24 Temmuz 2017 Pazartesi

How to improve: 622-623: Golett-Golurk


1.Stats: Should Golurk get a stat boost, Evolution, Mega Evolution or nothing?

Golurk is a weird species, which started off as a late-game species in Unova and reduced to a mid-game species in Kalos. This was largely due to its base stage, Golett, being 303 BST and evolving very late, around Level 43. While this might mean Golurk should have a large BST, the reality is that Golurk already has a 180 BST gap, which is one of the largest gaps in the game.

This means a stat boost it can theoretically get can only be around 10 to 20 BST, which is insufficient.

An evolution is also infeasible, as Golurk is gigantic.

This leaves Mega Evolution, which will not be usable without a stat boost first.

What Golurk really needs is buffing its base form, or gaining a middle stage and then a 50 BST upgrade. Anything else seems insufficient.

2.Should Golurk get more abilities?

Golurk has decent abilities, though only No Guard is any sort of relevant. Outside of that Clear Body, Contrary, Illuminate and Wonder Skin sound fitting.

3.Should Golurk get more moves?

Yes. Golurk's movepool is okay but it can be improved significantly. Most obvious update would be Shadow Sneak, Trick Room and Bulk Up, but other moves like Meteor Mash, Mach Punch, Focus Energy, Wide Guard and Iron Head/Head Smash can be granted.

4.What additional typing Golurk can have?

Fighting is the most obvious one, and Steel and Psychic are lesser options. Rock and Normal would be the least options.

How to improve: 177-178: Natu-Xatu



1.Stats: Should Xatu get a stat boost, Evolution, Mega Evolution or nothing?

Xatu is an interesting Pokémon. Initially appearing as a mid-game Flying-type for Johto, it returned again in Hoenn as a Safari Zone species, this time with its evolution being catchable as well. However, unlike fellow Psychic Girafarig, it dd not return for Sinnoh, and since Hoenn it did not came back. While Xatu has some baggage as Will's signature species and as a Magic Bounce owner since Gen V, it is not particularly powerful, due to being inspired by Dodrio who it shares its BST with since Gen VII, and due to evolving early like Johto species, as Johto region was a purposely gimped region.

With its 470 BST it can theoretically fit for all three groups and can get +70 BST at maximum for a conventional stat boost or evolution. However, its pre-evolution Natu has 320 BST, which means the highest gap it can have is 190 BST, which corresponds to 510(+40 BST). With its early accessible nature one can shrink this further, as the highest BST species that evolves at Level 25 and is a two stage species is Phanpy-line, which goes from 330 to 500, which would correspond to around 490 BST for Xatu(+20 BST).

Nonetheless, Xatu will appreciate anything it will get, as it lacks any stat that is +100.

2.Should Xatu get more abilities?

Xatu's main abilities are pretty worthless, but its HA is great. Thematically, Forewarn, Gale Wings, Illuminate, Magician, and Wonder Skin can work, so can Magic Guard, Trace, Insomnia and Keen Eye.

3. Should Xatu get more moves?

Though Xatu has a large movepool, it is largely lacking in power, due to Xatu's status orientation. Moves like Hyper Voice, Uproar, Energy Ball, Flash Cannon, Safeguard, Mind Reader, Meditate, Mirror Coat, Nasty Plot, Reflect Type for expanding its moveset and Acrobatics and Drill Run for sake of flavour can work. Dark Pulse would also be nice.

Xatu can also get some older moves like Air Cutter and Swift to buff its Level-Up moveset.

4.What additional typing Xatu can have?

Normal and Ghost are the most obvious ones.Grass and Dark would be lesser options.

How to improve: 234: Stantler


1.Stats: Should Stantler get a stat boost, Evolution, Mega Evolution or nothing?

Stantler is an enigma to be sure. It has only been available in-gae for its original game, GSC and its remake, as an early mid-game species. The rest of the games it appeared in it only existed as a post-game Pokémon, and even then it only appeared once a generation. It did have a brief stint as a version counterpart to Kecleon in Diamond and Pearl, which is nice. It is also slightly stronger than Girafarig which is also nice.

The highest stat boost Stantler can get is +70, as it has the same BST as Magneton, 465. This means it can theoretically get all three options, with a stat boost being at least +20, an evolution being at least +70, and a Mega being +100.

But it should get something, because Stantler is so terrible, it doesn't even have a stat beyond its 95 Attack.

2.Should Stantler get more abilities?

Stantler already has three abilities, though only two of them are good, with Frisk being mediocre.

Other possible abilities would be Anger Point, Illuminate, No Guard, Reckless and Trace.

