Hello everyone! Welcome to the fifth installment of the Azurilland Top Fives. In this top five, we will be focusing on our top five legendary trios!
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Each entry on the list will feature Azurilland members who I believed best summarized what makes each each trio great.
I encourage you all to talk about your own favorite legendary trios. Not only this article, but in the main thread. With that being said, lets get on to the list.
Number Five: The Tao Trio
-Reshiram, Zeckrom, Kyurem-
✦ These dragons meshed into their story quite well.
✦ Reshiram and Zekrom are the classic image of yin/yang (truth/ideals). Kyurem is the absence of yin/yang (wuji). This trio is all about balance, a unique idea for a trio.
✦ These are three Pokémon with solid, intricate, and very well-thought-out designs and concepts.
✦ Catching these Pokémon in the Black and White games felt intense and gratifying.
Quote from Bones Barlow
“What I really like about Reshiram, Zekrom, and Kyurem is how their designs and concepts come together. Reshiram and Zekrom are the classic image of yin and yang, equal yet opposite forces that can’t really exist without the other, and this is also reflected in the two representing truth and ideals, neither one being shown as more important than the other. Kyurem, on the other hand, is wuji, the absence of yin and yang, and this is clearly shown in its decrepit, almost broken down appearance. Even when Kyurem fuses with one of the other members of the trio, the resulting Black or White Kyurem still looks cobbled together and unfinished, having one half of the duality but not the other. This even extends to their typings: Reshiram’s fire and Zekrom’s electricity are both forms of energy, with Kyurem’s ice and cold showing a lack of energy. Overall, these are three Pokemon with solid, intricate, and very well-thought-out designs and concepts.”
Quote from Karolina
“The idea of yin and yang has always been appealing to me, and to see this personified in the Tao Trio is amazing. I especially love how Kyurem represents the absence of both yin and yang, because that's an idea I feel like a lot of people forget about. This trio is all about balance, and I love the contrast between the three designs. There was a lot of thought that was put into Reshiram's gentle lines and warmer hues, while Zekrom is starkly geometric and cold. It really emphasized the idea of past and future to me, which I believe is a hard construct to visualize on its own. Kyurem is interesting because it's almost like a shell to the other two, and I love the White/Black Kyurem idea. The fact that the storyline is altered to fit with the themes of time in the different versions of Black and White really pushes the Tao Trio in the plot. “
Number Four: The Creation Trio
✦ The concept of them being based on the fundamental laws of the world makes them very fascinating.
✦ Their designs are complex and alien-like, which does make sense because of what they are based on, and being god-like creatures.
✦ These Pokémon compliment each other well, even if it doesn’t feel like it with Giratina. Palkia and Dialga help keep the universe in balance while Giratina deals with unbalance properties of the universe.
Quote from Franciscosta
“The Creation Trio always sounded super powerful to me. Here you have some god-like creatures, created directly by the most powerful being in the world, capable of bending space and time to their will, one of them even having its own dimension, and I'm able to capture them? Sign me up! It also still blows me away how these three Pokémon can look so similar while looking so different at the same time; even if you knew nothing about Pokémon you'd probably still these three were related in some way.”
Quote from Solar
“The thing I love about this trio is how each of them feels so separate from each other, but yet work together so well. With a lot of trios, I feel like the "third one" usually feels oddly separate from the bunch, but these guys not so much. When you put them in a triangle it feels...correct. Platinum does a really wonderful job depicting this. Dialga and Palkia keep the world balanced, and Giratina handles the unbalanced attributes of the torn world. It's just a cool concept! “
Number Three: The Legendary Birds
✦ The original legendary trio.
✦ Their role in the second Pokémon movie (The Power of One) and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team.
✦ These Pokémon's names are quite clever (Uno/Dos/Tres).
✦ The designs are simple, beautiful, and iconic.
✦ The trio looks good together and compliment one another well.
Quote from Dawn Dratini
"These birds each represent their typings very well. Articuno with its icy blue coloring, Zapdos with its yellow and black design with spiked wings to represent thunder, and Moltres, a fiery, fierce yellow bird with majestic flaming wings. Another thing I like about these birds are their special attack "Sky Attack". Since they are elemental birds, I picture them being surrounded by their respective element and using that energy to swoop from the sky, attacking their opponents."
