Focus On: Normal-Type

Hey loyal Pokejunglers!

It’s officially the weekend! WHOOP WHOOP! Everybody have a good week?  I actually had to sign up for my class trip this week, and guess what? I’m going to China! 😀 But that’s not happening until Chinese New Year, so it won’t affect these articles. Speaking of that, I should probably let you guys actually read it. As promised, I wrote about a type with many, many Pokemon in it! And in addition to that, I spiced up the article a bit, to make it more enjoyable. So without further adu, here are the Normal-types in Gen V!


The sprites should be animated now, if they’re still static or aren’t showing up for you, please tell me in the comments! (I couldn’t find animated sprites for them all unfortunately.)

To start out this long ‘Focus On’ article we have the Lookout Pokemon, #504 Minezumi, and the Precaution Pokemon #505 Miruhoggu! Now before I really start this article off, I just want to say that I never expected much from this Pokemon and its stats and such didn’t surprise me at all. When I first saw Minezumi I was like “WTFFF ugliest Pokemon ever. Its eyes look like they’re staring into my soul and they’re going to kill me!” Once actually playing the game and seeing it in action a lot, my opinion changed. Minezumi does really have this certain cuteness to it. I still have yet to figure out what aspect of Minezumi is cute, but the cuteness is definitely there. Actually…thinking about now, I didn’t really like Minezumi until I caught one and nicknamed it ‘Daigo’. Weird. Anyways Miruhoggu is just like Minezumi. You’re first thinking it’s the ugliest thing in the world, and then you see Aloe’s kick your butt and then you realize how much potential it really has. I really like the colour scheme on Miruhoggu and what’s weird is I actually really, really like both Minezumi’s and Miruhoggu’s eyes now. Now time for the stats of these glorious Pokemon. Both these Pokemon are extremely average stats wise. Minezumi’s highlights include its Attack of 55, it’s HP of 45 and his speed of 42. This, for a Pokemon you get on the first route, isn’t that bad. Once evolving into Miruhoggu at lvl. 20, its highlights basically remain the same. Miruhoggu has an Attack stat of 85 and Speed of 77, but unlike Minezumi, its Defenses (69) are higher than its HP stat. (60) But, he does have the pretty nifty ability of Keen Eye which prevents other Pokemon from lowering its accuracy. Because Minezumi evolves quite early compared to other Pokemon in this generation, Miruhoggu doesn’t have the stats capable of making it “all the way”. This Pokemon is, in my opinion, just another HM slave to have on you whenever you need to use Cut. If you do put it on your team, you’d probably switch it out for another Pokemon once you hit the 4th or 5th gym. If you disagree and think you can beat the Elite Four with these guys, here’s how to catch them. Unlike other early route Pokemon, Minezumi can be found in very few places; Routes 1, 2 and the Abandoned Lot of Dreams. Miruhoggu on the other hand can be found in various places in the Isshu region including Routes 7, 15, 18, the Abandoned Lot of Dreams and the P2 Lab. Regardless of how weak I think it is, I will admit I did have a pretty hard time with Aloe’s Miruhoggu…

