The Lillipup Line

By Jo

The newest Pokemon games have brought with them some pretty cute and interesting normal-types this generation. The Lillipup line is a prime example of that fact. The little fuzzy faced dogs act as a counterpart to the Purrloin line, as both are representations of house pets. Though where the cats are supposed to be tricky and untrustworthy, Lillipup and its evolutions act as noble dogs that would never even think of being disloyal to their trainer.

Lillipup, the Puppy Pokemon, is tiny and cute. It has a tan colored coat with a black patch on its back, and its face is covered with a sandy colored fluff. Its color scheme brings to mind a Yorkshire terrier, though the fuzz on its face and its evolutions’ appearance hints at traits coming from a Schnauzer. According to its pokedex entries, Lillipup face strong opponents with a great deal of courage. Being quite intelligent, it knows not to fight a losing battle and will flee from a battle if it’s at a disadvantage. The pokedex also states that the long hair around its face provides an amazing radar that lets it sense subtle changes in its surroundings. Besides the Unova starters, Lillipup is the only fifth generation Pokemon that evolves before level 20. Lillipup’s name seems to come from the words ‘little’ and ‘pup’.

Once it becomes strong enough, Lillipup will then evolve at level 16 into a Herdier. Herdier, like its pre-evolution, seems to be based off from a Yorkie. Its cheeks, ears, and legs are a tan shade, while its back is covered with long, black fur that resembles almost a cape or a cloak. Herdier has thick, sandy colored eyebrows that go down the bridge of its nose and connect to a fluffy mustache. Large eyebrows and mustaches are a common trait found in Schnauzers. Herdier’s pokedex entries state that the black, cape-like fur on its back is very hard and decreases the amount of damage it receives from attacks. The pokedex also say that they will loyally follow its trainer’s commands and that they’ve helped trainers raise Pokemon for ages. Herdier’s name seems to come from the words ‘herd’ (which would reference herding dogs) and ‘terrier’.
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All About Pokemon Lillipup, Herdier, and Stoutland

By Emily

Being one of the first Pokemon available, almost every person catches a Lillipup within a few minutes of starting their journey in Black or White. Many times Lillipup is evolved into Herdier, and then forgotten in a box. However, this dog-based evolutionary line has quite a few surprises in store, from abilities to attacks. All of these Pokemon have at least one useful ability, which is usually overlooked due to their typing. Lillipup for example is the only fifth generation Pokemon who can have the Pickup ability.

Pickup is very useful in the beginning of the game, as you can get useful items just by battling trainers or wild Pokemon. Both Herider and Stoutland can have Intimidate, which can come in useful during double or triple battles, though their best ability comes from the Dream World. Scrappy will enable them to damage Ghost-types with Normal-type attacks, which can be extremely useful if the opponent Pokemon can’t easily damage your Herdier or Stoutland.
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Pokemon Black & White Tips: Victini Beatstick

By: Brian Hsieh

Pokemon Black and White have reached the United States and have been around for over a week now. The Victini event is still in progress so be sure to get one through Nintendo wifi before it ends. While the gameplay has so many features that I could discuss, my main point will be about the Victini event.

Once you acquire the Liberty Pass found in the Pokecenter (a man in a bellhop uniform will give it to you), you’ll be able to use it when necessary. Once you enter Castelia City, which is right after you win the second badge, you can walk on the outskirts of the city to find the docks. On the farthest dock to the left, there is a boat that will take you to Liberty Island. Once you arrive, you’ll notice that Team Plasma has taken over the island.
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