Pokemon News Issue #102
Before I begin, I would like to apologize about not reporting on the new Alolan Pokemon and Z Moves that were revealed last week. I completely forgot to write a news issue last week due to both work, fatigue, and forgetfullness. These things tend to happen to everyone, but I promise I won’t stop writing the news on this wonderful site.
You’re still mad at me aren’t you? Would some new Pokemon, Alolan variants, and the evil team make you feel better? Glad to hear.
So let’s begin with the new Pokemon that were both leaked from CoroCoro and officially revealed by Nintendo.
First up, let’s take a look at the Pokemon that hasn’t been officially revealed. Let’s start with Nuikoguma, the Struggle Pokemon.
The pre-evolution of Bewear, Nuikoguma retains its Normal/Fighting typing. It’s very popular among women and children, and tops the lists of Pokemon people want to meet. It hates being touched and will kick and struggle to resist. It’s very powerful, but once it evolves into Bewear it truly gains herculean strength. Just like Bewear, looks can be deceiving.
Next up are two that have been receiving mixed opinions from Pokemon fans. Say hello to Sunabaa, the Sand Mound Pokemon, and its evolution Shirodesuna, the Sand Castle Pokemon.
Both Pokemon are Ghost/Ground types. Sunabaa: A grudge that dwells inside a pile of sand turns into a Pokemon. Truly a terrifying creature
Shirodesuna: It steals the life force from other Pokemon. Those Pokemon’s grudges turn into a new Sunabaa.
Personally, I like these Pokemon. They fit very well with the setting of Sun and Moon, and the gruesome scene of Shirodesuna pulling a Pikachu under the sand just shows that you do not want to mess with these Pokemon.
Now we move onto the three new Pokemon that were officially revealed by Nintendo. Let’s start off with perhaps one of the most amazing Pokemon to appear in the 7th generation; Wishiwashi, the Small Fry Pokemon (Water Type).
Wishiwashi is an amazing eight inches long and weighs 0.7 pounds.
A single Wishiwashi is tiny and weak. Measuring just eight inches from nose to tail, Wishiwashi is very small—even for a Pokémon. Yet the people of the Alola region seem to view it as a terrifying Pokémon…
When it’s in danger, Wishiwashi’s glistening eyes catch the light and shine out, sending an SOS signal to its allies!
Its Wishiwashi’s ability, Schooling, that makes this Pokemon so amazing. When it is in distress, Wishiwashi calls in more of its kind, changing the one Wishiwashi from its “Solo Forme” to the incredibly dangerous School Forme.
Keep in mind. This is still Wishiwashi, but the giant leviathan you see before you is comprised of many many Wishiwashi Pokemon.
The seemingly weak Wishiwashi is called the demon of the sea because of its terrifying School Form! When Wishiwashi friends receive an SOS signal, they unite in this huge battle formation!
Wishiwashi that have encountered many dangerous situations and have a lot of experience calling on their allies will be able to emit a bright light from their eyes. They can gather allies and transform into an even more powerful Pokémon! Even Gyarados flee from Wishiwashi’s School Form!
Anything that can make a Gyarados run in terror is definitely a force to be reckoned with, and I so want one. (I think, sense its really like several hundred of them.)
Next up, we’ve got Pyukumuku, the Sea Cucumber Pokemon (Water Type).
This thing uses its internal organs to punch things, I can’t make this stuff up.
Due to their appearance and their lifestyle, Pyukumuku are considered unappealing to tourists. Part-time work chucking Pyukumuku back into the sea is available at tourist beaches. But no matter how far they’re thrown, Pyukumuku will always return to the same spot.
Once a Pyukumuku finds a place it likes, it won’t budge from it. If someone moves it away, back it comes to the same spot. If it runs out of food to eat in that spot, it’ll stay there—and starve. The people of Alola found this so pitiful that they developed a tradition of chucking Pyukumuku back into the food-rich sea whenever they come across any thin-bellied Pyukumuku.
Pyukumuku are covered with a slippery, viscous fluid that has a moisturizing effect. Pyukumuku can stay on land for a week without drying out. The people of Alola use this fluid for skincare products.
Pyukumuku hate to have their spikes and mouths touched, and if you step on one, it will hurl out its fist-like inner organs to strike at you.
Pyukumuku has a new Ability, Innards Out, which no other Pokémon has had before. With the Innards Out Ability, when this Pokémon faints, it will be able to deal one last bit of damage to its opponent, equal to the amount of HP it had left before it received the final blow.
There better be a minigame in Sun and Moon where you are chucking these things into the ocean and you get special items for either distance, number thrown, and hitting special targets. That would be greaaaaaaat.
The last Pokemon revealed officially is Morelull, the Illuminating Pokemon (Grass/Fairy Type)
Whimsicott’s got a new friend!
Morelull are nocturnal Pokémon that walk around at night on their leg-like roots. They move because staying in one spot and sucking all the nutrients from the soil would cause surrounding plants to wither. Morelull uses its leg-like roots to make contact with its fellows and communicate with them.
Morelull broadcast spores that glow brightly when they burst open. Looking at their pulsing light has a soporific effect. It seems that in times of danger, Morelull broadcast these spores.
