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The Role of Mewtwo, Carnac and Lascaux in XY

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This theory has been in the making for more than two months now. It's taken me time to fit the pieces together, but several discussions with FANG-TAN have helped me become content with the result. I'm posting it here rather than in one of the XY threads because the theory is long (brace yourselves), and ultimately it stems from personal ideas inspired by facts. I can only hope that Game Freak have similar ideas, but either way, I'm interested in other people's input. The reason why this entry is so long is that I want to go through the entire thought process, so my apologies for that.

To start with, I have to say that I'm not very pleased with the discussion I've seen about XY's story. Unluckily for those of us who care, Game Freak are being very secretive about the story (more so than in the past), but I feel that most people are expecting it to be quite predictable even though Black and White surprised us. Several fans have voiced disappointment with Team Flare's expressed interest in money, even though they could turn out to have another goal or (preferably) be less focal than their predecessors were in the past three generations. The legendaries' plot does not have to revolve around the evil team, as we saw in the first two generations. Even though the legendaries from those generations weren't as involved in the plot as their successors were, they presented ample potential. It is never too late to do more with that potential, which is the main reason why I believe Mewtwo is getting the spotlight again. It troubles me that fans aren't speculating about Mewtwo's implied connection to Xerneas and Yveltal.

A very important ingredient of this theory is the existence of a second Mewtwo form. As a reminder, PokéBeach spread a rumor back in May, which has since had most of its tidbits confirmed. The source of this rumor, or rather leak as we can safely say at this point, is a forum user called MageLeif whose roommate play-tested the games early in the year. Water Pokémon Master actually did little more than paraphrase MageLeif's forum post, which had been passed off as a wishlist. He also contacted MageLeif for more information (for whatever reason, he later claimed that MageLeif had contacted him), and sadly this did not end well for MageLeif. But I digress, as the point is that MageLeif's post is actually more informative than WPM's paraphrased version:

Quote Originally Posted by MageLeif
Mewtwo to get two new formes, and each forme is gained through an item in the two different games.
This means that the two forms are version-exclusive. MageLeif later gave WPM another description regarding the second form:

If the previously revealed forme of Mewtwo can be said to look roughly similar to Mewtwo’s original design, the second supposed form of Mewtwo can be said to look roughly/vaguely similar to Mew‘s design.
With the discovery that the currently known form is actually Mega Mewtwo, some fans have started to believe that the second form is Mega Mew. That is definitely not what the rumor implies; Mega Mew wouldn't be related to Mewtwo via a version-exclusive item. The form's vague similarity to Mew isn't weird, since this is Mewtwo we're talking about and the current form already shows that it can look more like Mew. My guess is that the second form is supposed to look closer to Mew in terms of color and smaller details. Now, let's quickly go over the reasons why some people seem to doubt that a second form exists:

1. Only Mega Mewtwo is featured in the movie.
This is easy to explain: It makes sense to to leave one of the forms untouched if Mewtwo is going to play a role in the games' plot. This way, the anime may adapt Mewtwo's game story without necessarily invoking a sense of déja vu. Also, let's not forget that the movie isn't a reliable indicator of anything, considering that it referred to Mega Mewtwo as "Awakened Form" and basically went out of its way not to explain anything about it. It also made Mega Mewtwo look like a speed demon, even though only its Special Attack is increased as far as we know.

2. Only Mega Mewtwo is featured alongside the version mascots on the cover of the soundtrack.
I haven't seen anyone raise this point, but it has crossed my own mind. Yes, it is clear that TPCi want us to think that Mewtwo only has one form right now, but this could easily change in a few weeks. My guess is that there is another artwork featuring the second form which will be shown from the inner side of the CD jacket. This would be a good way of representing the forms' duality: They cannot exist at the same time, since they are two different states of Mewtwo's psyche. Xerneas and Yveltal may also be featured in that second artwork, which would illustrate a more peaceful side of their relationship. It is worth mentioning that more information about the soundtrack will be revealed in the future (specifically regarding the bonus tracks), so the second artwork could be revealed then.

