In our ongoing quest to be the very best, there are a number of ways one can approach the task of building a team of Pokemon worthy of earning all eight gym badges. Some love to hunt for Shiny Pokemon. Others add an extra layer of complexity by partaking in a Nuzlocke challenge. I…mostly do just enough to get through the story.
Here’s my approach to building a Pokemon team!
When it comes to choosing my first Pokemon, I tend to lean towards towards the water type. Water moves tend to serve me well throughout the story and I generally like the designs of the water type starters. In Pokemon Sword and Shield, I went with the adorable Sobble. Wish it stayed that cute for the duration of the campaign!
I don’t name my Pokemon
While I understand why players would want to name their Pokemon, I’ve always found it to be an unusual practice. Though I didn’t really play the games seriously until Pokemon X and Y, I remember watching the anime with my brother from time-to-time and most trainers didn’t give their Pokemon unique names. Ash always called Pikachu “Pikachu”. If he can get away with it, why can’t I?
I change my lineups constantly
I do not approach the campaign in Pokemon games with the intention of rolling with one team for the majority of the game. While I certainly develop favourites over time, I will constantly shift around my lineups in order to take advantage of new Pokemon I catch and to exploit type advantages against gym leaders. By the end of the game, my final lineup is usually comprised of the my starter, the legendary of that game, and four relatively new additions that may give me the edge in the final battle.
I generally use Pokemon that are new to me
From game-to-game, I don’t really use the same Pokemon. This is usually out of necessity. In most cases, I never see the same ones across multiple games, save for the common fodder. However, I do have a soft spot in my heart for Snorlax, and I’ll always make room on my squad for Snorlax.
I don’t build my teams with competitive play in mind
In recent times, I’ve partaken in a few battles on stream. However, competitive play hasn’t really been a focus. No clue which Pokemon and moves are meta-relevant. I don’t even have a full grasp on type advantage off the top of my head. Playing against others is a lot of fun, but I haven’t felt compelled to really go for it…yet.
What’s your approach to building a team in Pokemon games? Certainly, it has to be better than mine, right? Let me know in the comments!
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