Recent leaks have shown exciting news regarding starters Pokémon Legends: Arceus: Rowlett, Oshawott and Cyndaquil. The new Pokémon game appears to be a groundbreaking addition to the series that will continue in the recent tradition of creating regional variants of Pokémon. However, Pokémon Legends: Arceus it could be the first game in the series to create regional variations of these special pocket monsters.
Rumors that Rowlett, Oshawott and Cyndaquil will receive Hisuian variants have been circulating on the internet for about a month as the Pokémon Company reveals more about its next game. Recently, leaks concerning Pokémon Legends: Arceus indicated that these rumors are true. On top of that, the types that will be given to the regional variants of Hisuian have also surfaced online.
While none of this has been officially confirmed, according to rumors, Rowlett, Oshawott and Cyndaquil will all have Hisuian variants for their final evolutions that will come with a new typing. Rowlett’s final evolution will be Grass and Fighting types; Oshawott’s will be of the Water and Darkness type; and Cyndaquil’s will be Fire and Ghost type. Pokémonthese beginners’ typing decisions could create an interesting future with Pokémon Legends: Arceus and subsequent generations, as variants for starter Pokémon and their type pairings could set a precedent for later games.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus may have a stronger rival than recent games
The new double digits of the starters in Pokémon Legends: Arceus may suggest that Pokémon he’s trying to make games harder. In recent generations, Pokémon the games came with many changes in the quality of life that fans have embraced. Players are no longer limited to five Pokémon because a Pokémon had to have all hidden moves to traverse the map; players no longer even need to collect the Experience Sharing item, as they receive it at the start of the journey. However, these updates did Pokémon games much easier and the lack of difficulty has made recent games stale for veteran gamers. And with the incredibly long tutorial sequences from the last three generations, the simplicity of these Pokémon games aren’t getting any easier to bear.
The dual types of Rowlett, Oshawott and Cyndaquil could help bring back a margin of difficulty in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. This is because it rivals in Pokémon games tend to choose the starter who has a winning match type against the starter selected by the players. While not a traditional Pokémon game, Pokémon Legends: Arceus seems to have a rival because of the images of the two-player models in the trailers. And with the new types, rivals would have a double advantage over players no matter which Pokémon they choose, as Decidueye’s combat type beats Samurott’s dark-type, Smaurott’s dark-type beats Typhlosion’s ghost-type, and ghost-type of Typhlosion is invulnerable to Decidueye’s combat type.
For the past two generations, appetizers haven’t posed a great threat to each other. Pokémon Sword and Shieldhad no double-typing, and Pokémon Sun and moonnot all had advantages over others due to their second type. While Pokémon Legends: Arceus showed nothing to address other factors that have made recent games easier, having a rival with a Pokémon that has a much stronger typing than players’ Pokémon could prove to spice up the series with a bit of a challenge.
Future Pokémon games may have more regional variations for starters
Another change that the new evolution variants of the Hisuian starter could bring to the Pokémon series is more regional variations for beginners in other generations. When the Pokémon introduced Mega Evolutions in Gen 5, the games used them as a way to spice up Gen 1 beginners and to bring older fans back to the game to see their favorite Pokémon in newer and stronger forms. This tactic has worked as well as it once did Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is here, the series has given third generation beginners their own mega evolutions, although Blaziken already had one.
However, when Pokémon stopped making mega evolutions in generation 7, Pokémon Sun and Moon introduced regional variations as another way to generate interest in the series. Regional variants have proved to be interesting additions to the game, but there have not yet been any regional variants for starters. With Pokémon Legends: Arceus possibly bringing regional variations of the initial evolutions to the series, the game could start a trend for future generations to follow. While fans are hoping the series doesn’t keep reusing starters like it’s happening in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, the idea of playing a Dark-type variant of Charizard, for example, is exciting.
Pokémon may retroactively add regional variants
Pokémon Legends: ArceusThe new rumors about the evolution of the starters could also mean that the series could retroactively add type variants to the games. Pokémon Legends: Arceus takes place long before the main series games in the Hisui region. However, Hisui is actually the region that would later become Sinnoh. By adding regional variants to Hisui, the Pokémon it’s also retroactively adding variants to Sinnoh, in a way.
This could mean big news for future games, especially re-releases from previous generations. Just like Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire obtained Mega Evolutions from Pokémon X and Y, the games that follow Pokémon Legends: Arceus may receive retroactive regional variations. Pokémon regions like Unova and Kalos could then get their own regional variants if ever re-released, which should be an exciting prospect for fans.
The regional variants that could come Pokémon Legends: Arceus create incredibly exciting rumors for fans who may have been disappointed that the game reuses starters from past generations. Perhaps even more exciting is that these new starter evolution variants could set a trend for the future Pokémon Games. Between other regional variations for starters, retroactively adding variations to older regions, and more difficult gameplay, there are so many courses that Pokémon the series can go.
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