The holiday season has arrived and as a nerd, naturally I think of gaming, of ice levels, and of ice related thing, namely Pokemon! Here’s some of the best and worst icy pocket monsters the world of Pokemon has to offer.
Best – Articuno
Stadium A legendary bird Pokémon with long and distinctive tail feathers. Said to appear if you are freezing on a snowy mountain.
Easily one of the more recognizable legendary Pokemon, Articuno was the first legendary Ice Pokemon and the first Pokemon to begin a legendary trio. Unlike the stoic and frigid nature of this specific Pokemon type, Articuno is elegant, fast, and strikes like no other, being a helpful Pokemon to have in Kanto when up against Dragon Master Lance.
Worst – Glalie
Sapphire Glalie has the ability to freely control ice. For example, it can instantly freeze its foe solid. After immobilizing its foe in ice, this Pokémon enjoys eating it in leisurely fashion.
First off, that’s a terrifying description, especially with a pre-evolution as fun and inspired as Snorunt. Second, I don’t think I’ve ever been so shocked at an evolution like Snorunt’s to Glalie. While many look to Remoraid to Octillery as a bizarre disconnect of physical evolution, Snorunt to Glalie is bizarre thematically.
While you can pinpoint teeth, black body, blue eyes, and sharp design, Glalie seems to be the haunted bizarre hockey mask you never wanted looking at you. With Snorunt’s design being inspired to be more cozy and a bit on the sheltered native look, it’s sad to see that the design did not carry forward. Also, Glalie carries a sad 80 in all of its base stats, which in essence, is nothing to write home about. Lastly, Glalie is just straight up terrifying and would probably make for a better ghost type, especially given his shiny variant.
That and his Mega evolution is equally creepy.
Best – Mamoswine
Platinum A frozen one was dug up from soil dating back 10,000 years. It woke up to much amazement.
This one is a personal favorite, as my love for the Mastodon came from another franchise that became huge in the U.S. during the 90s…
Aside from that, I have enjoyed that the series is looking to evolve previous families, with Mamoswine deriving from the Swinub family. Looking past the quadrouple weakness and poor speed, Mamoswine boasts a great base attack for ground moves, making it a unique tool for any party. Aside from being downright massive, Mamoswine has a fun evolution method, as it can evolve when Piloswine levels up knowing the move Ancient Power.
Worst – The Whole Vanill- Family
Alpha Sapphire Swallowing large amounts of water, they make snow clouds inside their bodies and, when angry, cause violent blizzards.
Vanillite, Vanillish, Vanilluxe. Does the term uninspired come to mind? Not that shoving Pokemon together and calling them evolved hasn’t happened in the past (Dugtrio, Magneton), but to simply transform from one cone to two seems lazily designed. For the theme of desserts, possibly upgrading to a sundae or cake would be a logical upgrade, or kicking up the theme of ice to a more menacing level would be nice. Instead, all we have are jokes about ‘running out of Pokemon ideas’ resurging every new generation. This particular family does not help the cause.
Best – Kyurem
Black 2 This legendary ice Pokémon waits for a hero to fill in the missing parts of its body with truth or ideals.
Kyurem is Jurassic Park meets Pokemon. Sure, there’s other dinosaurs, including Tyrantrum, Rampardos, and Auroros, but Kyurem is intimidating to look at and has the power to back it up. Being an Ice/Dragon type also helps its weakness, negating the one type all Dragon users use. For also being the only Pokemon to fuse, it has to be mentioned, as being the literal gray area between black and white is poetically beautiful in this trio.
Worst – Cryogonal
Black When its body temperature goes up, it turns into steam and vanishes. When its temperature lowers, it returns to ice.
When I saw this Pokemon, I thought “Why?” A robotic snowflake? It just seems to be made to fill in the quota for Ice pokemon.
Honorable Mention (aka Not sure if best or worst) – Avalugg
Alpha Sapphire The way several Bergmite huddle on its back make it look like an aircraft carrier made of ice.
Avalugg is just baffling to me. As an iceberg inspired Pokemon, Avalugg is impressively massive. When I see the top, I am conflicted. On one hand, representing the bottom of an iceberg versus its pre-evolution, Bergmite, representing the top is an interesting design. However, to appear flat up top leaves much to be desired in my mind. Ionly say this because I’ve seen what other quadrupeds have been given.
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