3. Mega Evolution has been unveiled. Why haven't they revealed the second form yet?
It's a marketing strategy. The more they can surprise us, the better the strategy is. But I think that there is a deeper reason why the second form in particular is worth keeping a secret.

4. What would the second form be called? Why would there be two Mega Mewtwo variants?
Actually, I don't think that the second form is another take on Mega Mewtwo. It would be silly if they were called "Mega Mewtwo X" and "Mega Mewtwo Y", especially since the current form is being referred to as just Mega Mewtwo; it took them four months to reveal its name, so it should be the real deal. More importantly, I don't see any connection to the X and Y letters, and I trust that Game Freak didn't create a second form on a mere whim.

Which brings me to the actual theory. Just what is Mega Evolution exactly? From the official website:

In the Pokémon series up until now, there has been a limit on how many times each Pokémon could evolve. However, Mega Evolution is a different kind of Evolution, one that surpasses that limit.
A Mega-Evolved Pokémon will be able to tap into a strength far greater than it could before.
Only certain Pokémon, under certain conditions, can achieve Mega Evolution. One of those conditions is a special item called a Mega Stone. These special stones exist for every Pokémon that can Mega Evolve, and each is named for the Pokémon to which it grants power.
In short, the Pokémon masters its potential via a power granted by a Mega Stone, combined with other requirements. And what are the mysterious Mega Stones? I think that they are tied to a certain location not far from the Tower of Mastery: the megalithic site that is based on Carnac. Not only do we see Korrina (who is tied to Mega Evolution) in said site, but there is a very simple connection to be made here: "Megalith" comes from megas (meaning "great") and lithos (meaning "stone"). I very much doubt that this is a coincidence.

What can we say about Carnac? For one thing, its Kalos counterpart (to which I'll also refer as Carnac for simplicity) should be pretty important considering that Junichi Masuda specifically mentioned that Game Freak had been to Carnac and studied about it. There are many theories about Carnac and megalithic sites in general, so to keep things concise I'll just quote brief descriptions of the main Carnac myths/theories:

Although the stones date from 4500 BC, modern myths were formed which resulted from 1st century AD Roman and later Christian occupations, such as Saint Cornelius – a Christian myth associated with the stones held that they were pagan soldiers in pursuit of Pope Cornelius when he turned them to stone. Brittany has its own local versions of the Arthurian cycle. Local tradition claims that the reason they stand in such perfectly straight lines is that they are a Roman legion turned to stone by Merlin.
Mainstream archaeologists believe that the standing stones are nothing more than random tomb markers; however, the acidic chemical composition of the soils in this region is such that bones would dissolve over time – therefore the tomb theory cannot be determined.

Other researchers have theorized that the stones lie upon seismically sensitive areas and put forward a scenario that the stones could have been erected as earthquake early detection systems

The positions of the stones have also been examined with a view that they could act as a calendar for the solar and/or lunar year (as has been theorized was the original purpose of Stonehenge in the UK).
It has been more recently noted, when viewing the sites from above in helicopters that, the stones have not been as randomly positioned as believed, and the differing sites in and around the Carnac region have a co-ordination of design that seems unlikely to be put down to pure coincidence.

Based upon these bizarre findings, some researchers have put forward an intriguing hypothesis - could the geometry between the stones be a method of communicating with extra-terrestrial travelers, who would have viewed the site from above and understand the message within?
What I'm inclined to think that Game Freak took from these theories is that an ancient civilization gathered the mega stones to appease Yveltal. Carnac in part holds tombs that represent the legacy of the dead, and it is also possible that the Merlin myth applies here, which is to say that some of the stones may have originally been living creatures. Perhaps Carnac was built as a sign of accepting the inevitability of death so that Yveltal wouldn't feel the need to go on a destructive rampage. By that I am suggesting that Yveltal only destroys those who defy death or pretend to be gods.

