Sunday, 16 October 2016

Themed Thursday #1 - Wilderness

As part of a recent theme from a group I am a part of. The creator has started up 'Themed Thursday', where a word is chosen and you can pick any medium to create something revolving around it. 

As I am a creative writer, I decided to do something in relation to that. Coming up with a short story using elements of the word of this week, which was 'Wilderness'. I will be creating one of these to go with each theme, so I can get back into my creative writing. 

'Through the dense canopy that blanketed the Ascendance Woodland below, sounds of terror and dismay could be heard as a young man fled for his life. Traversing these woods was difficult at the best of times, as not even the smallest glimmer of light could penetrate the opaque vegetation but to do so whilst running was practically suicide.

The Ascendance Woodland was so dark, it was almost impossible to see the trees in front of your face. Even the brightest of torches barely pierced through the darkness. Roots sprang up from the ground, parched of water. Hoping to catch even the tiniest bit of moisture and entangling around other trees that were close by. Steep hills that cascaded down to the Dylanek River below were prevalent, anyone could easily trip or fall to their deaths but the young man kept running.

Tirelessly and breathlessly he managed to hide behind a tree that he reached out for in the darkness. He tried to calm himself down and steady his nerves, but the deafening screeching filled the air causing him to panic. It was impossible to know where it was coming from, it sounded like it was coming from all directions up above. The young man could hear animals fleeing terror as they scurried away to find cover, that’s when he heard the rustling. This was different from the usual sounds of the breeze rustling the trees. This was focused, like it was looking for something until it suddenly stopped. The young man calmed slightly but something inside him still felt uneasy. Looking up slowly, that is when he saw them. A set of piercing yellow eyes staring directly at him from the Canopy above, they shone straight through the darkness illuminating the man as clear as day.

The young man began to panic as the eyes charged towards him, roaring in his direction. The man cowered in fear as the creature launched itself at him.

His screams could be heard for miles around; birds that flocked in the foliage flew away in terror at the screams of the young man. His fate was sealed and the Beast of Ascendance Woodland took another victim.

“And to this day, the people of this quaint little Hamlet say they can hear the roars of the creature that guards the woods. On the night of a full moon if you look carefully you can see the creatures eyes staring back at you...that is why children we tell this story to this day. To serve as a lesson that we need to live in harmony with the beast, we leave it alone and it leaves us alone. As soon as you set foot into its domain, it will hunt you until it has caught its prey”

As this father told the legend to his children, screams from deep inside the wood could be heard. Another soul had fallen to the Beast of Ascendance Woodland.'

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Sheer Shod....cast

On this weeks Shodcast, myself and Daniel cover a variety of topics. Including Pokemon, Marvel news, some returning features that we haven't talked about for a few episodes. 

We hope you enjoy this weeks Shodcast and continue to tune in ready for the next one! 

Friday, 19 August 2016

Pokemon Sun & Moon new Pokemon

A few weeks ago the magazine CoroCoro revealed a selection of Pokemon. Three of these new Pokemon did not have any information regarding them in English, however they have now been revealed at the Pokemon World Championships along with another new Pokemon.

The first of these new Pokemon is the Sand Heap Pokemon, Sandygast. This is a Ghost/Ground type Pokemon with the new ability Water Compaction. This ability allows its defence to go up by 2 stages if it's hit with a Water type move.

The official site states

'A Sandygast emerges when the grudges of Pokemon and other creatures soak into the sand after they fall in battle. In essence, it's a possessed lump of sand! 

If you heedlessly grab a Sandygast's shove, you'll fall under the Pokemon's control. A Sandygast uses its power to manipulate children into gathering sand to increase the size of its body. If a Sandygst loses its shovel, it may put up a tree branch, a flag, or another item in its place. These Sandygast are wanderers in search of their own shovels. 

The tunnel-like mouth of a Sandygast can suck the vitality from people and Pokemon. Apparently it's a test of courage in the Alola region to put your hand in a Sandygast's mouth.'

Next up is the evolution of Sandygast, the Sand Castle Pokemon Palossand. Like its pre-evolution it has the new ability Water Compaction. This Pokemon drags Pokemon down into the sand where it steals their life force.

The official site states

'Palossand controls human adults, making them build a sand castle that provides camouflage and also raises its defensive abilities. Unlike Sandygast, if Palossand loses some of the sand from its body, it can restore itself on its own. When moving about in search of prey, the shovel on top of Palossand's head revolves. It's said that the shovel could be serving as some kind of radar.

Palossand loves the vitality of Pokemon and drags small Pokemon into its body so it can steal their life force. Its sandy vortex swallows them up in a heartbeat! Pokemon dragged into Palossand leave traces of their ill will behind. It's thought that this negative energy may be the starting point of a new Sandygast...'

Next up is the Flailing Pokemon, Stufful. This is the pre-evolution of Bewear, it is Normal/Fighting type and has the same abilities as its evolution. Fluffy or Klutz.

The official site states

'Stufful's cute appearance and movements - plus the fluffy feel of its fur - all combine to make it super popular!

This Pokemon may have a small body, but its strength is extraordinary. Receiving one of its powerful hits without being prepared for it can bring down even well-trained Pokemon!

The truth is that Stufful doesn't really like being touched. It hates being hugged tightly and will flail its arms in protest.'

