Pokémon of the Week

Something I had done every Friday while a student at Waynesburg University was a radio show that I called Pokémon Friday.  It was not much different than a regular radio shift, just playing music and giving updates, etc… except that I always did a Pokémon of the Week segment.  Now I no longer have a radio show, but I wanted to bring life back to the Pokémon of the Week.  So, without further adieu, the Pokémon of the Week here on Uruzar’s blog is…

Number 212 in the PokéDex, Scizor, the Pincer Pokémon.  This Bug and Steel type combination Pokémon hails from the Jhoto region and has the abilities of Swarm or Technician, as well as the hidden ability of Light Metal. Scizor evolves from the Kanto Pokémon, Scyther, when traded when holding a Metal Coat and is part of the Bug egg group.  Scizor also has the ability to Mega Evolve when holding a Scizorite.  At level 50, Scizor can learn the powerful Steel type attack, Iron Head.

Scizor is the evolution of my favorite Pokémon, Scyther.  I usually only evolve my Scyther to get the PokéDex data for Scizor, but Scizor does have some advantage to him.  Having the duel type of Bug and Steel does make Scizor weak to fire by four, but it also gives Scizor some advantages against other past issues that Scyther has, like Fairy and Rock types.  Also, the Mega Evolution really boots Scizor’s base attack to 150 and the defense to 140.  With average speed and special defense, it makes Scizor a very useful Pokémon for competitive battling.  And that is something I have learned first hand; not from use, but from the amount of times that he has been used against me in the Pokémon Battle Federation.

Plus, Scizor’s ability of Technician (the ability he has automatically when Mega-Evolved) is key to some of his moves.  Technician doubles the power of any attack with a base power of 60 or lower.  Add that to some attacks like Aerial Ace or Bullet Punch get a huge boost from this ability.  This ability makes moves that are used more for their secondary effects or for priority very powerful and able to knock out other Pokémon swiftly.  Again, something I have learned from experience from the PBF.

I welcome all requests for the next Pokémon of the Week.  If you have one, please post the name of the Pokémon in the comments.  Please be aware of the following rules:
I will not do the same region within three weeks of itself
I will not do a duplicate Pokémon until I have gone through all of them (That will take some time!)
I will no do a member of the same evolutionary chain as the Pokémon of the past week (Example: I will not do Magmar one week and Magby the next)
All requests have to be in by 10 pm ET on Thursday for the request to count for that upcoming Friday.
All requests must be posted on the most recent Pokémon of the Week post.  Anywhere else will be disregarded.

Photo credit: Bulbapedia

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Pokémon of the Week

Something I had done every Friday while a student at Waynesburg University was a radio show that I called Pokémon Friday.  It was not much different than a regular radio shift, just playing music and giving updates, etc… except that I always did a Pokémon of the Week segment.  Now I no longer have a radio show, but I wanted to bring life back to the Pokémon of the Week.  So, without further adieu, the Pokémon of the Week here on Uruzar’s blog is…

Number 458 in the PokéDex, Mantyke, the Kite Pokémon!  This Water and Flying type combination hails from the Sinnoh region and evolves into Mantine when leveled up while there is a Remoraid in the party.  Mantyke has the abilities of Swift Swim and Water Absorb, and the hidden ability of Water Veil.  Mantyke is part of the Undiscovered egg group.  If you hold off on evolving Mantyke till level 49, he will learn one of the most powerful Water-type attacks, Hydro Pump.

Mantyke, or baby Pokémon in general, are not ones I dabble with often.  Usually I just catch and evolve the Mantyke a quickly as I can for the PokéDex data and then store him in the PC, never to been heard from again.  Ruthless, I know, but baby Pokémon are very difficult to work with in my eyes.  Yes, they are great for the Little Cup if you are in to that kind of competitive fighting, and yes the baby Pokémon do have some nice evolutions, but all-in-all, they are, more often than not, just PokéDex fodder for me.  And do not get me wrong, I love the egg-hatching aspect of Pokémon and I enjoy having the baby Pokémon in the game (I still remember hatching my first Togepi on Pokémon Gold… Ah, memories!) but the Pokémon themselves are often not ones I use in my regular party. That all being said, Mantyke is not a half-bad baby Pokémon.  Mantine is a fun Pokémon (even if the Water/Flying type combination is a bit of a drag) and I really enjoy the way to evolve Mantyke.  Needing a Remoraid in the party is a great little hat-tip to the original art of Mantine where he has a Remoraid at the bottom of his wing.