What does Mega Evolution have to do with this? Mega Stones are found all over Kalos, and it is the Tower of Mastery that is said to be connected to Mega Evolution. I suspect that the emergence Mega Evolution is due to a human intervention that may be viewed as a threat, even though the bond between Pokémon and people is probably involved. The fact that the Tower of Mastery is separate from Carnac may mean that people have forgotten what their ancestors did in the past to keep Yveltal at bay. Yveltal may be enraged by the use of Mega Stones to make Pokémon stronger than they otherwise would be. This could be seen as defying death, or more generally breaking the natural limitations of one's life.

Is Carnac the only ancient setting in France that could be used for XY? As the title of this entry gives away, there is another such place: Lascaux. It is located in southwestern France, which should place it in the lowest part of the Kalos map which is currently obscured. Lascaux goes further back in history to around 17,000 years ago (compared to Carnac, which is around 6000 years old). It is a complex of caves, which are famous for their Paleolithic cave paintings - most prominently images of large animals. I recommend that you take the online tour to see how mystifying the images are.

The cave contains nearly 2,000 figures, which can be grouped into three main categories: animals, human figures and abstract signs. The paintings contain no images of the surrounding landscape or the vegetation of the time.

Over 900 can be identified as animals, and 605 of these have been precisely identified. Out of these images, there are 364 paintings of equines as well as 90 paintings of stags.
There are various theories on the significance of the paintings: Some people believe them to be records of real life events, others an astro-mythical representation of the night skies, and there are those that believe them to be 'Shamanic offerings' or 'Hunt Magic'. Perhaps a little of each may be true. Today, we are left to marvel at their skilful execution and artistic beauty.
An alternative hypothesis proposed by David Lewis-Williams and Jean Clottes following work with similar art of the San people of Southern Africa is that this type of art is spiritual in nature relating to visions experienced during ritualistic trance-dancing. These trance visions are a function of the human brain and so are independent of geographical location.

Nigel Spivey, a professor of classic art and archeology at the University of Cambridge, has further postulated in his series, How Art Made the World, that dot and lattice patterns overlapping the representational images of animals are very similar to hallucinations provoked by sensory-deprivation. He further postulates that the connections between culturally important animals and these hallucinations led to the invention of image-making, or the art of drawing. Further extrapolations include the later transference of image-making behavior from the cave to megalithic sites, and the subsequent invention of agriculture to feed the site builders.
The trance-dancing theory isn't necessarily the most widespread one (that would appear to be the star chart theory, which you can read about here), but it is the most interesting one in the context of XY's Life and Death theme. As this video explains, it is safe to assume that Lascaux was a religious place reflecting the beliefs of the Paleolithic man. The rock paintings tie into the shamanistic rituals that were being performed around that time.

In another cave in Les Trois Freres, France, we see a 13,000 year-old wall painting of what appears to be a shaman from this same civilization, taking on such a ritual role, in which he is apparently supposed to represent an animal spirit.

The figure stares out at us from a stone wall, looking more than a little odd by contemporary standards, wearing an animal costume and a tail, with antlers on his head. He appears to be hopping or jumping along, perhaps lost in some kind of mystical state, possessed by the animal spirit he represents.
Shamanism encompasses the premise that shamans are intermediaries or messengers between the human world and the spirit worlds. Shamans are said to treat ailments/illness by mending the soul. Alleviating traumas affecting the soul/spirit restores the physical body of the individual to balance and wholeness. The shaman also enters supernatural realms or dimensions to obtain solutions to problems afflicting the community. Shamans may visit other worlds/dimensions to bring guidance to misguided souls and to ameliorate illnesses of the human soul caused by foreign elements. The shaman operates primarily within the spiritual world, which in turn affects the human world. The restoration of balance results in the elimination of the ailment.
If Mega Evolution is connected to Carnac, albeit not in the most intuitive way, what could Lascaux be tied to? A different kind of evolution, which doesn't represent the mastery of life but rather a bridge between life and death. I think that the famous double helix represents the balance between life and death. Game Freak alluded to something similar in Platinum:

