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The Top 10 Most Epic Generation II Pokemon

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Nintendo may not be doing so hot as a company right now, but the Pokemon franchise has never been stronger. The next generation is coming via Sun/Moon, the anime is still going on, and the original games that were re-released have sold over 1.5 million copies. Add that to the hopefully good Pokemon Go, and it’s never been a better time to be a Pokemon fan.

As such, I thought it would be fun to break down the most epic Pokemon from each generation as we get closer to Sun and Moon. These are my personal favorites in the epic category, so while you may disagree, remember these are my choices. Feel free to Pokemon Battle it up with me in the comments. You can check out my Generation I picks if you haven’t already.

While the Kanto region brought the original generation, Johto was truly one of the cooler regions, as nothing was held back this go round, and it was reflecting in easily some of the coolest Pokemon we’ve ever seen. Here are my top ten most epic Generation II Pokemon:

10. #237: Hitmontop

Hitmontop

“Hitmontop spins on its head at high speed, all the while delivering kicks. This technique is a remarkable mix of both offense and defense at the same time. The Pokémon travels faster spinning than it does walking.”

Hitmontop is epic because of both looks and context. Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee were epic in their own rights, and had that fun theme of one being a puncher vs. one being a character. With Hitmontop, you kind of didn’t see this one coming, especially not like this. The fact that this Pokemon only comes by having a balanced Tyrogue really made it a challenge. Then, when Hitmontop appeared in the anime and you saw he literally spun like a top to attack! That was awesome! I remember finding a Tyrogue so I could train it to be Hitmontop.

9. #229: Houndoom

houndoom

“In a Houndoom pack, the one with its horns raked sharply toward the back serves a leadership role. These Pokémon choose their leader by fighting among themselves.”

Ok, let’s define this one as “Evil Epic”, I mean look at this thing! This is the personification of “bad dog!” For the record, Houndour has a good look too. But once it evolves into Houndoom? Whole other level. From its curved horns, to the skull on its chest! This thing screams, “I’m dark and epic”. What cemented its status was that it was a typical Pokemon choice for the bad guy groups like Team Rocket, and Team Flare. It’s not hard to see why it was chosen by them.

8. #244: Entei

entei

“Entei embodies the passion of magma. This Pokémon is thought to have been born in the eruption of a volcano. It sends up massive bursts of fire that utterly consume all that they touch.”

Johto really nailed it with their “sub-legendary” Pokemon in the form of the “Legendary Dogs”. Not only were they hard to catch, as they were incredibly fast and always ran when you bumped into them, but they were incredibly powerful. Of the three, Entei truly embodied the feeling of power.

From his stance, to the look in his eyes, Entei just exhumes power. This is magnified by his appearance in Pokemon 3: Spell of the Unknown, where Entei is the protector of young Molly. He takes no prisoners, and shows why he is one of the coolest Pokemon in the Johto region.

7. #232: Donphan

donphan

“Donphan’s favorite attack is curling its body into a ball, then charging at its foe while rolling at high speed. Once it starts rolling, this Pokémon can’t stop very easily.”

Yes, I have both “roller” Pokemon on this list. Sue me, they’re cool! Donphan may seem like the “stereotypical” elephant Pokemon, complete with tusks, but this Pokemon is so much more than that. We’re first introduced to Donphan via a gym battle with Goldenrod City Gym Leader Whitney, who uses Donphan as her final Pokemon, and it’s no easy challenge! Donphan’s Rollout move is brutal, especially if you let it continue on.

This Pokemon was so powerful that it defeated Ash in the Johto Journeys during his battle with Whitney. In fact, he had to use three Pokemon just to defeat it and its Rollout barrage. Later on, Ash got a Phanpy via a Pokemon egg, and it later evovled into Donphan, further increasing its prominence as an epic Pokemon.

6. #181: Ampharos

Ampharos

“Ampharos gives off so much light that it can be seen even from space. People in the old days used the light of this Pokémon to send signals back and forth with others far away.”

Full disclosure, this is a personal favorite of mine full stop. I often try to get Ampharos in the Pokemon games because I like this Pokemon so much. So naturally…it’s on this list.

The reason I like Ampharos is both story and function. In battle, Amphaos can learn an incredible variety of moves both electric and other. Iron Tail, Thunderpunch, and of course Thunderbolt and Thunder just to name a few. If you take the take to raise it from a Mareep, you’ll not be disappointed with the outcome.

Then there’s the story. When you meet Jasmine, the Gym Leader of Olivine City, she’s distraught over the fact that her Ampharos is very sick. Turns out, this Ampharos is the beacon of light on the lighthouse in the city. Without it, ships won’t be able to be guided into port in storms or foggy days. So, you help her out and get medicine for her Ampharos. Aren’t we nice people?

