Tynamo, Eelektrik and Eelektross
Today’s Pokémon are the latest addition to the stable of Electric Pokémon: Tynamo, Eelektrik and Eelektross. These ugly-looking things are the misbegotten spawn of two similar-looking but very distinct creatures: the electric eel (which isn’t really an eel at all, phylogenetically speaking) and the lamprey (which isn’t an eel either but looks like it should be). Tynamo are about as close as you...
Klink, Klang and Klinklang
Pokémon, it is known, may not all be completely natural; many owe their existence to human activity in the last few centuries. Voltorb and Electrode, whose bodies are modelled on Pokéballs, are almost certainly artificial in some way. Grimer and Muk were born from the toxic waste of human industrialisation. Magnemite and Magneton certainly seem artificial but their true nature is extremely...
Foongus and Amoonguss
Oh, hey, a Pokéball. Wait, wait. I’m not falling for that. It’s not really a Pokéball; it’s a Voltorb. Hang on; there are no old Pokémon in Unova! I’m safe! Which means… whoohoo, free stuff! Now, what’s ins- …damnit, Foongus! Today’s Pokémon are Foongus and Amoonguss (and yes, I knew what the adult form was going to be called as soon as I met the juvenile). Foongus...
Karrablast, Escavalier, Shelmet and Accelgor
I mentioned recently that it’s been a good year for Bug Pokémon, and it continues to be… well, interesting at least… with these curious specimens: Karrablast, Escavalier, Shelmet and Accelgor. Shelmet is a fairly unexciting pink snail-like Pokémon that lives inside a helmet and sprays acid when people bother it, and Karrablast is an utterly unremarkable horned beetle that…...
Okay, guys, we’re on a roll: Haxorus, Galvantula, Reuniclus and Ferrothorn; that’s four in a row! And the next entry in the Pokédex is… …yeah, I totally just jinxed myself, didn’t I? My next Pokémon is Emolga, the cute electrical rodent Pokémon. Yes, you’re experiencing déjà vu for a reason. It’s a glitch in Game Freak’s design process; it happens when they change nothing. ...
Ferroseed and Ferrothorn
Today’s Pokémon are Ferroseed and Ferrothorn, the… uh… the… spiky… metal… plant-things… Google, help me out here. …y’know, I don’t think anyone has a completely satisfactory explanation as to what Ferroseed and Ferrothorn are. People think they’re based on the durian, the world’s most passive-aggressive fruit, which comes from South-East Asia. It...
Solosis, Duosion and Reuniclus
This must be the weirdest concept for a Pokémon ever. Well, okay, Deoxys is a shapeshifting psychic virus from space, that’s pretty weird. And Mawile is some kind of metallic rabbit-thing with a huge pair of jaws growing out of the back of its head. And Breloom is an overgrown mushroom that punches things. And Garchomp is a shark with arms, legs, claws and armour spikes. That flies....
Taking a break
Apologies to everyone out there who actually reads this nonsense, but I need to write an essay on the use of hospitality type-scenes in Homer’s Odyssey and study for a test on spectroscopy and thermodynamics, so I’m going to remain silent for a short while. I should be back in about a week.
Joltik and Galvantula
This has been a good year for Bug Pokémon. Black and White introduced Leavanny and Scolipede, who, despite not being remarkably powerful, finally banished the unfortunate cliché of Bug-types that appear early in the game, evolve quickly, peak early, and ultimately prove useless. So far, I’ve also looked at the bizarre but surprisingly intriguing Crustle and the awe-inspiring solar moth,...