Thursday, August 7, 2014

Different Isn't Always Bad: Using Lesser Seen Pokémon

In the past few weeks, I've noticed a large increase of overused Pokémon on Battle Spot as well as WiFi battles and it makes one wonder, "What about the other Pokémon?" A vague question but it doesn't take too much brain power to understand where I'm going with this. What about the hundreds of other Pokemon that don't usually see competitive play? I've asked myself this exact question several times and to be honest, "New" isn't always a bad thing. Take for example: Swalot. At first glance you register that it is a 3rd Gen common Pokemon, nothing to crazy, and its stats are rather mediocre.

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The first thing that pops out at me is it's typing. Poison actually became a decent type in Pokemon X and Y due to the introduction of fairies and it also has 5 resistances. Next are his abilities: Liquid ooze, Sticky Hold, and Gluttony. Now these may not be the best of abilities but one in particular strikes my interest and that is Liquid Ooze. I can't count the amount of times I have been Leech Seeded in a battle and it is rather annoying, Liquid Ooze acts like a counter for that and any draining moves your opponent tries to go for. Sticky Hold is a great counter for Knock Off; stopping them from knocking off your item and they do not get the additional damage boost.

I have some personal experience with Pokémon just like this. A good friend of mine had raised a Swalot and I kid you not, his Swalot alone trolled about half of my team and I couldn't do anything about it.
This is just one of the many Pokemon that have the potential to become competitive, they just need a push in the right direction. Comment below some Pokemon that you have witnessed or have raised yourself that aren't necessarily competitive, but have the abilities to be so.