Spinda is a Bad Pokemon, And Its Pokemon Go Research Task Might be Even Worse

Spinda is a Bad Pokemon, And Its Pokemon Go Research Task Might be Even Worse

If you want to go out of your mind trying to catch a lame Pokemon, I've got great news.

Pokémon Go players received surprise news this morning: You can now catch Spinda and add it to your PokéDex. If you feel some kind of attachment to this drunk disgrace of a rat-rabbit-bear, congratulations, today is your day.

Spinda is a Gen III Pokémon (that's Pokémon Ruby / Sapphire) who's known for two things: 1) Having a randomly-generated coat pattern (the Pokémon SoulSilver PokéDex says the chance of sighting identical twins is "less than one in four billion"), and 2) not being able to walk in a straight line. Its eyes are depicted as goofy anime swirls to drive home the point it's in perpetual danger of walking off cliffs or into traffic. I assume the Spinda sub-species endures because it procreates at a very rapid pace.

Er, if Spinda pairs can even stand still long enough to successfully mate.

Catching Spinda in Pokémon Go is a little different from the normal method of yanking it off your front lawn. For now, the Pokémon is a task reward encounter for making three curveball throws in a row.

If you looked up every word humanity has used to say "No" since the dawn of time, you still wouldn't have enough No's to indicate how little I want this. Niantic wants us to capture a bad Pokémon via a bad quest, and I'm not touching it with a ten-foot Pokémon pole. First, I hate differently-patterned Pokémon. Even though I know having just one pattern counts as a successful capture, Pokémon with varying coats make me feel like my PokéDex will forever have a gap unless I find every single variation (reminder about Spinda: Four billion coat patterns). I've never completed a single PokéDex in my life, but never mind that, the very idea of Spinda's traveling spots make me big-time uncomfortable.

To be fair, Niantic's only offering eight variations on Spinda's coat. That's not so bad—except getting a chance to meet even one Spinda means successfully participating in Pokémon Go's worst task: Curveball-throwing. Lord protect and preserve me, I can't throw one curveball in Pokémon Go to save my life, and Niantic's criteria for meeting Spinda orders me to throw three in a row? Nah.

"Follow me to die instantly!"

Now, don't get me wrong: I can throw a Poké-curveball in Pokémon Go as long as I'm not expected to actually hit a Pokémon with it. I doubt that's going to fly if I want a chance to encounter Spinda, though. Unless I come across three Wailords in a row, I guess I'm chuck outta luck.

Is that so bad, though? Not for me, I guess: Spinda's not my favorite Pokémon. I get the impression the vaguely rodent-looking beast was created to capitalize on Pikachu's popularity, not unlike Plusle, Minun, Dedenne, and Togedemaru. No, Spinda isn't part of the Pikachu family tree, but it has a cute quirkness that says "Hey, look at our new mascot, maybe!". I'm not cynical about Game Freak's attempts to make a Pikachu II—Mimikyu is Pikachu's true successor and one of the greatest Pokémon ever created, as far as I'm concerned—but when I look at Spinda, I think "Dang, son, you're trying too hard."

Well, here we are. We have a bad research task that lets you catch a bad Pokémon. Enjoy! For more info on Spinda in Pokemon GO, head over to our Pokemon GO Spinda Guide.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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