Cosmic Quest’s 4th Anniversary and “Concept Art”

Cosmic Quest may have began four years ago today, but it can trace its roots to much earlier. Often in the past I’ve discussed how Cosmic Quest can trace its beginnings back to my childhood, when I would create my own Pokémon and regions for fun. Most of the Pokémon I created back then have been scrapped due to not being up to par with my current standards, but every once in a while, I use a Pokémon in Cosmic Quest that dates back to these days. Recently, I found a drawing I made as a child of several of my very first Pokémon. Coincidentally, every Pokémon on this picture has made it into Cosmic Quest and my modern Tenno Dex. So, on Cosmic Quest’s 4th anniversary, I present to you this exclusive look at “concept art” of various Tenno Pokémon, in all it’s original, childish glory.

Please Note: The following image was created when I was a young child, and does not represent my current abilities, particularly my spelling.

Pokemon Concept Art

I drew this image a long time ago when I was sitting bored in my family’s restaurant. I created most of the Pokémon right there, on the spot, meaning that this was the point when I first came up with several of my current Pokémon. This was also the first time that I created completely original Pokémon. Previously, as I have explained before, I had already created the Pokémon “Megachu,” which also appears here, but this was the first time I created Pokémon that didn’t evolve from existing Pokémon. Alongside each Pokémon, I wrote its name, type, and several moves the Pokémon could learn. Let’s take a closer look at each Pokémon.

WispiritProto-Wispirit

Wispirit began life as Flarecar, the Fireball Pokémon. Originally, it was only a Fire-Type, not a Fire/Ghost-Type. The Pokémon was simply a living fireball, and had not yet invoked the Will-O-the-Wisp aspect. This would also be evident by the fact that it was originally colored a more traditional red, orange, and yellow, instead of blue-white. Wispirit’s Shiny coloration is a reference to this original design. The scribbles around the Pokémon’s body are there because I originally gave the Pokémon arms and legs, but later decided against it. So, like any child drawing with a pen, I scribbled them out. The moves listed for this Pokémon where Flamethrower, Fire Spin, Blast Burn, and Flame Wheel. Of immediate note is the move Blast Burn. At the time, I knew Blast Burn was the most powerful Fire-Type move, but I had no idea that only Fire-Type Starter Pokémon could learn it. Of minor note is that Wispirit does not learn Flamethrower through level-up and does not Fire Spin at all.

Beneath Flarecar is its evolution, Flamcar, or what is currently known as Infearno. This is the only Pokémon on the drawing that has yet to be revealed. So enjoy your sneak peak of this Pokémon. Just keep in mind, this Pokémon will likely change in some major way when it is actually released.

TraineedProto-Traineed

The Pokémon you know as Traineed was created as Seedona. What’s striking about this Pokémon is how little changed about it. A sprout was added to the top of its head, but otherwise, Seedona is just a child’s attempt at drawing Traineed. Its listed moves were Solar Beam, Low Kick, and Vine Whip. It is impossible for Traineed to learn any of these moves, but it does learn Low Sweep, instead of Low Kick.

ArborriorProto-Arborrior

Just as Traineed evolves into Arborrior, Seedona would evolve into Treeona. Also like Seedona, Treeona was changed little when Arborrior was modernized. Ignoring the limitations of a child’s drawings, the only real changes were the removal of the nose, lowering of the eyes from the leaves to the trunk, and the removal of the seeds hanging with the leaves. Yes, those little ovals are supposed to be seeds hanging from Treeona’s branches. In the original concept of Treeona, those hanging seeds were undeveloped Seedona, which would fall from the branches when matured enough to live on their own. Before developed, they could be picked from Treeona and eaten (I know, seems a little messed up, but I was kid who didn’t know any better). These features are represented in the abilities I made for Treeona, listed simply as Hatch and Eat. At the time, I had never played a Pokémon game before, and had no idea how abilities worked. Eat was simple enough, as it allowed Treeona to eat its own seeds and heals itself, while Hatch was much stranger. Hatch would allow a Seedona to fall from Treeona, and actually join the battle as its own Pokémon. Clearly this would not work in an actual game. While Arborrior’s seeds may no longer be present, a remnant of them still remains in its moveset. Arborrior can learn Leech Seed, Bullet Seed, Worry Seed, and Seed Bomb through level up, all as references to the era where it had these seeds physically present. Speaking of moves, Treeona’s listed moves were Focus Punch, Mega Punch, Frenzy Plant, and Solar Beam. Of these moves, the only one Arborrior can learn is Solar Beam, and that’s only via TM. Frenzy Plant once again shows my ignorance towards how certain moves work.

