With the release of Sword/Shield, I wanted to go through all of the Pokemon that I love the most from each region. And yes, I sorted this so that it comes out after the new games because then I could include the Galar Pokemon.
I will include Legendaries and Mythicals here, though. Just as a disclaimer.
Kanto – Omastar
We all love Kanto, don’t we? I’m being a little sarcastic, Kanto is probably my least favourite region due to its limitations when it comes to scenic diversity (the Pokemon, on the other hand…), but I can’t deny the love I have for Lord Helix itself, Omastar. It may not be the best Pokemon to hail from Kanto, but it’s (one of) the OG fossil Pokemon.
Honourable mentions – Hypno, Zapdos
Johto – Girafarig
My Johto favourite seems to chop and change depending on how I feel. And at this point in time, I’m giving the coveted spot to Girafarig. I have no bad things to say about Girafarig – its concept is pretty cool, although I love the beta version. It’s also absolutely adorable, and has a nice shiny too!
Honourable mentions – Umbreon, Shuckle
Hoenn – Ludicolo
This is the one I affectionately call ‘Mah Boi Ludicolo’, and it’s stuck. However, I always end up with the version opposite the one Ludicolo is on, but I love how jolly it is, and how it dances around. The whole design element and its shiny have made it my third-favourite Pokemon of all-time.
Honourable mentions – Gardevoir, Absol
Sinnoh – Roserade
This may come as a shock considering I touted Luxray as my favourite Pokemon. But why? I had to reassess, and I feel more excitement for Roserade than I do Luxray at this point in time. Roserade is another Grass/Poison type, which got heavily overdone in Kanto. But the design is amazing, and a vast improvement on Roselia from Hoenn. I raised one from a Budew in my first Diamond playthrough, and its Poison Point Ability was…on point.
Honourable mentions – Luxray, Elecitivre
Unova – Chandelure
Chandelure is pretty awesome, I have to say. It’s my go-to Pokemon for when I want to Masuda-hunt and hatch eggs quickly due to its Flame Body Ability. Chandelure is also a Pokemon that takes an inanimate object and makes it so awesome!
Honourable mentions – Stoutland, Krookodile
Kalos – Aurorus
Now everyone usually chooses Tyrantrum over this beauty (and I can see why Tyrantrum’s a great asset for early-game). But I loved having Aurorus in my team. It’s not especially fragile, just ignore it’s 4x weakness to Fighting and Steel, and you’ll be safe.
Honourable mentions – Aegislash, Dragalge
Alola – Stufful
Stufful is one of the few Pokemon from Alola that I absolutely adore – I just didn’t use it or Bewear on any of my playthroughs. It’s one of my favourite shinies too, and also one of the few Normal-types that I can’t ever hate.
Honourable mentions – Primarina, Charjabug
Galar – Toxtricity
Neo the Toxtricity was one of the MVPs of my team going into Sword. I saw it being used in a playthrough and I was impressed – just don’t put it out against Sandaconda and you’ll be fine! Toxtricity’s unique typing of Electric/Poison caught my eye, and I can’t wait for its Gigantamax form.
Honourable mentions – Dragapult, Frosmoth