Yesterday, I continued my special Pokémon marathon with the Top 5 Pokémon from Pokémon Gold and Silver. Today, on my birthday no less, I’m going to focus on Pokémon from the best game ever made: Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.
Yes, I firmly because that Generation III was the best generation in Pokémon history, because the Hoenn region was so much better than its predecessors, and the newer Pokémon introduced here were very creative and inspired.
Some of my favourite Pokémon of all time come from Ruby and Sapphire, but I can only list 5 of my favourites from Generation III.
#5 – Sceptile
This is the only generation in which it’s genuinely hard to choose a starter in every new game, because they’re all great. Case in point, for the number 5 slot, we have Sceptile, my favourite Grass-type of all time.
Sceptile’s stats focus on Special Attack and Speed, which is good because back in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Dragon Claw still counted as a Special move. If you pick Sceptile, then Dragon-types are fucked.
The only thing I don’t like about Sceptile is its somewhat mediocre Defence stat, but I haven’t encountered many real problems because of it. Besides, anything that can supposedly grow leaves on its arms that can chop down trees has got to be incredibly powerful.
With an incredibly flexible move pool, good offensive stats, and great speed, it’s one of the most powerful Grass-type Pokémon in the entire Pokédex, and one of the best Pokémon in the series.
#4 – Flygon
If you’re making a Pokémon team, you can’t go wrong with Flygon. It’s extremely well-rounded stats and awesome variety of moves, Flygon is a must-have for any self-respecting Pokémon master.
Of course, it only gets the number 4 spot for two reasons.
- It’s extremely weak to Ice
- When you catch Trapinch, its basic form, it’s quite hard to train it.
Even if it takes a while to evolve Trapinch into Vibrava, and Vibrava into Flygon, it’s extremely worth it, mainly because it can kick the ever-loving crap out of almost any foe.
If for some reason you actually want Flygon to fight Ice-types, you can feel free to teach it some Fire-type moves to level the playing field. Even if it’s not as powerful as dragons like Salamence or Garchomp, I feel that it’s an extremely versatile dragon, and it’s just totally fucking cool.
#3 – Swampert
When I was a kid, I used to start lots of new games on Pokémon, so I’ve picked all three of the Hoenn starter Pokémon at least once. One of my favourite starter Pokémon, Swampert, gets on this list because it’s so damn impressive.
As a Water-type starter, it’s actually better than Feraligatr because it can learn a greater variety of moves, and even though it has the lowest speed of the Hoenn starter Pokémon, it makes up for it with its great strength. Even the guide book for Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire said it was an Elite Four beater.
The only real disadvantage is that its extremely weak to Grass, but I don’t know anyone who’s stupid, cocky, or desperate enough to pit Swampert against a Grass-type.
Whichever starter you preferred, and even though its not my favourite Hoenn start Pokémon, I think we can all agree that Swampert is just great.
#2 – Gardevoir
There’s one Pokémon that I always seem to be using in Pokémon Ruby, it’s the Psychic-type Gardevoir. This Pokémon always had some sort of appeal, and Gardevoir itself is an extremely useful ally, even more so in the sixth generation.
Gardevoir is basically Hoenn’s effeminate version of Alakazam, but I think its even better, mainly because Gardevoir can last longer in battle. In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, it’s natural move pool wasn’t very good because it mostly learned Psychic-type moves by level-up. However, it’s not a very big problem, since it can learn a variety of other moves by TM.
In Pokémon X and Y, Gardevoir became a Psychic/Fairy type, and gained learned an array of new moves. Now, it can blast Dark-types and dragons with Moonblast, and it gained an extremely powerful Mega Evolution used by the champion of Kalos.
The fact that Gardevoir is such a useful Pokémon in battle makes the difficult search for Ralts worth it in the long run, especially since its one of the best Pokémon in Ruby and Sapphire.
#1 – Blaziken
What can I say? Blaziken is my favourite starter choice in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, but it’s also my all-time favourite Fire-type Pokémon.
As a fighter, Blaziken is fast and powerful, specializing in both physical and special attacks. Ideally, it would be best give it physical Fighting-type moves, and special Fire-type moves, but you can give it any kind of physical or special move because of its high stats.
Throughout Generation III, Blaziken has been like a faithful companion, the Pokémon I almost always use in battle, and it looks fantastic.
When I heard that a special Torchic with the ability Speed Boost would be distributed for Pokémon X and Y, I was excited. Of course, this was the only way to get Mega Blaziken, which is an extremely powerful asset to any team.
For me, Blaziken is a possible candidate for best Pokémon ever. It’s definitely my favourite starter Pokémon of any generation, and I’m probably not the only one who thinks this way.
(Part 3 of 6)