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What Is Wordle? The New Mobile Game Going Viral

Wordle, the hottest game on the internet, isn’t some cartoon-y battle royale where middle schoolers Floss dance over your virtual corpse. It doesn’t have a dopamine-flooding progression rewards system or some easily-memeable viral hook. There aren’t even birds of either the Flappy nor Angry variety. Instead, Wordle is as bare-bones as it gets, a frills-less web page where you’re given six chances to guess one five-letter word each day. 

What is Wordle?

The mechanics of the game are simple: you enter a five-letter word and each letter then turns green (right letter in the right spot), yellow (right letter, but in the wrong spot) or gray (the letter isn’t in the word). From there, you get five more attempts to wrangle and identify the word and make all the tiles light up green. For your troubles, you can share your score in the form of a little color-blocked graphic, a small-time shibboleth to fellow Wordlers that you’re a big smart guy who knows words like tiger or banal or gorge. 

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While this may sound dauntingly hard (at first, it can feel like trying to solve a crossword without clues), one of the reasons for the game’s success is that Wordle strikes the sweet spot between difficult and accessible, managing to be challenging without ever being discouraging. With six chances to solve each day’s puzzle, the odds are titled in your favor, but not to an obvious, fun-killing degree. 

Why Should I Play Wordle?

Wordle is the rare thing that exists purely because it’s fun. In a world where nearly every space of the internet has been colonized by corporate interests and entertainment has basically transformed into ads for the ads, Wordle was created by software engineer Josh Wardle as a gift to his girlfriend last summer: she likes word games, so he made her one. Even as culture becomes gamified and abstracted in dystopian ways (like being able to gamble on court cases with bitcoin), Wordle is a walled garden for harmless fun, free of intrusive pop-ups or Slack messages from your boss.

Since the game has ballooned from around 90 users to now over 300,000, a small community has formed around it. People on the Wordle subreddit trade strategies.“Wordle” trends daily on Twitter as people share their score. Linguists and cryptography enthusiasts share their attempts to craft the perfect opening word—options like “SOARE” or “OUIJA” or “RATES” are strong openers because of their density of either vowels or common consonants. 

Moreover, the game possesses a charming impermanence—each day’s edition is up for 24 hours and then disappears into the ether. There isn’t even an archive of previous Wordles, much to our chagrin. In this sense, Wordle is the virtual equivalent of stepping out of a crowded bar to smoke a cigarette with a friend, providing a brief respite from the din of online life; it’s a reminder that there are still some nice, little things you can allow yourself as a treat, at least for a few minutes each day.

Where Can I Play Wordle?

Here.

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The 12 Best LEGO Spider-Man Sets, Ranked

Spider-Man is one of the world’s most recognizable and beloved heroes, so it should come as no surprise that he’s got some amazing LEGO sets to his acclaim. Today, in honor of Spider-Man: No Way Home premiering this week, I’ll be taking a walk down memory lane as I rank the best 12 LEGO Spider-Man sets of all-time.

For some ground rules: I will only be listing LEGO sets that are solely based on Spider-Man, not Marvel sets in which Spider-Man appears—such as Avengers: Infinity War or Captain America: Civil War.

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12. Spider-Man Action Studio
Release Year: 2002

Did you know Spider-Man was the first superhero ever to be made as a LEGO minifigure? He debuted in 2002 under the LEGO Studios theme, which was a theme dedicated to helping young builders make their own LEGO animation films. There was even a LEGO-branded camera in one of the larger sets! In any case, this was the first LEGO set to include Spidey, and while it isn’t the best set ever, it certainly deserves a spot on this list. Without it, who knows if we’d have any of the others that came after it! 

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11. Doc Ock’s Bank Robbery
Release Year: 2004

My dad bought me this set in the summer of 2004 before a family camping trip. We had a car ride that lasted over an hour, and it felt like torture to hold this box in my hand for that long without being able to open it and build it. That heavy nostalgia earns this set some points, but on top of that, it’s a great set that included some awesome minifigs and some fun playability for a $20 set in 2004. Good luck finding it anywhere these days, my search came up empty.

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10. Spider-Man: Far From Home – Molten Man Battle
Release Year: 2019

I feel like this is a set that some people might not put on their list, but I loved the translucent orange pieces, the “Night Monkey” Spider-Man minifig, and of course, that amazing Firefighter minifig.

I’m kidding, of course! There was a meme around this set when it released because of how goofy it was to have a firefighter included against a literal walking monster made of molten lava. It’s still pretty funny, come to think of it.

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9. Spider-Man: Ghost Rider Team-Up
Release Year: 2016
LEGO

The LEGO Spider-Man sets have been a great way for LEGO to include some more B-level characters into a mainstream set. This set did that with two characters: Hobgoblin and Ghost Rider. It was awesome to get Ghost Rider and his massive motorcycle as well as Hobgoblin on his perfectly-scaled glider build. I have always assumed that the LEGO designers took inspiration from Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man run for this set, as the early issues of that run had Spidey and Ghost Rider teaming up to take down Hobgoblin, but those comics were so gore ridden and scary that I can’t imagine LEGO green lighting a direct adaptation of anything from those stories. It’s conspiracies like this that keep me up at night, folks… 

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8. Spider-Man: Venomosaurus Ambush
Release Year: 2020

Who wouldn’t want a giant, venomized T-Rex for their LEGO collection? Pair that awesomeness with the debut of the LEGO Spider-Ham minifig, and this set easily earns it’s rank on this list.

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7. The Final Showdown
Release Year: 2003

“We are who we choose to be, NOW CHOOSE!”

The Green Goblin’s immortal words ring in my head over 20 years later, and this LEGO set allowed me as a kid (and now again as an adult) to recreate that pivotal scene from 2002’s Spider-Man film. It’s actually rather violent to think that LEGO included the trolley car the Green Goblin almost dropped into the river, but it’s pretty rad that the LEGO version is on a string that can be moved from side to side with an innovative gear turning feature.

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6. Spider-Man’s Train Rescue
Rescue Year: 2004

It’s hard to think of a more iconic Spidey scene than the Doc Ock vs. Spider-Man train battle from Spider-Man 2. From Doc Ock pushing aside the passengers inside the train to Spider-Man stopping the train with his webbing and super strength, this LEGO set brings to life the nostalgia of that scene and lets you recreate the adventure for yourself.

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5. Doc Ock’s Hideout
Release Year: 2004

Spider-Man 2 is one of the best superhero movies of all-time, and the final fight between Spider-Man and Doc Ock brings a tear to my eye almost every time I watch the movie. This LEGO set was so far ahead of its time with detail and playability, not to mention the fact that it came with literally every main character from the movie. What a great set! 

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4. The Origins
Release Year: 2003
LEGO

This set lives uniquely among all LEGO sets, not only because of it’s heavy nostalgia factor, but also for the fact that it represents two separate locations in one set—something that I cannot think of another example of. The set is based off of the 2002 Tobey Maguire Spider-Man film, and its first location is the spider lab where Peter Parker gets bit by the radioactive spider. The second location is Norman Osborn’s lab where his transformation into the Green Goblin takes place. Two iconic scenes memorialized forever as LEGO builds in the same set; of course this one made the list! 

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3. Far From Home: Hydro-Man Attack
Release Year: 2019

As made evident on this list, I am a sucker for location-based playsets rather than vehicles. Bearing that in mind, I loved this Venetian bridge battle scene pulled right from the silver screen of Spider-Man: Far From Home. I loved the Peter Parker minifigure—mid-transformation into his Spidey outfit—as well as Mysterio, Hydro-Man and MJ to round things out. What a great, atmospheric set! 

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2. Spider-Man: Web Warriors Ultimate Bridge Battle
Release Year: 2016

Some of Spider-Man’s best battles in the comics, games, and on the big screen take place on New York City’s bridges. This set brings all of the aesthetics of those memorable fights to life in its own unique way. The set included seven minifigs, four of which are exclusive to this set, making it one of the most desirable Spider-Man sets to date. Who wouldn’t want the classic Green Goblin, Scarlet Spider, and Kraven the Hunter for their collection? That’s not to mention the 1,000+ piece bridge build.

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Honorable Mention: Avengers: Infinity War – Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown
Release Year: 2018
LEGO

This set included the exclusive Iron Spider minifigure, however, it was an Avengers set, so I didn’t feel right formally including it on this list. This set was so amazing that it deserved to be recognized, though! It came with five minifigs, all but one of which were exclusive, and came with an immaculately-built street scene of Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum, Peter Parker’s NYC apartment, and a neat little pizza shop. “Pizza Time,” anyone?

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1. The Daily Bugle
Release Year: 2021

25 minifigures, 3,772 pieces, 33” tall, and whole lot of fun. This set is truly one of the best LEGO sets ever, let alone the best LEGO Spider-Man set ever. It’s jam-packed with references to Spider-Man movies, cartoons, comics, and video games, and comes with nearly every iconic villain that our favorite web-head has ever faced. If there were only to be one set on this list that you buy, this should be it!

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Do you agree with these choices and rankings? Reach out on socials and let me know your thoughts! 

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The 25 Best Water Type Pokémon and a Full Guide to the Element

Pokémon is a beloved franchise worldwide. With record-breaking numbers of games sold, the most valuable franchise of all time also entails animated series, movies, cards, and all types of other merchandise. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a music album, game remakes, and new games, we will look back at one of the most famous aspects of the franchise: the Pokémon themselves.  

With 893 Pokémon in the Pokémon Universe, many characters have made their mark. Pokémon are separated through different categories such as Generation, Region, Starter, Legendary, etc. Out of all the categories, a Pokémon’s type will usually come up first as their identifying mark. Pokémon are separated into 18 different types such as Normal, Fire, Water, Grass, Psychic, Electric, Steel, Ghost, etc. Out of all these, the Water-type represents some of the most well-known and strong Pokémon in the Universe. On this 25th anniversary, we are going to take a look at the best 25 Water-type Pokémon, with regard to strength and notoriety.

First, Water-type Pokémon are 1/3rd of the three basic starter elemental types: Fire, Water, Grass. As such, they are one of the first types of Pokémon that players/viewers see and therefore have a special place in the Universe.

We will be rating the best 25 Water-type Pokémon based on factors such as Strength, use-case, adaptability, etc. 

There are 145 Water-type Pokemon. It is the most common type out of all 18 types.