The final Pokemon revealed in this trailer has not been seen before. This is the Boxing Pokemon, Crabrawler. It is a pure fighting type with the abilities of either Hyper Cutter or Iron Fist.

The official site states

'Crabrawler has a personality that really hates to loses, and it's driven not only to aim for a higher position than its fellows in terms of social standing, but literally to aim for a higher position in the landscape. Perhaps as a result, it's sometimes found clinging to tall people or to the walls of buildings! If you try to remove one against its will, you'll be met with a sound punch. 

Crabrawler's favourite food is Berries. It punches the trunks of trees to give the branches a good shake and knock any ripe Berries to the ground so it can feast! Many Crabrawler may gather around a tree, but only the one that emerges victorious in battle against all the others receives the privilege of eating the ripe Berries. 

Crabrawler uses its claws to protect its face and belly while getting in close to an opponent to throw punches. Its punches are powerful enough to split tree trunks! Crabrawler's pincers are sometimes torn off during its bouts - and they are said to be delicious.'

Here is the official trailer showing each of these Pokemon in action.

Pokemon Sun & Moon is coming out in November this year, are you looking forward to it? What version will you get if you are? What other new Pokemon would you like to see? 

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Pokemon Sun and Moon Turtonator

A new Pokemon was revealed during the Pokemon show at Gamescom, this Pokemon is the Blast Turtle Pokemon Turtonator.

This Pokemon is Fire/Dragon type with the Shell Armour ability. It has a new move called Shell Trap. This move sets a trap at the beginning of a turn, if Turtonator is then hit by a physical attack in the same turn. It will cause an explosion that deals greater damage to the opponent.

The official site states

'Because Turonator lives on volcanoes, feeding on sulfur and other materials found near volcanic craters, its shell has a layer of explosive material - mostly sulfur. When something strikes this Pokemon, sparks fly from the horns on its shell, igniting an explosion!

In areas around volcanic craters, this Pokemon camouflages itself as a rock and waits for prey. At the moment when its prey steps onto the back of its shell, Turtonator strikes its shell with its own tail, triggering an explosion!

The explosive blasts triggered from Turtonator's back are released through an orifice located on the middle front of the Pokemon's body. This is Turonator's weak point. Attacks landing on its stomach will cause it a great deal of damage. 

Injustice 2 Character Roster so far

Before E3 back in June, NetherRealm Studios dropped an announcement trailer for the sequel to their DC fighter 'Injustice Gods Among Us'. Revealing a select few characters in CG free for all, they then went on to show gameplay at E3 showing those characters in action along with some more new characters.

Not only that but at Comic Con and Gamescom 4 more characters have been revealed. Here is a look at the currently revealed roster and some trailers from the latest reveals.

Starting off with one of the returning characters from the first game. The King of Atlantis is back with his trusty trident, a wide variety of new tricks and his signature Great White Shark from his finisher back in Injustice.

In the first game, Aquaman was one of the heroes who was sent to the alternate Earth that was being ruled by Superman. He fought his corrupt self who worked for Superman and managed to win with his allies before being sent home. It is unknown if this game is set on Earth 1 or Earth 2 after Superman sets out to get his revenge. If this is Earth 1 Aquaman, he may be doing all he can to defend his Kingdom from the corrupted Superman of Earth 2. If it is Earth 2 Aquman, he may be trying to regain his honour after submitting to Superman.

The Dark Knight himself who had a major role in the first games story. Batman is back with a new arsenal of attacks and gadgets.

In the original story, Batman from Earth 1 was brought to Earth 2 by there Batman along with some of his allies. In order to stop the corrupted Superman. The two Bruce Wayne's along with Earth 1's Superman managed to succeed, and Earth 1's Batman was sent home. However after Superman escapes, Earth 2 Batman would be the first person Superman would go for before breaking through to Earth 1. Batman appears ready to do battle with the fallen Kryptonian once again.

After the death of Lois Lane by his own hands caused by the Joker. Clark Kent killed the psychopathic Clown in cold blood and started his own Regime. Trying to protect the world, he in fact enslaved it because he thought it was the right thing. However he was stopped by Earth 1's Superman and locked away in a Kryptonite prison. His eyes began to glow before the credits rolled, indicating his escape.

Out for revenge on not only Batman from his world, he has a bone to pick with the heroes of Earth 1. Will they be able to stop him this time? Will he beat Earth 1's Superman after his humiliating defeat?

The Flash
Having risen to TV fame in recent years and getting his role in the Justice League movie. It is no wonder Barry Allen is back as a returning character for Injustice 2. Bringing his Speedster skills to battle. 

His role in the first game primarily followed the events of Earth 2 Flash. Who had joined up with Superman's regime, however after witnessing the death of Shazam at the hands of Superman he switched allegiance. Finding his old friend the Green Arrow who was from Earth 1 alive and well, he promised to hand himself in after the end of the battle with Superman. This could be Earth 2's Flash atoning for his past mistakes or Earth 1's Flash attempting to stop Superman. 

With the recent popularity of the Flash TV show, could we see Reverse Flash or Zoom as rival characters for Barry?

Wonder Woman
Another returning character who was revealed back at Comic Con. It is no surprise she is back in this title, with her role being quite major in the first game as well as her recent success in Batman vs Superman. She brings her lasso, sword and shield back into battle with her.

