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My 10 Favorite Generation IV Pokémon

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Pokémon From the Sinnoh Region

Generation IV's Sinnoh Region features a variety of Pokémon that aspiring Pokémon masters will surely love. Due to the wide variety of Pokémon in Generation IV, I can't decide which one I like the most, and that's why this list features many great Pokémon. In some cases, two or more Pokémon have tied for spots on this list because I liked them equally. Almost all of the pocket monsters that are listed here are equally strong, and they're definitely lovable. The following is a list of my top ten favorite Generation IV Pokémon.

Glaceon and Leafeon

Glaceon and Leafeon

10. Sinnoh (Eeveelution)

What is an Eeveelution? It is a term used to describe all the evolutions of Eevee. Eevee + Evolution = Eeveelution, get it?

After the release of the Generation V Pokémon games, Pokémon Black, Pokémon White, Pokémon Black Version 2, and Pokémon White Version 2, I thought that the Eeveelutions from version V would be the last ones to be introduced in the Pokémon games until Generation VI and its Eevelutions were announced.

Generation IV's Eevelutions are the ice and grass-type Eeveelutions, Glaceon, and Leafeon. We all know that there is always a trick to evolving an Eevee. In Generation IV, you need to be in a specific environment, e.g., near a mossy or icy rock to evolve Eevee into Leafeon or Glaceon. Cool, right?

These two dog-like creatures have cool design concepts. Leafeon looks like a dog with a leafy tail and ears, while Glaceon looks like a dog with an icicle tail and ears. Leafeon can be a decent, bulky, offensive Pokémon, while Glaceon is more of a powerful wall-breaker with a high-level special attack stat.

9. Toxicroack and Drapion—The Poison Duo

Toxicroak and Drapion are a poison/fighting-type Pokémon and a poison/dark-type Pokémon, respectively. They are the two poison-type Pokémon that I like the most in this generation. Toxicroak’s name is a pun that combines the word "toxic" and the word “croak,” which is the onomatopoeia for the sound a frog makes.

Drapion’s name is (possibly) a combination of the word "Dracula" and the word "scorpion" because it looks like a combination of the two. Toxicroak has a high attack stat, and it can be a good addition to your team because it is very bulky, while Drapion is a big offensive threat because it has good attack and speed stats.



8. Luxray—Is It a Cat or a Dog?

Whether this Pokémon is more similar to a cat or a dog, Luxray is one of the best electric-types that has been introduced in this generation. Appearance-wise and stat-wise, Luxray has a decent amount of bulk and a good amount of coverage, which makes it a force to be reckoned with. It has a high base attack stat, and it has a variety of moves to choose from.

At first, you will find it difficult to use this Pokémon because it has a lot of low quality, low-level moves, and you will only learn good moves when it reaches level 13. Though it has to level up slowly, once it does, I can assure you that Luxray will be a good addition to your team.



7. Staraptor—The Flying/Fighting-Type Pokémon

Many players have wished and hoped for a flying/fighting-type Pokémon like Staraptor. With its bulky look and big beak, it is sure to scare you, and you'll probably assume that this Pokémon is always angry. It is a very big threat to its opponents because it has high attack and speed stats. It also has a good selection of moves. Surely Staraptor will be a powerhouse addition to your team. Some say that Staraptor is the Pokémon version of an Angry Bird. Do you agree with this?

6. Torterra, Infernape, and Empoleon—The Sinnoh Starters' Final Evolutions

In each game, every Pokémon addict is eager to see what the final evolution of the starters will look like. In this generation, players can pick one of three starter Pokémon. The three starters look like a turtle, a monkey, and a penguin. As they evolve, they become more awesome and start to look stronger than all of the starters from previous generations.

Torterra, being a Continent Pokémon, is like a huge turtle that has an island on its back. It is probably based on the black tortoise that is commonly referenced in various Asian mythologies. Stat-wise, Torterra has high attack and defense stats, but it is lacking in Speed. It is a great offensive tanker for any team.

Infernape, the Flame Pokémon, looks like the Monkey King or Son Goku from the Japanese interpretation of the Chinese epic tale, The Journey to the West. Based on its stats, Infernape is a well-balanced Pokémon, and that makes it a great offensive player for your team.

Empoleon, the emperor Pokémon, is a butler-like penguin (or maybe it is a penguin-like butler). It is said that Empoleon was designed as a combination of an emperor penguin and a royal penguin. Its trident-like headgear is based on Poseidon’s trident. Unlike the other two starters, Empoleon has a high-level special attack and a high-level special defense. Its other stats are also well-balanced. Because of its high-level special attack and special defense, Empoleon can be a huge thorn in your opponent’s side.

Electivire and Magmortar

Electivire and Magmortar

5. Magmortar and Electivire—Flame and Thunder

The evolved forms of Magmar and Electabuzz, Magmortar and Electivire, respectively, are two awesome Pokémon.

Magmortar, the Blast Pokémon, has two cannon-like hands, which is why it is often referred to as the "blast Pokémon." It is the enhanced version of its pre-evolution form. With its high-level special attack stat and its somewhat well-balanced stats, I can say that Magmortar is a good fire-type option for your party. But be aware of the fact that it has a low defense stat, so some physical attack moves can easily overwhelm this Pokémon.

Electivire, the Thunderbolt Pokémon, is an ape-like creature with an ape's typical furry features. It is a hairier version of its pre-evolution form, Electabuzz. Stat-wise, it is the same as Magmortar because it has a low defense stat. The difference between the two is that Electivire has a high attack stat, and its other stats are well balanced. It has an amazing coverage ability that allows almost all of its opponents to be hit by its super effective moves.



