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Top 5 Pokémon

Neal's Picks

by Neal Ronaghan - March 3, 2011, 9:00 pm EST

Neal uses his playtime in Black and White to color his selections.

5) Mareep
The number five spot on my list was hotly contested in my mind. Do I go with Gengar, who is a legitimately cool Pokémon, or do I go with Mareep, who isn't even the coolest electric sheep out there (Prize goes to Sheep Man in Mega Man 10)? I decided to go with Mareep, because he's so BAAAAA-d. In case you couldn't hear it, I just made the noise a sheep makes.

4) Missingno

Missingno is an infamous glitch creature in Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow. My reason for trying to encounter Missingno was purely selfish. Was I trying to complete my Pokédex? No, I was trying to get infinite Rare Candies. I mean, let's face it, for a 10-year-old kid, infinite Rare Candies was like having a Golden Ticket. No longer would I have to actually work at raising Pokémon, as I could just feed them Rare Candy until they vomited or reached level 100, whichever came first.

3) Oshawott

Pokémon Black and White might not be out yet, but this starter Pokémon has a dick on his belly. How funny is that? He also looks like a clown. When I start the game, I'll probably call my Oshawott "Dick Clown." By the way, I'm an adult who is engaged to be married.

Also, don't tell me that's a seashell, because just look at it again. Like, for real. It's gross.

2) Chimchar

Chimchar is a monkey with fire on his butt, which is a combination that makes for a freaking adorable Pokémon. I generally don't get caught up in that "OMGZ That Pokémans is so cute," but Chimchar is an exception. Also, apparently the flame is caused by "burning gas" in the creature's stomach, and it goes out when Chimchars sleep. This is basically Charmander but way cooler, with a slightly less awesome final evolution.

1) Rattata

I know this seems like a weird top pick, but Rattata was one of my favorite Pokémon in Pokémon Red and Blue. Every time I restarted the game, a Rattata would always be in my party until the bitter end, usually outlasting my token Pidgey who would stay in the rotation until I replaced him with a cooler, likely legendary bird.

I would also never evolve my Rattata for some asinine reason, generally stemming from the fact that Raticates look stupid and ugly. On the other hand, Rattatas, despite being rats, had a certain cuteness to them. Rattata was my version of Ash's Pikachu, except for the fact that if I was actually competitve in Pokémon, I would get my ass handed to me because, let's face it, Rattatas are weak as hell.



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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