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Is Alolan Sandslash Good in Competitive Pokemon?

For many generations. Sandslash was a Ground-type Pokemon. Despite being a generally useful utility Pokemon with good Attack and physical Defense stats, it was slow and overpowered by special attacks. A hidden ability that doubled its speed on sandstorms gave it some hope, but there are Pokemon that can serve the same utility roles with […]

Will Staraptor Be Competitive in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl?

As one of the Pokemon mysteriously absent from Pokemon Sword and Shield, Staraptor will return to the competitive Pokemon metagame in the Gen 4 remakes Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. When it last appeared during Gen 7 – Sun and Moon – Staraptor was a fringe competitive option thanks to its hidden ability, Reckless, and […]

Is Sandslash (Gen 1) Good in Pokemon Sword and Shield?

Sandslash has been an interesting Pokemon to me since Gen 1 of Pokemon. While it gained a new Ice/Steel form in the Alola region of Sun and Moon, there are some interesting reasons to consider the original Gen 1 Ground-type Sandslash for your team. While it’s not one of the best Pokemon you could have […]

Is Wartortle Better than Blastoise?

As the second stage in Squirtle’s evolution, Wartortle may not be nearly as cute, but he’s significantly better in competitive Pokemon. Some players actually will search the question, “Is Wartortle better than Blastoise?” That may be a stretch but Wartortle is quite good for a not fully evolved (NFE) Pokemon.  Like with its Grass-type counterpart […]

Is Venusaur Good Competitively in Pokemon?

As the final evolution of Pokemon’s Bulbasaur, one of the three first ever starter monsters from Red and Blue, Venusaur has enjoyed a long competitive history. Despite having many different weaknesses in earlier generations of the video game franchise, Venusaur has gained additional resistances as types have been introduced into Pokemon.  Also, while its move […]

Is Ivysaur a Good Pokemon?

Ivysaur is the first evolution of Pokemon’s Bulbasaur, one of the first three starters ever in the entire video game franchise. As I discussed in my writeup “Is Bulbasaur Good in Pokemon,” Ivysaur gains about a 25 percent gain in base stats with the tradeoff being that it naturally learns its moves later.  When I […]

Is Bulbasaur Good in Pokemon?

Long hailed as the least-chosen starter Pokemon from the first-generation games of Red and Blue, Bulbasaur and its evolutions have become an increasingly effective mon in both the adventure and in competitive play. While Venusaur is typically who you will find as either an all-out attacker on Sunny Day/Drought teams or as a specially defensive […]

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