The first game followed the events of Earth 1's Wonder Woman, who along with Batman and others was brought to Earth 2 to overthrow Superman. Her Earth 2 counterpart was Superman's second in command and stepped in to stop the heroes on numerous occasions. Earth 1 Wonder Woman managed to stop her and reclaim the Amazonian honour before she returned back to her own world.

Harley Quinn
The final revealed returning character, Haryley Quinn was revealed this week at Gamescom. Once again due to her recent role in the Suicide Squad movie and her general popularity, it is no wonder she is back. She appears to be bringing a lot of her old moves back but also bringing some new ones, most notably her two guard dogs.

In the first title, Harley was on Batman's side after the death of the Joker. She only did this as she needed somebody to follow, however Earth 1's Joker turned up and began to mess with her head and call her weak for siding with the heroes. Now it appears with the Joker no longer around, Harley has become stronger and in turn more unstable.

Kara Zor-El makes her first appearance into the series as the first revealed new addition. With her gaining her own TV show as Supergirl, her popularity has increased and as such she made it into the roster. Kara is Clarks cousin, however based on the trailer it doesn't appear she is happy to see Superman.

Supergirl brings a lot of the moves Superman is known for, however due to her smaller and less bulky size she moves much faster.

A being of hatred and rage that leads the Red Lantern Corps. Atrocitus makes his first appearance into the series accompanied by Dex-Star, after the Green Lantern and Sinestro appeared in the first game, could this mean that neither of these character will appear because of Atrocitus addition? Or that his addition confirms that the Green Lantern will be in it? Focusing his hate on the Green Ringed hero. 

Gorilla Grodd
Due to the recent success of the Flash TV show, Gorilla Grodd as appeared in a few episodes. With his latest one appearing at a Primate Sanctuary on Earth 2 where he will no doubt lead a rebellion. This talking and highly intelligent Gorilla was a surprise addition for many, however his success in the show may have had a result in his addition. Fighting both the Flash in the show and the Justice League in the comics, he is a great fit for the game. 

Blue Beetle
Revealed alongside Wonder Woman at Comic Con, the Blue Beetle was a shock announcement. Taking the form of Jamie Reyes, who took on the mantle of the Blue Beetle after a magic scarab attached itself to his back. This allows him to produce different weapons and body armour for his protection, making him an interesting choice to the roster. It is great to see the lesser known or less popular heroes being added into the series, to give them a chance to shine. 

The final revealed character so far. Like others Deadshot has risen in popularity in recent years, with his inclusion in the TV show Arrow, along with his appearance in the Suicide Squad movie. It is no wonder he has made it into the roster for Injustice 2. Using a wide variety of guns, he blasts his way through his opponents. However his appearance here may mean the absence of Deathstroke who has in the first game.  

To go with these roster run down, here are the reveal trailers for Harley Quinn + Deadshot and Wonder Woman + Blue Beetle.

Injustice 2 will be coming to Playstation 4 and Xbox One in 2017, who would you like to see in this roster?

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Pokemon Sun & Moon more info!

The magazine CoroCoro has started to leak, and as such a plethora of new information has begun to emerge regarding Sun & Moon.

Starting with the new Pokemon, CoroCoro has revealed four Pokemon. Bare in mind that these are the Japanese names and no information regarding their western names has been revealed

First up is the pre-evolution of Bewear, this is the Pokemon 'Nuikoguma' and it is also Normal/Fighting type like its evolution. Nothing has been stated about its abilities but it will likely have Klutz or Fluffy like Bewear.

Next up is the fish Pokemon 'Yowashi', this is a pure Water type and it has an ability to change its appearance into a larger fish. How it does this is unknown but it could work similar to other abilities where its HP goes below a certain point. 

The next Pokemon are the Sandcastle Pokemon, the little one is 'Sunabaa' and the evolution is called 'Shirodesuna'. These Pokemon are both Ghost/Ground type. Looking at the image it appears they might have arena trap, to keep grounded Pokemon from escaping from battle. 

A confirmation was given regarding next months issue, it states that there will be a poster featuring Rockruff's 'Secret Evoltuion' 

Continuing on, two new Alola forms were revealed. Having missed the last update, Alolan forms are redesigns and retypes of previous generation Pokemon, however so far it has only been Gen 1 Pokemon. So it is unknown if Gen's 2-6 will get any Alolan form changes. 

The ones revealed in the last update were

Exeggutor - Grass/Dragon with the ability Frisk
Vulpix - Ice with the ability Snow Cloak
Ninetales - Ice/Fairy with the ability Snow Cloak
Sandshrew - Ice/Steel with the ability Snow Cloak
Slandslash - Ice/Steel with the ability Snow Cloak

Now to go with these, CoroCoro has revealed

Alolan Meowth which is a Dark type. Meowth developed this after being bred by the royal family of Alola.

Alolan Marowak which Fire/Ghost type. Maraowak developed this in response to its natural predators in order to resist them.

Nothing has been stated about their abilities so far, but keep checking back for more information.

