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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Alolan Raticate, Type: Null, and MORE Debut in Pokémon Sun and Moon!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Plus, a legitimate-looking foundation.

It hasn't been a long time since the latest Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon news, though they did have to share space in a Nintendo Direct. Now, The Pokémon Company International has all of the space in the world to make a good impression. Fortunately for your attention span, they take less than three minutes of it.

Initiate official trailer!

Nintendo also provided a written summary here.

I want to talk about Type: Null first. Type: Null is a new Normal type Pokémon. It has very unique name. Type: Null. That's the name. The site's description explains: “This Pokémon wearing a mask has been dubbed “Null,” meaning nothing.” That doesn't quite explain where the Type-colon part comes from.

The Type: Null project was supposed to be prevented with the defeat of Team Science!

Type: Null is said to have INTENSE power, with it being made of different parts to increase its adaptability. (However, it doesn't have the Adaptability ability.) It is apparently on a secret mission to rival the power of Mythological Pokémon.

I personally think that Type: Null strongly resembles this:

Pocket Card Jockey robot robo horse cyborg Prof. Ozimof Type: Null Pokémon
Pocket Card Jockey's robo-type Cyborg horse, invented...erm... bred by Professor Ozimof.

They actually tried to originally make Type: Null as a super horse to win the King's Gate in Pocket Card Jockey, but it turns out that it was impossible for any jockey to control it. It ended up as a failed horse, and it became sentient. That's every sci-fi nightmare right there. Type: Null, with its free will, decided to become a Pokémon. It was then picked up by the NEW MEMBER OF TEAM SKULL (to join the other ones), Gladion. (Not to be confused with Operation Gladio.)

Gladion is Team Skull's emo-looking gladiator, whose official title is Team Skull Enforcer. Presumably, he breaks people's skulls with his Type: Null. (That's written like it's innuendo or something.)

There's a Pokémon announced named Jangmo-o, notable for having something that resembles an emoticon in its name. (And for the last three letters being “moo.”) More importantly are Alolan Rattata and Alolan Raticate, new Dark type formes. While Yungoos and Gumshoos are expys of Donald Trump (we endorsed him for president just yesterday, by the way!), Alolan Rattata and Alolan Raticate are meant to be expys of Ted Cruz. This is strengthened by Ted Cruz's own personal relationships with rats, and that they're both food hoarders. And, of course, their rivalry for electoral turf in real life.

Pokémon Sun Totem Gumshoos Moon Alolan Raticate
Ted Cruz copied Donald Trump's position on building THE WALL.
Similarly, Totem Raticate is copying Totem Gumshoos's original defence-rising aura.

There are now version differences revealed besides the cover legends, something I've been waiting for. You see above that Totem Gumshoos appears in Pokémon Sun, while Totem Raticate appears in Pokémon Moon. Perhaps you notice that it's daytime in one and nighttime in the other? That's because Pokémon Sun will run by your 3DS's internal clock, while Pokémon Moon while take that clock, and move the time twelve hours later. Reminder that there will be time-specific events in this game.

That might SOUND stupid, but I know from reading forums over decades that people actually did want something like this. Or, at least, they were upset that their playing schedule prevents them from experiencing time-specific activities.

Since we don't know whether playing at night or the day is, uh, BETTER, it ultimately is a wash-out. Unless you own both versions. Because if playing at night and playing at day are equally desirable and you only have one version, what difference does it make?

Moving on to a return to Rotom-related news, which we've been deprived of since the Rotom Pokédex was announced.

Rotom Photo Finder Pokémon Sun Moon talks dialogue zzt-zzt thumbs up
Rotom is so CUTE!

The Photo Finder mode is basically Pokémon Snap, but without rails. So it's just sitting in one place (there are specially-designated spots in the overworld for this) watching an animation and going for the best picture. You get scored. Your camera is your Rotom Pokédex, and Rotom talks to you during the whole process! Cutely. You level up your camera capabilities (aka Rotom) the more you play! I want the best Rotom, so I'll be playing this Photo Finder mode even if it's lame.

