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Pokéjungle Final Round

18 Jan


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As the sun arises I crack my hands, and ready my weapon. Mind focused with tea in hand, “This is it” I thought. Many have fallen these past few weeks, but as the final battle approaches an end is in sight. Will it be the end I dream of? Only you can decide.

Why should you choose me?

What makes Pokéjungle so great is its community spirit; it differentiates itself from other Pokémon sites by the way it interacts with its readers. Most places just talk AT you, and treat you as followers; I find that Pokéjungle talks TO you, and anyone can be a leader. This sense of equality can only be achieved by the topics that are created here. Everyone who is left in the competition possesses the skills to initiate an adrenaline filled discussion. However I feel I stand apart with my unique humour and quirkiness which I always try to incorporate into my articles. As demonstrated by my Castform article and the CoroCoro leaks (article #8), I have a distinctive style which I hope is both refreshing, and interesting to read. I’m always looking to improve, learn, and challenge myself with every new piece I write. I take on board all criticisms, so eventually I can perfect my imperfections. My mind is always bursting with new ideas which I feel could benefit the community, and make this already fun place even more entertaining.

Ideas:

With the growing number of Pokémon fan sites, and the growth of Pokéjungle, it makes sense to think of new ways to connect with the audience. With 3 extra staff members to help soon with the work load, there is ample opportunity to expand upon the content that is already offered on this site. New daily/weekly columns can be integrated to feed the hungry minds of us fans whilst we wait, for the next bit of juicy news. Here are a few things I would love to implement if I was permitted:

Meloetta’s Montage:

This would be a regular Photoshop event (you are not limited to Photoshop) where you are given a theme from which you must create a clever and/or funny image. For example the theme could be “photography”, so someone could have an image of a Pokémon taking a picture of a human (to convey ironic humour). But another person might put a Pokémon in a pose to make it look as if it’s in a model photo shoot. The entries can be collected during the course of the week, and at the end we’ll show off the top 10 (or more if there are many good ones). I’m sure some of you are aware of a similar activity being used on a popular gaming blog; however this one would be solely Pokémon themed. I think this idea, though not original is still a great way to keep people entertained. Even if people don’t, or can’t take part it’ll still be fun for them to see what others can come up with. We could even have a drawing only activity called “Ditto’s Doodle”.

Virizion’s Vision:

The Pokémon games are so expansive these days that there are always plenty of new ideas fans want to see implemented into the series. For this activity we could collect people’s thoughts, and discuss them in greater detail. We could have idea of the day/week for example. This task would create a great buzz, and would be great for those who are not into Meloetta’s Montage, or Ditto’s Doodles.

These are just some of the ideas I have rattling around in my head. I feel that with these added activities and more, this could help make sure that Pokéjungle stays the number 1 place for Pokémon fans all over. Some could argue that there needs to be databases, and competitive sections etc to rival the other sites, but this isn’t what Pokéjungle is about. We are a community, a big family where all we want to do is to share stories, and have fun with one another. That’s not to say we can’t have those features, I just want to help maintain what makes this site great. I believe we can co-exist with the others because what we have here is special, and no one can take that away from us.

Who else should be in the top 3?

Finding out who wrote what didn’t really make my decisions any easier. All the articles are great, and while some are better than others in round 1, round 2 was a complete turnaround. However for me there is one stand out person who has a bit of everything, and would fit in well with Pokéjungle.

He/she created the bullet pointed (#11) and Chatot articles. Now I probably don’t have to go into too much detail with their first article as it stands out so much. The bullet point idea is very simple, but it is the most efficient way to deliver new information. Why didn’t I use it? Well I thought it may be too risky to have a lack of constructive paragraphs in the first round, so instead I put a recap at the end to make up for it. Obviously I was wrong in doing so as they won the majority of the votes. Nevertheless, what they wrote is great; he/she analysed and picked out the information well. They proved that simplicity is sometimes the best course of action. Also the hide/show tag they have implemented is a very thoughtful touch, especially as the information is all spoilers.

For round 2, I found the Chatot article to be my favourite. The opening description about what makes a “gimmick” Pokémon, is the most clarifying. There is plenty of coherent detail which describes what features are needed to be considered a gimmick, and what type of gimmick Pokémon are around. He/she even gave a few examples. Another part I found fascinating is the zoological side. When you read an in depth piece about a single Pokémon, you expect to find out everything to do with it, including its origins. In this part they really show off the effort they have made when researching the Pokémon. The battle paragraph is great too, going into a lot of depth with its signature move. Overall I felt that the article was well put together with all parts fully analysed, and structured well.

