In honor of a new game in my favorite franchise (Pokémon Sword & Shield!) I wanted to talk about some of my favorite Pokémon! I love this franchise and all of it’s colorful, interesting monsters. These games have entertained me for about two decades, and this new entry on a console is something I’ve been dreaming about for forever. So let’s rank some Pokémon!
I wanted to start my Top 10 list with the mini-King Ghidorah himself: Hydreigon! Every generation has it’s pseudo-legendary Dragon type, and Black/White had this beast! I grinded to have one of these guys for what felt like a million years back when I played it in 2010. A menacing design and decent stats help this guy earn my #10 spot.
Being the horror writer that I am, I love me some Gothic design. Slap a creepy mansion on the side of a crumbling cliff and I will come running. With some of the new Pokémon appearing in Sword/Shield, I’m one or two Pocket Monsters away from a Gothic themed team. And that’s why I love Chandelure. If you excuse me, The Manderley is calling…
Excuse me… What took so long to get a T-Rex Pokémon!? It took forever! But I think Tyrantrum was worth the wait. Just look at him! What a beast. This dude’s got Cool Points to spare. And they even gave him Dragon as a secondary type. Be still my tyrant heart.
And now for my first dip into Gen 1. Dragonite has been one of my favorite Pokemon since the very beginning. When Lance (with that CAPE!) sent his first Dragonite out, I was blown away. It wasn’t what I expected, but the design remains powerful and iconic all these years later. Though he may be a little derpy, Dragonite has earned his spot on so many of my teams.
Look… I have a thing for the Pokemon used by region Champions. We aren’t even halfway through this list and you’ve seen two of them. But! Metagross is a beast. Used by Steven, he’s a rare mix of Steel/Psychic type. He may be slow, but his formidable design on the field is nothing to scoff at. While Generation 3 has never been my favorite groups of new Pokémon, Metagross is its highlight.
We are at nearly a thousand Pokemon. But Generation after Generation, the original three starters have stayed at the forefront of fans’ minds. I’m one of those fans. The Venusaur line was not my first choice growing up. Grass=lame. But this earth-shaking tree-dino has loomed large for me as I’ve gotten older. One of the stronger starters competively, if I need a Grass or Poison type, I look to my boy Venusaur first.
We are nearing the end. The lights are fading. What’s that? Is that a smile in the dark?
Gengar is terrifying. He was the Boogeyman in Red/Blue, a Pokémon that I desperately wanted for years. For me, he’s the ultimate Ghost type. Great stats and iconic design, coupled with what is perhaps my favorite Mega-Evolution. It’s rare that Gengar doesn’t pop on my team.
Since the day that I first played Pokémon Red, Charizard has always been one of my favorites. He was my first starter, and a legend on the playground, whether he was on a foil card or leading your digital team. Though he’s been outclassed competively by other Fire types, Charizard will always stick in my mind. Plus, Game Freak keeps giving me new forms to be amazed by. Stop being awesome, Game Freak!
My number two slot belongs to the mighty Sandstormin’ Tyranitar. While every Pokémon on this list holds a special place in my heart, Tyranitar stands tall among them. One of my favorite designs wrapped up in a pseudo-legendary that awed me from the first moment I saw it. Whenever I create a Pokemon team, Tyranitar almost always earns a spot. When I learned that his line appears in Sword/Shield, I knew this new Generation was going to rock.
We’ve arrived at my Number 1 pick. Kingdra is my definitive number 1, and here is why. Looking at the rest of the list, you can see all the reasons that these other Pokémon are here. They have iconic designs. They are strong battlers. They either play to my nostalgia or have been found on my team before. I prefer intimidating, terrifying Pokémon. I think Kingdra fills all these stops. When Clair first sent out Kingdra against me in Gold, my team was wiped out. When I finally found a Dragon Scale and convincing my friend to help me evolve my Seadra, I was over the moon. Kingdra’s cool typing and design have always appealed to me. He ticks all the boxes. It’s how it is. Kingdra is my favorite Pokémon of all time.
We are two days out from Sword/Shield! I’ll be there day one, ready to catch them all.