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Theorycrafting Unique Type Pokemon (Part 1)

One of the more fun, yet challenging, post types I’ve written for this blog are my Pokemon theorycrafting posts. I’ve done a pair of them now, wherein I (along with some help) took some unused type combinations and used them to create new concept Pokemon. It’s an exercise that requires more thought than I’m willing to admit, if only because I do try to make an effort to think about the kinds of Pokemon I’d want to see in a game, how they’d balance, and what fits the world of a game I’ve been playing off and on since I was 12.

One of my fellow Pokemon bloggers, Lola from That Little Lola, presented me with an idea that we decided to turn into a collaboration. In the Pokemon games, there are currently — as of May 11th, 2020 — 54 Pokemon evolution lines or individual Pokemon that have unique typing combinations. An example of this would be Empoleon. Empoleon has a typing of Water/Steel, making it the only Pokemon with that typing. Similarly, there are two Water/Ghost Pokemon, however they are both within the Frillish evolution line. Both of these situations are considered to be unique type Pokemon for our lists.

Lola and I have divided these 54 Pokemon between us. From there, we’ll both be doing our list in two parts. You can check out the posts at the links below.

Lola’s posts – Part 1 | Part 2
My posts – Part 1 | Part 2

For my list, I’m limiting myself to no more than two regional variations per list. I think there were some missed opportunities in the regional variations, but I don’t want to do a whole list based off of them. Similiarly, I’m also limiting myself to no more than two evolutionary line additions/splits per post.

1. Poison/Flying

What’s the current Pokemon with this type? The Zubat line is the only Poison/Flying line in existence at this time.

Our new Pokemon is? Altaria might be the closest thing we currently have to a cloud Pokemon…until now. And no, the genies clearly don’t count. Anyway, the cloud Pokemon, Cirrus, and its evolution, Nimblust, are based on clouds. Of acid rain. Because the weather nerd in me wanted to make haboob jokes, but then I remembered that Gligar isn’t the only Ground/Flying line. Yes, I’m bitter.

Abilities? I mean, I am basing these Pokemon off of clouds that have acid rain in them. I feel like Corrosion is the natural choice here as a primary ability. There would be no secondary ability, but the hidden ability for this line would be the Poison-type version of Aerilate.

Learn Set? Acid (Learned at level 1), Gust (1), Sonic Boom (6), Poison Gas (13), Double Team (19), Air Cutter (25), Cotton Guard (33), Whirlwind (39), Sludge Wave (43), Rain Dance (50), Venoshock (57), Tailwind (62), Celebrate (69), Hurricane (77)

2. Water/Steel

What’s the current Pokemon with this type? Empoleon

Our new Pokemon is? I don’t even care what region this is for. But why isn’t Dhelmise Water/Steel? We already got a Grass/Ghost Pokemon in the same generation as Dhelmise. There was no need for that to be its typing. So I’m writing a wrong and giving its regional variant a Water/Steel type.

Abilities? Look. You want Dhelmise to retain its Grass or Ghost roots? We’re doing that with abilities. For the primary ability, we’ll give this form of Dhelmise Sap Sipper, while making its secondary ability Dhelmise’s previous only ability, Steelworker. And to pay homage to the other form’s Ghost typing, the hidden ability for this form of Dhelmise will be an ability previously exclusive to Ghost types, Cursed Body.

Learn Set? Bubble (Learned at level 1), Rapid Spin (1), Water Gun (4), Wrap (8), Bide (12), Growth (16), Gyro Ball (20), Iron Defense (24), Pursuit (28), Whirlpool (32), Heavy Slam (36), Slam (40), Brine (44), Metal Sound (48), Anchor Shot (52), Muddy Water (56), Liquidation (60), Steel Beam (64)

3. Rock/Fighting

What’s the current Pokemon with this type? Terrakion. Yes, I forgot it existed too.

Our new Pokemon is? We need a legendary bird based on the Roc, yes? Agreed. And I know what you’re thinking — why does this have to be Rock/Fighting? Why not Rock/Flying? Because I said so. We’re calling it Ruk. Quarantine brain has sapped my creativity.

