I’ve always been a huge fan of the Pokemon series. It was a huge part of my early years and I believe that Pokemon Ruby might have been the first video game I ever played, although I am not entirely sure. Anyways, I just bought the new Pokemon game, Pokemon Omega Ruby, and I have been having a blast with it so I thought I should make a Top Ten Pokemon list. About 2 years ago I made a Top 20 Pokemon list, so I will add a previously ranked note next to the Pokemon’s name. All Kalos Pokemon will be noted as unranked because at the time of my previous list being finished, Pokemon X and Pokemon Y had not come out yet. Now before I begin, I have some Honorable mentions for Pokemon that did not make it into my Top Ten, but I do rather like. The Honorable mentions are not in any particular order.
Now, on to the list.
10. Clawitzer (Unranked)
Clawitzer has a certain aesthetic element to him that I seem to like. Having one part of the body that humans have two of (usually the arm) being ridiculously larger to it counterpart. For Clawitzer’s case, it’s his giant claw. He also has some good stats, and a very nice move set. To me, Clawitzer is a great example of a solid water Pokemon.
9. Druddigon (#12)
There are many things I love about Druddigon. Some of those things are his color scheme, his structural design, and his Rough Skin ability. Unfortunately he has one major setback; He has no evolution chain. One thing I adore about the Pokemon games is raising, leveling, and evolving Pokemon as you go. Unfortunately, once you get Druddigon, you’re done. There’s nothing to look forward to, evolution-wise. He doesn’t even have a mega-evolution, and I think he would be significantly higher on this list if he had a mega-evolution. Or even a pre-evolution! But, I digress.
8. Sceptile (#11)
To me, Sceptile seems like the forgotten Hoenn starter. Everyone always raves about Blaziken and Swampert, but there doesn’t look to be much love for Sceptile. Obviously every Pokemon has its fanbase, but Sceptile has probably one of the smaller starter fanbases. Anyways, on to things I like about Sceptile. First, he has the only evolution chain of the Hoenn starters where I like all three Pokemon involved. I don’t like Combusken and I don’t like Marshtomp, but I do like Grovyle. He also has the best moveset that a grass-type can have. That is, if you like to play on the offensive. I think that Sceptile defines what a starter Pokemon should have, statistically, and look.
7. Totodile (Unranked)
Totodile is the only Pokemon on this list that is not the final evolution in it’s evolution chain. The reason is, I don’t really like Feraligatr. There are a multitude of reasons why, but I prefer to keep the focus on Totodile. I believe that Totodile has a perfect name. Just say it out loud. Totodile. It just rolls off the tongue, and it perfectly matches the look of this creature. Every time I played through the Johto region, I always chose Totodile. In most games I like to alternate it around if I play through multiple times, but I just like Totodile too much to not choose him.
…Actually I think I chose Chikorita once. But that’s besides the point.
6. Glalie (#4)
To be completely honest I don’t know what about Glalie I particularly like. He doesn’t have amazing stats, he has a nice move pool, but it’s nothing to write home about, and he doesn’t even look particularly cool or cute. When I was little, I had a toy of Glalie, and maybe that is why I like Glalie so much, but I don’t remember really playing with that toy at all. I guess I just naturally gravitate toward Glalie. I have no idea why. Although, I will say he has a very cool mega-evolution.
5. Arcanine (#17)
Arcanine is one of those Pokemon that basically everyone has on their favorite Pokemon list. He has been here since the beginning, and he has had a large fanbase since the beginning. The reasons why I like him are that he looks cool and cute at the same time, he has incredible stats, and he has a nice movepool. Also, back when I use to play Pokemon competitively (and I was pretty good, if I do say so, myself) I would use Arcanine all the time on my OU teams. He was always one of the better performers on those teams.
4. Infernape (#9)
Infernape is incredibly similar to Arcanine. They both have huge followings, they are fire-types with high attack, they are great OU battlers, and I love them both. The key difference between them is that while Arcanine is cuter than Infernape, Infernape has a better move pool, is a starter, and is a monkey, and I like monkeys better than wolves. In fact, the monkey is one of my favorite animals. Infernape also belongs to one of my personal favorite regions, so it makes playing the whole game throughout with him, a whole lot more fun.
3. Hitmonchan (Unranked)
Hitmonchan was my very first favorite pokemon. i loved him mostly because I loved his moves, the way he looked, and the fact that he was named after Jackie Chan. I even remember that in pre-school I had a holographic Hitmonchan Pokemon card and some kid stole it and I started crying. Hitmonchan is a very fun Pokemon to use. He has a great move pool, and a large variety of different types of moves. His stats are nice too. High attack, low special attack, and relatively high defense stats. Just the way i like it. Although he does have a pretty bad health stat. Anyways, i will always remember Hitmonchan as the Pokemon that really got me to love this franchise.
2. Flygon (#1)
For a long time, i declared Flygon as my favorite Pokemon, and to be completely honest, I started liking Flygon less due to the fact that I realized while his move pool and stats are good, they are not as good as the #1 Pokemon on my list. And I have always thought that the #1 Pokemon on here looked better than Flygon. Flygon is a great Pokemon though. He has good speed, and has very even stats. He definitely deserves to have a mega-evolution. He also belongs to one of my favorite regions. Hey, maybe one day I should make a list of my favorite Pokemon regions. Anyways, I’m getting off-topic. The point is, Flygon is a fantastic pokemon, but I simply like the next Pokemon better.
1. Dragonite (#5)
There are many things I can say to explain why Dragonite is my favorite Pokemon, but I’ll try to keep it short and concise. Dragonite is incredibly cute, and incredibly cool. His most prominent color happens to be my favorite color. He reminds me of the dragons from Dragon Tales, which happened to be a show that I absolutely loved when I was little. He also has incredible stats, besting Flygon at every stat except speed, but Flygon only beats him by a relatively small amount. Dragonite is one of the few Pokemon on this list that I will say should not have a mega-evolution, because why should one try to improve and already perfect Pokemon. I just love Dragonite so much and I wish he was widely available in every Pokemon game.