ATB’s Top 25 Pokemon: (24) Voltorb


This is At the Buzzer’s list of the top 25 Pokemon of all-time. We’re in the serious business zone now, counting down one by one until we reach the very best. For more information, click here or check out the Related Links down at the bottom of the post. Don’t forget to vote on how we did in the poll below!

Today’s Pokemon is said to camouflage itself as a Poké Ball. It will self-destruct with very little stimulus. Usually found in power plants. In some instances, they have been seen drawing power from the trolleys of electric trains. It rolls to move. If the ground is uneven, a sudden jolt from hitting a bump can cause it to explode.

24) Voltorb (1 vote, 101 points)

Shaun: Some of the best Pokemon on this list are included there because a bunch of us thought it was legit and really loved it. Some of them are included in because one deranged member of the panel voted one really high. The story of Voltorb is the latter, and now Chris and I are left to try to pick up the pieces.

Why was Voltorb voted so high? We can only speculate. Was it because of his ability to espionage? Voltorb can sneak into any Pokeball factory ever. If at any point you needed a covert operation to infiltrate a Pokemon factory, then Voltorb is your boy.

Was it the fact that he can troll trainers? Think you’ve found an item? Think again, it’s a Voltorb, and now he’s electrocuting your ass. Reach into your vest to pull out the Pokeball containing Butterfree (link to Butterfree?)? Well, turns out there’s no Butterfree, because you just threw Voltorb, and now he’s electrocuting everyone’s asses. Want a happy Pokemon with soft eyes and a great smile…or, you know, a mouth at all? Voltorb is none of these things. Consider your ass electrocuted.

Perhaps Voltorb’s greatest gift to humanity is the fact that he evolves into Electrode, a fairly boss Thunder type, especially in the early days of the game. Then again, that’s like saying a mother’s only purpose for existing was in bearing her children. Not exactly a compliment.

This is like an episode of the World’s Greatest Unsolved Mysteries. Maybe Gary, the one who voted Voltorb, can come clear things up for us? Maybe? No?

Chris: Voltorb’s existence boils down to this: he wants to trick you. That’s all he wants. You can tell from the fearsome look on his face.

You think you’re going to get an item in the Power Plant? Nope, you selfdestruct. Desperately in need of a PARLYZ HEAL? Selfdestruct. You can even dig around in your bag for a Poke Ball to catch a Voltorb, but it’ll just be another Voltorb, and you selfdestruct.

Admittedly, I don’t know what this is doing on our list. It’s not that Voltorb is bad or anything…far from it. It’s just strange that he happens to beat out some other creatures who got a bigger spread of support. Then again, there’s a certain element of our scoring system that I like — if you believe strongly enough in something as your No. 1, that vote carries enough weight to make our group ‘s final top 25.

Jason: Ok, I’d just like to say that I love that Voltorb is on this list. In a world where humans have began to domesticate and capture wild Pokemon with Pokeballs, it would only make sense that evolution would somehow find a way to answer that call. Now while it might make more sense to, say, be a pokemon that can appear to be a human so no one would catch you. It also make just as much sense to look like a Pokeball; because who would try to catch a Pokeball?

Unfortunately mother nature forgot to account for the inherent greed of mankind, and didn’t anticipate trainers trying to steal EVERY POKEBALL THEY SAW LAYING ON THE GROUND. Which is why, in response to mankind’s shenanigans, Voltorb came up with the best defense against being caught. It blows itself up in an attempt to both kill you, kill your Pokemon and prevent itself from being captured and forced into slavery. As Dr. Ian Malcolm once said, “Life finds a way.” In this particular case, Life found a way to troll players like nobody’s business.



(25) Butterfree





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