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[Released] Pokémon Through the Generations: Azumarill

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    OVERVIEW

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    Eons ago, a humble squire by the name of Azumarill had dreams of... something big. All of its muscle-bound brethren were off fighting in wars while it could barely fight off a stain on the floor. Armed with a mop and depression and constantly bullied by its kin, the little aqua rabbit questioned its fate often.​
    But the dungeon's keeper had a hidden potential that no one knew of. For every new generation blessed the squire with new and revolutionary abilities; this gentle soul would slowly morph from a helpless punching bag into one of the mightiest Water-types in existence. Once a despot's servant, now an almighty Dragon slayer, Azumarill proved that with enough hard work, and love from the Gods above, you too can punch Dragons!​

    GENERATION 2 (OR GSC)

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    Squire Azumarill's adventure started out small. The little rabbit could surely take a hit or two; however, this was not news among its Water-type compatriots. Count Feraligatr, for example, was known to stomach as many as four Body Slams before succumbing. It did take solace in the fact that its Water typing yielded only two weaknesses, however, to Grass and Electric. This wasn't unique among Water-types either, but small victories were always to be celebrated.​
    But sadly, this was about all Azumarill had going for it. Despite all of its training after work, Azumarill could scarcely lift up its cleaning utensils. Even if it did make it to the battlefield in time, the lowly squire lacked the strategic knowledge to impress on the front lines, and what was worse, the battlefield was swarmed by powerful Electric-types such as Raikou and Zapdos. Azumarill simply did not stand a chance out there in ye olde metagame. Its only real hope was to try and intimidate its foes with the melody it had learned to drum on its stomach in times of loneliness. Understandably, it did not work.​

    GENERATION 3 (OR ADV)

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    The First War of the Towers was over; however, a young Aqua Rabbit had been jailed for treason, following an unlikely alliance with the enemy.

    After bonding with a certain Duchess Wigglytuff over their shared love of berries, poor Azumarill had been locked away indefinitely, only to await the swing of an axe should it again see daylight.​
    However, there was nothing like solitude for motivation. Now armed with nothing but free time and montages of Eye of Ye Olde Tiger, Azumarill spent every waking moment pumping iron. It was slow and arduous work, but for every press-up, every punch, and every bead of sweat, Azumarill knew that it could only become stronger.​
    Eventually, after many cutscenes and motivational commercials featuring Hulk Hogan, Azumarill had achieved amazing things! Now sporting Huge Power, this once forgotten servant was a thing to behold. Iron bars were no threat to Azumarill's muscle-bound Focus Punch any more, nor were the prison guards. One by one, the guard Sharpedo were launched into the sky, fooled by Sub-Punch Man's remarkably convincing decoys.​
    Sunlight kissed upon Azumarill's face at long last. Smashing the dungeon door off at the hinges, the Aqua Rabbit found itself at the top of the Water Castle, only to find that it was once again behind everyone else. Even worse, they had recruited new leaders to fight in the latest advance, such as Baron Swampert and Lady Milotic, both of which easily outgunned poor Azumarill, even with its newly acquired muscle.​
    Azumarill looked to its muscular arms, and realised that simply punching was not enough. Could it punch with water, perhaps?

    No, it could not. It had tried many times, and the attempts were usually messy. Azumarill knew it had to get stronger. The only question was, how?​

    GENERATION 4 (OR DPPt)

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    Meditating atop a mountain had worked wonders for Azumarill. Thanks to a stunning new revelation, it could combine its Water abilities with its physical punching abilities, and now it finally learned to punch things with water!​
    Well... sort of. Instead of punching, it just charged a lightning fast jet of water at its foes. Nonetheless, it did not go unnoticed, as Azumarill was among the first to arrive on the battlefield now. With a solid asset in tow, Azumarill made a real threatening presence for the first time in its life.​
    Azumarill was no longer the poor Squire it had started off as. Wrapping a Choice Band around its head, Azumarill had attained the title of Monk and would use its strategy of 'death by frontal assault' to tear holes into the opposition. Even Grass-types like Venusaur and Shaymin were wary of Azumarill now thanks to its deadly, freeze-inducing Ice Punch. Baron Swampert might have been able to copy Azumarill's movements and use the fabled Ice Punch as well; however, the muscle-bound mud fish found itself humiliatingly outpowered by the tiny Azumarill. With a whole new arsenal of techniques it could employ, including 'Superpower', which essentially just involved throwing itself at the target and flailing limbs, Azumarill was becoming increasingly useful to Lord Suicune, which along with its key strategist Empoleon, kept a close eye on the Monk.​
    Azumarill's servant duties were pawned off onto Luvdisc the Knave.​
    Things weren't all sunshine and rainbows for Monk Azumarill, however. For one, it could only acquire Aqua Jet via breeding, which defiled the Monk code all but entirely. Secondly, with every new technique Azumarill learned, there popped up a new enemy to thwart its plans. Among these stood the feared Tangrowth, which could take any physical assault that Azumarill dared throw, and then more, and also those pesky Pokémon that absorbed Water-type moves. Enemies like Toxicroak and rogue Vaporeon would stop Azumarill's Aqua Jet in its tracks, grounding it and forcing it to actually think before it attacked. And Azumarill aren't much good at thinking.

    GENERATION 5 (OR BW2)

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    Viscountess Politoed, a forgotten noblewoman hailing from Azumarill's home country of Johto, had gotten into trouble for praying to the Gods to make itself more useful on the battlefield. No one had expected it to work. Viscountess Politoed itself didn't expect it to work. However, as luck would have it, its desperate plea was heard. Just when other Pokémon were starting to laugh at Politoed's efforts, the skies opened up, and the rain began to fall.​
    And it did not stop.​
    As long as Viscountess Politoed was visible, the rain would continue to fall, and thus it was shunted right to the front lines by means of a swift kick up the ass. It was Monk Azumarill who picked the poor dishevelled noblewoman up out of the mud and helped it form strategies. Together, the two were near unstoppable, with Politoed's rain boosting the power of Azumarill's Aqua Jet and Waterfall.​
    Lord Suicune, on the other hand, balked at their unrivalled teamwork. While it simply sat at its throne and boosted itself with Calm Mind, it began to realise that it was not nearly as relevant at the front lines any more. Between Marquess Gyarados and Jellicent the Stalwart, very few threats penetrated so far that it or Empoleon would be required. Had it really become irrelevant in its own war?​
    Things were certainly looking up for Azumarill. It and Politoed worked hand in hand to eliminate all threats that didn't resist their Water-type attacks, and the once almighty Suicune towered above them no longer. It still had its own castle and legion of rabid militants; however, its presence was not nearly as strong any more.​
    But then the Fire nation attacked.​
    Led by Duchess Ninetales, the Fire nation brought withering sunlight strong enough not only to dry up Viscount Politoed's rain, but also to render their Water-type attacks feeble and even force plants to grow at absurd rates, then use their Chlorophyll-boosted Speed to outrun and destroy!​
    Venusaur in particular was now a massive threat to Azumarill. Not only did it resist every common attack Azumarill had, but it could also assault the entire base with its obnoxiously powerful Solar Beam, and nary a thing would survive. Ferrothorn the Despised was also a problematic foe. While it couldn't withstand Azumarill's Superpower, Azumarill in turn couldn't handle anything Ferrothorn could dish out, ranging from deathly Power Whips to life-sapping Leech Seeds.​
    Azumarill was a potent threat on the battlefield, though its work was cut out for it. Could its tale ever have a happy ending?​

