Fill in the Ball-How the Loose Pokémon Mythos is a Good Idea

I used to complain a bit that the lore was a bit bare in the Pokémon series. I want something that’s intricate and easy to get lost in, and I didn’t realize why Nintendo might have left things the way they did. It’s true that they’ll experiment with a feature and then forget about it in later generations, but I think the reason why they craft the lore the way they do is for the sake of interpretation. It’s the individual’s journey, and they want to leave it to your imagination how Pokémon operate.  It is true that Nintendo has their own ideas in how people in the world operate, but between the Adventure manga, the anime, the myriad of video games and various other media each having their own interpretation, what’s correct?

My personal guess is that it’s whatever you want it to be, and that’s where the lore’s strength lies. For instance, I’ll try to be brief and particular about anything from the new games, but here’s Primeape’s Pokedex entry from the new Pokémon games:

“Some researchers theorize that Primeape remains angry even when inside a Poké Ball.”

Clearly, this implies that Poké Balls are opaque. However, Pokémon Adventures shows a clearly transparent variety of ball.

pokemon-adventures-poke-ball

Some might begin to argue that one’s more canon than the other, and that the games are the defining standard of what they should be. However, given the anime (all of them, in fact), the different manga variations, and the games, who’s to say what’s correct, aside from the creators themselves, of course. Personally, I believe they created this series with the intent for the player to experience the world, not simply mash buttons to win. In order to do that, plenty of leeway in the lore and how technology looks and functions helps. Some individuals have gone so far as to make it head canon  that there is a functioning tier of Pokémon . Some suspect that Arceus created the universe of the series, and Mew is responsible for the creation of new species.

Another point is how feats are performed in the Pokémon world. For instance, Regigigas has two entries in ORAS that support that it created the Mineral Trio of Hoenn, and towed continents with ropes.

“It is said to have made Pokémon that look like itself from a special ice mountain, rocks, and magma.”

“There is an enduring legend that states this Pokémon towed continents with ropes.”

Did it have a different purpose for the Regi trio? Did it tow continents by itself? (An insane feat for a Pokémon that’s 12 foot at nearly 1000 pounds). Is that several Regigigas hidden away in the world that helped in tandem to perform this feat? (A more likely explanation, but still a colossal feat for them). Perhaps these entries are simply the imagination of the Pokedex holder of the games.. a kid that’s usually around 10 years old. Who knows? Just make it out the way you wish, it’s your journey.

On a final note, there’s a tabletop RPG which takes advantage of this loose lore in order to maximize player enjoyment. Technically, there’s two. They’re Pokémon Tabletop United/Adventures. You can create a story ranging from a simple gym romp to something which takes away the system entirely, akin to Pokémon Colosseum/XD.

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3 thoughts on “Fill in the Ball-How the Loose Pokémon Mythos is a Good Idea

      1. OMG, thanks for that link. I’m definitely going to give these a read tonight once I get home. I’m a sucker for darker Pokemon stories 😀

        That said, do you share your posts on any other websites? I work over at Creators .Co (we’re part of Movie Pilot and Now Loading) and this is the sort of content that makes for an interesting read. If you were open to the idea of posting your work on our sites in addition to also having your blog/site here, I’d be more than happy to help you get started. My e-mail and more info can be found on my page. (o^.^)b

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