Old Faithful: My Ultimate Pokémon Team

Sam shares some of his most reliable pocket monsters.

By Sam Stewart. Posted 10/09/2013 09:00 4 Comments     ShareThis

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#134 Vaporeon, the Bubble Jet Pokémon

With seven (soon to be eight!) different evolutions to choose from, getting an Eevee is a surefire way to round out your party if you are missing a key type, such as Psychic or Grass. However, when I got my first ever Eevee in Pokémon Yellow, there was no doubt in my mind about which evolution to pick. I walked right into the Celadon Department Store, bought a Water Stone, and got myself a Vaporeon. Unlike the previous three Pokémon on this list, power isn’t what gets Vaporeon a spot on this list. Instead it’s her charm. She’s just so gosh darn adorable, how could I not want her on my team? I guess she does fill out the Water and Ice requirement for my team, but really that’s just a perk.

Signature Move: Surf

Yeah, I know Surf is in no way exclusive to Vaporeon, and I know it isn’t the most interesting or powerful Water move out there. But with 95 power and 100 percent accuracy it does get the job done game after game.

#181 Ampharos, the Light Pokémon

Behold the glory of Ampharos, my favorite Electric Pokémon. During my first play through of Pokémon Silver I came across a strange electric sheep Pokémon known as Mareep. I added him to my team to fill my Electric requirement, and after some training my Mareep evolved into the even more powerful Flaaffy. Because I played Silver at a time before I was an active Internet user, I had no prior knowledge about any of the new Pokémon, and I definitely didn’t know what to expect when my Flaaffy started evolving again at level 30. I was shocked to see my Flaaffy shed its sheep themed appearance and become something that reminds me more of an Egyptian God. Ampharos’s stats aren’t spectacular, but that didn’t stop him from blasting his way through a large number of Water and Flying opponents, and destroying Elite Four member Will’s team over and over again.

Signature Move: Thunderbolt

Thunder Punch may be the first move Ampharos learns upon evolving, but because of his high Special Attack stat I know he’s a lot better off wielding the tremendous power of Thunderbolt. While not quite as powerful as Thunder or Zap Cannon, it beats both of those moves in the accuracy department, which earns it my seal of approval.

#625 Bisharp, the Sword Blade Pokémon

It might not be appropriate to call Bisharp an “old faithful” just yet since he was introduced in Generation V, but I was confident from the moment I saw him that he would become a staple of my team. With an appearance that is more similar to a Power Ranger than a Pokémon, Bisharp would definitely make my “Coolest Looking Pokémon” list as well, and he’s got plenty of power to back up his tough look. His Dark/Steel typing means he only has a few weaknesses (though one of them is 4x to Fighting), and his arsenal of blade based moves gives him a wide range of attack options, even Bug and Psychic moves like X-Scissor and Psycho Cut. Sometimes I think Bisharp might even be my favorite Pokémon, though I’m sure Blaziken would have something to say about that… So for now I’m just hoping to find him somewhere in the Pokémon X and Y endgame, otherwise I’ll have to play Pokémon Black all over again to get another one.

Signature Move: Night Slash

Bisharp has a huge number of Cuts, Slashes, and Scissors to choose from, but the one that will always come out on top is Night Slash. It is one of the many variations of Slash, with 70 power and a high chance to land a critical, but Night Slash is special because it gets that all-important STAB when used by Bisharp. Sorry Psychic types, you never had a chance.

So there it is my, ultimate Pokémon team. They might not be the most powerful Pokémon of their type, but they are the ones who I’d want beside me in a tough fight. How about you? Do you have any special Pokémon you seek out in every new game? Let me know in the comments below!

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4 Responses to “Old Faithful: My Ultimate Pokémon Team”

  • 697 points
    Adam Sorice says...

    Some excellent choices! (Blaziken, Vaporeon and Ampharos and each featured in beloved teams of mine.) Some of my other top picks would definitely be Togekiss, Milotic, Haxorus, Jynx and Cobalion!

    • 12 points
      Sam Stewart says...

      Haxorus was another one of my favorite new Pokemon from Gen V, there were so many cool designs in those games! While I wouldn’t mind another game like Black and White where you only find new Pokemon at first, I need some way to get some of these classics on my team. Praying for some late game variety!

  • 285 points
    Kyle England says...

    My team from my last playthrough of Black Version ended up becoming pretty beastly. It’s Samurott, Ferrothorn, Bisharp, Archeops, Chandelure, and Vanilluxe. I’ve got coverage of just about every type there. Ferrothorn with a Rocky helmet, Iron Defense, and Ingrain is a TANK.

    • 12 points
      Sam Stewart says...

      That is definitely a stacked team. I think I also had a Vanilluxe in my Black Version team right up until the end, and I’m glad to see you are a fellow Bisharp fan :). As for Ferrothorn I think he is one of those Pokemon I underestimated… Need to take another look at him for sure.

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