Top 10 worst Pokémon

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It looks like this is going to be one of those days.

With Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire on the way, Pokémon is obviously one thing that’s going to on my mind a lot over the next month, even if I don’t write about it all the time. I’ve already mentioned some of my favourite Pokémon on this site, so instead of doing that, I though it might be time for my to talk about the Pokémon I don’t like.

Every Pokémon fan probably has to face one fact: amongst all the great Pokémon that we love, there is probably at least one that we either don’t like, or just don’t care about. This list is about the worst Pokémon I could possibly think of, whether it’s because of their design, their stats, their moves, or simply because of disappointment or hatred in general.

I only have two rules for this list.

  1. I only include fully evolved Pokémon. If any of the Pokémon here don’t evolve, then that might just be one of the reasons why they’re here.
  2. I will not be talking about Mega Evolutions, since all but one of the Pokémon on this list has a Mega Evolution, and the Pokémon that does has a Mega Evolution in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, which haven’t been released yet.

Without much delay, let’s get this list started.

#10 – Delcatty

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If this was supposed to be Hoenn’s answer to Persian, then something is clearly wrong here. To be honest, I never really cared about Skitty, mainly because I assumed that it was basically a cutesy version of Meowth, but it’s even worse than I could possibly imagine.

To get Delcatty, you need to evolve Skitty using a Moon Stone, which itself is insulting because Moon Stones happen to be quite rare in all the games. Evolving Skitty is not worth it because, while Delcatty can learn an arsenal of awesome moves by TM, it’s stats do not support this movepool at all. In fact, Delcatty has some of the worst stats I’ve ever seen, with a base stat total of 380 (not even its Speed stat is usable). Could they have given it a high speed stat and design it as a support Pokémon, rather than an atrociously weak Normal-type that nobody would think to use in the long run?

Everything about this Pokémon’s design just irks me, mainly because I think they could have done better, but instead, they made another weak Normal-type Pokémon, as if we hadn’t had enough of those already. If you ever find a Moon Stone, use it on anyone else, and it would be worth more of your time.

#9 – Dunsparce

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Alas, another weak Normal Pokémon ends up on the chopping block for me, but Dunsparce is even worse because it doesn’t evolve at all. It’s Pokédex entries seem to contradict the actual qualities of the Pokémon. A lot of games mention its digging abilities, but while it can learn Dig, it doesn’t get STAB for it because it isn’t a Ground-type Pokémon, and so it wouldn’t be able to reap the benefits of having the move, especially not with its sub-par Attack stat.

Speaking of its stats, it’s only slightly better in battle than Delcatty, but it’s Speed is so terrible than it’s not even worth using anyway, even with its bulky HP stat. It learns a nice variety of moves both by level-up and by TM, but its stats are not worth it. Plenty of the Pokémon introduced in Pokémon Gold and Silver were hit or miss, and unfortunately, this one was the latter. With all the additional evolutions introduced in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, I must wonder why they didn’t introduce one for Dunsparce, so that people may actually want to catch it?

I don’t know anyone who actually likes Dunsparce, but one thing is clear: it should have had an evolution. There really isn’t a point to catching it because I don’t think anybody is going to see themselves using it.

#8 – Farfetch’d

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Another Pokémon that had so much potential that was squandered, and this one comes straight from the original games. It’s incredibly easy to sweep some of the lamer Pokémon from the first games under the rug, but this is one I think we can all agree was pointless, and Farfetch’d happens to be it.

In the Pokédex, Farfetch’d comes right before Doduo (with which it shares the same type), causing some people to believe that it evolved into Doduo. It doesn’t, and to this day it hasn’t been given any Evolution, or even a Mega Evolution. This is very disappointing because it suffers the same issues as Dunsparce. It can learn good moves, but its stats aren’t very good at all. In fact, Farfetch’d has some of the worst stats I’ve seen in any Pokémon to date (with more to come), and like Delcatty, even its Speed stat is a major disappointment. It’s so weak that it may as well be easy prey for a Pikachu.

This is a Pokémon that begs for improvement. If it had higher Attack and Speed stats, and had an evolved form, maybe I could tolerate it, but it doesn’t, and we’re left with a severe disappointment from the “good old days”.

#7 – Luvdisc

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I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that Luvdisc was extremely pointless. There’s already a plethora of monotype Water Pokémon, and among them, Luvdisc is the least impressive of them (with Basculin being the runner-up).