CoroCoro also revealed information regarding the evil team of this generation. This team is called 'Team Skull' however it is unknown if this will be their english name. They appear to be punks and renegades, so they might not have a world ending plot like many of the previous evil teams. They may just want to cause chaos. The leader of the team is called 'Guzma' and the girl is called 'Plumeri', these are not their official English names.

That is all the information that was shown in CoroCoro, there will be another Pokemon Sun & Moon based update on the 12th August. What that entails is still unknown, could it be an official reveal of Team Skull? Could their be new Pokemon shown? Keep checking back to find out!

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Pokemon Sun & Moon even more new Pokemon!

A new batch of Pokemon have been revealed for Sun & Moon! A trailer showcasing each of these was shown. With some other features shown as well.

The first of these new Pokemon was shown in CoroCoro last week. This is the Pokemon 'Mimikyu', it is the Disguise Pokemon, with the Ghost/Fairy type combination. It has the ability 'Disguise', a new ability that allows Mimikyu to escape damage from an attack just once.

The official site states

'Mimikyu lives its life completely covered by its cloth and is always hidden. People believe that anybody who sees its true form beneath the cloth will be stricken with a mysterious illness. People in the Alola region are convinced that you must never try to peek beneath its covering. Mimikyu's health fails when it's bathed in rays of the sun, so it prefers to stick to dark places. It's rumoured that the reason it covers itself with a cloth is to avoid sunlight. 

The rising popularity of Pikachu-styled merchandise around 20 years ago is the reason that Mimikyu makes itself look like Pikachu. In fact, this Pokemon is dreadfully lonely, and it thought it would be able to makes friends with humans if only it looked like Pikachu.

Mimikyu's Pikachu-like appearance is due to its Disguise ability. In order to resemble Pikachu, this Pokemon makes patterens that look like eyes and a mouth appear on regular scrap of cloth' 

Next up is the second Pokemon revealed in CoroCoro, this is the Strong Arm Pokemon 'Bewear', it is a Normal/Fighting type Pokemon with the abilities, Klutz or a Fluffy. A new ability that halves the damage taken from attacks that make direct contact, but it doubles the damage from Fire type moves.

The official site states

'When Bewear is acting in a friendly fashion, just swinging its arms around, you must never dare to approach it carelessly. It is acknowledged to be a dangerous Pokemon, even within the Alola region. You may see warning signs posted near places it resides. 

When Bewear grows fond of its Trainer, it may show that feeling in a fond embrace - but the force of that hug is tremendous! Trainers must teach these Pokemon how to restrain their strength when showing affection.

Some wild Bewear use amazing martial-arts moves. Apparently the Pokemon learn these moves by watching Black Belts practising when they go'out to train in the woods.

Bewear's arms and legs are strong and highly developed. Its powerful spine enables it to lift objects weighing a ton or more. It loves to give crushing bear hugs - a tight hug from this Pokemon's arms will split anything at all in two!' 

Next up is the Turn Tail Pokemon, 'Wimpod', it is Bug/Water type. A combination only used by Surskit back in Generation 3. This scaredy little Pokemon has the new ability 'Wimp Out' where it will run away or switch out for another Pokemon when its HP falls below half.

The official site states

'Wimpod have a cowardly nature and are wary of noises and sudden movements. If you approach them in a group, they'll immediately run off. When Wimpod feel threatened, they spit out a poisonous liquid. The stench of this toxic fluid signals others that danger is near. Despite their extreme cowardice, their curiosity leads Wimpod to approach people or Pokemon that are standing still. 

Wimpod eat and store anything they find fallen on the ground. They also scavenge any garbage that's been dropped in the sea, so they're highly valued cleaners. They sometimes carry pearls or other valuable items, so humans or Pokemon like Murkrow may target them. 

Next is the Fruit Pokemon, 'Bounsweet'. This is a pure Grass type Pokemon and comes with the abilities of Leaf Guard or Oblivious.

The official site states

'Because it exudes a delicious smell from its entire body, Bounsweet is popular with Pokemon and people of the Alola region. Bounsweet's scent has a calming effect on humans, so many people let them live inside their homes as a sort of air freshener. Unfortunately, it's sometimes swalloed whole by Pokemon drawn to its aroma. 

When running away from other Pokemon, Bounsweet flees danger by skipping along the ground. Since its bouncy movements don't convey to others that it's actually in desparate flight, no one ever comes to its aid. 

When attacked by enemies, it drives them off by rotating the calyx on its head. The downside is how dizzy it gets afterwards!'

The fifth Pokemon revealed is the Posy Picker Pokemon, 'Comfey'. This Pokemon is a pure Fairy type and it resembles the Hawaiian flower necklaces. It comes with the abilities of Flower Veil and the new ability 'Triage', which gives restorative moves gain the highest priority in battle.

The official site states

'Comfey picks flowers and always carries them around. It makes a ring of blossoms and spreads oil from its body on it, which changes the flowers so they emit a soothing fragrance. It has a habit of giving these flower rings to those it's fond of. The aroma can soothe both itself and its allies. Comfey also helps with the treatment of people and Pokemon at Pokemon Centres and hospitals, thanks to its aroma. 

When attacked by other Pokemon, it throws its flowers and them to create an opening, and then it either flees or strikes back.'

