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The Many types of Pokemon

In case you didn’t know, there are now over 17 types of Pokemon, with 495 individual species. This is a far cry from the few original ‘Capsule Monsters’ that Satoshi Tajiri invented less than twenty years ago Pokemon. Unfortunately for some (some- most gamers just accept the new Pokemon with joyous enthusiasm), there is no real story or logic behind the proliferation of all these species over the years, but they keep growing. And the more there are, the more there are to be caught and trained!What the weird world of Pokémon can teach us about storytelling | Games |  The Guardian

The latest in the Pokemon craze is the Pokemon Black and white which has of course spawned new monsters, both the new Pokemon Black and white video games, and also a whole new line of Pokemon Black and white cards, Pokemon Black and white plush toys (stuffed toys) and Pokemon Zukan Tomy figures. Pokemon Black and white promo cards were very hot when they came out. In fact, Pokemon Black and white has been the most exciting release that the game has seen in a while.

Type 1 are called ‘normal’ Pokemon, though it’s hard to see what’s normal about them. Type 2 are Fire Pokemon and as the name implies, have some ability to make fire. Most do not look anything like dragons however. Type 3 is Type 2’s opposite- the water Pokemon. Presumably a Fire Pokemon will be doused in battle with one of these, or whoever has more of each will win. Type 4 are the Electric Pokemon. From this group comes the Pokemon mascot, Pikachu. These creatures are capable of generating huge electrical charges when they need to- that is, in battle, or in the hands of an inexperienced trainer. Type 5 are the Ice Pokemon, which are really good for slowing down an opponent in battle.

Technically, they should be able to keep a cooler chilled on a road trip to Vermillion City as well. Type 6 are the Grass Pokemon, which generally means that their DNA has been crossed with plant life. These leafy vestiges usually give the Pokemon powers like razors or intoxicating scents. Type 7 are the Fighting Pokemon, and as the name implies, they excel at punching, kicking, and the martial arts. Type 8 are the Poisonous Pokemon. Don’t let these guys bite you, spit on you, or lick you. Many have poisonous skin or other body parts as well.

Type 9 are the Ground Pokemon. They hunker low and release a ferocious upward attack. They are hard to pin down as well. Type 10 are the Flying Pokemon. Their advantages are obvious but they are susceptible to fire, water, and poison attacks. Type 11 are the Physic Pokemon. They usually know what their opponent’s next move will be. Type 12 are the Bug Pokemon. Their weakness in fragility they make up for in agility. Type 13 are the Rock Pokemon. They are very hard to defeat and deliver devastating blows. Type 14 are the Ghost Pokemon. If you can’t see them, you can’t hit them. Type 16 are the Dark Pokemon. They are very good at blending into the background for a sneak attack. Finally, Type 17 are the Steel Pokemon. Like the Rock Pokemon, they are very hard to defeat and deliver devastating blows. The Pokemon story, in case you didn’t know, isn’t really a story at all. You’d be pardoned for thinking it was, with all the Pokemon goods for sale now. My son at the moment is absolutely mad for anything Pokemon Black and white, including Pokemon Plushies (those are Pokemon stuffed toys) and especially the Pokemon Black and white Game Cards (Holofoil cards being especially valuable). He definitely wants the Nintendo DS Pokemon Black and white game (I think he dreams about it, and he? ll just have to keep on dreaming because he’s not getting that for a while).

With all the Pokemon goods, characters, and descriptions, you would think that there was a great Pokemon story behind it all. Actually there’s not. Every merchandising spinoff you see from Pokemon, whether it’s a plushie or full feature Pokemon movie comes from ideas and concepts that are developed by Nintendo for the game. Pokemon was never a story in other words- it was and remains an idea for a game.

If you’re like me, that bothers you because I see in the Pokemon characters a rich potential for a great adventure story full of idyllic heroism and romance. It’s a bit like Harry Potter, a little bit like Star Trek, and a lot like dragon taming. The biggest thing that bothers me about Pokemon is their mysterious origin. They’re just here and have always been here. It seems like something happened- a DNA mishap for example but it’s not explained. There are no regular animals in the Pokemon world either but every Pokemon seems to have a regular animal’s DNA. Humans are regular- why aren’t they mutated too? The Pokeball is handy gadget to catch wild Pokemon with but it’s never explained how it works. There are scientists and labs in the Pokemon world but the Pokeball is only the really significant piece of technology that we actually see.

Pokemon live in zones, and species of Pokemon are restricted to specific zones- they don’t exist in other zones in other words. There are cities in the Pokemon world but the society and technology is minimally described. Above all, there is no overreaching goal in Pokemon. To become a Pokemon Master is about the only accomplishment that is mentioned in Pokemon.

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