Well, it’s destroyed ghost-filled shopping mall time!
L18 wishiwashi – kinda forgot about that one
Also, going up the collapsed pavement to the side lets me have a chat with a trio of murkrow.
Witch Cosplay: So, I guess I should explain what kind of trial this is, huh?
Mostly, you just need to explain it’s not going to be a sucky one like previous.
She explains the building’s all ghosty, and I need to take a picture of the totem pokemon, which I can do by taking pictures of regular ghost types and waiting for it to photobomb. That…sounds pretty good, actually. Different than previous ones but still involving effort on my part.
…or, it could’ve, but apparently it’s a cutscene string instead. Apparently the designers thought noticing the only moving object in the environment and walking over to it on your own was too difficult.
There’s also a pikachu, which I first thought was just a reference to there being wild pokemon infesting the area, but it keeps running around, so of course it’s actually not!pikachu.
I quite like its creepy pikachu picture closet shrine, too.
Seeeeee meee?! it howls so I guess also its ghost powers let it talk. That’s quite interesting, and between this and the fact it apparently can make a crude effigy look like the real thing until now, suggests this is another valid entry into my pokemon that can successfully pass as human category.
…it kicks my ass.
Let’s try that again but with my salandit.
…who turns out to be too slow. Mudbray, though, is durable enough, and has a speed-lowering move.
Many resets later, I manage to finally toxic it to death despite its lum berry. That was actually a real challenge!
Outside, I apparently report to Witch Cosplay about the pokefinder starting up on its own and she mocks my “attempt to scare her” and says, You’ll have to come up with something a bit more believable than that! when…it’s Rotom. There is nothing spooky or even interesting about it triggering without my direct input. There’s not even any room in the back of the shop, for starters! How gullible do you think I am?
Then apparently she does get freaked out. I really don’t get this section. We all know there are ghosts there. And it was all on cutscene rails so there wasn’t even a good chance to explore and get the feel of the area.
I promptly dive back in to find a keychain. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Klefki’s not a possessed keychain, so it’s not ghost-themed, but it is a good fit for inhabiting a discarded urban area. Come to think of it, everything looks pretty new, so it seems the supermarket only just got destroyed. I wonder if this is connected to the rogue kahuna.
Catching it evolves my mudbray into mudsdale.
Its heavy, mud-covered kicks are its best means of attack, and it can reduce large trucks to scrap without breaking a sweat.
Of course, I’m well familiar with it already since it’s a ride pokemon. I’m also just pretty meh about it in general – it’s a horse. It’s a pretty nice looking horse, but if I can replicate it in real life by having an animal walk through red clay, it’s not that impressive an imaginary creature.
Also, the type really bugs me. Why is it pure ground rather than normal/ground when a big point is made that the ground elements are literally pasted on? Sawsbuck was normal/grass and they had plants actually sprouting from their body.
It inserts its horn into chinks in metal, absorbing metal ions. For some reason, it collects keys.
I keep going, finding more keys.
Salandit hits L33! Salazzle.
Filled with pheromones, its poisonous gas can be diluted to use in the production of luscious perfumes.
Then she tries to learn captivate, which is just a standard debuff with the qualifier it only works on the opposite gender. At least attract makes up for its situationalness by being better at incapacitating opponents.
Many pixels have been spilled over salazzle so far. My own opinion: it turns out I’m pretty okay with sexy reptiles so long as you don’t stick boobs on the lizard (or hips on a snake, stop it people). Also, I guess there’s the sense that she’s a perfectly valid pokemon concept that happens to be someone’s fetish more than something that’s only a fetish making it into the game – people can be into snakes without snakes behind inherently a fetish when they appear. Still, four-legged lizard is cuter and there’s already other two-legged lizard pokemon.
Then she helps me catch a golbat!
Sometimes they drink so much blood, they can’t fly anymore. Then they fall to the ground and become food for other Pokemon.
Steenee evolved! Tsareena.
…yeesh, did we really need still more sexy girl pokemon? Especially in the already so well represented field of grass types?
A Pokemon known for the beauty of its well-shaped legs, it sometimes appears as a mascot in advertisements for beauty salons.
Then right after a pokedex entry that’s about nothing but fetishizing its legs, a new move is learned! Trop kick: The user lands an intense kick of tropical origins on the target. This also lowers the target’s Attack stat. Note that most other things that lower attack in the games are stated to be about looking cute, so there’s that extra layer of condescension here.
Anyway, ugh, not a fan. Salazzle looks like an actual animal, while this one has “boots” that cover her “legs” that make up half her body. It’s like if salazzle had actual lingerie on.
Also, over on the islands, a drifblim and shellder have joined me.
Even while under careful observation, large flocks of Drifblim flying at night will inexplicably disappear from view.
And now, back to the deadly grind of the supermarket.
Ah, mimikyu at last.
You’ve made it over the hump for the Ula’ula Pokedex! You’re rolling along azzz smooth as a Poke Ball!
Considering how much of each pokedex is repeats, that’s really not impressive at all.
It’s especially annoying to have Rotom keep chiming in like this when I actually like the way the pokedex is set up – I really like being able to see what’s on each island, and having each island have unique pokemon only would’ve removed the sense of a coherent region. Also, given apparently Rotom only says one thing, we really don’t need to hear that same message for each island.
A lonely Pokemon, it conceals its terrifying appearance beneath an old rag so it can get closer to people and other Pokemon.
But also, it can apparently make some sort of illusion to actually look like the pokemon it’s pretending to be.
Also, there’s a second entry, for the busted costume form. I guess this setup is where the mega pokedex entries will eventually be?
If its neck is broken or its rag torn during an attack, it works through the night to patch it.
It’s an interesting gimmick as well – while it doesn’t totally make sense that a wall of water smacking into it would do precisely enough damage to break the neck and no more, it does seem reasonable that attackers would assume the apparent head was a valid target when it’s likely the entire real creature is closer to the ground.
I’m less convinced by it needing to be half fairy, but then, the games have yet to convince anything needed to be fairy. (Come to think of it, this seems like while trying for a novel type combination they missed an even more interesting one – ghost/normal, for the fact a sizable part of it is undeniably physically there.)