Best Gen 2 PokemonCorrect me if I'm wrong, but no one made a list like this before, so I guess I'm the first to make this list. So why not make one? Last time, I made a list of my favorite gen 1 pokemons. Now, as planned I'll do the same with the other gens. While gen 2 is better than gen 1 overall, in my opinion, gen 2 have my least favorite selection of new pokemons. Not only does it has less pokemon than every pre-gen 6 pokemons, but also unlike gen 6 which has almost no bad pokemons, and gen 7 which has a lot of pokemons that would be in my top 20, gen 2 is pretty underwhelming with quite a lot of pokemons that has weak designs, and some are so weak in battle that they screams «I want an evolution». Seriously, why does sunflora can't evolve any further, and who thought that unown was a good idea? But hey, I don't think gen 2 have bad pokemons, they're just not as good as the other gens. I mean personally, saying a generation is bad because of its pokemons would be pretty stupid... Anyway, now it's time to praise the best generation 2 pokemons, and show that every generation got something to offer.
I love the beetle Heracross is based on, and that might be why it's my favorite gen 2 pokemon. Its design is also pretty cute and menacing at the same time which I like. In my pokemon silver playthrough, Heracross was a pretty good member in my team. The restriction of fighting type moves in gen 2 hold Heracross a bit back, but his high attack stat make up for this. It's also pretty good in competitive battles, with decent bulk and speed, and high physical attack, combine with Guts or Moxie as an ability. His mega though, is awesome! Its attack stat is one of the best in the game, his bulk is significantly better, and skill link combine to pin missile, bullet seed, rock blast, and other moves makes it a great wallbreaker, and even a great substitute breaker. It does lose speed, but a good bulk makes a low speed not a big deal. Heracross is simply great.
Crobat is actually a pretty popular pokemon, being the favorite of many, and I'm no exception. Turning the very mediocre golbat, into the awesome crobat was a great idea from game freak. His design isn't the best but I like its color, and its four wings. In pokemon moon, crobat was a great member of my team. He evolved at level 23, because his happiness was so high that he evolved right after he became a golbat. Speaking off, I like that at the start of your Johto adventure Silver is irrespectful with its pokemon, so his golbat stayed a golbat until he learned how to respect more its pokemons, to the point that his golbat became a powerful crobat. In competitive, crobat is a very versatile pokemon. That's mostly thanks to how fast it is because it can deal damage really fast, and also use support moves really fast. It also has a decent bulk and special attack, combine with moves like U-Turn, Defog, Taunt, and Roost, and you have a very versatile, and unique pokemon. Overall, Crobat is great. It shiny should have had the colors of its pre-evolutions though, instead of pink and green.
I have a very good attachment to ampharos. One of the reasons why I very often pick a grass type starter is not only because most grass type starters are often the greatest starters of each generation I played, but also, because I always need a good pokemon to beat water type poekmons. However, whenever I have another starter, and that I have another pokemon to beat water types, it feels fresh, and new. That's why my silver, and ultra sun playthrough were so good. Instead of killing water types with my grass starter, I kill them with my powerful ampharos. Yes, ampharos is one of the few pokemons that were in my team multiple times. Also, they were coincidently both females so that's cool I guess. In competitive battles, Ampharos is okay to use, but with it's mega evolution, not only is it very majestic looking, but with mold breaker, great bulk, amazing special attack, and moves like cotton guard, you got a very good pokemon. Plus, Ampharos is very cute!
As I said with ampharos being my water type killer, meganium couldn't be on my pokemon silver team. That's a little bit because I really wanted typhlosion to be on my team, and man was it worth it, because Typhlosion was a very powerful member of that team. Personally, typhlosion is the best starter of Johto, being cooler looking, and more original, than both Feraligatr, and Meganium. In competitive, he can be a decent choice specs or scarf + eruption sweeper. Overall Typhlosion is great.
I think Lugia is one of the most popular pokemon of all time. I think that's because of the second pokemon movie. It also has appeared in the 21st pokemon movie, which is maybe my favorite pokemon movie yet, but Lugia plays a very minor role, so I prefer Lugia in the first movie it was in. As for its design, it looks very cool overall. It was also a good part of my silver team, and if you saw my top 10 gen 1 pokemon you should now know who are all of my pokemons from that game... except graveler. You need to wait before having a Lugia in your team, but if you do wait you have a very powerful pokemon on your team. Of course, a legendary «should» be very powerful, so of course it is good in competitive, with its incredible bulk that gave its nickname of the great wall, and great special attack, combine with multiscale (AKA, the only reason why I would care of dragonite). So I like Lugia, like most people.
The reason why Ho-Oh isn't as popular as Lugia is because it wasn't until the 20th movie that we saw Ho-Oh in a movie. Well, at least it was in the first episode of pokemon. I think Ho-Oh's design is better than Lugia because of its beautiful wings instead of «fingers». Ho-Oh is also a very good pokemon with its high attack and great bulk. Even stealth rock doesn't get it out of the Uber tier!
I don't know how they improved scyther's design, but hey, they did! Because of that Scizor get my vote for best looking pokemon in gen 2. But he is not only good looking, it's great in battles. I would have like more if Scizor got a bigger variety of moves, but the technician bullet punch, swords dance combo is all you really need. Plus, its great typing and good stats help him quite a bit. His mega is the same but with better stats, so that's good.
Skarmory is so cool looking. It's a metallic falcon! How cool is that. He is also overused since 1999. I know smogon didn't exist at that time but, you know what I mean. That's because skarmory is a great counter to many great pokemon to the point that some of them have fire blast only to counter back this pokemon with it's great typing, great defense, ability to set spikes, and to defog opposing hazards. He can also taunt, which is great.
Some of you might be wondering why is quagsire on my list. Well, quagsire is just very funny. First, look at his derpy face. It's funny and adorable at the same time! Second, quagsire is a pokemon that I love using in competitive battling. With high defense, high HP, great typing, and ability to use recover and especially encore, I don't care if it's in low tiers, because I'm still very good with it. The best part of quagsire though, is calling it Glenn.
I have to admit, I am not a big fan of pseudo legendaries. Trying to level them up to high levels is not worth it for me most of the time, especially if you need to wait before even capturing its pre evolve form. However, I still like most of them, it's just that I don't like them nearly as much as other people. That being said, tyrannitar is very cool. First, another thing I don't like about most pseudo legendaries, is that I don't really care about the very overrated dragon type. Unlike for most people, you need to be much more than just being a dragon to be consider great by me. Personally, I am tired of all those pseudo legendary dragons, even though some of them are great. So having a pseudo legendary that is not dragon type like tyranitar is a breath of fresh air! He looks very menacing on top of that. However, the best part about most pseudo legendaries is their battle capabilities. Tyranitar, like Skarmory, is overused since 1999. Before gen 3, it was for being the most reliable dark type and being somewhat good at countering Snorlax, but now it's for being the best sandstorm user in the metagame! Combine with great stats, and a mega just in case you want to use it, and you have a very powerful pokemon.