100th Episode Special: From the Ashes

This is it, the 100th episode of Cosmic Quest has arrived! Read it here!

Join Cinder and Ember, children of Ash Ketchum, 20 years in the future, as they journey through the Tenno Region, attempting to learn what their father considers to be the most important thing he’s ever done.

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

Plus, if you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to scroll down to see the brand new Tenno PokéRap!

Episode 99 Review

Normally, when it comes to the game release tie-in episodes, there’s plenty of different things that can be used to make a episode out of, whether it be cover Legendaries, characters, or plot elements. But Let’s Go presented an interesting problem. It has no cover Legendaries, I’ve already cameoed most of the important Kanto characters, and Kanto games have so little story, that there’s not really anything I can tie-in with. Just about the only notable thing about Let’s Go is that it’s a return to Kanto. So, that why I came up with the idea of going back to Ash’s Kanto days. This allowed Ash to experience a return to the classic region alongside us.

From the moment it was revealed, I knew I had to use Meltan, and later on Melmetal, as a major plot point of the episode. I held off on planning the story, just in case some interesting lore behind the new Pokémon was revealed. Unfortunately, no such information existed, so the Meltan story ended up relatively simple. Bringing Gary was something that was obvious to me to do, as it allowed for both a Pikachu and an Eevee to appear prominently in the episode. If you ask me, Ash and Gary didn’t interact nearly enough in Kanto, so this is partly my way of rectifying that.

Specifically, this episode took place between the episodes Bye Bye Butterfree and Abra and the Psychic Showdown, as evidenced by Ash discussing releasing Butterfree, and how he would win at the Saffron Gym in its name. When Gary shows his gym badges, he doesn’t have the Marsh Badge from Saffron, and this explains why. In order to reinforce the point in the series this episode took place, I only had Ash’s Pokémon use moves that they had used up until that point in the show.

Of note, Gary wasn’t shown to have an Eevee until the very end of the Oragne Islands, right before Johto. It might seem like a contradiction to give him an Eevee here,  but never was it implied that Gary had only just captured the Eevee. More specifically, when Gary sent Eevee into battle against Ash, Ash showed no surprise that he had an Eevee. Similarly, Gary was not confirmed to have chosen Squirtle as his starter until the Johto League, when he used his Blastoise against Ash. Once again, though, Ash showed no surprise at the fact that Gary had a Blastoise, implying he knew that Gary picked Squirtle. Lastly, Ash and Gary didn’t have their first battle until that time were Gary first used Eevee. In order to maintain continuity, I had to have Ash and Gary call off their battle before it really began, which is a bit of a shame.

One final note on Meltan/Melmetal. In this episode, I listed its evolution requirement as gathering 100 Meltan. Clearly the Pokémon has no official evolution method, as it can only be evolved in Pokémon Go. However, in Go, it takes 400 Meltan Candies to evolve a Meltan into Melmetal. Since, under normal circumstance, catching a Pokémon grants three candies, and releasing gives a fourth, it would require 100 Meltan (ignoring the use of items and events) to evolve a Melmetal. This also lines up with an early promotional video of Meltan, which emphasized multiple Meltan appearing, huddling together, and then a silhouette of Melmetal appears.

The Tenno PokéRap

Here’s that special surprise I promised! To commemorate the upcoming 100th episode of Cosmic Quest, my brother has kindly put together (and sung) a Tenno version of the classic PokéRap!

Remember how the original PokéRap was split in to five different parts, and you had to watch five episodes to get the entire thing? Think of this as the first part. Of course, it’s currently impossible to do the entire thing, as there are so many Tenno Pokémon yet to be revealed, but perhaps someday, a complete Tenno PokéRap will become a reality.

Exploring the Pokémon Multiverse

If you haven’t seen yet, I’ve recently updated the History of the Pokémon World page with details regarding the recent Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee. Of course, Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee didn’t add to much of note to the page, seeing as Let’s Go doesn’t have too much in the way of lore, however, with this addition, I have updated the entire page to better detail page when it comes to the multiverse of Pokémon. As explained there, the page will focus and detail the four primary branches of the Pokémon Multiverse, as follows:

OU: Original Universe. The timeline introduced in the original games and seen up until Black and White 2.
MU: Mega Universe. The timeline where Mega Evolution exists, as introduced in X and Y.
UU: Ultra Universe. A minor branch off of the Mega Universe. So far, only Ultra Sun and Moon exists here.
LG:  Let’s Go Universe. The timeline where Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee takes place.

I couldn’t really detail the intricacies of the split Pokémon timeline too much on the page, so I thought I should make a post to better describe my thoughts on how this all works.

First, for those who don’t know, a multiverse is the idea that multiple parallel universes can exist. Each of the individual universes can either be almost exactly the same as another, or completely different. In the quantum theory of the multiverse, every time a choice is made, the universe splits. In one universe, one option is picked, in another, the other option is instead. This happens over and over again, in a cascading effect, quickly creating an infinite amount of universes, across which anything and everything has happened in at least one of them. These universes splitting off of each other can be thought of as a tree, where branches grow off of other branches. Some branches are tiny twigs, while others are thick limbs. Using this analogy, branches of the timeline can be grouped. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire confirmed that Pokémon exists in a multiverse, by stating that there is another version of the Hoenn Region in another world. This is heavily implied to be the version of Hoenn seen in the original Ruby and Sapphire games, explaining the differences between the two sets of games.

So now comes the question, where did I get the “four primary branches” concept from. From the context of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire mentioned above, we know that there are at least two main branches to the Pokémon timeline. There’s the one without Mega Evolution, the Original Universe, and the one with Mega Evolution, the Mega Universe. The split occurred based on the firing of AZ’s Ultimate Weapon. The Mega Universe is where he chose to fire it, the Original Universe is where he didn’t. These two branches are the main branches of the primary four.

