Pokemon News

Having not skipped leg day thanks to Pokemon GO and all its buggy, crashing glory, welcome back to Pokemon News with me, Viger. And my what a week it has been. Pokemon GO has swept across the entire world, and nearly everyone is suffering from Poke-fever. But let’s not forget the next biggest Pokemon game this year, Sun and Moon. And to keep itself relevant, six new Pokemon have been officially revealed and detailed for our view pleasure. So let’s break down all six and see what when bring to the table.

The first two are the Pokemon that were recently leaked in CoroCoro last week; the bear and pikaboo Pokemon. Now, their english names have been revealed. So first up, remember, beware of Bewear, the Strong Arm Pokemon. (Normal/Fighting)

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When Bewear is acting in a friendly fashion, just swinging its arms around, you must never dare to approach it carelessly. It is acknowledged to be a dangerous Pokémon, even within the Alola region. You may see warning signs posted near places it resides.
When Bewear grows fond of its Trainer, it may show that feeling in a fond embrace—but the force of that hug is tremendous! Trainers must teach these Pokémon how to restrain their strength when showing affection.
Bewear may have the Fluffy Ability, a new Ability that no Pokémon has ever possessed before. The Fluffy Ability halves the damage taken from attacks that make direct contact, but in return it also doubles the damage taken from Fire-type moves.

Some wild Bewear use amazing martial-arts moves. Apparently the Pokémon learn these moves by watching Black Belts practicing when they go out to train in the woods.
Bewear’s arms and legs are strong and highly developed. Its powerful spine enables it to lift objects weighing a ton or more. It loves to give crushing bear hugs—a tight hug from this Pokémon’s arms will split anything at all in two!

Looks can be deceiving. Though it may look cuddly, this is one Pokemon that you do not want to cuddle with. Just remember that line, “a tight hug from this Pokémon’s arms will split anything at all in two!” Anything, including you….

Keeping up with the creepy and terrifying trend, say hello to Mimikyu, the Disguise Pokemon. (Ghost/Fairy)

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Mimikyu lives its life completely covered by its cloth and is always hidden. People believe that anybody who sees its true form beneath the cloth will be stricken with a mysterious illness. People in the Alola region are convinced that you must never try to peek beneath its covering. Mimikyu’s health fails when it’s bathed in the rays of the sun, so it prefers to stick to dark places. It’s rumored that the reason it covers itself with a cloth is to avoid sunlight.
The rising popularity of Pikachu-styled merchandise around 20 years ago is the reason that Mimikyu makes itself look like Pikachu. In fact, this Pokémon is dreadfully lonely, and it thought it would be able to make friends with humans if only it looked like Pikachu.
Mimikyu has the Disguise Ability, a new Ability that no Pokémon has ever before possessed. The Disguise Ability allows it to escape damage from an enemy’s attack just one time, and then its appearance changes.

Mimikyu’s Pikachu-like appearance is due to its Disguise Ability. In order to resemble Pikachu, this Pokémon makes patterns that look like eyes and a mouth appear on a regular scrap of cloth.

The trailer that accompanied these Pokemon shows disguise in action, with Mimikyu taking no damage for a direct hit, only for the Pikachu head to tip to the side and hang their, the disguise broken. Truly unsettling, but for some strange reason, I am really interested in this Pokemon. More so, I’m interested in what is underneath that cloth…

Now that we’ve been introduced to the two scariest Pokemon of Gen 7, let’s run for the hills with Wimpod, the Turn Tail Pokemon. (Bug/Water)

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Wimpod have a cowardly nature and are wary of noises and sudden movements. If you approach them in a group, they’ll immediately run off. When Wimpod feel threatened, they spit out a poisonous liquid. The stench of this toxic fluid signals others that danger is near. Despite their extreme cowardice, their curiosity leads Wimpod to approach people or Pokémon that are standing still.
Wimpod eat and store anything that they find fallen on the ground. They also scavenge any garbage that’s been dropped in the sea, so they’re highly valued as cleaners. They sometimes carry pearls or other valuable items, so humans or Pokémon like Murkrow may target them.
Wimpod has the new Wimp Out Ability, an Ability that no other Pokémon has had before. With the Wimp Out Ability, if this Pokémon’s HP drops below half in battle, it will run away or swap out for another Pokémon.

