My Pokemon Gym: Bug

Welcome to the seventh iteration of the My Pokemon Gym series. If you’re new to this series, I take a Pokemon type then build out my team of six Pokemon of that type as if I were the gym leader. Here are the rules:

  1. I can’t use legendary/mythical Pokemon
  2. I can’t reuse Pokemon I’ve used in previous gyms in this series.
  3. Forms of the same Pokémon can be reused, provided they have different typing. For example, if I used Rattata in a Normal gym team, I could use Alolan Rattata in a Dark gym team.

Want to read my other My Pokemon Gym posts? Go read the Fighting, Ice, Psychic, Grass, Dragon, and Fairy type posts when you’re done here. All images courtesy pokemondb.net unless otherwise stated.

Galvantula

It actively pained me not to put Galvantula on my coming Electric type gym team. That said, what Pokemon is more associated with Sticky Web as a lead than Galvantula? Maybe Shuckle if you’re having it as a pawn that gets taken down to Sturdy, but that’s not the best use of Shuckle (in my opinion). Galvantula has some surprisingly hard hitting attacks, never mind my active decision to swap out the momentum building U-Turn in favor of Lunge. The primary goal is still to get Sticky Web up, however, if I can do some serious damage along the way, all the better.

Ability: Unnerve
Item: Focus Sash
Moves: Sticky Web, Sucker Punch, Lunge, Wild Charge

Butterfree

A while back, I did a playthrough of Pokemon Sun where I beat 3/4 of the Elite Four with an Eviolite Caterpie. Granted, that Caterpie had a metric fuckton of boosts passed to it by Drifblim/Hawlucha/Mega Lopunny/Espeon, but it still did its job. This Butterfree is an homage to that — though with a King’s Rock instead because it can’t get Eviolite boosts. Quiver Dance and Silver Wind give most of the boosts I was passing to Caterpie (save for evasion), while I pair up Air Slash and Hidden Power Water for flinching shenanigans and Rock/Fire type coverage, respectively.

Ability: Compound Eyes
Item: King’s Rock
Moves: Quiver Dance, Silver Wind, Air Slash, Hidden Power Water

Ariados

Ever since I wrote my piece on Pokemon who don’t learn obvious moves, I’ve gained a bit of love for Ariados. It’s a surprisingly hard hitting Pokemon, especially with Sniper and Fell Stinger. In an ideal situation, I could run both Focus Energy and Swords Dance on this set, but I felt that a priority move was more important than Swords Dance considering Ariados’ abysmal speed. If Focus Energy and Fell Stinger boosts are up — and I know that’s a huge if — Ariados becomes surprisingly hard to stop.

Ability: Sniper
Item: Scope Lens
Moves: Focus Energy, Fell Stinger, Shadow Sneak, Cross Poison

Shuckle

Hello. I am here to trap you and stall you out with residual damage and massive defense boosts. Thanks.

Ability: Contrary
Item: Chesto Berry
Moves: Shell Smash, Rest, Sleep Talk, Infestation

Araquanid

This spot came down to Golisopod or Araquanid — two Pokemon whose name I routinely forget how to spell. In the end, I picked the one that I can reliably use all four of its moveslots on more than just the first turn of the battle — not to mention one that doesn’t have a horrid ability. Araquanid gives me two stalling Pokemon on this team, though unlike Shuckle, Araquanid can deal out its fair share of damage too. I decided to drop Aqua Ring in favor of Liquidation because of the combination of the Water Bubble ability and Leech Life, but there’s an argument to be made for even more healing here.

Ability: Water Bubble
Item: Lum Berry
Moves: Toxic, Stockpile, Leech Life, Liquidation

Parasect

This is my first time having a Pokemon gym team that doesn’t have a mega evolution on the team, so I feel like I have to explain myself. I’ve already used Mega Heracross in my Fighting gym, while Mega Beedrill and Mega Scizor will be appearing in other gym types. As for Mega Pinsir…no. So here we are. Parasect saved me in my first runthrough of Pokemon Blue as a kid, taking out Sabrina when nothing else on my team could handle her. It’s not the best Bug Pokemon, but it makes the team as a nostalgia pick.

Ability: Damp
Item: Buginium-Z
Moves: Leech Life, Spore, Knock Off, Aerial Ace

Where My Pokemon Go Nicknames Came From

Surprise mid-week bonus post? Yes, yes it is. It’s also a massive length post, so go grab yourself some popcorn or lunch and get settled in.

I recently had a discussion with a fellow Pokemon blogger, Lola, regarding our experience with Pokemon. In a post she wrote in late August, she talked about how one of her Pokemon Go friends refers to her as Nicknamer due to the number of Pokemon she gives nicknames too. This led to a discussion about how I do this too, almost to ridiculous levels. Both Lola and I decided we should write a post about the nicknames we give our Pokemon in Pokemon Go. This lead to me reviewing my Pokemon Go box and realizing that I have a ton of Pokemon I’ve nicknamed.

