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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 expert // June 14, 2007 at 6:21 pm // Reply

    hmm Legendary hunter nice pokemon u have, u got to train some though the more u train them the stronger they get but ur almost there. I give ur pokemon a 4 out of 5.

  2. pokemaster // June 13, 2007 at 6:55 pm // Reply

    i agree with everyone else who said this, Gyarados IS water/flying

  3. lucario master2000 // June 12, 2007 at 1:32 pm // Reply

    i got a ifnerape that knows thunder punch

  4. oh, Legendary Hunter guy: Good, but a ton of your Pokemon are the same level as you catch them at. That is not a good thing.

  5. Yah, everyone that said that Gyrados is Water/Flying is right, even though it is a sea serpent. Also, the one guy who talked about Rayquaza and Swampert: get with the times! This is Diamond and Pearl, not Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

  6. gyrados fan // June 10, 2007 at 9:16 pm // Reply

    Gyrados is a Water/Dragon . P.S. check the pokedex if you have a Gyrados.

  7. Beat the Game // June 10, 2007 at 12:45 pm // Reply

    D/P pwnz!But for better

    (and easier) gameplay, get an AR!!!

  8. cat lover dood // June 9, 2007 at 11:20 pm // Reply

    I think it is the best pokemon game yet

  9. Legendary Hunter // June 9, 2007 at 12:27 pm // Reply

    Rate my team

    Heatran lv. 70

    Garatina lv. 70

    Mewtwo lv. 71

    Regigigigas lv. 70

    Azelf lv. 56

    Suecune lv. 50

  10. pokemon is cool for kids

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