Maybe that’s it, now that I think about it. Magneton is like three Magnemites coming together to form a hivemind. Plus, at least it makes sense. Magnets are attracted to each other so it’s very easy to come to the conclusion that Magnemite is held together by magnetism. What keeps the Dugtrio in place? are they fused together underneath the ground? Nobody knows, and that’s why Dugtrio is so confusing. Magneton, on the other hand, at least makes sense in its unoriginality.You know what I don’t like about Magneton? All of the stupid magnetism. According to the Pokedex, Magneton emits magnetism so powerful that it raises the temperature of things near it, and dries up water nearby as well. Do you have any idea what that much magnetism would do to anything electronic? Cause I don’t. I’m not an expert on the subject of computer components, but I know it can’t be good. I also know that this much magnetism is potentially deadly, in case there’s anyone with a pacemaker, or other such device around.
One of the things a lot of people like to imagine is having a Pokemon be a pet. I think Magneton would probably be illegal to keep out of its ball if they were real. There’s just too much risk of destroying hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment. If you walk by someone with a nice phone, you know they’re going to hate you when your floating Magneton completely destroyed it. Then they’ll beat you up. And you know what the worst part would be? You couldn’t even call for help because your own phone would be equally ruined by all the magnetism. And then what? I don’t even want to think about it.
If Pokemon were real then Magneton is a Pokemon I can definitely see being quarantined. It’s a danger to society. Due to its relative ease to acquire I can also see horrible criminal groups using Magneton for all kinds of things before they come in and take advantage of chaos after all the electronics in an area go out.
Magneton is scary, but it’s also kind of cool. I wouldn’t want to use one myself, ever. But, I wouldn’t look down on anyone that chooses to use it.
Especially because they could be a hardened criminal.
DID YOU KNOW?
Be forewarned, we’re entering theory-ville here. Theory that can be backed up, but without any official confirmation it remains a theory.
So, let’s begin with the facts. Magnemite weighs 13.2 pounds. Magneton is three Magnemites. Simple addition should tell you that Magneton weighs 39.6 pounds, because, again, it is composed of three Magnemites. However, Magneton actually weighs 132 pounds, exactly ten times what a Magnemite weighs, rather than three.
How is that? Well, and this is interesting, Magneton doesn’t require two additional Magnemites to evolve. It just evolves into Magneton at level 30. Sure, we could just assume that this is just game mechanics since requiring three Magnemites to create a Magneton would be ridiculous, but why do that? We’re here to create our own facts, and pave our own path to the future!
So, there’s two main theories I can see at work here. The first, and more likely one, if you were to ask me, is that Magnemite is hollow. Thinking seriously here for a moment, Magnemite is about a foot tall, and weighs 13.2 pounds. For reference, the typical bowling ball is 8.5 inches, and weighs 10 pounds. Also, bowling balls are typically made of a sturdy plastic, while Magnemite’s typing implies that it’s made of a strong, sturdy steel. Magnemite being hollow just makes sense, and that would mean that when it evolves, and creates two more of itself, it is no longer hollow, but is solid throughout. This could easily account for the weight increase.
Of course, the second option is simply that everyone else is wrong. By this I mean that Magneton’s electromagnetic field messes with any method taken to measure it. Magneton would still weigh 39.6 pounds, but because of the forces it exerts on the environment around it, it comes off as weighing 132 pounds.
Or maybe there’s another reason? Who knows. I just asked a scientifically smart friend for some help and he gave me some info about how science works. Blame him if I’m wrong, I gave you a warning and said that this is all conjecture!
USING MAGNETON IN BATTLE
Pokemon teenagers are usually bad. Being teenagers, they’re not allowed to compete in Little Cup, but they’re also typically lacking in the stats required to compete in any other tier. However, there is an exception to this rule. Pokemon that weren’t always teenagers, and, with Magneton being given a late evolution in the Generation 4, it’s… well, it’s not bad.
Two main ways to run a Magneton. Bulky, or as a Special Attacker. The main difference between the two comes down to ability and choice of item. For a Special Attacker you’ll want Choice Specs, four attacking moves, a negative speed nature, and Analytic. I personally feel that the Bulky option is better though, so you’ll want Magnet Pull as an ability, and Eviolite as your hold item.
Either way, Thunderbolt is your main STAB of choice, with Flash Cannon being a second option for coverage. 70 Speed isn’t much so a Modest nature is preferred, and if you’re going bulky you’ll want Magnet Rise so you can have an immunity to Ground type moves, though only temporarily. After that, your only real option for an attack remains with Hidden Power. You can continue with Grass, as Magnemite used to great effect, or you can try and upgrade to Fire, and blast at some Steel types. Magnet Pull works like Shadow Tag for opposing Steel types, so if you can make yourself immune to Ground moves with Magnet Pull you’ll be pretty bulky thanks to the Eviolite.
Then, you’ve just gotta attack! Eviolite made a few Pokemon teens excellent, and Magneton is certainly an outstanding example of what is normally an awful, awful group of Pokemon.
Bland, but I kind of like it. The blank stare really works better when there’s multiple bodies.
A capable Pokemon teenager is the best kind of Pokemon teenager.
MAGNETS: HOW DO/THEY WORK?
I hate that song.
They just look so uncomfortable!