Game Freak and the Pokemon Company just dropped two new teaser videos, both revolving around a new Pokemon for Sun & Moon: Marshadow.
Marshadow is the first Ghost/Fighting type to exist in a Pokemon game, so its effect on the meta-game is unclear at this point. However, it also boasts the Technician ability, which adds a 50% boost to all moves with a base power of 60 or lower. With both Force Palm and Shadow Punch in Marshadow’s move set, it has the potential to be a strong contender.
Aside from the games, Marshadow also makes a brief appearance in a new trailer for the upcoming Pokemon: I Choose You movie. The film will be a retelling of the events that transpired in the very first episode of Pokemon all the way back in 1997. Previously, it was unclear how much of the original series would be included in this film. With the new trailer, however, it’s clear that they’re going for a full-on reboot, complete with a brand new cast of characters.
Unfortunately, this also appears to mean that many aspects of the original story, such as anything involving Misty, will be cut entirely. The core plot of the original will still be present though. Ash and Pikachu will meet, get off on the wrong foot, and eventually grow closer while being pursued by a flock of Spearow.
In hindsight, there were some obvious signs even in the first trailer, where we see that the iconic logo on Ash’s official Pokemon League cap has changed.
To say I’m a bit disappointed that I won’t be seeing some of my favorite anime characters again would be an understatement, but I can understand the need to keep the past where it is.
Marshadow’s role in the film also has me intrigued. According to its Pokedex entry, Marshadow has a very shy and cowardly nature, rarely ever appearing before humans. The fact that it’s also hiding in Ash’s shadow during the trailer further strengthens this idea, so perhaps there’s an interesting character arc planned for this Pokemon.
Whatever the case, I’ll definitely be tuning in to see how the first Sun & Moon movie plays out.
Pokemon: I Choose You premieres in Japan this July.