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If you want to be the very best, like no one ever was, then you’ve still got some Pokemon catching to do. That’s right, trainers, there’s a new pocket-sized monster just waiting to be caught, and she was revealed over the weekend as part of the Pokemon 20th Anniversary celebration. Say hello to the clockwork wonder, Magearna.
When the legendary Magearna arrives later this year, she’ll become the 722nd official Pokemon to be added to the legendary series’ ever-growing collection. As seen over at Nintendo Insider, Magearna was first revealed in the latest issue of CoroCoro Comic. Well, that was the original plan, anyway. Apparently a snapshot of the cover of the next issue arrived online a bit earlier than planned, so Nintendo Japan went ahead and made the announcement official over the weekend.
In case you’re into comparing the U.S. and Japanese versions of Pokemon names, this cog-infused critter will only be called Magiana overseas, which I believe is pronounced Mah-gee-ah-na. I guess Nintendo was a bit worried about how we Yanks would pronounce that particular name, and so she’ll be called Magearna here in the States. I’m going to take a wild guess that, given her design, the word “gear” in the middle should be pronounced accordingly.
As stated above, Maggi (My nickname for her, not Nintendo’s, and you are welcome to use it) will round out the current Pokemon catalog and a whopping 722 lil creatures. She’ll appear in the next Pokemon movie, too, weighing in at 177.5 lbs and measuring 3’03” tall. I guess all of those metal bits must weigh a heck of a lot.
Known as an “Artificial Pokemon,” Maggi was actually created by humans 500 years ago. In the movie, Ash and his new Volcanion are on a quest to liberate a mysterious mechanical kingdom that’s under threat of an evil minister who plans to use Magearna to seize control.
More details are promised as the launch of the movie draws near, so that’s about it for the official details as of this time.
But while we’re still unsure as to how/where Magearna will be made available in the Pokemon games, history has a tendency to repeat itself. All current special release ‘Mon have been made available in both Pokemon X/Y and Pokemon OR/AS through either the in-game gift system or by picking up a code from places like GameStop.
That, of course, leads to the next big question: When is the next official Pokemon releasing and will these new critters like Magearna be worked into the lore somehow? I guess we’ll have to wait and see what Nintendo has to offer in future updates. Thankfully, convention season is just around the corner, so we won’t have to hold our breath much longer.