Toplist Results: The 15 Greatest Generation II Pokemon

Internet, you've done it again - after over 2.6 million votes (and a lot of unfortunately pointless support for Shuckle and Dunsparce), you ranked all of the 100 Generation 2 Pokemon. And things got a little more surprising than the 1st generation voting, with two Pokemon from the same evolutionary chain making the top 15, every Legendary making it, and Smoochum placing dead last (oh wait, that one isn't surprising at all). So here they are - here are the top 15 Generation 2 Pokemon.

 

15. Steelix

Toplist Results: The 15 Greatest Generation II Pokemon

What's the only thing more terrifying-looking than an enormous snake monster made of rocks? An enormous snake monster made of metal (it makes the "hard as steel snake monster" sexual innuendos work so much better than the "rock hard" ones too). And this floating sexual innuendo is one of the best Pokemon in the Gold/Silver generation - and (in a dream world where Pokemon were real) would likely be the most nightmare-inducing Pokemon ever.


14. Quilava

Toplist Results: The 15 Greatest Generation II Pokemon

Quilava (really, the whole Cyndaquil evolutionary line) is one of the coolest-looking Pokemon in the series - fire is literally exploding out of its back in two places at all times. It's so cool-looking that it's the only middle-evolution to to make this top 15 list - probably because it's one of the few middle-evolutions that doesn't just look like an awkward, weird middle-ground between the adorable baby Pokemon and the badass final evolution form. Quilladin (the other "quil"-named Pokemon), we're looking at you.

 

13. Heracross

Toplist Results: The 15 Greatest Generation II Pokemon

Pokemon doubled-down on badass bugs in Generation 2, starting with Heracross - a blue beetle with some damn fine strength (and one hell of a Pokedex entry: "With its Herculean powers, it can easily throw around an object that is 100 times its own weight," which means it can lift and toss literally any Pokemon). And to top it all off, it's the only Bug/Fighting-type Pokemon,  making it great against Dark type Pokemon. Welcome to every exterminator's nightmare.


12. Houndoom

Toplist Results: The 15 Greatest Generation II Pokemon

Pokemon can reliably do a few things very well - spritely adorable Legendaries (Mew, Celebi, Victini), water-types with baffling evolutionary chains (Magikarp to Gyarados, Remoraid to Octillery), and badass fire-type dogs (Arcanine, Ninetails, and - of course - Houndoom). Houndoom also has the advantage of being the only Dark/Fire-type Pokemon (along with Houndour). Also, having the ability to order around a hellhound makes you pretty much the closest thing to Satan we'll ever see in a Pokemon game.