Oh boy, guess who’s late on this information? Honestly, you’d think someone so obsessed with the new Pokémon games would do better at being on top of the information.
But I digress.
Some new information was leaked from the July 2016 edition of CoroCoro, including information that happens to be very pertinent to my interests. Namely:
Images courtesy of Serebii.net
Daww, just look at these cuties! They definitely both fit the ‘first few Route encounters’ bill, and I certainly don’t have a problem with that! Let’s address these guys one at a time, shall we?
Nekkoala looks like a really cute Pokémon, and it’s normal-typing pretty much brands it as the Rattata/Sentret/Zigzagoon/You-get-the-point of this generation as far as I can tell at this point in time. However, there’s something that really helps this particular iteration stand out pretty well. A new ability known as “Definite Sleep” seems like it could make Nekkoala a very unparalleled threat if it’s cards are played right. The ability ensures that the only status ailment Nekkoala (and whoever else receives it) can be afflicted with is sleep. Therefore burn, paralysis and poison are all off the table with this little guy. Seriously, if it evolves into something with a monstrous attack or speed stat and can’t have either cut by burn or paralysis… Well… I could see it having a hell of a time in the Sun and Moon metagame.
Iwanko doesn’t have a special ability to call its own like Nekkoala does, boasting keen eye or vital spirit, but it does have something else potentially interesting going for it. It’s a rock-type Pokémon. Yeah that’s right, despite looking like a normal-type akin to Unova’s native Lillipup line, this little guy gets to be a rock-type. And potentially an early rock-type to own at that. Plus… Let’s be honest… Iwanko is freaking adorable and I want to own 20 of them. Especially since the different typing makes it seem a little more viable and interesting than the generally vanilla normal types are. Not that normal types are a bad thing – I certainly love a lot of them, including Stoutland. Then again, Sand Rush with access to moves like Play Rough really does set that Pokémon’s family apart on a gimmicky sandstorm team. I do love me some weather-based teams.
Now, these Pokémon being revealed weren’t the only bits of information unveiled in this leak, but unfortunately I can’t read Japanese and so I can’t exactly translate whatever I found on Serebii to be able to provide more information. What I can say is, supposedly Iwanko is small but holds some sort of secret (along with the starter Pokémon) according to the information they provided, there’s some more information about the QR Code reading system coming down the pipeline, and some new information for the Volcanion and Magearna movie was unveiled. I’m not much of a fan of the anime or the movies anymore I’m afraid, but Magearna will have a new attack called Fleur Cannon and an ability called Soul Heart. Don’t know what either of those do yet, but any new information is great information.
This is a bit of a shorter update, but what do you guys think of everything we’ve found out about Sun and Moon so far? Do you have any favorite new reveal so far? Anything you want to see more of soon? Personally, I’m enjoying watching the cast of new Pokémon grow myself, so I’m hoping we get to see more of them arrive!
As an added bonus that I hadn’t seen when making this post originally, there’s been a new video released showcasing Zygarde’s other forms in action on the Sun and Moon game engine! You can check the video out here to see the 10% dog-like form and the 100% Power Rangers Megazord form doing their thing.
Honestly, when the multiple forms of Zygarde were first announced some time ago I wasn’t all that impressed. I was excited to learn more about the lore behind X and Y’s third major legend, but their forms just didn’t seem all that impressive at the time. Now however, seeing that they have at least 3 special attacks all to themselves and the potential to transform in the middle of a battle somehow… It’s going to be pretty interesting to see.
Plus the way 100% Zygarde’s special technique cuts a Z shape into the ground with a core laser is just a really cool detail in my opinion.