Welcome back to Pokemon Go Stories! In this series, I tell the travel stories, musings on mechanics and inside jokes behind the Pokemon I keep around. This time we’ve got a pokemon I consider very close to home: Hearthfire!
Returning home from vacation was an especially exciting prospect in terms of Pokemon Go since I’d get to see what species of pokemon inhabited my neighborhood. Whatever pokemon ended up being common encounters would likely have a big influence on the teams I could bring to battle, since the amount of candies needed to train a pokemon from the level they’re caught at to battle-ready is so high. This is actually one of the nuances I like a lot about Pokemon Go, since it nudges players toward having teams themed by the environments they frequent.
Anyways, jumping back to me discovering interesting pokemon after returning from vacation, I was really excited to scout out the common pokemon in the neighborhood. Stocked with something like 200 pokeballs, I felt totally ready to catch anything of interest too! As I began my stroll, it dawned on me that my neighborhood had been marked as a mountainous or hilly region, thus increasing the encounter rates of rock and fire type pokemon. Then, as I made my way down the block, I noticed something surprising enough to take a screenshot.
There was a Charizard. Just floating there.
Something like 80 pokeballs later, I had a new starter pokemon. Funnily enough, it wasn’t until later that I discovered that pokemon can escape without being captured.
Since then Hearthfire’s been an anchor fighter on many of my gym campaigns, having access to decent type coverage and STAB. While I’m not powering him up for the time being as I grind charmander candy to record all forms of the charmander family in the pokedex, Hearthfire did manage to get to a relevant CP to be worthy of guarding gyms for now.