You hear it all the time, nothing will ever beat the original 151 Pokémon. The likes of Pikachu, Charizard, Squirtle, Gengar and Mewtwo are seen to be the iconic members of a franchise that began more than two decades ago and has since released more than 600 new characters. While nostalgia is a hard feeling to repress, creators have since designed and formed Pokémon that not only rival their original counterparts, but surpass them in terms of coolness, power, moves and mystique. Fan boys (and girls) and difficult to argue with, but this article may be your chance to show them some evidence of how impressive the newer breeds really are.
Some of the ten Pokémon you are about to see may be familiar, but they may also be members of games that you're yet to play. Either way, they represent a sense of change and make it easy to see why the franchise has enthralled gamers for over 20 years now. Part of the reason Pokémon is such a loved game/show/phenomenon is that when you walk into that grass, or that cave, or that water you just don't know what will appear.
Seeing the same old 151 pop out and challenge you becomes stale after a decade, let alone two. This is the appeal of adding new Pokémon to the Pokedex, and making sure that discovery is always part of the franchise. If you're still unconvinced after reading this article, I'd be worried, because here are 10 Pokémon that are absolutely cooler than the first 151 we were introduced to.
It just doesn't get any cooler than a flaming, fighting chicken with fiery cuffs, a mullet and retro pants, does it? The Generation 3 icon, the final evolved form of Torchic (available at the beginning) continues the trend of fire types being the best available Pokémon in the Pokeworld. Courageous, blazing and able to jump to great heights (can clear a 30 storey building), Blaziken's wrists burn brighter the tougher the opponent. We can only imagine how amazing a battle with Charizard would be.
Trained in martial arts and quicker than the eye, it is easy to see why Blaziken is the coolest Pokémon outside the 151. Fire Punch, Blaze Kick and Sky Uppercut are but a few highlights of the move roster, which only increases in power. Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
No, it's a god damn fire chicken ready to beat the living shit out of anyone who gets near it. Can you think of a more deserving number 1?
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