Mega RaichuProto-Mega Raichu

In a link up above, I already explained the history of Megachu, and how it became Mega Raichu. I do suggest you give it a read. This was actually the second drawing of Megachu I created. Unfortunately, I no longer possess the original version. As Megachu was the first Pokémon I created, it went through many changes as time went on. For example Mega Raichu’s twin tails were inspired by a later version of Megachu, while this version does not have them. The listed moves of Megachu where Thunder, Volt Tackle, Thunderbolt, and Iron Tail. As you might notice, this was simply moves that Ash’s Pikachu knew. Even though Megachu was originally designed to be an evolution of Pikachu, this image lists it as evolving from Raichu, meaning this picture was drawn after I learnt of Raichu’s existence.

DelphinProto-Delphin

Delphin was originally known as Dolphinda. This one was rather simple. There wasn’t a dolphin-based Pokémon yet, so I decided to make one. Of course, as a kid, that means simply drawing a crudely designed dolphin, distorting its name, and calling it a Pokémon. Being just a Pokémon version of a dolphin, it was a pure Water-Type, and had no traces of it’s hyper-intelligent traits present as Delphin. It’s listed moves were Water Gun, Hydro Pump, Hydro Blast, and Bite. Hydro Blast was either a move I made up, or my younger self’s attempt at remembering the name of Hydro Cannon. I honestly don’t remember. Given the fact that I gave Flamcar Blast Burn, and Treeona Frenzy Plant, the latter seems likely. Delphin does learn Water Gun, but does not learn Hydro Pump or Bite. And why would a dolphin Pokémon learn bite? Don’t ask me, I have no idea what I was thinking.

IvineProto-Ivine

Last on the list is the prototype of Ivine, Ivyna. The striking thing about this one is that pretty much nothing changed about it at all. Looking at the before and after image above, the two are practically the same, right down to the pose they stand in. I’ve explained before that I first created Ivine in a time before Tangrowth existed, so Tangela was just awkwardly sitting there without an evolution, practically begging to be given one. That’s how Ivyna was created. Ivyna was listed as learning the moves Vine Whip, Razor Leaf, Poison Sting, and Leech Seed. Of these moves, Ivine only learns Vine Whip.

And that’s it! I hope you all enjoyed this look into the history of Cosmic Quest. Happy anniversary, Cosmic Quest!

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The Dawn of a New Era

Team Rocket Takeover Stamp Slanted

Meowth: The time has now come. The first episode of the new Cosmic Quest is complete and ready to be published.

Jessie: Once this update hits the internet, we control our own destiny, and we will become unstoppable.

James: I could cry, I’m so happy right now. This is truly our crowning achievement.

Meowth: Before we get to that though, we have one other piece of business to attend to. All day we’ve been running a poll to see which of us is the favorite of you, the readers, and the results are in. Can I get a drum roll please?

*drums*

Meowth: Out of eight votes, four went to James, and four went to me, Meowth!

James: *cries* They like me! they really like me!

Meowth: Of course I won, I’m the top cat.

Jessie: … …Wait a second! If you both got four votes, and there was only eight, that means that no one voted for me! What is this!? In what world does no one vote for me!? I am obviously the greatest Team Rocket operative to ever live!

Meowth: Keep telling yourself that.

Jessie: WHAT WAS THAT!?

Meowth: Nothing, nothing at all.

Jessie: That’s what I thought. Whatever, this poll was clearly rigged. Let’s just post that chapter.

James and Meowth: Yeah!

Meowth: Alright, everything’s ready for the upload. Once I press this button, everything changes for the better. Let’s press it slowly and savor the moment.

James: I’m so excited. I can already feel the power washing over me.

Jessie: With this update, we’ll finally get what’s coming to us.

Yuni Oha: That you will, Team Rocket! Dracosmic, use Draco Meteor!

Jessie, James, and Meowth: WHAT!?!?!?!?!? AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

Ash: Pikachu, use Volt Tackle!

Jessie, James, and Meowth: Not the Twerp too!

Pikachu: Pika pika pika pika pika pika pika chu!

