So, it’s June and here we are again with another Pokemon Top 10 list! This time we’ll be covering my top 10 generation III Pokemon! While it was universally panned, upon it’s first release, the Advanced Generation of Pokemon games ushered in a shift in the Pokemon series. Not only where Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald not compatible with the first two generations, but it was the first time you could not catch ’em all, which pissed a lot of people off back then. But, for me the Hoenn region is a fond childhood memory, a tropical paradise that introduced us to 135 brand new Pokemon. Each design of the Hoenn Pokemon spoke volumes about the island and it’s rich natural resources. But, for this list I had to pick just 10, and believe me it was no easy feat!
Number Ten: Camerupt
This guy is so under appreciated! Coming in at number 10 is ground/fire type Pokemon, Camerupt. I love this little guy, from the two mini volcanoes on its back to its stoic expression. I very fondly remember evolving my cute little Numel into this clunky tank, and spamming the crap out of moves like Earthquake. I caused a lot of devastation with Camerupt at my side, but alas he was just no match for water type moves.
Number Nine: Mawile
So the Mawile’s design, while really cool, scared the crap out of me as a kid. But, instead of giving this guy a wide berth, I embraced this creepy little guy, and boy was I surprised at how amazing it was in battle! Even before GameFreak added its Mega Evolution and new Fairy typing, Mawile was a pretty wicked Pokemon in battle. This Pokemon was a mainstay in my first Hoenn run through and I still keep one in reserve now for when I compete in Wi-Fi battles…
Number Eight: Latios
I knew I had to have one of the Eon Duo Pokemon on this list, but it was so hard picking just one, both Latias and Latios have their merits…but in the end Latios won out. In my head Latios is like a scrappy older brother, his sleek design and penetrating eyes give this Pokemon an edgier look than it’s partner Latias. But, as a kid this Pokemon is the epitome of cool, even before it gained a Mega-Evolution in the sixth generation. Just look at it, it looks like a fighter!
Number Seven: Cacturne
Okay, so I will admit that I was kind of a weird kid, I like this Pokemon simply for the Pokedex entry alone. A creepy sentient cactus that stalks it’s prey under cover of darkness, this Pokemon gave me the willies. Can you imaging having this guy on your ass after getting stuck in the desert at night? I don’t see that situation ending well for anyone! Then add the fact that it’s even hinted that it might even eat people! WTF?! Good thing he’s on my side!
Number Six: Masquerain
As a kid, I always thought the little red markings on it’s face were it’s mouth, which speaks volumes about the effectiveness of this Pokemon’s design! Coming in at number six is, Masqeurain. The false eyes serve to deter enemies, giving the appearance that it is scarier than it really is. At first I used this guy in battle, but when it proved too weak for some of the later gyms, it became my go to Contest Pokemon. With Masqeurain at my side I dominated the Pokemon Contests of Hoenn, this little guy could not be beat!
Number Five: Altaria
As a kid, I never quite figured out how a bird Pokemon like Altaria was a Dragon type…it never made sense…and you know what it still doesn’t. I believe it has something to do with a Chinese mythical bird or something, but at the time I just thought it was weird. Because of it’s appearance, I mostly used this guy for Pokemon Contests because of how cute it is. However I was not prepared for how OG this guy is in a Pokemon battle! This cutie is a menace in combat!
Number Four: Aggron
I really just liked how big and strong this guy was, especially when you taught it Earthquake! I swept many a team, just by spamming that one move, over and over again. To this day I still find it weird that Aggron could learn Surf though…one of those headscratchers I guess.
Number Three: Milotic
In Ruby and Sapphire, this was one frustrating Pokemon to catch! I remember searching the same six tiles of water on that God forsaken watery section of Route 119, just so I could maybe find a Feebas. I spent hours of gameplay in that one spot…hours… Then, after catching the damn thing, I spent hours mixing berries for the perfect blue Pokeblock formula…all so I could finally get this majestic beast of a Pokemon. Hot damn, look at how simply majestic it is!! A lot of my time and effort went into this guy…but it was all worth it in the end. This was my main Beauty Contest Pokemon.
Number Two: Flygon
Okay, so it was tough putting this guy in the number two spot, but I happen to have a soft spot for all of my starters… so number two was the best I could do! Think of this guy as my spiritual favorite Pokemon from the Hoenn region! Even as a kid I realized that this is one of the best designed Pokemon I’d have ever seen. Even now, it’s stellar design places this bad boy at the top of my all time favorite Pokemon list, getting in the way of my loyalty to even my starters. I love this guy, but what really puts Flygon over the top is its shiny form, which swaps the red accents for blue and yellow. Simply gorgeous! I bet this Pokemon looks so cool zipping around in the deserts, I can definitely see why he’s called the spirit of the desert!
Number One: Swampert
Okay, say what you will about me putting a starter Pokemon’s final evolution in the number one spot, but at least hear me out! I always pick fire type starters, always, but when I saw Mudkip for the first time, I was swayed by its cuteness, picking him over Torchic without even batting an eyelash. This is probably the Pokemon that made me fall in love with water types. In my 15 years of playing Pokemon, this was the first and only time that I had ever not picked a Fire starter as my first Pokemon. I was enamored with the cutie christening the little guy ‘Muddy’, yeah I know it’s cheezy, Muddy the Mudkip, but I was twelve. When Muddy finally evolved into Swampert, I was floored by how simply badass it was in battle, this guy is a literal tank, with relatively high Defense and HP stats. Even now I always make room for this guy on my competitive team. In fact, I still have Muddy in my copy of Alpha Sapphire right now, which is kind of nostalgic…
So that’s my list, were there any Pokemon you though should have been on the list that weren’t? Something on the list that you think shouldn’t be? Do you have any suggestions for posts? Any burning questions? Want me to review a specific game or character? Feel free to Comment on this post or Ask Me on my tumblr! As always Thank You for reading!