Abilities? Since we’re not making it a Flying type, clearly our primary ability is going to be Levitate. That said, I’d like to propose the hidden ability here to be Gale Wings. Ruk will be learning quite a few Flying moves with its Rock and Fighting moves, so let’s give those priority.

Learn Set? Gust (Learned at level 1), Detect (1), Rock Blast (9), Wing Attack (15), Accelrock (23), Air Cutter (29), Storm Throw (37), Rock Slide (43), Bulk Up (51), Seismic Toss (59), Hurricane (68), Defog (77), Superpower (86), Rock Wrecker (94)

4. Flying/Fairy

What’s the current Pokemon with this type? Togetic and Togekiss are the only Flying/Fairy types currently.

Our new Pokemon is? This one is 100% based on personal preference. I’m basing this off of the Baltimore oriole. They’re one of the few birds I like. And I don’t have a good name for this Pokemon. Admittedly, naming Pokemon is always my weakest part of these posts. I do it, but I’m not particularly good at it.

Abilities? The oriole is quite the common bird, so I’m thinking we’ll need some fairly common abilities here. Keen Eye and Early Bird make the most sense for main abilities for what is essentially a Spearow clone. As for the hidden ability, I think Anger Point is the best choice here, mostly because I want angry tiny birbo. Oh — and that Anger Point ability might be useful.

Learn Set? Peck (Learned at level 1), Baby Doll Eyes (1), Sing (5), Screech (9), Rapid Spin (12), Misty Terrain (17), Mirror Move (22), Moonlight (27), Pluck (32), Cosmic Power (37), Roost (41), Acrobatics (46), Power Trip (51), Play Rough (56), Brave Bird (63)

5. Fighting/Ghost

What’s the current Pokemon with this type? Marshadow

Our new Pokemon is? Since Lola gave Farfetch’d a baby form in her post called Nearfetch’d, the only logical step was for me to make mine an evolution of Farfetch’d. We’ll call it Hoennian Farfetch’d and its evolution Whereveryouarfetch’d. 7.8/10, too much water.

Abilities? Female Whereveryouarfetch’d get the Ice Type equivalent of the ability Lightning Rod, drawing in Ice moves and boosting Special Attack. Meanwhile, the Male version would get the Ghost type equivalent of the Torrent ability. These abilities would have a titanic impact on the meta.

Learn Set? Peck (Learned at level 1), Sand Attack (1), Astonish (1), Leer (1), Triple Kick (15), Roar (20), Wing Attack (25), Shadow Punch (30), Curse (35), Brick Break (40), Swords Dance (45), Shadow Claw (50), Phantom Force (55), Final Gambit (60), Brave Bird (65), Meteor Assault (70), Explosion (75)

6. Grass/Ice

What’s the current Pokemon with this type? Snover and Abomasnow

Our new Pokemon is? We’ve already got an ice cream-like Pokemon in the Vanillite line, but we don’t have a popsicle Pokemon. The wooden stick inside gives it magical grass powers. Wood powers? Idk. Its name will be Poppy. Because that’s both a play on popsicle and a type of flower.

Abilities? The obvious choice here is Ice Body because…um. It’s a popsicle. That said, allow me to posit an unexpected hidden ability: Healer. The number of times I’ve heard teachers talk about giving popsicles to kids who fall and smack their mouths on the playground leads me to believe this might be the correct hidden ability here.

Learn Set? Absorb (Learned at level 1), Harden (1), Ice Shard (5), Leech Seed (9), Floral Healing (12), Haze (17), Soak (22), Giga Drain (26), Icicle Crash (30), Iron Defense (34), Leaf Blade (38), Hail (43), Memento (47), Wood Hammer (55), Blizzard (62)

7. Normal/Water

What’s the current Pokemon with this type? Bibarel. That’s it. Seriously, Bidoof is just Normal type.

Our new Pokemon is? Flooda. I don’t care if you pronounce it Flood-a or Flu-da. It’s a sentient glass of water.

Abilities? The only ability is Hydration. This is because there’s not a Quench ability.

