Pokemon News

 

Welcome back to Pokemon News. Now most of you were probably aware of some leaks that were floating around the web. And while I tried to avoid being spoiled so I could enjoy the game to its fullest, Nintendo had other plans. Not only did they officially reveal the final evolution forms for the starter Pokemon, they revealed SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much more. So let’s dive right in.

 

First up, my boy Rowlet got a very nice final evolution. Say hello to Decidueye, the Arrow Quill Pokemon, the evolved form of Dartrix, and the final evolved form of Rowlet. (Grass/Ghost type)

 

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Its wearing a hoodie made of leaves and shoots arrows from its wings. ITS SO COOL!

This Pokémon is able to move about while completely masking its presence from others. Once an opponent has lost sight of it, Decidueye seizes the chance to attack it unawares. In a tenth of a second, Decidueye plucks an arrow quill from within its wing and sends its hurtling toward its target. Its speed is astonishing, but not more so than its precise aim, which enables the arrow quill to pierce a target through and through from half a mile or more away! Decidueye usually acts very cool, but it can become terribly flustered in unexpected situations like a surprise attack.

A skilled Decidueye can boast acrobatic curved shots. It seems some are also able to shoot arrows that reach up through the sky, only to come drilling down from above, piercing multiple targets one after another.

Decidueye does have access to a special signature move, Spirit Shackle. This move is pretty much a damage dealing Mean Look; it prevents the opposing Pokemon. I’m very happy with my choice. Maverick is going to be pretty darn strong.

 

Next up, Litten got a very nice final evolution too, because it isn’t fire/fighting. Introducing Incineroar, the Heel Pokemon, the evolved form of Torracat, and the final evolved form of Litten. (Fire/Dark Type)

 

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That bell of fire that Torracat is now a wrestling belt. Nice.

As its fighting spirit increases, the flames that Incineroar produces within its body burst from its navel and waistline. Since the flames somewhat resemble a championship belt, they’re known as its “flame belt,” and the Pokémon unleashes moves that use flames from it. In the heat of battle, Incineroar shows no concern for its opponents—and sometimes even launches attacks that strike the opposing Trainer! As a result, many tend to dislike this Pokémon and keep it at a distance.

If a crowd watching it battle is pumped up, Incineroar’s fighting spirit will burn brighter. But a lackluster crowd can make it lose focus or fight shoddily. When it receives the admiration of young Pokémon and children, it may keep up its cold attitude on the outside, but in its heart of hearts, Incineroar is immensely happy. It loses the desire to fight when faced with a Pokémon that’s clearly weak or injured, and it sometimes gets taken advantage of as a result.

Incineroar also get’s access to a signature move of its own, called Darkest Lariat. This attack ignores the stat changes that the target is affected. These signature moves are starting to get pretty good in the sense of the meta and VGC.

 

Finally, Popplio’s final evolution certainly fits its style. Say hello to Primarina, the Soloist Pokemon, the evolved form of Brionne, and the final evolved form of Popplio. (Water/Fairy Type)

 

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From a sea lion to a mermaid. Only in Pokemon is this possible.

As it dances, Primarina releases balloons of water into the area around itself, moving them using the sound waves from its voice. The sight of moonlight reflecting off its glittering balloons creates a magical scene. Since Primarina controls its balloons using its voice, any injury to its throat can become a grave problem. Its greatest enemies are arid environments and the overuse of its voice during back-to-back battles.

Among the balloons that Primarina releases, some explode when touched, while others do not. Primarina jump on the non-exploding balloons while they make sport of their opponents, and they use the exploding variety to trigger chained explosions!

Primarina’s songs have many variations, and each one changes the motions of the balloons. It has been observed that songs are shared among Primarina living together, so different colonies end up knowing different songs.

Just like the other starters, Primarina has access to a signature move of its own, Sparkling Aria. This move deals damage, but also heals burns that may be on the target. Primarina will probably see more use as support in doubles.

All in all, these evolutions are pretty amazing. Just wish I would’ve experienced them in-game. But oh well, still love them.

 

Along with the final starter evolutions, Tapu Koko’s other guardian friends have also been revealed.

First up, Akala Island’s Guardian, Tapu Lele, the Land Spirit Pokemon. (Psychic/Fairy Type)

 

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There is a legend which says that long ago Tapu Lele once brought an end to war between the islands of Alola by scattering its scales and soothing the tired warriors.

Tapu Lele scatters glowing scales that physically affect others—providing stimulation to their bodies and healing their illnesses or injuries. But these scales can be dangerous as well, because a body can’t withstand the changes brought about by contact with too many scales at the same time. It will scatter its scales over humans and Pokémon for its own enjoyment; while it is innocent in one sense, there is also cruelty in the way it casually brings others to ruin.

If Tapu Lele doesn’t have much energy stored in its shell, it may lack the strength to seize victory in a head-on battle. With this in mind, it tends to prioritize not losing a battle over actually beating a foe, and it’s skilled at strategies such as inflicting status conditions on opponents.

Nature’s Madness slams a target with all of nature’s rage, reducing the target’s HP by half. Psychic Terrain is a move that no Pokémon was previously able to learn, and using it will boost the power of any Psychic-type moves used by Pokémon on the ground and prevent them from being hit by priority moves.

Tapu Lele’s Ability is Psychic Surge, an Ability that no Pokémon has previously had. With Psychic Surge, the field will be turned into Psychic Terrain when Tapu Lele appears in battle, boosting the power of any Psychic-type moves used by Pokémon on the ground and preventing them from being hit by priority moves.

I think I am seeing a theme with the Island Guardians.