The sixth and final Pokemon revealed is the Draft Horse Pokemon, 'Mudsdale'. This is a pure ground type Pokemon with the abilities of either Own Tempo or a new ability 'Stamina', this allows its defence to increase by 1 every time it is hit by an attack. It gets the attack 'Highhorse power', a new ground type attack.

The official site states

'Mudsdale is known for its powerful body as well as its emotional fortitude, which keeps it from being agitated by anything. It never cries out, no matter what kind of trouble it's in, and it defeats its opponents with a single powerful blow. Its legs are coated in protective mud, and the weight of this coating increases the force of its kicks. One kock, and a car is a pile of scrap! 

Mudsdale's running speed is not too swift, but it has excellent power and stamina. It can carry on for three days and three nights despite dragging loads of over 10 tons!

When mudsdale gallops in earnest, the power of each hoof-clop can dig out huge holes, even in asphalt. Mudsdale is forbidden to run on some of Alola's public roads.'

Along with these 6 brand new Pokemon, two other features were discussed in the trailer and on the official site.

The first is in regards to the Pokemon Global link. This feature will be ending its service for the Generation 6 games of 'X', 'Y', 'Omega Ruby' and 'Alpha Sapphire'. It will then be updated for Pokemon Sun & Moon with new features added for players to enjoy.

Not only will you be able to take part in the online competitions and live competitions. Players will be able to host their own friendly competitions. Players are able to create these competitions and set their own regulations for them. Friendly competitions come in two different styles but it does not say what they are, it allows players to recruit friends to enjoy climactic battles.

The final feature discussed is the new 'Hyper Training' feature, which has never been done in a Pokemon game before. This allows the player to increase the individual strengths of a Pokemon that has reached level 100! Increasing their stats whilst not being able to train them in EXP any further.

This new feature is done by Mr.Hyper, who is a man that loves to collect Bottle Caps. If you bring them to him, he will train your Pokemon via Hyper Training. It does not state where Mr.Hyper is located.

The final point they make on Hyper Training, is that the Magearna the players can obtain will be holding a Bottle Cap. As mentioned above, Mr.Hyper will only assist the player if they have bottle caps.

Pokemon Sun & Moon will be out November this year, 18th for US and Japan, 23rd for Europe.

What do you think to these new Pokemon? What version of Sun & Moon will you be getting?

Keep checking back for more info!

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Pokemon Sun & Moon New Pokemon

A new Pokemon has been revealed for Sun & Moon at Japan Expo by Junichi Masuda. Meet Salandit! The Toxic Lizard Pokemon. This Pokemon is the first Poison/Fire type to the series, it also comes with the new ability 'Corrosion'. This ability lets Salandit poison any type of Pokemon including Poison and Steel, which are both naturally immune to this status ailment.

In looks, Salandit has a bandit appearance as its name suggests. It appears to have a mask over its head that has two extrusions from the base of its neck. This gives the appearance that it is tied on. It also has the appearance of gloves on all its feet.  From part way up its back to the tip of its tail, it has a red symbol that may link to its fire typing.

The official site states.

'Salandit emits toxic gas, together with flames, from the base of its tail. This poisonous gas has a sweet smell, and anyone who unknowingly breathes it in will become dizzy. Salandit is not a very powerful Pokemon, but its cunning nature allows it to battle fiercely by throwing its opponents off balance. 

Salandit females not only release toxic gases, they can also emit pheromones that attract males of all species, including Pokemon and humans. Inhaling these pheromones may cause opponents to be controlled by Salandit's will.'

A trailer was shown for this Pokemon. Showcasing its new ability on a Zubat and Skarmory. It also uses two fire based moves on Komala and Rockruff but it is not clear what they are.

Keep checking back for more Pokemon Sun & Moon news as it comes!!

Monday, 4 July 2016

Pokemon Sun & Moon Guardians theory

Pokemon is a series that has always brought a variety of lore to it from around the world, especially for its Legendary Pokemon. A lot of these Pokemon are based on myths and legends from different countries and religions, where they are theorised to be a representation of that lore.

For instance one theory is that the three Legendary Pokemon of Generation 6 are based on the legend of Yggdrasil from Norse Mythology. The Destruction Pokemon Yveltal supposedly represents Veðrfölnir, a Hawk that resides in the branches of Yggdrasil. The Life Pokemon Xerneas who possibly represents the four stags Dáinn, Dvalinn, Duneyrr and Duraþrór that reside at the base of Yggdrasil, and eat among the branches. And the Order Pokemon Zygarde who's 50% forme may have a basis on Níðhöggr, a dragon who gnaws at the roots of Yggdrasil.

Another theory is that Yveltal is Hræsvelgr a giant eagle who sits at the end of the world, Xerneas is Eikþyrnir a stag that sits atop Valhalla and Zygarde is Jörmungandr a serpent that encircles the earth. Again all centred around legends from Norse Mythology.

With Pokemon Sun & Moon being based on Hawaii, and confirmation that each of the four islands of the new Alola region has a Guardian Pokemon. Here are some theories as to what these Guardian Pokemon may be based on.

As of last week the Pokemon Tapu Koko was revealed as the first Guardian Pokemon of the Alola region. It is the guardian of the first island the player begins on called 'Melemele', which is Hawaiian for Yellow. Looking at the design of Tapu Koko shows it has a Hawaiian Totem look to it, which is a theme that could be shared throughout the other three Guardians. Keeping a similar body shape and the Fairy type but changing the Animal Totem, primary type, colour scheme and Terrain ability for each guardian.  

