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I Choose You! #19 - Entei

ichooseyou.pngPokémon Black and White have been released worldwide! That means there are now 649 Pokémon in existence. To anyone not following the series, that may seem like a lot considering it all started with 150 over a decade ago. 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. Well, I still do! This is the 19th of my many I Choose You! articles where I will span over five generations of games writing about each Pokémon and what makes it special. That's right - all 649 of them.

We all know about Pikachu, Mewtwo, and Lucario. But what about the brand new ones like Tynamo, Joltik, and Munna? 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 get nostalgic with me as you read about their origins and how they've impacted my gaming experience. Hit the jump for Entei, the Volcano Pokémon!

entei.pngRemember playing Pokémon Gold or Silver and having to hunt down the Legendary beasts that would roam Johto? These Pokémon were part of a great legend in the Pokémon world involving an entire region. Catching each one was tricky, but once you did, you had a strong Pokémon on your team that was truly Legendary.

700 years ago in the Johto region, three Pokémon were trapped in the Brass Tower when it was suddenly struck by lightning and caught fire. The three Pokémon perished, but thanks to the merciful powers of Ho-Oh, they were brought back to life in the form of stronger Pokémon with powers that gave them dominance over an element related to their death. Entei was bestowed the power of fire to embody the flames that burned the tower to the ground. Each time it roars, a volcano erupts somewhere in the world. Interestingly enough, whenever a volcano erupts, Entei is born from one as well.

Entei represents fire and volcanoes. It has shaggy brown fur and a long flowing mane that resembles smoke coming out of the jagged plates protruding from its back. On its head, it has a three-pointed crest that resembles a crown and perhaps a kabuto, a Japanese helmet. Because its name comes from the words enten (blazing heat) and koutei (emperor,) this might be a reference to its supremacy over the element of fire. Entei also resembles a shishi, or a Chinese mythical guardian lion, that resembles a lion with a canine face that was one of the protectors of Buddah. You see them in pairs outside Buddhist and Shinto temples. In Pokémon Crystal, you need to capture all three beasts in order to face Ho-Oh, so in a way, Entei is Ho-Oh's guardian.

I'm sure you've seen Entei in many different games after its debut in Pokémon Gold and Silver. It later appears in Pokémon Colosseum after it is captured and changed into a Shadow Pokémon. This allows you to get him into your Generation III game since you cannot trade with past Generation games. Entei sadly suffers from the sad fate many Fire-type Pokémon with high Attack face. Its lack of a good movepool does not complement its stats, and all you have to work with is Fire Fang and many Special attacks. But, if you were one of the lucky ones to get the shiny Entei that was recently distributed, it comes complete with strong Physical attacks like Flare Blitz that give it some killing power, despite hurting itself in the process.

Having appeared in a large number of games and even starring in a handful of movies, Entei is a Legendary Pokémon that's seen its share of fame. It is even a key Pokémon in catching the rare Zoroark in Pokémon Black and White. Every time I would try catching Entei in my game, it would Roar me and flee the battle. Thanks to Entei, I'm sure our encounters created dozens of volcanoes somewhere out there.

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