The Venipede Line

By Jo

I’ve never had a thing for bug-types. With every new generation, I tend to avoid them throughout the game, as they just remind me too much of actual bugs (maybe that’s why I like flying-types so much?). But the odd thing about the fifth generation Pokemon games was that I actually found some bug-types kind of cute. Ironically, despite what they’re based off from, I wasn’t really put off by the Venipede line.

Venipede is a centipede-like Pokemon. Its head, shoulders, and feet are a burgundy shade, while its waist is colored teal. Its yellow eyes normally appear tired, the lids drooping slightly. It has eight legs. According to its pokédex entries, Venipede’s bite injects a potent poison that is strong enough to paralyze the large birds that are known to prey on it. The feelers on its head help it know what’s going on around it. Venipede are apparently brutally aggressive. Venipede’s design is most-likely based off from a centipede. However, it shares its physical appearance more with a millipede. Venipede’s name is probably a combination of the words ‘venom’, ‘centipede’, and ‘millipede’.
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All About Pokemon Venipede, Whirlipede And Scolipede

By Emily

With so many Bug types in the fifth generation, it’ll take a lot to stand out of the crowd. Scolipede has the looks, the strength, and the speed to set it apart for the others. Its true potential is held back by its somewhat bad typing and uninspiring abilities.

In the games Venipede and Whirlipede are both common in Pinwheel Forest and relatively easy to catch, making them good choices for someone looking for a new team member. Add to that two strong attacks Venipede can learn right before it evolves, these characters can hit hard and fast. However, with Scolipede, strong attack without a diverse move pool leaves it as a cool-looking bug, but not much more. Without TMs, Poison Tail and Steamroller are its best attacks, requiring no recoil and having potentially match-winning effects. Even though this character can learn some other strong attacks such as Earthquake, X-Scissor, and Poison Jab, it still can’t defeat too many different types of Pokemon. A few other moves such as Gyroball and Venoshock would have been good options if only the stats for this Pokemon were a little different.
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