I'm finding the more I play the more I'm getting picky about the movement range stat. Really annoying not to be able to get around the map quickly, especially given that if you don't have a super-effective move you need to move pretty quickly to recruit Warriors/Warlords. It's a shame there aren't more fully evolved Pokemon with 4 range, but while 3 range is fine I'm trying to just avoid 2 range Pokemon completely as much as possible now, which leaves me out of some Pokemon I otherwise like such as Dragonite, Tyranitar, Charizard, Emboar, Aggron, Rhyperior, and a couple legendaries I don't have yet. I find it pretty irritating that both of my favorite Warlord's best links are 2 movement speed Pokemon, I might just give him something suboptimal -_-
Originally Posted by Fat Shining Kestral
I really like the viability of most Pokemon. Up until Kenshin and Shingen joined the army with their powerhouse partners, one of the mons in my army most capable of dealing damage was...a Bidoof/Bibarel. One partnered with a Warrior with the Adrenaline skill. For three turns that thing just steamrolls everything that didn't resist Normal.
I've enjoyed that a lot, too, especially with how you'll see the post game works when you get there, as you wind up using a pretty massive variety of Pokemon. I would wager I've used about 3/4 of the Pokemon in the game for at least a couple battles already and I'm only about a third of the way through the postgame content(though I should start progressing faster now because I wasted a lot of time getting Warlords their best links), which is more than I can probably say for all of the main series entries combined over the years. I've gotten a lot of nice usage out of Pokemon that are vastly outclassed in the main series games I wouldn't normally get to use much, so that's been fun.
Also agreeing on Darumaka as a nice early game Pokemon, though I developed Charmander for my opening campaign Fire-type myself because I like it as a Pokemon more. Gyarados is pretty nice early if you can manage to carry it far enough to evolve Magikarp too, one of the best stat spreads in the game.