It's your average professor but with much less capital to boast with, so cutting corners to maintain the scientific activity is morally objectionable at best. Although the notion of using 10 year olds as field workers have existed since the dawn of this franchise. A perfect example of how the world of pokémon is a grand joke of its own design.
Another fun fact: The only 'offensive' attack known by Magikarp and Hoppip at Lv 5 is Splash.
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It would technically be possible to make progress with a pokemon that only knew splash if you keep splashing until you have to use struggle.
Sadly, when I was but wee lass in the 90s, I did participate in a magicarp on magicarp fight. I don't remember how it ended, but it was painful. Oh god. D:
@Snailcall: Doesn't stop the fishermen from forming their armies of 'karps.
I've had experience with both Pokemon.
I wonder who could be the fire starter in this case?
which fire pokemon is useless at lvl 5?
Hoppips are awesome! :D
I always name my Magikarp "Useless", because, until level 15, it is actually useless. It doesn't learn TMs. And it's first skill, which comes late, is "tackle". Tackle is okay, at best. Once, I had actually raised a magikarp to gyarados. I kept the name. I thought it would be funny to have a gyarados named "Useless". The only move that makes a magikarp worth keeping is "flail", but having a phanpy egg at the beginning of S/G/C makes it obsolete.
Now, I want to make three Fakemon that only know Splash or some other useless move that causes no damage.
...Actually that's a great idea. I'm going to do that.
Something else I've always wondered: why, in the world of Pokémon, is there only one lead professor per region? Why aren't there trainers from every city heading out on their own journeys? Does everyone seriously travel all the way to your hometown in order to become trainers? Because, considering the areas you can't even access until after you acquire cut, rock break or surf, I see some serious flaws with that idea.
that first panel is arranged to beautifully. Just look at that professor's face, and the orange haired child.
@ProjectEgax: Well until it gets to level 15, then it learns ember.
@Story teller, Astralle: But none of the fail-starters learned anything remotely useful until level 15. So yeah.
@Snailcall: I didnt even KNOW about Struggle until now...mostly because im THE most cautious pokemon trainer...EVER
(I LIVE at pokemon centers)
@Nico: The game and series is ALWAYS biased towards fire pokemon over the other 2
@Derp-de-derp: Hmm, guess that means that all fail pokemon are useless, until level fifteen then depending on how you use them they are somewhat useless or good.
@Ramonerdna: Is that why they've gotten the least originality in terms of typing recently o_O
Oh jesus, Magikarp as a starter...
You can breed two magikarp that know flail and tackle, and the offspring will know the moves too.
With that, training it to level 20 wouldn't be a massive problem - and gyarados is epic. So it wouldn't be a bad starter.
Whatever the Fire starter is, make sure it evolves into a Fire/Fighting!
when I first started Firered I didn't want to leave Mt. Moon until I had caught a Clefairy. Well I was still a novice trainer and so I took Clefairy to Lavender Town and into the tower ALONE. Clefairy vs Ghastly eventually becomes a struggle fight. The best part is that I somehow won xD
@Bumbazzle: I make a habit of turning them into sushi.
@Snailcall: Just try an Onix Rage VS. Ditto Onix Rage. Went so slow I had to turn the game off.
Is this what that one guy from Blue's Clues has to fall back on?
If it's not him, then that sweater sure is popular..
@Ramonerdna: not really beacuse you can argue that mudkip was the best starter in gen 3 and bulbasaur was considered the best starter in gen 1 and idk about gen 4/5 cause those gens were bad
@stavy: Mudkip was the best starter stats wise and Charmander was also the best starter in gen. 1 because of its stats. In their final forms, Venusaur, Blastoise, Charizard, they had 530, 530 and 534 respectively. The gen. 3 starters, Sceptile, Blaziken and Swampert it was 530, 530 and 535 respectively. In generation 4, all starter's stats were the same as well as in generation 5 but in that gen. their stats were overall weaker than every other starter.
As far as Fire pokemon, the most fail overall is Slugma for stats, or possibly litwick for early terrible movepool (smog and firespin lol).
Fire starters have always been the best UNTIL Gen 5. In Unova, the water starter rules the roost in terms of flexibility of movepool and survivability.
"Fear not young one. one day your magikarp will be gyarados until then have fun with your splash attack
the professor "
I think I'm a little biased, cos I always take the grass starter, but Bulbasaur was so much better than Charmander for the majority of the game. Charizard is arguably better than Venasaur, but it's a pretty close call in my opinion.
@Silverix: She could always simply beat other pokemon into submission with it until it evolves...
@MaDaZi: HA. That made my night.
@Guest: Stats don't define the best starter its the game usage so technically there is no best starter it depends on the trainer
Woah since when is charmander the best pokemon for the first generation
you're pretty much screwed in gym battles till like the 4th one
@Ruan: Here's a prime way to avoid that--Train in the grass until he's a major o.p. in your party and, you know, that whole catch 'em all deal.
Is it a little odd that the professor here looks kinda like the you in those hourly comics?
I see what you did there MaDaZi...
@Vegetable: Heh, figured no one would notice. It wasn't done on purpose, as I aimed for a scruffy and rather general look, but sadly, I'm apparently that by defeault. Ugh.
@ProjectEgax: hahaha and you get a cookie
Man if that girl leveled up her magikarp to lv20, its easy mode for her afterwads.
@Bumbazzle: At least you know you can pass for a low budget, pokemon scientist if you ever need to.
@smeagol92055: Professer Rowan is not at your hometown
You know, I've always wanted to challenge myself by starting with a baby Magikarp, but as soon as I hit my first battle I can't escape from, I'm screwed :P
And what would be the fire starter? Slugma is the weakest fire-type by base stats, but it isn't weak like Hoppip and Magikarp are by a long shot.
sucs mina is much bettar
It's the 16th anniversary of Pokemon! Comic please?
I love Hoppip!
@Ramonerdna: Brock and Misty say hi.
You can catch a "whatever that hides in tall grass near starting town" with a pokeball and at full health anyway.
@ProjectEgax: Flareon is already evolved, you dolt.
@James: well i usually use metal claw in firered with charmander then get pikachu in viridian forest.
@ProjectEgax: yes but it is a eevee evolition
@Nico: There is not a single fire pokemon that could be considered useless ;)
Extremely late reply, but I just checked and the outcome is funny enough to mention.
The only useless fire pokémon at lvl 5:
Only knows whirlwind.
Imagine getting Ho-oh for a starter, then realizing you won't get past the first trainer you meet. :3
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