Category Archives: Talking ‘Bout

Goddess Statues Make A Return In Zelda: Breath Of The Wild


In the latest trailer of The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, there is a scene that shows a goddess statue much like the one in Skyward Sword. It is known that Breath Of The Wild will have many Easter Eggs and references to many of the other games in the series but it is not known whether they will have any strong significance or ties to the other titles. For example, we know there are Statues of the Goddess Hylia in BOTW but don’t know if it is the Exact same statue from Skyward Sword (will we be able to go back to the Sacred Grove?).

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Talking ‘Bout the Next Generation: Gen VII – Alolan Exeggutor (The Pokémon of Sun & Moon)


Welcome back to Talkin’ Bout the Next Generation, the spin-off series of Talkin’ Bout My Generation (the 6 part series we ran during #PokémonWeek). In Talkin’ Bout the Next Generation we will focus solely on all of the Pokémon coming to Sun and Moon this fall. Today we will be looking at Alolan Exeggutor! Continue reading Talking ‘Bout the Next Generation: Gen VII – Alolan Exeggutor (The Pokémon of Sun & Moon)

Talking ‘Bout The Next Generation: Gen VII – Grubbin (The Pokémon Of Sun & Moon)


Hello and welcome back to “Talking ‘Bout The Next Generation,” the spin-off feature series of Talking ‘Bout My Generation, (the 6 part series we ran during #PokemonWeek.) Just like in the last series, we will be talking about, yep you guessed it Pokémon! Except this time instead of talking about one particular Pokémon per generation, in this series we’re talking about the many Pokémon of Sun & Moon. So to kick off the fourth instalment, let’s talk about Grubbin! Continue reading Talking ‘Bout The Next Generation: Gen VII – Grubbin (The Pokémon Of Sun & Moon)

Talking ‘Bout The Next Generation: Gen VII – Solgaleo (The Pokémon Of Sun & Moon)


Hello and welcome back to “Talking ‘Bout The Next Generation,” the spin-off feature series of Talking ‘Bout My Generation, (the 6 part series we ran during #PokemonWeek.) Just like in the last series, we will be talking about, yep you guessed it Pokémon! Except this time instead of talking about one particular Pokémon per generation, in this series we’re talking about the many Pokémon of Sun & Moon. So to kick off the third instalment, let’s talk about Solgaleo! Continue reading Talking ‘Bout The Next Generation: Gen VII – Solgaleo (The Pokémon Of Sun & Moon)

Talking ‘Bout The Next Generation: Gen VII – Popplio (The Pokémon Of Sun & Moon)


Hello and welcome back to “Talking ‘Bout The Next Generation,” the spin-off feature series of Talking ‘Bout My Generation, (the 6 part series we ran during #PokemonWeek.) Just like in the last series, we will be talking about, yep you guessed it Pokémon! Except this time instead of talking about one particular Pokémon per generation, in this series we’re talking about the many Pokémon of Sun & Moon. So to kick off the second instalment, let’s talk about Popplio!

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Talking ‘Bout The Next Generation: Gen VII – Rowlet (The Pokémon Of Sun & Moon)


Hello and welcome to “Talking ‘Bout The Next Generation,” the new feature series and follow up to Talking ‘Bout My Generation, the 6 part series we ran during #PokemonWeek. Just like in the last series, we will be talking about Pokémon, except this time instead of one Pokémon per generation, we’re going to be covering the many Pokémon of Sun & Moon. So to kick off the first instalment, let’s talk about Rowlet!

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Rowlet as we all now know, is one of three new starters for Sun & Moon, (the other two of course being Litten and Popplio.) Rowlet the Grass Quill Pokémon is a Grass/Flying-type, who out of the other two, knows an all new move for the new game, a move called Leafage.

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Ever since we first learned of this new instalment back in February, we have all been wondering what the new starter would look like and what it would be called. Some designs and names weren’t so bad, but some were just terrible and after seeing enough, I was feeling a bit put off about this game, but then when got the footage of the game in action! For the first time since Sun & Moon’s announcement, we were getting official confirmation of the starters, learning not just what they actually look like, but their names too.1a.jpg

When I saw the starters for X&Y, I wasn’t impressed, but these guys, even though they do look more like something from a Digimon game, they looked more like Pokémon than a lot we’ve seen in the last couple of years, but more than that, I could actually picture myself wanting to play them. I like owls, I really do, Octowl still is my favourite Flying-type from Gen II and looking at Rowlet, I can see him evolving into a Pokémon a lot like Octowl and with that, I can see myself teaching him fly and taking to the skies of Alola.