    GENERATION 6 (OR ORAS)

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    It seems as though the Gods were once again listening to the prayers of Monk Azumarill. Almost overnight it seemed, Azumarill found itself blessed with the qualities of the Fairy-type.​
    Admittedly, this did cause a snigger or two among its compatriots, but those sniggers were soon quelled when they saw just how lucrative Azumarill's new typing had become. Wielding its famous fists, Azumarill could now Play Rough with its draconic foes, as well as Dark- and Fighting-type ones, and vanquish them once and for all! Even the sturdiest of Garchomp were forced to bow in defeat to Azumarill. Even Lord Suicune admitted how impressed it was and passed its mantle onto Azumarill, which graciously accepted. It did not back down from the front line, however.​
    The Gods were more than kind to Azumarill. On top of its deadly Play Rough, Azumarill could also bitch-slap its targets with a painful Knock Off, which not only revealed their strategy by knocking it to the ground, but also dealt heavy damage to anything that didn't resist it.​
    But wait, there's even more!

    Thanks to new laws in Pokémon equality, female Pokémon were finally able to pass on their techniques and knowledge. With Empoleon the strategist teaching Azumarill how to use its deadly Aqua Jet, Azumarill cleverly borrowed some knowledge from its old partner in crime, Politoed. Banging the same drum it once used to in a poor attempt to scare its foes, it now actually could do so by combining the Belly Drum with an obscenely powerful Aqua Jet and mowing down the opposition!​
    Squeezing itself into a new invention known as the Assault Vest (which can't be drummed, it's worth noting), Azumarill armed itself for the titans of the battlefield. For it was among the only known answers to the deathly Mega Charizard formes. Mega Charizard Y's scorching Fire Blast and Mega Charizard X's pulverising Flare Blitz were two attacks that simply couldn't be handled by anyone else at the Water Castle, so Azumarill suited up and sorted the two of them out.​
    Conflict was always on the horizon, however. Venusaur the Hated was also gifted with the new innovation known as a 'Mega Evolution' and consequently became fatter than ever. This rendered Azumarill's Ice Punch far less effective, and its poisonous hide resisted Azumarill's Fairy-type moves, meaning it was an even better answer to poor Azumarill than ever before. Azumarill also struggled against other prominent Poison-types such as Amoonguss the Narcotic, and Tentacruel the Perverted, both of which could tank most of its hits without a worry and then threaten with their assaults.​
    In addition, Ferrothorn the Damned was still around. Scarier than ever before thanks to its Steel carapace remaining unharmed by Fairy-type attacks, it meant that Azumarill had to constantly tiptoe around it. Other Steel-types such as Mega Scizor weren't exactly helpful either, being able to tank a hit and simply heal themselves with Roost, then smack Azumarill around with a ferociously strong Bullet Punch, which acted even faster than Azumarill's Aqua Jet and hit even harder.

    A Look To The Future
    The upcoming generation sees the inclusion of two new Water / Fairy types, meaning Azumarill will no longer have a unique typing. Primarina and Tapu Fini are both specially based, however, so Azumarill will still hold prominence with its Play Rough, but its Aqua Jet has been severely compromised by Tapu Lele, the dastardly cousin of Tapu Fini. Setting up a mystical field known as Psychic Terrain, which prevents Aqua Jet and other priority moves from being used against anything touching the ground. Azumarill certainly has its work cut out for it this Generation.​
    Lastly, Azumarill gained literally nothing in the generational shift aside from Z-moves, which every Pokémon got, so it appears that the Gods have finally decided that Azumarill is as good as it will get.​

    Closing Statements
    Gen 6 was probably Azumarill's peak; however, it's definitely one that rose from nothing to become one of the game's fairy tale Pokémon. Turning from a laughing stock into the most notorious hitman in competitive Pokémon is by no means an easy feat, and this chubby little rabbit achieved that.​
    It's safe to say that the reputation of Azumarill the Sage precedes it.

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    >sap sipper borderline gimmicky
    >borderline gimmicky
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    >N

    Other than that there's nothing immediately sticking out about the skeleton that needs commenting on that I see. Sap Sipper is nice for gimmick and niche counter shenanigans but is otherwise trash and should be treated as such.
     
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    I've seen sap sipper on bulky scald sets.
    it is more popular in monotype ig

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    Yeah, I figured Sap Sipper was at least worth a mention, seeing as I have seen it work, and effectively at that. Hell, Thick Fat's getting a mention, and that's definitely more gimmick xD

    (though the latter's more bcus humour)
     
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    No, no, don't give Azu a sword, Azumarill is more of a martial monk then anything else (FF logic :3 ). As for the others I'll comment later on. Most of the points seem ok to me tbrh.
     
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    Yeah, Monk makes a lot more sense actually, aside from the rank. Maybe Shaman instead...
     
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    Nothing is stopping a monk from slaying a dragon. Especially those class changed FF1 monks. Their damage is ridiculous.
     
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    Two main things to consider when writing this:
    1. Try to keep the overall length to a reasonable length—I think it is really easy for this article type to get too long due to its nature.
    2. If you are going to go with some satire like pokemonnerd did, make sure that it is actually humorous, and don't overdo it.

    The content seems reasonable, but you may not need all of it in the end. The Gen 2 and Gen 3 pictures could be better, but the other one's look good. Just remember to shrink them later.
     
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    Yeah, I didn't fine the best early pictures. Open to suggestions for those ones.
     
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    In my opinion, if you're gonna use an image that references something and isn't just the pokemon, take advantage of it. This type of article becomes really boring to read without at least a touch of humor, and you could easily take advantage of a sub Punch set in ADV by linking it with One Punch Man since the face looks like Saitama's. Also fits into a monk theme if you're not trying to go a knight route.

    Like E.T. said don't go overboard and try too hard to make a joke work, but a touch of satire and a joke here and there makes the wall of text easier to read. I just know from writing the Snorlax article that too many attempts at humor tend to wash out the actual information the article is trying to put out.

    If you're gonna try humor also make sure the overall theme(i.e. Snorlax the sumo wrestler) is consistent with each gen only having one or two if any self contained jokes, like the Snorlax article only mentioning how it's a God in the GSC section since it goes well with the picture.

