It is 2016 and official Pokemon art now depicts Pikachu DYING. What a time to be alive (or not, in this case)! We'd already heard that Pokemon Sun and Moon would include a haunted sandcastle Pokemon, but today The Pokemon Company unveiled footage showing the critter in action:
The official Pokemon website also updated with new information, including this factoid about Palossand, who is pictured in the initial image on this post:
Palossand loves the vitality of Pokemon and drags small Pokemon into its body so it can steal their life force. Its sandy vortex swallows them up in a heartbeat! Pokemon dragged into Palossand leave traces of their ill will behind. It's thought that this negative energy may be the starting point of new Sandygast...
Damn, that's dark. You can't even drag the creature for basically being called "Pile of Sand", because it's a pile of sand that could kill your favourite monster. The Pokemon lore doesn't mess around sometimes!
Between this and Mimicyu, it seems like the upcoming generation of Pokemon games really have it in for Pikachu, huh?