The Fluff: My Top 5 Gimmick Pokémon


Hello, my dear PUCLonians! How have you all been doing? Now that Pokémon Sun and Moon is officially next month, how close to vibrating off your feet with excitement are you? I’m pretty darn close myself, but Snag and I decided this time we all need a small break from the Sun and Moon hype train, so we picked a nice little quirky topic: our favorite gimmick Pokémon!

By gimmick Pokémon we mean those Pokémon who might have been just one of over 700, maybe useless and forgettable, but have a peculiar quirk that sets them apart from the rest and makes them (or at least, that is supposed to make them) fun to catch and use in your game. Here are my top 5!

Number 5: Sawsbuck

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I didn’t use this pretty Pokémon in my playthrough of Gen V, mainly because with Serperior and Whimsicott, my party already had more Grass types than needed.

I’d say there’s no such thing as too many Grass types, but the truth is I carried you through that entire playthrough on my tiny, fluff-covered shoulders, so yes, I suppose more weren’t needed, per se.

I swear, you beat one Haxorus, and it went to your head. I’m never complimenting you on that again. Anyway, I love the way trees look in the various seasons, and having a Pokémon that reflects that is, I think, pretty darn neat. My current problem with Sawsbuck would be that you can only get the Summer, Autumn and Winter ones from Gen V, and so, even if the Forms are passed down by breeding, it would be quite tedious to get the one I want, but…

but you’d never breed one because it’s completely useless?

Ding ding ding! We have a winner. Even for someone whith a competitive (please, stop laughing) Leafeon, Sawsbuck is pretty hopeless. But hey, at least it looks awfully nice. By the way, my favorite Forms are Autumn and Winter. What are yours, PUCLonians?

Number 4: Cherrim


Now, this one I did use in my only playthrough of Gen 4 (further proof that you can use anything in-game). I don’t know how many turns I wasted clicking on Sunny Day just to see my little Cherrim bloom happily, but let’s be honest, Platinum was sooooooo slow, it can’t have made much of a difference anyway.

I’m so glad I wasn’t around for that.

Like Sawsbuck, Cherrim is abysmally terrible when it comes to battling, but look at it! Doesn’t it make you feel like using it, just to see its pretty Petal Dance in the sunshine? Doesn’t it?

… Anyone?

Face it, nobody else would ever want to put Cherrim on their team. Ever.

Awwwww! Well, I still love it and… cherish it.

I’ll forgive you for that, just because you are upholding the honor of Grass types.

Well, of the pretty ones, at least. Poor Ferrothorn, as good in battle as it is, it still doesn’t get my love.

Number 3: Feebas and Milotic

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Remember when I said these Pokémon have gimmicks that are supposed to make them fun to catch and use? I wasn’t talking about the fact that nothing can save Cherrim from total oblivion. I was talking about how freaking IMPOSSIBLE it was to get Milotic back in its original games. AND in the ones right after.

Oh, come on. Do I need to call our old friend, the world’s smallest Kricketune? It’s just a Pokémon! How hard can it be?

Ok. This is how you get Milotic in Gen III and IV: go to a specific route. Find one of four or six random tiles in the entire route that have a chance of Feebas being fished. Catch a Feebas. Feed it Pokéblocks or Poffins until it reaches maximum Beauty… oh, did you make sure it was fed with perfect Pokéblocks or Poffins? No? Then it can’t eat any more of them, and its Beauty still isn’t maxed out! Go back and find another one… but you’ll have to restart the entire process if you changed the trendy phrase in Dewford, or just if a day has passed in Sinnoh, because the tiles have been re-randomized.

… I thought you humans played this games for fun.

Yeah. Theoretically. Anyway, even after all that, Milotic makes this list because of two reasons. One, I very much appreciate the concept of having to work to find, essentially, a diamond in the rough, and then to make it shine. The story involving Ruby and his Feebas in the manga is one of the best (I won’t say too much not to spoil it, but seriously, the manga is so worth reading, folks). Two, I love my Milotic, Ruby. He’s a great Pokémon who often gets my team out of trouble.

Number 2: Vivillon

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As I’ve said before on the show, when I evolved my first Vivillon, it had the Meadow pattern, just like Viola’s, so I didn’t think much about it. I heard that you could get different wing patterns by getting Scatterbug from different locations, but when I checked my Pokédex, I saw they could only be found on Route 2 and in Santalune Forest, where I had gotten mine. When I got more info and found out they meant different real world locations, it blew my mind.

Sometimes, you really are easily impressed.

True, but I really think it’s a great idea! I had to trade with people from all over the world to complete my Vivillon collection… and so many of them look amazing! My personal favorite are Marine, Ocean, Savanna and Garden… but Meadow and Icy Snow and Fancy are so pretty, too… oh, I can’t pick!

Gee, how weird, that doesn’t sound like you at all, Miss Indecision.

I am so glad you and my boyfriend never speak to each other.

Number 1: Eevee


Well, of course my very favorite gimmick Pokémon had to be Eevee, right?

Does it even count as a gimmick Pokémon?

Of course! … I think? OK, tell you what, this is an opinion article, and my opinion is that having a billion split evolutions is a gimmick. The fact that Eevee and all of its evolutions wouldn’t need that at all to be memorable and popular doesn’t change that.

Flareon and Leafeon are daring you to challenge that sentence. Just try.
Flareon and Leafeon are daring you to challenge that sentence. Just try.

The truth is you’d put Eevee and Leafeon at the top of almost any list!

Yes, together with you, so don’t be too jealous. Eevee is perfect, all the Eeveelutions are lovely, and all the ways they found to make them evolve are nice, although to me the best ones are the Moss Rock and the Ice Rock by far. A magical rock that concentrates within it the natural power of its remote surroundings, and can bestow it to a susceptible enough Pokémon that grows stronger next to it… yes, please! What a wonderful little bit of story.

Eh. I guess it is, but Sun Stones are way more convenient.

Oh, come here, you little jelly bean.

I thought I was popcorn.

I meant… oh, never mind.


There you have it, PUCLonians. What is your favorite gimmick Pokémon? Is there one that you especially dislike? Have you ever used one just because of its gimmick, in-game or in a competitive battle? As always, comments are cherished even more than Cherrim, and so is your return to read about Snag’s favorite Poké gimmicks in Anything Goes, next week!

Until next time,

The Fluffiest Whimsicott


I discovered Pokémon at 17 and never looked back (thanks, Team Rocket, for making the anime more fun and making me want to pick up the game). I'm now 31 and I'm not in the least ashamed to still love Pokémon... especially Grass types! I'm from Italy, so time zones will be a thing if we want to battle or trade. Sorry in advance. Trivia: my first Pokémon ever was a Charmander.

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