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Hello everyone!

Last month saw the release of my (at this time) final Monotype Article, “Best Pokemon Games for a Dragon-Type Run.” Now, all 18 Pokemon Types and every main line game (as of this post) have Monotype articles! I wrote these articles whenever I could and it took me several years to complete.

These articles have been amazing for my blog and I frequently get compliments and referrals to them. I appreciate all of you for your love, your corrections, and your input! Now that I’m done writing the articles (besides small corrections here and there), I’m ready to move on to other projects. My question to you all is what other type of analyses or articles would you like me to do for Pokemon? I’m already looking into Monolocke Runs, which has been interesting and more complicated than I thought it would be but I’m up for other ideas as well. You all know I put a lot of love and effort into them so rest assured if there’s an idea that I like I will give it my all.

Anyway, thank you everyone for reading and contributing to this blog. I love you all very much and fingers crossed for a Diamond and Pearl remakes! Lord knows those games could go for an ORAS-like adrenaline shot for Monotype Runs.

Teen Titans Season 5, Ep 4-6 Review

In this episode, we review Teen Titans, Season 5, episodes “For Real,” “Snowblind,” and “Kole.” We talk about the Titans East getting a moment to shine, the inconsistent rules of DC nuclear radiation, and Dr. Light finally getting a chance to shine.

Best Pokemon Games for a Dragon Type Run

I think a lot of us growing up wanted a full team of unique Dragons in Pokemon because Dragon Pokemon are awesome! But Dragon Pokemon usually appear very late in the games and when they do you can only select a few of them. But with the recent games, that Farfetch’d dream is now a reality! The Dragon type is one of the hardest types to do a good Monotype Run but believe it or not there are a select few games that you can choose from. Tally ho!

Rules

  1. Only Pokémon of a certain type may be caught and trained.
  2. You must catch the first Pokémon available of that type if your starter does not match that type (you’ll then have to discard that starter).
  3. You may train a Pokémon that evolves to said type as long as you do it ASAP.
  4. No out-of-game-trading allowed.
  5. Mega Pokémon count as long as you Mega Evolve them as soon as they appear on the battlefield.
  6. Only Pokémon caught before Elite Four are counted.

Best Games for a Dragon Run
The hardest part about doing a Dragon Run are their late availability and ESPECIALLY their exposure to weaknesses. As such, without a doubt, the best games for a Dragon run are Sword and Shield. Once you get into the Wild Area go to this den and throw in a Wishing Piece if it hasn’t spawned yet. This is probably the most frustrating part of this run as you may spend a good amount of time getting the likes of Noibat, Trapinch and Axew. But after that it gets much easier. You’ll slowly capture other Dragon Pokemon and by the end of the game you can get a Duraludon who takes care of all three of your weaknesses! Trust me, it’s really great.
I would also consider UltraSun/UltraMoon and even though your Noibat comes right after the first trial, you’re pretty set from then on (a Bagon comes right afterwards). You get a nice variety of Dragon Pokemon and sure you are exposed to your weaknesses but you’ll have a strong team to handle it for the most part.
Finally, XY would be the other games I recommend as you get a splendid variety of rare Dragon Pokemon like Tyrantrum and Hydreigon. Dragalge (Y) and Charizard-X are version exclusives though so you can’t get both naturally which is a big shame. Regardless of the version your first Pokemon is still after the first gym.

Worst Games for a Dragon Run
God, there’s a lot of bad games here. Seriously, Dragons just have a horrible time for a Monotype Run. I can be forgiving for low diversity (they are super strong after all) but man that late appearance is just killer. The worst game is probably Crystal as you can only catch a Dratini when you have seven badges. And don’t forget that Dratini evolves late and Johto is not a good place for grinding. Absolutely terrible. It’s only slightly worse than Gold and Silver which you need 2100 coins in the game corner to get your Dratini and by then what’s the point???? That doesn’t sound fun to me. Kanto games are in the same boat with just Dragonite but at least for there you can catch one after the fourth gym or so.
Similarly, Diamond and Pearl are straight up awful as your first (and basically only) Pokemon is a Gible after the sixth gym. Platinum is better because you can get one after the second gym but it’s still bad. Yeah…just stick to Gen 6 and on and even then be picky.

Dragon Teams in Pokemon Games

Red, Blue, Yellow, and FireRed, LeafGreen
Ideal Team: Dragonite
First Pokémon: Dratini via Safari Zone
Covers weaknesses?  No, Ice and Dragon not covered

Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, SoulSilver
Ideal Team: Dragonite
First Pokémon: Dratini via Dragon Den after the eighth gym or bought at the Goldenrod Game Corner after the second gym. Via Pokewalker in Blue Lake at 5000+ steps.
Covers Weaknesses? No

Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, and OmegaRuby, AlphaSapphire
Ideal Team: Salamence, Flygon/Garchomp (ORAS), Mega Sceptile (ORAS), Dragalge (OR), Lati@s (ORAS), Hydreigon (ORAS)
Optional: Altaria, Druddigon (ORAS), Haxorus (ORAS), Rayquaza (Emerald)
First Pokémon: Besides Teecko in ORAS, you can catch a Swablu in Route 114 after the third gym
Covers Weaknesses? No, Ice is not neutralized and, unless you have a Mega Altaria, Dragon is not neutralized.