You should go read Lola’s post here: https://poketravellerlola.wordpress.com/2019/08/28/explaining-my-pokemon-go-nicknames/

How best to go about this then? I’ve decided to share all of my Pokemon Go nicknames here, albeit with a few parameters.

  • I’ve excluded nicknames that are labels for ease of searching for the most part. For example, I name all of my Pokemon I save to trade for distance with a left parenthesis, that way I can find them quickly. There are two exceptions to this rule.
    • All Pokemon I use to quickly drop in gyms I pass have an asterisk at the start of their nickname. When I refer to them in this post, I’ll use the nickname without the asterisk unless it’s part of the name.
    • All Pokemon with perfect IVs1aka perfect stats have names that begin with and accented e at the beginning (é). As with the last point, I’ll refer to them by the nickname without the extra character unless it’s part of the name.
    • Prior to lucky Pokemon being searchable, I preceded all lucky Pokemon names with an L with a stroke (Ł). While I removed this from most Pokemon once that search came out, if it made sense in the name, I kept it.
  • I’m also excluding Pokemon whose nicknames are solely informational, such as:
    • I have a Pokemon currently called Evolve Me. This is so I don’t forget to evolve it at some point.
    • Any Pokemon whose IVs/stats are part of the name.

I’ll add in a few pictures here and there, but not very many, otherwise this list would be even longer than it’s already going to be. There are also SO. MANY. links out, as some of these references are obscure. The list that follows will be in national dex order. Pokemon whose names are in bold and italics are my perfect IV Pokemon