Learn Set? Splash (Learned at level 1), Soak (9), Bubble (19), Life Dew (29), Refresh (39), Quick Attack (49), Recycle (59), Scald (69), Muddy Water (79), Milk Drink (89), Water Spout (99)

8. Water/Grass

What’s the current Pokemon with this type? The Lotad line.

Our new Pokemon is? In researching for this post, I came to realize there’s not a Pokemon based on moss or lichen. The scientific name for moss is Bryophyta, which is a kickass Pokemon name for a plant. I’d change it to Brophyta, but that just sounds like Bro-Fighta. And we’re Water/Grass, not Fighter/Fighter.

Abilities? It’s moss, so I feel like one of the abilities pretty much has to be Grassy Surge by default. And considering how much moss loves water, I’d think Storm Drain is a good secondary ability. As for a hidden ability, I’m kind of partial to Effect Spore, if only because of how much I love the Paras line, as well as the fact that moss and mushrooms tend to grow in similar places.

Learn Set? Absorb (Learned at level 1), Withdraw (1), Leech Seed (8), Camoflauge (13), Acid (19), Mega Drain (26), Bubblebeam (33), Ingrain (40), Spore (46), Muddy Water (51), Pain Split (58), Earth Power (62), Seed Flare (71)

9. Bug/Fairy

What’s the current Pokemon with this type? The Cutiefly line.

Our new Pokemon is? You’d think this would be where I’m using one of my regional variants — Bug/Fairy practically screams for the Butterfree line to be used — but no. Instead, we get a new Pokemon, this one based off of the praying mantis. And since it’s such a hardcore Pokemon, we clearly name it Manticore a– what? That’s already a thing? And it looks like a lion? Fine. Name it yourself then.

Abilities? Considering the female praying mantis’ habit of biting off the heads of their mates after copulation, a natural pair of abilities here seem to be Berserk and Hyper Cutter. The moveset will further play into the potential mixed attacker mold that these abilities put our Pokemon into. As for a hidden ability, that Fire type weakness is looking awful scary right now — that is, unless you have our Pokemon’s hidden ability, Heatproof.

Learn Set? Tackle (Learned at level 1), String Shot (1), Sand Attack (7), Bug Bite (12), Screech (16), Pin Missile (21), Draining Kiss (25), Silver Wind (31), Endure (37), Fell Stinger (42), Flail (47), Moonblast (53), X-Scissor (58), Play Rough (64), Fissure (72)

10. Poison/Ground

What’s the current Pokemon with this type? Here’s where we’re going with a technicality. Nidoking and Nidoqueen are the only Poison/Ground types in the game. That said, since the reason they’re two different evolution lines is because of limitations that were in the original generation of Pokemon, we’re counting this as only one line having the typing.

Our new Pokemon is? Considering its early access to Poison Sting, I was always a bit confused how Sandslash didn’t get a Poison type evolution. So now we get it — Sandsludge.

Abilities? Sandslash’s two abilities are Sand Veil (primary) and Sand Rush (hidden). We won’t be changing those. But we will be adding a secondary ability, Poison Point. Not only is this a nod to the Nidoran lines, it makes sense considering Sandslash’s spikes.

Learn Set? Scratch (Learned at level 1), Defense Curl (1), Sand Attack (3), Poison Sting (5), Rollout (7), Rapid Spin (9), Fury Cutter (11), Magnitude (14), Swift (20), Fury Swipes (24), Slash (28), Acid Armor (30), Dig (33), Poison Tail (35), Gyro Ball (38), Swords Dance (43), Poison Jab (48), Sandstorm (53), Gunk Shot (58), Earthquake (64), Crush Claw (on evolution to Sandslash), Fell Stinger (on evolution to Sandsludge)

11. Rock/Dark

What’s the current Pokemon with this type? Tyrannitar. Why isn’t Ttar Rock/Ground like its pre-evolutions, you ask? We have to show off that fancy new Dark type in Gen II. That’s why.

Our new Pokemon is? Fuck. I don’t know, man. An angry terracotta pot? It’s pissed that Link keeps killing all of its friends. We’ll call it Gannon to avoid copyright infringement.

Abilities? Weak Armor. That’s it.

