League Challenge team, though it still remains in rotation on my team for the foreseeable future.

Vivillon

A Pokémon that I’m sure many would recommend against, but I had a lot of luck with, Vivillon is Lv. 55 and holding a Sky Plate, with the moves Bug Buzz, Hurricane, Stun Spore, and Draining Kiss. And yes, as its appearance suggests, it IS a Polar Form Vivillon. It was on my team for a LONG time, helping to bring down opponents like Korrina, Ramos, and Olympia. Sadly, after that, it didn’t spend a lot of time on my team, and by the time I reached the Pokémon League, it was horrible under-leveled, so it sat out the League Challenge. Still, I have every intention to raise Vivillon back up to reach the others.

And that’s my team, all 8 of them. Leave your comments below, what you think of my team, what your own teams were when you first completed the games, and what you thought of Pokémon X & Y overall. Ja né!

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My 6 Favourite New Pokémon Revealed Thus Far

…You watch, I’ll post this, and then immediately after, they’ll reveal a new Pokémon. lol Anyway, only criteria is that they are Generation VI Pokémon, are not Mega evolutions (I’ll get to them later), and only one per family line (so no evolutions/pre-evolutions of ones I already picked). Also, keep in mind that my reasoning changes from Pokémon to Pokémon, and I don’t know squat about what their stats are, so there could be changes to my favourites as time goes by. So, let’s start with…

#1 – Chespin, the Spiny Nut Pokémon

Seriously, this little guy (or gal) is too cute for words. Also, several people have noticed that the Kalos Region starters seem to be following a sort of Warrior/Wizard/Rogue theme, with Chespin falling under the Warrior category, and that suits me just fine. After all, in the early days of your journey, especially in a brand new region, you want a heavy hitter. And what’s more awesome a starter than one that’s über cute AND kicks the snot outta the opposition?

#2 – Tyrunt, the Royal Heir Pokémon

…Play it again. XD

Yeah, I know I’m silly, but c’mon, people have wanted a frigging T-Rex for a Fossil Pokémon since the very beginning! And of all the Pokémon that have attacked primarily by taking a bite outta their opponent, Tyrunt may be the most potent with its Strong Jaw Ability.

#3 – Sylveon, the Intertwining Pokémon

Of the new Fairy-types revealed, Sylveon is probably the most awesome. Like I said before, though, I have no idea what the stats for any of these new Pokémon are, so while I can assume Sylveon’s base total is the same as the other Eeveelutions, I don’t know what role it plays otherwise in comparison to the others. Either way, though, I suspect that Sylveon will be a popular Pokémon among Trainers in the Kalos Region.

#4 – Talonflame, the Scorching Pokémon

Talonflame breaks tradition by having the first Normal/Flying-type you meet in the game evolve into something different. And frankly, I couldn’t be happier. And given that Fairy-types don’t work all that great against Fire-types, and given the new Sky Battles in Pokémon X and Y, I would imagine it’ll find its way onto many a team. Really, the problem I have with it is that, since I don’t like doubling up on types for my team, now I’m forced to choose between it and the next one on my list…

#5 – Pyroar, the Royal Pokémon

Holy crap, is this thing awesome. I may decide to simply rotate between Pyroar and Talonflame where necessary, since they’re both so awesome. It’ll be a pain in the ass, but it could prove to be worth it. The one problem I have with it is that its Abilites seem kinda situational as far as their usefulness is concerned. Then again, that could just be me and my tastes. I like multi-purpose Abilities, or Abilities that can work in lots of scenarios.

#6 – Skrelp, the Mock Kelp Pokémon

The only Poison-type revealed so far, Skrelp looks pretty cool, and I’ve known from the start that if Poison-types turned out to be super effective against Fairy-types (and they are, yay) that I would need to get ahold of one. So, yeah, I guess I’m gonna need to trade for one, since I’m getting Pokémon X Version, and it’s exclusive to Pokémon Y Version, and dang it, can I just say how much easier it is to trade with friends now that cords are a thing of the past? I HATED those as a kid. And I don’t wanna hear anyone complain about load times or not getting the infrared link to work right away either…but that’s a rant for another day. lol

Anyway, if this list has proven anything, it’s that adding the Fairy-type is making a profound shake-up as far as battle strategies goes. In retrospect, it’s actually pretty easy to see why they waited so long to add a new type. One new type, and EVERYTHING changes. Poison and Fire are suddenly more useful. Dragon is more vulnerable than it’s ever been. Spiritomb and Sableye are vulnerable for the first time. That’s all from ONE type.

But yeah, those are my 6 Favourite New Pokémon. Will they all be on my team? Hard to say. Will depend on what comes to pass. I expect many more new Pokémon to be unveiled in the new games, and I suspect that Skrelp and Mother F’ing Tyrunt (and yes, that’s what I consider to be his full name, lol) to get evolutions. But, for now, lemme know what you think of my list, what your favourite new Pokémon are, and we’ll see what comes to pass as we are now less than one month until release. Ja né!

Newer Pokémon & Trailers – It’s Evaluating Time! + Who Will Be Your First Pokémon?

So, I’m kinda falling behind in the Pokémon trailers. Sorry about that. To make up, here are ALL of the ones I missed so far. lol

Anyway, a TON of new Pokémon have been revealed as of late, so let’s take a looksie at some of them, which means…

Frak you Iris, it’s EVALUATING TIME!!!

