AOTW: Plus and Minus

It’s interesting writing this article sometimes. Generation three is, by necessity, an important set of games to Ability of the Week, being the games that introduced the titular mechanic. Of course, many of us who are readers of this site and listeners of this podcast never played generation three. As such, it wouldn’t surprise me to find out that most of you have never heard of this week’s passive powers, because up until now, you could only find them on generation three’s Not-Pikachus, Plusle and Minun. (Look at me, I’m coining a phrase for the generation Pikachu knock-offs!) This is Ability of the Week: Plus AND Minus!

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PKMN of the Week: Plusle and Minun

You saw it coming, didn't you? Due to our new shirts, we are going to talk about the PKMN who inspired those two shirts. By the way, if you pre-order, you get a FREE gift with it!

Plusle is a cheerful and supportive Pokémon, always encouraging comrades in battle by using the spark pouches in its cheeks. It is very compassionate towards its friends, and is known to cry upon witnessing a friend lose a battle. They are commonly referred to as cheerleaders for these actions. A Plusle may climb telephone poles to absorb electricity.

Minun creates electrical pom-poms and sparks to cheer on its partners. Minun's stats are geared towards defense whereas Plusle's stats are sweeper-oriented. Minun's movepool is nearly identical to Plusle, except that Minun learns Charm and Trump Card and lacks Last Resort.

Apparently, simultaneous exposure to electricity from a Plusle and Minun will promote circulation and boost vitality.

Fun Facts:

  • Minun shares the same species name with its partner Plusle. They are both known as Cheering Pokémon.
  • Minun/Plusle is considered by many fans to be a novelty Pokémon due to its general weakness unless paired in battle with Pokémon with it's partner. It appears mainly to showcase the double battle system introduced in its generation.
  • Plusle and Minun have the same base stat total and the same base stats, Although they are located in different stats.