Pokémon Tower Defense 2: Taking the Mystery out of ‘Mystery Gift’: Tropius and Ferroseed

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It’s been a more eventful week than most in the world of Pokémon Tower Defense 2, with a daring new story mode update from Mr Samuel Otero involving a culmination of all the dark and devious happenings in the story so far in the form of an epic encounter with Mewthree, a Pokémon that won’t be officially in the Pokédex until Pokémon X and Y are released on the waiting world. A closer look at this extremely difficult battle will be uploaded shortly, but this article concerns itself with the next mystery gift and giveaway madness. Last week’s fruit of the generosity tree tasted a little like Timburr with hints of Mienfoo, both of which were delicious but neither of which are particularly useful against the Psychic prowess of Mewthree, a Pokémon that is sure to wipe out your fighting and poison types before even taking a bite of his Weetabix in the morning. Luckily for us, we have primarily Grass-type Pokémon this week; they’re not super effective against psychics, but at least they won’t instantly crumble under the type-matchup pressure like fighting types will.

Tropius – KF4E1754

Looks like a Brontosaurus attempting to pull off some leaf-based fashion choice, though we won’t judge him for it.

Looks like a Brontosaurus attempting to pull off some leaf-based fashion choice, though we won’t judge him for it.

Receiving the majority of the vote this week is Tropius, a combination grass and flying type. Unfortunately, due to its dual type, Tropius is weak to a fair few Pokémon types. Tropius receives double damage from flying, rock, poison, and fire types, and Ice types should be avoided completely since they will deal quadruple damage to Tropius. While it is resistant to fighting, water, and grass, its weaknesses far outweigh its strengths.

Tropius’s moveset consists mainly of normal and grass-type moves, with Gust and Air Slash being the only flying types to mix it up a little. Magical Leaf (level 31) and Leaf Tornado (level 47) are some notable grass-type moves. You’ll have to wait until level 61 for Solarbeam, and while the 140-power Leaf Storm is a mighty grass-type move, you’ll have to wait until level 71 to learn it. While I’m not bowled over by Tropius’ moves or stats, it is at very least a very cool Pokémon to look at, and it might one day come in useful for a fight against water-types.

 

Ferroseed – spkyseed

For some reason, Ferroseed looks like he would taste good either scrambled or fried (probably his egg-like appearance).

For some reason, Ferroseed looks like he would taste good either scrambled or fried (probably his egg-like appearance).

At least we have more interesting combination of types with Ferroseed: grass and steel is his pedigree, and looking like a highly-fortified egg is his game, apparently. His grass/steel combination types make him infinitely more useful than Tropius in terms of his resistance to attacks, holding strong against Normal, Rock, Steel, Grass, Water, Electric, and Psychic types (as well as a few others that  the bulbapedia page will fill you in on). This little spiked oval creature is only truly weak to fighting, and can’t take the heat of fire-type attacks since they deal quadruple damage to him. I spite of these weaknesses, Ferroseed is immediately the superior Pokémon of the two, and it baffles me as to why this Pokémon wouldn’t be the first choice of the Pokemon Tower Defense community.

Ferroseed is a typically defensive Pokémon and evolves into Ferrothorn at level 40. Mainly steel moves furnish this Pokémon’s moveset, with Metal Claw and Mirror Shot being moderately powerful, and Flash Cannon being the most powerful Steel-type move learned at level 52. Selfdestruct is a normal type move with a power of 200, though this has the unfortunate side-effect of instantaneous fainting. You’re better off waiting for Explosion, which has the same power points but without the kamikaze aspect of Selfdestruct. Ferroseed does have a bug-type move in the form of Pin Missile, though the power of this move is negligible and doesn’t make it a very useful tool against the imminent Mewthree battle.

A Crying Shame

In all fairness, in having Grass as the mystery gift type of the week, we were doomed to choose from some pretty mediocre Pokémon, and even so, Tropius still feels like a ridiculous choice for a winner. I know I shouldn’t be complaining about free Pokémon, but this week’s grass types are somewhat unremarkable, though the community as a whole only has itself to blame for this one as far as Pokémon choice goes. To make things worse, grass-type Pokémon aren’t particularly useful against the Psychic Mewthree; Ferroseed’s resistance to Psychic attacks are somewhat of a saving grace, however. Stay tuned for more story mode updates, and I’m continuing to give away my mystery gift Pokémon on request.

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