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Starters Evolutions and More News!

Starter Evolution
Pokemon has dropped a lot of new news today featuring Starter Evolutions, Guardian Deities, and seeing old friends!

Starter Evolutions
Big Owl
Category: Arrow Quill Pokemon
Type: Grass/Ghost
Ability: Overgrow

Rowlet’s final evolution undergo a few changes as it drops the Flying typing and gains a Ghost typing. This is certainly a surprise as it now walks the land. Decidueye certainly plays up the archer role as it now fires arrows from it’s quills.

Below is what Pokemon has to say about Decidueye.

This Pokemon is able to move about while completely masking its presence from others. Once an opponent has lost sight of it, Decidueye seizes the chance to attack it unawares. In a tenth of a second, Decidueye plucks an arrow quill from within its wing and sends its hurtling toward its target. Its speed is astonishing, but not more so than its precise aim, which enables the arrow quill to pierce a target through and through from half a mile or more away! Decidueye usually acts very cool, but it can become terribly flustered in unexpected situations like a surprise attack.

A skilled Decidueye can boast acrobatic curved shots. It seems some are also able to shoot arrows that reach up through the sky, only to come drilling down from above, piercing multiple targets one after another.

Spirit Shackle is a Ghost-type physical move that only Decidueye can learn. An opponent hit with this move will become unable to flee from battle or switch out for an ally.

Big Cat
Category: Heel Pokemon
Type: Fire/Dark
Ability: Blaze

Litten also goes through a few changes as it becomes Incineroar. It takes a wrestler role and acts like a heel. A heel is an unlike wrestler who does underhanded techniques. It certainly looks like it as it loves to breaks the rules by ignoring stat changes.

Here is what Pokemon has to say about Incineroar.

As its fighting spirit increases, the flames that Incineroar produces within its body burst from its navel and waistline. Since the flames somewhat resemble a championship belt, they’re known as its “flame belt,” and the Pokemon unleashes moves that use flames from it. In the heat of battle, Incineroar shows no concern for its opponents—and sometimes even launches attacks that strike the opposing Trainer! As a result, many tend to dislike this Pokemon and keep it at a distance.

If a crowd watching it battle is pumped up, Incineroar’s fighting spirit will burn brighter. But a lackluster crowd can make it lose focus or fight shoddily. When it receives the admiration of young Pokemon and children, it may keep up its cold attitude on the outside, but in its heart of hearts, Incineroar is immensely happy. It loses the desire to fight when faced with a Pokemon that’s clearly weak or injured, and it sometimes gets taken advantage of as a result.

Darkest Lariat is a Dark-type physical move that only Incineroar can learn, and it allows Incineroar to deal damage while ignoring the effects of any stat changes that the target might otherwise be affected by.

Big Seal
Category: Soloist Pokemon
Type: Water/Fairy
Ability: Torrent

Primarina has certainly grow a lot since Popillo. It has gain a mermaid look and has become an even more amazing diva. It does keep the water balloons aspect from Popillo.

Here is more information about Primarina.

As it dances, Primarina releases balloons of water into the area around itself, moving them using the sound waves from its voice. The sight of moonlight reflecting off its glittering balloons creates a magical scene. Since Primarina controls its balloons using its voice, any injury to its throat can become a grave problem. Its greatest enemies are arid environments and the overuse of its voice during back-to-back battles.

Among the balloons that Primarina releases, some explode when touched, while others do not. Primarina jump on the non-exploding balloons while they make sport of their opponents, and they use the exploding variety to trigger chained explosions!

Primarina’s songs have many variations, and each one changes the motions of the balloons. It has been observed that songs are shared among Primarina living together, so different colonies end up knowing different songs.

Sparkling Aria is a Water-type special move that only Primarina can learn, and it heals the burns of any target it strikes.

Guardian Deities

The Guardian Deities for each island of Alola was introduced today. Each one has an ability that places a terrain on the field.

Fairy Bull
Tapu Bulu
Category: Land Spirit Pokemon
Type: Grass/Fairy
Ability: Grassy Surge

Ula’Ula Island’s guardian deity is named Tapu Bulu who has a connection to the earth. Below is some information about Tapu Bulu.

Tapu Bulu has the power to manipulate vegetation and cause it to grow. It can use this power on its own horns—which are made of wood—changing their shape or making them larger. This can come in handy in battle! This stolid Pokemon is not very active. People’s opinions differ on whether it’s as docile as it seems, or if the reason it doesn’t move much can be chalked up to simple laziness.

Tapu Bulu does not like unnecessary battles or frightening other Pokemon. Because of this, it makes a loud ringing noise with its tail to alert those nearby of its presence. Although Tapu Bulu may not like to start battles, it shows no mercy when dealing with evildoers. It’s said that when thieves once broke into its ruins, it punished them by swinging trees around like massive clubs.

Tapu Bulu can learn Nature’s Madness, an attack that slams a target with all of nature’s rage, which reduces the target’s HP by half.

Tapu Bulu’s Ability is Grassy Surge, an Ability that no Pokemon has previously had. With Grassy Surge, the field will be turned into Grassy Terrain when Tapu Bulu appears in battle, boosting the power of any Grass-type moves used by Pokemon on the ground and restoring a bit of HP to them each turn. It also halves the damage taken from the moves Earthquake, Magnitude, and Bulldoze.

Fairy Fish
Tapu Fini
Category: Land Spirit Pokemon
Type: Water/Fairy
Ability: Misty Surge

The guardian deity of Poni Island is named Tapu Fini. This Pokemon can create Misty Terrain which half the power of Dragon type moves. More information can be found below.

