I, too, would appreciate more flexibility in Pokemon, without needing to go full-open world. And getting away from "GONNA BEAT ALL DA GYMS AND BE DA POKEMON CHAMPION." Which I think they've really been trying to get away from, at least since Platinum. I mean, it's still hard to take "I'm gonna be #1" plots seriously after No More Heroes.
Also post all you want about Pokemon. I'm not so LP jaded I don't get tingly when I see on-topic posting going on my thread.
The way that things shook out with this busy week, we are right on time to do another team update post, after the back-to-back evolutions that just happened. So let's do that! Pictures in the post because *psst* jokes on you Rocketeer, the
there's 18 of them and it'll be easier to gather numerical backup as you inevitably argue about just who the best on my team is.
Looking dapper there, Ambrose! Sealeo is basically Spheal but moreso, they're saving the big changes for Walrein. Better stats all around, with the exception of Speed. But that all-important Special Attack is solidly ahead. Water Gun is probably a bit obsolete at this point, but before long it'll be replaced with Surf, and he'll be set on the Water front for the rest of the game.
Spoiler: Tidehollow will always be more Special inclined. However, that Reflect means his Defense is basically doubled whenever I need it to be. Couple that with his surprisingly decent HP and I think he can be quite durable whenever he needs to be. Not a real sweeper by any means, but certainly adequate whenever the weakness is open. Tackle is pretty outdated at this point but can get replaced with a better Normal attack soon, and I'll probably replace Hypnosis with Psychic soon so he has a strong attack to leverage his Special Attack stat. Ringo learns the move naturally anyway.
Speaking of the adorable little devil! He can think them down, spook them down, or bash them down all pretty well. He's proven himself very reliable in a lot of scenarios, including that time he knocked the wind right out of Gary's Kadabra. The point when he learned Confusion he suddenly shot up from weak but cute to cute but powerful, and that'll just keep going up when he eventually grows into Psychic.
Look at Lairon's head-plate. It's a larger, more complex version of Aron's mask. I just noticed that when writing the update but it's a cute detail I love. Also look at that Defense stat outstripping everyone else on the team by far. If you need someone to take a punch and deliver punchings, Noriko is your girl. When it comes to taking a Special attack... well, she's a bit fragile, but anything that hits her with a special attack had better hope they take her down in one hit
or she misses. Because neither Take Down, Iron Tail, or Rock Slide or anything to sneeze at. Noriko's great.
Pretty much Belinda's only issue is her moveset. The stats may try to make her into Noriko but a little less so, but quite frankly a slightly more balanced Noriko is still a powerful force to be reckoned with. She tears through opponents with Take Down, even though Take Down causes recoil damage, because they either only chip at her health, or everything gets KOd after one Take Down. Oh, and if Belinda is at low health but not dead? Congratulations you just enabled Flail to practically Take Down levels of power without the downside. Belinda will fight until she drops.
I'm going to put this upfront: The terrible moveset that Gamefreak saddled the Shiftry line with has not negatively impacted Kazumi's performance.
Remember who was the one with Swift when Surge's hyped-up Raichu had like three or four evasion buffs on. Her defense is weak and her offense is so-so, but then she also has another evolution to go. The only question really is when she evolves. I can hold her until she gets Razor Wind (charge up move, decently powerful 100% accurate Normal attack) or even later until she gets Extrasensory (solid Psychic type attack). The long term plan is still to get her Solarbeam, as it's the strongest Grass move she can learn (via TM. Because Gamefreak) and get her Sunny Day so she can be her own beam spam machine. Heck I could even give her the ever popular Brick Break. But really, as soon as she eats the Leaf Stone she'll be a solid Pokemon comparable to the heavy hitters.
But I mean seriously what the hell Game Freak why would you put a brand new version-exclusive cool Grass-type in your brand new generation and give it such an abysmal moveset.
Also the answer is that they are all
the best on my team because they're my team