I welcome all requests for the next Pokémon of the Week.  If you have one, please post the name of the Pokémon in the comments.  Please be aware of the following rules:
I will not do the same region within three weeks of itself
I will not do a duplicate Pokémon until I have gone through all of them (That will take some time!)
I will no do a member of the same evolutionary chain as the Pokémon of the past week (Example: I will not do Magmar one week and Magby the next)
All requests have to be in by 10 pm ET on Thursday for the request to count for that upcoming Friday.
All requests must be posted on the most recent Pokémon of the Week post.  Anywhere else will be disregarded.

Photo Credit: Bulbapedia

Soundtrack Sunday

Soundtrack Sunday is a weekly segment that highlights a soundtrack from a movie, TV show, or a video game.  I think soundtrack music is some of the best music out there and it encapsulates all genres of music.  The rule for this is pretty simple; it must have been part of a movie, TV show, or a video game.  I am going to focus mainly on original scores, but I will occasionally dip into songs used in the aforementioned aspect.  In this post will also be a link that will take you to the song (more than likely from YouTube) for your listening pleasure. And the Soundtrack of the Week is…

From the PlayStation (1) classic game, the soundtrack to Spyro the Dragon.  In honor of its 18th birthday that was a little over a week ago, this soundtrack was composed by Stewart Copeland for the game that came out on September 10th, 1998.  While the Spyro the Dragon soundtrack is his best know movie/video game work, Copeland did a lot more than just compose this kind of music as he was part of the band known as The Police, as a drummer, and was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

Spyro the Dragon was a well received game for its play and for the music, which is has a progressive rock theme to it.  Spyro was one of my first video games and was the first PlayStation game I played and the rock-themed music was very catchy and pleasing to me.  It was a great addition to the game, being soft but memorable background music that did not interfere or distract from the game-play.  To me, that marks a very successful gaming soundtrack.  Something that, when you listen to it alone, is catchy and really enjoyable, but something that does not take away from the game itself.  Another great thing about the Spyro soundtrack is that it fits each level well, from artisan to exploring, winter-themed to dark to mysterious.  My favorite tracks are the ones that play in the levels “Wizard Peak” and “Town Square”.

The link to the soundtrack is here, starting with the “Title Screen” track, and having 47 total tracks.  Usually, a full soundtrack is not something that will be done on Soundtrack Sunday, as the point is to highlight one specific track, but because Spyro had its birthday recently, this was worth an exception.  Spyro the Dragon is a game I would be very glad to see get a HD-Remix, the way Sony and other companies have done with older games.  The soundtrack holds a lot of nostalgia for me as I remember the hours I spent as a child playing the Spyro games.  While it never won any awards and it is not one mentioned often, the Spryo the Dragon soundtrack is not only one of the reasons that the game was vastly successful, but it also helped to guide soundtracks to be true background music that is enjoyable but not distracting, yet able to hold attention and have value in listing to it alone.

If you wish to make a request for the Soundtrack of the Week, please observe the following notes:
All requests need to be made in the comment section of the most recent Soundtrack of the Week post.
The deadline for requests is Saturday at noon (ET).
I will be alternating between movie/TV and video game each week and I will not do the same universe within two weeks of itself.

Pokémon Friday

Something I had done every Friday while a student at Waynesburg University was a radio show that I called Pokémon Friday.  It was not much different than a regular radio shift, just playing music and giving updates, etc… except that I always did a Pokémon of the Week segment.  Now I no longer have a radio show, but I wanted to bring life back to the Pokémon of the Week.  So, without further adieu, the Pokémon of the Week here on Uruzar’s blog is…

Number 636 in the PokéDex, Larvesta, the Torch Pokémon.  This bug and fire type combination hails from the Unova region, has the ability of Flame Body and the hidden ability of Swarm, and is part of the Bug egg group.  Larvesta does evolve into Volcarona, but have some patience as it will take until level 59 to do so.  If you postpone that evolution a little bit longer, Larvesta learns the Fire type attack Flame Wheel at level 60 and the powerful Bug type attack Bug Buzz at level 70.

