News – New Pokémon and the First Game Exclusives Announced, 7/12/13

Things are starting to take shape.

Things are starting to take shape.

 

Well, we got another big Pokémon announcement. What is it that we look forward to more than anything else when we get an announcement from GameFreak? New Pokémon of course. We have a few this time around and they finally started to reveal some of the game exclusives. That frustrating thing that makes you pick sides because one game has more Pokémon that you like than the other. I have never been a fan of that, but there has to be a reason for people to buy more than one game. Oh well, you guys want to see the new Pokémon. Here they are.

Pokémon

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Name: Honedge

Type: Steel/Ghost

Here is something that has received some mixed reviews. What I have gotten from people ranges from “the designers have run out of ideas” to “this is my favorite new Pokémon”. I personally like it. The object Pokémon have been a little lacking recently. I like everything about Garbodor except for its design. I honestly think that this is better than the Magnemite family. Also, Steel/Ghost is something that people have been wanting for a while now. It is a cool combo and we need more Pokémon that are either ghost or steel. It learns swords dance, but that had to be a thing. I approve of this Pokémon.

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Name: Inkay

Type: Dark/Psychic

Here is something that is very interesting. Having a squid Pokémon is something that we should have expected. Tentacruel is a nice jellyfish, but it is a water-type. I like this because it is based on a sea creature, but it doesn’t have to be a water-type. Dark/Psychic is pretty cool because it has not been done before. Unfortunately, bug moves will ruin its life. I like the design, but it is oddly reminiscent of something from an anime that I finished watching last season. It has a new move called topsy-turvy. I am really happy with this one.

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Name: Malamar

Type: Dark/Psychic

Alright, someone on the Pokémon design team was watching Suisei no Gargantia. Do not tell me that this thing is not a Hideauze. The bad guys are going to use this crazy thing. Also, it EVOLVES from Inkay through a brand new method that has yet to be specified. The evolution thing is stupid, but fans of Suisei no Gargantia should know what I mean. This thing gets topsy-turvy and hypnosis. I love the typing and I will happily slaughter these things in the name of the galactic alliance. That ending was too happy for me. Having said that, I will definitely use Malamar in my play through because I love this thing already.

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Name: Pangoro

Type: Dark/Fighting

I am honestly not the biggest fan of this one. I think that they could have taken the panda thing in a slightly different direction. I enjoy the powerful bear thing, but that fur cape, or whatever it is, seems unnecessary to me. I will still say that Ursaring is my favorite bear Pokémon in terms of design. Whether or not I enjoy using it more is yet to be seen. Pangoro has access to hammer arm, but that isn’t the greatest move. I am not a fan of this one.

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Name: Swirlix

Type: Fairy

Exclusive To: Pokémon X

I hope that this thing evolves because I am not a fan of the design. I feel like they are forcing the fairy-type thing into a corner with this overly cute thing that they have going on. They should have just made it light-type on the opposite end of dark-type, but to each their own. This thing looks stupid in my opinion and I don’t really find it that cute. I am getting Pokémon X, so I am honestly disappointed right now. Iw looks like someone animated cotton candy, but the brains didn’t fully develop. It gets access to a new move called draining kiss. I am not a fan of this one.

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Name: Spritzee

Type: Fairy

Exclusive To: Pokémon Y

I got my complaining out with the first one. I am still not a fan of the fact that the fairy-type Pokémon all being cute things, but I actually like this one. It looks like a little bird and that is fun. Unfortunately, it is going to be exclusive to Pokémon Y, but I think that most of my friends are getting that one so I should be good on that front. It has access to aromatherapy, so it may be a cleric. I also would not like it if they forced the fairies to be clerics. It will limit their ability to diversify the type. Although, I am a fan of this design.

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Do you guys remember Clauncher and Skrelp? Well, it turns out that they have been separated from one another. That is right, Clauncher will be a Pokémon X exclusive and Skrelp will be a Pokémon Y exclusive. I think that Pokémon X won this round of the split, but that may just be my personal opinion. I am curious to see what happens from here on out. For the most part, I am pretty satisfied with the new Pokémon designs. I just hope that X gets nice exclusives. I hope that they continue to give us new dual types and I think that they will. Steel/Ghost and Dark/Psychic have been requested for quite some time now. Also, Scrafty brought us Dark/Fighting in the last generation and I know that people wanted that. I am still waiting on that Poison/Dragon, but I think that they may not bring us a lot of new dragons in this game. The introduction of fairy-type was meant to nerf dragons, so introducing more would seem odd to me. Oh well, I can’t wait for the next reveal. October 12 can’t get here soon enough.

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