Learn Set? Tackle (Learned at level 1), Harden (1), Sand Attack (4), Curse (8), Bite (12), Rock Blast (16), Pay Day (20), Crunch (24), Ancient Power (28), Taunt (32), Spite (36), Rock Slide (40), Assurance (44), Shell Smash (48), Spiky Shield (52), Earthquake (56)

12. Ice/Fairy

What’s the current Pokemon with this type? Alolan Ninetales is the only Pokemon with this typing.

Our new Pokemon is? I know that Galarian Darmanitan was intended to be a snowman Pokemon. But it’s horrifying. So this will be a happy snowman Pokemon. We’ll call it Snowgon.

Abilities? Snowgon is not good competitively due to trash stats. Its abilities mirror this, with its primary ability being Ball Fetch and its hidden ability being Honey Gather.

Learn Set? Splash (Learned at level 1), Hail (1), Fairy Lock (4), Ice Ball (8), Charm (12), Celebrate (16), Wonder Room (20), Rollout (24), Icicle Spear (28), Taunt (32), Zen Headbutt (36), Avalanche (40), Play Rough (44), Moonlight (48), Aurora Veil (52), Destiny Bond (56)

13. Ice/Ground

What’s the current Pokemon with this type? The Swinub line.

Our new Pokemon is? Alright. Hear me out on this one. This is our second regional variant of this post. And it’s going to be Kantonian Hawlucha. Why Kantonian? There are a ton of Ice types in the Seafoam Islands, giving this bird a place to train. And why Hawlucha? I felt like the Ice/Ground typing was a nice foil to its natural Fighting/Flying typing. And why is this bird a Ground type — you know, since birds fly? It’s going to be based on catch-as-catch-can wrestling rather than the luchador style of Hawlucha.

And since Hawlucha has a unique move, Flying Press, that’s Flying and Fighting type, we’ll give our Hawlucha variant a similar gimmick. This is the move below called Kip-Up — a physical Ice/Ground type move with 60 power that raises the user’s Speed and Defense one stage upon use.

Abilities? We’ll be keeping Hawlucha’s primary ability, Limber with this regional variant. That said, we’ll be going with another speed raising ability as its secondary ability, with this form getting the Steadfast ability. As for the hidden ability, I debated keeping Mold Breaker, but ultimately decided against it. That said, I do think a wrestling-based Pokemon would be capable of ignoring its opponent’s stat changes when making a comeback, meaning our hidden ability is Unaware.

Learn Set? Tackle (Learned at level 1), Hone Claws (1), Ice Punch (4), Rototiller (8), Sand Tomb (12), Mist (16), Encore (20), Submission (24), Dig (28), Taunt (32), Sheer Cold (36), Iron Defense (40), Kip-Up (44), Avalanche (48), Endeavor (52), Earthquake (56)

My Pokemon Gym: Ground

Welcome to the sixteenth 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, Fairy, Electric, Bug, Fire, Flying, Normal, Ghost, Dark, Rock, and Steel type posts when you’re done here. All images courtesy pokemondb.net unless otherwise stated.

Dugtrio

Arena Trap Dugtrio is well-known as being a terribly annoying trapping Pokemon — just not in the manner in which I have typically used it. I’ve always liked using Arena Trap Dugtrio to set up Stealth Rock, then slap a Memento on them. Sure, this set can’t hit most of the route 1 birds, but I really don’t need to use it for that purpose.

Ability: Arena Trap
Item: Focus Sash
Moves: Stealth Rock, Memento, Earthquake, Shadow Claw

Mudsdale

Oh hey. It’s one of the best Pokemon to come out of Gen VII. In Gen VIII, the dynamax function gives Mudsdale access to Max Quake, giving it a Special Defense boosting move to go along with its amazing Stamina ability. It’s really hard to kill Mudsdale once it gets boosts set up, thanks in large part to the fact that Body Press only gets stronger with Mudsdale’s Stamina boosts.

Ability: Stamina
Item: Maranga Berry
Moves: High Horsepower, Rock Slide, Rest, Body Press

Whiscash

You know what’s fun? Special Attacking Whiscash. It has a surprisingly diverse move pool. And it gets to learn one of the most gimmicky, yet hilarious moves in the game, Belch. It’s one of my favorite moves to catch people off guard with in a battle.

