Thursday, September 11, 2014

New Mega Impressions: Gallade, Sharpedo, and Camerupt

Just kidding guys. Chill.
Yesterday we got three new Megas: Gallade, Sharpedo, and Camerupt. This furthers the number of Gen III Mega evolutions to a whopping 18. The next gen that's even close to that kind of representation is Gen I with 13 Megas. That said, X and Y introduced 28 Megas total and so far we only have 13 from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (ORAS). That means we could see up to 15 more, or even more than that if Game Freak gets ambitious. I wouldn't predict too many more for Gen III since they are already so far ahead, but who knows? I know people are still foaming at the mouth for Mega Flygon.

Just like before I will be attempting to predict the usefulness of each of the newly revealed Megas. I will be rating them on their play-ability and design, as these are the two things that really govern if we will be seeing them or not. Basically, if someone is using it, they are using it because it's really good or looks cool.

Maybe those rips in his cape wouldn't
be there if he trimmed his elbow talons.
Mega Gallade - Mega Gallade is not that big of a shocker. Mega Gardevoir exists, so having a Mega for its branch evolution is reasonable. It would also appear that Wally (one of the rivals from ORAS) may have one at some point. I guess someone at Game Freak decided that Wally's male Gardevoir needed to go. It is quite likely they didn't want another major trainer to have a Mega Gardevoir, as Diantha already has that cornered in X and Y. Mega Gallade retains it's Psychic/Fighting type combo, which in my opinion is a blessing and a curse. The two types work well together, but it is now the third Mega to have that type combo. Unfortunately for Mega Gallade the competition for that one Mega spot on someone's team is going to be hard to win. If someone wants a Psychic/Fighting Mega they can choose between Mega Mewtwo X, Mega Medicham, or Mega Gallade... and it's hard to imagine why anyone would choose Mega Gallade over the other two. First of all, Mega Gallade gets Inner Focus as its ability. Not bad, but not great. Mega Mewtwo X gets Steadfast. Sure it may flinch, but then it gets a speed boost. It's already so fast, that it will likely outrun whoever is trying to flinch it next turn, therefore no more flinches. As for Mega Medicham, it has Huge Power, which doubles its attack. Yeeeaaa... Inner Focus can't hold a candle to it. Stat-wise, nothing has been said of M. Gallade's stats, but they will likely be raised similar to M. Gardevoir. Gardevoir gets a slight boost in attack, with other boosts in special attack, special defense, and speed. Gallade will likely get a slight boost in sp. attack, with other boosts in attack, special defense, and speed.
  • Design: 4 out of 5. It took me a day to warm up to the design. One of the first leaked pictures had his arms at a different angle and it made his blades look dull. The picture I included gives a better view and I like him more for that. He still has crazy hips though. I guess since he's a knight you can be sure that his hips won't lie.
  • Usefulness: 1 out of 5. I really just don't see it right now. Pretty much everything he could do is done better by Mega Mewtwo X or Mega Medicham. In a non-legendary tournament, he has more status and support moves that Mega Medicham, so maybe that will be useful? I dunno.
  • Overall: 2.5 out of 5. 

Arr.. I'll keelhaul ye!
Mega Sharpedo - One of the Megas that everyone saw coming, Mega Sharpedo. People have been making the claim that Archie had a keystone in his chain necklace since he was featured in a trailer. It would only make sense that someone with a keystone would have a Mega. In Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, Archie and Max essentially had the same team. The only difference was Archie had Sharpedo and Archie had Camerupt. Because of this, people have made TONS of fanart for these two as Megas. I don't think the fanartists saw this Mega Sharpedo as a possibility though. They seemed to have been inspired by the sawtooth shark aka the sawfish, and decided to give Sharpedo a bigger nose and teeth extending from it. It also looks like the "Bully of the Sea" has been in a lot of fights recently. Sharpedo keeps its Water/Dark type combo and gains the ability Strong Jaw. Mega Sharpedo shares its typing and Mega status with Mega Gyarados, so it has some serious competition. Strong Jaw is a good ability, and when paired with a Speed Boost Sharpedo, could be pretty fun. Basically, Protect one turn to get the Speed Boost, Mega evolve next turn and have access to a Strong Jaw boosted Crunch. Sounds great to me. It has also been leaked that Mega Sharpedo gets a boost to all stats. With Sharpedo's frail defenses, I don't see a defense boost really doing much for its bulk, but more attack and speed could make for a pretty ridiculous glass cannon. Just watch out for priority and outspeed them with Mega Sharpedo's own priority move, Aqua Jet.
  • Design: 4.5 out of 5. I really enjoy the design. The only problem I have was it still has no tail. I know I'm being nit-picky.. but a shark with no tail has always bothered me. I know Sharpedo is more propelled by shooting water out of its rear (Ew) like a torpedo. That doesn't mean I have to like it.
  • Usefulness: 3 out of 5. I'm optimistic here. Trying to compete with Mega Gyarados for a team slot is tough, but I feel Mega Sharpedo is different enough to warrant it some consideration. One thing it can do that Mega Gyarados can't do really well is hold it's own against many Fairy types. Access to Poison Jab is nice.
  • Overall: 3.75 out of 5. 

Somehow even less camel like than
Camerupt itself.
Mega Camerupt - Like I said before, this is one of the Megas everyone saw coming. However, I personally am no where near as impressed with it as I am Mega Sharpedo. It has no competition for typing, as it maintains its Fire/Ground typing. The thing is, it has no competition because no one wants to be in that race so it wins by default. Well, unless you count Primal Groudon I guess. In that case, I'd suggest going with Primal Groudon. Better yet just go with different fire type combo altogther like Mega Charizard Y. On the plus side at least it didn't become Fire/Rock. Mega Camerupt gets access to Sheer Force, and a boost to all stats except speed, which gets dropped. This likely puts it on par with things like Shuckle in terms of speed, which is crazy slow. Many people would tell you speed is the most important stat in the game, and it can be, but Trick Room does exist. You could turn Mega Camerupt into a beast on a Trick Room team, but that's the only place I see it doing well. Sheer Force is nice, but the primary reason to have that ability is to abuse Life Orb. Mega Camerupt can't have a Life Orb since it is already holding a Mega stone so that's out. It does have some good moves for Sheer Force like Rock Slide, Heat Wave, etc.. I just don't know if it will even get to attack. It's defenses were subpar as a Camerupt (plus it's 4x weak to water). It's going to need to get some crazy boosts in those stats to be seen at all.

  • Design: 2 out of 5. I'm being kind of generous here. It went from a dopey cow with some volcanoes on it's back pretending to be a camel to being a smug volcano backed corgi. I like the area around the volcano, as the blue circles on Camerupt never made sense to me, but that's about it. Well, and the "M" on it's head. That makes it clear it's the Team Magma "go to guy". I kind of wish Mega Sharpedo had a stylized bone "A" on it somewhere.
  • Usefulness: 0 out of 5. Yea. I went there. I'm one of the first guys who will try to make a pokémon work. I want to make a fun moveset for every pokémon to perform to the best of their abilities, but right now I have nothing for this guy. I can't figure out how I could use it effectively at all. I gladly welcome ANYONE to propose ANYTHING to make this guy useable. Once ORAS comes out, do some battles with him and post the battle video codes. I would love to see anything making this guy seem less tragic.
  • Overall: 1 out of 5. Ouch.


Well there you have it! The most recently released Megas for ORAS. Here's hoping for more! I'm still holding out for Mega/Primal Regigigas. You can also see what I thought of Mega Altaria, Mega Salamence, etc.