I think it’s safe to say that the Creation Trio (and Arceus) are unique.I generally think that no Legendary Pokémon is unique except for Mewtwo (and that's just because humans only ever created one; there is still a theoretical potential that more could be created if the means to do so were provided) and perhaps the Tapu. Everything else is fair game to me, although I also think that some Legendary Pokémon, like say the weather trio, don't exist in significant numbers anymore and the ones we encounter may be the only surviving specimen of their kind in the present day.
Seeing that he has been referred to as "The Original One" and being the Alpha Pokémon, I think maintaining the fact it is unique is for the better so not to conflict with any lore.I feel there could be multiple Arceus, if my headcanon that he's just an avatar is true.
Why would Alola's conditions be "extremely uncommon" but Sinnoh's not?I just don't think the creation myths are 100% true, so to my mind there's no reason why Arceus couldn't just be an extremely ancient and rare, possibly even alien, species. Especially if it's just the Unown's personal contractor. I think one specimen of the species probably did cool stuff to help the ancient Sinnohans and became deified by them in stories as a result. But nobody was actually present at the beginning of the universe, so no one can verify what actually happened.
The only reason I think the tapu are unique is because Alola is a very small and relatively unique and isolated geographical environment. Much like the real Hawaii, the specific conditions of which produced very unusual and diverse wildlife. The conditions needed for the tapu to come into existence are, I suspect, extremely uncommon. Should those conditions ever occur again, then more could theoretically be born (I believe the same of Reshiram, Zekrom, and Kyurem), but it's just not very likely.
Well, the Tapus all have shinies as well that were distributed.At the end of the day, every Pokémon has a Shiny variant, and I consider Shinies to be the result of a genetic mutation. So in order for every Pokémon to have a Shiny coloration, in my head there needs to be at least two in existence (or at least the potential for a second specimen to exist).
Well for me, "mystique" comes more from actions taken (as well as presentation) than from an implied census count. Besides, even if there are more than one of a Legendary Pokémon, it's not as if they're suddenly common. Three or even ten Dialga being in existence is still absurdly rare when there are millions or billions of specimens for any other non-Legendary species.I don't like the idea of most Legendaries not being unique because it takes away a lot of the mystique. These are supposed to be mysterious uber-pokemon on lar with gods and having multiple of them just kind of ruins it for me. Why are there shinies and why can you have more than one? Game mechanics, that's why. (Also because I actually do think there's multiple sets of legendary birds, each with a Lugia to watch over them).
Because Alola is a tropical island far away from any other landmass. Until its eventual discovery by humans, it would have provided a uniquely isolated and undisturbed environment for life to develop. Sinnoh on the other hand is very close to several other regions as well as a presumable mainland if we account for the parallels with real-world geography, and has been inhabited by humans since very distant ancient times. If we compare to real history, Hawaii has only been inhabited by humans for about 1,500 years. Meanwhile, Japan may have been inhabited since 35,000 BC. This, along with geographical relation to other countries, does make an impact on the development of life.Why would Alola's conditions be "extremely uncommon" but Sinnoh's not?
They certainly did. And like I said, theoretically, I think more tapu could come into existence that could potentially possess the mutation, I just don't think any actually have had the chance to, within my interpretation of the setting.Well, the Tapus all have shinies as well that were distributed.
You can catch Larvesta legitimately in UsUm.Take Volcarona for example. It is explicitly not a Legendary Pokémon; Alder has owned two, his grandson owns one, and you can get a Larvesta egg from a random Breeder while also finding a fully-grown Volcarona in the Relic Castle. And yet, even though it's not "unique," it's still got a "mystique" about it. It's still a rare Pokémon presented to us in a way that indicates it is "special," and it figures into legends and receives human reverence due to the actions of a particular specimen in the past.
Yeah that's just dumb. It makes no sense. Why woukd there be multiple Pokemon that can control time. Do you understand the implications of that. The potential damage to the space time continuum if even two of those decided to...Three or even ten Dialga being in existence is still absurdly rare
It's not really a problem if you don't assume that they actually have all-encompassing dominion over time, but rather can just manipulate tachyons and such to a notable extent, and that again, like Cynthia said, ancient people witnessed this and didn't fully understand what was going on. Ultimately, I think Pokémon are essentially strange animals with special powers, so that's going to be the lens through which I interpret every individual species.Yeah that's just dumb. It makes no sense. Why woukd there be multiple Pokemon that can control time.
I mean... that type of territory makes literally everything meaningless. No deaths matter, no personalities matter, no actions matter, anything can be reversed (no offence to comic fans, but such stuff in Pokémon... isn’t really a good supplement to it’s already mediocre story writing).Though frankly there are plenty of fictional universes with far more wild, free-for-all pantheons than "a couple of Dialgas coexisting." Marvel and DC Comics jump to mind.
And thankfully, they haven't used the multiverse for any of those things.I mean... that type of territory makes literally everything meaningless. No deaths matter, no personalities matter, no actions matter, anything can be reversed (no offence to comic fans, but such stuff in Pokémon... isn’t really a good supplement to it’s already mediocre story writing).