Every Water Type Pokémon:

Squirtle iconSquirtle

#007 / Water

Wartortle iconWartortle

#008 / Water

Blastoise iconBlastoise

#009 / Water

Mega Blastoise iconBlastoise

Mega Blastoise

#009 / Water

Psyduck iconPsyduck

#054 / Water

Golduck iconGolduck

#055 / Water

Poliwag iconPoliwag

#060 / Water

Poliwhirl iconPoliwhirl

#061 / Water

Poliwrath iconPoliwrath

#062 / Water · Fighting

Tentacool iconTentacool

#072 / Water · Poison

Tentacruel iconTentacruel

#073 / Water · Poison

Slowpoke iconSlowpoke

#079 / Water · Psychic

Slowbro iconSlowbro

#080 / Water · Psychic

Mega Slowbro iconSlowbro

Mega Slowbro

#080 / Water · Psychic

Seel iconSeel

#086 / Water

Dewgong iconDewgong

#087 / Water · Ice

Shellder iconShellder

#090 / Water

Cloyster iconCloyster

#091 / Water · Ice

Krabby iconKrabby

#098 / Water

Kingler iconKingler

#099 / Water

Horsea iconHorsea

#116 / Water

Seadra iconSeadra

#117 / Water

Goldeen iconGoldeen

#118 / Water

Seaking iconSeaking

#119 / Water

Staryu iconStaryu

#120 / Water

Starmie iconStarmie

#121 / Water · Psychic

Magikarp iconMagikarp

#129 / Water

Gyarados iconGyarados

#130 / Water · Flying

Mega Gyarados iconGyarados

Mega Gyarados

#130 / Water · Dark

Lapras iconLapras

#131 / Water · Ice

Vaporeon iconVaporeon

#134 / Water

Omanyte iconOmanyte

#138 / Rock · Water

Omastar iconOmastar

#139 / Rock · Water

Kabuto iconKabuto

#140 / Rock · Water

Kabutops iconKabutops

#141 / Rock · Water

Totodile iconTotodile

#158 / Water

Croconaw iconCroconaw

#159 / Water

Feraligatr iconFeraligatr

#160 / Water

Chinchou iconChinchou

#170 / Water · Electric

Lanturn iconLanturn

#171 / Water · Electric

Marill iconMarill

#183 / Water · Fairy

Azumarill iconAzumarill

#184 / Water · Fairy

Politoed iconPolitoed

#186 / Water

Wooper iconWooper

#194 / Water · Ground

Quagsire iconQuagsire

#195 / Water · Ground

Slowking iconSlowking

#199 / Water · Psychic

Qwilfish iconQwilfish

#211 / Water · Poison

Corsola iconCorsola

#222 / Water · Rock

Remoraid iconRemoraid

#223 / Water

Octillery iconOctillery

#224 / Water

Mantine iconMantine

#226 / Water · Flying

Kingdra iconKingdra

#230 / Water · Dragon

Suicune iconSuicune

#245 / Water

Mudkip iconMudkip

#258 / Water

Marshtomp iconMarshtomp

#259 / Water · Ground

Swampert iconSwampert

#260 / Water · Ground

Mega Swampert iconSwampert

Mega Swampert

#260 / Water · Ground

Lotad iconLotad

#270 / Water · Grass

Lombre iconLombre

#271 / Water · Grass

Ludicolo iconLudicolo

#272 / Water · Grass

Wingull iconWingull

#278 / Water · Flying

Pelipper iconPelipper

#279 / Water · Flying

Surskit iconSurskit

#283 / Bug · Water

Carvanha iconCarvanha

#318 / Water · Dark

Sharpedo iconSharpedo

#319 / Water · Dark

Mega Sharpedo iconSharpedo

Mega Sharpedo

#319 / Water · Dark

Wailmer iconWailmer

#320 / Water

Wailord iconWailord

#321 / Water

Barboach iconBarboach

#339 / Water · Ground

Whiscash iconWhiscash

#340 / Water · Ground

Corphish iconCorphish

#341 / Water

Crawdaunt iconCrawdaunt

#342 / Water · Dark

Feebas iconFeebas

#349 / Water

Milotic iconMilotic

#350 / Water

Castform (Rainy Form) iconCastform

Rainy Form

#351 / Water

Spheal iconSpheal

#363 / Ice · Water

Sealeo iconSealeo

#364 / Ice · Water

Walrein iconWalrein

#365 / Ice · Water

Clamperl iconClamperl

#366 / Water

Huntail iconHuntail

#367 / Water

Gorebyss iconGorebyss

#368 / Water

Relicanth iconRelicanth

#369 / Water · Rock

Luvdisc iconLuvdisc

#370 / Water

Kyogre iconKyogre

#382 / Water

Primal Kyogre iconKyogre

Primal Kyogre

#382 / Water

Piplup iconPiplup

#393 / Water

Prinplup iconPrinplup

#394 / Water

Empoleon iconEmpoleon

#395 / Water · Steel

Bibarel iconBibarel

#400 / Normal · Water

Buizel iconBuizel

#418 / Water

Floatzel iconFloatzel

#419 / Water

Shellos iconShellos

#422 / Water

Gastrodon iconGastrodon

#423 / Water · Ground

Finneon iconFinneon

#456 / Water

Lumineon iconLumineon

#457 / Water

Mantyke iconMantyke

#458 / Water · Flying

Rotom (Wash Rotom) iconRotom

Wash Rotom

#479 / Electric · Water

Palkia iconPalkia

#484 / Water · Dragon

Phione iconPhione

#489 / Water

Manaphy iconManaphy

#490 / Water

Oshawott iconOshawott

#501 / Water

Dewott iconDewott

#502 / Water

Samurott iconSamurott

#503 / Water

Panpour iconPanpour

#515 / Water

Simipour iconSimipour

#516 / Water

Tympole iconTympole

#535 / Water

Palpitoad iconPalpitoad

#536 / Water · Ground

Seismitoad iconSeismitoad

#537 / Water · Ground

Basculin (Red-Striped Form) iconBasculin

Red-Striped Form

#550 / Water

Basculin (Blue-Striped Form) iconBasculin

Blue-Striped Form

#550 / Water

Tirtouga iconTirtouga

#564 / Water · Rock

Carracosta iconCarracosta

#565 / Water · Rock

Ducklett iconDucklett

#580 / Water · Flying

Swanna iconSwanna

#581 / Water · Flying

Frillish iconFrillish

#592 / Water · Ghost

Jellicent iconJellicent

#593 / Water · Ghost

Alomomola iconAlomomola

#594 / Water

Keldeo (Ordinary Form) iconKeldeo

Ordinary Form

#647 / Water · Fighting

Keldeo (Resolute Form) iconKeldeo

Resolute Form

#647 / Water · Fighting

Froakie iconFroakie

#656 / Water

Frogadier iconFrogadier

#657 / Water

Greninja iconGreninja

#658 / Water · Dark

Greninja (Ash-Greninja) iconGreninja

Ash-Greninja

#658 / Water · Dark

Binacle iconBinacle

#688 / Rock · Water

Barbaracle iconBarbaracle

#689 / Rock · Water

Skrelp iconSkrelp

#690 / Poison · Water

Clauncher iconClauncher

#692 / Water

Clawitzer iconClawitzer

#693 / Water

Volcanion iconVolcanion

#721 / Fire · Water

Popplio iconPopplio

#728 / Water

Brionne iconBrionne

#729 / Water

Primarina iconPrimarina

#730 / Water · Fairy

Wishiwashi (Solo Form) iconWishiwashi

Solo Form

#746 / Water

Wishiwashi (School Form) iconWishiwashi

School Form

#746 / Water

Mareanie iconMareanie

#747 / Poison · Water

Toxapex iconToxapex

#748 / Poison · Water

Dewpider iconDewpider

#751 / Water · Bug

Araquanid iconAraquanid

#752 / Water · Bug

Wimpod iconWimpod

#767 / Bug · Water

Golisopod iconGolisopod

#768 / Bug · Water

Pyukumuku iconPyukumuku

#771 / Water

Bruxish iconBruxish

#779 / Water · Psychic

Tapu Fini iconTapu Fini

#788 / Water · Fairy

Sobble iconSobble

#816 / Water

Drizzile iconDrizzile

#817 / Water

Inteleon iconInteleon

#818 / Water

Chewtle iconChewtle

#833 / Water

Drednaw iconDrednaw

#834 / Water · Rock

Cramorant iconCramorant

#845 / Flying · Water

Arrokuda iconArrokuda

#846 / Water

Barraskewda iconBarraskewda

#847 / Water

Dracovish iconDracovish

#882 / Water · Dragon

Arctovish iconArctovish

#883 / Water · Ice

Urshifu (Rapid Strike Style) iconUrshifu

Rapid Strike Style

#892 / Fighting · Water

Water-type Pokémon are separated within their category into three sub-categories: 

  • Pure-type Pokémon,
  • Primary-type Pokémon 
  • Secondary-type  Pokémon

As with all types, Water-type Pokémon perform better against some types than others. 

Water-type Pokémon perform well against: 

  • Fire types
  • Ground types
  • Rock types

They do not perform well against:

  • Water types
  • Grass types
  • Dragon types

Their average stats can be seen below: 

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It is worth noting that their powers increase by 50% during rain and decrease 50% during strong sunlight.

The 25 Best Water-Type Pokémon

We’ve explored the elemental type in general, now it’s time to dive into the best of the bunch. Without further ado, the best water-type Pokémon across the brand’s extensive universe.

25) Wishiwashi
Generation VII
Bulbapedia / The Pokémon Company

Wishiwashi is a water-type Pokémon. While its base form doesn’t make it a particular stand-out, through its schooling ability, it can evolve into a more powerful Pokémon. Its evolved form is feared enough to the point that even Pokémon such as Gyarados flee the scene when Wishiwashi transforms. With very well-balanced stats of 140 ATK, 130 Def, and a total of 620, schooling-form Wishiwashi is a formidable presence. 

24) Cloyster
Generation I
Bulbapedia / The Pokémon Company

Cloyster is a Water/Ice-type Pokémon. Introduced in Generation I, it evolves from Shellder. It has multiple layers of shells, the first one being gray and the second one being violet. Its shell and spikes are harder than diamond. What makes this Pokémon useful is its defensive power. Using the powerful shell it possesses, it is able to defend against enemies. It can also launch its spikes to attack and swim. With a base stat of Def. 180, this Pokémon can prove useful. 

23. Sharpedo
Generation III
Bulbapedia / The Pokémon Company

Sharpedo is a dual Water/Dark-type Pokémon. It evolves from Carvanha and its final form is Mega Sharpedonite. This Pokémon has the ability to swim at 80 miles per hour, albeit not for long distances. It uses its fangs as weapons, which can cut through steel. It also uses its spikes to attack its opponents, including ships. Known as “The Brutal Pokémon” and “Bully Of The Sea”, Sharpedo possesses 120 ATK, making it a powerful one to have by your side. 

22. Starmie
Generation I
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Starmie is a Water/Psychic Pokémon. It is the evolved form of Staryu. With an overall base stat of 520, it is well balanced. What makes it stand out is its ability to send electrical waves that are powerful enough to reach the furthest ends of the universe. While its 75 Def. and 85 Atk. are solid, the special attack it possesses makes it stand out. Its unique look has generated interest from fans of the series who’ve speculated that this Pokémon might be an alien. 