3. Should Stantler get more moves?

The most obvious move for Stantler would be Swords Dance. Outside of that, it can get Elemental Fangs at it has Bite, Horn Drill, Horn Leech for its horns, Screech, Supersonic, and Hyper Voice as it gets Uproar, Assurance, Double Hit, Fury Attack as earlier moves, Slack Off for recovery, Aqua Tail and Strength for coverage, and Echoed Voice, Dazzling Gleam and Flash Cannon for its 85 Sp. Attack.

4.What additional typing Stantler can have?

Psychic is the most obvious one, followed by Ghost and Fighting, and eventually by Electric and Ground.

23 Temmuz 2017 Pazar

How to improve: 241: Miltank


1.Stats: Should Miltank get a stat boost, Evolution, Mega Evolution or nothing?

Miltank is basically inverse Tauros, but same things that have applied to Tauros apply to Miltank as well. It should get +50 BST regardless of how it gets it.

2.Should Miltank get more abilities?

In terms of abilities Miltank has, it is the same as Tauros, again. Its abilities are decent but not good by modern standards.

Contrary, Gluttony, Iron Fist and Cute Charm are all decent potential abilities for Miltank. Vital Spirit would also be cool.

3. Should Miltank get more moves?

Payback, Wild Charge, Hyper Voice, Uproar, Head Smash, Heavy Slam, Jump Kick, Megahorn, Screech and Supersonic would be all fitting moves for Miltank. Miltank would also enjoy some old moves for Level-Up like Power-Up Punch

4.What additional typing Miltank can have?

Fighting, Ground, Rock would be primarily fitting. Electric, Psychic, Steel and Ice would be lesser fitting types.

22 Temmuz 2017 Cumartesi

How to improve: 621-Druddigon


1.Stats: Should Druddigon get a stat boost, Evolution, Mega Evolution or nothing?

In both of its appearances Druddigon appeared in late-game areas, Dragonspiral Tower and B2W2 and XY Victory Roads. This means though Druddigon is a common Dragon, it is a late-game Dragon. But it only has a measly 485 BST. This means that Druddigon is actually one of the weakest Dragon-types, and has the lowest BST for a fully evolved Dragon-type.

This simply cannot do. So, what can we do? Well, an evolution can work, but Druddigon is already slow, so +50 more boost would not fix Speed, but it might make its defenses good or its Special Attack usable. A Porygon-Z style reorganization can also work, but it would mean that Druddigon would have to lose some of its trademark bulk for Speed.

A conventional stat boost suffers the same fate as an evolution. +10 is good but not enough. +50 is necessary for Druddigon to have some relevance, which is simply too high.

A Mega Evolution is rather infeasible without some stat buff first. It would require a type change and/or strong Ability to work.

2.Should Druddigon get more abilities?

Druddigon's abilities are fine, but lacking. Rough Skin is relatively meaningless for Druddigon since most people will not hit it through physical contact moves. Sheer Force is irrelevant because it doesn't buff a STAB move. Mold Breaker is only useful against Levitate and Flash Fire.

With this in mind, some other alternatives would include 
  1. Contrary
  2. Intimidate
  3. Iron Fist
  4. Poison Heal
  5. Poison Touch
  6. Solar Power
  7. Sniper
  8. Super Luck
  9. Strong Jaw
  10. Tough Claws
  11. Unnerve

3.Should Druddigon get more moves?

Yes, here is some:
    TMs and HMs:
    1. Brick Break
    2. Bulk Up
    3. Calm Mind
    4. Dazzling Gleam
    5. Energy Ball
    6. Fire Blast
    7. Flash
    8. Low Sweep
    9. Nature Power
    10. Psych Up
    11. Poison Jab
    12. Rock Polish
    13. Sandstorm
    14. Shadow Ball
    15. Solar Beam
    16. Steel Wing
    17. Stone Edge
    18. Thief
    19. Thunder
    20. Thunderbolt
    21. Thunder Wave
    22. Waterfall
    23. Wild Charge
    24. X-Scissor
                                                Move Tutor:
                                                1. Drill Run
                                                2. Dual Chop
                                                3. Earth Power
                                                4. Ice Punch
                                                5. Iron Defense
                                                6. Knock Off
                                                7. Low Kick
                                                8. Super Fang
                                                9. Zen Headbutt
                                                              Other:
                                                              1. Agility
                                                              2. Air Slash
                                                              3. Circle Throw
                                                              4. Camouflage
                                                              5. Curse
                                                              6. Dragon Breath
                                                              7. Focus Energy
                                                              8. Focus Punch
                                                              9. Hammer Arm
                                                              10. Head Smash
                                                              11. Hurricane
                                                              12. Ice Fang
                                                              13. Nasty Plot
                                                              14. Night Slash
                                                              15. Play Nice
                                                              16. Play Rough
                                                              17. Power Gem
                                                              18. Psycho Cut
                                                              19. Razor Wind
                                                              20. Slack Off
                                                              21. Storm Throw
                                                              22. Wing Attack

                                                                                                      4.What additional typing Druddigon can have?