Diamond, Pearl, Platinum
Ideal Team: Garchomp, Dialga (Diamond)/Palkia (Pearl)/Giratina (Platinum), Altaria (Platinum)
First Pokémon: Gible in Wayward Cave. In Diamond and Pearl you need strength which is after the 6th gym. In Platinum, strength is not required and you can catch one after the second gym.
Covers Weaknesses? Only in Diamond thanks to Dialga but in the other two versions, Pearl has a Dragon weakness and Platinum has both a Dragon and Ice weakness

Black, White, B2W2
BW Ideal Team: Haxorus, Druddigon, Hydreigon, Zekrom (W)/Reshiram (B)
First Pokémon: Axew, via Mistralton Cave, after the sixth gym
Cover weaknesses?  No, neither version neutralizes Dragon moves.  Pokemon White has an additional weakness to Ice.

B2W2 Ideal Team: Flygon, Haxorus, Altaria, Druddigon, Hydreigon
First Pokémon: Trapinch via Desert Resort after third gym
Cover weaknesses? No, watch out for Ice and Dragon attacks

XY
Ideal Team: Goodra, Dragonite, Mega Charizard X (X)/Dragalge (Y), Tyrantrum, Garchomp, Hydreigon
Optional: Flygon, Noivern, Haxorus, Salamence, Altaria, Druddigon
First Pokémon: Axew via Connecting Cave after the first gym or Charmander in Lumiose City after the first gym for Pokémon X.
Weaknesses Covered? No, X is weak to Dragon.  Y is weak to Dragon and Ice.

Sun, Moon, and USUM
SM Ideal Team: Komomo-o, Garchomp, Exeggutor, Drampa (Moon)/Turtonator (Sun), Salamence, Hydreigon (scan)
Optional: Flygon, Haxorus (scan), Goodra
First Pokémon: Bagon via Route 3 (south of the bridge), shortly before the Melemele Grand Trial
Cover weaknesses? Pokemon Sun is weak to just Dragon moves. Pokemon Moon is weak to Dragon, Ice, and Fairy moves.

USUM Ideal Team: Tyrantrum (US)/Dragalge (UM), Komomo-o, Garchomp, Exeggutor, Drampa (UM)/Turtonator (US), Salamence/Noivern
Optional: Flygon, Haxorus (scan), Goodra
First Pokémon: Noibat in Verdant Cavern after the first trial is completed.
Cover weaknesses? Pokemon Ultra Sun is weak to just Dragon moves.  Pokemon Ultra Moon is weak to Dragon and Ice moves.

Sword and Shield
Ideal Team: Flygon, Dracovish, Turtonator (Sword)/Haxorus, Kommo-o (Sword)/Drampa (Shield), Duraludon, Dragapult
Optional: Goodra (Shield), Flapple (Sword)/Appletun (Shield), Dracozolt, Hydreigon (Sword)
First Pokémon: In Rolling Fields, you can always find Dragon Pokemon by Max Raids at Den 37/64.  These include Noibat, Trapinch, Axew, Jangmo-o (Sword), Goomy (Shield) and sometimes Applin and Dreepy.
Weaknesses Covered? Yes, thanks to Duraludon who’s unfortunately catchable near the end of the game.

MVP (Most Valuable Pokemon)

Duraludon Pokédex: stats, moves, evolution & locations | Pokémon Database

Duraludon
Avid readers of my articles may raise an eyebrow to this but Dragons are a special type so they deserve special circumstances. Despite only appearing in TWO GAMES so far, Duraludon is the must have for your team. Dragon teams consistently fail in covering all their weaknesses (especially to other Dragons) but having Duraludon on your team takes care of all three at once! And it’s great! Just carrying a STAB Steel and Dragon move can do some quality damage against Fairy, Dragon, and Ice types. Duraludon is also powerful so this is a great Pokemon to have on your team.
Obviously, Duraludon has only appeared in two games so far, Sword and Shield, and even then it appears near the end of those games which stink. Regardless, as more and more Pokemon games continue to be release you can bet that if you can catch a Duraludon then you have taken a big step forward in making a fantastic Dragon team.
Available in: Sword and Shield

