Focus On: Fire-Type

Hey Pokejunglers! Ozy here! Er…that’s a really lame self-intro. I really need to think of something original and cool sounding to say. Any Ideas? Ah! I was thinking about how awesome I am for to long that I forgot what I was doing! Anyways, here’s my second article, this time it’s all about the Fire-types in Gen V. Enjoy!

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To start out we have our Fire-type starter of this Gen that probably got it’s design from Nacho Libre. Pokemon #498 Pokabu, #499 Chaobuu (The Fire Pig Pokemon) and #500 Emoboar! (The Large Fire Pig Pokemon) Despite Emboar’s high HP, Attack and Special Attack, it is actually the worst Fire-type starter out of all the Gens stats wise. But as a total offensive trainer I will admitingly say that the Pokabu family would work just fine for me. In the past Gens I’ve always picked the fire starter (Not for the spin-offs though) and this is actually the first time where I didn’t immeadtly fall in love or want the Fire starter so badly. Probably because of the design. Pokabu has grown on me alot and I think it’s cute and as for Chaobuu and Emboar, I think they both look pretty bad ass. But at the same time there’s something that is holding me back and making me want to touch it once then cower away in a corner. The whole wrestiling aspect to this Gen’s fire starter is a total turn off for me and Emboar’s beard of fire is just to messy. I know this has been repeated oh so many times, but really Nintendo? ANOTHER Fire/Fighting starter? Three generations in a row?! No thank you. As for when it evolves, Pokabu evolves at lvl. 17 whereas Chaobuu evolves at lvl. 36. Overall, ok design, and pretty strong on the offensive. If I was still that goofy little kid that I used to be when I first started playing Pokemon, I probably would’ve picked Pokabu to be my starter. I mean it’s got a good attack stat and plenty of HP and not to mention it looks so strong, but now thqat I’ve grown older, I think that my likings have changed and I probably will never pick Pokabu. That being said, I still feel like I’m not showing this Pokemon’s true potential. My utter hatred of it’s typing and design is kind of blinding me from actually judging this Pokemon fairly.

Next up for judging is the fire monkey out of the Triple Battle gimic group.  #513, the High Temperature Pokemon, Baoppu and #514, the Spark Pokemon Baokki! Like I said previously, it is the long lost Fire-type brother to Yanappu (Grass) and Hiyappu (Water). You can get it very early on as a gift from the youngster trainer outside of the Abandoned Lot of Dreams. But, you will only get Baoppu if you choose the water starter, Mijumaru. (You get the monkey who’s type is weakest against your starter) To evolve this confused monkey into a drunk monkey, you need a Fire Stone, which you will first have access to in Hiun City. Go to the first port on the left you see when entering the city for the first time, and you’ll see a scientist. Talk to him and he’ll ask you which monkey you have, whichever monkey you select will determine which stone you get. But once you get the Fire Stone I wouldn’t be to hasty in evolving it. Why you ask? Well, Baokki’s move set sucks. (As do the other monkey’s evos) Once you evolve Baoppu into Baokki, it won’t learn anymore moves by leveling up, you’ll have to resort to TMs and HMs. My advice for this problem is to not evolve Baoppu until you desperatly need the evolution’s power. It might be hard considering Baoppu’s stats are in the 40’s and 50’s, but it’ll be well worth it for the moves it learns. Such as his signature move Bursting Flame, which he learns at level 22. As for Baokki’s stats, it has a pretty decent speed and attack, but besides that it’s pretty average. If you need a fire-type, this guy is worth keeping on your team. As for the two’s designs, Baoppu is by far my favorite out of the three. The evolution could be a bit better, I only say this just because they could’ve placed the hands in a different posistion and made the face look slightly less drunk. Pretty swell Pokemon overall, but you might see yourself cutting it from your roster if it falls behind.