Generation I

  • Venusaur – Way back in July of 2016 when I started playing Pokemon Go, I made an effort to theme some of my nicknames. All of my Gen I starters I caught had names of Greek or Roman philosophers, causing me to have a Venusaur named Socrates. Also, within hours of posting this, I caught my second perfect shadow Pokemon, this time a Bulbasaur. Its name is Aristotle.
  • Charizard – My only named Charizard is called Overrated. I’ve talked about this before.
  • Blastoise – As was the case with Venusaur, I have a philosopher starter here, this one named Parmenides.
  • Beedrill – You’ll find as I go through this list there’s a lot of music jokes. Beedrill is Bug Dentist because…TO BE BUG DENNNNNTISSST
  • Rattata – Both my perfect Rattata and shiny Rattata are named Rat God as a play on Eminem’s song Rap God. I’d also like to note that I once had a Pidgey named Tim Horton. I called it this just so I could trade it to my wife, who had not (at that point) been to Tim Horton’s. It ended up being her best Pidgey by a mile.
  • Fearow – In what might be the longest running joke in my Pokemon nicknames, I have a Fearow named Circle. When playing Pokemon Blue on the bus to a wrestling meet in high school, I asked someone to name my Fearow. They said A Circle. It stuck.
  • Arbok – It is Also Snek. There’s also Snek, but it’s later in this list.
  • NidoqueenNidoran And….Nidoran and…Nidoran and…
  • Nidoking – When I finally got a lucky Nidoking, it immediately got named George III. He was pretty lucky for the US.
  • Clefable – Much like the Minions, Clefairy is annoying and obsessed with the moon. So when I got a perfect one, it got named ThaMooooooon!
  • Ninetales – I love me some Ninetales. All of them have Fire Emblem nicknames. The Kantoian ones are named Selkie2I understand that Selkie is the only Ninetales name that isn’t a reference to Fire Emblem: Awakening. That said, it’s also the only perfect Ninetales I had, so I had to differentiate it somehow., Luna, and Sol, while the Alolan ones are named Lucina, Chrom, and Aether.
  • Parasect – I’m not saying I’m annoyed Leech Life isn’t in the game, but I did name a Parasect after the move.
  • VenomothThe dragonslayer lives. All hail the ATV.
  • Dugtrio – My very first lucky trade ever netted me an Alolan Diglett. Upon evolving, the Dugtrio’s headbobs timed out really well to the song I was listening to at that time, Le Disko by Shiny Toy Guns. So it’s LeDisko.
  • Persian – Alolan Persian is fat. I got a perfect one, so it’s just Bigglesworth.
  • Golduck – In the SUPER early days of gym battling, Golduck was annoying as hell to deal with, winning far more battles than it reasonably should have as a defender. Considering how often it was victorious, I chose to pay homage to the Glorious Bomb by naming it Glorious.
  • Primeape – In the anime, Primeape steals Ash’s hat. So…AshHatThief.
  • Poliwrath – Ivan Drago seemed like a good choice to shout out with a punching Pokemon. It’s Drago.
  • AlazakamTwo Spoon. Because this video. This series comes up again.
  • MachampMy favorite throwaway joke from an episode of Family Guy netted me two different Machamp nicknames, Reagan and Sleepy.
  • Victreebel – Nothing says sexual tension like a Bellsprout wiggling its hips. Hence how this became Allureabel.
  • Golem – There’s a few Tolkien jokes here, as I have Kantonian Golem named JRR and Precious. That said, I also have a perfect Alolan Golem named Magnet Rock. It’s not a great name, but it fits.
  • Rapidash – I am…Photo Finish.
  • Dodrio – You’re familiar with the cerberus, right? You know, three headed dog that guards Hades? Well, this is Cerbirbus.
  • Shellder – The very first shiny I ever caught in a main series Pokemon game was a bright orange Shellder I named Scallop. Thus, once I found a shiny Shellder in Pokemon Go, it became Scallop II.
  • Hypno – I have a Hypno named Biggie. I just love his flashy ways.
  • Kingler – I get that Kingler is not a lobster. But considering mine has perfect IVs, it is JIBBERS CRABST. Yes, the all caps is necessary.
  • Hitmonlee – Both of my Hitmonlee are named after wrestlers who love to kick, Funaki and Tajiri.
  • Hitmonchan – Meanwhile, my two Hitmonchan I’ve nicknamed have been named based on female MMA fighters, named Tate and Kowalkiewicz, respectively.
  • Weezing – Oh how I wish Galarian Weezing was out for this. That said, it’s Trump’s EPA. Their track record speaks for itself.
  • Seaking – One of the few times I wished Pokemon allowed curse words, I’m referencing a VERY old meme when I call this MF Seaking.
  • Magikarp – If you ever see my CP 10 shiny Magikarp in a gym, know that its name is Gym Shame and that I’ve placed it in a gym after kicking out someone who annoys me. I have a Meditite with the same name and CP. I also have a Magikarp named LivedOn1HP, as a shoutout to my favorite Poketuber.
  • Lapras – I actually have three named Lapras, all with completely different name sources. The first is named Tree Fiddy, as Lapras looks an awful lot like the Loch Ness Monster. Second, we have one named White Rose, because while Bumbleby is finally a thing, the OTP in RWBY will always be White Rose in my mind. Finally, my shiny Lapras is Liopleurdon, because Charlie needs to see this magical creature.
  • Kabutops – My two Kabutops are named Coheed and Cambria. It’s the Cambrian explosion! Well, plus a Coheed reference.
  • Snorlax – Calling Snorlax fat is too easy. Calling it a Michael Jackson parody (or MJ Parody for short) is at least thinly veiled.
  • Zapdos – Zapdos was the first legendary Pokemon I caught in Pokemon Go3I went 0 for my first 22 attempts at catching a legendary Pokemon in a raid, including 0 for 18 on my favorite Pokemon ever, Articuno. Of course, I caught four of the first five Zapdos I saw. — and I got a near perfect one at that. Said Zapdos was named Electric Fried Chicken, or EFC for short. Then, once we got Zapdos raid day with Thunder Shock as a special move, one of the Zapdos I caught on that day became Wichita St. No, I don’t care that it’s not the same kind of shocker.
  • Dragonite – In recognizing two of the move-based nicknames I’ve given, my Outrage knowing Dragonite is oRATM4(out)Rage Against The Machine, while my Draco Meteor knowing one is Malfoy.
  • Mew – When you go to catch Mew as part of the special research reward in Pokemon Go, you go into AR mode. Mew will disappear on your screen intermittently, making it one of the more annoying catches in the game. Because it becomes invisible, its name is

