Corruption of Shadows
Petrel has 6 Pokémon that can literally explode in your face, which is especially important since they didn't fix Self-destruct/Explosion until Gen V. He's definitely a threat to Nuzlocke players.I'm gonna preface this with an admission: I have not actually played either HeartGold or SoulSilver, so maybe these dudes are much more threatening in practice than on paper. But holy shit, the Rocket Admin teams in Gen 2 are just straight-up terrible. Like, barely better than OG RSE Magma and Aqua.
Proton - One of the first you fight early in the game, he has Zubat and Koffing. That's pretty sucky, but I give him some leeway because it's early-game. What I can't forgive is later on when he still has only those two, just now as Golbat and Weezing.
Ariana- Probably the most competent of the bunch, sadly. She has a very unique choice for a Rocket in Vileplume, and Arbok and Murkrow are serviceable. That said, the latter 100% should've been a Honchkrow in HGSS in her 2nd and last battle, but I guess all remakes not named ORAS have a bizarre phobia of incorporating later-gen evolutions/forms of their Pokemon so whatever.
Archer- The supposed big bad, and despite not being quite as much of a joke as Petrel he's still far from good, and more importantly his flaws are exacerbated by being the new head of Team Rocket. This is it, the final boss of this evil mafia and his team is... 3 mons, two of whom aren't even fully evolved despite being high enough level to do so (WHY IS HE STILL STUCK WITH FUCKING KOFFING IT'S LEVEL 35) and one of which is just the lower stage of his main mon. Houndoom is pretty cool as an ace I guess, but 2 kinda neat Pokemon choices between 4 admins is not a good ratio in the slightest. Reminder: HGSS in particular came out right after Platinum, and that game's final villain battle looked like this:
Oh, and don't give me anything about how they can't have good teams because they're petty crooks or whatever. Giovanni in OG RBY, which had 100 less Pokemon to work with mind you, was able to form a powerful 5-man squad with some menacing Ground types like the Nidos and Rhydon. What's Archer's excuse?
I just keep forgetting the scientist quartet exist--they all look the same and don't do anything. Xerosic at least has a distinct design.hard agree on the Scientists being MASSIVELY disappointing. You fight each one twice but while they have a nice variety of Pokemon they all have exactly 1 in their first battle (excepting the double battle with Celosia & Bryony which is "technically" 2 pokemon) and then 2 for the climaxes. What a waste.