Pokémon of the Week: Mew!

Here are the previous ‘Pokémon of the Week’ recipients.

As suggested by my friend Sablei (check out their blog!), the Pokémon of the week this week is none other than Mew!

Mew is known as the 'New Species' Pokémon, and is genderless. (Source)

Mew is known as the ‘New Species’ Pokémon, and is genderless. (Source)

Mew is a legendary psychic type, and is a standalone Pokémon (this is standard with nearly all legendary Pokémon, aside from Manaphy and Phione). It shares a relation with Mewtwo, but not through any ‘evolution’ method; rather DNA taken from Mew (no one ever explains how the Team Rocket scientists get the DNA, though; Per Sabelei: ‘You said it is unknown where Team Rocket got Mew’s DNA but it was stated in the first movie that they found Mew’s eyelash when in Africa’) was used to create a clone of Mew so that Team Rocket could harness the power from Mew to take over the regions of Kanto and Johto. Instead Team Rocket got one really angry Mewtwo, and Mewtwo was rightfully angry.

It has never been officially confirmed by Game Freak, but there is a fan theory out there that Ditto are actually failed Mew clones! This is how the theory goes (from Fantendo):

  1. They are both pink. Although this does not prove much, it is possible that when Mew was being cloned in the creation of Mewtwo that the same color of Mew was necessary to make the Mewtwo-in-creation. Their shiny forms also both happen to be blue.
  2. They both know transform, and can technically both learn any move. It is possible that Mewtwo was supposed to know transform to make a successful clone. However, the real Mewtwo does not know Transform.
  3. They both weigh the same: 8.8 lbs. To make a successful clone, perhaps it was necessary for the two to weigh the same.
  4. Ditto’s appearance of a scientific blob – Ditto appears to have been man-made. However, there are more than one Ditto, speculating that it may reproduce asexually.
  5. Mewtwo’s Bio – Mewtwo was said to be the only successful copy of Mew, speculating that Ditto may be a failed clone.
  6. Ditto in the Pokémon Mansion. In Pokémon Yellow, the wild Pokémon roster for the burned out Pokémon Mansion on Cinnabar Island (where Mewtwo was implied to have been created) was updated to feature Ditto, speculating that Ditto may have been created in the Mansion as well. This change was carried over to Fire Red and Leaf Green, the remakes of the original Pokémon Red and Blue.
  7. Mew is said to contain the DNA of every single Pokemon, while Ditto can essentially breed with every single Pokémon (with very few exceptions outside of legendary Pokémon).
  8. Both Mew and Ditto have base stats that are the same in every category. Mew has 100 base in each stat, while Ditto has 48 base. The failed cloning process may have resulted in such diminished stats.

Quite intriguing and it seems plausible, but remember the above does not whatsoever mean that Ditto are failed Mew clones. It’s just a fan theory, though a solid one.

This is a Mew from Lucaro and the Mystery of Mew! What a happy little guy. (Source)

This is a Mew from Lucaro and the Mystery of Mew! What a happy little guy. (Source)

Mew is unique in the sense that it can learn any TM, or HM, and any move from a move tutors (minus moves specific to a type like Draco Meteor), and is the only Pokémon other than Ditto that can learn Transform (as mentioned above). Mew is supposedly the ancestor to all Pokémon, which is why it can learn nearly every move in the Pokémon world. With it being Psychic type, it is super effective against fighting and poison types, but is weak to bug, dark, and ghost types. The rationale behind those three weakness are that they are common things the mind is afraid of, or to put it simply they’re common phobias – which is a mental (which is psychic type represents, mostly) feature.

Here’s a brief summary of Mew’s biological makeup:

Mew is a pink, bipedal Pokémon with mammalian features. Its snout is short and wide and it has triangular ears and large, blue eyes. It has three-fingered paws, large feet with oval markings on the soles, and a long, thin tail ending in an ovoid tip. Its hair is so fine and thin, it can only be seen under a microscope. It has a long, skinny tail ending with a rounded tip. Mew has big hind legs and short arms with three-fingered paws. Mew is said to have the DNA of every single Pokémon contained within its body, and as such is able to learn any attack.

I am unsure if Mew will get a mega evolution like it’s clone, but I would not be surprised if it did since most popular Pokémon are getting mega evolutions – some look good, some look bad. There have been zero rumors around Mew getting a mega evolution, however.