4. Garchomp—The Shark-Like Dragon or the Dragon-Like Shark?

The Mach Pokémon, Garchomp, is a shark-like dragon, or maybe it's a dragon-like shark. Whatever it is, this Pokémon is not to be underestimated. It has excellent attack and speed stats. These stats help it to be a frightening offensive fighter. It can easily sweep its opponent with its high speed and attack stats, but because of its type, its ability to resist water and grass-type Pokémon is low, and ice-types also pose a great threat to Garchomp.

Dialga and Palkia

Dialga and Palkia

3. Dialga—God of Time and Space

Dialga and Palkia are the mascots for Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, respectively.

Dialga, the Temporal Pokémon, is said to be the god of time in the Pokéverse. It has a design that is reminiscent of a clock's hands. Due to its typing, Dialga is the only dragon-type Pokémon that is not weak to dragon and ice-type moves. It has a well-balanced range of stats that allow it to fit on any team. It is also a great offensive Pokémon due to its high attack and special attack stats. It also has a high defense stat, which makes it a good tanker. Overall, it is definitely a good addition to your team.

Palkia, the Spatial pokémon, is said to be the Pokéverse's god of space. Palkia is also a versatile pokémon like dialga. It is said to be incredibly dangerous due to its high level attack stat, its special attack, and its speed. It can even crush top tier pokémon, so don’t forget to add palkia to your team.



2. Arceus—The "God" of the Pokéverse

Arceus, the Alpha Pokémon, is said to be the creator of the Sinnoh region and probably the entire Pokéverse, which makes it the god of the Pokéverse. It is a normal-type Pokémon, but due to its multi-type abilities, it can change its typing whenever it holds a particular object. Stat-wise, it is unquestionably the strongest Pokémon. Its stats are unparalleled. In Smogon, it is said to be an extreme killer. Due to the fact that it is the creator of the Pokéverse, no other Pokémon is stronger than Arceus. The only reason why I listed Arceus in second place is because there are two Pokémon that I like more than Arceus.

1. Darkrai and Lucario—The Epitome of Darkness and a Dog-Human Pokémon

These two Pokémon are not considered to be equal. I also think that one is clearly stronger than the other, but I like these two so much that they tied for the top spot on my list. Please don't have a violent reaction to my top choices.

Darkrai, the pitch-black Pokémon, is a member of the Lunar Duo along with Cresselia. It is also said to be the Pokémonification (personification) of nightmares. Some other sites call it the "Freddy Kreuger of Pokémon." Stat-wise, Darkrai is very fast because of its high speed stat. It is also one of the most potent sweepers because it has a high special attack stat. Darkrai's only flaw is its average-level defense stat, which can ultimately result in its defeat.

Lucario, the Aura Pokémon, is one of the most beloved Pokémon. Its design was probably inspired by Anubis, the Egyptian god of death. Both the Egyptian god and the Pokémon are based on jackals, which are a type of wild dog. Lucario is said to be one of the most threatening Pokémon in existence. Though it is said that there are other Pokémon that are stronger than Lucario, it is still one of the deadliest sweepers in the Pokémon universe. Also, because of the introduction of mega evolutions, Mega Lucario is an even more awesome addition to the Pokéverse. Lucario's mega evolution is definitely one of the most threatening creatures in the game.

Now you know all about my favorite Generation IV Pokémon. Please don't hesitate to ask questions and leave comments or suggestions about my list of preferred pocket monsters. Thank you for reading this article!


Rishona on July 19, 2020:

Seriously?!, none of them were the strongest but one thing was good you Arceus in the top 3's. Anyway your judging was pretty good, btw I think Luxray is neither a cat or a dog but more like a lion.

PokeBoy on May 28, 2020:

What!!!!!! None were the strongest!?!?!

abel on December 13, 2017:

I like how you are not bias on stating your favorite. Nice.

Someone on August 14, 2017:

I remember somehow getting arceus through a special event. As of right now I have my arceus in my pokemon sun at level 100 and it’s pretty OP. I can easily beat all of the elite four and the champion using just him, he is totally the best pokemon.

Mr Random (author) on October 24, 2016:

y'all saying that luxray is a lynx, so it is basically a medium-sized wild cat. thanks for the info guys! :)

Pokemon Fan on October 07, 2016:

Luxray is either a Lynx or a Lion, from what I've heard. As far as strongest Pokemon go, it's definitely Arceus, with the third highest stat total to date.

SteveWIII on September 23, 2016:

I think that Weavile was one of the strongest Gen IV Pokemon, and deserves a spot on this list, right alongside Fire/Thunder. Not only was it a continuation of Sneasel, but it is great in battle and has an over spectacular design.

LOLz on August 17, 2016:

Luxray is not a cat or dog,hes a lynx (i may have wrote it wrong)

pokeman masta' on July 12, 2016:

I may be a bit biased saying this (due to it being my favorite pokemon) but I think salemence is the strongest pokemon. This is Mainly because it is flying/dragon type. Also the fact that it has 135 base attack, 110 base special attack, and 100 base speed. also that it's mega evoltion looks like it could be caption america's fighter jet.

Mr Random (author) on October 23, 2015:

@Missy Smith are you asking if in this article about the Generation IV Pokemon why Rayquaza is not in the list? Rayquaza is in the Generation III Pokemon. It is included in my Number 1 - The Hoenn Legendaries.

here is the link :

thank you for reading and commenting in this article. I will also read your article. :)

Missy Smith from Florida on July 10, 2015:

This was very interesting information. I'm not a big Pokemon fan, but my son is, and I, myself just wrote an article on the Sinnoh Legends if you would like to read it and give your opinion.

P.S. - My son would like to know why Rayquaza wasn't on the list of the strongest to choose from. :)

Jayvee on February 13, 2015:

With the bases loaded you struck us out with that anwers!