Jesie, James, and Meowth: NOOOOOOO!!!!!

Yuni Oha: Shall we finish this together?

Ash: Let’s.

Yuni and Ash: Attack now!

Yuni Oha: Dragon Force!

Ash: Thunderbolt!

Dracosmic: Dracoooooooo!

Pikachu: Pikaaaa chuuuuuuuuuuu!

Jessie, James, and Meowth: Looks like Team Rocket’s blasting off again!

Yuni Oha: Whew, got them out of the way just in the nick of time.

Ash: Yeah, much longer and we wouldn’t have had a chance at stopping them.

Yuni Oha: To all you reading, I am so sorry for what you must have had to endure over the past 24 hours, but it’s all over. Ash managed to break me out from my cage, and now Team Rocket is gone, and hopefully they won’t be returning anytime soon. Now, to get to work on cleaning up my website…

Team Rocket Q&A Session

Team Rocket Takeover Stamp Slanted

Meowth: It’s here! The moment you’ve all been waiting for! We’ve been gathering your questions left in comments all day, and it’s time to answer them!

James: It’s time for the Team Rocket Q&A Session!

Jessie: Prepare to know Team Rocket like you’ve never known them before! Let’s get started, what’s the first question?

Meowth: Alright, this first question comes from the user BTH777, who asked, “What’s your favorite version of the motto?” So guys, what do you say?

James: Hmm…I supposed I’d have to say the original. We’ve made some pretty good mottoes as time has gone on, but we always end up going back to that one.

Jessie: Yeah, I can agree with that.

Meowth: Well, I don’t.

Jessie and James: You don’t!?

Meowth: No, I don’t. In fact, my favorite is the motto we used during our second time in Kanto, when the Twerp was doing the Battle Frontier.

Jessie: Why?

Meowth: Because I had more lines in that motto than any other.

James: Oh boy, are we back on that topic again?

Jessie: Just give it a break already!

Meowth: Not until you realize that I deserve just as many lines as you two get!

Wobbuffet: Wobbuffet!

Jessie, James, and Meowth: No! You don’t get another line!

Jessie: Just get read the next question.

James: Alright, Kymera asks, “Do you ever have competitions with those copycats to see who can come up with the better motto? You know, Cassidy and… Biff I think his name is?”

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Masters of Disguise

Team Rocket Takeover Stamp Slanted

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??? (Short): Hello there, you’re probably wondering who we are, right?

??? (Red Hair): Would it surprise you to know that you actually know us?

??? (Blue Hair): This is probably going to blow your mind, but we’re actually Team Rocket!

Meowth: That’s right! It’s us! Bet we had you totally fooled! And that’s exactly what we intended. It is absolutely essential that a Team Rocket operative be a master of disguise.

James: And that’s exactly what we are. Time and time again we have fooled the twerps, who probably know us by appearance better than anyone else, into thinking that we are completely different people.

Jessie: We have the ability to seamlessly adopt new personas and blend into any situation.

Meowth: And if you’re working for Team Rocket, it’s a very important skill. So on this post, we’ll share our vast knowledge of disguise with you, the lucky reader.

Jessie: The right disguise can be the difference between nabbing Pikachu and not. If you can sneak up on your target without it realizing, then you’re that much closer to succeeding.

James: But one cannot go picking out random outfits, willy-nilly. You must carefully decide upon which costume best fits the required task.

Meowth: Their are three different categories of costumes, and each has its own situation where it is best used. There’s costumes for blending in, costumes for gaining trust, and costumes for getting a job.

James: The first category, costumes for blending in, is used for when you want to enter a heavily populated area without arousing suspicion. These sorts of costumes tend to be civilian clothes, but can also be changed to meet whatever circumstances your going into. For example, if you’re at a circus, dressing as a clown is the perfect way to blend in. Alternatively, if you’re feeling uninspired, a good old fashioned trench coat, hat, and sunglasses makes for a good disguise.

Jessie: Costumes used for gaining trust are what you want to use when you’ll be interacting with your targets. This is where disguises really come in handy. If the person you’re trying to steal Pokémon from trusts you, then it becomes all the easier to steal from them. Hey, they might even hand over their Pokémon to you of their own free will. These sorts of costumes tend to be made to make you look like figures of integrity and trustworthiness. Disguising yourself as scientists, doctors, charity workers, and the like will certainly get people to trust you. Also possible is to dress up as actual people, and pretend to be them. If your targets trust these people, then things are quite easy.

