they don't really serve a purpose and can be an utter detriment to a line.
Yes they do... They give us access to certain Pokemon lines earlier.
They keep Pokemon like Raichu from evolving and actually become worth catching. And Pikachu is perfectly bad enough for early-game. --- I'm not easily impressed; I'm usually oblivious to whatever's in front of me. Pokemon White 2 FC: 0992-4144-3423 - THIEF
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