- Oct 18, 2012
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I mean, I'm not saying you can't come up with your own rationalization; I obviously do that all the time. I'm just saying that the games on their own don't do much to support that idea. Prior to Sun & Moon, there really wasn't much of an indication that Pokémon could just permanently change their type in response to environmental factors in a manner akin to real evolution, and nothing about Heatmor as presented to us in Black & White suggests that's it's ever been anything other than what it is. Especially when it's called "Heatmor." What would it have been before? Normor? (Assuming it even was a Normal-type - there's no indication as to what other type it "might" have been, because are they even trying to imply that used to be different?) And why would they not communicate that to us more directly? With Genesect, for example, we're told upfront that it used to be different, and that Team Plasma covered it in high-tech armor. Even though we never see the original version of Genesect, the games tell us that it existed in a different way before. Same for the Original Dragon. Never shown, but they don't leave its existence up to fan extrapolation and guesswork.