Blastoise, Raichu, Nidoking, Butterfree, Articuno, Mewtwo
This team was my first Pokemon team. They are the group I think of when I think of Pokemon teams. Most of them where caught on the fly. Blastoise was chosen because I was getting nowhere using Charmander against Brock’s Rock types. Ditto with Butterfree. Raichu was chosen because of course I was getting a Pikachu. Nidoking was an accident that worked out very well, becoming my MVP. And Articuno and Mewtwo where added because they’re both legendaries. I consider them my most powerful team, the O.G. Elites. Good balance, and the right amount of cute/badass.
Typhlosion, Noctowl, Arphamos, Quagsire, Lanturn, Togetic
This Pokemon Silver team was assembled after multiple playthroughs of the game. As stated before, I had another team before I lost my link cables (remember those). This locked me out of using some key pokemon, so I decided to only use Johto natives. This is actually the team that inspired me to only use new, region-native, Pokemon in new games. It also inspired me to rotate starter types, just to keep things fresh. And, as eagled-eyed players may notice, the first four pokemon are all found at the start of the game, another habit I would keep. In many ways, this is my most influential Pokemon team.
Sceptile, Pelipper, Aggron, Magnetric, Groudon, Weirein
Now were playing with power. I consider my Pokemon Ruby team the strongest team I have in terms of sheer strength. Aggron, Groudon, and Weirein could probably sweep an opponent by themselves. But I still consider Pelipper to be my MVP for this team. It’s combo of Water/Flying worked really well for me, and I liked it’s unique look.
Infernape, Staraptor, Luxray, Loppuny, Palkia, Abomasnow
Pokemon Pearl will never be my favorite pokemon game. I consider it the least interesting game in the series. But it’s also the Pokemon game I had to work the hardest in. The new Pokemon where few and far between, so I had to scrape to get the team I got. It’s kinda like Pokemon Silver in that respect. Aside from Infernape, I had no real heavy hitter. So my victories and defeats felt more well earned. Perhaps this is why I consider Lopunny, one of the weakest pokemon I’ve ever used, to be so dang memorable.
Serperior, Seismitoad, Darmanitan, Reuniclous, Bisharp, Zekrom
This is probably my second strongest team. Like Pokemon Ruby, Pokemon White only has new Pokemon for the majority of the game. I love that. More Pokemon games should do that. It forces players to use new pokemon and make new combinations. For me, I used a Psychic and Dark pokemon for the first time! I used no electric-type for most of the game, a new thing for me. I also included the traditional Fire-Water-Grass combo with Serperior, Seismitoad, and Darmanitan (who was my MVP). I’ve tweaked and retweaked my Pokemon White team several times, but I’m very happy with my ultimate decision.
Greninja, Talonflame, Diggersby, Florges, Helioslisk, Xerneas
A lot like Pokemon Red, most of this team was assembled randomly. I knew I wanted a Greninja, but that’s about it. Talonflame was a nice surprise early one, since I’ve come around on fire types. Diggersby was an experiment. Florges was captures out of sheer curisosity. And Hilioslisk was caught because I wanted to use an electric type again. But they all meshed together very well. In a pretty rare move, I managed to assemble my final team on my first try.