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General Video Games Unpopular Pokemon Opinions

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For when you want to give your spiciest Pokemon Takes

Arbitrary

Conqueror of the Cinnabar Gym
Pokédex No.
334
Caught
Jul 2, 2019
Messages
104
Location
Here
Nature
Adamant
Pronouns
He/him
Pokémon Type
Fighting
Relying on Charizard (and things like Eevee and for some reason they really like shilling Wooloo as well) all the time weakens the brand since it shows a lack of confidence that the new stuff will stand up on its own in a similar way to the newer Star Wars movies. It also makes Charizard less special when it keeps coming back all the time. If used sparingly, it would be awesome. But this is after Charizard getting two Megas as opposed to Venusaur and Blastoise getting one, Charizard being almost the entire focus of Origins (which sucks because Red's team is really cool and some of them could have got more focus), being a Ride Pokemon in Alola despite not even being in the dex, and now this.

I also don't like Gamefreak's trend of focusing on one starter at the expense of the rest. Charizard is the ultimate example, but Greninja and to some extent Incineroar and Cinderace have this issue too (where they get the most unique moves and the best hidden abilities etc). It makes the other two starters basically irrelevant. Chesnaught and Delphox didn't stand a fucking chance at any sort of relevance despite being supposed to be "mascots" of the region. I was genuinely stunned when Calem had Chesnaught in Generations (with Charizard in the background being irrelevant for a change) since I was 100% certain he'd get Greninja. At least when they use Lucario a lot it's not a starter.
 

Alba Corbina

Conqueror of the Cinnabar Gym
Screenshotter
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
581
Caught
Jul 26, 2019
Messages
96
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
She/Her
Pokémon Type
Dark, Fairy
Watchog is great, actually, especially in BW2 where you have early access to Return and the Silk Scarf. I swept Elesa with one.

Also, Bede is like a better version of Gary, since he doesn't wait till literally the last fight of the storyline to start going through character development.
 

Riboo

Conqueror of the Viridian Gym
Artist
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
1085
Caught
Nov 24, 2019
Messages
108
Nature
Lax
Pokémon Type
Electric
Def agreeing with the Leon thing that my friend @Dschubba brought up. It does really feel like Leon is pushed to be both likable and a challenge for the player to overcome which, while his fight is fun, the amazement of Giganta and Gigamaxing kind of wore off on me. Like the dynamic changes in music and the spectacle was great at first, but then it becomes kind of something you wait through. Leon, ultimately, was kind of underwhelming to me and I think I might have felt more satisfaction in beating him if he was an actual jerk type of trainer, but the victory felt empty.

As for an unpopular opinion? I actually enjoyed going through the Rock Tunnel without having flash, it was a fun little challenge to see if I could get through the cave without having to force one of my Pokemon to use a move that I found no real desire to use personally in fights and the like.
 

Skarmizard

The metal dragon bird
Writer
Screenshotter
Pokédex No.
1002
Caught
Nov 12, 2019
Messages
503
Location
Texas
Nature
Quiet
Pronouns
he/him
Pokémon Type
Dragon, Steel
Pokédex Entry
This Skarmory/Charizard fusion is very rare and tends to be quiet and shy until befriended. Also a huge fan of Smash Bros. and writing.
I honestly don't mind the Gen 1 callbacks-it's a good way to show some love to older fans. Which of course means Charizard is going to get a lot of attention, which is frankly perfectly fine with me.
That said, I wouldn't mind if they started making callbacks to Gen 2 as well, even though I dislike it (original games-the remakes were cool). At least give the starters some love or something...

Also, Fairy was a completely unnecessary type addition, and I ironically feel like another type needs to be added to counter it because they made it OP, or they need to readjust the type chart to balance it. It wouldn't bother me as much if they'd added it in Gen 3 or 4, but waiting 13 years to change the type chart was a really bad idea.
 

Trollkitten

Kitten of Lore
Artist
Writer
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
208
Caught
Jun 30, 2019
Messages
929
Location
Gatto Region
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
She/her, Aetherai Lorekeeper
Pokémon Type
Fairy, Clever
Pokédex Entry
Autistic writer who starts more things than she finishes. Hyper asexual Twitch Plays Pokemon lorewriter. Rather be a happy shill than an angry critic.
On the note of Gen 2, I would buy and play a Let's Go Johto game. Possibly as a lorelocke, which would be interesting to attempt 'blind' (although I couldn't call it fully blind because they'd be remakes and I've already played HeartGold).
 

