Episode 79 Review

It should be noted that I took some liberty with the gym battle, when compared to its in-game counterpart. Mainly, the battle with Allen is not normally a double battle. What actually inspired me initially to do so was trying to solve a problem. In addition to the two of Allen’s Pokémon seen already, Allen also uses a Lunatone and Solrock in in the games. The problem is that since the show uses three-on-three as its battle standard, Allen needed a third Pokémon, but couldn’t use his fourth, and it would be very awkward for him to use either Lunatone or Solrock, but not the other. So I needed an excuse for Allen to only use two Pokémon. The solution was a two-on-two double battle. Another benefit of this format that became apparent to me was that I would be able to show off the partnership between Arborrior and Eagladiator that I’ve been building up. The other liberty I took was actually Eatyai. Way back when I first made my game concepts, Eatyai was supposed to be Allen’s signature Pokémon. But when thinking about it recently, I realized this couldn’t work. The problem is that Elgyem doesn’t evolve into Beheeyem until level 42, and therefore the minimum level for an Eatyai is 43. But being the fifth gym of a region means that Allen’s Pokémon should be somewhere in the range of level 35. 43 is just pushing it too much, and I didn’t want to give him an impossibly under-leveled Pokémon either. So I made Yuifoe his signature Pokémon instead and gave him an Elgyem to fill the last spot. But for these episodes, I knew I wanted to use Allen in order to introduce Eatyai.

As I say in every review of a gym battle episode, I like to have each one show off a different skill and/or trait of Ash that proves how good of a trainer he is. This time around, it was Ash’s ability to not take the easy option, and instead prioritize a more clever one, as shown by his choice of Pokémon. One would assume picking to Fighting-Types to battle against to Psychic-Types would be a bad choice, but Ash knew that any short-term gain he could achieve with type advantages would be outweighed by the long-term advantage of the strong partnership of his Pokémon.

Also of note in this episode was Pikachu’s participation in the battle, despite the fact that it didn’t actually battle. I like Pikachu taking part in as many gym battles as possible, but I just couldn’t give up either Arborrior or Eagladiator’s spots, so Pikachu needed to sit out this one, but I still wanted it to contribute to Ash’s win. So I took a page out Ash’s battle with Olympia in Kalos, where Pikachu was instrumental in Ash’s victory, due to its ability to predict when the Future Sight attack was going to land. I tried to replicate and expand upon that concept. I think I improved on it myself, as anyone could have figured out the amount of time it takes for Future Sight to inflict damage, but only an Electric-Type like Pikachu could detect the Eerie Impulse.

Speaking of Ash’s battle with Olympia, an interesting fact of trivia that someone pointed out to me in a review, is that of Ash’s three battles with Psychic-Type Gym Leaders (Sabrina, Liza/Tate, and Olympia), two of them were double battles (Liza/Tate and Olympia). So, in a way, making this a double battle served to continue a tradition.

Kappaquarius

Kappaquarius
Classification: The Psychic Kappa Pokémon
Type: Water/Psychic
Description: This Pokémon can swim through water at incredible velocities by using its psychic powers to increase its hydrodynamics as well as to propel itself. While in a body of water, the liquid around it becomes an extension of its own body.
Evolves from Kappaqueous at level 36

Trivia: This Pokémon has been known to use its psychic powers to cloak itself in water while traveling across land, allowing it to keep its skin moist. Given the fact that it can also control the pressure and temperature of the water around it, those who believe it was originally an alien from outer space suggest that it might have traveled to Earth in a similar way.

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Also, you may have noticed that poll on the side of your screen. I’ve always said that you can’t really pick your starter Pokémon until you’ve seen their fully evolved form. Well now that all three Tenno Starters have their final forms revealed, it’s time to chose. Please select your favorite Tenno Starter, the one you would pick if Luna, Terra, and Sol Versions were real. My personal choice is Turcell.

