Serpenstar

Serpenstar
Classification: The Snake Constellation Pokémon
Type: Dragon/Light
Description: Due to its serpent nature and the pattern of light along the length of its body, this Pokémon would appear to be the origin of the constellation Serpens. This Pokémon is known for its majestic beauty and serene movements.
Evolves from Galacerta at level 30 and into Dracosmic at level 50 at night

Trivia: It is unknown why Galacerta loses its limbs when it Evolves into Serpenstar, and then regains them when Evolving once more into Dracosmic. Some suggest that it allows it to better adapt to its serpentine body, and then regains its limbs once it has mastered its new form. Serpens is an actual constellation. It’s middle segment is noticeably missing because the snake depicted in Serpens is being held by another constellation, Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer.

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Episode 47 Review

As is obvious, this episode is the continuation of the story presented in the episodes Electric Shock Showdown and Pika and Goliath, both of which presented Pikachu with a challenging Raichu opponent, and the option to Evolve. The idea to do such an episode came to my mind when I was trying to think of ways to use Mega Raichu in the story. I realized that Mega Raichu could step up the story entirely. I did have one problem though. I am against the idea of having random trainers use Mega Evolutions, so I didn’t want some random character of the day to be using this Mega Raichu. Initially I considered having this be a rematch with Lt. Surge, but decided against that. Then I realized how perfect Ritchie could be for this. He’s a great choice for a trainer who can Mega Evolve, as he was shown to have a deep bond with his Pokémon. Also, him defeating Ash and Pikachu would mean a lot more than just some random trainer with a Raichu would. So I made the call to have Ritchie Evolve Sparky, which also served as an additional reason for Ash and Pikachu to reconsider their decision of not Evolving. The rest of the episode pretty much wrote itself from there.

One other interesting thing worth talking about is the origin of Mega Raichu. It actually has a history hearkening back to the first ever Pokémon I created. One day as a young child I was watching an episode of Pokémon. It occurred to me that Pikachu really deserved to Evolve. I had yet to see the Electric Shock Showdown episode, and didn’t even know that Raichu existed. So I decided to design Pikachu’s Evolution myself. So I took out some crayons and paper and created what I dubbed Megachu, the Evolution of Pikachu. It was this creation that would inspire me to eventually create an entire region and game concepts, which would eventually turn into Cosmic Quest. Eventually I did learn about Raichu’s existence, but since Megachu was the first ever Pokémon I created, I couldn’t let go of it, so I made it instead an Evolution of Raichu. Now at this time I did not know about Pichu. Once I learned about Pichu I was stubborn enough to say that Pikachu is so special that it gets to have four Pokémon in its Evolution line. Of course, as time went on I dropped the concept of Megachu entirely. But then X and Y introduced Mega Evolution. Not only was it technically a fourth stage of Evolution, but it even had Mega in the name. It was perfect. So Megachu was reincarnated as Mega Raichu.

Train on!

Opinion Piece: Pokémon Sun and Moon Versions

NEWSFLASH: After today’s Pokémon Direct, Sun and Moon have been confirmed. There was no solid indication from what was shown whether it was a Generation 6 or Generation 7 game, but some of the wording being used to describe it on the main website does seem to infer it’s a new generation. If that is the case, my below theory may be disregarded. That being said, I am not yet 100% convinced that this is a new generation.

As I am sure most of you already know, earlier today trademarks for games called Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, complete with logos, where uncovered. Normally I avoid talking about news on this website, but for obvious reasons, I thought it would be worth bringing up here. I want to share my vision for these games. Before we begin though, I would like to point out the very real possibility that these trademarks will not lead anywhere. Pokémon has trademarked many game titles before, such as Gray or Water Blue, without an actual game coming out with the name. But, never to my knowledge have one of those fake trademarks come complete with logos the day before a major Pokémon announcement.