As always I will include some art from deviantArt and as always, all the credit goes to the artist and you should donate to them if you can! This week’s artist is aocom (CHECK OUT THEIR AWESOME ART!) and it’s a very cute picture.

The ancestor of Pokémon is such a cutie, isn't it? (Source)

The ancestor of Pokémon is such a cutie, isn’t it? (Source)

And that wraps ‘er up right there! Next week Eevee will be featured!

If you have any suggestions for the week after that please let me know in the comments! Also, let your Pokémon friends know about these weekly posts and have them follow!

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Pokémon Of The Week: Meowth!

Here are the previous ‘Pokémon of the Week’ winners.

After a two-week hiatus, ‘Pokémon of the Week’ is back! Hooray!

This week’s winner is none other than Meowth!

Meowth is the 'Scratch Cat' Pokémon! (Source)

Meowth is the ‘Scratch Cat’ Pokémon! (Source)

Meowth is a Normal type Pokémon, and evolves into Persian at level 28. Meowth is weak only to Fighting types, immune to Ghost types, and damaged regularly by all other types. The bane of being a Normal type is that Normal types are not super-effective against any type, and Ghost type is also immune to Normal type. Per Smogon, Meowth is not used very often competitively in Little Cup (the tier used by ‘first stage’ Pokémon). Nonetheless, we don’t love Meowth because of it’s (lack of) competitive ability.

Here is a brief summation of Meowth from Bulbapedia:

Meowth is a small, feline Pokémon with cream-colored fur that turns brown at the tips of its hind paws and tail. Its ovoid head features four prominent whiskers, wide eyes with slit pupils, and a gold oval coin embedded in its forehead. Its ears are black with brown interiors, and are flanked with an additional pair of long whiskers. Meowth is a quadruped with the ability to walk on its hind legs; while the games always depict Meowth on two legs, the anime states that Meowth normally walks on all fours. It can freely manipulate its claws, retracting them when it wants to move silently. The tip of its tail curls tightly.

That’s the relative summation of all other Meowth, including the Team Rocket Meowth from the anime below:

"Meowth, that's right!" - Team Rocket Meowth (Source)

“Meowth, that’s right!” – Team Rocket Meowth (Source)

This Meowth is different than any other Meowth in (known) Pokémon existence! Why? Because it can talk! (What Pokémon fan didn’t know that, though?) Here is the anime Meowth’s back story from Bulbapedia (it’s rather heartbreaking):

Meowth’s earliest memory is being alone at Camp Pokéhearst. With no food, he was always starving, and tipped over a basket of baseballs believing it was food. As punishment for tipping the basket over, the baseball coach hung him from a tree; from this tree, he was able to see a movie called That Darn Meowth!, which depicted a Meowth in Hollywood being given delicious food by its family. Meowth instantly decided to go to Hollywood, which he believed would be a paradise.

However, when he arrived in Hollywood, he was merely a stray Pokémon, and was constantly being chased for stealing food. Soon, a Meowth gang, led by a Persian, took him in. Meowth lived on the streets as a member of the gang for a long time; the gang annoyed the humans in town, stealing food and causing trouble in general. One day, Meowth came across a female Meowth named Meowzie. She rejected him, saying that he was poor and that she preferred humans, so Meowth attempted to make himself more human-like to make her love him. Thus, he painstakingly taught himself to speak human language and walk upright like a human. When he approached her after this transformation, she once again rejected him, calling him a freak. Heartbroken, Meowth remembered the first human word he learned to speak—”rocket”—and was inspired to join Team Rocket.

Though Team Rocket’s Meowth has evil intentions, I have always had a soft spot for him because of his rather depressing backstory. What’s your opinion on this particular Meowth?

As with every Pokémon of the week, I am including artwork from an artist on deviantArt! This week’s artist is Iza-nagi (check out their page!) and as usual all artwork and credit belongs to them!

I selected this artwork because I believe Jesse and James are a part of the Meowth we all know and love! (Source)

I selected this artwork because I believe Jesse and James are a part of the Meowth we all know and love! (Source)

Thanks for reading!

What should be next week’s ‘Pokémon of the Week’? Let me know in the comments.

 

Pokémon of the Week: Mewtwo!

Here are previous ‘Pokémon of the Week.’

THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS POST. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

In honor of the night before the official release of Pokémon X/Y I figured that the Pokémon with the richest backstory deserves some recognition on here. Also, Mewtwo got some sick mega evolutions!

