“MILKTANK IS COMING! RUN FOR THE HILLS!”
If you have not already heard the Johto Classic competition, hosted by Pokemon international company, will be running its online competition from May 27 until the 29th. What is the Johto Classic you ask? Well, the competition is an exciting way to challenge players by revisiting Johto and Kanto Pokemon; hence the classics. What makes this competition challenging is that you are exclusively only allowed to use Pokemon found in those regions. Pokemon whose pokedex numbers range from 001-251*. There are exceptions to this, you are unable to use Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, and Celebi. Certain items cannot be used like mega stones. You can bring 6 Pokemon to the party but only 3 can battle at any given time in the Single Battle format.**
Thank goodness for no mega stones because mega Scizor can deal some damage and whether down teams. This segues into the challenge of being the best there ever was, but to do so you need to watch out for common treats you will definitely encounter during your online battles. One being of course Scizor. Although Scizor lacks in speed, it makes up through its attack and defense stat, not to mention its good typing (Bug/Steel) which combos well with its already defensive capabilities. It has access to some incredible moves like Bullet Punch, Superpower, and U-turn. Bullet Punch is STAB because of its technician ability. When combined with U-turn it can switch in for a kill and switch out in the heat of battle if met with its weakness to fire types.
If met with the Bug of Steel, I would suggest including a fire type like Entei which can run Sacred Fire and Stone Edge to take the floor right under Scizor. Under than that Entei can really force players to switch wisely with Entei’s chance of burning. Thus far, Scizor has left his mark on my team since I chose to run a Rain Team composed of Politoed, Kingdra, Quagsire, Raichu, Slowking, and the ever so popular Belly Drum Azumarill. I will say that in one of my battles I surprised a Scizor with Flamethrower Slowking, which in turn won me the match.
Speaking of Azumarill, here is the power house fairy that will cut you down to size. It is one the pokemon that defined the meta back in the Johto format so it is not a surprise that I chose to use this cutie with the iron fists. First, it has the ability Huge Power which doubles its attack stat. Pair that with Belly Drum and you have got yourself a meaty helping of whoop butt! Once Belly Drum is used, you are looking at maxed out attack on Azumarill that can make use of moves such as Superpower and Playrough which is STAB.
If you are going fight it out with Azumarill definitely counter with poison types and moves in that latter. Two treats that I can see for this boxing “quing” is Gengar and Venesaur. Both have poison typing and have access to Sludge Bomb and it works against Azumarill with its already low HP after using Belly Drum.
Lastly, enter the dragon! Dragonite. You can say that this is Azumarill’s other half since they both dominated during their prime and you bet you will see them during the Johto Classic competition. Dragonite has a great ability known as Multiscale which lessens damage from on coming attacks as long as its HP stays high during battle. Dragonite is known to be a OHKO Pokemon. Its most popular moves are Outrage, Dragon Dance, and Extreme Speed. Usually you see it carry a Lum Berry or Weakness Policy. Outrage hits hard with one draw back, it becomes confused once the move count ends, however, this Pokemon does not sweat it since Lum Berry heals its confusion. By this time Dragonite might have already KO’ed at least 1-2 Pokemon. Weakness Policy works in that it raises its attack when hit supper effectively. This dragon has got it down so be sure to maneuver wisely around this beast.
Some honorable mentions are Zapdos, Suicune, Chancy, and Alakazam.
Personally in the way I built my team, I try to move away from convention and see if there are any other interesting strategies that can be put into practice to yield positive results. Thus far, I have had some interesting matches where I have been able to keep Dragonite at bay, destroy Zapdos users, and make strategic guesses. With that being said, I have had my share of set backs, like losing my Azumarill to Gengar and the oh so despicable Chancy wall (softboile again…..C’mon!)
If you are participating in the competition all your hard-ache will pay off with none other than the bane of our childhood play throughs of Gold and Silver, the rollout momo pokemon, its Whitney’s Milktank. Participants who play at least 3 matches will be given this prize through Nintendo network once the competition ends.
Wish you all the best! And remember, be the best there ever was!