Pokemon hit us with it’s latest video. If you have not seen it yet, check it here Pokemon Sun and Moon Video.
Let me just say, I have loved everything Gamefreak is doing with this installment. Some Pokemons are still hit or miss but the ideas and creativeness they are trying with mechanics and style is welcomed.
Here’s some of the takeaways.
#1 Pokemons getting fresh make overs:
Have you been playing 20 years of Pokemon? Well Gamefreak is giving some new life into old pokemons, and I like it, personally. Vulpix and Ninetails are getting ice forms as well as Sandshrew and Sandslash. They retain their design but get new colors and typing.
Exeggutor has an Alola form as well. I’m more or less on the fence but I am sure it will work out.
#2 Region based forms are back:
Much like Shellos in Diamond and Vivillion in X and Y, where you catch a pokemon matters. Shellos would be green or pink depending on where you caught it. Vivillion would have different designs depending on where you caught them. Oricorio will have four different forms depending on which island you catch them on. The four forms are the Baile form (Fire/Flying), the Pom Pom form (Electric/ Flying), Pa’u form (Psychic/Flying) Sensu form (Ghost/Flying).
This is a pretty sweet addition if it works how I think it will, because it will be four Pokemon for the price of one. I don’t know about you, but I am always down for more Pokemon!
Their ability is dancer which I did not realize how powerful it can be the first time I watched it.
Here’s a list of all “Dance Moves”
Quiver Dance- Raise Special Attack, Special Defense, Speed by one stage(Most have special based typing so this my be the most useful to steal)
Dragon Dance- Raise Speed and Attack by a stage
Rain Dance- Summons rain for 5 turns (Seems redundant)
Swords Dance- Raise Attack by two stages (Depends on stats and move pool, but does not seem as good.)
Teeter Dance- Confuses all other active Pokemons (Seems like a funny interaction)
Lunar Dance- KO yourself, heal the next Pokemon up (This could be used against you, be careful)
The rest of the dance moves are all attacking moves, we will have to wait to see how this interaction works out.
It’s an awesome ability that could stop a dragon setting up dragon dance, but it does not stop there. Assuming it works how I think it will, it becomes amazing in double battles. Have Pokemon A use Quiver Dance and your Oricorio will copy it. However, I do not know if this counts as your move. If it does, it becomes worse then I think it is. If it does not count as your turn, it can get pretty broken in double battle.
I wish the wording was “Copy the effects of dance moves”. Also I could see Bellossom getting this ability.
Minior has shields down, which seems to act like a substitute ability (much like disguise), and it has four different cores. Not much has been shown yet.
#3 Island Trials
We now have an Island Trial on the four islands, beating them will unlock the leader of each island. This is how you will gain access to new islands. I’m curious to learn more about this aspect.
#4 Z attacks are a thing:
They look broken. Just look at this
Here’s a couple things that stand our about Z attacks.
Look at the levels. It shows Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio, and Pikachu. All baby forms. So how early do you get access to this broken mechanic?
Also, as the video shows, the trainer is the one doing the dance, so it is possible that any Pokemon can use its corresponding type attack.
With new forms, z moves, and tons of variety, this could shake up competitive play as well as how we play Pokemon in general.
The future is as bright as the Alola regions, and I for one, am super excited for what it hold.
It’s Pokemon day, which means Pokemon has officially taken up your news feed on your social media.
Pokemon keeps posting about all the ways to celebrate and people keep posting fan made videos of some form of pokemon.
So this got me thinking I should ask you guys how you’re celebrating Pokemon Day?
Leave a comment below. Whether its having friends over to battle/trade, binge watching the anime, or dusting off that gameboy color and giving the classics another go. Whatever you’re doing, have fun doing
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Pokemon junkies have been making their theories and predictions forever about gen 7. If you’re like me, I had a feeling this year was gonna be the year. It’s Pokemon’s 20 anniversary and it might be the best year for pokemon to date. With new pokemons, new 3ds with red, blue and yellow, the promo packages for the tcg, and pokemon go. Getting gen 7 just seems like icing on the cake.
In the initial trailer, no gameplay footage has been released, but the direction they took is a beyond perfect first glimpse. It recaps the first 20 years of pokemon in a spectacular fashion. It shows people on their original gameboys pulling out link cables to trade, all the way to online battling of today. It captures the impact pokemon has had on a generation. It shows a dad and daughter playing together, it shows friends gathering around their friend as he ascends to victory, and everything in between is enveloped with vintage gameplay from all the retro games.
It’s a great reflection on a franchise that has touched countless amount of people. I am beyond excited for game play footage as well as new pokemon in the coming days. Check their twitter for the new video!
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Today’s Theme: Favorite Water Pokemon
There’s so many awesome water pokemon, but let’s cut to the chase. If you know anything about me there can only be one answer. I do not even care if it’s a starter.
My Favorite: Squirtle
Seriously, what more can I say about this guy? He was my very first pokemon. He was there when I killed my first Rattata. He was there when I caught my first Pidgey. He was there when I got my first badge. His pokedex number 007, once my favorite characters in cinema and all around iconic character James Bond. I’ve already mention on here how I tried to talk my friend into dressing up like Charmander and Squirtle and have a battle in our hallways for senior prank. Squirtle will always be my first beloved pokemon, and one of the reasons I always come back to the franchise. This guy had his own gang for crying out loud. For me he is one of the things that makes the original Red and Blue so awesome. There’s no better feeling than to set out from Pallet town with him by my side. He’s empowering and much like Charizard, Pikachu, and Mewtwo, he’s become just as huge of an icon for Pokemon. He is simply the best pokemon of all.
