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Will we ever have a mono-type trainer on the cast again?

Tothenines

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As we all know, Misty generally stuck to water types throughout her run. Other than Togepi (and strangely Azurill, who is a normal type for some reason), she had all water pokemon.

Brock strayed from his rock type routes almost immediately. After Geodude and Onix, the only other rock Pokemon he ever got was Bonsly/Sudowoodo. His Pokemon were all varied otherwise, such as Vulpix, Crobat, Foretress, Ludicolo, Marshtompt, Croagunk, Happiny, etc.

Iris only has one dragon, and it doesn't seem like the writers have any intention of giving her a team full of dragons. Cilan also has a variety of types.


Do you think the writers felt a character with all pokemon of the same type isn't interesting? It makes me wonder why Misty was the only one to be like that, and every other character had a variety of types and pokemon.
 

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I doubt it. I think they stopped because it makes the character look a little foolish and they want to get the game basics across to the younger audience. The reason why misty is a mono trainer and not Iris even though they both wish to master their type is water pokes are a lot more common.
 

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^^ Yep, it worked with Misty using just water types because they are the most abundant and diverse type
 

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I don't think so on the main cast; possibly because I feel that a Pokemon journey is about maturation and growing; and even to grow as a master of a single type, truly, other types are beneficial, to protect the weaknesses of the Pokemon, but also complement the mono-type, also I think during a journey you should try out new and various things, such as different types, as you are less ignorant about training and types, and being able to work with different things well, is the best way to become the best, even with a mono-type. As, to know a type, you should deal with other types to see how they work against/to your preferred type, and how your type could have the upper-hand against them, and how they could work against your weak points. (Now, you could always have moves that aren't of that type, but it's also beneficial to have varied Pokemon also).

Really, I think not, as you are less insular in types, and training, which will be a benefit in Pokemon training. Being able to train varied Pokemon, even as a mono-type is important, imo.
I'm not saying what Misty did was wrong, it's intriguing to have one-type, but also risky too. I just don't believe so- but I could be proven wrong.
 

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Well Misty didn't have to stay with all water. She showed interest in capturing Oddish, Eevee, and Jigglypuff if you recall.
 

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Well Misty didn't have to stay with all water. She showed interest in capturing Oddish, Eevee, and Jigglypuff if you recall.
Yes and what is your point exactly I can't tell. that seems to me like more reason to believe the answer is no.
 

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I don't think so, since the trainer would have a more limited moveset to work. At least not with Water types, because those are too mainstream.
 

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Yes and what is your point exactly I can't tell. that seems to me like more reason to believe the answer is no.
Nothing really. I guess they should have varied up Misty's team more. Even Starmie who was part psychic never used any psychic attacks and was just treated as a water type.

Horsea never became part dragon and Corosla is the ony exception being part rock.
 

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Dento's goal is to be a Pokemon Sommelier, so I think it's only natural that he should have a team of varied types/tastes :3 I don't ever remember him specifying that he wanted to be a grass type trainer, but Dento is working towards his goal as sommelier, with Yanappu as his vintage.

And Iris' goal is to evolve Kibago, more specifically than to be a 'dragon master' (which is a long term goal, and doesn't mean she's going to concentrate on dragon types specifically besides Kibago during her time in the series). I think the dragon master thing is very distant future, after she succeeds in evolving Kibago, and while she bonded with Monozu, I don't see her capturing more dragon types any time soon.

As for the rest, eh. A COTD concentrating on a specific type wouldn't be too bad, but the main characters who tend to stick to one type were pretty bland as battlers. Remember when Kasumi entered the princess competition? She needed to borrow some of Satoshi's pokemon to have any chance in it.

Mono types just don't work well for traveling trainers, and are better reserved for gym leaders/Elite 4.
 
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To be honest the only other type I can see specialized in is a psychic type trainer. There is enough variation in psychic type pokemon to see a trainer like that on the cast.

To be honest I always felt Max had an affinity to psychic pokemon, with him bonding with Jirachi, Ralts, Deoxys, and a few other psychic types along the way.
 

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Most likely not because any other type doesnt provide someone with enough diverse pokemon to do some worthwhile story out of it.So ironically unless Misty somehow gets returned to main cast ,we will never have mono trainer in group again.
Shame it wot happen because,introducing well liked and popular character back could bear some fruits on table in that sense since writers would add more diversity to main cast by reintroducing to younger generations one type trainer who would stand out from the rest and if there is a wide specter of new water pokemon being introduced along with evos of previous ones(like Corsola,Lapras,Qwillfish etc)water trainer like could be very helpful in their promotion.