This Pokemon is able to create a special water that purifies both mind and body. But Tapu Fini requires that supplicants wishing to obtain the purifying water demonstrate the strength to withstand the tapu’s fog. Many humans have tried to withstand Tapu Fini’s fogs in pursuit of its purifying water. Among them were some with evil intentions, which may be the reason for Tapu Fini’s sense of disgust and lack of interest in appearing to people.

Tapu Fini is able to attack by manipulating water. Since it hates to risk harm to itself during battle, it prefers to create a thick fog that puts opponents in a trance and leads them to destroy themselves. Tapu Fini’s expression remains listless even when it’s unleashing moves. Some people say that it might look this way because using its moves is so exhausting. The Pokemon’s Nature’s Madness attack slams a target with all of nature’s rage, reducing the target’s HP by half.

Tapu Fini’s Ability is Misty Surge, an Ability that no Pokemon has previously had. With Misty Surge, the field will be turned into Misty Terrain when Tapu Fini appears in battle, halving the damage taken by Pokemon on the ground from Dragon-type moves and preventing them from being afflicted with status conditions or confusion.

Fairy Jelly
Tapu Lele
Category: Land Spirit Pokemon
Type: Psychic/Fairy
Ability: Psychic Surge

Tapu Lele is the guardian deity of Akala Island. It can create a new terrain call Psychic Terrain. This new terrain move prevents priority moves from happening.

Here is more information about Tapu Lele.

There is a legend which says that long ago Tapu Lele once brought an end to war between the islands of Alola by scattering its scales and soothing the tired warriors.

Tapu Lele scatters glowing scales that physically affect others—providing stimulation to their bodies and healing their illnesses or injuries. But these scales can be dangerous as well, because a body can’t withstand the changes brought about by contact with too many scales at the same time. It will scatter its scales over humans and Pokemon for its own enjoyment; while it is innocent in one sense, there is also cruelty in the way it casually brings others to ruin.

If Tapu Lele doesn’t have much energy stored in its shell, it may lack the strength to seize victory in a head-on battle. With this in mind, it tends to prioritize not losing a battle over actually beating a foe, and it’s skilled at strategies such as inflicting status conditions on opponents.

Nature’s Madness slams a target with all of nature’s rage, reducing the target’s HP by half. Psychic Terrain is a move that no Pokemon was previously able to learn, and using it will boost the power of any Psychic-type moves used by Pokemon on the ground and prevent them from being hit by priority moves.

Tapu Lele’s Ability is Psychic Surge, an Ability that no Pokemon has previously had. With Psychic Surge, the field will be turned into Psychic Terrain when Tapu Lele appears in battle, boosting the power of any Psychic-type moves used by Pokemon on the ground and preventing them from being hit by priority moves.

Each Guardian Deity has a special Z move call Guardian of Alola.

Guardian of Alola is a Z move which allows the deity to create an avatar and smashes the opponent to deal damage equal to 75% of the target’s remaining HP.

New and Alola Pokemon
Category: Nebula Pokemon
Type: Psychic
Ability: Unaware

Cosmog is a mysterious Pokemon that isn’t known by many in Alola. It looks similar to the two cover Legendaries of Alola and the Aether Foundation is interested in it.

Here is more information about Cosmog.

This extremely rare Pokemon is known to only a select few in Alola. At one time, it was known only by the kings of Alola and their heirs, and it was called “the child of the stars.” The Aether Foundation is researching this unusual Pokemon, and one of the professors at the foundation recently dubbed it Cosmog.

Cosmog is very curious and shows no fear of people or Pokemon. If you treat it with any consideration at all, it will take an immediate liking to you. This personality trait often leads it into danger.

Its gaseous body is so lightweight that it’s sent flying when the wind blows. When light falls on this Pokemon, Cosmog absorbs it and grows.

Fat Cat
Alola Persian
Category: Classy Cat Pokemon
Type: Dark
Ability: Fur Coat/Technician

Alola Persian has enjoyed the lap of luxury. Supposly the round face of Alola Persian is a sign of the rich in Alola.

The round face of Alolan Persian is a symbol of the rich Alola region, and it is held to be a Pokemon of great beauty. It is such a distinctive Pokemon of the Alola region that all Persian are well protected, and strict inspections are required before tourists can be permitted to take one back to their home region.

Persian is highly intelligent, with an even higher opinion of itself. In general, it looks down on everything other than itself. It doesn’t tend to grow attached to its Trainer, either, so it’s a difficult Pokemon to have as a partner in battle.

Its exquisite coat shines with the glow of high quality and enchants both humans and Pokemon. For this reason, it is a very popular Pokemon in the Alola region.

It usually puts on a refined act, but once a battle begins, it will indulge in the most underhanded of tactics, including surprise attacks, trickery, and even foul play. Yet its haughty personality causes it to underestimate its opponents, and it’s often taken in by their counterattacks.

The Battle Tree
Batte Tree
The Battle Tree is a place in Alola where strong trainers who have completed the Island Challenge or strong enough to complete gather to battle. All of the trainers at the Battle Tree are of the highest caliber. Some of the trainers you may battle at the Battle Tree include Kanto prodigies: Red and Blue.

You are also able to scout trainers who you have defeated to act as your partner in future battles. Some of these potential partners include Cynthia and Wally.

The Alola Pokemon League
Alola League
Most regions in the Pokemon world has a Pokemon League. This is where the Elite Four and the Champion await strong trainers who have proven their merit. Once they have arrived then those strong trainers can challenge the Elite Four and eventually the Champion.

The Alola region is different because it doesn’t have a Pokemon League but it sounds like they are on the way to get one. The Alola Pokemon League has begun construction on the highest point in Alola, Mount Lanakila. Perhaps we can see gyms in a post game?

Learn more about the latest news and see everything in action by watching the video below! Are you getting hyped?

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