So, let’s start with Pangoro.

Pangoro, the Aggressive Pokémon

Pangoro is the evolved form of Pancham (I know, it was so cute). Despite this Fighting/Dark type’s menacing appearance, though, it seems Pangoro isn’t exactly a big fan of bullying. In fact, more than likely, it’ll use its Hammer Arm on anyone who preys on the weak, and with its abilities Iron Fist and Mold Breaker, there’s not much that’ll be able to stand against that.

Talonflame, the Deterioration Pokémon

Talonflame is a Fire/Flying type, and the evolved form of Fletchling, which actually explains why the little bird could use Flame Charge. It can fly at 310 MPH and can learn Brave Bird, so I suspect it to be the evolved primary bird of this region, though obviously unique among its predecessors with its Fire typing.

Scatterbug, Spewpa, and Vivillon

Scatterbug, Spewpa, and Vivillon look to be the next generation Caterpie, Metapod, and Butterfree sort of Pokémon, even to the point of having the same typing. However, since this typing and evolution path has been repeated an insane amount, I suspect these three will have something unique to bring to the table. Least they better, anyway.

Noivern, the Sonic Pokémon

Noivern is a Flying/Dragon type (as opposed to a Dragon/Flying type like Dragonite), which I guess is because the emphasis is less on it being a dragon and more on it being able to launch insane sonic-booms. It knows a brand new move called Boomburst, which nails everything on the field with a massive array of sonic-booms. Might wanna be careful with that move in Double or Triple Battles, though.

Clauncher, the Water Gun Pokémon

Clauncher is a Water type that’s exclusive to Pokémon X Version. Its one enlarged claw is used to slam opponents with Crabhammer, or to shoot condensed water so hard that it can crack boulders apart. It can also use Swords Dance to increase its Attack power, making Crabhammer all the more potent a weapon.

Skrelp, the Pseudo Seaweed Pokémon

Skrelp is a Poison/Water type, and is Clauncher’s counterpart from Pokémon Y Version. Also, since it’s the Pseudo Seaweed Pokémon, I imagine that it likely gets into fights with Sudowoodo over who does the best imitations. It pretends to be seaweed, then launches Sludge Bomb at its prey when it swims past. Also, and this is ONLY a rumour, don’t call me out on this if it turns out to be not true, but I hear tell that Fairy type Pokémon MIGHT be weak to Poison type attacks, so Skrelp could be a game changer among Kalos Region Pokémon.

Litleo, a Fire/Normal type Pokémon

Litleo is a Fire/Normal type, and I’m noticing the typing is getting really unique in this Region. But anyway, Litleo looks to be an adorable lion cub (eat your heart out, Simba), and in addition to knowing Flamethrower, it’s confirmed to know a new move called Noble Roar, which brings down the opponent’s Attack and Special Attack.

Flabébé, a Fairy type Pokémon

Flabébé is one of the new Fairy type Pokémon, and holy crap is it ever tiny! It’s 10 centimetres tall and weighs 100 grams. This makes it the smallest and lightest Pokémon EVER. And yet, somehow, this little thing is able to knock-out Dragonite with its Fairy Wind attack. I gotta see this to believe it, because that’s AMAZING. O_O

Honedge, the Sword Pokémon

Honedge is a Steel/Ghost type that is basically a possessed sword. Honestly, looks and fights like something out of Legend of Zelda, which is frigging awesome. Also, I get a good laugh out of the fact that it knows Swords Dance and its ability is No Guard. You might wanna be careful around it, though, since it can use the cloth like an arm and grab hold of unsuspecting victims, draining their energy. Ghosts are kinda creepy like that.

Inkay, the Rotation Pokémon

Inkay and…

Malamar, the Reversal Pokémon

…Malamar are both Dark/Psychic types, despite being squids. They have access to the ability Contrary, which reverses all stat increases and decreases while out on the field, and also know a move called Topsy-Turvy (and yes, I DO have that song from Hunchback playing in my head right now, lol) that also reverses all stat increases and decreases in play at the time. Combine that with the fact that they’re only weak to Bug type attacks, and expect these two to be rather annoying to battle.

Swirlix, the Cotton Candy Pokémon

Swirlix is a Fairy type, exclusive to Pokémon X Version…so I guess since I pre-ordered X, that’s the one I’m stuck with. lol Just kidding, it looks cool enough, and knows a new Fairy type move called Draining Kiss, which saps the health out of opponents.

Spritzee, the Perfume Pokémon

Spritzee is Swirlix’s Fairy type counterpart on Pokémon Y Version. Apparently it can create a unique fragrance that causes anyone who smells it to fall under its spell. It also knows Aromatherapy, making it a good team player.

Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie

So, that’s a LOT of new Pokémon, but there still remains a question regarding this new Region that every Trainer must answer: Who will be your first Pokémon in this new area? Will it be Chespin, the Shelled Chestnut Pokémon, will it be Fennekin, the Fox Pokémon, or will it be Froakie, the Bubble Frog Pokémon? You don’t have much time left to decide, so by all means, vote below who you’ll start the game off with, and I will see y’all the next time a trailer for Pokémon comes out…if I remember. lol Ja né!