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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:06 pm 
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Another Oak makes the game 700x better

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Well, I guess it's confirmed that Alolan forms are Gen 1 only. Even the goddamn professor of that gen got one.

Now where's Alolan form Gary/Blue?

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God I never knew I wanted Alohan Gary/Blue so badly. Can you imagine the taunts?

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Image Itty bitty trailer gives us another taste of Ultra Beasts. This time, specifically, UB-02.

Indeed, that is technically just #02 on there, even though there looks to be two completely different Ultra Beasts on there. One is known as UB-02 Absorption and the other is known as UB-02 Beauty. Which one appears depends on the version, so I guess you could call them version exclusives. Absorption appears in Sun and Beauty appears in Moon.

But are these different formes, or is this something else entirely? As of now, Ultra Beasts are still listed as their own thing as opposed to Pokémon. There is a lot of mystery behind them...

Before this trailer was released, however, Corocoro scans arrived, which also showcased these two Ultra Beasts. I decided to wait until the trailer since it was only two days ago before talking about it. However, besides UB-02, we also got a new Pokémon...or maybe two?

Rockruff's evolution has been revealed! It actually has two different ones, which currently might seem independent of the version you own again! If that's the case, that's a series first: Version-exclusive evolutions! That is still not confirmed however and they actually just be dependent on the type of day, much like Espeon and Umbreon. For the record, they are known as the same Pokémon so these are different forms, not different Pokémon. They are known as Midday Form and Midnight Form. Midday looks more like a traditional wolf and has a move called AccelRock, which is a priority move, while Midnight resembles more of a werewolf with glowing red eyes and has the move Counter. No typing or Abilities are known as of yet, though I think it's safe to assume they at least keep their Rock-Typing.

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Well, that's that. I'm getting Sun for sure now. Can't miss out on muscular mosquito.

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Image Still on the fence about which version to get, like I was? Well then, this video might just help make that decision easier, which finally reveals some Version Exclusive Pokémon (along with a few other details). Obviously, we already knew about the cover legends of Solgaleo and Lunala, and last week we got different versions of UB-02, but now we can add a couple more.

First is Passimian, which is exclusive to Sun. It is the Teamwork Pokémon and a Fighting-Type. It is 6'07'' and weighs 182.5 lbs. They live in large troops of 20 to 30 individuals. The leader will take 10 of its best in search of food. Their teamwork is strong and the boss also determines what mark they wear on their arm. The boss will put their troop through vigorous training to improve their coordination and ability to handle Berries. It can be so difficult, however, that some Passimian run away. They attack by tossing Berries at opponents. They will work in tandem, passing Berries between each other to confuse the opponent. They don't just pitch hard Berries for hard hitting attacks, either. They will also use soft Berries to obscure the opponent's sight. A raised Passimian wants its Trainer to have the qualities of a leader and watches its Poké Ball pitching form. It will not listen to those with poor form. It has a brand new Ability called Receiver. When an ally faints, it will inherit the Ability of its partner. Partner had Levitate? Now Passimian has Levitate!

Next up is Oranguru, which is exclusive to Moon. It is the Sage Pokémon and is a Normal/Psychic-Type. It is 4'11'' and weighs 167.6 lbs. They can have Inner Focus or Telepathy as their Ability. They live solitary lives without seeing much action. They position themselves high up in trees to meditate. Some people once thought they were humans that lived in the forests long ago, so they've earned the name "the people of the forests." They are very kind to other Pokémon, providing medicine and food when needed. There have been some sightings of Oranguru using items normally only humans can use. Some even claim to have seen them using a Poké Ball! The fan they hold was actually made by the Oranguru themselves, using leaves and bound together by its own fur. It has a Signature Move called Instruct, which lets the selected target use its last move again immediately.

Finally, we have Rockruff's evolution, which Corocoro talked about earlier. But the thing about this is that what it evolves into depends on the version you are playing! Introducing Lycanroc, which has a Midday Form and a Midnight Form! Getting Midday Form requires an abundance of solar energy (Pokémon Sun) while getting Midnight Form requires an abundance of lunar energy (Pokémon Moon). They are both known as the Wolf Pokémon, are pure Rock-Types, and weigh 55.1 lbs. Midday Form is 2'07'' while Midnight Form is 3'07''. They both can have Keen Eye as an Ability, but Midday can have Sand Rush while Midnight can have Vital Spirit. Lycanroc live solo, no pack, so they are literal lone wolves. Each have their own territory and live without interfering others, preventing most unnecessary fights. Lycanroc obeys its Trainer dutifully. In fact, should a Trainer accept its rather rebellious Rockruff phase, Lycanroc will never betray that Training, earning its loyalty forever.

Midday Form is known for its speedy movements, bewildering opponents. Dodging left and right, it attacks with the sharp rocks of its mane as it slips right past them. It gets a Signature Move in the form of Accelerock. This is a Priority Move that happens to be Rock-Type.

Midnight Form provokes its opponents in for an attack. When they fall for it and strike, Lycanroc counters with a single devastating blow that finishes the opponent in one fell swoop. The stronger their opponent is, the more excited for battle they get. The thrill of the fight is so much for them that their eyes glow. They don't even mind getting hurt if it means victory. However, they will feel contempt for Trainers for giving it orders it doesn't agree with, or outright force them to battle. Then again, it will feel a deep trust for a Trainer that can unleash its full potential and power in battle. It can learn Counter after evolving from Rockruff into Midnight Form.

