Saturday, 14 May 2016

My Thoughts on the Pokémon Sun/Moon Starters

Recently, Nintendo revealed the first evolutions for the starters of Pokémon Sun and Moon. I will be quickly looking over them and giving my thoughts on them.

Here they are- from left to right, there's Rowlet, Litten and Popplio.
Now, let's take a look at them each individually, shall we?
First up, we have Rowlet.
The Grass-type starter, Rowlet, seems to be based off of an owl baby, or owlet. The "row" could be interpreted as "roll", considering that Rowlet is circular and ball-like. Rowlet may also part Flying-type, which makes sense, since it's based off a bird. The pair of leaves on its chest and its leaf tail seem to be the only indication of its Grass-type side, with it being more Flying-type oriented. Personally, I like its design, although it could stand to look more like a Grass type. Maybe its future evolutions will.
Next, we have Litten.
The Fire-type starter, Litten, is obviously based off a kitten. The "lit" part comes from the past tense of "light", in verb form. It is covered with red stripes, making it look more like a Fire-type. It's speculated by many that Litten may also be part Dark or Poison-type. I can definitely see it being part Dark, but I'm not so sure about the Poison-type speculation. Litten's mostly-black colour scheme could be based off of smoke or coal, which are both associated with fire. That colour scheme is most likely what leads people to believe that Litten could be part Dark-type. It's another good design, and I don't really have many complaints about its design. Now, here's hoping that its evolutions AREN'T Fire/Fighting-type.
Lastly, here's Popplio.
Popplio seems to be the least popular Gen 7 starter, and I don't really see why. It's a design that's NOT based on keys or something, and it's cute, like the first stage of a starter should be. It looks a bit like a mixup of Oshawott, Drilbur and a generic seal. Its colour scheme is mostly different shades of blue, which most Water-type starters have (save for Squirtle, which is only partly blue, with its other colours being brown and grey). People have speculated Popplio being part Ice-type, which could work, considering that most seal Pokémon are Water and Ice-types (look at Walrein, for instance). Its red nose looks perfect for ball-balancing, which could be Nintendo/Game Freak's intention behind it. Popplio doesn't appear to have feet (either that or they're rounded), which makes that part look more like a tail, which, again, is probably the intention behind that bit.


To end off, the Pokémon Sun and Moon starters all have pretty good designs, even though some newer Pokémon look a little... uninspired. That was my overview of the starters for the new Gen 7 game, so I hope you enjoyed reading this!

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