The Hawkeye’s Favorite Pokémon

Today is the 25th anniversary of the world-wide phenomenon: Pokémon.

Zack Miller, Staff Writer

Whether you enjoy Pokémon for the thrill of the battles, the fulfillment of raising a Pokémon from just an egg, or just how adorably cute and amazingly powerful they can be, Pokémon has touched many of us in some way.

With the 25th anniversary of Pokémon upon us, we asked the Hawkeye Team what some of their favorite characters were throughout the years. While some had no idea what a Pokémon even was, others have fond memories of these creatures and the hours of joy they brought us when watching the anime, playing the games, or collecting the trading cards.

Jessica – Pikachu, *The Mouse Pokémon*

Pikachu has been the staple mascot of the franchise since the anime first premiered in 1997. A cute electric-type pokémon is the staple companion of the main character, Ash Ketchum, and the pokémon that is most recognized throughout the world. Pikachu evolves from Pichu and evolves into Raichu with the use of a Thunder Stone.

Pikachu Pokedex entryPikachu, the Mouse Pokémon, and the evolved form of Pichu. Lightning sometimes strikes Pikachu’s tail as it raises it to check its surroundings.



Anthony – Charizard, *The Flame Pokémon*

Charizard is the final evolution of the Generation One Pokemon Charmander. Charizard has been a strong staple Pokémon in the Pokémon universe. In Japan, Charizard was the first Pokémon to appear in the anime in 1997, appearing as the first Pokémon in the Japanese opening. For the rest of the world, Mewtwo would appear in this place.

Charizard Pokedex entryA Charizard flies about in search of strong opponents. It breathes intense flames that can melt any material. However, it will never torch a weaker foe. 



Porter – Snorlax *The Sleeping Pokémon*

Snorlax is the evolution of Munchlax, when you level him up with High Friendship. Snorlax is based on hibernating bears or giant pandas, as he is known for eating large quantities of food then sleeping in long deep sleeps. The only way to wake one is with the use of the Pokeflute, as seen in the original Pokémon anime and Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow. Snorlax’s evolution family is the only one to have all of its members appear from a Poké Ball within a single Super Smash Bros. game.

Snorlax Pokedex entrySnorlax’s typical day consists of nothing more than eating and sleeping. It is such a docile Pokémon that there are children who use its expansive belly as a place to play.



Zack – Infernape, * The Flame Pokemon*

Infernape is the final evolution of Generation Three starter Pokémon Chimchar. Infernape, like many of the Pokémon on this list, was a staple Pokémon on Ash Ketchum’s team during his travels in the Pokémon anime. Infernape, being a strong typing of Fire/Fighting, was a very strong Pokémon in the competitive scene of the Pokémon VGC( Video Game Championships) 

Infernape Pokedex entryIt tosses its enemies around with agility. It uses all its limbs to fight in its own unique style.



Rachel – Bulbasaur * The Seed Pokémon

Bulbasaur was the grass type starter in the first generation Pokémon games. However seems to be the least picked starter having to compete against Charmander and Squirtle in the first generation. Bulbasaur and its evolution line, which includes Ivysaur and Venasaur, are the only starters to get the Poison Typing. In the original Pokémon games from 1996, the games were labeled as Pokémon Red, Blue and Green for the typing of the original starters. Outside Japan, Pokémon Green was changed to Pokémon Yellow as it follows the anime story more closely. However, Pokémon Leafgreen would be released in the West in 2004, along with Pokémon FireRed as remakes of the original games. Niue released a one-dollar coin featuring Bulbasaur as part of a commemorative promotion for the Pokémon franchise, with Bulbasaur on one side and the nation’s coat of arms on the other.

Bulbasaur Pokedex entry – Bulbasaur. It bears the seed of a plant on its back from birth. The seed slowly develops. Researchers are unsure whether to classify Bulbasaur as a plant or animal. Bulbasaur are extremely tough and very difficult to capture in the wild.


Angela – Vaporeon, * The Bubble Jet Pokemon*

Vaporeon is the evolution of Eevee. When giving eevee a water stone, Vaporeon was the first Eeveelution to appear in the Japanese Pokemon games, also known as Pocket Monsters in Japan. Vaporeon’s origins are uncertain, though it could be based on a cross between aquatic creatures, felines, and canids. The fins and dorsal lining may be based on different types of tropical fish.

Vaporeon Pokedex entry – Vaporeon underwent a spontaneous mutation and grew fins and gills that allow it to live underwater. This Pokémon has the ability to freely control water.