the Galar Champion
- Dec 15, 2009
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Haha! Does it count as a Mandela if it's a very recent thing? I've known for many years that only outsider Pokemon disobey, but forgot momentarily, maybe because these Dynamax Adventures legendaries are an unusual case that I didn't think to apply the same logic to.If you've been around the internet for a while you've probably heard of the Mandela Effect - a commonly held "false memory" held by people due to the fog of time amongst other contributing factors. From what I understand, a common example that occurs in the Pokémon fandom is the misremembering...forums.bulbagarden.net
(Although now you mention it, I do have a vague memory of a Linoone disobeying me in Ruby, which must be a Mandela because I only had one friend to trade with back then, and I'm pretty certain he never traded me a Linoone...)
I did a few tests with the Dynamax Adventures Suicune to see whether it would be a feasible option for speedruns. When its OT matches yours, you can, indeed, steamroll everything without any problems (I only went as far as the first Gym, but could have gone further). When I transferred the same Suicune to another save file, however, the obedience/disobedience ratio was so bad that the battles took longer than they would have done with normal-level Pokemon.
I feel some headcanon coming on! I always thought it would have been nice if Dynamax had come from natural earth energy, to bring the Power Spots more in line with real-world beliefs about ley lines. Well, what if the "blue Dynamax" comes from natural energy, and is the original version of Dynamax which Calyrex, being a Grass type and all, still knows how to use? And Eternatus' "red Dynamax" is a less natural, slightly corrupted variant, which is why Pokemon using it sometimes have a tendency to go berserk. Perhaps this distruption to the natural balance of Galar's Dynamax energy has some connection to Chairman Rose's energy crisis.A user on Smogon made a really interesting observation about Eternatus and Calyrex that fits in quite nicely with my own theory about Calyrex having to deal with Eternatus's meteor impact. (The general idea that Calyrex had some sort of involvement with Eternatus's arrival seems to be a common conclusion in several fan circles, mostly just differing in the small details from person to person.) I'm pretty convinced that there's something to all of this and that GF simply aren't giving us all the answers. Which I kinda like, to be honest. Pokémon usually spells out all of its big mythological happenings, leaving only smaller incidents - ghost girls, the Ultra Ruin, stuff like that - up to the imagination. Having evidence that gestures at some sort of Eternatus/Calyrex relationship without elaborating on it or confirming it is kind of a nice change of pace.
Perhaps Calyrex and Eternatus are a duo of polar opposites - a bit like Xerneas and Yveltal, but to a much more drastic extent. Calyrex is small and delicate, while Eternatus is a monstrous behemoth, the largest Pokemon in existence. Calyrex in its regular form has the lowest base stat total of all fully-evolved legendary Pokemon, while Eternamax Eternatus has the highest base stat total of all Pokemon. Calyrex is merciful and provides healing and blessings, while Eternatus has an aggressive demeanour (at least, when overloaded with energy). Calyrex is native to Galar, but Eternatus is an invasive species from another world. Calyrex, the Grass type, is in tune with nature, while Eternatus, the Poison type, may have "polluted" Galar with corrupted Dynamax energy. And last but not least...
Eternatus has a hostile relationship with a pair of wolves, while Calyrex, by contrast, has a harmonious relationship with a pair of horses.
I, too, enjoy when things like this are left unexplained. The more mysteries there are in a Pokemon game, the more real the world feels, because you get the sense that the region has a life beyond just what you see on the screen.