Generation II

  • Ariados – I’m not saying I’m annoyed Ariados can’t learn Sing in any Pokemon game, but I did name one Missing Sing.
  • Crobat – In what might be super obscure reference, my Crobat is named Vlad because you wouldn’t hit a bat with glasses on, would you?
  • Igglybuff – The most recent perfect IV Pokemon on my list gets to use the accented e as part of its nickname, as its floaty nature lends itself to the nickname éLium.
  • Ampharos – My lone Community Day Ampharos is named Glorious Hair because have you seen Mega Ampharos. I also have an Ampharos named Philip because…well, you know.
  • Azumarill – My perfect bunny Pokemon is named Crimson as a shoutout to a rabbit named Clover owned by one of my friends.
  • Politoed – In easily the most surprising perfect IV Pokemon I’ve ever encountered, I caught a perfect shadow Poliwag recently. I purified it out of principle, but because of its perfection and purification, it seemed like it needed a holy name. Since I already have a perfect Poliwrath, it was only natural to make this one a Politod, hence the named Toadsus.
  • Espeon – Much like Lapras, I have three named Espeon5This is a trend with certain Pokemon in Go for me. It started with Espeon, but it’s since expanded.. My Community Day Espeon is named Papa Roach on the account of knowing Last Resort. My shiny one also has a musical reference, having the name LoveTheAlien due to its green coloration. Finally, I have an Espeon named Magic Bounce as a nod to its ability in the main games. I’d like to think Magic Bounce’s theme song is Magic Stick, however according to my wife, I’m the only person who still likes that song.
  • Umbreon – My shiny Umbreon is named InGaN, which is the chemical notation for Indium Gallium Nitride. It’s the stuff that makes your LED lights glow blue.
  • Murkrow – More music references, as my perfect Murkrow is named éPro, which is a nod to the Beck song by the same name. Said Murkrow is also called The Murkrow of Death, as it’s a PvP monster.
  • Steelix – Oh hey! I told you Snek would show up later.
  • Shuckle – More sadness from the Cursing is Banned in Pokemon Department, as everyone knows you cannot fuckle with Shuckle. Since I like to drop Shuckle in gyms, the asterisk serves a double purpose here, as my main one is named *le.
  • Delibird – Santa Birb. This one is obvious.
  • Houndour – My shiny Houndour is named Huckleberry, both as a nod to Huckleberry Hound, as well as to Doc Holiday.
  • Kingdra – I have Kingdra and Queendra. Not much explanation necessary here.
  • Donphan – It’s an elephant. With what looks like tank treads on it. So it’s Treadaphant. Again, not a complicated one.
  • Hitmontop – I can’t be the only one who thinks Hitmontop looks like a teenage version of Groot. Right? Right. This is Teen Groot.
  • Blissey – Never have I been so pissed off about Pokemon Go as I was when I finally had enough candy to evolve my Chansey into a Blissey, only for Niantic to nerf Blissey the very next day. Not even when Smeargle almost made me quit the game. Blissey will always remain named Stupid Nerf for that reason.
  • Tyranitar – Pretty simple really. Mine is called Dark Dragon because it’s a Dark-type that’s also a drago…what? Tryranitar is Rock/Dark? Who thought this up? Next you’re going to tell me Psyduck isn’t Psychic type6For the few unaware, Psyduck is a pure Water type for reasons that literally no one has ever been able to explain adequately.

Generation III

  • Blaziken – My perfect IV Blaziken is named Col. Sanders. Because it’s a Fire type chicken. Fried chicken.
  • Linoone – This nickname is sadly a relic of the pre-CP rebalance days. My wife and I were sitting in our apartment catching weather boosted Pokemon when a CP 69 Zigzagoon popped up. I make the joke that all CP 69s were perfect, which she scoffed at…but then this Zigzagoon actually was. Sadly, its CP change with the rebalance, but I kept its nickname, Nice.
  • DustoxDust Devils are tornado like things that appear in the desert Southwest and are one of my favorite natural phenomena. Considering my Dustox knows Silver Wind, I found DustDevil to be a fitting name.
  • Shifty – Finding a perfect Seedot is ridiculous. So is giving it a corny nickname. It’s named énroc, which is a play on the word corny being spelled backwards.
  • Taillow – Earlier this year, I was job hunting hard and had gone through the interview process for a job I really wanted. I had waited longer than I expected for word to come back on said job. I was walking around my old work parking lot, stressing about my work situation, all while playing Pokemon Go to mindlessly pass the time. I caught a Taillow and named it Hope because hope is the thing with feathers. About an hour later, I got a call offering me the job I was looking for. It’s a garbage Taillow, but I keep it anyway.
  • Gardevoir – Though my Murkrow has the “of Death” appending to their nickname informally, my perfect Ralts (now Gardevoir) got it as part of her name, as I dubbed it DressODeath. It’s clearly a combat skirt.
  • Breloom – As someone who used to travel a decent amount for work, FlightAware was my best friend. When I caught a good Breloom with double Fighting moves in an airport, it obviously had to be named FightAware.
  • SlakingThere’s a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica. It looks like fun, as they have baby sloths. When I got my first perfect sloth, it got named Costa Rica.
  • Hariyama – Yokozuna and E.Honda seemed like good names to give to these massive behemoths of destruction.
  • Delcatty – Did you know Tacocat is Tacocat spelled backwards? I love my Delcatty, even if it isn’t as trolly as I want it to be.
  • Mawile – Mawile can eat you with its hair. Nom Hair is its name.
  • Medicham – Want to know one of my least favorite Pokemon designs? It’s the Medicham line. The whole line. That said, I clearly had to keep the perfect one I hatched. It’s name? ILookDumb.
  • Manectric – Manectric has entrance music, just like a pro wrestler. That song? “I Am Electric” by Heaven’s Basement. Only it sings its name, IAmManectric.
  • Swalot – Swalot looks like a gumdrop. A toxic one. But Gumdrop it is.
  • Wailord and Kyogre – I’m combining these two as both of their nicknames have the same origin story. After catching my first Kyogre, I named it Lord Whale, as Kyogre is the guardian of the sea or something like that. My wife misheard me and thought I called it Wailord, which confused her, as I was still 100 or so candy from being able to evolve my Wailmer into a Wailord. A couple of weeks later, I got my candy and evolved Wailmer into Wailord. I named it Kyogre. I also may or may not have told a friend of mine that this was the release of shiny Kyogre.
  • Flygon – If only Flygon had gotten a mega evolution. Then I wouldn’t have to call my perfect Flygon by the name of NonMega.
  • Altaria – My Altaria is named Swabby. Not all of these are good names.
  • Seviper – My Seviper is CP 404. As such, its name is SnekNotFound.
  • Whiscash – A perfect mustache on a perfect IV Pokemon deserves the name Rollie, as an ode to one of the greatest mustaches to ever live.
  • Milotic – Pokemon Go has really made me hate Feebas. Imagine my annoyance with the recent Jirachi special research had a task to evolve a Feebas. Thus, my Feebas, eventually Milotic, got renamed IHateFeebas.
  • Castform – One of my favorite things to do is to put Snowy Castform in gyms in Ohio. It legit makes people mad. I just have an army of Snow Castform named Snow1, Snow 2, Snow3, etc. I also have a rainy Castform aptly named H2O.
  • Banette – All of my perfect Pokemon get names, regardless of what they are or how good of a name I can think of for them. That’s now my perfect Banette got the name Zippers.
  • Wynaut – I considered naming my Wynaut Why. Why? Wynaut.
  • Metagross – All of my Metagross that I use in battle are members of the Wu-Tang Clan. Currently, I have RZA, ODB7ODB started this, as it was originally short for Ol’ Dirty Beldum., Method Man, and Raekwon.
  • Latios – I am not a fan of the Latis. After my fifth consecutive research reward Latios, I named it Trashios. I then proceeded to get another one the next week.
  • Groudon – We can all agree that Primal Groudon looks like something out of the Power Rangers universe, yes? Good. Then you understand why this is Megazord.

