ATB’s Top 25 Pokemon: (14) Articuno


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 a legendary bird Pokémon said to appear to doomed people who are lost in icy mountains. It freezes water that is contained in winter air and makes it snow. Its magnificent, seemingly translucent wings are said to be made of ice.

14) Articuno (4 votes, 119 points)

Shaun: YEAH. Now we’re getting to the good stuff! As some of you might know by now, I have a strong affection for everything ice powers. They make me want to pelvic thrust on repeat. I just think it’s an awesome power to have. If I could be a Water Bender, I’d only bend with ice. People would call me the Freeze Cold Freeze Master!…okay, the name needs some work, but you get the point.

And the point that you’re getting is that my love for ice actually originated with Articuno. Before this angelic beauty of a blue ice chicken bird entered my young life, I wasn’t even aware my adoration for ice was a thing. A life tied down by drugs and bad choices was what waited for me in these dark times. Then I caught an Articuno and we steamrolled the Elite 4 together, and my life changed forever. At one point, I owned an Articuno and a Mewtwo in my party, and despite what the game’s stats and data might indicate, I actually don’t know which of the two were stronger.

You can probably start to put the pieces together on your own, but yes, I was one of those losers that ran all three legendary birds in my party…and the leader of my bird army was Articuno. He was the king, Mewtwo was the general, and Moltres and Zapdos were, like, foot soldiers or something.

Maybe my favorite thing about “Spanish number one bird” is that he’s no longer classified as legendary as far as his stats go, meaning I can use him without feeling guilty. Now all I need is a real Articuno to fly down and carry me off into the sunset.

Chris: Articuno, I apologize. I think I would have liked you back in the day, but the Seafoam Islands made that an impossibility.

You had a couple options when you needed to head to Cinnibar Island. You could Surf south of Fuschia City, battle your way through the swimmers, and stop at the Seafoam Islands! There, you could do stupid puzzles and maybe find Articuno, but mostly just do stupid puzzles. Or, you could NEVER GO TO THE SEAFOAM ISLANDS.

Hell, you could avoid them in two ways. You could either use Cut to skip it on the intended route, or you could Fly to Pallet Town and just go south. Either was preferred, because I can tell you how many f***s I gave about the Seafoam Islands as a pre-teen with a short attention span.

So I was a Zapdos kid. He was sitting in the Power Plant, just chilling. There were no puzzles. That means Articuno and I never got to bond, so I’m completely indifferent to his inclusion on this list. Other people seem to like him and that’s good enough for me.



(15) Cubone

(16) Snorlax

(17) Starmie

(18) Pikachu

(19) Torchic

(20) Garchomp

(21) Lapras

(22) Dragonair

(23) Swampert

(24) Voltorb

(25) Butterfree





Honorable Mention


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