Kukui. What would you like to say to me now?
Kukui: Hey there, Bonnibel! Looks like you’re really givin’ it your all. Yeah! You’ve got a lot of Pokemon registered in your Pokedex now!
Rotom: Of course she hazzz! Bonnibel izzz my clever girl! I wouldn’t bother hanging out with some lug of a Trainer who couldn’t fill a Pokedex! Zz-zz-zz!
Kukui: Hahaha! Rotom’s pretty fired up about it, too! Of course, I am, too! So I’ve got a little something for you.
A lucky egg. The faster to raise them and box them.
Kukui: When you have a Pokemon hold a Lucky Egg, it grows up faster! Some evolved Pokemon don’t appear in the wild, so it’s useful to have one of these if you’re trying to fill a Pokedex.
Of course. That’s all that matters. Just a handful of pokemon to raise, a handful of gods to bind, and you’ll have the full set.
I talk to him again.
Kukui: Hey there, Bonnibel! You doing good with your Z-Powers? Burnet and I are looking into them and we think they might have some connection to the energy that pours outta those Ultra Wormholes. An intriguing suggestion, I must admit. Friendship, affection, mega evolution, z-power…there’s no overlap between any of them, is there?
Then he gives me the substitute TM.
I head out to continue my pokedex rampage.
I feel rather conflicted, as this is actually a pretty cool design while most of the object-pokemon are rather meh. But it really does feel like an attempt to be Yokai Watch and not Pokemon.
Also, despite most of its body being metal and it presumably being soaking wet all the time, it’s ghost/grass.
The soul of seaweed adrift in the waves became reborn as this Pokemon. It maintains itself with new infusions of seabed detritus and seaweed.
This would be way better as something more coral/barnacle based, where it’s a smaller creature that normally fuses with rocks but the addition of shipwrecks has created new resources to exploit. We’ve already had a grass/steel, and that keeps the problem that something hanging out in water like this feels like it shouldn’t be weak to fire. But maybe steel/water, or even steel/normal (basically emphasizing the addition of regular life on its metal, plus the 4x weakness to fighting would fit with how rusty metal shouldn’t be particularly strong.) I remember the jellificent line had the /ghost typing stuck on them after their original design because it was a new type combination, which I thought was reasonable, but we’ve now had multiple ghost/grass types including one as a starter this very generation.
Also apparently it comes with the steelworker ability, which increases steel moves. I’m not sure how I feel about abilities that are just what you’re doing but more of it. In this case, it’s presumably there to effectively give it a third type but without the weaknesses, which seems incredibly clunky. Though I suppose it’s better than huge power, which is just…why. (And really, if we’re going to use abilities as a patch for types, sticking /water on there seems like a much better use of our time! It’s visibly soaked.)
And, looking over the pokedex…I head elsewhere for my next move, to collect the trades I need.
I get a haunter… Gengar.
It apparently wishes for a traveling companion. Since it was once human itself, it tries to create one by taking the lives of other humans.
Looking at this and the above, I really dislike the shift between “ghost” as weird things that look ghostly and don’t have a solid body to “ghost” as objectively dead people. Something like phantump is more okay because it suggests some sort of fusion going on, and it’s still clearly got immaterial parts.
And a machoke… Machamp.
It can lift heavy loads with the greatest of ease. It can even heft dump trucks. But its clumsy fingers prevent it from doing any precision work.
I have been thinking about that – it’s a good way to make a distinction between jobs you can and can’t give to a pokemon, plus it makes sense that something with enormous strength wouldn’t be as great at detail stuff.
Known for its hefty horsepower, this Pokemon is a popular partner for construction workers.
“Horsepower”‘s a poor word choice when an actual drafthorse has just been introduced, and also this is a filthy lie because it’s only machamp that are everywhere. And really, there’s a number of other pokemon likely to be more useful than a big craggy rock thing with no clear way of moving objects around.
In rock layers where Cranidos fossils are found, the fossilized trunks of trees snapped in two are also often found.
That was one tortured sentence.
From its arm, it launches fireballs hotter than 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit. Its arm starts to melt when it fires a whole barrage.
Huh. So, does it have a way to heal that, or do older magmortar have ever more messed up arms?
Back to the game itself now. I think it’s time to try to get through the rest of Poni Island.
And one incautious little ribombee later, my sandile’s evolving into a krokorok.
Thanks to the special membrane covering its eyes, it can see its surroundings clearly, even in the middle of the night.
Yup, something covering its eyes is increasing night vision.
I begin fishing and, several magikarp later…
Incineroar. My baby T_T gone forever.
After hurling ferocious punches and flinging furious kicks, it finishes opponents off by spewing fire from around its navel.
That is bizarre and does nothing to make me feel better about losing my kitty.
Also a vanillish. Actually a significant improvement over the previous form, but the awfulness of the face makes it hard to see the rest of it isn’t so bad.
This Pokemon has existed since the Ice Age. It controls particles of ice, freezes its opponents, and then shatters them with a headbutt.
I do wonder what paleontology looks like in the pokemon world. Do you chip your way into ancient glaciers to find patches of ice of a different composition? Do you go by the fact there’s some cave drawings of a pointy pokemon, and the general consensus is “at least since this cave drawing dated to XXXX, but god knows how long before then”? Does it leave distinctive marks on partly eaten corpses, and they’ve found those? In a world where this is normal, they probably have all sorts of ways of looking for evidence we’d never think of.
After clamping down with its powerful jaws, it twists its body around to rip its prey in half.
I then run into a trainer I wasn’t expecting and nearly die. Luckily, the dugtrio stupidly uses dig and after a few wasted revives I manage to remember earthquake hits that.
And soon after, my barboach evolves to a whiscash.
Sighting Whiscash leaping from the water is believed to herald an earthquake.
It is late and I have continued to be busy, so that’s all I’ve accomplished. Before I go, I check the GTS to find an electivire.
When it gets excited, it thumps its chest. With every thud, thunder roars and electric sparks shower all around.
Next, actually clearing the area of trainers.