It’s a Hobby: A ranking of all 721 unique species of Pokemon. Part 1

You probably don’t recognize them all and maybe that’s a good thing.

I always wanted to rank every single Pokemon and now I’m regretting it.

NERD ALERT. THIS POST CONTAINS HIGH LEVELS OF NERDINESS THAT MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AUDIENCE MEMBERS.

Out of all 721 Pokemon it looks like the one I hate the most is actually 2 Pokemon. Silcoon and Cascoon are the ripoffs of Metapod and Kakuna. At least Metapod and Kauna looked somewhat different, Silcoon and Cascoon just differ in hue! For those wishing to sharpen their knowledge of the Pokemon universe, when Metapod evolves into Butterfree, it gains the Flying type. When Kakuna evolves into Beedrill, it keeps the Bug and Poison types. Why should anyone care about this you ask? When they created the 3rd Generation of Pokemon on the Gameboy Advance there were tons of unused Pokemon type combinations ready to be designed. Silcoon is a Bug type just like Metapod, and Cascoon is Bug/Poison like Kakuna. And you guessed it, when they evolve they get the exact same type combinations as Butterfree and Beedrill. So why do I hate Silcoon more than Cascoon? Silcoon evolves into… Beautifly, an almost carbon-copy of Butterfree. At least Cascoon keeps things somewhat fresh when it evolves into Dustox, a toxic moth (although even it shares many similarities with Venemoth).

As is the tradition in Pokemon you always have bug Pokemon at the beginning of the game. I remember playing Pokemon Ruby for the first time and feeling extremely disappointed. The 2nd Generation of Pokemon delivered on everything a kid could want after playing Red, Blue, and Yellow. Exploring the Johto region in Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal and Pokemon Stadium 2 were my fondest Pokemon memories. Within the first few minutes of entering the 3rd Generation of Pokemon I knew it wouldn’t be the same. Maybe it was Nintendo getting lazy or maybe it was me growing up but the magic was gone.


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