There’s over 800 Pokemon in the Pokemon universe and with each new region, you make new friends to journey with. You can catch all the Pokemon in the world, but you can only carry six Pokemon at a time with you. So, how do you choose?
I tend to not plan my teams before playing the games. There are certain types that I prefer over others, especially move-wise more so than Pokemon-wise. For instance, I tend to favor the Grass-type starters, usually with Poison-type moves, and Ground- and Flying-type moves are some of my favorites as well. While I try to catch every new Pokemon that I come across on my journey, it’s always up in the air as to which Pokemon will end up in my final team.
You definitely play the games more “spur-the-moment” than I do. I mean, I don’t typically plan my team either, but I do have a certain formula. I try to have a team that region-exclusive to the game I’m currently playing. I typically nab the fire starter and the rest of my team is filled with a water, grass, flying, and electric type. That sixth slot is, as I call it, a “freebie” and can be filled with any Pokemon I fall in love with, no matter the type.
Yes, I try not to look too much into the game before playing. In today’s age of the Internet, it’s really difficult — for instance, the X/Y Pokemon were all leaked and showed off before the games were actually released and it destroyed part of the adventure for me. I love how you have a formula, if you will, for your teams, Rachel! I’m no stranger to having multiple of the same types, usually move-wise, on my teams. My teams’ strengths and weaknesses are more fluid and overlap with each other, while Rachel’s team is more clear-cut and planned.
I agree with that. I try not to spoil anything for myself either. I never know what Pokemon will be on my team, I just know what specific types I want. Then again, you know me. I’m super organized and need to have a plan for everything! Still, there’s a lot about my team that remains the same. I always get the fire starter, for example.
Aside from you just loving Fire-types, it makes sense for you to pick that starter with your plan for the types on your team. Fire-types is one of the rarer types in the games, so if you want one for your team, nabbing the starter makes sense. I tend to go for the Grass-types because of their move versatility and the fact that Bulbasaur was my first ever pick for a starter, so I keep the tradition in honor of him.
We all have our favorites! Adding the diversity of types helps your team be more well-rounded and can help in the long run. Though it is fun to try to have all one type or, I’ve done this before, get through the game with just your starter Pokemon.
What do your Pokemon teams typically look like? Do you plan it out ahead of time? Let us know in the comments below!