The first ever Pokémon to have a Fire/Water typing is revealed. Volcanion, the Steam Pokémon, comes complete with a new signature move: Steam Eruption.
After 6 generations, 25 main titles and a whopping 721 individual creatures, Pokémon finally has its first Fire/Water typing with the addition of new, mythical Pokémon Volcanion. The creature was officially revealed in the January 2016 issue of CoroCoro magazine.
Described as the Steam Pokémon, Volcanion is the final Pokémon in the National Pokédex as of Generation VI. The creature is said to have remarkable strength, according to its official description:
“It uses fire and water to create steam within its body, expelling explosive shock waves and boiling steam from the arms on its back. The power is said to be great enough to blow away an entire mountain, gouging out the earth and changing the shape of the land.”
Volcanion has the ability Water Absorb and will restore health by 25% if the Steam Pokémon is hit by a Water type move. Due to its unique typing, Volcanion is resistant to Bug, Steel, Ice, Fire and Fairy type moves but is weak to Ground, Rock, and Electric types.
Its signature move is Steam Eruption, immersing the foe in “superheated steam” and dealing damage. The move has a power of 110 and has a 30% chance to leave the target with a burn. If the user is frozen when attacking, Steam Eruption will cause Volcanion to thaw out instantly.
At the moment, Volcanion cannot be found in any Pokémon game, though his announcement likely means the addition will take place sometime in the near future. As they often do, Nintendo might offer the new Pokémon as part of a promotion with a certain location, such as the mythical Hoopla at McDonald’s.
In other news regarding new Pokémon, there is still yet to be any more information on the mysterious Shadow Mewtwo who appeared in the latest Pokken Tournament trailer. With Mewtwo’s inclusion in the Pokémon X/Y games, fans speculate that Shadow Mewtwo may be coming hand in hand with an announcement of Pokémon Z.
Meanwhile, for those old school fans of Pokémon, who are still of the opinion that the original 151 monsters are the best ones: the original trilogy of Blue/Red and Yellow will be back soon and available to download from the Nintendo eShop. Thankfully, the classic games are implementing wireless trading in order to do away with the Gameboy’s old link cable method.
It’s an exciting time to be a Pokémon fan with these announcements and the upcoming release of Pokémon GO, scheduled for next year, where Nintendo will team up with Ingress developers Niantic to finally branch out into the world of mobile gaming. We’ve been waiting for you, Nintendo.
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are available now on the Nintendo 3DS.