Best Pokemon Team #1 – Yellow, Blue, and Red Versions – February 29, 2016

Two decades of Pokemon just came to pass this Saturday with Nintendo re-releasing Red, Blue, and Yellow versions. These classics games are what kickstarted one of the greatest franchises of all time! As I’m replaying Yellow, I’m having to relearn the nuances of the original games.

Several of these key differences can be the difference between beating the elite four with ease or losing over and over again. As a child, I beat these versions over twenty different times. One of my first play throughs, I focused only on one pokemon, my Mr. Mime. It took me awhile training him up, but by level 84, I defeated the elite four with only him, using the other pokemon only to give me an opportunity to use a potion for Mr. Mime.

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This guide is to help you get through the game, particularly the elite four, without having to “Mr. Mime” it.

I am about to build several teams all with different pokemon to cater to different favorite pokemon. There are a ton of favorites in this game, and it’s hard to pick just six!

This is my team number 1. The next will follow in separate posts.

Team 1 –

Jolteon – Thunderbolt, Thunder Wave, Pin Missle, Sand Attack

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One of the first eeveelutions and my favorite eeveelution. Jolteon is an electric type pokemon, an essential if you want to beat the elite four with ease as the first trainer, Lorelei, you face is a ice/water trainer. Four of the five pokemon are weak to electric type moves.

Gengar – Confuse Ray, Psychic, Mega Drain, Toxic

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Gengar is easily one of my favorite pokemon. He is also a little tricky in generation one. Ghost type moves have no effect against psychic types in this game. However, Gengar is poised to face fighting and poison type pokemon.  The second, Bruno, and third, Agatha, type trainers in the elite four are fighting/rock and ghost/poison respectively.  Ghost is immune to fighting type moves. Coupled with Gengar being able to learn psychic (Psychic is super effective against fighting), gives Gengar a huge advantage. This is the same with poison types; they are weak to psychic, yet Gengar resists that typing.

 

Dragonite – Agility, Surf, Blizzard/Ice Beam, Body Slam

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Dragonite, the only full evolved dragon type in red/blue/yellow, resists or is immune to 6 different types: ground, grass, fighting, bug, water, and fire. Dragonite is immune to ground typing which compliments Gengar and Jolteon extremely well. He is also a powerhouse stats wise and can save your team in a pinch.

Rhydon – Earthquake, Rock slide, Body Slam, Substitute

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Rhydon is extremely powerful both offensively and defensively and a nice compliment to this team. A ground type is extremely welcome especially one with earthquake, one of the most powerful moves in the game. Rhydon is able to hit a lot of pokemon hard with either earthquake or rock slide and can beat flying and electric types easily.

Starmie – Surf, Blizzard/Ice Beam, Recover, Thunderbolt

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Starmie is a perfect combination water/psychic type to help power through the game especially the elite four as water takes out rock and psychic typing resists poison. Thunderbolt can act as a back up to Jolteon in case he is in a pinch while Blizzard helps take out dragon, ground and rock types.

Charizard – Fire Blast/Flamethrower, Earthquake, Body Slam, Swords Dance

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Does anyone really want to go through the original pokemon games without using one of the original starters? Maybe those people exist, but I’m not one of them. A fire type compliments this team well, and Charizard is the perfect one. He has the ability to learn earthquake, as mentioned before, one of the best moves in the game. It also gives this team the added strength of facing bug, grass, and ice type pokemon.

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