Wednesday, April 18

Ranking the Pokemon: #99- Psyduck

I'm not entirely sure why Psyduck has always kind of irritated me. Golduck is one of my favorite Pokes of all time, so you'd think its evolutionary predecessor would also be a favorite. But it's not. I think it's because it looks like its head is constantly seizing. Maybe it is, and I shouldn't be making fun of it, or maybe Psyduck is just cold all the time. Or maybe it's the fact that it has "Psy" in its name, yet can only learn Confusion, the weakest of all Psychic attacks (except Psywave, but anyone who uses that in the first place is just silly).

Anyway, Psyduck's stats are all relatively the same--it's just a very average Pokemon. And sadly, average gets you a pretty good ranking, since there are a lot of crappers out there. It gets some fun things to play with in addition to Water moves, like Dig, Ice Beam, and some Fighting type attacks. Which all do decent damage because, again, Psyduck doesn't excel in any one area, but it doesn't struggle in anything, either. And that's A-OK with me.

Fun fact: Psyduck's one of the few Pokes you can enhance with Pokemon Stadium. If you do some absurd thing (I forget what exactly...maybe get all 151 Pokemon into the Hall of Fame?), you can get a Psyduck with Amnesia, which raises Special, and makes those Water, Ice and/or Psychic type attacks all the more powerful. Beautiful.

Battling Grade: C

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