Alchemy

One of those casuals
Screenshotter
Pokédex No.
99
Caught
Jun 17, 2019
Messages
262
Location
Sleeping under the Bodhi Tree.
Nature
Calm
Pronouns
She/Her & They/Them
Pokémon Type
Fire, Fairy
Pokédex Entry
Cabbie Alfie is a more reliable trainer than this idiot.
After finally getting the chance to buy a Switch and a Generation 8 Pokemon game, I took my time to do a mostly blind playthrough compared to blitzing through the main story like the past two generations. As of now, I don't know the general stance people with with the chances but I do know one opinion of mine that is in the minority: I do not miss the axed Mega Evolution and Z-Move mechanics. They didn't do a good job balancing them and Mega Evolution often was shoehorned in back in Generation VI to the point you were forced into using it to advance the story. My opinion on Dynamax still is developing but I very much prefer that the story narrative treats it like an entertainment spectacle as well as its location and turn limitations.
 

Season

Formally known as White Chaos.
Writer
Pokédex No.
1979
Caught
May 13, 2020
Messages
31
Location
Massachusetts
Nature
Rash
Pronouns
he/him/his
Pokémon Type
Grass, Poison
Pokédex Entry
This Pokémon is the Unovan regional form of the Pokémon White Chaos, shrugging the Dark/Psychic typing in favor of a Grass/Poison persona.
Less of an unpopular opinion and more of a pet peeve, but I hate runs that box Pokemon just because they have a bad nature. First of all, it's in-game, it doesn't really matter, you're gonna get EVs in which the opponents will lack anyway. Secondly, the deficit is only a difference between virtually 3 levels. I've seen people box Budew, near caves in which it would thrive, just because it's Adamant or whatever. If you trust your Level 14 Budew to take down a Level 14 Geodude, and that same Budew to take it down, say at Level 11, then you'd be fine with an Adamant Budew.

If you box something due to type coverage or bad movepools or whatever, I'd understand. If it's about competitive battling online, then yes, obviously you shouldn't have an Adamant Budew, but generally speaking, everything a neutral natured Pokemon would OHKO in game, a unfavorable natured Pokemon would too and any 2HKOs from one woud still most likely be a 2HKO from the other. Will inconsistencies where the natures matter happen? Yes. But it'll happen so infrequently that it's laughable to me to throw away a good Pokemon just because it'll be two or three levels "behind"; people treat it as if its a bigger gap that it really is in-game.
 

pinkshellos

oh man oh beans oh m
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
1220
Caught
Dec 23, 2019
Messages
180
Location
Hoenn Route 120
Nature
Calm
Pronouns
she/her
Pokémon Type
Bug, Flying
Pokédex Entry
A timid Pokémon typically found in groups. The only thing that motivates her more than companionship is food.
I love mid- and low-tier pokemon that aren’t regarded as “good” for nuzlocking or anything else. I can think of multiple instances in my runs and others’ where low-tier team members kicked ass and ended up saving them in the E4 & Champion fights.
 

Season

Formally known as White Chaos.
Writer
Pokédex No.
1979
Caught
May 13, 2020
Messages
31
Location
Massachusetts
Nature
Rash
Pronouns
he/him/his
Pokémon Type
Grass, Poison
Pokédex Entry
This Pokémon is the Unovan regional form of the Pokémon White Chaos, shrugging the Dark/Psychic typing in favor of a Grass/Poison persona.
I love mid- and low-tier pokemon that aren’t regarded as “good” for nuzlocking or anything else. I can think of multiple instances in my runs and others’ where low-tier team members kicked ass and ended up saving them in the E4 & Champion fights.
In runs where I have control of my team (ie, non-restrictive box Nuzlockes), I make a tradition to prioritize having at least one "bad" Pokemon. Runs where I've used Chimecho, Furret, Octillery, etc. have been some of my favorites.

For example, here's a fight where I purposefully trained a Cherrim to take on Cynthia's Garchomp 1v1. It was one of my earlier Nuzlockes, so I still played on Shift, but it's still one I look back and go "huh, I did that".
 

pinkshellos

oh man oh beans oh m
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
1220
Caught
Dec 23, 2019
Messages
180
Location
Hoenn Route 120
Nature
Calm
Pronouns
she/her
Pokémon Type
Bug, Flying
Pokédex Entry
A timid Pokémon typically found in groups. The only thing that motivates her more than companionship is food.
For example, here's a fight where I purposefully trained a Cherrim to take on Cynthia's Garchomp 1v1.
Oh wow, that’s a badass Cherrim - faster than Garchomp too? Also I appreciated that well-timed crit at the end, ahaha.
 
