DGT #23: Charizard (Pokemon)


I have been holding off on profiling a Pokémon, but with the recent domination of Pokémon Go, I cannot wait any longer. It's time for Charizard to make his debut. An orange, draconic Pokémon, Charizard is the evolved form of Charmeleon, which is the evolved form of Charmander. You might know Charmander better, as he is one of the initial Pokémon you can pick in the Pokémon Go craze that is sweeping the nation.  But Charmander is not a dragon. Charizard most definitely is. Look at those wings, claws, horn, tail, and fierce stare! Dragon for sure.

Originally called "Lizardon" in Japanese, Nintendo decided to give the various Pokémon species "clever and descriptive names" related to their appearance or features when translating the game for western audiences as a means to make the characters more relatable to American children.  As a result, they were renamed "Charizard", a combination of the words "charcoal" or "char" and "lizard". During an interview, Pokémon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara stated Charizard was expected to be popular with North American audiences because of their preference for strong, powerful characters.  Sure enough, Charizard has received positive reception from the media, with GamesRadar describing it as "hands-down one of the coolest Pokémon out there". Obviously, this is because Charizard is basically a dragon masquerading as a Pokémon.

This Pokémon flies in search of powerful opponents to battle, and its fire will burn hotter as it gains experience. Its fiery breath is capable of melting boulders, massive glaciers, and has been known to accidentally cause forest fires. Charizard typically inhabit mountains and valleys. They are noble and will not turn the full power of their flame on opponents significantly weaker than they are. Charizards are also known to be very eager to battle. They can be very dangerous and aggressive if provoked. But like Charmander and Charmeleon, they are friendly and affectionate with their trainers... when they actually pay attention to them. Classic dragon right there.

Though we at Drankgon have put a ban on all Drankgon employees from downloading Pokémon Go due to its addictive nature, we can understand the Pokémon love. We all played the original Pokémon and chose Charmander as our initial character (obviously). The struggle was growing Charmander so that it could finally evolve into Chamereleon and then later Charizard. It took way too long and then the game was almost over. Charizard also now makes an appearance on the new Smash Brothers game as a playable character. The game doesn't do him justice though, given that he is super slow and can't fly. Let's be real, Charizard would crush most of those weak Nintendo characters in real life. Flamethrower, anyone? Anyway, good luck wasting your life hunting for Pokémon out there when you could just purchase the elusive CharDrankgoninstead. I found one in my living room yesterday, which has suddenly become a "gym" on the game. Lame.

Word has it that some new mythical Drankgons have been spotted flying into SF as well... Keep your phones out in hopes that one may pop up on your screen when you least expect it! And if you believe that, I've got some great Snake Oil to sell you.

 


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