Who is your favorite Legendary Pokémon? Don’t wait, don’t tell me. It’s either a) a legend box from the first game you played, b) a gen 1 or 2 box, or c) both. Legendary Pokemon has been a central part of the Pokemon formula since the first installments, and the driving force behind the final game. But don’t we even need them anymore? Scarlet & Violet seems to think we don’t, and it’s probably doing something.
Legendary Pokemon has been pretty dull for a long time. They’re just vaguely weird energy/cosmic things sandwiched between a Geodude and a difficult place. They seem to constantly feel the pressure to up the ante, and there’s already a real god on the roster with no real room to grow. At the same time, opting for smaller, less outlandishly designed legendary games has had trouble competing with the likes of Zapdos, Suicune and Lugia. Not to mention, if you just want to be a regular Pokemon, do you even need to be a legend?
We saw both of these problems in Sword and Shield. The Box Dog is immediately (and disadvantageously) compared to the City Dog, and while the shield-like frill is thematically meaningful, it looks a little silly. The sword in the mouth looks cooler, but it doesn’t make sense from a logistical point of view. Then came Eternatus, the bigger legend, which was just a weird red skull that soon earned the nickname “Space Chicken” among disgruntled fans. This isn’t an issue unique to Sword and Shield, but it feels like it could get worse. While there are still some good ones from time to time, Legend has been on a downward trend. Alola brought us Ultra Beasts but failed to refresh the formula, and Legends: Arceus remixed existing Legends in another major misstep.
However, in Scarlet and Violet, Pokemon may have cracked it. Two boxes of legendary items won’t be your motivation to end your game adventure, but will be by your side from the start as your transport in the area. Koraidon and Miraidon are real motorcycles, which is why they look so stupid. Miraidon makes at least some sense as a futuristic cyber creature, but the prehistoric Koraidon doesn’t really fit the motorcycle aesthetic. Still, while there are still some often-over-engineered Digimon aspects, using Legendaries as transportation—thus making them vital to the game’s exploration while refreshing their purpose—makes them worthwhile again. At the same time, it also proves that we don’t need them at all.
Alive bikes are kind of weird, if the game wants us to have motorcycles, why not give us one? Does anyone actually buy the motorcycles on these game boxes? When the legend was first revealed, the main focus of the discussion was Lechonk the pig. Now that we know what they do in the game – and for the first time in history have them from the start – all we can talk about is Fidough, the bread dog. Nobody likes legends. Nobody wants a legend. Sorry, Legendary Pokemon, we’re sick of you. on your bike.
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