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Individual Values: A Pokémon Feature - Week 85: Rainbow Garbage and Synthetic Gods


Jonathan Higgins

Welcome to the eighty-fifth week of my Pokémon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed last week's, check it out. Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday.

 

Keldeo is available via the Nintendo Network until October 24th. Volcanion is being distributed at GameStop until October 31st. Every single Mythical Pokémon will be distributed during a specific month for the remainder of this year. Now may be your only chance for a really long time, to actually catch them all!

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Garbage and Synthetic Gods

 

 

Yet another

for Pokémon Sun & Moon was released earlier today. We“ve got some new evolved forms of Pokémon to discuss, as well as Alolan Grimer and Muk. And there were a handful of new characters shown off at the end that could drop some subtle hints of things to be revealed in the not-too-distant future.

 

Honestly, I was expecting something a little “bigger” this week, considering we“re just four days away from the demo... and data-miners "spoiling" everything, ever. Oops, did I say that part out loud?

 

The Pokémon that leaves the most room for discussion of all the ones revealed today is Silvally, the evolved form of Type: Null. When it “gains a partner it can trust,” it destroys the restraining mask on itself, as per the website. Its ability [RKS System] and unique move [Multi-Attack] work the same as Arceus“s Multitype & Judgement combination, if I“m understanding things properly. Its type will change in battle depending on the item it“s holding, and Multi-Attack“s type changes as a result. It“s almost like Type: Null and Silvally are, collectively, a synthetic Arceus.

 

Remember the theory I dropped when Type: Null was first revealed? I still think it“d be really cool to have a MISSINGNO transferred from Pokémon RBY turn into Type: Null -- something that“s effectively a “false-god.”

 

I think this Pokémon in particular is going to be important to Sun & Moon“s narrative, considering the special artwork of it and Gladion… and the fact that he seems to be the only Trainer in Alola who has one. Maybe certain events will unfold, and Gladion will entrust Silvally to the player? Or will there be a second one created for the player“s use? Speculating how one will obtain this very unique Pokémon could certainly lend to some interesting discussion.

 

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I liked

on why Alolan Grimer has... a bit of a yellow beard going on. But as it turns out... it“s just that way because of crystallized garbage from the region...yuck! I think it“s pretty funny that the website pretty much openly admits that they brought Grimers from other regions to Alola to specifically eat the increased population“s garbage. It certainly piques my interest, that this “tropical vacation” destination seems to rely a little too much on using Pokémon as glorified tools.

 

But I digress! Alolan Muk“s added... garbage layers... aren“t just limited to its mouth. When seeing it in action during the trailer, you can see that it almost has this... unique garbage rainbow hue going on about it, where its toxins are constantly in motion. As it turns out -- this... unique... part of it reduces the intense smell that regular Muks have. That“s a fun tid-bit!

 

 

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Now for some evolutions of new Pokémon. Hakamo-o & Kommo-o are the full line of Jangmo-o, Alola“s Dragon Pokémon. Each generation has had one so far, except Johto. There“s Dragonite, Salamence, Garchomp, Haxorus, and Goodra... but Kommo-o“s a little different! It“s got a unique typing of Dragon & Fighting...which stands a bit in contrast to the numerous Dragon/Flying Pokémon currently on the roster. This one“s definitely looking like it“ll end up on my team.

 

Next: Steene and Tsareena are the full line of Bounsweet, that Pokémon that looks a lot like a tropical fruit. This Pokémon that kind of starts out terrified of everything because it looks so delicious... evolves into a Pokémon with a regal personality (and Ability, to boot). Said ability makes it so intimidating that priority moves (like Quick Attack) are banned! Tsareena doesn“t have a unique typing at all (just pure Grass), but that Ability is certainly something.

 

And lastly, there“s Ribombee, the evolution of Cutiefly. There“s not a whole lot to say about this Pokémon in particular... especially when contemporaries like Beedrill, Butterfree, Beautifly, Vespiquen and more have been done to death at this point. But the typing of “Bug/Fairy” makes this critter unique, and it may be more advantageous than normal to keep Alola“s “beginner bug variation” on your team for a little longer than usual. I guess we“ll see!

 

Last but not least, there were some new Trainers introduced! Olivia is the Kahuna of Akala Island, and specializes in Rock Pokémon. Now... when one of the new leaders made mention of using a Marowak, we got an Alolan Forme sometime later. Olivia used a Nosepass as her introductory Pokémon. Could this point towards an Alolan Probopass, maybe? Or will some other Rock Type out there get a new form to show off... like Geodude, Graveler or Golem, if we“re sticking with Kanto here? And then there“s Illima is a Trial Captain that specializes in Normal Types. Hopefully we won“t get a repeat of Whitney“s Miltank [and its Rollout], eh?

 

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Next week“s Individual Values is gonna be interesting, indeed. I“ll offer up my thoughts on the Pokémon Sun & Moon Special Demo... and kinda hoping against hope that most of the game stays under wraps, so we can discover things for ourselves.

 

Until then: how do you all feel about the new Pokémon and people shown off today? Anyone else find Alolan Muk as unsettling as I do? Be sure to let us know!

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