Romans and Byzantines, in bygone days, used to erect a small stone monument every mile along their roads. These stones were intended to assist travelers in marking their progress which, at that time, was slow at best. The value in knowing your place – where you had come from and how far along you were to where you are going was so high that these markers are found everywhere. They are stone. They are heavy.
The modern equivalent, at least in the US, are little green signs you will find along highways marking off miles (usually these days called mile markers). We all have GPS in our pockets, right? Why do we need milestones today? If you’ve ever broken down by the side of the road, though, those mile markers are invaluable. I assure you, AAA would much prefer you tell them the mile marker you are closest to rather than your latitude and longitude (or your distance from the closest Wendy’s).
In project management we also have milestones. Every good project manager will determine, along the path of the project, points in time when a certain set of tasks should have been accomplished. At these milestones you reflect on the progress of the project and make adjustments towards the remaining milestones. You can report on whether your arrival at a milestone was early, on time, or late.
Your life will have many milestones – special events and passages like graduating high school and college, getting married, becoming Pokémon World Champion. How you mark off these important dates is in your hands and, hopefully, in the hands of your friends.
Geodude, he’s my dude. Geodude is the first Rock-type Pokémon you will encounter in the Pokédex (and most likely in your Red/Blue/Yellow journey). Technically he is Rock/Ground-type but Geodude, above all else, is your Rock-type milestone.
If you can get a shiny Geodude I highly recommend it. Dude is like a beautiful golden nugget.
If you had any doubts, Geodude is very physical (as are his succeeding evolutions). Defense is top at 100, Attack is next at 80. HP is half that at 40, then Special Attack and Special Defense are 30. Dude’s lowest stat is Speed at 20. Yes, Geodude can learn some special attacks (not by leveling up) but even the freaky ones we’ll get into later are matched by equivalent freaky physical attacks. Aim your IVs and EVs at boosting those Attack and Defense base stats, go for an Adamant nature, and rock the opposition (well, until you have to face someone evolved).
You have the Rock Head, Sturdy, or Sand Veil as your ability options. By my reckoning, I’d say Geodude will do best with Rock Head. It prevents recoil damage from attacks and, let’s be real, some of the best attacks do recoil damage.
I want to be like, “Hey! Here’s this awesome Rock-type move your Geodude should know!” but, sadly, Geodude’s Rock-type options are lacking in accuracy. So, first off, slap a Double-Edge on Geodude. 120 Base power and no recoil damage. Pretty sweet. My next sad statement – Geodude cannot learn Fissure. Buddy does get STAB from Earthquake, though, so throw that on the dude. If you are going for Earthquake, you may as well also include Smack Down. Smack Down is, strangely, a Rock-type move so you get the STABs there too. Knock those birdies out of the sky and then rock their socks off. Finally, Geodude’s a little freak because he can learn Fire-type moves. This is nice since the dude is four times weak to Grass-type attacks. I like Fire Punch (learned through tutoring) since it is a physical Fire-type move. Massive Sunkern genocide. If you want to protect against Water-types also, drop Smack Down and teach Geodude ThunderPunch.
Go ahead and let Geodude hold a Fire Gem or Electric Gem based on whether you think Grass-types or Water-types will be your biggest threat. You can have a little something like STAB, no?
Sad to report, but there hasn’t been a Geodude card in the TCG since 2009. Somebody get on that!
This past Saturday was my 40th birthday, quite the milestone to have achieved and still be an active Pokémon player. Like me, on your birthday, remember the three key things:
1. Have the Pokémon Center nurse wish you happy birthday!
2. Have the Pokémon Musical Owner give you the cake prop!
3. Take the special quiz in Iccirus city!
Written by William
Edited by Jared @jaredtheunseen