Pokemon of the Week 8: Rayquaza

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Welcome to Pokemon of the Week, the eighth 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.

Legendary Pokemon are a popular if not polarizing part of Pokemon history. Everyone has their favorites. If you have played either of the competitive outlets we discuss here they often polarize the game. We have yet to discuss one here but that finally ends.

Rayquaza, the Sky High Pokemon, is a deserving first entry. As the cover entry of the third version in the third generation Rayquaza has been iconic for years. Known as the Master of the Weather Trio Rayquaza is there to mitigate any issues between Kyogre and Groudon. Canonically Rayquaza is also listed at the first Pokemon to ever Mega Evolve and in the game is able to do so without holding a Mega Stone which further sets him apart.

Speaking of Mega Rayquaza, this Legendary Pokemon boasts the highest base stat total overall of any Pokemon, tied with both forms of Mega Mewtwo. It also has the highest Attack and Special Attack of all Dragon-types and Flying-types.

Regular Rayquaza has made appearances in three Super Smash Bros. games to date. Furthermore, Rayquaza is the featured Legendary for the upcoming Pokemon Go event, Dragon Week. It is a legend among the Legendaries and that starts with its first movie appearance.

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