Gym Teams | Bug

Hey guys! Sorry for the delay in this post, I haven’t been too well of late, so I had to reschedule. But here it is!

This series was inspired by my good friend Tim’s series that he did over the course of 18 months. He outlined the following rules, and I added the fourth:

  1. No Legendaries or Mythicals allowed
  2. No duplicate Pokemon across two posts.
  3. The exceptions to the above rule is regional variants or form changes that change the type.
  4. The Pokemon can be level 50 maximum


I could have gone with Moxie, but considering that it might not last too long with its 4x Flying weakness, I thought of Flame Orb/Guts Ability instead. A first-turn Protect will allow me to secure that Flame Orb bonus too! Hopefully a Stone Edge would help mess up those Flying-types!

Ability: Guts

Item: Flame Orb

Moves: Protect, Throat Chop, Stone Edge, Brick Break


I want to take advantage of Accelgor’s ridiculous speed to get as much done as possible. For example, bringing Swift to use the Normal Gem to activat the Unburden Ability, and then using Toxic Spikes at the detriment of the opponent.

Ability: Unburden

Item: Normal Gem

Moves: Swift, Bug Buzz, Sludge Bomb, Toxic Spikes


I originally wanted Volcarona, but Larvesta won’t evolve within our level capacity, so I went with Centiskorch, the next best thing. I went with a general moveset that would be good for Centiskorch, considering its weaknesses, so Power Whip would come in handy here to deal with that 4x weakness to Rock.

Ability: Flame Body

Item: Leftovers

Moves: Crunch, Leech Life, X-Scissor, Power Whip


Ribombee is strangely enough a powerhouse, hence why it’s on this team. I decided with a very simple moveset, with a Calm Mind to further boost its Special stats. Because at this stage, why not?

Ability: Shield Dust

Item: Sitrus Berry

Moves: Dazzling Gleam, Psychic, Calm Mind, Energy Ball


Orbeetle’s Ability in a singles battle is difficult, as I’d prefer to use Telepathy, but no matter. I tried to go for a different variety of movesets, setting up a Psychic Terrain to prevent some priority moves, as well as setting up the Special Defense by way of Psychic Seed. Future Sight is just a bit of added compensation to the opponent.

Ability: Frisk

Item: Psychic Seed

Moves: Psychic Terrain, Psychic, Bug Buzz, Future Sight

Mega Scizor

Scizor plays host to a variety of low-power moves that can be boosted by its Mega’s Ability, Technician. With that in mind I went for a few different things here. This includes the obligatory Swords Dance to further increase its attack, and away you go. I mean, it may get mulched by Fire-type moves, but we live for the danger here (and Bug isn’t a great type all-round either).

Ability: Technician

Item: Scizorite

Moves: Swords Dance, Double Hit, Fury Cutter, Wing Attack

Worst Ghost-Type Pokemon

Hey guys! I’m pretty spooked by these terrible Pokemon (okay, some are filler), so here are the worst Ghost-type Pokemon!


The worst thing is that this is the only new Ghost-type in Johto. Plus Mismagius is infinitely better, right down to the shiny.


I’ve discussed this in the previous Worst Bugs post, and my point still stands.

Mega Sableye

I don’t think this needed a Mega Evolution, and even then it doesn’t change much. I suppose it’s part of the design and lore, but…eh.


I just prefer the concept and execution (pardon the pun) of Banette, and to that extent Mega Banette, it’s that simple.


Blame the Rotom Dex in the Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon games, where it tells you that it’s giving you unsolicited advice. Mate, you’ve just said it’s advice you weren’t asked for, so don’t give the advice!

Hoopa Confined

I haven’t seen the film, but I’ve heard enough people mimic it to the point where it’s annoying as hell.

Galarian Yamask

I still have nightmares of when I lost my Galarain Yamask, while trying to get it evolved, because of the Hail buffer. Ouch.


As much as I love the appearance of Dusknoir, its only good purpose is to make Dusclops better with Eviolite.


These last two are literally here because it’s slim pickings.

Oricorio (Sensu)

As I said with Blacephalon, it’s slim pickings. I just probably won’t use Oricorio in general, so there’s that.

Behind The Nickname – Ideas Behind My Pokemon Nicknames

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve done something like this. I actually did a few separate posts discussing my Pokemon nicknames in Pokemon GO, including my Pokemon with 100% IVs, and I went over the story of those, aside for the ones that I’ve caught over the past year. But I’m clearly not done!