The next universe to be introduced is the Ultra Universe, where the events of Ultra Sun and Moon take place. Compared to the split between the Original and Mega Universes, this one is pretty small. So you can think of it as a small branch growing off of the thick limb of the Mega Universe. This universe is essentially the same as the Mega Universe, the only known major differences being those that stem directly from the actions of Necrozma. It is unknown exactly what the point of divergence is, but the main differences come from Necrozma interrupting the events at the Alter of the Sunne/Moone. It’s possible that Necrozma simply decided not to attack in the original Mega Universe, but it’s also possible that split occurred much earlier, and perhaps Necrozma was never imprisoned in the Megalo Tower to begin with in the Mega Universe. It’s impossible to know for sure.

Then there’s the Let’s Go Universe. Not much explanation is needed here. Let’s Go presents events completely differently from Red and Blue/Fire Red and Leaf Green. The main difference is that the protagonists of Let’s Go, Chase, replaces Red. Since Mega Evolution exists, it would be a branch off of the Mega Universe timeline Once again, there is no confirmation as to why this split occurred. It is my speculation that in this version, Red and Blue began their journey earlier than they did in the Original and Mega Universe, meaning that missed out on the random events that led to them becoming the trainers we know them as. However, it’s worth noting that Chase and Trace live in the Original Universe houses of Red and Blue, meaning that there are other unrelated differences to this universe as well.

All this leaves a big question. Why are Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire and Ultra Sun/Moon considered their own universe, but not Fire Red/Leaf Green and Emerald? The answer to that question is, they actually are. While the multiverse may have only been introduced officially in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, it had existed since the very beginning. In fact, the very nature of Pokémon’s dual version releases (as in releasing both Red Version and Blue Version) means that timeline splits existed with the very first Pokémon games. Red and Blue Versions both show the events, but with slightly different versions of them. That is, by definition, a presentation of parallel universe. And it doesn’t end there. Yellow Version later came out, creating a third split in the timeline. And then, ten years later, there came Fire Red and Leaf Green, creating two more versions of the same events. The reason I do not list these as separate universes is because they all just minor twigs on the same main branch of the timeline. Fire Red/Leaf Green shows essentially the same universe as Red/Blue, with minor differences, while Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee does not. Emerald is just a slightly different version of the same events from Ruby and Sapphire, and can mostly coexist with them, but Ultra Sun/Moon has some major events that are completely different from Sun/Moon, making it a bigger divergence.

The multiverse gets even crazier when you consider the implications of the Link Cable mentioned in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. In it, the Link Cable is a mysterious item that allows Devon Corp. to send the incoming meteor to another world. So, essentially, it is a machine that allows transport and communication with other universe. Now, the Link Cable was made as a reference to the real-world object that allowed Game Boy games to connect to each other. It’s what allowed players to trade and battle with other players. Now, let’s think about the implications. In Red Version, we have one Red connecting to another Red and trading using the Link Cable. Since the first Red can now use the Pokémon received from the second one in the trade, that second Red is, technically speaking “cannon” to the first Red’s journey. The only way for this work means that literally every single save file ever created on a Pokémon game is its own parallel universe. Think about it. The Pokémon multiverse truly is infinite in its expanse.

And all that’s not even considering other big non-game branches of the timeline, such as the anime, manga, trading card, and spin-off game universe.

If any of this post doesn’t seem to make sense to you, feel free to ask in a comment. I’d be more than willing to explain better.

100 Episodes of Cosmic Quest

First off, I want you all to know that I’m back in action. The 100th episode is currently being written, and you can expect it soon.

In the mean time, I thought it would be interesting to look at some of the stats of Cosmic Quest, as of writing this post, so we can see exactly how far it’s come in 100 episodes. Many of these stats are all because of you, the readers, and to you I extend my thanks.

 

Cosmic Quest Story Stats:
Episodes: 99
Views: 84,209
FanFiction Favorites: 123
FanFiction Follows: 101
Reviews: 262
Total Words: 470,020

Website Stats:
Posts: 318
Pages: 94
Views: 107,013
Most Popular Post/Page: The History of the Pokémon World

Tenno Region Stats:
New Pokémon: 75 (That’s 3 more Pokémon than the total of what was released in Kalos!!)
New Mega Evolutions: 7
New Forms: 3
New Moves: 92
New Abilities: 37
New Items: 28

I must say, I am especially proud of the number of new Pokémon. I think we can all agree we were disappointed when Kalos only came with 72 new Pokémon. The fact that I have now released more Pokémon than Kalos did, and I still have plenty more left unrevealed, justifies this project in many ways to me. When I started, I was uncertain I could make an entire region’s worth of Pokémon. Now I have surpassed the absolute minimum, and am on my way to making a fully satisfying number of Pokémon for a region.

And once again, thank you so much. It’s been a pleasure writing the first 100 episodes, and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here. I’ve still got one more big surprise planned before the 100th episode, so keep an eye out for that!

Parabox

Parabox-B
Uncertain Form
Parabox-L
Life Form
Parabox-G
Ghost Form
Classification: The Paradox Pokémon
Type (Uncertain Form): Normal/Ghost
Type (Life Form): Normal
Type (Ghost Form): Ghost
Description: Parabox will never leave its box. While hidden inside the box, it exists in a state of fluctuation, and its form is completely uncertain.
Evolves from Kittainer at level 25

Trivia: Parabox will change forms with a more perfect randomness than even the best of random number generators. Because of this, scientists and mathematicians use them as random number generators. Not even Parabox knows what form it will take on when it emerges from its box.

In-Depth Page

Happy New Year! This year is sure to be a big and exciting one for Cosmic Quest!