Many people are assuming that Sun and Moon will be the first games of the Seventh Generation of Pokémon, and for a good reason too. However, this does not seem likely. One important thing to remember is that whatever games they release this year will be on the 3DS. But coming soon is the Nintendo NX. It would be a poor business choice on Game Freak’s part to release a new generation right before the release of a new system. Also, the Gen 6 story line is incomplete. Zygarde has yet to be fully explored, and X and Y left many questions. That is why I believe that Sun and Moon will introduce the brand new concept of Generation 6.5. For those who don’t know the Gen 6.5 theory, it’s an idea that the next game will bring about what could be considered a new generation (eg. new Pokémon and a new region), but still remain firmly linked to Gen 6. This theory has gathered evidence from all over, with the biggest points being the small number of Pokémon introduced in X and Y, seemingly missing Pokémon from X and Y such as a non-cover Legendary Trio, and the mysterious item known as the Strange Souvenir, which refers to the player travelling to an unknown region sometime soon. The recently revealed Magearna also seems to support the theory.

With that explained, my theory for how these games might work is to start the player off in the new region referred to by the Strange Souvenir. This region will have new Pokémon, such as Magearna, and a new story. It is very possible, though, that this story will tie into the story of X and Y, delving deeper into the Kalos War and involving Team Flare. While it is possible that Zygarde would be the center point of the story, this seems unlikely, as there are two games, each of which needs its own cover Pokémon. As there is only one Zygarde Complete, this would not work well, unless Zygarde gets a second complete form. So I believe that two new Legendaries will be the focus (ones based on the Sun and Moon). Then, after this story is seen to completion and you enter this region’s Hall of Fame, you get to travel to the Kalos Region. Once in the Kalos Region a new story involving Zygarde as its center focus will unravel (this would be like a combination of Gold and Silver’s Kanto Region with Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire’s Delta Episode). This would allow for Zygarde to get the spotlight that it would miss otherwise with the absence of a Z Version. A full on second story occurring post-game also makes sense given the current progression of Gen 6 games. X and Y had the Looker story, the first attempt by Pokémon to have a story after beating the game. Then Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire had the Delta Episode, which was a full-on narrative with an impact on the story of the entire game. The type of story in Kalos I suggest only seems like the natural progression of things. This complete overhaul to the game would explain why there is no Z/X2 and Y2 Version, as it would justify the changing of the name entirely.

There are those out there who say that what I’m suggesting is silly because a new Pokémon game with new Pokémon and a new region automatically makes it a new generation, so this would be Gen 7, not 6.5. I disagree. I say that there’s more to a generation than just the Pokémon. The three biggest factors being game style, story, and connectivity. Each generation introduces an improved style from the previous one. If Sun and Moon have the same style as X and Y, that pretty much confirms they’re in the same generation. On top of that, if these games have a story connection to X and Y, then all they’re doing is continuing this generation’s storyline. And if they can trade/battle with X and Y (with the exception of newly introduced Pokémon), how could they be a different generation? Admittedly, Gold and Silver could trade with Red and Blue, and did connect with them story wise, but I argue that was only because Gold and Silver was the first time they made a new generation. they were uncertain of what they wanted to do. Something like that in the modern age would never happen. Also, the concept of a Gen 6.5 would be a good way to expand upon and top the concepts of sequel versions introduced in in Gen 5 with Black and White 2.

Please remember, this is all just my opinion and what I personally see to be a good possibility. Now, will this development have any major impact on Cosmic Quest? We’ll just have to wait and see…

Train on!

The 20th Anniversary is Coming!

It may be over a month away, but it’s never too early to begin celebrating one of the biggest years in Pokémon’s history. February 27, 2016 is Pokémon’s 20th anniversary! You may have already noticed the new banner above and the countdown timer on the right. These are just two of the ways I plan on celebrating. I have also updated the Bonus Content section with a special 20th Anniversary desktop background I created. Here’s a look:

20th Anniversary Background

Don’t think it ends there though, I have a lot planned for the coming month, including a very special way to celebrate on the actual day of the anniversary.

Never stop catching ’em all!

Episode 41 Review

Yeah, that’s right. I just went there. I referenced the most infamous of all episodes, “The Electric Soldier Porygon.” For those of you who don’t know about it, it was an episode that has only aired once in the world, and that was in Japan. A sequence of flashing lights caused by Pikachu using Thunderbolt on a missile caused children around Japan to have seizures. The episode was banned from ever airing again, even in other countries. It was the one and only true appearance of Porygon, presumably because the writers are afraid of it having a bad connotation. Porygon2 and Porygon-Z have yet to appear as well, outside of cameos. Which, if you ask me, is such a shame because the Porygon line is so unique and full of potential.

