Gen V Project #14: Pocket Monster Move Corner Issue 1
by, 11th March 2010 at 11:40 PM (302 Views)
In Pokemon Iron and Bronze, many new moves with unique effects, and elemental variations of classic moves, make their appearance. Here are 5 new moves!
Oil Slick(Nuranura Oil ヌラヌラオイル "Slippery Oil")
"The user spreads slippery oil over the ground, causing Pokemon to trip and fall."
Oil Slick is a new Field Move. What the move does is turn the battlefield into an extremely slippery and dangerous arena for 5 Turns, as while the oil is spread across the ground any Pokemon, bar Flying-types and Pokemon with Levitate, Sticky Hold, or Suction Cups, has a 25% of slipping while attacking. This negates their attack as well as cause them to lose a tiny amount of health as well, so it can be quite annoying.
There is also a second effect. When Oil Slick is present on the field, Fire-type attacks have a slight increase in accuracy (about 10%) and power (about 10) since they can spread across
the oil. Of course, the Fire Pokemon themselves still might slip, but it's a little added benefit since a few Fire Pokemon learn Oil Slick.
A few sample Pokemon who can learn this move are Grimer, Octillery, Croagunk, Magmar, and Castoil. In fact, this move is somewhat Castoil's and Olyvpus' signature move, even though technically they can be harmed by it, but being Fire types, they can make use of the second effect.
The animation of Oil Slick depicts a blob of oil flying into the air and then hitting the ground, causing a pool of oil to cover the field. In Iron and Bronze, field effects are visible the entire time during their duration. In this case, a black puddle sits in the middle of the field between the two Pokemon.
However, when Castoil or Olyvpus uses it the oil instead of being black is yellow, like the oil that leaks out of their bodies. This is a new, minor aesthetic feature in which certain moves change their normal animation slightly when utilized by certain Pokemon. It doesn't effect anything besides how the move looks though, it's just a little personal flair.
Burn Horns(Homura no Gokaku ホムラノゴカク "Flaming Bull Horns")
"The user impales the opponent with flaming horns. It has a high critical-hit ratio."
Burn Horns is a powerful new Physical Fire move that is the signature move of the Pyrero line, given that they are flaming bulls. Besides that, not much more to say about it, besides the fact it's a Fire version of Leaf Blade.
The animation of this attack depicts two, white bull horns appear in front of the opponent. They then lite up on fire and rotate on their sides, spearing through the opponent.
The Pyrero and Tauros line learn this move naturally, although it can be bred onto a few other Pokemon with two horns like Donphan and Stantler.
Sweep Kick(Ashibarai アシバライ "Tripping Up")
"A sneaky sweep kick that trips the opponent up. It inflicts greater damage on taller foes."
Sweep Kick is a Dark version of Low Kick and Grass Knot. Rather than dealing damage based on weight, this attack deals damage based on the height of the opponent.
Under 2" = 20 Power
2"-3" = 40 Power
3'1"-4" = 60 Power
4'1"-6" = 80 Power
6'1"-8" = 100 Power
Over 8'1" = 120 Power
Most of the stronger Pokemon are also taller, so you'll usually get at least an 80 Physical Dark attack out of this move, even stronger on massive Legendaries. Compared to the rather weak Dark moves currently out there, this attack can possibly be a powerful STAB move for Dark Pokemon. Only the wasteful Fling and Punishment can get this strong.
The animation for this attack is similar to the black foot in Low Kick's animation, with the foot sweeping under the Pokemon's legs, and an added trail of dark matter.
Pokemon who use legs or have a tricky nature are ones who can learn this move, although it is also a TM. Hitmonlee, Sneasel, Cassorad, and Costelleg are examples of Pokemon who can learn it.
Moon Howl(Koyo-te Haura コヨーテハウラ "Coyote Howl")
"The user howls towards the moon when it is nighttime. It raises all the user's stats at once."
Moon Howl is a powerful move that raises all your stats, although it can only be used at night (determined by the clock setting on your DS), but the time of the day does not figure into the Battle Tower, or multiplayer battles. So you can't use it there...on its own, at least. First off, it can be used if Moonlight was used on the previous turn (or on this turn, if used first by a tag partner or an opponent), setting up for an interesting combination. And second, another new move allows you to use it. Either way, using this move will provide your Pokemon with a great boost. It is also considered a Sound attack.
The animation for this attack involves musical notes flying into the air and then fading out into tiny stars. A small ray of moonlight is shown coming down from above the screen.
Due to the name, most canine and musical Pokemon can learn this move like Mightyena and Kricketune. Haretemis can learn it through breeding. The two lunar Pokemon, Darkrai and Cresselia, also learn it.
Blue Moon(Buru Mu-n ブルームーン "Blue Moon)
"The user creates a mysterious moon that lasts for five turns. Its mystical light powers up Dark, Ghost, and Psychic-type moves."
Blue Moon is a new "weather" move, and, due to the moons association with the night and magic, Dark, Ghost, and Psychic Pokemon now get their own beneficial field move, the base powers being boosted by 50%. It doesn't negatively affect any type specifically, although it has a similar effect as Rain Dance when it comes to Solar Beam, Synthesis, and Morning Sun. However, like Sunny Day, Moonlight's effect is strengthed. As you may have guessed, when the move is in effect, Moon Howl can also be used.
It also has two hidden effects. First off, Pokemon connected with the moon (the Nidorans, Clefairy line, Jigglypuff line, Skitty line, Haretemis line, Lunatone, Darkrai, and Cresselia) slowly regain HP while the Blue Moon is out. Second, Water-type moves, due to the effect of the moon on tides, have a slight 10% raise in accuracy.
The animation has the sky darken a round, blue moon slowly float down and remain in the sky till the move ends. When Darkrai uses it, the moon is crescent instead of a full moon.
It's a TM move learned by quite a large amount of Pokemon, but Lunatone, the Lunar Duo, and Haretemis can all learn it naturally.
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