 

Anyway, next up, we have Ula’ Ula Island’s Guardian, Tapu Bulu, the Land Spirit Pokemon. (Grass/Fairy Type)

 

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Tapu Bulu has the power to manipulate vegetation and cause it to grow. It can use this power on its own horns—which are made of wood—changing their shape or making them larger. This can come in handy in battle! This stolid Pokémon is not very active. People’s opinions differ on whether it’s as docile as it seems, or if the reason it doesn’t move much can be chalked up to simple laziness.

Tapu Bulu does not like unnecessary battles or frightening other Pokémon. Because of this, it makes a loud ringing noise with its tail to alert those nearby of its presence. Although Tapu Bulu may not like to start battles, it shows no mercy when dealing with evildoers. It’s said that when thieves once broke into its ruins, it punished them by swinging trees around like massive clubs.

Tapu Bulu can learn Nature’s Madness, an attack that slams a target with all of nature’s rage, which reduces the target’s HP by half.

Tapu Bulu’s Ability is Grassy Surge, an Ability that no Pokémon has previously had. With Grassy Surge, the field will be turned into Grassy Terrain when Tapu Bulu appears in battle, boosting the power of any Grass-type moves used by Pokémon on the ground and restoring a bit of HP to them each turn. It also halves the damage taken from the moves Earthquake, Magnitude, and Bulldoze.

I see this guy getting some use in VGC.
Last, but certainly not least, we have Poni Island’s Guardian. Say hello to Tapu Fini, the Land Spirit Pokemon. (Water/Fairy Type)
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This Pokémon is able to create a special water that purifies both mind and body. But Tapu Fini requires that supplicants wishing to obtain the purifying water demonstrate the strength to withstand the tapu’s fog. Many humans have tried to withstand Tapu Fini’s fogs in pursuit of its purifying water. Among them were some with evil intentions, which may be the reason for Tapu Fini’s sense of disgust and lack of interest in appearing to people.

Tapu Fini is able to attack by manipulating water. Since it hates to risk harm to itself during battle, it prefers to create a thick fog that puts opponents in a trance and leads them to destroy themselves. Tapu Fini’s expression remains listless even when it’s unleashing moves. Some people say that it might look this way because using its moves is so exhausting. The Pokémon’s Nature’s Madness attack slams a target with all of nature’s rage, reducing the target’s HP by half.

Tapu Fini’s Ability is Misty Surge, an Ability that no Pokémon has previously had. With Misty Surge, the field will be turned into Misty Terrain when Tapu Fini appears in battle, halving the damage taken by Pokémon on the ground from Dragon-type moves and preventing them from being afflicted with status conditions or confusion.

So, these are the Island Guardians in the Alola Region. One last thing before we move on. Each Tapu has access to a special Z-Move. This move, Guardian of Alola, summons a giant headless goliath from the ground. The Land Spirit Pokemon using this Z-Move takes the place of the head and smashes its fist into the opposing Pokemon, dealing massive damage. This is a very impressive Z-Move to see.
Keeping with the theme, two more Pokemon were officially revealed; one new and one Alolan.
So first up, we have Cosmog, the Nebula Pokemon. (Psychic Type)
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Either this thing evolves into a star or an entire galaxy. I’m totally naming this little guy Kirby. Cosmog has the ability Unaware.
This extremely rare Pokémon is known to only a select few in Alola. At one time, it was known only by the kings of Alola and their heirs, and it was called “the child of the stars.” The Aether Foundation is researching this unusual Pokémon, and one of the professors at the foundation recently dubbed it Cosmog.

Cosmog is very curious and shows no fear of people or Pokémon. If you treat it with any consideration at all, it will take an immediate liking to you. This personality trait often leads it into danger.

Its gaseous body is so lightweight that it’s sent flying when the wind blows. When light falls on this Pokémon, Cosmog absorbs it and grows.

This is my personal favorite “cute” Pokemon in Generation 7 right now.
Our only new Alolan Pokemon is actually one I reported on last issue. And its head is still just as weird looking. Of course, its Alolan Persian, the Classy Cat Pokemon, and the evolved form of Alolan Meowth. (Dark Type)
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Alolan Persian has the abilities Fur Coat and Technician.
The round face of Alolan Persian is a symbol of the rich Alola region, and it is held to be a Pokémon of great beauty. It is such a distinctive Pokémon of the Alola region that all Persian are well protected, and strict inspections are required before tourists can be permitted to take one back to their home region.

Persian is highly intelligent, with an even higher opinion of itself. In general, it looks down on everything other than itself. It doesn’t tend to grow attached to its Trainer, either, so it’s a difficult Pokémon to have as a partner in battle.

Its exquisite coat shines with the glow of high quality and enchants both humans and Pokémon. For this reason, it is a very popular Pokémon in the Alola region.

It usually puts on a refined act, but once a battle begins, it will indulge in the most underhanded of tactics, including surprise attacks, trickery, and even foul play. Yet its haughty personality causes it to underestimate its opponents, and it’s often taken in by their counterattacks.

Love it or hate it, I’m glad nearly any Pokemon is getting an Alolan form.
One last thing was revealed with this news dump. And its a pretty big one. The Alola Region doesn’t have any gyms, but it is in the process of constructing its own Pokemon League. In its place for the time being, we have the Battle Tree.
Sort of an Alolan version of the Battle Chateau from X and Y with a dash of Black 2 and White 2’s Pokemon World Tournament,  the Battle Tree allows the player to battle other trainers from other regions, then team up with them in future battles.
Such trainers include the mighty Cynthia…
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The impressive Wally…
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And most surprising of all, straight out of Kanto, Viridian City Gym Leader Blue…
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And Kanto Pokemon League Champion Red.
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The Kanto boys look a lot older, especially Red. Either way, our battles will be legendary!
And that is it for Pokemon News! So much was revealed and we are still less than a month away from Sun and Moon dropping. Until then, see you guys in the next issue!