It's Super Effective (podcast)

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It's Super Effective
"What's Up Everybody!"
It's Super Effective's podcast art, which features Gengar and is inspired by Red and Blue's box art.
Language English
Status Podcast Active
Website Active
Run Podcast July 2010 - Present
Website July 2010 - Present
Podcast debuted July 26, 2010
Last episode published {{{final}}}
Website opened July 24, 2010 (as Poké
Website closed {{{site_close}}}
Reason {{{reason}}}
Creator(s) Steve Black Jr.
Host(s) Jane Doe
Number of Episodes 82 (as of June 24, 2012)
Forum PokéTalk
Mascot Gengar (podcast art)
Slow Nyan Poke
Feed It's Super Effective RSS feed It's Super Effective on the iTunes Store It's Super Effective can be found on the Zune Marketplace.
This article is about the podcast. For the in-game concept, see Damage modification. For the webcomic, see Super Effective (webcomic).

It's Super Effective is a Pokémon-centric podcast hosted by Steve Black Jr., also known by his initials SBJ, and is the flagship show of It's Super Effective began on July 26, 2010, two days after the launch of the website, which began as Poké



  • Introduction - Steve usually begins with "what's up everybody" and introduces the cast members.
  • News - The hosts discuss recent events in the Pokémon community.
  • ExtremeSpeed - Steve and occasionally another cast member grill another cast member (usually a new guest) with a string of questions, usually pertaining to a personal preference between two Types, Pokémon, or Items.
  • Featured Team - Steve and the cast give comments and constructive criticism on a listener's submitted team of Pokémon. Steve has said that this is reminiscent of a similar feature in Nintendo Power magazines he read in his childhood.


These people have made one or two appearances on the show, either as a co-host or as an interviewee.

Inside jokes and running gags

  • Quick Claw Guy - A hypothetical listener of the show who despises Steve's acceptance of Quick Claw as a viable competitive held item.
  • "In the face, in the face, in the face!" - A reference to an episode in which Steve suddenly started the show by repeating the last three words Travis had said during the pre-show chatter.
  • New New Mexico - A newly founded sovereign kingdom on the Moon, over which Saul is the king.
  • The Pichu/Cleffa Dilemma - A thought experiment performed by Steve at the end of each Extremespeed segment in which the guest is presented with the question "Pichu or Cleffa?". The guest will always choose Pichu.
  • Kenny and Bayleef - Kenny has an obsession with Chikorita's first evolution.
  • Nobody likes Vanilluxe but Travis - No one likes the Snowstorm Pokémon except for Travis.
  • Mewtwo Herder - Travis states, "I been herdin' mah Mewtwo 'bout as long as the sun's been shinin'."
  • Sand-Attack - Just as it is early in the games, Sand-Attack was a point of hatred (especially for ex-co-host Catie) early in ISE's history.
  • Master Ball captured Golduck - Steve used his first Master Ball on a Golduck.
  • Nobody knows/likes Huntail - The podcast's hosts view Huntail as a forgotten and under-loved member of the Pokémon fandom.

Episode titles

Since its debut in 2010, the podcast has followed a naming convention for the titles of each episode, which changes every ten episodes:

Episodes Naming theme
1-10 "[Subject A] to [Subject B]"
11-20 "Pokémon [Color or Object] Version"
21-30 "The [Subject]"
31-40 "S.U.B.J.E.C.T."
41-50 Jay-Z songs
51-60 "[Letter] as in [Subject starting with letter]" (Sesame Street)
61-70 Films
71-80 Palindromes
81-90 The Simpsons episodes

Related podcasts

  • Critical Hit
A video podcast that is either consisting of various Pokémon-related things happening in Black Jr.'s life or a video version of the main audio podcast, depending on the episode. In the former's case, the podcast finishes off with a Pokémon-related YouTube video before the credits.
  • Leftovers
Steve's uncensored side project. Leftovers was hosted by Black Jr. and his friend Chris. Leftovers dealt with a more adult side of the Pokémon fandom, but is currently on hiatus. Also called, "It's Super Offensive."


It's Super Effective is currently the most popular Pokémon podcast on iTunes and Zune. It became the leading Pokémon podcast after The Pallet Tribune's WTPT - Pokémon Radio ended production in 2010, the same year that ISE debuted. It won the 3rd and 4th Annual Shorty Awards in the community-created category of "The Best Podcast in Social Media" with 50 and 145 votes, respectively. (2011 & 2012)


Steve Black Jr.
Creator/Host of the It's Super Effective podcast and webmaster of
David Thomas
Previously PKMN of the Week Editor, now Lore Editor.
Travis Wheeler
Previously Item of the Week Editor, now Rare Article Editor.
William Anderson
PKMN of the Week Editor.
Wil Brendel
Ability of the Week Editor.
Saul Coronado
Tumblr Editor.
Kay Street
Saturday Sketch Editor.
Jay Petrequin
Previously Concept Editor, now writes "Shattered Gemstones".
Kenny McKee
Move of the Week Editor.
Marc "Tytanious" Webb
Featured Team Editor.

Recurring co-hosts include Aaron Spriggs, Wil Brendel, Kenny McKee, Travis Wheeler, Jay Petrequin, David Thomas, Irene Sarumi, Saul Coronado and Adrienne Gyori. Past co-hosts include Brownkidd of "Albotas", Catie Lackovich and GeorgieBoy of Press Pause Radio and Matt Kane of "Intrepid Audio".

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