Pokemon No. 28, Sawsbuck

Sawsbuck-SpringSawsbuck, the Season pokémon; or as I like to call it, the Best One-Trick Pony.  Sawsbuck is a Normal and Grass-type, with the common abilities Sap Sipper or Chlorophyll, or the rare Hidden Ability, Serene Grace.  It has a weakness to Fighting-types, Flying-types, Poison-types, Ice-types, Fire-types, and Bug-types; with advantages against Water-types, Ground-types, and an ambivalence towards Ghost-types.  It is 6′ 3″, and it changes form with the seasons; which is cool, except for one thing.

In my mind, changing with the seasons is Sawsbuck’s downfall.  Shocking, I know, that’s basically it’s whole shtick.  The thing is, the only games to ever have a seasons cycle (which followed your DS calendar if you had it set properly and played it regularly) were Pokémon White, Black, White 2, and Black 2.  So, if you transfer your Sawbuck or Deerling, Sawsbuck’s previous form, to your Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire games, it will stay in the form you transferred it in.

On it’s own that wouldn’t be too bad, but it’s actually possible to catch Deerling in the SpringDeerlinglatest 3D games, and all you can catch is Spring form, which happens to be my least favorite, so that gets my goat a little more than it may others.  Plus, it was very easy to off set the seasons in Pokémon White, Black, White 2, or Black 2, which meant that you might have a Fall Sawsbuck when in the real world, it was Easter.  Again, not a lot of people might care about this as much as I do, but I always thought it was cool when I started up my game and it was at the right season.

But enough squabbling over aesthetics, let’s talk about Sawsbuck’s typing and abilities.  Back when I played Black regularly, I actually had a Sawsbuck on my team.  Now let me just say, Black was the first Pokémon game I ever played, so I made some pretty bad mistakes.  I taught my Serperior only Grass-type moves, had almost completely Grass-type pokémon only on my team, and neglected the fact that Grass-types are best used as Status-monkeys.  Yes, I did just invent that phrase, please feel free to use it to your heart’s content.  Anyways, I had a big thing for Grass-types, and I came to learn something very interesting about Sawsbuck:

DO NOT USE SAWSBUCK AGAINST OTHER SAWSBUCK.

At least, that was how it was when it came to my Sawsbuck.  Now, it’s important to remember that (being the noob that I was,) I believed my pokémon would be strongest if they only knew Unova_Route_6_Winter_BWmoves that were a part of their type grouping, hence my Serperior knowing only Grass-type moves, etc.

That meant that Saws (my Sawsbuck) only knew one Normal-type move, and three Grass-type moves.  So, should I be traveling through the forest outside Driftveil City, where in Black, White, Black 2, and White 2 Sawsbuck can normally be found, that would render Nature Power (the only “Normal-type” move Saws knew) a Grass-type move.  And since the chance of either a Deerling or Sawsbuck I encounter having the ability Sap Sipper is 50-50, that would mean that any Grass-type move would have a 50% chance of doing absolutely nothing.

For those of you who don’t understand pokémon, please allow me to explain.  The ability Sap Sipper makes it so that any pokémon with this ability will not only be completely undamaged by Grass-type moves (or moves that have been changed to Grass-type, such as Nature Power), but they will also be healed by these moves.  So, if my Saws knows only Grass-type moves, and has the ability Sap Sipper, and the wild Deerling or Sawsbuck only uses Grass-type moves with the occasional Normal-type move, and also has Sap Sipper, the two are very unlikely to ever knock each other out.

SawsbuckAllFourBut, this is actually a very hard circumstance to find yourself in, and unless you do end up here, Sawsbuck is actually a really, really terrific pokémon.  It’s speed and physical attack stats make it a really boss fighter, if trained right.  In hind sight, mine really wasn’t, but I still loved it, and still love it now.  Maybe later this month I’ll go back and play through my Black 2 game again, this time train a Sawsbuck right.  For now, that is all everyone, merry Pokémonth!