“Strong Pokémon. Weak Pokémon. That is only the selfish perception of people. Truly skilled trainers should try to win with their favorites.”
Today we’re talking about cute fuzzy little death matches in which we have six of our monsters engage in fatal combat for our amusement. Why are we doing this? Well because we’re their masters, and they’ll do what we tell them. (If you have all 8 gym badges that is.) So what is this all about? Well friends, today I invite you to look into the eyes of fear itself. Are you afraid of generation 5? You’re not, you say? You will be.
Welcome to the monochrome generation, the events of Black and White take place an unknown amount of time after Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum as Cynthia mentions losing her Championship to the hero of the 4th generation (Lucas or Dawn). The Isshu/Unova region for the first time ever is not in Japan, the new battlefield for Gen 5 is based on downtown New York City and for a Pokemon game it is visually stunning.
There are now 649 Pokemon and counting previous games; 40 Badges, and I for one won’t be satisfied until I’ve completed the new National Dex and beaten whatever form of battle tower they throw at me. However I’m much more excited about Gen 5 PvP, which brings me to the main point of this post. The threats lurking in the shadows of Gen 5 are stronger then any previous generation.
Let’s kick things off with a classic:
The Seed Pokemon – Venusaur
Who could imagine that Venusaur would ever be listed on a threat list outside of Gen 1? Over the years he lost the power to sweep everything after a Sword Dance and without the insane power of Leech Seed from previous generations the lovable beast seemed doomed to UU tier; but now after all these years, in Generation 5 Venusaur has found his place as the master of Sunny Day teams. For the first time ever sun is arguably superior to rain, the big green monster here dominates in the sun.
Base Stats: 80 HP / 82 Atk / 83 Def / 100 SpA / 100 SpD / 80 Spe
1. His speed doubles in the sun due to his new ability chlorophyll
2. Sleep Powder lets him put down any threat
3. Free Solarbeams
4. Growth raises Attack and Special Attack by two stages each
In the past Venusaur was crippled by his poor speed stat, but now chlorophyll erases that problem and the new Growth attack makes the poison/grass monster one of the most lethal mixed sweepers in the game. He can swap in on Toxic Spikes like it’s nothing, then proceed to dominate your team with Sleep Power / Growth setups and follow that up with enough tentacle powered destruction to make a Japanese school girl blush.
Next up we have one of the most fearsome beings to ever grace (more like plague) the metagame. The Shark Dragon, Garchomp.
I mean it has GAR in it’s name, that’s pretty fricken’ intimidating. Also he’s a shark that can walk on land, not to mention the fact that he has 102 speed on land. While he’s picking your flesh out of his teeth, let’s not forget he’s also a dragon.
Base Stats: 108 HP / 130 Atk / 95 Def / 80 SpA / 85 SpD / 102 Spe
Anyway, for those of you who remember the majority of Gen 4 you should recall that Garchomp reigned over OU with an iron fist (fin?); he has the ability to Sword Dance or Dragon Dance then land endless numbers of STAB Earthquakes or Outrages into his enemies, mercilessly tearing apart almost any team. Sure, he’s got a 4x weakness to ice, but it’s no wonder his signature set is the Yache Berry set. Nothing’s really changed for this “thing” he’s just so powerful that he remains one of the biggest threats in the game. Nothing can safely say that it can take on Garchomp in the sand.
Next up we have the blob of doom: Wobbuffet.
What has changed for Wobbuffet in Generation 5 you ask? Well… Nothing. That’s the problem. He still maintains the ability to destroy almost anything in the game with little effort. One recalls hours of frustration in middle school as this blue demon made short work of almost every team that had the misfortune of facing it. We’ve been waiting for years for justice, for this sickening blob of a beast to be weakened. Knowing deep down that some day Wobbuffet would get it’s comeuppance… In those days we really believed that to be the world’s one and only truth.
The Mushroom of death; Breloom.
I’m fairly convinced that Game Freak developers were on shrooms when they invented this evil bastard whom is devoid of all remorse and honor. Those of you who remember the days of Generation 3 where this degenerate crushed anything that dared to stand against it; well despair my friends as it appears those times may have come again.
Base Stats: 60 HP / 130 Atk / 80 Def / 60 SpA / 60 SpD / 70 Spe
Access to a 100% accuracy sleep attack combined with FOCUS PUNCH allowed this bastard to slaughter just about any team that wasn’t prepared for it, but now the dreamworld has granted this grotesque being the ability Technician. Technician increases the base power of all moves which have a base power of 60 or less by 1.5×
Which basically means if he’s put up a Sword Dance then that Seed Bomb or Mach Punch just ended your life. In addition to all of this he still has access to Spore, Focus Punch, POISON HEAL, and Toxic Orb. Did I mention he’s immune to status effects and resistant to Earthquake? Oh I didn’t? Well he is.
Last but not least, gather around Pokemon trainers, and stare into the eyes of the most fearsome Pokemon in the Black & White generation. A being so terrifying that it was once said to have been spawned from Mew itself. I suggest any small children leave the room before you gaze into the abyss, as what you are about to witness is not for the faint of heart. Prepare yourself! I hope your body is ready!
Yes fellow trainers, Ditto. I AM NOT TROLLING YOU.
His eyes are cold… Devoid of mercy….
Base Stats: 48 HP / 48 Atk / 48 Def / 48 SpA / 48 SpD / 48 Spe
I’ve always had a soft spot for this cute little blob of failure, why? Because he/she/it is cool. Incredibly cool. For 4 generations spanning over a decade Ditto has failed to go noticed by the metagame community. Lackluster stats and poor mechanics left Ditto forever alone in the darkness of the NU tier; however deep in that darkness for years Ditto has trained and planned it’s vengeance. Once considered by most players as nothing more then a 2nd Unown, the elusive being has risen to the top in the monochrome generation. Ditto by the grace of Arceus has been granted the ability Eccentric; which automatically has Ditto use Transform upon switching in. Transform now completely copies enemy stats! However that’s not all! he also copies all stat boosts active at the time of the transformation. For those of you who don’t understand; it means If you swap in on the enemies sweeper; Choice scarf will allow Ditto to outspeed any Pokemon in the game. He will then proceed to unleash the fury of FIVE GENERATIONS on your team. The onslaught that follows will be one for the history books. He is the single best revenge killer in the game, no Pokemon not even the likes of Arceus or Mewtwo can stand before this beast and survive.
Additionally, here’s some backstory for the new King of Games.
You are not prepared!