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Top 5 Pokémon

Zach's Picks

by Zachary Miller - March 2, 2011, 4:13 pm EST

Pokepowerhouses make up my list.

#5: Giratina

Giratina is the coolest-looking Legendary Pokémon, and you just can't argue with that. He's a six-legged armored Dragon/Ghost with noncorporeal wings and incredible stats. And just when you thought he couldn't get any cooler, Pokémon Diamond introduced us to his alternate form (shown here) that could probably give little kids nightmares. It even has a unique move—Shadow Force—which is basically the Ghost form of Fly.  Giratina could tear up Mewtwo, and that's saying something. If only he was in Red & Blue...

#4: Rampardos

Of all the prehistoric Pokemon in the games, Craniados and Rampardos are the only ones that look even vaguely dinosaurian. Aerodactyl is a close second, I guess, but you can actually see somebody digging up Rampardosaurus in Wyoming. As a party member, Rampardos ain't no slouch, but probably won't be at the top of your Elite Four choices. But hey, I love dinosaurs, and Rampardos is very clearly a large pachycephalosaur. I just don't know what they were thinking with Bastiodon. I think it's supposed to be a ceratopsid, but…just…no.

#3: Garchomp

Garchomp holds a similar standing to Dragonite, Tyranitar, and Salamance in that he's a big, powerful Pokemon that evolves to his final form at a very high level. His lower forms (Gible & Gabite) aren't necessarily the best fighters on the block, so you've gotta want it. But here's the thing, kids: Garchomp is a freaking LAND SHARK…who can also, inexplicably, fly. He looks like a cross between a hammerhead and a dinosaur, which makes him instantly awesome. And as a Dark/Ground type, he makes a nice partner with Tyranitar. I only recently became a big fan of Garchomp as an Elite Four staple, and I imagine he'll stay there for a good long time.

#2: Mewtwo

There's just something about Mewtwo. He was the most powerful Pokemon in the original games and a badass villain in the first Pokémon movie. Mewtwo's game-breaking stats destroyed all comers in the first game. Of course, the move Psychic was super-unbalanced back then, and it, plus Mewtwo's through-the-roof attack rating, meant that he could basically destroy the Elite Four by himself. With the advent of Dark-types in Gold & Silver, Mewtwo's power lessened a great deal, but he's still among my favorite Pokemon. His awesome appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee didn't hurt, either.

#1: Tyranitar

If you made Tyranitar about 150 feet tall, he could fight Godzilla, and maybe win. Gold & Silver's massive Dark/Rock Pokemon pretty much pummeled everything he came across. Even getting into a fight with Tyranitar is bad news—his Sand Stream power whips up a powerful sandstorm the second he gets into a fight, which damages non-Ground and non-Rock Pokemon every turn. Tyranitar also learns some of the most power Rock and Dark-type moves in any game he's in, including Stone Edge and Crunch. Tyranitar has been a staple of my Elite Four team since Gold and Silver, and he just keeps getting better in each game.



GmbAlbeeFebruary 28, 2011

Good picks overall.  I do like that you picked Abra as opposed to Alakazam.  I don't know if Scizor would be my number 1... but he's definitely in the top 5!

TJ SpykeFebruary 28, 2011

I disagree with most of the picks, but I did enjoy reading the reasons why you like them.

GKFebruary 28, 2011

According to some of the Pokedexes out there Cubone's skull helm is from the remains of its dead mother & by the time it becomes a Marowak, the skull is pretty much fused to its head. I've said it before & I'll say it again. Marowak was the most metal pokemon before metal type pokemon ever existed.

Not sure where I'd rank him but Marowak's easily among my top 5 as well.

Mop it upFebruary 28, 2011

I'm still going to go with Pichu. I don't care if it's weak, there's still been nothing to surpass it in adorableness.

only1gameguruFebruary 28, 2011

ive always liked int his order:
5)squirtle - adorable
4) cubone - i feel for him
3)spoink - its a pig
2)butterfree - i like butterflys
1)shedninja - <3 wonderguard

though i have a soft spot for sunkie and that new pink elephant >.>

xcwarriorMarch 01, 2011

Solid picks, but I'll give my top 5 for kicks.

5) Ursaring - I love bears. Enough said.
4) Spiritomb - It's creepy and has no weaknesses. Wall of ghost!
3) Lapras - It's the Loch Ness Monster for crying out loud, that's awesome.
2) Gyrados - Raise a stupid Magicrap and get another dragonish bad a**.
1) Dragonite - for basically the same reasons you gave.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMarch 01, 2011
TJ SpykeMarch 01, 2011

I think you meant to say "refused to evolve", not "refused to not evolve". I love Bulbasaur too, it was the Pokemon I picked when I first got Red in 1998 and I always made sure to get one in the future games. To me, it (and its evolved forms) is still my favorite of all the starters and one of my favorite in general.

5: (Black and White spoiler) Galvantula (new Bug/Electric)

4: Moltres

3: Jolteon

2: Octillery

1: Kingdra

DasmosMarch 03, 2011

(using my best tj spyke impression) zach, i think you meant to say giratina's platinium form. this is called his origin form and appears first in the pokemon platinium game.

also props, tyrantitar is my favourite pokemon too.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMarch 03, 2011

No love for me? I picked Tyranitar as well. It is just too cool :3

ShyGuyMarch 03, 2011

James Jones seems to like Teapig and Heatmor best since he name the Funhouse after them.

EnnerMarch 04, 2011

>Also, don't tell me that's a seashell, because just look at it again. Like, for real. It's gross.
Oh God, I can't unsee it.

BeautifulShyMarch 04, 2011

Neal has a dirty mind....

Pretty good picks Pedro. Bulbasaur was my first starter as well. I'd use it and its evolutions alot all the way to the Elite 4.

As for my top 5 pokemon it is tough for me to narrow it down to five but here goes.

5. Butterfree.
4. Flareon.
3. Starme.

SupaKirbMarch 04, 2011

Josh is the only sane one here!! At least he is rational about his picks!

Josh, let's grab lunch.

NWR_JoshJosh Max, Associate EditorMarch 04, 2011

I'd love to. We can discuss how awesome Pokemon are and agree on all of them.

ShyGuyMarch 05, 2011

This sounds like the nerdiest bromance ever.

Sometimes I feel like I missed out never getting into Pokemon

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMarch 05, 2011

Wait, Josh is the only sane here? I'm sorry, but Sumo Venusaur begs to differ...


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