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

  2. 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

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

    garidos is a waterflying type

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

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

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

    that is a good team pikachu

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

    i have all of the gamz

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

    that is a good team!

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

    POKEMON MASTER should be the Game Guru for Diomand and Pearl

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

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