The Pokémon series, as we all know, revolves around the concept of battles between the colorful critters. These battles may involve a lot more infuriating RNG than your average RPG combat, but there it is. Without the chance of random burns, freezes, flinches, and other shenanigans, where would the series be?

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Well, if the battles were a little more visceral and dynamic, perhaps it would be Pokkén Tournament instead. This Tekken-esque one-on-one fighter pits all manner of Pokémon against each other, from Suicune to Machamp, from Braixen to Garchomp, but there are some very notable omissions. Here are some Generation II Pokémon that would be great fits for Pokkén (and some that definitely wouldn’t).

10 NEEDS TO BE ADDED: Granbull

As Pokkén players will know, each Pokémon in the game is categorized into one of four different fighting styles: Power, Speed, Technical, and Standard. These designations are easy enough to understand: Technical Pokémon have various tricky moves to control the pace of the match (think zoners), Power Pokémon are all about straight-up brute strength, Speed Pokémon are rushdown/combo-based and Standard is a bit of a mix of everything.

Granbull is our first pick because we think it would be an excellent Power candidate, offering a short-ranged, brutal, and bite-heavy combat style (not too brutal, naturally), a little beast-like. The Blanka of Pokkén? That’s an idea we could get behind.



Granted, Feraligatr could work in much the same way that Granbull could. A bulky, bestial, bitey brawler; a less extreme Machamp with a little more maneuverability. Granbull has one important factor over Feraligatr in this regard, though: the rest of the roster.

Empoleon already features in Pokkén Tournament DX, as a Standard Pokémon. In terms of a big and bulky Water-type (and a fully-evolved starter to boot), Feraligatr would seem a little redundant, especially as Blastoise has also been added to the mix in much the same capacity as well.

8 NEEDS TO BE ADDED: Octillery

Of course, when it comes to Generation II Pokémon, Octillery doesn’t tend to be the most highly-rated. Many fans often forget that this thing even exists at all. This is a little unfair, as it has excellent coverage and solid mixed offenses in its home games. With Trick Room to help its dismal Speed, it can be a surprisingly effective sweeper.

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How could this critter translate into Pokkén? Well, imagine it as a Speed type, dodging around the battlefield like the squids in Splatoon or the Blooper in Mario Tennis. It sounds like it would be a heck of a lot of fun to play.


On the surface, this seems like it could also work to some extent. An evasive little creature with a wide and unpredictable arsenal of moves? Its signature move, Sketch, could work something like Metronome, randomly picking out an effect from a range of them.

Sadly, this sort of thing just doesn’t translate well into the world of competitive fighting games. Croagunk already has that kind of a role and its lack of consistency really lets it down. With Smeargle’s dismal stats in the main series, there’s not a lot else it could really pull off.

6 NEEDS TO BE ADDED: Heracross

Bug-types have long been a figure of fun and/or snarky memes in the community. In terms of weaknesses to resistances and various other factors, Bug is just right there at the bottom of the barrel in terms of Pokémon typings. We’ve known this since we saw those poor Bug Catchers trying to challenge us with Metapods back in the day.

Nevertheless, there are some strong Bug-types out there trying to make names for themselves. Heracross has been a metagame contender for generations of games, with its high Attack, strong STAB moves, and super useful Abilities (not to mention its monstrous Mega Evolution). Differentiating it from Scizor could be an issue in Pokkén Tournament, but it would fit the game well.

5 Would Make No Sense: Raikou And Entei

As Pokkén Tournament players will already know, Suicune is a member of the roster, and quite a darn potent one too. This formidable Water-type specializes in keep-away play, with a wide variety of powerful projectiles to try and prevent the opponent from approaching at any angle.

That’s the issue, though: Entei and Raikou, if included, would probably play very similarly. Raikou has always been a specially-inclined Pokémon, and as their designs are so similar, there isn’t a lot that could be done to make it stand out. Entei, being more physical, could fare somewhat better, but it wouldn’t be a very practical inclusion.

4 NEEDS TO BE ADDED: Tyranitar

As Pokkén Tournament players have often pointed out, there’s something major still missing from the game’s roster: A Rock-type. One of these tough, rugged Pokémon would be a perfect fit, doling out slow, heavy-hitting moves and tanking return blows with a high HP stat.

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Luckily, Generation II added the mighty Tyranitar to the series. It’s been a metagame mainstay ever since, and could certainly tear up the Pokkén scene if it were invited to the party. Built like the Chrysler Building and punching twice as hard, Tyranitar would be a force to be reckoned with.


Compared to some Pokémon types (such as the aforementioned Rock or Normal), Water is darn lucky that it’s so well-represented in the game. This is reason enough not to include the Water/Poison Pokémon Qwilfish, but it’s a practical thing too.

Magikarp features in the game, so fish can be ‘done,’ but only as a support Pokémon. Flopping around for a moment or two is one thing, but how would a Qwilfish move around the arena? Would it swim awkwardly through no darn water at all, like many Water-types do in the main games at present? It’s hilarious and ridiculous to think about.

2 NEEDS TO BE ADDED: Hitmontop

One Pokémon that would have absolutely no issue busting a move around Pokkén Tournament’s arenas is Hitmontop. Generation II added both a baby form of Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee (Tyrogue) and a third evolution for it, and that third evolution is quite the groovy little guy.

Fighting-types are natural fits for the most part anyway, but Hitmontop could have a very unique fighting style too. In the main series, it’s most often seen using its Intimidate/Fake Out shenanigans, but a Pokkén appearance could breathe new life into it.


Finally, an entry we’re a little conflicted on. Crobat, the super-speedy final evolution of Zubat, could also bring a unique new style to Pokkén. As a Speed Pokémon, it would function similarly to Weavile, using its agility to deliver quick, damage-racking moves and some nasty combos. The only issue here is that… well, Crobat flies.

There’s a good reason why Pokkén Tournament has avoided playable flyers so far: they’d be spending most of their time darn close to the ground, and that would be incredibly awkward to animate. The logistics just seem to be too much of a hurdle for this one.

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