5. #157 Typholsion

Typhlosion

“Typhlosion obscures itself behind a shimmering heat haze that it creates using its intensely hot flames. This Pokémon creates blazing explosive blasts that burn everything to cinders.”

It’s no surprise that some of the starters from Johto made it on here. In fact, you could say that the Johto starters had a tough go during creation. As they had to top what was inevitably going to be some of the fans most favorite Pokemon in Charizard, Blastoise, and Venusaur.

Thankfully, they were epic. My personal favorite was Typholsion. Whether it be his fiery man, or its unstoppable barrage of fire attacks, Typhosion was just epic to me. I picked Cyndaquil twice in the Johto games cause I loved Typhlosion. Unlike Charizard, he couldn’t fine, but he could still burn you to a crisp. And in a brilliant move, he knew Flame Wheel, which made him a rolling ball of flaming death. That’s pretty epic in my book.

4. #160: Feraligatr

Feraligatr

“Feraligatr intimidates its foes by opening its huge mouth. In battle, it will kick the ground hard with its thick and powerful hind legs to charge at the foe at an incredible speed.”

While Typhlosion may be the favorite of the starters, Feraligatr was the most epic looking of the three final evolutions. Totodile was cute, Croconaw was…odd. But Feraligatr was pure power and intimidation. The pic above honestly doesn’t do it justice, this Pokemon is massive, and is incredible powerful. In fact, in the anime, this Pokemon was used in a sumo contest, and almost won it. That shows the sheer power and size of Feraligatr.

I’m almost surprised that Ash’s Totodile didn’t evolve into Feraligatr in the anime, but hey, beggers can’t be choosers. Though he may not have been my first pic, he was a worthy leading Pokemon in my battle party. And that Pokemon is one you don’t want to mess with, even if you do have type advantage.

3. #245 Suicune

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“Suicune embodies the compassion of a pure spring of water. It runs across the land with gracefulness. This Pokémon has the power to purify dirty water.’

If Entei was all about exuding power, then Suicune was all about being mysterious, yet graceful. So elegant was this Pokemon, that they dedicated an entire character and storyline to Suicune. In fact, Suicune is the only Pokemon in history (not including the original trilogy) to be featured on the cover of third handheld and not be the “Legendary” Pokemon of the region I.E Rayquazza, Giratina, etc.

But as one of the Legendary Dog, Suicune is very powerful, and fast. In the show and movies it was shown to have many mystical powers and properties. And it appeared to Ash when he arrived in the Johto region. Showing that even legendary Pokemon know how special Ash is.

2. #248: Tyranitar

Tyranitar

“Tyranitar is so overwhelmingly powerful, it can bring down a whole mountain to make its nest. This Pokémon wanders about in mountains seeking new opponents to fight.”

Seriously, just look at this Pokemon! Then read its description and tell that’s not epic? Tryanitar is one of those “patience” Pokemon. By that I mean you have to wait and be patient in order to get the reward at the end. From Larvitar, to Pupitar, it’s a long road, but, if you stay the course, Tryranitar is a monster of a Pokemon, and worth having in your party.

Both good and bad trainers have gotten Tryanitar in the show, and often its shown as a near unstoppable Pokemon, for good reason. It’s size and weight make it hard to move. And it’s Rock and Dark Type attributes allow it to have many different kinds of attacks. Including Dragon moves and the Hyper Beam.

If you’re looking for Pokemon to bulk up your party, and you’re willing to take the time to raise them? Tyranitar is easily in the Top 10 wants.

1. #248: Lugia

Lugia

“Lugia’s wings pack devastating power—a light fluttering of its wings can blow apart regular houses. As a result, this Pokémon chooses to live out of sight deep under the sea.”

Of the two Legendary birds in Johto, Lugia is by far my favorite. Ho-Oh may have kicked off the series, but Lugia showed how amazing Pokemon can be creatively. You might think, “it’s just a bird!” but it’s not. Lugia is a Flying and Psychic type. But as the Pokedex notes, and the TV show and movies reveal, Lugia is tailor made for flying through the air as well as the oceans.

In fact, Lugia is known for making its home beneath the Whirl Islands. Which is a journey in and of itself. It can blast through currents like they were but air, and it’s speed is second to none. Match that with its powerful attacks, like the mighty Aeroblast, and you got a truly amazing Pokemon.

Lugia is one of the few Pokemon of Legendary status to have both a movie featured about them, and then have an entirely different storyline in the show. Needless to say, I think it’s because they just love Lugia. And so do I.

Like my list of Most Epic Generation II Pokemon? Disagree? Let me know if the comments below! And stay tuned next month as we go to Hoenn!