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A Pokemon Primer

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For anyone who has been out of contact with the world for the last decade, Pokemon games involve catching and training adorable little monsters. First you battle wild Pokemon, then you catch them in a pokeball. If the ball closes and they stay in, they are yours for the keeping.

On the off chance that some of you have spent the past 10 years trapped in an outer space vortex, allow me to take a moment to explain Pokemon and Pokemon games.

Pokemon, short for “pocket monsters,” are friendly creatures that you catch and train to enter in competitions. These sweet little creatures have elemental traits. There are water Pokemon, plant Pokemon, rock Pokemon, fire Pokemon, ghost Pokemon, psychic Pokemon and so on. There are also ridiculous Pokemon, but that is not an official classification.

Some Pokemon fit in two classifications. For example, Gyrados, a fire-breathing fish/dragon, is both water and fire. Water Pokemon are great at fighting rock Pokemon—water dissolves dirt, after all, but aren’t worth a bean against plant Pokemon. Since Gyrados has fire attacks, however, he’s great against rock and plant Pokemon.

The basic gameplay in Pokemon games has not changed much since the beginning. While there are always over 100 Pokemon for you to catch, train and evolve, you can carry only six with you at a time. You place the others in storage until you need them, then you walk around fighting other trainers and entering gyms where you can earn badges and new abilities.

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19 Comments on A Pokemon Primer

  1. gyarados is water and flying, not water and fire.

    • pikachu lover // October 27, 2015 at 11:34 am // Reply

      Yeah, I thought that was pretty obvious. Just ’cause he looks like a dragon doesn’t mean he breaths fire. And that STILL doesn’t justify being part fire type!

  2. maurizio zoino // May 13, 2010 at 8:17 pm // Reply

    you cant have lvl 101 cuz it impossible to level up if you have lvl 100 cuz u it take infinite exp to lvl up

  3. zapdos is the legendary thunder bird pok’emon.

  4. Rate team:This team is from pok’emon Fire red version.
    Slax[from Bike Road]:100
    And others in PC rangeing from 75-100.

  5. me have arceus lv.101! rate my team check it out! arceus lv.101 torterra lv.79 and other lv. 100

  6. pokemon card master // August 27, 2009 at 11:42 pm // Reply

    Mewthree dose not exist

  7. Anonymous, does Mewthree even exist? If it really does, tell me where he is.

  8. This awesome kid I met gave me 999 master balls and 999 rare candies with his action replay. The rare candies are basically how I got all my level 100’s

  9. Gyrados is water and flying type!!!

  10. i cant find a manaphy can u help me i cant get action replay.

  11. pokemonmaster // April 28, 2009 at 11:30 am // Reply

    To heck with Gyarados, if u start with Piplup u get a water/steel. Only disadvantage to THAT is a weakness to ground. (not like u cant beat them easily with empoleon’s speed)

  12. pokemonmaster // April 28, 2009 at 11:28 am // Reply

    Oh BTW gyarados’s dragon rage attack is, I quote, “not worth a bean”. Except against stuff u are trying NOT to KO, like Heatran and Mesprit.

  13. pokemonmaster // April 28, 2009 at 11:25 am // Reply

    Gyarados isn’t water/dragon (though he should be). He’s water/flying. That is an annoying configuration that makes him super weak to Electric. Way back when I was duelling Wake, my Luxray had a fun time with Thunder Fang.

  14. gyarados is a water-gragon type. I just looked it up in my diamond pokedex

  15. A problem spot was fighting Galactic (ego) Commander Mars. When her Purrugly came out, I knew she meant business. I suggest using your best Pokemon.

    P.S.: The Windworks battle was the prob, but the Lake Verity fight was a piece of cake.

  16. try pokemon sprites. they rok!

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