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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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10 Comments on A Pokemon Primer

  1. thank you X

  2. some dude in austria // June 24, 2007 at 7:35 pm // Reply

    I know nada about pokemon

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  5. The Sam Man // June 23, 2007 at 8:28 pm // Reply

    Bla bla bla I know that Gyrados is water @ flying type @ Diamond has better pokemon.

  6. CCCCCCOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL! A Garados that is DRAGON/FLYING. It`s supposed ta be WATER/FLYING!

  7. I have a gyrados! it is Dragon/Flying

  8. can i play pokemon red

  9. i agree, garodos is water flying but it can learn dragon attacks (and fire attacks like flamethrower from a TM)

  10. POkeMOn lOVer999 // June 15, 2007 at 8:07 am // Reply

    On pokemon pearl i ve beaten the elite 4 + champion its alsome when you get to migrate and catch level 56 pokemon like rhydon and camerupt and wailord and roselia.

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