Generation IV

  • BidoofBidoof is Rusty. Bidoof will always be Rusty until they release the shiny version.
  • Roserade – My wife used to label Pokemon she wanted to trade with the name Zz. When she made a trade with me that netted me a lucky, shiny Roselia, this lead to me naming the Pokemon RoZzelia. This changed to RoZzrade once its evolution was released.
  • Drifblim – A while back, I did a challenge wherein my goal was to beat the Pokemon Sun Elite Four using only a Caterpie to attack. This strategy was full of Baton Pass shenanigans, which involved a Drifblim passing Minimize and Stockpile boosts. Thus my Drifblim in Go got the name Minimize.
  • Honchkrow – I was traded a shiny Murkrow. It was lucky before lucky trades existed. It’s thusly named The Purpkrow. I still refuse to believe shiny Murkrow can be found in the wild8I said this to my wife once. She then tapped on a Murkrow and it was shiny. DURING THE CONVERSATION WHERE I WAS COMPLAINING ABOUT IT. That’s some Tim McCarver level bullshit..
  • Bonsly – Sudowoodo is introduced to players in Pokemon Gold/Silver by faking being a tree. Hence my shiny Bonsly’s name TotallyATree.
  • Munchlax – I hatched two perfect Munchlax in the span of 30 days. Their names are éatAllThings and éatMoreThing, respectively.
  • Lucario – Oh look. Something for me to wreck in Smash. As a Lucina main, I consider Lucario to be SmashFodder.
  • AbomasnowAbomasnow. Obama in snow. President Snow.
  • Rhyperior – Both of my Rhyperior are references to Dwayne Johnson, being named RockBottom and Dwayne, respectively.
  • Tangrowth – Look. If you had. One shot. To name a Tangrowth anything you ever wanted. Would you capture it? Or just let it slip?9Also, Tangela should be pronounced tan-gel-a from here on out. Don’t ask why. Just do it.
  • Electivire – I caught a perfect Electabuzz in a raid, only for Rock Me Amadeus to come on the raid very shortly afterward. Hence my Electivire getting the name Ohmadayus.
  • Togekiss – Birb. Just birb.
  • LeafeonI am a leaf on the wind…except that’s too many characters for Pokemon Go, so it’s just LeafOnTheWin.
  • Glaceon – My favorite frozen dessert? Ice cream. But my second favorite? Italian Ice. Since this Glaceon is perfect, we get a small bastardization of that name, as it became étalianIce10I’ll still accept this pronunciation for Italian over people who insist on pronouncing it “eye-tal-yan”. I know, and am related to, at least two people who do this. It’s cringey..
  • Mamoswine – Did you know Ray Romano is a really good actor in things that aren’t Everybody Loves Raymond? Like Ice Age. It’s a good reason to name a Mamoswine after him.
  • Porygon Z – Porygon is a duck. It’s also made from code. A digital duck, if you will. Digital duck. Digiduck.
  • Gallade – My Gallade is named Arm Blades because…well…have you seen Gallade’s arms?
  • Probopass – Nosepass and Probopass look like dollar store Easter Island heads. Hence the nickname I’ve giving mine, Łeaster.
  • Meltan – Prior to Meltan being officially announced, Niantic gave us a sneak peek of it by having Ditto disguise itself as Meltan for a brief amount of time. Since there wasn’t any information about this Pokemon out there, the Pokemon community started giving it placeholder names. My favorite of these was Nutto. I’ve kept the first Meltan I ever caught, along with its initial nickname — Nutto.

