|Pokémon series character|
|File:Pokémon Blastoise art.png|
Wartortle - Blastoise (#009) - Caterpie
|First game||Pokémon Red and Blue|
|Designed by||Ken Sugimori|
|Voiced by||Eric Stuart (English)|
Unshō Ishizuka (Japanese)
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Concept and characteristics
Blastoise was one of 151 different designs conceived by Game Freak's character development team and finalized by Ken Sugimori for the first generation of Pocket Monsters games Red and Green, which were localized outside Japan as Pokémon Red and Blue. Originally called "Kamex" in Japanese, Nintendo decided to give the various Pokémon species turtle like actions such as shelling and "clever and descriptive names" in relation to their appearances or features when translating the game for western audiences as a means to make the characters more relatable outside of Japan.
Known as the Shell Pokémon, Blastoise is the final stage in Squirtle’s evolutionary line. It. takes on an appearance radically different from its previous forms; the most obvious change is the addition of two retractable cannons on its shell. It is also a larger and more imposing figure, as the shape of its head is completely reformed and its limbs are stout and segmented, bearing visible claws, and its once sought-after tail is short and somewhat stubby. The afore-mentioned cannon spouts are remarkable adaptations, allowing a Blastoise to shoot water with great power and accuracy. The jets of water it spouts from the rocket cannons on its shell can punch through thick steel, while their bullets of water can precisely nail tin cans from a distance of over 160 feet.
In Pokémon Sword and Shield, Blastoise received a Gigantamax form with access to the unique G-Max Move G-Max Cannonade. Gigantamax Blastoise has 31 variously-sized cannons, with legend saying the main cannon can blast holes into mountains. During the findings of Pokémon early designs, there's a possibility of Blastoise being reworked into the Squirtle evolutionary line that is late in development. On Super Smash Bros., Blastoise was supposed to take Squirtle slot on Pokemon Trainer, Masahiro Sakurai provided a reason at Famitsu by saying that Squirtle would be able to establish himself as a character better than Blastoise, and thought about having a balance with the sizes and stages of evolution that would be good.
In the video games
Blastoise first appeared in Pokémon Red and Blue as a Pokémon obtained by evolving the Pokémon Wartortle through leveling up. Squirtle can be obtained at the beginning of the game as a starter Pokémon alongside Bulbasaur and Charmander. It is the mascot for the Blue version. It also appears in the remakes Pokémon Yellow and Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. Since then, Blastoise has appeared in each main Pokémon title. Outside of the main series, Blastoise is seen in Pokémon Pinball, Pokémon Trozei!, the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon titles, the Pokémon Ranger titles, Pokémon Rumble, and PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure. Blastoise also appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee as both a Pokémon that can be summoned from the Poké Ball item to use against opponents and as a collectible trophy. Blastoise is one of several Pokémon in Pokémon X and Y that is able to use the new Mega Evolution mechanic, becoming Mega Blastoise. It was given a Mega Evolution about one and a half years into the development of Pokémon X and Y. Squirtle (along with Bulbasaur and Charmander) was added to the game in a significant role in order to allow players to experience Blastoise's Mega Evolution, and due to the starter Pokémons' "iconic" nature. It also appeared in Pokemon Go, Pokémon Snap, Pokkén Tournament DX, and Pokémon UNITE.
In the anime
A handful of trainers in the anime series have owned Blastoise, notably Gary Oak who raised one from a Squirtle, his starter. The first Blastoise made its debut in Beach Blank-Out Blastoise, an episode where a Jigglypuff had gotten stuck in one of the Blastoise's cannons, causing the latter to sleep indefinitely. Blastoise also received some screen time in the first Pokémon movie, Mewtwo Strikes Back, as a Pokémon nicknamed Shellshocker, owned by one of the major supporting characters, Neesha. Blastoise are also owned by Cissy, a member of the Orange Crew, and Brock’s mother Lola. In the X and Y series, a Blastoise appears under the ownership of Siebold, who is one of the Kalos Elite Four. This Blastoise can Mega Evolve. Another Blastoise appears in the X and Y series under the ownership of Tierno.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga, Green stole a Squirtle from Prof. Oak's Lab. This Squirtle ultimately becomes a Blastoise, nicknamed Blasty, with a tricky personality like its owner, and becomes the major powerhouse on Green's team. it also provided a quick route of aerial transport by withdrawing its limbs into its shell, and blasting water out from its cannons to propel itself forward. Green lent Blasty to Red to assist his journey on Mt. Silver. Blasty inherited the ultimate water attack, Hydro Cannon, directly from Ultima, without requiring the Jump Path, Catch Path, and Battle Path to master the skills.
IGN's regarded Blastoise as a popular Pokémon. GamesRadar editor Brett Elston compared Blastoise to Charizard, finding its design more unique. GamesRadar editor Brett Elston compared Blastoise to Charizard, stating that while Charizard plays the "safe route" in being a dragon, Blastoise takes a "unique form" by "being a giant turtle with water cannons coming out of its shell". UGO Networks called Blastoise "badass." GamePro wrote that "a lot of players chose Blastoise for its two hydro cannons". Elijah Watson of Complex listed Blastoise as the best Pokemon. Ryan Gilliam of Polygon claimed Blastoise alongside with Squirtle don’t need to breathe fire to be the coolest Pokémon around. Dale Bishir of IGN described Blastoise as the most important Pokémon that impacted the franchise’s history, and further stated that the mascot for Pokemon Blue, Blastoise was easily one of the main Pokemon to draw in kids of the ‘90s to get the game on their Game Boys.
In a poll conducted by IGN, it was voted as the third-best Pokémon. They liked the design, though noted that they found it less cool back in the day. Ben Skipper of the International Business Times praised the designs of Blastoise. David Caballero of Screen Rant listed Blastoise as the best every water starter's Pokémon final evolution. IGN readers voted Blastoise as the third-best pocket monster.
Kotaku's Patricia Hernandez included its Mega Evolution in her list of the worst Mega Evolutions. Official Nintendo Magazine readers named it the fourth best Water-type Pokémon. ONM writer Thomas East included it in his list of some of the coolest Pokémon. He called it the "Water-type equivalent of Charizard". GameRevolution's Alex Osborn named it his 10th greatest Pokémon of all time.
When CGC Trading Cards announced the sale of Blastoise cards on Youtube, it sold $360,000 and was certified to be a presentation card produce. According to eBay, Blastoise's Pokémon trading cards is the fourth Pokémon that has been sold mostly. In 2019, Blastoise alongside with Venusaur, Mew and Charizard was immortalized in Japanese manhole covers. In 2021, a Blastoise battle style has been made.
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