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    Yeah, Saitama was the plan there lol, seeing how powerful Azumarill's punch is. :3
     
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    can we not use silly pictures please

    makes us look like 10 year olds :/

    stick to pokemo sprites / banner only

    can we also not overdo the humour? i'll read this later so i'm just assuming you might have but i could be wrong
     
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    I agree with pokemonnerd that the silly pics make this kind of article more enjoyable. I still agree that the Gen 2 and Gen 3 pics need better replacements, but these pics do fit the context with Aqua Jet, becoming an OU threat, and becoming a Fairy-type. PO has used much sillier pictures (as most recently seen here for example), so I don't see that as an issue. I agree that the humor in the article doesn't need to go overboard, but having some satire here and there (as long as it is actually good satire) is fine.
     
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    the gen 2&3 pics are not only big, but kind of bland.
    i like this one bc of azumarill being weak:
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    & this for gen 3 bc its waiting to be free in gen 4:
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    I like this for a later gen pic
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    Those are good pictures indeed. The first two I'll definitely use, although it does mean sacrificing One-Punch Man references, but I'm torn between the gen 6 picture I have, and the one you've got. Both are really fun...

    EDIT: Damn, PNerd found a great gen 3 pic too. Hmm... I'll see where the story goes.

    Oh, and I was also thinking this maybe somewhere:

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    But that's probably more Diggersby than Azumarill huh?
     
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    tbh I still don't like having these kind of pictures in our articles, but because you're all very keen on having them, that's fine, but i'd rather stay on the sidelines for this article. nothing too major so don't worry.
     
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    Why OPM when you can go Sub-Punch Man though?
     
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    Sub-Punch Man works lol.

    As for the article itself, it's a lot more fleshed out now. Probably a bit choppy in places, but I've gone for a medieval theme with Final Fantasy influences and obvious anachronisms in places. :3
     
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    BTW change all PokeGods to just Gods. It reads very strangely.
    [WILL EDIT THIS LATER]
     
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    "Eons ago, a humble squire by the name of Azumarill had dreams of... something bigger"

    I'm not part of GP but do be wary of how you use elipses for pauses. This instance works, others through the article don't.

    Other than that the article reads fairly smoothly for a first draft. Mentioning that it has Ice Punch, Waterfall and other relevant moves in gen 2 and 3 may be worth editing in somewhere in those gens. Just to mention that's where it learned them first before really being able to utilize them in DP and beyond.

    Some people could have a problem with referencing grass and electric-types with "deadly nature and the accursed lightning" instead of spelling it out. I knew what you were referencing immediately so it may not be a problem.

    Gens 2 and 3 would be barren without the bits of "storytelling" used anyway so I like how you focused a lot on it in those sections, then transitioned into giving tons of info in DP and beyond when it became a serviceable pokemon.

    I'll read it over again when I'm on a laptop but for now this looks decent.
     
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    Not sure what this is referring to, but it seems like it is either too vague or unnecessary.

    This bit probably isn't needed.

    Mega Charizard Y runs Solar Beam and Drought nullifies its Water weakness, so Azumarill probably shouldn't be switching into it. Mega Charizard X can be dealt with to an extent, but this is irrelevant to Assault Vest, and Bulky Will-O-Wisp sets aren't stopped by AV Azumarill.

    Overall, I think the tone and theme of the article is working out, and while the story seems to outweigh the competitive content at times, I think the main competitive points were discussed for the most part. Advancing this to [WIP].
     
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    Yeah, you've a fair point. I do get a bit story heavy at times.

    As for the Gyarados thing, it's a reference to it losing its place in the generational shift from gen 1 to gen 2, and slipping down to UU. I can easily change that out if needed. I didn't mention arrow to the knee because Gyarados sadly do not have knees. :(
     
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    Is there a particular reason why Gyarados's drop from RBY BL is relevant to Azumarill? I'm not seeing much in common apart from the fact that they were both bad Water-types in GSC.
     
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    It's more story based than anything. Gyarados dropping to UU, i.e. 'weakened', would be seen as bad news among Water-types, no?

    I can edit it out if you want. Just thought it was a fun thing to add in
     
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    I don't think it is needed.
     
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    Fair enough lol. I'll cut it
     
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    I know you have a knack for story-telling and the like, and I really appreciate your enthusiasm to make these articles lively, engaging, and exciting to read (which they are, don't get me wrong), but please keep in mind our articles have to be equally as informative as interesting. Consequently, I'd be grateful if you could, well, axe some of the excessive story-telling, and make sure that the focus on the competitive aspect is not lost.

    I'll have another look at this myself when / if I GP this and will most likely axe some stuff (after negotiations with other GPers / the writer / article leaders).

    And I recall saying this with the PTTG: Snorlax article - please make all the images (roughly) the same size, and not massive. I'd rather have no images at all / only Pokemon sprites, but others like having these images, and I'd like to stay with the popular opinion.

    Thank you. :)
     
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    Yeah, once the article's some semblance of finished, I'll be making sure all the images are the same size. :)

    As for what needs axing, there's probably some debate over that. As soon as there's some kinda consensus over what's too much, I'll chop out the unnecessary stuff.
     
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    I'll comment more when I'm not on my phone at work but things like this paragraph:

    "But after many cutscenes and motivational commercials featuring Hulk Hogan, Azumarill had achieved amazing things! Now sporting Power of Huge levels, this once forgotten servant was a thing to behold. Iron bars were no threat to Azumarill's muscle bound Focus Punch any more, and nor were the prison guards. One by one, the guard Sharpedo were launched into the sky, fooled by Sub-Punch Man's remarkably convincing decoys."

    are probably what turns Sobi off from the jokes and general flippant tone of this and the Snorlax articles. The references are nice and those deeply seated in competitive pokemon can catch what you're saying, however the casual person cannot. For example if you didn't know what Huge Power was, how does "Power of Huge levels" make sense otherwise? And what decoys, how does it make them?

    It seems random without somewhat intimate knowledge of how the pvp side of the franchise works.

    This kind of article is supposed to not be serious however, let's not forget. I even said in the beginning when my Snorlax one was a skeleton, this should be informative but shouldn't have the no-nonsense tone that an actual analysis does.

    You just need to find some middle ground between the flippant story telling and informative writing is all.
     
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    I resized the images and changed the text formatting to left-aligned. I'm also advancing this to [Grammar], but if there are places where the story telling should be trimmed down, feel free to identify them.
     
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    [​IMG]

    OVERVIEW

    [​IMG]
    Eons ago, a humble squire by the name of Azumarill had dreams of... something big. All of its muscle-bound brethren were off fighting in wars, while it could barely fight off a stain on the floor. Armed with a mop and depression, constantly bullied by its kin, the little aqua rabbit questioned its fate often.​
    But the dungeon's keeper had a hidden potential that no one knew of. For every new generation blessed the squire with abilities new and revolutionary; this gentle soul would slowly morph from a helpless punching bag into one of the mightiest Water-types in existence. Once a despot's servant, now an almighty Dragon slayer, Azumarill proved that with enough hard work, and love from the Gods above, you too can punch Dragons!​

    GENERATION 2 (OR GSC)

    [​IMG]
    Squire Azumarill's adventure started out small. The little rabbit could surely take a hit or two; however, this was not news among its Water-type compatriots. Count Feraligatr, for example, was known to stomach as many as four Body Slams before succumbing. It did take solace in the fact that its Water typing yielded only two weaknesses, however, to Grass and Electric. This wasn't unique among Water-types either, but small victories were always to be celebrated.​
    But sadly, this was about all Azumarill had going for it. Despite all of its training after work, Azumarill could scarcely lift up its cleaning utensils. Even if it did make it to the battlefield in time, the lowly squire lacked the strategic knowledge to impress on the front lines, and what was worse, the battlefield was swarmed by powerful Electric-types such as Raikou and Zapdos. Azumarill simply did not stand a chance out there in ye olde metagame. Its only real hope was to try and intimidate its foes with the melody it had learned to drum on its stomach in times of loneliness. Understandably, it did not work.​

    GENERATION 3 (OR ADV)

    [​IMG]
    The First War of the Towers was over; however, a young Aqua Rabbit had been jailed for treason, following an unlikely alliance with the enemy.

