Bit of a smaller Pokémon information dump today than we’ve been getting lately, but this new creature is an interesting new reveal to say the least!
Say hello to Salandit, Pokémon’s first fire/poison-type. Revealed at Japan Expo with this trailer at the helm, this little salamander bandit has quite a few interesting things about it. First and foremost would be it’s typing combination of course, being a totally new and unique one. It also has a pretty cool look to it, reminding me of a somewhat cartoony depiction of a French bandit or pirate from some source I can’t really remember off-hand. Also, if you watch the reveal video, it honestly has an infectiously funny sound. I wish I could have it’s noise as a ringtone, it’s hard not to smile when you hear how goofy a menacing laugh it was given.
However, probably the most interesting thing about this guy is it’s ability: Corrosion. Corrosion allows Salandit to poison /any/ Pokemon, including other poison and steel-types. Considering steel-types haven’t been able to get poisoned since their inception in Generation 2 (or technically fully implemented in Generation 3 according to the bulbapedia page), it’s pretty nuts that we’ll be able to poison them now. It’s especially poignant considering there are probably a few really bulky steel-types out there that could get taken out a lot easier by a Pokémon that can toxic them for scaling damage before dishing out some STAB fire-type attacks.
I also figured I would share Salandit’s official description from the Pokémon website, since it’s honestly kind of insane in it’s own right.
“Salandit emits toxic gas, together with flames, from the base of its tail. This poisonous gas has a sweet smell, and anyone who unknowingly breathes it in will become dizzy. Salandit is not a very powerful Pokémon, but its cunning nature allows it to battle fiercely by throwing its opponents off balance. Salandit females not only release toxic gases, they can also emit pheromones that attract males of all species, including Pokémon and humans. Inhaling these pheromones may cause opponents to be controlled by Salandit’s will.”
Yeah, this little guy not only decimates steel-types, it’s also apparently able to control people’s minds. Sure that’s technically only lore based for now, but who knows, we could be seeing something to that effect in it’s move pool somewhere.
That’s about all I’ve got for now, but I have to say I’m actually pretty excited for this new Pokémon! It’s interesting in quite a few ways and really seems like a great new addition to the cast. Also, between Salandit and Komala, there appears to be some kind of focus on messing around with status ailments coming for Gen 7, and I’m more than up for exploring it. It could mess with the competitive field a bit, and from what I know about the current metagame that might not be such a bad thing.
Lemme know what you think about Salandit, it’s general collection of things and how it fits into the pool of new Pokémon we’ve been getting. Also, let me know how you feel about the direction these new Pokémon games seem to be heading in with all of these unique abilities and such on the monsters we’re getting, I’m interested to know how you feel about anything and everything Pokémon related!