EDIT: Just noticed my less-than-stellar grammar and a couple errors. Fixed, mostly. I wasn't paying a whole lot of attention to writing this <vDv>;. Please don't consider it indicative of my formal writing style.
A Top Ten Pokemon machine has reached the internet and is available here! fio4ri.github.io/FavoritePokem…
As someone whose always struggled with exactly which Pokemon were their favorites, this thing helped me out quite a bit
. I can't say I totally agree with it -- I mean seriously, Emolga is my Number 6 Favorite Pokemon, my foot! They are AT LEAST Number 2 D:
-- but it got a pretty good general idea of what I like. The mistakes are..probably my fault, honestly. Sometimes the page lagged and registered as double click from me. Soooo. Regardless, here's a more-or-less list for you guys
Pachirisu was so cool that the machine glitched and added him twice!
Pachirisu has been my favorite Pokemon ever since I got back into it after leaving several years ago. I've always had a love for rodents, squirrels and rats in particular (as can be seen from me having 3 electric rodents on the list), and I've always loved Electric-types. Originally the number one spot was occupied by Luxray up until the early Gen 5 days when I originally fell out of Pokemon, but I already liked Pachirisu by then and simply didn't want to admit that I liked such a "weak" Pokemon. I always liked my favorite Pokemon to be my partner, which usually meant the team leader and first Pokemon I'd throw out in a battle. I didn't quite know how to use Pachirisu back then, and so he fell in as the sorta team cheerleader story-wise. Think Togepi from the original series; always present, never really doing anything.
I was originally demoralized and disillusioned with Pokemon when I lost my White cartridge, which had most of my team since I got into Pokemon in the first place. This was the second
time that this had happened, the time before that ending with me losing my Raichu whom since I was young I considered my childhood pet. When I got back into Pokemon and decided to dust off my old Platinum cartridge, the only one I had not transferred to a new game from my old games was Pachi! (exclamation point included) my Pachirisu. At this point, I gave up denying it and accepted Pachirisu as my favorite partner 'mon, learned how to use 'em, and put him to great use. Now named 'Apples', he's been my partner Pokemon ever since, save for my Pokemon X game wherein that honor belongs to Clairveaux (Yes, it is misspelled...), my Emolga.
Anybody whose been with my deviantART since the beginning will remember Luxio somewhere in the back of their mind. Luxio was my former favorite Pokemon, being, oh, I dunno, an ~ELECTRIC LIOOONN~ without being as hyped up or BA-looking as Luxray, which is a plus for me
Cats have always been among my top favorite animals since I've ever bothered thinking about such a list, and I didn't have the same love for Normal-types that I have now. Luxio fit the bill perfectly, squeezing right in between his pre-evo's adorable innocent look and his evo's I'M GOING TO CRUSH YOU INTO DUST IF YOU LOOK AT ME WRONG
threatening gaunt. The Luxray I had with me up until Gen 5 when I lost my game I often in-story considered a Luxio just for roleplaying purposes, I loved them so much.
Minccino was the Pokemon that began my love for Normal-types that I have until today, and was the first Pokemon that I liked for more martial reasons in addition to cute appearance. Minccino and Cinccino with Technician were forces to be reckoned with, able to stack up ungodly amounts of offense and speed that were able to do massive damage even without landing any Super Effectives-- though that said, mine does have Wake-Up Slap, which by the way also gets the Technician buff giving it a whopping 90 power!
It was the first Pokemon that I felt I could confidently use and coo over in equal measure. Even Pachirisu was a lot more defense-focused in its strategy, a strategy which I've never been particularly good at utilizing well. You can see how much I love this Pokemon by how much attention to detail Diarmaid gets more than any other Pokemon OC I've had up to this point-- and yes,
members, I -will- be participating in M5. Diarmaid's coming home <.3.> <3 Also, I'm working on his M3 which I owe to just about, I dunno, a year too late, no big XD
My original favorite Pokemon and my original partner Pokemon in my first ever Pokemon game back waaayy in the early 2000s. Raichu has always been straddling my Top 5 list since I was a little kid, and you know what, even if every other Pokemon falls out of my Top 10 (save for Pachirisu, Emolga, and maybe Minccino), Raichu will always
be present in it.