Especially if region is filled with water like Orange Islands were.Misty has potential in theory for another region because many things in her story were left unresolved,but alas we know it probably wont happen so with her departure chances of ever getting one type trainer in cast again sailed away for good.

I also gather how reason why they didnt showed anyone else specializing in on type joining main cast is because thy wanted to make Misty stand out to others and differentiate them from her.Having another water trainer joining main cast wouldnt make sense since we had already Misty and since other types arent so abundant and widespread like water would represent problems for trainers specializing in one type.

With Misty writers had luxury to have working one type trainer in cast because water is most abdunant and widespread type out there with ton of various water pokemon with unique abilities existing there to choose from.Not to mention they are also very diverse being second in number of dual types being paired up with most other types.

Take for example Iris,she may specialize in dragon types but dragon is one of rarest pokemon types out there with there only existing few and far between pokemon to choose from not having as nearly as much available pokemon like water do to form practical and balanced team.

I dont think writers considered Misty choice "boring"either.One of reasons why Misty was popular and liked is because she was one type trainer with her goal of water master having potential for something different and mysterious having several directions through which it could had been taken(E4 route,expanding on competitions aside from Whirl Cup serving as benchmarks through which progress is measured,doing mini story involving legendary water type etc),but sadly never happened.
Many people viewed Misty's choice to focus mostly on training water type as unique and interesting, making her stand out to them from any other traveling companion Ash had being her way of living(niche).
Likewise almost all E4 members specialize in specific type,Wallace became champion by using mono type so its not like there is anything wrong if someone dedicates his life in wanting to become best with pokemon he adores either.
Water pokemon as type have wide move pool of techniques being very diverse and personally i can say i enjoyed in Misty battles when this pokemon were used to full potential.Especially when concept involved underwater matches or were well organized like Whirl Cup was.

I believe my reasoning is partially justified by fact how even after Misty departure,writers gave quite a lot of exposure to water type.
 
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Its probably because they want diversity in the main cast teams. Tbh though, I would kinda rather have mono traveling trainers like Misty again, because it seems to give a bit more focus to the trainer's goal and the type in question. The mono thing can even be bent a little in the rules, for example a mono water trainer capturing a few ice types as well, or a dragon trainer also training Pokemon that look like dragons like Gyrados or Charizard. As long as the overall theme is kept its fine I think.

Overall though a trainer being interesting or bland is all dependent on how they are written as opposed to their type preferences. You can have diverse types and still be stale without good development.
 

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Mono type - Mono theme is usually reserved for gym leaders / Elite 4

It'd be nice if some real mono team rival appeared.
 

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Personally I hope not. Although Misty was a precedent roughly a decade ago and doesn't really qualify for today's standards (more moves, more type combinations) I still think a new mono-type trainer's Pokémon would be handled badly. Considering the fact that in BW we still have some of the same moves appearing everywhere (Attract, Rock Smash, etc), we'd probably have a repeat of the same move across all of the team (like how Water Gun was pretty much the only thing Misty's Pokémon did). Some of the team members would stagnate as they wouldn't have anything unique to display (Goldeen, Horsea).

I think if there was going to be a new one, I would hope they specialised in the flying type. You have a bunch of different flying types out there (birds, dragons, bugs) and IIRC, the Flying type has been matched up with every type except Fighting. There's also PokéRinger for a small side goal.

Edit: Oh yeah, and this means Ash wouldn't need to get the regional bird. Result.
 
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Its probably because they want diversity in the main cast teams. Tbh though, I would kinda rather have mono traveling trainers like Misty again, because it seems to give a bit more focus to the trainer's goal and the type in question. The mono thing can even be bent a little in the rules, for example a mono water trainer capturing a few ice types as well, or a dragon trainer also training Pokemon that look like dragons like Gyrados or Charizard. As long as the overall theme is kept its fine I think.
Agreed,though logically imo it would have made more sense in that case to just bring Misty back and develop her more as trainer.Many people miss her and would probably appreciate to see new things being done with her with there existing many unanswered things and routes through which character could be taken.Material is definitely there, and even though they could just use new character why introduce someone else specializing in one type when they have already someone with who there would be less of trouble to write for since they could just pick up from where they stopped instead of starting from scratch.

