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Monday, October 20, 2014

Shulk The Pokémon

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Air Slash! Back Slash! A Vision!

It suddenly dawned on me: Shulk, supposedly of Xenoblade Chronicles fame (and also in Super Smash Bros. 4), is actually from the Pokémon series.

Shulk's (Xenoblade Chronicles) Pokémon moveset.
Well? What would YOU do?
The moves you see above are Power Trick, Air Slash, Secret Sword, and Future Sight. His ability is, of course, Stance Change.

Let's see what Shulk picked.

Shulk using Air Slash

Assets credits to: Bulbapedia, Greiga Master, wormintheworks, Space Guard (more than once), and Neslug. Oh, and

In case you're wondering, my opinion of Shulk has not improved at all since he was revealed in that August Nintendo Direct. My Live Reactions of his different Monado Arts don't quite match the actual reality of how they work, but I still don't like them. For a different reason.

Look at this table of the different Monado Arts and their colours. I have to refer to the table because I honestly still don't remember which one is which.

The point of assigning different colours to things in videogames is twofold:
  1. To distinguish between objects and concepts.
  2. To classify something as a colour (thematically) and to apply that colour consistently whenever that something is around.
Super Smash Bros. 4 assigns a colour to the different statistical attributes. You can see that in Smash Run. The same colours for those stats carry over to the Equipment colours.

In Shulk's world, Speed is blue. In our world, Speed is green. In Shulk's world, Jump is green. We think Jump is yellow! But yellow means Shield for Shulk. We think that Defense is blue. This goes on and on. It's like there wasn't coordination between the Smash Run design and Shulk's.

By the way, concerning "Secret Sword". The Monado is worse than a sword. That's all.

Ludwig spent hours on the artwork, believe it or not. Please appreciate his Microsoft Paint work by sharing this article, and KoopaTV, to your friends! Or anyone else.

Ludwig writes another article about Shulk because he was really feeling it.
Shulk is later compared to a Gen 1 Pokémon.

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