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Pokémon Sun and Moon are just a few weeks away, and we at Gamnesia wanted to celebrate—that's why, for the eighteen days leading up to the games' launch, we'll be revealing our team's Top Ten Pokémon of each of the eighteen Types! We started with Ghosts yesterday, in honor of Halloween, and today we decided to discuss our favorite Normal-Types. There were a lot of different creatures to choose from, but we've managed to whittle their numbers down to the ones we feel are the best of the best.
Oh, and before anyone says anything: yes, we're aware that our banner contains Clefairy, who is now a pure Fairy-Type. It's crazy how hard it is to find good banner art for Normal-Types; get on that, fanartists!
With that said, here are our choices for the Top Ten Normal-Type Pokémon!
"This Pokémon is not satisfied unless it is rampaging at all times. If there is no opponent for Tauros to battle, it will charge at thick trees and knock them down to calm itself." — Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire Versions
Tauros is a rampaging beast of destruction and is known as the Wild Bull Pokémon, as it cannot stop charging once it stops. There are some obvious design cues from the bulls of our world, mixed in with a trio of whip-like tails that it can use to lash itself into a frenzy. While we all love Tauros for what it's already been, it's especially encouraging to see it getting the spotlight again in Sun and Moon as part of the Poké Ride system, replacing that weak Rock Smash with this beast's ability to gallop straight through any boulders in your path.
"It loves things that sparkle. When it sees a shiny object, the gold coin on its head shines too." — Pokémon Crystal Version
As nice as the Scratch Cat Pokémon is on its own, there's no denying that many of us voted for Meowth due to his prominent role in the anime. The scheming, talking Pokémon partner of Team Rocket serves as the perfect villainous counterpart to Pikachu, and his countless appearances have certainly made him a memorable creature. It's a shame his species in the games often fails to inspire such a lasting impression, but hey, at least their Pay Day move can help you out if you're ever low on cash.
"There is no telling where the tail begins. Despite its short legs, it is quick at hunting Rattata." — Pokémon Silver Version
In Gen II, Furret and its pre-evolution, Sentret, take up the standard role of the Normal-Type rodent Pokémon that you find early on in your quest, but Furret beats out Raticate, Sentret, and the rest by being pretty adorable as well. The Long Body Pokémon has a good deal of speed in spite of its short legs, and it can wiggle through small gaps to escape from attackers when necessary. And if nothing else, Furret has access to a fairly wide variety of moves, including several HMs, which makes it into a solid HM Slave if you really need one.
"Nothing can avoid falling asleep hearing a Jigglypuff's song. The sound waves of its singing voice match the brain waves of someone in a deep sleep." — Pokémon Emerald Version
Jigglypuff is another one of those Pokémon which rose to fame as a result of the anime, this time not by filling the role of protagonist or antagonist—no, Jigglypuff is all about that comic relief, even if she (and Ash and friends) don't find it funny. The cute little Balloon Pokémon's every appearance ensured a good round of our heroes trying desperately to stay awake, only to fail and later find their faces scribbled all over with Jigglypuff's marker. It's a shame that it's more or less disappeared from the anime, but we'll always remember the laughs that we got from the episodes it did appear in. And gaining partial Fairy-Type in Gen VI certainly didn't hurt Jigglypuff's chances at remaining relevant in the games, either.
"To protect its young, it will never give up during battle, no matter how badly wounded it is." — Pokémon Silver Version
The Parent Pokémon has fascinated gamers for years, being a massive creature with obvious strength that is used to defend the young child in its pouch. Its child was long the subject of theories and speculation, and that all came to a head when X & Y introduced Mega Evolution—and, with it, Mega Kangaskhan, a complete powerhouse on the field thanks to the child emerging from its pouch to fight alongside its mother. Even without taking its combat potential into account, though, we love the unique parenting aspect that this creature is able to represent in the series; there's really no other Pokémon that so strongly demonstrates the strength of a parental bond.
"Its transformation ability is perfect. However, if it is made to laugh, it can't maintain its disguise." — Pokémon Silver Version
The adorable little...blob that is Ditto continues to stand out to fans even after all these years thanks to its ability to Transform, letting it change into a perfect replica of its opponent, even gaining their move pool in the process. But that's not the only reason players continue to seek the Transform Pokémon in each new game; in fact, it's probably not even the main one. Rather, Ditto is capable of breeding with almost every other Pokémon, making it the perfect creature to have in the Daycare when you want an egg. This all but ensures that it will remain incredibly useful to and loved by Trainers for generations to come.
