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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 ... Don't laugh.

    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 Survivor of the Great Avatar Depression

    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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  5. shoz999

    shoz999 ... Don't laugh.

    Wow. That's actually a lot more interesting. If they ever do a third version remake featuring Zygarde, such lore could easily work as an expansion pack exploring an entirely new region. I don't mean an event, I mean like something on par with Skyrim's Dragonborn DLC, exploring the ecology of what Volcanion created to give a sense of scale and scope of how Volcanion alter's the terrain leading to different cultures and environments. Although I can also see GameFreak completely ignoring these datamines and go for something else... or nothing and just keep it the way it was.
  6. Kein

    Kein AKA Unown Seer

    It has more lore than Marshadow and Zeraora do, and Diancie and Magearna barely have more.

    It's like a decade from now at best, but probably. The ORAS event established that Volcanion exist in other regions, but I doubt it will ever pay off.
  7. shoz999

    shoz999 ... Don't laugh.

    Not really. Diancie is hinted to have a strong connection to the reflecting cave where Carbink can be found, it's not a lot but it's already way more than Volcanion's as it's associated with a established location of the Kalos region. Magearna's lore is that it is a man-made Pokemon built 500 years ago for the King's daughter. That could easily be worked into an RPG quest where Magearna awakens 500 years later from her pokeball form. Marshadow's lore is established to be a cowardly trickster, shadowboxing people's movements. In the movie, ignoring all the Ho-oh stuff, he's also shown the ability to affect people's minds and we can't ignore movies, at least when it comes to detailing biological functions, as it did gave Deoxys his cloning and regenerational abilities that featured in later media. Zeroara is probably the only one that doesn't really have a lot of official lore to it like Volcarona.

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