Pokémon video games aren’t going to win a Hugo Award anytime quickly for his or her narratives, however that doesn’t imply our many myriad adventures forwent attention-grabbing story beats. From Kanto to Galar, quirky villainous groups have strived to dominate Pokémon and folks, trainers have risen as much as cease them, and Legendary Pokémon have nearly at all times proven as much as wreck some PokéHavoc.
Recently, the Pokémon Presents for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet revealed that the area of Paldea can have three separate tales. With the ninth Generation of Pokémon on the horizon, what higher time to rank all of the tales that got here earlier than?
Despite what we mentioned within the headline, we’ll begin with the worst first. Read on to search out out which Generations – and their remakes – we predict had essentially the most participating tales and which we discovered laughably nonsensical…
Generation VIII – Sword, Shield, Isle of Armor, and The Crown Tundra
We want there was a letter grade decrease than F to award Gen VIII’s story. Game Freak managed to take the worst components of a Pokémon story and pack them into Galar. Hop, as an alternative of merely being a boring rival, comes off as legitimately annoying – particularly throughout battle. His character arc of eager to defeat his brother to turn out to be the Champion of Galar by no means involves fruition because the participant defeats him at each flip and turns into Champion as an alternative. In truth, Pokémon Sword and Shield would have fared higher if we took the function of Champion Leon’s youthful sibling and Hop had a separate function.
Hop isn’t even the worst of it. Team Yell, the villainous crew in Galar, merely acts as an annoying fan membership for one more League challenger, in some way changing into extra forgettable than Team Flare (which we’ll get to). And on the story’s climax, antagonist Chairman Rose interrupts the championship match with Leon to carry concerning the ‘Darkest Day,’ which mainly means destroying the Galar area by awakening Eternatus.
Rose does this to forestall an power disaster predicted to occur…one thousand years sooner or later. He might’ve waited till after the championship match, don’t you assume? His plan doesn’t even make sense – awakening Eternatus, a Pokémon able to destroying Galar, so there gained’t be a Dynamax power disaster within the far future. What?
Rank: An apparent F for Flapple
Generation VI – X and Y
Pokémon’s tales stay and die on their rivals and villains. Unfortunately, the 4 rivals in Pokémon X and Y – Serena/Calem, Shauna, Trevor, and Tierno – collectively have as a lot character progress as a Magikarp left forgotten in a PC field. Team Flare doesn’t fare a lot better, and neither does their chief, Lysandre. In the story, his aim is to make use of Xerneas/Yveltal’s energy to activate the ‘ultimate weapon’ with a view to kill all individuals and Pokémon as a result of humanity sucks, or one thing, and he needs to make all the pieces extra lovely. The entire factor is rushed and comes tacked onto the latter half of the sport, like Game Freak forgot about Lysandre till improvement was nearly completed.
There’s additionally a 3000-year-old King that reunites together with his misplaced flower Pokémon, creating one of the meme-worthy scenes in Pokémon historical past, but in some way that is much less nonsensical than Gen VIII.
Rank: F for Floette
Generation IV – Diamond, Pearl, Platinum
Prior to Gen IV, Game Freak regularly improved upon the tales that got here earlier than. Here, they dropped the PokéBall. An intriguing villainous crew? Not right here. Team Galactic chief Cyrus makes just a few pretentious appearances earlier than bowing out after an anti-climatic battle in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. What a couple of rival with depth? Unfortunately, Barry’s about as deep because the shallow finish of the pool in Misty’s gymnasium.
Pokémon Platinum helped by giving Cyrus a correct conclusion after Giratina sucks him into the Distortion World. And we’d be mendacity if we mentioned we didn’t benefit from the lore surrounding the Legendaries of Sinnoh or respect Cynthia as one of many higher Champions – and positively essentially the most scary. But even with these few saving graces, we struggled to recollect vital plot factors even after taking part in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond not too way back.
Rank – D for Drifblim
Generation I – Red, Blue, and Yellow
We can’t fault the unique Pokémon video games an excessive amount of for missing a complicated plot on the unique Game Boy. Pokémon Red and Blue’s easy story of an journey to gather eight gymnasium badges and defeat the Elite Four laid the inspiration for each recreation that got here after.
In Gen I and its remakes, Team Rocket causes a variety of bother to maintain issues shifting, from burglarising a house to steal the TM Dig, inflicting a hostage state of affairs with Mr. Fuji that resulted within the dying of a Marowak, and infiltrating Silph Co. to steal the plans for the Master Ball. The reveal of Giovanni, Team Rocket’s boss, being the eighth gymnasium chief blew our pre-pubescent minds. The rival – Blue, Gary, ButtFace, no matter – additionally added a layer of animosity we wished they’d carry again to later Generations.
Rank: C for Charizard