My Personal History In The Pokémon World

This article was inspired by MAGNEDETH, former Editor-in-Chief of Bulbapedia. I’ve been playing this wild and wonderful game since 1998 and I’ve enjoyed the ride. I’ve decided to split things into each Gen with my thoughts and experiences for each.

Gen 1

Pokemon Blue

The generation that started it all. I got Pokémon Blue for my birthday in 1998 and while I don’t remember asking for it or how I reacted when I got it, I know how happy I was when I played it for the first time. Blastoise adorned the cover so my first starter was Squirtle. That introduced me to my favourite type (Water) and my favourite Pokémon (Blastoise).

My strongest Pokémon memory came from Blue and my battle with Misty. My parents had gone out and told me to have lunch. While they were gone, I spent the next SIX HOURS trying to beat Misty with nothing but a Wartortle and a Pidgeotto. Pidgeotto didn’t last very long thanks to the OP Starmie and the dreaded Bubblebeam. Having no type advantage and a low attack, Wartortle was no match for Starmie and lost again and again. I wasn’t aware of grinding at the time so I kept at it. I beat her on the millionth attempt but didn’t have the lunch. Or any water. My head was pounding by this point from all the stress and staring at a little green DMG screen all afternoon. My mum banned me from playing for the rest of the weekend. I was upset but knew it was fair. I never played a game for that long without breaks again.

It took me a year to beat the game (no idea why) and Blastoise was the Pokémon I used to beat Blue’s Venusaur with an Ice Beam. By Christmas 1999, I got Yellow and immersed myself in that for the next few months. I enjoyed it but not as much as Blue. My Pikachu was left underlevelled at the bottom of my team and the sprites weren’t as good. Also, what the hell happened to Blastoise? I carried on playing into 2000 when I moved to America, but things took a dramatic turn…

Gen 2

Pokemon Silver

My Gameboy was stolen along with all my games. That meant my original Pokémon carts were no more. I was devastated and to make things worse, Pokémon Gold and Silver were released and I had no means of playing it. I got my first experience in a Toys ‘R’ Us (first time there too) and played Gold on the display unit. It was an absolute dream. The graphics on the new Gameboy Color were magnificent and I really wanted one. My dreams were fulfilled on my 11th birthday when I was given a brand new purple Gameboy Color and Pokémon Silver. That didn’t take as long to beat the Elite Four and collect all 16 badges. I couldn’t beat Red though (more on that later). What I loved about Silver, other than the graphics, the colours, and the new Pokémon was the ability to return to Kanto and also fighting Blue again with new music and the revamped Kanto music. It felt amazing and still makes me happy to this day.

I got Crystal for my 12th birthday but didn’t play it as much as Silver. The animated sprites and Battle Tower were cool but by then, I’d already played Silver and enjoyed it. The game did give me my first – and so far only – shiny encounter. Unfortunately, it was my first encounter of the whole game, before I could get any Pokéballs so I had to leave it there. I was gutted but in hindsight, it was only a shiny Rattata.

Gen 3

Pokemon Sapphire

2003 brought a new generation and a new game. My cousin brought over Pokémon Sapphire from the US and while I enjoyed the playthrough, it didn’t resonate with me as much as Blue or Silver. My defining memory was spending an hour of many Pokéballs and soft resets trying to catching Kyogre. I didn’t ask for Emerald for my next birthday but Game Freak made FireRed and LeafGreen. As there wasn’t a blue version of the remakes, I decided on LeafGreen. It was amazing to play the old games again in “3D” and marked the first time I ever played a link battle using the Wireless Adapter. I won both battles and I’ve yet to win a linked battle since. Ha!

Gen 4

Pokemon SoulSilver

It took me 7 years before I acquired a Nintendo DS. I actually bought one in 2006 but had to send it back due to an overbid on eBay (ah, to be a foolish 16-year-old again). When I finally got a DS legitimately, it was red and super cool. I’d lost interest in Pokémon by that point and Diamond and Pearl didn’t appeal to me. But in 2010, they released HeartGold and SoulSilver. I bought SoulSilver on the day it was released and relived my early childhood. I didn’t think it was possible to enhance my idea perfection but they managed it. I still own the cartridge and the box it came with and I still have the save game I started all those years ago. I still couldn’t beat Red though. Until two days ago. Yes, after seven whole years, I FINALLY beat Red. I plan to move the team into Sun & Moon but that requires beating another game…

The Godliest Paras of All Time

Everyone knows Paras is one of the weakest Pokémon out there. In the anime, it was so weak Ash had to ask his Charmeleon to let it win in The Problem with Paras (and it famously ignored his request). So you wouldn’t expect one to beat a Totodile, right? Well, that actually happened. During Gunnermaniac3‘s Pokémon Gold speedrun, he encountered the little insect in Bugsy’s gym. It was Level 13 so no big deal. But it got off a Stun Spore which caused more problems than usual. Totodile landed two Scratches which brought Paras down to about 2HP but Totodile couldn’t finish him off. A run of FOUR “fully paralyzed” messages was followed by a critical hit from Paras to defeat the blue crocodile. Naturally, Gunnermaniac3 was flummoxed. The chances of this happening are approximately 0.39% and for this to happen during a speedrun makes it even more painful. The stream commentators were less sympathetic with one person telling Gunnermaniac3 to “stop crying”. Some kids just don’t understand.