My Pokemon Gym: Fairy

Welcome to the sixth iteration of the My Pokemon Gym series. If you’re new to this series, I take a Pokemon type then build out my team of six Pokemon of that type as if I were the gym leader. Here are the rules:

  1. I can’t use legendary/mythical Pokemon
  2. I can’t reuse Pokemon I’ve used in previous gyms in this series.
  3. Forms of the same Pokémon can be reused, provided they have different typing. For example, if I used Rattata in a Normal gym team, I could use Alolan Rattata in a Dark gym team.

Want to read my other My Pokemon Gym posts? Go read the Fighting, Ice, Psychic, Grass, and Dragon type posts when you’re done here. All images courtesy pokemondb.net unless otherwise stated.

Wigglytuff

One of the big things I’ve noticed battling online for Sun/Moon is that people love their Intimidate leads. While Fairy type doesn’t have a ton of physical attackers to truly be negatively effected by this, why not take advantage of it? Wigglytuff hits shockingly hard thanks to Competitive, potentially allowing me to take out an early threat unexpectedly. If I don’t get my Competitive boost, the giant balloon will pack Stealth Rock to help set up the rest of my team for success.

Ability: Competitive
Item: Life Orb
Moves: Stealth Rock, Shadow Ball, Flamethrower, Psychic

Ribombee

I do enjoy tricking a Choice item onto an unsuspecting player. Ribombee is intended to be my cleric, carrying Aromatherapy to help heal my team. That said, I’d like to be able to trap someone in while handling this. While I’ve typically used Ribombee as a Quiver Dance sweeper in the past, the cleric role suits this tiny bee nicely, particularly if I’m able to get a healing berry out of the Trick.

Ability: Sweet Veil
Item: Choice Specs
Moves: Trick, Aromatherapy, Infestation, Toxic

Primarina

While the third slot on my teams is typically reserved for my mega evolution entry on the team, that won’t be the case here, as Fairy is a type littered with Special Attackers. Primarina gets a nice priority move in Aqua Jet, along with some thumping Special Attacking power with Moonblast, Energy Ball, and Hyper Voice. Petaya Berry helps this along, as I chose to reserve my Z-Crystal for the next member of my team.

Ability: Liquid Voice
Item: Petaya Berry
Moves: Hyper Voice, Moonblast, Aqua Jet, Energy Ball

Sylveon

I’m going with back to back Pokemon whose ability changes the type of Normal type moves. Though Sylveon is a Special Attacker, Last Resort hits hard enough that it’ll dent pretty much anything, especially if used as Breakneck Blitz. My Fairy team doesn’t have many Ground moves at its disposal, so putting Hidden Power Ground on something makes sense. Sylveon gets it by default as I felt it’d be a straight upgrade over Dig.

Ability: Pixilate
Item: Normalium-Z
Moves: Last Resort, Hyper Beam, Shadow Ball, Hidden Power Ground

Whimsicott

The lone entry on my team to not use a Fairy type move is here to toy with other Pokemon. Worry Seed is a woefully underrated move, potentially taking away great abilities to replace them with the decidedly average Insomnia. Using Whimsicott as a Defogger is nothing new, but I like the idea of running it in tandem with Worry Seed to deal with Toxic Spike setters.

Ability: Prankster
Item: Kebia Berry
Moves: Toxic, Hurricane, Worry Seed, Defog

Mega Mawile

Oh hey. Fairy type does have a physical attacker. By the time Mega Mawile comes in, its purpose is to clean up whatever the Special Attackers can’t take out. Stockpile helps Mega Mawile’s survivability if it’s in a pinch, but the hope is that it doesn’t need to use it. Ideally, it comes in on a Steel type, hits a Power Up Punch or two then starts sweeping with Iron Head and Play Rough.