Here is the Mewtwo that every knows, even the people that stopped playing Pokémon. (Source: Bulbapedia)

Here is the Mewtwo that every knows, even the people that stopped playing Pokémon. (Source: Bulbapedia)

Mewtwo is the third Pokémon from Generation 1 to be ‘Pokémon of the Week’ (Pikachu; Charizard), and only the second Legendary to be ‘Pokémon of the Week’ (Darkrai). I apologize if I come across as a ‘Genwunner,’ but I swear I am not! I just believe the Pokémon I have selected from Generation 1 are very important to the universe of Pokémon.

Mewtwo is a standalone Pokémon (in the traditional evolution sense) and is Psychic type Pokémon. Mewtwo is always a very high leveled Pokémon, unless hacked, so it adds to the immense power that Mewtwo has and exudes. It is weak to Dark-Type, Ghost-Type, and Bug-Type attacks, and is super effective against Fighting-Type and Poison-Type.

Here is Mewtwo’s backstory right from Bulbapedia:

According to the scientific logs found in the Pokémon Mansion of Cinnabar Island, Mewtwo was born of a pregnant Mew, found deep in the jungles of Guyana, whose embryo had been tampered with to alter its DNA. It was held and studied in the mansion where the scientists, including Blaine and Mr. Fuji, performed horrific gene-splicing experiments that made it vicious and extremely powerful. It eventually broke free of the Mansion, destroying it in the process, and fled. It can be encountered in Cerulean Cave, accessible only after a Trainer has proven his or her skill at the Indigo Plateau.

There is a longer explanation about Mewtwo and it’s back story but this will suffice for a short summary. It’s always humorous when Pokémon refers real world places (Guyana).

Still, though, Mewtwo’s life is one that came with a lot of unnecessary pain and anguish. I always felt horrible for Mewtwo, and wanted to be it’s friend so terribly. Alas, Mewtwo is just a sprite (sad face).

Mewtwo is being reignited in Generation Six with two mega evolutions.

Here is a quick explanation on how Mega Evolution works.

This is Mewtwo - X. It is Psychic/Fighting. (Photo Credit: Bulbapedia)

This is Mewtwo – X. It is Psychic/Fighting. (Photo Credit: Bulbapedia)

Mewtwo X can only be found in Pokémon X (go figure, huh?) and looks more like the original Mewtwo. Several Pokémon fans speculate that this Mewtwo Megalution is more genetically modified than the other, continuing the process of making Mewtwo stronger through science. The attack stat is boosted for Mewtwo X.

This is Mewtwo - Y. It is pure psychic type. (Photo Credit: Bulbapedia)

This is Mewtwo – Y. It is pure psychic type. (Photo Credit: Bulbapedia)

Here is Mewtwo Y. Unlike the other Megalution, this one does get an extra typing, but gets a boost in special attack. As speculated with the other Megalution, this Mewtwo Y seems to look more like Mew (what scientists were trying to create through cloning) and more ‘natural’ in the Pokémon world.

As I do every week I present an artist’s work from deviantArt on the ‘Pokémon of the Week’ and as always IT’S THEIR WORK – THEY DESERVE ALL CREDIT. This week’s artist is purplekecleon (check out their page!) and this picture gives a softer side to Mewtwo.

This is the least menacing I've ever seen Mewtwo! So cute. (Source: purplekecleon)

This is the least menacing I’ve ever seen Mewtwo! So cute. (Source: purplekecleon)

Well that’s it for today’s Pokémon post! I hope you had a great time reading it. Let me know of your opinion on Mewtwo or it’s Megalutions! Can’t wait to play X/Y tomorrow.

Pokémon of the Week: Darkrai!

Here are the previous ‘Pokémon of the Week.’

The first legendary Pokémon to be ‘Pokémon of the Week’ is Darkrai, the Pitch-Black Pokémon. It is, also, my favorite legendary throughout the years, so I had to fit Darkrai into ‘Pokémon of the Week’ eventually.

Photo Credit: Bulbapedia. Darkrai only has one ability, Bad Dreams, which causes damage every turn for opponents that are asleep.

Photo Credit: Bulbapedia. Darkrai only has one ability, Bad Dreams, which causes damage every turn for opponents that are asleep.

