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A Pokemon Primer

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For anyone who has been out of contact with the world for the last decade, Pokemon games involve catching and training adorable little monsters. First you battle wild Pokemon, then you catch them in a pokeball. If the ball closes and they stay in, they are yours for the keeping.

On the off chance that some of you have spent the past 10 years trapped in an outer space vortex, allow me to take a moment to explain Pokemon and Pokemon games.

Pokemon, short for “pocket monsters,” are friendly creatures that you catch and train to enter in competitions. These sweet little creatures have elemental traits. There are water Pokemon, plant Pokemon, rock Pokemon, fire Pokemon, ghost Pokemon, psychic Pokemon and so on. There are also ridiculous Pokemon, but that is not an official classification.

Some Pokemon fit in two classifications. For example, Gyrados, a fire-breathing fish/dragon, is both water and fire. Water Pokemon are great at fighting rock Pokemon—water dissolves dirt, after all, but aren’t worth a bean against plant Pokemon. Since Gyrados has fire attacks, however, he’s great against rock and plant Pokemon.

The basic gameplay in Pokemon games has not changed much since the beginning. While there are always over 100 Pokemon for you to catch, train and evolve, you can carry only six with you at a time. You place the others in storage until you need them, then you walk around fighting other trainers and entering gyms where you can earn badges and new abilities.

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118 Comments on A Pokemon Primer

  1. pokemon solo how did u get a lv.200

  2. rate my team raquaza lv.100 infernape lv.100 regigigas lv.100 giritina lv.100 regirock lv.100 lanturn lv.100

  3. rate my team from one to ten i just started yesterday

    giratina lv70

    rhyperrior lv 55

    salamence lv100

    heatranlv70

    staraptor lv54

    and torterra lv70

  4. Nice team to all of you. I like the combinations.

  5. I HAVE ARCEUS!!!! LEVEL 100!!! COMES LEVEL 80!!! NO ACTION REPLAY!!!
    Mystery Gift gets either a letter from oak for pokemon shaymin, a membership card for darkrai, or azure flute for arceus.

  6. rate my team (it’s not very good):
    torterra lv. 50
    torterra lv. 50
    luxray lv. 49
    stariraptor lv. 56
    azumarill lv. 39
    floatzel lv. 30

  7. I agree with tumeg. and the person hes talking about is lying. thats inposible.

  8. whats the code to get mewthree

  9. Guess what… I have Mewthree lv.100!!!!!!! cool hah?

  10. were do i get the move strength

  11. and I have caught dialga ( I have diamond) with a pokeball

  12. I beat the elite four once, I got to the cave before the elite four once and I am at the first badge now but I will get there again

  13. what happens when you complete the battle tower 1000 times

  14. poke master // June 3, 2008 at 4:45 pm // Reply

    Pokemon solo I thought pokemon could only get to level 100

  15. POKEMON SOLO // May 4, 2008 at 6:22 pm // Reply

    BEET THIS I STARTED YESTERDAY THESE ARE MY POKEMON DILAGA LV.100 PALKA LV.100 EMPOLION LV.100 INFERNAPE LV.200 GARTINA LV.200 CRESALA LV.100 THATS MY TEAM

  16. plece i will trade my lv100 girl charezard

  17. RANK THIS I HAVE ALL THE POKEMON AND ALL OF THEM ARE LV100

  18. rank this

    lv100palkia

    lv100giratina

    lv100azelf

    lv100dialga

    lv100mesrrit

    lv100uxie

    and i cmmpleed the nashenl pokedexand defeded the eletfour 20 times

  19. my pokemon are rubbish ive got an infernape lv65 and a polkia level100

  20. pokemonmaster14 // February 16, 2008 at 9:53 am // Reply

    any one know about arceus?????????

