As Pokémon fans grow older and reminisce about the older days of the franchise, the Kanto region and the first generation of Pokémon is often the main and only focus of the conversation. Though Pokémon Red and Blue are widely beloved, Pokémon Gold and Silver are the go-to favorites of an entire generation of kids.
The games took place in the Johto region and were home to new baby Pokémon, the legendary Lugia and many other intriguing new beasts besides. Let's take a look at some of the all-round strongest Pokémon of Johto.
Typhlosion managed to do the impossible by giving fans of Charizard another really cool third evolution of the Fire-type starting Pokémon. It followed the simple formula of having a base in Cyndaquil that was cute and adorable, then evolving into an awkward middle form, then forming into a cool and intimidating final evolution.
Typhlosion is a fire-type that may not hold its heart on its sleeve, but it definitely holds its power on its collar. It may not be the Fire starter brought up most often, but at least it's not fire/fighting-type, right? It's most often seen firing off Choice Scarf Eruptions, which can be darn powerful.
Skarmory is the Flying/Steel Pokémon you run into a fair amount during your journey through the Johto region. It may not be very strong in the conventional sense, but every Pokémon player has come up against this formidable physical wall countless times. It's just so dang good at what it does.
Skarmory is a challenge that can sometimes get on the trainer's nerves, due to how sturdy it is in battle. How do Skarmory fans feel about the new Flying/Steel type of the Galar region, Corviknight?
Though Mamoswine wasn't introduced until the 4th generation of Pokémon games, its base evolutions of Swinub and Piloswine are both native to the Johto region. Mamoswine is a very powerful Ice/Ground Pokémon.
While it has some unfortunate weaknesses, it also boasts one of the best STAB combinations in the game. A well-played Mamoswine will punch all kinds of holes in the opposing team.
Feraligatr is often considered the most beloved starter in the Johto region and flips the dynamic of Charizard and Blastoise in the Kanto region in favor of water-types. Its base evolution of Totodile happens to be one of the cutest starters in existence, whereas Feraligatr is all business and is looking to win.
With great assets like Dragon Dance and the Sheer Force ability, this blue powerhouse will claw its way to victory given the chance.
6 Umbreon & Espeon
The most mysterious of Eevee's line of evolutions, Umbreon comes in at #6. The Dark-type sultry small mammalian is a fan-favorite, boasting great defenses and a neat supporting movepool.
Espeon, meanwhile, is also strong. A speedy Psychic-type sweeper, it lacks quite a lot in the movepool sense but can easily finish off weakened teams once its checks are gone. More recently, it was given the ability Magic Bounce, which is also fantastic.
Scyther is considering one of the coolest pokémon in the Kanto region, so it's no surprise that by giving it a metal exoskeleton and watching it evolve you're left with another great design that also happens to be very strong.
Scizor can make the most of both its Bug and steel-typing. This combination of types is one of the best in the game from a defensive standpoint, weak only to Fire. When on the offense, Scizor struggled until it was given Bullet Punch, which is super strong thanks to its Technician ability.
4 Legendary 'Dogs' - Entei, Suicune, Raikou
Like the 3 Legendary birds of the Kanto region, the Johto region is home to three majestic and beautiful 'dogs' known as Entei, Suicine, and Raikou. Unlike the birds' combination of Ice, Electric, and Fire-types, the Gold and Silver Legendary trio are Water, Electric, and Fire-types respectively.
Entei is the most well-known of the 3 as an entire Pokémon movie centers around him. Suicune is considered the most viable competitively, for its great utility as a defensive Pokémon/bulky booster, but its fellows have their niches too.
In the world of Pokémon, the powerful class of creatures known loosely as pseudo-legendaries have always been super popular. These are Pokémon that often land in each generation's Pokédex near the end of the list, right before you hit the Legendaries for that region. They have a base stat total that tends to far outweigh most of their non-legendary fellows, so they're real mainstays for competitive teams.
Tyranitar is the pseudo-legendary for the Johto region and happens to be one of the coolest looking designs in the entire franchise. It's a powerful Dark/Rock Pokémon that has been causing havoc in the competitive scene for generations now. It's hard not to love a Godzilla-inspired dinosaur Pokémon.
The 'Guardian of the Skies', most commonly known as Ho-Oh, is a Legendary Pokémon that often gets forgotten in favor of Lugia. This is due in large part to Lugia being the star of Pokémon: The Movie 2000.
Ho-Oh is a Fire/Flying-type that traverses the air high above the Earth. Though it calls Johto home, there are rumors that Ho-Oh was meant to be introduced in the Kanto region. The first episode of the Pokémon anime showed Ash Ketchum catching a glimpse of the legendary bird shortly after leaving Pallett Town on his way to start his journey. It has great Special Defense and Attack stats, allowing trainers to shoot for a defensive/offensive build depending on their preference.
There are very few animated Pokémon scenes cooler to an 8-year-old than when Lugia swam right under the water's surface in Pokémon: The Movie 2000. It's a strong Psychic/Flying-type that is considered the 'Guardian of the Seas' and was introduced in the Johto region.
While it isn't the greatest offensive threat around, by a long chalk, it truly shines as a defensive Pokémon. Fans have dubbed it The Great Wall because it can just be so darn tough to break through.