A Teenager’s View On Quilava

By Matt

It would be really hard to guess someone’s favorite Pokemon, seeing as there are at least 500, including the new Unova region. The Pokemon I would like to share with you today is Quilava, also known as Magumarashi in the Japanese versions of Pokemon. It’s always been a favorite for me since childhood. There’s really no possible explanation I can offer. I remember when I first looked at that Quilava Pokemon card. It gave me some sort of feeling to hold on to it.

Unfortunately, when I moved out, it mysteriously disappeared, but I know it’s out there somewhere when I gaze at my newer Quilava cards. Many judge by looks; this proves the same for Pokemon, except for those who search for power alone. Personally, I don’t care for power, since I don’t battle others online. Usually, it is considered rare to start out with a female starter. I had a stroke of luck in my Soul Silver game, as the Cyndaquil I received was female.

In my Pokemon Leaf Green game (for the GameBoy Advance) I would never evolve my Quilava. Instead, I would either put an Everstone on it, stopping its evolution every level, or if I was EV training it, press B after it leveled up. I remember watching it one time on one of the newer Pokemon seasons on the episode Champ Twins, where Ash (Kanto hero) and Dawn (Sinnoh heroine) faced two twins with an incredible winning streak.

Of course, it’s been so long, I can’t remember how many times they won, but their two-Pokemon team consisted of Croconaw and Quilava. In the beginning, Ash and Dawn don’t use teamwork, and end up confused by the twins’ strategy. This all changes when Team Rocket attempted to steal Ash’s Pikachu; then they are able to defeat the twins. Now in my teens, I have been able to draw Quilava in several ways, proving I’ve been a fan for 7 years.

My username has always been relating to the name Quilava. Recently, the name I use is “FlamingQuilava” for forums and other online sites. When I was younger, it used to be “quilava156”, or “cyndaquilava”. For example, I have made a Quilava drawing consisted entirely of gum wrappers. PaperPokes, a site with Pokemon paper models, has foldables for everyone who wants to make one of their own. It took me only a few days for a paper Quilava, but I have to say it was worth it.

The Pokedex describes Quilava as having inflammable fur, which would explain why it is called the Volcano Pokemon. On the National Pokedex, it is number 156. Going in-depth about its stats, I have always remembered that its height and weight are reversed: 2’4” and 42 lbs, respectively. But since it’s always known to be on all fours, I would really like to get to know its height when it stands up.

Someday in the future, I know they will create some sort of program with real-life Pokémon we can interact with. Then I can look back at the good old days and reminiscence with my number-one favorite, Quilava.

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