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Old February 22nd, 2013 (4:18 AM).
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Originally Posted by Pinkie-Dawn View Post
Skarmory needs a pre-evo more than an evo, because 1) it's already a good Pokemon to use, 2) its total base stats prevents it from getting another evolution, and 3) it's an equivalent to Mantine, who was given a pre-evo, so it makes sense for the other equivalent to receive one as well.
While on paper it makes sense, it's been proven that GameFreak doesn't always do what makes the most sense. Scyther and Pinsir are seen as equivalents, but only Scyther got a new evolution in Gen II. Jinx, Electabuzz, and Magmar have always been seen as equals, yet in Gen IV only Electabuzz and Magmar gained new evolutions. Dusclops and Banette, another supposed version exclusive equivalent, also became uneven when Dusclops gained a new evolution in Gen IV while Banette didn't.

So, while this idea makes sense to us, it doesn't always apply. It doesn't mean it can never happen, but the Pokémon can no longer be seen as equal as they once were. Therefore, it can't exactly be used as a real reason as to why a Pokémon should or should not have its own new pre-evolution of evolution. GameFreak does whatever GameFreak wants.
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