21. Omastar
Generation I
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Omastar is a Rock/Water type Pokémon that evolves from Omanyte. It has multiple tentacles, which it uses to attack enemies. It waits for its enemies to get close, and then it wraps them with its tentacles, while using its fangs to crush them. Its fangs are strong enough to crush rocks. With a Defense base stat of 125 and a Special Attack of 115, there is more than meets the eye to this Pokémon. 

20. Tentacruel
Generation I
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Tentacruel is a Water/Poison type Pokémon. It evolves from Tentacool. Tentacruel has red orbs that glow whenever it is excited or agitated, when it wants to communicate with its own kind, or when it attacks using ultrasonic waves. Tentacruel has 80 tentacles, which can be extended. It uses its tentacles to reach its target and then release poison. With a good Special Attack, this Pokémon surely lives up to its name. 

19. Wailord
Generation III
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Wailord is a Water type Pokémon. Wailord is known for its huge size. It is a Wishiwashi predator, but it can only handle its normal form. When Wishiwashi is in its schooling form, Wailord doesn’t confront it. Due to its tremendous size however, it is a big task to ask for any Pokémon to handle this water giant. Its 170 HP is what stands out, while its ability to create huge waves and also defend with its huge size means this Pokémon is good to have on your side at all times. 

18. Kingdra
Generation II
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Kingdra is a Water/Dragon type. It is the final evolved form of Horsea and Seadra. Kingdra is a powerful water Pokémon, which can break entire ships just by the undercurrents created from its yawn. Kingdra’s immense power has one flaw: It needs to hibernate for periods of time under water.  This Pokémon is said to come out and search for prey during storms, and is famous for having battles with its nemesis Dragonite. It very well balanced stats consist of 95 Attack, 95 Defense, 85 Speed, Special Attack 95 as well as 95 Special Defense.

17. Manaphy
Generation IV
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Manaphy is a Water type Mythical Pokémon. Manaphy does not evolve from another form. Together with Phione, it is a member of the Guardians of The Sea. What makes Manaphy special is its unique ability to make any Pokémon change its actions. Manaphy achieves this by using its Heart Swap Special Attack. It has an extremely well balanced base stat of 100 in all aspects with a total of 600. 

16. Milotic
Generation III
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Milotic is a Water-type Pokémon that evolves from Feebas. Milotic is relatively well balanced with 95 HP, 81 Speed and 60 Attack. What sets it apart however is its defensive ability. With a 125 Special Defense—not affected by status condition changes—the “Tender Pokémon” can be a very rigid opponent to beat defensively. This Pokémon is also considered by many the most beautiful Pokémon in the series, so it instantly goes in the fan favorite category. 

15. Golisopod
Generation VII
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Golisopod is a Bug/Water-type Pokémon. It evolves from Wimpod. Known as the “Hard Scale Pokémon” its shell is as strong as diamond. It’s a relentless Pokémon that will do anything to win a battle. With a total base stat of 530, what stands out is its Defense, which stands at 140. It has powerful claws that can rip almost every material in two. Regardless of its strength, it prefers to meditate deep in the water. Versatility in both attack and defense makes Golisopod a very powerful Pokémon to have in your side.

14. Primarina
Generation VII
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Primarina is a dual Water/Fairy-type Pokémon. It is the final form of Brionne and Popplio. Primarina has the ability to launch water balloons and use its voice to trigger those balloons to explode.  Known as the “Soloist Pokémon”, its strength is also is its weakness. If it repeatedly goes through battles, it can suffer loss of voice. With a Special ATK. of 126 and Special DEF. of 116, Primarina is a strong Pokémon with potent skills on the battlefield. 

13. Tapu Fini
Generation VII
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Tapu Fini is a dual Water/Fairy-type. It is famous for being the guardian deity of Poni Island together with Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, and Tapu Bulu being the deities of the other islands. This Pokémon has the ability to manipulate water and create a fog that puts its enemies in a trance, and the ability to bridge the worlds of the living and the dead. This bridge is dangerous however, as it can trap those who stay for too long. With a Special Def. of 130 that stands out, along with a 570 overall score, this Pokémon with mystical powers is a powerful ally to have in your side.

12. Volcanion
Generation VI
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Volcanion is a dual Fire/Water-type Pokémon. Its back expels steam, which helps it destroy objects. It is so strong that it can blow away an entire mountain. The fact that Volcanion can live for centuries, combined with the fact that this Pokémon is a Fire and Water-type, should let you know just how powerful and unconventional it is. Volcanion is surely unique and exceedingly strong. 

11. Empoleon
Generation IV
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Empoleon is a Water/Steel-type Pokémon. It is the final form of Piplup and Prinplup. Empoleon is much larger and uses its wings to slice anything it believes is a target. Those wings can also be used as a powerful defense tool as Empoleon is also a Steel type. With a Special Attack of 111 and Special Defense of 101, and with a diverse set of skills, it represents a very strong Pokémon in the series. 

10. Samurott
Generation V
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Samurott is a Water-type Pokémon and the final form of Dewott and Oshawott. This Pokémon has the ability to draw its blades to fight. It does so at a speed that is very hard for the opponent to see, and its slashing power is fatal. Also known as “The Formidable Pokémon”, it can attack very effectively by making its leg armor into a sword.

9. Feraligatr
Generation II
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Feraligatr is a Water-type Pokémon. It is the final form of Totodile and Croconaw. Feraligatr has the special ability to increase the effect of attacks with secondary effects, in exchange for neutralizing the second effect. This makes it very formidable in its offensive capabilities.

8. Lapras
Generation I
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Lapras is a dual Water/Ice-type Pokémon with a Giganmantax form, which increases its abilities. It is one of the most intelligent Pokémon, as it understands human speech. With its shell protecting a huge part of its body, and its strength to carry over 5000 people without breaking a sweat, Lapras makes for a great ally, especially in the defensive/HP aspect. 

7. Vaporeon
Generation I
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Vaporeon is a Water-type Pokémon and one of the multiple evolved forms of Eevee. This Pokémon has body features that resemble both aquatic and land monsters. It is diverse in abilities too, since it has a very high stamina as well as the ability to become invisible in water. Vaporeon has an HP of 130, which can be useful in a battle. 

6. Blastoise
Generation I
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 Blastoise is a water-type Pokémon and the final evolved form of Squirtle and Wartortle. With two water cannons on its shell at all times, it is said that Blastoise can shoot through a mountain and at a distance of 10km. While it cannot use precise shooting, it shoots water at a large density so that it can overpower enemies. With its legendary status in the Pok´mon fan-base, overwhelming water power, and high stats of attack and defense, this Pokémon is a huge help in battle and a popular choice. 

5. Swampert
Generation III
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Swampert is a Water/Ground-type with extreme strength and speed. It is stronger than most Pokémon with strength as their main ATK and faster than Pokémon with speed as their main ability. Besides offensive ability, Swampert can be very useful defensively through its defensive walls. Swampert can also evolve into a mega form, which makes it even stronger, or 630 base stat to be exact. This Pokémon is simply one of the strongest around. 

4. Greninja
Generation VI
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This Pokémon is characterized by its ninja-like movement. With swift and unpredictable speed and accuracy, Greninja is considered one of the most lethal Pokémon you could battle, especially in its Ash’s Greninja form. The water/dark type has an attack of 223. This Pokémon is the final form of Froakie and Frogadier. 

3. Gyarados
Generation I
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Gyarados is a dual Water/Flying-type Pokémon. It evolves from Magikarp, while it further evolves into Mega Gyarados. Its fangs can crush stones and its body is very strong. When this Pokémon goes on the attack, its rampage can last a month’s time since it is known to have a very impulsive nature. Its overall base stat is 540. Gyarados is one of the most feared Pokémon for a good reason, since it has the ability to stay in both fresh and salty water, jump out of it and stay in the wild, as well as a mega form that increases its stats exponentially. With this Pokémon by your side, very few things can worry you.

2. Kyogre
Generation III
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Kyogre is a whale-like Pokémon. It belongs to the water type, and if it has the blue orb, it can transform itself to have a whopping 770 base stat. Kyogre is considered the strongest water-type Pokémon, and therefore any Pokémon that has a weakness against water types is doomed to have a tough time with this sea ruler. It is most efficient against Fire, Rock and Ground types. Its power is so great that it can cause sea levels to rise. A part of the ancient-trio along with Groudon and Rayquaza, this Pokémon can expand oceans and cause chaos in the battlefield. 

1. Palkia
Generation IV
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Palkia is a Water/Dragon-type, and represents 1/3 of the Sinnoh Trio along with Dialga and Giratina. Palkia represents space and so naturally its ability is warping space and traveling through different dimensions. It is known that Palkia has battled with Dialga in the past. Its most famous attack is Spacial Rend. With a base stat of 680, its skills are balanced perfectly across all aspects. The ability to warp space and create new realities should be enough to let you know just how powerful this Pokémon is. Tack on its flying ability, and you have a terrifying enemy for any Pokémon, water-type or not. 

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Top Ten LEGO Sets for the 2021 Holiday Season

There’s no doubt that the holiday shopping madness is upon us, and with delayed shipping expectations, it’s best to get ahead of the curve with your shopping this year. As a lifelong fan, I can say with confidence that 2021 has been the BEST year ever for LEGO; there have been so many incredible sets that dwindling this list to just 10 picks was a real challenge! 

Here are the top 10 sets to keep on your radar for the holiday season—and if you buy them from LEGO’s website, you can usually snag some freebies and/or VIP points depending on when you place your order!

10. LEGO Ideas Fender Guitar
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This is the first true collaboration between LEGO and any major musical instrument company, so who better than the American classic, Fender? This set has so many great details packed into it that guitarists will love, but more than that, it makes for a great display model for music fans in general. Whether you’re a rockstar in real life or just want to look like one, this set is a great display piece and one that I highly recommend.

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9. LEGO The Friends Apartments
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Whether or not you thought Ross and Rachel were on a break, one thing is for sure: you’ll love this set! It comes with every main character from FRIENDS and is jam-packed with easter eggs that will please any fan of the show. This is also a rare set that I recommend as a “couples build,” since it’s two distinct models in one set. One of you can build the boys’ apartment while the other is working on the girls’, or maybe you can play a game of trivia and the winner gets to keep the girls’ apartment! 

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8. LEGO Dark Knight Tumbler
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This is a rare instance of LEGO remaking an old classic almost brick-for-brick, but the 2021 Tumbler is a great display piece that would make any Batman fan’s Christmas unforgettable. The build is solid, it’s relatively easy for a set of its size, and the two exclusive minifigs make this a must-have for any DC or Batman collector.