This next Pokemon deserves it’s own religion just because of it’s sheer awesome-ness! Any guesses? No, not me silly! I am quite amazing, but alas, I am no Pokemon. We’re talking about Pokemon #554, Darumakka and #555 Hihidaruma! As their names can suggest their appearence is inspired by the Daruma doll. Might be why Darumakka is the Daruma Doll Pokemon. :p Anyways, these guys are BY FAR my favorite out of all the fire-type Pokemon introduced in Gen V. Not only because the design goes from super cute to “HOLY CRAP FLAMING EYEBROWS!!” awesome-ness, it is also HELLA strong. Starting with Darumakka’s base attack of 90 then when evolving into Hihidaruma it develops the crazy awesome, all time high attack of 140. Since it has such high attack stats it will definetly be an asset to your team, and because of it’s pure fire typing you could probably go through the entire game with just one of these. To get a Darumakka, you will have to explore the Resort Desert right above Hiun City, now you’ll have to do some walking around as it is pretty uncommon, but it’s definetly worth your time! Hihidaruma was on my very selective team, and probably is my strongest Pokemon, allthough it’s not my highest leveled up Pokemon. This Pokemon also has a special secret, an alternate form….

Daruma Mode Hihidaruma. To start out with the differences, it’s , well, blue. :p Not to mention it’s secondary typing of Psychic, giving him the killer combination of a Fire/Psychic-type. This isn’t like most Alternate Forms that activate with any normal Hihidaruma or Item, you actually need to catch a certain one. To get Hihidaruma in Daruma Mode, you first have to beat the main storyline then go to the Resort Desert and you’ll find 6 Daruma Mode Hihidaruma in a stationary poisition. Fight and catch one of these and boom! You’re set. You can also get a Daruma Mode Hihidaruma in the Dream World. Anwyays, the thing that makes this guy so special is it’s defense and special attack stats. Your Attack drops down to 30, but it’s Defense changes to 105, Special Attack to 140 and it’s Special Defense to 105. Basically it’s that same Hihidaruma strength, but only for Defense and Special Attack. Unfortuently, it won’t just stay like this, the ability only activates when your Hihidaruma goes below 50% HP.

Last, and yet again, in my opinion the least of the Fire-Types this Gen, Pokemon #631 Kuitaran! A quick word of warning: I basically have no experience with this guy. Since it is found in the wild within Victory Road, I have seen it maybe twice and only battled it once. So prepare for a very noob-like judging. This is another Pokemon whom’s design took me a while to warm up to, but in the end I came to like this Ant Eater Pokemon. The entire concept of combining an ant eater with a motor is pretty steam-punk, and personally, I like it. 🙂 The color scheme is great and not to mention the animation of it breathing fire makes it all the much cooler! Only reason it’s my least favorite out of all these guys is simply because it slips past my radar. It does have pretty decent stats, the highest being it’s Attack and Special Attack, clocking in at 97 and 105 respectivly, but there’s just something about it that’s a bit put off-y. I personally would not put it on my team, considering how far in the game you get it and how average it’s stats are compared to your Pokemon you’ll have on your team allready when going into Victory Road. But other may like it, and I can defintly see why. Again, I feel like I’m not giving this guy full credit, and it has alot of potential, but Kuitaran is another Pokemon which I feel that they could’ve cut from the final roster, and it wouldn’t have made any difference. I also really like the shape of the head. ><

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The end! That’s all of the Fire-Types for this Gen! (Remember, we categorize by the Pokemon’s primary type, so you won’t see Reshiram or Urugamosu on this list.) So now that you’ve read this I want to know what YOU think. Yes, you. Do you agree with what I say? Or do you disagree? Leave a comment below! But if you do disagree, please don’t hate me to much. ;__; Ozy needs some love to.

peace and love– ozymandis

P.S. I’m sorry this took so long, having so many projects and essays due tomorrow mixed in with all the technical difficulties I was having with my internet and my computer, (and I kinda fell asleep…) It made for a stressful night. 🙁 I’m going to have a nice long rest now. G’night!

P.P.S Sorry my grammar, spelling and writing style is so awkward. :S