Who would win in a dance-off? Ludicolo, Oricorio, Bellossom, Sudowoodo, Maractus, Jynx, or you?
Okay, so, the easy part first: I cannot dance, and I come dead last. I will, however, sabotage all the other contestants by spiking their drinks. I’m not trying to tip the competition towards anyone in particular; I just think it would be hilarious.
Now, what are the dance skills of all these Pokémon like?
- Empowered by festive music, dances compulsively
- Excellent taste in accessories – could use more fruit
- Naturally learns Teeter Dance and Rain Dance
- TCG cards have a wide range of powerful dance-related moves and abilities, including Swing Dance, Mad Dance and Captivating Rhythm
- Versed in four different dance styles from around the world
- Dances invoke a range of emotions and magical effects
- Naturally learns Feather Dance and Teeter Dance
- Has Revelation Dance as its signature move
- Can “steal” dances from other Pokémon with the Dancer ability
- TCG cards all use dances like Vital Dance, Supernatural Dance and Captivating Salsa to create powerful and varied effects
- Performs beautiful musical dances to praise the sun
- Excellent group choreography
- Naturally learns Quiver Dance and Petal Dance, with Teeter Dance as an egg move
- Some TCG cards have dance-related attacks or support abilities, including Heal Dance, Green Dance and Dance ‘til Dawn
- Clearly enjoys dancing but has no mechanical abilities to back it up
- Doesn’t seem to be known for dancing
- Can copy others’ dances with moves like Mimic and Copycat
- Learns Flail, I guess???
- Dances to keep bird Pokémon from eating it
- It’s a living, I guess
- Naturally learns Petal Dance
- One TCG card has an okay-ish move called Dazzle Dance
- Communicates using a sign language based on dance
- Can compel others to dance along with it
- Does not naturally learn any dance moves but, like Sudowoodo, can use Copycat
- Two TCG cards carry decent moves called Mysterious Dance and Strange Dance
I think Oricorio is the clear winner, with its highly varied repertoire and ability to copy additional styles of dance from others. Ludicolo and Bellossom are just about neck-and-neck for second place, and I think it largely depends on whether this is a solo or group performance. Sudowoodo is second-to-last, in front of me, but receives a special award for having the most fun. Maractus gets nothing because Maractus will always be bad at everything (I don’t make the rules, I just enforce them). Jynx gives a decent performance but is disqualified after all the judges are mystically compelled to join the dance, then wake up the next morning in a ditch outside town clutching an empty bottle of absinthe and wearing nothing but a leopardskin thong.