FUCKING EMOLGAS

First, I shall give a brief lesson as to what an Emolga actually is:

FUCKING EMOLGA

Emolga (Japanese: エモンガ Emonga) is a dual-type Electric/Flying Pokémon introduced in Generation V.

Emolga is a rodent-like Pokémon, primarily white in coloration, that most resembles a flying squirrel. It possesses facial features similar to Pachirisu’s, such as its eyes, tiny nose, and yellow cheek patches. Its ears, positioned at the top of its head, are rounded in shape and black in coloration, with yellow and white sections of coloration in the inside of its ears. Emolga sports a vaguely hood-like patterning of black around its head, with a spiky extension of the pattern above its face. Emolga possesses winglike, yellow-colored flaps connected to its three-fingered arms. Its feet are white-colored and fairly small and its black-colored tail is in a jagged shape.

Similar to Pikachu, Emolga can store electricity on its electric sacs located on its cheeks. When threatened, it releases this electricity to fend off other Pokémon. Emolga lives in the treetops and glides from tree to tree using its cape-like patagium, sometimes discharging its electricity.

This fucking thing. Oh my god, THIS FUCKING THING.

Emolga is the worst possible thing to come out of Pokémon in Generation V. It’s Electric/Flying dual typing gives it immunity to it’s primary weakness: Ground; and instead replaces it with a weakness to Rock and Ice. Normally this is fine, as the only other Pokémon with this typing are either legendary (Zapdos, Thundurus), or only acquired the typing in Gen V and aren’t available in Unova anyway (Fan Rotom).

However the primary problem with this thing is the fact that it appears so early in the game, and when it does start to appear, it appears in force. Through a combination of it’s 103 base Speed, Static ability, and early access to Double Team; this is the most annoying Pokémon you will come up against, especially if you lack the necessary tools to be able to dispatch it.

Part of the problem lies in the fact that Emolga appears prominently in the Electric-type Gym of Unova, in Nimbasa City. It is the 4th Gym of the region, which differs to the other Electric Gyms in Vermilion (3rd), Mauville (3rd), and Sunyshore (8th).

Another part is the lack of availability of Electric-types in general in Unova. At that point in the game only Blitzle/Zebstrika and Emolga are available, and as such the Gym also features only those two evolutionary lines. The other Electric-types of the region: Tynamo/Eelektrik/Eelektross, Joltik/Galvantula and Stunfisk all appear after the 5th Gym.

And finally, the lack of viable counters. The Ice-type does not come into play until the next town, which you cannot access before the 4th Gym battle. As for the Rock-type, there are a few more options, but unless you already have them, it may be too “out of the way” to bother with. Pokémon-wise, there are Roggenrola/Boldore/Gigalith or Dwebble/Crustle. Both have a high physical Attack and Defense, but suffer with a lack of Special Defense, opening them up to Volt Switch. Also, their lower Speed means getting an attack off before a Double Team is nigh impossible.

As well as that, the available moves aren’t great either. Smack Down is the best as it renders them vulnerable to Ground, but requires that it actually hits, which may be a pain given Double Team. Rock Slide requires a higher level, and has less accuracy, as does Rock Tomb from TM39 found in the desert.

In general, these fucking things were designed to make you tear your hair out, swear profusely at your DS, and to rage-eject the game cartridge before running it over with your car. Add to this the annoying strategy they employ with the Gym Leader (Double Team, then Aerial Ace in case you try the same, and Volt Change to GTFO to Zebstrika when the going gets too tough).

FUCKING EMOLGAS.

PS: On my Facebook page, you can find an album of images with other people’s expressions of anger, with regards to these little rodents. Also, feel free to express your anger at these things in the comments, or rant on Twitter with the hashtag #fuckingemolgas.

  • http://www.opgeeks.com Nick

    Haha, I searched emolga in the hope i’d find a post exactly like this, I hate this fucking Pokémon so much. At the 4th gym i figured ‘Electricity, no problem i’ll teach everyone dig, what with the new infinite TM system’ only to find out this bastard can fly as well -_-
    Although it probably sounds horrible, I was glad to see someone else feeling the same pain as me so that it wasn’t due to me failing some way.

