D’s Top 3 Reasons Why Golurk is AWESOME! (Spoiler Alert: This is about Pokemon X and Y!)

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Hello readers,

It comes as no surprise to most of you that Pokemon is one of my favorite games. The games are extremely addicting and the Pokemon are usually either cool, cute, or AWESOME! In the case of Golurk, he is all 3. Golurk was originally introduced in Gen 5 and could only be obtained by capturing a Golett in Dragonspiral Tower. In X and Y, Golett can be found on Route 10 just before Geosenge Town.

A little side story, I have recently restarted my X & Y adventure in order to experience the journey all over again. On my revisit, I decided to use completely different Pokemon and Pokemon I hadn’t used before.  By the time you could catch Golett in Pokemon Black & White, it was late game and I already had my team. I am not the kind of person that switches Pokemon around a lot late game, so I never used our ghost-robot friend. When I ran into Golett during my second play through, I chanced using him on my team despite not really knowing much about him. He ended up being a vital part of my team. I did cheat a little by letting my boyfriend teach him Power-Up Punch and Earthquake near the third gym, but his ability to abuse Power-Up Punch and take hits hasn’t ceased to amaze me!

Now that I have a Golurk, I think I will breed a competitive one in the post-game. Golurk is simply awesome, and I want to share that with everyone! Here are 3 reasons why Golurk is AWESOME!

Number 3: Golurk has a unique typing!

Golurk and his pre-evolution are the only Pokemon to date that have Ghost/Ground dual typing. This typing is unique in that it allows him to neutrally hit most anything that isn’t a dual flying/dark type with STAB moves. This guy here Super Effectives other Ghosts, Psychics, Electric, Fire, Poison, Rock, and Steel Pokemon! Meanwhile, he boasts 3 immunities: Electric, Normal, and Fighting. To top it all off, he super resists Poison and only takes 1/4 damage to Poison moves and regularly resists Rock and Bug moves.

“So what?” you may be asking me. Here’s what: Golurk can tank and kill certain threats out on the field that cannot Super Effective him whatsoever. For example, a lot of people are using Mega Mawile, Mega Kangaskhan, and Mega Gardevoir! Not only does Golurk resist some of their STABs, he can outright tank them wearing an Assault Vest with a proper EV spread. As I was researching Golurk, I found a video of a Golurk eating up a Mega Gengar’s Shadow Ball. First of all, Mega Gengar has a base of 170 Special Attack. Second of all, Mega Gengar users probably go 252 Special Attack EVs unless they are crazy. Golurk being able to take that hit is pretty awesome. Such is the power of Assault Vest.

Now, of course I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Golurk does have 5 weaknesses. He sadly takes super effective damage from other Ghost, Grass,  Ice, Water, and Dark-type Moves. On the plus side, none of these are x4! Still, Golurk takes super effective damage from some of the most common attacking type moves in the game. You better believe most special sweepers will carry Shadow Ball, Ice Beam, and Scald if its worth learning. Golurk, for those who don’t know, is also one of the heaviest Pokemon in the game! You definitely won’t want to take a Grass Knot if you can avoid it.

I would love to dive into the type match-ups further, but without a reliable damage calculator for 6th gen I can’t really give nice numbers.

Number 2: Golurk has two awesome abilities!

Golurk has 3 total abilities. He can regularly be found with Iron Fist and Klutz, and his dream world ability is No Guard. I don’t think there is a use for Klutz on Golurk so I won’t even talk about it. Iron Fist and No Guard are pretty awesome for Golurk. Iron Fist increases the damage of punching moves by 20%, whereas No Guard means no moves used by and against Golurk can miss. Personally, I favor Iron Fist due to the amount of use you can get out of it in Golurk’s move pool.

In X & Y, Golurk has access to these interesting moves: Shadow Punch, Focus Punch, Hammer Arm, and Power-Up Punch. We don’t currently know his Egg Moves this gen, but last gen he could get: Drain Punch, Fire Punch, Ice Punch, and Thunder Punch. On top of these, Golurk also has access to Stone Edge, Earthquake, and Phantom Force. I don’t like Phantom Force too much myself, and I would opt to use Shadow Punch over it.