                                                                                                      Normal, Dark and Fighting are the most obvious ones. Poison, Ground and Rock would be lesser obvious ones.

                                                                                                      How to improve: 128, Tauros


                                                                                                      1.Stats: Should Tauros get a stat boost, Evolution, Mega Evolution or nothing?

                                                                                                      Tauros is probably the poster child of power creep. Originally one of he strongest Pokémon in the game, it became significantly less useful in later games, and became an earlier mid-game Pokémon, and eventually a late-early game Pokémon in Sun and Moon.

                                                                                                      With this in mind, Tauros is theoretically capable of all three options:

                                                                                                      A Mega Evolution would require a good Ability and possibly a type change to work, but it can work.

                                                                                                      An Evolution would have to be in the league of Electivire and Rhyperior, slower but more offensive.

                                                                                                      A stat boost can easily work, as Tauros' stats are fairly mediocre by today's standards, though still decent. It can only have +50 more stats for both an evolution and a stat boost however, and a Mega would probably work best after a stat boost to future proof the bull.

                                                                                                      2.Should Tauros get more abilities?

                                                                                                      Tauros has a full three Ability set, and they are all pretty decent. But since we are talking about other possibilities, Reckless, Rock Head and Rivalry sound all good.

                                                                                                      3. Should Tauros get more moves?

                                                                                                      Yes, though largely for its in-game movepool which is pretty dry outside of Payback and Zen Headbutt.

                                                                                                      Ignoring that, Poison Jab, Swords Dance from TM, Aqua Tail from Move Tutors, and a wide variety of Normal and Dark moves such as Headbutt, Double-Edge, Body Slam, Beat Up, Assurance, Trump Card, Tri Attack and other moves like Fissure, Magnitude, Head Smash, Megahorn, Revenge, Rock Blast, Drill Peck and Jump Kick can be granted.

                                                                                                      Other moves like Flame Charge, Avalanche, Bulk Up and Superpower would be good as well.

                                                                                                      4.What additional typing Tauros can have?

                                                                                                      Ground and Rock are the most obvious ones, but Steel and Electric can also work. Dark, Fighting and Psychic would be lesser options as well.

                                                                                                      How to improve: 208, Girafarig




                                                                                                      1.Stats: Should Girafarig get a stat boost, Evolution, Mega Evolution or nothing?

                                                                                                      Girafarig is a pretty terrible Pokémon. As one of the rejected designs for Gen I that made into Gen II, it didn't have much chance to be great, but in the first generation it was introduced, it was a mid-game Normal-type that served as a gimmick mon. In the third generation, it was a Safari Zone species, and in DPPt, it returned as a mid-game Pokémon that was more early mid-game. That was sadly its height, as it returned as a post-game species in B2W2, and as a late mid-game species in ORAS.

                                                                                                      Girafarig stats are comparable to a powerful middle evolution, and it is weaker than its de-facto counterpart, Stantler, which has 10 more BST. 10 more BST is good enough for it to be not cripplingly terrible, but it is obviously not enough.

                                                                                                      What Girafarig truly needs is either a +50 BST upgrade, or an evolution with +80 BST. A Mega cannot work without an exclusive broken ability, and a small update cannot work, though it is still necessary to match to Stantler.

                                                                                                      2.Should Girafarig get more abilities?

                                                                                                      Girafarig has a full set of abilities, but its first two abilities are terrible, and its HA is focused on its weaker Attack.

                                                                                                      Thematically, better abilities it can get would be Shadow Tag, Strong Jaw, Trace, Magic Bounce, Magic Guard Psychic Surge and Speed Boost, but other abilities like Keen Eye, Illuminate, Frisk, Forewarn, Magician, Synchronize, and Intimidate.

                                                                                                      3. Should Girafarig get more moves?

                                                                                                      Yes. Most obviously Girafarig needs something to use for its large Physical movepool like Swords Dance. Outside of that, Elemental Fangs, Poison Fang, Tri Attack, Aqua Tail, Elemental Beams and their upgrades, Wild Charge, Dark Pulse, Flash Cannon, Power Gem, Jump Kick and Hex would be all fitting moves.

                                                                                                      Slack Off and Megahorn would be fun as well, so would Iron Head and Head Smash. And of course Boomburst for the lulz.

                                                                                                      4.What additional typing Girafarig can have?
                                                                                                      Dark is the most obvious one, but outside of that Electric also fitting. Grass and Ghost can also work as well.