Pokémon 25: My Top 10 Favorite Pokémon

(This post has been updated from its original release, accounting for the release of Pokémon Sword and Shield)

Welcome, Pokémon Trainers, to my revised Top 10 Favorite Pokémon list! I had previously set up my list of favorites on The Brink of Gaming in 2019, but felt that the addition of Generation 8 creatures and Pokémon’s 25th Anniversary this month warranted giving it a fresh coat of paint! There were some new additions, after all…

Everyone who plays Pokémon has a favorite. It might be due to its power, appearance, a particular memory, an episode from the television show, or possibly even from its trading card game incarnation. All explanations are valid. For myself, I find that there are a plethora of reasons why I like the particular creatures that I do, each monster having their own stories and high points. Let’s not waste any time jumping in!


Honorable Mention- Snorlax

I couldn’t not include my beloved Reginald in this list, even if he didn’t crack my Top 10 any longer! Unlike many on this list, Snorlax had to earn its way up from a place of distaste. My first exposure to this absolute unit was in the anime and its use as a nuisance set me against it from the start. 15 years later, I was forced to call upon Snorlax during my very first Nuzlocke: a playthrough of Pokémon Silver where I lost a team member in late-game Kanto. Reginald (as I named him) was the only creature even close to an appropriate level to fill the spot without having to grind for hours, and so I reluctantly brought him in from the bench. My eyes were opened to the truth when Reginald ended up being one of my few allies to survive the showdown against Red. Every Snorlax I’ve caught since then has been named Reginald in honor of their predecessor; most recently “Reginald VI” (the Sixth) in my first playthrough of Pokémon Shield. Here’s to an eventual Reginald VII!


10. Greninja

Greninja might be the most well-crafted starter evolution in the entire Pokémon series. Every detail of its design is centered around being a shinobi, from the low stance and baggy-pant-looking legs to the streaming, pink tongue-scarf. Even its abilities are tailored to its theme: its unique attack is the multi-hitting Water Shuriken, while the hidden ability Protean allows Greninja to “blend in” and switch its type based on which attacks it uses in battle. Its inclusion in Super Smash Bros. 4 only gave me even more reasons to love this amphibious fighter!


9. Corviknight

Next on this revised list of favorite critters is the noble knight of the Galar skies, Corviknight. Steel is one of my favorite types (as you will see if you keep reading…). I always loved Skarmory as a ferrous flier and Murkrow for its specific corvid inspiration- this creature blends them together for the best of both worlds. Corviknight purveys pride and power. From its steel helm and pauldrons to its dagger-sharp talons, the medieval influence bleeds forth in a focused, perfectly-done design. Corviknight also steals the spot of my favorite “starter bird” from Talonflame in Gen 6.


8. Krookodile

I skipped out on Pokémon Black and White when they first released in 2011, but eventually came back to experience Gen 5 in 2018. It was an amazing journey, thanks in large part to this guy right here. You see… I found Pokémon White to be a HUGE challenge. The battle AI for both wild encounters and trainers seemed much more aggressive than other installments. This wasn’t a problem with enjoying the game, but it did make for a few frustrations during wild encounters. Enter Sandile. This little croc worked his way up to become a mighty warrior that carried my team through more fights than I care to admit, learning Dig and Bite early on and ending up with Earthquake and Crunch. I nicknamed my Krookodile ‘Mr. Vile’ after the Banjo-Kazooie character: he proved to be just as vicious as his namesake.


7. Tyranitar

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Tyranitar secured a place on this list for a few major reasons, each as worthy as the next. First and foremost, it’s a pseudo-legendary powerhouse with impressive offensive capabilities. Second, in conjunction with its great stats is its killer move set. Crunch, Stone Edge, Earthquake, and Thrash give it the ability to utilize its stats to the fullest. Tyranitar topples enemies faster than you can blink. Last, but probably most importantly for me… this dude is basically the Pokémon version of Godzilla- a movie monster I’ve loved since I was three or four years old. Few creatures are as intimidating as Tyranitar when it enters the battlefield amidst its Sandstorm ability!


6. Nidoking

Nidoking is one of the most underrated Pokémon. He might not have adequate stat totals for competitive play, but his aptitude for a main-game playthrough is second to none! Its base form, Nidoran ♂, can usually be found extremely early in the game (especially in the first two generations). Once it evolves into Nidorino at level 16 it can be immediately evolved to its final form with a Moon Stone. In addition to learning the powerful Thrash at level 21, Nidoking can also acquire a variety of move types through TMs that vary drastically from its Poison/Ground typing. Nidoking is a powerful ally that I’ve used in numerous playthroughs! Plus, his rabbit/dinosaur appearance is just SICK. If I could begin my journeys with a little Nidoran ♂ instead of the starter Pokémon from most generations, I would!


5. Tyrantrum

Tyrantrum is a tyrannosaurus rex… That’s it. That is honestly the only reason it’s on this list. The T-Rex was my favorite dinosaur growing up and my jaw hit the floor when I discovered there was finally a Pokémon equivalent in X and Y! I convinced my best friend to set me up with a Tyrunt at the very start of my game so I could use it the entire time (as with the rest of my team’s creatures in Pokémon X). The Strong Jaw ability made my Tyrantrum a powerhouse with its elementally-diverse bites. Plus, it just looks AWESOME! It is regal! It is powerful! It is Tyrantrum!


