Tennoan Forms and Tennoan Metagross

If you’ve read the Team Rocket Movie already, then you already know that one of the bigger shocks is the surprise appearance of the first ever Tenno Regional Variant, Tennoan Metagross. I’m sure it must seem very odd for me to suddenly release my first Regional Variant years after their introduction in Sun and Moon. There’s a method to my madness.

I had always thought that Regional Variants were to be a gimmick that were locked to the Alola Region. Due to this, it seemed unrealistic to me to make my own Tennoan Forms, as it would just leave my region sticking out like a sore thumb with a gimmick that it shouldn’t have. Since I couldn’t just take back any Tennoan Forms I might make, I decided instead to make none at all. However, as of last week’s Pokémon Sword and Shield news, it has now been confirmed that Regional Variants exist in at least one region other than Alola, the Galar Region. That’s all the justification I needed. So I brainstormed a few ideas, one of them being Tennoan Metagross, and prepared to implement them. I realized that my nearly ready to release Team Rocket Movie already featured a Metagross in it, so I decided to replace it with a Tennoan Metagross and make the movie the first ever look at a Tennoan Form Pokémon.

Unlike Alola, Tenno is a region heavily affected by humans, and because of this, most Tennoan Forms will be Pokémon that changed due to the influence, whether direct or indirect, of humans. More specifically, most, if not all, will be related to Tenno’s space industry in one way or another. For example, Tennoan Metagross is designed to look like a lunar lander used in the Apollo Program.

And here’s some further details on the first Tennoan Pokémon:

Tennoan Metagross
Type: Steel/Fire
Description: Metagross in Tenno were altered by scientists to allow them to land on the surface of the Moon. They would send back priceless data and pave the way for the first man on the Moon.
Evolves from Metang at Level 45

Trivia: Tennoan Metagross can hover by activating the four rockets on the bottom of its legs. By activating the main booster on the bottom of its body, it can achieve orbit. Its four brains allow it to make minute changes to the angle of legs with reaction times on the level of microseconds, allowing it to follow a precise course with little danger of crashing.

In-Depth Page

Now that you’ve gotten your first taste of a Tennoan Form Pokémon, you can expect more to slowly trickle in from Cosmic Quest and other sources.

Regarding the Recent Meltan Episodes and an Opinion Piece on Legendary Pokémon

SPOILER ALERT!
The following post discusses major events of the two most recent episodes of Pokémon Sun and Moon to air in English.

If you follow both Cosmic Quest and Sun and Moon, then you should know that the most recent episodes to come out in English, the two Meltan episodes, completely contradict Cosmic Quest’s Let’s Go special, Let’s Go, Meltan. The major contradictions would be Ash, in Cosmic Quest, claiming he’d love to catch a Meltan, even though he actually has in Alola, and him claiming they were never before discovered while in Alola, even though Cosmic Quest claims he and Gary first discovered Meltan while they were in Kanto.

Because Cosmic Quest takes place in the same continuity as the actual show, these are issues that I cannot allow to exist. I have made minor retcons to small contradictions before (such as Brock not knowing about Ash having traveled to Alola), but this is an extremely major one. This is such a large retcon, that I’m likely going to have to rewrite much of Let’s Go, Meltan to fix these contradictions. I don’t know exactly what I’ll do yet, but stay tuned for more news on this update.

Opinion Piece Ahead

I just have to express how disappointed I am in the writers of the show. Legandary Pokémon (and Mythical Pokémon such as Meltan by extension) are extremely special Pokémon, and with that status comes a certain weight. Normal trainers, such as Ash, should absolutely under no circumstances be catching one. It’s one thing for special trainers like Brandon (the Frontier Brain) or Tobias to have them, but Ash is no where near that level yet. By having a normal trainer like Ash capture one, we are suddenly normalizing them, making them not as special or valuable. The fact that Ash is also a character that appears in every episode only serves to further devalue the Legendary status. Not only are they devaluing Legendary Pokémon by having Ash capture one, but they are setting a horrible precedent. Up until now, people have baselessly complained that Ash never catches Legendary Pokémon. Now those same people will expect this to become the new normal. The writers have opened a massive Pandora’s Box, from which there is no return. I hope they realize what they have done.

Regarding The Team Rocket Movie

Wow, the past 24 hours sure have been crazy. I never want to watch a bad movie again! Anyways, while Team Rocket may be kind of crazy, they were not lying about the Team Rocket Movie. No joke, The Team Rocket Movie is a real thing. It is currently being written and will be released soon. To be clear, this is not Cosmic Quest the Movie 3, but rather an original spin-off movie to accompany Cosmic Quest. Should be interesting.

Team Rocket Movie Poster

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

Movie 2 Poster

Announcing: Pokémon Cosmic Quest The Movie 2, the anticipated sequel to Myoken, the Guiding Light! Coming soon to a website near you!

This exciting movie follows Ash, Brock, and Brenda on an out-of-this world adventure where they meet the Legendary Pokémon Heliosol.

Stay tuned for more details!

(Also of note, the poster provides the first artwork of Brock in his Cosmic Quest clothes.)

Cosmic Quest in a Magazine!?

It has just been brought to my attention by commenter named Pip that Cosmic Quest has been featured in an Australian Pokémon magazine…well…sort of… Apparently this unofficial, but nonetheless published, Pokémon magazine used my History of the Pokémon World page as a source for their article on the topic (a better description would be they plagiarized it, as I was not sourced and I granted no permission). This is made obvious by the fact that they make references to the Cosmic Architect, Terratlas, and Seluna. See for yourself here. Just to be clear, I do not approve of this blatant plagiarism by any means, but at the same time, this is just so hilarious that I can’t help but share it.