I apologise for the long-winded title, but here is a brand new idea, inspired by the Pokemon GO Throwback event. As you may be aware, certain ‘Catch a ____ Type’ tasks were actually based on the region’s Gym Leaders. But owing to the difficulty of some of the tasks (especially the Ground- and Ghost-type Sinnoh tasks), I wanted to make this essay about how well each Gym Leader represents their region in the Pokemon that they choose. Today I will be discussing the regions from Kanto to Sinnoh, with Unova, Kalos and Galar coming next week.
We will also be focusing on their original teams instead of remakes, and we will not be revisiting Kanto’s teams in the Johto games.
It’s clear that, as the first ever games, the teams are going to be all representing Kanto. However, for formalities’ sake, I’ll list the teams from the Red/Blue games and see how each type is represented.
I have to say that the least varied teams in these games are Misty’s and Sabrina’s, owing to the fact that they only have one evolution line in their teams – Staryu and Abra lines respectively. This is remedied in the Let’s Go games, with Misty having Psyduck instead of Staryu, and Sabrina has Mr. Mime, Slowbro, Jynx and Alakazam in her team, a far cry from just using each of the Abra line.
Well this is interesting. I can give a little bit of room for this as Johto does connect to Kanto, but I digress. This was God-awful.
Oh dear…I didn’t expect to have to tear apart the Johto Gyms, but I can give allowances to Clair and Jasmine at the very least – Kingdra was the only new Dragon-type to be introduced into the games, while Magnemite utilised the newly-introduced Steel-type. I do think that Jasmine should have had a Skarmory, at the very least. Whitney’s only Pokemon could be Miltank and it’d still be a problem.
Morty could have easily replaced one of the Haunter with a Misdreavus, while Chuck could have thrown in a Hitmontop, as it can be obtained from level 20. Having two Pokemon as a fifth Gym Leader is a disgrace. He, Falkner and Bugsy do not use any Johto Pokemon, despite there being plenty of Pokemon to use from Johto. Replace Pidgey with Hoothoot and Metapod with either Ledyba or Spinarak.
Well this could have been a lot worse, I might add. I’m adding Juan in here because Emerald isn’t a remake, plus it’s for extra coverage. I like how Hoenn feels like a soft reset on the franchise, as an attempt to glide gently away from the Kanto and Johto regions, and making it on its own.
|Winona||Tate & Liza||Wallace||Juan|
Wattson, you let me down, man. Way before Mauville City, you can obtain a Plusle, Minun and Electrike (all on Route 110).
Aside from that, I like the variety of all of the teams that we have here – I still favour Norman’s team, though, for its difficulty despite it being Normal-type.
Winona’s team is beautiful though. I like seeing Skarmory representation that should have been in the Jasmine’s team from earlier.
Juan’s Kingdra still haunts my nightmares though.
This is an interesting one. With teams represented without many Pokemon to represent it (aside from evolved forms of pre-existing Pokemon), it’s clear that the Sinnoh region had to dive into other regions for their Pokemon choices.
Okay, for Candice’s team, replace Medicham with Froslass (as in Platinum), evolve Sneasel and evolve the Piloswine from Platinum into Mamoswine, replacing Snover, and that’s a better team. Volkner’s team in Platinum is better though. Everything else is a bit meh, with the exception of Fantina and Gardenia – Gardenia actually uses a starter, while Fantina has Drifblim and Mismagius.