Since 2010, we've had four new generations of Pokémon released to us. We've traveled through the Unova Region, and then went to both Kalos and Alola. We're currently traveling through Galar. Today, we're going to be taking a look at Unova, Kalos and Alola, and discussing the 10 best new Pokémon of the decade so far. We won't be getting into Sword and Shield as to avoid spoilers. Let's get into this very subjective list.
While not the best boy of the bunch, Excadrill is certainly one of Unova's better offerings. This Pokémon has the ability to turn so rapidly that it can act as a drill, breaking through ground and steel when necessary. This Pokémon is also known for how powerful it is. It's an OU threat, and is actually the main Pokémon used when completing Generation Five speedruns, as it can solo the entire game under the right circumstances. That alone is enough to earn Excadrill a spot on the list.
Generation Six's pseudo-legendary is Goodra, and boy is it a good one. Goodra is a very caring Pokémon, and wants nothing more than to have friends. However, if someone tries to antagonize Goodra, they've made a very wrong choice. Goodra is incredibly powerful, and can take down just about any target with ease. Its very gooey body might be a turnoff for some, but most trainers will come to love their Goodra. The kindhearted nature of this Pokémon, along with its interesting design, earns it a spot on this list.
The story of Mimikyu sure is a sad one. Mimikyus are all dressed up in an old Pikachu costume, as they simply want to be loved as Pikachu is. That is so sad! Mimikyu cant show its true face, as it's hiding something horrible underneath. That's scary!
Poor Mimikyu just needs some affection. The story of why it's hiding is really a sad one, and makes us want nothing but the best for Mimikyu. This is a Pokémon that really shows just how creative Game Freak can get with creature design. A Pikachu clone done right.
Volcarona was always set up as one of the Unova Region's more interesting creatures, as only one was obtainable in the Relic Castle. This fire/bug-type Pokémon is incredibly powerful even to this day, carving itself a very important spot in the metagame. Beyond that, Volcarona has a really interesting design, and is certainly one of the better bug-type Pokémon that we've seen in the past few generations. As such, it's more than earned itself a spot on the list.
Xerneas is the boxart legendary for Pokémon X version, and outclasses its Y counterpart easily. Xerneas is a giver of life, opposed to Yveltal's role of taking life. It can share eternal life with anyone that it chooses, and when it does so too much, it goes into a sleep for 1,000 years. Could you imagine just giving a bunch of animals eternal life for 1,000 years and then going to sleep? What a dream. Xerneas was one of the Kalos Region's best offerings, earning it a spot on the list.
Victini is a mythical Pokémon that is native to the Unova Region. It is incredibly powerful, and brings victory to the trainers that befriend it. Victini could only be obtained in Black and White through the Liberty Garden event.
Sadly, this was one of the final Pokémon that could be caught through an actual event, before Generation Six dropped the idea in favor of Mystery Gift Pokémon. Either way, Victini is a great Pokémon with a great origin, earning it a spot on the list.
Zoroark is one of those Pokémon that you know Game Freak and The Pokémon Company wants to be popular. Fortunately, it's a really cool Pokémon. It has the ability to transform into other Pokémon at will, similarly to Mew or Ditto. It can also create illusions, and will do so to protect the other Zoroark and Zorua that it travels with. The Pokémon is very protective of the ones that it loves. Zoroark had a prominent role in the 13th movie, where more of its personality was revealed. We've gotten to learn a lot about Zoroark over the years. This is the best Pokémon that the Unova Region introduced to the world.
Oricorio is an absolutely fantastic Pokémon. It's a bird-like Pokémon that has the ability to switch between four forms, all of which are different types of dancers. There's Pom-Pom Style, Baile Style, Pa'u Style and Sensu Style. All of them are equally fantastic and adorable. They all change typings as well, allowing this Pokémon to be very versatile. We don't really care about how well Oricorio battles though. We just care about the fantastic design that Oricorio has.
While Oricorio is great, the Alola Region's best offering is Tsareena. It's an ultra-feminine grass-type Pokémon that thinks very highly of itself, and won't listen to its trainer if its told to do something that it doesn't like. It also literally just kicks anything in its way, which is hilarious. It's been able to take down the most powerful kickboxers with a single kick, and laughs every time it does so. Tsareena is an absolute legend. The audacity of Tsareena to be such a baddie. We really don't deserve such a queen. However, there is one Pokémon that beat Tsareena out for the top spot.
Let's make one thing clear, Aurorus is not here for its battling prowess, it's barely a solid PU Pokémon. Instead, Aurorus is here for its absolutely fantastic design. Aurorus is a beautiful Pokémon in both its shiny and regular forms. Generation Six was full of hit-or-miss Pokémon, and Aurorus was the best of the bunch. It's a shame that it wasn't able to live up to its fantastic design in battle, but hey, that doesn't matter. We love Aurorus unconditionally. Design-wise, Aurorus is the best Pokémon of the decade.