Hello PUCLonians, and welcome to another edition of Anything Goes. I apologize for the delay. The work of a professor is never done and this week has seemed to be especially busy. Despite that, I am doing my best to provide you with my particular insights about any and all topics about Pokemon. Two weeks ago, Whimsicott told you about her favorite gimmick Pokemon in “The Fluff.” Here are my favorites (or at least the ones I find most interesting).
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).
I love the concept of Smeargle. In game, Smeagle is the epitome of good precdition as in order for Sketch, its signature move, to work, you need to predict what move your opponent is going to use in order to be able to Sketch it… or at least you need to plan out very carefully with a friend what moves will be Sketched. This means that a Smeargle can be completely unpredictable… Unless your playing in recent VGC metas. As I said, I love the concept of Smeargle, but its recent abuse of Dark Void in VGC 16 and prolific use have tarnished its appeal to me.
I have a love/hate relationship with Feebas. Back in Gen III, in order to complete my Pokedex, I searched that long water route (Route 119 in Hoenn) to find one of the six spots it would show up in. I hated the search… but I love that I did it. When wrote about this in my Pokedex article near the start of my time at PUCL, this was one of the reasons that Gen III was one of the hardest Pokedexs to complete. Not only that, in Gen III, to make it evolve into Milotic, you had to max out its beauty with Pokeblocks, which wasn’t necessarily an easy task. For these two reasons, Feebas is one of my favorite gimmick Pokemon.
For actual use in battles, Castform is such a terrible Pokemon. But despite that, it is a really neat way to display the different kinds of weather that exist. But I think they stopped a little short with Castform. If you’re going to have a Pokemon that changes based on the weather, make it change with every weather and terrain. Castform should not only change in sunlight, rain, and ice, but also in sand, electric terrain, psychic terrain (coming in SuMo).
I would be remiss if I didn’t include Chatot in this list because it was a partial inspiration. This Pokemon is interesting because of its signature move, Chatter. This move took advantage of the DS’s microphone and allowed you to record your own sound for what this move sounds like. The louder you recorded this, the greater chance you had of confusing your opponent. This led to this move being banned in competitive play.
Back in Gen 4, with the advent of Diamond and Pearl, Rotom was in itself a very interesting Pokemon. It had a unique Electric/Ghost typing and you found it by making a particularly erie trek through the Old Chateau. But things got really interesting when it came out in Platinum. Through an event, you got a special key that allowed you to access a room to let Rotom transform into its various forms that we know and love today. The variety that was provided by these forms have allowed for a few of them to become competitively viable. This is a really fun, novel idea and I hope that it can be implemented more in the future (further than the Rotom Dex).
Zoroark was one of the first Pokemon introduced for Gen V. At first, Zoroark (as well as its pre-evolution Zorua) were only obtainable though an even where you had to transfer special event Pokemon from Gen IV game using a time capsule. Not only is the way you obtain these Pokemon gimmicky, their ability is gimmicky. These Pokemon both poses the Illusion ability which allows them to appear as the Pokemon in the last slot in the party. To this day, this ability still fools some people who play competitively.
So, when X&Y started, people were confused by Vivillon. One of my coworkers said, “I think I got shiny Vivillon; it looks different from the gym leader’s Vivillon.” Later, we found out these Pokemon had a different form based on the region you personally were from. Now, there were some basic ways of adjusting your location to manipulate which form of Vivillon you go, but, in large, you, or at least I, had to rely on the GTS in order complete the collection. I remember some of the more rare ones required some pretty hefty trades. I recall that in order to complete my collection, I had to trade away some legendary Pokemon. I specifically remember having to send away a Cresselia in order to get one of the rarer ones.
Well, folks, that’s all I have this week for my article. I apologize for the delay, but to make it up to you, some of the writers have a special event leading up to the release of Sun and Moon. On Sunday, Sublime Manic will be stepping out of his usual role from Double’s analysis to giving his opinions why he loves the massive about of information that was officially reveal prior to the upcoming games. Whimsicott will be writing during Sublime’s usual slot about her disdain on the news dumps we have been getting and to follow all of that up, yours truly will be giving covering the middle ground of the topic. Then, finally, in the two weeks before Sun and Moon come out, Whimsicott and I will discuss the Pokemon we are most excited for in these games! So, we hope you enjoy all of the upcoming articles!