Known to be one of the fan favorites of this ROM Hack series, Hantama is an incredible Pokémon in various aspects. For one, she is amazing design-wise, being based on onna-kabuki (women's kabuki), which is classical Japanese dance-drama; Hantama's design also seems to be eerily inspired by the concept of Schrödinger's cat, being that she is both dead and alive.
In terms of battling prowess, she is superb for many reasons:
- Stats: An excellent base 115 Attack and base 95 Speed cement Hantama's role as an ideal Physical attacker.
- Typing: Ghost-Fighting is the best offensive type combination in the series, as it is unresisted by many. There is only one Pokémon in Vega that is immune to both of Hantama's STABs: the infamous Phantonate.
- Ability: Intimidate is an awesome ability that provides both cushioning for the kabuki dancer's low Defense stat, and shuts down many physically-inclined opponents.
- Movepool: Hantama has one of the best movepools in the entire game, sporting a plethora of coverage moves. Adding this coverage with her own STAB combination, Hantama has the honor of being one of the few that is able to hit every Pokémon (omitting Sableye and Sableater, of course) in Tohoak for supereffective damage.
Unfortunately when using Hantama, it is important to note her cons:
- Stats: There is no getting around it, Hantama's defenses are absolutely terrible. This is severely detrimental when you factor in her Speed stat, since there are other Pokémon that easily outspeed and OHKO her with ease. (Really bizarre that the devs did not give her Shadow Sneak.)
- Availability: Hantama is rather difficult to obtain. The main location of capturing Hantama is on the third floor of the Chateau of Time, in Ravenplume City, and she is horrifiyingly rare. Fortunately, you can obtain her much earlier at the Game Corner on Shamouti Island, for 5500 coins.
- Other options: Hantama does face stiff competition from other Pokémon that share one of her types:
R'duckulus: The deadliest Physical Attacker in the game that is not one of Turner's or Mewtwo's clones. This duck is indeed ridiculous with Pure Power, and base 116 Speed.
Phantonate: Shedinja done right. Breaks the entire game clean in half, thanks to its typing, abilities and movepool.
Mercenade: It is extremely hard not to acknowledge a swordsman that has base 125 Attack and base 100 Speed with both Hustle and Intimidate for his abilities.
Combound: This is what you would get if you had a Terrakion that traded its speed for better bulk, more coverage, and the Huge Power ability.
Almaria: Nothing really much to explain for the second best Pokémon in the game.
Despite a few of her noticable shortcomings, Hantama still proves that great things can come in small packages, and still holds her right to be one of Tohoak's Best, thanks to her excellent typing, awesome design, and expansive movepool.