Pokémon Sword and Shield are coming this year and holy mother of hype Batman is that exciting. Fans of the much-beloved children’s game series that initially started as a video game back in 1996 are no doubt ready for another influx of new monsters to cuddle, love, and force into servitude. It is probably for the best if we all ignore the implication of the world and just look at how cute the new starters are. Adorable.
We have already been introduced to the wonderful new starter choices in the form of – and in order of greatness – Sobble, Scorbunny, and Grookey. The three were revealed at the end of February in the Pokémon Direct. Outside of this Direct, we have very little new information about the games.
Well, the Pokémon Company have announced there will be a competition to name a new Steel-type move in the game. The move looks to be one of the most powerful moves in the game but also carries with it a fairly hefty cost.
Dealing special damage instead of physical damage, the attack has a power rating of 140 but also reduces the users Hit Points by 50%.
This will mean it falls firmly into the category of moves that pretty much have to kill the opponent or you’ll be faced with defeat yourself. Interestingly, we don’t know the accuracy rating or the amount of PP this attack will have.
Most of the more powerful moves have 5 PP so it is probably safe to assume the same here, though with such a hefty drawback it could mean more uses.
The contest itself is running up until May 10th via CoroCoro. The name can’t be any longer than 8 characters long in Katakana, Hiragana, or the Alphabet. You get more than just the pride of knowing you had some input on one of the biggest games of all time though.
Winners of the competition will receive a copy of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. What can you do with both versions? You can complete the Pokédex all on your own, or you could always give one of the games to your little sister or brother. Maybe share it with a friend. Be the change you want to see in the world and all that.
Fear not if you don’t quite make the cut, the top 20 runner-ups will receive a copy of one of the versions too. We aren’t sure if you’ll get to choose which version, but it’s hard to say no to free games.
The kind of competition does a lot for marketing but also a huge amount for fan engagement. It is nice to see the Pokémon Company interacting with their long-time and brand-new fans in this way, it warms the heart.
This isn’t the first time this has happened though.
If you cast your mind way back to 2005 this actually happened just before the release of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. CoroCoro Comics ran a contest to name the strongest Dragon-type move.
If you ran a contest like this in the UK you would end up with Dragon McDragon Face, thankfully we aren’t in charge of these things so it actually got the name Draco Meteor.
Well, it got the name Ryūseigun which more or less translates as Draco Meteor. Which is pretty cool.
Given that we don’t know how this move will look it will be harder to name the new one, but Iron Meteor is probably out. You had best get your thinking hats on before the deadline is up for a chance at this unique prize.