Three new Mega Evolutions! Free Shiny Beldum! Contest details! Special powers for the new Pikachus! SHABLAM!
This news has just broken, so this post may update with more details when they become available. The first leaks are in from the latest issue of CoroCoro, Japan’s Pokemon-themed magazine, and two new Mega evolutions have been shown, presumably to be found in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. First is Mega Altaria, a mega evolution of a popular native dragon/flying-type Pokemon from the tropical Hoenn region in which the new games take place. Mega Altaria is dragon/fairy, and has the ability Pixilate. Second is Mega Lopunny. Lopunny is typically a pure normal-type, but when it Mega Evolves it hops up to normal/fighting and gains the ability Scrappy. This one is interesting due to the fact that it did not appear in the series until after 2003’s Ruby and Sapphire, suggesting that this fall’s 3DS remakes may incorporate newer Pokemon into the Hoenn region. Update: Mega Salamence has also just been revealed. It looks like a complete dork, and knows the ability Arielate. It looks like a spaceship and a kite and I can’t even deal. Update #2: Some more news has come to light, this time non-Mega Evolution related. First off, it has been confirmed that the recently revealed Pikachu costumes available in OR/AS will each give the electric rodent a new attack, similar to the different Rotom forms way back in 2009’s Pokemon Platinum. Rock Star Pikachu gets Meteor Mash, Pikachu PhD learns Electric Terrain, Pop Star Pikachu sings its heart out with Draining Kiss, Belle Pikachu freezes hearts with Icicle Crash, and Libre Pikachu enters the ring with Flying Press. Pokemon contests, the premier sidegame of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, (arguably one of the best the series has had) also got confirmation for a return. Trainers will meet a Contest Idol named Lucia, whose outfit seems themed after the design of Altaria. Lucia will give you special outfits to begin your contest career. Speculation is that this page also sidelong confirms being able to change outfits in OR/AS, as you could in last year’s Pokemon X and Y, but they could also be outfits exclusive to contests. Finally, as the bottom of that last scan teased, it has been announced that a shiny Beldum will be made available through an event, holding the Mega Stone that requires its final evolution Metagross to evolve into the recently announced Mega Metagross. We’ll update as soon as more information about the scans becomes available, but for now, enjoy the news! Excited to add a giant cloud dragon to your team? You should be! Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire launch on November 21st.