One lunatic's love-hate relationship with the Pokémon franchise, and his addled musings on its rights, wrongs, ins and outs. Come one, come all, and indulge my delusions of grandeur as I inflict my opinions on anyone within shouting distance.
Who would win in a dance-off? Ludicolo, Oricorio, Bellossom, Sudowoodo, Maractus, Jynx, or you?
Okay, so, the easy part first: I cannot dance, and I come dead last. I will, however, sabotage all the other contestants by spiking their drinks. I’m not trying to tip the competition towards anyone in particular; I just think it would be hilarious.
Now, what are the dance skills of all these Pokémon like?
I do not have a good record with anything capable of earning the title of “gimmick” Pokémon – Pokémon whose schtick is some unique move, ability or game mechanic that was so clever Game Freak felt they could stop there, and didn’t need to have the Pokémon be any good or the design make any sense. Today we decide whether Oricorio, the dancing honeycreeper Pokémon, fits that description. Four interchangeable and mostly cosmetic forms, a weird signature move, a weirder ability… the phrase “walks like a duck, quacks like a duck” comes to mind, but let’s take a closer look. Continue reading “Oricorio”→
Why are Alolan Marowack, Sensu Oricorio,and Decidueye ghost types? They’re not dead!
Well, I don’t think being a Ghost-type necessarily means you are a literal ghost. Maybe half of them, tops, are said to be the spirits of the dead in legend and folklore (my rule here is “read the Pokédex because it’s really important, but for the love of Arceus, don’t trust it”), but most of the others have their type and abilities on the grounds of an affinity for death and the dead, or in some cases power over them. Pokémon like Dusknoir and Pumpkaboo, for instance, are known for leading spirits and people between the worlds of the living and the dead, while Chandelure and Jellicent are spiritual predators; I don’t think anyone ever claimed that any of them are the ghosts of dead people or Pokémon, but they can all interact with ghosts. Similarly, Decidueye is a sort of shaman with the ability to interact with souls as though they were physical things, and Alolan Marowak can summon the aid of spiritual powers through their ritual dances.
Once I’ve stopped shaking uncontrollably,
and the Rotomdex has reassured me that the horrifying undead Pikachu I just
fought is only another Pokémon (a Ghost/Fairy-type called Mimikyu), Acerola
offers me some suggestions on what to do next.
Although my success in her trial was in some respects debateable – I
was, she reminds me, only supposed to get a photograph of Mimikyu, not give its
lair a new back door – I did basically achieve its fundamental objectives, so
she presents me with her crystal, the Ghostium-Z. As Ula’ula Island has only two Captains, that
means I now have the right to challenge the island’s Kahuna. Acerola declines to explain who or where the
Kahuna is right away, though, and invites me back to Aether House to talk it
over there. Unfortunately when we get
there, with Hau just a few steps behind, someone who is definitely not the Kahuna is waiting.
Once he and Captain Ilima have finished explaining Z-moves to me, Professor Kukui suddenly remembers that he has an urgent task that cannot possibly wait: he’s lost Lillie. Somehow. I’m still not 100% certain that Lillie isn’t a terrorist, so in the interests of making sure someone is watching her, I agree to help look for her in the northern part of Melemele Island. This area, route 3, is cordoned off by barricades. Not for any particular reason, mind you. Someone appears to have decided that the Pokémon beyond are too strong for civilians to tangle with unless they have an escort – a certified trainer who has completed the island’s trials. Which… sort of raises the question of how Lillie got through, since she not only hasn’t completed any trials but insists that she’s not actually a trainer at all (which I’m pretty sure is not true; I’m not sure of the legal status of their relationship but for all practical purposes she certainly seems to be Nebby’s trainer). Evidence that she has secret and subversive abilities continues to mount. In any case, at Ilima’s command, the barricades open for me, and I am given access to the northern coastal road.