11 More Pokemon That Desperately Need Evolutions Russ Whiting March 7, 2013 Pokemon, Video Games “What? Dunsparce is evolving!” Except that never happened. You can imagine what it’d be like though, right? I’ve already speculated on a gaggle of Pokemon that need to be shown some love in part one of this theme, so you know my answer to that one. And not shown love in the “Pikachu needs more cuddles after his next haircut and hot Thunderstone massage at the PokeSpa” sense — but in terms of ameliorating movesets, stats, and overall appearance. Being the fine lover of justice porn and prevailing of underdogs that I am, here’s a list of more Pokemon Rudies who deserve their moments of glory: 1. Sunflora There are only a couple reasons that spring to mind as to why you (or anyone else for that matter) would have Sunflora on your team: 1. You lost a very strange bet. 2. You come from a long line of gardeners whose family crest is a sunflower. 3. You’re a Poke-masochist that enjoys the perverse gratification of fending off attacks from dragons, genetically-crafted superbeings, and anthropomorphic, regenerative DNA strands with… a flower guy. A flower guy with a smiley face on its sunflower head. Sure, the Pokemon you choose doesn’t define your manliness. (This is a game designed with 5-year-olds in mind, I have to keep reminding myself.) But let’s face it, there’s nothing Sunflora brings to the table that prevents you from weeding it out in favor of a superior Grass-type or any special attacker for that matter. Well grab your shovels and fertilizer bags, friends. It’s time we grew this garden: DeviantArt: Lanceofdragon 2. Pinsir When stacked up against its high-end bug brethren, Pinsir just can’t hold it down. A 125 Attack stat, solid ability in Moxie, and what the Pokemon Emerald Pokedex describes as “pincers strong enough to shatter thick logs,” are all elements that qualify it as more than some meddling insect. Couple of problems though: First, Pinsir started off as a counterpart to Scyther in the original games but was soon left behind when the latter strapped on its Metal Coat, evolved into the much more favorable Bug/Steel typed Scizor, and took off for greener pastures and more competitive battling tiers. Second, it’s the Jan Brady beetle to Heracross’ Marcia. In other words, anything Pinsir can do, Heracross can do better. They have nearly identical stats; but Heracross has more HP, better special defense, and dishes out grievous dual STAB damage with both Close Combat and Megahorn thanks to its Bug/Fighting typing. Heracross draws its real life inspiration from the aptly-named Hercules beetle; let’s see Pinsir go from a stag beetle to an atlas beetle, like this: DeviantArt: DarkSilvania Or even this: DeviantArt: Skreemz While both of those look downright menacing, Bug/Steel is a bit played out these days (we’ve got Scizor, Forretress, Wormadam, Escavalier, Durant, and bug legendary Genesect). I’d rather see Pinsir differentiate itself with a Bug/Dark evolution, a type combination we have yet to see in-game. Take the following rendition and expand upon it, perhaps? Imagine a Bug/Dark Pinsidious, wreaking havoc with the following moveset: – Megahorn – Stone Edge – Crunch – Earthquake Pinsir’s been chumped out of getting Megahorn ever since Heracross arrived on the scene. If Absol and Rapidash can learn Megahorn, it’s due time that Pinsir did the same; now that it’s an Atlas bug, there’s no excuse. A STAB Crunch also means Ghost types no longer have an easy time switching in on our big, brown bipedal beetle who has finally clambered into the upper echelon of pugnacious bugs. 3. Girafarig Girafarig is a giraffe with a big, black surprise saddled between its legs. Whoa, put down the pepper spray: a ferocious, razor-sharp toothed, sentient head for a tail. The hell did you think we meant? And that’s pretty bad-ass, isn’t it? Sure would be… if said head was advantageous in any way, shape, or form. Instead, as the Pokedex description from Pokemon Sapphire explains: “Girafarig’s rear head contains a tiny brain that is too small for thinking. However, the rear head doesn’t need to sleep, so it can keep watch over its surroundings 24 hours a day.” Too small for thinking? The hell? Can what you have really be considered a brain at all if yours makes what the dinosaurs (creatures with brains the size of peanuts) had look like Sir Isaac Newton’s in comparison? Well, technically yes. But like any poor schmoe with a micro-penis, that doesn’t mean you have to admit it. But what if Girafarig’s tail were to gain the upper end somehow? Perhaps with a sudden burgeoning in brain size? Incoming Normal/Dark: DeviantArt: DarkSilvania 4. Cherrim Cherrim is a quirky little flower whose appearance changes based on the weather. Aw, so shy. Just look at her. The left is what she looks like during normal weather and the right is when the sun basks her in its warming glow. Isn’t that adorable? Not anymore she ain’t. Call her adorable one more time and she’ll burn your ass with fire. Let’s give Cherrim an alternate evolution; one that has the choice of not only Flower Gift as its Ability, but Chlorophyll as well, to bolster its new Grass/Fire combination. According to Bulbapedia, “Cherrim is a combination of cherry and cherubim or blossom.” Take that root and add the Latin word for fire, ignis, and you have Cherignis: 5. Dunsparce Things I like about Dunsparce: 1. Paraflinch hax abuser thanks to Serene Grace. 