Pokemon: Oshawott
Nickname: Blizzard
Game: Pokemon GO

I already had a 100% Oshawott that I evolved into Samurott called ‘Oshikuru’ after the focal point in that one Two and a Half Men episode, but I obtained another during the Unova Catch Challenge event this year. I obtained it the same day that Sneak’s Blizzard flavour was re-released, so I thought it was fitting.

It tastes so good too! The Sneak flavour, not the Oshawott….

Pokemon: Jellicent
Nickname: Barbecue
Game: Pokemon Shield

I encountered the Jellicent during a Shield Nuzlocke I did last year. It took a while for me to catch it, and I started getting hungry, so I named it after the first thing I could think of, which was Barbecue. Honestly, Jellicent did so well and was amazing on my team, and it gave me a huge appreciation for the line. It’s now in my top 20!

Pokemon: Moltres (shiny)
Nickname: Salmonella
Game: Pokemon Sword

I mean, the name speaks for itself! I know a lot of people call it ‘sunburnt chicken’ but I think my name fits better, purely because I see it as undercooked. It’s a horrible shiny, I just wish that wasn’t the case.

Pokemon: Charmander
Nickname: Char / Charity
Game: All

The first ever Charmander that I had in LeafGreen I nicknamed Char, and that nickname kinda stuck with me nine years later. Most recently, I caught a 100% shiny Charmander in the Kanto Tour, so I nicknamed it Char.

The reason why Charity came about (as a female name variant) is because me and my good friend Steve were chatting about a charity run, and how there wasn’t much point in doing it if I didn’t have the charity to represent – except for Steve, the word “charity” autocorrected to “Charizard”. So it’s stuck ever since!

Pokemon: Manectric
Nickname: Chidori
Game: Pokemon OmegaRuby / Pokemon Sword

The premise behind the name was pretty simple. Electrike and Manectric share canine features, and the Electric-typing served as the great opportunity to name it Chidori. This is primarily because the Chidori Jutsu in Naruto was created by Kakashi, who can summon dogs as well. It kinda went hand-in-hand, and thus when shiny hunting Electrike in Sword, I named a shiny “Chidori II”. Of course, it’s become Sasuke’s signature Jutsu, and Kakashi can no longer fully utilise it after losing his Sharingan, but the thought is still there.

Pokemon: Mudsdale
Nickname: Clonkers
Game: Pokemon Shield

The hardest part of a Nuzlocke can often be nicknames, especially if there’s no running theme you have. Enter Clonkers, which was pulled from thin air for my Shield Nuzlocke,

Pokemon: Houndoom
Nickname: Scoobydoom
Game: Pokemon Emerald

During mine and Connor’s short-lived Soul Link, I chose Houndoom as my starter, and named it Scoobydoom. I remember that one didn’t even make it past the first session, as Connor’s linked Aron died, so I had to forever box my Houndoom.

Worst Bug-Type Pokemon

Hey guys! These Pokemon just…bug me. I dunno…here are the worst of the bugs!


I love Paras, don’t get me wrong, But I lose interest as soon as it evolves into Parasect. I had one in LeafGreen, and once it evolved it went straight into the box, never to be seen again.


It’s got a fun gimmick, and that’s it.


This is on here for the sole reason that it’s based on a goddamn mosquito. I hate those bastards. Nope. Nope. Nope.


This bastard. My arch nemesis. If I had a lifelong enemy, it is Masquerain. In Pokemon GO, two Masquerain spawned when they were first released – the first one didn’t even spawn for me (it spawned for Connor), the other ran away on the GO+. When I finally got a Masquerain, it was nicknamed ‘You Bastard’, and you can’t name them that now, so there’s that!


Wait, this exists? Crap. We’ll stick it here then.


All of the Wormadams are terrible, let’s put it that way.


What’s worse than a useless Bug-type? Two useless Bug-types. I couldn’t justify putting them in different entries so here they are.


We already have a good Bug/Steel-type in the collection (which is not Forretress by the way, that title goes to Scizor). No wonder this gets eaten up by Heatmor. Along with Heatmor it makes the worst of the rival counterparts (the better one being Zangoose & Seviper).


I mean, it’s fine. It’s not great…okay, it’s pretty bad. Why does it get Iron Fist when it has a terrible Attack stat? Just no.


I don’t like bees, Vespiquen can buzz off. End of.

Gym Teams | Poison

Hey guys! We’re right into my favourite type, the Poison-type! This was fun, trying to come up with a different team set-up to that of my original Poison doubles Gym team. But here we are!