    After bonding with a certain Duchess Ampharos over their shared love of berries, poor Azumarill had been locked away indefinitely, only to await the swing of an axe should it again see daylight.​
    But there was nothing like solitude for motivation. Now armed with nothing but free time and montages of Eye of Ye Olde Tiger, Azumarill spent every waking moment pumping iron. It was slow and arduous work, but for every press-up, every punch, every bead of sweat, Azumarill knew that it could only become stronger.​
    But after many cutscenes and motivational commercials featuring Hulk Hogan, Azumarill had achieved amazing things! Now sporting Huge Power, this once forgotten servant was a thing to behold. Iron bars were no threat to Azumarill's muscle-bound Focus Punch any more, nor were the prison guards. One by one, the guard Sharpedo were launched into the sky, fooled by Sub-Punch Man's remarkably convincing decoys.​
    Sunlight kissed upon Azumarill's face at long last. Smashing the dungeon door off at the hinges, the Aqua Rabbit found itself at the top of the Water Castle, only to find that it was once again behind everyone else. Even worse, they had recruited new leaders to fight in the latest advance, such as Baron Swampert and Lady Milotic, both of which easily outgunned poor Azumarill, even with its newly acquired muscle.​
    Azumarill looked to its muscular arms, and realised that simply punching was not enough. Could it punch with water, perhaps?

    No, it could not. It had tried many times, and the attempts were usually messy. So Azumarill knew it had to get stronger. The only question was, how?​

    GENERATION 4 (OR DPPt)

    [​IMG]
    Meditating atop a mountain had worked wonders for Azumarill. Thanks to a stunning new revelation, it could combine its Water abilities with its physical punching abilities, and now finally learned to punch things with water!​
    Well... sort of. Instead of punching, it just charged at them, a lightning fast jet of water. Nonetheless, it did not go unnoticed, as Azumarill was among the first to arrive on the battlefield now. With a solid asset in tow, Azumarill made a real threatening presence for the first time in its life.​
    Azumarill was no longer the poor Squire it had started off as. Wrapping a Choice Band around its head, Azumarill had attained the title of Monk and would use its strategy of 'death by frontal assault' to tear holes into the opposition. Even Grass-types like Venusaur and Shaymin were wary of Azumarill now thanks to its deadly, freeze-inducing Ice Punch. Baron Swampert might have been able to copy Azumarill's movements and use the fabled Ice Punch as well; however, the muscle-bound mud fish found itself humiliatingly outpowered by the tiny Azumarill. With a whole new arsenal of techniques it could employ, including 'Superpower', which essentially just involved throwing itself at the target and flailing limbs, Azumarill was becoming increasingly useful to Lord Suicune, which along with its key strategist Empoleon, kept a close eye on the Monk.​
    Azumarill's servant duties were pawned off onto Luvdisc the Knave.​
    Things weren't all sunshine and rainbows for Monk Azumarill, however. For one, it could only acquire Aqua Jet via breeding, which defiled the Monk code all but entirely. Secondly, with every new technique Azumarill learned, there popped up a new enemy to thwart its plans. Among these stood the feared Tangrowth, which could take any physical assault that Azumarill dared throw, and then more, and also those pesky Pokémon that absorbed Water-type moves. Enemies like Toxicroak and rogue Vaporeon would stop Azumarill's Aqua Jet in its tracks, grounding it and forcing it to actually think before it attacked. And Azumarill aren't much good at thinking.

    GENERATION 5 (OR BW2)

    [​IMG]
    Viscountess Politoed, a forgotten noblewoman hailing from Azumarill's home country of Johto, had gotten into trouble for praying to the Gods to make itself more useful on the battlefield. No one had expected it to work. Viscountess Politoed itself didn't expect it to work. However, as luck would have it, its desperate plea was heard. Just when other Pokemon were starting to laugh at Politoed's efforts, the skies opened up, and the rain began to fall.​
    And it did not stop.​
    As long as Viscountess Politoed was visible, the rain would continue to fall, and thus it was shunted right to the front lines by means of a swift kick up the ass. It was Monk Azumarill who picked the poor dishevelled noblewoman up out of the mud and helped it form strategies. Together, the two were near unstoppable, with Politoed's rain boosting the power of Azumarill's Aqua Jet and Waterfall.​
    Lord Suicune, on the other hand, balked at their unrivalled teamwork. While it simply sat at its throne and boosted itself with Calm Mind, it began to realise that it was not nearly as relevant at the front lines any more. Between Marquess Gyarados and Jellicent the Stalwart, very few threats penetrated so far that it or Empoleon would be required. Had it really become irrelevant in its own war?​
    Things were certainly looking up for Azumarill. It and Politoed worked hand in hand to eliminate all threats that didn't resist their Water-type attacks, and the once almighty Suicune towered above them no longer. It still had its own castle and legion of rabid militants; however, its presence was not nearly as strong any more.​
    But then the Fire nation attacked.​
    Led by Duchess Ninetales, the Fire nation brought withering sunlight strong enough not only to dry up Viscount Politoed's rain, but also to render their Water-type attacks feeble and even force plants to grow at absurd rates, then use their Chlorophyll-boosted Speed to outrun and destroy!​
    Venusaur in particular was now a massive threat to Azumarill. Not only did it resist every common attack Azumarill had, but it could also assault the entire base with its obnoxiously powerful Solar Beam, and nary a thing would survive. Ferrothorn the Despised was also a problematic foe. While it couldn't withstand Azumarill's Superpower, Azumarill in turn couldn't handle anything Ferrothorn could dish out, ranging from deathly Power Whips to life-sapping Leech Seeds.​
    Azumarill was a potent threat on the battlefield, though its work was cut out for it. Could its tale ever have a happy ending?​

    GENERATION 6 (OR ORAS)

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    It seems as though the Gods were once again listening to the prayers of Monk Azumarill. Almost overnight it seemed, Azumarill found itself blessed with the qualities of the Fairy-type.​
    Admittedly, this did cause a snigger or two among its compatriots, but those sniggers were soon quelled when they saw just how lucrative Azumarill's new typing had become. Wielding its famous fists, Azumarill could now Play Rough with its draconic foes, as well as Dark- and Fighting-type ones, and vanquish them once and for all! Even the sturdiest of Garchomp were forced to bow in defeat to Azumarill. Even Lord Suicune admitted how impressed it was and passed its mantle onto Azumarill, which graciously accepted. It did not back down from the front line, however.​
    And the Gods were more than kind to Azumarill. On top of its deadly Play Rough, Azumarill could also bitch-slap its targets with a painful Knock Off, which not only revealed their strategy by knocking it to the ground, but also dealt heavy damage to anything that didn't resist it.​
    But wait, there's even more!