2. Decent movepool. 3. Makes your opponent want to kill themselves. Things I hate about Dunsparce: 1. Sub-par stats. 2. Slow as shit. But what if I told you Dunsparce could be so much more than some pesky, goggle-eyed, vestigial-winged snake thing? Behold: DeviantArt: Twarda8 Normal/Dragon? A type combination so crazy it just might work. 6. Mawile “Kick off your shoes and stay Mawile.” Sorry Mawile, not tonight. We’ve got a headache. You know your mother is asleep in the next room. What do you mean you’ve never heard about the Pokerus virus? In case you couldn’t quite take the hint: we don’t want to play with Mawile. Like a poor sap whose only interaction with the opposite sex is the throngs of duplicitous women who use advantageous angles and Instagram filters for their profile pictures or Manti Te’o — we feel cheated. Here’s a Pokemon that looks every bit the bad-ass, as its “Intimidate” trait suggests, yet comes off no more harmful than most first-stage evolutions. In fact, its stat total of 380 is right on par with several inchoate Pokemon as well. Pokemon such as: Graveler (390), Munchlax (390), Gloom (395), Kadabra (400), Wailmer (400), Bibarel (410), and Furret (415). That just ain’t right. Magic wand, make my Mawile grow… into Jawguile: DeviantArt: Psyentists 7. Spinda Spinda from a seven-year-old’s point of view [sic]: “Spinda is so kul becuz he is panda bare with the stripe and he look dizzy and wun time I catched three, no for Spinda and there stripes I looked on the bodys they were diffrunt and my mom said every persun differnunt so pokemon r too that’s so awesum.” Spinda from anyone over seven’s point of view: “I caught Spinda because it looked like a cool little bear guy. Who knows what vertiginous-patterned beast it might evolve into? [One day later]: As it turns out, Spinda is a gimmick Pokemon. There are over 4 billion combinations for its spots placement. Great. Also, who gives a shit?” Let’s give Spinda a backwards hat, a pair of sunglasses, a gold chain and call him Pandizzlemanizzle. No, too distasteful and pathetic? I thought the kids these days really liked Kevin Federline and Jamie Kennedy? Alright. Give him a slight stat boost, a few years under his grizzled midsection and an ability called Bamboozle, which confuses the opposing Pokemon upon entry. We know what Kirk Lazarus warned us of in Tropic Thunder, but screw ‘em: With the Spinda evolution, we go full derp: DeviantArt: Pokeluka 8. Pachirisu The latest case of “You can never have enough egregiously cute electric type poster-critters for the Pokemon franchise,” or “It’s not Pikachu if we give it a different name and slightly different rodent family, right?” But Pachirisu isn’t Pikachu. And the only person that uses Pikachu in competitive battling is a dumbass. (Or secluded in a cave somewhere, depending on which continuity you want to reference.) Alright electric squirrel, it’s time to put those nuts of yours to good use. Shed some of the cuteness in favor of some usefulness and everything will be copacetic: DeviantArt: Mizzi-Cat 9. Basculin “Fuck yeah! Another banal fish Pokemon: one that looks like a retarded fusion of a bass, piranha, and betta fish and has a meager-ass movepool. Kind of like Magikarp except he doesn’t evolve into one of the best Pokemon in the game. Or anything at all. Can’t wait to angle me up one of these bad Larrys while I surf atop my doggy-paddling Bidoof and put ‘em to good use,” said nobody ever. Basculin is a combination of the words bass and masculine, but truth be told, there’s not too much about the dudes that exude vigor besides the facts they’re perpetually mean mugging and look like they’d cause a filthy case of the runs if eaten improperly cooked. Time for Basculin to enter the big leagues. Besides Kingdra, we haven’t had a Water/Dragon Pokemon in a while. (We have Palkia, but he’s an uber, and using ubers all the time just makes you feel unclean.) It has been rumored that Gyarados was originally supposed to be a Water/Dragon type instead of Water/Flying back in the original Pokemon games, but the lack of strong Dragon moves to counter his only weakness made Nintendo reconsider. Now that it’s 2013, Basculin’s evo can fill that gap and serve as a nice doppelganger to Gyarados while he’s at it: DeviantArt: Sea-Salt 10. Sudowoodo Props to AiPT reader Hunter, who was the inspiration for this choice. Sudowoodo was an enigmatic Pokemon when he first appeared on the scene in Gold/Silver. Why in the blue hell would an enormous rock pose as a tree? How would such evolutionary methods come to pass? Pokemon B/W gave Sudowodoo an interesting move in Wood Hammer, a 120 power physical recoil Grass move with 100% accuracy, which unlike other pure Rock types, allows it to slightly curb incoming Ground and Water attackers. He’d put this maneuver into even better use with his brand new Grass/Rock type combination: DeviantArt: Torus333 11. Eevee Sure, there’s no desperation here; and we know we’re getting Sylveon, a brand-spanking new Eeveelution in Pokemon X/Y — but this hypothetical Pokemon was way too bad-ass not to include. Champeon, the Fighting type Eeveelution: DeviantArt: Sea-Salt There you have it. Eleven more Pokemon that could benefit from some form of metamorphosis. Agree/disagree? Have any suggestions of your own? Sound off in the comments. DoctorDark Dat Dunsparce Evolution. I would