uh oh so [SWSH spoilers fwiw)
galarian ponyta just got Officially Announced and it’s described as having been “exposed to the overflowing life energy of the forest over many generations, and this is why their appearance became unique in this region”
it’s a psychic type
does this do anything to or for your Fairy-is-life-energy theories? or does it still also just kinda feed into “typing is nonsense”?
While we’re here, this will also serve as my answer to the question from another reader who gives their name simply as “Getting Shield!!!”:
Galarian Ponyta, thoughts?
So… I think it’s fine. Unicorns are an emblem of Scotland, so it certainly fits Galar as a Pokémon inspired by the culture and history of Great Britain. It’s quite pretty. It’s a point in favour of a prediction made by my esteemed PokéJungle colleague Jon that suggests we can guess which Pokémon are getting Galarian forms on the basis of new egg moves given out in Ultra Sun and Moon, so that’s quite nice if you’re interested in the prediction game. Psychic is a weird type to choose, in my opinion, for something as obviously “fairytale” as a unicorn – back in the X and Y era, Jim the Editor and I actually thought it was a bit weird that the base Kantonian Ponyta and Rapidash hadn’t been promoted to Fire/Fairy, because it would have made perfect sense and produced an interesting unique dual-type. But that brings us to…
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I think you’d like this one
Wait, wait, you- no, no, hang on, no, I’m Chris the Pokémaniac, that’s me! You’re not me!
…unless you’re… me from the future…? In which case you’re enacting the Sarpedon Contingency and you’re here to kill me… or you’ve promised your own soul to an eldritch entity from beyond the Seventh Veil and you’re here to kill me… or you’re from an alternate timeline that doesn’t have my recipe for sour cherry cheesecake and you’re here to kill me.
Well, whichever one it is, I guess I’d better answer the question.
“Hi, this a continuation of my theory Pokemon Cults, Infinite Energy and how it shaped the Pokemon World.”
Ohhhhh boy, this again.
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It fascinates me that Leech Life being buffed so much in S/M has led to Absorb taking its place on the movesets of a whole lot of Pokemon, even those who have no other Grass powers or have ever had any previously. Obviously this is for game balance, but do you think we could take it to argue that LL and Absorb (and maybe Mega/Giga Drain?) work on similar mechanics, thematically speaking?
Honestly I kinda would have assumed that even before generation VII. How any Pokémon move works is super vague, and a lot of them probably don’t work the same way for all Pokémon, but both of these moves are doing something that somehow takes the target’s “life force,” whether that’s by sucking blood, or attaching roots like a Leech Seed, or just magic bull$#!t.