Hazeard

Hazeard
Classification: The Toxic Smoke Pokémon
Type: Poison
Description: One whiff of Hazeard’s fumes can lead to intense stomach sickness. It is advised to hold your breath when in the vicinity of this Pokémon.
Evolves from Noxic at level 26 and into Venimbus at level 41

Trivia: Hazeard is formed primarily from a unique combination of ozone, carbon dioxide, methane, and sulfur gases. Despite it being formed from heavy pollution, it also consumes these gases, so some scientists are looking into using it to reverse air pollution.

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Episode 95: Blinded by the Night

The 95th episode of Cosmic is out, and can be read here.

Arriving back at Opti City, our heroes learn that the Opti Gym Leader is also an astronomer, and will be hosting a special astronomy class that night. Of course, Team Rocket can’t help but to attack and mess everything up.

Also, the Pokédex page has been updated accordingly.

We’re almost there. In only a mere five episodes we’ll reach the 100th episode of Cosmic Quest. This is a momentous occasion, and will be celebrated accordingly. Stay tuned!

Episode 94 Review

I’m just going to come right out and admit that this episode was far from my strongest. I don’t think it was bad, but I’m not sure I can say it was good, either. It just kind of was. Obviously this episode was written for the purpose of getting Brenda new Pokémon, but it didn’t really end up having any purpose beyond that. Oh well, I tried my best.

Damon was an addition made to the episode in order to try to get more content into it, as my original plan had even less going for it. I’ve also realized recently that Cosmic Quest doesn’t do nearly as many “character of the week” type episodes as the real show does, so moving forward I’m going to try to have those pop up at least a little more often.

Wispirit is another one of my extremely early original Pokémon designs I made when I was child. I have, of course, advanced the concept since then, but a certain simplicity in its design still exists, leftover from this phase. It was actually one of the very first standalone Pokémon I ever created, if not the first. As a kid, I was never sure why there wasn’t a Ghost/Fire Pokémon based off of a will-o-the-wisp. Since those days, the Litwick line has been introduced, which could be argued to be based at least in part off of a will-o-the-wisp, but its certainly not obvious. Therefore, I still feel that Wispirit is justifiable in its existence.

Episode 94: The Ghost Wisp-erer

It’s been a bit of a wait, but episode 94 can be read here.

When Ash, Brock, and Brenda are forced to take a detour on a haunted path, Brenda is terrified at the prospect of meeting a ghost. Things only get creepier when a man claiming to be able to talk to ghosts appears to guide them.

Also, the Pokédex, Attackdex, and Character Guide pages have all been updated accordingly.

And apologies for the wait, but I’m back in busy season with school. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a few more episodes out before summer break starts next month, and I get even busier.

Episode 93 Review

This is actually an episode concept that I’ve had for a very long time, and by that, I mean almost since I first started writing Cosmic Quest. At first, I held off on it because it was a good enough concept that I wanted to save it for later, as I didn’t want to do all my original good ideas all at once. Then, once I re-introduced Jigglypuff into my series, I knew that this had to become a Jigglypuff episode, but since I wanted to spread out Jigglypuff’s appearances, I had to wait a little bit after the first one. The the franchise’s 20th anniversary came around, I decided to make my second Jigglypuff  episode the one with Butch and Cassidy, so this episode got put off again. Admittedly, at this point it’s been such a long time since that episode that I could have done it at any time. What happened now was simply that I kept putting this episode off. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to write it, it was more of there was always other episodes that needed to be done first, usually because they’re location and/or time- dependent, and this episode, which can be done at any time or place, was okay to push back. So, I finally found the chance to do here, and it was so great to finally be able to write this episode after planning it for so long.So, how about we break down each character’s dream, one by one.

Ash’s dream was obvious. What else would Ash dream about aside from becoming a Pokémon Master? This concept of Ash being invited to battle someone with the title of Pokémon Master was actually borrowed from my childhood. Back then, I always figured that’s how one would become a Pokémon Master, as if it were an official title, like Champion. I figured a childish interpretation of things wouldn’t be too far off from the way Ash would dream about it. On the topic of The Pokémon Master’s Pokémon, I gave him the three I did for specific reasons. Giratina is my personal favorite Pokémon, Mega Rayquaza is the strongest Pokémon stat-wise, and Arceus is the strongest Pokémon lore-wise. I wanted things to get as crazy as possible in the dream, so bringing in these three Pokémon did just that.

Brock dream was probably the highlight of the episode for me. Originally, I was just planning on Brock having one of those utterly random dreams were anything and everything happens. To start of this random, I had him sing Brock’s Paradise. Then the inspiration hit me to also have him sing Two Perfect Girls, from the Karaokemon segment of the show. Once I decided to this, I figured I might as well go all out and bring in as many songs as I could fit. Aside from Two Perfect Girls, The Song of Jigglypuff is the only other Pikachu’s Jukebox/Karaokemon song that features an in-universe character singing in some capacity, and since I already Jigglypuff in this episode, it seemed right to make this one of the songs. From there, I knew the final song had to be the craziest thing I could think of. Upon realizing this, I almost immediately  decided to have Ash and Brock sing the Poké Rap, and it was glorious.

For Brenda’s dream, I have a confession to make. While writing it, I felt quite guilty putting Brenda through so much agony. Judging by several reviews that were left, the readers felt the same. Since the point of this episode was to show different dreams, it makes sense to have a nightmare, and I decided I wanted to go all-out with it. I may have felt bad writing, but I’ll still stand by my decision to write it.

Meowth’s dream, unfortunately, had to be made short, as Ash and Brock both ran way too long in their dreams. So I just took the obvious route with him.

With Jessie’s dream, I’m honestly not sure what inspired that. I was just trying to think about what sort of things Jessie would dream about, and I decided the best answer was herself. From there, I just took that idea to the max.

James’ dream has some interesting implications. It would seem that when Team Rocket returned to their world after I kicked them off my website, that all their memories of the event were suppressed, only to reappear in this dream. I guess you can’t take memories from the real world into the world of Pokémon. Is that how Pokémon Mystery Dungeon works?

Episode 92 Review

With this episode, I finally start truly delving into a greater Team Rocket plot that I’ve been setting up from the beginning. Way early on, when Jessie, James, and Meowth first contacted Giovanni in this series, he made comments that Team Planetary was actively blocking his attempts to move operatives into the Tenno Region, implying that there was some greater plan. Then Jessie, James, and Meowth got promoted to Grunt Class II in order to better perform “special operations” in the Tenno Region. Much later, Butch and Cassidy broke into a Team Planetary warehouse, which we here learn was to steal data in order to create the trojan virus that allowed them backdoor access to the Planetary mainframe in this episode. Previously, this plot has been brought up in places few and far between, but now that thing’s are heating up, expect more frequent episodes focusing on this plot.

The other notable aspect of  this episode was the Jessie-James-Meowth/Butch-Cassidy team-up. This is something I’ve known I wanted to do since I first decided to use Butch and Cassidy (which was pretty much right away). Honestly, I find it kind of surprising that there has never been an episode where the two teams are forced to work together like this. It just seems obvious. We see them compete so often, and yet they work for the same organization. Why haven’t they had to work together?