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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. were do i get the move strength

  2. and I have caught dialga ( I have diamond) with a pokeball

  3. I beat the elite four once, I got to the cave before the elite four once and I am at the first badge now but I will get there again

  4. what happens when you complete the battle tower 1000 times

  5. poke master // June 3, 2008 at 4:45 pm // Reply

    Pokemon solo I thought pokemon could only get to level 100

  6. POKEMON SOLO // May 4, 2008 at 6:22 pm // Reply

    BEET THIS I STARTED YESTERDAY THESE ARE MY POKEMON DILAGA LV.100 PALKA LV.100 EMPOLION LV.100 INFERNAPE LV.200 GARTINA LV.200 CRESALA LV.100 THATS MY TEAM

  7. plece i will trade my lv100 girl charezard

  8. RANK THIS I HAVE ALL THE POKEMON AND ALL OF THEM ARE LV100

  9. rank this

    lv100palkia

    lv100giratina

    lv100azelf

    lv100dialga

    lv100mesrrit

    lv100uxie

    and i cmmpleed the nashenl pokedexand defeded the eletfour 20 times

  10. my pokemon are rubbish ive got an infernape lv65 and a polkia level100

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