Quote Originally Posted by Cyrus
Genes can be considered the blueprints of all life-forms. That includes humans and Pokémon alike. Genes are contained in a DNA strand. A DNA strand consists of 2 chains of opposing characteristics in a spiral. If one of the chains were to be broken, the other could replicate it. One or the other cannot exist without its opposite.
This was said in reference to the real world and the Distortion World, but the analogy is even easier to understand when applied to the world of the living and the world of the dead. Mega Evolution doesn't convey this concept by itself, which is why I think that there should be a second kind of new "evolution". I call it Para Evolution as it pertains to a paranormal transformation, rather than simply surpassing oneself. I am not suggesting that this should be a separate battle mechanic from Mega Evolution, but rather that it should exist for the sake of thematic differences. The main idea is that Mega Evolution and Para Evolution would be unlocked by different means.

Pokémon capable of Mega Evolution will gain access to their potential only if they first carry a Mega Stone into battle. Other things are needed for Mega Evolution to succeed, and those secrets will be explained later!
It is safe to say that the secrets in question are more involved than merely clicking a button. My guess is that certain requirements need to be met to unlock Mega Evolution, but after that the transformation only requires holding the respective stone. Something similar, but different, should be the case for Para Evolution. For one thing, the token items should be called Para Images as a nod to Lascaux. The individual item names could be formed by adding the word "Glyph" to the Pokémon's name, as is the case with the "ite" suffix used for the Mega Stones.

I think that the unlocking process will be tied to Pokémon-Amie and its effects. Let's list the known ones:

Critical Hit Ratio: The ratio of Critical Hits is increased.
Evasion: The Pokémon's evasion is increased.
Paralysis: The Pokémon has a chance of healing itself from paralysis.
Survival: The Pokémon has a chance of enduring a hit which would have knocked it out.

The Survival effect is particularly interesting since it could be seen as a defining moment, leading the Pokémon to see its life flash before its eyes. This could be compared to a shamanistic trance where the Pokémon takes a glimpse of the afterlife. This, combined with the Para Images, should trigger the Pokémon's ability to transform into a state where it can borrow greater powers from the dead, or alternatively healing powers associated with the spiritual world. Simply put, Para Evolution should be induced by a life-changing experience or epiphany.

What about Mega Evolution? I think that it should be triggered by the Pokémon realizing that it has untapped potential. A critical hit may be rather plain by itself, but a better requirement would be achieving a OHKO due to a critical hit (which is in turn a result of the Pokémon's bond with its trainer). It may be for this reason that all of the currently revealed Mega Evolutions specialize in offensive stats; only Mawile gains a defensive boost, but its Huge Power ability is more prominent. Perhaps Para Evolution should be associated with more defensive boosts and supporting abilities.

I also think that due to its nature, Para Evolution may lead to more unexpected type changes. This brings me to Para Mewtwo, which I believe should be purely Fairy-type. The type change would reflect a departure from Mewtwo's focus on its brain and psychic powers, in favor of magical powers derived from the spiritual world (as opposed to the intellectual one). The official Japanese website states that Mega Mewtwo's tail has been re-positioned to enhance Psystrike's power; Para Mewtwo should take a very different approach. Before I continue, this is as good a time as any to present FANG-TAN's illustration (click on the image to enlarge):

