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The Original 151 Pokémon
Pokémon continuously releases quality games which constantly reinvigorate our interest in its mystical world and creatures. We've seen several hundred Pokémon, but the initial 151 hold a special place in many gamers' hearts. These were the creatures that accompanied us on our first wondrous quests into the magical realm of pocket monsters and these are the monsters that fulfilled our dreams of becoming Pokémon Masters.
Despite my love for Generation 1, it lacks polish, and a handful of its Pokémon serve no purpose within the games. Read on to discover the six original black sheep of the Pokémon world!
Description: Though no Charizard or Mewtwo, Lapras nonetheless possesses a sleek design based on ancient plesiosaurs. In Red and Blue, players receive a Level 15 Lapras late into the game (after defeating Team Rocket in Silph Co).
Why It's Pointless: Lapras comes with too little too late. Your creatures will be much stronger than Level 15 by the time you obtain it, and even if you take the time to level it up, it has no evolutions or notable stats (beyond high HP) to laud. Many stronger Water Pokémon can be obtained earlier (Blastoise, Starmie, Poliwrath), and because Ice struggles defensively, a dual Ice-type only worsens matters.
Description: An odd mass of vines mashed together into a Pokémon, Tangela is best remembered as the only original Grass Pokémon that didn't have Poison as a second element.
Why It's Pointless: Like Lapras, Tangela arrives late with little to add. It can be found in Route 21, just before Cinnabar Island (one of the last areas of the game) and lacks either an impressive moveset or base stat total.
Tangela later received an evolution in the form of Tangrowth, but original players only remember Tangela as that odd singular Grass-type we never used.
Description: The Game Corner in Celadon City lets players relax from battling and enjoy some light-hearted gambling. Anyone who took the time to fill their Coin Case could trade their hard-earned winnings for several prizes, including impressive Pokémon like Scyther or Tauros. Or Porygon, the most expensive of all exchanges.
Why It's Pointless: Porygon is weak. Like, really weak. So much so that Nintendo eventually gave it two evolutions to keep it viable in battle. But before the dawn of Porygon2 and Porygon-Z, he was just an expensive disappointment. No wonder players forget Mewtwo wasn't the only manmade Pokémon of Gen. 1.
"Electric Soldier Porygon" Controversy
Not only is Porygon worthless in the game, we American fans never even saw it in the anime. In 1997, an episode featuring Porygon debuted in Japan; a few minutes later, almost 700 children were rushed to the hospital due to seizures caused by the episode's flashing lights. Because of this, Porygon has had almost zero screentime in the anime, making it obscure across a variety of platforms.
3. Hitmonchan & Hitmonlee
Description: The so-called masters of punching and kicking, Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee are fun nods to famous martial artists Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee. In Saffron City, Trainers select one as a reward after defeating all occupants of the Fighting Dojo.
Why They're Pointless: First, these two add to the frustration of being unable to complete your Pokédex with only one copy of the game, as you won't be able to attain the creature you don't select without trading.
Second, neither is great. Hitmonchan had some neat elemental attacks (Fire Punch, Ice Punch, etc.), but before the physical-special split, these attacks were calculated using Hitmonchan's atrocious Special stat, making them grotesquely weak. Hitmonlee also lacked any notable qualities, unless you count being able to injure itself when its signature attack, High Jump Kick, missed.
Lastly, Fighting-types were terrible in Red and Blue (Dark and Steel weren't around yet to balance things), and better options were available earlier, like Primeape or Machamp.
Description: An odd pink blob with an enormous tongue, Lickitung is one of the least-remembered 151 Pokémon.
Why It's Pointless: In Red and Blue, Lickitung can only be caught by trading a Slowbro (a far superior creature) on Route 18, past the midpoint of the game. Lickitung has weak stats, no evolutions, a poor moveset (it couldn't even learn Lick!), and by the time you're able to acquire it, you'll have had a chance to capture Snorlax, an infinitely better Normal-type.
Like Tangela and Porygon, later games provided an evolution for Lickitung, Lickilicky, to help add relevance to this odd creature. Nonetheless, for us original Pokémon Trainers, Lickitung went straight to the PC, never to be heard from again.
Description: A brown duck-like Pokémon, Farfetch'd is one of many Normal/Flying original Pokémon. Trainers can add it to their collection by trading a Spearow in Vermillion City.
Why It's Pointless: Farfetch'd is insultingly weak and serves no purpose other than filling a Pokédex entry. It has low stats, weak moves, and no evolutions. Other early birds like Pidgey, Spearow, and Doduo all have transformations to power them up as you progress through the game; Farfetch'd has . . . uh . . . a unibrow.
Point is, it simply can't do much in battle. Heck, at least Tangela, Lickitung, and Porygon eventually received an evolution; poor Farfetch'd is still worthless. Game Freak must have hinted at its true nature when naming it, as this Pokémon's nothing but a sad joke.
Future of Pokémon
Pokémon come in many shapes and sizes, and not all attain the stardom of Pikachu or the strength of Dragonite. Luckily, Game Freak learns from its mistakes, and has since given relevance to most original duds, whether through expanded movesets, powerful abilities, or new evolutions. With Pokémon still going strong, we can expect the future to reveal new titans as well as revamps of classic monsters.
Except for Farfetch'd. Poor, poor Farfetch'd.
Pokelove on November 01, 2017:
Good list! Too many Water-types in the game imo