Did 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 14th 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 Finneon, Lombre, and Graveler? 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 Vaporeon!
The next Pokémon on my list also evolves from Eevee, but unlike Espeon that requires attention and love, Vaporeon simply requires a Water Stone. I remember back when Pokémon Red and Blue came out, everyone loved Eevee and wanted one because of its unique split evolutions. No other Pokémon had the ability to do that, and my favorite thing about these evolutions was noticing the subtle changes in Eevee's physiological composition upon evolving. In my eyes, Vaporeon is the most peculiar looking one.
Vaporeon, the Water Jet Pokémon, embodies all common traits of a Water-type Pokémon and it undergoes the most physical changes out of all the Eeevee evolutions when it evolves. Vaporeon has very high HP and high Special Defense that let it be a good bulky Water-type Pokémon capable of withstanding a lot of damage. Physically, it has many fish-like features including fins, scales, and webbed ears. Its Pokédex entry states that it underwent a spontaneous mutation so now its molecules are very similar to water so much so that it can melt and vaporize. Vaporeon is essentially is the embodiment of water and can walk on its surface too. Its entire body, with its sleek coat and fins, allows it to be a fast swimmer and its tail resembles that of a mermaid. Its name comes from vapor, a gas form of water, and contains the familiar -eon ending, denoting that it is an Eevee evolution. In Japanese, its name is Showers.
Out of all the Eevee evolutions, Vaporeon seems less like a mammal than the others. While Espeon resembles a cat and some of the other ones look like dogs and wolves, Vaporeon is a mishmash, perhaps even a chimera, of mammal and fish. It has gills, meaning that it cannot be a mammal, but because it lives mostly out of the water, it may have lungs too. Lungs are more complex than gills and can sustain a bigger organism such as a human or a dog the size of Vaporeon. But a fish, due to its small size, can live on gills alone. In Pokémon Stadium, Vaporeon's tail also flops around like a dead fish when it's sitting down. These traits give Vaporeon a very enigmatic appearance that has always both fascinated and scared me a little bit.
After getting Vaporeon's information into my Pokédex at Bill's house, I realized that I would have to purchase a Water Stone to get one. Back then it was really easy getting as many Water Stones as you wanted and all you had to do was go to the Department Store in Celadon City to buy one. After Generation I, Water Stones and other evolutionary stones are so much more difficult to acquire. Despite the scarcity of Water Stones, Vaporeon is a great addition to your team since its stats allow it to fit into various roles. Having access to Wish lets Vaporeon stay on the field using Protect to defend itself until it gets healed or switches to another Pokémon that require healing. Its massive HP lets it make hefty Substitutes that allow it to safely raise its Defense with Acid Armor until it decides to Baton Pass these boosts to other Pokémon. You can also use Vaporeon as a Special Sweeper equipping it with Choice Specs and teaching it Surf, Ice Beam, and other strong Special Attacks.
I only remember using Vaporeon in Pokémon Red, but when I decided to make team comprising of only Eevee evolutions, I trained a Vaporeon and made it a bulky Wish passer. It may be slow, but its bulk really pays off. I'm sure there are people out there that think Vaporeon is elegant or cute because of its fins and fishy tail. But to me, Vaporeon's pitch black eyes and cold blue skin have always made me question its true character.