Pokemon Kanto Region – First Gym

By Anonymous

Most trainers, or probably the older community of trainers started their first Pokemon journey in the Kanto region. Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur are the starters you can get there. The Pokemon professor Samuel Oak is the one who gives trainers their starters, he studies Pokemon and human relations. The main goal when a trainer starts their journey is to challenge the Pokemon League. In order to challenge the Pokemon League you must gather the eight gym badges of the region.

The eight gym leaders of the Kanto region are Brock, Misty, Lt. Surge, Erika, Koga, Sabrina, Blaine, and Giovanni. However in the more modern versions of Kanto, Koga is in the Elite Four so his kid Janine takes over the gym. And the last gym leader of the Kanto region, Giovanni, quit for unknown reasons so Blue took over. The first thing you should do is to make sure you have enough Pokeballs and Potions, usually about three Potions and five Pokeballs work out good enough for the beginning of your journey.

You will go through Viridian Forest and find yourself in Pewter City. Pewter City is the place where the first gym leader is at. The gym leader is Brock, he trains rock type Pokemon. So it might be a little hard to beat him if you chose a Charmander as your starter Pokemon. This is because a rock type Pokemon has a type advantage over fire type Pokemon. Brock will use two Pokemon against you. These two pokemon are both duo types. This means instead of having one type they have two. In this case they a ground type and rock type Pokemon. The first he will use is a Geodude. The Geodude can be defeated quickly if you chose a Squirtle that probably learned Water Gun by now. Or a Bulbasaur that probably learned Absorb.

If you have enough potions and a few other Pokemon aside from your starter with you at this time it should make it a bit easier if you choose a Charmander. Don’t get me wrong, Charmander is a great and powerful starter, it’s just the first few gyms have a type advantage. If you win Brock will give you the Boulder Badge, the very first badge in the Kanto region. Only seven more to go! Next up is the water type gym in Cerulean City!

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Geodude, The Rock-Type Pokemon

By Anonymous

Many Pokemon there are, that is a fact. If someone thinks that is an opinion they might be crazy… And types of most elements, it is pretty remarkable. You can have a powerful dragon type Pokemon, a burning fire type Pokemon, a drizzling water type Pokemon, a toxic posion type Pokemon, a frigid ice type Pokemon, a crawling bug type Pokemon, a powerful dark type Pokemon, a wise psychic type Pokemon, and many, many more! One of these types so happen to be rock. Rock type Pokemon are all over the place, there however aren’t many pure rock type Pokemon, meaning they have only one type. Rock type Pokemon are known for high defenses. The main thing that they don’t have is usually speed. Because they are giant rocks most of the time, they are quite heavy. Rock type Pokemon can be a rampaging dinosaur like a Rampardos, which has an incredible attack stat.

There is a flying prehistoric beast rock type Pokemon known as Aerodactyl who has great attack and amazing speed. Water and rock Pokemon such as Omanyte and Omastar, giant rock snake looking Pokemon like Onix, and a Pokemon that is just a boulder with two muscular arms, this Pokemon is known as Geodude. Geodude isn’t just a rock type Pokemon, he is also part ground. In the anime it is said that electric attacks don’t effect rock type pokemon, that is not true. The only reason they don’t effect Pokemon like Onix and Geodude is because they are part ground, which gives them immunity to electric type attacks. Geodude is a rock type Pokemon and a ground type Pokemon.

In the anime, Geodude is used by the gym leader Brock of Pewter City in the Kanto region. It may not be used as much in the anime as it is in the game, it is pretty hard to take down his Pokemon because of their defense and you can’t get much to protect yourself unless you chose Squirtle or Bulbasaur as your starter. Brock uses a Geodude to help put out the fire at Celadon City’s gym, which is of course in the anime. Geodude may be a weak Pokemon in the start, but what do you think of him?

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Pokemon Nosepass

By Anonymous

Have you heard of a Pokemon with a giant body part? Well you might or you may not. It ranges a lot, some Pokemon may resemble what could be a larger body part, but I think differently. Onix has a long tail which is on a snakelike body, Tentacruel has large tentacles, Kabutops has large scythes, and Nosepass has, well, a large nose.

Nosepass is a rock type Pokemon, it may not look that way, some may consider it a steel type Pokemon, but it is definitely a rock type Pokemon. Nosepass is classified in the National Pokedex like all Pokemon, but it is also classified in the Hoenn Pokedex. Yes, that’s right. Nosepass is a Hoenn Pokemon.

It is hard to find Nosepass in the wild, I believe you have to be in Dewford Cave, get really deep within the cave, you can then use an attack called Rock Smash, which is a battling attack, but it is also used out of battle to break small rocks blocking your way. There is a slight chance that you will find a Geodude inder this rock that you break, it is usually a Geodude, mistaken to be a rock I presume.

I think in some larger caves such as in Victory Road you can even find a Graveler, which is the evolved form a Geodude, this is only when your far enough on your journey that most wild Pokemon are at a high level so Geodude would have evolved by then. But there is a slight chance, a very, very, slight chance that you can find a Nosepass by smashing a rock deep in the depths of Dewford Cave.
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Pokemon Type Matchups

By Matt

What we learn from our first steps as a Pokemon trainer is that some moves will work effectively against a Pokemon, while other kinds of moves will prove less effective. They are type matchups, a game mechanic that everyone who plays Pokemon knows. I remember reading a Pokemon guide before, and it says that Pokemon is like a game of rock-paper-scissors. The starters, in fact, are based around that game, seeing how water is effective against fire, fire is effective against grass, and so on. Originally, there were 15 types of Pokemon that existed. This changed some moves that we know today to be different, such as Bite.

When I played Pokemon Stadium for the first time in a few years, I was confused right off the bat seeing Bite function as a Normal-type move. But I realized that starting with Johto, Dark- and Steel- type moves would come into play. Magnemite, a classic example of one type-changer through the generations, is an Electric-type in the first games, then turns into an Electric/Steel type to maintain what it really is: a magnet. Depending on the type, Pokemon have certain weakness and strengths to other types. Another factor is dual types, where Pokemon have two types instead of the one. This can either open them up to more strengths, or weaknesses.
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