According to a recent report from Polygon, sources from The Pokemon Company have confirmed that the mysterious Pokemon Sun and Moon additions known as "Ultra Beasts" will indeed be catchable. Just like with Pokemon themselves, players will be able to capture and battle with the Ultra Beasts, all eight of which were found when the Pokemon Sun and Moon demo was data mined. The question now is what their typings will be.
[WARNING: POKEMON SUN AND MOON SPOILERS AHEAD!]When the news that Ultra Beasts would be possible to capture came out, people immediately began to speculate on the typing question, and the theory quickly emerged that a new "Ultra Beast" typing might be added on top of the 18 types already part of the Pokemon main series games. This theory was quickly debunked when, later that same day, hackers dug into the demo version of Pokemon Sun and Moon and extracted the info that the games would not add any new types.
After the Pokemon community learned that Ultra Beasts were catchable and that no new Pokemon types were in Pokemon Sun and Moon's coding, they began to think that, just like Pokemon, Ultra Beasts would each be assigned either one or two typings already established by the Pokemon games. They looked at each Ultra Beast and asked themselves which type(s) fit the creature, based on appearance. Some of the more popular theories, along with an accompanying image for each Ultra Beast, can be found below. Note that only the names given to Ultra Beasts 1, 2, and 3 are confirmed by The Pokemon Company; the rest are pure speculation by Pokemon fans, as are the typings assigned to each one.
- UB-01 -- Ghost Type
This Ultra Beast, who is rumored to share some hidden link to the Pokemon Sun and Moon trainer named Lilly, has a definite floaty, spectral vibe to it. For this reason, a ghost typing is extremely likely. Water typing might make sense, too, but that would make UB-01 too closely associated with Jellicent, a ghost-water jellyfish Pokemon introduced in Pokemon X and Y, so pure ghost type seems most likely.
- UB-02 Absorption -- Bug/Fighting Type
More than two legs, paper-thin wings on its back, and a long probiscus, this guy (or gal) is definitely a bug. It is also pretty muscular, so bug/fighting seems like the most probable typing. Some Pokemon fans have been arguing it is probably partly fire type because it is red and angry-looking, but it is not as if UB-02 has flames emanating from its body.
- UB-03 Beauty -- Fairy/Bug Type
Fairy is the most recent typing introduced to the Pokemon franchise, but it has already become strongly associated with feminine design. This is perhaps thanks in part to fairy typing being labeled with pink coloring and to Gardevoir, the poster child for feminine Pokemon, being given the fairy typing.
In any case, UB-03 definitely looks feminine with its long hair, long legs, and frilly dress. This is the main reason it will probably be partially fairy type. Its long antennae suggest it will also be partly bug type.
- UB-04 Agility - Electric/Dark Type
This one's a no-brainer compared to the others. Its design, which is very Pokemon-esque, actually consists of several electrical cord-looking apparatuses. Its spiky hair and sharp-tipped limbs also make it look fairly menacing, hence the dark typing.
- UB-05 Wisdom - Steel/Flying Type
Due to its very unconventional design, even by Pokemon standards, this one is a bit of an enigma. Let's start with the steel type because a lot of UB-05 looks like it could be made from metal. And let's add flying type because, in its sprite, it's hovering above the ground. The steel/flying dual-typing has not been used since the generation two Pokemon Skarmory, so it seems to be about time The Pokemon Company revived it.
- UB-06 Freedom -- Normal/Electric Type
Most Pokemon fans have been calling UB-06 "the origami Ultra Beast" because its body is pretty clearly made of folded paper. A paper-based design smacks of normal typing. UB-06 also looks rather agile and nimble, two common qualities of Pokemon given the electric typing, so let's add electric as a secondary type.
- UB-07 Judgement -- Dark Type
This guy's design just screams "evil," and there is very little doubt he is a ghost type. There is a lot going on with this Ultra Beast, and while it may end up receiving a secondary dragon or ghost typing, neither of them really seems to fit.
- UB-08 Decay -- Dark/Steel Type
Again, this Ultra Beast is definitely part dark type. Just look at it, it is all black and boasts some threatening spikes. It also sports silver and black extensions on its arms that look like they may be blades. Like steel/flying, dark and steel is a little-used dual typing. Generation five's Bisharp line is the only Pokemon to be labeled as such as of yet.If you have been paying attention to Pokemon Sun and Moon news, you already know that Nintendo, Gamefreak, and The Pokemon Company are by no means holding back in the amount of Pokemon Sun and Moon teasers they release. In fact, according to go-to Pokemon news source Serebii, another news dump in regards to the upcoming Pokemon titles is due to be dropped on Pokemon fans next Thursday. Maybe it will reveal some official info about the Ultra Beasts' typings, as they are one of the few big Pokemon Sun and Moon mysteries remaining after the demo was hacked. Even if the October 27 news dump doesn't fill us in though, we will definitely find out when Pokemon Sun and Moon are released on November 18, less than a month from now!
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And as always, Train On, Pokemon fans.
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