By Brandon Yeo
The Electric Rodent species of Pokemon is one that is well known and is not a common sight in all five generations. It begins of course with the well known Pikachu, the first of the electric mice with brown stripes and a lightning shape tail that identifies it from its various counterparts. Coming with Pikachu is of course Raichu, an oversized rodent maybe, that might account for it slow speed as compared to Pikachu. In the second generation, we are also introduced to Pichu, the baby mice, clearly meant to make kids squeal when they see him, especially seen in the Pikachu Movie introducing the notorious “Pichu Brothers”. Next up is the third generation and my personal favourite – Minun and Plusle, the cheering mice that always seem to stick together and likewise appear together in the Pokemon series. This is clearly evident in Destiny Deoxys as well as in the other episodes of the Pokemon series. For the Fourth Generation, Pachirisu, seeming more like a squirrel than a mouse as compared to its other counterparts, however still similar, identified by its huge tail and its yellow cheeks. Lastly the most recent would be Emolga the flying squirrel pokemon, similar to that of Pachirisu.
After all that description, who indeed is the most appealing of them all? Clearly, Pikachu being Ash’s main Pokemon would be a natural candidate for it, however I may beg to differ. As Minun and Plusle and my favourite Pokemon, my biasness would naturally tend to make them the most appealing, however all of the electric rodents have their own aesthetic appeal. For Pikachu, this could include the perception of a small cuddly mouse and coupled with its high voice, it gives people more reason to love Pikachu. However in Pikachu’s line, my personal preference would be that of Pichu, especially with the presence of the mischievous Pichu brothers that make them all so lovely. Being babies too, this all the more makes them aesthetically appealing. For Raichu however, he personally doesn’t appeal much to me being over-sized and to me, “not too cuddly”, but similarly opinions are subjective and many people do love the Rai-Rai especially with his appearance as Lt. Surge’s Raichu.
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Tags: Emolga, Minun, Pachirisu, Pichu, Pikachu, Plusle
My Pokemon team includes many of the main Pokemon that you find near the start of the game as they are so popular. I chose my Pokemon not based on strength or ability but on looks and attitude. All of them are above level fifty but sometimes they can get knocked out by a level twenty-five, though this doesn’t concern me, it’s the memories and the bond between me and my Pokemon that matters.
Firstly, I have Piplup. I decided to choose him because penguins are my favourite animal and Piplup looks awesome and has a great personality. He’s so proud and always tries his hardest! I managed to level this guy up to level one-hundred, only using about two rare candies on him. I taught him all water type moves.
The first and strongest move is Hydro Pump. This move looks fantastic and it shows off Piplup’s power. Secondly, Surf, as this allows me to travel across water and, from what I’ve saw in the Pokemon anime, Surf looks amazing. Next we have bubble beam. This is my Piplup’s signature moves although it doesn’t do that much damage. A Piplup without bubble beam is like a Chimchar without flame-thrower. Taking away a Pokemon’s’ signature move is taking away its credibility of its type. Lastly, it knows drill peck. This move is excellent because it allows me to defeat super-effective grass type Pokemon in one hit. I enjoy dressing Piplup up in contests as a magician with a top-hat and a wand. He was my first Pokemon and is definitely my favourite.
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Tags: Aipom, Buizel, Nintendo DS, Oshawott, Pikachu, Piplup, Pokemon Black & White, Staraptor
By Stephanie Sartain
I began collecting Pokemon plushes when I was very young. I love collecting Pokemon plushes. I have currently sixty four Pokemon plushes in my collection. Some of my plushes are very old while some are newer. The first plush I ever got was of my favorite Pokemon Pikachu. I only collect plushes of Pokemon that I like. I have Pokemon from every generation from first to fifth. I find the collecting Pokemon you like is much better than simply getting every single Pokemon plush there is. That would take way to long and cost way too much money. I find that collecting is fun however it also because like an addiction. Somehow you always want more. But no matter that downside Pokemon plush collecting is an enjoyable hobby.
Now my Pokemon plushes are from many different companies. Some are from Pokemon Center while others are from Takara Tomy. I have collected for many years. Each plush is like a new addition to the family. Now I love my plushes and keep the in the best condition I can. However some have endured some wear and tear over the years such as my Pikachu whose tail and arm had to be sewn up. Whenever I tell people how many plushes I have they are always amazed. I suppose I have a lot but not as many as other people might have.
Another one of my favorite Pokemon from my collection is Buizel. A great thing about collecting them is when they arrive. I always find my self getting super excited when one of my packages arrives. Of course ordering them is the key step. I order them from Amazon.com and Hardrock-Pokemon.com because these are trusted places were I know I won’t be receiving fake or counterfeit plushes. I would never buy a counterfeit plush because as I have learned that makes the Pokemon Center lose money and force them to raise their prices.
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Tags: Buizel, Pikachu, Plush toys, Pokedolls
In the Pokemon World you will see many types. These types range from anywhere. I could be grass to fire, ground to rock, ice to dragon, dark to ghost. Pokemon types cover most of the elements. Several Pokemon are electric type. Most of the time they are rodents. Well, at least in every region there has to be one rodent Pokemon. At least one electric rodent Pokemon.
The first one we should all know is Pikachu! Pikachu is yellow, of course and has red cheeks, he evolves into a Raichu, which is a lot like Pikachu except it has yellow cheecks and an orange boddy and white belly. It evolves from Pikachu if it is given a Thunderstone.
In the Johto region there isn’t an entirely new species of Pokemon to be the electric rodent, just a pre-evolution to another. This is the pre evolved form of Pikachu known as Pichu. Pichu has black ears that are flat and wider triangles then Pikachu’s smaller version. He has a yellow, pale color skin unlike Pikachu’s yellow color. Pichu has a pink color on his cheeks instead of red cheeks.
