10 Things About ‘Pokemon’ That Still Bother Me

By | 2 years ago 

Few franchises have reached the blockbuster success of the Pokemon series. Ever since Pokemon Red and Blue first made their appearance in North America in 1998, fans have been eagerly gulping down multiple entries in the series in the years following – leading to one of the largest properties ever conceived by Nintendo. While there are a lot of people that show an undying love for the series, however, there are a handful of things that have irked others.

Whether it’s the arrival of new Pokemon, or a handful of gameplay mechanics, the franchise is not without its downfalls. Taking that into consideration, we’ve created a list of the ten things that have continued to and still bother us about Pokemon. With that said, buckle up and get ready for some of the most baffling and downright eerie issues that can still be found within the cutesy property.

Why Was The Truck Sitting On That Island in Pokemon Red and Blue?

Pokemon Red Blue Mew Truck

Anyone that tried desperately to capture the mythical Mew will be familiar with the truck located near the S.S. Anne. Rumor had it that the 151st Pokemon resided underneath the vehicle, but this myth was later debunked – leaving players wondering just why the truck was even there in the first place. Since it’s placed on an inaccessible island that can only be seen briefly during sailing sequences, fans have long been left wondering who or what left the truck there. We’ll likely never know.

You Can’t See Wild Pokemon Around You

Pokemon Cant See Monsters

As many trainers can attest, there are a number of massive monsters that are just waiting to be captured in any Pocket Monster title. Whether its Onix from the first generation or Wailord from the recently released Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, there are some truly massive beasts to be found. That said, wild Pokemon are never visible despite their girth. Admittedly, this mechanic seems to be for the best within the games, but we’ve always wondered why we couldn’t see each area’s dedicated wildlife – outside of Legendary Pokemon encounters.

You Can Travel On Very Tiny Pokemon

Pokemon Small Pokemon Flying

This is one that has been lampooned by fans for quite some time, although many will attest that it’s far from a bad thing. The ability to travel on top of your beloved, beastly companions has been a feature since the first installments arrived on the Game Boy back in the ’90s, but for some reason the size of the monster has never factored into whether or not it can carry a moderately sized child. Watching a Pidgey pickup and fly off with an unsuspecting youngster to some random area in the region very rarely spells good things for the people residing in the world of Pokemon.

Unconscious Pokemon Can Still Use HM Moves

Pokemon Fainted

There’s a very good understanding of what it means to be unconscious. Laying there with only basic brain functions that instruct one to keep breathing (hopefully), there’s not much anyone or thing can do once they’ve entered this state. Pokemon in particular are infamous for being knocked out during battles, but for some reason they still have the ability to utilize powerful HM attacks outside of battle. That said, it would be unfortunate to watch Pokemon Trainers drown if they were to lose a battle mid-Surf, but the option for a near-lifeless Pokemon to still be utilized outside of duels never really made sense.

Being Unable to Forget HM Moves On The Go

Pokemon Cant Forget HMs

The bane of many a wannabe Pokemon Master’s existence is the need to implement HM moves to get around the in-game world. Sure, it adds to the puzzle-solving elements and ensures that players don’t accidentally miss a Gym Leader, but the second the force-fed maneuver outstays its welcome it becomes an adventure just to have the thing removed from the inflicted Pokemon’s arsenal. Attacks like ‘Cut’ are nearly useless inside of battles, and – while having the attacks labelled as an HM is helpful for ousting these world-altering attacks amongst a bevy of TMs – it’s time that Game Freak allow players to forget these moves whenever the mood suites them.

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