Pokémon Sun and Moon’s Newest Mechanic Could Be “Astral” Evolution
2016 is the year where we celebrate 20 years of Pokémon and to that end, The Pokémon Company revealed the seventh generation games.
Of course, we are still left in the dark when it comes to all the secrets we want to know regarding the latest Pokémon games: Sun and Moon. After such an amazing reception, Pokémon X and Y not only continued to entice the fans, but brought back some of the players who were around during the very first generation of Pokémon. One of the major things to talk about here is what X and Y brought to the table and using that to find what Sun and Moon may have in store for us.
Of course, for most of you Pokémon connoisseurs, you know I will jump on the subject with none than the Japanese logo of Pokémon games. The reason is simple: X and Y had featured a double helix symbol on the title and, of course, now we know it as the symbol for Mega Evolution. This is the mechanic the sixth generation introduced and it changed the meta for Pokémon dramatically.
This is but the first exhibit of logos we will be observing together. The symbol on the logo started becoming since X and Y as the next set of games, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, continue this behavior and show off the Blue Orb and Red Orb. This is a remake and so, the games were not going to introduce a mechanic that would be so drastic as X and Y did. Instead, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire brought in Primal Reversion; a specific evolution dedicated to Groudon and Kyogre using the two orbs.
Although Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre are different from other Pokémon by name, this special evolution functions in the same manner as Mega Evolution and the game treats it as such.Therefore, these remakes simply took what was introduced in the current generation and put in a different twist. However, the key factor is how these new mechanics are hinted by the symbols on the logos.
This would now bring us to the new generation: Sun and Moon. This seventh generation of games will no doubt feature new concept to introduce the new era of Pokémon. Once more, we are directed to the Japanese logos of both Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Take a look at the picture yourself, you will notice in each logo a special crystal colored in the other version’s color scheme; an orange crystal on Moon and a blue crystal on Sun.
On a side note, the Poké Ball symbol that has been showing up on the Japanese logos since the original release of Ruby and Sapphire versions is now depicted with a sort of comet look. This is probably to relate to the astrological aspect of these new games. Although we don’t know more beyond that, the crystals are still a lot more interesting subject.
There are different theories regarding the secret behind these crystals. For example, in the manga named Pokémon RéBURST, warriors would use these crystals in order to fuse with a Pokémon and gain its strengths as well as its weaknesses. This fusion between a warrior and a Pokémon is called a Burst.
Another place where a crystal with the same familiar shape was seen and it’s in a game that has only recently been released. In Pokkén Tournament, you come across Shadow Mewtwo, a Mewtwo that has absorbed the Shadow Synergy Crystals and has become power hungry. To save it from its state, a special crystal is used to purify or remove the plague from Mewtwo and that same crystal is depicted in the image we took of the game when we saw it.
It is interesting as this crystal takes not only the same shape, but also the same color as the crystal seen on the Japanese logo of Pokémon Sun. Also, note that its only purpose is to erase or counter dark and shadow forces such as the Shadow Synergy Crystals. What’s interesting here is how the crystal is working on a duality, the same way Sun and Moon is.
Is This Good Old-Fashioned Fusion? :
In each example shown, we see a potential on what the next mechanic may be about. If we inspire ourselves from the manga, fusion is the theme going on here. The crazy part is that it may be already happening right under our noses.
Forgot about him didn’t you?
In the latest anime series Pokémon XY & Z, Ash gets a Greninja and develops quite a relationship with this Pokémon which we have not seen in the anime since Ash’s Charizard. Furthermore, Ash goes up against a few new rivals and they all have Pokémon able to Mega Evolve. Being at a disadvantage, Ash goes on a losing streak and Greninja feels unaccomplished as a Pokémon. The strong bond between them became so strong that by sheer will power (I guess?) Greninja reaches a new form where his appearance becomes more akin to his trainer.
The form is then named Ash-Greninja and it is the only one of its kind. The difference here is that Greninja transforms without the use of Mega Stones and Ash feels the same pain Greninja does when this form is active. This form represents the bond between Trainer and Pokémon. In some sense, the form is an indirect form of fusion. This theme becomes similar to the Burst Warriors we mentioned earlier.
Evolution that takes the trainer into consideration and makes them physically interact with the Pokémon in some way seems pretty crazy since for each Pokémon, a specific look must be made to look like the Trainer you create. Let us not forget how Trainers are now customizable since X and Y. This is fundamentally the reason why I would dismiss this theory. It is unreasonable to believe The Pokémon Company would go through the trouble of creating so many variable looks so that the Pokémon would look like their Trainers.
The Power of Light and Darkness:
This leaves us with the duality of light and dark. In Pokkén Tournament, we see a crystal, which bears a lot of similarities with the Pokémon Sun crystal, purifying Mewtwo from its shadow form. This may suggest that new forms could be possible.
I would like to highlight that Shadow Mewtwo is canon to the Ferrum region and we have yet to see The Pokémon Company will continue to use Shadow Mewtwo or not in the coming games. This is why it’s open for discussion and this is still not the first time shadow Pokémon have been introduced. They were first introduced in Pokémon Colosseum and then again in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness with Shadow Lugia.
Perhaps in Sun and Moon, we will see some Shadow and Light forms of Pokémon appear and the crystals will be used to keep the balance. Either the crystals will allow Pokémon to turn into either shadow or light form or the crystals will counter these forms as seen in Pokkén Tournament.
Furthermore, the sun and moon are two celestial bodies that are generally represented together as opposing symbols. The sun represents light, life, warmth and masculinity while the moon represents darkness, mystery, cold and femininity. With that in mind, we could certain Pokémon be able to transform into either Light or Shadow forms depending on their types. For example, Mewtwo and Lugia are both Psychic types; a mysterious type. Dual typed Pokémon such as Lugia could then be chosen arbitrarily by The Pokémon Company.
By symbolism, types such as Grass, Fire and Fairy would be able to gain Light forms and types such as Psychic, Dark and Ghost have Shadow forms. Here is a quick table showing how it could be separated:
Of course, all of this is mere speculation and an attempt to make sense of what these crystals could mean. After all, they are only a big deal because the last times we saw symbols on the logo, we got new forms for Pokémon and changed the game forever. Imagine how the meta game would evolve with the inclusion of both Mega Evolution and “Astral” Evolution (yes, I named it).
In the end, time will tell what Sun and Moon will truly be about, but as of now, this is how I was able to piece things together. What do you think about my Astral Evolution theory? Do you have theories of your own? Share your thoughts and let us reach a more plausible prediction as we wait for Pokémon Sun and Moon.