Exploring the Pokémon Multiverse

If you haven’t seen yet, I’ve recently updated the History of the Pokémon World page with details regarding the recent Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee. Of course, Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee didn’t add to much of note to the page, seeing as Let’s Go doesn’t have too much in the way of lore, however, with this addition, I have updated the entire page to better detail page when it comes to the multiverse of Pokémon. As explained there, the page will focus and detail the four primary branches of the Pokémon Multiverse, as follows:

OU: Original Universe. The timeline introduced in the original games and seen up until Black and White 2.
MU: Mega Universe. The timeline where Mega Evolution exists, as introduced in X and Y.
UU: Ultra Universe. A minor branch off of the Mega Universe. So far, only Ultra Sun and Moon exists here.
LG:  Let’s Go Universe. The timeline where Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee takes place.

I couldn’t really detail the intricacies of the split Pokémon timeline too much on the page, so I thought I should make a post to better describe my thoughts on how this all works.

First, for those who don’t know, a multiverse is the idea that multiple parallel universes can exist. Each of the individual universes can either be almost exactly the same as another, or completely different. In the quantum theory of the multiverse, every time a choice is made, the universe splits. In one universe, one option is picked, in another, the other option is instead. This happens over and over again, in a cascading effect, quickly creating an infinite amount of universes, across which anything and everything has happened in at least one of them. These universes splitting off of each other can be thought of as a tree, where branches grow off of other branches. Some branches are tiny twigs, while others are thick limbs. Using this analogy, branches of the timeline can be grouped. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire confirmed that Pokémon exists in a multiverse, by stating that there is another version of the Hoenn Region in another world. This is heavily implied to be the version of Hoenn seen in the original Ruby and Sapphire games, explaining the differences between the two sets of games.

So now comes the question, where did I get the “four primary branches” concept from. From the context of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire mentioned above, we know that there are at least two main branches to the Pokémon timeline. There’s the one without Mega Evolution, the Original Universe, and the one with Mega Evolution, the Mega Universe. The split occurred based on the firing of AZ’s Ultimate Weapon. The Mega Universe is where he chose to fire it, the Original Universe is where he didn’t. These two branches are the main branches of the primary four.

The next universe to be introduced is the Ultra Universe, where the events of Ultra Sun and Moon take place. Compared to the split between the Original and Mega Universes, this one is pretty small. So you can think of it as a small branch growing off of the thick limb of the Mega Universe. This universe is essentially the same as the Mega Universe, the only known major differences being those that stem directly from the actions of Necrozma. It is unknown exactly what the point of divergence is, but the main differences come from Necrozma interrupting the events at the Alter of the Sunne/Moone. It’s possible that Necrozma simply decided not to attack in the original Mega Universe, but it’s also possible that split occurred much earlier, and perhaps Necrozma was never imprisoned in the Megalo Tower to begin with in the Mega Universe. It’s impossible to know for sure.

Then there’s the Let’s Go Universe. Not much explanation is needed here. Let’s Go presents events completely differently from Red and Blue/Fire Red and Leaf Green. The main difference is that the protagonists of Let’s Go, Chase, replaces Red. Since Mega Evolution exists, it would be a branch off of the Mega Universe timeline Once again, there is no confirmation as to why this split occurred. It is my speculation that in this version, Red and Blue began their journey earlier than they did in the Original and Mega Universe, meaning that missed out on the random events that led to them becoming the trainers we know them as. However, it’s worth noting that Chase and Trace live in the Original Universe houses of Red and Blue, meaning that there are other unrelated differences to this universe as well.

All this leaves a big question. Why are Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire and Ultra Sun/Moon considered their own universe, but not Fire Red/Leaf Green and Emerald? The answer to that question is, they actually are. While the multiverse may have only been introduced officially in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, it had existed since the very beginning. In fact, the very nature of Pokémon’s dual version releases (as in releasing both Red Version and Blue Version) means that timeline splits existed with the very first Pokémon games. Red and Blue Versions both show the events, but with slightly different versions of them. That is, by definition, a presentation of parallel universe. And it doesn’t end there. Yellow Version later came out, creating a third split in the timeline. And then, ten years later, there came Fire Red and Leaf Green, creating two more versions of the same events. The reason I do not list these as separate universes is because they all just minor twigs on the same main branch of the timeline. Fire Red/Leaf Green shows essentially the same universe as Red/Blue, with minor differences, while Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee does not. Emerald is just a slightly different version of the same events from Ruby and Sapphire, and can mostly coexist with them, but Ultra Sun/Moon has some major events that are completely different from Sun/Moon, making it a bigger divergence.

The multiverse gets even crazier when you consider the implications of the Link Cable mentioned in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. In it, the Link Cable is a mysterious item that allows Devon Corp. to send the incoming meteor to another world. So, essentially, it is a machine that allows transport and communication with other universe. Now, the Link Cable was made as a reference to the real-world object that allowed Game Boy games to connect to each other. It’s what allowed players to trade and battle with other players. Now, let’s think about the implications. In Red Version, we have one Red connecting to another Red and trading using the Link Cable. Since the first Red can now use the Pokémon received from the second one in the trade, that second Red is, technically speaking “cannon” to the first Red’s journey. The only way for this work means that literally every single save file ever created on a Pokémon game is its own parallel universe. Think about it. The Pokémon multiverse truly is infinite in its expanse.

And all that’s not even considering other big non-game branches of the timeline, such as the anime, manga, trading card, and spin-off game universe.

If any of this post doesn’t seem to make sense to you, feel free to ask in a comment. I’d be more than willing to explain better.