Number 1: Gorlurk can learn FLY!

Golurk can fly because reasons. Also, no idea who this artist is... if you know, let me know so I can properly credit!

Golurk can fly because reasons. Also, no idea who this artist is… if you know, let me know so I can properly credit!

Bet you didn’t see that one coming! Yes, our lovable giant can learn the HM for Fly. Not only can he pack a powerful punch, but he can learn FLY, proving that he is not like the other lazy members of your party for the main play through.  Golurk is powerful enough that he is ready and willing to sacrifice his last move slot for you.

Is there anything more awesome than riding on a giant robot that loves you? Answer: No.

I hope I have inspired other Pokemon Trainers to give some love to Golurk. He is an awesome Pokemon with special qualities you won’t find on other Pokemon. He’s a ghost/ground robot that likes to punch people while he flies through the sky. He is quickly becoming one of my most favorite Pokemon, and I can’t wait until my competitive Golurk is complete.

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When things start to suck, go read Hyperbole and a Half!

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Hello readers,

My birthday was on November 11th (yay!), and I am 25 now. For my birthday, my little sisters gave me Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. Hyperbole and a Half started as a blog and has blossomed into a wonderful book. For those that don’t know yet, Hyperbole and a Half is like a memoir blog with horribly drawn pictures. Yet, it is so awesome that I can’t wait when Allie posts new content.

Hyperbole and a Half is one of the most sincere things you will ever read, either as a book or as a blog. When I get depressed or angry with myself, I often go onto Hyperbole and a Half to read about a plucky person who has experienced similar feelings or hang-ups. Allie is an amazing writer, and she has a way of conveying things that I never would have thought of.

It is a long story, but this is about how some people present solutions that don't really fit the problem. I spent a good 10 minutes laughing about this.

It is a long story, but this is about how some people present solutions that don’t really fit the problem. I spent a good 10 minutes laughing about this.

Her book is no different. While there is some older content in there from her blog, Allie shares new stories about her crazy childhood and her coping mechanisms. Some of which don’t always work, of course. This book is definitely worth checking out of your local library or purchasing from your local bookstore, even if the art turns you off! I promise, you will find yourself laughing about all the horrible things and leave with an understanding that you are not alone.

D listens to “Eleanor & Park” (Spoiler Alert: John Green loves this book!)

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Hello readers,

About a month or so ago, I finished listening to Eleanor & Park, which is a YA novel with a whirlwind of emotions. The novel is written by Rainbow Rowell, and she has a witty writing style that makes me laugh out loud… and sometimes tear up. This YA novel is a rare treat as it is a contemporary romance that any age group or gender can read without rolling their eyes.

Sure, Bella, you are totally ugly despite all these boys chasing your tail.

Sure, Bella, you are totally ugly despite all these boys chasing your tail.

As some may have guessed from previous entries, I find most YA books to have unnecessary romance or some characters that are so unlikable I put the book down. Here, in Eleanor & Park, there is a rhyme and reason to everything. I can understand why a lot of characters feel the way they do, and why they act in both amazing and terrible ways. Eleanor has been burned a lot before, by her own family, so she finds it hard to trust. For that reason, she will often do things that causes readers to pull out their hair! Eleanor hides things from Park, simply because she doesn’t trust him to not leave her. Similarly, Park can be completely clueless on how to deal with certain situations. For the first portion of the book, he doesn’t let anyone aside from Eleanor know how he feels about her. They try really hard to hide their feelings in public, despite how close they really are. In most books this would push me away, but Rowell’s writing keeps me involved with their hurdles and conflict because they seem like real people. The stupid things they do make sense!

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I listened to the audiobook for this novel, and it is fantastic! I couldn’t wait to drive to work or do errands, because it gave me time to listen to the actors. There were two readers total, one for Eleanor and the other for Park. They both nailed their roles and did great impersonations of the other characters in the novel. For me, they helped sell the validity of the teen angst between Eleanor and Park.

I don’t want to spoil too much more of this book, but it is definitely worth checking out at your local library! I love this book to death, and it is really one of the few YA romance novels that is both believable and lovable!