Ability: Oblivious
Item: Sitrus Berry
Moves: Muddy Water, Belch, Ice Beam, Future Sight

Krookodile

In other posts, I’ve talked about how much I love flinching movesets on Pokemon. And dear lord does Krookodile ever get a good one. In addition to getting access to the multi-hit move Beat Up, its moveset also has the flinching moves Rock Slide, Thunder Fang, and Fire Fang. I really like running an alternate Anger Point moveset that runs Power Trip, but King’s Rock sets are MUCH more annoying to face. As a gym leader, that seems fun to have.

Ability: Anger Point
Item: King’s Rock
Moves: Beat Up, Rock Slide, Thunder Fang, Fire Fang

Sandaconda

Sandaconda is one of my favorite Pokemon to come out of Sword and Shield, but it doesn’t have a distinct role on this team. I quite like a Coil-setup Pokemon, as well as the flinch chance of Iron Head. That said, the intent is for it to serve somewhat as a backup dynamax Pokemon on this team, even if it’s not running a standard Sandaconda moveset.

Ability: Shed Skin
Item: Lum Berry
Moves: Coil, Skull Bash, Poison Tail, Iron Head

Quagsire

LOOK AT THAT FACE! LOOK AT IT!

Ability: Unaware
Item: Rindo Berry
Moves: Ice Punch, Rest, Liquidation, Sleep Talk


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My Pokemon Gym: Steel

Welcome to the fifteenth 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, Fairy, Electric, Bug, Fire, Flying, Normal, Ghost, Dark, and Rock type posts when you’re done here. All images courtesy pokemondb.net unless otherwise stated.

Magnezone

For as much as I like the Magnemite line, I genuinely never know how to use it properly in competitive play. It’s a bulky special attacker in my mind, even though everyone plays it as an anti-Steel Pokemon. As much as I know what the right way to play Magnezone should be thanks to the existence of the internet, I just roll with it the same way I have for generations now — Tri Attack, otherwise Rain Dance then spam Thunder.

Ability: Magnet Pull
Item: Shuca Berry
Moves: Rain Dance, Thunder, Tri Attack, Flash Cannon

Skarmory

The Skarmory/Blissey defensive core was downright terrifying in earlier generations if you didn’t know how to handle for it. And while Blissey is one of my least favorite Pokemon ever, I have a soft spot in my heart for Skarmory. So much so that I’m still just a little annoyed that instead of getting an evolution for Skarmory in Sword/Shield, we got Corviknight. Which, yeah, good Pokemon. But Skarmory deserved better.

Skarmory is on this team to be bulky and to try to flinch opponents. That means Roost, Rock Slide, and Iron Head were guaranteed spots in the build. The last spot came down to Aerial Ace or Toxic. I decided on the former just in case there were ever a situation where I needed a guaranteed hit.

Ability: Sturdy
Item: Leftovers
Moves: Roost, Rock Slide, Aerial Ace, Iron Head

Scizor

One of the unfortunate things about the Steel typing is that it has two Pokemon that I love using Mega Evolutions for1The more I play Shield, the less I like the Dynamax concept. — Scizor and Metagross. In deciding which of the two to have as a mega on this team, I thought about my history with using each of them. And while I’ve used both in their mega forms on my teams before, only Scizor managed to stay useful to me in its base form. This is thanks in large part to its Technician ability, as well as an array of moves that get a boost from it, such as Bullet Punch, Vacuum Wave, Aerial Ace, Thief, and Bug Bite. This set lacks recovery, but that could easily be fixed by dropping Aerial Ace for Roost.

Ability: Technician
Item: Metronome
Moves: Swords Dance, Bullet Punch, Bug Bite, Aerial Ace

Mega Metagross

On the list of non-legendary Pokemon abilities, Tough Claws has to be near the top of the list in terms of most overpowered, right? It powers up ANY move that makes contact. That includes things like Grass Knot. Yes, Grass Knot is powered up by Tough Claws, despite being a special move. Anyway, Mega Metagross is OP, please nerf.