Personally I hope not. Although Misty was a precedent roughly a decade ago and doesn't really qualify for today's standards (more moves, more type combinations) I still think a new mono-type trainer's Pokémon would be handled badly. Considering the fact that in BW we still have some of the same moves appearing everywhere (Attract, Rock Smash, etc), we'd probably have a repeat of the same move across all of the team (like how Water Gun was pretty much the only thing Misty's Pokémon did). Some of the team members would stagnate as they wouldn't have anything unique to display (Goldeen, Horsea).
You cant exclude moves from older generations,but thanks to evolution games went through and anime nowdays move set for one type trainers would probably be a lot more diverse compared to back than.
Also trying to portray move set of Misty pokemon being based around one to two techniques over and over again is a tad bit unfair and gross exaggeration to make.
As time went on,there were other techniques her water pokemon used like bubble beam, Corsola using spike cannon,mirror coat and recover,Staryu using double edge or swift attack,her Goldeen used supersonic,Psyduck knew confusion and disable(with help of headache),while Politoad(before Poliwhirl)used attacks like double team or swagger.

Writers didnt started to enrich Mistys team with more diverse moves until Johto came around prior to that spamming us with basic attacks from pokemon from Ash or Brock too.Like his bulbasaur and Charmander back in Kanto spamming us with razor leaf,vine whip and flamethrower on daily basis.Reason is because generation 1 weasnt so rich like second,third etc were.
Coincidentally Johto was also region where they gave her Corsola which was half rock bringing more variety to her team.Later this was followed with Gyarados and Luvdisc after she left cast.

Having one type trainer in cast again imo could potentially be intriguing to try out.There are many different routes through which his story could be taken,Like training to become gym leader trying to reclaim back lost position,Going on journey to battle evaluators and pass test to qualify to be taken in consideration of becoming one of E4 members.This could give us more insight in E4 and how things operate there influencing Ash storyline too since part of his dream is to battle elite four members.

They could create chain of competitions which would use specific type to full potential serving as benchmarks through which trainer growth would be measured advancing his carer in achieving mastery over type he is being specialized in.Similar how writers did with Whirl Cup for Misty,but only lot more expanded upon and detailed.They could also give him rivals,bring variety in his team by adding dual types opening access to different techniques and move combinations etc.

Possibilities are numerous,but i have my doubts about writers being creative enough to try something like that.

However only water and to stretch flying type have enough pokemon and variety to make balanced and working team for someone in past.With water its self explanatory being most common and widespread type being second in number of types its been paired up with having access to wider pole of moves being capable to use techniques from other types because of this as well attacks specific for water pokemon starting to increase through new generations of games with moves like aqua jet,water pulse,razor shell etc.
Not to mention having water trainer in cast would prevent Ash from getting water starter again,actually having chance to evolve all the way.Something which wasnt showed to be inherent for Ash.

With Flying since its been paired up with almost any other type except fighting i suppose having trainer specializing in them could work too,but if i were writers i would probably give greater chance to water solely because of diversity they bring and wide pool of various subtypes to choose from giving bigger marketing value to character.

Than again pokeringer was pretty cool and entertaining type of contest,so i agree on that notion.
 

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I can understand how a character with all of the same type can get boring.

But you know, they could still focus on the type specialty through teach Pokemon of other types moves based on their specialty. The Sinnoh Elite Four say hi.

That's what I was hoping with Iris anyways...until I looked up the movepools for Excadrill and Emolga. <_<
 

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It's hard to call Misty a mono-type trainer when her two mascots are:

1. A Normal type pokemon,

2. A predominantly Psychic type pokemon...
 

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It's hard to call Misty a mono-type trainer when her two mascots are:

1. A Normal type pokemon,

2. A predominantly Psychic type pokemon...
Are you serious? Togepi rarely battled and Starmie was dumped only 60 episodes into her run.
 

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It's hard to call Misty a mono-type trainer when her two mascots are:

1. A Normal type pokemon,

2. A predominantly Psychic type pokemon...
Are you talking about Psyduck? Because I don't remember Psyduck ever using an effective water or normal type attack. The bulk of Psyduck's attacks were Psychic attacks.
 

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Are you serious? Togepi rarely battled and Starmie was dumped only 60 episodes into her run.
Psyduck, not Starmie. And I am talking about their mascot status, not battle records.

Are you talking about Psyduck? Because I don't remember Psyduck ever using an effective water or normal type attack. The bulk of Psyduck's attacks were Psychic attacks.
1=Togepi
2=Psyduck
 
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