- May 12, 2006
Who is Bea?
Bea is 1 of the gym leaders of Stow-on-Side Town in 2019's Pokemon Sword (but not Shield) for the Nintendo Switch and later a contender for the Galar League tournament. She specializes in powerful fighting type pokemon like Machamp & Sirfetch'd.
Why a human? The humans in Pokemon don't fight!
There's a difference between "Don't" & "Can't". Even though most humans are competitors in a Pokemon-based combat sport, that doesn't mean none of them are capable of throwing down, just the circumstances where they need to fend for themselves rarely come up in their world. In the Pokemon games, practically every trainer who specializes in fighting-types are themselves trained martial artists or are in considerable physical condition, often showing off what skill/strength they have before the start of a pokemon battle.
These types of trainers sure do look like they're capable of putting up a fight if they ever need to. Additionally, there are also the various psychic-type trainers who inexplicably have their own psychic abilities like telekinesis, the water gym leader Crasher Wake who is a pro wrestler by trade, Team Rocket grunts who utilize traps & contraptions, ninjas like Kogas, & Lt. Surge, a war vet who very likely has killed people & pokemon alike on the battlefield. But for the purpose of this thread, we'll be keeping it to the fighters & Bea in particular.
So why Bea in particular?
A few reasons come to mind why I'm singling her out:
1. She very much is in fighting fit shape, easily looking like the type of person who could chop bricks in half.
2. She's a Gen-8 rep. Chances are very good that something from Gen 8 is going to be in Fighter Pass 2 & frankly Bea sounds like a more intriguing prospect than yet another starter evo.
3. She's a much needed female DLC rep. Kazooie & Byleth don't exactly count as proper female representation.
4. & an even more needed ethnicity rep. IDK, maybe she's just really tanned or something, but SSB is sure overdue a human character that isn't white or Japanese.
5. This video that just went up today.
In this video, we see her engaging directly in battle with a Rhydon, outrunning her pokemon, pulling off a heavy rock with one arm, & holding her own against a Machamp. That TPCi is even willing to show a human directly fighting/sparring with pokemon on-screen is a surprise in of itself. The whole episode is basically a declaration that Bea is Smash Bros. material.
Okay, so what's the moveset?
Oh right, I need to come up with 1 of those don't I?
Jab: palm strike. Does a kick with the last hit of her combo.
Tilt: Roundhouse kick
Forward Smash: Closed fist punch
Up Smash: Backflip kick
Down Smash: Axe Kick
Dash: Double handed palm strike
Neutral Air: spinning back kick
Up Air: Upward punch
Forward Air: Knee strike
Back Air: Elbow strike
Down Air: Foot Stomp
B: Pokeball Go! This functions a bit like 's B, briefly trapping an opponent inside of a poke'ball. The opponent will always break out but at higher % it takes longer. This move also borrows a trait from 's B in which holding the B button cycles through different types of balls that each have their own property:
Poke'Ball-The 1st projectile, the standard version of the move with no extra effect but the quickest to throw out.
Quick Ball-A quicker moving projectile that has a shorter trap duration.
Dive Ball- When the opponent breaks out, a watery splash knocks them backward.
Heavy Ball-A slower projectile that inflicts damage on contact before trapping.
Moon Ball-Floats up in the air while the opponent is trapped.
Dusk Ball-Inflicts a 1-second long poison effect when the opponent breaks out.
Net Ball-Reduces the jumping height of the opponent for a couple of seconds when they break out.
Ultra Ball- The last of the cycle, opponents stay trapped the longest in an Ultra Ball, long enough for Bea to deal a few hits in. But Bea only carries a limited supply of a few Ultra Balls with each stock.
Up B: Escape Rope. Uses a rope as a tether recovery.
Side B: Rotom Bike. Functions like a slightly slower Side B but it doesn't break apart & inflicts electric damage on contact.
Down B: Clefairy Doll. Throws out a doll that does no damage or knockback if it hits anything but it can act as a shield to absorb 1 hit before being destroyed.
Grab: Super Rod. Functions similar to 's & 's ranged grabs.
Final Smash: Summons a Gigantamax Machamp in the background that 4 different spots on the stages. A bit like 's current FS.
Stage: The Wild Area
The stage is a "tour" style map where the main platform will pick up the fighters & drop them off in different zones of the Wild Area:
Watchtower ruins-The ruins serve as platforms/walls to fight on.
Motostoke Outskirts-Fighters are placed on a high rise bridge. Section of the bridge will be randomly destroyed by a rampaging Gyarados.
Rolling Fields-A flat area where Wooloos roll across like tumbleweeds.
Lake Axewell-A large body of water with a small island in the middle. The tree in the middle of the island serves as a platform.
Dusty Bowl-Sheer cliffs on both sides.
Dappled Grove-A forest zone with many trees.
Galar Route 1
Sword/Shield Trainer Battle
Wild Area Ver. 1
Wild Area Ver. 2
Max Raid Battle
Team Yell Battle
Gym Leader Battle
Chairman Rose battle
All of the Pokemon series spirits have been well, pokemon. So Bea comes with a number of human spirits to make up for it:
-Sword/Shield Male & Female Protagonists ( & )
-Leon ( with a )
-Team Yell Grunt ()
-Sordward & Shielbert ( & )
-Chairman Rose ()