Pokémon fans are skeptical about the new Tera-type ability. Many have criticized the large, crystal “hats” Pokémon gain when they transform.
Pokemon Scarlet & Violet will add a new gimmick to Gen 9 gameplay with the introduction of Tera Types. Like Mega Evolution, Dynamax, and Gigantamax, Terastallize will change the Pokémon’s appearance while improving its movement in battle. Certain Pokemon with special Tera types can even temporarily change their default typing.
While the addition of the new mechanic is interesting, it comes with a strange attribute. Rather than offering epic design overhauls, Terastalized Pokemon are getting a gem-like outer coating and a big, tall, crystallized crown on their heads to match their Tera-type.
While some players find the shiny, multi-faceted appearances unique and interesting, many others have taken to social media to share their dislike or confusion behind the mechanic’s appearance.
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In a recent Twitter post shared by the official Pokemon Account, players were able to see new artwork for Pokemon Scarlet & Violet. The image shows a terastalized Eevee with a large Normal-type Tera crown on its glittering head.
In the comments, PhantomFeline13 replies, “It’s an interesting gimmick, but did you have to make it so ugly and flashy? This poor Eevee is going to break his neck for being so top heavy. Please also listen to the fans and choose a gimmick and expand on it instead of making every game a cheap last minute gimmick.
Meanwhile, justlimi adds, “To be honest, the type-changing mechanic is REALLY cool, but goddamn, my Pokemon are going to look like mega-dumbs with these huge things on their heads. Kind of wished they had done a little better with this design or just given the Pokemon’s body a crystalline texture ;-;”.
One particularly heartbreaking comment from TwilightVestige points out: “How does the crown stay on the Eevee? I imagine sending it out, activating the terastallation, and then the poor thing just falls on its face because the crown is so heavy.”
Fan criticism clearly shows that players are concerned about the actual physics of the gimmick. While it’s possible the gem-encased Pokemon won’t be bothered by the weight of a giant crystal crown, players still don’t seem convinced it’s human.
It’s possible that more information on exactly how the ability works will be revealed in the coming months.