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 Sure Litten is cute and so is Popplio, who is actually my first choice of a starter, but Rowlet is the first Grass-type starter from the last couple of games, that I really like the look of. Much better then Chespin, Treeko, Turtwig, Chikorita and even Snivy. Sure most of them went on to have a great final form, but I just didn’t like them and instead went down the Fire or Water route instead. But Rowlet is certainly a Pokémon I can see myself taking to two Gyms and doing some damage and since Rowlet already has one new move, I wouldn’t be surprised if his final form learns an entirely new move too which also does some damage. Sure Litten and Popplio will also get a new move as well in their final form, I’m actually excited about seeing what it could be. So looking over all of this now, Rowlet is certainly a Pokémon I want to add to my party, even if I have to start a new game three times, just to have them all!

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 We have reached the end of today’s edition of Talking ‘Bout The Next Generation, if you have any requests of what Pokémon we cover in the next edition, (Meowth, Popplio, Litten,) be sure to comment below. Or you could even pick Lunaala and Solgaleo (trademark names which are liable to change,) the choice is yours and should you wish for more factual information regarding Rowlet, be sure to check out our Rowlet edition of “Who’s That Pokémon?” And seeing as how you had to sit there listening what I had to say about Rowlet, feel free to return the favour by commenting as much or as little as you want about the new Grass/Flying starter.

 

Till next time folks. You’re never too old to get your GAME on!

 

 

Talking ‘Bout My Generation: Gen VI – Braixen


All great things come to an end and although tomorrow is the last day of #PokemonWeek here on Miketendo64, today is the final instalment of “Talking ‘Bout My Generation.” Sure we could revisit the series again and pick a different line-up of Pokémon and maybe we will, but it won’t be any time soon and with that out of the way, welcome to the final part of our 6 part series. A series in which sees us talking about one Pokémon from each Generation and what with the release of Pokkén Tournament back in February, it’s only fitting the six Pokémon we chose to cover, are fighters you can use in the game. In today’s edition, we’re heading to the region of Kalos, home of the one and only Gen VI Pokémon, Braixen!

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We’ve already covered one fully evolved starter Pokémon as part of the series and now we’re going to cover the secondary evolution Fox Pokémon. Since first seeing Braixen, I always saw her as being as Gen VI’s equivalent to Infernape and it’s not because they are both Fire-type Pokémon that are a second/final evolved form of the starter, but because of the colouring and appearance. (The love child of a Ninetails & Infernape perhaps?) Both Pokémon are skilled fighters and move entirely in their own way, except Braixen is just a Fire-type whereas Infernape is Fire/Fighting.

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Admittedly, I was a bit disappointed about Braixen’s appearance in Pokkén Tournament, because I was really hoping for Infernape and although there are enough similarities of the two for me to be happy with, Braixen is one of a few Pokémon in Tournament that I just have no interest in using. Infernape is my second favourite Fire-type Pokémon and Charizard is my first, so whenever I’m undergoing a session on Tournament and I feel like bringing the heat, Braixen isn’t going to get a look in because Charizard is both my first and last choice for a Fire-type. (Given the amount of times I’ve gone on about Charizard during this entire series, you’d have thought I should have done Gen I about him instead! Still there’s always next time.)1f.jpg

But there is just one thing about Braixen that I just don’t understand. When it’s a Fennekin, whenever it feels peckish, it would snack on branches, yet suddenly after it evolves, it no longer has the appetite for branches because she’ll rather use it as a weapon instead. By no means is Braixen the only Pokémon to use an object as a weapon, because Farfetch’d has been doing that since Gen I but it is odd how quickly Braixen’s mentality changes so quickly after a mere evolution. One good thing about it though, is whenever Braixen’s stick breaks or burns away in battle, at least replacing it should be easy enough, unless of course Braixen is picky like Serena’s one is in the Anime. You can’t say Serena’s Braixen doesn’t have a more unique personality.

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 Other than all of the above, that’s about it with regards to my knowledge and relationship with Braixen, I’ve never played X&Y and I have never had a Braixen, although I have recently just swapped a Totodile for a Fennekin in ORAS, so who knows, maybe in the time it takes me to evolve Fennekin to a Braixen, I might actually grow to like the Pokémon and wind up with a story to tell, but from my experience with her so far, Fennekin just isn’t the same as Charmander, Cyndaquil and Chimchar and I already have one Fox Pokémon that’s a Fire-type and somewhat vain (Ninetails,) I’m in no hurry to get another and on that thought, we have reached the end.