As a dark type Pokémon Darkrai has an immunity to psychic types, as well as a resistant to ghost type and other dark type moves, but with weaknesses to fighting types and bug types (I believe fairy type is super effective as well come Sixth Generation). All other types do regular damage to Darkrai.

I always wondered why Darkrai wasn’t part ghost type because of the ominous feel to Darkrai, as well as Darkrai’s abilites involving nightmares. Darkrai also floats around in the anime and the game, though in the movie The Rise of Darkrai Darkrai is shown to have very long, slender legs. That just seems ghost like to me, but that’s just me. It being mono dark type is completely fine with me.

Darkrai better be obtainable in X & Y because I missed the previous events. Rumor has it (and it’s only a rumor) that nearly all Pokémon will be obtainable in X & Y (combined), which is incredible. Too many Pokémon in one route, however, can bog down the game and make catch rates extremely low for some Pokémon.

Darkrai has the highest base special attack power of all dark types, and ties with Weavile for highest base speed, which makes Darkrai an extremely formidable opponent and ally. Legendaries with this power are forbidden from competitive play because of their overall dominance – everyone would just use the legendaries and that’s no fun.

Every week I present artwork from someone on deviantArt, and as always, THIS IS THEIR WORK NOT MINE! This week’s work is from Uniformshark (check out their work!) and is called ‘Darkrai The Guardian.’

Darkrai_the_Guardian_by_Kakashi_kun

This is a haunting picture. Ever wonder if Darkrai is in pain too because of the nightmares that it causes?

Have a good weekend and thank you for reading this post. Spread the word if you have friends that love Pokémon, or music (which is what I mainly blog about).

Pokémon of the Week: Tyrantrum!

Here are the previous ‘Pokémon of the Week.’

That’s right, the newly revealed evolved form of one of the Generation 6 fossil Pokémon is the Pokémon of the Week – mainly because I’ve always wanted a T-Rex Pokémon and this guy/gal is just too badass to not be Pokémon of the Week. If you disagree let me know why in the comments.

Just so awesome; I love his spiky collar he's got going for him.

Just so awesome; I love his spiky collar he’s got going for him. Known as the ‘Despot Pokémon.’ Source.

Tyrantrum, and it’s pre-evolution Tyrunt, has a typing of Rock/Dragon (this line is the only Rock/Dragon typing) and appears to be a formidable Pokémon. There is not much known about Tyrantrum yet, but we can deduce a few things. Since it’s so large and is obviously modeled after a Tyrannosaurus Rex, it will likely be a ponderous creature (slower speed) and more attack-oriented Pokémon (Outrage spam, anyone?). Why do I think it’ll be attack-oriented versus special attack-oriented? Because it’s a T-Rex Rock/Dragon that’s why! Rock is primarily an attack-oriented type, and I believe ‘Power Gem’ is the only special Rock type attack. It will likely be able to learn Dragon-type special moves (Draco Meteor, Dragon Pulse, etc.), but it will be in your interest to only use attacking moves.

As always I include artwork from an artist from on deviantARt. The artwork always belongs to THE ARTIST! This week’s artwork is by Toxicroak (Check out their other work please!).

This was easily the best artwork of the newly released Tyrantrum!

This was easily the best artwork of the newly released Tyrantrum!

What’s your opinion on this new Generation 6 Pokémon? And what will your team look like in Pokémon X and/or Y?

Here’s mine so far (with their starting evolution point):

  • Chespin
  • Squirtle
  • Litleo
  • Pancham
  • Tyrunt (though likely later in the game)
  • Torchic (until I find a better replacement)

Thanks for reading.

Pokémon of the Week: Ditto!

Here are the previous ‘Pokémon of the Week.’

This week’s winner is the loveable. malleable goo: Ditto!

Such a happy little goo! (Source: Bulbapedia)

Such a happy little goo! Known as the ‘Transform Pokémon’ – go figure. (Source: Bulbapedia)

Ditto is a Generation 1 normal type Pokémon and is a standalone Pokémon. Though Normal types have a weakness to fighting type moves, Ditto is unlike any other Pokémon (aside from Mew, but I’ll get to that) because Ditto has a move called ‘Transform.’ As you can discern from it’s name, Transform transforms Ditto into whatever Pokémon it is facing (or directly across from in double and triple battles) – Ditto, though, has a hidden ability known as ‘Imposter’ that will transform Ditto immediately upon entering a battle. After transformation Ditto will have the exact moveset and typing as the opponent it transformed into; for example, facing a Squirtle and Ditto transforms into a Squirtle would cause it to become water type.

