The Sandile Line

By Jo

Ground-types and dark-types have always been pretty unique. While ground-types are normally based off from the habits of actual animals, dark-types are known for being based more off from myths and old wise tales. The Sandile evolutionary line could pass off as being a little bit of both.

Sandile is a mixture between a sandy colored crocodile and black stripes that are similar to the old stripped uniforms prisoners used to wear in jails. The black skin surrounding its eyes is similar to a mask, which is similar to a burglar’s mask (which may be why it’s also part dark-type). Sandile and its evolutionary relatives are the only Pokemon to have their unique type combination. According to its pokedex entries, Sandile live buried in the sands of the desert. The sun-warmed sands prevent their body heat from dropping. It apparently moves along below the sand’s surface, except for its nose and eyes. The dark membrane surround its eyes protect their eyes from the sun. Considering its habits, Sandile may also be based off from a “sandfish”, a desert reptile that is able to move through the sand as if it were swimming. Sandile’s name seems to come from the words ‘sand’, ‘crocodile’, and is possibly meant to be a play on the word ‘sandal’.

Once Sandile reaches level 29, it evolves into Krokorok. Krokorok is a bit taller than Sandile and gets about on its hind legs rather than on all fours. Like its pre-evolution, it is stripped black and tan, though also has a spiked back and tail leading from its neck. Its stomach is pink and stripped. Like Sandile, Krokorok has the same black ‘mask’ covering its eyes. Its pokedex entries state that Krokorok live in groups with a few individuals. Protective membranes shield their eyes from sandstorms. The special membrane covering its eyes can sense the heat of objects, so it can see its surroundings, even in darkness. Krokorok appears to be based off from a narrow nosed crocodile and possibly a caiman. Its posture is like a criminal’s, which may be a reference to its type. Krokorok’s name most-likely comes from the words ‘crocodile’ and ‘rock’.
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Pokemon Best Wishes Episode 003 Review

By Trainer_Auro

After two episodes, Ash already has two Pokemon; Pikachu and Pidove. Hopefully he doesn’t fill out his party too soon, and stick us with the same six for the rest of the season. It would be even better if he caught more than six, and switched some things around every now and then. Something I’ve noticed about Team Rocket is that in both the episodes we’ve seen them in, they’ve used their classic mechanical arms to grab Pikachu, and yet they seem so different. But enough about Team Rocket for now.

This time, we start off with Ash and Iris heading towards Striaton (Sanyou city) to challenge the gym.

Introductions aside, it’s time for a play-by-play review. Warning, the following WILL contain spoilers. I recommend you watch this series on your own, but if you’re in a hurry, want another opinion, or just don’t feel like watching, this will be quick, and to the point without losing the details.
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The Two Great Ground Pokemon of Generation Five

By Emily

Note: this contains spoilers, which some people may not like.

Pokemon Black and White have definitely improved the difficulty of Pokemon battles, and going in unprepared is a very bad idea. Especially with your final battle against N and Ghetsis. The legendary dragon N controls and many of the Pokemon on Ghetsis’ team are incredibly strong and can easily destroy an entire team of Pokemon.

However, two ground type Pokemon stand out as being near-essential in helping you win. Excadrill for Black and Krookodile for White are possibly the best Pokemon you can use in the two final battles of the main story.
Excadrill is very useful in Pokemon Black because it has immunity to Zekrom’s strongest attack, Cross Thunder. Excadrill has a very high attack stat and can learn both Earthquake and Drill Run, which will be able to faint Zekrom in only one or two attacks. Because Excadrill can learn both X-scissor and Brick Break, it will also be useful against Ghetsis’ strongest Pokemon, Hydreigon.
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