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Season

Formally known as White Chaos.
Writer
Pokédex No.
1979
Caught
May 13, 2020
Messages
31
Location
Massachusetts
Nature
Rash
Pronouns
he/him/his
Pokémon Type
Grass, Poison
Pokédex Entry
This Pokémon is the Unovan regional form of the Pokémon White Chaos, shrugging the Dark/Psychic typing in favor of a Grass/Poison persona.
Oh wow, that’s a badass Cherrim - faster than Garchomp too? Also I appreciated that well-timed crit at the end, ahaha.
I trained it to be faster than 31 IV Garchomp; I don't do calculations like that anymore in the spirit of the adventure, but it was rewarding at the time :p
 

Electro

Dr. Ultimate Procrastinator Extreme
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
928
Caught
Oct 22, 2019
Messages
286
Pokémon Type
Fire, Fighting
I have one: Johto Pokemon are amazing and I would literally, without exaggeration, play a Pokemon game with only Johto Pokemon.
 

Season

Formally known as White Chaos.
Writer
Pokédex No.
1979
Caught
May 13, 2020
Messages
31
Location
Massachusetts
Nature
Rash
Pronouns
he/him/his
Pokémon Type
Grass, Poison
Pokédex Entry
This Pokémon is the Unovan regional form of the Pokémon White Chaos, shrugging the Dark/Psychic typing in favor of a Grass/Poison persona.
Even though I'm playing through Kalos rn, this is something I've thought for a long time now and I always get annoyed by whenever people talk about the region.

Kalos isn't as easy as everyone claims to be.

Almost all of the time, people who make this claim have the EXP Share On, use Amie, or Mega Evolve. That's fine; those are options presented within the game and you can utilize them to mold your difficulty settings, as well as further restrict items or your bag or whatever. However, once you utilize those tools as a cop out to pinning the game as "easy", without trying the game without methods that were clearly designed to facilitate one's experience, that's when I start to take issue.

A lot of people also point to XY's gyms, such as the leaders having 3 moves or Ramos being incredibly easy, and while that is true, they often overlook the brilliance of Grant, who wields an incredibly strong Ice-type and a Dragon to cover up traditional Grass/Water weaknesses, as well as T-Wave + Bite/Stomp and a Refrigerate Take Down (and a Hyper Potion to boot! At gym 2!).

What people often fail to mention about the games is that it honestly boasts the title of having the most difficult regular trainers of any Pokemon game. Take that section right after Grant, for example. On your path to the 3rd gym, you have to take down:

- Two Power Up Punching, Swords Dancing Lucario
- A Mr. Mime / Machoke double battle
- A Sigilyph (and Solosis, but it's okay)
- A Hawlucha with perfect neutral coverage and a Throh with Bulldoze
- A Super Luck Absol and a Revenge Pinsir

All of those fights, on their own, would most definitely be considered hard bosses if they were gym leaders in any region, and yet XY throws them at you with only 2 badges to your name. Not to mention, what I consider to be the "weaker" trainers of the routes having teams like Hippopotas/Drifloon/Pachirisu or Skiploom/Azumarill/Dunsparce, which can catch you off guard sometimes. Even stuff like the double Furfrou battle with a Full Restore after Gym 1 is scary.
 
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The Man of Many Names

Formerly of the 4000+ Posts Club.
Writer
Screenshotter
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
493
Caught
Jul 13, 2019
Messages
277
Location
The Bob Dole Memorial Ocean
Nature
Sassy
Pronouns
Pokémon Type
Water, Steel
Pokédex Entry
With the pokedex number of 493, this Pokemon is essentially Arceus and fully intends to let the power get to his head.
Whitney is one of my favorite gym leaders.

She may be difficult, but her difficulty is well known by the majority of the Pokemon fanbase. Because of this, many players have come up with a multitude of different strategies to fight her. Use the Machop, use a Heracross, lower its stats, reduce its accuracy, etc. It's one of the select moments where Pokemon trainers actively have to enter a battle with a strategy in place rather than just using strong attacks against each Pokemon they come across.

Plus, there's something hilarious about the fact that one of the most feared and loathed gym leaders in all of the Pokemon universe is this inexperienced newbie specializing in Normal type Pokemon, rather than some intimidating bodybuilder specializing in Dragon type Pokemon or some uncanny medium specializing in Psychic type Pokemon.

So...yeah. I don't hate Whitney. Clair is FAR worse IMO.
 

TheTRUEgge

Ethos is overrated
Artist
Team Alpha
Pokédex No.
450
Caught
Jul 9, 2019
Messages
777
Location
Good Question
Nature
Quiet
Pronouns
She/Her
Pokémon Type
Fire, Fairy
Pokédex Entry
This Pokémon has too many ideas for their own good.
Hopping off of what @Season said, the gym 2-gym 3 stretch of Kalos is one of the most difficult gameplay sections of any Pokémon game. The trainers are unexpectedly difficult even with exp share, and Reflection Cave is crammed with Wobuffets

also, I really like the introduction of TRs in Galar. You have to hunt for them if you’re going for a specific move, but most of them are solid attacking moves, and it’s a lot easier to get good movesets on your team early.
 