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7. LEGO Super Mario 64 Question Block
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Super Mario 64 is one of the most influential video games of all-time, so getting a LEGO set based off of this classic title is something many fans have dreamed of for years. It’s a bit puzzling that the set is based around the “?” block since that block wasn’t in the original Super Mario 64, but this set delivers surprises and fun on so many levels (no pun intended!)

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6. LEGO Disney Castle
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This is a set I highly recommend getting this Christmas for two reasons: first, it’s an amazing set, and second, it will likely retire in 2022, meaning this may be your last chance to get it. The set is packed with references to Disney princesses, lore, and characters on the inside, and the outside depicts the iconic Cinderella’s Castle from Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida. With several exclusive minifigures and amazing play features, this is a set I believe people will be bummed they missed out on if they don’t pick it up before it’s gone for good.

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5. LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon
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The UCS Millennium Falcon is the largest LEGO Star Wars set of all-time, and it used to be the biggest LEGO set ever (more on that shortly.) Still, this set is one of the most desirable LEGO Star Wars sets ever both due to its record-setting piece count and for its sheer size. Who wouldn’t want a giant-sized Millennium Falcon in the middle of their living room!?

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4. LEGO Titanic
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Remember I mentioned that the UCS Millennium Falcon was once the largest LEGO set ever? Well, the 2021 Titanic is now the holder of that title with a whopping 9,090 pieces! (Okay, TECHNICALLY the World Map has the most pieces with 11,695, but since that set is almost entirely made up of 1×1 studs and not “traditional” bricks, it doesn’t count in my book.) Anyway, the Titanic is MASSIVE, measuring in at 18 inches tall, 7 inches wide, and a colossal 54 inches long. It comes with a LEGO-built stand to display it on, and it breaks apart in sections so that you can see the inside’s engine room, sleeping quarters, and more. 

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3. LEGO Harry Potter: Diagon Alley
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Another one of the largest sets of all-time, the Harry Potter Diagon Alley set is a must-have for fans of the Wizarding World. Offering the largest minifigure selection of any LEGO Harry Potter set ever, this set’s main draw is the four buildings that are packed tight with Easter eggs, references, and iconic scenes from the world of Harry Potter. Easily one of the best Harry Potter sets ever!

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2. LEGO Marvel: The Daily Bugle
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This is a true contender for my favorite LEGO set ever. As a lifelong LEGO, Marvel, and Spider-Man fan, it’s hard not to love every aspect of this set. It gives you nearly every iconic Spider-Man villain ever, several Spider-Man variants, some great side vehicles, and loads of great Marvel references placed with care in every corner of the set. The build is fun, it displays great, and if you’re into playing with your LEGO sets, it’s great for that, too! 

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1. LEGO Ideas: Home Alone
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A holiday classic translated into the world’s favorite brick toy system: what’s not to love? This set released in November 2021 and is already one of the hot-selling items for the holiday season! This minifigure-scale replica of the house from Home Alone comes with every main character from the movie and is an incredibly intricate build. For an added bonus, YouTuber Ashnflash pointed out that the set is broken up into 24 bags, meaning you could treat it like an Advent calendar and build a bag a day starting on December 1st leading up to Christmas Day! 

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These are my top picks for the Best LEGO Sets for Holiday 2021. As always, feel free to reach out to me on IG or connect on TikTok or YouTube and let me know your thoughts! 

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How Many Pokémon Are There?

Throughout the decades since its inception, Pokémon has somehow only grown to become more and more popular. At important points, it had great catalysts for growth and boosts in fans, like Pokémon GO a few years ago and the increase of interest in Pokémon cards and their value during the height of the pandemic.

It’s no surprise that of all the most valuable media franchises in the world, including Harry Potter, Mickey Mouse, Star Wars, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pokémon has generated the most revenue, with an estimated $100 billion.

Of course, as the brand proves its longevity and new fans arrive annually, some of the older generations can be forgotten and the history can get lost over time. If you’re a newer fan and have questions about how many Pokémon there are in totality, how many generations there are, or who the most powerful Pokémon of all time are, look no further.

How many Pokémon are there?

At the time of writing, there are close to 1,000 Pokémon. 901, to be exact. If you’ve done your research and have seen the number 898 floating around, let us explain. In footage of the upcoming Pokémon Legends: Arceus game, three new Pokémon (Wyrdeer, Basculegion, and Kleavor) were shown, which is where the extra 3 come from. Some aren’t counting them yet until the game releases, but technically we know they exist.

Pokémon are generally broken up into species, of which there are 6.

What are the different Pokémon species and what do they mean?
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The 6 kinds of Pokémon species are Starter Pokémon, Fossil Pokémon, Baby Pokémon, Legendary Pokémon, Mythical Pokémon, and Ultra Beasts.

A Starter Pokémon is the first Pokémon that is available to players in main series games. As a general rule, there are 3 per generation, with the only exception being Generation I which had 2 extra. There are 26 Starter Pokémon.

A Fossil Pokémon is an ancient Pokémon that is only obtained by resurrecting fossils and their evolutions. There are 26 Fossil Pokémon.

A Baby Pokémon is, as the name suggests, an infant Pokémon that can only be obtained by breeding their evolved forms. There are 19 Baby Pokémon.

A Legendary Pokémon is associated with the legends and lore of Pokémon. There are 59 Legendary Pokémon.

A Mythical Pokémon is a Pokémon that can only be obtained through distribution events. There are 22 Mythical Pokémon.

Finally, an Ultra Beast is a Pokémon from another dimension. It is the rarest species of Pokémon, with only 11 in total.

Who was the first Pokémon?

As simple of a question as this may seem, there’s some debate about this within the community. It’s largely because of misinformation and different interpretations of the word “first”.

The first Pokémon in the Pokédex is Bulbasaur. The first Pokémon ever designed and put into game data was Rhydon. In terms of lore, Arceus is of course the creator of the entire Pokéverse, so there’s an argument there too. Mew though is considered to be the ancestor of all Pokémon.

What are the most powerful Pokémon?

Just like there are many ways to interpret who the first Pokémon ever was, there are also multiple ways to measure who the most powerful Pokémon is. The aforementioned Arceus is certainly in the conversation by default, being the creator of all Pokémon and having the ability to stop time, change shape and type, and the full extent of his powers has never been revealed.

Also in the conversation is Mewtwo, an artificial Pokémon initially created to be a weapon before he became self-aware and indescribably powerful.

To see a list our list of the 20 most powerful Pokémon of all time, click here.

Generation I (Kanto)
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  • Release date: 1996
  • Number of Pokémon: 151
  • Notable Pokémon: Pikachu, Charizard, Jigglypuff, Mewtwo, Snorlax, Bulbasaur, Squirtle
  • Main games: Red, Green, Blue, Yellow

Arguably the most iconic generation of Pokémon, easily featuring the most prominent Pokémon in the franchise, Generation I set the formula for every single one of its successors. Despite this, these days it often gets shunned. Fans think that it gets remembered fondly only for being the original.

Generation II (Johto)
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  • Release date: 1999
  • Number of Pokémon: 100
  • Notable Pokémon: Cyndaquill, Typhlosion, Scizor, Togepi, Lugia
  • Main games: Gold, Silver, Crystal

The main argument against Pokémon Gold, Pokémon Silver, and Pokémon Crystal is that they haven’t aged well in terms of visuals and mechanics. Story-wise however, they’re appreciated for being some of the best Pokémon games, and great and necessary improvements were made upon the first-gen.

Generation III (Hoenn)
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  • Release date: 2002
  • Number of Pokémon: 135
  • Notable Pokémon: Rayquaza, Groudon, Kyogre, Regirock
  • Main games: Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald

Fans seem to be split down the middle for Hoenn, with some hailing it as the best generation of Pokémon and others thinking it falls somewhere along the middle. Perhaps nostalgia plays a part, but objectively, it included many fan-favorite Pokémon and introduced players to Kanto, which they’ll be forever grateful for.

Generation IV (Sinnoh)
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  • Release date: 2006
  • Number of Pokémon: 107
  • Notable Pokémon: Giratina, Lucario, Infernape, Arceus
  • Main games: Diamond, Pearl, Platinum

Generation IV features some of the most beloved regions in franchise history, but in terms of its impact on the franchise, nothing is more notable than the Physical/Special split, which many credit with saving the series entirely.

Generation V (Unova)
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  • Release date: 2010
  • Number of Pokémon: 156
  • Notable Pokémon: Zoroark, Hydregion, Mienshao, Zekrom, Kyurem
  • Main games: Black, White, Black 2, White 2

Unova houses an incredible collection of Pokémon and to date, is the generation that introduced fans to the newest Pokémon, with only Generation I coming close. Many herald Black and White with having the best storylines in any Pokémon game ever and largely for that reason, it is a large portion of the fan base’s favorite generation of all time.

Generation VI (Kalos)
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  • Release date: 2013
  • Number of Pokémon: 72
  • Notable Pokémon: Zygarde, Greninja, Xerneas, Talonflame
  • Main games: X, Y

It is of course debatable, but the general consensus around Generation VI is that it has some of the weaker games from the entire series. This is because they’re a little too easy with less emphasis on the storyline. Where you fall on this generation might also be down to what you think of Mega Evolutions, because this is where those came into play.

Generation VII (Alola)
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  • Release date: 2016
  • Number of Pokémon: 88
  • Notable Pokémon: Lycanroc, Necrozoma, Lunala
  • Main Games: Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon

Another highly debated generation amongst fans, but even those who love the game agree that the hand-holding in it was a little much. 

Generation VIII (Galar)
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  • Release date: 2019
  • Number of Pokémon: 92
  • Notable Pokémon: Zacian, Rillaboom, Dragapult
  • Main games: Sword, Shield, Legends: Arceus

It’s no surprise that Galar is easily the most polarising generation of Pokémon, seeing as though it’s the newest. There tends to be a general resentment for newer things in any long-lasting franchises, but even controlling for that, many fans aren’t happy with the direction of the generation so far. Of course, Pokémon Legends: Arceus could still sway things.

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The Best Fire Type Pokémon

This year Pokémon celebrates its 25th franchise anniversary. What started as a GameBoy game 25 years ago has become the 4th best-selling video game franchise of all time, with over 380 million games sold.

It has gone on to become the most valuable media franchise of all time, worth $100 billion.  Pokémon’s shows and movies have grossed over $1.8 billion, while its trading cards have sold over 3.4 billion times, and have helped spark the trading cards trend, becoming the number one most traded card on sites like eBay.

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All of this success is due to its characters. Whether it’s the rare Legendary Pokémon or the beloved Starter Pokémon, Pokémon have connected with audiences in a way that no other characters in anime/shows have. With 893 Pokémon in the Pokémon Universe, many characters have each made their mark. Pokémon are separated into different categories such as Generation, Region, Starter, Legendary, etc. No category though is more famous and obvious than their type. Pokémon are separated into 18 different types—such as Normal, Fire, Water, Grass, Psychic, Electric, Steel, Ghost, etc. Out of all these, the Fire-type represents some of the most well-known and strong Pokémon in the universe. On the 25th anniversary, we are going to take a look at the best 25 Fire-type Pokémon.

