Alomomola Provides Great And Free Healthcare

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Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Alomomola!

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Alomomola Details

Type: Water

Average Height: 3' 11”

Average Weight: 69.7 lbs

First Added In Generation V


Imagine for a moment you are an injured Pokemon and you are out in the open waters. Fear starts to fill your mind. This might be the end of whatever-you-are-in-this-scenario. But then, a pink fish floats up to you and heals you, while carrying you back to shore. You are relieved and happy, until you remember that some 8-year-old brat is about to stick you in a Pokeball. But in that brief moment, you felt happy, safe, and taken care of in your darkest time. And that pink fish was none other than Alomomola, the fishy ambulance of the Pokemon universe.

According to Pokedex entries found on Bulbapedia, Alomomola is a large, aquatic Pokemon that has a special membrane around its body. This membrane allows it to heal other Pokemon and their wounds. It uses this ability to heroically save any hurt or dying creatures it finds who are lost in its waters. It not only heals them, but it carries them back to the shore gently using its soft fins. How heroic and selfless!

Except Alomomola has a secret agenda for saving Pokemon. According to some Pokedex entries, Alomomola saves injured Pokemon because it’s worried that the dying creature might attract predators and those predators might attack Alomomola.

I guess this isn’t that bad. It could be a bigger asshole and just leave the creature to die, slowing down any predators. So this ambulance routine is still a nice gesture, considering the alternative. But a part of me wonders if Alomoloa is just stupid. If you are worried about injured Pokemon attracting deadly predators to your location, the last thing you should do is GRAB them and CARRY them away.

Heroes don’t have to be smart, just brave, or stupid.

Random Facts

  • It’s wild to think that random Pokemon who are hurt and floating around in the ocean have better healthcare than most Americans.
  • Maybe in the Pokemon universe, the people who have bad health insurance or no insurance just jump into the ocean when they are sick or hurt. Like, oh no, I sprained my ankle, time to go jump into the ocean and wait for a pink fish to save me.
  • According to Bulbapeida, this pink fish ambulance was the first non-Legendary Gen V Pokemon to appear in an episode of the anime. Good for you Alomomola!
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Note: Sorry I missed last week! I was very busy playing and reviewing Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Things should be back to normal for now.


Here’s Another Pokemon is a weekly look into one Pokemon and how weird, disturbing, silly, or cool it is and why. Catch new entries each weekend and click here to see all of the past Pokemon we have covered.

Kotaku Weekend Editor | Zack Zwiezen is a writer living in Kansas. He has written for GameCritics, USgamer, Kill Screen & Entertainment Fuse.

DISCUSSION

Alomomola, when first revealed for Gen V, got a lot of people hyped because people saw its heart shape and thought it was an evolution of Luvdisc that would actually make the stupid fish useful for something other than farming Heart Scales.

Except, no. Alomomola is a separate line entirely and only put into the game to farm Heart Scales.

As much as I love Gen V’s “every Pokémon is new” mindset, the amount of blatant Expies really drags the whole thing down.

Much like Luvdisc, Alomomola is pretty useless in battle. Its HP is enormous, but its Speed and Defense are middling at best, and its Special Defense is pathetic, which is really problematic since Water-types’ biggest weaknesses are types that are typically Special Attackers. While Luvdisc can at least get off a single move when it’s raining thanks to having Swift Swim, Alomomola’s Abilities aren’t all that useful. Both its standard Abilities cure Status Conditions at the end of a turn, which has middling usefulness and has plenty of better users, while its Hidden Ability is even more situational. Its movepool is fairly decent, but the one move that Alomomola would use the best, Pain Split, can only be bred onto Almomola using a breeding chain only in Gen V.

There’s nothing to really talk about in terms of its animated appearances, other than the earlier noted first regular Gen V Pokémon to appear in the show. It never had a spotlight episode and all of its appearances essentially amounted to cameos.

So, instead, I’ll talk about its TCG appearances. Most Alomomola cards are pretty meh, but the Phantom Forces card can be really useful.

OK, sure, Surf requires way too much Energy, but with 100HP, it makes for a fairly decent wall while you power up your Bench. And when it’s time to bring in your heavy guns, Super Deep Dive heals your wall and switches in your heavy hitter for only a single Water Energy. Pretty damn good.

The Guardians Rising card is also useful for the late game, as it has slightly more HP and an Ability that allows you to either bring back one of your big guns that got taken out, or bring back a weakling onto your opponent’s Bench that you can easily take out in a combo.

Alomomola’s original TCG card is not really useful in any way, but it was included in the Japanese Beginning Set for Girls Starter Deck and was used as a promo card in one of the USA McDonald’s toy promotions.