Pokemon News Issue #98 (E3 Extravaganza)
Welcome to a very special issue of Pokemon News. E3 has just happened, and we got a ton news from Nintendo during their time at E3 and even before E3. So let’s breakdown everything that is new with Sun, Moon, and more since the last issue.
Let’s get into everything that happened before E3 first. New Pokemon and semi-new formes were revealed. At long last, Zygarde is getting the recognition that it deserves. While its not getting Pokemon Z, both the 10% and Complete Formes for Zygarde are going to be in Pokemon Sun and Moon.
10% Zygarde is shown to have the unique ability “Swarm Change”. When in a pinch, this ability activates and causes the 10% forme to transform into the Complete forme, regaining about half his health and receive a powerful boost in its stats. So basically, unless Zygarde gets a specific item that complements it like Dialga’s Adamant Orb, a Focus Sash is a must for Zygarde. But the most impressive thing revealed about Zygarde is the Complete Forme’s signature move, “Core Punisher (Core Enforcer in the West)”, which literally goes “Zoro” on the opponent and etches a Z into the ground beneath the opponent that explodes. No one is going to mess with Zygarde anymore now. But will the Zygarde Core be in the game as well? Only time will tell.
Along with Zygarde’s formes, CoroCoro revealed two new Pokemon that players will encounter in the Alola Region. First up is Iwanko.
Iwanko was actually secretly shown in a CoroCoro trailer for about half a second, but many didn’t catch it when they saw the trailer. Luckly, I did. And now we know more about the Puppy Pokemon. You might think Iwanko will be our normal type we first find like Rattata and Bidoof. As it turns out, Iwanko is actually Rock Type. It will also have either Keen Eye or Vital Spirit as its ability. Iwanko looks cute, but is really gutsy: No matter how much it gets beaten it’ll keep standing up to its enemies until it beats them. It greets people by pressing the rocks attached to its neck against them, which is kind of painful for the recipient.
The other Pokemon CoroCoro revealed is another cute Pokemon that we meet at the beginning is Nekkoala.
As it is pretty obvious, Nekkoala is a koala and is classified as the Half-Awake Pokemon. He is Normal Type and has a new ability known as “Definite Sleep”, which allows Nekkoala to only be affected by the Sleep condition. That means Nekkoala can’t be poisoned, burned, paralyzed, confused, or frozen. Pretty powerful stuff for a Koala.
At the end of the leak, CoroCoro hints that Rowlet, Litten, Poppilo, and Iwanko “all hide a secret”. As to what that secret could be, no one knows. For sure though, it isn’t Mega Evolution, so I can’t wait to find out what it is.
Now time to get into what E3 showed us this week, and boy did they show a lot.
First up, E3 one ups CoroCoro and revealed three new Pokemon. So first up, let’s meet a familiar face; Pikipek.
Remember that wireframe bird that was teased in the announcement trailer for Sun and Moon? Well, his name is Pikipek, and he is classified as the Woodpecker Pokemon. Despite it being a woodpecker and a more fitting name would be “Woody”, I’m still planning on calling mine “Wireframe”. Pikipek has the abilities Keen Eye and Skill Link. But when it fully evolves, will it get Gale Wings like Staraptor and Talonflame? I sure hope so. Pikipek can strike 16 times a second with its beak. These strikes are powerful enough to not only drill through hard wood but even shatter stone. The noises made by their blows can signal others. Some of these signals have been identified as warning signals and greetings among allies. Pikipek Trainers have grown to recognize them as well. These Pokémon drill holes in trees and store food in the holes. They also like small, glittering objects and will tuck them away in their food stores, too. It’s often said, “Something lost, something missed, check inside the Pikipek nest.” Pikipek will attack distant opponents by zipping seeds at them. These shots have enough strength to embed the seeds in tree trunks.
The second Pokemon revealed has the most menacing smile I’ve ever seen. Meet Yungoos.
