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

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

  2. 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

  3. can you rate my team

    luxaray lv 35

    torterra lv35

    im only at the third gym

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

  5. 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

  6. plz rate my pokemon team

    Tryphlosion lv100

    Swampert lv98

    Kyogre lv89

    Luxray lv87

    Raquaza lv100

    Palkia lv100

    pokemon is the best

  7. 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

  8. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. hey pokemonrule2734

    my venusaur is lv.100

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

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