Everything about Wimpod screams “fossil Pokemon”. How can you catch something if it just runs away when its health is in the yellow/red. Then again, how have we been able to catch Abra? Still, I’m interested to see what happens when this Pokemon evolves. Perhaps not only does it gain a nice power boost, but it also becomes a little more courageous, and learns to never back down from a fight, no matter what.

Next up is the sweet-treat itself, Bounsweet, the Fruit Pokemon (Grass)

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Because it exudes a delicious smell from its entire body, Bounsweet is popular with Pokémon and people of the Alola region. Bounsweet’s scent has a calming effect on humans, so many people let them live inside their homes as a sort of air freshener. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes swallowed whole by Pokémon drawn to its aroma.
When running away from other Pokémon, Bounsweet flees danger by skipping along the ground. Since its bouncy movements don’t convey to others that it’s actually in desperate flight, no one ever comes to its aid.
When attacked by enemies, it drives them off by rotating the calyx on its head. The downside is how dizzy it gets afterward!

Remind me when I’m traveling Alola to catch EVERY SINGLE Bounsweet I see just so I can keep it safe in my PC. That is just tragic! It literally brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it.

By the way, remember how Alola is based off of Hawaii? If you forgot, then Comfey, the Posy Picker Pokemon (Fairy) is here to remind you.

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Comfey picks flowers and always carries them around. It makes a ring of blossoms and spreads oil from its body on it, which changes the flowers so they emit a soothing fragrance. It has a habit of giving these flower rings to those it’s fond of. The aroma can soothe both itself and its allies. Comfey also helps with the treatment of people and Pokémon at Pokémon Centers and hospitals, thanks to its aroma.
When attacked by other Pokémon, it throws its flowers at them to create an opening, and then it either flees or strikes back.
Comfey can have the new Triage Ability, an Ability that no other Pokémon has had before. With the Triage Ability, this Pokémon’s restorative moves gain the highest priority in battle.

Triage has a lot of debate behind it. Does it priority out-speed Extremespeed? Doe moves like Mega Drain and Draining Kiss also benefit from Triage? If that is the case, then Comfey just might have some serious VGC support capabilities.

And last but certainly not least, the one Pokemon that has sold my horse loving sister on Pokemon Sun and Moon, may I introduce you to Mudsdale, the Draft Horse Pokemon (Ground)

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Mudsdale is known for its powerful body as well as its emotional fortitude, which keeps it from being agitated by anything. It never cries out, no matter what kind of trouble it’s in, and it defeats its opponents with a single powerful blow. Its legs are coated in protective mud, and the weight of this coating increases the force of its kicks. One kick, and a car is a pile of scrap!
Mudsdale’s running speed is not too swift, but it has excellent power and stamina. It can carry on for three days and three nights despite dragging loads of over 10 tons!
When Mudsdale gallops in earnest, the power of each hoof-clop can dig out huge holes, even in asphalt. Mudsdale is forbidden to run on some of Alola’s public roads.
Mudsdale can have the new Stamina Ability, an Ability that no other Pokémon has had before. With the Stamina Ability, this Pokémon’s Defense goes up by 1 when it’s hit by an attack.

According to my sister, Clydesdales, the horse Mudsdale is based off of, are widely known for their incredible strength and stamina, which is reflected in Mudsdale’s design, background, and its Stamina ability. Its an automatic harden for a ground type horse. Good luck bringing it down.

Along with these new Pokemon, two new features are also going to be available in Sun and Moon. The first is the ability for players to make their own customized battle competitions that they can host for other players to participate in. These rules and customized gameplay changes can be saved and used at any time. This will make gym battles and tournaments here on PUCL a lot easier in the future.

The second, and probably biggest feature for Sun and Moon, is called “Hyper Training”. Remember how “Super Training” allowed trainers to work on a Pokemon’s EV stats. Well, “Hyper Training” allows trainers to work on a fully trained Pokemon’s IV stats. That’s right. Grinding for 6 perfect IVs isn’t the only way now in Sun and Moon! This is a blessing for me because I hate trying to find the exact Pokemon with the correct mood, EVs, and IVs. Now I have my ways to effectively train any Pokemon so that it is able to effectively battle against other trainers. Glitch is coming for you guys real soon!

And that is it for Pokemon News this week. Lot’s of stuff that needed to be reported on this issue, and I love it when that happens. Here’s to more in the future, and I’ll see you guys in the next issue!