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Its primary color is supposed to be white, which along with the more refined features should make it more reminiscent of Mew, while still looking like Mewtwo. The cane it holds is what used to be its tail, and the cloak is another reference to wizards and shamans (not to mention the anime Mewtwo). You may also notice the stone etched on its chest, which is the Philosopher's Stone:
The philosopher's stone has been attributed with many mystical and magical properties. The most commonly mentioned properties are the ability to transmute base metals into gold or silver, and the ability to heal all forms of illness and prolong the life of any person who consumes a small part of the philosophers' stone.
We know that Mega Mewtwo has a Special Attack boost, so I imagine that its base stat is greater than 180 and that it might lose Attack points to keep its base stat total no higher than 700 (it doesn't need physical attacks when it has Psystrike, anyway). But as I see it, it would be more interesting if Para Mewtwo retained Mewtwo's base stat total while having a more balanced distribution, like for instance: 115/100/100/135/100/130. At first sight one could argue that this would make it worse than the original Mewtwo, but the idea is that its ability should more than make up for it:

Transmutation: If the user faints due to a physical/special attack, the remaining Pokémon in the party are enveloped by a silvery/golden aura that sharply raises their Defense/Special Defense. This effect lasts for 8 turns.

This would make Para Mewtwo an excellent supporting Pokémon, as one would expect from a shaman or a wizard that holds the Philosopher's Stone. Aside from its ability, Para Mewtwo should also get access to a Fairy-type version of Psystrike, which I would call Magical Harness to represent the tail becoming a cane. I think that the dual-type moves MageLeif mentioned (without any explanation) might be related to type changes induced by Mega/Para Evolution, meaning that certain moves might "evolve" with the user. Psystrike would be one of them, turning into Magical Harness and thus having two types in a way.

I should probably stop at this point, even though I have yet to explain Mewtwo's role in the story and how it would be affected by each transformation, which would make for notable version differences. If my theory isn't completely off, I'll write another entry after we get more information.

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Updated 1st September 2013 at 03:09 PM by Silktree

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  1. Tsutarja's Avatar
    As always, you have some big ideas, fantastic ones at that.

    Not sure how to feel about the idea of Para Evolution, but the connection between Carnac stones and Megastones does make a lot of sense, especially since that Korrina appears near that very place. So, is Para Evolution merely a sort of spiritual transformation or what?

    I didn't quite understand. How would Para Evolution occur?

    Also, is it just a lucky coincidence, or did you purposely choose to post this blog today, on the day Mewtwo proved to be too powerful to be contained - September 1st? :P
  2. Silktree's Avatar
    So, is Para Evolution merely a sort of spiritual transformation or what?
    Essentially. The Pokémon enters a state where it can borrow greater powers from the dead, or alternatively healing powers associated with the spiritual world.

    How would Para Evolution occur?
    By having the Pokémon hold its respective Para Image. But to unlock the transformation option, the Pokémon would first have to survive at 1HP (a near-death experience) owing to its bond with its trainer (Pokémon-Amie, or friendship in general). Once unlocked, the button should be permanently visible as long as the Pokémon holds its item.

    Also, is it just a lucky coincidence, or did you purposely choose to post this blog today, on the day Mewtwo proved to be too powerful to be contained - September 1st? :P
    It's honestly a coincidence.
  3. Beck's Avatar
    Very cool theory, @Silktree;. Although the amount of further mechanical additions seems intense, I would definitely like to see a form of "Para Evolutions." I would also love to hear your telling of Mewtwo's role.

    I'm curious, though. If this were to be true (or close enough to true), how do you think GameFreak would market yet another type of evolution? Even if the evolution is there solely for thematic reasons. When and how would "Para Evolutions" be revealed, and in what context?
  4. Silktree's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Beck
    I'm curious, though. If this were to be true (or close enough to true), how do you think GameFreak would market yet another type of evolution? Even if the evolution is there solely for thematic reasons. When and how would "Para Evolutions" be revealed, and in what context?
    It should be revealed in this month's CoroCoro. If it doesn't happen, I'll have to let go of the theory because I can't see much of a reason to keep something as big as this a surprise for the release. There's always a possibility of something similar happening in a future game, but it's too soon to talk about that. At this point, I don't see why the Mewtwo rumor wouldn't turn out to be true.