    Thanks to new laws in Pokemon equality, female Pokemon were finally able to pass on their techniques and knowledge. And with Empoleon the strategist teaching Azumarill how to use its deadly Aqua Jet, Azumarill cleverly borrowed some knowledge from its old partner in crime, Politoed. Banging the same drum it once used to, in a poor attempt, scare its foes, it now actually could do so by combining the Belly Drum with an obscenely powerful Aqua Jet and mowing down the opposition!​
    Squeezing itself into a new invention known as the Assault Vest (which can't be drummed, it's worth noting), Azumarill armed itself for the titans of the battlefield. For it was among the only known answers to the deathly Mega Charizard formes. Mega Charizard Y's scorching Fire Blast and Mega Charizard X's pulverising Flare Blitz were two attacks that simply couldn't be handled by anyone else at the Water Castle, so Azumarill suited up and sorted the two of them out.​
    Conflict was always on the horizon, however. Venusaur the Hated was also gifted with the new innovation known as a 'Mega Evolution' and consequently became fatter than ever. This rendered Azumarill's Ice Punch far less effective, and its poisonous hide resisted Azumarill's Fairy-type moves, meaning it was an even better answer to poor Azumarill than ever before. Azumarill also struggled against other prominent Poison-types such as Amoonguss the Narcotic, and Tentacruel the Perverted, both of which could tank most of its hits without a worry and then threaten with their assaults.​
    And then Ferrothorn the Damned was still around. Scarier than ever before thanks to its Steel carapace remaining unharmed by Fairy-type attacks, it meant that Azumarill had to constantly tiptoe around it. Other Steel-types such as Mega Scizor weren't exactly helpful either, being able to tank a hit and simply heal themselves with Roost, then smack Azumarill around with a ferociously strong Bullet Punch, which acted even faster than Azumarill's Aqua Jet and hit even harder.

    A Look To The Future
    The upcoming generation sees the inclusion of two new Water / Fairy types, meaning Azumarill will no longer have a unique typing. Primarina and Tapu Fini are both specially based, however, so Azumarill will still hold prominence with its Play Rough, but its Aqua Jet has been severely compromised by Tapu Lele, the dastardly cousin of Tapu Fini. Setting up a mystical field known as Psychic Terrain, which prevents Aqua Jet and other priority moves from being used against anything touching the ground. So Azumarill certainly has its work cut out for it this Generation.​
    Lastly, Azumarill gained literally nothing in the generational shift aside from Z-moves, which every Pokémon got. So it appears that the PokéGods have finally decided that Azumarill is as good as it will get.​

    Closing Statements
    Gen 6 was probably Azumarill's peak; however, it's definitely one that rose from nothing to become one of the game's fairy tale Pokemon. Turning from a laughing stock into the most notorious hitman in competitive Pokemon is by no means an easy feat, and this chubby little rabbit achieved that.​
    It's safe to say that the reputation of Azumarill the Sage precedes it.​

    I'm sorry, ignore everything I said about axing the storyline. This was incredibly entertaining and well-written - great job!

    GP 1/2
     
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    Joyverse Back for a blast!

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    Randon normie: w0t? accursed lightning? deadly nature?
    oh wait, Sobi fixed.

    Sorry for being less active on this thread. It was already 75% done from the start tbh. BTW I just noticed, I don't like the AzuXAmph ship. Ship it with uh, WIGGLYTUFF PLS!
     
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    I'm just glad @Sobi has seen the light :D
     
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    Agreed. I can fully understand why you don't like the informal approach, @Sobi, so thanks for compromising here.

    EDIT: And that's the OP updated. I used @Joyverse's suggestion and replaced Ampharos with Wigglytuff, even if that essentially makes no difference to the article. Flavour is good, I guess?
     
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    Hey man flavor is extremely important in stories. You can't have pokemon of two different egg groups "bonding" in medievel times if they wouldn't do it in the pokemon daycare either! If they're different the daycare man even says they don't like eachother much lol.

    Or in whatever time period this is in since there's also TV. That could be magic though. Magic does anything.
     
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    Grammar Check
    [​IMG]

    OVERVIEW

    [​IMG]
    Eons ago, a humble squire by the name of Azumarill had dreams of... something big. All of its muscle-bound brethren were off fighting in wars, while it could barely fight off a stain on the floor. Armed with a mop and depression, and constantly bullied by its kin, the little aqua rabbit questioned its fate often.​
    But the dungeon's keeper had a hidden potential that no one knew of. For every new generation blessed the squire with abilities new and revolutionary abilities; this gentle soul would slowly morph from a helpless punching bag into one of the mightiest Water-types in existence. Once a despot's servant, now an almighty Dragon slayer, Azumarill proved that with enough hard work, and love from the Gods above, you too can punch Dragons!​

    GENERATION 2 (OR GSC)

    [​IMG]
    Squire Azumarill's adventure started out small. The little rabbit could surely take a hit or two; however, this was not news among its Water-type compatriots. Count Feraligatr, for example, was known to stomach as many as four Body Slams before succumbing. It did take solace in the fact that its Water typing yielded only two weaknesses, however, to Grass and Electric. This wasn't unique among Water-types either, but small victories were always to be celebrated.​
    But sadly, this was about all Azumarill had going for it. Despite all of its training after work, Azumarill could scarcely lift up its cleaning utensils. Even if it did make it to the battlefield in time, the lowly squire lacked the strategic knowledge to impress on the front lines, and what was worse, the battlefield was swarmed by powerful Electric-types such as Raikou and Zapdos. Azumarill simply did not stand a chance out there in ye olde metagame. Its only real hope was to try and intimidate its foes with the melody it had learned to drum on its stomach in times of loneliness. Understandably, it did not work.​

    GENERATION 3 (OR ADV)

    [​IMG]
    The First War of the Towers was over; however, a young Aqua Rabbit had been jailed for treason, following an unlikely alliance with the enemy.