Whose your favorite Water pokemon? Also who was your very first starter? Did they have a impact on you. For me, I turned on Pokemon Red the first time over 15 years go. I probably played pokemon before I even started school. It’s hard to remember exactly.
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Check back tomorrow. We finish up types with poison!
Were closing out Pokemon Week so it’s only fitting to do this top five!
#5 Pokemon Never Gets Old- It’s true. Even after so many years, I still want to go buy a Gameboy Color and play Gold/Silver and Red/Blue.The games are priceless just for sheer memory value(Which I’ll be getting into in a later point). That’s just the game portion of the Pokemon world. Season one is on Netflix and every kid from the 90’s had the pleasure of refalling in love with the beloved show we all grew up on. It’s pretty sweet.
#4- The World Of Pokemon Is Beautiful and Wonderful!- You gotta understand, I love breaking down worlds. I do it every time in Manga Monday and Anime Reviews. The Pokemon world is great. Simple montages of pokemons in their habitats puts a big smile on my face. Coming out of high school, I wanted to become an ecologist. I am sure that explains this part of my love for Pokemon. Heck, day dreaming about pokemons in their habitats might be why I wanted to become an ecologist in the first place. Put shortly, it is real precious to watch pokemons in their daily lives.
#3 The Games Keep Getting Better- Okay, so there is a group of people known as Gen Oners or First Gen Elitist or whatever you want to call them. I’m not saying anything is wrong with Gen one, it was great and some of my best memories of the franchise happened there. BUT… Boy, am I glad it kept going. Johto is my favorite region and I think X&Y have done wonders with the game. It is crazy to reflect on how far it has come, seriously. If you quit playing Pokemon after Red and Blue, you should be upset with yourself. I dare you to play through the 6 gens. You will see they just continually get better. Of course, some Pokemon’s have gotten quite weird, dumb, and just plain silly, but the franchise as a whole is going strong and making awesome updates. I didnt think a pokemon game would ever touch Silver, than Platinum came out. I didnt think a pokemon game would ever touch Platinum. Than X&Y came out. Somehow, they just keep getting better.
#2 The Bond With The Pokemon- Maybe this is number 1 for a lot of people, and rightfully so. Spending hundreds of hours with your pokemon’s, raising their levels, traveling the world, you can’t help but love your pokemon by the time the journey is all over. One thing I thought the show captured so well was the bond between trainer and pokemon(Except with Charizard of course). Watching Pikachu and all the other pokemon’s fight hard for their trainer and how they wanted to train hard and grow stronger was so cool to watch. It definitely was well expressed and I love that about the show.
#1 History- Yeah, there is a lot of it with this franchise. I remember years ago picking out my first Squirtle and traveling Kanto with him by my side, or collecting all the vhs’s and doing the poke rap!, or feeling bad for Ash because he is really bad at pokemon and most of the gym leaders felt bad for him so they just gave him badges, or when Brock Misty and Ash say their goodbyes and your younger self just cant handle the thought of no more new Pokemon. Yeah, I, like almost every pokemon fan, have cherished memories of the card game, anime, manga, and the video games!
This is only scratching the surface, I didnt even mention the friends you make through pokemon, the new interactions theyve added, crushing your rival, playing competitively, capturing legends, filling the pokedex, finding shinies, building a team. The list is never ending.
So why do you play Pokemon? What got you into it? Why’d you stick around for however long? What’s your fondest/earliest memory with the franchise? Leave it in the comment!
The first of many top fives to come!
This installment will cover MY top five favorite Pokemon.
#5-Mankey/Primeapre- This evolution chain is awesome! Mankey is the first Pokemon i caught in both Pokemon yellow and Pokemon leaf green and I would recommend catching him first to anyone else too. His fighting moves rip through Brock and is a top memory of mine collecting my first ever badge with him by my side.
#4- Yanma/Yanmega- This is an interesting pick. I have never used a yanma in game, but I have always liked them and the addition of yanmega made it even more awesome. I plan to use one the next time I do a pokemon playthrough. I think they have a cool design and speed boost is a nice touch on an already pretty cool pokemon.
#3- Jirachi- Jirachi is the coolest legendary in my opinion and has been since his debut years ago. Competitively he can be a tough customer as well with serene grace as his ability. I used psychic, flash cannon, water pulse, and charge beam. This set can be hilariously great when Jirachi’s luck is really on.
#2 Crobat- Crobat is epic. There hasnt been a Pokemon to even come close to Crobat in the recent installments. He would easily be number one if my number one hadnt been my favorite since Pokemon Red. I have beat so many games using Crobat, including, Alpha Sapphire. Poison is also easily my favorite Pokemon type. So Crobat is just a total win. He is able to cripple opponents with poison and then wreck them with strong flying moves and almost unrivaled speed. He is the total package.
#1- SQUIRTLE- Squirtle will always be the GREATEST Pokemon of all time, ever. I still remember the early days of picking Squirtle from Professor Oak and then subsequently murdering hundreds of pidgeys and caterpies that never stood a chance against our endless onslaught of deadly bubbles down the early routes. These are the memories that are with you forever. Though I dislike the rest of his evolution chain(I once beat red version without evolving him), Squirtle will more than likely be my favorite forever. He is wonderful. I once tried to get my friend to dress up with me as a giant charmander and giant squirtle and have a pokemon battle in the halls for our senior prank.