    I see them revealing Para Mewtwo and a few other Para Evolutions - basically a repeat of the way Mega Evolutions were revealed. I know that some people think that Game Freak have already gone too far with Mega Evolution, but I'd think that this announcement would be easier to swallow due to being an extension of a known mechanic. They should also reveal some plot details so that we can get a sense of what this all means for the story.
  5. Scarftail's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Silktree
    It should be revealed in this month's CoroCoro. If it doesn't happen, I'll have to let go of the theory because I can't see much of a reason to keep something as big as this a surprise for the release. There's always a possibility of something similar happening in a future game, but it's too soon to talk about that. At this point, I don't see why the Mewtwo rumor wouldn't turn out to be true.
    This month's CoroCoro was stated to have nothing more than new Pokemon, new Mega Evolutions, and the new type chart. Even if there is more than what was described, I highly doubt that CoroCoro would be hiding that they're about to reveal a new phenomenon when they hinted Mega Evolution in the July issue. As a result, it is safe to conclude that it would be kept hidden until release, which...makes no sense to say the least. One would think that Mega Evolution and Para Evolution would be revealed together in the August issue since they are both new mechanics heavily related to each other. If Para Evolution actually exists, I find it nonsensical that only its counterpart is receiving all of the attention and advertising. I stand corrected if they start advertising it this month, but I would still find it weird why they chose not to reveal both simultaneously.
  6. Silktree's Avatar
    Even if there is more than what was described, I highly doubt that CoroCoro would be hiding that they're about to reveal a new phenomenon when they hinted Mega Evolution in the July issue.
    Back in May, CoroCoro just promised more XY information. They didn't allude to a new type or anything else that was revealed in June. And honestly, what they said in July about the world's biggest scoop was just treated as hyperbole by most fans.

    I stand corrected if they start advertising it this month, but I would still find it weird why they chose not to reveal both simultaneously.
    Why reveal them simultaneously, though? It may make sense if you want things to be symmetrical, but from a marketing point of view, they're better off spreading out the surprise. Don't you expect them to reveal something unpredictable a month before the release? They don't have to foreshadow every reveal.
  7. YamiiDenryuu's Avatar
    So does the original rumour's statement that Mewtwo's forms are version-exclusive still hold in your theory? If so, would that mean the Mewtwoite and the Mewtwo Glyph are version exclusive, or are Mega and Para evolution themselves version exclusive?
  8. Silktree's Avatar
    So does the original rumour's statement that Mewtwo's forms are version-exclusive still hold in your theory? If so, would that mean the Mewtwoite and the Mewtwo Glyph are version exclusive, or are Mega and Para evolution themselves version exclusive?
    Only Mewtwo's items should be version-exclusive, although there might be pairs of version-exclusive Pokémon playing off the Mega/Para duality. Mewtwo should be the only Pokémon that can unlock both evolutions.
  9. Scarftail's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Silktree
    Why reveal them simultaneously, though? It may make sense if you want things to be symmetrical, but from a marketing point of view, they're better off spreading out the surprise. Don't you expect them to reveal something unpredictable a month before the release?
    Because they’re extremely similar concepts gameplay-wise that only have thematic differences. It makes more sense for them to reveal both at the same time while detailing the relationship and duality between the two instead of splitting it between two months. Doing the latter makes it sound as though they're running out of things to advertise and are trying to fill the gap with somewhat redundant coverage, which is not good at all, as it indicates a lack of fresh content other than what we currently know. I must say that I'm not against the idea (the theory was an interesting read), but I simply dislike how they're handling the promotion of it if it's real. MageLeif's claim implies that Mewtwo's Mega Stone is exclusive to one version despite Mega Mewtwo being advertised throughout the year as though it is relevant to both games and despite Mega Evolution itself being present in both games. I find it unnecessary to hide the fact that Mewtwo's Mega Stone is version-exclusive. There really is no need for this secrecy, because it leaves people with the impression that only Mega Mewtwo exists and that it and its Mega Stone are things you can obtain regardless of the version, just like every other Mega Evolution revealed so far. It would feel rather awkward if Para Mewtwo was shoehorned in there during the final month while Mega Mewtwo took the spotlight for several months.