What is a fire-type Pokémon?

First, Fire-type Pokémon are 1/3rd of the three basic starter elemental types of Pokémon: Fire, Water and Grass. As such they are one of the first types of Pokémon that players/viewers see and therefore have a special place in the Pokémon Universe.

There are 83 Fire-type Pokemon when evolutions are included. These Pokémon are listed below:

Every Fire-Type Pokémon:

Charmander iconCharmander

#004 / Fire

Charmeleon iconCharmeleon

#005 / Fire

Charizard iconCharizard

#006 / Fire · Flying

Mega Charizard X iconCharizard (Mega Charizard X)

#006 / Fire · Dragon

Mega Charizard Y iconCharizard (Mega Charizard Y)

#006 / Fire · Flying

Vulpix iconVulpix

#037 / Fire

Ninetales iconNinetales

#038 / Fire

Growlithe iconGrowlithe (Hisuian Growlithe)

#058 / Fire · Rock

Arcanine iconArcanine

#059 / Fire

Ponyta iconPonyta

#077 / Fire

Rapidash iconRapidash

#078 / Fire

Alolan Marowak iconMarowak (Alolan Marowak)

#105 / Fire · Ghost

Magmar iconMagmar

#126 / Fire

Flareon iconFlareon

#136 / Fire

Moltres iconMoltres

#146 / Fire · Flying

Cyndaquil iconCyndaquil

#155 / Fire

Quilava iconQuilava

#156 / Fire

Typhlosion iconTyphlosion

#157 / Fire

Slugma iconSlugma

#218 / Fire

Magcargo iconMagcargo

#219 / Fire · Rock

Houndour iconHoundour

#228 / Dark · Fire

Houndoom iconHoundoom

#229 / Dark · Fire

Mega Houndoom iconHoundoom (Mega Houndoom)

#229 / Dark · Fire

Magby iconMagby

#240 / Fire

Entei iconEntei

#244 / Fire

Ho-oh iconHo-oh

#250 / Fire · Flying

Torchic iconTorchic

#255 / Fire

Combusken iconCombusken

#256 / Fire · Fighting

Blaziken iconBlaziken

#257 / Fire · Fighting

Mega Blaziken iconBlaziken (Mega Blaziken)

#257 / Fire · Fighting

Numel iconNumel

#322 / Fire · Ground

Camerupt iconCamerupt

#323 / Fire · Ground

Mega Camerupt iconCamerupt (Mega Camerupt)

#323 / Fire · Ground

Torkoal iconTorkoal

#324 / Fire

Castform (Sunny Form) iconCastform (Sunny Form)

#351 / Fire

Primal Groudon iconGroudon (Primal Groudon)

#383 / Ground · Fire

Chimchar iconChimchar

#390 / Fire

Monferno iconMonferno

#391 / Fire · Fighting

Infernape iconInfernape

#392 / Fire · Fighting

Magmortar iconMagmortar

#467 / Fire

Rotom (Heat Rotom) iconRotom (Heat Rotom)

#479 / Electric · Fire

Heatran iconHeatran

#485 / Fire · Steel

Victini iconVictini

#494 / Psychic · Fire

Tepig iconTepig

#498 / Fire

Pignite iconPignite

#499 / Fire · Fighting

Emboar iconEmboar

#500 / Fire · Fighting

Pansear iconPansear

#513 / Fire

Simisear iconSimisear

#514 / Fire

Darumaka iconDarumaka

#554 / Fire

Darmanitan (Standard Mode) iconDarmanitan (Standard Mode)

#555 / Fire

Darmanitan (Zen Mode) iconDarmanitan (Zen Mode)

#555 / Fire · Psychic

Darmanitan (Galarian Zen Mode) iconDarmanitan (Galarian Zen Mode)

#555 / Ice · Fire

Litwick iconLitwick

#607 / Ghost · Fire

Lampent iconLampent

#608 / Ghost · Fire

Chandelure iconChandelure

#609 / Ghost · Fire

Heatmor iconHeatmor

#631 / Fire

Larvesta iconLarvesta

#636 / Bug · Fire

Volcarona iconVolcarona

#637 / Bug · Fire

Reshiram iconReshiram

#643 / Dragon · Fire

Fennekin iconFennekin

#653 / Fire

Braixen iconBraixen

#654 / Fire

Delphox iconDelphox

#655 / Fire · Psychic

Fletchinder iconFletchinder

#662 / Fire · Flying

Talonflame iconTalonflame

#663 / Fire · Flying

Litleo iconLitleo

#667 / Fire · Normal

Pyroar iconPyroar

#668 / Fire · Normal

Volcanion iconVolcanion

#721 / Fire · Water

Litten iconLitten

#725 / Fire

Torracat iconTorracat

#726 / Fire

Incineroar iconIncineroar

#727 / Fire · Dark

Oricorio (Baile Style) iconOricorio (Baile Style)

#741 / Fire · Flying

Salandit iconSalandit

#757 / Poison · Fire

Salazzle iconSalazzle

#758 / Poison · Fire

Turtonator iconTurtonator

#776 / Fire · Dragon

Blacephalon iconBlacephalon

#806 / Fire · Ghost

Scorbunny iconScorbunny

#813 / Fire

Raboot iconRaboot

#814 / Fire

Cinderace iconCinderace

#815 / Fire

Carkol iconCarkol

#838 / Rock · Fire

Coalossal iconCoalossal

#839 / Rock · Fire

Sizzlipede iconSizzlipede

#850 / Fire · Bug

Centiskorch iconCentiskorch

#851 / Fire · Bug

Fire-type Pokémon are separated within their category into three sub-categories: 

  • Pure-Fire type Pokémon
  • Primary-type Pokémon 
  • Secondary-type Pokémon

Like all other types, Fire-type Pokémon have their strengths and weaknesses. 

They perform well against the following types: 

  • Grass
  • Ice
  • Bug 
  • Steel

They struggle against the following types:

  • Fire
  • Water
  • Rock 
  • Dragon

Their average stats can be seen below:

pokémondb.net
https://pokemondb.net/type/fire

Fire-types represent some of the strongest Pokémon that can be seen in the series, and we are going to list the 25 best Fire-type Pokémon below. “Best” is obviously subjective, but these are some of the top fire-type Pokémon, based on their strength and notoriety in the entire universe. 

The 25 Best Fire-Type Pokémon:
25. Chandelure
Generation V
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Chandelure_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Chandelure is a Ghost/Fire-type. Its first evolved form is Lampent, while its final form is Litwick. This Pokémon launches flames that burn a Pokémon’s soul rather than its body, as those flames then absorb its spirit. With a 271 ATK and 182 DEF, this Pokémon is diverse enough with its ability to cause trouble. 

24. Houndoom
Generation II
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Houndoom_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Houndoom is a Dark/Fire-type Pokémon. It evolves from Houndour, while its Mega evolution is Mega Houndoom. Its attack prowess is what makes it stand apart from the rest. Its fire attacks are combined with toxins, which allow this Pokémon to inflict damage that cannot be healed. While its weaker defensive stats make it vulnerable, it is still a powerful choice in battle. 

23. Camerupt
Generation III
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Camerupt_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Camerupt is a Fire/Ground-type Pokémon. While its first and second evolution forms, Numel and Camerupt, respectively, are solid, what makes it stand out is its Mega-evolution form Mega Camerupt. This evolved form can erupt lava as hot as 18,000 °F (10,000 °C). Its special attack ATK stat reaches 145, making it very dangerous. This Pokémon lives in volcano craters and has a very short temper. 

22. Emboar
Generation V
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Emboar_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Emboar is a Fire/Fighting-type Pokémon. It is the final evolved form of  Tepig and Pignite. While it is something of a one-dimensional Pokémon, its great offensive strength makes up for the other aspects. Due to its power, it can cause a lot of damage to the opponent by launching strong moves with speed. It launches fire through the fire reserves on its neck and shoulders.

21. Salazzle
Generation VII
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Salazzle_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Salazzle is a Poison/Fire-type Pokémon. Salazzle evolves from Salandit in its female form, while the male form does not. Also known as the “Toxic Lizard”, this powerful Pokémon has a base speed stat of 117 and 111 base attack stat. Through its numerous special moves such as Oblivion, it can poison any enemy. As such, it is a powerful Pokémon to have.

20. Torkoal
Generation III
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Torkoal_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Torkoal is a Fire-type Pokémon. Torkoals live by burning coal, and as such are constantly on the lookout for it. They cannot survive without natural resources. Even though they do not evolve, what makes them a great Pokémon to have among Fire-types is their ability to increase the sunlight’s intensity, which is also known as the “Drought ability”. This can be very powerful in an individual or team scenario with multiple Fire-type Pokémon because the sun increases their power and also decreases the abilities of water-type Pokémon. 

19. Incineroar
Generation VII
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Incineroar_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Incineroar is a Fire/Dark-type Pokémon. It is the third evolution form of Torracat and Litten. Incineroar is a highly aggressive Pokémon, releasing fire from its waist as long as it is motivated. This Pokémon is known for increasing its potency if it enjoys support from crowds, even though it disregards orders, even that of its trainer at times. With its signature move “Malicious Moonssault” it can cause huge damage to the opponent. With strength and aggressiveness that is difficult to match, this Pokémon is a strong one to have in your arsenal. 

18. Simisear
Generation V
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Simisear_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Simisear is a Fire-type Pokémon that evolves from Pansear to Simisear. Simisear fuels the fire within its body with sweet foods. With an attack that reaches up to 180, Simisear has great offensive power and has the ability to cause damage to the opponent in short time spans. Simisear becomes even stronger in the sun naturally, as it is a fire-type. While its energy bursts can become a weakness if the battle is extended, with the right plan and support, this Pokémon can be very helpful.

17. Volcarona
Generation V
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Volcarona_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Volcarona is a bug-fire/type. This Pokémon is the second evolution form of Larvesta. Volcarona releases fire from its wings, and it’s able to surround the entire battlefield with flames. Its ability to cover places with flames made it a very feared Pokémon by ancient people. According to legend, Volcarona is responsible for replacing the sun’s temperature and helping people and Pokémon to not go extinct when volcanic ash covered the sun. With a Special ATK of 135 and speed of 100, Volcarona has balanced skills that match well against Pokémon that fire-types usually have trouble against. 