Yungoos is classified as the Loitering Pokemon and turns out to be the Rattata of the Alola Region, as it is Normal Type and is confirmed to only evolve once (into a bigger pair of jaws). It has the abilities Stakeout and Strong Jaw. Like Nekkoala, Yungoos has a new ability that was specifically designed to be used in the Meta. Stakeout allows Yungoos to do double the damage to Pokemon that have been recently switched in, either by a manual switch or by moves like Volt Switch and U-Turn. So current users of these switch strategies, beware the jaws of Yungoos. Yungoos is a big eater that is never satisfied. The majority of its long body is given over to its stomach, and its digestion is swift, so it’s always hungry. It has strong fangs, so it can crush and consume the hardest of objects. Each Yungoos chooses its own particular route for searching out prey. It stalks along this route searching for food until it’s exhausted, at which point it drops and sleeps wherever it may be. It’s thought that these Pokémon decide their routes based on safety, so that there’s no risk in falling asleep at any time. Yungoos is not a Pokémon that is native to the Alola region. It was brought to the region to help deal with the explosive population of a certain other Pokémon, and now Yungoos are commonly seen around the Alola region. This actually parallels real world Mongooses being brought to Hawaii to deal with a rodent infestation, and now Mongooses are commonly seen on the islands. So what is this other Pokemon that Yungoos were brought over to hunt for?
The last Pokemon revealed at E3 is another pair of jaws on a body, Grubbin.
As most Pokemon fans are quick to point out, Grubbin is no doubt the Caterpie/Weedle of the Alola Region and is classified as the Larva Pokemon. Likewise, it has the ability Swarm, which doesn’t do much for it, but we all know Pokemon like Grubbin can’t do much until they are fully evolved. Grubbin relies on its sturdy jaw as a weapon in battle and as a tool for burrowing through the earth. Grubbin loves electricity, which is why it can be found near power plants and substations. By wrapping tree branches in the sticky threads that it spews from its mouth, Grubbin can swing around like an actor on suspension wires! With it loving electricity, is it possible that Grubbin will evolve into an electric/bug type like Galvantula? That would be pretty sweet.
Along with new Pokemon, Nintendo showed off the new interface when battle wild Pokemon and other trainers.
When battling, moves are now shown whether they will be normal, super effective, not very effective, or immune. What’s even better is now players can check Pokemon in battle to see what stat changes have been applied to each Pokemon. (Looks like Nintendo has been playing some Showdown.” I honestly like these new changes to the battle interface; it makes it more accessible to new players.
And last but not least, a new battle mode has been revealed. Welcome to Battle Royal!
(Side note, this picture more or less confirms player customization is back.) Anyway, Battle Royal is a four person free-for-all where each player has access to three Pokemon. So in Battle Royal, how is a winner chosen? Its actually rather unique. When one trainer is out of usable Pokemon, the match ends. The trainer who took out the most opposing Pokemon and with the most remaining Pokemon wins. Should PUCL do a Battle Royal Tournament in the future? Let us know in the comments.
And that’s it for Sun and Moon. But I feel as though there is another Pokemon game that people are just as hyped about. What is it?
OH RIGHT! POKEMON GO!
Probably the biggest news about Pokemon GO that came out of E3 is a release date. The mobile game is slated to be released this year in late July alongside the Pokemon GO Plus device. The Plus device will cost $34.99 at certain retail stores and online stores. More details about how the game will work have also been revealed. Pokemon GO will eventually have every Pokemon obtainable in the game, but is starting off with just the first generation. The Plus device works in tandem with your smart phone and vibrates when a Pokemon is nearby and allows players to play the game without them having to open their phones. You can use the Plus device to catch Pokemon. Plus will flash green when a Pokemon is nearby, rainbow if the Pokemon is caught, and red if it fails to catch the Pokemon. Pokemon GO will also have connectivity with Pokemon Sun and Moon. Evolution is still possible with Pokemon GO, but instead of catching repeated Pokemon to cause evolution, players have to use candies instead. You get candies by catching more of the same Pokemon, which rewards you candies for the Pokemon you caught, which you can use to evolve your Pokemon. Nintendo has also said that trade will be possible at some point. And once again, Pokemon GO is slated to be released during late July.
And that is it for Pokemon News this week. We got a lot of new information about Sun, Moon, and GO. Man its good to be a Pokemon fan. What are you guys most excited about that was revealed at this year’s E3 as well as the recent CoroCoro leak? Let me know in the comments below. See you guys back here with more news when it is revealed.