Sunday, March 30

Ranking the Pokemon: #49- Clefable

Today I learned that in the most recent generation of Pokemon, Clefable (along with a Clefairy, who evolves after using a Moon Stone) has changed from a Normal-type to something called a Fairy-type. That's weird.

Luckily, we're only talking about Gen I, so here we goooooo!

I was never a big fan of Clefable when I initially played through Pokemon Blue, but after a second glance, it's pretty solid overall. None of the stats will blow you away: HP is good while everything else hovers around average. But not having a weakness statwise is pretty fantastic, and Clefable can learn an absurd amount of moves via TM. I'd go with Psychic and Thunder Wave for sure, then some combo over Thunderbolt, Blizzard, Fire Blast, SolarBeam, Body Slam or Light Screen, depending on how the rest of your team stacks up. Most Pokemon barely can learn four moves that are ever worth using, and Aesop's Fable learns double that. Not. Too. Shabby.

The main reason I like Clefable, though, is this weird theory about it and Gengar. You see, Gengar (who will be on this list later) is known as the "Shadow Pokemon," but the game never specifies what it's a shadow of. Fortunately, fans with even more time to kill than yours truly have determined that Gengar and Clefable look an awful lot alike. So I'm willing to roll with the idea that Gengar is just Clefable's shadow. It's further advanced by their types (Ghost and Normal, respectively) being immune to each other, meaning that one can never damage the other using their same-type moves.

Battling Grade: B-

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