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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. my team

    fier ster lv91

    ho-oh74

    heatran lv72

    garatina lv70

    polewroll lv46

    poletag lv16

  2. i want to play pokemon games online

  3. 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

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

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

  6. rate my team

    garicomp

    empoleon

    dialga

    chatot

    arceus

    glaceon

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

    does eny one right on this

  8. 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

  9. Becareful with the bad eggs then.

  10. 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.

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