    After bonding with a certain Duchess Wigglytuff over their shared love of berries, poor Azumarill had been locked away indefinitely, only to await the swing of an axe should it again see daylight.​
    ButHowever, there was nothing like solitude for motivation. Now armed with nothing but free time and montages of Eye of Ye Olde Tiger, Azumarill spent every waking moment pumping iron. It was slow and arduous work, but for every press-up, every punch, and every bead of sweat, Azumarill knew that it could only become stronger.​
    AndEventually, after many cutscenes and motivational commercials featuring Hulk Hogan, Azumarill had achieved amazing things! Now sporting Huge Power, this once forgotten servant was a thing to behold. Iron bars were no threat to Azumarill's muscle-bound Focus Punch any more, nor were the prison guards. One by one, the guard Sharpedo were launched into the sky, fooled by Sub-Punch Man's remarkably convincing decoys.​
    Sunlight kissed upon Azumarill's face at long last. Smashing the dungeon door off at the hinges, the Aqua Rabbit found itself at the top of the Water Castle, only to find that it was once again behind everyone else. Even worse, they had recruited new leaders to fight in the latest advance, such as Baron Swampert and Lady Milotic, both of which easily outgunned poor Azumarill, even with its newly acquired muscle.​
    Azumarill looked to its muscular arms, and realised that simply punching was not enough. Could it punch with water, perhaps?

    No, it could not. It had tried many times, and the attempts were usually messy. So Azumarill knew it had to get stronger. The only question was, how?​

    GENERATION 4 (OR DPPt)

    [​IMG]
    Meditating atop a mountain had worked wonders for Azumarill. Thanks to a stunning new revelation, it could combine its Water abilities with its physical punching abilities, and now it finally learned to punch things with water!​
    Well... sort of. Instead of punching, it just charged at them, a lightning fast jet of water at its foes. Nonetheless, it did not go unnoticed, as Azumarill was among the first to arrive on the battlefield now. With a solid asset in tow, Azumarill made a real threatening presence for the first time in its life.​
    Azumarill was no longer the poor Squire it had started off as. Wrapping a Choice Band around its head, Azumarill had attained the title of Monk and would use its strategy of 'death by frontal assault' to tear holes into the opposition. Even Grass-types like Venusaur and Shaymin were wary of Azumarill now thanks to its deadly, freeze-inducing Ice Punch. Baron Swampert might have been able to copy Azumarill's movements and use the fabled Ice Punch as well; however, the muscle-bound mud fish found itself humiliatingly outpowered by the tiny Azumarill. With a whole new arsenal of techniques it could employ, including 'Superpower', which essentially just involved throwing itself at the target and flailing limbs, Azumarill was becoming increasingly useful to Lord Suicune, which along with its key strategist Empoleon, kept a close eye on the Monk.​
    Azumarill's servant duties were pawned off onto Luvdisc the Knave.​
    Things weren't all sunshine and rainbows for Monk Azumarill, however. For one, it could only acquire Aqua Jet via breeding, which defiled the Monk code all but entirely. Secondly, with every new technique Azumarill learned, there popped up a new enemy to thwart its plans. Among these stood the feared Tangrowth, which could take any physical assault that Azumarill dared throw, and then more, and also those pesky Pokémon that absorbed Water-type moves. Enemies like Toxicroak and rogue Vaporeon would stop Azumarill's Aqua Jet in its tracks, grounding it and forcing it to actually think before it attacked. And Azumarill aren't much good at thinking.

    GENERATION 5 (OR BW2)

    [​IMG]
    Viscountess Politoed, a forgotten noblewoman hailing from Azumarill's home country of Johto, had gotten into trouble for praying to the Gods to make itself more useful on the battlefield. No one had expected it to work. Viscountess Politoed itself didn't expect it to work. However, as luck would have it, its desperate plea was heard. Just when other Pokeémon were starting to laugh at Politoed's efforts, the skies opened up, and the rain began to fall.​
    And it did not stop.​
    As long as Viscountess Politoed was visible, the rain would continue to fall, and thus, it was shunted right to the front lines by means of a swift kick up the ass. It was Monk Azumarill who picked the poor dishevelled noblewoman up out of the mud and helped it form strategies. Together, the two were near unstoppable, with Politoed's rain boosting the power of Azumarill's Aqua Jet and Waterfall.​
    Lord Suicune, on the other hand, balked at their unrivalled teamwork. While it simply sat at its throne and boosted itself with Calm Mind, it began to realise that it was not nearly as relevant at the front lines any more. Between Marquess Gyarados and Jellicent the Stalwart, very few threats penetrated so far that it or Empoleon would be required. Had it really become irrelevant in its own war?​
    Things were certainly looking up for Azumarill. It and Politoed worked hand in hand to eliminate all threats that didn't resist their Water-type attacks, and the once almighty Suicune towered above them no longer. It still had its own castle and legion of rabid militants; however, its presence was not nearly as strong any more.​
    But then the Fire nation attacked.​
    Led by Duchess Ninetales, the Fire nation brought withering sunlight strong enough not only to dry up Viscount Politoed's rain, but also to render their Water-type attacks feeble and even force plants to grow at absurd rates, then use their Chlorophyll-boosted Speed to outrun and destroy!​
    Venusaur in particular was now a massive threat to Azumarill. Not only did it resist every common attack Azumarill had, but it could also assault the entire base with its obnoxiously powerful Solar Beam, and nary a thing would survive. Ferrothorn the Despised was also a problematic foe. While it couldn't withstand Azumarill's Superpower, Azumarill in turn couldn't handle anything Ferrothorn could dish out, ranging from deathly Power Whips to life-sapping Leech Seeds.​
    Azumarill was a potent threat on the battlefield, though its work was cut out for it. Could its tale ever have a happy ending?​

    GENERATION 6 (OR ORAS)

    [​IMG]
    It seems as though the Gods were once again listening to the prayers of Monk Azumarill. Almost overnight it seemed, Azumarill found itself blessed with the qualities of the Fairy-type.​
    Admittedly, this did cause a snigger or two among its compatriots, but those sniggers were soon quelled when they saw just how lucrative Azumarill's new typing had become. Wielding its famous fists, Azumarill could now Play Rough with its draconic foes, as well as Dark- and Fighting-type ones, and vanquish them once and for all! Even the sturdiest of Garchomp were forced to bow in defeat to Azumarill. Even Lord Suicune admitted how impressed it was and passed its mantle onto Azumarill, which graciously accepted. It did not back down from the front line, however.​
    And tThe Gods were more than kind to Azumarill. On top of its deadly Play Rough, Azumarill could also bitch-slap its targets with a painful Knock Off, which not only revealed their strategy by knocking it to the ground, but also dealt heavy damage to anything that didn't resist it.​
    But wait, there's even more!