  21. pokemonmaster14 // February 16, 2008 at 9:49 am // Reply

    all your pokemon are so-so,my pokemon are the best-

    metagross lv100 blissey lv100 giratina lv100 crobat lv100 garchomp lv100 and empolion lv100

  22. can you rate my team

    luxaray lv 35

    torterra lv35

    im only at the third gym

  23. poke eevee 2000,yur team iz awsome.Plz,gmme help wit cathcin those pokemon of thise rive_

  24. poke eevee2000 // January 8, 2008 at 1:34 pm // Reply

    plz rate my pokemon team

    Palkia lv100

    Raquaza lv100

    Kyogre lv87

    Luxray lv97

    Mew lv100

    Empoleon lv98

    pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez rate my team

  25. plz rate my pokemon team

    Tryphlosion lv100

    Swampert lv98

    Kyogre lv89

    Luxray lv87

    Raquaza lv100

    Palkia lv100

    pokemon is the best

  26. Pikachu rocks!!!!! // December 24, 2007 at 12:57 pm // Reply

    Hi game guru plz rate my team out of five

    infernape lvl 100

    pikachu lvl 100

    absol lvl 100

    dialga lvl 100

    alakazam lvl 100

    machamp lvl 100

    & girantina lvl 100

    is that spelt write plz rate it

  27. Man pokemon diamond &pokemon pearl is totaly awsome!!!!!!!! my team is:

    Empoleon LV 100

    Palkia LV 99

    Dialaga LV 100

    Torterra LV 83

    Luxeray LV 90

    Infirnape LV 100

    Pokemon diamond and pokemon pearl totaly ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. hey pokemonrule2734

    my venusaur is lv.100

  29. am I the only one who uses ‘Pokemon Zero’

  30. my team

    fier ster lv91

    ho-oh74

    heatran lv72

    garatina lv70

    polewroll lv46

    poletag lv16

  31. i want to play pokemon games online

  32. Diamond and Pearl ROCKS! // September 6, 2007 at 7:06 pm // Reply

    Rate my team please. I don’t have really good pokemon rayquaza lv 89 groudon lv 80 kyoge lv 74 torterra lv 77 heatren lv 70 giratina lv 70

  33. i have a piplup that CAN do fire punch …… mimic of curzz

  34. some dude in minasota ill rate your team 4.5 over 5

  35. rate my team

    garicomp

    empoleon

    dialga

    chatot

    arceus

    glaceon

  36. some dude in minasota // August 5, 2007 at 9:52 pm // Reply

    does eny one right on this

  37. pokemonrule2734 // July 30, 2007 at 7:39 pm // Reply

    Pikachu I give your team 6 out of 6 cause I was lucky just to make my Venusaur to level 71

  38. Becareful with the bad eggs then.

  39. some dud in minasota // July 17, 2007 at 5:43 pm // Reply

    to tumeg: for one its the easiest way to beat the game and ive beaten the game five times without the action replay. so i resterted the game again to beat it with the action replay.

  40. Hey some dude in minnesota. Why do you use action replays you cheater?

  41. some dud in minasota // July 16, 2007 at 8:24 am // Reply

    please rate my team

    lugia lvl100

    latios lvl100

    celiby lvl100

    rayquaza lvl100

    mew lvl 100

    jarichi lvl100

    plllllllllllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzzzz rate my team

  42. tyranitar master // July 16, 2007 at 8:17 am // Reply

    garidos is a waterflying type

  43. Wait….gyarados is a water/flying pokemon……not a fire or dragon type. Sorry game guru but this thing has a mistake.

  44. this guide…is…horrible…and flawed. There are several errors or miss-explained things. Including the last part about Gyarados…

  45. POKEMON MASTER // July 4, 2007 at 7:45 pm // Reply

    that is a good team pikachu

  46. POKEMON MASTER // July 4, 2007 at 7:40 pm // Reply

    i have all of the gamz

  47. POKEMON MASTER // July 4, 2007 at 7:33 pm // Reply

    that is a good team!

  48. Random numbers // July 2, 2007 at 5:00 pm // Reply

    POKEMON MASTER should be the Game Guru for Diomand and Pearl

  49. If you look on the pokedex it says it is a water\flying.

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