Comic 801 - Happy 20th anniversary, Pokemon!

27th Feb 2016, 4:10 PM in Special
Happy 20th anniversary, Pokemon!
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Jocelyn 27th Feb 2016, 4:10 PM edit delete
Jocelyn
On a lighter note, and more than a little off-topic...
Happy 20th anniversary, Pokemon! :D

I guess I didn't have to draw anything, but Pokemon has given me god knows how many hours of joy and entertainment throughout the years. I've even made friends and connections through it. I play a lot of video games, but this has been one of my go-tos for more than half my life and I never tire of it. I can always go back to pretty much any game in the main series.

In celebration of that, I decided to draw my personal top ten favorites of the 700+ existing creatures. From left to right:
Dragonite, Absol, Lilligant, Milotic, Glaceon, Sylveon, Gothorita, Koffing, Gourgeist, and Gardevoir

Milotic is my absolute favorite though. ^_^

I could probably ramble on for hours as to why I love these specific Pokemon, and listing the couple dozen others I painstakingly left out of this piece for time constraints, but probably no one cares (I guess you can ask if you do care though). XD

Not much else to say except that I'm excited for Pokemon Sun and Moon, and everything that comes afterward.

But what about you folks? What are some of your favorite Pokemon, or games, or types, or whatever?
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lillykristal 27th Feb 2016, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
I love Lilligant shes my fav, I usually bring her to all the new games I get. Whimsacot is a close second, but hey her and Lilligant are practically sisters. Grass and fairy are likely my top types and make the backbone of my competitive teams . Sun and moon looks mega interesting to I'm so excited! I loved your fanart of Milotic so much I made an all "trans*" team (it mostly was just the trans colors so Sylveon is an obvious choice). :)
AmbiguousMouse 27th Feb 2016, 6:35 PM edit delete reply
I'm probably alone on this, but Johto always held a place in my heart for "best-designed Pokemon," with Hoenn in a close second. So games portraying those regions were my favorite, even if HG/SS has an unusually (and therefore annoyingly) slow XP curve.

I openly admit that unless I'm nuzlocking, I almost always use Action Replay for exactly one cheat: a (relatively small) XP multiplier. I don't want to blast over the heads of my enemies or anything, which is why I keep it small, but I *hate* grinding with a passion. As a rule, if no new Pokemon have been added to my team recently, I want to be ready or almost ready to tackle a Gym as soon as it's opened to me.

Again, unless I'm nuzlocking, in which case grinding, while still tedious, at least represents a resource burn, especially if I'm using my typical nuzlocking variant... Which you might find especially terrible if you aren't already digusted with me for the mere act of nuzlocking. See, I put a twist on the "no Pokemon Center" nuzlocke variant, in that rather than simply not allowing Pokemon Centers, I may use them to restore move PP, only after I've used items to restore my Pokemons' HP and statuses. Doesn't give me quite the "oh gods start running and never stop" vibe that entirely banning Pokemon Centers would, but does prevent me from chilling and grinding too long since wild Pokemon battles don't give money, and I can roleplay it in my head as the Pokemon Center's revolutionary "instant healing for free" tech simply not existing, with the corollary that my trainer either has to be a medic themselves or that the typical pre-Center item expenditure represents hospital bills.

As for my favorite Pokemon, well, I definitely agree with you on Absol being in the top 10. My favorite "types" only tend to hold on a region-by-region basis. Like, in Kanto and Johto I really like the Ground-types, in Johto, I really love the Water-type designs, but then you get to Hoenn and the Dragon-type pulls ahead of both in terms of interesting design. And Steel is a favorite in the second and third Gens too. Dragons stay epic in Sinnoh thanks to the legendaries and Garchomp, but Steel sort of peters off for, of all things, Normal-type. (Seriously! With an exception for Lickilicky, who was just an epic fail in design im general, most of the Gen IV Normal-types actually have really neat designs and concepts!) Dark and Ghost kick unbelievable arse in Gen V, and frankly I haven't taken the time to really develop my Gen VI design appreciation so I'll get back to you on that.

Favorite individual Pokemon might actually be Donphan or Latias, honestly, but I'm so biased there, it's painful; both of those Pokemon have played substantial roles in the stories I've made for myself while playing the Pokemon games. Still, I'm going with them.

On an entirely different note, with the release of OR/AS and with the usage of a technicality since the Johto games allow you to explore Kanto, we can actually go through every region with Pokemon not suffering from all moves being physical or special based solely on elemental type. I think that's worth something.
kyuubi no kitsune-hime 27th Feb 2016, 6:55 PM edit delete reply
You put two of my favorites front and center. I absolutely adore Glaceon and Sylveon. Milotic is amazing too. There are none here I that I don't like at any rate. This is great Jocelyn! My only gripe, you should have added a flyer and either Ninetales, Zoroark, or both. Dem foxes need some love.