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Opinion Piece: MissingNo. (and Other Glitches)

First off, I would like to apologize for the recent lack of activity. First I was on Spring Break and unable to write, and the past week or so I have been extremely busy with school. Hopefully you can expect a new episode to arrive within a few days. Now, down to business.

I hope you all enjoyed my little April Fools joke. I had a lot of fun putting together. It was amusing imagining what it might be like if I were to turn MissingNo. into an actual Pokémon and dedicate an episode to it. However, I am now going to have to remove MissingNo. from the Pokédex section to remove any future confusion, that includes its in-depth page. For archiving purposes, I’ll copy and paste it onto the bottom of the Pokédex Entry post made about it.

Now, with that all being said, I feel like I might have given the wrong impression about my opinion of MissingNo., and other glitches in the game by extension. While I do find MissingNo. to be a fascinating glitch, it is nothing more than that. It is simply a glitch. I am always baffled when I see people on the internet treat it as if it were an actual Pokémon. What also bugs me is the culture that has seen to grown up around this and other glitches in the original games (namely, the Mew Glitch). In my opinion, it is not a wise move to purposely glitch your game, after all, doing so means you are actively attempting to break the game’s programming, and I really can’t see doing this in a positive light. It’s even worse when said glitches are used to exploit the game, rather than just have fun. Using MissingNo. to multiply your Rare Candies, or using a glitch to catch a Mew is in the end cheating. What annoys me even more about the “glitch culture” as I call rather it than just the fascination with glitches, is the people who actually begin to think of such glitches as acceptable means of catching Pokémon and progressing through the game. I don’t care if there’s no other way to catch a Mew, the Mew Glitch is not a valid method, it’s still cheating in the end. Of course, that’s the way I see it at least.

Episode 52 Review

Yeah. That’s right. I went there. I canonized MissingNo. I feel it was something that’s just bound to happen, I mean MissingNo. has pretty much become a Pokémon of its own. And with the recent re-release of Red and Blue, it’s more popular than ever right now, so why not turn it into a real Pokémon?

Each part of this episode is inspired by how MissingNo. actually works. The mysterious old man that Ash and friends meet plays the part of the old man that teaches you how to catch Pokémon. Then Ash and the others taking a blimp ride to the coast and then a boat ride along the shore is just like flying to Cinnabar Island and surfing up and down along its coast. It’s no wonder Ash encountered a MissingNo. Ash being buried underneath the massive pile of Pokéballs is of course a reference to the infinite items glitch associated with MissingNo. and Ash’s loss of memory of previous leagues is an adaptation of MissingNo. corrupting the Hall of Fame. The final reference is when reality itself begins to crumble around Ash in the climax. This emulates how MissingNo. would corrupt the sprites of trainers and Pokémon when sent into battle. Oh yeah, one last thing. April Fools.

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!

Back in the Day…

As of today, we’re exactly a week off from the 20th Anniversary. It’s time for the next wave of special content. Remember how when Pokémon first came out, the graphics were much different? There were greater limitations on colors and sprite size, and the sprites themselves just looked goofy at times. Have you ever wondered what Pokémon from the Tenno Region might have looked like if they were made back then? No, you haven’t? Well, you get to see anyways.

Classic Sporout Was Sent Out

Classic Turcell Was Sent Out

Classic Kappaqua Was Sent Out

Classic Terratlas Appeared

Classic Seluna Appeared

Classic Brandon Wants to Fight

And then, as a special bonus for those of you who love this retro stuff, here’s a new desktop background.

CCL

Train on!

Seluna and Terratlas

And here they are, the cover Pokémon of Luna and Terra Versions (If you haven’t seen the actual covers yet, make sure to check out the previous post):

Seluna
Seluna

Classification: The Lunar Pokémon
Type: Dark/Rock
Description: According to myth and legend, Seluna, under the guidance of the Cosmic Architect, created all of the moons in the solar system. It’s crowning achievement is the Earth’s moon, where it is said to dwell.
Does not Evolve

Trivia: Seluna is the cover Pokémon of Luna Version. The pattern on its upper chest is meant to invoke the actual Moon. It’s name is derived from Selene, the Greek goddess of the Moon, combined with Luna, the scientific term for the Moon. It’s red eyes are meant to invoke the theme of having a “red” legendary each generation, such as Ho-oh, Groudon, Palkia (it’s more of a pink, but close enough), Reshiram (it glows red), and Yveltal, all of which are based off of Red Version and Charizard.

Terratlas
Terratlas

Classification: The Terra Pokémon
Type: Ground/Water
Description: In legend, Terratlas was created by the Cosmic Architect in order to construct the planets of the solar system. It is said to have modeled the Earth in its own image. It is rumored to live in high Earth orbit, always watching its prized creation.
Does not Evolve

Trivia: Terratlas is the cover Pokémon of Terra Version. Its name is a combination of the Latin term terra, meaning the Earth, and Atlas, the Greek Titan that held the Earth on its back. The main landmass on Terratlas’ stomach is meant look like the Kanto region, while the landmass on his shoulders (the one with the mountains) is meant to invoke Tenno, and the one on his hand with the volcano is meant to invoke Hoenn. The white on its head and feet are meant to be polar ice caps. Terratlas’ blue eyes are meant to relate it to the trend of having a blue legendary cover Pokémon, continuing the tradition of Lugia, Kyogre, Dialga, Zekrom (it glows blue), and Xerneas, all which stem from Blastoise back in Blue Version.

In addition, the Attackdex/Abilitydex has been updated with these Pokémon’s signature moves and abilities. Also, make sure to visit my Fan Fiction profile page to vote on which game you would pick.