You can watch the madness unfold below.

My Top 10 Pokémon Of All Time

No Pokémon blog would be complete without an all-time favourite list. I will be doing a few of these Top 10s to give an idea of what I like and what to expect. I’m gonna be controversial and say I’m a bit of a Genwunner. Truth be told, I’m a Gentwoer. That doesn’t mean I hate Gen 3 and above but they don’t resonate with me in the same way. Rest assured all gens will be covered on OldManGlitch at some point so don’t expect too much of a bias. If I’ve not turned you off, that’s a good sign so let’s get on with the Top 10!

10. Pyroar

Pyroar Pokedolls

When I found out there was a lion Pokémon in Gen 6, I was ecstatic. I have a Pyroar in my second team on ORAS and I love it. I’m surprised there haven’t been more Pyroar toys. It’s cute and there are specific male and female variants. Stats-wise, it’s fast and great for Special offense with a potent movepool.

9. Kyogre

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I’m two Pokémon in and they’re both outside the first two Gens. Told you I wasn’t a staunch Genwunner. My cousin in the States got me Sapphire and I spent ages trying to catch Kyogre without a Master Ball. But I did. As legendaries go, it’s an awesome Water type and Water types are my favourite. When it came to ORAS, I asked for Alpha Sapphire. I wanted another Kyogre. As you’d expect from an Uber, it has a powerful movepool and immense Special Attack and Defense stats. I wouldn’t want to get caught with this in a storm.

8. Mewtwo

Mewtwo is Epic by lord-phillock

Second legendary in a row. I grew to respect Mewtwo after the first Pokémon movie. It’s also OP in the first games which I thought was kinda cool. I was so shook of the Mecha Mewtwo from the movie. They should have done something with that in the games besides the Berserk Gene. If only they’d made a Mewthree…

7. Jolteon

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This is a new addition to my fave list. I rarely trained the Eevee from Celadon Mansion or Goldenrod City. The one time I did, I got a Vaporeon (no prizes for guessing why). Vaporeon has its advantages (high HP and good movepool) but Jolteon was so broken in Gen 1. Second fastest in the game and high Special meant a Thunderbolt would hit first and hit hard. My Jolteon in my Pokémon Blue Nuzlocke swept through Lorelei at Level 42 with no fuss.

6. Lugia

Lugia by LugiaGirl2

The penultimate legendary in the list and mascot for Pokémon Silver. I like to use Lugia as my flyer and psychic type. Strong movepool and it can take a hit too. Always preferred it to Ho-Oh and I don’t know why. I put it down to its resemblance to Water/Ice types in colouring. I once caught one with a Poké Ball. Using this catch rate calculator, the chances were over 1% and it only took me ONE GO. It was fate.

My Johto Nuzlocke #1 – New Bark Embarkment

I always said I’d never do a Nuzlocke run. Then I started watching other people do it and bit the bullet. In the early hours of this morning, I completed my first ever run on Pokémon Blue. The sense of achievement was almost overwhelming. And I wanted more.

That’s why I’m here with a new adventure in Johto. On the back of RBY’s success on the Virtual Console, Nintendo re-released Gold and Silver on 22nd September. Gen 2 is easily my favourite of all the generations. It came at a time when I had lost my own Gameboy and Pokémon Blue cartridge. Game Freak introduced night and day, a post-game storyline, 100 new Pokémon, and everything in colour. I lived in America at the time so I got the chance to play it before my peers back in the UK. It coincided with my first ever visit to Toys ‘R Us (a childhood dream) and I’d spend as much time as I could on the display GBC unit. When my birthday came around, my parents got me a new Game Boy Color and Pokémon Silver. I cried and hugged them. My cousins came to visit for Thanksgiving and we played all day and night. It was a happy moment in an otherwise tumultuous period of my life.

Fast forward 17 years and while the troubles exist in a different context, the games remain having evolved like the creatures they depict. I have Sun & Moon but they don’t capture my imagination like Gold, Silver, and Crystal did. Their appearance on the Virtual Console has offered a portal back to childhood and something to concentrate on. The success of my Gen 1 Nuzlocke has spurred me on to do it on Silver, a decision as soon as I downloaded it. This series will tell the story of that Johto journey.

This morning, I embarked on my quest. I decided not to pick my starter at random; no one is parting me with Totodile (“Croc”). I called myself Virgil, after the main character from Static Shock. I followed the storyline as normal – walking to Mr Pokémon’s house, getting the Mystery Egg, Pokédex from Professor Oak, and getting interrupted by my rival (who I named Ivan, after the antagonist form Static Shock). After showing the Egg to Elm, I got my Pokéballs from his aide and the Nuzlocke began. My first encounter was a Lv 2 Pidgey which I caught and named “Nesquik” (after a wrapper I saw in my bin). My second was a Weedle, now named Messi (he’s on a poster on my wall). I’m holding out for a Geodude from Rock Tunnel. I’ve wanted a legit Golem for a long time and now I have that opportunity.

Join me next time to find out how I’ve got on.

(photo courtesy of Jiayi)