Pokemon No. 23, Serperior

Serperior2Hello, oh crusher of dreams.  Everyone, meet Serperior, the Regal pokémon.  It is a Grass-type, with a weakness against Fire-types and Ice-types, and a strength against Water-types and Ground-types.  It’s 10′ 10″, with the common ability Overgrow or the hidden ability Contrary.  As I said when I posted about Sawsbuck, the first game I ever played was Pokémon Black, and Snivy (Serperior’s first form) was the first pokémon I ever had.  Back then, I thought Snivy’s evolution chain was the awesomest thing ever, and when Servine evolved into Serperior, I thought the Pokémon League was mine.  Boy howdy was I wrong.

To finish up my story; no.  I did not win the Pokémon League the first time I took it on, and I certainly didn’t win because I had a Serperior and a Reshiram on my team.  I won, after many defeats, because I borrowed my little sister’s Samurott.  Let me just say, I never approached any challenge in the series with that degree of high-and-mightyness again.  These days, I always make sure to over-train my pokémon and pack plenty of items before I get trapped in an Elite Four challenge.

One of the reasons I completely sucked in battle was because, being the noob that I was, I taught my Serperior all Grass-type moves, so unless it was facing a ‘mon that was a Water-type, Ground-type, or Water and Ground-type, it would be a pure competition of muscle.  On it’s own, that would be fine, but let me just say from experience that Serperior is not prepared for a competition of muscle.

For those of you who don’t play pokémon and don’t quite understand what’s wrong with only knowing one type of move, I’ll be happy to explain.  In Pokémon, there are certain XY_Starter-Type-Infographic_ENkinds of moves that are stronger against certain types of pokémon.  The most common example is this: Fire-type moves are stronger against Grass-type ‘mon, Grass-type moves are stronger against Water-type ‘mon, and Water-type moves are stronger against Fire-type ‘mon.

Since there are 18 types (17 when Serperior was just a sprout), it helps to teach your pokémon a variety of moves, even if the move your teaching it isn’t its “type”.  Unfortunately, they don’t officially say this in the game.  They do, however, say that any move your pokémon uses that is its type will have a boosted strength.  So, since I was a noob, I thought that if I taught my Serperior only Grass-type moves, it would be the ultimate power house.  Plus, there are a lot of cool Grass-type moves out there, like Grass Whistle, Solar Beam, and Spore.

But all of this is hiding one key fact: aside from looking awesome, Serperior sucks.  with a base HP stat of only 75, its defining stat being its speed, and the immense love of Fire-types in the world, good luck getting more than one attack against anything but an NPC, and even then.  Still, there’s a part of me that loves Serperior.  I mean, it was my first pokémon, I think I’m allowed to feel some love for it due to nostalgia.  Plus, have you seen this thing?!  I mean, talk about destructive-looking, it’s like a Grass-type Milotic!

Serperior_vs_BouffalantOne thing that I do like is its role in the anime.  Wow, the one Trip uses is a beast.  Even as a Snivy it manages to trash Ash’s pikachu again and again.  Eventually it does lose…to the Champion of the Unova region.  The loss was good, though, because it helped Trip see that the way he was raising pokémon, treating them merely as tools instead of as friends, was wrong.  In the end Trip became a better person, and he and Serperior grew a special bond that cannot be ignored.

Over all, the choice is yours.  You can try and make Serperior a formidable foe, or you can choose to choose someone else when starting your journey in Pokémon Black, White, Black2, or White2.  For me, Serperior will always hold a sense of nostalgia, but I still prefer Samurott.  Hmm, maybe I’ll do a post about him.  For now friends, goodbye, and merry Pokémonth!