Ditto also will copy the opponents base stats, but I am unsure if it fully copies the base stat totals or if only 3/4 of the stats – any information on this would be helpful. Nonetheless, Ditto becomes formidable or not – it all depends on the opponent!

In the Pokémon fandom, there has always been this rumor, or myth, that Ditto is actually the failed experiments to clone Mew (which eventually led to Mewtwo when the cloning became successful). Here is an excerpt from ‘Fantendo’ on the Ditto/Mew Myth:

  • They are both pink. Although this does not prove much, it is possible that when Mew was being cloned in the creation of Mewtwo that the same color of Mew was necessary to make the Mewtwo-in-creation. Their shiny forms also both happen to be blue.
  • They both know transform, and can technically both learn any move. It is possible that Mewtwo was supposed to know transform to make a successful clone. However, the real Mewtwo does not know Transform.
  • They both weigh the same: 8.8 lbs. To make a successful clone, perhaps it was necessary for the two to weigh the same.
  • Ditto’s appearance of a scientific blob – Ditto appears to have been man-made. However, there are more than one Ditto, speculating that it may reproduce asexually.
  • Mewtwo’s Bio – Mewtwo was said to be the only successful copy of Mew, speculating that Ditto may be a failed clone.
  • Ditto in the Pokémon Mansion. In Pokémon Yellow, the wild Pokémon roster for the burned out Pokémon Mansion on Cinnabar Island (where Mewtwo was implied to have been created) was updated to feature Ditto, speculating that Ditto may have been created in the Mansion as well. This change was carried over to Fire Red and Leaf Green, the remakes of the original Pokémon Red and Blue.
  • Mew is said to contain the DNA of every single Pokemon, while Ditto can essentially breed with every single Pokémon (with very few exceptions outside of legendary Pokémon).
  • Both Mew and Ditto have base stats that are the same in every category. Mew has 100 base in each stat, while Ditto has 48 base. The failed cloning process may have resulted in such diminished stats.

It could be true, but very rarely does GameFreak reveal much about anything from the Pokémon Universe.  It is essentially up to the fan to decide what is true and what is not; that’s a good and bad thing because it allows for creativity, but it never allows for an exact answer.

Ditto is quite the interesting goo, no?

As always I put in a deviantArt piece from a talented artist, this week it’s ShendDaFlashPRo (CHECK OUT THEIR PAGE!) – all credit goes to ShengDaFlashPRo!

Fantastic work.

Fantastic work.

What Pokémon do you think deserves to be ‘Pokémon of the Week’ next week?

Pokémon of the Week: Houndoom!

Here are the previous ‘Pokémon of the Week.’

Houndoom is this week’s ‘Pokémon of the Week’ and the first Pokémon from the 2nd generation!

Houndoom is a Dark/Fire Pokémon. (Source: Bulbapedia)

Houndoom is a Dark/Fire Pokémon. (Source: Bulbapedia)

Houndoom is known as the ‘Dark Pokémon’ and is the final evolution of the Pokémon Houndour; Houndour evolves into Houndoom at level 24. No other Pokémon has the same typing as Houndour or Houndoom. Though Houndoom was first introduced in Generation 2, Houndour and Houndoom are native to the Generation 1 land of Kanto – it would have been nice to have it in Generation 1, but as you know Dark type was not introduced until Generation 2!

Houndoom, based on Cerebus and Dobermans, are very protective and alert Pokémon.  They can be considered aggressive because of their protectiveness, and do somewhat resemble a Pokémon that would be ‘evil’ with it’s design – though that is not always the case. Female Houndoom have smaller horns.

With it’s unique typing, Houndoom has many resistants and one immunity, but also many weaknesses.  Resistants include: Ghost, Steel, Fire, Grass, Ice, and Dark types; immunity to Psychic type; weak to Fighting, Ground, Rock, and Water types. Houndoom can be useful in competitive gameplay with it’s decent BST of 500 (high in special attack), but may be overlooked because of it’s amount of weaknesses of common types.

As always I present artwork from deviantArt and, as always, credit goes solely to the artist. Today’s artwork is from anouki-morgenstern – check out their page!

What’s your opinion on Houndoom? What Pokémon do you think should be ‘Pokémon of the Week’?

Let me know in the comments.