|Poliwag, my favorite Pokémon so far|
|Piplup, a household favorite|
For a variety of reasons, I have been spending a lot of time in the Pokémon universe, including time on the Pokémon community wiki, Bulbapedia. I have found that applying my knowledge from other games/universes is quite unhelpful. Since others might find this also to be so, I share here what I have learned so far:
- There are over 400 "species" of Pokémon
- Most Pokémon have several forms as they "evolve" (for example, Piplup becomes the more powerful and significantly less-cute Prinplup at level 16 and then Empoleon at level 36.)
- At first I though Pokémon would fall into several archetypal categories (fire, water, nature) but then I encountered "balloon-type," "parent-type," "pig monkey," etc. There are almost as many "types" as there are species.
- A "Trainer" can capture numerous Pokémon using Pokéballs. The trainer feeds them, carries them around in a backpack, and then fights with them. How this is different from forced labor is quite unclear, except I have been told there is a "bonding" process between trainer and his/he Pokémon. Seems suspicous.
- The bad guys are Team Rocket.
The mechanics of the card game still elude me, but on first glance, it seems like there is the usual HP per character and some special abilities for each Pokémon.