Thursday, July 10

Ranking the Pokemon: #22- Vaporeon



Dang, that picture is doing Vaporeon no favors. It looks like a deformed Teletubby, basically. Vapor Rub is the first of the Eeveelutions, and in my opinion, the second best. Its mermaid-dog body and sheep wool around its head make it probably the most confusing-looking of the three, but hey, maybe your opponent will be too distracted by its weirdness.

But, as we all know, you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. And Vaporeon can do some damage out there, with its really good Special rating. It'll take some damage before bowing out, as well, as its base HP stat of 130 is tied for the fourth best in the game. The other stats are...well, stats.

Vaporeon is one of the few Pokes that learns both Haze and Mist, two moves that are pretty good in subsequent generations, but awful in Generation I. Haze should probably go on any Generation II and beyond Vaporeon, though you'll definitely want to keep it off in Generation I. It's like an Iggy Azalea CD. You just want to keep it off.

Like any Water/Ice type (even though Vapo is pure Water), you'll want Surf/Hydro Pump (I prefer Surf, though HyPu is more powerful) and Blizzard. The other two moves can be a mix--go more on the defensive and add Acid Armor (which ups your Defense stat by two notches, compared to Reflect's one), Double Team or Rest; alternatively, you can take on a more tacit route of attack, and toss on Double-Edge/Hyper Beam and like Toxic or something similar. Or combine the two and do Toxic with Acid Armor or Double Team to poison people and then make it take a lot of effort to hit you back. I promise Toxic was a usable move back in Generation I.

If all else fails, maybe you can just order Vaporeon to slap your opponent. The actual opponent, not the Pokemon. After all, nobody likes a fish tail to the face.

Battling Grade: B+

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