I truly, truly sincerely apologize, from the bottom of my heart, that this is so late! Long story short, I had big tests coming up, my parents made me study (Even though I really didn’t need to…) and so they cut me off from all electronics. Then I tried out for swim team and unfortunately got into varsity. Which means I have longer practices. And in result of that, I’m not getting home until about 9pm every night, leaving little to no time for homework and these articles. 🙁 Remember, we have lives to. >< So again, sorry! Oh, a lot of you liked the secondary typing section at the end, so I kept it. And I also added it to the past articles. So if you want to check back on the previous ones, feel free to! And I’ll apologize once again for making such a short ‘Focus On’. I wanted to get one out to you guys as quickly as possible, so I took the next type with the least amount. So without further ado, here’s the long awaited return of the ‘Focus On’ articles! Featuring the Rock-types! Enjoy!
To begin this long awaited ‘Focus On’, we have the Mantle Pokemon, #524 Dangoro, the Ore Pokemon, #525 Gantoru, and the High Pressure Pokemon Gigaiasu! I really don’t have much of an opinion when it comes to these Pokemon designs. I don’t hate them, and I don’t love them. Dangoro is kinda cute, (Despite just being a rock. But then again there’s Geodude…) Gantoru is kinda an eyesore to look at after a while, and my favorite out of the bunch would definitely be Gigaiasu. Although I could probably go on a tangent on how I find the red rocks sticking out of it’s body a bit messy, it does look quite bad ass overall. But you could totally disregard appearance for these guys, because they’re stats will rock your world. Dangoro starts with a killer Attack base stat of 75 and an even better Defense stat of 85! When evolving into Gantoru at lvl. 25, the evolution line gets a boost of course. This results in Gantoru having an even awesome-er Attack and Defense base stats, both clocking in at 105. Once evolving Gantoru into Gigaiasu by the method of trade, you’re in store for a crazy awesome Pokemon! Gigaiasu has an Attack stat of 135 and a Defense stat of 130! I’m just going to let that sick in your head now. 135 Attack, 130 Defense. Hella awesome am I right? Along with this evolution line having the obvious awesome Attack and Defense, they also have a pretty decent HP and Special Defense. Clocking in at 85 and 70 for Gigaiasu respectively. Only down fall to these guys is that they’re extremely slow. The final evolution, Gigaiasu, only has a Speed of 25. Like I said, SUPER SLOW. But, there is hope! To make up for the lack of speed, it has the newly updated ability of Sturdy! Which, for those of you who don’t know, is basically like a Focus Band in ability form. This ability leaves the Pokemon with 1 HP no matter what. This will definitely come in handy if you’re up against a really strong opponent, as you can actually get a hit before fainting. And let me tell you, it get’s really annoying that my lvl. 87 Jaroda has to use Leaf Blade twice on a lvl. 27 Gantoru. So if you’re like me, and want this Pokemon so much you can’t sleep at night here’s where to get them; Dangoro can be found only in the opening of the underground water vein, which, is the cave near the Pokemon Daycare on Route 3. With such a high Attack and Defense rate, at such an early point of the game, catching it is a must! Gantoru, on the other hand, is found in basically every cave after that point. Which include the Electric Rock Cave, Fukiyose Cave, the Ridge, Victory Road and the Great Hall. Gigaiasu, unfortunately, can only be obtained by evolving Gantoru. If you need a Rock-type on your team, or just need a strong Pokemon to take on strong trainers, this evolution line is definitely for you! I mean, awesome stats overall, bad ass design, and they’re pretty common. Who wouldn’t catch this Pokemon? Losers wouldn’t. And ozy doesn’t like losers.