This series was inspired by my good friend Tim’s series that he did over the course of 18 months. He outlined the following rules, and I added the fourth:

  1. No Legendaries or Mythicals allowed
  2. No duplicate Pokemon across two posts.
  3. The exceptions to the above rule is regional variants or form changes that change the type.
  4. The Pokemon can be level 50 maximum


Crobat is one that I want to put into my Poison doubles anyway, and this is the sort of set-up that I’d use, give or take a few items. The Toxic and Hex set-up would be a great combination, and Leech Life to combat the Psychic-types. I also wanted a STAB Flying-type move, hence Dual Wingbeat.

Ability: Inner Focus

Item: Sitrus Berry

Moves: Dual Wingbeat, Toxic, Hex, Leech Life


Roserade’s a mainstay on my Poison team, and it’s here again! I decided on Giga Drain instead of Synthesis, just so that it deals damage and heals at the same time, coupling with the Black Sludge for extra healing power. I’d like to set up Toxic Spikes and Leech Seed for that extra crippling damage at the end of each turn. Because why not?

Ability: Poison Point

Item: Black Sludge

Moves: Toxic Spikes, Giga Drain, Sludge Bomb, Leech Seed


You knew it had to be here, didn’t you? And of course I had to go with my standard Toxtricity set, right down to the moves and item.

Ability: Punk Rock

Item: Choice Specs

Moves: Overdrive, Boomburst, Hex, Poison Jab

Galarian Weezing

This is my Explosion setter, hence the Normal Gem. It could have been used with Skuntank as well, but I think Weezing just works better as an exploder, plus Skuntank has a different purpose. I went with Levitate over Neutralizing Gas for the Ground-type immunity.

Ability: Levitate

Item: Normal Gem

Moves: Explosion, Sludge Bomb, Strange Steam, Dark Pulse


Skuntank is in this team for its Dark typing, because then it’s immune to Psychic-types. In my reworked Poison doubles it actually replaces Weezing as the Explosion set-up, but this time the direction is quite different. I just Life Orb the Skuntank, and give it a vast range of moves for coverage. Aftermath also comes into play instead of Keen Eye or Stench, just to help whittle the health of the opponent.

Ability: Aftermath

Item: Life Orb

Moves: Flamethrower, Crunch, Iron Tail, Poison Jab

Mega Gengar

Again, this is very similar to my Posion Gym team Gengar, except for the Mega Evolution forcing me to choose a different item other than Focus Sash. Shadow Tag would be a great Ability for the end of the road, meaning that the opponent can’t switch out freely.

Ability: Shadow Tag

Item: Gengarite

Moves: Focus Blast, Shadow Ball, Dark Pulse, Sludge Bomb

Worst Poison-Type Pokemon

Hey guys! It’s hard to rip my favourite type to shreds, but what kind of writer would I be if I missed it out? Here are the ten worst Poison-types (in my opinion)!


The Zubat of the sea!

No thanks! Can’t even swim three spaces without this popping up in the earlier games! Thank hell for the overworld Pokemon in Galar and Let’s Go games, allowing us to avoid these things!


This is worse in some ways because it’s more forgettable than the Zubat of the Sea. However, I can admit its Intimidate Ability is hella useful though, and I like its origin and inspiration. But why is it so forgettable?


I just don’t like this at all. It’s a shame that something as cute as Skorupi gets like this. Not only that, its typing changes when Skuntank literally exists with the same type combination! Plus its shiny is uber-disappointing.


Wait, this exists? Oh shit…


Sorry Tim! But…yeah…if the Zubat of the Sea is on this list, you bet the Tentacruel of the Caves is on here.

I mean, at least Crobat is awesome…


*insert Among Us joke* – yes, it’s good for competitive, but I just don’t care for it when there are so many other Grass/Poison-types that are just…better.


I knew a kid that pronounced this thing ‘Kakunga’ and it still sets me on edge. Don’t get me wrong, I love Beedrill, but oh boy…

Mega Venusaur

Thick Fat is a great Ability for Mega Venusaur, but please can it just look more like the Gigantamax version instead?


This is part of the other Poison-type problem where there are so many Bug/Poison-types anyway, and Scolipede just adds to it.


This is literally the same reasoning as Scolipede.

Gym Teams | Flying

Hey guys! We’re back at it again, this time with Flying-types!

This series was inspired by my good friend Tim’s series that he did over the course of 18 months. He outlined the following rules, and I added the fourth:

  1. No Legendaries or Mythicals allowed
  2. No duplicate Pokemon across two posts.
  3. The exceptions to the above rule is regional variants or form changes that change the type.
  4. The Pokemon can be level 50 maximum


I did want to Poison Heal/Toxic Orb on Gliscor, but the biggest issue was its 4x weakness to Ice, so I needed to preserve it as long as possible. That’s where Sand Veil and Sandstorm come in, as well as the Focus Sash.

