Think About Something , Thomas Hobbes, the philosopher, was noted for his belief in a completely physical universe. He is also known as the source for the name of Calvin’s stuffed tiger. Hobbes believed that everything, even thought, was a physical object. Through conversation and discussion you sent blocks of thought out into the world and they then entered, physically, the recipient’s mind.
When thought is ingested, it can be difficult to digest. A new way of thinking comes to you and you have to cycle it, over and over again, until you can establish it within your existing framework. Or completely rewrite your framework if necessary. The root of rumination comes from the latin word “ruminare” – to chew repeatedly or to think over repeatedly. Much like a cow, you need the extra work to break down the thoughts, turn them into something you can use. A cow is a ruminant, it gets this name from its behavior of repeatedly chewing grass until comfortable digestion is possible. This is even before it hits those four stomachs. This is why cows spend so much time out in the fields.
Rumination Field is where you will find Virizion. Perhaps he is also a ruminant, grazing on the grass and chewing, always chewing, to break it down. He is also lost in thought. Nature intended Pokémon and humans to be together. Together we would form bonds of friendship and work towards improvement for everyone. Maybe we would just have fun. Human carelessness, though, thoughtlessness, put Pokémon in danger. Virizion was there to help, along with Cobalion and Terrakion, but not everyone could be saved. How can you balance out your former love of humans and the danger they put your fellow Pokémon in? You separate yourself. You go to a quiet field, a pleasant field yet isolated, and think. Possibly, churning over the same thoughts, over and over again, get you nowhere and you are stuck. Possibly a new hero arrives to prove that the bonds of friendship between Pokémon and humans can be restored.
Virizion gets a lot of crap. Yes, he is a Grass-type and they have a lot of weaknesses. Cobalion and Terrakion are your battle bro friends, Virizion is a catch and box kind of dude. Maybe you should think that over again.
Virizion has a better base stat total than Serperior, but Serperior gets all the love. Just like Cobalion and Terrakion, Virizion has the Justified ability. Knock it with a Dark-type move and you are pumping up its attack. Maybe you want to plan a Grass-type team. Let’s consider what Virizion has to offer.
Virizion’s best stat is Special Defense at 129 (highest of all Grass and Fighting-types). All of the Swords of Justice have the same Speed at 108 and HP at 91. Virizion’s other stats are Attack at 90, Defense at 72, and Special Attack at 90. You can go either way with its move pool, so either target your IVs and Nature towards boosting Special Attack (Rash) or Attack (Naughty). Both of those Natures mine Special Defense to gain their boost. Keep in mind that Virizion can boost Attack by two stages with Swords Dance while it can only boost Special Attack using Work Up and that is only by one stage. Probably best to go with a physical attacker.
Swords Dance is a must for the physical Virizion. Just like the other Swordsmen, Close Combat gets STAB. Leaf Blade takes advantage of physical boosts and STAB AND has an increased chance of critical hits. Finally, Stone Edge will help combat the four times weakness to Flying-types.
I am actually so afraid of Flying-types with Virizion that I would strongly recommend a Rock Gem to go along with Stone Edge. I know it is only going to help once but if you realize that Virizion is weaker to Flying-type moves than to Fire-type moves it makes some sense. Ponder it.
Shiny Virizion is pink where regular Virizion is green and green where regular Virizion is pink. Almost worth a million soft resets.
There are two Virizion cards in the TCG worth considering. They are usually included in a deck when you specifically want to tech against the once completely evil Terrakion. Terrakion was well known for OHKOing Darkrai EX cards. Emerging Powers Virizion will OHKO Terrakion for two grass and one colorless (Sacred Sword for 100). Noble Victories Virizion (which has an absolutely beautiful full art card) doesn’t OHKO Terrakion but it does have Double Draw which, for one colorless, allows you to draw two cards. This can be useful if you are stalled at any point in the game. In the newer games I would recommend Sacred Sword Virizion against Keldeo EX (it will OHKO Keldeo EX and it is still difficult to get revenge for that).
If you can believe it, I have now been writing PKMN of the Week for a year now. This has been my weekly chance to think and learn about Pokémon, ruminate over strategies and, in general, share some of my love of Pokémon with you. I know there have been some big misplays (I swear I will redo Smeargle at some point) but I hope it has been, and will continue to be, entertaining.
Written by William
Proofed by Jared