But new Pokémon weren't the only things showcased. Have a gander at all the customization options for your Trainer, even more robust than what X and Y offered. Style your hair in a variety of different ways, get different pieces of headgear or even none at all, and how about wearing some contacts to change your eye colour? This is all stuff you can do to make your journey more personable!

We also have been given a new replacement to Pokémon Amie: Pokémon Refresh! This is no longer so much about playing with your Pokémon as it is about taking care of them. After battle, they can sometimes get really dirty, so it's important to clean off any dirt, rinse, dry, and then a quick brush. Your Pokémon will appreciate it a lot, making things like avoiding attacks happen more often, much like Pokémon Amie did. On top of that, you can also use this mode to cure them of status ailments such as Poison or Paralysis. Feeding them Poké Beans and petting them will also raise their affection for you.

Finally, we have two brand new Pokémon-exclusive Z-Moves. First one is for Pikachu, called Catastopika. Pikachu borrows its Trainer's strength, wraps itself in a ball of electricity, and slams against the opponent to deal heavy damage. This ends up being Pikachu's strongest move. We also have one for Eevee, called Extreme Evoboost. Eevee calls upon the powers of Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon, and Sylveon to help it in battle, sharply boosting all of its stats by 2.

One last thing to discuss that wasn't shown in trailers is about Pokémon Bank and its connectivity with Sun and Moon. First, let's get the negative part out of the way: The update will not arrive until January 2017, so two months after the release of Sun and Moon so if you were hoping to use your amazing team from X/Y/Or/As, you're gonna have to wait a bit. Once the update hits, though, transfer will be available. BE WARNED HOWEVER!! Once sent to Sun and Moon, the Pokémon can not be sent back, and you cannot deposit items, as per usual. The Poké Transporter will also get an update, making use of the VC releases of Red/Blue/Yellow as promised before, just like with Black/White/Black 2/White 2 before. Again, once transferred, they can't be sent back. They get sent straight to the Bank, but they can only be taken out into Sun and Moon. You cannot transfer Red/Blue/Yellow Pokémon to X/Y/Or/As. One other feature the Bank will get once updated is a new Pokédex feature. You'll be able to read information on all the Pokémon you've ever transferred to the Bank using the save data from X/Y/Or/As/Sun/Moon!

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Image Yo, we've got the mid-tier evolutions of our starters now! Check them out!!

First up, Rowlet's evolution Dartrix, the Matt Smith Blade Quill Pokémon. It retains its Grass/Flying-Typing and the Ability Overgrow. It is 2'04'' and weighs 35.3 lbs. It is extremely sensitive to other presences in its area, able to detect opponents behind it to throw sharp feathers at the target, which it keeps hidden within its wings, without even looking at them. Its precision is remarkable. It even goes beyond throwing the blade quills in a straight line -- It can even bend them to change their trajectories! It reveals a bit of snobbiness in its personality, caring a great deal about its appearance and grooming its feathers almost all the time, but in truth, its actually a bit of a birdbrain. Once found out, it'll struggle to gloss over its mistakes, but ends up just making it look even worse. It'll sometimes get so bothered by dirty feathers that it'll lose focus on the battle, and even end up retiring on the spot! It's up to Trainers to help it through this difficult stage and overcome this fault to unleash its full potential!
Bowties are cool.

Next we have Litten's evolution Torracat, the Fire Cat Pokémon. It retains its Fire-Typing and the Ability Blaze. It is 2'04'' and weighs 55.1 lbs. The bell-like object on the base of its neck is actually a flame sac, an organ that can produce flames. When its emotions gets high, so too does the temperature on the flame sac, and when it spits out flames, it sounds out a chime that sounds just like a bell. These flames are then used for attacking opponents. Its mane serves as an excellent sensory organ, capable of detecting hidden opponents every which way. It has a great love for battling and will attack so relentlessly, its opponents lose the will to fight. Though it sometimes acts like a spoiled child in front of Trainers and Pokémon it has built a strong relationship of trust with. The cat punch (...uh oh...) this Pokémon can dish out with its forelegs is so powerful, it can bend iron bars and knock a grown man down in one hit!

Finally, Popplio's evolution, we have Brionne, the Pop Star Pokémon. It retains its Water-Type and the Ability Torrent. It is 2'00'' and weighs 38.6 lbs. It learns how to dance from members of its colony, and sometimes learns new techniques from watching humans. It is a hard worker and pours its efforts into it until it can memorize each dance. As it dances, it creates balloon after balloon. In battle, it'll bemuse its opponent through its dancing before sending out the balloons to deal big damage. Brionne can dance in perfect sync with each other, even if they just met for the very first time. Sometimes, on moonlit nights, you can see throngs of them dancing in perfect fluidity. It will always act cheery and upbeat, even if its feeling sad. It'll never let its sorrow show. It will only ever show it to Trainers it has opened its heart completely to.

