Welcome to the thirty-ninth week of my PokÃ©mon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed the last one, check it out! Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday.
The Super Secret Bases in PokÃ©mon ORAS are just a small step towards creating your own personal PokÃ©mon Gym within the main games. But... I“m sure longtime fans and newcomers alike have much grander visions, when it comes to being a Gym Leader. What type would you choose? Does your favorite PokÃ©mon type factor into your personality, or do you just like it based on the moves or species it offers?
Ever since I was young, I“ve never really had a favorite type. I may have learned best from Gary Oak/Blue“s speech near the end of PokÃ©mon Red & Blue before you face him as the PokÃ©mon League Champion, but... my teams have always featured six different types of PokÃ©mon who all compliment each other as best as possible. Of course, I was never perfect.
When I first reached the end of FireRed ten years ago, I was pretty confident in my first team of six. And then I took them to the Battle Tower (well, whatever the Diamond & Pearl equivalent is) and realized that my multi-typed team shared a handful of common weaknesses like rock and electricity. I“ve since strictly used easy Team Building tools when planning for future games or competitive teams; they“ve really helped!
It“s funny, though. I“ve raised almost seventy-five PokÃ©mon fully, and I don“t think I have one type that sticks out over others. All of my teams since returning to the series (and before) have always been pretty varied. I don“t even have a common place to start, as my starters for each game have never been consistent, either. It“s to that end, and a little inspiration on Social Media, that I decided to look into Monotype Teams and â€œMonotype Runsâ€ as they“re called.
I think selecting a single type to raise competitively, as if I were a Gym Leader, will teach me more about its specific strengths and weaknesses. I ought to come away with a greater understanding by the time I“m all done and tested things out.
I took some time to decide what type my potential gym would be. I tried factoring in both my personality and what PokÃ©mon I have an affinity towards. I guess you can call me a â€œFossil Maniacâ€ from here on out, ”cause my Monotype Team will be rock -- specifically rock PokÃ©mon revived from fossils. I think my choice helps articulate my love of history, among other traits. That gives me access to PokÃ©mon I“ve known forever like Aerodactyl, as well as new ones like Aurorus and Tyrantrum. It“s going to be interesting to see what kind of new challenges await me when I go into a team knowing they“ll all six share one common weakness.
What is your favorite PokÃ©mon type? Have you dreamt of having your own â€œGym Leader Teamâ€ or Monotype Team like what I“ve described? I“d love to hear your thoughts!