Episode 83: Ne Plus Ultra

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A special episode celebrating Ultra Sun and Moon is here!

It’s a class reunion when Ash meets up with all his friends from the Pokémon Trainer School in Alola. But now that school’s out, things get crazy fast. An Ultra Wormhole opens up and unleashes all kinds of havoc. It’s an adventure of Ultra proportions!

I know I just came off of a long break, so I hate to break it to you that I will now be taking another, first to focus on playing Ultra Moon and then there’s the holidays. Expect me back sometime in January. Sorry about that.

 

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Episodes 81-82 Review

Wow it’s been a long time since I’ve written these episodes. Let’s see how much I can remember to bring up here.

Originally, these two episodes were planned to be only one, but they went on for so long, that I was forced to split them into two episodes. Even after the split, the second episode became the longest episode I had written up until that point.

As I explained way back in the episode 80 review, these episodes were based off of an event in Luna, Terra, and Sol. Team Planetary’s attempt to take the Grand Meteoric shard and Showakusei forces the player and Cosmo down into a previously unknown chamber beneath the Crater Cave, the Den of Mega Evolution. Just like in these episodes, the player and Cosmo are forced to team up with each other and a mysterious Raichu in order to escape, both obtaining the ability to Mega Evolve in the process. Just as in the episode, the first chance to Mega Evolve comes when battling a non-Pokémon Entity called the Abomination, which can only be damaged by Pokémon that have Mega Evolved. Because you’re paired with Cosmo, it’s a double battle against the Abomination and a randomized Phantom Mega Pokémon. Of note with this entity, the episode took a liberty in relating it to Nemex. This was something I did purely for the sake to lead into the movie. There isn’t normally an explicit link between the two. This part of the game did not exist in my original concepts for Luna, Terra, and Sol, due to the fact that I made them before Mega Evolution existed. I liked how X and Y and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire made your first battle with a Mega Evolution a special one, so I decided to take it to the next level and make it very special. Not only that, but I made sure you built up a bond with the first Pokémon you Mega Evolve before actually performing the Mega Evolution, by making it so the Raichu is the only Pokémon you can use until you escape the Den of Mega Evolution. After doing so, the Raichu will become the player’s permanently.

I’ll get around to writing a review for the movie at some point.

Congratulations on 1000 Episodes Pokémon!

If you noticed the banner has been changed back to the anime anniversary banner I used earlier this year, it is not a mistake. It’s another celebration. Today marks yet another important Pokémon landmark. In Japan, the 1000th episode of Pokémon will air.* This is such an amazing milestone, and it just goes so much further towards showing how much longevity is in this franchise. I would have loved to put out a special episode celebrating this achievement, but unfortunately it just isn’t in the cards. That doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate though. Congratulations on reaching 1000 episodes Pokémon! Never stop catching them all! You’ll always be the very best, like no one ever was!

 

*Some of the more observant might notice that this 1000 episode count does not line up with the episode numbers used by websites such as Serebii or Bulbapedia. This is due to confusion in numbering. Serebii and Bulbapedia counted some episodes that Pokémon doesn’t officially count, while Pokémon officially counts some episodes that those sites didn’t. What matters in the end is the official count, and this is it.

Pokémon Cosmic Quest the Movie 2: Nemex Unleashed

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It’s been a very long time coming, but the second Cosmic Quest movie is finally here! Read it here. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one.

An evil known as Nemex has continuously wiped out life on Earth in an endless cycle of destruction, and the time for it to assert its influence has come once again. An unsuspecting Ash has a great destiny thrust upon him when he learns he must join the Legendary Pokémon of Sun, Heliosol, in combat to stop Nemex, but all Ash wants to do is save Pikachu. Includes the Pikachu Short, Detective Pikachu and the Case of the Coin Caper!

Ultra Sun and Moon

The past two days of Ultra Sun and Moon trailers have made me realize that I haven’t done anything yet to celebrate these upcoming games. Combine that with my recent reveal/focus on Sol Version, and it only seemed right to bring these two expanded versions together in one place. So without any further ado, I present to you the newest piece of bonus content, the Ultra Sun and Moon/Sol Version background.

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Nemex

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Classification: The Nemesis Pokémon
Type: Dark/Ghost
Description: A destructive force that is the opposite of the Cosmic Architect. This Pokémon periodically causes mass extinctions on Earth.
Does Not Evolve

Trivia: Little is known about this mysterious Pokémon that opposes the Cosmic Architect in many ancient myths. It seems to be an entity of pure destruction and malice that lives on the extreme edge of the Solar System. It can exert its sinister influence over vast distances to cause rampant destruction. It is believed to be the cause the periodic mass extinctions that plague the Earth, including the one that wiped out the Fossil Pokémon.

Nemex’s name combines the concepts of Nemesis and Planet X, two theoretical celestial bodies on the fringe of the Solar System whose gravitational influence possibly leads to mass extinctions on Earth. Nemesis would be a brown dwarf star and Planet X a ninth planet. Concepts of both are woven into Nemex’s design. It is the second of Tenno’s event-exclusive Legendaries.

Signature Move and Ability:
Sinister Influence
The will of the user is exerted from afar, bringing disaster to the target.
Type: Dark/Ghost
Category: Special
Power: 130
Accuracy: 85
PP: 5

Cycle of Destruction
All other Pokémon take damage at the end of each turn.

In-Depth Page

I know it’s been a long while, but this post is my way of promising that Nemex Unleashed is coming soon. It’s been a busy summer, but I’m back to work on writing. Shouldn’t be too much longer now.

Mega Ferntress

Mega Ferntress
Description: The ferns that encompass Ferntress now grow even stronger and gain additional strength by weaving into armor plating, increasing its Defense and Special Defense. The shields on its arms are the strongest points on its body. Its lower legs have also grown quite strong, so that it may better withstand incoming attacks.
Mega Stone: Ferntrite Ferntressite
Type: Grass/Ground
Mega Ability: Bulletproof

Trivia: The claws on Mega Ferntress’ feet can dig down into the ground, to help it withstand incoming attacks without being forced back. While it may be able to walk on two legs after Mega Evolving, its large and bulky body is not optimized for this kind of movement. Therefore, its preference is to stand absolutely still and block any incoming attacks instead of dodging.