With the feathered look on its head, the bird like totem attached to its arms, the beak like hands and the current information known about this Pokemon. It is possible that Tapu Koko could be based on the great God 'Kū' or 'Kūkaʻilimoku'. Kū is the god of war and the 'Seizer of Lands'. He was the only God that had sacrifices made to him, notably human sacrifices. 

Kū is often represented by feathered images, which may be a reason as to why Tapu Koko has the bird like Totem head attached to it. This is especially noticeable when it is closed. 

It may be possible that Tapu Koko is based on Kū for these reasons. Pokemon battles are offered as praise to this Pokemon, and maybe it is Pokemon universes form of offerings to their Gods and Guardians. 

It is also interesting to note that Tapu Koko is the Guardian of MeleMele with that translating to yellow. Its colour scheme is heavily focused around it, and it is of the Electric type which is often represented by the colour yellow in some form on their bodies. 

Each Island of Alola is supposedly represented by a colour, which can be seen in the form of a Rainbow on Professor Kukui's hat and various concept pictures of the region. The colours are Red, Blue, Green and Yellow. This could possibly be a homage to the Generation 1 games with it being the twentieth anniversary. With that, could the other Islands be called 'Polu', Hawaiian for Blue. 'UlaUla', Hawaiian for Red. And 'OmaOma', Hawaiian for Green? As the first Island is the Hawaiian for Yellow. This could also be a link to the real world Hawaii as it is known as the Rainbow State. 

With Tapu Koko being the Guardian of MeleMele, its colour scheme being yellow and the possibility of it being based on the Great God Kū. Here are some other possibilities and theories as to what the other three guardians could be based on, and on which Island they could appear. 

The Green Island - Lono
One of the Great Gods of Hawaii. Lono is the Hawaiian God of Agriculture and rain, he appears in the wet season known as 'Ho'olio' bringing rain clouds and winter storms. The rains he brings keep the lands fertile, full of life and lush vegetation. He is believed to be the God who is hidden in dark clouds, helping the land without being seen. 

Legends state that Lono is the being that is responsible for cultivating the plant life on Hawaii, making it look as it appears today. This adds more to the belief of him being the God of Agriculture. He is also associated with the 'Makahiki Celebration'. A time where the hard work of farming and working with the land is celebrated. 

This God is represented by many forms of plants and animals. One that has stood out in various legends of Lono is that he takes the form of a 'Pua'a Hiwa', an all black Pig. The dark rain clouds that sit atop of mountains are sometimes called 'Ke Ao Pua'a', which translates to Pig Clouds. This could be a representation of Lono's form. 

If one of the Guardians is chosen to represent Lono, then it could have a Pig based Totem. To go with the theory that the clouds on top of the mountains are known as Pig Clouds. Not only that but it could also be of the Grass type with Lono being the God of Agriculture, making it a Grass/Fairy type and giving it a green colour scheme. Due to Tapu Koko having the ability 'Electric Surge' that activates Electric Terrain when it comes into battle. It is possible that a Guardian based on Lono could have an ability that activates Grassy Terrain when it appears in battle. Once again adding to theme of agriculture and cultivating the lands. 

The Blue Isalnd - Kanaloa
The third of the Great Gods. Kanaloa is the God of the Oceans, long distance voyages and healing. Compared to the other Gods there is not as much information on him. It is said that Kanaloa is the ocean itself, his body makes up all the waters of the sea. He is often described as a companion to Kāne who is the other of the Four Great Gods. 

Kanaloa has many land based forms but due to his association with the Ocean, he is primarily seen as a Cephalopod like an Octopus or Squid. Other forms he has been referenced as are a 'Nai'a' which is a Dolphin and a 'Koholā' which is a Whale. 

The island of 'Kaho'olawe' is an island that serves as a centre for learning open sea navigation and many healing practices. Due to this it is often named Kanaloa as a reference to the Great God. 

If there is a Guardian Pokemon based on this God, then it is possible that its Totem could be based on a Dolphin, a Whale or some form of Cephalopod. With its primary type being Water as a representation of that fact that Kanaloa is the God of the Oceans. Making its type Water/Fairy and giving it a blue colour scheme. Whilst Tapu Koko has Electric Terrain and a possible Guardian based on Lono could have Grassy Terrain. This only leaves Misty Terrain for Kanaloa, which is a Fairy type move. This could fit the theme of the Oceans creating mists and fogs by having this Terrain ability, or they may create a new terrain that focuses on the water type. However due to the ability Drizzle this may not be the case, but a Guardian based on Kanaloa could have Drizzle to add to its water theme.

The Blue or Red Island - Kāne
The final of the Great Gods. Kāne is said to play a major role in everyday Hawaiian life as he is the force that sustains life in all its forms. He is said to be the sunlight, the fresh water and the food. He is the force of nature that brings life. He is the God of Procreation and Life. 

As mentioned above Kāne and Kanaloa are often described as companions in their mythology. Both create water sources, they travelled around the islands together and opened up new springs which are still flow to this day. Providing life for many generations on all of the different islands of Hawaii. They are often paired in stories where they build fishponds and end famine. Kāne also represents light in the form of the sun, thus he is also known as 'Kānehoalani' which means the sun. 

