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Hello PUCLonians! Welcome to another edition of Anything Goes. I sincerely apologize for the delay, but life has been happening. I am lucky to even have this moment to get my thoughts to the page. It’s only been 2 and a half weeks since my last article but it seems like it’s been months. And there has been enough news recently to fill a few months worth of time. There have been so many things to talk about with news that I cannot cover in this article, but that’s ok. We have Viger on the beat and if you want a new update, check out the article below this one on the site. Without further ado, let’s talk about the new info from the last 2 weeks!

New Pokemon

There have been a bunch of new Pokemon released. Almost too many if you ask me. Unfortunately, being so close to the Pokemon community makes it very difficult to be surprised by the Pokemon when they are actually encountered in the game. Alas, I shall enjoy the new Pokemon and dote over my favorites now.



For some odd reason, this is one of my favorites. Many people have attributed this bird to Darwin’s finches, which is very likely an inspiration of the different variations. But when I saw these, I instantly thought of the Birds of Paradise.

I love these animals and I love the reference that Game Freak is including in this game. I also love the ability, Dancer. I hope it doesn’t overwrite the tropical birds’ attack, but they get the dance attack and their intended attack. I fear this may be a bit overpowered though.



I need to stick up for Gumshoos. So many people are calling it “The Donald Trump” Pokemon. I recognize the resemblance, which is even more pronounced considering it is election time, but I refuse to let a person define a Pokemon. I won’t let Uri Gellar define Kadaba, Nikki Manaj define Jynx or Bruxish, nor let Donald Trump define Gumshoos. I love the idea of a sleuth Pokemon and it shouldn’t be tarnished by the facsimile to the political candidate. Donald Trump may be in the American spotlight for a few more months, a few more years, or nearly a decade, but when he fades from the spotlight, Pokemon, and Gumshoos, will still be around and the relationship will be the fainted thing from our minds.




I was not familiar with the Orchid Mantis prior to this, but I did get the play on words of Fomantis being a faux mantis (fake). This is why it is only a Grass type and not bug. I feel competitively this one will fall flat, but the concepts is top notch.




I feel bad for Minior. It seems very plain and of all of the new Pokemon, this one seems to be getting the least attention. I’m not sure what it has in store, but the design is fun and I like Pokemon that have a variety of forms, even if it is a color swap.

Alola Forms

As someone who loves Gen 1, someone who bumps Kanto up a notch or two when ever I am doing rankings based on nostalgia, I am really liking the Alolan Forms of the Gen 1 Pokemon. I love how this is an official take on the Pokemon variations that were trending a few years ago.


I will give a brief comment on these new forms.



Exeggutor – The Meme Pokemon! Ever since the Alolan forms were introduced, the internet has been a buzz with memes of this Pokemon. I don’t have much to add to what has already been said except this… It’s very tall!



Unlike The Fluffiest Whimsicott, (who has already drooled over thePokemon in her most recent article of “The Fluff”), I don’t think Alolan Ninetails is life. Don’t get me wrong, the Dragon Killer, as I have come to know it with its dual Ice/Fairy typing, it really cool (pun not intended, but accepted). I like the design and love the reference to how some foxes change their coats due to the season. Good call, Game Freak.



Another Ice type conversion. But these Pokemon gain a Steel typing, as well, as a call to the ice-picks on Sandslash’s claws.



Gaining a Psychic-type AND it surfs on its tail! I don’t know if it will gain any more viability, but I like the idea.



Alolan Meowth becomes a dual Dark/Sass type, infused with enough sass to rival Snivy, I imagine one of our other writers, Sublime Manic, will at least have an appreciation for this new form.



I love that the new typing of Marowak. A physical Ghost/Fire type will be an interesting addition to the line up. Looking back on it, the Ghost typing makes so much sense, not only as a nod to the Ghostly Marowak from the Gen 1 games, but also in reference to the bones used by the this evolution line.

Overall, I like the Alolan forms, I just hope they don’t go overboard with it. I hear rumors that there might even be a Fighting type Alakazam on the way…




I like this idea. I hope it can be used in conjunction with Mega Pokemon. I think this would be one way that building teams would be stream lined. Especially for Battle Spot Singles, where you are currently not allowed duplicate items, two items slots will be occupied by a Mega Stone and a Z-crystal, then 4 of the best items can be put in the other slots. I just hope you don’t have to see the derpy animation every time you use it.


Also, the Z-ring is the gaudiest thing ever invented.


Team Skull


Not much to comment on regarding Team Skull right now. I do like that their leader, Guzma, gets right into Kukui’s face in the trailer. It makes takes on a different angle than any of the previous games as the professors usually do not interact with the evil team.


But, speaking of professors, I think someone’s true identity has finally been revealed.imgres

That is all that I have for the edition of Anything Goes. What are your thoughts on the new information coming out for Sun and Moon? Let me know in the comments.

One more brief comment from me: I have a new moniker. From now on, I will be known as Prof. Snag. I am adopting this moniker because I am officially a Play Pokemon Professor. I haven’t done any officiating yet, but when I do, I will be sure to share the experience with all of you! Until next time…

~Prof. Snag