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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Tauros and Bouffalant are back... See them at the Isle of Armor!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - There's also Galarian Articuno, and it shoots laser beams from its eyes. That's cool!

Displacing some non-videogame-related news today is The Pokémon Company International with a news drop on the upcoming downloadable content expansion packs for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield's Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra, first announced at the start of 2020. I called the existence of the expansion packs scumbaggy, but I won't let that colour my reactions to the news:

Two quick notes: One, don't let the length of the video fool you. There's even more information about everything on the official Pokémon website. Two, even though the thumbnail is of humans, I don't care about them, and I won't be commenting about the humans in this article.

The most important things from this trailer are the presence of Tauros and Bouffalant, after I've been worried about never seeing either again due to them not being native to Galar.

Pokémon Sword Shield wild Bouffalant battle Isle of Armor expansion pack
Bouffalant actually doesn't look amused to be here at all.

Unfortunately, we still haven't seen Miltank

Pokémon Sword Shield wild Tauros eating grass Isle of Armor expansion pack
Those Tauros get to eat so much yummy grass!

Instead, we get some information on some new legendaries at the Crown Tundra, as well as new forms of old legendaries. There's Regieleki and Regidrago, which are the Regirock, Regice, and Registeel of Electric and Dragon. They're said to be very powerful, instead of their mineral counterparts that are primarily defensive. 

There's also Galarian Articuno (now a Psychic/Flying type), Galarian Zapdos (now a Fighting/Flying type), and Galarian Moltres (now a Dark/Flying type). They all have signature moves that reference their old types, being Freezing Glare (a Psychic-type move that may freeze opponents), Thunderous Kick (a Fighting-type move that may lower the opponent's Defense stat), and Fiery Wrath (a Dark-type move that may make the opponent flinch). I don't know why Thunderous Kick and Fiery Wrath don't have a chance to paralyse and burn opponents, respectively. But I should note that Psychic/Fighting/Dark is a typing trio where each is super-effective on the other, like Water/Grass/Fire, and much unlike Ice/Electric/Fire.

Pokémon Sword Shield Galarian Articuno Freezing Glare official artwor laser eye beams
I consider Zapdos to be my favourite design of the Legendary Birds, but Galarian Articuno is my favourite of the Galarian variants.
If you've read my Ring Fit Adventure Fitness Logs, you'd know I have a thing for LASER EYE BEAMS!

There's also Galarian Slowbro, which is the first-ever Poison/Psychic type, which features its Hermit Crab as a poisonous arm cannon, putting it on the list of Mega Man Robot Master Pokémon like Magmortar. That said, there aren't any Robot Masters that attack with poison blasts, besides Acid Man in Mega Man 11. The Slowpoke family are known for high defense stats, so maybe it'd still make sense with Acid Man's shield power, Acid Barrier. And Acid Man's boss fight features him activating the Speed Gear, which works with Galarian Slowbro's new Quick Draw ability.

Lastly for Pokémon, since Venusaur and Blastoise want to stop being jealous of Charizard, they both also got Gigantamax forms. Venusaur looks like a Chinese peasant farmer, but Blastoise gains dozens of more cannons. Neither of those are enticing. That also goes for the expansion packs and this whole Pokémon generation in general. Notice how the past several paragraphs have exclusively been about Pokémon originally from Kanto. I see what's going on here...

As an aside, Ludwig would like to mock Sony in this article's footer. See how easy it is to have a gaming newsdrop right now? Better than cowardly delaying your pathetic conference because you're afraid an angry mob is going to win the news cycle. Ludwig didn't mention it in the article, but there's some kind of recycling robot based on Cramorant called the Cram-o-matic, and he thinks it's pretty cute since he likes Cramorant. Not interesting, though.

Tauros, Miltank, and Bouffalant are among Ludwig's favourite Pokémon.
There are even more Legendary Pokémon in the Crown Tundra! Meet Calyrex, Glastrier, and Spectrier.
The next generation brings another Pokémon with an arm cannon, Armarouge!


  1. I think I'll actually get this, to get that Zapdos and a few other reasons. Also, recently I went to a drive-through safari with my mom for our belated annual Mother's Day activity, where I saw some of the Earth versions of Bouffalant, or at least a cousin of theirs, longhorn cattle. They were one of the more majestic animals we saw.


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