ATB’s Top 25 Pokemon: (23) Swampert

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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 very strong. It has enough power to easily drag a boulder weighing more than a ton. This Pokémon also has powerful vision that lets it see even in murky water. If it senses the approach of a storm and a tidal wave, it protects its seaside nest by piling up boulders. It swims as fast as a jet ski. Its arms are rock-hard. With one swing, they can batter down its foe. It makes its nests at beautiful beaches.

23) Swampert (1 vote, 102 points)

Chris: I heard you like Swampert. *cue audience laugh track that gradually turns into cheers*

Swampert is a cool final evolution for a starter. Water/Ground makes for an excellent typing with just one weakness (albeit a 4x one), and although Swampert suffers from the usual starter problem of having a mediocre stat spread, he still manages to be quite tanky.

I’m torn on how I feel about Swampert overall. I played through Ruby before failing miserably at the end (as mentioned before), and then I beat Emerald a few years after that. Both times I went with Torchic because he’s one of my absolute favorites (spoiler alert!). But if it weren’t for Torchic, I definitely would have taken a Mudkip and rode the Swampert train all the way to the station. The…watery grave…station.

Sorry, Swampert. I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.

Shaun: In my eyes, Swampert is a Mud Type Pokemon, and I mean that with all the love in the world. And after the dumpster fire that was the Gen 2 starters, fans were in need of some awesome upgrades. In Swampert, they got them.

First of all, Swampert evolved from Mudkip, who has already gotten a lot of love on this site. and retains Mudkip’s cute-mixed-with-cool design. He’s like the Selena Gomez of Pokemon, a statement I’m sure you’ll all agree with.

But enough about combat — Swampert is your dumb, hillbilly redneck backwater pervy uncle who plays his banjo all day on the porch underneath the willow. I half expect his cry in the Pokedex to be “You know you’re a redneck if even your Pokemon moves are tainted by your uncleanliness.” Hm…that joke needs work.

Swampert is disgusting, but powerful. And you know what? We love him for it. Cheers to you, Swampert, you big stupid redneck Pokemon.

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