Larvesta swiftly became a favorite of mine as it combines two of my four favorite Pokémon types.  Bug types are very useful in the games and battling, but more so when combined with another, powerful type.  Yes, Larvesta has a four-times weakness to Rock-type attacks, but he also holds six resistances and can learn a diverse move-set by both leveling up and through other move-learning techniques (such as TMs).  And with Larvesta having an average special attack base stat, his evolved form Volcarona has a very high base sepcial attack which works well with most high-powered Bug and Fire type attacks.  If given a chance to be a type-based gym leader, I would choose either Bug or Fire type and in both cases, Volcarona would be part of my battling team.  And while evolving and hatching a Larvesta in Black and White does take quite a bit of time, it is well worth the wait.

I welcome all requests for the next Pokémon of the Week.  If you have one, please post the name of the Pokémon in the comments.  Please be aware of the following rules:
I will not do the same region within three weeks of itself
I will not do a duplicate Pokémon until I have gone through all of them (That will take some time!)
I will no do a member of the same evolutionary chain as the Pokémon of the past week (Example: I will not do Magmar one week and Magby the next)
All requests have to be in by 10 pm ET on Thursday for the request to count for that upcoming Friday.
All requests must be posted on the most recent Pokémon of the Week post.  Anywhere else will be disregarded.

*Photo Credit: Bulbapedia

Pokémon of the Week

Something I had done every Friday while a student at Waynesburg University was a radio show that I called Pokémon Friday.  It was not much different than a regular radio shift, just playing music and giving updates, etc… except that I always did a Pokémon of the Week segment.  Now I no longer have a radio show, but I wanted to bring life back to the Pokémon of the Week.  So, without further adieu, the Pokémon of the Week here on Uruzar’s blog is…

Number 330 in the PokéDex, Flygon, the Mystic Pokémon.  This Ground and Dragon type Pokémon hails from the Hoenn region and has only one ability, Levitate.  Flygon is the final member of the Trapinch evolutionary chain, evolving from Vibrava starting at level 45.  Flygon is in the Bug egg group and can learn the powerful Dragon type attack, Dragon Rush, at level 47, but only in Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby.  In X and Y, the last move Flygon can learn is Dragon Claw at level 55, but you can skip that wait just by using TM 02.  Flygon was requested by my good friend Matt, even though he cannot pay attention to the rules and did not make the request in the comment section on last week’s Pokémon of the Week post…

Flygon is not a Pokémon that I use often, but is one I am very familiar with.  Flygon does continue the early trend of Dragon type Pokémon having a four-times weakness to ice type attacks and is used by many for a Ruby and Sapphire or OR/AS run-through.  Competitive wise, Flygon is not one that is seen often, but does have a good statistical balance: 100 on base attack and speed, with a base of 80 on all the other stats.  I tried using Flygon once in a competitive league I am part of, known as the Pokémon Battle Federation (PBF), which is run similar to that of a Fantasy Football League; snake draft to choose the Pokémon and then a different opponent each week to battle.  Flygon was a late round pick for me, someone I was trying to see if I could spin a surprise or two out of, but he was not quite the “ace-in-the-hole” I had hoped that he would be.  Of course, I am honestly not the best at competitive battling so I often find myself in the bottom of the PBF standings each season… But more on that some other time.  Flygon, tip of the hat to you for being the Pokémon of the Week.  Maybe if you get a much clamored for mega-evolution in Sun and Moon, there might be a little more to talk about for you.

I welcome all requests for the next Pokémon of the Week.  If you have one, please post the name of the Pokémon in the comments.  Please be aware of the following rules:
I will not do the same region within three weeks of itself
I will not do a duplicate Pokémon until I have gone through all of them (That will take some time!)
I will no do a member of the same evolutionary chain as the Pokémon of the past week (Example: I will not do Magmar one week and Magby the next)
All requests have to be in by 10 pm ET on Thursday for the request to count for that upcoming Friday.
All requests must be posted on the most recent Pokémon of the Week post.  Anywhere else will be disregarded.

