- 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. 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 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.
Q: What could they do?
Zacian already has a huge chunk of it's moveset mapped out thanks to its sword, and because it's a Pokemon, obviously there's more to its sword than meets the eye. Zacian has the ability to summon it's sword from metal particles in the air, meaning it can summon it whenever it wants and switch between it's two forms (Hero of Many Battles form and Crowned Sword form). It also has the ability to detach the metal blades on it's back and merge them with the sword, creating a much larger and bulkier sword.
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. Its mane is capable of stopping the hardest of hits, but it doesn't stop Zamazenta from moving around since the shield is a part of its body. That's very different from our current fighters who sport Shields. And of course, it can switch between forms just like Zacian can.
Q: Isn't it way too late for these two?
Now that we know additional characters are planned, not at all. The fifth fighter is expected to release by February 2020, so anything after that would be in a perfect timeframe for a Gen VIII rep.
However, if you need more assurance, remember that Greninja was decided upon in late summer 2012. That's about a year and two/three months before XY was released. If any of these DLC characters were decided upon post launch of Ultimate, that's already significantly less time than Greninja required.
Q: They have Spirits. Isn't it game over?
It makes them look less likely, sure, but it's not the end of road for many reasons.
- The Nintendo Versus Twitter account specifically said that the Gen VIII Spirits were being added to celebrate the release of Sword and Shield. They're promotional, and if promotion was their main goal, why hold these Spirits off for several months until the Gen VIII Pokemon got in? By then, Sword and Shield would be dying down. Sort of defeats the purpose, doesn't it?
- As you can see in this thread, there's plenty of artwork to choose from. Since their Spirit is combined, they could easily add one or even both and make a Spirit for them individually. More importantly, none of the Gen VIII Spirits use the same artwork that every other Pokemon Spirit uses (save for PT and Detective Pikachu, who comes from a spinoff), despite their artwork existing beforehand. Zacian's artwork can be seen here.
- We still don't even know if Spirits deconfirm. Every DLC fighter so far has come from a franchise that didn't have any content in Smash to begin with. The only exception is Piranha Plant, who was clearly in development for a long time prior to his announcement. He had to have been, otherwise we wouldn't have a Palutena's Guidance for him or an amiibo that was released right after his release.
Q: How are these two better than the other Gen VIII Pokemon?
Regardless of what I say, it all comes down to opinions. I still think these two would be very unique, but some of you might want Sirfetch'd or Toxtricity instead. Nothing wrong with that.
That being said, I do think Zacian and Zamazenta have one of the best chances out of the Gen VIII Pokemon. Every Pokemon we've gotten so far received a fair amount of promotion from TPC during their Gen, and I don't doubt for a second that this influences Sakurai. He wants to make sure he picks a Pokemon people will recognize and enjoy, which is probably why the two most recent additions are starters.
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. Zacian's ribbon-like fur functions similarly to Sylveon's ribbons. In other words, it has full control of them, and we even see in official artwork that they also work as a makeshift sheath for its sword. The ribbons can also carry two-handed items as well.
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 confirming it, it's fair game.
FOUNDER - Cosmic77
21. Zeb Nasaki
Leparagon, for the Zacian and Zamazenta sprites.