Does Vaporeon Need To Be Nerfed?

Everywhere you go in Pokemon GO, you are likely to see teams led by Vaporeons, gyms defended by Vaporeons or people talking about how much they love their new Vaporeon.

Vaporeon, the water Pokemon that can evolve from Eevee, has become a centrepiece of the augmented reality game, which is strange because it isn’t even the most powerful monster within the game. On the list of the best overall stats, Vaporeon ranks 13th with an attack of 186, a defense of 168 and a stamina of 260.

Mind you, many of the Pokemon ranked higher than Vaporeon are legendaries that aren’t yet available. However, they are far more ubiquitous than Dragonites, Snorlaxes and Blastoises.

On a Reddit survey with 17k responses, the majority flagged Eevee as one of the most common creatures near them, alongside Ratatta and Pidgey. And with the eeveelution trick recently confirmed by Niantic, Eevee’s evolved forms are incredibly common as well.

In battle, Vaporeon has an edge over its opponents mainly because of its high damage per second output, as well as its ability to take hits. And given that “super effective” moves only do 1.2 times damage instead of the typical 2x in the main games, even monsters that are supposed to wreck Vaporeon don’t really pose much of a threat. It’s a no-brainer that everyone is using a Vaporeon right now.

For some, all of this is enough to make them wonder if maybe Vaporeon should be nerfed in some way:

What do you think?

Is it really so bad that one of the most powerful monsters in the game is fairly accessible to all players?

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