So this is assuming that he still gets the one you get in the game. But Hop is very open and emotional. He cries easily, but he’s also very happy/expressive most of the time. That would mean that the pokemon to approach him through his emotions alone would probably be either a very important/intelligent pokemon or a pokemon that is very sensitive to emotion.
My first thought is Indeedee, but that doesn’t really make any sense, since they’re all out in Ballonlea.
So I’m gonna try and pick the best out of the ones on route 1. Which are Wooloo, Rookidee, Grubbin, Skwovet, Nickit, Blipbug, Caterpie, and Hoothoot. Of course, sometimes things do get weird, but I doubt it would be anything too high level. Maybe a Zigzagoon comes by. I’m also taking into consideration all of the psychic types in the game since that seems to be the intelligent, emotion reading pokemon type.
So all of that into consideration, I’d have to say maybe an Indeedee that’s far from home is the one that ends up as Hop’s new first pokemon. It is the emotion pokemon after all. It’d probably be a female one, just bc they’re friendlier looking (though I prefer the male indeedee bc of that reason.) Of course, someone has to catch it for Hop so really Leon just sets up camp and lets the Indeedee crawl its own way into a pokeball. But it’s pretty obvious that Indeedee came for Hop.
They share a very special bond much like Hop does with Wooloo, but for a different reason. Indeedee came to Hop rather than Leon taking him out to find a pokemon. Wooloo is prized for being from Leon, but Indeedee is prized for coming to Hop especially.
God, I just love Indeedee so much. It’s not very strong in my experience but they’re just so perfect.
Indeedee are commonly used for some nursing roles, especially with comforting sick or injured Pokémon. However, in Galar it isn’t the cultural practice to involve Pokémon as much in medical procedures. It was a little bit of a culture shock for me, I find it lends an impersonal, ‘sterile’ feel to Pokémon Centers. However, the quality of medical care here is excellent, so I have no legitimate complaint.
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Aside from an Audino or Indeedee, which you already have, grass-type Pokemon would be my recommendation. They’re remarkably cost-efficient, as they can photosynthesize their own food, so really all they need is plenty of sunlight to thrive. There are plenty of kid-friendly grass-types - I’d recommend looking at getting a Chikorita, or a Chespin if your kids are a bit more energetic. Both are widely available and cheap to adopt, and get along well with children. Chikorita also love helping out their human partners with chores around the house, and can be a major help. Another option is Skiddo or Gogoat - again, they’re kid-friendly, and instead of taking a car to work it’s easy to ride Skiddo or Gogoat there, plus it’s more environmentally friendly.
We did Pokemon fusions in my weekly prompt group ♡