But, as always, the trailers don't end with the first stuff! We've got more to show! Introducing the Festival Plaza!! This is basically a multiplayer hub world, for both local and online multiplayer. It is run by Sophocles, which you may remember as one of the four Trial Captains we saw in an earlier trailer. When you connect to other players, you can do many different activities, and these including battling and trading and some other new things called "missions" where you and a group must try to accomplish a singular goal to win Festival Coins. These are used for various different things around the plaza, including shops with special items on sale, bouncy castles to train your Pokémon's EVs, and even dyes for your existing clothes.

Also, have you ever felt bad about leaving your Pokémon in the PC Boxes and never using them? Well, it's time to give them something fun to do with Poké Pelago! Here, they can explore various different islands at their leisure and enjoy a number of activities, benefiting them and you. On Isle Abeens, wild Pokémon will show up, and if given attention and show a liking to you, they may end up joining you without a fight. In Isle Aphun, you can send your Pokémon out to find hidden treasures and items, including various different evolution stones. You can also give these Pokémon various different kinds of water to drink to keep them hydrated, which can boost their EVs or their EXP.

And at long last, we can finally confirm that a feature from Gen VI Battling is making a return appearance: Mega Evolutions! While no new Megas were shown, your Z-Ring does in fact come equipped with the ability to Mega Evolve your Pokémon, just like the Mega Ring back in X/Y/OR/AS. WITH THAT SAID, an important bit of news regarding WCS 2017 and perhaps future WCSs as well: Mega Evolutions are NOT ALLOWED! Those looking to take on serious competitive play and have used Megas before may have to adjust their strategy if they want to go to official competitions now, it seems. As an aside, the official site states that the Mega Stones are found either from talking to certain people or going to special stores, so perhaps that old sidequest of just trying to find the darn things at a specific hour in the day is maybe long gone.
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The last thing shown off in the trailer is an announcement of a Demo, coming October 18th! In it, much like the ORAS Demo, you will experience a unique adventure separate form the main games and can even obtain a special Pokémon that you can then transfer to Sun/Moon: A Greninja! But this isn't just any old Greninja. This Greninja has the Ability Battle Bond, a brand new Ability added to the series. When it makes a Pokémon faint, Battle Bond triggers, turning it into Ash-Greninja! Indeed, the very same one from the anime! This was brought on because of the special bond phenomenon that Ash and Greninja shared during the series. Only one other time has this type of thing ever occurred, and it was over 100 years ago! Its strength is enhanced compared to normal Greninja and its stronger legs allows it to move so quickly, it is difficult for enemies to see. It becomes able to create a giant Water Shuriken on its back which it can then use against opponents.

That's all the trailer showed, but the website had a little bit more to talk about in regards to the update to the Global Link. You can do good ole Ratings Battle once again and have your records saved, and the original 3 rulesets return: Single Battles for mono-a-mono fights with teams of 3, Double Battles for tag-team fights with teams of 4, and Special Battles, which has you take part in special events that differentiate greatly from the standard Ratings rules. For Season 1, which begins right when the game launches, it is said that it'll allow use of Pokémon not normally allowed, including the legendaries Solgaleo and Lunala, the QR-Code downloaded Magearna, Ash-Greninja, and more.

But a new fourth kind of Battle is being added to Ratings: Championship Battles! These year-long battles emulate exactly what is done in the official championships for Worlds, and you'll be able to test out the ruleset for 2017 right away! The new rules are as follows:
-Double Battles will only allow those found in the Alolan Pokédex (excluding certain ones, such as legendaries and mythicals)
-Mega Stones are not allowed
-Only Pokémon acquired in Sun/Moon can be used
It's as official as it gets.

Rating Battles also adds a new feature for the battle time called "Your Time". This is to help speed up battle process. You are each given 60 seconds per turn to make your move. In addition, you are also given a grand total of 10 minutes between all turns to finish a match. If "Your Time" runs out, you automatically lose, so you can't just sit there and grief a guy if you happen to be losing. You need to be quick! Don't take the full 60 seconds to think over a move either!

Note: X/Y/OR/AS will become eligible in Ratings sometimes after the January update that will let you connect Sun/Moon to the Bank.
Note: Special rulesets are anticipated in the future for when the ability to transfer Pokémon from Red/Blue/Yellow becomes available.

But maybe training seems too daunting, or maybe you just want some fresh ideas of what kind of team you'd like to build? Well, when the Global Link is updated, a brand new feature for Online battling will be added: Battle Teams! You can register up to six different teams online for quick access, but not just for you. These also can work as a Rental Team for players all around the world! By uploading them to the Global Link and getting the QR Code, you can share your team to anyone you want, who can then use them in Link Battles and certain Ratings Battles as well! Likewise, you can also download other players Battle Teams for yourself to try, perhaps even those of victors and champions in official competitions? A pretty great way to learn some snappy new techniques, if you ask me.

Finally, there are Global Missions, which are linked directly to your Festival Plaza. You can participate in these special missions and work together to achieve a common goal to win fabulous prizes. The theme for when it launches will be to catch a lot of Pokémon, which is pretty self explanatory. Be sure to register when you get the game so your status counts, and everyone will receive a gift if the goal is met!

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Festival Plaza is basically the new Join Avenue. I wonder how improved it will be.


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Image Pokémon isn't Pokémon without a heavy set dude being in awe at science.

