Welcome to the newest issue of Pokemon News on the PUCL Podcast. Just a tad late due to Student Teaching exhaustion, but boy do I have some news for you! Let’s get right into it.
First up, several new Pokemon were revealed over the past two weeks, so let’s take a look at them.
Our beginning entry is Turtonator, the Blast Turtle Pokemon. (Fire/Dragon)
Something tells me this Pokemon will learn Explosion at some point.
Because Turtonator lives on volcanoes, feeding on sulfur and other materials found near volcanic craters, its shell has a layer of explosive material—mostly sulfur. When something strikes this Pokémon, sparks fly from the horns on its shell, igniting an explosion!
In areas around volcanic craters, this Pokémon camouflages itself as a rock and waits for prey. At the moment when its prey steps onto the back of its shell, Turtonator strikes its shell with its own tail, triggering an explosion!
The explosive blasts triggered from Turtonator’s back are released through an orifice located on the middle front of the Pokémon’s body. This is Turtonator’s weak point. Attacks landing on its stomach will cause it a great deal of damage.
Shell Trap is a move that only Turtonator is able to learn. With this move, the Pokémon can set a trap at the beginning of the turn, and if Turtonator is hit by an opponent’s physical attack during that turn, Shell Trap triggers an explosion that will deal much greater damage to the opponent.
Shell Trap is an interesting move for Turtonator to use. Since worlds has just been completed, I wonder how effective it will be in the 7th gen meta.
Next up, we’ve got an interesting fighter known as Crabrawler, the Boxing Pokemon. (Fighting)
I’m trying to come up with a boxing crab pun name for this guy, but I’ve got nothing.
Crabrawler has a personality that really hates to lose, and it’s driven not only to aim for a higher position than its fellows in terms of social standing, but literally to aim for a higher position in the landscape. Perhaps as a result, it’s sometimes found clinging to tall people or to the walls of buildings! If you try to remove one against its will, you’ll be met with a sound punch.
Crabrawler’s favorite food is Berries. It punches the trunks of trees to give the branches a good shake and knock any ripe Berries to the ground so it can feast! Many Crabrawler may gather around a tree, but only the one that emerges victorious in battle against all the others receives the privilege of eating the ripe Berries.
Crabrawler uses its claws to protect its face and belly while getting in close to an opponent to throw punches. Its punches are powerful enough to split tree trunks! Crabrawler’s pincers are sometimes torn off during its bouts—and they are said to be delicious.
Hyper physical with the abilities Hyper Cutter and Iron Fist, Crabrawler will be dealing some serious damage to anyone that crosses his path.
The next three Pokemon were originally leaked in CoroCoro, but now we have more information about these Pokemon. Let’s start things off with Stufful, the Flailing Pokemon, and the pre-evolution of Bewear. (Normal/Fighting)
This thing is absolutely adorable, and I want it. Nuff said.
Stufful’s cute appearance and movements—plus the fluffy feel of its fur—all combine to make it super popular!
This Pokémon may have a small body, but its strength is extraordinary. Receiving one of its powerful hits without being prepared for it can bring down even well-trained Pokémon!
The truth is that Stufful doesn’t really like being touched. It hates being hugged tightly and will flail its arms in protest.
In the trailer, it even has a tag-like growth on it rear, which makes him even more like a stuffed animal. But just like Bewear, looks can be deceiving.
The last two Pokemon are from the same evolution family. Say hello to Sandygest, the Sand Heap Pokemon. (Ghost/Ground)
They said it couldn’t be done, but now anything can be a Pokemon. And I love it.
If you heedlessly grab a Sandygast’s shovel, you’ll fall under the Pokémon’s control. A Sandygast uses its power to manipulate children into gathering sand to increase the size of its body. If a Sandygast loses its shovel, it may put up a tree branch, a flag, or another item in its place. These Sandygast are wanderers in search of their own shovels.
The tunnel-like mouth of a Sandygast can suck the vitality from people and Pokémon. Apparently it’s a test of courage in the Alola region to put your hand in a Sandygast’s mouth.
Sandygast has the new Water Compaction Ability, an Ability that no previous Pokémon has had. With Water Compaction, its Defense stat will go up by 2 if it’s hit with a Water-type move.