The Best (And Possibly Worst) Of The New Pokémon Designs

The Best (and Possibly Worst) of The New Pokémon Designs

New Pokémon games means new Pokémon designs -- that's practically a given. The real question is, are they any good? Let's look at some of the highlights, shall we? Obviously, if you don't want to be spoiled on the new Pokémon, you shouldn't keep reading.

Aside from the new Mega Pokémon, the Pokémon that's caught most people's attention is Klefki, a keychain Pokémon. Yes, you read that right: a keychain Pokémon. A fairy keychain Pokémon, to be specific.

The Pokedex entry for Klefki:

The Best (and Possibly Worst) of The New Pokémon Designs

And this is what it looks like in Pokemon Amie, the Nintendogs-like minigame included in X & Y that lets you develop friendship with your team:

You could say it's much in the vein of earlier Pokémon, like Rotom: inanimate objects that are somehow Pokémon (much to the dismay of folks who think Pokémon designs are getting less creative). Or, more broadly, it continues the type of Pokémon that are seemingly based on Tsukumogami -- "animate houshold objects" according to Wikipedia. The way it's supposed to work is, after a lifetime of service, tools and instruments gain souls and become alive. Hijinks ensue from there...which might explain why Klefki has an ability called "Prankster." Tsukumogami are a part of Japanese culture, which makes it seem like Pokémon such as Klefki are less the result of lack of imagination at Game Freak than some people would think.

Yes, this is me defending a Pokémon that's a keyring. Because god damn it, it's kind of ridiculous, and that's exactly what makes it notable (same thing with the ice cream cone Pokémon, and the Pokémon that's made of garbage). Meanwhile, you look back at, like, the original 3 starters and they're just a bunch of turtles. Turtles! Dude. C'mon. Stuff like that can't be the standard to which we hold other Pokémon to!

Well, regardless of whether or not you take its design seriously, you probably will take its battle prowess seriously. Some of the tougher trainers in X & Y have a Klefki, and it's fully capable of wrecking your shit. The first time I went up against one, that's what happened. I almost got destroyed. Hence, I suppose, memes like this one posted by foolishfox on Reddit:

The Best (and Possibly Worst) of The New Pokémon Designs

Actually, it's been a lot of fun to see people's reaction to the Pokémon. We've got some cute fan-art, like this illustration by gossungossungossun on Tumblr that puts adorable charms on Klefki:

The Best (and Possibly Worst) of The New Pokémon Designs

And then we have the horrifying, yet completely predictable suggestive pictures/straight up porn of Klefki that have bubbled up, like this, or this, or this (NSFW!!).

Of course Klefki is not the only new Pokémon! It just happens to be the one that's gaining the most attention, outside of the Megas. Let's talk about some of the other designs, shall we?

First, one of the final evolutions of the new starters -- Greninja. What's notable about Greninja is its scarf...which seems to also be its tongue, maybe? Here's a rendition by Xous54 on deviantART, where you can see what I mean:

The Best (and Possibly Worst) of The New Pokémon Designs

I'm not even gonna bother looking at Tumblr reactions for this Pokémon thanks to that tongue scarf. Shudder.

Moving on, we've also got another inanimate object that somehow is a Pokémon -- Honedge.

The Best (and Possibly Worst) of The New Pokémon Designs

OK so. I'm all for Pokémon like this, and Honedge's final evolution is one of the raddest Pokémon ever (it can go from blade form to shield form!). But, like...it's kind of unsettling. I don't want my Pokémon to be hit by a blade, that seems unfair! What the hell?


Seems kind of dangerous, in fact. eyepatch.fireball imagines this scenario over at Tumblr:

The Best (and Possibly Worst) of The New Pokémon Designs

Nevermind trying to befriend it on Amie, based on this video by porkjello on Tumblr:


Another Pokémon that seems to have captured people's attention is Goomy. Part of it is the goofy name. Part of it is the goofy design -- look at that smile! It's kind of just...a blob thing? Could be confused for a brain slug of sorts?

The Best (and Possibly Worst) of The New Pokémon Designs

Overall, people seem to be in love with this Pokémon...so much so that some folk, like shinozomi on Tumblr, are catching entire boxes of this Pokémon:

The Best (and Possibly Worst) of The New Pokémon Designs

Could it be that it's brainwashing us?

Whatever it is, it's caught on -- anywhere you see talk of Goomy, people keep saying Goomy is life, god, love. Everything, you name it.

Let's end on a less bizarre one, shall we? A definite highlight of the new Pokémon has to be Hawlucha, a Pokémon that's basically a bird crossed with a Lucha Libre fighter. It's rather creative, I think. Here's a rendition that looks like actual Pokémon artwork, drawn by icaro382 on deviantART:

The Best (and Possibly Worst) of The New Pokémon Designs

Rad. Overall, I can't even point to any Pokemon in X & Y that I dislike -- even the arguably horrible designs are notable in some way to me.

What about you, do you have any favourite new Pokémon? Or Pokémon that you absolutely hate? Make a case for 'em in the comments. And if you're curious...there are no Megas in this post, because we'll be discussing Megas more closely later this week. Stay tuned.


Comments

    Everytime Hawlucha appears in the game all I can see is his camel toe... I'd name him Camel Toe if I could, but Nintendo have gone so strong handed in not allowing certain names it would probably never pass.

      Think that's bad. Palkia's upper half looks like a dick and balls

        One of the few reasons I could never have him on my team.

        Then there's also Combusken, who is a penis chicken.

        Then there's Cradily that has a necklace of wangs around its neck.

        let's face it, the GameFreak guys are dirty people.

    Klefki has some good lore behind it
    that and he isn't a bad pokemon at all
    overall, no pokemon stand out as terribly designed. very pleased :-D

      I like 'im, 'e's cute. What's the lore behind him? All I could find was:
      X: These key collectors threaten any attackers by fiercely jingling their keys at them.
      Y: It never lets go of a key that it likes, so people give it the keys to vaults and safes as a way to prevent crime.

        "Or, more broadly, it continues the type of Pokémon that are seemingly based on Tsukumogami — “animate houshold objects” according to Wikipedia. The way it’s supposed to work is, after a lifetime of service, tools and instruments gain souls and become alive. Hijinks ensue from there…which might explain why Klefki has an ability called “Prankster.” Tsukumogami are a part of Japanese culture, which makes it seem like Pokémon such as Klefki are less the result of lack of imagination at Game Freak than some people would think."

        From the article.

          I've read that exact article and I love the theory behind it. It bulks up the lore behind many other "inanimate object" Pokemon so much more.

          I enjoy the idea people would would entrust Klefki with important keys because it will never release a key/charm it likes.

          What would have been more awesome was if you could customize/encounter different Klefki with a variety of different keys on his ring.

    Wow, Patricia straight out linking key ring pokemon porn on Kotaku.
    I'm not even mad, that's amazing. That she'd do it, not that there's porn of it.
    No, the porn was merely an inevitability.

      Its always good when they cut out the middle man, it would be worse if they talked about it and there was NO link!

      Then I would have to type questionable things into my google.

    So that's where my keys were

    Last edited 16/10/13 11:55 am

    I have both Goony and Honeblade, they did seem a bit .... odd ....

    Lost it at the Jingle Jingle pic, think i just found a new wallpaper...

    Screw you all, I love my Doublade. Can't wait 'til I get him to Aegislash

      I seriously misread that as "Doucheblade" first.

Join the discussion!