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Now you can view heavy-set dudes being in awe of science in stereoscopic 3D!


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Image Another trailer has been shown, and it's all about the evolutions. Some of the info here was revealed in a Corocoro magazine earlier, but here's all the English stuff!

First we have Silvally, the evolution of Type:Null. It is still a Normal-Type. It is 7'07'' and weighs 221.6 lbs. It's said that once it gains a partner that it can trust, it deliberately destroys its restraining device, unleashing its full power. Its Speed is no longer hindered and its senses are greatly heightened. It has a wild nature, but will obey a Trainer that it trusts. It will even put its own line in danger to protect its Trainer! Like with Type:Null, Silvally was created to oppose a certain threat... It has the Ability RKS System. By letting it hold on to exclusive items, you can change the type of the Pokémon to any of the other types in the game, as well as be able to change the type of its signature move Multi-Attack. In other words, it's like a lesser Arceus.

PS. Try saying RKS out loud quickly...

Next we have Hakamo-o, the evolution of Jangmo-o. It now changes to a Dragon/Fighting-Type. It is 3'11'' and weighs 103.6 lbs. It still has the Bulletproof/Soundproof Abilities. Once Jangmo-o evolves into Hakamo-o, it separates itself from its brethren to continue training solo. It is said wherever there Pokémon can battle each other, Hakamo-o appears. It actually dances just before battle as a show of its strength, clanging its scales together to make them ring out. Afterwards, it lets out a fierce battle cry to challenge its opponent. Its scales make for really strong armor that's hard to penetrate, so it doesn't care much for self defense, attacking its opponent with a flurry of attacks that are hard to dodge. As a result, however, its scales often get damaged and torn off, but since they grow back pretty much immediately, it doesn't concern itself with this. In fact, it takes pride in the number of scales its lost as a sign of how ferociously it battled, often showing its bared arms in a boast of victory.

Hakamo-o can then evolve further into Kommo-o. It retains the Dragon/Fighting-Typing as well as its Abilities Bulletproof/Soundproof. It is 5'03'' and weighs 172.4 lbs. After some harsh training, Hakamo-o evolves into Kommo-o. It then returns to its place of birth where it watches the Jangmo-o from a distance. There is a legend about Kommo-o that says that its glittering scales is said to drive away a great darkness from covering the world. It's said that the reason these Pokémon seek out battles is to gain enough strength to fight the darkness. When it detects another Pokémon, it rings the scales on its tail to alert them to its presence. It has no desire to battle weak Pokémon. Its greatest move is its uppercut. It swings its powerful arm from down below to launch its foe right into the sky! By raising its arm aloft, it can generate a force so strong, it changes the very landscape around it! It has a signature move called Clanging Scales, in which it clangs its scales together, creating a deafening sound that damages opponents. Kommo-o's Defense lowers afterwards, however.

We now move onto Steenee, the evolved form of Bounsweet. It is still a pure Grass-Type. It is 2'04'' and weighs 18.1 lbs. It retains the Abilities Leaf Guard and Oblivious. The calyx on Steenee's head is much harder than Bounsweet's, so it no longer fears getting stabbed. When it was a Bounsweet, it preferred to run away from other Pokémon, but as a Steenee, it can now play with other Pokémon instead. Once it evolves, its fragrance becomes even more delectable smelling, but it gains a more tomboy-ish personality as a result. Living with one can be quite the ordeal. As it moves around, its calyx spins on top of its head which can strike nearby objects, but Steenee doesn't give any care about that. It has a nasty combo attack where it whacks its opponent with the spinning calyx, causing them to flinch, and then giving a big kick to them. That usually does the trick!

And the end of this evolution chain, we have Tsareena. It is still a pure Grass-Type. It is 3'11'' and weighs 47.2 lbs. This Pokémon gives off the vibe of high-class nobility. Any human or Pokémon with evil in their mind will be severely punished by it. It has a nasty glare that it'll even use on its own Trainer if the two aren't completely in sync, or if the Trainer orders it to use a move that is ineffective. Only the strongest of Steenee evolve into Tsareena. It gains the blessing of other Steenee and then uses its strength to protect Bounsweet. It has honed its kicking skills as a Steenee to deal more effective damage against opponents, but moves with grace around the battlefield. In addition, its fragrance is so strong, it can distract opponents, leaving them open for a second attack. It has a signature move in the form of Trop Kick. It deals a flurry of kicks that lowers the opponent's Attack. The kicks are said to be based off the style of various different tropical countries. It's said that this Pokémon loses strength if touched on the crown-like protuberance on its head. While it keeps Leaf Guard as one of its Abilities, it drops Oblivious in exchange for Queenly Majesty. Its royalty is so intimidating with this Ability, it prevents Pokémon from using priority moves.

And the last of brand new evolutions is Ribombee, the evolved form of Cutiefly. It is still a Bug/Fairy-Type. Its height is 0'08'' and weighs 1.1 lbs. It continues to have Honey Gather/Shield Dust as its Abilities. Ribombee collect nectar and pollen to turn into Pollen Puffs. They can serve as food, but also to induce paralysis and dizziness in opponents. It'll sometimes use these puffs to strike enemies in battle. They also can have a relaxing effect or can relieve tiredness. They are distributed around the Alolan Region as high-priced supplements. They hate getting rained on. They have fine hairs on their body that is used to collect pollen, so rain makes them all wet and dirty. If you spot Ribombee bustling around a field of flowers, it can be sure that fair weather will continue.

