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I Choose You! #1 - Espeon

ichooseyou.pngDid you know that with the advent of Pokémon Black and White there are now 649 Pokémon in existence? I remember back in the day when I would watch the anime on television and hear that familiar Pokérap song at the end of each episode naming all the Pokémon that, at the time, totaled 150. I'll admit, I was one of those people who tried to memorize their names, and I also went even further by researching their origins and how they were thought up. And guess what? I still do.

This is the first of my many I Choose You! articles where I will focus on one Pokémon or on its evolutionary line and cover its origins and abilities. I'll also include my own opinions about the Pokémon and what I remember most about them. Sure, we all know about Pikachu, Mewtwo, and Lucario. But what about the less famous ones like Sandslash, Whiscash, and Bastiodon? I've added all 649 Pokémon into a randomizer and I will try to focus on all of them as they come and in no particular order. Even if you are not a Pokémon fan, I hope you'll learn a bit about them, how they affected my own gaming experience, and perhaps realize why the Pokémon franchise is still going strong. Hit the jump for the first I Choose You Pokémon.

esp.pngFirst up this week is Espeon, the Sun Pokémon. Though by looking at it, Espeon resembles more of a cat than anything else. Having a split tail, it seems to be inspired by nekomata, a type of bakeneko, or cat demon, from Japanese folklore. Legend says that cats which grew exceptionally long tails would become bakeneko. These demons would haunt homes, unleash ghostly fireballs from their eyes, and even transform into their owners and then kill them to take their place. In fact, one legend that explains the origins of the Japanese bobcat states that a cat's long tail caught on fire and burned many buildings as it ran through its town. The Emperor then decreed that all owners had to cut the tails off their cats to prevent them from becoming bakeneko. Scary stuff, huh?

But Espeon isn't a Ghost-type Pokémon, it's a Psychic-type and is capable of feeling things no other person or Pokemon is capable of. Its English name even comes from the acronym ESP which stands for extra-sensory perception. And its Japanese name, Eifie, seems to come from ESP and the English word "feel" since that's what it's good at. According to its Pokédex entry, Espeon uses the tiny hairs on its body to feel air currents and predict its opponent's next move. This idea is supported in the games since it can learn moves such as Detect and Future Sight.

I remember that when I first got Pokémon Gold over a decade ago, I loved the time system implemented in the game and its effect on the evolution of certain Pokémon including Eevee, Espeon's pre-evolution. This meant that if Eevee evolved during the day, it turned into Espeon, but if evolution occured at night, it became Umbreon, a Dark-type Pokémon. Espeon has a high Special Attack stat, so it's more of an attacker than its Dark-type counterpart who is more of a defensive tank. At the time, I wanted an attacker that would serve me well throughout the game so I had my heart set on Espeon.

In order for it to evolve, Eevee also needs to be at max happiness, so that means I had to give my Eevee constant haircuts from Goldenrod City and lots of sweet Lemonade to drink. These things increased his happiness level and also drained my Pokéwallet. But determined, I kept at it, regardless of whether Eevee needed a haircut or not. To this day, I wonder how some Pokémon without actual hair can get haircuts. But I digress.

It was a bit of a hassle getting Espeon, but once I did, I nicknamed him Kiniro (a combination of the Japanese words for gold and color) and he became the Special Attacker of my team. Nowadays, Espeon is overshadowed by other stronger Pokémon who have higher Defense stats and a wider move-pool of attacks they can learn. Nevertheless, Espeon will always bring me back memories of Pokémon Gold and how much fun it was playing a game whose in-game clocks matched my own.

10 Comments

Kevin said:

I think this'll be an awesome series of posts - makes me think of how Karen says she admires the hero for not just choosing the most powerful Pokémon, but for battling with the ones he loves. I'm a big fan of Espeon (although after the Ralts family was introduced, I often needed to include Gardevoir as my Psychic).

Can't wait to keep reading!

I love Espeon too. [She] was a great help in the endgame of the original Gold!

And to this day, Gold remains the only game I've gotten ahead of its release here in the UK [i.e I was on holiday in the US not long after its release there, so I just had to get it, ya know...]

Can't wait for Pokemon Black [which I've actually managed to not spoil all the new pokemon in for myself, for a change]!

Dan said:

I really hope you can keep this series up. It would be a shame to see it fizzle away after just a few posts.

Mahkia said:

Espeon represent! One of my favorite Pokemon, and the star of my team in HeartGold. Looking forward to seeing more. :3

Purplexir said:

@Kevin
Thanks for the comment! Gardevoire was my Psychic pick in Sapphire as there were not a lot of Psychic types around.

@Dan
Thank you. Since there are 649, I'll post them periodically and most likely twice a week. I'll keep it up!

@Mahkia
Thanks! I'll definitely keep it up. I'm already working on the next one!

pfft, please, Espeon never went out of style. I always raise one.
Modest, Mischievous
- Psychic
- Shadow Ball
-Hidden Power
-Grass Knot
Do it up!

gogoedward said:

Jealous I didn't think of this article first. So many great Pokemon that are overlooked. One my favorites is Croagunk and no one cares for the poor thing.

VoiceOfGosh said:

Finally! My poke-fanatic-@$$ has been waiting for a steady Pokemon article for a while! Great post Purplexir! Can't wait for more!

I chose Umbreon over Espeon in my original Silver game, but it was only because I played at night way more often and I liked Umbreon's stats a bit more. I did breed an entire army of Eevee's evolutions once I caught a Ditto though! My all Eeveelutions team was my pride and joy for a while (I filled in the last spot with my starter Typhlosion cuz Flareon was weaksauce for the most part). :D

'like'

Awesome article and I've not been a fan of a lot of recent articles on gg.net. In fact some of you have come to know me as the gg troll :P

But for me this felt you're really interested in Pokémon and giving some great insight. It makes a change from "gay interest" gaming and was actually about a game and in depth. How about adding some stats, move sets and strategies in your future posts. Might get some debates going but a great way of getting us pokémaniacs talking passionately again.

Keep up the good work :D

Toonhead! said:

Awesome and looking forward to these articles.

649, eh? Sure you got enough info on the new Gen V Pokes?

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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