Hello PUCLonians! This week, I regret to inform you that my article must be delayed until later in the week. This weekend, I was traveling for my sister-in-law’s wedding! It was a great day and a great wedding for Dr. Audino’s sister. Alas, due to all of the festivities, I was unable to complete my article. But, I have a preview of the article to share with you right now. In case you forgot, two weeks ago, The Fluffiest Whimsicott wrote about her favorite gimmick Pokemon. Today, I will write about what is possibly the original gimmick Pokemon.


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Back in Gen 1, Ditto had the nearly unique move of Transform, which allowed it to turn into an exact copy of the opposing Pokemon. I say “nearly unique” because Mew also learned Transform. In Gen 1, it wasn’t a particularly good gimmick in the sense that you had to use a turn to transform, which allowed the opponent to get an attack off, putting you behind. After that, it came down to a speed tie to see who would get the next attack. With the advent of abilities and hold items, Ditto becomes a viable choice for some teams. An Imposter Ditto transforms into the opposing Pokemon upon entering the field, and Choice Scarf allows your Ditto to out-speed the copied Pokemon as well, in most cases. If this is done with the right Pokemon, your opponents best Pokemon could turn into their worst nightmare (especially Dragons).

Well folks, that’s all I have, for now. Come back later this week for the full article!

-Prof. Snag