    Something important to make note of is that only the symbol for Mega Evolution is shown in the Japanese game logos. I suppose the other kind of evolution uses the same symbol? Otherwise, it would be clear favoritism. As a result, it may not be spiritually based, but instead also based on genetic modification due to the symbol resembling a double helix.
    Updated 1st September 2013 at 11:23 PM by Scarftail
  10. Silktree's Avatar
    It makes more sense for them to reveal both at the same time while detailing the relationship and duality between the two instead of splitting it between two months. Doing the latter makes it sound as though they're running out of things to advertise and are trying to fill the gap with somewhat redundant coverage, which is not good at all, as it indicates a lack of fresh content other than what we currently know.
    I can't say that I'm getting your point. Didn't you say that you were expecting little more than coverage of new Pokémon, Mega Evolutions and the updated type chart? How would Para Evolution not be fresher than just those things? Especially if they also revealed dual-type moves in the same context. Aside from these features, it's the story that I want them to cover.

    There really is no need for this secrecy, because it leaves people with the impression that only Mega Mewtwo exists and that it and its Mega Stone are things you can obtain regardless of the version, just like every other Mega Evolution revealed so far. It would feel rather awkward if Para Mewtwo was shoehorned in there during the final month while Mega Mewtwo took the spotlight for several months.
    Mega Mewtwo didn't really take the spotlight. It was probably only revealed in April due to the movie, but otherwise we had to wait until August to learn concrete information about it. If you ask me, the only thing that really feels awkward is Mega Mewtwo's treatment in the movie.

    Something important to make note of is that only the symbol for Mega Evolution is shown in the Japanese game logos. I suppose the other kind of evolution uses the same symbol? Otherwise, it would be clear favoritism. As a result, it may not be spiritually based, but instead also based on genetic modification due to the symbol resembling a double helix.
    Yes, it should use the same symbol only with a different transformation sequence (a trance if you will) and battle icon (it should be glyph-like). But I don't think that the double helix represents genetic modification, but rather a balance between life and death. I addressed this in the entry:

    I think that the famous double helix represents the balance between life and death. Game Freak alluded to something similar in Platinum:

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrus
    Genes can be considered the blueprints of all life-forms. That includes humans and Pokémon alike. Genes are contained in a DNA strand. A DNA strand consists of 2 chains of opposing characteristics in a spiral. If one of the chains were to be broken, the other could replicate it. One or the other cannot exist without its opposite.
    This was said in reference to the real world and the Distortion World, but the analogy is even easier to understand when applied to the world of the living and the world of the dead. Mega Evolution doesn't convey this concept by itself, which is why I think that there should be a second kind of new "evolution".
    Updated 2nd September 2013 at 02:14 AM by Silktree
  11. Silktree's Avatar
    There is one thing I forgot to note: Perhaps the most notable battle-related difference between Mega Evolution and Para Evolution would be the ability to use one of each kind per battle. Game Freak could restrict us to only use one or the other, but I don't think they should.
  12. Tsutarja's Avatar
    @Silktree;

    You also said Yveltal may be enraged by breaking the natural limitations of one's life. Wouldn't Xerneas be enraged as well? I mean, Xerneas does represent life, but wouldn't breaking through limitations of life kinda piss it off too? xD
  13. Silktree's Avatar
    I mean, Xerneas does represent life, but wouldn't breaking through limitations of life kinda piss it off too? xD
    Not necessarily, as the definition of "natural" is a matter of perspective. To Xerneas, Mega Evolution may be the fulfillment of Pokémon's latent potential or life power, so it should actually support it. Yveltal will probably end up accepting that after the conflict is over.