In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, you would want to catch them only because they had a 50% chance of carrying a Heart Scale, which you need if you want to teach your Pokémon moves that they’ve forgotten. However, in later games, there are other ways of getting Heart Scales, like smashing rocks and showing a certain NPC a Pokémon with a certain move. While those methods seem like they really on chance, it’s certainly better than having to catch Luvdisc over and over again.

Like the other entries in this list, you can’t really use Luvdisc in battle. It has good Speed, but the rest of its stats make it very frail. It’s poor Special Attack makes it terrible at using moves of its own type, and its defensive stats are awkward at best. I know I said earlier that Farfetch’d is easy prey for a weak Pikachu, but Pikachu could go to town killing Luvdiscs easily. Luvdisc is so weak that it could lose to even Pachirisu, and if you lose to Pachirisu anywhere other than the beginning of the game, then something is clearly wrong.

#6 – Shuckle

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I really hate this Pokémon. It’s just an incredibly stupid concept that was executed in an even clumsier fashion. Of course, I should note that this is same Pokémon with the highest Defence and Special Defence stats of any Pokémon, but that can only mean that its offensive stats are completely unusable.

Bulbapedia will tell you that if you use Power Trick, you’ll temporarily give it the highest Attack stat of any Pokémon, which in theory is awesome. However, please remember that this will also give Shuckle the worst Defence stat of all Pokémon, meaning that if Shuckle doesn’t act fast enough, it’ll get knocked out in a second. This is a very big problem considering that Shuckle is tied with Munchlax for the lowest Speed stat of all Pokémon, so the Power Trick strategy could only work if Trick Room is under effect.

It can actually learn a few powerful moves, but I can’t imagine Shuckle being able to use them properly without the Power Trick strategy, which makes it extremely fragile. Everything about this Pokémon just comes across to me as one great big disaster, but it’s not as bad as the next five Pokémon on this list.

#5 – Mothim

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Say hello to what might just be the worst Bug-type Pokémon ever conceived, and the biggest reason for it is that its concept has been done to death. It’s basically another moth Pokémon with the tired old Bug/Flying type combination.

Even worse is how you’re supposed to get it. You have to catch a male specimen Pokémon named Burmy, an unequivocally crappy Bug-type Pokémon that can only be found in Honey trees, and you have to raise it to level 20. Burmy is one of the few Pokémon whose evolution is determined by gender, but the way Burmy evolves is the worst concept for an evolution I’ve ever seen. While Wormadam was horrendously bad, Mothim is even worse because of its incredibly bland design.

As for its effectiveness in battle, it’s somewhat better than Wormadam, with a neat variety of moves, and good enough offensive stats to use them. However, its Speed stat is mediocre at best, and defensive stats are horrible. Even if you could use Mothim in battle, it would get knocked out very easily. To be honest, the main reason why Mothim is worse than Shuckle is because of Burmy’s needlessly complex evolution line. Besides, while there may be some people who’d want to catch Shuckle to try and exploit its ludicrously high defensive stats, I don’t know anyone who’d want to catch Burmy for any good reason.

#4 – Wobbuffet

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When I first saw Wobbuffet, I instantly hated it, but I actually tried using it in battle, I found it to be completely useless. I’m being very serious when I say that Wobbuffet is one of the worst concepts for any Pokémon in history.

Wobbuffet looks like a punching bag, and was apparently designed with that in mind. It can only ever use the following moves:

  • Counter
  • Mirror Coat
  • Safeguard
  • Destiny Bond

These moves require timing in order to use them properly, but in Wobbuffet’s case, it requires you to take advantage of its absurdly high HP, and incredibly fragile defensive stats. Simply put it, its entire strategy consists of reflecting damage back to the enemy, but it’s Speed stat is terrible. Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire also gave it a weaker baby form that doesn’t learn any attack moves at all. If that’s not enough, I you found it in the wild, you wouldn’t be able to run away from it because of its Shadow Tag ability, which prevents escape, meaning you have to either fight it or catch it.

That’s not even the biggest reason I hate Wobbuffet so much. Remember in the Pokémon anime when Wobbuffet frequently appeared in the anime and did virtually nothing other than shout its name with some of the worst voice acting you’ll ever hear in your life? Unfortunately, I remember those days all too well, and it’s even worse if you actually played Pokémon Channel, and if a Pokémon with a horrible voice etched into your skull in somehow likeable, then something is absolutely wrong.