Finally, there is the Aether Foundation. These are basically humanitarians trying to shelter Pokémon on their artificial island paradise. Goodie-goodies. They actually do dedicate their time and money to actually helping people and Pokémon, rather than lining their own pockets. Not every charitable foundation does that, you know.

Team Skull sell Slowpoke Pokémon Moon Sun
Grunt B's hand-motions get ridiculous here, but basically Team Skull is taking inspiration from Team Rocket's Slowpoke schemes.

There's also some random Zygarde-collecting stuff I don't care about, featuring returning characters from Pokémon X and Pokémon Y I don't even remember.


Okay, so there is this scary floating jellyfish thing known as UB-01 and it's not even a Pokémon. There are other Ultra Beasts and they have different numbering. What are they and where do they come from? No idea, which makes them illegal aliens that Alola needs to defend itself against. These will play some substantial role in the story.

UB-01 Ultra Beast Nihilego Greater Spotted Jellyfloat Pikmin 2 Pokémon Sun Moon jellyfish alien
UB-01 is basically a Pikmin 2 Greater Spotted Jellyfloat.

Ludwig is still going to get Pokémon Moon, since he has no idea if the time-changing thing is actually relevant. He's a little concerned that Gumshoos might be a Sun-version exclusive, but that's far from confirmed. What speculation do YOU have about the new Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon news? Let KoopaTV know in the comments section, of course!

More Ultra Beasts and version exclusives in the next news announcement!
Type: Null actually evolves into something even more powerful, and unmistakably resembling a very important Mythical Pokémon.
Ludwig later named a horse Type: Null in Pocket Card Jockey.


  1. I'm getting more excited for Sun & Moon with all these revelations. I like Gladio, I love the idea of the Ultra Beasts, and I want to learn more about the Aether Foundation because they seem secretly shady to me.

    1. Good, good, good!

      Why does everyone assume the worst in the Aether Foundation? >_>;

    2. 1. Because it's such a common twist for video games to have a "good" organization that is secretly evil.

      2. Especially when there's science involved. And between Type: Null, Zygarde, and maybe even the Ultra Beasts, there's some weird science stuff in this story. (I'M SO EXCITED!)

      3. "I will be a mother to all of those poor Pokémon and shower them with love"? They're so over-the-top GOOD, it makes it even more likely they're secretly bad.

      4. Faba really looks evil. He's one cackle away from being a mad scientist.

      5. Plus they even have "employees" presented just like grunts from other evil teams.

      6. Finally... I just want it to be true because they look like they'd be such fantastic villains, pretending to be good guys and messing around with science and everything! It would be so exciting! I'm hyped!!!

      (I'll try not to be disappointed if they really are the goodie-goodies they present themselves as.)

    3. 1. It's not really a thing for Pokémon.

      2. The Aether Foundation is researching the Ultra Beasts. Doesn't mean they're responsible for their outbreak.

      3. You're so cynical and doubtful!

      4. He is pretty suspicious, but that should take away from point #3, not reinforce it.

      5. It's called being fair & balanced!

      6. I'm not a fan of their outfits.

    4. Gimme my mad scientists!!!


      1. Yeah, but the series has also only recently started to move into more interesting plots, too.

      2. SCIENCE! Ahem. I know. I'm just saying, we have some sinister science-y stuff as well as an organization of science-y people.

      3. I know, but either that character is so sweet it's cringe-worthy, or she's evil.

      4. He still pretends to be good and nice. An evil organization pretending to be good can have people who look good and those who look evil! But I'll settle for Faba being an evil guy manipulating the well-meaning Aether Foundation.

      5. Perhaps.

      6. I don't care much for their outfits either, but I still like them as potential villains.

    5. 1. ...True...
      2. Can't scientists be good people? ...Eh, what am I saying? Of course they can't.
      3. Cringe-worthy sweet characters ARE an archetype.
      4. Okay.
      5. :)
      6. I'd want to know more about them. Not everyone with a private artificial island is evil. Just most people.

    6. Two years later (now that I've finally gotten that far in the game), I wouldn't say it was quite the awesome writing and twist I was hoping for, but...

    7. Well... there definitely wasn't much of an emphasis on... science.


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