I’ll be honest guys, I’ve got nothing on this guy. Guess we’ll just have to wait for the game to come out to find out more about this little guy.
Now let’s move on to the new Alolan variants that were revealed. First up, we have Alolan Meowth.
Alolan Meowth is a Dark Type rather than its normal type counterpart. It has the Pickup and Technician abilities.
Meowth is a Pokémon that did not originally live in the Alola region. They were sent to the royal line as an offering from another region, and only a select few could have them as partners.
The Meowth in Alola are distinct for their cunning and their great pride. Two things they really hate—a wound to their pride and dirt on their coins. If either one happens, they fly into hysterics!
It’s said that the Meowth that were offered to the royal family lived a life of luxury and pampering, which led them to have a selfish and prideful attitude. This caused Meowth’s form to change.
The once-rare Alolan Meowth became feral when the monarchy was destroyed, and they have now become regular Pokémon, seen as commonly in the Alola region as elsewhere.
I’m curious to see how Meowth reacts to his Alolan form when the anime goes to Alola.
Next up, we have one of the Island Challenge leader’s main Pokemon, Alolan Marowak.
Alolan Marowak loses its Ground typing and becomes Fire and Ghost Type. It gains the Cursed Body and Lightning Rod abilities.
The Marowak in the Alola region take bones and light both ends on fire by rubbing them against their foreheads. Then they spin the bones around! Marowak’s rarity and its fearsome appearance when it dances with its bone led the people of Alola to dub it a conjurer and regard it with fear.
There are many Grass-type Pokémon—Marowak’s natural enemies—in the Alola region. This makes Alola a harsh environment for Cubone and Marowak. As a result, they live in close union with their partners. It’s said that their great care for their partners allowed them to gain something like a sixth sense and resulted in their changed form.
The Alolan Marowak proves skilled at an attack in which it waves its bone and releases a ball of flame. The fireballs are not that powerful, but they tirelessly pursue the foe!
I’m interested to see whether there will be both an Alolan Cubone and Alolan Persian in Sun and Moon. I see it possible, but who knows at this point.
The last Alolan Pokemon revealed is certainly my favorite until the steampunk Alolan form of Magnemite appears; Alolan Raichu.
Alolan Raichu becomes the first ever Electric/Psychic Pokemon with the unique ability, Surge Surfer.
The Raichu in Alola have two types—Electric and Psychic—and they are able to wield psychic power. What’s more, they can gather their psychic power in their tails and then ride on them to float in the air!
Even Pokémon researchers don’t know why Raichu’s form changed in the Alola region. The people of Alola seem unconcerned by the question. Their guess: maybe it ate too many sweet and fluffy round pancakes!
Raichu has electric sacs on its cheeks, and rubbing them causes a sweet aroma to be released. The mechanism behind this is not clear, but it’s thought to be connected to the psychic power that Alolan Raichu possess.
The Alolan Raichu has a new Ability, Surge Surfer, which no other Pokémon has previously had. With the Surge Surfer Ability, the Pokémon’s Speed will be doubled on Electric Terrain.
YOU GET A SURFING RAICHU, AND YOU GET A SURFING RAICHU! EVERYBODY GETS A SURFING RAICHU!!!!!
One last thing that was officially revealed this week was the unveiling of Sun and Moon’s antagonistic team, known only as Team Skull.
In the Alola region, a group of ruffians known as Team Skull causes a lot of trouble. They steal other people’s Pokémon, mess up the trial sites, and delight in all kinds of evil deeds.
Both male and female Team Skull Grunts wear matching black Skull Tanks. And these uniforms aren’t even provided for them—all Grunts have to buy their own!
Team Skull pretty much look like gangster pirates, and I love it. This might be my favorite evil team in Pokemon right now.
Along with the grunts, an admin has also been shown. Say hello to Plumeria.
Plumeria is considered the big sister of Team Skull. She’s a tough lady who keeps Team Skull in line and working together—in the same way a strict older sister would. She seems to care for the Grunts who are below her in the pecking order, and she’s not one to let it go if someone’s given them a walloping.
Its nice to see that a higher-up on the evil team actually displays some kindness and caring toward their underlings, unlike all the other teams that look at the grunts as expendable assets. Can’t wait to see this character fully fleshed out in the games.
And last but certainly not least, we finally meet the face of Team Skull, Guzma.
Guzma is the boss of Team Skull who holds these ruffians together. Guzma pours on the attacks, battling without mercy. He certainly does seem strong, but he claims to be one of those who “never could become captains.” He seems to have a bone to pick with Professor Kukui, as well.
Guzma is definitely my favorite evil team boss so far in the series. While nearly all the evil team leaders are calculative, cold, and serious when it comes to doing what they do, Guzma is brutal, loud, and somewhat crazy in his actions. He’s not afraid of what he wants to say and will get right up in your face to make a point.
I can’t wait to see what Guzma plans to do to Alola with the power of Solgaleo and Lunalla.
And that’s it for the news this week. I will do my best to provide you guys with the news on a timely basis, and I will see you guys next issue!