Meowth: The final category of costumes isn’t necessarily used for stealing Pokémon. The truth is, sometimes you just need that little bit of extra cash to fund your thievery. This is best done by getting a job, and the right disguise will get you the job every time. Plus, if a couple of twerps happen to walk into your place of employment, they won’t have a clue who you are, giving you the perfect opportunity to steal some Pokémon.

Jessie: No matter what costume type you’re using, you’ve got to make sure that it fits both the scenario you’re in, and the plan you have. It would immediately tip off any nearby twerps if you’re dressed up as Eskimos in the middle of a desert.

James: And, if you’re feeling daring, step up the disguise level a notch and dress as the opposite gender. No one well ever suspect it!

Meowth: You’ve just got to make sure that you stay in character. There is an art form to assuming the identity you have chosen for yourself. You must treat it as if you are an actor on stage.

Jessie: And as long as you wear a disguise and stay in character, no twerp will ever recognize you, ever. You don’t even need to change your hairdo or color.

Meowth: Or hide the fact that you’re not actually a human. The disguise removes any need to do any of that. You’d be amazed with what we can get away with.

James: And that’s it! With all these tips in mind, yo could all become masters of disguise!

Jessie: And if you have any further questions about disguises, be sure to ask in the comments.

Sneak Peak

Team Rocket Takeover Stamp Slanted

Jessie: Please ignore that last post. It was…

Meowth: It was a test! Yeah, a test. That’s all it was. Nothing more. Nothing to look into at all.

James: So while we figure out how to delete posts, how about you take a look at this, instead of that other one.

Jessie: We, as your benevolent Rocket overlords, are presenting to you an exclusive preview of the new Pokémon Cosmic Quest.

Meowth: Enjoy!

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Episode 91: Team Rocket Victorious

Today we join our heroes on an extra special day, a day where everything you thought you knew will change forever.

Ash, Brock, and Brenda are in Cosm City, continuing Brenda’s training for her upcoming contest.

What!? You thought I was talking about them? They’re not your heroes anymore. These are your heroes now.

Jessie, James, and Meowth are spying on them from behind a nearby stand. Meowth declares, “This is it. I can sense it. Today is different. Today is the day that we’re destined to capture Pikachu.”

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Episode 87 Review

WOBBUFFET!

What I mean to say is, I absolutely adore this episode. I think it’s easily one of my favorites. Wobbuffet is easily one of my favorite Pokémon characters in the entire series. How can one not love that intrusive blue blob? An interesting fact is that Wobbuffet is the Pokémon in the show with the third most appearances, falling only behind Pikachu and Meowth. Even among all characters, human or Pokémon, it has the sixth most appearances, behind Ash, Pikachu, Jessie, James, and Meowth. Despite this seriously impressive record, Wobbuffet has only ever had four episodes truly dedicated to it. Those episodes are its debut appearance in the Johto episode Tricks of the Trade, another Johto episode, 30 episodes later, in Wobbu-Palooza, and then The Wayward Wobbuffet 20 episodes after that. After The Wayward Wobbuffet it wouldn’t be for nearly another 700 episodes and 14 years that Wobbuffet was given its next dedicated episode in the Kalos episode A Fork in the Road! A Parting of Ways! To date, it has now been about 140 episodes since then, and not another one has appeared. The fact that Wobbuffet went 700 episodes and 14 years without an episode, having no dedicated episode whatsoever in Hoenn or Sinnoh (Unova too, but that doesn’t count for obvious, yet unfortunate, reasons), is absolutely insane for a Pokémon that has appeared as much as Wobbuffet has. It makes no sense that a Pokémon that has literally appeared in over 700 episodes over the course of the past 18 years, would only have these four episodes dedicated to it, and how few and far between the ones it does get are. Pokémon that only appeared for one region and a mere fraction of Wobbuffet’s episodes have more dedicated episodes to their name. With that all being said, I knew that it was absolutely mandatory for me to not only make a Wobbuffet-centric episode, but to go all-out with it.

