The lights are on
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(Note: While this will be a blog, this is mostly for a test in my 31/31. If it works, I'll be a happy amigo. If not, I'll have a ton of writing to do tomorrow. Thank you for understanding, and I'm sorry for pushing down some awesome blogs.)
Pokemon has not ever really evolved since Gold and Silver, as it built on the original Red, Blue/Green, and Yellow with color, a much bigger map, 101 new Pokemon, and arguably the most important of all, the addition of two new types- Steel and Dark. While I'll get onto Steel in a later blog possibly, the Dark type was arguably a buffer for the uber Pokemon of Generation 1- Alakazam with the ace Psychic type move- ironically enough called Psychic. With Recover this Pokemon was nearly unstoppable without being over leveled, or just get lucky. Well that all changed with the Dark type.
The Psychic type has strong Special Attack, leading to it easily sweep opponents if the Pokemon is fast enough. Alakazam (seen above) has great speed, giving it another perk in combat. The big problem for Psychic types though is their weak defense. While some Pokemon in later generations make up for that fact (Notably Bronzong and Metagross), it is somewhat of a fatal flaw. But, in Generation 1, none of the bug type (which were all physical) moves were strong enough to dent in the Pocket Monster with spoons.
Maybe you are thinking " Well, what if that Bug Pokemon is really strong?". Well, even the strongest Scyther can try to take it down, possibly even KO it if it's leveled up high enough. But again, Bug type moves are weak in Red and Blue, and that will not happen. Also, the rarity of Scyther would drive many people away (This was before online battling), and Butterfree and Beedrill couldn't hope to dent Alakazam. Still, even with the Scyther scenario, there was one problem- Recover. Even bring the foe down extremely low would cause their effort be worth nothing, and the next turn your "Psychiced" to death.
The Dark type completely changed that. With its most notable attribute being Attack (Hey, that's meant to combat Pokemon with low Defense!), it was the perfect uber for Psychic with Crunch, and by Generation 2, nobody used the once- famous Pokemon nearly as much. And by the time onlin battling rolled around, the poor guy was almost completely forgoton. But one question remains- how does the Dark Type stack up on other Pokemon?
Really, not well. Tyranitar is one of the few Pokemon with decent Defense, and all of the Type's stats are pretty weak, except in a few occasions Speed. In a way, it seems like it was meant to combat Alakazam, as it needed another weakness (Ghost was also raised from ineffective to super effective). Many Dark types are also prone to x4 weaknesses. For example, Bisharpe and Weavil both have a x4 weakness to Fighting. Overall, was it worth it?
The Dark Type, while having some Pokemon I love (Umbreon!), arguably should have been used for more than a buffer type. Anyways, today is Wednesday, and if it works, the blog should be live tomorrow. Thank you DJH for the idea, and thank you and goodnight, amigos. See you... today?
Dark type features some of my favorite pokecritters... Hounddom, Weavile, Sharpedo... all are awesome, and incredibly powerful if used correctly.
its been a long while, but are the ghosts considered dark types, because those guys can be mucho effective
Guys, I was not trying to troll the Dark type. I just looked at its shortcomings. I'm sorry if I sounded like I hated the Dark type in any way. I like a lot of Dark types, but in the metagame, they are not nearly as good.