Welcome to Pokemon of the Week, the sixth 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.
This week we make another stop on the Eevee tree, this time landing with Sylveon, the Interwining Pokemon. Sylveon is a special Pokemon in many ways and in a short time has earned its place in the hearts of Pokemon fans. Sylveon was the only evolution for the family introduced during the generation it appeared, the first time that has ever happened. It immediately became an integral part of all forms in Pokemon fandom, fitting given that it uses the ribbons on its body to read others feelings.
Sylveon has joined many other Pokemon in the Super Smash Bros. Universe, obtainable as a trophy in the 3DS/WiiU era. Sylveon is in fact the slowest of all the Eevee tree. It makes up for its lack of quickness with its impressive Special Attack, tying Umbreon for the highest base Special Attack of the entire tree.
Pixilate is what really sets Sylveon apart though. This unique ability changes the type of every Normal-type move by Sylveon to a Fairy-type move. This opens up a world of possibilities for unique options for the Interwining Pokemon. This ability is so strong that the only other Pokemon to boast it are Mega Gardevoir and Mega Altaria.
In the anime
Sylveon made appearances with two rather important characters but it debuted alongside a trainer named Penelope. She was able to defeat Ash’s Froakie before being kidnapped by Team Rocket. While this was only a one episode appearance it set the stage for a popular Pokemon.
Ash would later battle another Sylveon, this time alongside Valerie, the Laverre City Gym Leader. Serena may have been more excited to meet her than the battle-ready Ash, however, as Valerie was popular in the world of fashion. Unfortunately for this Sylveon, it was the first Pokemon to fall in the battle, losing to Ash’s Fletchinder.
The most well-known Sylveon in the anime belongs to the aforementioned Serena. Always the type for a grand entrance, Eevee evolved into Sylveon in the midst of a double battle alongside Ash and Pikachu. As Serena was focused on showcases, Eevee and ultimately Sylveon were often by her side for these.
Sylveon would be a key part in Serena’s first showcase win at the Fleurrh Rookie Class Showcase. At the Gloire Master Class Showcase Sylveon made the save on Serena’s mistake, advancing them to the finals. Unfortunately the team came up just short in the finals, losing to the reigning Kalos Queen Aria.