Soundtrack Sunday

Aside from Pokémon Friday, another weekly aspect of this blog will be Soundtrack Sunday.  What is that, you ask?  It is a weekly segment that highlights a soundtrack from a movie, TV show, or a video game.  I think soundtrack music is some of the best music out there and it encapsulates all genres of music.  The rule for this is pretty simple; it must have been part of a movie, TV show, or a video game.  I am going to focus mainly on original scores, but I will occasionally dip into songs used in the aforementioned aspect.  In this post will also be a link that will take you to the song (more than likely from YouTube) for your listening pleasure. And the Soundtrack of the Week is…

Coming from the same game as this week’s Pokémon of the Week did, it’s the theme song from Pallet Town in Pokémon Blue and Red.  The composer is Junichi Masuda and it is very 8-bit sounding as this was made for the GameBoy.  Pallet Town is the first town you visit in Pokémon Blue and Red and it is a short and simple tune that easily gets stuck in your head.  I can remember playing Blue version when I was six and having my parents tell me to turn off the music because the tunes were so simple that they were sticking with them, too.

This tune was redone for Pokémon FireRed and Leaf Green and has been used in association with Pokémon many times, including being one of the main focuses of the Pokémon Symphonic Evolution Concert that I had the opportunity to see when it came to Pittsburgh.  This tune is one of the most memorable from the Kanto region and its peaceful, flowing tune is a great way to portray the town where you first start your Pokémon journey.  Most of the starting towns have peaceful and more easy-going music in the background to them, as most first towns or main-towns also have, but it was something that I truly noticed from Pokémon Blue in Pallet Town.

If you wish to listen to the tune, click here  for the short video of it.  I hope you get as much enjoyment out of this tune as I have!

If you wish to make a request for the Soundtrack of the Week, please observe the following notes:
All requests need to be made in the comment section of the most recent Soundtrack of the Week post.
The deadline for requests is Saturday at noon (ET).
I will be alternating between movie/TV and video game each week and I will not do the same universe within two weeks of itself.

Pokémon of the Week

Something I had done every Friday while a student at Waynesburg University was a radio show that I called Pokémon Friday.  It was not much different than a regular radio shift, just playing music and giving updates, etc… except that I always did a Pokémon of the Week segment.  Now that I have graduated, I do not have a radio show, but I wanted to bring life back to the Pokémon of the Week.  So, without further adieu, the very first Pokémon of the Week here on Uruzar’s blog is…

#001 in the PokéDex, Bulbasaur the Seed Pokémon!  This Grass and Poison type hails from the Kanto region and has the ability of Overgrow with a Hidden Ability of Chlorophyll.  This starter Pokémon in Red, Blue, Green, FireRed, and LeafGreen is primarily male, belongs to the Monster and Grass egg groups, and is part of a three-step evolutionary chain.  Bulbasaur evolves into Ivysaur starting at level 16 and then Ivysaur evolves into Venusar starting at level 32.  Bulbasaur, if prevented from evolving, can learn the physical Grass type attack, Seed Bomb, at level 37.

Bulbasaur was my first ever Pokémon, so I thought it would be fitting to have him as the first Pokémon of the Week for my new blog.  When I was six years old and first started up Pokémon Blue version, I chose Bulbasaur to be my first Pokémon and created a special bond that has lasted through the last 18 years.  Bulbasaur may not be my favorite starter Pokémon, is not the Pokémon I would build my ideal “original 151 Pokémon, to legendary Pokémon and no duplicates” team around, but he still holds a very key place in my heart as I used him to power through the Kanto region for the very first time.  Given the chance in any game that gives the three Kanto starters as a choice, I always go with Bulbasaur.  I did so when I first played LeafGreen and FireRed, picked Bulbasaur in X&Y when given an opportunity to choose and Venusaur was my first ever Mega-Evolution, and even took Bulbasaur as my first capture in Pokémon Go.  He may not be the most popular and he may be overshadowed by some of the other Grass type starters, but he will still be number one to me.

I welcome all requests for the next Pokémon of the Week.  If you have one, please post the name of the Pokémon in the comments.  Please be aware of the following rules:
I will not do the same region within three weeks of itself
I will not do a duplicate Pokémon until I have gone through all of them (That will take some time!)
I will no do a member of the same evolutionary chain as the Pokémon of the past week (Example: I will not do Magmar one week and Magby the next)
All requests have to be in by 10 pm ET on Thursday for the request to count for that upcoming Friday.
All requests must be posted on the most recent Pokémon of the Week post.  Anywhere else will be disregarded.