Pokémon Flashback: The Mediocre Movesets of the Elite Four

One day after having fought the Elite Four for the umpteenth time I thought to myself: “MartianOddity, why does the Elite Four suck so much in the first generation?“.

Yes, I do think that there are things that are  bad in the first games, of course there are, but no, those things don’t make them unplayable or not enjoyable.

Well, aside from the poor AI of the game, here’s the reason of the major suckage that is the Elite Four:

Just look at those movesets. Even I could do better as a child. I used a Ditto to Transform into the opponents’ Pokémon and then I wrote down the moves it copied.

What about Arcanine, Blastoise and Venusaur if Gary would have them? Well, what about them? They’d probably suck just as much as the rest!

Let’s give Gary’s Exeggutor the spotlight:

It sports the impressive moveset of Barrage, Hypnosis, Stomp and… blank. Sure, it’s a pain with its Hypnosis but it’s not a challenge after all. Also it’s evident that Gary used a Leaf stone on his Exeggcute a wee bit too fast as it didn’t learn any new moves:

Since Exeggcute learns Leech Seed at Lv. 25, and this one doesn’t know it, we can conclude that he evolved it immediately after capture at a level less than Lv. 25. And since Exeggutor learns Stomp at Lv. 28, and this one knows it, then that’d make sense.

In conclusion Gary went like: “OmygoshIcaughtmyselfanExeggcuteandIhaveaLeafstoneinmybag!” *Takes another deep breath* “Let’sevolvethatEssOhBeeimmediately.“. *Exeggcute evolves*

It’s beautiful!

Sure, the Elite Four can prove to be a challenge but more often than not it doesn’t. I just think that they could’ve lowered the levels of the Pokémon and instead gave them a better moveset. But wait, that’s what they already did in the subsequent games…

Do I have to tell you that Bulbapedia has all of this information these days (it didn’t have when I made this…thing) and that this no longer is unique?

Does that make this a meaningless post?

NO. This is still AWESOME.

Pokémon (C) Nintendo and Gamefreak


My Own Video Game Art

It’s Hitmonchan, one of my favourites from the first Pokémon games. For now this is all I’ll post as I’ll have to mark/watermark the others as mine too.

Don’t steal, copy or claim it as your own. This drawing is copyrighted under me. If you want to link to this or use it in a kind of promotional way then please give me credit and tell me that you’ve done so. 🙂