Ability: Tough Claws (Light Metal before Mega Evolution)
Item: Metagrossite
Moves: Meteor Mash, Zen Headbutt, Ice Punch, Grass Knot

Alolan Sandslash

As much as I love the concept of the Ice/Steel typing, even I’m willing to admit it’s not a particularly practical nor useful type. When you have a 4x weakness to both Fire and Fighting — two of the best offensive typings in the game — you’re gonna have a bad time. That said, I just really like Alolan Sandslash. It’s not going to live long. I know that. But if it’s able to switch in on something it can set up on with Curse, it becomes hilariously hard to stop thanks to Gyro Ball.

Ability: Snow Cloak
Item: Focus Sash
Moves: Curse, Flail, Poison Jab, Gyro Ball

Empoleon

Can we take a moment to talk about how so many of the starter Pokemon have terrible hidden abilities for what they’re used for? Empoleon is an example of this. Instead of getting an ability that benfits its excellent defensive typing, its bulk, or its special attack, it gets…Defiant? Defiant works well on a Pokemon with good attack. But unless you’re dead set on making your Emploeon a mixed attacker, there’s not much point. I decided to use it because why not. But what the hell?

Ability: Defiant
Item: Petaya Berry
Moves: Surf, Power Trip, Steel Wing, Double Team

The Best Shiny Pokemon by Color

Shiny Pokemon: the reason everyone still taps on trash Pokemon in Pokemon Go even though they’re getting bored with the game itself.

All kidding aside1I’m not kidding., ever since shiny variants of Pokemon were introduced in Generation II, they have captured the attention of the Pokemon fan base. For those not familiar with the concept, shiny Pokemon are Pokemon that have a color variation different from the main color scheme for that Pokemon. For example, here we have the regular version of Gyarados (all images courtesy pokemondb.net)

And here we have shiny Gyarados.

Got the concept? Good.

I got into a discussion with Lola from the blog That Little Lola regarding some of our favorite shiny Pokemon. I’ve wanted to do a post about shinies for quite some time now, but ultimately didn’t land on the right topic until after that conversation. What follows in this post is my thoughts on the best shiny variant for each color that’s part of this list. Here are the rules.

  • What color a Pokemon is listed under below is dictated by the primary color of its shiny variant. Gyarados would fall under red rather than blue for this reason.
  • Mega evolutions, forms, and regional variants are all considered for this post.
  • I’ve chosen to limit myself to a maximum of three honorable mentions for each color.

Got it? Good. I’m also doing a blog post with the Pokemon I think have the worst shinies by each color as a Patreon reward2By the time this post comes out, the Patreon post will have already gone live., so if you’re interested in seeing that list too, go support me on Patreon.

Red – Dhelmise

We begin with arguably the hardest color on this list to cut down the honorable mentions for. While there aren’t a ton of good red shinies in earlier generations, we more than make up for that from Generation V onward. Even Hoenn gave us Solrock’s criminally underrated shiny form. That said, one of my favorite Pokemon designs, Dhelmise, also gives us my favorite primarily red shiny. I really like how the red seaweed accents the rusted anchor, making for one of the better color contrasts of all shiny Pokemon.

Honorable mentions: Solrock, Clawitzer, Yveltal

Orange – Shellder

While orange has the shortest list of honorable mentions on this list3The day before publishing this post, I realized I completely skipped Gen III when making my orange list, meaning I’d forgot about the amazing shinies belonging to both Seedot and Linoone. Only one makes the list, but I’m adding this note instead of changing the paragraph because of how much it annoyed me that I did that., it does have my single favorite shiny in all of Pokemon, Shellder. Shellder’s orange sprite is so much better than its normal purple coloration that I wish this was the regular form. Of course, if Shellder had a purple shiny, it would make so much more sense for Cloyster to have the weird blue shiny it has. As a side note, orange also features the only Gen VIII appearance on this list. Most of the Sword/Shield shinies are pretty lackluster, but Cramorant’s is nice.

Honorable mentions: Chandelure, Cramorant, Seedot

Yellow/Gold – Drifloon

I combined yellow and gold in part because it was hard for me to draw the line on certain color distinctions — as you’ll see when we get further down the list. Either way, Drifloon was the easy winner from this group, with both it and its evolution having awesome yellow shiny forms. Lucario’s shiny is a bit underrated, though I’m sure that’s driven by the fact that Mega Lucario is just so ugly.

