The Dex! Trainer Tips Episode 1: Pokemon Vocabulary
Season -, Episode 1
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Air date Jan 28, 2013
Written by Alex Faciane, Kellie Whisler
Directed by The National Dex
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The Dex! Trainer Tips Episode 1: Pokemon Vocabulary is the first episode of The Dex Trainer Tips series. It's hosted by Cueball Alex and Pokekellz and it covers Pokemon Vocabulary! It was aired on January 28th, 2013 and can be viewed here.

"Alex and Kellz take a break from their weekly Pokemon Trivia and Battle-Strategy format to bring you a special episode about lingo and terminology." - YouTube Description

Evolution Edit

  • While evolution is very well known, there are various ways to classify evolution
  • Pokemon that haven't evolved, or never will evolve are known as Basic Pokemon
    • Examples: Bulbasaur, Tauros, Mewtwo
  • Pokemon that have evolved once are known as Stage 1 Pokemon, regardless of if they can evolve again or not
    • Examples: Charmeleon, Electivire, Noctowl
  • Pokemon that have evolved twice are known as Stage 2 Pokemon. These Pokemon are often regarded as some of the most powerful ones.
    • Examples: Blastoise, Poliwrath, Politoed
  • Pokemon that have yet to reach their final evolution are known as NFE or Not Fully Evolved.
  • Pokemon that can evolve into a Basic Pokemon are known as Baby Pokemon. These are often introduced after the parent evolution

Breeding Edit

  • Every Pokemon has one or two Egg Groups. These determine which Pokemon can breed together. Two Pokemon must share at least one Egg Group in order to be compatible.
    • Egg Groups are usually determined by the Pokemon's appearance or habitat
    • Example: The "Fairy Egg Group" contains Jigglypuff, Clefairy, and Chansey
  • When breeding, it's important to look at the Nature and Characteristic of the newly hatched Pokemon.
    • Natures can either raise one stat but decrease another, or do absolutely nothing
      • Example: Timid Nature boosts Speed, but lowers Attack
    • Characteristics indicate which Individual Value or IV is the highest. IVs add diversity within a Pokemon species.
      • Example: The "Highly Persistent" characteristic indicates that it's Defense IV is the highest.

Training Edit

  • Often times, Pokemon are picked for battle because of their Base Stats.
    • Every species has a value between 0 and 255 for each of its 6 stats. These numbers indicate how much room for growth the Pokemon has in those stats
    • Many trainers like to add up all six values to get a Base Stat Total, to gauge the Pokemon's strength
      • Example: Magikarp has a Base Stat Total of 200, Arceus has a BST of 720.
    • Every Pokemon of the same species has the same Base Stats, and Base Stat Total
  • Training a Pokemon is made much easier through Pokerus, a rare disease that makes the infected Pokemon's stats grow faster
    • Pokerus doubles the number of Effort Values or EVs a Pokemon receives.
    • It is advised that you trade for it, to help spread it to your Pokemon, due to its extreme rarity.
  • Every Pokemon species has a Move Pool, which is the list of all moves that a Pokemon has the ability to learn
    • The four moves that a trainer picks to put on a Pokemon is known as the Move Set.
    • Moves that do no damage are known as Support Moves, while moves that deal damage are known as Attacks.

Battling Edit

  • While the act of Battling is very well known, Competitive Battling, is very different.
  • Tiers are used to divide up the Pokemon metagame, to make it so that anyone can use their favorite Pokemon, regardless of how good or bad it is.
    • This system was put into place by Smogon. There is no official tier system, so it is entirely fan run. They keep track of how people use Pokemon, and place each one into a tier to keep things relatively balanced.
    • The Uber Tier is the highest tier, filled with the strongest legendaries, and other incredibly strong Pokemon
      • Examples: Arceus, Mewtwo, Giratina, Blaziken
    • The OverUsed Tier or OU is next. It is filled with the most used Pokemon and is the most popular format.
      • Examples: Gengar, Scizor
    • The tiers under OU are all based on how frequently the Pokemon is used. The more they are used, they higher they are placed. These tiers are UnderUsed (UU), Rarely Used (RU), and Never Used (NU)
    • There are also Borderline tiers in-between each tier, for Pokemon that are too good for one tier, but don't quiet get enough usage in the other.
    • The Little Cup is a tier for Pokemon that are Level 5. Only Pokemon with the ability to evolve are allowed in.
  • When battling there are various roles that each Pokemon should fulfill.
    • Leads are what you typically throw out first. They are often very fast, and have the ability to set up Entry Hazards
      • Examples: Azelf, Aerodactyl
    • Sweepers are designed to hit very hard, very quickly. They can be either Physical or Special
      • Examples: Garchomp, Chandelure
    • Tanks are defense minded Pokemon that can take a hit from a sweeper. They often times inflict status conditions, and can heal themselves
      • Examples: Hippowdon, Blissey
  • When a Pokemon uses a move of their type, they gain STAB or Same Type Attack Bonus.
    • This Bonus will increase your damage output by 50%
    • Example: Pikachu using Thunderbolt.

Gallery Edit