Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Mysterious Ultra Beasts and Synthetic Pokemon for Sun and Moon

In what is seeming to become a weekly tradition, The Official Pokemon Channel on Youtube has released another trailer showcasing some new Pokemon, features, and characters for the upcoming Pokemon Sun and Moon versions.

First off, we are introduced to two new Pokemon and another Alola form. The first Pokemon revealed in the trailer is Type: Null. And yes, “Type: Null” is this Pokemon’s name.

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Type: Null appears to be some sort of synthetic mishmash of Pokemon parts and may even hold some significance to the story of the upcoming games. Type: Null’s page on the official Pokemon website has this to say about the Synthetic Pokemon:

“This Pokémon wearing a mask has been dubbed “Null,” meaning nothing.

The shapes of its front and hind legs are clearly different. The reason is that Type: Null was constructed to synthesize the strengths of various Pokémon, enabling it to adapt to any situation.

The mask fitted to Type: Null’s head is a piece of equipment designed to control its latent powers. It’s extremely heavy, so it also serves to hinder Type: Null’s agility.

To complete a certain mission, there was need of a Pokémon powerful enough to rival those Pokémon often spoken of in mythology.”

Interesting, to say the least. It sounds like it was made specifically to combat Solgaleo and Lunala, bit every time I look at that helmet I can’t help but be reminded of Marvin the Martian. Though admittedly a tad less interesting, the trailer also unveiled the new Dragon-type Pokemon Jangmo-o

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In addition to the above Pokemon, the trailer also gave us a few story tidbits. The stories for the two versions are set 12 hours apart from each other, and this will apparently have some impacts on how events play out. The example shown in the trailer is of the protagonist arriving at a spot where they are to battle a Totem Pokemon, with the Moon version protagonist encountering an Alolan Raticate (nocturnal) and the Sun version protagonist encountering a Gumshoos (whatever-the-opposite-of-nocturnal-is).

In addition to the nefarious Team Skull, Alola is also home to a group called the Aether Foundation that seems to work for the protection of Pokemon. They own a man-made island called Aether Paradise and are even shown actively combating Team Skull grunts.

Speaking of Team Skull, we are introduced to Team Skull’s “Enforcer” named Gladion. He looks a bit like what I imagine Draco Malfoy would look like as an ornery American frat boy.

We also see the return of the slightly older-looking Dexio and Sina from Pokemon X and Y. They give the protagonist an item called a Zygarde Cube that is apparently used for collecting Zygarde Cells and Zygarde Cores. The trailer then shows a scene of the main character finding one of these while out and about. In addition to these collectibles, you can also use the “Poke Finder” to take pictures of Pokemon while walking around in the field. Your Rotom-enhanced Pokedex will assist you with the pictures. The trailer also showed pictures with comments on them, implying that we may be able to share these pictures and leave comments on others’ photographs.

Finally, the trailer showed off something a bit strange: Ultra Beasts, specifically UB-01 (shown below).

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The trailer was pretty mum about the Ultra Beasts, but the Official Pokemon Website has this to say about them:

“In the Alola region, rumors are flying about mysterious creatures known as Ultra Beasts. Ultra Beasts possess mighty powers and could pose a threat to humans and Pokémon, so they are feared.
It appears that the Aether Foundation is also conducting research on these Ultra Beasts.
According to rumor, multiple Ultra Beasts exist, each of them called by a code name.”

The same webpage also has this to say about UB-01 specifically:

“UB-01’s body is composed of a glass-like substance. However, it’s constantly changing shapes, never settling on one.

While evidence of something like a survival instinct can be observed in UB-01, no one knows whether it has a will of its own or any emotions. It’s said that, for some reason, its movements resemble those of a young girl.”

It’s important to note that Ultra Beasts are not necessarily Pokemon. UB-01 does not show up under the “New Pokemon” section of, but rather Ultra Beasts have their own section dedicated to them. Ultra Beasts are a bit of an unknown at this point, however some fans were quick to point out the resemblance between UB-01 and the previously-announced NPC Lillie, as well as UB-01’s supposed girl-like movements.

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We'll probably get more information in the upcoming trailers, but if not then at least November 18 isn't too far away anymore.

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