Next, we have one of the fossil Pokemon of this generation! Both having the classification of the Oldest Bird Pokemon, I introduce to you #566 Aaken and #567 Archeos! Like I said, Aaken is one of the two fossil Pokemon you can get in Pokemon Black and White. And like all other previous generation’s fossils, you need to actually obtain the fossil and then revive it. Here’s how to obtain the fossil. In the Resort Desert, there’s an entrance to the Sand Castle surrounded by Daruma Mode Hihidaruma. Go down through the steps and you’ll end up in a room with two ‘sand falls’ and a bunch of trainers. Past the two ‘sand falls’ is a backpacker girl. If you talk to her she’ll ask which one you want, pick the Feather Fossil. For those playing the Japanese version, it’s the second fossil on the list. I personally chose the other fossil only because I couldn’t decide. But looking back on it now, I really should’ve picked this guy. Its design is colourful and very well done. Although it seems a tad bit ugly, Aaken retains this cuteness to it, and not to mention Archeos is just plain bad ass. Nothing much else to say for its design, it’s just a rainbow-fied Aerodatcyl. Not only because it has the similarity of it being a bird from a fossil, but also because it’s Rock/Flying. Which, in my opinion, just makes it that much more awesome! I don’t know how many times my Wargle has died just because of Stone Edge. As for the rest of its stats, it’s most definitely an evolution line that can throw punches, knocking out the opponent, very very quickly. As evidenced by Aaken’s Attack stat of 112, it’s Special Attack of 74 and it’s Speed stat of 70. And once evolving into Archeos at 37 it get a major boost giving Archeos an Attack stat of 140 it’s Special Attack of 112 and it’s Speed of 110. Considering how early on you get this guy in the game and how powerful and quick it is, it’ll definitely be a powerhouse on your team! It’s up to you at the end of the day, but you talk to the backpacker girl and she asks which fossil you want, I’d go for Aaken.
To end this wonderful article, we have one of the legendries of this generation. the Cavern Pokemon, #639 Terrakion! This guy is relatively easy-actually, EXTREMLEY easy- to capture. First off, to have Terrakion appear you need to first talk to the man who explains the legendary trio and meet Kobaron in Fukiyose Cave. After that you’ll gain access to a new cave within Victory Road. Besides needing to meet Kobaron you’ll need a Pokemon with the move Strength to move the big boulder blocking the cave entrance. The opening that goes into the cavern where the Terrakion cave is located, is to the very left if you’re facing down the mountain. And you’ll have to slide down two or three slopes to get there. Once inside just follow the path. (There’s really only one way you can go) At one point (Like a minute later) you’ll reach a spot where you can either go down and continue to one end of the cave, or take a left and you’ll see a big boulder blocking your way. This is where you’ll need strength, without it you won’t be able to get inside to face Terrakion. Once you move the boulder you’ll only see one thing ahead of you; a cave entrance. Inside is a small room with Terrakion right in the middle. And now you’re set to battle, defeat or capture it. Pretty simple right? Like I said previously before in Kabron’s article (see Steel-types) I really don’t like any of the designs of this legendry trio, because I’ve already explained why I won’t get to much into that. But, Terrakion, by far, is the ugliest worst designed legendary the Pokemon world is seen. Everything about it is just bleh. It’s ugly, it’s shaped strangely and it just doesn’t give off the legendry feel that most legendries do. I personally think that if you changed the colour and typing a bit it would look like a Houndoom evolution. But the upside to all legendries is that despite it’s appearance, it has pretty awesome stats. And Terrakion is no exception. It has a killer Attack of 129 and a pretty nice Speed of 108. Everything else is basically in the 90’s. On top of all of this, it’s move set kinda sucks as well. I personally never use legendries so I’ll never use this guy, but if you can get pass the ugly appearance, I guess it’d make a pretty good addition to your team.
Pokemon with secondary Rock-type:
Thus concluding this ‘Focus On’. I’m definetly pleased by all of the Rock-types of this generation! They’re all quite strong and most of them have awesome designs! But it doesn’t matter what I think. It matters what you think! Now that you’ve read this, I wanna hear your opinion! Do you disagree with me? Or, god forbid, agree with me maybe? Do you think I didn’t give a certain Pokemon enough credit? Perhaps a certain Pokemon got to much credit and you don’t agree? VOice your opinion and comment down below!
peace and love– ozymandis
P.S I notice that you guys really like these alot, and you guys always ask when the next one’s will be posted. So, here’s my MMC profile: http://mountmoon.net/index.php?/user/5183-ozymandis/ I update my status whenever I’m writing/starting/finishing a new ‘Focus On’.
P.P.S. Keep up with the comments guys! Your words of encouragment and dedication make us all happy. 🙂 But there’s also some hatin’…..so uh, stop hatin’ please? 🙂