Japanese Name: Brigarron
Species: The Spiny Armor Pokémon
Abilities: Overgrow (Normal) Bulletproof (Hidden)
First Appearance: X & Y
My Top Nickname: Maurice
My Top Pokéball: Nest Ball
Contrary to the previous generation, I had a more definitive choice when it came to the starters of the Kalos region. Both Froakie and Chespin looked appealing to me while Fennekin looked just ridiculous. That opinion quickly changed upon sighting their secondary stages. I mean, for pity’s sake, just look at Quilladin! It looks like a demented piñata! I was sold on getting another Water-type starter for my team. That is, until I saw Chesnaught or more specifically, its type.
As of this blog there is only one other such type mixture in Pokémon and that particular specimen is a freaking Legendary based on one of the Three Musketeers! That’s not even getting into the Pokédex entry that states that a Chesnaught’s tackle is powerful enough to flip a 50 ton tank and will gladly defend its friends with its own body. A body that is capable of withstanding the force of a bomb blast via the specialized shields it can grow on its arms!
Here I thought that Sceptile was the epitome of cool when it came to the Grass-type starters but even when armed with a Mega Evolution, Chesnaught still beats it down with its prowess and Hidden Ability. It has the highest defensive stat amongst non-Legendary Fighting-types, which it greatly needs as thanks to its unique type combination a Chesnaught is weak to no less than 6 different elemental types.
Its Hidden Ability –which is also one of the 55 Pokémon to have a Signature Ability no less— is aptly named Bulletproof and it does exactly as the name implies. A Chesnaught with Bulletproof is completely immune to any and all attacks that involve an orb of some form.
Prior to the release of ORAS, Chesnaught also had a Signature Move known as Spiky Shield, a defensive move that nullifies an attack used on Chesnaught so long as the attack is immediate in that turn and not a two-turn attack like Dig or Fly. It also has the added benefit of dealing out damage should the opponent’s choice of attack is a physical one. However, like all shielding moves, Spiky Shield can only be used a certain number of times in battle for it to work at its full potential.
As of this review, a Chespin can only be attained in the Kalos region as either a starter or a possible trade from Shauna should one choose a Fennekin instead. Upon attaining a Chespin, one must get it to level 16 for it to evolve into a Quilladin and then to level 36 to become a Chesnaught.
While I still stand by my reasoning that having a single Pokéball in a group of Ultra Balls just looks silly to me, my choice of a Nest Ball for Chesnaught stands on the grounds that it, and its pre-evolutions, are based on hedgehogs. This of course leads me to my choice of name for my Chesnaught aside from wanting to do a tongue-in-cheek acknowledgement towards Kalos being based on France.
On that note, does anyone else but me find it incredibly odd at how utterly obvious Kalos is based on France whereas I couldn’t even make the connection of Unova to America until Black & White 2 with the PokéStar Studios?
Anyway, as I’m sure a great many people are no doubt aware, Sonic the Hedgehog holds the esteemed honor of being the sole video game character to have a comic series lasting at thirteen years and over 260 issues in all as of the time of this post. What I’m sure that most aren’t aware of though, unless they are an avid reader of the Archie Comics series from before the recent ret-conning/universal upheaval, is that a portion of Sonic’s real name is revealed. Rather, his middle name.
Sonic Maurice Hedgehog. Has a nice ring to it doesn’t it?
Chesnaught may have a lot of weaknesses whence compared to the average Grass-type, but the fact remains that if Samurott is a Knight of the Sword, than Chesnaught is easily a Knight of the Shield.