The new generation was really disappointing. Most of the Kalos Pokédex consists of old Pokémon, because only 69 new Pokémon where introduced (70 if you count Diancie). While Pokémon X and Y might be the worst generation of Pokémon, I have to admit that it’s both good and bad.
First, they introduced the Fairy type, which adds a much needed new dynamic to the combat, and provides balance to the Dragon type. Also, some of the new Pokémon are actually very good, and this list is here to prove it.
#5 – Malamar
When Malamar was announced last summer, I was looking forward to using it, and I assumed it would focus on Special Attack. However, the way my party was structured left no room for Malamar, which is a shame because it’s really good.
If you find it with the ability Contrary, you can use Superpower without penalising your Attack and Defence, but increasing it instead. This is good because Malamar is a primarily physical fighter. It can also use moves like Psycho Cut and Night Slash to sweep away enemies.
It’s unique type combination makes it immune to Psychic-type moves, but it doesn’t resist any of the 18 types. Worse still, it’s extremely weak to Bug-type moves, and is weak to Fairy-type moves, which the game is quite insistent on flaunting.
#4 – Aurorus
While it is extremely weak to Fighting and Steel, it’s still a really cool Pokémon. It looks amazing, and it’s a very unique Pokémon.
For starters, it’s stats are balanced, and distributed well enough that it can use its variety of moves effectively. It has a low Speed stat, but it has high HP, so as long as you keep it away from Fighting and Steel-types (including Lucario), it can stand a chance of winning in a fight.
Because it can learn a wide variety of TM moves, you can be creative with its move pool. You can teach it moves like Thunderbolt, Psychic, and Flash Cannon. Also, its unique ability converts Normal-type moves into Ice-type moves, while giving them 30% more power.
Also, the way you have to get this Pokémon is unique. To get it, you need to raise the fossil Pokémon Amaura to level 39, but it only evolves at night, which makes actually makes a ton of sense.
For me, this Pokémon is actually pretty cool, and if you use it right, its flaws won’t really matter that much.
#3 – Xerneas
This has got to be one of the coolest legendary Pokémon I’ve seen in a while. Right now, it’s one of the only two Fairy-type legendary Pokémon in existence, and they really went all out with this one.
This Pokémon’s design is very well thought-out. It’s based on a deer, which has been stylized cleverly to shape like an “X”. This Pokémon embodies life, which fits very well because its antlers look like neon tree branches. Another cool element of its design is that its feet look like swords. Looking at this thing, I would have never guessed that Xerneas was a Fairy-type until they confirmed the Fairy-type at E3 last year.
In combat, Xerneas is just flat out broken. It can learn a variety of moves, including Night Slash, Megahorn, and Close Combat. If you raise it to a high enough level, it can even learn Outrage. It’s ability, Fairy Aura, raises the power of Fairy-type moves for everyone on the field, which means that Moonblast becomes even more devastating.
The only thing I don’t like about it is that its stat distribution isn’t really impressive compared to other legendaries. Its Attack and Special Attack stats are the same, which makes no sense because most of the moves it learns by leveling up are either physical or status moves. Also, the stat distribution is exactly the same as Yveltal, but if you picked Yveltal and faced off against Xerneas, you’re screwed due to the imbalanced type matchup.
All criticisms aside though, Xerneas is still impressive, and its one of the things that make it worth picking Pokémon X.
#2 – Noivern
Noivern is one of the best Dragon-types around. If you didn’t like Goodra, then I think you’ll like Noivern. It looks totally badass, and its just as great in combat.
All of Noivern’s stats are really good, though it would be ideal to use Noivern as a special sweeper, because its Special Attack stat outclasses its Attack stat. Noivern is incredibly fast, which is very useful for quickly disposing of enemies.
I only have two real problems with it.
- It’s extremely weak to Ice, mainly because it shares the same familiar type combination with Dragonite, Altaria, and Salamence (all of which are easy if you have Ice Beam).
- To get it, you have to find Noibat in Mountain Kalos and raise it to level 48, but Noibat has extremely weak stats, to the point that it’s almost unusable until you evolve it.
As cool as Noivern is, there is one Kalos Pokémon you can always depend on.
#1 – Chesnaught
I have to admit it. Kalos has the worst starter Pokémon ever introduced so far. Delphox was extremely disappointing due to its inferior stats and limited move pool, and Greninja is royally screwed because of its frail defences. Chesnaught, however, is a total badass, and in my opinion, the best Pokémon Kalos has to offer.
When I picked Chespin, it quickly became obvious that I made the right choice. As the game progressed, Chespin and its evolved forms proved themselves to be reliable allies, able to take plenty of hits. Chesnaught is a primarily physical attacker, but its main specialty is Defense.
For me, its the toughest Kalos starter, but also the most balanced and the most useful of them all, even though its extremely weak to Flying-type moves. It’s signature move, Spiky Shield, is basically like Protect, except the enemy takes damage if it tries to land a direct hit. I do agree that they could have done better with its design, but then again, the same could be said with all the Kalos starters.
For many reasons, I think that Chesnaught is the best of the new Pokémon introduced in Pokémon X and Y, and this concludes the marathon of Pokémon-related posts.
(Part 6 of 6)