Well, I just finished beating the whole game and to be honest, a lot of the pokemon you encounter are really ugly and useless, even though they might look good at first, they turnout to be obselete later on in the game. Im writing this as a kind of review / what sort of pokemon you should capture just for the sake of your Pokedex, and which you should keep throughout your journey - and this is only for the major ones you will find during the main game, not like the other 20 legendary pokemon they have in this series.
Overall, its a very fun game, some of the nicest features ive seen are in this game, the camera angles are amazing and i think anyone with a DS should buy it, except I think you should really not buy the 3DS just yet. Wait till next year when they come out with better hardware specs, more features and hopefully the next pokemon game. well, without further ad-ewwwww, lemme get down to the point of which pokemon to choose on your team.
Well, you obviously have to pick one of the 3 starters. so go ahead, pick. it really wont affect too much on your team building unless you wanna look into going into EV training and all that hardcores stuff. I picked Snivy as my starter, only cuz i heard that its the hardest one to train and beat the beginning of the game, which I prefer hard (no homo)
Well, to start out with, i suggest catching yourself a Pidove, which is like this regions version of starly, tailow and the starting birds. It evolves fairly quickly at lvl 21 and at 32 to become unfeazent, for the first 6 badges or so, youll need it but as the game progresses, you realize that its going to turn out to be one of the weakest pokemon in your party, even though it is very fast (its a bird duhh) which after the post game can always change.
Well, now you have 2 pokemon in your party, its time to listen crefully, catch yourself a lillipup and use it to get through till about the first 4 to 5 badges. its fairly useless, but you wont find a lot of good pokemon in the start and you need it for cut and all the other HM moves. At around lvl 20 it evolves into herdier, which got me out of some tough situations early on but i ended up abondoning it because it takes away good xp from the pokemon you should be training. This same happened with the next pokemon which you should also catch but abondon till after the game. Roggenrola, which is like the new geodude. the only good thing about this is that you can teach it HM moves and its ability sturdy gives you about 2 chances to heal your team in critical battles in the beginning. You should abondon it after the 4th gym as it also takes away XP and becomes fairly useless.
Next, around the part of the storyline of the game, you should come across the dreamyard where you can pick you starter type disadvantage monkey pokemon. (For example if you chose snivy, like I did, you would end up getting a panpour, which is the monkey water type pokemon) I got panpour, but you should get a take this pokemon because its very useful against battles with cheren because they overpower his starter, which has an advantage over your starter, just like gary oak and all your other rivals in the other games.
They are also very fast and evolve according to their type stone (water stone for panpour) I highly suggest you evolve them around lvl 22 to 25 when they learn a good move, as they grow much stronger later on, but become pretty boing after lvl 45, so keep that in mind as well.
The next pokemon you will pick up is right after Castelia city in the desert. Sandile is handsdown one of the best overall Pokemon you can catch in the whole game. Its probably the highest level pokemon in my party right now, and it helps me out in every battle one way or another. Its a dark ground type that learns a lot of good moves liek crunch and earthquake during the storyline. It evolves into Krokorok at lvl 29 and again into Krookodile at lvl 40. Again, great overall Pokemon for every stat.
Next up I think the best one to catch is an electric type pokemon to cover up your disadvantages. You can pick her. You have 2 choices:
1) You pick up a Tynamo in chargestone cave. This is an electric type which evolves into elektrik at lvl 39 , which can take a while and be frustrating because Tynamo is pretty weak in its stats but then you can evolve it with a thunderstone after that at anytime to become Elecktross, a deadly pokemon. What this pokemon has over the next pokemon I will tell you is its ability, which is levitate, it renders ground moves obsolete against it, which is one of the deadiest type moves against electric pokemon, other then that, it has fairly high stats and can learn a good amount of cool moves that come in handy.
2) Second choice is Klink. Which is like magenton of this game. Its actually very strong, though not immune to ground type moves, which could be a problem at times. It evolves also at a later time in its journey at around lvl 38 and again into Klingklang at around lvl 49. Klingklang is a really strong pokemon and keep it in your mind that it has quality moves and its a steel type capable of learning good steel type moves as well.
Next up, you should pick this up as an optional pokemon, but if you can, it can become a lethal pokemon in your arsenal. Litwick is a Fire/ Ghost type everyone should consider. It evolves into Lampent at lvl 41, which is a long time, but then you can directly evolve it into a Chandelure with a darkstone(you get it near the route to pokemon league) This is because it has a few good points about it. first, its ability is flamebody which can burn pokemon if they make contact, this helps because Litwick and its higher uppers can learn a move called hex which doubles the amount of damage it does if the enemy has a status condition. It has incredibly high spped and an insane special attack, which is good because all its moves are special, not physical. It learns good moves as well. Just consider it.
Now that you might have about 5 to 6 pokemon in your party, you have to make a hard decision near the end of the storyline. I wont spoil it for you if you havent finished the game yet, but its pretty inevitable. You have to catch the legendary dragon type pokemon on the cover of your game, Zekrom or Reshiram. I had Pokemon White so you should make sure you have an extra spot for it when you catch it. They are super strong and i highly suggest letting go off the elemental monkey you get early on in the game in you have a full party.
Well, this is just guidelines and some general help as too which pokemon to train throughout the storyline of your journey, you shouldnt do exactly as I wrote, follow your instincts, experiment with other pokemon if you want it dont matter as long as your having fun playing the game. I know I replaced many of my pokemon after you beat the storyline because you can catch so many more pokemon and train them all very fast in the remaining parts of the game. I will continue to write poke-blogs soon.
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