Today marks my 150th article here at Toy-TMA! That number there has some special meaning to me since it reminds me of a simpler time when there were only 150 Pokemon in the world and a very demanding opportunity to catch ‘em all. It only seemed appropriate that for my big 150th Article Extravaganza I should do something Pokemon-related, and even more, it should be something that demonstrates my Mastery of the art. So here it is, a list of my Top 10 Greatest Pokemon-Related Achievements.
10. Caught Mewtwo Without the Master Ball:
Mewtwo is one of my favorite Pokemon, and while he’s not difficult to find or even catch, he’s brutal to catch without using a Master Ball. For those of you that aren’t Poke-literate, there is only one Master Ball per Pokemon game and it allows you to catch any one Pokemon instantly when used. Otherwise you’ve got to use Poke Balls, Great Balls and Ultra Balls after whittling down the Pokemon’s health and paralyzing it or putting it to sleep. Mewtwo is at level 70 when you find him and he isn’t messing around. Capturing a Mewtwo while still retaining your Master Ball is a point of pride.
9. Attended an Actual Pokemon Convention:
Back in Middle School when I was super cool I cowboyed the eff up and not only attended an officially sponsored Pokemon event but I told my class all about it the next day. I had already endured dateless nights and endless torment as a result of being “That Guy” in regards to Pokemon, so the free admittance of my pride was an act of sheer bravery. I should have got a medal for it, which I technically did in the form of two official Pokemon Badges at the convention. I even scored a legitimate Mew for my Yellow Version before beating some suckerpunks with my Mewtwo and Jolteon combo.
8. Cried During the First Movie:
My sixth grade year was marked by one of the biggest events my childhood life had encountered up to that point: The release of Pokemon: The First Movie. I wasn’t able to see it opening day but I made it in before the weekend was out. If you haven’t seen it, that’s a shame since I have to spoil the ending for you. Mewtwo and Mew are fighting and both fire energy blasts at one another. Ash throws himself in the middle and gets hit with the blasts, turning him to stone. Effectively, everyone things he’s dead. Pikachu begins crying and runs over to try to shock him back to life, but it doesn’t work. I began crying, too. If you didn’t cry here then you’re probably a heartless monster or a Charizard or something. Still, you have the chance to see the film and redeem yourself.
7. Defeated Trainer Red:
As I’ve said multiple times, my favorite Pokemon game is Silver version on the Game Boy Color. I was amazing at that game, completely and utterly. While I didn’t have all 251 Pokemon, I still had most of them. After you beat the Elite Four in Johto, the Kanto region from Red and Blue version is opened up for you to play through as well. After getting 16 Badges total, you can climb Mt. Silver. At the very top you’ll encounter someone called Trainer Red. Don’t know who that is? He has a Charizard, a Blastoise, a Venusaur, a Snorlax, an Espeon, and a Pikachu, all well over level 70. This is the original Trainer from Red and Blue versions, technically you if you played those. He doesn’t say a word to you even if you beat him; he just throws the biggest and best battle of the game at you. There’s only one word for this fight and the moment you meet him: Epic.
6. Used Bidoof in My Party:
Bidoof is nowhere near my favorite Pokemon. In fact, he’s my least favorite. But if you thought that’d stop me from doing my civic duty as a Pokemon Master and training that stupid beaver thing to the point of evolution you’d be dead wrong. Heck, for a while I even considered seriously using him in my endgame party due to the knowledge that my friends wouldn’t know what to do if a Bidoof or Bibarel suddenly appeared. They’d flee for lack of a proper way to handle that level of dumb. How many can say they used Bidoof/Bibarel for longer than half way through Dimond/Pearl?
5. Dressed As Ash for Halloween:
If admitting to attending a Pokemon convention was one thing, dressing up as Ash Ketchum for Halloween is in a whole league of it’s own (perhaps the Orange Islands League). Still in Middle School, this was a blatant declaration of my comfort with my continued celibacy and renewed pride in my one true love. I even rocked a stuffed Pikachu doll on my hat, just like Pikachu would have traveled in the anime. I was that hardcore. No one was going to challenge my obsession. No one.
4. Caught Feebas Without Trying:
If you’re unaware what Feebas is, it’s like an even stupider Magikarp. It’s also ridiculously hard to catch. In Diamond/Pearl versions, you can only catch Feebas while fishing while surfing in one particular place in the world. Furthermore, only four squares out of a few hundred will have Feebas at any given time, which is completely random. My other Pokemon friends, Thomas, the Poke-Scholar, and Trinh, the Legendary Slayer (named for his uncanny ability to faint Legendary Pokemon rather than catch them), told me it would take hours and hours for me to catch a Feebas. 15 minutes later I held up my DS and showed them why I’m the real Master. I bred a few dozen Feebas and used them for rare trades on the Global Trading System. Best catch I ever had.
3. Tricked an 8-Year-Old:
Not all of my achievements are necessarily things I should brag about. However, this is one of my greatest and lowest moments rolled into one. The third generation of Pokemon had been out for a while, but I hadn’t bothered to play them for one reason or another. I decided one day that I needed to change that, but I was making very little money with babysitting as my primary source of income. Enter Alex, my 8-year-old cousin who had everything. He and his younger brother each had GBA’s but didn’t seem to use them much. I discovered that Alex had both Ruby and Sapphire versions, but only played Ruby. Sapphire was just sitting around, unplayed. So I convinced him to let me play it to the point of raising an awesome team purposefully with the intent of battling him somewhere along the line. It wasn’t hard to convince him to just give me the game (I was a high school level debate student against an 8-year-old), and eventually we did have that long awaited battle. I stomped him badly due to his inability to know how to make an effective team or level them properly. I just never gave the game back after I defeated him. Consider that my prize for victory over an 8-year-old.
2. Obtained all 151 Pokemon:
I played Blue version until there was literally nothing left to do. I spent countless hours training and obtaining all 151 Pokemon legitimately (Mew was from someone else that got it via a cheat, but my hands were clean). And by all 151, I didn’t just mean my Pokedex was full. No, I mean I had a literal version of each individual Pokemon in my boxes. Every single one. Caterpie? Had one. Magikarp? Had one of those, too. Oh, and did I mention that each of these was at level 100? I had a level 100 Psyduck JUST BECAUSE. Blue version was the only one to receive this level of dedication though. After that it was merely child’s play. So what could possibly beat this achievement?
1. Played Hey You, Pikachu!:
Yeah, I’m that hardcore. I loved Pokemon so much that I made it a point to rent Hey You, Pikachu!, one of the worst games on the N64. The game gave you a mic that you spoke into to supposedly talk to Pikachu and give him commands such as “Taste It” or “Look” or things like that. My dad was in the room when I sadly looked at the game, looked at the mic, looked at him, looked at the mic again, and finally weakly said “Taste It” to Pikachu, making my dad burst into laughter and leave the room. And that man somehow still respects me, perhaps due in part to my obvious comfort with myself and devotion to my passions. Can you outdo me with an achievement better than that? I seriously doubt it, but feel free to make the attempt. If you want to see for yourself how “awesome” Hey You, Pikachu! is, you can easily find it on Amazon for under $5.
So there are my ten great Pokemon-related achievements. Now I want to hear some of yours. What have you done to demonstrate your endless devotion to Pokemon and everything the phenomenon entails? The challenge has been issued, so step up and bring it on!