We also got more Alolan Form Pokémon: Alolan Grimer and Alolan Muk. They now are Poison/Dark-Types. Their sizes have varied too, with Alolan Grimer being 2'04'' and weighing 92.6 lbs, and Alolan Muk being 3'03'' and weighing 114.6 lbs. In addition, they also changed their Abilities to Gluttony and Poison Touch, previously a Hidden Ability of theirs. When the population of Alola grew, so did its amount of garbage. As a result, Grimer were imported from other regions to use as a sort of garbage disposal as they feast on the garbage, which altered them over time. What appears to be teeth is actually residual toxins from the garbage it ate, which have hardened and crystallized. These cannot be broken down. Direct contact with them presents extreme danger. They are always eating garbage, but this can pose a problem if there is no more garbage to eat, as they'll instead grab any other manufactured item it can get its slimy mitts on. They are found all over Alolan's garbage processing plants. When the garbage is processed, it is given to the Alolan Grimer to feast on.

Alolan Muk will eat pretty much anything and will continue to do so without pausing, and if it feels the sharp pains of hunger, it runs amuck. Its voracious appetite is said to stem from its inability to maintain its energy levels without a constant influx of toxins. Its steady diet of weights and manufactured products has brought on a chemical change, creating a new kind of toxin. Their crystallized toxins are now located all around its body, not just its mouth. They can be very easily knocked lose, posing an extreme danger to anyone nearby. On the positive side, Alolan Grimer and Alolan Muk produce and store their own toxins within their body. This means that, unlike the ones we've seen in other regions, these Alolan versions don't release a terrible stench. So I guess there's that.

We've also got two new Trainers to showcase. First is the Kahuna of Akala Island, Olivia. Her skill is extraordinary for someone so young, but that's what it takes to become a Kahuna. Still, she insists that she's just a normal girl. We also have Captain Ilima, an expert on Normal-Type Pokémon and a graduate from the Trainer's School, and is a hero to the school's students.

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In addition, there was also a trailer for another new addition coming to Pokkén Tournament arcades: Scizor, giving more credence to the datamine from some time ago. It looks to be very fast with a nice mix of long and short range attacks. A sure favourite, from what I can gather. No word on any Wii U release, however. Based on the CCS, there is still a spot for two more, though we only know of one according to the datamine, Empoleon, so expect that soon.

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Oh, and also, Volcanion is now available.


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Image Oh yeah, in case you missed it...

The demo is out right now! Go get your Greninja with Battle Bond! And see how the game has changed since Gen VI.

It feels very much like the ORAS demo, though probably a little lighter, with some events gated behind a time.

Also, Game Freak didn't learn their lesson from last time...

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The Great B-Man wrote:
Also, Game Freak didn't learn their lesson from last time...

What lesson were they supposed to learn?


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What lesson were they supposed to learn?

Don't put the entire 'Dex in a demo. They did scrub some key stuff, like types, moves, and stats, but the pictures are there and we know what the number in the Alolan Dex is.

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Image Pokémon TCG made a pretty big boo-boo...

They revealed the starters final evolutions on Twitter. At least, their Japanese account. Whoops! The tweet got nuked out of existence very quickly, but even a mere fraction of a second is long enough for the Internet to snap up screenshots.

I won't post about it here since I think that probably would be deemed spoiler territory, but if you are curious, Serebii's got you covered, complete with Japanese names (for the record, we still only know their basic typing of Grass, Fire, and Water, since the TCG doesn't have dual typing system like the main games).

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As an aside, the PGL will be shut down for X/Y/OR/AS on October 31st, so if there is anything at all you still want to do there during Gen VI, now's the time to do it. After that, the service will be shut down. You can still play online and scan QR codes, you just won't be able to make use of the website anymore.

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Image Well, nevermind that last post, for the final evolutions have now been officially revealed in a new trailer! And here we go!

Rowlet eventually becomes Decidueye, the Arrow Quill Pokémon. It drops the Flying-Type to become a Grass/Ghost-Type. It is 5'03'' and weighs 80.7 lbs. It can move about silently, masking its presence from others. Once an opponent loses sight of it, Decidueye takes this opportunity to attack them unaware. In a tenth of a second, it plucks an arrow quill from within its wing and sends it hurling towards its target. Its speed is astonishing, but not more so than its incredibly precise aim, which can pierce a target through and through from half a mile away, if not more! It usually acts very cool, but can become flustered when something unexpected happens, like a surprise attack. A skill Dicidueye can create curved acrobatic shots. Some can even be shot right up into the sky, curving right down, piercing multiple targets along the way. It has the Signature Move Spirit Shackle, a physical Ghost-Type move that prevents the opponent from fleeing or switching out.