Gravisaac

Gravisaac
Classification: The Gravitation Pokémon
Type: Psychic
Description: With the power of its Gravitonic Core, Gravisaac is able to manipulate gravity to its will. It is said that this core was created by the Cosmic Architect to aide in the construction of the Solar System.
Does Not Evolve

Trivia: The various pieces of Gravisaac’s body are held together purely by the force of gravity exerted by its Gravitonic Core. The Pokémon registers as weighing absolutely nothing on a scale because of its effects on gravity, making it the only weightless Pokémon.

Signature Ability: Gravitic Surge
Increases the duration of gravity-influencing moves indefinitely.
Affected Moves: Gravity and Antigravity

Signature Move: Graviton Flux
The user attacks with a surge of gravity. It’s power is doubled if gravity has been influenced.
Type: Psychic
Category: Special
Power: 80
Accuracy: 100
PP: 10

Boodini

boodini
Classification: The Conjuring Pokémon
Type: Ghost/Psychic
Description: Inside of its hat is a portal through which it can conjure nearly anything. It can also channel great amounts of energy using its wand.
Evolves from Hatrick at level 37

Triva: Boodini is thought to be formed when a magician’s spirit possess the costume it wore when performing. Just as a magician might, it has a flair for performance, and performs tricks to amuse those around it. Even if it has actual powers akin to magic, it still enjoys performing tricks, illusions, and sleight of hands.

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Kappaqueous

Kappaqeous
Classification: The Psychic Kappa Pokémon
Type: Water/Psychic
Description: This Pokémon is known for its ability to finely manipulate water with its psychic powers. It has been known to have a mischievous nature and use this ability to play tricks on those who get too close to its river home.
Evolves from Kappaqua at level 16 and into Kappaquarius at level 36

Trivia: Kappaqueous is a highly intelligent Pokémon. It uses this intelligence to measure currents in the river it lives in, and will calculate the best place to hide. It is often times said that you do not find a Kappaqueous, but a Kappaqueous finds you, as, if they desire to remain hidden, it is nearly impossible to locate one. The only times they will come out of hiding is to play their pranks.

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Delphin

Delphin
Classification: The Hyper-Intelligent Pokémon
Type: Water/Psychic
Description: Delphin is one of the most intelligent species of Pokémon known. While it actually breathes air, it must live in the water so that it can use it as a constant coolant for its hyperactive brain, which would otherwise overheat. It expels the heated water through the blowhole on its back.
Does not Evolve

Trivia: Since the cooling requirements of their massive brains has forced Delphin to permanently live underwater, this has hindered their ability to interact with the world around them, such as losing the ability to grasp and move objects. To move past this hindrance, the already large brain of Delphin grew even larger and developed telekinetic powers to compensate. It’s name is derived from Delphinus, the scientific term for a dolphin, but shortened to sound more like Dolphin. Also, it calls to mind Delphi, as in the Oracle of Delphi, in reference to its psychic powers.

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Lunatue and Solem

Lunatue
Lunatue
Classification: The Meteorite Pokémon
Type: Rock/Psychic
Description: The rocks that make up its body come straight from the Moon and are connected via a low level telekinetic field. If it loses part of its body, it can be replaced by nearby rocks.
Evolves from Lunatone by leveling up in the vicinity of Mt. Corona

Solem
Solem
Classification: The Meteorite Pokémon
Type: Rock/Psychic
Description: It is believed that once it has absorbed a significant amount of cosmic energy, Solrock are able to change their form to better match their environment. Having landed on Earth, their form bodies suited for terrestrial living.
Evolves from Solrock by leveling up in the vicinity of Mt. Corona

Trivia: It had previously only been a rumor that Lunatone and Solrock come from outer space, but with recent leaps in space exploration made in Tenno, the rumor has been confirmed as true. Both Lunatue and Solem are Evolutions induced by a terrestrial environment mixed with an unknown cosmic energy radiated in Mt. Corona. Lunatone (and hence Lunatue) is version-exclusive to Luna Version while Solrock (and hence Solem) is version-exclusive to Terra Version. Both can be found in Sol Version.