Pokemon News

Welcome back to another exciting issue of Pokemon News here on PUCL. Well, I was dealt a bad hand last week. Pretty much all of the CoroCoro leaks that I talked about in issue #109 were officially revealed the very day that the #109 went up, and then some. So now I’ve got to play catch up with all the new reveals that happened this week. I’ll be treating all of the leaked Pokemon as if I didn’t know about them in this issue so just roll with me on this one. And with out further ado, let’s get started.

First up, we have the evolution to one of the most mysterious Pokemon to date, Type: Null. Say hello to Silvally, the Synthetic Pokemon and the evolved form of Type: Null. (Normal Type)

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Going to be honest with you, Type: Null looks a lot better without the helmet on.

When Type: Null gains a partner it can trust, it deliberately destroys the restraining device it wears. Once released from that heavy mask, the Pokémon’s speed increases substantially. Freed of the restraining effects of its mask, Silvally’s senses are heightened, and it reverts to its natural temperament. It has a wild nature, but it will obey a Trainer that it trusts. And to protect that Trainer from danger, it will put its own life on the line. Silvally is said to have been created to oppose a threat…
By inserting exclusive items into the drive on Silvally’s head, its RKS System can be activated, causing Silvally’s somatic cells to mutate and glow. The RKS System enables it to change its type, and its cells glow with different colors of light, depending on its type.

That RKS System is in fact Silvally’s signature ability. By having it hold certain items, Silvally can pull an Arceus and change its type depending on the item that it is holding. And just like Judgement, Silvally’s signature move Multi-Attack also changes type depending on the held item. Could Silvally be a VGC capable Arceus for the Sun and Moon Meta? Who knows?

Pretty much the entire theme for this mass reveal was evolution, because all the new Pokemon are evolutions of previously revealed Pokemon. So next up, we have Hakamo-o, the Scaly Pokemon, and the evolved form of Jangmo-o (Dragon/Fighting Type)

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So many scales, and a fighting type to match. Hakamo-o has the abilities Bulletproof and Soundproof.

When a Jangmo-o evolves into Hakamo-o, it breaks from its fellows and begins to live on its own to train itself. Wherever it can find Pokémon to battle against, it seems to appear.
Hakamo-o dances before battle to show its strength, clanging its scales together to make them ring out. When this dance reaches its climax, Hakamo-o bellows a fierce war cry to challenge its opponent.
Its scales make for fine armor, so Hakamo-o doesn’t worry about self-defense as it makes multitudes of strikes and overwhelms its opponents. But, as a result, its scales often become damaged and get torn off. They grow back immediately, so this does not cause Hakamo-o undue concern. In fact, it views the number of lost scales as proof of how ferociously it has fought, and it brandishes its bared arms in a boast of victory.

That Dragon and Fighting typing is going to yield some very powerful move sets. I just hope this thing doesn’t evolve any further.

Spoiler alert: it does. Get ready for Kommo-o, the Scaly Pokemon, and the evolved form of Hakamo-o. (Dragon/Fighting Type)

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There’s no doubt, this is Alola’s very own Pseudo-legendary Pokemon. Kommo-o has the abilities Bulletproof and Soundproof.

At the end of its harsh training, Hakamo-o evolves into this overwhelmingly powerful form. It returns to the land of its birth, where it watches over the Jangmo-o from a distance.
There is a legend that says Kommo-o is covered in glittering scales in order to drive away a great darkness covering the world. The reason these Pokémon seek out battle is to gain the power needed to defeat this darkness. When it detects someone approaching, this Pokémon rings the scales on its tail to announce its presence. It has no desire to battle against weak Pokémon.
Kommo-o’s greatest move is the uppercut. It swings its arm up from below in a punch of great skill and force, sending its foe flying into the sky. By raising its arms aloft, it can generate a force powerful enough to change the face of the surrounding landscape!

To add to Kommo-o’s impressive power, it has access to a new move called Clanging Scales. This special attack deals a lot of damage, but does lower Kommo-o’s defense after it is used. But knowing VGC players and their love for White Herbs and Dragon Dances, this won’t be much of a problem. I can see this guy being a big problem for anyone not using him in battle.

Keeping up with the evolution extravaganza, we have a previously revealed Pokemon that for a while had not been officially revealed, until now. May I introduce you to Ribombee, the Bee Fly Pokemon, and the evolve form of Cutiefly. (Bug/Fairy Type)

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Looks like Whimsicott’s got a new friend. Ribombee has the abilities Honey Gather and Shield Dust.

Ribombee collect flower nectar and pollen to make into balls known as Pollen Puffs. These serve as food, and what’s more, they also can cause effects like paralysis or dizziness. Ribombee may use puffs to strike their opponents during battles. Some of the Pollen Puffs that Ribombee make also have relaxing effects or can relieve tiredness. These are distributed around the Alola region as high-priced supplements.
Ribombee hate getting rained on. They’re covered with fluffy hairs that hold the pollen they’ve gathered, and the rain makes them wet and dirty. Alolan people know that if Ribombee are busily visiting the fields of flowers, you can be sure that the fair weather will continue.

Those of you looking for horde encounters, Ribombee will certainly help you with that.

Following in the flowering trend, we have Steenee, the Fruit Pokemon, and the evolved form of Bounsweet. (Grass Type)

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Bounsweet was always helpless, but Steenee can take care of herself. Steenee has the abilities Leaf Guard and Oblivious.