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  • Jermaine

    I literally typed in “FUCK EMOLGA” to find a blog like this. Defeating that gym leader was really not about the game at all but trying to prevent myself from getting a hernia. I think it’d wouldn’t be so irritating if the pokemon didn’t look like such a hyper active little shit.

    Plus I forgot that rock is not immune to electric attacks and nearly shat my pants when my Geodude knockoff was taken out by one volt charge.

  • Roxanna

    This gym was a royal pain, but I did find some effective tricks to beating it…

    Dwebble learns Stealth Rock at level 24, and this was extremely useful against Volt Switch. Emolga hit Dwebble hard, but couldn’t one-shot it (Sturdy ability). Every time they got off a Volt Switch, the swap would take a fair amount of damage (~20% of it’s health). From here on, it was simply a matter of outlasting them with lemonades as they swap-killed themselves.

    I managed to burn one with a Yamask’s Will O’ Wisp, which helped. When the two Emolgas got down to half health or so, I swapped in Sandile to throw up Embargo. Aerial Ace is not quite as powerful as Volt Switch, so I was able to simply wear the first one down with the burn with Embargo blocking the hyper potions and Sandile’s ground type preventing Volt Switch. When the first one died, I swapped in Audino to eat some damage while I distributed lemonade, then swapped a fully healed Dwebble back in to unleash Smack Down on the second.

    With those two irritants out of the way, I managed Zebstrika with Torment and Embargo from Sandile, and a couple of sacrificial pokemon thrown in to buy me time to heal. I got Yamask healed back up and burned it, then swapped between Drillbur and Yamask every other turn until it died – it would use Quick Attack as I swapped to Yamask (Ghost), and then Spark as I switched to Drillbur (Ground), and couldn’t heal due to Embargo.

    Three dead pokemon and a dozen lemonades later, I had my badge and my TM. It took an unusually high amount of switching, healing, and strategic planning for being only the fourth gym, but this was the first time I felt like I had to work hard for a badge since I played a hacked “hard mode” version of FireRed (Brock had an Aerodactyl – yeah, that was fun).

    The good news is that you can snag Emolga on Route 5 and you get the Volt Switch TM from the leader.

    TL;DR

    Stealth Rock, Torment, and Embargo. Control the opponent’s switches and items. Also, if an Emolga starts stacking Double Team, let it Volt Switch out and lose its benefits.

    • Matt

      A viable counter as well is timburr, as it learns rock throw, and is fighting, so pursuit is out of the question

  • Arashi

    After some horrible defeats by that vermin they call emolga who kept using volt switch I read the comment about dwebble and stealth rock. Great one, it works well. Only needed to use a just lv24 dwebble and bulked out the rest with a lv32 stoutland I taught the Rock Tomb tm to. It walled perfectly. The zebstrika, just as in the tries before, proved an easy kill really.

    Yes, the lack of a viable counter is the most horrible thing about the gym here. Your possibilities are all mostly limited in usefullness one way or another. Either not resisting electric/flying moves, not having a decent countering move, or just plainly being bad at walling the normally quite weak and frail electric types.

  • Fuckface

    I actually just shattered my fucking DS fighting this stupid fucking gym leader.  What a load of fucking bullshit.  The move sets are fucking ridiculous – Aerial Ace?  Pursuit?  Volt Switch?  Double fucking Team?  What the fucking fuck, unless you went dwebble at the start (which I didn’t) there is NO fucking pokemon that can take these fuckers on.  Any of the non-rock pokemon that can get rock moves are all fighting type so fucking aerial ace ruins that – psychic and ghost are out of the fucked up fucking question because of pursuit, ground pokemon which should be counter can’t do fucking shit because it’s a fucking FLYING fucking pokemon… UGH FUCK THIS GAME SERIOUSLY I do not regret one bit not being able to play it now, every single pokemon game is a shittier rehash of the original so honestly just fuck them and I’m sorry I ever wasted money on this fucked up bullshit.  Never again.

    • Emolganess

      Someone’s taken this too seriously.

      Yes, Emolga is annoying. But you’re really going to destroy a mildly costly handheld and pretend a series is bad just because a boss (that boss being Elesa, of course) is tough? I dare you to play ANY Shin Megami Tensei game.