Pokémon games aren’t going to win Hugos for their narrative anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean our countless adventures have had interesting story beats. From Kanto to Galar, teams of eccentric villains have been working to control Pokémon and humans, trainers stand up to stop them, and Legendary Pokémon almost always show up to destroy some Poké Havoc.
Recently, Pokémon has been Pokémon Scarlet and Violet It was revealed that the Padia region will have three separate stories. With the ninth generation of Pokémon out there, what better time to rank all the previous stories?
Despite what we said in the title, let’s start with the worst first. Read on to find out which generations and their remakes have the stories we think are the most intriguing, and which we find ridiculously absurd…
Generation 8 – Sword, Shield, Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra
We wish there was a letter grade lower than F to reward the story of the eighth generation. Game Freak managed to pack the worst parts of the Pokémon story into Galar. Not only is Hop a boring opponent, it’s also annoying—especially in combat. His character arc of wanting to beat his brother to become the champion of Galar never materialized as players beat him and become champion every single time. In fact, Pokémon Sword and Shield It would be even better if we played Champion Leon’s younger brother and Hope had a separate role.
The hops aren’t even the worst. Team Yell, Galar’s evil team that just acts as an annoying fan club for another league challenger, has somehow become more forgettable than Team Flare (we’ll get to that). And at the climax of the story, rival chairman Ross interrupts the championship match against Leon, bringing “Darkest Day”, which basically means destroying the Galar region by awakening the Eternal.
Ross did this to prevent an energy crisis expected a thousand years from now. He could have waited until after the championship game, don’t you think? His plan doesn’t even make sense – to awaken Eternatus, a Pokémon capable of destroying Galar, so there’s no Dynamax energy crisis in the far future. What?
A weak post-game mission didn’t save Sword and Shield, nor the admittedly interesting characters introduced into the game Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra DLC.
Grade: Obvious F for Flapple
Generation 6 – X and Y
Pokémon stories live and die on their opponents and villains. Unfortunately, Four competitor Pokémon X and Y – Serena/Calem, Shauna, Trevor, and Tierno – share as much character growth as Magikarp forgotten in the PC box. Team Flare wasn’t much better either, nor was their leader, Lysandre. In the story, his goal is to use the powers of Xerneas/Yveltal to activate the “Ultimate Weapon” to kill everyone and Pokémon because humans are bad, or whatever, and he wants to make everything better. The whole thing was rushed and added to the second half of the game, like Game Freak forgot about Lysandre, until development was almost done.
There’s also a 3,000-year-old king reunited with his lost flower Pokémon, creating one of the most meme-worthy scenes in Pokémon history, but somehow it’s more absurd than Gen 8.
Grade: F for Floette
Fourth Generation – Diamonds, Pearls, Platinum
Game Freak continued to improve the previous story until the fourth generation. Here, they dropped the Poké Ball. An interesting team of villains? not here.Galaxy captain Cyrus makes several pretentious appearances before bowing after an anti-climate fight Pokémon Diamonds and Pearls. What about opponents with depth? Unfortunately, Barry is as deep as the Misty gym’s wading pool.
Pokémon Platinum After Giratina sucked Cyrus into the twisted world, he gave Cyrus the right conclusion. We’d be lying if we said we didn’t like the lore surrounding Shinobi, or that we didn’t appreciate Cynthia as one of the better heroes — and definitely the scariest.But even with these few redeeming qualities, it’s hard for us to remember important plot points even after we’ve played them Pokémon Diamond Not long ago.
Drifblim Rank – D
Gen 1 – red, blue and yellow
We can’t fault the original Pokémon game too much for the original Game Boy’s lack of a complex plot. Pokémon red and blueThe simple adventure of collecting eight gym badges and defeating an elite four sets the stage for every game that follows.
In the first gen and its remake, the Rockets created a lot of trouble to keep things going, from a burglary of a TM Dig to a hostage incident with Mr. Fuji resulting in the death of a Marowak, and infiltration of the Silph Company. Stealing the Master Ball s plan. The news that Rockets owner Giovanni has become the head of the eighth gym has taken our pre-teens’ minds by surprise. Competitors — Blue, Gary, ButtFace, etc. — also add a layer of hostility that we hope they bring back to future generations.
remake — Pokémon Fire Red and Leaf Green, Pokémon: Let’s Go to Pikachu and Ibrahimovic – Add some extra lore to the weak plot, but nothing significant to make the story stand out.
Rank: Charizard C