16. Talonflame
Generation VI
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Talonflame_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Talonflame is a Fire/Flying Pokémon. It is the third evolution of Fletchling and Fletchlinder. With its falcon-like stature, it preys on other Pokémon bird-types, which are its main food source. After chasing its prey with a top speed of 500 km, it kicks and then grabs its victim with its claws. Its wings are fireproof and have been used for firefighter outfits in the past. With an overall base stat of 500 balanced across attack and defense, a 500km speed and fireproof wings, Talonflame is a very powerful Pokémon to have by your side. 

15. Delphox
Generation VI
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Delphox_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Delphox is a Fire/Psychic type Pokémon. It is the final evolution form of Fennekin and Braixen. By using its wand, Delphox is able to put its enemies in a vortex of fire that can reach 5,400 degrees Fahrenheit (3,000 degrees Celsius). With a max special attack that reaches 230 and with resistance to Fairy, Fighting, Fire, Grass, Ice, Psychic and Steel types, Delphox is a well-balanced Pokémon that can be extremely valuable in battle. 

14. Darmanitan
Generation V
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Darmanitan_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Darmanitan is a Fire-type Pokémon that evolves from Darumaka. This Pokémon is extremely powerful, and it can change forms during battle. Its strength is increased substantially when it transforms into its Zen mode. Darmanitan transforms into a dual Ice/Fire-type when it enters Zen mode, instantly becoming much more dangerous. While its defensive skills are not on the same level, the fact that this Pokémon can transform itself during battle into effectively two Pokémon is the best proof of just how powerful it is. 

13. Arcanine
Generation I
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Arcanine_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Arcanine is a Fire-type Legendary Pokémon. Arcanine sets itself apart by its speed. It is capable of running 6,200 miles (10,000 kilometers) in 24 hours. With a 110 base attack, tremendous speed, and its Legendary status, Arcanine is a highly dangerous Pokémon to match up against. Arcanine is also known as a fiercely loyal Pokémon, making it a must-have in a battle. 

12. Entei
Generation II
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Entei_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Entei is a Fire-type legendary Pokémon. It represents one of the three Legendary beasts resurrected by Ho-Oh, along with Raikou and Suicune. Enteis are born whenever a volcano erupts, and their flames are said to be hotter than the magma from a volcano. The fact that Entei has the highest attack out of the legendary beasts is enough to tell you just how powerful it is. It also has the highest HP out of all the fire types.

11. Moltres
Generation I
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Moltres_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Moltres is a Fire/Flying-type Legendary Pokémon. It attacks by spreading energy through its wings, which attack the minds of its enemies. This powerful energy consumes its enemies to the point where they cannot function the same as before. If something happens to Moltres, this Pokémon heals itself by diving into the volcano. Its signature move is the Fiery Wrath.

10. Victini
Generation V
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Victini_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Victini is a Fire/Psychic-type Pokémon. Otherwise known as the “Victory Pokemon,” it is said that whoever fights alongside Victini will win any battle. This Pokémon has an infinite amount of energy. Its base stats are in total 600 and are perfectly distributed between attack and defense. An endless energy supply combined with one of the most balanced skillsets in the Pokémon universe are what make Victini an infinitely strong and feared Pokémon 

9. Heatran
Generation IV
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Heatran_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Heatran is a Fire/Steel-type Pokémon. Its body is so hot that certain parts of it melt and are de-formed. Heatran has the power to cause the volcanic crater to erupt. While its overall base stats are 600, its special attack that reaches 130 is what stands out. It is the only Pokémon that can perform the Magma Storm, thus making it a very powerful damage-dealing Pokémon.

8. Volcanion
Generation VI
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Volcanion_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Volcanion is a Fire/Mythical Pokémon. It also has the ability to turn into a Water-type Pokémon, thus making it extremely difficult to beat. Volcanion is immune to water attacks and therefore is a valuable asset among the Fire-type Pokémon. Its strong arms expel pressure that can destroy mountains. This combination of attack and defense skills means Volcanion is a must-have on the battlefield. 

7. Infernape
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Infernape_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Infernape is a Fire/Fighting-type Pokémon. It is the third evolution of Chimchar and Monferno. Infernape has an HP that reaches 262, and an attack that reaches almost 200. This means that if you are looking for a Pokémon that is durable and highly damaging, Infernape is the right choice. Infernape practices a special form of martial arts that puts to use all of its limbs in order to make its attacks unpredictable. 

6. Charizard
Generation I
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Charizard_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Charizard is a Fire/Flying type-Pokémon. It is the third evolution form of Charmeleon and Charmander. Undoubtedly one of the most iconic Pokémon ever, it is also one of the strongest. With flame hotter than 3000 degrees, the ability to fly over enemies as well as swim underwater, Charizard is as strong as it is iconic. With a Pok´mon like it by your side, battles are certainly easier to win. 

5. Blaziken
Generation III
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Blaziken_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Blaziken is a Fire/Fighting-type Pokémon. It is the third form of Torchic and Combusken. Blaziken can release fire from its body and utilizes a martial art style that allows him to perform damaging kicks. Its power directly corresponds with its body temperature and they go in parallel. With many attacks such as Fire Spin and Blaze Kick and a 240 ATK, it is an extremely powerful Pokémon.

4. Cinderace
Generation VIII
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Cinderace_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Cinderace is the third form of Scorbunny and Raboot. It can change its type to its next planned move. This fact alone should let you know that this Pokémon is unique. Cinderace can create extremely damaging attacks with relative ease. Its ability to use Libero, using its enemy’s moves against them is one more advantageous factor that makes Cinderace a very strong Pokémon. Famous for its use of Pyro ball, a flame ball which chases its enemies, Cinderace is a scary opponent for any Pokémon. 

3. Reshiram
Generation V
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Reshiram_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Reshiram is a Dragon/Fire Pokémon. With its jet-engine-like tail, its ability to cause chaos with fire and the power to change the weather, it is difficult to consider this Pokémon anything less than extremely powerful. Reshiram is part of the Tao Trio and The Legend states that, unlike Zekrom which sided with the younger brother, Reshiram sided with the Older brother who sought the truth. Therefore, Reshiram burns castles with people who ignore the truth and are guided by greed. Its special move is Fusion Blade.

2. Ho-Oh
Generation II
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Ho-Oh_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Ho-Oh is the master/creator of the trio of Legendary Birds Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres. Ho-Oh created each one as a representation of his journey. A Fire/Flying-type Pokémon, Ho-Oh has a 239 attack CP. It is well very well balanced in defense and stamina. It can regenerate, which makes it an almost unbeatable Pokémon. Furthermore, it can summon the Legendary Birds and summon Pokémon from the dead. Its powerful special attack, as well as its legendary status, make Ho-Oh a mesmerizing figure in the Pokémon universe and a very powerful Pokémon to have in your arsenal.

1. Groudon
Generation III
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Groudon_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Primal Groudon undergoes a transformation and becomes a dual Ground/Fire-type. Primal Groudon is an evolution of Groudon. Together with Rayquan and Kyogre, it is a part of the super-ancient Pokémon. With his powers, he can create and move entire continents, while his battles with Kyogre are some of the scariest Pokémon legends ever told. His ability to become a fire Pokémon when in control of the orbit makes Groudon unparalleled and the true ruler of the ground. Its combined stats of 770 are enough to show that Groudon can take on any Pokémon in history and cause trouble. It can evaporate water, cause volcanoes to erupt and can cause cataclysmic damages, making it, subjectively, our choice for the best fire-type Pokémon of all time.

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Balenciaga Comes to Fortnite: High Fashion and Gaming Continue to Merge

With the introduction of NFTs into the metaverse and a seemingly never-ending list of surprising brand collaborations over the past few years, the practice of flexing clothing—previously constricted to the real world—is becoming an increasingly larger part of the gaming world. Louis Vuitton made a video game. Gucci bags are in Roblox. And now, Balenciaga has made its way into Fortnite.

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Fortnite is integrating a collection of wearable pieces from the luxury fashion house, including a roster of outfits, backpacks and more. Epic’s post unveiling the collaboration concludes with the line: “Make Fortnite your fashion destination this fall,” suggesting that this collaboration will be the first of many. For all the details on the pieces and availability, head to Epic’s site.

Fashion and Gaming:

While the details of this specific collaboration are certainly interesting, I’d like to focus on what this move means for the future of gaming. The integration of Balenciaga into Fortnite is creating another world of flexing in game; what’s “cool” in video games used to have almost nothing to do with what was cool IRL. You wanted the abyssal whip in Runescape simply because you saw other players in game look “cool” with it equipped, not because you actually love whips. But even as far back as early seasons of Fortnite, Epic began to integrate aspects of pop culture into the game, blurring the line between IRL hype and digital hype.

See: Fortnite x John Wick:

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Fortnite’s numerous collaborations and brand of pop culture-infused hype have changed the gaming landscape, but they still exist within a closed ecosystem. NFT technology is opening up the possibility of limitless exchange outside of specific games. We can imagine a future in which Balenciaga doesn’t create a collection for Fortnite; rather, they would create an NFT un-restricted by game affiliation that can be pulled into a wide array of metaverses and used as a skin in other games across platforms.

The possibilities for the future of the gaming/fashion world are truly endless. Instances like the Fortnite x Balenciaga collab demonstrate the merits of hype within a gaming ecosystem, but it’s really just the tip of the iceberg. We will look back on 2021 as a turning point for video games. Flexing and fashion hype don’t just exist IRL; the world of the digital flex has arrived.

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The Best Legendary Pokémon Across the Franchise’s Universe

Pokémon is one of the most beloved and popular media franchises ever. It is so popular, in fact, that it is the most valuable media franchise of all time.

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Created in 1995 by Satoshi Tajiri, what started as a pair of video games for Game Boy became a record-breaking media franchise. It is the 4th best-selling videogame franchise of all time, with nearly 400 million games sold and one billion mobile downloads. Its anime adaption is considered the best videogame to anime adaption of all time, with 20 seasons and more than 1,000 episodes. The IP’s trading cards have been sold more than 34 Billion times, and have become an entire alternative investing class of its own. Some cards have sold for prices higher than some houses. Anime movies, live-action movies and theme parks, you name it.  

At the center of the Pokémon universe are… Pokémon. Mythical creatures with special powers are separated into different categories. While fan-favorites such as Pikachu and Charizard are a hit among fans and casuals, there is one special category of Pokémon that stands above all others both in terms of power and origin story: Legendary Pokémon. In this article, we’ll be examining the best legendary Pokémon across all the media in the franchise’s wide-reaching universe.

What are Legendary Pokémon and where do they come from? A timeline.

Legendary Pokémon are unique because of their powers and history. While the entire history is unknown in detail, there are certain things we know for sure, and then certain aspects that are up for debate among fans. What we know is that there are 900 Pokémon in total and approximately 80 of them are Legendary. The first factor that makes them special is the simple fact that all Pokémon exist because of one Legendary Pokémon: Arceus. Known also as “The Original One”, Arceus is credited with having created the Pokémon Universe. This Pokémon is considered the god of all Pokémon. 

