Why does D love Pokemon?

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Hello readers,

I have been a PokeFan since the original Red & Blue, and I have played every game (sans Sapphire, Ruby, and Emerald) to completion. It is hard to explain why I am still into the game series. I find myself at an age where my interests are shifting away from single player RPGs to multiplayer competitive games, and a lot of things, like movies, which I enjoyed before as a kid seem to just totally suck now. So why has Pokemon stood the test of time for me? Why do I feel like I need to become the Pokemon Champion in every new region Game Freak has to offer?

There are no easy answers, but I can say that Pokemon has remained the same while still changing some features. Many folks argue that every iteration of Pokemon is the same, and for the most part it is true. The main Pokemon series (not counting Snap!, Mystery Dungeon, and other spin-off game series) has a tried and true formula. They let you pick a starter, then you go on a journey where you have to face gym challenges in a linear sequence. Along the way, an evil Team will stop you every once in a while and sometimes you catch a legendary on your way to the Pokemon League.  Game Freak releases some powerful, pseudo-uber Pokemon, and yet the coolest Pokemon all seem to have the worst stats.

Garchomp

Sometimes, they unseat your favorite Pokemon in terms of uniqueness and power… I will avenge you, Flygon!!!

So why do we continue to flock to this game series? I believe it is because Pokemon gives us something to talk about. While the game is: 1. fun 2. has cute, awesome, and/or badass creatures and 3. has a competitive scene, I think Pokemon is one of those fandoms that is just really easy to be a part of. You don’t even have to be wildly into Pokemon in order to talk about it with another person, so long as you both share a fierce hatred of Zubat. Pokemon also has an incredibly diverse fanbase, and honestly sometimes it can be surprising who is into Pokemon. It isn’t just a nerd thing, but almost entirely its own separate entity from Nerddom. Not only that, but you can share your Pokemon, literally, with others. There are several Pokemon communities, such as Reddit, that are planning on spreading the holiday cheer with Delibirds holding rare candies and other goodies on the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. That is pretty awesome.

"Here's your candy! Good luck hitting 100!"

“Here’s your candy! Good luck hitting 100!”

I guess you could say I really like the community around Pokemon, the humor you can find in Pokemon Memes/WebComics, and how cute/awesome most of the Pokemon are. With X and Y, the community has this wonderful opportunity to be closer than it ever was before. These games are probably as close to a Pokemon MMO we are ever going to get, and honestly the features for Wi-Fi are pretty amazing. The fact that I usually get 2-3 perfect IV Pokemon from Wonder Trade is a testament that most trainers out there are trying to fill up that open, free trading with some interesting Pokemon. Even though I already have my Eevees, including my coveted and rare females with 4-5 perfect IVs, I still love it when I get an Eevee from WT. I usually end up sending them back out, but it is nice to see people contributing to the Greater Good.

So Happy Holidays to my fellow Pokemon Fans! I will post my Friend Code later in case any of you wants a Vullaby.

 

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

GOLURK

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. Credit: Rare Candy Treatment

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.