The best flying-type Pokémon in Emerald (+ ORAS)

I confess that I started my Pokémon journey with Gen III.I feel like that’s something that many of you can relate to. For me, it cemented Pokémon as a franchise that is here to stay.

GameFreak took advantage of that exciting new technology by giving us a Pokédex filled with new and interesting monsters to collect.

And if you’re replaying Emerald (or rebooting the Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire remakes ), this might give you some ideas for your team’s flyers.

10. Precious

Regrettable points for Beautifly. Seriously.

Don’t get me wrong, Beautifly is a decently designed OG model.

However, that’s where my praise ends.

It is incredibly weak and totally overshadowed by Butterfree thanks to the latter’s heartbreaking appearance in the anime.

Perhaps you could defend Beautifly as a special attacker. But at a base velocity of 65, you won’t hit much.

9. Crobat

Crobat should be higher on this list. I admit it.

However, I really dislike it.

Aside from being an evolution of Zubat (yes, I still have that old-school grudge), it’s just a weird design.

It triggers my fight or flight response, and I don’t know why.

It’s just a purple ball with wings. I don’t even know how you’re supposed to fight in the first place. I mean, I’m not in the best shape, but I think even I could take one.

It does have some decent stats though, including T1 speed.

But even that is not enough for me to use a Crobat. To hell with competitive strategy.

8. Ninjask

If Crobat has T1 speed, then Ninjask is breaking the sound barrier.

He has a base of 160 with an Attack of 90, the same as Crobat’s.

It’s a bit softer, for sure. But it looks a lot better so I rate it higher.

However, the Ninjask design requires a bit of digestion.

When I was a kid, it always confused me. It still does.

I understand that he is destined to be a ninja, but he seems too incohesive to convince me. However, it is interesting to watch.

7. Tropius

Tropius is my boy.

If only he was a Dragon-type with better stats. Unfortunately, there are only so many Hydreigons and Haxorus for everyone.

Tropius is a Banana Tree Pokémon. How did you come up with something like that? He has a banana beard!

He’s resourceful in all the ridiculously correct ways.

Unfortunately, his stats suck. How to suck big. However, that shouldn’t stop you from running Tropius on your story six because of the coolness factor.

6. Swellow

Generation III was the first Pokémon game that I played correctly.

That is going to make me a bit biased.

I say that because Swellow was, until Braviary in Generation V, my all-time favorite bird-type Pokémon.

I can safely say that it was all nostalgia because there is nothing special about it.

He has mediocre stats with great speed and looks like a bird. Just a bird.

Despite that, its design speaks of my younger self. He wanted to be as attractive as Swellow.

Have I managed to achieve that dream? Of course not. But that never stopped me from trying.

5. Pelipper

The rest of these brochures are justified in various ways. But if you disagree with any of my justifications, be sure to write me a heavily worded tweet.

So here we have Pelipper. A weak Pokémon with some potential and a decent design.

However, that’s not what gets it a place on this list.

Pelipper is here because it was the first Pokémon to be able to learn both Fly HM and Surf HM.

That was a big problem on the day before the Hidden Machine system overhaul.

Having a Pokémon that could support both HM means of transport was a blessing, which is why I am honoring Pelipper here.

4. Altars

Altaria is the first Pokémon on this list to have real competitive potential.

It’s a bulky bird, with a base Defense of 90 and a Special Defense of 105. Therefore, you tend to see Altaria appear in some of the lower competitive groups.

It’s not going to be able to live up to its Ubers and OUs, but it is a niche pick that can be stuck with when needed.Also, it is a peacock/turkey cloud. What’s not to love about that?

3. Gyarados

You shouldn’t have to explain that Gyarados is on this list.

If you’ve played Pokémon, regardless of generation, you already know how strong it is.

For those of you who have never had the joy of fighting with or against a Gyarados, let me explain.

It has a base attack of 125 and a total base stat of 540.

You also have access to some of the best moves in the meta.

If you get hit by a Gyarados, you will suffer.

2. Salamence

Salamence is the forgotten cousin of the super dragons.

You have your Garchomps, Haxorus’, Hydreigons and even your Dragonites and Dragapults.

However, no one seems to remember Salamence.

Despite that, it has that base 600 stat total that allows it to be mentioned in the same sentence as the strongest hitting Pokémon on Dex.

He also has a base Attack of 135 and a Speed of 100, a terrifying combination.

Not to mention that Salamence looks like a dancer. Unlike almost every other type of dragon out there, this one actually looks like a real dragon; wings and everything.

1. Rayquaza

I mean, it’s the Pokémon on the face of the Emerald box.

It’s kind of obvious that Rayquaza tops this list as number one. It’s legendary, which means it’s better than all other Pokémon by default (right?)

If you need more justification than that, look at his stats:

A total base of 680 with 150 attacks and special attacks, and a speed of 95.

I don’t have any nifty comments to add here, sorry. It’s the strongest flight type in Gen III and the remakes, and it’s not even close.

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