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Tags: Emolga, Minun, Pichu, Pikachu, Plusle, Unova Region
I feel I have to say this as I owe it to my dear Pokemon plush, Pikachu. He used to be an awesome plush, he would just sit there smiling, without a care in the world. He wasn’t in perfect condition, but that didn’t matter to me. He was my Pokemon. I want to tell you about his life, and what happened to him.
I was extremely happy to get a Pikachu from a local car-boot sale. When I got home I immediately washed it as it was a little dirty. His fur was soft and fluffy, he was a great plush, my first one actually. I used to joke and say ‘Pikachu!’ in a high pitched voice just to laugh. Overtime, I began to forget about him. I had a new edition to my collection, Piplup.
I can remember Pikachu’s last days with me. I made an awesome stop-motion video about Pikachu battling Piplup. I put Pikachu and Piplup back into my room but he accidentally fell on the floor, I had forgotten about him. I went downstairs and then a while later, back up again. My eyes hadn’t noticed that Pikachu was gone. I played on a few video games until I was bored and decided to go downstairs. Nothing could prepare me for what was going to happen next…
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Tags: Pikachu, Plush toys
Over a decade ago when I found myself playing the original Pokemon Red, I spent much of my time in the Safari Zone attempting to capture my most favoured Pokemon of the Generation: Dratini. While its evolutions made their way onto my team, I always wanted to keep one or two from levelling, because I always adored how it looked. So how is it that this Pokemon could capture my interest more than the mascot of the franchaise, Pikachu?
First of all, Dratini belongs to one of the most powerful types in the game: the Dragon type. Being the ‘original’ Dragon Pokemon of the franchaise, this Pokemon was capable of resisting the most common of special attack elements, while having the capability of using the very types it resisted (except for Grass). Dratini and its evolutions are also the first of the exclusive group known as the Pseudo Legendaries, Pokemon that stand out from others because of their stats, though standing just behind the Legendaries in terms of their power.
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Tags: Dratini, Pikachu
Usually Pokemon Center plush are associated with the small chibi-fied Pokedolls. Regular plush were introduced bit by bit, but never in a high quantity. Not until the release of Black and White. Along with the classic Pokedoll plush, the Pokemon Center also started to release new plush toys that look more true-to-life, and they have been a huge hit ever since.
The first set of the new plush was on the day Pokemon Black and White were released, and featured two types of plush. There were two large plush of Reshiram and Zekrom, both of which are roughly twelve inches tall. Smaller plush were also released and featured the starters along with some of the heavily-advertised Pokemon like Minccino and Axew. In total one dozen new plush were available, with the large plush costing 3300 yen and the small plush being 1200 yen, more than the price of a regular Pokedoll. Three large, life-size plush were also released of the three starters. The life-size plush were nearly two feet tall, with Pokabu being about that long length-wise, and have been the most expensive plush to be sold in the stores. The large plush were extremely popular and other Pokemon have been made into this style of plush in recent times thanks to the original success of these three.
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Tags: Generation V, Lillipup, Oshawott, Patrat, Petilil, Pikachu, Plush toys, Reshiram, Snivy, Tepig, Zekrom
Even before I was a Quilava fan, the very first Pokemon I knew of was Raichu. That’s because when I was young, I remember going to an event hosted by my dad’s company. I was about 7 (or younger) and there were games you could play to get tickets. I saw a Raichu plush, and it stood out of the other prizes.
We had a whole day to do whatever we wanted, and so I was finally able to get the Raichu, thus making my love in Pokemon even stronger. Even though it’s only about 5 inches tall, it’s huggable and soft, and I bet in a few decades, it will become a collector’s item. Raichu, like Pikachu, is a Mouse Pokemon, and its ability is Static, which can cause paralysis (30% chance) to the opponent when Raichu gets hit by a physical attack. If you’re lucky enough to find it in the Pokemon Dream World, its new ability will be Lightningrod, which is sort of like Follow Me, but only with Electric-type moves. It won’t take any damage; it will take these attacks and raise its Special Attack by one stage.
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Tags: Nintendo DS, Pichu, Pikachu, Pokemon Black & White, Raichu
When you played the first few games, there really wasn’t a thing such as gender difference, where one gender of the Pokemon will look slightly different than the other. This new aspect debuted with the Sinnoh Region (Generation IV), in the Pokemon Diamond and Pearl games. Each gender has its own marks, but this is not true for every Pokemon. The entire list can be found at
When certain Pokemon are found to have gender differences, it is most likely that their evolved forms have gender differences as well. They are not too easy to notice; one must have a very observant eye to note these. If you come across them, both genders can be recorded in your Pokedex.
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Tags: Hippowdon, Nintendo DS, Pikachu, Pokemon Black & White, Unfezant, Zebrastrika
Does anyone remember their first favorite Pokemon, and is it still your favorite? I remember that when I first watched it, Pikachu was my favorite. I still like Pikachu, but he’s nowhere near my top 10 favorites anymore. Pikachu was first knocked out of the number one spot by Charmander, then Eevee, then Charizard. As it stands now, Charizard (tied with Charmander), Jolteon, and Ninetales are my top three favorites.
I remember feeling so bad for the Charmander that was abandoned by his trainer, yet he still waited in the rain. I guess it’s the loyalty and cuteness of Charmander that made him my favorite, beating Pikachu for the top spot. Charmander is still to this day my number one favorite starter. When Charmander evolved into Charmeleon I wasn’t too happy because of how he wouldn’t listen to Ash.
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Tags: Charizard, Charmander, Eevee, Jolteon, Pikachu, Vaporeon