    Thanks to new laws in Pokeémon equality, female Pokeémon were finally able to pass on their techniques and knowledge. And wWith Empoleon the strategist teaching Azumarill how to use its deadly Aqua Jet, Azumarill cleverly borrowed some knowledge from its old partner in crime, Politoed. Banging the same drum it once used to, in a poor attempt, to scare its foes, it now actually could do so by combining the Belly Drum with an obscenely powerful Aqua Jet and mowing down the opposition!​
    Squeezing itself into a new invention known as the Assault Vest (which can't be drummed, it's worth noting), Azumarill armed itself for the titans of the battlefield. For it was among the only known answers to the deathly Mega Charizard formes. Mega Charizard Y's scorching Fire Blast and Mega Charizard X's pulverising Flare Blitz were two attacks that simply couldn't be handled by anyone else at the Water Castle, so Azumarill suited up and sorted the two of them out.​
    Conflict was always on the horizon, however. Venusaur the Hated was also gifted with the new innovation known as a 'Mega Evolution' and consequently became fatter than ever. This rendered Azumarill's Ice Punch far less effective, and its poisonous hide resisted Azumarill's Fairy-type moves, meaning it was an even better answer to poor Azumarill than ever before. Azumarill also struggled against other prominent Poison-types such as Amoonguss the Narcotic, and Tentacruel the Perverted, both of which could tank most of its hits without a worry and then threaten with their assaults.​
    And thenIn addition, Ferrothorn the Damned was still around. Scarier than ever before thanks to its Steel carapace remaining unharmed by Fairy-type attacks, it meant that Azumarill had to constantly tiptoe around it. Other Steel-types such as Mega Scizor weren't exactly helpful either, being able to tank a hit and simply heal themselves with Roost, then smack Azumarill around with a ferociously strong Bullet Punch, which acted even faster than Azumarill's Aqua Jet and hit even harder.

    A Look To The Future
    The upcoming generation sees the inclusion of two new Water / Fairy types, meaning Azumarill will no longer have a unique typing. Primarina and Tapu Fini are both specially based, however, so Azumarill will still hold prominence with its Play Rough, but its Aqua Jet has been severely compromised by Tapu Lele, the dastardly cousin of Tapu Fini. Setting up a mystical field known as Psychic Terrain, which prevents Aqua Jet and other priority moves from being used against anything touching the ground. So Azumarill certainly has its work cut out for it this Generation.​
    Lastly, Azumarill gained literally nothing in the generational shift aside from Z-moves, which every Pokémon got. S, so it appears that the PokéGods have finally decided that Azumarill is as good as it will get.​

    Closing Statements
    Gen 6 was probably Azumarill's peak; however, it's definitely one that rose from nothing to become one of the game's fairy tale Pokeémon. Turning from a laughing stock into the most notorious hitman in competitive Pokeémon is by no means an easy feat, and this chubby little rabbit achieved that.​
    It's safe to say that the reputation of Azumarill the Sage precedes it.​

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    OVERVIEW

    [​IMG]
    Eons ago, a humble squire by the name of Azumarill had dreams of... something big. All of its muscle-bound brethren were off fighting in wars while it could barely fight off a stain on the floor. Armed with a mop and depression and constantly bullied by its kin, the little aqua rabbit questioned its fate often.​
    But the dungeon's keeper had a hidden potential that no one knew of. For every new generation blessed the squire with new and revolutionary abilities; this gentle soul would slowly morph from a helpless punching bag into one of the mightiest Water-types in existence. Once a despot's servant, now an almighty Dragon slayer, Azumarill proved that with enough hard work, and love from the Gods above, you too can punch Dragons!​

    GENERATION 2 (OR GSC)

    [​IMG]
    Squire Azumarill's adventure started out small. The little rabbit could surely take a hit or two; however, this was not news among its Water-type compatriots. Count Feraligatr, for example, was known to stomach as many as four Body Slams before succumbing. It did take solace in the fact that its Water typing yielded only two weaknesses, however, to Grass and Electric. This wasn't unique among Water-types either, but small victories were always to be celebrated.​
    But sadly, this was about all Azumarill had going for it. Despite all of its training after work, Azumarill could scarcely lift up its cleaning utensils. Even if it did make it to the battlefield in time, the lowly squire lacked the strategic knowledge to impress on the front lines, and what was worse, the battlefield was swarmed by powerful Electric-types such as Raikou and Zapdos. Azumarill simply did not stand a chance out there in ye olde metagame. Its only real hope was to try and intimidate its foes with the melody it had learned to drum on its stomach in times of loneliness. Understandably, it did not work.​

    GENERATION 3 (OR ADV)

    [​IMG]
    The First War of the Towers was over; however, a young Aqua Rabbit had been jailed for treason, following an unlikely alliance with the enemy.

    After bonding with a certain Duchess Wigglytuff over their shared love of berries, poor Azumarill had been locked away indefinitely, only to await the swing of an axe should it again see daylight.​
    However, there was nothing like solitude for motivation. Now armed with nothing but free time and montages of Eye of Ye Olde Tiger, Azumarill spent every waking moment pumping iron. It was slow and arduous work, but for every press-up, every punch, and every bead of sweat, Azumarill knew that it could only become stronger.​
    Eventually, after many cutscenes and motivational commercials featuring Hulk Hogan, Azumarill had achieved amazing things! Now sporting Huge Power, this once forgotten servant was a thing to behold. Iron bars were no threat to Azumarill's muscle-bound Focus Punch any more, nor were the prison guards. One by one, the guard Sharpedo were launched into the sky, fooled by Sub-Punch Man's remarkably convincing decoys.​
    Sunlight kissed upon Azumarill's face at long last. Smashing the dungeon door off at the hinges, the Aqua Rabbit found itself at the top of the Water Castle, only to find that it was once again behind everyone else. Even worse, they had recruited new leaders to fight in the latest advance, such as Baron Swampert and Lady Milotic, both of which easily outgunned poor Azumarill, even with its newly acquired muscle.​
    Azumarill looked to its muscular arms, and realised that simply punching was not enough. Could it punch with water, perhaps?

    No, it could not. It had tried many times, and the attempts were usually messy. Azumarill knew it had to get stronger. The only question was, how?​

    GENERATION 4 (OR DPPt)

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    Meditating atop a mountain had worked wonders for Azumarill. Thanks to a stunning new revelation, it could combine its Water abilities with its physical punching abilities, and now it finally learned to punch things with water!​
    Well... sort of. Instead of punching, it just charged a lightning fast jet of water at its foes. Nonetheless, it did not go unnoticed, as Azumarill was among the first to arrive on the battlefield now. With a solid asset in tow, Azumarill made a real threatening presence for the first time in its life.​
    Azumarill was no longer the poor Squire it had started off as. Wrapping a Choice Band around its head, Azumarill had attained the title of Monk and would use its strategy of 'death by frontal assault' to tear holes into the opposition. Even Grass-types like Venusaur and Shaymin were wary of Azumarill now thanks to its deadly, freeze-inducing Ice Punch. Baron Swampert might have been able to copy Azumarill's movements and use the fabled Ice Punch as well; however, the muscle-bound mud fish found itself humiliatingly outpowered by the tiny Azumarill. With a whole new arsenal of techniques it could employ, including 'Superpower', which essentially just involved throwing itself at the target and flailing limbs, Azumarill was becoming increasingly useful to Lord Suicune, which along with its key strategist Empoleon, kept a close eye on the Monk.​
    Azumarill's servant duties were pawned off onto Luvdisc the Knave.​
    Things weren't all sunshine and rainbows for Monk Azumarill, however. For one, it could only acquire Aqua Jet via breeding, which defiled the Monk code all but entirely. Secondly, with every new technique Azumarill learned, there popped up a new enemy to thwart its plans. Among these stood the feared Tangrowth, which could take any physical assault that Azumarill dared throw, and then more, and also those pesky Pokémon that absorbed Water-type moves. Enemies like Toxicroak and rogue Vaporeon would stop Azumarill's Aqua Jet in its tracks, grounding it and forcing it to actually think before it attacked. And Azumarill aren't much good at thinking.

