I’m overdue for weighing in my thoughts on the designs of the many new Pokemon announced for X and Y, and I figured I’d start with the ones that are known to evolve or be pre-evolved forms. I wrote a while back that I couldn’t necessarily say for absolute certain if the Gen VI starter Pokemon had good designs or not until I’d seen what they evolve into. After all, many Pokemon designs make more sense in the context of their before and after; while non-evolving Pokemon typically have very complete designs, often ones that evolve are much simpler and will evolve into more complex, interesting, and often fierce-looking creatures, so it’s difficult to judge a design all on its own when it’s meant to be complemented by other, related designs.
I’ll review the Gen VI Pokemon that lack confirmed evolutions next week — and that will be a lot more awkward and filled with more complaints, so brace yourself! — but for now I’m going to focus on the ones for which we’ve been given that all-important context!
So just as I was getting ready to write about some of the older Pokemon, a new Eeveelution got leaked. Alright then! Well, we know next to nothing about this Pokemon, but I’ll still review it as well as I can. Eventually I’ll talk about it in detail among the rest of the different Eevee evolutions.
Ninfia is the Japanese name (the English name is unknown, although we can be pretty sure it’s going to have some “EON” in there) of a confirmed new evolution for Eevee. Ninfia’s type is unknown, though, so we don’t know what element it adds to the Eeveelution roster.
Ninfia’s design is pretty good overall. Not entirely my style but not something I have an aversion to, either. It’s a simplistic mammal, something between a fox and a cat; it looks a lot like Eevee’s other forms, and even continues the exact same look of the eyes. Eevee has never been my favorite Pokemon and nor have its evolutions, but it’s a functional design, very simple, and very effective. Its evolutions have always extended that simplicity to include a specific elemental theme, but otherwise keep it intact. In short, all of Eevee’s forms are simple and cute, but extend the same base design over a lot of different themes. Ninfia would appear to continue this.
Last week in Pokemon Designs, I talked about the Gen VI starter Pokemon that we’ve seen, and reviewed their designs according to what little we know about them. Now I will do the same with the two legendary Pokemon we’ve been shown, Xerneas and Yveltal. As was the case with Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie, we haven’t heard any information about these Pokemon aside from their names and appearances yet, so this will be a review of what little we know with a later, more complete review to come at a later date.
Welcome to Pokemon Designs, a new editorial series I will be bringing to you weekly here on Pokemon Dungeon, meant to discuss, analyze, and review the design and themes of the Pokemon rather than things like their battle stats and gameplay. I love monsters and creatures in general, so a big part of the appeal of the Pokemon series for me is simply the designs and the descriptions of how the Pokemon act. Even when it comes to playing the games, I tend to use Pokemon that I like the look and feel of, not the best and most powerful ones. As such, I will be bringing you these posts to talk about this aspect of the series in detail and give my input on the many Pokemon across the various Generations.
And there’s no better time to start than now, as an entire new Generation of Pokemon is about to arrive in X and Y! Gen VI promises to provide us with a lot of new Pokemon designs, so to start off Pokemon Designs, I will be reviewing the starters and then the legendaries they have shown us. These are going to be somewhat incomplete reviews, as we do not know of the starters’ evolutions, nor do we know anything else about these Pokemon other than their appearance, name, and type. So I will purely be reviewing their looks. A more complete review will come later. Let’s get started!