My second choice was tough but I finally decided upon the person who did article #7 in round 1, and the Deerling/Sawsbuck piece in round 2. Out of all the entries, I found he had the most consistency with his grammar, and punctuation. His first submission is very clear, well written, and interesting to read. It was missing a bit of flair; however he did attain a certain level of professionalism which I felt others could have used more of. For the Deerling/Sawsbuck “Focus On”, I once again found it to be highly professional, and one of the more in depth pieces. He went into a comprehensive amount of detail when it came to the aesthetics of the design, and its competitive value. Though I feel there is still a slight lack of personality about his writing style, he still manages to get his opinions across, and he is still in my opinion the strongest grammatical contender.

Well this is it… I would like to thank everyone who has supported me these past few weeks, I would also like to thank PJ, Ozy, Dae, Kriffix and NL for not only giving me this opportunity, but for also believing in my potential. I have loved every minute, and I hope this could be the start of a true love story *Dirty Dancing theme plays*… Hang on a minute, stop the music! I can’t end on that cringe inducing line. Cue the Pokémon theme!

(dun dun DUN)

I wanna be a journalist (DUN dun dun)

Like lots of people are (DUN dun DUN dun)

The top 3 is my real test

But writing is my cause

I will practice all day and night (DUN dun dun)

To perfect my grammar skills (DUN dun DUN dun)

So each of you understand

The potential I possess

POKÉJUNGLE! Gotta write for you

I’d Cherrim the chance to show what I can do

POKÉJUNGLE! Take a chance(y) on me

I’ll prove my worth, you will see

POKÉJUNGLE! Gotta write for you

A site so green, joining you is the ultimate dream

Please choose me for your top 3

POKÉJUNGLE! Gotta write for you.

Actually that was probably worse…

-Sam Peace

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Focus On: Castform

18 Jan

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Today’s Castform predicts a Rattata of rain in the morning followed by a short Bellossom in the afternoon; however it’ll soon turn Thundurus in the evening with a Vigoroth storm overnight. This pun filled Trubbish was brought to you by the Weather Institute.

As some of you may have fathomed from my wonderfully bad intro, today’s “Focus on” is about our unique friend. He has a stylish quiff and absurdly large family jewels. That’s right I can only mean one Pokémon, Castform!

Basic Info:

This cloud inspired puff made its debut in the 3rd generation of Pokémon video games (R/S/E).

Its name derives from the words “Forecast” and “Transform” (the latter I will talk about shortly). It is one of a few “artificial” Pokémon in existence. It was made solely for weather predictions by the Weather Institute in Hoenn, and to help with their ongoing research. Despite the fact it was manmade, Castform can be either a male or a female (I’ll refer to Castform as a “he” for the sake of ease). Also, weirdly enough it can breed which would surely create a religious outrage across the planet (if Pokémon had religions). But back on topic, here are some other quick facts:

Japanese Name: Powarun/Powalen.

Type: Normal.

Height: 1’00”/0.3m.

Weight: 1.8lbs/0.8kg.

Gender Ratio: 50/50.

National Dex Number: 351.

Ability: Forecast.

What makes it unique?

All Pokémon are unique, however Castform’s ability really stands out. You could say that he doesn’t just predict the weather, but he IS the weather. Yes I didn’t just make that up Pokémon really has become that crazy, and it’s no longer just creatures on steroids. The aptly named “Forecast” ability allows him to “transform” into a type based on the current weather. So if it’s sunny, he’ll turn into a fire type. If it’s raining, he’ll turn into a water type, and if it’s hailing, he’ll turn into an ice type. However he doesn’t change form/type for when Sandstorm, Shadow Sky, or Fog are in effect. Also all his weaknesses change if he becomes a different type so bare that in mind. Although he may seem a bit too similar to Ditto with the whole transformation gimmick, trust me when I say he is no clone. With this transformation he not only changes his typing and appearance to represent the current weather (changes design to sun/raindrop/storm cloud), but it also changes the effect of his signature attack…

Battle Uses:

This little stress ball may look harmless but don’t be fooled. The very reason (in fact it’s probably the only reason) you would want to use this Pokémon in battle is due to its diverse and equally devastating attack named “Weather Ball”. Now to begin with, this attack is nothing special. However if one of the weather effects are in play then the opponent on the receiving end is going to be in a world of pain. This move starts off as a normal type move with 100% accuracy, 10pp, and only 50 base power. However due to Castform being a normal type; he will also receive STAB (same-type attack bonus) so the damage is increased to 75. This isn’t very impressive, but if a weather condition is in effect then the move will change type to match the weather (just like Castform), but it will also double in power! So the base power would be 100 and with the possibility of STAB being added (as Castform will probably be the same type unless Sandstorm/Shadow Sky is in play), the power could rise to an eye watering 150! That’s not only stronger than a Fire Blast but the move also retains its 100% accuracy, and 10pp. This makes it all very exciting, unfortunately though that’s where the good stuff ends. The major problem is that Castform’s stats are quite poor overall. He doesn’t excel at anything, and even though both his attacks and both his defences aren’t bad, they’re still not great. Also he’s pretty slow. Here are his base stats:

HP: 70

Attack: 70

Defence: 70

Sp. Attack: 70

Sp. Defence: 70

Speed: 70

Another problem for Castform is that for Weather Ball to be truly effective there needs to be a weather effect in play. This usually requires a move such as Rain Dance or Sunny Day to be used first (unless you’re in one of a few areas where weather is active outside of battle). This means that it’s unlikely Castform will be able to defeat a Pokémon in 1 turn, and it will probably leave him vulnerable to at least one or two attacks. But if you’re lucky enough to survive or another Pokémon uses a weather effect, then Castform could become a worthy foe, and a force to be reckoned with. Especially if used well in conjunction with a useful item, and nature. The versatility in its move pool is one of its core strengths. Being able to change type enables it to use a big variety of attacks. You could max out its power by using moves such as Blizzard, and Thunder or you could be more strategic (basically annoy the opponent as much as possible), by using moves such as Thunder Wave or Toxic. Also don’t underestimate egg moves. In the right (or wrong) hands, this cute weather predicting blob could become quite menacing. But if I’m brutally honest, I don’t think he’s cut out for competitive play. I mean just look at him he’s too innocent looking, though having said that there’s something about him I don’t trust…

Major Roles:

Since its birth in 2002 (Japan), Castform hasn’t had many major appearances. In game you were given one as a gift for saving the Weather Institute from Team Magma/Aqua. In the anime it was the main focus for the episode “Unfair Weather Friends”, where Team Aqua tried to steal data about the legendary Pokémon Kyogre. Other than that, it has only appeared as a cameo in a couple of other episodes. On the manga side of things, main character “Ruby” of the Pokémon Adventures series was given a female Castform named “Popo”. She was previously owned by Mr. Stone who is the president of the Devon Corporation in Rustboro City in Hoenn, and father or Hoenn Champion Steven Stone. Unfortunately he was injured in an attack by Team Aqua so he gave her to reporters “Gabby” and “Ty” (also known as “Maryann” and “Tyler” in the Chuang Yi translation) to look after. From there she travelled around with them for a bit but soon became lonely, therefore after the battle between Ruby, and his Dad Norman at the Weather Institute, Gabby & Ty decided to give him Popo. Ruby went on to enter Popo in the “Smart” Pokémon Contests throughout Hoenn.

Interesting Facts:

  • Castform is the only Pokémon who can learn both “Ember” and “Water Gun”, as well as Ember and “Powder Snow”.
  • He is also the only Pokémon who by levelling up can learn both “Fire Blast” and “Hydro Pump”, as well as Fire Blast and “Blizzard”.
  • He’s the only Pokémon who has the dual egg group “Fairy” and “Amorphous”.
  • He’s the only Pokémon to always get STAB on Weather Ball (unless Sandstorm or Shadow Sky is in effect or he loses his ability).
  • His Ice form is the first “pure” ice type Pokémon in the National Dex.
  • Castform is the lightest Normal type Pokémon.

Thanks to Bulbapedia for these interesting facts.

So there you have it, as much as you could possibly want to know about this deformed marshmallow. What are your thoughts on him? Do you find him cute or crude? Would you let him shine in your team or let him become a tear of despair? Would you ever want to see new forms or an evolution? Leave your comments below.

P.S. Does this orange guy remind you of him? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXa2F3kYeBI

-Sam Peace

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