Litten will become Incineroar, the Heel Pokémon. It now gains the Fire/Dark-Type, quelling any fears of it becoming a Fighting-Type. It is 5'11'' and weighs 183.0 lbs. As its fighting spirit increases, the flames it produces within its body burst forth from its naval and waist area. Since it resembles some sort of championship belt, it is referred to as a flame belt, and this Pokémon unleashes a fury of fire moves from it. In the heat of battle, it shows absolutely no concern for its opponent, even to the point of launching attacks that might strike the opposing Trainer! Many people tend to dislike this Pokémon for that reason. If there is a large crowd watching with enthusiasm, its fighting spirit will burn even brighter, but a rather lackluster crowd can make it lose focus and fight shoddily. When it gains the admiration of young Pokémon and children, it will often keep its cold attitude on the outside, but deep inside in its heart, it feels immensely happy, even if it never shows it. It loses the desire the fight, however, if its opponent is weak or seriously injured, which can sometimes be taken advantage of. Its Signature Move is Darkest Lariat, a physical Dark-Type move. It deals damage while ignoring any stat changes the target might have otherwise been affected by.

Popplio's final evolution is Primarina, the Soloist Pokémon. At this final stage, it becomes a Water/Fairy-Type. It is 5'11'' and weighs 97.0 lbs. As it dances, Primarina releases balloons of water in the area around itself, moving them using the sound waves from its voice. The sight of the moonlight reflecting on it creates a magical scene. Since these water balloons require its voice to move, any damage to its throat can become a major problem. Its greatest enemies are arid environments and using its voice in back-to-back battles. Among the balloons Primarina creates, some will explode on contact, while others do not. It will bounce upon the safe balloons, making sport of its opponent, and send the exploding ones at it to deal a chain reaction of exploding water balloons. Primarina's songs have many variations and they affect how the balloons move around. There are songs that are shared among colonies of Primarina living together, and different colonies have vastly different songs. It has a Signature Move as well, Sparkling Aria, a special Water-Type move that can heal the burns of its target.

But that's not all! We finally got to see the rest of the Tapu line of Island Guardians, and by proxy, the name of the remaining islands. We already knew about Melemele Island and Akala Island, but now we know about Ula'Ula Island and Poni Island. Now, let's discuss the Land Spirit Pokémon themselves.

Akala Island's guardian is Tapu Lele. It is a Psychic/Fairy-Type. It is 3'11'' and weighs 41.0 lbs. There is a legend about Tapu Lele that it ended a war by spreading its scales across the islands, soothing the tired warriors. Tapu Lele scatters glowing scales that physically affects others, soothing their bodies and healing any injuries or illnesses. However, they can be just as harmful as they are helpful, since getting into contact with too many of the scales will overstimulate the body and have terrible consequences. It spreads the scales out of its own enjoyment, so its nature can be seen in equal parts helpful and destructive. If it doesn't have much strength stored in its shell, it may lack the energy to seize a victory in a head-to-head battle. It tends to prioritize not losing over actually beating a foe, and is an expert at inflicting status conditions on opponents. It knows Nature's Madness, which slams its target with all its rage, reducing their HP by half. It can also use Psychic Terrain, which boosts the power of Psychic-Type moves by Pokémon on the ground and prevents them from being hit by priority moves. In addition, it also has the Ability Psychic Surge, which creates a Psychic Terrain as soon as Tapu Lele appears in battle.

Ula'Ula Island's guardian is Tapu Bulu. It is a Grass/Fairy-Type. It is 6'03'' and weighs 100.3 lbs. It has the power to manipulate vegetation and make it grow. It can also use this power on its own horns, which are made of wood, to change its shape, size, and form. It's not a very active Pokémon, however. People contemplate whether it's just naturally docile, or just pure laziness in effect. Tapu Bulu doesn't like unnecessary battles or frightening other Pokémon. It'll make a loud ringing noise with its tail to alert others to its presence. While it doesn't like fighting that much, it will show no mercy to those who do evil. It is said that some thieves once broke into its ruins, which Tapu Bulu then preceded to attack them using trees like clubs! Its Ability is Grassy Surge, which creates Grassy Terrain upon appearing in battle.

Poni Island's guardian is Tapu Fini. It is a Water/Fairy-Type. It is 4'03'' and weighs 46.7 lbs. This Pokémon can create a special water that purifies both body and mind. But Tapu Fini requires its supplicants to be able to withstand the power and strength of its fog before being given access to its purifying waters. Many humans have tried to withstand it, some with evil intentions, which may be why this guardian has such a lower opinion of humans compared to others, choosing not to appear before people like the other tapus. It can manipulate water in battle. Since it doesn't want to harm itself, it will create a thick fog that will put opponents into a trance, leading them to destroy themselves. Its expression remains listless, even as it unleashes moves. Some people say its because its power takes a lot of energy and it gets exhausted rather quickly. It also has access to Nature's Madness. Its Ability is Misty Surge, which creates Misty Terrain when summoned into battle.

In addition, every single Tapu gets access to a unique Z-Move, Guardian of Alola! A large, headless figure pops out of the ground and the Tapu hides into its shell, appearing as the "head" of the guardian and slamming down their giant fist right onto their opponent, dealing equal to 75 percent of the target's remaining HP.