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 For the last time in this series, we have come to the end of today’s edition of Talking ‘Bout My Generation, if you have any Pokémon or more specifically, any Braixen stories you don’t mind sharing, please feel free to do so in the comments. We hope you have enjoyed the series as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Talking ‘Bout My Generation: Gen V – Chandelure


With it being #PokemonWeek here on Miketendo64, we’re continuing with our 6 part series in which sees us talking about one Pokémon from each Generation and what with the release of Pokkén Tournament back in February, it’s only fitting the six Pokémon we chose to cover, are fighters you can use in the game. In today’s edition, we’re heading to the region of Unova, home of the one and only Gen V Pokémon, Chandelure!

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I’m never been a fan of this Pokémon at all, it’s one thing to have an ice cream as a Pokémon and another to have a bag of rubbish, but a chandelier, really? Chandeliers can be Pokémon too? But then I saw Chandelure in Pokkén Tournament and I was really scratching my head. I just couldn’t understand how Chandelure made it into the game, because in no way does it look like your usual fighter, but maybe that’s why it was chosen, because it’s different. Because it is nothing like the other fighters and offers a whole new experience and if you put in the time to learn Chandelure’s moves, it can actually be fun to use.

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As far as the main games go, I’ve never had a Chandelure, but that said, Chandelure was actually a Pokémon I did use quite often when playing Pokémon Rumble for Wii U and on quite a few occasions, Chandelure did save my butt, so for that I do find Chandelure to be more appealing than Sceptile, plus it’s a Ghost/Fire-typed Pokémon, which is just an awesome pairing as there really aren’t enough Ghost-type Pokémon, but if Chandelure and Gengar were to battle, I’m sorry Chandelure but even with your moves, my money is on Gengar!

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 Although despite my distaste for Chandelure’s appearance (literally being a haunted chandelier, something which is not his fault,) the colour of the flames are hauntingly beautiful. If it wasn’t for the black and purple/blue flames, this Pokémon would not be Ghost Pokémon it is now. The colour of its flames are just something out of an old ghost story, which is exactly the case as Chandelure is based on Hitodama (human souls that appear as balls of an eerie, ghostly flames, much like a will-o’-the-wisp.) But then there’s its Shiny form which sees it swap its darkened flames, for flames that burn the usual orange and red, making it look more like a Fire-type Pokémon. The only thing worse than a Chandelure, it’s a Shiny Chandelure because it just loses everything that made it such an eerie looking Pokémon.

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 Another good thing about Chandelure is it certainly is a Pokémon that got a better with evolving. I know most of them do anyway, but let’s just go over those in its evolutionary line. First there is Litwick, a Pokémon that is literally a candle. Litwick then evolves into and Lampert, who to me, just looks like the top part of a streetlight before redeeming himself into the better looking Chandelure and I think this Ghost/Fire-type can hear me because halfway through writing all of this, power has gone out and I’ve spent the last 20 minutes sitting in near complete darkness. I would actually like to continue writing about this Pokémon, but with my computer on low battery already, I think it’s time to call it job down and end the whole thing here while I still can and save it.1

 We have come to the end of today’s edition of Talking ‘Bout My Generation, if you have any Pokémon or more specifically, any Chandelure stories you don’t mind sharing, please feel free to do so in the comments and be sure to come back tomorrow when we’ll be finishing the series as we head into Gen VI and talk about Braixen!

Talking ‘Bout My Generation: Gen IV – Garchomp


With it being #PokemonWeek here on Miketendo64, we’re continuing with our 6 part series in which sees us talking about one Pokémon from each Generation and what with the release of Pokkén Tournament back in February, it’s only fitting the six Pokémon we chose to cover, are fighters you can use in the game. In today’s edition, we’re going back a couple Gens as we visit Gen IV and talk about the one and only, Garchomp!

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Now this is a Pokémon I can get behind because Garchomp is certainly one of the best Gen IV Pokémon there is and truly lives up to its name of Land Shark. Without a doubt my favourite move of his in Pokkén Tournament, is when he uses dig, burrowing into the ground and advances across the area. I just love how his fin sticks above the surface. Every time I see that, the Jaws theme pops into my head, which is hilarious, until I get too distracted and start losing the round.1a.jpg

In a lot of ways, as well as reminding me of Sharpedo what with the colouring and the star mark that both have in common, Garchomp reminds me of a modern Kabutops. They both have blades for hands, albeit Kabutops’ blades are exposed bone and as cool as it would be for Garchomp and Sharpedo to be connected, it’s far more likely Garchomp and Kabutops are connected. Being a fossil Pokémon, Kabutops could have been an ancestor of Garchomp, which because it is also a Water-type could have took to the water, becoming a shark and then returning to land, a change in which saw its Water-type turn to Dragon and Rock to Ground. Sadly though this will never be because evolution doesn’t work that way in Pokémon.1s.jpg