Next, we have our cute puppies gone bad ass! The Puppy Pokemon, #506 Yooterii, the Faithful Dog Pokemon, #507 Haderia, and the Generous Pokemon Muurando! I’m actually fairly surprised by this Pokemon. It has a pretty awesome Attack and Defense throughout the evolution line, and not to mention it’s goes from super cute looking to super strong looking in a snap! Yooterii and Haderia are this generation’s Pokemon which almost every trainer in Isshu has. I originally thought that I’d get sick of them after a few towns, but, surprisingly, I actually look forward to seeing one in battle. Everything about Yooterii is just plain cute. It’s big eyes, it’s small body the way the fluff covers its entire face. It really looks like a Yorkie in real life, only even cuter! They captured the essence of the perfect, majestic dog in Haderia. The way that it just looks, acts and even its animation makes me want to get a dog name it Haderia and go running through the hills and saving little children from the bottom of wells. (Anybody else think of the Scottish dog from Lady and the Tramp when you saw Haderia?) Muurando is my least favourite out of the three, and not because of the usual “how-could-something-so-cute-turn-so-tough-looking?!” fangirl banter, it just doesn’t look right to me. Mostly in the face area. The design overall is awesome, and I still to this day can’t figure out what bothers me about it. Like I said before, this evolution line’s stats stay constant and pretty decent all the way through. Yooterii starts the party with an awesome Attack base stat of 60 and a pretty decent Speed of 55. Everything else is basically at a 45. Haderia continues the awesome Attack and Defensive stats, making them clock in at 80 for the Attack, and 65 for the HP and its Defenses. Muurando ends the evolution line with an awesome Attack stat of 100, an decent speed of 80 and a solid 90 for its Defenses and HP. The only downfall to this Pokemon is it’s Special Attack of 45, but because all of the moves it can learn through levelling up and through TMs being of the physical variety, it won’t  really matter to much. Since these Pokemon are owned by majority of the trainers in the Isshu region you’d assume that these guys are an abundance in Isshu. Well you guessed right! If you want to have this evolution line available early on you can catch a Yooterii on Routes 1, 2 and 3. Haderia and Muurando, on the other hand, can both be found on Route 10, P2 Lab and the Freezer Container. But if you just want to evolve Yooterii all the way through to Muurando, here’s the evolution process. Yooterii—lvl.16-> Haderia —–lvl. 32 -> Muurando. If you can’t choose between Yooterii and Minezumi, I would definitely catch Yooterii. Its better in design, and stat wise. And it always takes me a bit longer to make Bell’s Muurando faint, just proof of how much potential this evolution line has if you treat it with love and care.

Moving on, we have our next batch of Normal-types! Well, to be more specific, Normal/Flying-types. Introducing the Baby Pigeon Pokemon, #519 Mamepato, the Wild Pigeon Pokemon, #520 Hatooboo, and the Pride Pokemon, #521 Kenhorou! Out of all the “early bird” Pokemon, this is probably my least favourite. When I first saw Mamepato I was pretty disappointed, but then I remembered that even the mightiest birds in the Pokemon world had pretty ugly, weak-looking pre evolutions. So I decided to give it a chance, and well, frankly I’m a bit disappointed. Mamepato is somewhat cute, but because of the boring colour scheme and how it looks exactly like a pigeon, it just seems so average and bland. Like I could probably get myself a real life pigeon, call it Mamepato, get a Pokeball and call myself the first ever person to own a real life Pokemon. I don’t really have much of an opinion on Hatooboo other than that its sprite and animation just looks extremely awkward, and it really bothers me. But I won’t make a final judgment until I see the Sugimori art. (I have a feeling that the art is already out….is it?) Now, I actually really like Kenhorou, but its random colour splash bothers me a bit. I just find the green body and the pink “mask” so incredibly random. I realize that Hatooboo does have the pink “eyebrows” but to go from eyebrows to that huge flowing mask is a bit too drastic in my opinion. (Waits for the flamers to start criticizing my small dislike for it.) But that only applies to the male version of Kenhorou. Much like a peacock, the female version of it is pretty bland and ugly. It’s just the same body shape take away the mask, and instead of a green and black body it has a brown and black body. Like I said, it’s very bland. But despite its rather boring design I still feel that it has some majestic aspect to it, which makes me like it just a little bit. Well that’s enough about their design, on to their stats! This evolution line is pretty well balanced when it comes to stats, but the Attack stat and Speed stat have the obvious highlight. Mamepato has pretty average stats considering the time which you can obtain it, it has a 55 Attack and solid 50 or it’s HP and Defense. But its Speed is actually one of its lowest stats clocking in at a 43. Once it evolves into Hatooboo at lvl. 21, its Attack increases to a solid 77 and it’s Speed finally overtakes it’s Defenses at 65. Then once making its final evolution into Kenhorou at lvl. 32, its Attack gets increased to an awesome 105, it’s Speed turns into a pretty decent 93, and it’s HP and Defense raise to an 80. So overall, like I said, it is quite well balanced. But this would probably never make it to my team roster, based on its rather boring design and it’s fairly average stats. If you really need a Flying-type I would suggest catching this and then swapping it out for a Wargle (Pokemon White) or something like that. But if you’re satisfied with this evolution line you can hop on over to Route 3 to catch Mamepato, Route 12 and the Illusion Forest to get a Hatooboo or Kenhorou. Or, you can go to Yaguruma Forest where they all reside, although it’s much more likely to find a Mamepato.

