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Individual Values: A Pokemon Feature - Week 30: From A to Z


Jonathan Higgins

Welcome to the thirtieth week of my Pokémon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed the last one, check it out! Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday morning.

 

NOTE: This week and next week's Individual Values will spoil some content for Pokémon X&Y and Pokémon ORAS. I'll be discussing plot details. You have been warned!

 

 

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From A to Z

 

The Pokémon games all hide their fair share of secrets, allusions and lore tucked away where only the truly dedicated players can find them. I“ve spoken a bit about some of my favorite hidden stuff in some of the other Pokémon games in an earlier Individual Values. But... for the next two Individual Values pieces, I“m sitting down to closely examine a few specific games.

 

I want to find out...what do the various hidden secrets and details in ORAS and XY tell us about the next main-line Pokémon game or games? Despite most conflicts being resolved in Hoenn by the end of the Delta episode, there“s a surprising stone left unturned. And what about XY? Lysandre just fired the Ultimate Weapon after being defeated, and...disappeared after that. Plenty of unresolved stuff, indeed.

 

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PROJECT AZOTH

 

In the Team Aqua/Magma Hideout, there are numerous books containing details on PROJECT AZOTH. These books specifically mention Kalos, the war from 3,000 years ago, and analyzing the same weapon that players helped suppress in Pokémon X&Y. They wanted to use the same technology from that weapon to get to, and eventually awaken, Primal Reversion Kyogre/Groudon... and they succeeded, too.

 

Regardless of both games ending on a happy note — all of the villains in both X&Y and ORAS ultimately achieve their goals in some form. A capable villain is a scary villain, right? The purpose of all the 6th Generation "Big Bads," Archie, Maxie, and Lysandre, all become so much more devious when you realize that the main goal of this PROJECT AZOTH is to “return the world — return everything — to the beginning.”

 

If you talk to the Aqua/Magma Grunt standing by these particular books, he says the A in AZOTH stands for “the beginning”, and Z stands for “the end”. He doesn“t know what the O, T and H stand for. That“s... something.

 

 

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Remember this big, tall...3,000 year-old gent from Kalos? His name is AZ — also a symbol of beginning and end. AZOTH all by itself is a reference to the universal solvent in Alchemy. Game Freak don“t make allusions like this on accident.

 

For being a kid“s game, this whole bit on turning back the clocks to the beginning of time using Legendary Pokémon — and the fact that Lysandre also wanted to achieve the same purpose by eradicating people and Pokémon — is super unsettling. I“m going to save what exactly my theories are on what PROJECT AZOTH could mean for the next games, and a possible return of Lysandre, until next week“s Individual Values.

 

Just wanted to remind you all that it“s definitely a thing. And I don“t think Pokémon ORAS is the last time we“ll see it referenced in the series.

 

 

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AZ, Looker, Hoopa and...Multiple Dimensions??

 

First of all: See that tree in Sootopolis City? It“s a pretty remarkable visual piece all by itself. But if you look really closely, you“ll see the flower of the Floette that belonged to AZ in Pokémon X&Y just sitting there in plain sight. When Wallace finds out AZ donated that tree...that kind of makes sense, right?

 

Given AZ“s... a little on the older side, I think we“re looking at a character that could have potentially wandered all the major regions in the Pokémon world. So it makes sense that he could reappear, if another game where to take place in the Hoenn region. Same goes for Kalos, or even Sinnoh if we see remakes of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl.

 

The Draconid people, which debuted in Pokémon ORAS, are a bunch of Dragon-users that lived in Meteor Falls and have more than enough things to say about Rayquaza and meteors. But listen to

when Zinnia“s grandmother is around (titled Azoth...hmm) and AZ“s big theme,
. Yeah... I don“t think this is the last time we“ll see Zinnia, or even AZ.

 

 

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If you wander around the Battle Resort, you“ll eventually run into Looker. He has no memory of who or where he is — that“s interesting. Looker always seems to run around when Legendary Pokémon are involved...from his involvement with Team Galactic in Pokémon Platinum (Pokémon involved heavily with time and space — Dialga, Palkia and Giratina), to appearing in the Unova region to help track down the remaining leaders of Team Plasma — to his post-game content in X&Y. This is a guy who doesn“t just appear for no reason. He knows things.

 

But...did Looker simply wind up in Hoenn by being lost at sea? Or could he be from...another dimension?

 

...I know, I know. I“ve probably lost most of you by now. But stick with me, because things are about to get complicated.

 

 

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When you“re at the Mossdeep Space Center in the Delta Episode, Professor Cozmo wants to send the meteorite that was threatening Hoenn to another dimension. Zinnia“s whole role as an antagonist in the Delta Episode was to stop Cozmo from doing this, because she believed this plan would doom the other dimension.

 

This whole Delta Episode deal isn“t the only time other dimensions are brought up. When first arriving at the Battle Resort, Archie and Maxie both mention that another dimension could exist — where the opposite Team succeeded in achieving victory in the war for land vs. ocean. That“s crazy.

 

And don“t forget about Hoopa. Here“s a Pokémon that can summon Legendary Pokémon from other dimensions on a whim. As I mentioned before, Hoopa is the reason players get to “stick their hand deep into the hole” to encounter Legendary Pokémon like Ho-Oh and Palkia where they definitely don“t belong.

 

If Hoopa can just... make Legendary Pokémon appear... why can“t it also summon Looker from a different time and place? I have a feeling Looker and Hoopa are connected in some way. But I guess we“ll find out, in time.

 

 

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There“s a lot more to get to. But I didn“t want to overwhelm you all with a bunch of information presented all at once. So — for those of you keeping score so far:

 

- The Kalos region and the Hoenn region are definitely intertwined with one another in terms of major characters, plots, Pokémon and set-pieces.

 

- PROJECT AZOTH — returning the world to its most basic, “beginning” state by possibly causing massive destruction in one or both main regions from the Sixth Generation of Pokémon games will still be a thing for the next game, I predict. More on that later. And finally:

 

- Pokémon, meteors, and heaven knows what else... people(?) ...are capable of interdimensional travel. Parallel universes have been brought up in the Pokémon games many times since Black & White, except that kind of talk was best reserved for books and characters that normal players would never see. But thanks to the Delta Episode... they say it point blank.

 

Could all of this crazy stuff come to a head in a potential Pokémon Z? Guess we“ll have to find out!

 

For those of you keeping tabs on the 6th Gen Pokémon games, I“d love to hear some of your thoughts and ideas about everything I“ve said. See you next week for bits on new Pokémon and to wrap this “crazy talk” up.

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