Worst Red and Blue Pokemon – #7 – Onix

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ROCK / GROUND
– TM Earthquake
– TM Rock Slide
– TM Body Slam
– Screech

I don’t know if during development the developers at Game Freak just really didn’t understand giving a metric crapton of Defense to a Pokemon doesn’t make a wall automatically. I also don’t understand what they were thinking when designing Onix as a whole. What was it supposed to excel at? To do? Was it supposed to be an early game joke Pokemon? That can’t be right though, cause Bruno of the Elite 4 has not one, but two of these.

Well the movepool ain’t bad. Outclassed by Golem and Rhydon? Sure, because Explosion and Substitute are both better than screech. But before you raise your hand awkwardly, yes, I’m aware Onix learns Substitute. 1 problem. It has 35 base Health. Substitutes broken by weak hits are not only possible, but likely because of this.

The other base stats? Well as mentioned before, a mammoth 160 Defense is nice, until you realize with that HP, Onix can’t do much with it. Like anything. Special? 30. On par with the Special Sweeping wonder Hitmonchan. Any Grass or Water hit you’re taking, you’re dieing from. Period. It is so frail, even with that defense, its just really sad. 45 base attack makes it’s Earthquake more of a tickle, and it’s Rock slide more of a pat on the head. On the plus side, its Speed is only slightly below average. Hallelujah!

Why you would use this ever is beyond me. Maybe if you want to use a mono type team, and you can’t use multiples, and you are only using Pokemon starting with the letter O, and can’t have Pokemon that can hurt things…In other words, never use it.

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