Honorable mentions: Azumarill, Lucario

Green – Taillow

I adore lime green. I really do. I cut four lime green shinies from the honorable mentions section of this color. Not picking Scizor or Beedrill here hurt a little. But of all the green shinies in existence, my favorite is Taillow. The adorable tiny bird has a shade of green that doesn’t show up in many shiny Pokemon. Though PokemonDB’s sprite doesn’t show it off well, trust me. It’s awesome.

Honorable mentions: Beedrill, Espeon, Scizor

Blue – Simipour

This might be the first time Simipour has ever been at the top of a positive Pokemon list. That said, I quite prefer Simipour’s shiny to its regular coloration. Hell, that’s the case with all of the Pokemon in this color’s section of the post, though I think Simipour’s is the biggest improvement over its regular sprite. Of course, the less said about the downfall of the Gible line’s shinies as you get further along the evolutionary chain, the better.

Honorable mentions: Shuckle, Gible, Xurkitree

Purple – Pupitar

Speaking of Pokemon evolutionary chains that have one good shiny amid a sea of not good shinies, I give you Pupitar. Larvitar’s shiny is fine. Tyrannitar’s is underwhelming. But the purple shiny on Pupitar jumps off the screen. It’s striking in a good way. You’ll notice that Murkrow makes my honorable mentions, as I went through quite the mental debate whether or not to classify it as purple (a color it didn’t win) or pink (a color it would have won). To me, it looks more purple than pink, so I chose to put it here. That said, I’m also bad at color theory.

Honorable mentions: Murkrow, Tentacool, Rogenrolla

Pink – Dragonair

Good lord, that’s a good shiny. The pink and the white work really well together. The gold accents are amazing. It’s just beautifully done. Despite pink being a middling color to me outside of the world of Pokemon, there are a TON of good pink shinies in the games, particularly from early generations. I can’t wait for Furret to be allowed in Sword/Shield for shiny Furret sweeping shenanigans.

Honorable mentions: Furret, Mega Mawile, Crobat

Brown – Cacturne

There’s not a ton of brown shiny Pokemon in general. But of the ones that do exist, it really came down to Cacturne and Kantonian Sandslash for this spot. If I’m being honest, a small reason why Cacturne got the nod here is because what makes Sandslash’s shiny so cool is the red spikes and their contrast against the brown, not the brown itself. Cacturne wins out here as a result, but this was the closest choice of any on this list.

Honorable mentions: Sandslash (Kantonian Form), Liepard, Lopunny

Black – Umbreon

Black shinies just look cool. That’s all there is to it. But of all the black shinies in existence, the one that’s my favorite is one of the ones with the most subtle changes from its base coloration, Umbreon. Going from the yellow to the blue accents against the black is just a great touch. It’s not as drastic of a change as Mega Gardevoir or Oricorio Balie go through, but it’s extremely effective.

Honorable mentions: Mega Gardevoir, Palossand, Oricorio (Baile Form)

White – Victini

Like black shiny forms, white shiny Pokemon often also follow the Rule of Cool when it comes to their coloration. That said, white shinies are much harder to come by, which I have to assume is because it’s really hard to color them if you’re a child4You may think I’m kidding, but this is intended to be a child’s game after all. You have to take your target audience into consideration.. That said, of all the white shinies in existence, it’s really Victini and then everything else. It’s too bad getting a Victini is literally impossible now — not that Game Freak intentionally has it that way or anything.

Honorable mentions: Eevee, Litten, Pelipper

Silver/Gray – Fennekin

Hahahahahahahaha. It’s a silver fox. Get it?

Honorable mentions: Metagross, Ferroseed, Vikavolt

My Pokemon Gym: Rock

Welcome to the fourteenth 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, Fairy, Electric, Bug, Fire, Flying, Normal, Ghost, and Dark type posts when you’re done here. All images courtesy pokemondb.net unless otherwise stated.

Kabutops

Alright. I’m going to level with you. I really don’t like the Rock type. You want to know how many Rock Pokemon made their way onto other lists in this series? Three. That’d be Magcargo (Fire), Shuckle (Bug), and Alolan Golem (Electric). You might recognize those as two other types I really don’t like, plus Bug. So this list is extremely Gen I heavy, especially compared to other lists. In fact, there were only three Pokemon I had on this entire list initially, two of which came from Gen I.

With that said, Kabutops is one of my favorite Pokemon designs, full stop. It’s the Grim Reaper as a dinosaur. I don’t care that it’s terrible and that Omastar is objectively better. Kabutops is a sure-fire member of this team. Unfortunately, since Rock has a notorious weakness to Water, we won’t be having any Swift Swim shenanigans here. Instead, our goal is to set up Stealth Rock and to force some switches. Kabutops has some speed for it, particularly in comparison to the rest of this team. That said, most of the heavy lifting will be handled by the rest of the team.

Ability: Battle Armor
Item: Focus Sash
Moves: Stealth Rock, Aqua Tail, Night Slash, X-Scissor

Omastar

Speaking of Lord Helix, it was the second of three Pokemon I immediately knew belonged on this team. Though my active love for it didn’t come until after Twitch Plays Pokemon, I still found the fossil choice in Mt. Moon in Gen I to be one of the most annoying choices you had to make in the entire game, save for the one Eeveelution limit1I didn’t have friends to trade with.. It’s always bothered me that what was effectively Omastar’s signature move, Spike Cannon, was both non-STAB as well as used Omastar’s meager Attack stat rather than its Special Attack. Fortunately, Omastar gets a bunch of other moves that make it annoying to deal with via status conditions…plus a move that requires transferring from Gen I that is always hilarious to catch people off guard with.

Ability: Shell Armor
Item: Choice Scarf
Moves: Scald, Horn Drill, Icy Wind, Water Pulse

Aurorus

Aside from the anchor Pokemon on this team, everything from here on out was more of an “I guess” pick than an actual love pick. Aurorus has two of my favorite abilities in the game in Refrigerate and Snow Warning. Considering how these two abilities help set up what I love doing for my typical Ice-focused teams, it’s pretty great. That said, this is my Rock type team. And Aurorus is…let’s go with lacking…in good Rock moves. Hell, it just has a weird movepool in general, getting access to Dream Eater, but nothing with which to put opponents to sleep, as well nearly as many damage-dealing Electric moves than Rock moves2Electric has Discharge, Charge Beam, Thunder, and Thunderbolt. Rock has Rock Throw, Stone Edge, Ancient Power, Rock Tomb, and Rock Slide.. In light of this, we’re going to give Aurorus a moveset that makes just as little sense.

Ability: Snow Warning
Item: Lum Berry
Moves: Swagger, Psych Up, Iron Head, Earthquake

Rhydon

Whoever at Game Freak that did Rhydon dirty by giving it Rhyperior as its evolution clearly had something against Giovanni’s signature Pokemon. Which is a shame, because I really liked it in Gen I. Granted, not as much as I liked using Nidoqueen or Dugtrio. But I liked it. Sure, it’s glacially slow, but it hits like a truck. Plus Eviolite helps it a little. Look, I’m stretching here.

Ability: Rock Head
Item: Eviolite
Moves: Take Down, Fire Punch, Thunder Punch, Megahorn

Solrock

Another one? Fuck. Um. It’s a sun. And. Um. It knows moves. And. It can be released from a Poke Ball before battle?

Ability: Levitate
Item: Normal Gem
Moves: Explosion

Sudowoodo

Oh. Thank god. Finally a Pokemon I like again. Unlike Rhydon, Sudowoodo actually has a moveset that puts Rock Head to good use. But that’s not what I to talk about here. Did you know that Sudowoodo can learn Calm Mind? That’s right. The Pokemon with 30 base Special Attack. THIRTY! It can learn Calm Mind. I get that it’s for the Special Defense more than Special Attack. But why not give it Cosmic Power then? I’m throwing that on the set just because of how absurd it is.

Ability: Rock Head
Item: Apicot Berry
Moves: Calm Mind, Wood Hammer, Head Smash, Rest