A new trailer for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Saphire has been released by Nintendo featuring Mega Evolutions for Salamence, Altaria, and Lopunny. Check out the trailer below!
Mega Altaria and Lopunny get some interesting changes to set them aside. Mega Altaria becomes a unique Dragon/Fairy, making it immune to its dragon weakness and lowering its x4 weakness to Ice moves to x2. It also gains increased Attack and Special Attack and Pixilate, which increases the power of Fairy-type moves and turns Normal-type attacks into Fairy moves. Mega-Lopunny gains increased Speed and Attack, the Fighting type, becoming a Normal/Fighting Pokemon and the ability Scrappy, allowing it to get past the usual immunity Ghost-types have against its Normal and Fighting STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus) moves. Mega Salamence will gain increased Defense, the ability Aerilate, which works the same as Pixilate except for Flying-type moves, making this Dragon-Type Pokemon an even more terrifying sweeper.
Personally, I like the new Mega Evolutions introduced in this trailer. They seem fairly solid as far in both the ability and stat increases are concerned. These boosts may just be the thing these Pokemon needed to get their way out of lower tiers. Salamance has fallen quite a bit since its prime and the new Mega form it gained may help it back to its former glory. I have to say, though, that while I like the artistic design for Mega Lopunny and Altaria (it’s so fluffy!), I am not a total fan of Mega Salamence. His little floppy arms bother me. I don’t know, maybe he will grow on me.
The trailer also shows that the remakes will have some modern features bought in from X/Y such as horde encounters, which is not all that surprising. What is surprising, though, is the possibility of Horde Encounters featuring Trainers! It will be interesting to see how that works. Contests, a mini-game within the original Ruby and Saphire, will be making a comeback as well and this time you can use Mega Evolutions, but only if you can max out the excitement meter for your Pokemon. Mega-Evolving during a contest boosts your Pokemon’s Excitement and Appeal stats.
Finally, more information was released on the formes of Cosplay Pikachu. Cosplay Pikachu was confirmed to be a unique Pikachu, similar to the Notch-Eared Pichu from Heart Gold and Soul Silver. The cosplay sprites are like forme changes in that, when used in contests and battles, they gain new attacks. Pikachu Rock Star gains Meteor Smash, Pikachu PhD gains Electric Terrain, Pikachu Pop Star gains Draining Kiss, Pikachu Belle knows Icicle Crash, and Pikachu Libre knows Flying Press. Its somewhat notable that, while not all of these moves are enormously strong, they are fairly uncommon, making the special Pikachus more desirable than simple sprite-swaps.
What do you think about these new Mega Evolutions? Do you think that the new designs look good? What about their new typing and abilities? Let us know your thoughts in the comments and don’t forget to keep following us here at APGNation or our Twitter account!