If you could only take one of the hundreds of Pokémon with you on your adventure, which one would you bring along?

Every week, we ask a question regarding something in the world of video games. This week, as we bring our Pokémon cover story to a close, we want to know if you were Ash, who would your Pikachu be?

The Pokémon I would have as my best friend would be Growlithe. One of his pokédex entries was “Growlithe has a superb sense of smell. Once it smells anything, this Pokémon won’t forget the scent, no matter what. It uses its advanced olfactory sense to determine the emotions of other living things.”

Wow.058

My little buddy can tell my emotions AND find me if we get separated for any reason. Amazing. Another entry mentions his incredible loyalty. That is even better. He is, in my opinion, the cutest Pokémon too. Growlithe is just a little pup. Imagine waking up every morning to his wet nose poking you awake. I feel like Meowth when he plans his schemes of giving “The Boss” a new Pokémon. Really, Growlithe also has an almost legendary as his evolved form. I also think it would be sweet to ride on the back of Arcanine while he sprints across an open field. But I want to grow with Growlithe. I’ll love that little pup till the day I die.

*HOW TO TRAIN YOUR NOIVERN*

It’s been hard staying attached to just one pokémon over all throughout the past two decades. Of course I have a bunch of favorites and I’m sure my answer will change after seeing Rockruff’s evolved form, but my answer has to be Noivern. The Toothless to my Hiccup.

To break down why I appreciate this pokémon so much, I have to start with my youth. One of my first favorite animals as a little kid was a bat, along with turtles and frogs. Basically Batman, TMNT, and Battletoads was a big portion of my childhood, NES games and all. I even collected Hot Wheels that were only animal shaped. Heroes and cars aside, I really do find the bat to be an amazing creature. Noibat alone is also cool. When Pokémon first debuted, For some reason, Zubat or Golbat didn’t really catch my attention. Probably because I was also obsessed with Charizard at the time. Which brings me to my next reason. Noivern is also a dragon! (Charizard, sans mega X,  isn’t a dragon type but totally is a dragon..)

A bat-dragon. More specifically, a Wyvern (Noivern’s name makes more sense now doesn’t it?). For those that don’t know, Wyverns are a type of dragon with only two legs and wings and usually a barbed tail. A giant bat wouldn’t be too far off from a wyvern in terms of physical traits so its fitting. The only way I can somewhat correlate with a dragon is by referring to the Chinese zodiac. My year (1988) is aligned with the year of the dragon. I thought that was so awesome as a kid. I remember reading it off of a paper place mat at a Chinese buffet. I was also into Bruce Lee and he too, was born in the year of the dragon (1940). Fun fact: he passed away exactly 15 years before my birthday. I’m digressing.

So far, being both a bat and a dragon is a double win for me. What else is great about Noivern? Like a bat, he uses sound waves to his advantage. The audio aspect of this correlates with my love for music. I know Noivern isn’t a musical type, but that’s the connection I’m making. Noise + Wyvern = Noivern

So we have a bat-dragon that has sound related abilities. Perfect. Let’s jump into the Pokémon world now.

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Noivern is a large bat-like Pokémon with enormous ears suited for precise hearing. Noivern releases ultrasonic waves, which can be strong enough to shatter a large boulder. It uses these waves to freely navigate through darkness, allowing it to easily ambush prey under cover of night. Noivern is known to be extremely combative toward anything that wanders too close to it. It loves eating fruit; thus, approaching it with fruit helps to keep it calm.

What I instantly imagine is flying with Noivern at high speeds as my main mode of transportation. I’m sure a hat and goggles are required or perhaps a helmet. Maybe even a little Co2 tank for higher altitudes. I’d probably even have a strap of some kind in case I fall off. Travel seems more complex the more I think about this. What if Noivern gets ambushed while flying? How would I manage to land with a falling fainted pokémon? I’d have to return it to it’s pokéball before launching my parachute.

For battles, my biggest concern would be with ice types. Noivern’s only advantage would be it’s speed so whatever move it can use, let’s hope it knocks ’em out quick. I’m sure Noivern could just pick up whatever with it’s feet, fly straight up, and just drop whatever to it’s impending doom. ..this got dark.

As a pokémon trainer, I’d probably be some sort of arial performer. Sky diving with Noivern, pulling off tricks and stunts. Anything to induce that adrenaline. Even if it’s the thrill of a battle. Both myself and Noivern share that passion to fight so combining the two things we love is perfection in our eyes. Even if we lose. That being said, traveling around to new areas and meeting new people is another form of excitement. That’s apart of the adventure too.

When it’s time to calm down, we’ll sit by a little campfire or sunset as I play my guitar. Noivern appreciates music as much as I do. It also has no problem letting me know if something sounds great or terrible or even out of tune. We stay pretty much in unison no matter what.

Helping others is another thing Noivern and I have in common. If there’s a cry for help, Noivern would be able to pick up the faintest of cries and get to the source in no time. Hurt pokémon, trapped trainer, a house on fire, or whatever else you can think of. If we can do something about it, no obstacle will come between us.

There’s not much else I can really point out to you at this time. We’d live a pretty exciting yet relaxed life. Seeking thrills, enjoying battles, traveling around the world, meeting & helping others, and most important of all, bonding as best friends.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go watch How To Train Your Dragon and cry myself to sleep.

Haunter. I’ve always loved the way Haunter floated and just looked generally creepy. He looks like he’s always laughing at some secret that he’ll only know. Generally, it just made it seem like Haunter is having fun and being spooky.093

As we’ve discussed on the podcast, I’m the dude who keeps Count Chocula stocked year-round and who just made a pumpkin pie a week ago. I tend to revel in anything Halloween or with an eerie theme, and Haunter has always given me that Halloween vibe. Having one with me everywhere would mean I could have Halloween everywhere.

I’d like to look at the evolution of Haunter’s pokédex entries for a moment.

In Red and Blue: “Because of its ability to slip through block walls, it is said to be from another dimension.” Yellow changed to: “By licking, it saps the victim’s life. It causes shaking that won’t stop until the victim’s demise.” FireRed and X both say: “If you get the feeling of being watched in darkness when nobody is around, Haunter is there.” While Ruby and Sapphire (and their remakes) list: “Haunter is a dangerous Pokémon. If one beckons you while floating in darkness, you must never approach it. This Pokémon will try to lick you with its tongue and steal your life away.”

My obsession with everything spooky and dark comes to life inside of Haunter’s pokédex entries, so filled with riddle and urban legend. By its description, Haunter would have lived between the panels of EC Comics’ Tales from the Crypt or as some depiction of consequence as told by proverb.

While many Pokémon hold a place near and dear to me, Haunter has been haunting me the longest. He is, to me, one of the coolest monsters, outside of Pokémon or in. And while I’d have to give him up to see him grow into Gengar, I’m sure he’d creep his way back to me somehow.

Who is your choice? Which Pokémon has kept your interest for the last twenty years? Which ones have been introduced that you’ve fallen in love with? Let us know in the comments section and come back next week to see what questions we continue to ask.

Posted by Joe Dix

Joe is the creator of The Free Cheese. He eats a lot of pizza and takes thousands of pictures of his pugs Oswald and Earl every day. He has a disorder that causes him to believe that he is Batman and his favorite video game is Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

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