We aim to look at each Pokémon in turn based on four core merits that make them worth having as part of the game’s world, aptly and somewhat-forcefully abbreviated as PKMN.

  • Picturesque – Namely, how visually-appealing is this Pokémon? This is pretty subjective and superficial, but first impressions go a long way!
  • Kombatative – Kool things start with ‘K’! This is about how useful a Pokémon is in the game itself, and it’ll be heavily-weighted toward just the campaign, because let’s be honest, that’s all that will matter to 95% of folks.
  • Marketable – How visible is this character in promotional material? It’s a lot harder to give Ludicolo the axe after his charming role as a barista in the Hollywood film!
  • Novelty – Here’s the fun one! It’s all about where the concept came from, if it shares a niche with any other creatures in the Pokédex, and any other fun trivia that give the monsters a unique flavor!

At the end of the day, while we don’t want to cheapen these lovely critters with a hard-and-fast number scoring system, we do want to consider whether it would be healthy for the series’ designers to leave them on the proverbial bench – at least for a little while. So, each Pokémon will fall into one of three categories:

  • Must-Have, for those Pokémon that have particularly strong or unique designs, or are otherwise iconic to the series.
  • Reserve, for those Pokémon that we’d love to see around in the future, whenever it’s reasonable for them to make a comeback.
  • Retire, for those Pokémon that we can remember fondly, but who are no longer truly necessary to the series.

Pokémon will be covered in the order that they’re numbered in the core games’ National Dex, with each article covering an entire evolutionary line and its branches. Mega Evolutions won’t be discussed – at least not yet! – partially because they won’t be in the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield and partially just out of personal preference.

Commenting with your own support for a covered Pokémon on its relevant entry page is very welcome!

Updates will be come daily throughout August, with an ongoing weekly schedule afterward.