Our next featured Pokemon leads the Isshu region’s cute, pink and cuddly guild. Can you guess what Pokemon I’m talking about? Well, I pretty sure you can considering the sprite is right above this. But in case you didn’t catch on, I’m talking about the Healing Pokemon, #531 Tabunne! This Pokemon, as many others before me have said, is Chansey’s long lost cousin from Isshu. It not only takes Chansey’s place as the Pokemon Center’s mascot, but it also shares many similarities to it. Once of these similarities is that Tabunne can be found in almost every route in Isshu. But, it’s a bit easier to find and catch one. If you’ve played the game, you probably noticed that when going through Routes a patch of grass will “grow taller” and shake rapidly. If you go into that patch of grass, no matter what, you’ll encounter a Pokemon that is uncommon or rare to that area. This is how Tabunne can find found and caught in each Route. You must find one of these shaking grass patches, and you’ll either encounter an uncommon Pokemon or Tabunne. That means that you’ll find it from a variety of levels. The highest level that I’ve seen a Tabunne be is lvl. 54, and, I caught it of course. But, I would probably never ever use it. Tabunne does have rather decent stats, but nothing that really impresses me other an it’s HP and I guess it’s Defenses, clocking in at 103 and two 86’s respectively. This is a perfect Pokemon for more Defense orientated trainers, but as for offensive trainers like myself, it’s deemed useless. But, despite that it does have awesome abilities! It can either have Regeneration or Healing Heart! Regeneration restores HP when the Pokemon is switched out, while Healing Heart sometimes heals the status of your team mate Pokemon in a double battle. So I guess with the awesome abilities it could be deemed quite useful. I don’t know…I still feel like I’m not giving this Pokemon enough credit. But it really is cute. O///O

This next evolution line is one of the first Pokemon that were introduced to us through Corocoro. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Chinchilla Pokemon, #572 Chiraamii and the Scarf Pokemon, #573 Chirachiino! These guys are another one of those Pokemon that are absolutely adorable, but I never expected much from them. I will say that Chirachiino’s stats are pretty decent, but compared to other Normal-types in this generation, it’s pretty weak. Both of these guys are all about Speed and Attack, everything else is well below average. Chiraamii’s base Attack stat is 50 and its Speed stat is 75. And once you give it a Light Stone and it evolves into Chirachiino, its Attack gets raised to a 95 and its Speed is increased to an awesome 115. Everything else is basically in the 60’s, besides its HP which is a pretty decent 75. Some of you might be thinking that those stats aren’t that bad since Chiraamii can be caught pretty early on. Well, I thought the same thing too, but upon playing the game and searching for one in the first few routes for hours, I realized that it is actually found much later Routes. Both Chiraamii and Chirachiino can be found on Routes 5, 9, 16 and it can also be found in the freezer container. Considering it’s stats and at what point you can obtain one in the game, I’d say it’s a pretty weak Pokemon. Although, it does have the nice ability of Technician which raises an Attack with 60 base power or less by 1.5 times. Which, can be very useful and it’d make it much, much stronger. Like I said before I really, really love how cute these two are, and I always felt bad whenever I would battle one because I thought it was to cute to faint, but nonetheless I still have those nitpicky things that I hate. It mostly applies to Chirachiino though, Chiraamii is just too cute to handle. Is anyone else bothered by how Chirachiino looks EXACTLY like Chiraamii? I mean it basically looks like you went to the Pokemon Musical and put on a scarf accessory and, well, ya that’s pretty much it. I think it would’ve been better if they didn’t give Chiraamii an evolution if you ask me. I actually thought that it wasn’t going to get one at all, but Game Freak totally surprised me. Actually, now that I’m bringing up the subject, any opinions on that? Do you think Chiraamii really needed an evolution?

