GameFreak has unveiled Marshadow, a cute new Mythical Pokémon for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. The Pokémon is set to make an appearance in the upcoming re-imagining of the anime’s original movie, I Choose You. This movie, which celebrates the Pokémon anime’s twentieth anniversary, will include numerous Pokémon revealed in later generations. It will be released for Japanese audiences in mid-July, but there is little news of the movie coming to other regions at this time. Fans speculate that Marshadow will be given away in an event before the movie’s release. The Pokémon’s announcement trailer states that details on obtaining the Mythical Pokémon are coming soon.
According to Bulbapedia, a well-respected fan site for all things Pokémon, Marshadow will be a dual-type Ghost/Fighting Pokémon. This unique typing is intriguing for competitive Pokémon trainers because of its offensive potential. No Pokémon can resist both Ghost and Fighting type attacks at once, giving the two attacks exceptional coverage. Gengar, a fan-favorite Pokémon from the original titles, is well known in the competitive community for abusing both move types.
Marshadow will have its own unique attack, Spectral Thief. This move steals the opponent’s stat boosts then deals physical damage, transforming into the Z-Move ‘Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike’ when holding Marshadium Z. Fans can assume this item will be made available legitimately when the Pokémon is officially released.
Information on the cute, sludge-like Pokémon was datamined nearly a month before Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon were even released. Using the demo’s source files, players dug up information on the Mythical Pokémon—including its 3D model and moveset. A similar method was used to uncover the existence of Hoopa and Volcanion, Pokémon released in events more than a year later. GameFreak has yet to deviate significantly from what prior datamines have revealed, but it is possible that they will make changes to Marshadow before its official release.
Pokémon Sun and Moon are both available exclusively for Nintendo 3DS, launching for the handheld last year. The games were both very big successes thanks to a renewed interest in the series, which largely had to do with the Pokémon Go craze that happened earlier in the year for iOS and Andoid users.