Classification: The Psychic Kappa Pokémon
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.
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.
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.
And then, as a special bonus for those of you who love this retro stuff, here’s a new desktop background.
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:
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.
I will admit that it was a bit of a mistake to have Helioptile prominently featured two episodes in a row. I had planned this episode first, and then I when I was planning the episode before it I decided that Will’s newest Pokémon should be a Light-Type. I didn’t want to use any of the Light-Types already made for Cosmic Quest, as they’ve been a bit over-used, and I didn’t want to introduce a new one yet. Then I started thinking about old Pokémon that became Light-Types. Helioptile came straight to mind and I thought it was a perfect fit. I figured I could justify it by having Will have caught it nearby, as in the location of the following episode, and it kind of worked, but I wouldn’t say it was perfect. As far as this episode itself went, I knew that I wanted it to show off the sun aspect of Turcell/Turtsol, and I thought it would be fun to pair it up with Helioptile and Helioisk, the other solar powered Pokémon. One ironic point was that my original idea was to have Ash and Turcell try to teach Helioisk how to use Sunny Day, Turcell wasn’t going to learn it all. Then I realized that Helioptile and Helioisk can’t learn Sunny Day, not even through TMs. (Which is completely ridiculuous if you ask me, as they’re more associated with the sun than almost any other Pokémon that can learn Sunny Day. To make matters worse, they don’t even learn Solar Beam through TM. Being solar powered Pokémon, Solar Beam is like the definition of them, and should be a signature move of theirs. Very silly and senseless move on Game Freak’s part.) I considered just not worrying about it and using the excuse that in Luna, Terra, and Sol Version they can learn Sunny Day, but decided that people who don’t visit this website might think that I hadn’t done my research. So in the end, Turtsol got two new moves with its evolution instead of one.
Classification: The Solar Panel Pokémon
Description: Upon evolution, Turtsol’s solar panels become much more efficient, allowing to gather even more energy from the sun. It has also integrated the metal from its solar panels into its shell, allowing it to become a much better defensive mechanism.
Evolves from Turcell at level 16 and into Solurtle at level 36
Trivia: A Turcell can live without its solar panels, as most of its energy is still derived from traditional food at that stage. But once it evolves into Turtsol, it will be unable to function if its panels are removed, as it relies on the sun for most of its energy. A Turtsol will quickly die without its panels.
When Ash and friends stumble across a group of Helioptile and Helioisk, Turcell quickly makes friends with the fellow solar-powered Pokémon. Everything goes great at first, but then a group of Pokémon turn day into night. Now Turcell must fight for the light.
Also, the Pokédex and Character Guide have been updated accordingly.
In case you haven’t noticed, Ash always gets at least one Starter Pokémon from each region he visits, so here’s his one from Tenno, Turcell. The reason I’ve had Turcell following Ash from episode two was because of my personal opinions on Starter Pokémon. I’ve never liked how the games express the fact that Starter Pokémon cannot be found in the wild, and yet Ash is always finding his in the wild. In order to fix that, I decided to have his be one of the actual Starter Pokémon given by Professor Pine.