Arceus then created Dialgia, Palkina and Giratina. Also known as the “Creation Trio,” this group of legendary Pokémon was the first group to be given life by Arceus, therefore they have a special place in the universe. Arceus gave them power over time (Dialgia), space (Palkina), and antimatter (Giratina). Because of its aggressive nature, Giratina was sent to the “Distortion World”, a world created as punishment by Arceus.


After creating the “Creation Trio”, Arceus created the “Lake Guardians”, specifically Uxie, Mesprit and Aself. Through them, all creatures were given knowledge, emotion and willpower. All three went to caves, respectively to Lake Verity, Lake Valor and Lake Acuity. Three more legendaries were created afterward. Kyogre was created from the deep-sea trenches and represents the ocean itself, Groudon from the crust of the Earth, and Rayquaza was created from the minerals of the ozone layer. Kyogre created the sea and Groudon created land. They fought each other and Rayquaza had to intervene; they were put away through the Red and Blue orbit, respectively. Regigigas moved continents around and created the regions in the Pokémon universe. He went on to create Regirock, Regice and Registeel. They are also known as the Legendary Titans. Regirock represents clay, Regice represents ice and Registeel represents magma.

Later on, A legendary bird Pokémon was born: Ho-oh. This Pokémon created three other legendary bird Pokémon, each representing Ho-oh’s Journey. These three legendary birds are Moltres, who represents the heat of the sun through which Ho-oh was born, Articuno, who represents the cold air through which Ho-oh flew and Zapdos, who represents Earth, the place Ho-oh landed.

During this time, a powerful Pokémon species named Mew, which was created earlier, started going extinct due to their bodies adapting to Earth conditions. After a long time passes, Arceus decided to go away, but before doing so, Arceus created four more legendary Pokémon. These are Tapu Lele, who created the first human and Meloetta, a psychic Pokemon that gives humans artistic creativity. Tapu Bulu is the second legendary Tapu Pokemon. Tapu Bulu taught humans agriculture and tolerance with Pokémon. Tapu Fini and Tapu Koko are the 3rd and 4th Pokémon created. They taught humans about different types of Pokémon and everything they needed to know about their abilities, strengths and how to fight. With time, other Pokémon, such as Calebi and Shaymin, came to light.

This is an approximate timeline of events through which Legendary Pokémon were created. The Pokémon universe is vast and the exact origin stories and locations are not entirely known, but by now I am certain that you get a feel as to why the Pokémon fanbase is so invested. There are many unique characters and stories through which viewers can create their connection with them. 

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The above video features a Legendary Pokémon Family Tree to paint the picture for you.

If you want a different and easier to categorize them, you can look below. Legendary Pokémon are categorized into generations. Pokémon generations are simply groupings in which Pokémon are listed together. Each generation has its own identity and perks.

Legendary Pokémon Listed by Category:
Generation I Legendary Pokémon:
  1. Zapdos
  2. Articuno
  3. Moltres
  4. Mewtwo
Generation II Legendary Pokémon:
  1. Raikou
  2. Entei
  3. Suicine
  4. Ho-Oh 
  5. Lugia
Generation III Legendary Pokémon:
  1. Regirock
  2. Regice
  3. Registeel
  4. Latios
  5. Latias
  6. Kyogre
  7. Groudon 
  8. Rayquaza
Generation IV Legendary Pokémon:
  1. Uxie
  2. Mesprit
  3. Azelf
  4. Dialga
  5. Palkia
  6. Heatran
  7. Regigigas 
  8. Giratina
  9. Cresselia
Generation V Legendary Pokémon:
  1. Cobalion
  2. Terrakion
  3. Virizion 
  4. Tornadus
  5. Thundurs
  6. Reshiram
  7. Zekrom
  8. Landorus
  9. Kyurem
Generation VI Legendary Pokémon:
  1. Xerneas
  2. Yveltal
  3. Zygarde
Generation VII Legendary Pokémon:
  1. Type: Null
  2. Silvally
  3. Tapu Koko
  4. Tapu Lele
  5. Tapu Bulu
  6. Tapu Fini
  7. Cosmog
  8. Cosmoem
  9. Solgaleo 
  10. Lunala
  11. Necrozma
Generation VIII Legendary Pokémon:
  1. Zacian
  2. Zamazenta
  3. Eternatus
  4. Kubfu
  5. Urshifu
  6. Glastrier
  7. Spectrier
  8. Calyrex
  9. Regieleki
  10. Regidrago

Now that we have a better idea of what Legendary Pokémon are and what they mean to the Pokémon universe, you might wonder which ones are the strongest. It’s obviously subjective, but which Legendary Pokémon are “the best”? We’re going to list the best 20 Legendary Pokémon we believe are the most powerful and beloved across anime, movies and video games.

The 20 Best Legendary Pokémon:
20. Legendary Birds (Galarian version) – Generation I
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https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Legendary_birds
Legendary Birds – Galarian form. Clockwise from top left: Articuno, Moltres, Zapdos

Moltres, Zapdos and Articuno are the first trio of Pokémon. Deemed the “Legendary Birds,” they are also known as titans of fire, lightning and ice. This trio will be considered as one unit in this list because they are treated as such in the storyline too. While they are strong in their normal form, their Galarian versions have made them stand out. After the Sword and Shield came out, the Galarian versions of this trio were one of the most talked-about changes, and rightfully so. 

Galarian Moltres has become more powerful in its ability to burn enemies, Galarian Zapdos can move at the speed of light and strike swiftly, while Galarian Articuno uses its wings as weapons and flies using its psychic power. It can of course also strike with cold freezes. Zapdos is especially impressive, with his 125 attack stat and 100-speed. No matter what the enemy is, their combination of skills and abilities would be a huge help to have on your side in any Pokémon game.

19. Jirachi – Generation III
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https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Jirachi_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Jirachi is a mythical steel and psychic type Pokémon found in the Hoenn region. The legend states that Jirachi can make every wish come true for a week every thousand years. However, even when it is sleeping, this Pokemon can wake up if it senses danger nearby. This makes it more dangerous than you would think at first glance.

Its signature move Doom Desire is one of the quickest attacks you will find across the Pokémon games. Its paralysis powers are also good for countering attacks. With its good defense and offense against most types, Jirachi is a powerful side-kick to have. 

18. Latios – Generation III
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https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Latios_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Latios is a Dragon/Psychic-type Pokémon. What makes this Pokémon so great to have is simple: you want to have great offense and defense in your arsenal at all times. Latios provides that and then some. With the highest attack CP (Combat Power) out of all Dragon types excluding Rayquaza, and with the second-best defense after Latias, the combination this Pokemon brings is a very powerful one and is a lot to handle for any enemy.  Among psychic types, only Mewtwo is ahead in offense power. This speaks volumes with regard to how strong Latios is. Its weakness is its low stamina, which means these strong attacks can’t last long. It ranks second to last in stamina. Regardless, the fact remains that the attacks it can release in a short period are powerful enough to cause trouble for any Pokémon. 

17. Latias – Generation III
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https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Latias_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

The female counterpart to Latios, Latias is like-wise found in the Hoenn region. Together with Latios, they form the Eon Duo. It ranks lower in offense than a few other dragons including Latios, so why the higher ranking? Well, the key is in its balance of strengths and defense. While it does not rank the highest necessarily, its strengths are more balanced than other dragons. It ranks 5th on CP out of Psychic types. What stands out from Latias is its defense. With a defense of 246, it leaves behind almost everyone else. If used especially in tandem with Latios, Latias could provide a very helpful balanced and defensive effort. 

16. Cresselia – Generation IV
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https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Cresselia_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Cresselia is a Psychic-type Pokémon. With a Max CP of 2777, it stands out in a few ways. One of the only Pokémon to specifically have one possible gender, the female Pokémon shines in her ability to dispel nightmares. Furthermore, what she lacks in Offense, she makes up for in Defense and Stamina. She ranks second-best out of all Psychic types in Stamina, and her Defense is also excellent. Simply said, while she won’t outshine any Legendaries in her attacking powers, her combination of defense and stamina make her a damage-absorbing super performer. In a battle, this could give you time to think of the next steps. Regardless of how good your offense is, if you are getting hit easily, there is no point. Cresselia is a powerful reminder of this and is worth considering as an asset. 

15. Xerneas – Generation VI
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https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Xerneas_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Xerneas is a Fairy-type Pokémon. It represents 1/3 of the Aura Trio, along with Yveltal and Zygarde. The legend says that when its horns shine in seven colors, it is sharing everlasting life. What makes Xerneas stand out is its outstanding charged moves. Xerneas is resistant to three elements, outnumbering its weaknesses to Steel and Poison. Geomancy is the name of its signature move, and you might hear a lot about it from Pokemon fans because it became a fan favorite due to its ability to increase Xerneas’s defense and offense by two stages. Furthermore, Xerneas is especially capable against Dragon-type Pokémon, which are considered some of the toughest ones to beat. What makes Xerneas less potent is the fact that after its bursts, it goes to sleep and does not engage in battle. 

14. Yveltal – Generation VI
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https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Yveltal_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Yveltal is a part of the Aura Trio along with the aforementioned Xerneas. By comparison, Yveltal’s and Xerneas’ stats are very similar. Yveltal is a Dark and Flying-type. Yveltal has great stats, especially shining with its 250 ATK. What sets it apart from Xerneas, however, is its fighting nature. Simply said, while Xerneas goes to sleep for 1000 years peacefully, when Yveltal goes to sleep for 1000 years, it destroys everything in its circle. This obviously makes for an extremely potent Pokémon. It’s also worth noting that it is highly ranked in PvP scenarios. Yveltal is the destructive beast enemies are scared of fighting.

13. Zekrom – Generation V
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https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Zekrom_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Zekrom is a Dragon/Electric Pokémon. With a base stat of 680 and all-around balanced power, this Pokémon is a stand-out. It is said in the Legend that Zekrom is the Pokémon that sided with the Younger brother prince of the Unova region. He is a part of the Tao Trio, alongside Reshiram and Kyurem. Its signature moves are Charge Beam and Wild Charge. Zekrom is the strongest electric type Pokémon, and whenever you have a Pokémon which is the strongest in an element, you know you are dealing with something powerful. Its intimidating look has made it a fan favorite, and its PvP prowess has helped it become even more popular. 

12. Reshiram – Generation V
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https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Reshiram_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Reshiram is a Dragon/Fire Pokemon. With its jet-engine-like tail, its ability to cause chaos with fire and the power to change the weather, it is difficult to consider this Pokémon anything less than extremely powerful. Reshiram is part of the Tao Trio and The Legend states that, unlike Zekrom which sided with the younger brother, Reshiram sided with the Older brother who sought the truth. Therefore, Reshiram burns castles with people who ignore the truth and are guided by greed. With its clean look, it has a grandiose aura; make no mistake about it, its ability to cause more neutral damage to all types of Pokémon is what puts it ahead of Zekrom.