Our next article is on the season change gimmick Pokemon, both having the classification of the Seasonal Pokemon, I Introduce to you #585 Shikijika, and #586 Mebukijika! These two are one of my favourite Pokemon in the 5th generation! Well mostly because of Mebukijika. >< Shikijika is just pushing it with the “super-girly-almost-to-cute” look, but Mebukijika’s alternate forms are simply amazing! Oh, maybe I should explain that first. Like I said before, it is the season change gimmick Pokemon. For those of you who don’t know, Pokemon Black and White have season changes every month, and both Shikijika’s and Mebukijika’s appearance based on what season it is. Shikijika’s colour only change on the season (Pink for spring, green for summer, orange for fall and brown for winter), but Mebukijika’s appearance completely changes! (See above sprites, from left to right: spring, summer, fall, winter) I have absolutely no complaints on design, like at all! Mebujika looks majestic, beautiful and strong all at once, in all of his forms! Kinda like Bambi’s dad… If I had to pick which was my favourite out of them all, I’d have to say the winter form. Because the two colours just contrast so well, and there’s so many differences compared to other forms, and it just looks pure amazing! I really wish these things existed in real life! Unfortunately, you can never keep them in a certain form; the form will automatically change once the season starts. For example if you catch a Shikijika in the spring time (pink) and then use to during the summer time, it will turn green, same goes for Mebukijika. I really wish they’d make an item so they could stay in a certain form forever I really want the winter form to just stay and never change! :’D But, I keep debating whether or not to put it in my upcoming English game, and the reason for that, is it’s stats. They aren’t really all that bad, they’re decent, but compared to other Pokemon that you can catch later on, they’re kind of below average. Shikijika basically has straight 50’s and 60’s excluding it’s decent 75 Speed stat and kinda suck-ish Special Defense stat of 40. Once evolving into Mebukijika at lvl. 34, the 50’s and 60’s turn into 60’s and 70’s, it’s Attack gets a solid 100 and, finally, it’s Speed gets a pretty good 95. So it’s pretty fast and can throw a punch or two, but I think it’d be quite challenging if it fell behind a level or two. Especially in the Elite Four. Although one of my friends has used a Mebukijika all the way through the game and was fine. So, if you think you can handle this beauty, go to Routes 6 and 7 to obtain a Shikijika, and the Dragon Spiral Tower to catch yourself a Shikijika and a Mebukijika! In the end, it’s really up to you on whether or not you’d think it’d be good to put on your team. I probably wouldn’t even realize it’s stats just because it’s looks so pretty! Only possible thing that could improve this Pokemon was if it’s typing also changed with its form.