Personally my favorites are Eevee and all of the Eeveelutions, but especially Glaceon, Sylveon, Espeon, and Umbreon. Up with them are Milotic, Ninetales, Vulpix, Zoroark, Zorua, Mew, Celebi, Meloetta, and way too many more to mention off hand. Especially amongst all the fantastic starters. I do have to give a shout out for Zekerom and Reshiram, especially Resihram. Hands down the best legendary and dragon type Pokemon in my mind. Also a final note, Mewtwo, I love Mewtwo, it might seem evil, but really has a heart of gold.
kyuubi no kitsune-hime 27th Feb 2016, 7:04 PM edit delete reply
I do have one complaint, your Dragonite looks too angry. I always see Dragonite as happy-go-lucky cheerful.

Anyways what are some of the ones you left out?
Nobody Special 27th Feb 2016, 9:19 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn you forgot to say you wanted to be the very best like noone ever was to catch them is your real test and to train them is your cause how could you forget XP
Jacob 27th Feb 2016, 10:16 PM edit delete reply
I have not yet played all the way through a game, although I got to the elite 4 in Emerald, then I got bored of it, but my all time favorite Pokemon is Vaporeon :P I'm a sucker for the cutest ones.
Tantalus' thirst. 28th Feb 2016, 7:24 AM edit delete reply
I find your lack of Gyarados...disturbing.
Reimi 28th Feb 2016, 8:09 AM edit delete reply
Reimi
I now want to see the cast of Rain as Pokemon trainers. :P
Jocelyn 28th Feb 2016, 2:28 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@Reimi

I've actually done that before, a long time ago. :)
http://jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/art/Pokemon-and-Rain-197213318
j-eagle12212012 28th Feb 2016, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
I was 8 when Pokemon was released. It is more than just a game , it is an experience that let's you meet new friends who share a love for the game
Falicity 28th Feb 2016, 3:53 PM edit delete reply
Sylveon is my favorite also it's the colors of the trans pride flag
Lemonado Girl 28th Feb 2016, 10:56 PM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
>POKEMON

I've been hooked since I first got Pearl Version (I was deprived of Gen 3 in its prime). My favorite is still my first, the Piplup which is now an Empoleon I still have somewhere around like nine or so years later-when I first got the game, I was majorly into penguins, so that helped. As for Eevee, I love most of them. Flareon is just kinda there, as are Glaceon and Leafeon. Umbreon and Sylveon are my favorites since with the right sets, they can be dark horse walling champs-just ask Guy.

Water, however, is far and away my favorite type, simply because it brought me the penguin that took hold of me and really hasn't let go since. Milotic is cool, though-I managed to have one in a Wonderlocke of Y version to great effect. Also Swampert-Mudkip was so adorable and water typed that when I first got Emerald there was no contest.

My favorite games, though, are Gen 5. While grinding can be a massive chore due to the exp mechanics and Ghetsis is always a terrifyingly hard boss if you don't hugely overlevel, the Pokemon make Unova a great region (even if you hate the designs, Darmanitan has the highest base physical attack of any nonlegendary Fire Type and it makes use of it), and it's home to my favorite fossil Pokemon, Archeops, and my favorite Bug and Ground Types, Scolipede and Excadrill respectively. They're also far less stingy about Shiny Pokemon than Gen 6-every recent run I've done, at least one before the league.

Speaking of those, my first shiny was a Chingling in Pearl-back on my first save, long before I even knew about the Johto games and their Red Gyarados. I had no clue what it was, but caught it because it sparkled. My most recent is a Gen 5 Golduck.

My favorite thing to do, however, is Nuzlockes. I'm actually doing one in my Yellow VC copy. The crazier, the better, too, as evidenced by my talk of Wonderlockes. Did an Egglocke once as well, that was fun. I got into it from reading a comic of a Blue Nuzlocke by a fellow named Notepaddle. Search around for him on YouTube, you'll probably find one of his many animated bits.

Anyway I think I've prattled on long enough. Happy 20th Pokemon!
Devgirl Neko 29th Feb 2016, 7:36 PM edit delete reply
Devgirl Neko
Drifloon, Snivy, Piplup, Pichu, Deoxys, Porygon2, and Evee. As you can see, I prefer the cuter kinds of pokemon. And then Deoxys.
HeavensRev 1st Mar 2016, 3:05 AM edit delete reply
HeavensRev
CYNDAQUILL JHOTO ALL THE WAY!
HeavensRev 1st Mar 2016, 3:05 AM edit delete reply
HeavensRev
CYNDAQUILL JHOTO ALL THE WAY!
MoveslikeQuagger 21st Aug 2016, 6:37 AM edit delete reply
Glad to see some love for the gen V mons. Chandelure is among my top 3. Favorite will always be Quagsire though :D
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