Professor Huffmagic here with a look at some new pokemon for Sun and Moon
Today Pokemon dropped a huge trailer on us, with so much newness it is going to take a bunch of posts to get through it all!
We are going to start today with one of the more interesting new Mons, but one that was overshadowed by all the amazing newness that Pokemon had in store.
Oricorio changes its form by sipping the nectar of certain flowers. Since it has four different forms—the same as the number of islands in Alola—it would seem that different Oricorio live on each of the islands.
Oricorio is a “Dancing Pokemon” with a new ability “Dancer” that will mimic effects of any dance move done in battle. That means that the nine “dance” moves can be used in doubles to turn this little dancer into a monster. The nine dance moves are: Dragon Dance, Feather Dance, Fiery Dance, Lunar Dance, Petal Dance, Quiver Dance, Rain Dance, Swords Dance, and Teeter Dance.
Now Oricorio is a unique mon in that it begins with four different forms, each ecountered on one of Alola’s islands. The hint at Darwin’s Finchs is beautiful. Each one is based off of a different style of dance, taken from cultures around the world.
Revelation Dance is a move that only Oricorio can learn, and its type changes based on Oricorio’s current style.
The Baile Style Oricorio is very passionate, and power fills its body when it dances. It sends downy fluff flying during its intense dances. By igniting this fluff, it can unleash a fiery dance attack.
This form is based off of the Spanish Flamenco Dancer, Baile literally being the form of Flamenco that focuses on Dance. Flamenco is a dance form that tends to be most appreciated when performed solo, and is often improvisational. (interesting note: Flamenco is highly popular in Japan, with more schools focused on it than in Spain)
The fire typing is probably due to the root of the word Flamenco, and they style itself being very fiery and passionate.
The Pom-Pom Style Oricorio is very friendly toward people, and it uses dancing to encourage Trainers who are feeling glum. When it dances, its feathers are charged with static electricity. It can attack with these charged feathers, and sometimes it unleashes a powerful electric shock.
Now this little zapper is probably based off of cheerleading squads and dance teams. Mostly used in sporting events to cheer on the team or crowd, there is also a highly competitive world of “cheer” that is its own form of sport and dance. A pom-pom is a poofy, often shiny, cluster of tightly woven streamers that can be held while dancing to guide or attract the eyes.
The electric typing is probably due to the energy that cheerleaders can build up.
The Sensu Style Oricorio is quiet and collected. By means of its dance, it gathers the spirits drifting about in an area and borrows their power to fight. People who migrated from Kanto feel a great liking for this Pokémon because its dance reminds them of their homeland.
Now the reason it reminds people of Kanto ( Japan ) of their homeland is that this bird is based off of the tradition of dancing with a fan in Japan. Sensu translates to “folding fan” and has been a tool incorporated into dance in Japan for centuries. Folding Fans are often given as signs of goodwill and cheer.
The ghost typing is probably due to the style in Japanese traditional dancing called Bon Odori, which was a dance to welcome the spirits.
The Pa’u Style Oricorio acts at its own pace, which sometimes makes it difficult to deal with. It sharpens its spirited moves through dance, which increases its psychic power. It’s said that this dance expresses its gratitude to the guardian deity Pokémon.
The Pa’u style is based off of Hawaiian Hula dancers. Pa’u is the style of skirt worn by Hula dancers, and the style and weave of the skirt has deep meaning to add to the dance. Hula is a sacred dance that goes deeply back into the history of Hawaii, with some legends saying that those were the movements of the gods after creating the world.
The psychic typing is probably due to Pokemon associating all “godlike” things to psychic-typing.
So what do you thin of the new little bird friends? Like them? Hate them? Which is your favorite?
Well that’s it for this post trainers, thanks for taking the time, I hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to message me with any comments or questions, and please submit any awesome poke-stuff you find. Stay safe out there guys, and remember, there is a time and a place for everything!
My next project is Project Dancer
Lilligant has been one of my favorites out of the Grass type series, and I have been experimenting on a strategy that is risky but when executed can be devastating.
In trial stages she has taken down a good amount of walls and Buffy sweepers with this. But unlike Shuckle, she is fragile.
So the main idea is to stall your first few moves, with Attract or Teeter Dance (or both if you can)
Shoot off Quiver Dance at least once, and then Petal dance your opponents in sweeping glory.
Two items I am debating over, one is Focus Sash, which at the very least will allow me to confuse the opponent for the next Pokemon.
Or Metronome, which is the more evil choice.
Since Petal Dance is my only attacking move, all my time gets put into it after being set up, so every use the power goes up by 10 points, until it caps at 100.
With Stab and the Quiver Boost…this makes not effective types bleed too.
But it’s all chance.