|Alphabet soup has never been this trippy before.|
Unfortunately for the Unown, after I get the full alphabet they are essentially just box filler. Their battle prowess is basically non-existant since their stats are so bad and they only learn one move (Hidden Power). Plus, you can't even effectively use them in side games like Contests or load them with a few HMs. It would seem that their inclusion in Gold and Silver (and eventually Crystal) was just to give players things to print from their Game Boy Printer. I have a personal tie to the Unown as I used them to propose to my wife. I had a team of Unown I battled her with on Pokémon Battle Revolution nicknamed "Will", "You", "Marry", "Me", "?". When they popped up in team preview I'm sure the first thought that popped in her mind is, "Well, I'm going to win this match pretty easy."
|Are the Unown being summoned by Arceus or|
are they attracted to it's power? Maybe they
just heard it was Palkia/Dialga/Giratina's
birthday and just showed up for cake.
LEGENDS ARE BORN FROM THE STORIES TOLD
|"Come on guys.. Can you let me|
in the legendary club? Please?"
In terms of lore, the Unown have the most curious lore of all the legends. For the most part, they are simply a way of recording those legendary tales. They have ties to ancient human civilization due to this. Additionally, there's the earlier mentioned ties to Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, and Arceus. In their current forme, they have a lot in common with the odd "maybe it's a legendary/ maybe it isn't" Phione. They are legendary/mythical simply because of their associations. It's like they are trying to use their "in" to become a member of the club rather than actually earn it on their own. However, I think that Unown at least does a slightly better job of earning it for themselves than Phione, simply due to their lore. What's Phione's lore? One night Manaphy made some bad decisions with a Ditto? That's not exactly a legendary story. Even if Unown is essentially just a more offensive version of Wingdings, at least they have a cool story to make them seem like a threat. When you consider some of the other legendary or mythical pokémon, some have far fewer credentials than Unown. For example:
- Shaymin helped some flowers grow in a field one time.
- Heatran may or may not have formed a big mountain in Unova.
- Mew is the first pokémon, but not really, and it can learn a lot of stuff.
- Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres are birds that aren't Normal/Flying (a rarity at the time) and have good stats. Also they may or may not work for Lugia.
- Lugia lived in a tower, but it burned down so now it lives in a cave like a hermit (see: GSC Blaine). If the bird trio gets cranky it may step in, fail, and have to be helped by a 10 year old.
- Deoxys is an alien virus that hijacked a meteorite ride to Earth and got shot with a laser.
SPELLING OUT TROUBLE WITH A NEW FORME
I do want to point out I understand it's odd to suggest that we should give a new forme to something that already has 28 different formes, but hear me out. Compared to other formes, the Unown forms add absolutely nothing to it. No type changes, no ability changes, no stat changes, nothing. In fact, they are more akin to gender differences. The different Unown formes are purely aesthetic. In fact, it seems even the Pokédex recognizes this as it refers to each letter as "One Form" rather than calling it something different. So in that regard Unown are just variable, like Spinda, and only posses a single form, the form of a particular letter or punctuation. Adding an additional form would just give it a second form. For this second form, I suggest a word... a word that will unlock the potential of the Unown that spell it!