While I’ve been pretty radio silent around here for a bit thanks to all the schoolwork I’ve had and some other new games taking up my time, but nothing can keep me from rambling my opinions into the void of blogging when it comes to new Pokémon getting unveiled – especially now that I have the ability to throw these videos right up in your faces.
Yes that’s right we’ve got four brand new Pokémon to look at, as well as some updates on the two that were leaked not too long ago! Let’s start with those older guys, just because it’ll be faster to get them out of the way.
Mimikyu and Bewear
All Images used Courtesy of Serebii.net
Like I said, these two have been revealed already, so there’s not a heck of a lot more to add.
Mimikyu has the same name – minus an extra ‘k’ now missing, it’s a Ghost/Fairy-type that’s dreadfully lonely and wants to be liked, so it disguises itself as a Pikachu. We now know more about it’s ability, Disguise, which allows it to avoid damage once (possibly for the whole battle or possibly once per switch-in). Essentially, it’s an automatic use of the move substitute that’s active right when Mimikyu is sent into battle, only to leave the little guy vulnerable to damage once it’s false head is knocked over.
Kiteruguma has the english name Bewear, which is a bit silly in my opinion, but given the backstory it has the name makes sense. It’s a Normal/Fighting-type that has a hard time restraining it’s insane natural strength when wanting to show it’s trainer affection, and Bewear has the abilities Fluffy and Klutz. Fluffy is a new ability which halves damage taken from direct physical attacks similarly to Furfrou’s Fur Coat, but it also actively doubles the damage taken from Fire-type attacks.
Once again, I continue to adore Mimikyu, but you can look back at the first post about them to see me gush about the little guy. For now, I’ll move on and talk about the new guys we’ve got to play with.
This terrified little guy is Wimpod, a Bug/Water-type following in the glorious legacy of the Surskit line (Sarcasm only mildly in jest, I actually happen to like that line pretty well). According to the official description of Wimpod given on the official Pokémon website: “Wimpod have a cowardly nature and are wary of noises and sudden movements. If you approach them in a group, they’ll immediately run off. When Wimpod feel threatened, they spit out a poisonous liquid. The stench of this toxic fluid signals others that danger is near. Despite their extreme cowardice, their curiosity leads Wimpod to approach people or Pokémon that are standing still. Wimpod eat and store anything that they find fallen on the ground. They also scavenge any garbage that’s been dropped in the sea, so they’re highly valued as cleaners. They sometimes carry pearls or other valuable items, so humans or Pokémon like Murkrow may target them.”
With all the new abilities getting introduced in Sun and Moon, those who participate in competitive battles are honestly going to have a field day. Wimpod’s new ability is no exception, as Wimp Out will allow it to automatically run away from a wild encounter or switch out to a new Pokémon in battle when it’s health falls below 50%. It’s like having a free U-Turn or Volt Switch that doesn’t do damage when the switch happens.
I do like the look of this guy, he’s pretty cute all in all. Personally I can’t imagine him being all that useful in general, but at the same time I get a strong possible evolution vibe, so hopefully we get a pretty useful new bug that’ll be good at protecting itself – or run off trying.
This Cherubi look-alike is Bounsweet, a new Grass-type Pokémon from the Alola Region. According to the official description of Bounsweet given on the official Pokémon website: “Because it exudes a delicious smell from its entire body, Bounsweet is popular with Pokémon and people of the Alola region. Bounsweet’s scent has a calming effect on humans, so many people let them live inside their homes as a sort of air freshener. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes swallowed whole by Pokémon drawn to its aroma. When running away from other Pokémon, Bounsweet flees danger by skipping along the ground. Since its bouncy movements don’t convey to others that it’s actually in desperate flight, no one ever comes to its aid.”
Bounsweet has the abilities Leaf Guard and Oblivious, which is possibly the only thing keeping me from thinking that it won’t be a pre-evolution of Cherubi, who has Chlorophyll. Okay actually, that and the fact that Cherubi itself evolves at level 25 into Cherrim, which doesn’t give it a lot of time to evolve again before that. But I mean come on now… The color, the shape, the leaf design, the white lower half almost looking like a diaper, this Pokémon just screams baby Cherubi. Just saying. That’s not a bad thing by any means, it’s awfully cute after all.
