Pokemon of the Week 7: Garchomp

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Welcome to Pokemon of the Week, the seventh 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.

Few Pokemon have held legendary status in all the realms we discuss here in Pokemon of the Week. Being a top character in the anime, a TCG Champion and a VGC Champion. If they are, you would think they have to be a mythical or legendary Pokemon, giving them an advantage. Enter the Mach Pokemon, Garchomp.

Classified as a pseudo-legendary, Garchomp has impressive stats and stature which has helped it carve its name in the history of Pokemon. For those new to the term, the list includes Dragonite, Tyranitar, Salamence, Metagross, Hydreigon, Goodra, Kommo-o and Dragapult. As a combination of Dragon- and Ground-type, Garchomp is unique from the start. In Pokemon history only Garchomp’s evolutionary line, Vibrava, Flygon and Zygarde carry this combination. Garchomp is also one of the rare Pokemon with access to Mega Evolution that is better in its standard forme. As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke.

When compared to other pseudo-legendary Pokemon Garchomp boasts the highest HP and the lowest Special Attack of the bunch. This sand shark is a physical nightmare for anyone who comes up against it. This impressive stature has led to it making appearances in Pokken Fighter and as a trophy and background character in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

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