Ability: Huge Power (Intimidate prior to mega evolution)
Item: Mawilite
Moves: Power Up Punch, Iron Head, Play Rough, Stockpile

My Pokemon Gym: Dragon

Welcome to the sixth iteration of the My Pokemon Gym series. If you’re new to this series, I take a Pokemon type then build out my team of six Pokemon of that type as if I were the gym leader. Here are the rules:

  1. I can’t use legendary/mythical Pokemon
  2. I can’t reuse Pokemon I’ve used in previous gyms in this series.
  3. Forms of the same Pokémon can be reused, provided they have different typing. For example, if I used Rattata in a Normal gym team, I could use Alolan Rattata in a Dark gym team.

Want to read my other My Pokemon Gym posts? Go read the Fighting, Ice, Psychic, and Grass type posts when you’re done here. All images courtesy pokemondb.net unless otherwise stated.

Kingdra

People love running Swift Swim shenanigans with Kindgra, and if it were on my Water type team, I totally would. With that said, Rain Dance doesn’t have a strong place on my Dragon type team, leading me to have a Sniper Kingdra bent on critical hitting everything in sight. Octozooka is a particular favorite move of mine, meant to hold off any Pokemon that a Sniper-boosted Dragon Pulse or Ice Beam can’t handle. With any luck, Kingdra will take a out a couple of my opponent’s faster threats, which serves the rest of my team well.

Ability: Sniper
Item: Scope Lens
Moves: Laser Focus, Octozooka, Dragon Pulse, Ice Beam

Alolan Exeggutor

I love that Alolan Exeggutor can still learn Explosion. It makes absolutely no sense. Why would something that big and stupid looking explode? It’s amazing. Alolan Exeggutor gets on my team just by that — though I do love running a Curse/Outrage set on it, even if it is completely walled by Mimikyu.

Ability: Harvest
Item: Sitrus Berry
Moves: Curse, Recycle, Outrage, Explosion

Goodra

Okay, fine. I guess I could have done some Swift Swim shenanigans had I used a Hydration Goodra. That said, for as cool of an ability as Hydration is, it’s probably my least favorite of Goodra’s potential options. I’m going with Gooey over Sap Sipper because most people wouldn’t bring Grass types against Dragons anyway, but make no mistake — Goodra is here to stall you out. The Quick Claw is more a precaution than anything else, though I’m only attacking with Flamethrower anyway. If I could get away with running four non-attacking moves, I’d drop Flamethrower for Acid Armor, but then I’m just Taunt/setup bait.

Ability: Gooey
Item: Quick Claw
Moves: Toxic, Protect, Rest, Flamethrower

Kommo-o

One of the final additions to my team gets the spot because of how much I like its weird moveset. Did you know Kommo-o gets Stealth Rock, Bide, and Belly Drum? What in the world is that combination? As a Gen VII representative on my team, I feel like giving Kommo-o a Z-crystal is fitting, even if it is coming off of Dragon Claw rather than Outrage.

Ability: Soundproof
Item: Dragonium-Z
Moves: Belly Drum, Dragon Claw, Poison Jab, Earthquake

Dragonite

I always found it weird that Lance’s Dragonites in the original game focused so much on using Hyper Beam. Yeah, it was the most powerful move in the game, and yes, Dragon moves got the short end of the stick in Gen I. But considering the physical punch Dragonite can pack, it’s weird to me. I’ve chosen to make good on this by making my Dragonite a beastly physical attacker, but also to pay homage to the ridiculous damage Hyper Beam deal out by putting some massive variation in my attack types.

Ability: Multiscale
Item: Kebia Berry
Moves: Superpower, Rock Slide, Iron Tail, Aqua Jet

Mega Altaria

Mega Altaria is typically a stupid-fun mixed attacker, but I quite like running the physical variant that boosts its own stats a lot. Considering I’ve got plenty of Pokemon on the team to deal with my team’s inherent Dragon weakness, I figured Mega Altaria could be a late game cleaner, particularly one that aims to take out anything that isn’t a physical wall.

Ability: Pixiliate (Cloud Nine prior to mega evolution)
Item: Altarianite
Moves: Dragon Dance, Earthquake, Return, Cotton Guard

My Pokemon Gym: Grass

I guess this is a thing now. And by that, I mean I’ve already done three Pokemon types in this format — why not do all of them over time? In all seriousness, I love the adventure that is theorycrafting. It’s something I’ve done for a while on other games, but I’ve kept that madness to spreadsheets in my Google Docs, safe from the sight of others. There’s not a ton of people that want to read about theorycrafting for Fire Emblem or Brave Frontier anyway. But oddly enough, Pokemon theorycrafting gets a lot of clicks and interaction. So why not keep trying? As I’ve done on previous Pokemon team/gym style posts, I’ll be sharing the six Pokemon on my team, along with their held items and moves. I’ll also be giving a little additional background into why I’ve chosen each of these Pokemon. I won’t be using legendary Pokemon on my team, as has been the case in previous posts. Additionally, I’m not going to use Pokemon I’ve used in previous team posts on this list. As we get deeper into the type list, this could prove more challenging11I’m going to be saving Normal and Flying for the end for a reason.. That said, I also tried to mirror this team to how I play Grass types in games. Want to read my other My Pokemon Gym posts? Go read the Fighting, Ice, and Psychic type posts when you’re done here. Thanks to Stephanie for suggesting that Grass should be the next type in this series.