No animal form was found for Kāne as he mainly appears as the sun, fresh water, rainbows and other forms that do not have a physical body. 

If there is to be a Guardian based on Kāne, it is difficult to know what its Totem could be with no animal representing him. However there are couple of possible types it could have. The first is that due to their companionship Kāne may be used instead of Kanaloa as Water/Fairy type. The other possibility is Fire/Fairy due to his link to the Sun, which would give it a red colour scheme. Like Kanaloa this Guardian could have Misty terrain, a new water terrain or Drizzle if it were to follow the water theme. If it were to follow the fire theme it would have to have a new terrain ability as there were only three introduced into Generation 6. This could be something as simple as Fiery Terrain, or due to Kāne's link to sunlight it could get the Drought ability. However this could counteract Kāne's links to creating water sources. 

The Red Island - Pele
Due to the possibility of Kāne not having an animal representation or possibly being used instead of Kanaloa. A second option was found in the form of the Goddess of the Volcano Pele. She is a well known Goddess in Hawaiian lore, as she is said to be associated with the natural forces of volcanic eruptions that add new lands to the whole of Hawaii.

Like Kāne she does not have an animal form. Instead she is represented by Lava, fire, flames and other forces. However some legends state that she appears in dreams in the form of a woman in the prime of her life, dressed in white. 

This is interesting because of a new character to appear in Pokemon Sun & Moon called 'Lillie'. This character is a young girl who appears in white clothing and seems very different compared to other characters revealed for the games so far. Not only that but on her official reveal she was described as 'Kukui's mysterious assistant'. Lillie is said to dislike battling but loves to read.

It may be strange to think that one of the Guardian Pokemon could be this character in human form. But with her design standing out compared to the other characters, she does not seem to not match the Hawaiian theme and she may come from another region. This is also interesting because the Goddess Pele is also said to have come from far away. The fact she is also described as mysterious, may mean she has more involvement in the plot than just being the Professors assistant. She may be a human representation of Pele. On top of this it was confirmed at the Nintendo Tree House event at E3, that she has some form of Pokemon living in her bag. This could be the Guardian Pokemon of the Volcano, if they are choosing to go down that route. However this is just a possible theory based on the description of Lillie.

If that was the case, then it would be unknown what the Totem for this Guardian would be. however it would most definitely be a Fire/Fairy type with the association of Volcanoes. Giving it a red colour scheme to match it. If it is indeed based on Pele, it could get a terrain move like Kāne called Fiery Terrain or maybe Volcanic Terrain to aid in its fire typing. Drought wouldn't make more sense for this Guardian.

With Pokemon Sun & Moon coming November this year. It will be interesting to see if the Guardian theory is a possible representation of the major Gods of Hawaii. However with Tapu Koko being the only one revealed so far it is impossible to say with 100% certainty. Whatever legend and lore they are based on it will be one that fits the theme of the Alola Region perfectly.  

Friday, 1 July 2016

Pokemon Sun & Moon information run down

New information regarding Pokemon has been revealed today. Going over each Pokemon in detail, as well as finally giving the names of the two Pokemon revealed in CoroCoro a few weeks ago. A trailer with some new information was also included as well as an update on the Sun & Moon website.

Starting off with Tapu Koko, it has been revealed to be the 'Land Spirit Pokemon' with the ability Electric Surge that adds Electric Terrain as soon as it comes into battle. It has a move called Nature's Madness that halves the opponent's HP. The official website gives this description of the Guardian of Melemele.

'Tapu Koko is a special Pokemon that protects the area where it lives. It's called the guardian deity of Melemele Island, one of the islands of the Alola region. Although it's known as a guardian deity, it's a surprisingly fickle Pokemon, and will not necessarily come to your aid if you need help.

Despite that, this Pokemon has a strong sense of curiosity. If it becomes interested in a person or in other Pokemon, it may come to play or battle with them. 

Tapu Koko can store up electricity by enclosing itself in the shells on its arms. And it also appears to enter this form during other, special times...'

The first of the two Pokemon revealed in CoroCoro has been revealed to be called Rockruff, it is the 'Puppy Pokemon' with the abilities of either Keen Eye or Vital Spirit. This Pokemon has also been confirmed to evolve at least once via its description on the main website.

'Rockruff has an excellent sense of smell, and once it has smelled an odour, it doesn't forget it! There are tales of these Pokemon getting separated from their Trainers, then using the faintest traces of their scent to track them for days until they are reunited!

Rockruff is a sociable Pokemon, but as it grows, its disposition gets wilder. If it beings to howl when the sun goes down, that is proof that it's close to evolving. It's said that it leaves its Trainer's side to evolve and returns again when fully evolved. 

Rockruff greet others by rubbing the rocks around their necks against the other. This grating greeting is an expression of fondness, but a Trainer may find that love hurts.'  

The second of the two Pokemon revealed in CoroCoro has been revealed to be called Komala, it is the 'Drowsing Pokemon' with the ability Comatose that prevents it from all status ailments except sleep. The official website describes it as.

'No one has ever seen a Komala awake. It eats, travels, and even battles while sound asleep! Its saliva can be used as medicine for the sick or sleepless, according to ancient people. They say if you take a small amount of the saliva remaining after it eats leaves, water the saliva down, and drink it, you'll be able to sleep well. 