Ability: Sand Veil

Item: Focus Sash

Moves: Sandstorm, Aerial Ace, Brick Break, Earthquake


I quite like Tropius, and it seems bulkier in HP terms, so I went with a healing item set, along with Synthesis to improve its staying power. We need more Tropius representation here!

Ability: Harvest

Item: Sitrus Berry

Moves: Synthesis, Air Slash, Energy Ball, Earthquake


I did want to do a Destiny Bond set but what was the point when I had Aftermath? So I went with Unburden, a lesser item and utilised Destiny Bond anyway.

It’s not as if these teams are totally coherent, right?

Ability: Unburden

Item: Oran Berry

Moves: Will-o-Wisp, Hex, Destiny Bond, Shadow Ball


Gale Wings sucks now, so Flame Body it is! I added King’s Rock just to add that flinch chance to the attacks, to improve Talonflame’s staying power, as it also has a 4x weakness, this time to Rock-type moves.

Ability: Flame Body

Item: King’s Rock

Moves: Aerial Ace, Heat Wave, Bulk Up, Steel Wing


I wanted Staraptor to go in hard-hitting, even with some recoil damage, along with the increased critical hit ratio. That way, it’s more feasible to use Roost to bring back up its HP, and Double Team a couple of times to ensure it doesn’t get hit as easily, thus ensuring its longevity despite using recoil moves.

Ability: Intimidate

Item: Scope Lens

Moves: Take Down, Brave Bird, Roost, Double Team

Mega Pidgeot

It’s a shame that Mega Pidgeot doesn’t really get many low-accuracy moves to take advantage of No Guard, but here we are. It’s also a shame about its lack of Special Attack moves, but we’re making do with the moves that we have, and this is basically it.

Ability: No Guard

Item: Pidgeotite

Moves: Hurricane, Air Slash, Roost, Giga Impact

Worst Flying-Type Pokemon

Hey guys! These particular Pokemon aren’t exactly…soaring…instead they just come crashing down. So away from the bad puns and into the ten worst Flying-types – in my opinion. This is definitely an uninspired list, but then you could say the same about the Pokemon!


Hang on, you really think Charizard is on this list? Nah, since I got my shundo Charmander in Pokemon GO it’s regained a soft spot in my heart. Go to my good friend Tim’s site, because Charizard is one of his least favourite Pokemon!


Sorry Tim, but I’d rather go for Pidgeot than Budget Pidgeot. In a universe where I have to choose between Pidgeot and Fearow, I always forget about Fearow. I’m honestly not even sorry about it. Even its shiny is awful, but that’s the curse of the early-day shinies, unfortunately.

Mega Salamence

Don’t get me wrong, I love Salamence, but I wish this didn’t happen. It just doesn’t look good in general, and we also have the Eon Duo that Mega Evolve into what I can only describe as aircrafts. It’s not something we needed, and I think I’d definitely have preferred a Mega Flygon over Mega Salamence.

Rotom Fan

A Flying-type. With Levitate. This is the reason why Rotom forms needed different Abilities that would better fit the type combination. I know I put this on my Electric Gym post but only for the fun of it.


Unfezant is unpleasant. Moving away from the puns again, I definitely don’t like Unfezant, it’s not even a Route 1 bird that I would choose, and I’d probably rather go for Fearow over this thing eventually.


I’d say this would have been an interesting Bug/Fighting-type but we have Heracross, so Ledian would have been outclassed anyway. I love ladybirds, but I just don’t connect with the Ledyba line in general, and I always tend to forget about Ledian.


It just comes down to the fact that while Xatu normally had its standing upright sprites, I hate that they made it hover in the 3D sprites – it doesn’t do Xatu justice at all, considering in its Pokedex entry states that it stays still because it is seeing both the past and the future at the same time. Even in its Omega Ruby entry it states that it “stands rooted”. Guys, a little continuity, please?


Jumpluff is just bad. It doesn’t help that its pre-evolutions are just as awful, if not worse. At least with Jumpluff you’re going to get Grass-type moves already, but with Hoppip you don’t even get a Flying-type move by level-up until it’s already evolved into Jumpluff. Just get another Pokemon.


I know there are people that love Delibird and I love the gimmick, but this is mostly filler in this list. It’s just…not great to use, definitely, and I definitely wouldn’t choose to use it. I mean, it’s fun to look at, that’s for certain.


I just feel there’s too many Water/Flying-types, and yes that does include the likes of Pelipper, Cramorant and the next one on this list. Mantine doesn’t really do much for me.


I just don’t care for Swanna. Ducklett is pretty cute, don’t get me wrong, but I feel that they got the ugly duckling/beautiful swan thing the wrong way around. I kinda wish Swanna was prettier and less…bad.