Decidueye

Grass is one of the few Pokemon types where I actually have multiple Pokemon I’d use as my lead. I’ve opted to make my other typical choice the anchor to this team (as it’s the closest thing I could think of to being my signature Grass Pokemon12There is a second Grass Pokemon that I’d say fills that role too, but I’m saving it for a later team thanks to its other type.). I quite enjoy that Decidueye gets access to a ton of tempo-changing moves such as Tailwind and U-Turn, making it a surprisingly good lead. The only problem I have with it is the lack of a good item to put on it, so if you have better ideas than Spell Tag for this type of role, I’d love to hear them.

Ability: Long Reach
Item: Spell Tag
Moves: U-Turn, Shadow Sneak, Sucker Punch, Tailwind

Tangrowth

Tangrowth: stalling out teams since 2006. In all seriousness though, I love how Tangrowth is such a verstile bulky Pokemon. There’s a ton you can do with it, ranging from being a wall to a physical attacker, to a special attacker, to a mixed attacker. I’ve tried to reflect that in the moveset below. It’s probably not the best set you could have on Tangrowth, but it is the one that epitomizes what Tangrowth is to me.

Ability: Leaf Guard
Item: Assault Vest
Moves: Ingrain, Knock Off, Ancient Power, Giga Drain

Mega Abomasnow

I really don’t like most mega Grass types. I mean, they’re fine, but they’re not what I prefer to use in battle. Kind of like Grass types in general. That said, there are some objectively good Mega Grass types, of which Abomasnow is one of them. Having Mega Abomasnow on the team allows me to pay homage to my favorite type — Ice — while allowing me to have some coverage against a few worrisome types. The beauty to Mega Abomasnow is that it doesn’t care about Speed. You will always outspeed it. It’s here to hit things hard, no matter how that needs to happen.

Ability: Snow Warning
Item: Abomasite
Moves: Earthquake, Wood Hammer, Ice Beam, Iron Tail

Vileplume

I’m very pro-Oddish and wanted to make sure the Oddish line was represented on my team. While a lot of people like Bellossom, I prefer Gloom’s other end stage as the end evolution of this line. Though this team is surprisingly filled with physical attackers and tanks, Vileplume serves as my coverage special attacker. There’s not a ton of coverage against Fire types on this team, and Vileplume continues that trend. If nothing else, it should be able to take out most anything else that it comes across.

Ability: Effect Spore
Item: Leftovers
Moves: Moonblast, Venoshock, Petal Dance, Toxic

Tsareena

Gen VII has some really good Grass type Pokemon…is a sentence I never thought I’d say about any Pokemon generation. That said, nearly all of my cuts from this team came from Gen VII, including Lurantis, Dhelmise, and Shiinotic. That doesn’t even take into consideration Kartana, which is pseudo-legendary. Tsareena is best known for its signature move, Trop Kick13Not to mention being the most likely candidate in Pokemon for Rule 34 this side of Gardevoir., but it’s also a shockingly bulky Pokemon. The goal here is for Tsareena to serve two purposes — to be the Sunny Day setter for my anchor Pokemon, as well as to hopefully take something down with it.

Ability: Queenly Majesty
Item: Muscle Band
Moves: Sunny Day, Trop Kick, Low Sweep, Play Rough

Leavanny

Instead of using one of my favorite scout Pokemon as a lead, I’ve decided to use Leavanny as my cleanup ‘mon. Leavanny is here for all the critical hits ever, driven in part by its Chlorophyll ability. Yes, this is a double-edged sword against Fire types. But it’s worth the boosted speed. The lone downside to this is that I’m choosing to carry Sunny Day as a just-in-case move. While I’d love to get Sunny Day from anyone earlier in this list, Grass type are generally not known for their speed. Using Mega Sceptile over Mega Abomasnow just to set up Sunny Day seemed like a waste, so I put it on one of my bulky team members, kept it on Leavanny as a fail safe, and decided to leave Fell Stinger off of Levanny’s moveset.

Ability: Chlorophyll
Item: Normalium-Z
Moves: Sunny Day, Giga Impact, Leaf Blade, Shadow Claw