I'm by and large a lurker. I roam about sites like deviantART, FurAffinity, ... even TV Tropes.
On this wiki
I tend to surf this wiki primarily for reference, such as researching Pokémon movesets and game locations. (Wouldn't have caught a Riolu in HeartGold without it!)
I generally focus on little things, like proper spelling/grammar/wording (a particular peeve), and some interest in the upkeep of Trivia sections. Yeah, I like to mention something if I feel it's really interesting, but I'm also aware that Trivia sections can't be allowed to dominate a page.
On the other hand, sometimes what starts as a minor fix, paraphrase or rewording snowballs into a complete rewrite of the passage in question -- I'm not afraid to go there, either.
In the games
|This user has a difficult time nicknaming Pokémon.|
I have a mild interest in the game series, starting in Generation I with Pokémon Red Version. I still play the series from time to time, although I have virtually no experience in online/competitive multiplayer battles. I personally tend to favor the Fire and Flying types with an emphasis on offense, but try to keep a balanced team just the same. Tough work. My typical team roster tends to resemble this:
- Starter Pokémon
- One Flying-type (for Fly)
- One Water-type (for Surf)
- One Electric-type (sometimes with Flash)
- One Eeveelution
- One or two Pokémon for breeding/training purposes
For some reason, my favorite starter usually turns out to also be the fastest member in its trio:
|Red (and FireRed)||Charmander ♂|
|Gold (and HeartGold)||Cyndaquil ♂|
|Emerald||Treecko ♀||Her first Daycare offspring was also female.|
|White 2||Oshawott ♂|
In side series games
|Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team||Rizaar||Arvel||Team Espera|
|Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky||Arlio||Rae||Team Ravea|
|Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity||Slake||Lutra||The Verdants|
|Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon||Fenric||Arlex||The Sunrays|
Here's a list of wild (random) Shiny encounters and other rare phenomena I have experienced.
|FR||Nidoran ♂||Lv.24||Mar.29, 2014||Kanto Safari Zone||(Yes, the Safari Zone.)|
|HG||Wurmple ♂||Lv.5||Mar.2, 2011||Kanto Route 22|| While Headbutting trees. |
|HG||Krabby ♂||Lv.24||Apr.21, 2011||Kanto Route 19||While using Rock Smash.|
|Y||Gulpin ♂||Lv.9||Oct.16, 2013||Kalos Route 5||During a Horde encounter.|
|Y||Azurill ♂||Lv.7||Oct.28, 2013||Kalos Route 22|
|Y||Treecko ♀||Egg||Dec.28, 2013||Kalos Route 7||Masuda method|
|Y||Butterfree ♂||Lv.30||Mar.4, 2014||Kiloude City Friend Safari|
|Sun||Pokérus||Dec.3, 2016||Somewhere around Alola Route 7||strain lasts 3 days|
What are some of my favorite Pokémon overall? This list is by no means comprehensive, but for a few groups....
For the sake of simplicity, here I am considering only non-starter Pokémon, and will list each Pokémon only once (even though some are favorites across multiple groups):
|Eeveelutions||Jolteon is my favorite of the original Eeveelutions, and Espeon/Umbreon are both quite neatly designed and useful.|
|Fossil Pokémon||Who's the cutest little baby T-rex ever? Yes you are!|
|Mega Evolutions||I love Mega Absol's design the most, though Mega Lucario's design I found to be an acquired taste, and I do not like Mega Charizard X.|
|Normal-type||The underrated type that doesn't get a lot of love, but never underestimate the utility of Pickup or Cute Charm!|
Normal/Flying types are mentioned in the "Flying" group and not here.
|Fire-type||Because I often pick the Fire-type starter, I am not often looking for another Fire-type for the team.|
The male Pyroar is not counted among this group.
|Water-type||I think the Versus Books GSC strategy guide of its day said it the best: There's nothing quite like a Pokémon that can simultaneously Surf you across water and fry every last Tentacool you come across.|
|Electric-type||One of my favorite types overall, useful for dealing with too many Water types. High speed (plus immunity to paralysis) is a thing to be feared.|
|Fighting-type||There are no Pokémon prior to Generation IV in this category and that is intentional: Lucario was the first Fighting-type I didn't absolutely despise the design of. But, Mienfoo did not disappoint in Gen V either, Hawlucha was love at first sight in Gen VI, and then there's everybody's favorite regional wild duck....|
|Poison-type||The only type I generally liked even less than Fighting is Poison, with no favorite designs prior to Generation VII. Salazzle's design caught me completely off-guard, but she's a welcome addition to the team ... long as she keeps her distance from Ground, Rock, or Psychic opponents, at least.|
|Flying-type||This group is limited to "common bird" Pokémon only. Talonflame rules the roost for breeding projects (especially in Kalos), and Corviknight is positively a tank.|
|Rock-type||My fondness for Fire and Flying types makes Rock a perennial nemesis (just ask Whitney and her Miltank).|
Favorite Lycanroc: Midday form
|Bug-type||I don't really like (nor particurly hate) Scizor's design. Shuckle and Shedinja are oddballs, but really entertaining to use; I actually took a Shedinja with me through the Hoenn Elite Four in Emerald, and this literal ghost of a shell was instrumental to my catching the Hoenn weather trio. And Galar's tanky new psychic beetle seems custom-tailored for multiplayer Raid Battles.|
|Dragon-type||I respect most of the Dragon lines (save Kingdra), but Noivern's design is probably the one I love most.|
|Dark-type||A lucky Swords Dance Absol won me the Champion match in Emerald by outright sweeping three of Wallace's six Pokemon. Zorua and Zoroark's Illusion ability proves as entertaining as it can be useful.|
As for favorite Legendary Pokémon, I really have only one favorite, period:
Maybe it's his aesthetic design. Maybe it's how his cry sounds like a lightning bolt and thunderclap. Maybe it's his particular mix of the battle theme music (in HeartGold version specifically). Maybe it's because I used a Master Ball to catch him in Generation II. (or did I?) But at any rate, Johto's three legendary beasts are my favorite group of legendary Pokémon, and I place Raikou squarely at the top of that group.
As of Generation V, I have completed one game but not another in every Pokemon generation. This includes:
- Generation I: Red (through capturing Mewtwo), but not Yellow
- Generation II: Gold (up to, but not including, the battle with Red) but not Crystal (was at Blackthorn City)
- Generation III: Emerald (not including Frontier battles), but not FireRed (at Elite 4)
- Generation IV: HeartGold (including that battle with Red), but not Platinum (at Victory Road)
- Generation V: White 1, but not White 2 (at Elite 4)
In other media
Nor do I follow the manga -- the only volume I've ever seen is Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team, and even that was only because it was published in issues of Nintendo Power magazine.
I do, however, occasionally draw fanart of specific Pokémon, and for my 2010 Nanowrimo, wrote a 52,000 word novel based on a Pokémon-centric setting.
Did you know...?
- Fire/Electric (comprising one Pokemon, Heat Forme Rotom) is the only type combination simultaneously resistant to Fire, Ice, and Electric. On the other side, the common Bug/Flying is the only type combination simultaneously vulnerable to these three.
- Ice/Ground (e.g. the Swinub family) is the only type combination simultaneously vulnerable to all three starter elements (Fire, Water, Grass);Dragon is the only type with simultaneous resistance to all three.