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The Awesome Pokemon of Black and White: Which Are the Best?

by: Evelyn Berger ; edited by: Donna Cosmato ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

Are you wondering about the strongest Pokémon in Black and White? The cutest? The weirdest? The scariest? Well, you need look no further than this comprehensive list.

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    #1- The Silliest Pokemon

    Scrafty (Pokemon Anime)   Scrafty   There’s a lot of competition for this title, but the champion of it all has to be Scrafty, who is a lizard holding up its baggy pants. Yes, you read that right.

    After evolving from Scraggy (also a lizard with pants), Scrafty gains a cape and a Mohawk, but still can’t seem to keep his pants from falling down. Add that to its perpetual crossed eyes and open mouth, and you have the silliest looking Pokemon in the entire game.

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    #2- The Strongest Pokemon

    Volcarona Battle   Volcarona   So, maybe you’re getting beaten a lot. You need an edge to win the next battle, and you want just a little bit more power. Well, look no further than Volcarona.

    A fire/bug-type Pokemon, it boasts the highest attack, special attack, defense and special defense of all the Pokemon listed in the Pokedex. Now you’re thinking that there has to be a catch, right?

    There is, sort of. There are few opportunities to catch a Volcarona directly, and even if you could, it has a very low catch rate (and when you encounter it in the Relic Castle, it’ll be level 70).

    The easiest way to get it is to go to the house on route 18 and talk to the person inside. They’ll give you an egg that will hatch into a Larvesta. Larvesta evolves into Volcanora at level 59, though, so you’ll have to wait a while.

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    #3- The Weirdest Pokemon

    Jellicent Battle   Jellicent (Pink)   The weirdest looking Pokemon in Black and White is Jellicent. A water/ghost type, it looks like a cross between a jellyfish and a cloud. That’s not even counting the big goofy face on top that doesn’t even seem to be a real face at all but more like just markings on the surface.

    Males are blue and females are pink, and according to its Pokedex entries, it feeds on human life force and sinks ships.

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    #4- The Cutest Pokemon

    Minccino (Pokemon Anime)   Minccino   This ranking is admittedly pretty subjective, but the only one to nominate is Minccino. With that fluffy grey body, big eyes, big ears and fluffy tail, it looks like a cross between a mouse and a teddy bear. You just want to give it a hug and squeal over it as you do when you’re presented with a fat baby kitten.

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    #5- The Creepiest Pokemon

    Yamask Battle   Yamask   On its surface, the world of Pokemon is all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a world where the average ten-year-old is perfectly safe in wandering into the wild all by himself with only a Pokemon or two by his side, and where the worst of villains don’t seem to do much more than steal.

    Still, there’s a bit of oddness in some of the Pokedex entries, and there are a few Pokemon that make you question just how the Pokemon world works. The creepiest Pokemon has got to be Yamask, just for the sheer existential horror of its description:

    These Pokémon arose from the spirits of people interred in graves in past ages. Each retains memories of its former life. Each of them carries a mask that used to be its face when it was human. Sometimes they look at it and cry.

    I don’t know about you, but that brings up many questions. A Pokemon that used to be a person? That remembers its past life perfectly well and carries a mask that used to be its face? That’s terrifying. So if you die you have a chance at coming back, only to be stuffed into some kid’s pokeball? That’s the stuff of nightmares.

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    #6- The Pokemon With the Biggest Hair

    Whimsicott Battle   Whimsicott   This title has to go to Whimsicott, who has hair bigger than its own body! After evolving from Cottonee, it gets sheep-like horns and large orange eyes.

    According to the Pokedex, it travels wherever the wind blows it, and can fit through any crack, no matter how small. It is also famous for being a prankster.

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    #7- The Pokemon With the Most Terrifying Mouth

    Eelektross Battle   Eelektross   This is an easy title to award. The prize goes to Eelektross, which not only has a big round flat lamprey mouth with sucker teeth, but also appears to have two other mouths on its hands.

    This is one Pokemon that you expect to do more feeding on people than obeying them. According to its Pokedex entry, it uses its hands to crawl out of the ocean and attach the sucker mouths to prey before electrocuting and devouring it. Ouch.

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    #8- The Most Human Pokemon

    Gothitelle Battle   Gothitelle   For all that most Pokemon look like animals, objects or monsters, there are a few that are strangely human. There have been human-like Pokemon ever since Jynx way back in generation one, but some of Pokemon Black and White’s entries really take the cake.

    The most human Pokemon in Black and White has to be Gothitelle. It looks like a woman in a dress, and its previous evolution, Gothorita, looks like a younger girl in a dress. Hm. You have to wonder what the trainers think about all this; it must be weird controlling a Pokemon that looks a lot like you do.

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    #9- The Coolest Pokemon

    Emboar Battle   Emboar   Emboar is the final evolution of Tepig, the fire-type starter Pokemon. It’s a strong contender, with the highest base HP and attack of all the starter Pokemon, but it does have some disadvantages. Namely, that it has the lowest defense and special defense of them all, too.

    Still, Emboar is incredibly cool-looking, and his design is based on Zhu Bajie, a pig demon from the Chinese story Journey to the West.

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    #10- The Best Living Fossil

    Archeops Battle   Archeops   Archeops isn’t much to look at, at first, just a bird with claws and… Teeth… Wait.

    You can revive an Archen from a Plume Fossil, available from the desert resort. It’s strong and fast, and when it evolves into Archeops when it hits level 37, it will get an attack stat that’s enough to rival even legendary Pokemon.

    Its moveset is particularly nice: it learns Acrobatics at level 28, Crunch at level 35, and Rock Slide at level 51, which is double effective due to being rock-type.

    Archeops really only has one problem, and that’s that its defenses and HP are a little low, and it has the Defeatist ability, which makes attack power drop by half when its HP is below 50%. Basically, Archeops is a glass cannon, but as long as you get your hits in first, you’ll never have to worry about low defense.

References

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