This episode was inspired by the aforementioned episode, The Wayward Wobbuffet. It was a fun episode in which Wobbuffet gets separated from Team Rocket and we get to witness its wacky adventure. This was always one of my favorite episodes, and is certainly my favorite Wobbuffet-centric episode, so I decided to take it’s concept and scale it up for my own Wobbuffet episode. I wanted to put Wobbuffet in the most random, bizarre, and incredible circumstances I could come up with. I wanted an episode as wacky and outrageous as Wobbuffet itself. And that’s exactly what I ended up with.

Among the many strange things I had Wobbuffet do, one probably stood out more than the others, the cooking competition show called Sliced. If you didn’t know already, this was a parody of the real-life Food Network show called Chopped, which is pretty much the exact same thing as what I portrayed in Sliced. I really enjoy that show, so when I decided that one step of Wobbuffet’s misadventure would be on a cooking show, I knew it had to be a parody of Chopped.

Pokémon Cosmic Quest The Movie 2: Nemex Unleashed Review

Sorry for the wait, but I suppose you’re probably use to that by now with all the breaks I’ve had to take. Speaking of, I first announced Nemex Unleashed way back on April 25. It wasn’t until October 30, half a year later that it actually was released, and now here we are, another three months later for the review. At this point, it’s nearly been a year since I first announced the movie. Trust me when I say I never meant for this to get so out of hand. I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to write much during the summer months, but when I first announced the movie, I figured it would be the final thing I published before summer. I planned to announce it in April, and then release it at the end of June, maybe early July if I had to. The problem was, as always, life got in the way. I was still in the middle of writing the Crater Cave/Den of Mega Evolution episodes, and I had to finish those before starting the movie, due to the tie-in at the end. And with how busy I got, I was unable to finish those episodes until mid-July. I started work on the movie right away, but with how busy I get during summer, I wasn’t able to work on it seriously until September, and at that point it still took me a month and a half to finish it.

Anyways, as for the movie itself, I personally felt much happier with this one than I did the first. Not that I disliked Myoken The Guiding Light, I just thought that Nemex Unleashed had a much more entertaining and interesting story. I feel like it had a good balance of personal story, with the separation of Ash and Pikachu, and action/excitement in the Nemex vs. Heliosol battle. Originally, I envisioned this movie as simply being about the battle between the two Legendary Pokémon, but I knew I needed something to make it more personal. In my opinion, that’s been part of the issue with recent Pokémon movies in general. There hasn’t been much in the way of personal investment. This was on the top of my list of things I wanted to make sure I got right. The other thing I wanted to do right was the use of Team Rocket. It has been extremely rare for Jessie, James, and Meowth to directly interact with main cast over the course of the movies. While I understand the need to keep them off to the side in most movies, being the main characters that they are, I fully believe they deserve a major part, at least every once in a while. So making them the servants of Nemex was my way of making sure they were given the major role they deserved, and, if I do say so myself, it worked quite well.

The final thought I would like to bring up is the fact that if it wasn’t already obvious back in Myoken The Guiding Light, Nemex Unleashed should now make it abundantly clear that my movies are all interconnected, this movie being a direct sequel to the previous. I was inspired to such from the first three Sinnoh movies. I was always impressed by the fact that the three movies formed a trilogy and built off of each other, and have always always thought that that was the height of the Pokémon movies. For the life of me, I cannot understand why, three generations later, they wouldn’t have tried it again (though, I suppose it looks like we might finally be getting it once more, based off of the trailer for the next movie). So I knew right away that I wanted to do the same with my movies, and more so.

 

Of secondary note, I wanted to make a comment based off of Ultra Sun and Moon. Read no further if you don’t want any Ultra Sun and Moon spoilers. In case you didn’t know, Necrozma has already been made into a Light/Psychic-Type, and it’s signature move Prismatic Laser is a Light-Type move. It should be noted that Ultra Necrozma, in Luna, Terra, and Sol Versions, would be a Light/Dragon Combo-Type Pokémon, losing its Psychic-Type, while it’s new signature move, Photon Geyser, would also be a Light-Type. As a result, it’s signature Z-Move, Light that Burns the Sky, is also a Light-Type, making it the first Light-Type Z-Move, seeing as I have yet to make a generic Light-Type Z-Move, due to the lack of Z-Moves in my games. Also of note, is that when Necrozma changes into its Dawn Wings or Dusk Mane Forms, it loses its Light-Type, to be replaced by the Ghost and Steel-Types respectively, which is then regained when it transforms via Ultra Burst.