So the [Pokémon](tag:2538552) internet fandom was set alight a while back when leaked images from CoroCoro magazine were circulated on the internet. The pages featured what appeared to be new forms of the lesser legendary introduced in Pokémon X & Y, Zygarde.
This was particularly interesting as the much anticipated but not yet officially confirmed Pokemon Z is believed to centre around this new legendary Pokémon which, at it's full power, is said to be even stronger than Pokemon X and Y legendaries Xerneas and Yveltal. Neat.
But there was something else uncovered in the leaked pages, namely this guy:
Well, that's the strangest looking Greninja I've ever seen...
Fans quickly noticed that this new form of Greninja, not quite a Mega Evolution, bore a striking similarity to the colours of Ash's clothing, prompting plenty of Dragonball Z fusion jokes.
As it turns out, that's pretty close to the truth of the matter of what is now officially called the Ash-Greninja. Here's the official line from the Pokémon website
"Ash's Greninja takes on a mysterious new appearance in the latest season! Ash-Greninja is the form that Greninja takes when the bond between it and Ash is raised to the limit. The strength of their bond changes Greninja's appearance, and it takes on the characteristic look of Ash's attire. This phenomenon is also said to have happened just once several hundred years ago in the Kalos region, but it remains shrouded in mystery."
Anime Exclusive, Or Will It Appear In Game?
At first it seemed like this trainer-bonding trait was going to be an anime exclusive feature, but it could happen it game. After all, in Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire we had Cosplay Pikachu, so why not?
The telling part of the above description is the line: "This phenomenon is also said to have happened just once several hundred years ago in the Kalos region, but it remains shrouded in mystery."
Hmm... Who else do we know who had an intense, mystical bond with their Pokémon spanning thousands of years?
Yep. AZ's Eternal Flower Floette, who was the centre of the narrative in Pokemon X and Y, has two things: an appearance different from other Floettes, and a uniquely strong bond with its Trainer. Coincidence? I think not.
It would be pretty interesting to see this trait appear in-game, though it might be difficult to work out the logistics of it due to the fact that players are able to change their clothing and appearance in the latest games of the series. Introducing Mega Evolution was pretty popular though, and it was all about emphasising the bond between Pokémon and Trainer, so this would feed into that pretty nicely.
What do you think, would you like to see this feature appear in Pokémon Z?
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