Komala clings to a log pillow that its parents have given to it. Once it has grasped this log, it almost never releases it. If it does lose hold of its log, the Pokemon will be unable to sleep well and will thrash about wildly. Apparently it will sometimes cling to the arm of a Trainer it trusts. 

The ever-sleeping Komala's expression sometimes changes, as if it has awareness of its surroundings and the talking of people nearby. But it appears that these changes in expression are actually just a result of the dreams it's experiencing.' 

Charjabug has been confirmed to be the 'Battery Pokemon' with the new ability Battery that increases the power of ally Pokemon's special moves. It is able to learn the move spark. The official site states.

'Charjabug stays perfectly still in preparation for Evolution, and often spends time with its body half-buried in the earth. Charjabug is able to store up electricity. It can store enough power to run a household for a whole day. The power it stores can be provided to other Pokemon, so it can also serve as a battery!'

Vikavolt is the 'Stag Beetle Pokemon' and is confirmed to have the ability Levitate to stop it being hit by ground type moves. It also has the move Zap Cannon. The official website states.

'Vikavolt is like a fortress that zooms through the forest, firing a beam of electricity from its mouth. Its huge jaws control the electricity it blasts out. 

Vikavolt is adept at acrobatic flight maneuvers like tailspins and sharp turns. It can fly at high speeds even as it weaves its way through the complicated table of branches in the forest. 

Vikavolt clasps Charjabug with its legs and uses it as an extra battery. Even if a battle drags on, it can use the electric power from Charjabug to continue firing off powerful moves. When Vikavolt is engaged in a fierce aerial fight, it releases Charjabug to make itself lighter and increase its mobility.'

The adorable Togedemaru is the 'Roly-Poly Pokemon', it has either the ability Lightning Rod or Iron Barbs. It is able to learn the move Discharge. The official site states.

'Togedemaru is the Roly-Poly Pokemon that gathers electricity and stores it. The long needle that grows from the back of its head works as a lightning rod to attract electricity. With this reservoir of electrical energy, Togedemaru is able to release powerful Electric-type attacks!

Covering its body is a pattern of fur with strands like needles. The means that Togedemaru can roll itself up, and presto-it's a ball of prickles!

Some skilled Trainers have developed the strategy of getting other Pokemon to unleash Electric-type attacks on Togedemaru, which absorbs their power to use in a response attack!
On days when lightning strikes, you can sometimes see Togedemaru gather and bristle up their needles, waiting to be struck by lightning.'

Cutiefly is the 'Bee Fly Pokemon' and is based on a species of the same name. It comes with one of two abilities, either Honey Gather or Shield Dust. The official site states.

'Cutiefly can detect the auras of living things, including people, Pokemon, and plants. They search out flowers by the colour and brightness of their auras and then gather their nectar and pollen. 

When living creatures are excited, it seems that their auras resemble those of flowers in full bloom. As a result, these Pokemon tend to gather near people or Pokemon feeling particularly happy or sad. 

Cutiefly mostly live in the fields and meadows on the outskirts of cities, but they sometimes appear in towns and even inside buildings, drawn in by the emotions of the living beings of the community.'

Drampa is the 'Placid Pokemon' which it comes with one of two abilities, either Sap Sipper or the new ability Berserk that increases its special attack when its HP goes below 50%. The official site states.

'Drampa are dragons that live alone in the mountains 10,000 feet above sea level. Since they can't obtain the Berries they feed on at that range, they descend to the base of the mountains at dawn every day. Drampa love communicating with people and Pokemon. 

Drampa are especially gentle with children and often appear at schools and parks where children gather. 

While Drampa is usually a very gentle Pokemon, it can fly into a rage if a child it cares for is hurt in some way. The Dragon Breath move that it fires off at such times is powerful enough to blow down buildings!'

The final Pokemon is Bruxish which is the 'Gnash Teeth Pokemon. It has two abilities, Strong Jaw or the new ability Dazzling that prevents priority moves from working. The official site states.

'Bruxish emits a strong psychic power from the protuberance on its head. When its opponents are bathed in this power, they're stricken with terrible headaches and fall unconscious. As it emits its psychic power, it grinds its teeth loudly. When nearby Pokemon hear the sound of Bruxish's teeth gnashing, they sense danger and flee immediately. 

In the Alola region, lifeguards let Bruxish remain in their area to prevent dangerous Water-type Pokemon from gathering there.

Bruxish digs holes in the seafloor, leaving just the protuberance on its head exposed, while emitting a low level of psychic power. This serves as a radar, so when it detects prey, it can leap to the attack!'

A trailer show casing all this information along with Zygarde's forms and some snazzy battle music was also released.

Not only this but many pre-release screenshots were shown, giving an indication of what the trade animation looks like, a look at the different environments of the Alola region. It also confirms the return of riding pokemon with a screenshot of someone riding a Stoutland.

The official site also gave this information.

'In the world of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, you'll discover moves more powerful than any seen before, adventures in uncharted locations, and many more delights just waiting to be explored! Get an early look at what's to come. More detailed information about the new features in Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon will be available soon.'

So keep checking back as any new information will be covered here!