Gym Teams | Psychic

This series was inspired by my good friend Tim’s series that he did over the course of 18 months. He outlined the following rules, and I added the fourth:

  1. No Legendaries or Mythicals allowed
  2. No duplicate Pokemon across two posts.
  3. The exceptions to the above rule is regional variants or form changes that change the type.
  4. The Pokemon can be level 50 maximum


I wanted to give Espeon as much staying power as possible, hence the Morning Sun/Leftovers combo, alongside the Magic Bounce Ability, allowing it to not take any status conditions or any stat-lowering moves. Future Sight is there just to hit a powerful attack later on, and Shadow Ball and Dazzling Gleam are there for coverage.

Ability: Magic Bounce

Item: Leftovers

Moves: Future Sight, Morning Sun, Shadow Ball, Dazzling Gleam


I love using Gardevoir anyway, and Trace will come in handy with other Pokemon with different Abilities that it could use to its advantage. I gave Gardevoir a typical (to me, anyway) attack set just because. Gardevoir comes up later, and that ought to be fun.

Ability: Trace

Item: Sitrus Berry

Moves: Calm Mind, Psychic, Dazzling Gleam, Shadow Ball

Galarian Slowbro

Slowbro is slow anyway, so having Iron Ball in place in order to Fling it works well, especially when you take into consideration that it has Quick Draw (which only ever works when the opponent uses a Slowbro, I swear). I added Surf as well, just as a cheeky nod to the regular Slowbro.

Ability: Quick Draw

Item: Iron Ball

Moves: Surf, Shell Side Arm, Drain Punch, Fling


There are no good Abilities for Starmie, are there? I just went with a really random moveset that included an Eject Pack to make sure that I don’t have to hard-switch at any time. Overall, it’s the best I could do with a Starmie. Go me!

Ability: Natural Cure

Item: Eject Pack

Moves: Surf, Confuse Ray, Recover, Ice Beam


Imagine a Swoobat with Simple and a couple of Calm Mind set-ups, followed by a Baton Pass into something like Gardevoir?


Ability: Simple


Moves: Calm Mind, Future Sight, Air Slash, Baton Pass

Mega Metagross

I would have done a Calm Mind/Baton Pass into Metagross, however Metagross is a Physical attacker anyway, so it wouldn’t work out too well. Metagross is the Mega Evolution of choice, and it’s a shame it’s too early for Meteor Mash. I’ve given it Magnet Rise to nullify its Ground weakness, and given it the moves to counteract its Fighting- and Ghost-type weaknesses. All of these moves (Magnet Rise being the exception) are affected by the Tough Claws Ability, too.

Ability: Tough Claws

Item: Metagrossite

Moves: Magnet Rise, Hammer Arm, Brutal Swing, Zen Headbutt

Worst Psychic-Type Pokemon

Hey guys! It’s that time of the week when I potentially rip someone’s favourite Pokemon to absolute pieces! This week it’s down to what Psychic-type is the worst.

Mr. Mime

This is my least favourite Pokemon of all time. The Galarian Mr. Mime gets bonus points for being less creepy, and evolving into a homage to an iconic comedy actor in Charlie Chaplin. But I just hate Kantonian Mr. Mime, and nobody can convince me to change my mind. It’d be the one Pokemon that I’d choose to get rid of for good.

Mega Mewtwo X

We didn’t need a physical Mewtwo, considering its level-up learnset is mostly made of special moves. That being said, I just don’t like the appearance of Mega X, and I feel that Mega Y feels more natural for Mewtwo.


Its Pokemon GO encounter makes it look like a deranged anime villain and I hate it.

Hoopa (Confined)

Just hearing everyone discuss how annoying Hoopa Confined was in the movie sets my teeth on edge. I haven’t seen the movie, so that’s a testament to how annoying it is. Hoopa Unbound though…


This is just forgettable. I don’t actually know if there’s anything that can make it memorable anymore.


I dunno, I just felt that Spoink had more charm to it than Grumpig had. Plus if Grumpig was grumpy, why is it smiling? Why is it happily dancing? At least its shiny form do be looking good though.


This Pokemon literally has no place in Galar.

No seriously, Hidden Power was removed, so…


These feel like filler Legendaries, where only one of them needed to be there. Gen 4 was saturated with Legendaries and Mythicals as it was, and I’m sure not many people would miss these.


As it’s part of one of many Psychic-type families in Unova, I just forget it exists a lot of the time. I’d probably find myself more likely to use Gothitelle or Reuniclus than Beheeyem.


The less said, the better. Sorry Tim.