Finally there has been a week where Pokémon has become newsworthy again. This means this reporter can finally earn her imaginary money again. It’s still no real money but at least it’s something! With that being said it is time for a new installment of Pink-Poké-News
Pokémon Go has shown a lot of interaction with the community lately, asking to see our shiny captures from last weeks Turtwig hunt, and as per this week asking them who their favorite new starter is. That’s right NEW starter. A bunch of Unova pokémon have been released into the wilds, with pokémon like Lillipup and Patrat (your respective rattata-likes) already coming in their shiny form as well. Like with Sinnoh not all generation V pokémon will be released at the same time, but it’s neat to see some new faces and see them pop up fairly regular, without being to spammingly present. The launch of the unova pokémon has been done fairly well and made the hunt a lot more fun again. A big improvement from the shadow pokémon duplicates.
It has also been announced that Flygon and it’s pre-evolutions Trapinch and Vibrava will be the subject of that weeks hunt. Like always will a fully evolved pokémon get a exclusive event move and lures will last three hours. Capture xp will also pay out threefold , which is a bit lackluster given that we are high level already and would need to capture a billion trapinch to gain a level. As far as design is concerned both shin trapinch and vibrava are quite solid with trapinch becoming a alolan grimer green shade while vibrava goes to a fall like pallet of orange red and yellow. Shiny Flygon however looks quite horrible. Having it’s red outlining replaced with a bright cyan one.. but it’s red eyes and red details replaced by a mustardy yellow and it’s main body going just a shade darker it is not exactly pretty. Unlike some shinies we’ve seen it’s noticeable at least…but it’s not our favorite by far. Regular Flygon looks so much better, this one looks kinda like it’s cousin that still believes it lives in the 90’s. Luckily this week Shiny Yanma and Yanmega launched as well, though hard to get shiny Yanmega looks dropdead gorgeous.
Around the time that this post goes live we will reach the conclusion of Sun and Moon series, with only a goodbye or so remaining in the last episode, depending on how they will pace this last stand off. We saw Ash take the big trophy and win his first pokéleague. The last week the PPN crew had great fun watching this little news topic blow up way beyond its proportions. The news reached several “actual’ news sites, became a hot topic on twitter and inspired a wave of memes. The community lived up again, even those who only were there just to witness the first generation, which was quite beautiful to behold. Even if people grew out of Ash, he became a symbol people still rooted for after twenty two years of losing.. and dying. It was nice to see so many people fondly reminisce about a boy that has brought some great television into their life and was clearly an icon. With how beloved he has proven to be, this would seem like the best send of the character could ever have so we do hope he retires but at the time of speaking it remains to be seen what happens. In this reporter’s post earlier this week we go into depth about the topic and talk about what we want to see in the future.
New Masters in Masters
Pokémon Masters is releasing micro events on a fairly regular basis keeping it nice and active with lots of people to interact with and new trainers to be done. The so called EX-battles which can be considered the games post game content are being regularly replaced and we have gotten three trainer highlight banners so far. We first started with Blue , the rival of Pokémon Red and Blue series, after which we moved to Olivia, the second Kahuna you’ll have to face off against in Pokémon Sun and Moon and their Ultra Counterparts. This week it was time for Lyra, the female version protagonist of Pokémon Heartgold and Soulsilver. She is not to be mistaken for Kris, the protagonist of Pokémon Crystal, which is set in the original Gold and Silver universe. Kris IS on the banner however. Where Kris signature pokémon is Totodile, Lyra comes with Chikorita which is kind off a shame. We get Rosa , the five star grass protagonist of Black and White 2 as a freebie and Brendan the male protagonist from Ruby and Sapphire has his Treecko, which means we already have 3 grass type five stars and we maybe just have 10 five stars in total. If even. (Hard to tell with alternating banners) Which does seem kind of unbalanced. So while Lyra is cute as a button, I would recommend not going to deep moneywise into this banner because while she is nice to collect, I’d rather see some diversity in my teams.
We were exactly right… well 90% right. Sirfetch’D is real! Earlier we talked about a weird glitch appearing on the pokémon website. Like many people I theorised it was Sirfetch’D but I also made some diagrams to show me how I felt it would actually look like! And I was very right! Not only did we complete the correct pokédex sentence, we also managed to deduce how it would function. The only thing we had wrong was the suit of armor. Sirfetch’d is white in colour, so we will assume galarian farfetch’d is as well. What we mistook for his armor was just his pristine white skin. A white knight rather than a knight in shiny armor. We are quite happy with the announcement made as the pokémon looks quite amazing. It is kind of weird why the pokémon is completely a fighting type.. but since it’s leek sword is so important it makes sense he can not fly with it and will not fly without it. Sirfetch’d ability will be steadfast which will boosts the speed stat everytime the pokémon gets flinched. Depending on the physical defence stat of this pokémon this could make him decent enough in the competitive scene as a speedy physical wall or sweeper.
It’s animations in camp look quite fun and overall we do think it’s a nice evolution for a pokémon who thoroughly deserved to have one. Yet be warned because Sirfetch’D is a pokémon Sword Exclusive. That means you will not be able to catch it if you purchase pokémon Shield, of course you can still trade it but if you want to get the duck nice and easy you’ll have to go with the Sword game. This most likely does mean that Pokémon Shield will have a Galarian evolution to call it’s own. Based on our sources, our bet will go out to Galarian Meowth and Galarian Persian. Let’s see if we will be right again.
Question to my Readers:
What do you think of Sirfetch’D
Pikachu is ready for fall
With the seasons changing it’s going to be fall for Pikachu soon, as it like me is a northern hemisphere creature. To celebrate this the Pokémon Centers across the world.. not sure if there are any on the southern half of the world, will have a new figure in their collection. The so called Surprise Fall Pikachu.
It’s not a great figure by any means. It’s readability is really poor and people I show this one too either see it as a Pikachu that got covered in a pumpkin, or a Pikachu under a pizza blanket and one friend thought it was Pikachu melting with the orange being it’s skin and blood mixing, yes I have some messed up friends. Another saw Pikachu covered in mustard and ketchup.. but non really saw Pikachu covered in leafs until they looked at the background for context. That’s a bad thing in my opinion While I do not mind people not knowing who Chibi Moon is and saying.. that’s a weird pose I do actually dislike them saying … Oh dear! What the F happened to Pikachu?! The figure is produced by Funko and features a little Pumpkaboo either, which makes that smashed pumpkin read even more credible. Pikachu also hit the news last week in a more literal away as he ‘hosted’ the ABC-News weather along side Ginger Zee. Apparently the weather segment was being sponsored by Pokémon Go in the wake of the Unova Pokémon release.
While Ginger tells us a bit about Snivy being spotted in the forests we see a Pikachu standing in the studio with her. Afterwards Ginger shared a picture of her and Pikachu on her twitter stating ‘Pokémon are interested in meteorology as well’ to which the official pokémon twitter replied ‘Of course they do, the weather can have impact on attack effectiveness. With a new figure out to celebrate fall and the ability to predict the weather Pikachu sure is ready for the leaves to fall. Let’s hope that when the real one gets hit by a bunch of leafs it looks better than that figurine at least. Better than Ginger’s outfit too!
And that concludes today’s edition of Pink-Poké-News, with quite a few events happening it feels like this week has taken quite a while, it’s been a fun week though with a lot of pokémon news and new experiences for me to go trough. Now it’s time for a well earned rest. Let’s see what the next week brings.
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