"It is described in mythology as the Pokémon that shaped the universe with its 1,000 arms." — Pokémon Diamond Version
According to Sinnoh mythology, Arceus is the creator of the entire Pokémon world, and it has taken up the role of "Pokémon god" for much of the fanbase. It is directly responsible for the creation of a number of creatures, including other legendaries like Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina, who hold dominion over time, space, and antimatter. The Alpha Pokémon also has the ability to alter its Type via the Plates that it holds, allowing it to take on whichever typing it or its Trainer thinks is best for a given opponent.
Probably the only real drawback, and the reason Arceus isn't even higher on our list, is that it is an Event-only Pokémon, making it extremely difficult to obtain. As much as we love Arceus, most of us have never really had the time we needed to develop a bond with it in our own Pokémon adventures.
"A man-made Pokémon created using advanced scientific means. It can move freely in cyberspace." — Pokémon Platinum Version
Porygon has the distinction of being the first artificial Pokémon, and it holds a special place in our hearts as denizens of the internet—it is, apparently, a physical manifestation of computer code, and it can convert itself back into data at will to travel through cyberspace. Its design reflects this wonderfully, mimicking the low-polygon-count creatures that once filled our video games. The Virtual Pokémon's evolutions, Porygon 2 and Porygon-Z, continue this trend, but we always come back to the original as our favorite of the bunch.
If that all wasn't good enough already, Porygon was also the first creature in the series with the ability to change its Typing, thanks to its signature Conversion and Conversion 2 moves. They may not be as special anymore, especially when compared to the abilities of Arceus or the upcoming Type: Null and Silvally, but it's still pretty fun to see Porygon become resistant or immune to your opponent's attack at will.
"It is not satisfied unless it eats over 880 pounds of food every day. When it is done eating, it goes promptly to sleep." — Pokémon FireRed Version
Snorlax has been a landmark fixture of the Pokémon franchise since the very beginning, with its huge bulk blocking your path until you can wake it up and engage it in what is, at that point in your journey, often a pretty tough battle. It's got a high level for that point in the game, a strong Defense that keeps its damage to a minimum, and the accursed Rest move that lets it completely heal itself at a whim. Beating a Snorlax in those early games was a challenge on its own, and only the best of the best could actually capture one, making each successful capture a monumental moment in a Trainer's journey.
The enormous Sleeping Pokémon has reappeared numerous times throughout the history of the games and anime, each time making sure its presence is known—and that certainly holds true as we head into Generation VII, where Snorlax's unique Pulverizing Pancake Z-Move has already secured a place in the hearts of gamers throughout the world. This creature may be based on a simple concept (it's just a hibernating bear, after all), but it's still managed to make a huge impact on countless Trainers in the past twenty years.
What Pokémon could possibly top the lumbering mass that is Snorlax? What creature stands above the first artificial creature and the creator of the Pokémon world? There can only be one with that sort of potential:
"Thanks to its unstable genetic makeup, this special Pokémon conceals many different possible evolutions." — Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 Versions
Eevee is the epitome of potential in the Pokémon series, a creature with a wide variety of evolutionary paths that it can take in its efforts to become a strong and loyal partner for its trainer. Currently it has eight different forms it can evolve into, each with a different typing, and fans always hope to see new Eeveelutions when we're heading into a new generation. While Gen VII isn't offering anything more in that regard, we're certain that there will be plenty more ways for Eevee to grow in the future.
That potential is key in making Eevee stand out among other Pokémon, but what really drives it to the top of our list is a natural result of its many options: the bond that is formed as you choose and work towards a specific evolution you want your Eevee to take. We've all had to select a path and then work together with Eevee to obtain it, whether that meant spending one of our precious evolutionary stones, heading off the beaten path in search of the Moss or Ice Rocks, or simply spending time with and caring for our buddy. It's a subtle but powerful bond-builder, and every one of us has felt it to some degree over the years.
Not to mention Eevee is just plain adorable. Put it all together, and there's no doubt that this Pokémon deserves its place at the top of our Normal-Type list.
So that's it for our list of the top ten Normal-Type Pokémon! Do you agree with our selections, or are there others you would have preferred to see make it into the top ten? Head down into the comments below to share your own lists and thoughts with us. And don't forget to check back tomorrow for our next Top Ten list of another Pokémon Type!
And be sure to check out the rest of our Top Ten Type Pokémon lists: