Pokémon Name: Mankey
Classification: Pig Monkey Pokemon
Pokédex Number: 056
Ability: Vital Spirit and Anger Nerve
Location Found: Route 225 and Route 226 (Poke Radar)
Useful Attacks: Karate Chop
The first true Fighting-type Pokemon of the Kanto region. Its evolution is a bit more useful, though both suffer from weak stats outside of attack. These two have focused so much on rage that their other senses have withered over the years. Well, that's one possibility
Pokémon Name: Vileplume
Classification: Flower Pokemon
Pokédex Number: 045
Location Found: Evolve from Gloom
Useful Attacks: Solarbeam
There are two reasons why Vileplume is better than Gloom. One, it learns Solarbeam, and two, it lacks Gloom's toe-curling stench. An all around solid Pokemon to have when you're looking to poison, paralyze or leech an opponent.
Evolution: From Gloom via
Pokémon Name: Nidoking
Classification: Drill Pokemon
Pokédex Number: 034
Ability: Poison Point
Location Found: Evolve from Nidorino
Useful Attacks: Megahorn
Using a Moonstone on Nidorino gets you Nidoking, a ferocious battler armed with three devastating moves. It's up to you to decide when the evolution takes place.
Evolution: From Nidorino via
Pokémon Name: Ekans
Classification: Snake Pokemon
Pokédex Number: 023
Ability: Shed Skin and Intimidate
Location Found: Route 212 (South) - with FireRed inserted
Useful Attacks: Bite
Ekans, an early Team Rocket favorite, is another quick-to-grow Pokemon that you can use and abuse early on. Its many status effect and poison moves can make life miserable for opponents, but that's practically all it's good for - Bite is pretty much the only useful attack it's going to
Pokémon Name: Butterfree
Classification: Butterfly Pokemon
Pokédex Number: 012
Ability: Compound Eyes
Location Found: Evolve Metapod to level 10
Useful Attacks: Sleep Powder
We've said some harsh words about Butterfree's longevity, but you can't deny its usefulness early in the game. As a fast-evolving Pokemon, you can get access to some reliable moves by pushing Metapod to level 10 - Stun Spore and Sleep Powder, for example, are quite handy in the initial
Pokémon Name: Bulbasaur
Type: Grass / Poison
Classification: Seed Pokemon
Pokédex Number: 001
Location Found: Kanto starter - transfer from FireRed or LeafGreen
Useful Attacks: Vine Whip
The very first starter of the very first game. Pokemon 001 didnt become popular just for being the first, however, as its move set and evolutions make it a constant favorite. This little guy's been made into countless forms of merchandise, from plastic toys to overgrown plush
GamesRadar: What sort of fanboys do you meet through working in a game store?
Employee #1: Final Fantasy fans are the worst. I like the series… but people automatically assume its the best thing in the world, above anything else, thats what FF fans often come across like. Other fanboys will be buying a game, then theyll tell you all about the game theyre buying, trying to preach to the converted.
Employee #6: I don't converse with customer enough to know who's a fanboy, to be honest.
GamesRadar: Any particular issues - in terms of pre-orders or otherwise - to do with Wii?
Employee #4: There was the obvious drought in Wiis not so long ago, which did bring forth some very unhappy customers. Most were understanding, though, and waited patiently.
Employee #7: We didnt take any pre-orders on the Wii because we knew we wouldnt get any. We managed to get three or four just after launch and we have had a few pre-owned ones traded in once people realised that the novelty wears off
Aug 21 2007
GamesRadar: Describe the average customer. Which customers do you like? And dislike?
Employee #5: The average customer comes into the store knowing roughly what they want and usually doesn't need much help. More often than not it tends to be young males. I like customers who are newer to gaming and are in need of some advice; I dislike customers who aren't a certain age, yet try to buy games and argue when you ask for proof of age. We have to check!
Employee #2: We get a lot of
Aug 21 2007
Games Radar: Why did you want to work at a videogame store in the first place? Was it what you expected?
Employee #1: Gaming, really, and becoming a regular in a game shop, and then deciding thats what I wanted to do. You assume – as people still assume these days – that you just stand around playing games all day. But in reality its like any other retail job, you have to look after stock and keep customers happy. Gaming in the store is the last priority,