Moving away from Sharpedo and Kabutops, one of the most laughable facts about Garchomp has to be the fact that despite even the Pokédex stating Garchomp capable of flight, in the games, Garchomp is not capable of learning HM Fly, which is something of a shame because we all know if we could give him it, we would do so in a heartbeat. (Me personally, I would never stop using Fly with him.) Still Garchomp is a very powerful Pokémon and a formidable fighter and his showdowns against Charizard are always great in Pokkén Tournament. Two of my favourite Dragon-type Pokémon going toe to toe in a battle to see who is the more superior Dragon, it truly is a battle that can go either way and it’s for that reason I can see why Garchomp is considered the Charizard of Gen IV and definitely a must have Pokémon in my team of 6 and now I have a huge need to play Pokkén, meaning it’s time to wrap this up.1f.jpg

 We have come to the end of today’s edition of Talking ‘Bout My Generation, if you have any Pokémon or more specifically, any Garchomp stories you don’t mind sharing, please feel free to do so in the comments and be sure to come back tomorrow when we’ll be continue with the Gen IV Pokémon Chandelure!

Talking ‘Bout My Generation: Gen III – Sceptile


With it being #PokemonWeek here on Miketendo64, we’re continuing with our 6 part series in which sees us talking about one Pokémon from each Generation and what with the release of Pokkén Tournament back in February, it’s only fitting the six Pokémon we chose to cover, are fighters you can use in the game. In today’s edition, we’re going back a few Gens as we visit Gen III and talk about the one and only, Sceptile!

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So with this being a Sceptile discussion, there’s no better way to start than with this, I despise Sceptile. I don’t know why I hate it so much, given as how it’s not the worst looking Pokémon out there, and is one of the fully evolved starter Pokémon that I never ever have any difficulty fighting (just ask May, I bet her Sceptile every time without effort.) But yes, I have a deep hatred for the Pokémon even though I don’t know why and I did try to like it, but it just didn’t happen. So maybe with luck, come the end of this, I might just hate it a little less.

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One of the cool things about Sceptile is the “blades” that are a part of its body, they are sharp, can do some damage and enable Sceptile to learn moves such as Leaf Blade X-Scissor and Night Slash. Then again if you want a green Pokémon that comes equipped with its own weapons, Scyther is a great choice and has been around since Gen I. I know Sceptile has a mega evolved form, which is dual-typed (Grass/Dragon and is the only Grass-type that is also Dragon,) but if I had to choose between the two, Scyther would always come out on top!

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However one person who seemed to have a great relationship with Sceptile is Ash! Sure in the TV series their relationship started when his Sceptile was a Treeko and the second Pokémon he caught during his time in the Hoenn region. Treeko went on to become Grovyle and Grovyle had many victories. He defeated Norma’s Slaking, Winona’s Altaria, Katie’s Walrein, Tyson’s Metagross and Morrison’s Steelix. But that was just its success as a mere Grovyle, in Hoenn, as a Sceptile we got to see Ash’s companion take on Tobias’ Darkrai, during a battle in the Sinnoh League. Darkrai was considered unbeatable and yet when Sceptile was on the verge of losing, Ash managed to get through to him and beat Darkrai just in time. Although due to the serious damage it took from Darkrai’s Ice Beam, Sceptile was no match for Tobias’ next Pokémon Latios.

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I have tried quite a few times to gel with this Pokémon, choosing Treeko as my starter, but by the time I finally have a Sceptile, I find myself missing Swampert, so I would safeguard my Pokémon just before I start all over again and choose Mudkip instead. I just find Mudkip to be a lot more approachable and absolutely love his evolved forms and even though he has type disadvantage against May’s Sceptile, my Swampert has never lost. Still, at least Sceptile does have a pretty cool looking mega evolved form, so at least that’s something. But looking over all of this, I’m not so sure if it has made any difference towards how I feel about Sceptile. Guess I’ll have to load up my copy of AS and give him another try, see if I feel any different.

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 We have come to the end of today’s edition of Talking ‘Bout My Generation, if you have any Pokémon or more specifically, any Sceptile stories you don’t mind sharing, please feel free to do so in the comments and be sure to come back tomorrow when we’ll be continue with the Gen IV Pokémon Garchomp!

 

Talking ‘Bout My Generation: Gen II – Suicune


With it being #PokemonWeek here on Miketendo64, we’re continuing with our 6 part series in which sees us talking about one Pokémon from each Generation and what with the release of Pokkén Tournament back in February, it’s only fitting the six Pokémon we chose to cover, are fighters you can use in the game. In today’s edition, we’re going way back as we visit Gen II and talk about the one and only, Suicune!