#3 – Diggersby

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This is the only new Pokémon to be mentioned on this list, but I really hate this one, mainly because of its horrible design, and pitiful execution.

First, it’s a Normal/Ground type, which should have been the type combination they used for Dunsparce, but this type combination doesn’t do a lot of good for it. It does make it immune to Electric type moves, and adds resistance to Rock and Poison moves, but it adds three more weaknesses. Call it nitpicking if you will, but I’d rather have one weakness than four of them.

Second, Diggersby’s design is putrid, mainly because it uses its ears to dig, and that doesn’t even make sense. On top of that, it doesn’t look like a Pokémon I’d want to use at all, which is sad because it’s one of the only two Ground-type Pokémon they introduced in Pokémon X and Y (the other being the lackluster legendary Pokémon Zygarde).

Third, it can learn a variety of very good moves, but it’s stats are putrid, with a pitiful Attack stat that begs to have been higher. Its defensive stats and its Speed stat are alright, but it its Attack stat were higher, it might have been worth using. Instead, the game designers seem to have treated it like another standard Normal-type Pokémon.

Every aspect of this Pokémon’s design is baffingly awful, especially for a Pokémon you might only use at the beginning of the game, but it’s not as bad as the next entry on this list.

#2 – Audino

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Somebody in Game Freak obviously doesn’t like me, because what we have here is perhaps the worst Normal-type Pokémon ever made. Aside from it being a bad design clone of Chansey, it also happens to be the worst implementation of a healer I’ve ever known.

Audino is clearly designed as a healer, and its defensive stats and HP stat are good enough for the job, but its speed is terrible, and its movepool is quite shallow considering its poor offensive stats. With this in mind, it should have been designed as a tanking supporter.

In Pokémon Black and White, is a major tease when you found it in the rustling grass. In this scenario, you’d generally assume to find something good in the rustling grass, but most of the time, you’ll only find this Pokémon. The only reason you’ll have to even want to find Audino is to kill it for the high amount of EXP it gives you. Other than that, you’ll want nothing to do with it.

It’s also really baffling that they didn’t change it to a monotype Fairy Pokémon when Pokémon X and Y came out. Considering its design, that would have made sense, but instead, we get another lame Normal-type Pokémon with no evolution and nothing to make it worth using. Even though it has a Mega Evolution coming up, I don’t say what would make that worth using at all.

#1 – Unown

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If you’re reading this, you probably expected Unown to be somewhere on this list, and in my opinion, Unown is the worst Pokémon of all time (and I dare the game developers to make something worse in Generation VII).

For me, the reasons are completely obvious, right down to the entire gimmicky concept. Unown is basically the alphabet of the Pokémon world in Pokémon form. As such, there are twenty-eight different forms, but it doesn’t really matter because all of them are basically unusable in battle. The main reason I say this is because, despite being a Psychic-type Pokémon, the only move it can ever learn is Hidden Power, a move that has a random type determined by IV’s, something that a lot of gamers won’t really care about (and I know I don’t either). Another flaw with Hidden Power is that, because it uses the same formula for determining type as the older games, a Fairy-type Hidden Power is impossible.

Unown also has some of the worst stats I’ve seen in any Pokémon to date (Sunkern may have the worst stats of all time, but it’s a seed, so I’m not surprised). Its offensive stats are only decent, but its defensive stats are completely putrid, and its Speed stat is so bad that even if you can use Hidden Power to its best effect, you wouldn’t be to because Unown simply won’t act fast enough against most other Pokémon before they knock it out faster than you can curse a blue streak.

What’s very baffling is that in the third Pokémon movie, they can do all sorts of things, including dragging people to the realm of the Unown, but they can’t do any of that in the game. Another classic case of the Pokémon anime giving Pokémon way more power than they do in the games.

In conclusion, there are awful Pokémon out there, but this one is just universally awful in every sense of the word. There’s nothing worse than Unown, with its gimmicky concept and awful execution.

Dishonourable mentions

  • Chimecho
  • Ledian
  • Sunflora
  • Avalugg
  • Alamomola
  • Swoobat
  • Wormadam
  • Shedinja
  • Corsola
  • Mawile
  • Spinda
  • Cherrim
  • Lumineon
  • Purugly
  • Liepard
  • Phione
  • Basculin
  • Pachirisu
  • Cryogonal
  • Furfrou
  • Plusle and Minun
  • Volbeat
  • Illumise
  • Delibird
  • Emolga
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