I started in Pokemon during the Gen 3's Gen 1 remakes, my first game being Fire Red. I'll be honest, I never really ... liked
any Pokemon design in particular before Generation 3 came around, which is why it took me so long to get into the series. Notice that there aren't a whole lot of Gen 1 Pokemon on the list up there. Raichu was the exception to my dislike for the older gen designs, and I doted on him like no one else. My poor Bulbasaur, even though he was officially my first Pokemon, was never the one I bonded with or trained specifically (though he was still around and trained up until I moved on to Emerald and left him behind). Raichu, in my mind, was always my first Pokemon and I still consider them to be to this day, even if my original one is long gone by now. I miss you, Champy <;~;>
Honestly, it wasn't losing my Pokemon game that got me out of Pokemon for the first time-- it was me losing the game that had my Raichu in it
that got me out of Pokemon for the first time!
About a year ago I was cleaning out some boxes from the basement in preparation of moving and I had found a box of old Pokemon cartridges, including a copy of the version I had lost so many years ago. I could almost feel tears welling up as I went upstairs and plugged in the cartridge to my DS-- only to find that it was my sister's
copy of the game instead. She gets all her old Pokemon back, and I don't get mine. Siiigh. It was disappointing, to say the least.
...oh, the icon's broken
I often lump Minccino and Cinccino together, though I tend to like Minccino more for its simpler look. Remember that a good chunk of my liking for Minccino came from its fighting ability while staying cute. Cinccino had Minccino beaten in the martial field by a longshot.
That said, I'm honestly surprised that Cinccino made it so far on my list. It seems like a Top 20'r for me.
This I feel really should've been my number 2 spot...
Emolga has a lot of the same value to me as Pachirisu does, with a lot of the same reasons. While Nostalgia and sorta partnership played a big part in Pachirisu being my favorite, now that my X version had an Emolga as the team leader (and X added so much more depth of affection with Pokemon with Pokemon-Amie and friendship having more active roles in battle now), Emolga has wormed its way up to my 2nd favorite Pokemon spot, only slightly behind and at times competing with Pachirisu for being my absolute favorite. In fact, when I draw my Trainer persona again, if I ever do, I'm associating him with both
Pokemon instead of just one of them-- which is appropriate anyway since I generally prefer Double Battles. Emolga's extra utility as a Flying type helps it along in my favorites a long way as well.
At this point in time I consider Pachirisu and Emolga in my mind to be separate but equal. I'm honestly conflicted with which one should be in the top spot, really. In short, think about how much I like Pachirisu, then think of how much I would have to like another Pokemon to consider replacing Pachirisu with them. That should give a good idea
Yeah this um...I'm honestly not a huge fan of Dragonite. This spot should be Goodra's, or maybe Dragonair's. That said, I have no negative feelings towards the big cuddly giants, so ya know, why not have an honorary spot here for Pokemon's first ever Apex fighter?
I'm not an incredibly huge fan of Ampharos either, though I've always had a moderate liking for the electric sheep family. I'm surprised to see him on here, though not necessarily in the (slightly-)negative way that I reacted to seeing Cinccino and Dragonite on here.
See Luxio above, I've liked Shinx for about as long. Though I really
wish that Pachirisu was playable in the PMD universe, Shinx has been my favorite of the canonical ones. That's saying something since I prefer the Mystery Dungeon games to the main series, story-wise anyway.
This one is another surprise to me, though in a much more pleasant way even than Ampharos. Psychic types, despite them being conspicuously absent from this list, have always been my second favorite type, wrestling a bit with Normal type at times. Grumpig (and Girafarig
) are easily my two favorite dual-type psychics. They're obscure, and both have really pleasant designs. They've both been sort of secondary favorites, straddling the bottom of my Top 10 favs list like Grumpig is doing right now, but that's still a high position to hold considering how many Pokemon out there there are.
I've actually given some thought to making a character of both species for PMD settings-- in fact I -have- in the case of Girafarig, though I haven't actually drawn him yet, and you can count on seeing a Grumpig in the upcoming PMD-Oregon.