Turtonator Pokédex: stats, moves, evolution & locations | Pokémon Database

Turtonator and Mega Charizard-X
Despite Western Dragons traditionally known to be fire-breathers, there’s very few true Dragon/Fire Pokemon. And you honestly going to need these guys in order to combat your dreaded Ice and Fairy weaknesses. Obviously, Charizard-X is pretty uncommon and can only be acquired so far in Let’s Go and X whereas Turtonator has a status as a version-exclusive creature (with its counterpart being Drampa). So their rarity is a bit upsetting. Still, getting that Charmander in X makes it one of the earliest Dragon Pokemon you can catch for your Dragon teams even though its technically not a Dragon…If you can, teach these Pokemon some Fairy-counter moves (like Steel Wing or Flash Cannon) as although Fire resists Fairy moves, it’s not super effective against them.
Available in: Charizard-X in X and Let’s Go, Turtonator in Sun, UltraSun, and Sword

Check out my new podcast, “Fossil Bonanza”

Hello everyone! I just launched a new podcast called “Fossil Bonanza” which focuses on amazing fossil sites from around the world. The first two episodes are already out and there will be 8 episodes in total that will be released every two weeks. If you’re interested in fossils or just science in general you should check it out!

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Thanks for reading!

Episode 22: Teen Titans Season 5, Ep 1-3 Review

In this episode, we begin our review of Teen Titans, Season 5. We look at “Homecoming” Parts 1 and 2 and “Trust.” We talk about how much Mento sucks, how Robin dropped the ball, and Beast Boy never telling anyone his actual name.

Best Pokemon Games for a Fairy Type Run

Despite (or perhaps because of) being introduced late in the Pokemon series, the Fairy Type is amazing for a Monotype Run. Simply put, a Monotype Run is a self-imposed challenge where you only catch and train a certain type of Pokemon, sort of like being a mobile Gym Leader! Many Pokemon like Gardevoir, Marill, and Mr. Mime gained a Fairy typing which combined with newly introduced Pokemon gave players a suite of Pokemon to choose from. Fairy also had only two weaknesses, Poison and Steel, which are actually pretty easy to counter. Only one game in the main series, Shield, fails to counter both weaknesses which is honestly very shocking. So for the purposes of this article, I’m throwing in the Let’s Go games to give me something to bag on and let’s find out which games are the best and worst for a Fairy team and which Pokemon you should look out for!

Rules

  1. A type must be selected before starting the game. Upon playing the game the player must make all attempts to capture a Pokémon of that type as soon as possible. Once captured, the previous Pokémon of the party must be disregarded if they are not of that type.
  2. Pokémon that have yet to evolve into that type (e.g., Chewtle for a Rock type run) may be caught but must be evolved as soon as possible.
  3. Out-of-Game-Trading is not allowed
  4. Only Pokemon caught before you fight the Champion are counted

Best Games
Although I like USUM and its Fairy starter, Popplio, I have to give it to Sword. This game gives you a whole suite of strong and diverse Pokemon like Galar Weezing, Grimmsnarl, and Togekiss to name a few. All three of the mentioned Pokemon are incredibly rare but incredibly good so make sure to get them on your team! You also get a bevy of Fairies near the beginning of the game so you’ll have a full team in no time. The other games are pretty great too in their own regards! I like how you can get a Mega Altaria in ORAS, and the Sun games have Alolan Ninetales which is nice.

Worst Games
The worst one is definitely the Let’s Go games. Not surprising given it’s a port of the Kanto games which Fairy didn’t even exist back then. You’re exposed to both of your weaknesses and your first Pokemon, Clefairy, is caught after the first gym. At least in the other games you can get a Fairy before the first gym!

Fairy Teams in Pokemon Games

XY
Ideal Team: Azumarill, Gardevoir, Wigglytuff, Dedenne, Mawile, Granbull
Optional: Aromatisse (Y)/Slurpuff (X), Sylveon, Mr. Mime, Carbink, Klefki, Florges
First Pokémon: Azurill via Route 3 before the first gym
Weaknesses Covered? Yes

OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire
Ideal Team: Gardevoir, Wigglytuff, Mawile (OR)/Klefki, Azumarill, Mega-Altaria, Clefable
Optional: Whimsicott, Sylveon, Mega-Audino
First Pokémon: Ralts via Route 102 before the first gym
Covers Weaknesses? Yes

Sun, Moon and UltraSun, UltraMoon
SM Ideal Team: Primarina, Klefki, Mimikyu, Wigglytuff, Whimsicott (Sun)/Shiinotic, Sylveon
Optional: Granbul, Ninetales (Sun), Carbink, Ribombee, Azumaril (scan)
First Pokémon: Popplio via Starter
Cover weaknesses? Yes

USUM Ideal Team: Primarina, Klefki/Mawile, Mimikyu, Wigglytuff, Whimsicott (US)/Shiinotic, Gardevoir (scan)
Optional: Sylveon, Granbul, Ninetales (US), Carbink, Ribombee, Florges, Dedenne, Mr. Mime
First Pokémon: Popplio via Starter
Cover weaknesses? Yes

Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee
Ideal Team: Wigglytuff, Clefable, Mr. Mime, Alolan Ninetales (LGE)
First Pokémon: Clefairy in Mt. Moon after first gym
Covers Weaknesses? No, Poison or Steel are not neutralized

Sword and Shield
Ideal Team: Weezing, Togekiss, Gardevoir, Mawile (Sword)/Sylveon, Mimikyu, Grimmsnarl
Optional: Clefable, Shiinotic, Slurpuff (Sword), Ribombee, Whimsicott, Alcremie, Aromatisse (Shield), Hatterene, Rapidash (Shield)
First Pokémon: You can find a Ralts in Overcast random encounters in Rolling Fields.  In Rolling Fields, Den 33/62 will always spawn Fairy Pokemon (Cleffa, Togepi, Cutiefly, Swirlix, Clefairy, Morelull and sometimes Impidimp and Ralts).
Weaknesses Covered? Only in Sword thanks to Mawile.  In Shield, Fairy is exposed to Steel type moves.

MVP (Most Valuable Pokemon)

Gardevoir (Pokémon) - Bulbapedia, the community-driven Pokémon encyclopedia

Gardevoir
Gardevoir is probably the most iconic Fairy Pokemon right now although Mimikyu gives them a run for their money. Part of that stems from design, obviously, but it also has some great stats and distribution! Available in every game except Let’s Go and Sun/Moon, you can catch a Ralts usually early in the game which is fantastic (XY and ORAS are great examples). Ralts can also be your first Fairy Pokemon you catch so it will stay with you until the end!

Special attack is Gardevoir’s forte. Shadow Ball and Psychic are a killer combo (especially against your Poison foes) and other strong special moves like Energy Ball and Thunderbolt. Gardevoir carries a lot of support moves too so you can use those to buff your defense or healing. Gardevoir’s biggest setback is fighting against Steel foes. Besides Focus Blast, it doesn’t have very good counter options. Its pitiful defense will also falter against the usually Attack-friendly Steel attacks.
Available in: XY, ORAS, USUM, SWSH

Klefki Pokédex: stats, moves, evolution & locations | Pokémon Database
Mawile (Pokémon) - Bulbapedia, the community-driven Pokémon encyclopedia

Klefki/Mawile
There’s only one type combination that resists both Steel and Poison moves and its Fairy/Steel. So if you’re worried about your weaknesses then find these guys! On the whole, Klefki and Mawile don’t bring too much to the table but they are still special in their own way. Klefki is a great staller and supporter thanks to its Trickster ability and moves. Mawile…is okay…but I will say its decent attack is actually much better than the average Fairy Pokemon (who, according to Pokemon Database, are dead last for Attack stats). Mawile also has its Mega form in ORAS so if you don’t want a Mega-Altaria then train a Mega-Mawile instead!
Available in: XY (both), OR (both), AS (Klefki), SM (Klefki), USUM (both), Sword (Mawile)

Primarina Pokédex: stats, moves, evolution & locations | Pokémon Database

Primarina
Primarina is the only Fairy starter so far and it’s pretty amazing! It has among the best stat totals for Fairy Pokemon and its Water-typing neutralizes its Steel weakness. Also, what better way to start a Fairy run then to have a Fairy starter! Primarina has a fantastic 126 Special Attack stat so use that to your advantage. Teach Primarina Surf, Ice Beam, Energy Ball, Psychic, Shadow Ball, or any kind of support moves. Now, despite neutralizing Steel attacks it doesn’t have any anti-Steel moves so that’s a problem. Also, it’s Starter-status means you can only train one in the Sun and Moon games so this is an exclusive Pokemon.
Available in: SM and USUM

Mimikyu Pokédex: stats, moves, evolution & locations | Pokémon Database

Mimikyu
The unofficial icon of Generation VII, Mimikyu is a great, wonderful Pokemon worthy of your Fairy Team! The Poison-neutralization is nice but the real reason why you want our freaky Ghost is its ability, stats, and moves! Mimikyu’s Disguise ability and nice defensive stats gives you a tank for your team to take some hits. It also has a pretty good Attack stat so teaching it Shadow Sneak and Drain Punch will give you some diverse moves that has an almost-universal coverage. Beyond that, its move diversity is pretty small but that shouldn’t hold you back, it’s Mimikyu!
Available in: SM, USUM, and SWSH

Episode 19: Teen Titans Season 4, Ep 9-10 Review

 

In this episode, we review Teen Titans Season 4, episodes “Overdrive” and “Mother Mae Eye.”  We discuss Cyborg being an all around great guy and look at the supposed worst episode in Teen Titans!