ACTUALLY use it if it kept Serene grace and buffed up with dragon appropriate stats. http://www.facebook.com/dwight.potvin Dwight Aaron Potvin You really need to make sure the devs see this some how! The art work is amazing and far better then the crap they’ve been coming up witb http://www.facebook.com/john.c.tracy.5 John C. Tracy yes, all yes’s, especially Pinsir, i love Pinsir Seth the last two sucks balls. skin i would definetly use the sunflora one last pokefan Give eevee the focus sash and level it up to get fighting. Make its ability sturdy so no ohko. High speed and physical defence. But high health and special attack. last pokefan They should do the smart thing. Make a combo that hasnt been done before. Dark and electric. And call it illumado. illluminate+shadow. Ok speed. Good health. Great special atk. Great physical defence. Good physical atk and special defence. And make it a dog. Not a wolf. A dog. Like…. golden retriver mix with black lab and a russian Caucasian and german shepard. last pokefan And give it a three stage evolution. last pokefan And they should make just one more humanoid. Just one. And it should b a water fire type. Great health. Great special defence and great atk. And then good speed amd good defence and amazing special atk. They should make it have two forms. And it can only evolve if u give it a special item u can only get from the professer after u beat the elite 4 and go to his/her lab. 1 atk only it can learn. A blue flame so cold like the deep ocean it can freeze. Give it 80 power 10pp and 60% chance to frz the target if it hits. And 75% acc. Its ability is power assimilation. If its hit by a water atk. All its fire atks do 10% more damage. Same goes for reverse. And its name. Either magrivv or flarrivv. BadSouthernComedian Are you called the last pokefan because nobody wants to be around you one bit /or even play dang ol’ Pokemon if it means having to read your dang illogical, blatherin’, gibber-jabberin’ that don’t make no damn sense? malone by god whoever made these u are pure genius.just pure genius kmstrube81 just fyi skorupi’s evo (can’t think of the name) is bug/dark so a pinsir evo wouldn’t be a unique typing http://twitter.com/RussellEWhiting Russ Whiting Drapion, AKA Skorupi’s evolution at Level 40 is Poison/Dark. Skorupi is Poison/Bug so I can see where the confusion lies. Chuck H How about Kangaskhan. Dude’s never really gotten any respect, ever since g1. It’s the mon everyone always forgets. And maybe Ditto. Instead of just mimicing whatever it’s fighting at the moment, it could permanently acquire one move and one stat from each foe, and take on various different type combinations based on what it’s fought recently or even the environment it’s fighting in. I don’t know, I’m just kind of throwing ideas at the wall here. http://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/ Adventures in Poor Taste Looks like Pokemon X/Y made your wish come true with Kangaskhan; Mega Kangaskhan is an absolute beast. Ditto still needs some love though. It’s great for breeding and novelty but elements more random and unique like you suggested could definitely prove more interesting. AeonQuasar IMO! What I feel need a buff or two. - Lapras – To many common weakness to be a tank, to slow or weak to be a nuke. No real support moves, and even it’s stab (icebeam and Surf) it lack fire power. - Delibird – Cant even beat a magicarp. Desperatly need a buff, or just forever alone. - Jynx – Could be the god of ice, is now only a shadow of “The Groke” in The Moomins - Skarmory – So good in earlier generation, to easy to counter now. Need more offensive stats for other purpose than toxi/spike-tank (easy prey for seting up stat boost.) And people can really use the “evolite” item if they still want skarmory as it is. - Mantine – Awesome typing (gyarados look alike, but could have been so much more) How cool would it been if is the opposite of gyarados. Instead of insane attack, you could get insane spc att. And have the same playstyle as a sturdy nuke, with only one real fear. Octillery – Weak and slow. But good movepool. Should have more speed to be a real threat. Still it have a nice ability for baton pass team, so dont ruin that. http://twitter.com/RussellEWhiting Russ Whiting I’ve always had a soft spot for Lapras and Mantine; they’re definitely strong considerations if I make another iteration of this article. I included Delibird in Part One, which you check out here: http://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2012/06/07/11-pokemon-that-desperately-need-new-evolutions/ wolfndeer That Girafarig evolution is so on point! Definitely needed… duraflix what about this… dream on doh Pingback: 11 Pokemon That Desperately Need New Evolutions Dean Damn, there’s some epic ideas in there. A few I expected to see, but didn’t (such as Delibird, like others have mentioned, as well as stuff like Lumineon, Castform, Chimecho… basically every other forgettable Gen 3 thing that doesn’t evolve, too. xD) Christian Schoff I lost it at the part about Basculin mean mugging. Tears are literally streaming down my face. Aaron I think shellder should have an alternate evoloution. It could be evolved by a Shed stone or something and it basically turns into Cloyster without the shell. I imagine its stats to be similar to Accelgor, just really fast with decent offence. Jacey Horn I’m waiting for game freak to make THESE!