OK, so Pokemon evolve and when they do they usually emerge with new, formidable powers. This is why, in the Pokemon Card Game for example, a relatively harmless cute little guy with a little sting may be worth a lot of Pokemon points because of his evolution potential. But the Pokemons’ powers are always static, that is to say that their powers don’t necessarily fluctuate due to factors like sunlight or isotope intake for example.
The Pokemon game could be made more dynamic if the strength of any given Pokemon’s power at any given time were less predictable. Just as keepers of a Tamagochi need to feed their chick to keep it happy, so too could exposure to variable elements make a Pokemon more formidable in battle. Conversely, a search of empowering elements that does not result in a find could result in a battle with a Pokemon who is not at full strength and must therefore count on its maneuverability rather than solely on its power. This would give the game more levels, texture, and guesswork. Since an opponent would not be at the actual strength of his rival beforehand, he would have to evaluate his strategies as the battle went on. I think it’s an excellent idea.
The second addition that could be made to Pokemon power would be to add the number and types of powers that the Pokemon already possess. Other possibilities are add-on powers that the Pokemon could acquire by ‘ingesting’ various power pellets that would morph then into the Pokemon’s physiology. Extra power would come at a cost however.
What kind of extra powers we could add is only the limit of the imagination. We could make up new things, or draw from physics. I like the idea of a ‘quantum trap’ in which the Pokemon is suddenly at all places in the arena at the same time. By absorbing sunlight into the eyes (star gazing), certain Pokemon could develop the power to project lasers from their eyes, and each spectrum could produce different destructive powers (blue to vaporize, for example, red to melt). There are also many rays that we cannot see, such as gamma rays that could become invisible weapons. The list could go on and on.
To change the topic, did you know that the latest craze in Pokemon merchandising is Pokemon Black and White? This summer, wherever Pokemon goods are sold, you can be sure to find Pokemon Black and White Plushies (plush dolls or stuffed toys), and the card game is now full of new Pokemon Black and White cards, including shiny raikou and shiny entei. Whether it be you or your child, enjoy! Pokemon Plush toys