After months of fan speculation, The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo have revealed more details about the Legendary mascots of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, Koraidon and Miraidon!
Koraidon Blasts from the Past!
Koraidon is the mascot of Pokémon Scarlet, classified as the Paradox Pokémon. It measures 8’2” (2.5 m), weighs 668* lbs. (303 kg), and shares the Fighting/Dragon Type combination with Hakamo-o and Kommo-o. Koraidon is a confident creature that is highly aware of its own overwhelming power; with its sharp claws, thick tail, strong jaws and fangs, it effortlessly trounces its opponents. Although wary of humans, it is capricious and curious enough to approach and sometimes play with them.
Koraidon has 5 different forms that it takes on depending on the situation. When weakened or not battling, it maintains a Limited Build. When fully powered and in combat, it assumes Apex Build, the form pictured on the box art. Sprinting, Swimming, and Gliding are all used for transportation purposes on the ground, in the water, and in the air respectively.
Koraidon’s exclusive ability is Orichalcum Pulse, which summons harsh sunlight upon entering battle. While under harsh sunlight, Koraidon’s Attack stat increases. It also has a signature move, Collision Course. It is a physical Fighting move that inflicts 33% extra damage if the resulting hit is super effective.
Koraidon’s name is a combination of 古来 (korai, meaning “ancient”), “ride”, “dragon”, and “don” (Spanish for lord; also the Ancient Greek word for tooth). As with most Legendary Pokemon in the franchise, it retains its name across all languages.
Miraidon Strikes Back from the Future!
Miraidon is the mascot of Pokémon Violet, also classified as the Paradox Pokémon. It measures 11’6” (3.5 m), weighs 529.1 lbs. (240 kg), and shares its Electric/Dragon Type combination with Zekrom and Mega Ampharos. In contrast to Koraidon, Miraidon is accustomed to humans and uses its observation to evaluate someone’s character. It reads its opponent’s moves and targets their weak points. Miraidon’s mechanical features and stoic personality make it difficult to detect subtle shifts in its emotions, with only its eyes providing clues via shape and color.
As with Koraidon, Miraidon also has 5 forms corresponding to its condition and actions. It maintains Low-Power Mode when weak or out of battle, and its Ultimate Mode is the powerful, battle-ready form featured on the box art. Drive, Aquatic, and Glide Modes are Miraidon’s transportation-based forms.
Miraidon’s exclusive ability is Hadron Engine, which summons an Electric Terrain upon entering battle. While on Electric Terrain, Miraidon’s Special Attack increases. Miraidon additionally has Electro Drift as its signature move. It is the special, Electric-Typed counterpart to Koraidon’s Collision Course, delivering bonus damage on super-effective hits.
Miraidon’s name is a combination of 未来 (mirai, meaning “future”), “ride”, “dragon”, and “don”. As with Koraidon and almost every Legendary Pokémon, it keeps its name in different languages.
Pocket Monsters on Motorcycles!
In their respective versions, Koraidon and Miraidon play a significant role in the Path of Legends storyline, accompanying the player during their adventure in the Paldea region. Along the way, the Legendary mascot gradually gains additional forms to aid the player in navigating Paldea’s varying terrain. Both Pokémon are very fond of Herba Mystica sandwiches, courtesy of Arven.
*Note: Koraidon’s official weight is slightly tweaked to avoid unfortunate connotations associated with the true value, 666.6 lbs.
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