It’s that time again! First up, the official release…
And now, here’s our blind reaction. ^_^
So, in addition to some more news we’ve received, there was a trailer confirming all the stuff I talked about this past Friday. Enjoy!
Before we recap some of the info I’ve already discussed, let’s take a look at the new Mega Evolutions, including two that weren’t covered in the trailer, which means…
As covered before, Mega Beedrill remains Bug/Poison-type, it gains the Ability Adaptability, and gets physical Attack and Speed boosts. Mega Pidgeot keeps its Normal/Flying-type, gains a boosted Special Attack, and the Ability No Guard. Mega Steelix and Mega Glalie keep their respective types (Steel/Ground and Ice), while Steelix gets Sand Force and a cool new crystalline appearance, and Glalie gets Refrigerate and becomes the new focus of my nightmares. Seriously, look at that frigging thing…O_O But yeah, no known stat changes yet.
So yeah, we can fly now. 😀 And keep this in mind: When you’re flying, the camera stays behind you. That means they had to remap the ENTIRE OVERWORLD MAP for when you’re airborne. I do wish you could do it with more than just Mega Latios and Mega Latios, but at the same time, I get that it would take time to make a sprite for EVERY Flying-type or Pokémon with Levitate, so I’ll take what I can get. I’m hoping this method of travel eventually replaces the usual function for Fly, though they would either have to make it available later than usual or make a system where you can’t land in certain places until you’ve physically been there on land or water.
Something I failed to touch base on last time was the new version of the PokéNav, called the PokéNav Plus. It’s pretty much an upgrade of the original in every conceivable way. For full information, click here to check out Serebii.net’s coverage on it. As for basic summaries, the DexNav is used to locate and interact with Pokémon in your area in ways you’ve never been able to before, like being able to register Pokémon you see in the Pokédex without having actually battled them, and finding Pokémon with their Hidden Abilities. The AreaNav is an advanced (no pun intended) map with tons of information on the various Routes and Towns, as well the Secret Bases, Berry Trees, Trainers, and so on found in said locations, and includes the return of the Trainer’s Eye function. The BuzzNav is basically a TV (or YouTube, I guess), with various shows that give info on different Pokémon, locations, and characters. Finally, the PlayNav allows you to access the Player Search System, Pokémon Amie, and Super Training functions from X & Y.
Anyway, that’s all for now. Leave a comment below on what you think of all this news, and we’ll see what else develops between now and next month, when Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire come out. Ja né!
Two Possible New Mega Evolutions In Pokémon ORAS + New Legendaries Found…In The Sky??? (UNCONFIRMED)
So, there’s been a new batch of supposed CoroCoro leaks that have surfaced. Now, these leaks are usually fairly solid, but until they’re confirmed by Nintendo, these will have to be marked as unconfirmed. Mostly, the leaks talked about Mega Latios and Mega Latias, which we’ve actually known about for like a year now, and it also mentioned how you can find the Legendary Dragons Dialga, Palkia, Reshiram, and Zekrom in this game. Now, the remakes have oftentimes had new Legendary Pokémon added, but here’s where it gets…weird. According to the photos in this leak, the Dragons are actually found hovering over otherwise unreachable islands. How do you reach them? Well, apparently you can ride Mega Latios and Mega Latias on the overworld through an item called the Eon Flute, and that there’s actually a few Pokémon you can find in the sky, which I assume are basically Wild Sky Battles. Again, this is something that could very well turn out to be a hoax, so take that for what it’s worth.
In addition to that, though, we’ve got two new Mega Evolutions possibly confirmed, Mega Pidgeot and Mega Beedrill, and WOW, we’re going WAY back with these two, huh? I mean, these two and their earlier forms were on a LOT of people’s early (and sometimes not-so-early) teams in the original games. Anyway, let’s take a look at these two, although since they’re unconfirmed, I’ll spare you the evaluation time. lol
If Vespiquen is the Queen of the hive, Mega Beedrill is clearly the King. Just look at this thing! Forget Twineedle, this thing’s signature move should be called Quintuplet Needle. If this thing was available back in the old days, it would never leave people’s teams. Apparently, its type remains Bug/Poison, but it gains the Ability Adaptability, meaning attacks it uses that are the same type as itself get even MORE power, and its already decent physical Attack and Speed are given boosts. I do hope, though, that if this turns out to be real, that Butterfree gets a Mega Evolution as well.