    I would imagine that Xerneas would be "pissed off" by Mewtwo's vicious ways and the fact that it was created unnaturally. But after Mewtwo transforms, Xerneas should embrace its existence.
  14. The Outrage's Avatar
    I have a question for clarification....so Mega Evolution requires that you activate the Survival feature before all transformations, or that the Pokemon must've had that activate at least once before you get that "Para-Evolution" button while holding a glyph item?
  15. Silktree's Avatar
    so Mega Evolution requires that you activate the Survival feature before all transformations, or that the Pokemon must've had that activate at least once before you get that "Para-Evolution" button while holding a glyph item?
    It would just need to be done once for the button to be unlocked. You probably made a typo, but the Survival would apply to Para Evolution and the critical-hit OHKO would trigger Mega Evolution. In both cases, the idea is that the Pokémon only needs to have an epiphany once.
  16. Scarftail's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Silktree
    Yes, it should use the same symbol only with a different transformation sequence (a trance if you will) and battle icon (it should be glyph-like). But I don't think that the double helix represents genetic modification, but rather a balance between life and death. I addressed this in the entry:
    Yes, I did read that. I didn't think you were specifically addressing the logos.
  17. Silktree's Avatar
    Well, the Mega Ring and the general Mega Evolution hype effectively rule out the idea of Para Evolution as a separate concept. It still remains to be seen what is going to happen with Mewtwo, as MageLeif continues to be proven right (Professor Sycamore does distribute the Kanto starters).
  18. Scarftail's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Silktree
    Well, the Mega Ring and the general Mega Evolution hype effectively rule out the idea of Para Evolution as a separate concept. It still remains to be seen what is going to happen with Mewtwo, as MageLeif continues to be proven right (Professor Sycamore does distribute the Kanto starters).
    I was thinking this from the beginning. It really made no sense not to introduce both in the same month since they're parallel concepts, and in addition, focusing the demo on only one of them would've been hugely misleading. I'm assuming the second Mewtwo form is actually a Forme or it was possibly scrapped the way Psychic's resistance to Fairy was seemingly scrapped. The Kanto starters being distributed might be an indication of where the second form (or both for that matter) will fit into the story (brief revisit to Kanto at the request of Fuji or something).
  19. Silktree's Avatar
    I'm assuming the second Mewtwo form is actually a Forme
    That would be rather odd, as then Mewtwo would be connected to Mega Evolution in one version but not in the other (and Formes aren't exactly new). I think that Mega Mewtwo has two forms, as odd as that sounds. Maybe they're both called Mega Mewtwo in battle (actually, the name doesn't change at all), but they have separate names in the Pokédex.

    or it was possibly scrapped the way Psychic's resistance to Fairy was seemingly scrapped.
    Psychic's resistance to Fairy is the kind of minor detail that you'd expect to be reworked after testing (assuming that Game Freak care about perfecting the metagame); they may have decided to give that resistance to Ice instead. Scrapping a Mewtwo variation would be a much bigger deal considering Mewtwo's probable role in the story.

    The Kanto starters being distributed might be an indication of where the second form (or both for that matter) will fit into the story (brief revisit to Kanto at the request of Fuji or something).
    Maybe we'll get to revisit Cinnabar, but otherwise I don't see how a return to Kanto would be brief.
  20. Scarftail's Avatar
    So it seems Mewtwo does indeed have two Mega Evolutions both referred to as Mega Mewtwo. I guess the difference lies in the names of the items. Smash showed Mewtwo Mega Evolving but kept the result hidden while still calling it Mega Mewtwo. It's being referred to as a "shocking revelation" of Mega Evolution, meaning there's a good chance other Pokemon have two Mega Evolutions as well. It's pretty much Para Evolution without a distinct name or vastly different concept.
    Updated 7th September 2013 at 08:21 PM by Scarftail
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