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 15th 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 Igglybuff!
With the introduction of breeding in Pokémon Gold and Silver came the debut of baby Pokémon, the lowest stage of a Pokémon's evolution. Many Pokémon we already knew received pre-evolutions including Jigglypuff, Pikachu, and Clefairy. I still wonder why the creators chose certain Pokémon to give pre-evolutions to and whether they actually benefited from them. But, when I learned Jigglypuff gained a pre-evolution, I didn't care why; I just had to find out what it was.
Once I traded over my Jigglypuff from Pokémon Red over to my Pokémon Gold game, I immediately researched how to breed a Pokémon. Thanks to internet guides, I learned that the father is responsible for passing on the TM moves it learns onto the baby Pokémon, while the mother decides what type of Pokémon you will get. I was still new to the whole breeding thing, so I decided to use two Jigglypuff, just to be safe. After the old man from the Day Care center alerted me I had an egg waiting for me, I took it from him and rode my bike like crazy until it hatched. The end result was a small round Pokémon named Igglybuff.
Upon inspection, Igglybuff looks like an underdeveloped Jigglypuff. Instead of having a curl on its head, it has a swirl-shaped pattern on its forehead that perhaps indicates where a future curl will grow once it evolves. Its eyes are red instead of teal and its body is very tender and soft, perhaps alluding to the characteristics of a newborn baby. Being the Balloon Pokémon, Igglybuff is described as being very round and bouncy, so much so that once it starts bouncing, it is very difficult to stop it. Unlike the songstress Jigglypuff, Igglybuff's vocal chords are still developing, so it gets tired easily when it sings and often has to gargle fresh water to keep itself hydrated. Following its evolution's name pattern, Igglybuff's name is a variant of jiggly and puffy. Its Japanese name Pupurin combines the word purin (pudding) with the prefix (puchi) that actually comes from the French word petit meaning small.
The concept of breeding Pokémon was so much fun that I began to breed my Igglybuff just so that it could learn special moves it normally wouldn't learn through other Pokémon. Breeding a Jigglypuff with Granbull gave it Faint Attack, for example. I even performed chain breeding that involved passing on a move onto one Pokémon and then breeding it with Jigglypuff so that Igglybuff could learn it. Using Marill, I passed on its Perish Song. These moves weren't particularly useful, but they gave me an edge in Pokémon Stadium 2's Little Cup matches that only accepted Level 5 unevolved Pokémon. This meant that you could only use Pokémon that had just hatched. The strategy to winning these matches was to breed a Pokémon with good stats and moves. I entered my Igglybuff giving it Sweet Kiss, Psychic, Protect, and Faint Attack and it actually did pretty well despite its horrible Defense stat.
In Generation II, Igglybuff learns Sweet Kiss and in Generation IV, it also learns Copycat. Jigglypuff cannot learn these two moves leveling up, so learning moves its parents cannot give baby Pokémon a purpose in the games. Sure, you could always just catch a wild Jigglypuff and train it yourself. But if you want a Pokémon with good stats and moves you want it to have, breeding and training an Igglybuff is the way to go.
Pokémon Black and White come out next week, so the next three I Choose You! articles will be dedicated to Generation V. Look out for them!