The calyx on Steenee’s head is harder than Bounsweet’s, so Steenee no longer worries about being stabbed by other Pokémon. As Bounsweet, this Pokémon may have preferred to run away from others, but now Steenee and other Pokémon can play together.
Upon evolving, this Pokémon’s fragrance becomes even more delectable, but it also gains a tomboy-like personality. Living together with one is quite the ordeal. As it moves around, it spins its calyx, striking nearby objects, but Steenee couldn’t care less.
Steenee unleashes combo moves using the calyx on its head and its hard legs. First it smacks opponents with the calyx on its head, and when the opponent flinches, it lands a whacking great kick. That usually does the trick!

But like all the Pokemon in this issue so far, Steenee isn’t done just yet. She can go once more and become Tsareena, the Fruit Pokemon, and the evolved form of Steenee. (Grass Type)

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Looks may be deceiving, but I think we finally have another VGC capable Grass Type Pokemon. Tsareena has the abilities Leaf Guard and Queenly Majesty.

Tsareena has the nature of high-class nobility. Any Pokémon or human that approaches it with evil in mind will be punished forthwith. It even turns its fearsome glare upon its own Trainer if the two of them are not fully in sync, or if its Trainer orders it to use a move that will be ineffective. Only the strongest of Steenee are able to evolve. When this happens, the Steenee evolves with the blessing of other Steenee. It then uses its strength to protect the Bounsweet.
Tsareena is a high-kicking virtuoso. It has honed these skills beyond the level it achieved as a Steenee, and it attacks with graceful movements. At the same time, its fragrance mesmerizes its opponents, dealing them a secondary attack. Trop Kick is a move that only Tsareena can learn. It lowers an opponent’s Attack by showering it with blazing hot kicks in a style similar to that originating from tropical countries. It’s said that this Pokémon loses its strength if touched on the crown-like protuberance on its head.

Its Queenly Majesty that sets Tsareena apart from other Grass Types. Queenly Majesty prevents the opposing Pokemon from using ANY priority moves. Technician Bullet Punch? Extreme Speed? Aqua Jet? Accelrock? Tsareena won’t let you even try.

That’s it for all the new Pokemon that were revealed, but that’s not all. We still have some Alolan forms to get to. Some have been officially revealed, some have been found in the Sun and Moon Demo, and one that’s triggered a few of us at PUCL HQ; Gator, Snag, and Bocefus to name a few.

First up, we have been officially introduced to Alolan Grimer, the Sludge Pokemon. (Poison/Dark Type)

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I don’t really want to know what that “beard” is made of. Alolan Grimer has the abilities Poison Touch and Gluttony.

When the population of the Alola region increased, dealing with their garbage became a serious problem. As a solution, Grimer were imported from other regions. They fed primarily on garbage, so their body composition changed—as did their form. What appear to be teeth in this Pokémon’s mouth are in fact residual toxins from the garbage it eats, which have hardened and crystallized. No method has been discovered to break down these crystals. Direct contact with them presents a danger.
Alolan Grimer is always eating garbage, but its constant hunger will cause it to begin eating other manufactured objects if it runs out of garbage to feed on. There are more than a hundred Alolan Grimer in Alola’s garbage-processing plants, and all of the garbage produced in the Alola region is taken for use as their food.

Who would have thought that a sentient pile of pollution would become an environmentally clean ally so easily?

But keeping with the theme of this news issue, we also have Alolan Muk, the Sludge Pokemon, and the evolve form of Alolan Grimer. (Poison/Dark Type)

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These two have the “Scron Seal of Approval” when it comes to Poison Type Pokemon. And also, there should be some sort of seizure warning when dealing with Alolan Muk. It has the abilities Poison Touch and Gluttony.

Alolan Muk eats whatever is in reach without pausing, and if it feels the sharp pangs of hunger, it runs amuck. It’s thought that its voracious appetite stems from an inability to maintain its energy levels without a constant influx of toxins. Toxins have accumulated in Alolan Muk’s body from its steady diet of various waste products and manufactured materials. This accumulation has brought about a chemical change, producing a new kind of toxin.
Alolan Muk has the same poisonous crystals as Alolan Grimer, but they’re not limited to its mouth—they extend from all over the surface of its body. Alolan Muk uses them to attack, just like other Pokémon use their fangs or claws. And these highly toxic crystals are easily knocked loose, making them extraordinarily dangerous!
The Grimer and Muk in the Alola region produce and store their toxins within their bodies. So, unlike the Grimer and Muk in other regions, you won’t detect any unpleasant aromas when you draw near one.

That is a nice touch that Alolan Grimer and Alolan Muk don’t stink like a landfill in the middle of a sewage treatment facility.

Now we move on to some unofficial reveals, which involve only two new Alolan Pokemon. The first turns out to be Alolan Dugtrio.

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I’m digging the hair guys. This picture was taken from the Sun and Moon Demo using the Poke-Finder at a certain point in the demo. You can’t encounter this Pokemon, and this is the only good image of Alolan Dugtrio so far. Is it still a Ground Type, or does it have something else down it is holes? Only time will tell.

And now, onto the thumbnail. The one Pokemon that has some of us at the radio tower a bit triggered turns out to be Alolan Persian, the Classy Cat Pokemon, and the evolved form of Alolan Meowth. (Dark Type???)

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Hey Alolan Persian. Did it hurt?

What do you mean?

Why, when that Beedrill stung your face.

This image was found on the cover of a Japanese Pokedex guide for Sun and Moon that is due to come out in December. What do you think of Alolan Persian? I’d like to know in the comments below.

And that’s it for Pokemon News this week, unless they decide to drop another news bomb right as this one goes up again. Anyway, I’ll see you guys in the next issue.