Next on our Normal-type list is the Headbutt Bull Pokemon, #626 Buffuron! You can only find this Pokemon on Route 10, which is really unfortunate ‘cause it has a really nice design and pretty awesome stats. For those of you who don’t know, Route 10 is right before Victory Road, so you won’t really see one or be able to obtain one until the you get to the 8th gym. I really wish they gave Buffuron a pre-evo so I could catch it early and use it. Because it just has an amazing stat line up! Well maybe I should be more specific; it has awesome Attack, HP, Defense and Special Defense, (being 110, 95, 95 and 95 respectively) but its other stats kindof suck. It surprisingly not all that fast having a 55 Speed stat and its Special Attack is just a mere 40. Although its move set is mostly built of physical attacks, so that shouldn’t matter that much. To go hand in hand with its high Attack stat it has a signature move called Afro Break, which deals an awesome 120 power! But the only down side to this move is the recoil. Now most of you might think that recoil is nothing new, and it usually doesn’t affect the user’s HP all that much. But, this Pokemon can have the ability Reckless, which doubles the power of moves that have recoil damage, but the recoil damage is also doubled. So, using such a strong attack like that could really be the reason to many battle losses. But I don’t think anybody would want to even get near this thing considering how bad ass it’s glare is! But I think it’s afro refrains me from taking it seriously. Ever since I first saw it, and still to this day, I laugh a bit whenever my eyes grace this buffalo’s head. But I’m still not sure if I’m laughing with it, or at it. I laugh even more when it uses Afro Break, because the animation is basically an afro attacking you! Pure “lulz”. Only problem I really have with this Pokemon is that Game Freak decided not to make it Tauros’ evolution. I know they said that they’red be no old Pokemon ties in this generation, but it just looks so similar! And yes, I realize that there can be more than one Pokemon that looks like a bull, but much like Mamanbou, I would’ve preferred it if they saved this Pokemon for a future generation and said it was Tauros’ evolution. Because the rest of Tauros’ poker buddies have gotten pre-evos and evolutions, and he’s overdue for one.

Continuing the article we have my all-time favourite Normal-type of this generation and possibly the best Normal/Flying-type of all time! I give you the Young Eagle Pokemon, #627 Washibon, and the Valour Pokemon, #628 Wargle! I absolutely LOVE these Pokemon! They definitely has a spot in my top 10 favourite Pokemon! Washibon is the most adorable thing ever and it just makes me want to hug it and never let go! And Wargle- well Wargle is friggin’ Wargle. I have absolutely no words to describe it. It’s majestic, strong, amazing and just made of pure awesome. And that’s a total understatement. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it in anyway. The colour scheme is both attractive and makes me glad to be an American. I really think we should ditch the eagle and make this America’s official mascot. I mean it just looks so powerful, like it could pick up a mountain and move it across the world like it was nothing! GAH! It makes me giddy just thinking about how amazing it is! It’s just such a shame how late you can gain access to it though. You can only find both Washibon and Wargle on Route 11, but you can find just Washibon on Route 10 and on Victory Road. But, what sucks is that it’s a version exclusive. It can only be found in Pokemon White, which sucks for people who decided to get Pokemon Black (Like me…) instead we get the ugly diaper-wearing vulture. Ugh. You lucky ducks! For those who have Pokemon Black, you’ll have to trade with a friend or trade via the GTS. If you’re thinking “Wait, since it’s a version exclusive I won’t see it! How will I be able to see it?!” Well, I was quite worried about that myself, but fear not! Once beating the Elite Four you’ll gain access to Sazanami Town, where two trainers have one. Unfortunately the two trainers are a bit tough to beat and it will take some time to be able to see one. The first one that you’d probably be able to see is owned by the big brother in the rich family that owns the villa. But to be able to beat him you’ll have to beat 5 others, and wait 5 days for him to appear in the villa itself. The other trainer who has one is the Sinnoh league Champion Cynthia. Hers is a bit harder to see as her Pokemon are incredibly strong and she always sends it out towards the end of the battle. But, if you can beat her, you’ll finally be able to get one! And thanks to this I am now a proud owner of Wargle and many of its offspring. 😀 Which, by the way, can only be males, you’ll never see a girl Washibon or Wargle. But that’s enough on its appearance and how to obtain it, now it’s time for the deal breaker what will make sure you get one, its stats! This evolution line is all about HP and Attack. As evidenced by Washibon’s 83 base Attack and HP base stat of 70. Once evolving into Wargle at lvl. 54, its Attack increases to an amazing 123 and it’s HP raises to an awesome 100! It also has the pretty decent Speed stat of 80 and the solid Defenses of 75. So overall it’s an amazing Pokemon! Probably the most perfect Pokemon ever created! GAH! It’s amazing! If you can’t tell, I really, really, really, REALLY like Wargle! Only thing I absolutely hate is that you get it so late! Why Game Freak, why?! Why must you make such an awesome Pokemon obtainable so late in the game?! I really wish Wargle got a three stage evolution and replaced Mamepato…

