|Unown Shuriken Forme|
STRENGTH IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
Actually, it's not. It's put up or shut up. Good thing Unown lacks a mouth, because it'll be really easy to shut up. Yesterday, I talked about how I think the Unown should change formes based on the words they spell. I'm not going to reiterate that, so if you missed it just go back and read yesterday's article. I make some good jokes. Instead, today we are going to focus on Unown's laughable movepool.
Did I say laughable? I meant nonexistent. Unown can only know Hidden Power, which itself is pretty weak coming in at a low 60 base power. The type is variable, depending on the stats (IVs) of the individual. On the right pokemon, and with the right type, Hidden Power can cover a weakness or increase coverage of other types. Many electric types that are used competitively are bred to have Hidden Power (ICE) to cover Ground types. Unfortunately for Unown, the only type that matters is Psychic. It needs that type so it can at least hit for the STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus). With the addition of new formes that add a secondary type, however, then having Hidden Power of other types become somewhat worth it. The new formes would also add new attacks, which is something Unown desperately needs.
BY THE POWER OF GREY SKULL!!
Unown is a gimmick pokemon. If you go and change it to be some amazing crazy battler, it takes something away from it. It needs to still be gimmicky, but could be somewhat formidable in certain scenarios. To extend it's gimmickyness, I think it should only learn 3 kinds of moves: Power moves, Eye moves, and Battlefield moves. Basically, it will be able to learn different types of "power" like Hidden Power, Secret Power, or Nature Power. Next, Unown is all about being a giant eyeball so I think we should play that up, and show everyone that Unown is really good at staring. Finally, as we saw in "Pokemon the 3rd Movie", Unown is really good at creating different mirage-like environments, so moves that change the terrain or weather would be fun. Most of the time, this would likely mean Unown Incantation (the name I gave the new forme(s) yesterday) would probably be used often as team support. Below is the list of moves I think Unown Incantation should learn, regardless of which particular Incantation it is.
Level Attack Type Physical/Special/Status
- Decipher Normal Special
- Hidden Power Normal Special
- Leer Normal Status
- Mean Look Normal Status
- Baby-Doll Eyes Fairy Status
15 Ancient Power Rock Special
20 Glare Normal Status
25 Electric Terrain Electric Status
30 Nature Power Normal Special
30 Secret Power Normal Physical
33 Power Split Psychic Status
39 Miracle Eye Psychic Status
39 Future Sight Psychic Special
40 Grass Terrain Grass Status
45 Power Whip Grass Physical
47 Power Trick Psychic Status
47 Power Swap Psychic Status
50 Misty Terrain Fairy Status
53 Earth Power Ground Special
56 Super Power Fighting Physical
63 Stored Power Psychic Special
65 Decipher Normal Special
As you can see, the only new move that I have come up with is "Decipher". In my mind, this would be Unown Incantation's signature move. It would be similar to Arceus' Judgement in that it would depend on Unown Incantation's type, in this case it's secondary type. It wouldn't be as powerful as Judgement though with only a base power of 90. At least it would always give Unown Incantation a second STAB move behind all of it's Psychic moves and allow it to be offensive if need be. In terms of TMs or Tutor moves, I doubt Unown Incantation would be able to learn many. In my mind, it would only be able to learn certain energy based attacks similar to pokemon like Kadabra. In that case, I wouldn't be surprised to see it being able to TM for things like Thunderbolt, Ice Beam, and Psyshock as well as a few status moves like Calm Mind. Unlike most pokemon, however, it wouldn't be able to learn any moves for recovery and have to rely on items.
Anyway, I hope that you all have enjoyed my articles on Unown's untapped potential! I don't expect any of this to ever happen, but I can always hope!
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