New Pokemon Confirmed

Pokemon Sun and Moon is the home of  gen VII Pokémon . The game, which is out on the 23rd boasts Pokémon ranging from the weird (Exeggcute, I’m talking to you. And don’t even mention Yungoos) to the cool (Litten, Alola Marrowak and Salandit) to the ones which make you wonder whether Game Freak has gone mad (Digglet, you used to be cool but now you’re a blonde bombshell). So which is better: Gen 1 overhauls or brand new designs?

The “Alola Formes” of classic Pokémon are a bit hit and miss. The Pokémon Company nailed Ninetails (who I prefer to the original) and an adorable Raichu, but that’s only half the story. Exeggcute and Digglet have both been ruined and I’m on the fence about Geodude’s evolution chain and Rattata (or Raticate) is a bit hazy.

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Sassy.

And then there are the brand new pocket monsters. About 800 of them. Most haven’t been formally released yet but hackers have managed to obtain sprites and names for most of them and they are more consistently good than Alolan Forms (with the possible exception of the positively ludicrous Drampa).

Gen 7 also introduces 8 “ultra beasts”- super powerful Pokemon that transcend mythics (which transcend legendaries, who transcend normal Pokemon) The only name found so far is UB-01, a jellyfish-like alien which bears a strange resemblance to one of the main characters, but the sprites of the other 7 are great. (Four more human counterparts for the beasts have been found – the gym leaders from the four islands.)

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How on Earth is that thing a Dragon Type?

Overall, I’d say that the Gen 7 are the best of the bunch when it comes to new Pokemon, and despite all the weird new additions, the leaked and hacked Pokemon have only made me want the new games even more. I can’t wait for the 23rd!