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Pokemon community baffled by “dumbest” evolution design choices

Published: 8/Feb/2020 0:10 Updated: 8/Feb/2020 6:27

by Brent Koepp

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A Pokemon player’s tweet went viral when they pointed out the “dumbest” evolution in the popular Nintendo franchise. The post then kicked off a community discussion on what doesn’t make sense in the beloved RPG.

Pokemon originally made its debut in 1996,with the release of Red and Blue on the Game Boy. The groundbreaking RPG’s catch ’em all mechanics and leveling up gameplay design made it one of the most successful Nintendo franchises of all time.

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However a player’s post on Twitter explaining what they found to be the “dumbest” evolution sparked a thorough debate among fans on which monsters should be related but are not.

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Pokemon community debates “dumbest” evolutions

Pokemon evolutions have been a staple of the long-running series from the very beginning . It’s where players can transform their characters after reaching a certain amount of experience.

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However, not all trainers are happy with some of the design choices made each generation, such as YouTuber ‘Saltydkdan’ who posted, “The absolute DUMBEST thing in Pokémon ever ISN’T the lack of post game content, it isn’t the lack of the National Dex in recent games. It’s that Luvdisc doesn’t evolve into Alomomola.”

The tweet included a picture of the Generation III fish next to the Gen V Water-type, which shows that the two look identical and would have been a natural evolution chain. “ITS ABSOLUTE BULLS**T LOOK AT THEM!” they exclaimed.

The passionate fan then made their argument for why the two monsters should have been connected, stating, “Both water-types, both designed around the “Heart Fish” concept,” before he pointed out, “It feels like Alomomola was supposed to evolve from Luvdisc,” but theorized Game Freak abandoned the decision.

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A Pokemon fan pointed out what he thought was the “dumbest” evolution.

The post received over 31.k likes and sparked a discussion within the community, as other players began to post their evolutions they had issue with. Twitter user ‘FrostyAlmighty‘ replied to the thread saying they were “shocked” that Gen V’s Bouffalant wasn’t an evolution of Tauros.

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Another user pointed out that Gen V’s Bouffalant looks like Tauros evolution.

Hilariously, users pointed out to a scene from the anime where the show questions why Dragonair evolves into Dragonite instead of Generation III’s Milotic – which it looks much closer to in design.

With over 807 Pokemon in total, and eight generations under its belt, it’s understandable that fans will not be a fan of every design. But it’s hard not to point out when two monsters look eerily similar, and probably should have been an evolution of the other.

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The latest title in the series, Sword & Shield, released in November 2019 to critical acclaim and huge sales. The eighth generation debut sold over six million units its opening weekend alone, making it the fastest selling Switch title to date.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

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So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.