Pokemon of the Week: Umbreon

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Welcome to Pokemon of the Week, the fourth installment in a recurring series that looks at the impact of some of our favorite Pokemon on the anime, TCG and VGC. Taking a trip down memory lane to see the impact these Pokemon have had on the series and our lives is what makes Pokemon the magical thing it is.

Eevee and its evolutionary tree are some of the most well-known Pokemon of fans even outside of the core fandom. None of them ranks higher in popularity the original pure Dark-type Pokemon, Umbreon. Known as the Moonlight Pokemon, Umbreon has been unique from the start. It is the only one of its brethren that had a unique typing in its generation. There would not be another pure Dark-type Pokemon until the third generation introduced three more. It is the only non-Psychic type to have access to the ability Synchronize.

Statistically it ranks near the top of its categories. When it comes to other Dark-types it is tied for the highest Special Defense with behemoths like Mega Gyarados and Hoopa’s Unbound forme. This also leaves it tied in this category with Sylveon for the highest Special Defense among the Eeveelutions.  Umbreon is also tied with Leafeon for lowest Special Attack among the Eevee tree. In one last bit of uniqueness Umbreon was one of two starter Pokemon in history that was an evolution, not a basic. It and Espeon were the choices a trainer got to pick from when beginning their journey in Pokemon Coliseum.

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