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The Top 10 Most Epic Generation IV Pokemon


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 phenomenon that is 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 picks for Generations I, Generation II, and Generations III if you need to catch up.

As Pokemon entered its fourth generation via the land of Sinnoh, some curious things began to arise from the newest crop of Pokemon. While there were plenty of epic Pokemon for sure, as you’ll see in the list below, it appeared as though the Pokemon Company was trying to rehash old Pokemon by giving them new evolutions or even pre-evolutions. So for every new Pokemon, there was a stage of an old one. This really confused fans. Also, though there were new additions to the gameplay, the Diamond and Pearl didn’t feel as new as Pokemon fans wanted.

Regardless though, though were some cool new additions, and it’s time to talk about the most epic Generation IV Pokemon

10. #479 Rotom

“Research continues on this Pokémon, which could be the power source of a unique motor.”

Reflection and study are at times needed when determining the level of epicness of a being. At first look, Rotom doesn’t look that impressive, but, once you delve into what it can do, it’s rather impressive. As the only Electric/Ghost type Pokemon, Rotom has the ability to literally infect certain objects, possess them, and then change its shape to become them. It can become a refrigerator, a lawn mower, and more. So as long as you use it correctly, it can be quite versatile.

Add to that, that in the upcoming Pokemon Sun and Moon,, Rotom is actually your Pokedex, and it’s clear the creators had something special in mind when they made Rotom.

9. #452 Drapion


“It takes pride in its strength. Even though it can tear foes apart, it finishes them off with powerful poison.”

Bug Pokemon are a curious thing. On one hand, they are strong against certain types of Pokemon that a lot of other types aren’t. On the other hand, they really don’t make them that strong naturally. So when Skorupi was revealed, fans hopes weren’t high. But if you took the time to evolve it, you were surprised by the result.

Drapion is intense, and is in fact no longer a bug, but a Dark/Poison type Pokemon. Its appearance alone is pretty epic, but once you had the now vast array of moves it can use, and it’s a pretty powerful Pokemon in the right hands. Many villains groups use Drapion, including Team Galactic, and Team Flare from Kalos, showing that power transcends borders.

8. #453 Croagunk


“Its cheeks hold poison sacs. It tries to catch foes off guard to jab them with toxic fingers.”

While one could argue that Toxicroak should be on the list, it’s my opinion that Croagunk is just as worthy of being on the spot. This in part is due to his appearance in the anime. Croagunk has the title of “most unlikely partner” for the team, as he was at first a part of Team Rocket, and then found a home with Brock. It was there that his epicness was full shown.

Unlike his evolved form, you don’t expect much from Croagunk, in fact, he’s incredibly still in the show, just looking at you with those eyes and those poison sacs breathing in and out. You’d never think he’s a strong Pokemon, but get him going and he’ll stick you with Poison Jab and you’re done.

Despite his lack of personality, Croagunk was a very worthy member of Brock’s team, and helped Ash and Dawn out on several occasions. Making him worthy of this list.

7. #405 Luxray


“When its eyes gleam gold, it can spot hiding prey—even those taking shelter behind a wall.”

Pokemon fans are no strangers to cat-like Pokemon. In fact, there’s another set of cats in Sinnoh, but only the Shinx line make it onto this list. One look at Luxray and you’ll see why.

This electric cat is one intimidating foe, and in fact, his ability is Intimidate in many cases. Luxray has the look of a powerful cat, and when you add in its moveset, it’s a powerful force. But also, as we learn in the anime, Luxray’s connection with electricity goes even deeper, as it can sense and locate powerful electrical conduits, whether they be natural or otherwise. It can also sense the electricity in others, and find people even if they’re hiding. Heightened super senses are an easy way to get onto my list.

6. #395 Empoleon


“It swims as fast as a jet boat. The edges of its wings are sharp and can slice apart drifting ice.”

Another type of Pokemon we see a lot is Bird-Types. Mainly because they’re common in our world, and they’re an easy way to make the Fly HM a useful tool. But much like in our world, not all birds fly. That didn’t stop the Pokemon Company from making an epic Pokemon based on a non-flyer.

A simple look at Empoleon and you know how epic it is. It’s face is part trident! This Pokemon officially made penguins cool. Empoleon is so powerful it can break through ice at speeds, and as the Pokedex entry notes, it’s as fast as a jet boat in water. With its mix of Water and Steel type moves, with a few surprises thrown in, this Pokemon is more versatile than it seems. Raise it right, and it’ll be the cornerstone of your Sinnoh team. Or any team for that matter.