We are also introduced to Cosmog, the Nebula Pokémon. It is a pure Psychic-Type Pokémon. It is 0'08'' and weighs 0.2 lbs. Its Ability is Unaware. This is an extremely rare Pokémon, known to very few people in Alola. For a time, it was only known by the kings and heirs and it was known as "the child of the stars." The Aether Foundation is researching this specimen, with professors dubbing it Cosmog. It is very curious and shows no fear of any human or Pokémon. If you treat it with any kind of consideration at all, it will immediately take a liking to you. This can often get it into dangerous situations. It is so light that it can be sent flying as the wind blows. When light falls on it, Cosmog absorbs the light and grows.

Finally, we at long last have the evolved form of Alolan Meowth, Alolan Persian. It retains its Dark-Typing. It is 3'07'' and weighs 72.8 lbs. Its Abilities are Fur Coat and Technician. Its round face is a symbol of the rich in Alola, and it is held to be a Pokémon of great beauty. It is so distinctive in Alola, strict measures are made to protect it with harsh inspection checks being made to tourists who wish to take one back to their homeland. It is highly intelligent and looks down on pretty much anything except itself. It doesn't grow attached to its Trainer either, making it difficult to become partners with one. Its exquisite coat shines with a glow that enchants both people and Pokémon, making it very popular in Alola. It usually puts on a refined act, but once battle begins, Alolan Persian is incredibly dirty, using underhanded techniques such as sneak attacks, trickery, and even foul play. But its haughty personality does cause it to underestimate its opponent, which can lead to its downfall.

We've also got some more features, including the ever prominent Pokémon League. As we've seen across Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, and Kalos, there was always a League waiting at the end for us to test our might against the Elite Four and its Champion. But in the Alola Region...there doesn't seem to be one. However, at the top of Mount Lanakila, the highest peak of Alola, there are plans to finally build one in place, and you may help in its construction in some way. Will Alola join the ranks of the other regions as the sight of an official Pokémon League Championship?

There is an area called the Battle Tree, where you may scout out prospective Trainers from past regions to battle alongside you. In the trailer, we even see Cynthia, champion of the Sinnoh League, and Wally, the young boy from the Hoenn region who overcame his illness to become strong! You can battle against them, prove your mettle, and then have them battle alongside you in Multi-Battles!

But chief among them are two prodigies form the Kanto Region...

Red and Blue are making a comeback, and are looking much older! And in case you were wondering, it seems Red still says nothing more than "... ... ..."

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So instead of Alolan form Blue, we got the the real deal himself, AND Red is with him as well.

I can already hear the fanbase screaming in joy.

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((OOC: I'm gonna level, seeing Red and Blue here got me super hyped, but not necessarily because I like the characters or anything. This is actually a bit more meta than that.

For those who have played the games since the beginning (like me), Red was our avatar. This holiday season, I am gifting my nephew a 2DS along with one of the two games. In a sense, once he reaches Red, it's like coming across his own uncle in the game. It's a special kind of hidden awesome, if you think about it.))

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Shredderman8160 wrote:
So instead of Alolan form Blue, we got the the real deal himself, AND Red is with him as well.

I can already hear the fanbase screaming in joy.
I'm surprised we got Blue and Red, since we weren't getting the original Professor Oak. And it's great, being able to face them with a whole new generation is something else. Won't lie though, I do worry about GameFreak doing this for the gen one freaks since X/Y kind of felt like that at times, and I have some friends who felt the same way and saw other people state the same. X/Y was fun (where the !#%$ is Pokemon Z?!?!) but I put it down a few times to play other games, compared to B/W, and D/P/PT which I barely put down.
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((OOC: I'm gonna level, seeing Red and Blue here got me super hyped, but not necessarily because I like the characters or anything. This is actually a bit more meta than that.

For those who have played the games since the beginning (like me), Red was our avatar. This holiday season, I am gifting my nephew a 2DS along with one of the two games. In a sense, once he reaches Red, it's like coming across his own uncle in the game. It's a special kind of hidden awesome, if you think about it.))
On that note, this might be the very first Pokemon game for a new generation of children as well. If they have older relatives who played the games before, imagine them telling what Red is like, and bonding over that.

Great on getting your nephew one of the games though, I do sort of plan to do that with my niece later on but she's too much of a handful for my cousin apparently so they're not sure.

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Image Talk about a blindside! Instead of the expected Empoleon, the next Pokkén fighter is actually Croagunk! What makes this announcement even more surprising, however, is that Croagunk was already in the game as an Assist character! As if playing as Braixen with a Fennekin Assist wasn't odd enough, we now have a Croagunk with a Croagunk Assist!

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Also, check this site out, and then click "Back to the Past." You won't regret it.

The broken logo.gif had me laughing incredibly hard.

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Image So some of you may have heard that the game has leaked super early. I've avoided talking about it because I'm sure people don't want to be spoiled by it.

...But really, I needed to post at least one shot. No new Pokémon, no story stuff, just a screen from that PokéFinder feature and the auto-generated comments you can get:


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Image Here we go. One last trailer before the release. I delayed this a bit, but no matter. Here's what we got!

3 more exclusive Z-Moves, all for your starters in their final form. Decidueye gets Sinister Arrow Raid, a move that involves Decidueye to fly up into the arrow with several quill arrows following behind before it strikes. Incineroar gets Malicious Moonsault, which has the Pokémon create a wrestling ring of fire around the opponent, jumping on the "ropes", and then landing face first onto its opponent and creating a large supernova. Primarina gets Oceanic Operetta, which involves it to summon a large water bubble and using its voice to create a massive explosion on its opponent, or in other words, a spirit ball.