Season

Formally known as White Chaos.
Writer
Pokédex No.
1979
Caught
May 13, 2020
Messages
31
Location
Massachusetts
Nature
Rash
Pronouns
he/him/his
Pokémon Type
Grass, Poison
Pokédex Entry
This Pokémon is the Unovan regional form of the Pokémon White Chaos, shrugging the Dark/Psychic typing in favor of a Grass/Poison persona.
Hopping off of what @Season said, the gym 2-gym 3 stretch of Kalos is one of the most difficult gameplay sections of any Pokémon game. The trainers are unexpectedly difficult even with exp share, and Reflection Cave is crammed with Wobuffets

also, I really like the introduction of TRs in Galar. You have to hunt for them if you’re going for a specific move, but most of them are solid attacking moves, and it’s a lot easier to get good movesets on your team early.
I love TRs so much. One of my biggest complaints about the recent games, as someone who's constantly replaying them, is how absurd reusable TMs are in the main game. Ironically, the game that introduces this change, BW, does it right, as it starts you off with "good when strategic" TMs like Work Up, Thief, Rock Smash, Retaliate, Rest, and Struggle Bug, and locks the spammable coverage moves like Thunderbolt and Ice Beam in the post game. Future games, especially ORAS, throws this out the window and gives you moves like Bulldoze, Aerial Ace, Charge Beam, Shadow Claw, buffed Struggle Bug, Rock Tomb, and Low Sweep all before the 3rd gym. At that point of the game, a smart player will load their team with them and every Pokemon's moveset will look identical barring a STAB move or something.

SwSh is a return to form; all the reusable TMs they give you are either strategic support moves or offensive moves that only their base type could learn (no Grass type is going to want to learn Magical Leaf, but if presented against a Double Teamer, its an option!). TRs then introduce that old "rare & strong" move concept from the earlier games in a way that makes acquiring them early fun, but doesn't break the game liken teaching every single Pokemon on your team Thunderbolt or something
 

PageEmperor

Currently busy grinding in my nuzruns and studying
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
647
Caught
Aug 8, 2019
Messages
364
Location
With an axe
Pokémon Type
Electric, Water
Pokédex Entry
Just a guy with way to many ongoing Nuzlockes.
The Pokemon themselves are far more interesting than the trainers.

Yeah, according to another thread on a forum I go to, this is an unpopular opinion.
 

Epsilon

Queen of Birds
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
192
Caught
Jun 30, 2019
Messages
28
Location
I'm not entirely sure
Nature
Docile
Pokémon Type
???
I dunno if this is all that hot a take when it comes to dynamax/gigantamax, but I see a lot of people saying they want Megas and Z-Moves back... well I say Megas and Z-Moves can go to hell along with dynamax. Someone please take Game Freak back to the days of Gens 1-5 when the series didn't rely on some bs broken gimmick to sell its new installments. I don't even understand why it does, considering it's a franchise bigger than most religions at this point. You could slap the name 'pokemon' on a picture of Masuda twerking on a pile of money and people would buy it.

I also see people saying dynamax is the best out of them, too, which I disagree with. I could beat Y twice not using Megas, both as nuzlockes no less (nothing I caught could Mega. I had a no gift mons rule so no Kanto starter or lucario). Z-Moves I used sparingly and it was easy to bait the AI into wasting theirs on a mon that resisted them. Dynamax, though, half your team is dead unless you're way overlevelled if you don't use it, and you better hope your opponent doesn't ohko your dynamax mon or the same thing's gonna happen. People complain about the game ramming Revive after Revive down your throat but after Nessa prematurely ended one of my monolockes because I didn't have an effective counter for that fucking drednaw I understood why.

I'm also salty because there was a lot of cool stuff they could've done with an England region with our rich history and mythology, if they hadn't put all the focus on the big bois. But raids and muh Go, I guess. Ugh. I know pokemon isn't about the story and I agree. But the entire final sequence of SwSh is some out-of-nowhere nonsense.
 
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Trollkitten

Kitten of Lore
Artist
Writer
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
208
Caught
Jun 30, 2019
Messages
929
Location
Gatto Region
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
She/her, Aetherai Lorekeeper
Pokémon Type
Fairy, Clever
Pokédex Entry
Autistic writer who starts more things than she finishes. Hyper asexual Twitch Plays Pokemon lorewriter. Rather be a happy shill than an angry critic.
But the entire final sequence of SwSh is some out-of-nowhere nonsense.
I disagree with practically everything else you've said in this post, but I find this part completely accurate.
 

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