Monday, January 16, 2012
Late bloomers: are they worth using?
Everyone's favorite zombie overlord picking Lotad as a team member is raising a few eyebrows among my regulars, not because Ludicolo sucks, but rather because of how much you have to wait in order to evolve it. For those of you who haven't learned the game by heart, evolving Lombre can only be achieved after the SEVENTH gym, where Blue Shards become available underwater, and a Water Stone can be found in the Abandoned Ship. And if there's such a thing as fashionably late, that is NOT it.
Which leads right into today's question: how long are you willing to wait before evolving a team member? If you have any pattern recognition at all, I tend to wait until rather late in the game before completing my team, however in the meantime I can still rely on a team of high-leveled, fully evolved Pokémon. Remember how I had a Torterra by the time I got to Jupiter in Platinum? That's a Pokémon I didn't need to wait at all for in order to evolve, but in the same LP I wasn't totally sold on using Togekiss because the earliest I could evolve it was right before the sixth gym, and it eventually made it to level 54 before finally evolving! And that still looks very early when compared with Ludicolo in RSE... as you can imagine, this last one is something I would never ever consider.
The subject became even more relevant with the release of Black and White, where several Pokémon evolve later than previous pseudo-legendaries, including Mienshao, admittedly a favorite of mine. I went ahead and used it despite evolving at level 50 because I was planning for it to stay on my post-game team, which gave it a lot more screentime than if it was merely used up until the E4. But if I wanted to ditch it, would I have gone through the effort of evolving it before Brycen's gym? (Thank Arceus for the Eviolite and Audino!) I'm honestly not sure.
So how about you? Will you stick by a NFE all the way into the late game, or is it just too much of a drawback?
Posted by Slowflake at 17:54