Pokemon News Issue #138
Hey guys! I’m not dead!
Now that that is out of the way, welcome to the newest issue of Pokemon News! Today, we actually have some worthy news to talk about in this gigantic wasteland of nothing between main series games. So without further ado, let’s get right into it.
First up, Nintendo has officially revealed a new Pokemon within Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, despite data miners having already exposed this new Pokemon. Say hello to the newest Mythical Pokemon and the last Pokemon numerically in the Alolan Pokedex, National Dex #807, Zeraora, the Thunderclap Pokemon.
Standing 1.5 meters (4 feet 11 inches) tall and weighing 44.5 kg (98.1 lbs), Zeraora is a pure Electric Type Pokemon, the first ever for a mythical Pokemon. (Which isn’t saying much, but just go with it.) Zeraora’s ability is confirmed to be Volt Absorb, which allows Zeraora to restore 1/4 of its HP when hit with an Electric Type move. Only six other Pokemon are capable of having Volt Absorb: Jolteon, Chinchou, Lanturn, Thundurus, and both Minun and Pachirisu as a Hidden Ability, making it a perfect fit for either on a Discharge team or predicting possible Electric Paralysis moves. (Before you say anything, yes, my inexperience in the VGC is showing.)
Zeraora’s base stats at this point are:
Special Attack 102
Special Defense 80
Based on what I can glean from this, Zeraora is meant to strike fast and hard, but doesn’t boast much in the line of defense on any level, with lower defenses than that of Chandelure, which is a prime example of a “glass cannon”.
Zeraora’s Pokedex entries are as follows:
Ultra Sun: It electrifies its claws and tears its opponents apart with them. Even if they dodge its attack, they’ll be electrocuted by the flying sparks.
Ultra Moon: It approaches its enemies at the speed of lightning, then tears them limb from limb with its sharp claws.
Zeraora sounds like the kind of Pokemon you don’t want to deal with.
Zeraora, along with different physical Electric Moves, also has access to a signature move of its own; Plasma Fists, which has both an Attack and Accuracy of 100 and a PP of 15. Plasma Fists special ability is that it will change any Normal Type move Zeraora knows into an Electric Type move, gaining STAB on moves like Giga Impact, Facade, Slash, and Return.
We’ll know more about Zeraora’s potential competitive abilities once it is available for download.
Alongside the reveal of Zeraora, a new trailer for the upcoming Pokemon movie “Pokemon: Everyone’s Story” also debuted.
A lot more information about the movie has been revealed, including a synopsis that was translated on Serebii:
Once a year, a “wind festival” is held in Fura City, the city where people live together with the wind. On the final day of the festival, the legendary Pokémon Lugia will appear and give the people the blessed wind, a promise said to date back to the distant past.
Lisa, the highschooler and Pokémon rookie. Kagachi, the braggart that just can’t stop telling tall tales. Trito, the timid researcher that lacks confidence. Hisui, the old eccentric that hates Pokémon. Largo, the mysterious little girl that hangs around in the forest all by herself.
While they’re participating in the festival, Ash and Pikachu meets these five companions by pure coincidence. Each of them has their own worries on their mind, and are unable to take a step forward together with their partner Pokémon, but when they meet each other, the cogs of destiny start turning……
Will the promise with Lugia be kept? And just what is the true identity of the mythical Pokémon Zeraora??
Everyone’s friendship, both people’s and Pokémon’s, will now cause a miracle to occur.
Information about the major characters, as well as Zeraora, were also expanded on:
Largo – A little girl living in Fura City, and the mayor’s daughter. She’s a resolute and kind little lady. It appears she has something to to with the mythical Pokémon Zeraora, but…
Lisa – A highschooler and Pokémon rookie. She came to the wind festival in order to get an Eevee, which she had promised her injured little brother.
Trito – A Pokémon researcher who’s bad at talking to others. He’s participating in the wind festival in order to make a presentation related to his research, but he lacks the confidence and ends up just sitting there getting consoled by Chansey.
Kagachi – A braggart that just can’t stop telling tall tales. He visited the wind festival together with his beloved niece. It appears Sudowoodo adores him for a very particular reason. He talks about how “There’s a super rare Pokémon in this city!”, but…
Hisui – An old woman living in Fura City that hates Pokémon. She started avoiding Pokémon because of something that happened in the past, but for some reason a lot of Pokémon follow her around, including a Totodile.
Riku – Lisa’s younger brother. A young boy that loves Pokémon. He’s hospitalized because of an injured leg.
Mayor Oliver – The mayor of Fura City and Largo’s father. He is a strict man with a strong sense of responsibility. He is constantly on the move in order to ensure that the wind festival is a success.
Zeraora – A mythical Pokémon said to live in the mountain recesses of Fura City. By emitting an electric current from the pads on its arms and legs, it’s able to move through the air at the speed of lightning.
The voice actors for the new characters were also revealed:
Lisa: Actress and former AKB48 member Rina Kawaei
Kagachi: Actor Koji Ohkura
Trito: Actor Gaku Hamada
Hisui: Masako Nozawa best known as the voice of Goku, Gohan and Goten in the Dragonball franchise
Largo: Child actress Mana Ashida
Shoko Nakagawa will be playing Lisa’s younger brother Riku and Koichi Yamadera will be playing Fura City’s mayor Oliver.
The movie is slated for its usual Japanese release this July, with an English dub version to follow several months later.
And that’s it for Pokemon News this week. What do you think of Zeraora? What do you think of “Pokemon: Everyone’s Story“? Let me know in the comments below. And as always, I’ll see you guys in the next issue!