Hello folks, I'm back! Today I want to try something new, something I've had one my mind for some time now. I really like pokemon and I know lots of you folks do to. So let me ask you this; is there a pokemon you really like? One that you might consider to be among your favorites? yet despite your love for it, that pokemon isn't good at battling? This question is what spawn a new series I like to call "Improving Pokemon", were once in awhile I will discuss about certain pokemon, whether they are personal favorites of mine alone, or shared with others. So with out further a due, welcome to the first epode of "Improving Pokemon".
My first subject will be a pokemon that when it was first introduced it was ridiculed by fans, and became something of a joke to most. But after the games it debuted were released, it has since became something of a cult favorite. This pokemon is the water-starter of Gen 5; Samurott.
Poor Oshawott became a pariah among the pokemon community because of how it looked. Most made fun of the big red nose it had. I was originally going to pick Tepig as my starter for gen 5, but after seeing all the hate and scorn Oshawott got, I was overwhelmed by pity and choose Oshawott instead. And still to this day I don't regret choosing Oshawott. It's first evolution Dewott looked really neat. While some aspects of Samurott's design are questionable, like becoming quadruped all of the sudden, it still looked cool in my opinion. For awhile it was my favorite water-starter, until gen 6 came with Greninja. Regardless, Samurott is still one of my favorite water-type pokemon.
However; there are problems with this pokemon that prevent it from being amazing. Samurott only has a measly 70 base speed, making it heavily reliant on aqua jet. While it dose have some great attack stats to make a good mixed attacker, it's move pool is a bit lacking. You got standard stuff like Surf, Waterfall, Aqua Jet, Ice Beam, and it has Megahorn for physical sets to deal with grass-types, it can only go so far. Samurott has an NU ranking on smogon, and other pokemon can easily wall it like Hariyama and Poliwrath(whom I'll get to later). Others like Vileplume, Lanturn, Ludicolo, Weezing, and Garbordor of all things can easily wall Samurott because it lack the moves to counter them. So what your left with is a near-do-well mixed attacker in Samurott.
So the question now is "how can we improve Samurott"? I have a few ideas on who Samurott can greatly improve it's performance in battling. I will go over each suggestion individually and try my best to explain how they will work. So here is what I suggest on improving Samurott.
1). Speed Buff:
Definitely one of the biggest buffs Samurott needs is for it's speed. I mean whenever you see samurai in other media, they are usually pot rayed as being pretty fast. I'd say give Samurott at least 20 points to it's speed to raise it to a respectable 90. It's not the most amazing speed stat, but it's an improvement nevertheless.
2). New Hidden Ability:
I would go to move pool, but I want to do this one first because it will tie in to my move pool suggestion later. So for those who don't know; Samurott's hidden ability is Shell Armor, which prevents critical hits. It's a rather useless ability that's situational at best since critical hits don't happen very often. Rather than giving Samurott an existing ability, I thought up a new ability that perfectly fits with it's samurai-inspired design. I call it "Sword Master". A variation of the Iron Fist ability, Sword Master increases the attacking power all cutting attacks by 20%. Let's take Samurott's Razor Shell for example; not only would it get STAB, but now with the sword master ability it's power is increased greatly. Even thought the 95% accuracy will be a problem at time, the massive power increase, plus the chance to decrease your opponent's defense, it would make Razor Shell possibly on of the highest damaging physical water-type moves in the game. But is this all sword master can do for samurott? Just for this one move? That were the move pool comes to play.
3). Move Pool Expansion:
Finally we come to Samurott's biggest weakness next to it's speed: the move pool. Like I said before, it knows the standard Surf and Ice Beam, along with X-Scissor and Megahorn to counter Grass-Types. However; it doesn't have anything else that could help it fend off bulky water types such as Poliwrath and Lanturn. Taking advantage of the proposed new ability I discussed, lets give Samurott a variety of cutting moves like Psycho Cut, Night Slash, and Air Slash for those who want a special, or mixed attacking set. Also Sacred Sword would be a nice addition, IF it would be counted as a cutting move to get the boost from the sword master ability. And this may seem too much, but adding Leaf Blade into the mix would give it the edge over other water-type pokemon that would normally wall it. But then again, Leaf Blade would probably be too much. So adding all those moves, not only would Samurott have a better variety of attack options, but with the sword master ability it basically gets the equivalent to STAB for all those moves. This would make Samurott a big threat in whatever tire it would land in.
So there we go two of these options, or at least one of them, is how I would improve Samurott. So what do you think? Would any of these suggestions help out Samurott in anyway? Or will it make it too overpowered? Leave a comment down below, and let me know your thoughts on this. And if you want, feel free to make your own article on a pokemon you would improve.
This has been the DragonKnight, and you all have a good day!