11. Kyurem – Generation V
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https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Kyurem_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Kyurem is the final 1/3rd of the Tao Trio. The Legend says that when Reshiram and Zekrom fought and separated, the shell that remained created Kyurem. It is a Dragon/Ice-type Pokémon. With a base stat of 660, Kyurem is powerful in its own right, but what makes it very scary is its potential to fuse with Reshiram, creating white Kyurem. It can also fuse with Zekrom, creating Black Kyurem. These combinations are enough to scare any enemy away from battling with this Pokémon. 

10. Ho-Oh – Generation II
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https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Ho-Oh_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Ho-Oh is the master/creator of the trio of Legendary Birds Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres. Ho-Oh created each one as a representation of his journey. A Fire/Flying-type Pokémon, Ho-Oh has a 239 attack CP. It is well very well balanced in defense and stamina. It can regenerate, which makes it an almost unbeatable Pokémon. Furthermore, it can summon the Legendary Birds and summon Pokémon from the dead. It is the Pokémon Ash sees flying in the sky often, and its rainbow colors are said to give happiness to anyone who looks at them, therefore Pokémon fans have a special connection with it.

9. Kyogre – Generation III
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https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Kyogre_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Kyogre is a whale-like Pokémon. It belongs to the water type, and if it has the blue orb, it can transform itself to have a whopping 770 base stat. Kyogre is considered the strongest water-type Pokémon, and therefore any Pokémon that has a weakness against water types is doomed to have a tough time with this sea ruler. It is most efficient against Fire, Rock and Ground types. Its power is so great that it can cause sea levels to rise. 

8. Groudon – Generation III (Primal Form)
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https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Groudon_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Groudon is a Ground-type Pokémon. Together with Rayquan and Kyogre, it is a part of the super-ancient Pokémon. With his powers, he can create and move entire continents, while his battles with Kyogre are some of the scariest Pokémon legends ever told. His ability to become a fire Pokémon when in control of the orbit makes Groudon unparalleled and the true ruler of the ground. 

7. Lugia – Generation II
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https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Lugia_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Lugia is a Psychic/Flying-type. It represents ½ of the Tower Duo with Ho-Oh, and the two are considered polar opposites of each other. Lugia is the “guardian of the seas” while Ho-Oh is the “guardian of the skies”. Lugia’s powers consist of being able to control the Legendary Birds, being the only one who can stop the Legendary Birds from fighting with each other and the ability to change the weather by calming and causing storms. Lugia is so powerful that it chooses to hide undersea for long periods of time, due to the damage it could cause even by accident. What makes Lugia more powerful than Ho-Oh is the fact that Lugia can fly as well as stay underwater, while Ho-Oh can only fly. Not to mention, its wings can cause damage that lasts for 40 days. Lugia’s destructive power can be matched by very few Pokémon. 

6. Palkia – Generation IV
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https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Palkia_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Palkia is a Water/Dragon-type, and represents 1/3 of the Sinnoh Trio along with Dialga and Girantina. Palkia represents space and so naturally its ability is warping space and traveling through different dimensions. It is known that Palkia has battled with Dialga in the past. Its most famous attack is Spacial Rend. With a base stat of 680, its skills are balanced perfectly across all aspects. Being a water type, there are certain elements that it will struggle against, but don’t make a bet against this Pokémon in any given battle. 

5. Dialga – Generation IV
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https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Dialga_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Dialga is a Steel/Dragon-type Pokémon. It is 1/3 of the Sinnoh trio, representing time. Dialga’s ability is that it can control time—whether that means slowing it down, speeding it up or stopping it altogether. It can travel to the past or future and its metallic body makes it very useful in battles, as it is very robust. While its defense is not necessarily the highest, and it is weaker against fighting and ground types, a Pokémon that can warp time is surely going to have an advantage over any other monster it faces. 

4. Giratina – Generation IV
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https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Giratina_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Giratina is 1/3 of the Sinnoh Trio, representing antimatter. To measure Giratina’s strength, you have to realize that it was so dangerous that Arceus itself sent it to the Distortion world for being too violent and fighting against the rest of the trio. In terms of pure terrifying skills and looks, Giratina might be at the top of the list out of all of the Pokémon. With its ability to travel behind dimensions and its 284 stamina, don’t expect that this troublemaker will get tired anytime soon. 

3. Rayquaza – Generation III
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https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Rayquaza_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Rayquaza is 1/3 of the super-ancient Pokémon together with Kyogre and Groudon. It is a Flying/Dragon-type. Its power is so great that many consider it to be a worthy candidate for strongest Pokémon of them all. It can withstand the weather changes from Kyogre and Gourdon, while it reaches a whopping 780 CP in its mega form. To make matters worse for its enemies, It is the only Pokémon that doesn’t need any special items to reach its mega form, because as the legend goes, Rayquaza ate meteorites that gave it the power it needed to transform on its own. It feeds itself in the Ozone, and it appears very rarely. Its appearance in the Super Smash Bros. games has made it popular in gaming and anime culture. Perhaps the best proof of its strength is the fact that it is the only Pokémon that had the power to stop Kyogre and Gourdon from fighting with each other further, therefore helping save the world. No matter what combination you’re using with/against Rayquaza, note that it is a Pokémon standing at the top of the strongest of all time, and that very few combinations can cause damage.

2. Mewtwo – Generation I
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https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Mewtwo_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Mewtwo is a psychic type Pokémon. Arguably the most recognizable Pokemon outside of Pikachu, Mewtwo is simply jaw-dropping in terms of skill. He is a man-made Pokémon created in a lab by Team Rocket. With a mega-evolution that gets its stats up to 780, coupled with the the ability to read and manipulate minds as well as imitate movement, beating Mewtwo is a task you are almost certain to fail. Its tremendous powers, combined with its cold mannerism caused by being outed as a DNA experiment, make Mewtwo a legendary Pokémon in every sense of the word. This Pokémon stays above any Pokémon on Planet Earth. With its two mega forms, it is always going to have an upper hand against almost any other pocket monster.

1. Arceus – Generation IV
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https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Arceus_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

While Mewtwo might be arguably the strongest on Earth, Arceus is the “God of Pokemon”. Known also as the “Original One”, Arceus most likely created the entire Pokémon Universe. It is difficult to argue against his powers, such as: making objects become thin air, bringing them back again, time-warping, etc. It has a base stat of 720, with no weaknesses since it is perfectly balanced across all categories. It can recreate Pokémon and can transform to any type. While its balance in stats means it can lack one specific strength, fighting against the creator of the Pokémon world is as difficult as it sounds, and as such he is the number 1 on this list.

This was a deep dive into the theories of the origins of the Pokémon Universe, explaining what are Legendary Pokémon, where they come from, and who are the top 20 “best” Legendary Pokémon.

While the topic of the strongest Pokémon is certain to continue to cause debates among fans, one thing is for sure: Pokémon is here to stay.

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So, how do XMiramiraKrystalogytv and BigCheeseKIT prepare for their days of streaming? Krystalogy shared that her style will differ from day to day: “If I need a confidence boost, I’ll make sure I dress to the nines,” and then adding, “If I’m tired and not really feeling much, I’ll throw on a hoodie.”

Xmiramira has a really interesting approach to getting ready: “I wake up and I just pick a color. And I just go from there.” But the color she picks doesn’t necessarily correlate to her mood in the traditional sense. “I could be in a good mood and put on black, I could be in a bad mood and put on pink,” she tells Don. The color-first method of getting dressed is just such a fun and unique way of getting ready.

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What defines me as far as what I wear: I like to look good, I like to smell good. Everything good.

BigCheese keeps it simple when it comes to getting ready. “What defines me as far as what I wear: I like to look good, I like to smell good. Everything good.” Doesn’t get much more straightforward than that.

As they four continued to talk about their styles, they eventually ended up in a conversation about how style is different for gamers than it is for most content creators. There isn’t a prescribed style or trend for gamers writ large. “I am my vibe,” Cheese stated, adding: “We wear what we wanna wear and play what we wanna play.” Xmiramira echoed the sentiment, saying, “A gamer can look like anything,” before Krystalogy added a similar note about gamers’ style: “Ain’t no dress code.”

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Ain’t no dress code.

They spend a lot of the interview discussing the greater world of gaming, how multi-talented streamers have to be (acting as producer, director, stylist, etc.) and some of their favorite games right now. Part of what made this stream so fun was how interdisciplinary it was; fans of gaming will want to hear what these burgeoning stars are rocking with right now and style aficionados will be interested to hear some style thoughts from folks not necessarily imbued in the world of “fashion.”

Listen to the full episode above and make sure to keep your eyes on ONE37pm’s socials for our next few streams with JD Sports; you won’t want to miss them.

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HyperX Signs Multiyear Deal with JuJu Smith-Schuster

We’ve got some exciting news in the world of esports.

HyperX, the gaming peripherals team at HP Inc. and brand leader in gaming and esports, is announcing a multiyear renewal with pro football player JuJu Smith-Schuster as a global brand ambassador. You probably already know this, but just as a refresher, HyperX is the Official Gaming and Audio Partner of Smith-Schuster and is now also the Official Peripheral Partner of his esports organization, Team Diverge. This deal is now officially the longest ambassador deal in HyperX history, and Smith-Schuster is equally as excited about his growing role as a leader in esports.

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“I am so excited about renewing my partnership with HyperX, and also so happy to bring my eSports team, Team Diverge, into the HyperX family. HyperX has been a brand partner of mine since my first year as an NFL player; they’ve seen my vision and excitement about gaming and its growth and have supported me every step of the way. I’m honored to continue working with the brand and am grateful for their continued support.”

As a part of his deal, Smith-Schuster will take on a growing role with HyperX as he will step into a variety of marketing activities representing HyperX during promotions, advertising, social campaigns, events and more. Additionally, Smith-Schuster will continue his position as a global ambassador for the company, and will continue both his YouTube and podcast duties. 

As Team Diverge’s Official Peripheral Partner, HyperX will be their exclusive audio products partner on stream and the team will promote headsets, microphones, keyboards, mice, and mousepads during streams and tournament sessions. HyperX will also provide marketing activities to Team Diverge as the two continue to grow in their partnership.

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Juju Smith-Schuster

“HyperX is thrilled to continue our relationship with JuJu Smith-Schuster and expand it to include his esports org., Team Diverge”, said Dustin Illingworth, celebrity and athlete marketing manager, HyperX. “His passion and love for esports and the community is effervescent, permeating everything he does. It’s a pleasure to continue growing our brands together, both with JuJu and Team Diverge.”

Fun times are on the way for Juju Smith-Schuster and HyperX, and this is only the beginning. You can keep up with all of their latest updates on the HyperX website and Instagram.