The big question: casual or competitive? Do you play the games casually or competitively? Do you judge Pokémon based on competitive value? Spoiler: My answer I’m gonna make a safe guess that almost all of us started playing Pokémon casually. I did too. Then recently (around last year), I wanted to try to play competitively and understand the competitive scene of Pokémon. So I’m mostly a casual player but partly a competitive player. I generally play the games casually. Completing the Pokédex, occasionally shiny hunting, etc. Since I can’t breed to save my life, I generally go on Pokémon Showdown if I want to battle competitively. (Rant incoming) However, I never judge Pokémon based on their competitive value. Example: I’ve always loved Sunflora. It’s one of my favorite gen 2 Pokémon. It’s really cute and severely underrated. I love it because other people don’t. Competitive players would look at its stats and immediately call it garbage. Smogon (a competitive batting website, if you’re unfamiliar) says absolutely nothing positive about it: I believe there is so much more to Pokémon than their competitive value. You could like a Pokémon because of its design, lore and backstory, cool typing, nostalgic value, you get the idea. Not all Pokémon have to be ultra-powerful beasts in battle. And it’s not fair to base an opinion on only one component of it. Another example? Regigigas. People hate it just because of one thing about it: Slow Start. I do agree, it’s not a good ability, but again, that’s not really fair to completely hate it just because of one small aspect of it. just like Karen of the Johto E4 says: “Strong Pokémon. Weak Pokémon. That is only the selfish perception of people. Truly skilled Trainers should try to win with the Pokémon they love best.” And that is my rant as to why I don’t judge Pokémon completitively.