If Magikhar is not PotW by the end of the day, you're all banned.
Challenge accepted (if I'm not lazy/forgetful)
I'll be posting mine tomorrow.
Pokemon of the Week #24 (4/30/2013)
(I totally didn't rig it so I got a Pokemon that I've taken a recent interest in)
Kricketune, the Cricket Pokemon. It crosses its knifelike arms in front of its chest when it cries. It can compose melodies ad lib; the melodies can be used to signal emotion. There is a village that hosts a contest based on the amazingly variable cries of this Pokémon.
I've ignored Kricketune (and its pre evolution) for the longest time. But I'm starting to take a liking to it. For some reason I find it cool how it's based on a conductor, among some other factors. Oh, and the mustache, obviously. Like a sir. It's my favorite early Bug-type after Ledian and Beautifly. It's probably unusual to actually like the early bug types, but I'm an usual guy, so it works out.
Competitive analysis! Now, I'm not one to be overly harsh when describing a Pokemon's usefulness, but Kricketune has pretty much no saving grace for me to fall back on unlike Dunsparce, so I'll give you the blunt truth; Kricketune is one of the least useful Pokemon in the game. Its stats are horrible, outside of an average attack. It actually has a strangely good HP stat relative to other Bug-type Pokemon, but this doesn't really matter when you realize how pathetic its defenses are. I'm in the opinion that Kricketune is actually the weakest fully evolved Bug-type in the game. Ledian can Baton Pass stat boosts and set up screens, Beautifly and Masquerain can be dangerous if they somehow get some Quiver Dances up, Dustox can take a hit without being killed instantly, Beedrill and Ariados can set up Toxic Spikes, etc. Kricketune can do nothing except dent something and die.
I'll be nice and talk about what's good about Kricketune in this paragraph. It gets a great ability in Technician, and although it can't take full advantage of it like something like, say, Scizor, it does have its uses. Technician allows Kricketune to make more use of Rock Smash then any other Pokemon (in my opinion), as since it doesn't have much of a movepool, a 60 base power Fighting-type attack with a 50% chance to lower the opponent's defense is actually sort of cool. Kricketune also gets Perish Song and Heal Bell, which are both great moves; it's a shame that Kricketune is too frail to make great use of them. As stated previously, Kricketune has a fairly good physical attack stat, allowing it to at least hit somewhat hard.
Kricketot, the Cricket Pokemon. When its antennae hit each other, it sounds like the music of a xylophone. Whenever it stumbles, its stiff antennae clack to create this sound. This happens a lot due to its short legs.
Kricketot, like its evolution Kricketune, has really grown on me recently. It's so cute! I like how it has a tuxedo as well. Its plushie is adorable too, I wuv it. <3
...what, do you actually want me to comment on how good Kricketot is competitively? It sucks. What were you expecting? I guess it's better then Caterpie, Weedle, and Wurmple due its more defensively orientated nature. If you could even call it that. Ledyba and Spinarak outclass it by a landslide, though. It's okay if you're useless, Kricketot, you're still adorable.
Last edited by Neosquid; 04-30-2013 at 06:56 PM.