Personally I'm hoping for a 3 stage Flabébé line.
Base Stage/Fairy - Flabébé - The type of flower that is held depends on the area, but is not a forme difference.
Stage 1/Fairy/Grass - A larger Flabébé with larger, slightly drooping ears. It carries it's flower almost like an umbrella in order for the flower to gain more sunlight and in turn giving Flabébé more energy and strength.
Stage 2/Fairy/Grass - A taller and slimmer Stage 1 that has several different formes depending on the flower that was being held as a Stage 1. The flower is now apart of the Pokémon and acts almost like a hat. The color scheme and Ability of this Pokémon changes depending on the flower, and each flower protects the pokémon from a certain status ailment (So five formes for Burn, Freeze, Paralysis, Sleep and Poison).
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I'll be disappointed if Flabebe doesn't evolve. I don't particularly like Flabebe itself, but I think it has great potential to evolve into something really unique.
Dragonite has been for 17 years one of the most popular Pokémon of all time. Salamence is relatively popular, to a lesser extent than Dragonite, but still easily recognizable. Rayquaza is a game mascot, that's enough. Altaria is arguably the least recurrent of the four, but still gets a little of attention due to being a Dragon-type Pokémon that doesn't look as a dragon at all.
So, in the collective memory, Dragon/Flying is VERY common. Let alone competitive gaming..
And while swapping types doesn't affect game mechanics at all, a primary Flying pokémon definitely gets a novelty factor that calls attention.
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Definitely Talonflame. It's great to see another Fire-type/Flying-type, other than Moltres. I can't wait to see it's movepool, when it evolves from Fletchling and where to catch one.
My suspicions for the evolutionary paths of current pokemon that have been revealed.
Whenever I put out some guesses I don't like to pull them out of my ass, and when I see people doing that it tends to piss me off, but to be perfectly honest, a lot of these guesses are built around assumptions I've made by comparing the pokemon to past pokemon they remind me of, so I don't really have a lot of 'evidence' per se. But anyway, I'll explain my reasoning. Gogoat really seems like a pokemon that won't evolve to me. As it is, it has a relatively complex design and looks like a mature creature, so while there is a small chance in my mind it might have a pre-evolution, I think it won't have anything, if for no other reason than to sprinkle in a few more pokemon in the mix that don't evolve. Flabebe's various colors remind me of Spinda's spots and the different color thing seems like it might be hard to work around for making evolutions. Not impossible, but tricky. Anyway, I don't see it having an evolution, though I really hope I'm wrong here. Honedge is awesome, but it's complex design and unique graphics and the fact that a sword evolving into a bigger sword sounds a bit lame makes me think it won't evolve (though again, I hope it does.) Also it gives me a real Sableye vibe. From what we know of Orotto, it has a very complex design and is very big. While it might have a pre-evolution, I'm put in mind of Tropius and Absol, when I think about it. Also it seems to be an evil tree. Whatever it evolved from would basically be a smaller tree, or maybe a bush, which is lame. Just not seeing it.
Helioptile makes me think of Elektrike, and it's heavily suspected that Helioptile will gain a dish/array-like frill upon evolution, so while I think it will have that evoltuion, I don't think it will evolve further. Skrelp puts me in mind of both Horsea, Tentacool and Frillish. So I think it's a good candidate for a third evo in the future, but I think it's only going to get the one this time around. Clauncher has heavy Krabby and Corphish vibes, and I see it following in their footsteps and getting a single evolution. Also, as version exclusives, It seems likely Clauncher and Skrelp with have the same number of evos. Swirlix and Spritzee make me hesitate, because last gen we had a set of two stage evolutions (Rufflet vs. Vullaby) and a set of three stage evolutions (Gothita vs. Solosis) as counterparts, but my gut says these will also have one evolution, like Skrelp and Clauncher. They basically remind me of Jigglypuff and Clefairy, so I think in the future they are good candidates to gain prevo baby pokemon but in their introductory gen will only have the one evolution.
Fletchling I think most people all but agree it will most likely be a three stage evolutionary family. Talonflame is just too big of a difference in appearance from Fletchling, so it seems likely there is middle pokemon to serve as a bridge. Noivern seems like the pseudo-lengendary dragon of the gen, and like Larvitar/Bagon/Dratini/Gible/Deino, will probably have two evolutions, culminating in Noivern as the final form. Litleo I can see as having only one evolution, but the fact that it's strongly reminiscent of Shinx makes me think it will serve a similar position and have two evolutionary stages. Also, it's clearly a young cub, so it having a juvenile and adult version isn't out of the question by any means.
I agree with most of your thoughts actually, except I still feel like Talonflame isn't 'finished'. I keep visualising it as a second evolution in a third stage set, like most regional birds. Also Noivern seems stand alone to me like Druddigon. But definite possibility of it being an evolution.
Also I think/hope to god Flabebe evolves because I love it so much and I won't really be able to use it if it has like 50/60s in all its stats
^ Personally, I think the alleged Gogoat prevo, is just a 'baby' Gogoat in the same way as Kangaskahn has a baby in it's pouch that isn't different than the adult but isn't it's own species. It just doesn't look different enough to me to be a whole different stage. I've also heard rumors that it's the female version that is the same species and I'm more inclined to think that is the case, but again, don't have a lot of evidence. Bulbapedia lists Honedge's Species as "The Sword Pokemon", not "The Dagger Pokemon", and seeing as how the English translation team would know if it had another evolution, it's definitely not a mistake, so that really rules out that piece of 'evidence'.
I have checked the official site and it seems that honedge is the sword pokemon, I am somewhat glad I was wrong about that, however I still think the gogoat thing was a prevo. It would not make sense for the female one to be so much smaller as it looks like it would be to small to ride, and having a baby version that is still the same type just doesn't seem likely to me. anyway evolutions that just get bigger with some minor changes have been done before.
I've been running some damage calcs with Octillery based on what we saw in the smash preview and they seem to suggest that Honedge's Special Defence is pretty bad. As for HP, 88 at level 32 is really not that low for what I presume is an unevolved Pokemon. Its moves seemed to have a lot of power behind them though, I'm wondering if it'll be a speedy glass cannon or a tank that's just frail on the special side.
Spearow and Fearow; Natu and Xatu; Combee and Vespiqueen; Drifloon and Drifblim... Yeah maybe Talonflame is the third evolution stage and they haven't showed us yet its pre-evo or It could be the direct and final evolution of Fletchling or it's the second evolution stage and the final evolution haven't been revealed yet.
It doesn't seem to me that Noivern is a pseudo-lengendary (another Dragon/Flying, ino I'd like to see a new type combination for the new pseudo-lengendary), I rather see it more as a Haxorus like.
For Liltleo, I don't care if it'll have one or two evolutions I just want it to become a Fire/Poison manticore.
Last edited by DarkTouya; 21st July 2013 at 05:42 AM.
If Gogoat doesn't evolve from a cute, little, fluffy kid I am going to be so pissed. I love goats, they are one of my favourite animals.