Monday, September 25, 2023

Pokemon Face-Off: which pocket monster is better?

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Since the first Pokemon games debuted on February 27, 1996, it has been one of the most popular franchises not only in gaming, but in entertainment overall. So this year we are celebrating Pokemon’s 25th anniversary by asking you at decide which Pokemon is the best. Is Pikachu your favorite? And Charizard or Blastoise? We have selected 200 of the most popular Pokémon to “Face-Off” against each other two at a time. Will you choose Greninja over Mewtwo? Or Mimikyu on Dragonite? The choice is yours … Click on the image below to get started!

What is a face-to-face?

As the name suggests, a Face-Off pits two things against each other and you decide which is the superior of the two. In this case, you are voting to determine who is the best Pokemon. It is possible to see certain Pokémon more than once so that you can continue to vote for your favorites to ensure that they are ranked higher than the others. IGN’s resident Pokemaniacs team shortlisted 200 Amazing Pokémon to choose from based on fan favorites in each region and various online polls. These are matched at random and each time you pick a winner it is tracked.

How do you determine a winner?

When voting ends on March 14th, we total up the total number of “wins” and “losses” for each Pokémon and create a ranked list based on your choices that goes live on March 15th. The Pokémon that has won the most matches will be crowned the “winner”, and in the event of a tie for “wins”, the Pokémon with the fewest “losses” will take first place. If you keep voting for your favorite Pokémon, it will have a better chance of making it to the top of the list. You can vote as many times as you want until the end of the confrontation.

How do I know if I clicked on everything?

It’s hard to know when you’ve seen all of the Pokémon included as they are matched at random and there are so many possible matches. Play until you vote for all of your favorite Pokémon or make sure certain Pokémon born entering the winner’s circle are different options that you can take with a Face-Off. By deciding on the winner throughout these clashes, you ensure that your picks for the best Pokemon have a fighting chance to reach the top of the list.

Which Pokémon did you include?

The Pokémon list was decided by IGN staff, with Pokémon from each region included. There are so many Pokémon these days (almost 900!) That we had to narrow down the list to make sure voters see as many of their favorites as possible. We are avid Pokemon fans ourselves and have done our best to provide a wide variety of Pokemon from every generation, from Pokemon Red and Blue to Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Click here to start voting in the Pokémon Showdown!

To learn more about Pokemon, check out our list of best missing Pokémon in Sword and Shield, or discover the Unofficial Pokemon D&D game.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news editor for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Tic.


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