    GENERATION 5 (OR BW2)

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    Viscountess Politoed, a forgotten noblewoman hailing from Azumarill's home country of Johto, had gotten into trouble for praying to the Gods to make itself more useful on the battlefield. No one had expected it to work. Viscountess Politoed itself didn't expect it to work. However, as luck would have it, its desperate plea was heard. Just when other Pokémon were starting to laugh at Politoed's efforts, the skies opened up, and the rain began to fall.​
    And it did not stop.​
    As long as Viscountess Politoed was visible, the rain would continue to fall, and thus, it was shunted right to the front lines by means of a swift kick up the ass. It was Monk Azumarill who picked the poor dishevelled noblewoman up out of the mud and helped it form strategies. Together, the two were near unstoppable, with Politoed's rain boosting the power of Azumarill's Aqua Jet and Waterfall.​
    Lord Suicune, on the other hand, balked at their unrivalled teamwork. While it simply sat at its throne and boosted itself with Calm Mind, it began to realise that it was not nearly as relevant at the front lines any more. Between Marquess Gyarados and Jellicent the Stalwart, very few threats penetrated so far that it or Empoleon would be required. Had it really become irrelevant in its own war?​
    Things were certainly looking up for Azumarill. It and Politoed worked hand in hand to eliminate all threats that didn't resist their Water-type attacks, and the once almighty Suicune towered above them no longer. It still had its own castle and legion of rabid militants; however, its presence was not nearly as strong any more.​
    But then the Fire nation attacked.​
    Led by Duchess Ninetales, the Fire nation brought withering sunlight strong enough not only to dry up Viscount Politoed's rain, but also to render their Water-type attacks feeble and even force plants to grow at absurd rates, then use their Chlorophyll-boosted Speed to outrun and destroy!​
    Venusaur in particular was now a massive threat to Azumarill. Not only did it resist every common attack Azumarill had, but it could also assault the entire base with its obnoxiously powerful Solar Beam, and nary a thing would survive. Ferrothorn the Despised was also a problematic foe. While it couldn't withstand Azumarill's Superpower, Azumarill in turn couldn't handle anything Ferrothorn could dish out, ranging from deathly Power Whips to life-sapping Leech Seeds.​
    Azumarill was a potent threat on the battlefield, though its work was cut out for it. Could its tale ever have a happy ending?​

    GENERATION 6 (OR ORAS)

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    It seems as though the Gods were once again listening to the prayers of Monk Azumarill. Almost overnight it seemed, Azumarill found itself blessed with the qualities of the Fairy-type.​
    Admittedly, this did cause a snigger or two among its compatriots, but those sniggers were soon quelled when they saw just how lucrative Azumarill's new typing had become. Wielding its famous fists, Azumarill could now Play Rough with its draconic foes, as well as Dark- and Fighting-type ones, and vanquish them once and for all! Even the sturdiest of Garchomp were forced to bow in defeat to Azumarill. Even Lord Suicune admitted how impressed it was and passed its mantle onto Azumarill, which graciously accepted. It did not back down from the front line, however.​
    The Gods were more than kind to Azumarill. On top of its deadly Play Rough, Azumarill could also bitch-slap its targets with a painful Knock Off, which not only revealed their strategy by knocking it to the ground, but also dealt heavy damage to anything that didn't resist it.​
    But wait, there's even more!

    Thanks to new laws in Pokémon equality, female Pokémon were finally able to pass on their techniques and knowledge. With Empoleon the strategist teaching Azumarill how to use its deadly Aqua Jet, Azumarill cleverly borrowed some knowledge from its old partner in crime, Politoed. Banging the same drum it once used to in a poor attempt to scare its foes, it now actually could do so by combining the Belly Drum with an obscenely powerful Aqua Jet and mowing down the opposition!​
    Squeezing itself into a new invention known as the Assault Vest (which can't be drummed, it's worth noting), Azumarill armed itself for the titans of the battlefield. For it was among the only known answers to the deathly Mega Charizard formes. Mega Charizard Y's scorching Fire Blast and Mega Charizard X's pulverising Flare Blitz were two attacks that simply couldn't be handled by anyone else at the Water Castle, so Azumarill suited up and sorted the two of them out.​
    Conflict was always on the horizon, however. Venusaur the Hated was also gifted with the new innovation known as a 'Mega Evolution' and consequently became fatter than ever. This rendered Azumarill's Ice Punch far less effective, and its poisonous hide resisted Azumarill's Fairy-type moves, meaning it was an even better answer to poor Azumarill than ever before. Azumarill also struggled against other prominent Poison-types such as Amoonguss the Narcotic, and Tentacruel the Perverted, both of which could tank most of its hits without a worry and then threaten with their assaults.​
    In addition, Ferrothorn the Damned was still around. Scarier than ever before thanks to its Steel carapace remaining unharmed by Fairy-type attacks, it meant that Azumarill had to constantly tiptoe around it. Other Steel-types such as Mega Scizor weren't exactly helpful either, being able to tank a hit and simply heal themselves with Roost, then smack Azumarill around with a ferociously strong Bullet Punch, which acted even faster than Azumarill's Aqua Jet and hit even harder.

    A Look To The Future
    The upcoming generation sees the inclusion of two new Water / Fairy types, meaning Azumarill will no longer have a unique typing. Primarina and Tapu Fini are both specially based, however, so Azumarill will still hold prominence with its Play Rough, but its Aqua Jet has been severely compromised by Tapu Lele, the dastardly cousin of Tapu Fini. Setting up a mystical field known as Psychic Terrain, which prevents Aqua Jet and other priority moves from being used against anything touching the ground. Azumarill certainly has its work cut out for it this Generation.​
    Lastly, Azumarill gained literally nothing in the generational shift aside from Z-moves, which every Pokémon got, so it appears that the PokéGods have finally decided that Azumarill is as good as it will get.​

    Closing Statements
    Gen 6 was probably Azumarill's peak; however, it's definitely one that rose from nothing to become one of the game's fairy tale Pokémon. Turning from a laughing stock into the most notorious hitman in competitive Pokémon is by no means an easy feat, and this chubby little rabbit achieved that.​
    It's safe to say that the reputation of Azumarill the Sage precedes it.​
     
  39. Spoovo The Pirate

    Spoovo The Pirate Meep! Article Contributor Article Contributor

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    Alright, made the changes according to ET's post, aside from one wee tweak where I changed 'PokeGods' back to just 'Gods' in 'A Look to the Future'.

    I was a bit mystified about some of those grammar choices - do parenthetic commas not exist in US English? - but I figured there was no point in arguing about that. Most of the readers will by Murican anyways.

    That a wrap, guys? :3
     
  40. Sobi

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    which particular ones

    and please remove the comma after "thus,"
     
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