Three new mega evolutions and the return of contests have been confirmed in the brand new trailer for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, which is viewable at the end of this article. The three Pokemon to receive new Mega Evolutions are Altaria, Lopunny and Salamence.
Mega Altaria will see an increase in both its attack stats, with a smaller increase in its defenses. It will also receive a type change to become the first Dragon/Fairy type and receive the Pixelate ability to turn all normal attacks into fairy moves for increased damage. With the rare move Cotton Guard at its disposal that raises a Pokemon’s Defense stat by 3 stages, Altaria could become a true threat in future Pokemon battles.
Mega Lopunny will see a big boost to its attack stat as well as a speed increase, making it even more powerful then before. It will also see a type change to Normal/Fighting and gain the Scrappy ability, meaning ghosts won’t be immune to any of Lopunny’s attacks. This bunny will be a force to be reckoned with.
Finally Salamence will see a big boost to its defense and special defense stats as well as gain the Aerilate ability, turning normal moves into flying type attacks. Perfect for Salamence as it’s flying attack move pool was very limited and this will now give it much better options when attacking.
New Mega Evolutions weren’t all that was revealed today as the return of contests and thus some other features were confirmed as well. As those who played the original titles might remember, contests were an alternative to battling where you had to impress a judging panel with your Pokemon’s moves. There are five different types of contest to participate in: Coolness, Beauty, Cuteness, Cleverness, and Toughness and each Contest has got several ranks: Normal Rank, Super Rank, Hyper Rank, and Master Rank and you can only participate in one rank if you have completed the previous one. Berries are making a return as are Pokeblocks, small cubes of food that you feed to a Pokemon to increase their contest stats. Feebas has been confirmed to evolve into Milotic by maxing out the Beauty contest stat and then leveling up just like in the old gamers.
There are also few new features that Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire bring to the table. A new excite meter will be able to be filled and Pokemon that can Mega Evolve will be able to do this when the meter is filled, allowing for bonus points to be scored. The 3DS camera will be able to be used to put yourself in the contest and pose alongside your Pokemon during special rounds when a camera appears. As you perform in contests you will gain fans who may give you special items after your performance. The better you do and the more contests you participate in the more fans you will get, increasing the chance of earning these items.
After completing your first contest you will be given a special Pikachu known as Cosplay Pikachu. This Pikachu has a unique tail mark and can dress up in five different cool looking outfits that grant the Pikachu a special attack. Rock Star Pikachu gets Meteor Mash, Belle Pikachu gets Icicle Crash, Pop Star Pikachu gets Draining Kiss, Ph D. Pikachu gets Electric Terrain and Macho Libre Pikachu gets Flying Press. The outfits can be changed at any time from a menu in the Green Room. This Pikachu is unique and will be treated as a separate Pokemon in game, it is the only one that can dress up. It is said this Pikachu will do very well if wearing the correct outfit in its corresponding contest. This Pikachu can also be used in battle. Check out the gallery below for all the great Pikachu costumes.
Players of Pokemon X & Y might also be happy to hear hordes are making a welcome return, which were great for training easily and finding Pokemon with their hidden ability. Trainers that pick up the new games early will also get access to a special online distribution that will see them receive a shiny Beldum who can evolve into the powerful Metagross and the even more powerful Mega Metagross when holding a Mega Stone which comes as Beldum’s hold item. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire seems like it will be another big hit with the Pokemon community so grab your 3DS and make sure to get the game when it releases on November 21st for everywhere but Europe, who will have to wait until the 28th. Let us know in the comments below what your favourite announced Mega Evolution has been so far or what your favourite Pika-costume is. and don’t forget to watch the trailer below.