Pokemon Turns 20!
I know I’m a few days late to celebrate, but how can I miss out?! The Pokemon Company is celebrating by releasing the original Red, Blue, and Yellow on Virtual Console and also announcing the upcoming new generation Pokemon Sun & Moon!
Pokemon is a party I was way late to, but still holds a huge part of my heart. As a child I could not afford a handheld nor did my mom allow me to use my baby eyes on things like that, but I did watch the anime for many years and I absolutely loved Pikachu! (Who doesn’t?) But it wasn’t until Pokemon X/Y were released and I already had a paid job that I was able to buy myself the game to try. I didn’t expect to enjoy it that much! At the time I was still recovering from a mini-stroke I had seven months earlier, and it was a problem because I was a senior in college working on my senior projects. Not being able to draw as a designer had huge setbacks and I was limited to what I could do. Playing Pokemon X was tiring for my hand, but the repetitive motion slowly set itself into my right arm that it became less and less a chore. Who would think POKEMON could become physical therapy?!
Because I was a newbie, I really enjoyed breeding cute babies as well as collecting every Pokemon even after I beat the Elite Four. I played a bit every day and it was 300 hours later that I felt okay. My arm hurt significantly less. And that was absolutely amazing.
Through those 300 hours, I had taken the identity of the female trainer I named Agitha (after the Bug Princess from Zelda of course) and customized to my liking that it felt extremely personal. That’s why my gamertag is AgithaHime (Princess Agitha) and I’m never going to reset the save file because it holds something special to me. I still use this file to breed Egg Moves and Hidden Abilities for Pokemon I want to use in other Generation VI games. You can see how Agitha looks in the thumbnail of this post! I dig the orange hair and hazel eyes. I’m not sure why I haven’t run into any other trainers who went for orange hair.
After Pokemon X, I’ve played Pokemon Black, Pokemon White 2, and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire. I am very sad that the more renowned games like HeartGold or FireRed are out of production, but perhaps someday I’ll be able to get my hands on a copy! To commemorate, I want to share a few of my favorite things along with some beautiful fanart I found!
Talonflame is introduced as the Pidgeotto role in Pokemon X/Y and is a fire & flying type like Charizard! You pretty much get to raise a Moltres/Ho-Oh! My Fletchling was one of the first Pokemon I caught and at the time I didn’t know how crucial she would become later when she evolved into a powerful eagle. Talonflame works better as a flying type than fire type because it is a master of Acrobatics which has allowed me to win against every Pokemon that is not an electric, rock, or steel type. It also has a hidden ability that gives flying moves priority, which makes it outspeed just about any Pokemon because it’s already super fast.
My Talonflame has the normal ability though, which is Flame Body. Also being a Pokemon that learns Fly just made her the mama hen since she could fly me to a good place for quick egg hatching then use her warm body to cut down the number of hatching steps by half! My Talonflame is at Level 100 right now and is my trusty dusty steed.
I always thought Electric type is my favorite since they don’t have many weaknesses, but I recently played a monotype challenge with just Water Pokemon and have grown rather fond of them. Water Pokemon are mostly based on sea creatures so training them is like having my own little aquarium!
N is from Pokemon BW/B2W2 and is the villain in the first game. To avoid spoilers I won’t give any more details, but his story is very deep and well-written for a children’s game! His character development is very realistic as well, unlike most Pokemon villains and their mottos. Also, his character design is so casually stylish. Just look at that cap with the white shirt and khakis!
Favorite Gym Leader
Elesa is a gym leader from Pokemon BW/B2W2 and in the first game she is the worst because she uses Volt Switch to toggle between her electric team which varies in type weaknesses. It took me more than five tries to defeat her! But that just makes her the coolest gym leader, especially since she is a model and gets a redesign in the second game!
I’m rather torn between Steven Stone of Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire or Cynthia of Pokemon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum. I’ve never played Generation IV so I have never fought Cynthia but she is just everything a female champion should be. Steven on the other hand is the only champion of a game I’ve played who takes a very major role and gets to know the player during his/her journey. You just expect him to be the champion at the end! His lineup isn’t bad either. Metagross just pairs with him so well!
Snowbelle City is a town in Pokemon X/Y that is snowing all year long. As someone who doesn’t like snow this kind of deviates hehe but the town’s design is so beautiful and the music is just stunning! It also makes a unique setting because its ice type gym controls the weather.
What are some of your Pokemon favorites?