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Of the few things I do want to discuss about Suicune, the Aurora Pokémon, first I want to start with its appearance in Pokkén Tournament, how it made it into the line-up I don’t know, but it certainly is an interesting fighter considering as it is a giant dog, walking around on all four paws. Yet at the same time I struggle to imagine Suicune as a capable fighter for Pokkén Tournament, it turns out Suicune does have some serious skill and if used just right, is a great Pokémon to use as your partner. But if you use it wrong, the battle is over within seconds as I have shown all those I’ve come across who used a Suicine.

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Suicune is physically the weakest and slowest of the three Legendary Beasts, but at the same time, it is a Pokémon worth catching as it is the only Legendary mascot that is not banned from competitive battles. It’s also a Pokémon that would stalk the hell out of you in Fire Red & Leaf Green, whenever you’re in the Kanto region, provided your starter Pokémon was Charmander and you had beaten the Elite Four. I can remember seeing it it turn up and the battles that would follow, they were always annoying because no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t catch it and yet when I played Gold, I caught Suicune first time. Not only that, but it was also the first of the three dogs I caught and the only one I actually used and it was all thanks to my Shiny Noctowl and Hypnosis.

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But as far as Water-type Pokémon go, Suicune is certainly up there amongst my Top 5, which of course includes Swampert, Wartortle, Kingler and Gyrados. Although I would be lying if I didn’t admit that one of the reasons I do like this Pokémon is because it can actually learn Blizzard. Another great thing about this Pokémon as well is the fact that you can get it in Pokémon ORAS, but only if you have a Lugia, or Ho-Oh who will take you to the Trackless Forest where the three beasts reside. Sadly though I have yet had the pleasure and I really want to, so I think I’m going to finish a little early today, so I can jump on my copy of AS and see if I can get mine!

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We have come to the end of today’s edition of Talking ‘Bout My Generation, if you have any Pokémon or more specifically, any Suicune stories you don’t mind sharing, please feel free to do so in the comments and be sure to come back tomorrow when we’ll be continue with the Gen III Pokémon Sceptile!

 

Talking ‘Bout My Generation: Gen I – Gengar


With it being #PokemonWeek here on Miketendo64, we’re launching a 6 part series in which sees us talking about one Pokémon from each Generation and what with the release of Pokkén Tournament back in February, it’s only fitting the six Pokémon we chose to cover, are fighters you can use in the game. In today’s edition, we’re going way back as we visit Gen I and talk about the one and only, Gengar!

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One of the very first things I think of whenever I think of Pokémon, is Gengar in the opening sequence. I found him to be interesting and certainly unusual. He was one of a few Pokémon I just had to catch, along with Kingler, except you couldn’t catch him in the game could you? You had to evolve your Haunter, but you could only do that via trading and it wasn’t until my Haunter was Lv.71 did I learn this and by then, there was no way I was just going to swap away my dear Hauntee just to evolve him.

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That aside though, this Ghost/Poison type did used to confuse me in the early days because for a long while I honestly thought Gengars had to be the spirits of dead Clefables. Sure I knew they were the evolved form of Haunters, but have you seen Clefable? Put one of those next to a Gengar and you will think the two could be the same Pokémon too. Sure there’s some differences, but that could easily be explained as Celfable having undergone some sort of transformation upon going over to the spirit realm and being overcome with shadow.

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But don’t worry I no longer cling to that belief like I used to, despite how cool it would be should it turn out to be true, but I’d rather talk about how awesome Mega Gengar is! His Burst Attack in Pokkén Tournament is something else and he certainly is one of the more interesting Mega Pokémon we can use in battle. It’s almost as if he has lost some wait and partially reverted back into being a Haunter, and then there is the way he moves. When it comes to Gengar and the Pokémon that evolve into him, they certainly are some of the best Ghost type Pokémon we have ever seen and if the likes of him, Haunter and Gastly don’t appear in Pokémon Sun and Moon, the games just won’t be the same. Sure you can trade them in, but these are Pokémon that have been a part of the series from the very beginning and are such a great piece of Pokémon’s history, to not continue to involve them in the future would be a terrible shame. It’s not that often you have a Ghost type Pokémon that clearly walks on the ground with its two feet and yet has the ability of Levitate.

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We have come to the end of today’s edition of Talking ‘Bout My Generation, if you have any Pokémon or more specifically, any Gengar stories you don’t mind sharing, please feel free to do so in the comments and be sure to come back tomorrow when we’ll be continue with the Gen II Pokémon Suicune!