Beyond Megas

There was wild speculation about what the Pokemon Company wanted to do with Megas in Gen VII, mostly because in the many reveals we have gotten so far, they were pretty much a no show. Finally they got confirmed (and excluded from VGC 2017) in the last batch of reveals, but the fact remains that…

Countdown to Sun/Moon

In about two months the Seventh Generation of the main Pokemon games will be released which leaves us with a good number of weeks to discuss the reveals, rumors and to set our expectations to the things to come. The reason for me to discuss about Sun and Moon this early is because the first demo…

Mental Mixing

In our last day of tribute to the original broken typing we will delve into it’s capabilities as a dual type. Why is this important? Well, dual pokemon make for a majority of the competitive pokemon in the game! Just to give you an idea, from the 50+ pokemon listed in the Smogon OU tier…

The very best

Pokemon is a series that always will have a subset of players that root for the underdog. It’s very easy to stumble into people declaring that they hate legendaries or events or megas or overused pokemon. And we all have that kind of bias to some degree, there are things that ticks us off because…

Looking Brainiac (the flavor of psychic types pt 2)

As far as design goes most Psychic types are given powersets that revolve around a classic mental power, but are given all kinds of abilities through Pokemon moves. Hypno’s gimmick is developped around Hypnosis, but his learn set has very little to do with that overall, he can learn telepathic and telekinetic moves of all…

Top 10 Psychic Moves

Originally I intended to do a Top 5 list but if any type could pull off a longer list that could remain interesting and appealing it was Psychic who could do it. I’ve considered pretty much everything to make the list: distribution, general utility and the sheer capability of creating new niches and strategies. Many…

Looking Brainiac (the flavor of Psychic types) pt1

Psychic is the name of a Trainer Class, of a top-tier attacking move and of one of the most exposed types in the game. The original legendary powerhouse is none other than Mewtwo, a very recognizable pokemon with a slick design who is deservedly one of the most beloved Legendaries in the series. A lot…

Going Mental

Welcome to the Psychic Week! We’ll be discussing the original type powerhouse that went to become one of the most multifacetic types of all times! When you think about Psychic the first thing that might come to your mind is Mewtwo, which essentially makes this typing one of the most used for advertising -Mew, the first event pokemon was…

Change is good

Recently I commented about how recent generations found the difficult balance between introducing novel Pokemon so they are relevant and how to renew interest in classic ones. I also shared that in my opinion no Generation feels as “old school RPG” as the first one, partly because of how clunky and oversymplified things are at…

Newer Gens done right!

The Gen VII reveals so far, without going into spoilers territory about them, are clearly leaned towards the initial roster of the original Gen I games. It makes sense to introduce big changes through the most established figures in the series, but it also closely sticks to the current venture of cashing in nostalgia by…

Favorite Pokemon (Gen I)

Back in the first days of catching Pokemon it was difficult to imagine exactly how much mileage these first 150 critters would get. Several retypings happened, status split happened, abilities arrived and megas came to be. Sometimes I get the feeling that some of these Pokemon are the same “in name only”, or do you…

Favorite Type Gen I

The very first Pokemon generation was the one that felt like a classic RPG the most. You went on adventuring with barren movesets and a handful of decent attacks for each type, sometimes making the likes of Twin Needle look like an exceptional ability. To make this scarcity of moves even more dire you also…