The Adventures of Orokin Chonk – An Ultra Buddy

When the upgraded buddy system came out in Pokemon Go, I found it absolutely adorable. I also had a big choice to make: which Pokemon should I use as my buddy? After all, they’ll be free to wander around, I’ll be feeding them berries and they’ll be earning candy and getting various boosts, like helping catch Pokemon and ultimately get a boost in CP. I had so many options. I could walk a Gible or a Litwick or one of the Generation 5 starters, which I need a lot of candy for. I could walk an evolved Pokemon that I use in raids and need candy for, like Ty the Tyranitar. I could walk a Legendary Pokemon that I use in raids, like my maxed out Groudon, and get that CP boost. Or I could just walk something stupid that I like.

I opted for the last option.

Medic and his Giratina
Medic and his Giratina, out to catch all the Pokemon ever. I know I’m reusing this image but I like it.

Introducing Orokin Chonk, the shiny Giratina. Why is it called Orokin Chonk? Because the gold and blue and black kinda remind me of the colour schemes used in Primed Warframes. But this Giratina in particular is an Altered Forme Giratina. I.e. it’s not the useful one touted for use against every Psychic Legendary ever. Both Giratina Origin Forme and Altered Forme are Ghost/Dragon, but they have different moves, looks and stats. Origin Forme deals more damage and looks like a big, spiky worm while Altered Forme is much tankier and has three pairs of large, stompy legs. Of course, because Origin Forme Giratina does more damage and has better moves (mainly Shadow Ball), he’s considered the better version.

But I like Orokin Chonk, and he’s currently the only Ultra Buddy I have. Why am I fixating on this Giratina and not another Giratina, particularly an Origin Forme one that I have that 1. has better stats, 2. is of higher CP and 3. occasionally gets used in raids? Because, I don’t know, maybe Altered Forme Giratina will be better one day, outside of PvP battles.

Frankly though, Orokin Chonk deserves some love and some time outside his Pokeball. And Orokin Chonk has a great time whenever he’s my buddy! He eats a healthy diet of berries, including sedative berries, laxative berries and paralytic berries, he gets to run around a lot and he even helps me catch Pokemon! In fact, Orokin Chonk helped me catch a Heatran and a 95% Venipede, among other things! Although technically those Pokemon now belong to Orokin Chonk rather than to me…

Giratina out by a Pokemon Go gym
Giratina out by a Pokemon Go gym

Orokin Chonk though also does other things. When he’s not lazing around having pictures taken of him, eating berries, he’s running around in circles, staring at Pokestops and standing on nearby wild Pokemon. To his credit, Orokin Chonk doesn’t get in the way when it comes to clicking on Pokemon, but clearly he likes both staring at Pokestops and sitting on things because that’s mostly what he does when he’s not floating ominously. That’s what Orokin Chonk does most though. Float ominously. He actually hovers most of the time and only walks a little bit.

But yeah, Orokin Chonk has a fine old time whenever he’s outside his Pokeball! He gets to stretch his legs and all sorts! Unfortunately, I can’t really do the same with the other 900 Pokemon I have, as I simply don’t have enough berries and I need to feed 3 berries to each Pokemon to get them to spawn.

Orokin Chonk has also brought me souvenirs. So far he has brought me 3 souvenirs. A branch with flower berries on it, which aren’t edible; a vaguely Hawaiian-like flower and a, uh, small bouquet of flowers…

I’ll be honest, the souvenirs are kinda creepy.

Orokin Chonk is very happy!
Orokin Chonk is very happy!

At least my Altered Forme Giratina, a Pokemon that would normally be ignored 99% of the time like 80% of other Pokemon, finally gets to have some attention for a change!


Medic, also known as Phovos (or occasionally Dr Retvik Von Scribblesalot), writes 50% of all the articles on the Daily SPUF since she doesn't have anything better to do. A dedicated Medic main in Team Fortress 2 and an avid speedster in Warframe, Phovos has the unique skill of writing 500 words about very little in a very short space of time.

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