4. Charizard

Over twenty years ago, little Andrew celebrated his 9th birthday by starting up his new Game Boy Color with a copy of Pokémon Red and choosing a starting partner in this strange, new world. He picked Charmander to suit the version. That tiny lizard grew up to be a powerful dragon…of sorts. And since that time, many other “dragon-not-a-dragons” have come and gone across a myriad of adventures and generations. Whether in the video games, trading card game, or even the anime, this powerhouse is a force to be reckoned with. Forget Pikachu: Charizard, the forsaken kin of dragons, is what comes to my mind when I hear “Pokémon.” And it always will be.


3. Scizor

I knew that Scizor was going to be one of my favorite Pokémon before I even knew what it was called in English, all thanks to an old magazine with leaked Gen 2 sprites after the games released in Japan. The sharp red coloring and dangerous pincers made for an awesome design choice. Little did I know that its Bug/Steel typing was also a boon, still rendering it with only a weakness to fire among all 18 types that exist today. Scizor was the first Pokémon I ever leveled to 100 without the use of Rare Candies. I love it so much that I even had a friend trade me a level 1 Scyther with a Metal Coat at the beginning of my Pokémon X playthrough so I could use it the ENTIRE time.


2. Gyarados

Gyarados has been one of my favorite Pokémon since I first saw the St. Anne episodes of the anime as a wee lad. The thing I love the most about this fearsome fellow is that you can get it very early on in almost every version…if you have the patience to raise it from a Magikarp. It takes forever, but it pays off with ridiculous Attack and HP stats for the early game. I’m a firm believer that Gyarados should have been a Water/Dragon type. However, this typing would have rendered it with virtually no weakness in the first generation of games (only to Dragon, which was nearly nonexistent) and left it way overpowered. Gyarados was also many players’ first introduction to the concept of shiny Pokémon: a rare phenomenon that has become much more common in recent years thanks to various methods of “hunting.” I can think of no better Pokémon that encompasses the areas of game usefulness, franchise significance, and sheer awesome appearance than this blue behemoth! However, in an incredible twist, Gyarados was dethroned from its top spot in recent times…


1. Perrserker

ALAS!! After 20+ years, a Pokémon has come along to steal the throne from Gyarados! As for why, well- I LOVE CATS! My closest pet growing up was a big, gray, friendly fur-ball we named Neko (the only pet I’ve ever gotten to name!), so it’s only natural that I would instantly gravitate to this gray-bearded-metal-viking-feline. Other cat Pokémon have come and gone, true, but none of them caught me like this one! Perrserker probably has the least utility on this list as far as stats are concerned (although all three of its abilities are great!), but it’s a METAL CAT and that is all that matters to me 🙂 Its design is simple and concise- the perfect mix of cool, yet also cute. To top off all the other reasons I love it, Perrserker is the perfect size for a “buddy” Pokémon- just over two and a half feet, or 0.8 meters. The perfect convergence of my favorite animal, a solid design, one of my favorite Pokémon types- Perrserker is the new champion of my Top 10 Favorite Pokémon!


That’s all for my favorite Pokémon, but what about you? Which creatures grab your interest the most? Be sure to let me know with a comment below or over on my Twitter (@brinkofgaming). Stay tuned for more Pokémon 25th Anniversary Celebration posts! Smell ya later!

-PokéMaster Brink

11 thoughts on “Pokémon 25: My Top 10 Favorite Pokémon

  1. Very nice list! I haven’t put a lot of thought of what my all-time favorite Pokemon is because there’s so many of them! Off the top of my head, I’ll go with Butterfree, Decidueye, Gengar, Blaziken, Rayquaza, and Brelom.

    That’s a very rough list though. I’ll need to look at all of my favorites before I come up with a definitive list.

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    1. Thank you! Your list is top-notch, as well! I had many others that I had to cut off the list to make a Top 10. As you said, there are just so many to choose from! I love that every person has their own, unique list of “go-to” creatures when they think of the Pokémon series.

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      1. _

        Those are awesome Pokemons in your list.

        I love Mewtwo and Charizard as well.

        My Top 10 picks includes Venasaur, Arcanine, Charizard, Rapidash, Blastoise, Mewtwo, Alakazam, and Gardevoir.

        The other two to complete my 10 are Pikachu and the ever so innocent and cute yet so incredibly powerful Mew.

        It was hard for me not to include Jigglypuff.

        I love how this one’s sings to put people to sleep and draw on their faces.

        Such cute little prankster!

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  2. Nice picks! I like Charizard and Gyardos, too. ^_^

    My top ten would have to include: Jolteon, Arcanine, Houndoom, Raichu, Murkrow, Shinx, Drifloon, Haunter, Articuno, and Umbreon! I really gravitate toward fire, electric, and ghost/dark Pokemon, I guess. ^_^

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  3. This is so hard to narrow down! Some of my top ten would probably be Clefairy, Rowlet, Appletun, .Mimikyu… nah I quit, this is too difficult. Love to see Tyrantrum in your top ten though, I feel like it’s super underappreciated!

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  4. My favourite Pokemon from the very beginning has been Eevee. I’m not going to lie, the reason I bought a Nintendo Switch was because of Pokemon Let’s Go! Eevee. I tend to prefer the older gerenations but I do love Corviknight and Boltund.

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