Spooky Pokémon, New Ponyta, and the National Dex

I wanted to do a post on my favorite ghost type pokémon for Halloween Month. I really like the cute spooky looking ones, so that’s mostly what’s gonna be featured here (one of them will also appear later this month on my blog). I also wanna talk briefly about the pokémon livestream from last week, and the National Dex controversy. But first I’ll start with the pokémon, with pokédex entries, because sometimes those are the creepiest part.

Chandelure: “The spirits burned up in its ominous flame lose their way and wander this world forever.” I love all the possessed object pokémon. Many complained about this being a lazy design, but it’s one of my favorite ghost pokémon designs.

Pumpkaboo: “The pumpkin body is inhabited by a spirit trapped in this world. As the sun sets, it becomes restless and active. It is said to carry wandering spirits to the place where they belong so they can move on.” This guy is like the ultimate Halloween pokémon. The pokémon twitter may be all about mimikyu this month, but I’m all about pumpkaboo.

But I still love mimikyu! – “Its actual appearance is unknown. A scholar who saw what was under its rag was overwhelmed by terror and died from the shock.” It’s a ghost dressed up as pikachu, which I guess is why pokémon made it the mascot for October. It’s so cute, but under the costume, apparently terrifying.

Phantump: “These Pokémon are stumps possessed by the spirits of children who died in the forest. Their cries sound like eerie screams.” Maybe I should’ve just called this list, Cutest Ghost Pokémon. Although, with the pokédex entries, creepiest also fits.

Misdreavus: “It will use any means necessary to frighten people and absorb their life energy. It practices constantly to hone its skill in causing fear.” In my head, this was gonna be the scary looking pokémon in the list…but I think it’s just another cute one. It’s definitely still terrifying though.

Alolan Marowak: “The bones it possesses were once its mother’s. Its mother’s regrets have become like a vengeful spirit protecting this Pokémon.” I love this design. I guess this is the black sheep of my list. Not cutesy and not spooky in quite the same way. Just a badass pokémon with a sad origin.

Polteageist: This guy will be brand new to Pokémon Sword and Shield, so no pokédex entry yet! I love that Game Freak is going all out with the England theme. And that’s it for the spooky pokémon. Now on to other things.

So I thought the pokémon livestream was a really neat idea. The concept was based on real life wildlife nature cams, but with pokémon. However, the experience was underwhelming and left many disappointed. It was a 24 hour stream with only one new pokémon revealed, and pokémon appearances were sparse, often with an hour between each, and always only showing up for a few seconds. A real nature cam would have yielded more sightings.

I understand holding a 24 hour livestream because of time differences, but many felt they needed to watch the whole thing so they didn’t miss anything. I loved the concept, and I wouldn’t mind seeing another livestream, but it would definitely need to be reworked.

On a more positive note, I am in love with the new pokémon, which was just confirmed to be a Galarian ponyta. Many thought it would be a fairy, or even a ghost type, but it’s actually a psychic type! I’m always saying that I want more horse pokémon (my dream is to have a full horse team), and this one is perfect. It’s definitely going on my team, along with sobble. I was leaning towards getting Pokémon Sword, but ponyta will be a Shield exclusive, so I’ll either have to find someone to trade with, or I’ll be picking up Shield.

One last thing…I’ve been trying to avoid the bring back national dex-ers, but with close monitoring of twitter during the livestream, I ran across a few posts. First, I want to say that I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being upset that Sword/Shield will not have a national dex. I totally understand why it will be missed – I’ll miss it too. But it’s been incredibly frustrating seeing people attack Game Freak, accusing them of being lazy developers, and criticizing a game we’ve hardly seen anything from. With all that’s come out in the past year with overworked and abused game developers, I’d think people would be more understanding.

A lot of people are calling for them to delay the game so they can put the national dex in. The thing is, I’m certain Game Freak has already considered this. They knew people would be upset about the lack of a national dex, and if they decided not to delay the game, I’m sure there’s legitimate reasoning behind it. I don’t know what this reasoning is, and I don’t think we’ll ever know, but I’m confident they’re not just being lazy. Not saying this has anything to do with it, but it must be exhausting to essentially rebuild all the elements of a previous game, and then add new, original content.

My condolences to those who will not be able to bring forward their favorite pokémon to this particular game. I hear you, but your pokémon will not be forgotten. Maybe Game Freak will bring back the national dex in the future.

37 days until Pokémon Sword and Shield!

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