The fifth generation of Pokémon was very divisive among Pokémon fans. Some people liked it, while others hated it, and some people aggressively criticised the designs of some Unova Pokémon before Pokémon Black and White even came out.
I’ll admit that Pokémon Black and White could never be as good as the generations before it, but I still enjoyed it, save for the shitty plot.
Pokémon Black and White did well by having a Pokédex consisting entirely of new Pokémon, and while some of those new Pokémon were design clones, other Pokémon presented opportunities for unique design.
On this list, you’ll meet five of my favourite fifth-generation Pokémon. Now, we all have different opinions, so if you don’t like what you’re seeing, don’t continue reading. It’s that simple.
#5 – Carracosta
Carracosta was actually a surprising case indeed. I mainly chose Tirtouga as my Water-type because I thought it was adorable (it’s a baby turtle). When it evolves, you get a very useful defensive Pokémon whose offensive stats are good enough that it can still whomp enemies in combat without much trouble.
For me, Carracosta was a lifesaver in Pokémon White. One time, I was battling Alder, the Pokémon League champion after you beat Ghetsis in the main story, and I sent it out against Volcarona, a powerful and awesome Bug-type Pokémon. It used Bug Buzz, which nearly killed it, but it had 1 HP left, and then Stone Edge struck Volcarona…with a vengeance!
I only have three major problems with Carracosta.
- It’s extremely low Speed stat (but thinking about it, this makes sense).
- It’s extremely vulnerable to Grass-type moves.
- It can’t learn a lot of good moves by TM.
Of course, depending on your tastes, you could pick either Carracosta or Archeops as your fossil Pokémon. However, if you picked Archeops, you’ll quickly learn that it’s disadvantaged by its signature ability, which halves Attack and Defense at half HP.
If you want a Water-type or even a Fossil type for Pokémon White, pick Carracosta. It can take out plenty of enemies.
#4 – Serperior
When playing Pokémon White, I was disappointed with Emboar, mainly because it was yet another Fire/Fighting type, and it was slow, and had weaker defences than normal. When Pokémon Black and White 2 came around, I decided to pick Serperior as the starter Pokémon to see what I could do with it. To be honest, I was surprised that Serperior was actually good.
Picking Snivy instead of Tepig made room for me to put better Pokémon from various types. While its stats tend to focus on Speed and the defenses, its stats are actually balanced, though my Serperior has a particularly good Attack stat.
However, my main problem is that its previous evolutions are fairly weak, and to truly take advantage of Serperior, you might need to learn moves by tutoring.
However, from a design point of view, Serperior is the best of the Unova starters, and is generally the more balanced of the starters.
#3 – Eelektross
Even though Zebstrika is a good Electric-type Pokémon, its also rather weak in terms of defences. That’s why in Pokémon Black 2, I decided that it was time for a better Pokémon. Hence, I picked up Eelektross.
It may look weird, and it may be slow, but it’s awesome in battle. It has the ability Levitate, which cancels out its only weakness. It’s stats are very good. Really, the only thing that would make it deadlier is if it had a higher Speed stat.
Of course, getting Eelektross is usually difficult. To get it, you have to evolve Tynamo, which evolves into Eelektrik at level 39. The problem with that is that Tynamo only has four moves, and can’t learn any TMs. Thankfully, in Pokémon Black and White 2, you can find Eelektrik in the Seaside Cave, and all you need to evolve it is a Thunderstone.
In battle, it can use a variety of moves like Thunderbolt, Crunch, Sludge Bomb, and even Dragon Claw. Due to it having no weaknesses, it can be useful for fighting any enemy, but if you want it to fight Ground-type Pokémon, you may want to give it some moves that aren’t Electric-types. At that point, you’ll have the best non-legendary Electric-type in the game.
#2 – Haxorus
One of the best Dragon-types period, Haxorus is an absolute monster of a Pokémon. If you have it, you can sweep enemies with its mighty physical attack. If an enemy has it, he/she can royally kick your ass.
Of course, I’m focusing on its beastly base Attack stat of 147. Also, Haxorus can have the ability Mold Breaker. Combined with the fact that it can learn moves like Earthquake, this makes it a very formidable opponent, and an extremely useful ally.
Usually with a Pokémon that focuses on physical Attack, the defensive stats suffer, but with Haxorus, this isn’t the case. Its defensive stats are actually pretty good. If you use Haxorus, remember two things:
- Never give it special moves
- Keep it away from fairies at all times
If you use it right, Haxorus is a bona fide killing machine.
#1 – Kyurem
Unova is quite generous when it comes to legendaries, and I knew that the best Unova Pokémon was one of the legendaries, but picking one for this list was very hard, but Kyurem is a personal favourite of mine, made even better in Pokémon Black and White 2.
Kyurem is basically the third member of the Tao Trio, which also features Black and White version mascots Reshiram and Zekrom. I mainly like Kyurem because its something I actually really like: an ice dragon.
Kyurem’s normal form has very balanced stats, though it specializes in offensive stats. Being that it’s a legendary Pokémon, it’s very powerful anyway. Of course, if you’re playing Pokémon Black and White 2, you can use the DNA Splicers to fuse it with either Zekrom or Reshiram to get either Black or White Kyurem. In my case, we’re talking about Black Kyurem.
Black Kyurem has and insanely high Attack stat, while also having a great Special Attack stat. Its signature move, Freeze Shock, is a two-turn attack. On the first turn, it charges. On the second turn, it does massive Ice-type damage with a chance of paralysis.
All forms of Kyurem look and are fantastic, but Black Kyruem is my clear favourite, even if it slouches a bit. For me, Kyurem simply felt like it was the most awesome Unova Pokémon, and that’s why it gets the number 1 spot.
- Vanilluxe (say what you will)
- Every legendary except Keldeo and Meloetta
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