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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Pokémon Presents August 3, 2022 Reaction


This morning, The Pokémon Company put on a new Pokémon Presents, with updates on Pokémon apps and video games, including Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet. Of course, I didn't watch it live. I wasn't able to. But most people who watch it didn't watch it live. And what matters is that I wasn't spoiled on the contents of the presentation before watching it, which means that it didn't make any impact to how I reacted. It's like... time was frozen!

But because of the unscheduled and uncoordinated viewing, you'll only get to read my live reactions. I hope that's fine with y'all.

[5:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa:
[5:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Chris Brown of The Pokémon Company International giving updates on the Pokémon World Championships in London.
[5:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: The stock footage features 3DSs still.
[5:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...and there's a Pikachu trophy.
[5:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Ultra Beasts are gonna ruin Pokémon GO Fest 2022.
[5:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Literal alien invasion at the end of August.
[5:05 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Pokémon UNITE anniversary segment, which is a China invasion of your Switch.
[5:07 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: wtf Dugtrio toast
[5:07 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: In Pokémon Café Remix.
[5:08 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Double é)
[5:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Nevermind it's a Dugtrio sandwich, not toast.

Pokémon Café Remix Dugtrio sandwich Pikachu Latias
This image is better than everything that came after in the presentation.

[5:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet update (booo).
[5:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: There's a Treasure Hunt across the region that's being proclaimed in an academy.
[5:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: So it's like the medals academy in Dragon Quest XI?
[5:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Featuring culture, Pokémon, and some hideous looking people.
[5:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And mediocre voice acting.
[5:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: The box Pokémon (looks like them?) actually are motorcycles.
[5:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: There's a crystallisation mechanic?
[5:12 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: It's portraying a Drifblim that's a crystal with extra balloons.
[5:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Paldea region.
[5:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Koraidon and Miraidon.
[5:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Climb on and together you'll dash across grassy fields"
[5:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: AND THEY CAN FLY
[5:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: AND BE A GLIDER?
[5:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: So you just get the Legendary Pokémon at the start-ish?
[5:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Or is this like Xenoblade Chronicles X where they promote flying mechs but you don't get those until way later?
[5:14 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: There are still 8 Pokémon gyms, but no set path of going through them.
[5:14 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: There are also "two other stories"?
[5:14 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "It's all up to you!"
[5:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Professor Sada and Professor turo, and there's a Mr. Clavell as a director. And a Mr. Jacq teachers biology. Nemona is my battle-loving friend. Arven is a class chef. Penny is the "shy student". Grusha is an Ice-type gym leader.
[5:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Paldean Wooper. It looks like shit.
[5:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Literally.
[5:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Fidough" is a dough dog.
[5:16 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And Cetitan looks like, uh... those twins from the Glitz Pit that are spikey and you need to use Baby Yoshi to beat.
[5:16 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Co-op play with up to three friends. You can "race across the map".
[5:16 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Crystals are Terastals.
[5:16 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Which is like Dynamax but crystal and shiny instead of big?
[5:17 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: All Pokémon can Terastallize, which can actually change the type of some Pokémon.
[5:17 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: So Drifblim will become a Fire type.

Pokémon Violet Scarlet Driflim Tera Terastallize Fire Flying candles balloons
Drifblim can have the Tera types of Fire OR Flying (and maybe others).
But it's clear that the added character design elements are uniform across Pokémon. Every Flying type gets those balloons.
So this is less cool/impressive/effortful than how I was initially reacting.

[5:17 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: They give a boost.
[5:17 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: The Tera types they have apparently aren't...set in stone.
[5:17 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ohohoh
[5:17 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: You can find rare Tera types in "Tera Raid Battles".
[5:18 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: So it's incredibly derivative of Sword/Shield.
[5:18 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: But with more effort put into the character designs than just being big.
[5:18 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "We've kept all of the things you love about Pokémon while evolving the adventure you can have."
[5:18 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: FAKE NEWS
[5:20 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well, I still have a grand total of zero interest in it.

Kamek watched the Scarlet and Violet segment after Ludwig did, and he said it seems “pretty neat” and “alot of stuff outside the main game going on”, and then described how he wished he could hang out at the Pokémon tournament “just to enjoy the atmosphere”.

The previous Pokémon Presents was six months ago in February for Pokémon Day.
The last news about Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet was from June where they talked about multiplayer and being open borders, though at much lesser detail.
Later on, we learn a few more competitive applications of the Terastal phenomenon, and what everyone else rides.
The other two stories involve Team Star and collecting powerful herbs.



    The open borders finally allowed for Girafarig to come back so it is not all that bad.

    1. Girafarig was doing just fine in Sinnoh and Johto.

      Paldea seems like a dangerous place. What happens if Girafarig becomes roadkill from the legendary Pokémon cycling over it?

  2. Not if I am choosing the Scarlet version and using Koraidon who uses legs to run instead of wheels.

    Is Koraidon originally from Koridai? Isthe rider supposed to yell “Squadala” while riding Koraidon?

    1. Lechonk's evolved form will be the final boss?

    2. Let's hope there is a Pokémon based on a book to deal with that.


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