Tuesday, March 5

Ranking the Pokemon: #67- Magneton

Magneton is a perfect example of what an evolution of a Pokemon looks like when GameFreak gets lazy. You may remember Magnemite, the unevolved version of Magneton. You may also recognize that Magneton is just three Magnemites put together. The creativity is endless.

Never mind that you can destroy Magneton with a Phillips-head screwdriver, I've just never been a big fan of it. It's one of those weird Pokemon that learns moves it already knows from birth, so you could theoretically have two of the same move (I think, or maybe it just doesn't learn it if it already knows it). And while it does learn all of the essential Thunder-type moves--in other words, Thunder Wave and Thunderbolt--it sacrifices Speed in favor of Defense. Not to say that's a bad thing; Magneton can still hold its own with Ground-types, since it can take a hit or two. The problem is that outside of Thunderbolt, it can't really deliver a hit, and two is out of the question. Couple that with its half-assed design, and 'ton has a ton of work to do to climb this list.

Battling Grade: C+

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