Pokemon News Issue #108 (Starter Evolutions and More!)

Pokemon News


Once more, welcome back to Pokemon News! And boy do we have a lot to cover from what was revealed last Tuesday. Lots of new stuff, stuff we predicted, and more! So let’s get right into all of it.


First up, and not surprisingly, the first evolutions for the Alola starter Pokemon have been revealed. Did you pick the right Pokemon now that we see what it evolves into? I know I sure did; just take a look at Dartrix, the Blade Quill Pokemon, and the evolved form of Rowlett. (Grass/Flying)


That hair flip is on point if you ask me. “Maverick” is looking pretty nice.

Dartrix is extremely sensitive to other presences in the area and can detect opponents behind it and throw feathers to strike them without even seeing them. This Pokémon conceals sharp-bladed feathers inside its wings, showing astounding precision as it sends them flying in attack. And it goes beyond propelling its blade quills in simple straight lines—it can even bend these feathers to change their trajectories!
Revealing a certain snobbiness in its personality, Dartrix cares a great deal about its appearance, grooming its feathers in every spare moment. In truth, it’s also a bit of a birdbrain, with a tendency to bungle things up. Once it makes a mistake, it sometimes gets into a desperate struggle to gloss over the situation and ends up making a bigger mess than ever.
At times, this Pokémon feels so bothered by its dirty or ruffled feathers that it can’t focus on battle. When it loses its focus, it sometimes even retires from the battle on the spot! It’s up to each Trainer to help Dartrix overcome this troublesome stage. If this Pokémon is with a Trainer who helps it through, its strength will grow hugely!

It would be very interesting to see if Pokemon Refresher has a big effect on Dartrix. If you don’t clean Dartrix enough, he won’t be as responsive in battle. But once he is, he will be quite the fighter. I just can’t wait.


Next up, to counter my fancy flying friend is Torracat, the Fire Cat Pokemon, and the evolved form of Litten. (Fire)


Aww, he’s got a little bell around his neck. Wait, why is it so hot?

The bell-like object attached at the base of Torracat’s neck is a flame sac, an organ that can produce flames. Torracat’s emotions cause a rise in the organ’s temperature, and when the organ spits flames, it rings with the high, clear sound of a bell. Torracat attacks using the flames emitted from this bell.


Torracat’s mane serves as an excellent sensory organ, and it can sense what’s going on around it—even in the dark! It can also detect the presence of hidden enemies.
Torracat has a great love for battle and will attack so relentlessly that its opponents lose the will to fight. And yet it sometimes behaves like a spoiled child in front of Trainers or Pokémon with whom it has built a relationship of trust.
The cat punch that this Pokémon can dish out with its strong forelegs is extremely powerful. It can bend iron bars and knock out large men with a single blow!

“Cat Punch” better be an exclusive move that Litten and its evolution family learns or I’m gonna “Cat Punch” someone myself.


And last but not least, we have the water starter’s evolution, Brionne, the Pop Star Pokemon, and the evolved form of Popplio. (Water)


The “Male Gardevoir” effect is strong with this one.

Brionne learns its dances by imitating the other members of its colony. It sometimes even learns dances from humans. This Pokémon is a hard worker and pours itself into its efforts until it has memorized each dance. As it dances, Brionne creates balloon after balloon. In battle, it first sends its opponent into disarray with its dancing, and then slaps its balloons into its target, causing the balloons to explode and deal damage.
Brionne can dance in perfect time with others, even if they have only just met. On moonlit nights, you can sometimes see throngs of Brionne dancing as one, in perfect fluidity.
Brionne always acts cheery and positive. Even when it’s feeling sad, this Pokémon doesn’t allow its sorrow to show. It’s said that Brionne will only reveal a sad expression to a Pokémon or Trainer to whom it has opened its heart completely.

From what we’ve seen with Brionne in Pokemon Refresher, she is a very emotive Pokemon. So is she setting the standard for how Pokemon behave in Refresher? Who knows.


Now that we see what are starters will become, time to move into our first taste of Sun and Moon. Remember that demo we got for ORAS and we got either Mega Glalie or Mega Steelix depending on the version we got?

Well, Sun and Moon will have a demo as well, releasing on October 18. What’s so special about this demo?

Its the Pokemon that you receive…


No this isn’t a mod. No this isn’t a hack. This is 100% confirmed. Welcome to Pokemon Sun and Moon, Ash-Greninja! (Water/Dark)


Guess this is why Ash won’t have Greninja in the Sun and Moon anime…..CUZ I HAVE IT! MWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Ash-Greninja has powered up thanks to the strength of its bonds with Ash. This is the form Greninja takes when it has gained new power due to the miraculous occurrence known as the bond phenomenon. This can be brought on by the bonds between people and Pokémon. It seems that it has only known to have occurred once—several hundred years ago.
Ash-Greninja’s leg strength has been enhanced compared to an ordinary Greninja, making it difficult to see because of the speed at which it can move. It takes its enemies out in a flash! It becomes able to make giant Water Shurikens on its back, and it can throw them in rapid succession.
Greninja that can become Ash-Greninja have an Ability that no Pokémon has ever had before—Battle Bond. The Battle Bond Ability triggers this Pokémon’s form change to Ash-Greninja after it causes an opponent’s Pokémon to faint. When the battle ends, the Pokémon returns to its original Greninja form. This form is only for battles where it needs to break the limits!

I didn’t think it would be possible, but if Zygarde gets to have all of his forms in Sun and Moon, why can’t Greninja? Its gonna be interesting to see just how powerful Ash-Greninja will be once its IVs and EVs are all maxed out with a Choice Scarf or a Life Orb.


Speaking of Generation Six transformations, what most of us were both expecting and hoping for has finally been confirmed. Mega evolution is coming to Sun and Moon. There is no information as to whether new megas are coming, but with all the Alolan Pokemon being revealed, I highly doubt there will be any new ones. Still though, its good to know that Monitor, my Mega Metagross, will be able to come on vacation with me and the rest of the Pokemon that I have caught over the years.


Right….all those Pokemon in my PC. What am I gonna do with them? I KNOW! I’ll send them to the !


This is probably the best thing to happen in Pokemon that will effect our morale compasses. No longer will we feel guilty for shoving out Pokemon into the PC for years.

People playing Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moonnear you and players from around the world who are connected to the Internet will visit Festival Plaza, and you can enjoy playing with them using a variety of communication features, including battling and trading.

By talking to people and listening to their requests, you can receive Festival Coins, which you can spend in Festival Plaza. There are all kinds of cool stores in Festival Plaza, such as goody shops where you can get deals on items, bouncy houses for Pokémon to train in, and dye houses where you can dye your clothes new colors.

The rank of your Festival Plaza increases based on the number of Festival Coins you gather. As its rank goes up, you’ll receive rewards—and the things that you can do in Festival Plaza will also increase!

As your Festival Plaza’s rank goes up, you’ll gain the ability to host missions, where multiple players can try to complete a certain goal together. Missions can be attempted with other players you connect to via local wireless or the Internet. It also seems that global missions will sometimes be held, in which everyone playing Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Mooncan work together to achieve a goal!

Will this be anything close to that Pokemon MMO that we all know will never happen? We’ll have to wait and see.


And that’s it for Pokemon News. SO MUCH NEWS!! I LOVE IT!!!! See you guys in the next issue!

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