Quote from Resolute:
"There's a lot to like about this trio. I like their simple designs and early availability in the original games. If you wanted them, you could catch two of them before your last Gym Badge and one of them on Victory Road. I'm also a fan of how they're handled in this game story-wise. The main villain isn't trying to capture them to take over the world. They aren't just given to the player like in literally every game after Gen 4. They're just powerful Pokemon that require some actual skill/puzzle-solving/know-how to find.
That, and Articuno was the first legendary Pokemon that I ever caught. I still have it! Long live ARCKY! :3”
Number Two: The Legendary Beasts
✦ Their role in Pokémon Colosseum, Pokémon movies (3 and 4), and Pokémon Chronicles.
✦ Their story such as being tied with Ho-Oh, the theory of being eeveelutions before being revived by Ho-Oh at the Burned Tower, and these Pokemon being based on volcanoes, lightning, and aurora.
✦ Their designs are overall beautiful, elegant, and powerful.
Quote from Karolina:
“I've always considered the Legendary Beasts to be some of my favorite designs, and I think the gameplay and lore surrounding the three is pretty great. Volcanoes, Thunder, and Aurora are interesting concepts off which to base a Pokémon. Each of the Beasts pulls influence from those items in nature: Entei has a broad, sturdy body with earth and fire tones; Raikou's mane reminds me of wind and storm clouds, and its tail is a perfect thunderbolt; and Suicune (who has the best design in my opinion) has flowing lines paired with geometric touches to tie with the theme of ice and light. I love how they're integrated into the story with their relationship to Ho-Oh, and I've always wondered if they were originally a Flareon, a Jolteon, and a Vaporeon. “
Quote from Crystal:
“Two out of the three are some of my favorite Pokémon ever. With Entei, I fondly remember him from the third Pokémon movie, which remains my favorite to this day. I like the fierce and imposing look of him. Suicune meanwhile has a very unique and elegant design. Like Entei, I remember Suicune from one of the Pokémon movies, the fourth one in this case, though it had less of an impact in the film compared to Entei. It’s also nice to encounter it during the Eusine sidequest. I can always appreciate a Pokémon who doesn’t flee at first sight. However, every trio has its dud, and for me Raikou is the third Godfather film to Entei and Suicune’s first and second. Even with me not thinking much of Raikou, my sheer love for the other two more than make up for it.”
Number One : The Weather Trio
✦ Amazing designs.
✦ Competitive viability.
✦ According to the community, these Pokémon started the trend of legendary Pokemon that truly felt ‘legendary’.
✦ Their background story (the trio having control over the land, sea, and sky).
✦Lots of nostalgia (many people having Ruby and Sapphire as their first game).
✦ The relationship between the three Pokémon has never been as prominent in comparison to other legendary Pokemon.
Quote from ~Kilza~
“Whenever I think of legendaries, Groudon, Kyogre and Rayquaza are the first ones that spring to mind. Having grown up with Ruby and Sapphire being my first two Pokemon games, I have used all 3 of them a lot and they are some of my most favorite Pokemon. I like the designs of all 3 and think they work well as the mascots for RSE. Competitively, they are all amazing in their own right, having really good stats, abilities and movepools, and thus are great to use in battle.”
Quote from Bones Barlow
“These three were what really first showed the extent of what being a legendary Pokemon can look like. The legend about these three is nothing short of a creation myth, with Kyogre creating the seas and Groudon raising continents in an all-out battle, culminating in Rayquaza descending from the heavens to put an end to the fighting. The amped up forms introduced in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire take it even further, making Primal Groudon and Kyogre visibly more powerful and intimidating, and Mega Rayquaza being outright worshiped by the ancient people of Hoenn. The weather trio started a trend of legendary Pokemon that were truly legendary, and they still do it better than most in my eyes.”
Thank you to everyone that participated. If you have any questions about how the list was determined, please do check out the main thread and feel free to make your own lists of your top five favorite legendary trios!