Finally to end this long article we have one of the event Pokemon of this generation, gracing the Pokemon world with the classification of the Melody Pokemon, I give thee Meloetta! This Pokemon is just pure elegance! I really haven’t seen a Pokemon since the Gardevoir days, and I think Meloetta tops it by far. The long hair, the “skirt”, its animation and even the leg placement just screams elegance! Everything is perfect and smooth design wise. The colour scheme makes the green and white pop, making it visually stunning, and well just amazing to look at! Only thing I could really say as a complaint is that it doesn’t have the vibe that other legendries have, much like the other legendries do in this generation. Although I realise that that isn’t much of a valid argument, it’s really just something to think about. As I get the same “vibes” from Meloetta as I do from Gochizeru. But, regardless, it is a legendry and like all legendries before it, it has killer stats, everything is either decent or amazing! Among the amazing is it’s Special Attack, Special Defense and it’s HP, clocking in at 128, 128 and 100 respectively. While it has a decent speed of 90 and Physical traits of 77. So it’s basically a Pokemon suited for special attacks, which makes sense considering half of it’s move set are of that attack variety. Like I said in the beginning, it is an event Pokemon, but that event in which you get it hasn’t actually occurred yet. So if someone says they have one, they’re obviously lying or the used an Action Reply. Because the event not happening yet, we actually don’t have any information on what happens either. But when that information is revealed I’ll be sure to update this!  If none of this has convince, did I mention that because of it’s Normal/Psychic typing it has very few weaknesses? No? What if  I said it has two forms? This form is called the voice form while the other is called…

The Step form. Although it is the same Pokemon and not an evolution, it will get its own paragraph because of its stat and appearance changes. Now to change Meloetta’s form you must do a few things. First of all, you must get it from the future event, and then once obtaining it, you must bring it to Hiun City. In the alleyway there is a restaurant, and within that restaurant is a musician. He’ll see your Meloetta and offer to teach it the move Ancient Voice. And only once it knows Ancient Voice will it be able to change form. Although at this time it is unknown how to change it back. I’m assuming you must delete the move from it’s list to revert it to the Voice Form. As you can tell it gets a major visual change, and very few words can describe it. Only word I could manage to come up with is power. Pure power. Probably to go with it’s now Normal/Fighting typing, it’s appearance goes from just pure elegance to both elegant but powerful! She reminds me of the mythical goddess of War, Mars. She will destroy you, but she’ll do it with grace. I find this design much more “legendary” looking then the Voice Form, if you ask me. And as well as the aesthetic changes it also has stat changes. Unlike the Voice Form which is all about special attacks the Step Form is all about power and speed. As evidence by its new Attack and Speed base stat of 128. They’re numbers don’t really change when switching forms, they just switch over to another stat department. I.e the Voice Form has 77 Defense and Attack and the Step Form has 77 Special Attack and Special Defense. Overall, I’d have to say that this is my favourite event Pokemon out of the three in this generation, and I will probably play around with it a bit just t stare at how beautiful it is. (Random note: Anybody else thinking that Meloetta is really Celebi’s long lost mother?)


All done! That’s all of the Normal-types in Gen V! Overall I’d have to say I’m very pleased with these guy, they might even by my favourite batch of Normal-types yet! Oh, do you guys think I should keep the animated sprites in the articles, or are they giving you seizures? If you don’t like them, or feel like they’re too much, feel free to tell me in the comments! Majority vote will decide! Another thing to comment about is your opinion! I wanna hear them more than you know! So, do you agree with me? Or do you think my opinions are just stupid and I should get a life? Do you think I didn’t give a Pokemon enough credit? Possibly to much credit? Comment down below!

peace and love– ozymandis

P.S. This may be the last ‘Focus On’ you’ll get from me. I might get the chance to do one more type, but after that the last few types will be covered by Daigo, NL and PJ! So if this is the last one I do, it’s been an honour serving you!

P.P.S GAHHHH no Bleach or Glee this week! I am deprived! Dx