Mega Pidgeot is definitely a welcome surprise. And Goddamn if I haven’t been waiting for Pidgeot to get something new and awesome to make it useful. Here’s the thing that people have gotta be kicking themselves over, though: Ruby and Sapphire chronologically take place at around the same time as Red and Blue. That means that, if Mega Evolution had been a thing since the first games, Pidgeot would’ve had the ability to Mega Evolve since the beginning. Anyway, Mega Pidgeot keeps its Normal/Flying-type, and it gains a boosted Special Attack and the Ability No Guard, meaning both it and its opponent gain 100% accuracy for ALL of their moves.
Anyway, lemme know what you think of these, if you think they’re bogus, and which Pokémon you’d like to see Mega Evolve in the future. Ja né!
Well, it seems I was right on the money about the next Legendary Pokémon to receive a new form. Ladies and gentlemen, Mega Rayquaza!
So, let’s take a closer look, shall we?
According to Serebii.net, and I quote, “It has a new ability called Delta Stream which creates a new weather effect that removes weather and makes moves of a type that Flying-type Pokémon are usually weak to will only deal normal damage to any Flying-type Pokémon in the battle. It lasts as long as Rayquaza is in battle. Trailer also shows a move called Dragon Ascent which is said to be the most powerful Flying-type move.” A little strange that it’s a Flying-type move called Dragon Ascent, but whatever. Also, I see that, once again, the weather advantage is Rayquaza’s, even in the face of the Primal Pokémon.
But yeah, kinda figured this was on the horizon. They’d been hinting at Rayquaza playing a big role in this game, from the fact of it being left out of getting a Primal form (and apparently, there IS an explanation for that in the game) to suggestions that it held the answer to Mega Evolution. Also, if you’ll allow me to go into conspiracy mode for a sec, look at the titles for these games: Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. ORAS. Change the placement of one letter and you get SORA, as in the Japanese word for sky. Is this the extent of this, or are they suggesting it’ll go one step further with a remake of Emerald? Or perhaps elements of Emerald’s story are simply transplanted into the Ruby and Sapphire remakes?
Either way, lemme know what you think about this development in the comments below, and we’ll see if any new info is released. Ja né!
UPDATE: Okay, so literally right after I posted this and showed it to a few of my friends, more info came rolling out. lol Serebii.net has released part of a legend relating to the tale of Mega Rayquaza…
It was a primal age, early in the world’s history… The natural world was overflowing with energy. That energy granted Groudon and Kyogre an overwhelming power. Seeking ever more of that energy for themselves, the two clashed again and again, and their battles cast the people and Pokémon of Hoenn into great danger. Brimming with the overwhelming power granted by the energy of nature, this transformation was named by later people “Primal Reversion.” And the people called their tormentors Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre.
One Pokémon looked down upon this battle from the sky above. The Pokémon that dances in the heavens: Rayquaza. Rayquaza is venerated by the people of Hoenn as their protector and savior. When Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre had battled for 20 dawns and 20 nights, the world began to lose its natural balance and tilt toward destruction. The people, unable to endure any more, cried out to their mighty savior Rayquaza before a great stone that shone with rainbow brilliance. And a change came upon Rayquaza, weaving in the sky above Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre. Suffused in brilliant light, its body began to transform visibly. And then…
…Although, personally, I prefer THIS version of events: One Pokémon looked down upon this battle from the sky above and declared “Bitch, please”. XD So, just speculating on this a bit, it DOES occur to me that, last I checked, we never did find out what was kept on that third platform atop Mt. Pyre, where the Red and Blue Orbs were kept. If I had to make an early assumption here, and I could be way off, I think that Rayquaza’s Mega Stone was there. I mean, it makes sense, since there would need to be a way to stop Groudon and Kyogre handy if they ever went out of control again. And, looking at the icon for it in the trailer, it could very well have been the great stone the people of Hoenn prayed to Rayquaza through, thus granting Rayquaza the power to Mega Evolve and put an end to the fight. I’m thinking that’s also why Rayquaza Mega Evolved instead of going Primal like Groudon and Kyogre: They changed out of a desire for more power. Rayquaza changed in order to protect people.