Welcome back guys! Once again aroramage returns with
the saddest part of Gen VI's story. Today we're looking
at one of the two Floettes - part of the recent Fairy
type - that came out in Flashfire!
Floette here evolves from Flabébé, which itself isn't
a very strong Basic in either form. Actually, Floette
doesn't have that much HP for a Stage 1 either. And it's
vanilla 20-dge Fairy Wind isn't a great attack at all.
So where does this Floette come in?
Well, Floette has an odd Ability: its Flower Veil
gives all of your Grass-type Pokemon an extra 20 HP. The
Flabébé line has always been weird, since they're just
Fairy-types in the games but they have a lot of
Grass-type moves, and even their design suggests them to
be part-Grass. So does this Ability do much for Floette?
Well, it depends on the Grass-type. 20 HP isn't much
for evolving Basics like Caterpie and Seedot, but it
might help out fully-evolved characters like Shiftry and
Chesnaught (XY) (it makes the latter as bulky as a
regular Pokemon-EX!). And then you've got the Pokemon-EX
like Virizion-EX and Genesect-EX from Plasma Blast and
even Venusaur-EX and MVenusaur-EX from the XY Base Set.
Imagine having multiple Floette on the field and you end
your turn after playing Mega Venusaur - all of a sudden
your 230 HP guy just went up to 270-310 HP!!
There's just a couple of problems with this, and
that's that this is Flashfire. As in Fire-types rule,
and Grass-types aren't getting any good support for the
foreseeable future. This pushes Floette's support
strategy out the window, since an extra 20 HP may not
matter to a Charizard-EX dealing 120 off its lesser
attack. Heck, Mega Venusaur barely survives its
Combustion Blast with 4 Floette in play - and chances
are you're not going to be playing 4 Floette in your
Modified: 2.5/5 (it's got potential, but there's only
so many Floette you'll run)
Limited: 1.5/5 (as the number of partners goes down,
so too does Floette's viability)
Arora Notealus: I wonder if they'll pull a Vivillon
and print the other colors of flowers for this line.
Next time: Gaze upon her magnificence, for she is a