Narrowing down Pokemon type(s): Legendary Pokemon Xerneas
by, 14th January 2013 at 04:34 PM (1461 Views)
This is something that has really begun to interest me lately. As everyone knows, the spotlight is now on the two new legends: Xerneas & Yveltal. We only got tidbits of information regarding them in Coro Coro, like weight & height. What of their typings however? Nearly everyone seems to be in agreement about Yveltal's possible typing (that name is pronounced as Evil-tal): Dark/Flying. Given it's appearance & namesake, this is by far the most likely choice. Xerneas on the other hand... won't give up it's secrets that easily.
So what were going to do is a process of elimination from the least likely, to the most likely typings judging from Xerneas's appearance and characteristics.
Fire: No. Has nothing in common with any fire type, and it wouldn't make sense.
Dragon: No. (Same as above)
Bug: Obviously not.
Ghost: Nope, doesn't seem spectral at all.
Dark: Doesn't seem "dark" like other dark types.
Flying: Of course, it being a deer can't fly, and even if it can its not by normal birdlike means obviously.
Rock: While comparisons have been made on it's antlers resembling gemstones when glowing, that shouldn't be a reason for it to have a Rock typing, and it's body doesn't give off that rock-like feel at all.
Poison: Has nothing in common with any poison type we know of.
Ground: Doesn't have that kind of appearance, and isn't really that heavy like other ground types.
Steel: Read this post: Legendary Pokemon Discussion For reasons why I no longer think a Steel typing may work.
Fighting: Seems too graceful(?) for that. Even more so than the musketeer Virizion was. Its also kind of a skinny legendary, not muscular.
Ice: I don't feel like this one is likely to be true. Other than the fact we just had an ice mascot, (technically two if you count the Kyurem formes as separate Pokemon) Xerneas does not possess any obvious indicator of being an ice type. You see, ice as a type is kinda like fire, the Pokemon either have a stronger indication of ice on their bodies, or their names allude to their typing. Xerneas has neither. If Xerneas is an ice type, it is by far the most subtle that has been introduced.
Electric: This is looking like a popular theory regarding Xerneas's possible typing. The reason I've heard people give for this is that there seemed to be a lighting bolt behind the new PC character image and Xerneas in the Coro Coro issue. Honestly, I'm not feeling this one. While it could happen, and be an explanation for the lighted up horns in the trailer, I feel like theres another reason for that other than electricity. I'm not completely ruling this one out, its more likely than the above options at least. Also, we just had an electric Mascot in Zekrom last Gen, so I'm kinda hoping they do something else.
Water: The blue coloration and graceful appearance could be explained with this typing. I could see this happen if Game Freak wanted to do more of the Norse myth with the stag: Eikþyrnir - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Main problem with this one however, is that Xerneas does not appear to dwell in the water as a habitat. Lastly, if Xerneas is Grass, then the other combo likely would not be water, simply because another with that typing (see Ludicolo line) share nothing in common with Xerneas.
Psychic: Easily able to see this one, due to Psychic having a good deal of diverse appearances.
Norma: The most boring is also one of the most likely. Anything can be it, so its a possible choice.
Grass: Like Sawsbuck, Xerneas's horns remind me of bark from a tree. Also, from the trailer is seems to be a forest dweller.
So, by process of elimination, the three most likely types are Psychic, Normal, and Grass. This presents another problem in its own way. Lets say for example, that Yveltal is indeed a Dark/Flying (or Arceus forbid, Dragon/Dark) type. Should Xerneas be Psychic/Grass, probably the most plausible of these combos, then that is a big imbalance between the two. The only reason I could imagine GameFreak doing this, is if Xerneas is suppose to be perceived as weaker or inferior to Yveltal, or for other reasons is not allowed to defeat it. I don't see this as being likely honestly, balance is usually a central theme among box mascots, and this is reflected in the typings.
Only Grass/Electric would offset this, and they both hit each other for SE damage. The other optional combo, Normal/Grass... well, if you aren't bored by that then I envy you. I don't think anyone wants a bigger version of Sawsbuck, I know I don't. (No offense to Sawsbuck fans)
All in all, is the idea of a new typing for at least Xerneas that implausible after reading all of this? Maybe the Light type that many speculate on actually is a possibility in this Generation. I won't rule anything out, and my opinion on Xerneas's possible typing changes a lot the more I think about it. I hope this was at least helpful, in discerning a possible typing for the epic deer mascot of Pokemon X.
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