Pokemon Go continues to prove popular, with recent updates, fixes issues and a new tracking system being tested. Superheroes are also constantly being discussed, especially with the mixed reaction Suicide Squad has seen from critics vs fans. Last week, we looked at 13 comic book superheroes paired with their perfect Pokemon teams. We did this firstly for fun, and second, because Pokemon has crossed with another franchise before.
Pokemon Conquest, released back in 2012, saw Pokemon crossover into the world of Nobunaga's Ambition series of games. This game paired the characters from Nobunaga's Ambition with Pokemon that matched their design or personality. Like we did last week with superheroes, let us this week look at 13 supervillains. Again they will be cast in the roles of Gym Leaders, Elite Four and Pokemon League Champion. Who do you think will be at the top?
Gym #1 - Catwoman - Normal Types
Obviously Catwoman would have every cat-like Pokemon possible. Luckilyy for her, the majority of these Pokemon hold the Normal type attribute, making her a perfect Normal Type Gym Leader for a player to face-off against first. With Meowth (normal), Pursian (normal), Delcatty (normal), Glameow (normal), Purugly (normal) and a female Pyroar (normal/fire), she would be able to test any Pokemon Trainer starting out on their journey.
Gym #2 - Juggernaut - Fighting Types
Juggernaut has a tendancy to break through walls, so having a strong team of fighting types would make perfect sense for him. His team would consist of Poliwrath (water/fighting), Hariyama (fighting), Emboar (fighting/fire), Conkeldurr (fighting), Chesnaught (fighting/grass) and Pangoro (fighting/dark). He would have a nice mix of side types to test a trainer's team.
Gym #3 - Clayface - Ground Types
Being made from mud, who better to hold the Ground Type Gym than Clayface? With so many ground-types to choose from he has been given some true powerhouses. Nidoking (ground/poison), Swampert (ground/water), Groudon (ground), a male Hippowdon (ground), Krookodile (ground/dark) and a Stunfisk (ground/electric). This mix would weaken a normal tactic used against ground type Pokemon.
Gym #4 - Poison Ivy - Grass Types
Who else would you give the Grass Type Gym to? Poison Ivy had to be this Gym Leader. With Venusaur (grass/poison), Shiftry (grass/dark), Breloom (grass/fighting), Cradily (grass/rock), Shaymin (grass) and Viziron (grass/fighting), she would have a beautiful but deadly garden for a trainer to walk into.
Gym #5 - Emma Frost - Psychic Types
OK, I know, Emma is not always a villain. However, I couldn't resist including her in this list. With her psychic powers, a psychic team is ideal for her. Using a team consisting of Jynx (ice/psychic), Gallade (psychic/fighting), Gothitelle (psychic), Cresselia (psychic), Delphox (psychic/fire) and a female Mewostic (psychic) would allow her to showcase both elegance and beauty in battle.
Gym #6 - Black Manta - Types
The recently confirmed villain in the upcoming Aquaman movie, Black Manta is ready to strike from the depths of the sea with his water team of Pokemon. Holding Tentacruel (water/poison), Kabutops (water/rock), Mantine (water/flying), Palkia (water/dragon), Seismitoad (water/ground) and Greninja (water/dark) on his team would make him a devastating Gym Leader to face in battle.
Gym #7 - Mr Freeze - Ice Types
Mr Freeze is an easy choice for the Ice Type Gym. I did consider others, such as Killer Frost and Captain Cold, but Mr Freeze is the original ice villain. Using Lapras (ice/water), Glalie (ice/dark), Regice (ice), Froslass (ice/ghost), Vanilluxe (ice) and Avalugg (ice), he would have an easy time of stopping his foes with some extreme ice type moves.
Gym #8 Final Gym - The Joker & Harley Quinn - Dark Types
The Joker and Harley would be a duo holding the final Gym. This is not unheard of in Pokemon, with the first being Tate & Liza, the twin Gym Leaders from Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire. This crazy pair would hold a dark team consisting of Houndoom (dark/fire), Cacturne (dark/grass), Weavile (dark/ice), Scrafty (dark/fighting), Mandibuzz (dark/flying) and Hoopa Unbound (dark/psychic). This mixture would make them the ultimate Gym Challenge for a trainer looking to complete their collection of badges.
You Know What Comes Next...
With the gym leaders defeated and all eight Gym Badges collected, there is only one thing left for a trainer to do: Challenge the Elite Four and face the Pokemon League Champion. Let us take a look at the Elite Four and League Champion for this world, which would require us to have a strong and diverse team to defeat them.
Elite Four Member #1 - Magneto - Master of Magnetism
Magneto would be the first of the Elite Four. Being the Master of Magnetism, he would have a steel type, with some of his Pokemon representing the power of magnets themselves. Magnemite, Magneton and Magnezone (all steel/electric) are all clearly magnets, Probopass (steel/rock) represents a compass which is powered by the magnetic poles and then Steelix (steel/ground) and Registeel (steel) are both powerhouse steel types to finish off his team.
Elite Four Member #2 - Doomsday - Muscles of Rock
Doomsday is a perfect choice to hold a rock type Pokemon team. Using Golem (rock/ground), Magcargo (rock/fire), Aggron (rock/steel), Regirock (rock), Gigalith (rock) and Terrakion (rock/fighting), he would be a tough force to be reckoned with.
Elite Four Member #3 - Ultron - Cybernetic Super-Being
Ultron loves a bit of power, so who better to hold an electric team to test a trainer before the final member of the Elite Four? Zapdos (electric/flying), Raikou (electric), Ampharos (electric), Electivire (electric), Electross (electric) and Heliolisk (electric/normal) would all allow him to deliver a shock to any trainer and their team in battle.
Elite Four Member #4 - Dark Phoenix - The Fires of Creation
The final member of the Elite Four would be a force that can consume the sun itself. Ninetales (fire), Blaziken (fire/fighting) and Volcarona (fire/bug) would raise the temperature, while Talonflame (fire/flying) Moltres (fire/flying) and Ho-Oh (fire/flying) would all represent the entity known as Dark Phoenix. A trainer would need to be an ace to get past her.
Pokemon League Champion - Darksied - The Power of Antilife
The Ruler of Apokolips would have to be the ultimate Pokemon Master. However, his team would be the surprise. With a shiny Rayqueza (dragon/flying), Darkrai (dark), Giratina in Origin Forme (dragon/ghost) and Yveltal (dark/flying) would be bad enough, but with Shadow Mewtwo (psychic) and Shadow Lugia (flying/psychic) hiding in his team would surprise any trainer. It would require an extremely strong team to be able to push past this team of dark legendary Pokemon.
What do you think of Poke-Villians?
With literally hundreds of villains to consider, these 13 seemed like a good diverse mix to use. You could easily make a single list like this using nothing but Batman villains. However, I wanted this to have a nice mix that people could enjoy and have Pokemon you could imagine them having on their teams.
With so many unmentioned characters, which Pokemon would you give to your favorite villain?