So this episode was actually meant to be a sequel to the original episode. I was amused by the idea of writing a sequel to an episode that most people haven’t even seen. I actually came up with the concept for this episode years ago when I was making up Pokémon scenarios. I thought if Rotom can go into machinery, it must be able to take over a computer. If it could do that, the only Pokémon that could fight it would be Porygon. I liked the idea so much, that it stuck with me until now.

I used all of the Porygon evolution line, including Mega Porygon-Z, to help drive home the fact that this was a Porygon episode, but also to showcase their unique method of evolution. On the surface it may appear to be just another Pokémon that requires trading with an item to evolve, but there’s actually solid lore behind that evolution. It’s being upgraded. Even my Mega Evolution is just a software patch. By the way, if we count this episode as being Porygon’s premiere appearance, as it has never appeared to English-speaking audiences, this episode would have premiered six Pokémon; the Porygon line, Mega Porygon-Z, Lamp Rotom, and Nucleaction. I can’t say for sure, but I think that might be a record for a non-premiere, non-movie episode.

Episode 40 Review

This episode exists because I felt like after such a traumatic experience for Brenda, I couldn’t just have her acting like everything’s just fine in the next episode. I needed a transition episode. It just so happened that during this episode they would be traveling to one of the few snowy areas in Tenno, and I wanted Brenda to capture an Ice-Type at some point. Add those plots together, and this episode was born. And I’m going to admit it, Frostcicle is one of my weakest designed Pokémon yet. One reason for this is that it is actually one of the earlier Pokémon I created. I liked it enough, and felt like it was just well enough designed, to be able to graduate to being in Cosmic Quest. Actually, it is the first Pokémon from my original “generation” of Pokémon (I created two generations of Pokémon originally, and Tenno was my second generation, another region that I have completely discarded was my first. It and its Pokémon  were made years earlier) to make it to Cosmic Quest completely unedited in name, concept, and design.

Episode 38 Review

To answer the question on everyone’s mind: yes, that episode was inspired by Scooby Doo. I’m sure the next question you want to ask is why. I was inspired to write this episode a few months ago. I was on a cruise, the TV in my room had very limited channels, and nothing was on, so I decided to watch Scooby Doo. As a child, I watched Scooby Doo all the time (maybe not as much as Pokémon, but that should be obvious as I’m not writing a Scooby Doo fan fiction). Back then, I always loved Scooby Doo because it had it’s own style that never changed, and using that to your advantage, you could solve any mystery they presented. I found that fascinating. Going back and watching Scooby Doo again, I realized how recognizable this pattern is, and how just about anyone could probably recognize it. This got me thinking about how it would be fun if some other shows attempted to use the style and format of a Scooby Doo episode. I quickly realized that that option was available to me, and that after thinking about it, I realized that Scooby Doo could probably translate pretty well over into Pokémon, so I decided to give it a try. Originally, I planned to have this episode take place later in the series, but then, in a last minute decision, I decided to make it in time for Halloween. The references I made include:

  • The characters: Pikachu was Scooby, Ash was Shaggy, Brock was Fred, Brenda was Daphne, and Detective Jenny was Velma. I feel like the characters all translated over fairly well (Especially Ash/Shaggy and Pikachu/Scooby).
  • The plot involved a monster, that turned out to be a fake in the end.
  • There were three suspects: the obvious choice (Team Rocket), the red herring (Mr. Contesta), and the least suspected choice who turns out to be the culprit (Malcolm).
  • The plot progression: an introduction to the suspects, followed by a short investigation, then the “gang” splits up, the serious group finds a red herring clue, the non-serious group finds and gets chased by the monster. After the chase, one final clue is found to solve the mystery, then the trap (complete with live bait, and the bribery for the bait), then the trap fails, but the monster is still caught by accident.
  • Too many quotes to list.