If you like flower leis, then you’ll definitely like Comfey, Alola’s newest Fairy-type Pokémon. According to the official description of Comfey given on the official Pokémon website: “Comfey picks flowers and always carries them around. It makes a ring of blossoms and spreads oil from its body on it, which changes the flowers so they emit a soothing fragrance. It has a habit of giving these flower rings to those it’s fond of. The aroma can soothe both itself and its allies. Comfey also helps with the treatment of people and Pokémon at Pokémon Centers and hospitals, thanks to its aroma. When attacked by other Pokémon, it throws its flowers at them to create an opening, and then it either flees or strikes back.”
While one of it’s abilities is Flower Veil, an old classic belonging to the other flower-based Fairy-type Pokémon in the Flabébé line, Comfey also has a new ability to add to the still growing list. If you catch a Comfey with Triage as its ability, all healing moves it has will gain the highest priority in battle, like Trickster and Gale Wings do for status moves and Flying-type attacks.
When I think of fairies, I subscribe to ideas similar to those presented in things like Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Pokémon that are flower-based fairies like Flabébé and Comfey bring that image of the Fae to mind, and honestly I like it. There’s that cool fantastical element to the idea on top of there being some nostalgia from the few really good things in middle school, like watching the film adaptation of that particular story in my 8th grade classroom.
In the same vein of other popular horse-like Pokémon such as Generation 1’s Rapidash and Generation 5’s Zebstrika, Generation 7 has a brand new horse to trot into battle – Mudsdale. According to the official description of Mudsdale given on the official Pokémon website: “Mudsdale is known for its powerful body as well as its emotional fortitude, which keeps it from being agitated by anything. It never cries out, no matter what kind of trouble it’s in, and it defeats its opponents with a single powerful blow. Its legs are coated in protective mud, and the weight of this coating increases the force of its kicks. One kick, and a car is a pile of scrap! Mudsdale’s running speed is not too swift, but it has excellent power and stamina. It can carry on for three days and three nights despite dragging loads of over 10 tons! When Mudsdale gallops in earnest, the power of each hoof-clop can dig out huge holes, even in asphalt. Mudsdale is forbidden to run on some of Alola’s public roads.”
Like the predecessors I mentioned before, Mudsdale is a single-typed Pokémon, this time filling a Ground niche rather than a Fire or Electric one. It can have Own Tempo or a new ability called Stamina, which increases it’s defense by one stage when it takes damage. While I don’t personally have too much to say about this guy, I do have to say I appreciate the strangely disproportionate lore-based strength that Pokémon in Alola being given. Cute bear that loves to hug people? Snaps tree trunks in half without trying. Reliable horse buddy? Crushes cars with a single kick. Like… It’s just great to think that Alola is a beautiful Paradise in the Pokémon world that’s subjected to all kinds of horrible accidents and destruction as a result of the native creatures that live there.
That just about covers all the newbies coming in, but that wasn’t all the video covered. Also getting introduced to Pokémon Sun and Moon are two new features: Hyper Training and hosting competitions on Global Link.
Hyper Training seems to be a direct sequel of sorts to X and Y’s introduction of Super Training. Whether it’s existence means Super Training will be replaced is currently unknown, but they seem to have different purposes so I’d assume both will be kept. Hyper Training will allow Pokémon that are Lv. 100 to increase their IV stats using Bottle Caps. While the item trade for stat boosts is different than the minigame-style of Super Training, both are clearly aimed to help get people into competitive battling: One raises EV’s, one raises IV’s.
The other new feature will allow anyone to host their own battle competitions, similar to the kinds of competitions that are officially hosted. You’ll be allowed to specially customize the competition’s name, battle rules, what Pokémon will be restricted from matches, the length of battles, how many times you can battle in the competition a day, and more. Obviously this won’t be a feature that’s useful for everyone, but it is an awesome feature all the same. For people like me that don’t always have the time to participate in the official competitions, having the ability to set ones up at any time is great, especially since you could limit it just to friends or open it up to anyone on the internet. It’s just another great way to keep Pokémon players connected.
Otherwise that’s it for this update everyone. A bunch of cool new Pokémon to add onto the great list we’ve been building so far. How do you feel about these six new Pokémon getting introduced? Out of all the new abilities Pokémon have been getting left and right, what are your favorites? Let me know below!
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some more homework to do, and then I’ll be hunting some more monsters. But not pocket monsters, Monster Hunter monsters. With Generations out in America I’ve begun sinking all my free time into that, my Fire Emblem Fates phase having finally passed.
Between this and Pokémon GO, I’m not sure how I ever get anything done, honestly.