I'm playing HeartGold on my 3DS and decided very early on to focus on training only 4 pokemon that I like, since I won't be playing competitively. I just beat the dragon gym in Johto and it actually struck me: why are my pokemon (apart from Feraligatr) so weak?
Here's a breakdown:
- Feraligatr: lvl 43, 137 hp, attack 115, defence 121, sp. atk 85, sp. def 81, speed 84
- Onix: lvl 41, 97 hp, attack 51, defence 153, sp. atk 42, sp. def 40, speed 75
- Haunter: lvl 41, 90 hp, attack 55, defence 56, sp. atk 100, sp. def 58, speed 104
- Growlithe: lvl 38, 99 hp, attack 66, defence 53, sp. atk 66, sp. def 46, speed 59
Why would the other three's stats be so low? I remember playing Crystal with a Feraligatr, Charizard, Gengar and Venusaur and not having any problems whatsoever - does it mean HeartGold is much more different or difficult? I understand pokemon aren't equally strong but it looks to me like the difference is too big, isn't it?
Should I be concerned with IVs and EVs? I'd prefer not to...
Should I catch the same pokemon again and hope their stats would be higher? I'd love to be able to get a Steelix and a Gengar but I don't think that's going to happen.