We've also got a look at some more Ultra Beasts in this trailer! What dangers have we got awaiting us now? First is UB-03 which...oddly enough, doesn't have any information on the official website, so you'll have to go with what the trailer says. It looks as if a whole power cable has come to life. It does show that it seems to get a similar boost like what Totem Pokémon get in battle if that's worth anything.

We also have UB-05, Glutton. It's said to have a massive appetite and will devour literally anything. This includes objects, trees, rivers and even seas! Despite its voracious appetite, it doesn't seem to produce any sort of waste, converting literally everything into energy, though this still remains a mystery.

A Corocoro scan also showed us two more Ultra Beasts that are version exclusives. No name was given, listing them both as UB ??, though since UB-04 was skipped in the trailer, it might just be that one. One looks like it's made out of paper like origami, which is exclusive to Sun, and the other looks like a giant tower with bamboo arm cannons for arms, which is exclusive to Moon.

But we're not done yet. More Alolan Form variants were shown off, and if you were lucky enough in the demo, you might have already seen one. Alolan Diglett and Alolan Dugtrio! They are slightly bigger than their Kanto counterparts and are now Ground/Steel-Types. Also, they drop the Arena Trap Ability in favor for a new one called Tangling Hair. Any opponent that directly makes contact with them will now have their Speed lowered by 1 level.

Diglett live near volcanic areas and have very few places to hide. Their burrowing creates cultivated soil, which the people of Alola are grateful for. The hairlike growths on their head are actually metallic whiskers. It is said to have developed to protect them from the volcanic environment. They can use these as sensors to detect their surroundings without exposing their entire head. Their whiskers can also show their mood. If they stand straight up, they're angry. If they are constantly moving, they are on alert. If they are swaying gently, their are in a good mood. If they are drooping, they are sad or feeling lonely.

For Dugtrio, their Alolan Form is seen as an incarnation of the god of the land, and they are treated with utmost respect by the people of Alola. The people actually fall to their knees whenever a they managed to show their faces aboveground. Their whiskers shine in the light, resembling long flowing golden hair. While they still have control over them, the whiskers are very hard and strong. They continue to grow throughout its life, though at a slow rate. Removing the whiskers is strictly prohibited by Alolan law and is said those that due are given divine punishment. Still, this hasn't stopped many tourists from wanting to take some home with them anyway. Their is an old superstition that, if you see an Alolan Dugtrio, their is a volcanic eruption about to happen. Many older residents of Alola will actually flee at the first sight of a Dugtrio. The belief comes from the fact that they might be able to sense and detect movement underground, so when seismic activity stirs up due to an impending eruption, it is believed they pop up out of surprise.

The trailer concludes by reminding you that there are some free stuff you can get when the game launches this Friday. First is Magearna, the first Mythical of this Generation. You get it from using a QR Code, which will become available at a later date in North America. It is Level 50 with Soul-Heart as its Ability. It has the moves Fleur Cannon, Flash Cannon, Lucky Chant, and Helping Hand. It is holding a Bottle Cap, is held in a Cherish Ball, and is wearing a Wishing Ribbon.

Next is Ash-Greninja. You get this by going through the main "story" of the Sun/Moon Demo on 3DS, which you can do right now. It is Level 36 with Battle Bond as its Ability. It has the moves Water Shuriken, Aerial Ace, Double Team, and Night Slash. It isn't holding any items, comes in a normal Poké Ball, and is wearing a Souvenir Ribbon.

Finally, there's Munchlax. You will get this for a limited time after the game launches using the Mystery Gift option over the Internet. It is Level 5 with Thick Fat as its Ability. It has the moves Tackle, Metronome, Hold Back, and Happy Hour. It is kept in a Cherish Ball and is wearing a Classic Ribbon. While it doesn't say it is equipped with Snorlium-Z, which is needed to use Snorlax's exclusive Z-Move Pulverizing Pancake, you do still get it along with Munchlax. It's probably not equipped because it can't use it yet.

And that's all that was shown in the trailer, but the website hid a few other secrets, with the more in depth one involving Link Battles. There are four formats to battle others with: Quick Link (Local), Link Battles in Festival Plaza (Local and Internet), Battle Spot-Free Battle (Internet), and Battle Spot-Rating Battle (Internet). Certain modes are available only through certain means. For example, while Singles and Doubles are available in all formats, Multi-Battles can only be done in the Festival Plaza. On top of that, wanna have a fun none rated Free Battle but are annoyed by those guys who happens to use Primal Groudon and Mega Rayquaza on their teams? Well, Free Battle will now allow you to ban Special Pokémon (most Legendaries and Mythicals) from ever showing up in your searches so you can enjoy a more level playing field! There are also plans to release different battle regulations in the Festival Plaza, even outside of official competitions, those when those will show up will be revealed at a later date.

Finally, I leave you with one last image from the website...


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Even the file name calls it a mystery...

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By the way, I wonder if Phoebe from the Hoenn Elite Four has any connection to Alola.


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