- Dec 17, 2017
- On a planet far far away...
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Zacian and Zamazenta
Zacian and Zamazenta are a pair of wolflike Legendary Pokémon from the latest entry in the Pokemon series, Pokémon Sword and Shield. Not much is currently known about these Pokemon, although it is said that Zacian holds a shining blade in its mouth that can cut through anything, while Zamazenta turns back any attack with the gleaming shield that covers its body.
Well, why not? Pokemon tend to be unique from the rest of the roster, don't they? I'd also like to see something besides a starter get in. We've gotten a starter Pokemon as a newcomer in every Smash game since Brawl. Even if the resulting character is fresh, a lot of the fun has been siphoned away from speculation because of this. Many unique and creative Pokemon are passed over in favor of one of the three safest and most obvious options, the starters. I think it's time we get something a little more unpredictable.
But why these two specifically you ask? Well, I could probably make a stronger argument for the pair as we learn more about them, but I feel like the designs speak for themselves. A quad character is already an unusual and rare thing for Smash, but having a quad with a sword or a shield would be extremely creative. Without even knowing what moves it can use, Zacian already has a huge chunk of it's moveset mapped out thanks to its sword, and because it's a Pokemon, I'm sure there's more to that sword than meets the eye. For those of you who don't care how creative Zacian could be because a swordfighter is a swordfighter, Zamazenta could be a very defensive character with multiple ways of deflecting, blocking, and counterattacking - a nice contrast to the abundance of characters that require aggressive, offensive playstyles.
Q: What could they do?
Aside from what I already explained, I couldn't tell ya. I'll need to learn a little more before I can really make my case for how unique they could be. Learning their type would be a good start.
Q: Isn't it way too late for these two?
Maybe, maybe not. Just depends on whether or not Nintendo would deem Sword and Shield worthy enough of a character. A second wave would help our chances tremendously though.
But a lack of time shouldn't be an issue. Aside from Piranha Plant, we know that Sakurai didn't start on DLC until after November 1st. If a Pokemon from Sword and Shield was one of the five characters Nintendo brought to Sakurai, that would still leave him with plenty of time to do research on the new Pokemon, make a decision, and finish the development of the Pokemon he chose by the deadline of spring 2020. If anything, this might be easier than it was with Greninja and Incineroar.
Q: Rex and Spring Man were a bust. If it was too late for them, how are these two any better?
A good point, but if promotion was on Nintendo's mind, it makes sense why Rex and Spring Man wouldn't be DLC. By the time the character came out, their games would be close to three years old. A Pokemon from Gen VIII would be a few months old at worst.
Q: How are these two better than the other Gen VIII Pokemon?
We don't know much about any of the new Pokemon, including these two.
Actually, we don't even know what most of the new Pokemon are yet. I won't be able to get into detail until we learn more.
Q: How the heck would Zacian hold items and grab fighters if it's already carrying a sword?
Because someone's gonna ask.
It's something that can easily be worked around. The design itself already shows us that it's capable of holding stuff without looking weird, which was the biggest obstacle. The solution from there on out is pretty straightforward. Just let it carry/grab two things at once.
Q: We're only getting third-parties. Why bother?
Now hold on! We don't know that for sure. That's just something fans have started assuming for themselves. Until we learn who the final character is or Nintendo themselves make a statement, it's fair game.
Q: A bit premature for this thread, ain't it?
Probably, but I'm a sucker for Pokemon characters.
Plus, I'm a Lycanroc supporter. Shouldn't surprise anyone.
FOUNDER - Cosmic77
Leparagon, for the Zacian and Zamazenta sprites.