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What is the deal with Volacanion exactly? No Lore, No Legends... almost nothing.

Discussion in 'Pokémon Generation VI Discussion' started by shoz999, Jun 25, 2018.

  1. shoz999

    shoz999 Trainer for Fun!

    So if you've been a long-time Pokemon fan then you know that the Games, Anime, and Manga do a decent job fleshing out these legendaries. For example it was the Anime that introduced Deoxy's regeneration and cloning features which we would see again in Pokemon Generations and the Manga. In the Manga, they often showed many characteristics of a Legendary only hinted at in the Pokedex, like Suicune creating illusions out of mist, of the games and the games obviously fleshed out the legendaries through little story-filled sidequests or people speaking of legends of a great mysterious Pokemon that roams nearby. Practically every Legendary Pokemon before Gen 7 has been fleshed out... except for Volcanion.

    Volcanion is a weird legendary because his movie just depicts him as a guardian protecting abandoned and abused Pokemon and that's really it, Pokemon Adventures and the Pokemon TV series doesn't introduce or mention Volcanion at all, and the 6th generation of games don't have the event quests of 4th and 5th gen but even then there are ways that legendaries like Hoopa or Diancie are hinted at throughout the game except for Volcanion. His pokedex entry often states...

    "It lets out billows of steam and disappears into the dense fog. It's said to live in mountains where humans do not tread"
    "It expels its internal steam from the arms on its back. It has enough power to blow away a mountain."

    That's really it. It just says that Volcanion attacks with steam, disappears into dense fog, and lives in the mountains somewhere. Many of the Pokedex entries often features legends and lore but Volcanion doesn't have any legends or lore in his Pokedex entry and neither does the movies, TV series, and manga mention of this. It seems almost like people behind the other Pokemon Adaptations had no clue what to do with Volcanion that he was literally rushed in at the last second, as in it wasn't originally planned at all to be in the 6th gen.

    With that being said. What is the deal with Volcanion? What do you think his legend or lore is supposed to be? Do you think GameFreak needed another legendary at the last second? What is his potential home in Kalos?
  2. Sceptile Master

    Sceptile Master Waited over 10 years for customs avatars /s

    There's a lot of things in Gen 6 (Kalos especially) that seemed to have gone unused, were rushed, and/or were put to use at the last minute.

    I'd like to think Volcanion originally was intended to have something do with Route 13 and the Power Plant. Such a large mountain-y (desert-like if nothing else?) route with so many things suposedly unexplored, like all of those Power Plant entrances. Heck, even if that wasn't the intention, I feel Route 13 in of itself has things that went unused.
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  3. Bolt the Cat

    Bolt the Cat Bringing the Thunder

    Yeah, I have a feeling Volcanion was meant to have new forms in Z, but since the game got cut it never got any real focus. More reason to question what the hell happened with Z.
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  4. Trainer Yusuf

    Trainer Yusuf VolcaniNO

    Most important information about Volcanion was from Lumiose Press:
    These seem to reference to region of Occitania, the mountainous region that covers most of southern France and whose regional flag Volcanion takes its design from. Like the other regions of Kalos, this region is part of, but different than the metropolitan France, much like Coastal Kalos(Brittany), and Mountainous Kalos(Grand Ost, or former Alsace-Lorraine).

    While Volcanion's overall role in greater mythology is dubious, his raison d'etre seems to showcase subregional divisions of the Kalos region, as a kind jab on the fact that most European countries are created out of different "former" nations and ethnic groups unified to form their respective state.

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