5. #445 Garchomp


“When it folds up its body and extends its wings, it looks like a jet plane. It flies at sonic speed.”

Some Pokemon are just destined to be epic from the word “go”. Garchomp is definitely one of them. Just when you think that Dragons can’t get any cooler, you see Garchomp and realize how wrong you are. Garchomp is big and powerful, and it is never afraid to show that fact to anyone who gets in its way.

Garchomp is such an epic Pokemon, he is used by Pokemon League champions like Cynthia, as well as Gym Leaders and even Professors like Sycamore. Can you blame them? By the time you go from Gible to Garchomp, you’re basically guaranteed a powerful Pokemon if you raise him right.

4. #487 Giratina


“This Pokémon is said to live in a world on the reverse side of ours, where common knowledge is distorted and strange.”

Few Pokemon could hold a title of looking like “Death itself”, Giratina is one in that category. Hailing from the Reverse World, Giratina is a marvel to look at, and once you have him in battle? Even more frightening. This Ghost/Dragon Pokemon is one-of-a-kind in many ways, and for good reason. It technically doesn’t exist in our realm, and only comes out when you force it too.

Giratina was so powerful, it took on both Dialga and Palkia in one of the Pokemon movies, and was winning! It took on the titans of time and space and didn’t flinch. Epic.

Giratina is also one of the few Pokemon to have in-continuity knowledge in the films, as it was brought back in one film and not only recognized Ash, but it listened to him, then helped him when things when wrong with a certain other Pokemon. From looks, to power, to story, Giratina is easily one of the most epic Pokemon ever.

3. #493 Arceus


“According to the legends of Sinnoh, this Pokémon emerged from an egg and shaped all there is in this world.”

From death itself, to a near literal god, we welcome Arceus to the list.

At first look, Arceus may not seem more epic than fellow legendary Pokemon Dialga or Palkia, and you may be right. For this Pokemon though, story is truly what makes it epic.

As stated in the anime and the movies, Arceus may just be the true creator of the Pokemon world. An epic feat in and off itself. It was shown in the anime to literally be able to take a barren land, and then make it fruitful via one of the “cards” of its being. Adding to the mystique is the fact that Arceus itself is only a Normal-type Pokemon, bucking a trend of needing to have distinctive type.

Despite this, Arceus is vicious in battle, and can literally shape the fabric of reality with its strikes. You could say that it is because of its good graces that the Pokemon world still exists, and I wouldn’t want to test that claim.

2. #448 Lucario


“By catching the aura emanating from others, it can read their thoughts and movements.”

There are many misconceptions in Pokemon, one of them when Sinnoh arrived was that Lucario was a Legendary Pokemon. It in fact is not, it’s just a freaking epic one.

Lucario is so epic, it’s not only been used by many trainers in the anime, but it was also used and featured by not one, but two, different gym leaders. In two different regions! He was one of the first Pokemon to get a Mega Evolution, he starred in his own film, he was one of the first confirmed characters in Pokken Tournament, and on, and on, and on the list goes. Not bad for a non-legendary huh?

In battle, Lucario is a fierce fighter, but he’s also multi-talented. He can attack from afar with Aura Sphere, it’s trademark attack, or battle up close with Force Palm or Bone Rush. You just escape it. This says nothing of its ability to see the “aura” in someone, and actually use that aura to its advantage. Lucario is a Pokemon steeped in power and mystery, and though it’s not technically legendary, it’s undoubtedly epic.

1. #491 Darkrai


“It chases people and Pokémon from its territory by causing them to experience deep, nightmarish slumbers.”

Remember the “death itself” analogy I used earlier? This guy is that Pokemon for sure.

Darkrai is something insanely special. Just look at him and try not to tremble. That’s saying nothing about the incredible power of this Pokemon. So powerful is he that he stopped cold a Palkia and a Dialga, at the same time! He literally froze them in the sky for a significant amount of time. Then, just when you thought he was dead, like in the literal sense, he appeared later on with no injuries. Epic.

But his legend goes further than that. In the Sinnoh League, a trainer (who I refer to as the Legend Trainer) had a Darkrai, and swept through most of the League of with just that Darkrai. Inevitably, he faced Ash, and it took five of Ash’s Pokemon to take down Darkrai. Five! You knew Ash was going to lose overall, but you wanted him to at least beat Darkrai, and he did. The strength, speed, and ability of this Pokemon is what makes him the most epic Pokemon in Sinnoh.

So what did you think of my list? Did your favorite make it? Do you disagree with who I put on here? Let me know in the comments below about who you think are the most epic Generation IV Pokemon!