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 seventh 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 Snorunt!
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire take place in the Hoenn region which is based on the warm Kyushu islands of Japan. Due to its primarily tropical climate, Hoenn doesn't introduce many Ice-type Pokémon, and the only ones you can find are in the icy depths of Shoal Cave. Snorunt is one of those rare Pokémon that once caught became one that I trained extensively in preparation for the Elite Four.
Snorunt, the Snow Hat Pokémon, is a small Pokémon with a round body and black colored skin. Its body is covered by an oversized hat that gives Snorunt a cone-shaped head. Its black body has two ball-shaped hands close together that give it the appearance of a small child trying to keep itself warm. Its English name signifies that it is a snow child or that it comes from snow. Like I mentioned earlier, Hoenn isn't a cold region, so finding Snorunt in the wild seems a bit out of place. The Pokédex states that Snorunt mostly live in cold regions and hide away in caves during the warmer months until it gets colder outside. Unfortunately for Snorunt, Hoenn doesn't seem to get any snow.
The Pokédex also states that Snorunt brings happiness and fortune to homes it visits. According to Japanese folklore, spirits known as zashiki-warashi also did the same. In fact, Snorunt's Japanese name Yukiwarashi is perhaps a combination of yuki (snow) and warashi (child,) but can also allude to this spirit which takes the form of a small boy. Families that housed it had to care for it like any other child and endure its playful tricks and mischievous personality despite it being invisible. The spirit's presence was a double-edge sword since if it ever was to leave a home, that family's wealth and prosperity would immediately decline. Snorunt's overall design is also inspired by yukinko, spirits that would appear after it snowed wearing straw hats to shield them from the cold.
Aside from its interesting origins, Snorunt also has decent stats for an unevolved Pokémon. All of its stats have 50 base points, so it is up to you to decide which stats you want to focus on when EV training it. Because its movepool isn't that varied, I stuck with the moves it learns as it levels up. Its Ice Beam was always a welcome addition to my team, but the fact that it also learned the Dark-type Crunch meant that I could use Snorunt effectively during my matches at Mossdeep City's Psychic-type Gym. It doesn't evolve until level 41, so I had to give it Exp. Share to hold for many battles until it finally evolved into its more menacing evolution.
The Dark-type attacks Snorunt learns as it levels up made me think it would evolve into a dual Dark/Ice-type, but instead it evolves into the pure Ice-type Glalie. When exposed to the Dawn Stone in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, female Snorunt gain an additional Ghost-type evolution that is based on another snow spirit from Japanese folklore. While Snorunt may seem like a shivering small Pokémon, once it evolves it has two different evolutions that can make you tremble like it does.