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Blastoise

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Blastoise
Pokémon series character
File:Pokémon Blastoise art.png
National Pokédex
Wartortle - Blastoise (#009) - Caterpie
First gamePokémon Red and Blue
Designed byKen Sugimori
Voiced byEric Stuart (English)
Unshō Ishizuka (Japanese)

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Blastoise (/ˈblæstɔɪs, -tɔɪz, ˈblɑːs-/), known in Japan as Kamex (カメックス, Kamekkusu), is a Water-type Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori, it first appeared in the video games Pokémon Red and Blue and subsequent sequels, later appearing in various merchandise, spinoff titles and animated and printed adaptations of the franchise. It's known as the Shellfish Pokémon. It is the final evolution of Squirtle and the evolved form of Wartortle. Its English name is based on the word "Blast", referring to its water-cannons, while its Japanese name is a combination of words 亀 kame (tortoise) and マックス max (maximum). Blastoise, along with the other starter Pokémon, was also in the first Pokémon movie.

Concept and characteristics[edit]

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.[1][2] 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.[3]

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,[4] while their bullets of water can precisely nail tin cans from a distance of over 160 feet.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

Appearances[edit]

In the video games[edit]

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.[9] 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,[10] and due to the starter Pokémons' "iconic" nature.[11] It also appeared in Pokemon Go,[12] Pokémon Snap,[13] Pokkén Tournament DX,[14] and Pokémon UNITE.[15]

In the anime[edit]

A handful of trainers in the anime series have owned Blastoise, notably Gary Oak who raised one from a Squirtle, his starter.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18] Blastoise are also owned by Cissy, a member of the Orange Crew,[19] and Brock’s mother Lola.[20] 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[edit]

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.[21] 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.

Reception[edit]

IGN's regarded Blastoise as a popular Pokémon.[22] GamesRadar editor Brett Elston compared Blastoise to Charizard, finding its design more unique.[23] 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".[24] UGO Networks called Blastoise "badass."[25] GamePro wrote that "a lot of players chose Blastoise for its two hydro cannons".[26] Elijah Watson of Complex listed Blastoise as the best Pokemon.[27] Ryan Gilliam of Polygon claimed Blastoise alongside with Squirtle don’t need to breathe fire to be the coolest Pokémon around.[28] 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.[29]

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.[30] Ben Skipper of the International Business Times praised the designs of Blastoise.[31] David Caballero of Screen Rant listed Blastoise as the best every water starter's Pokémon final evolution.[32] IGN readers voted Blastoise as the third-best pocket monster.[33]

Kotaku's Patricia Hernandez included its Mega Evolution in her list of the worst Mega Evolutions.[34] Official Nintendo Magazine readers named it the fourth best Water-type Pokémon.[35] ONM writer Thomas East included it in his list of some of the coolest Pokémon. He called it the "Water-type equivalent of Charizard".[36] GameRevolution's Alex Osborn named it his 10th greatest Pokémon of all time.[37]

Merchandise[edit]

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.[38] According to eBay, Blastoise's Pokémon trading cards is the fourth Pokémon that has been sold mostly.[39] In 2019, Blastoise alongside with Venusaur, Mew and Charizard was immortalized in Japanese manhole covers.[40] In 2021, a Blastoise battle style has been made.[41]

References[edit]

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  4. Game Freak (2007-04-22). Pokémon Diamond. Nintendo DS. Nintendo. The jets of water it spouts from the rocket cannons on its shell can punch through thick steel. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  5. Pokédex: The waterspouts that protrude from its shell are highly accurate. Their bullets of water can precisely nail tin cans from a distance of over 165 feet. Game Freak (2005-05-01). Pokémon Emerald. Game Boy. Nintendo. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  6. "Gigantamax Blastoise". Archived from the original on January 6, 2021. Retrieved January 6, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. Frank, Allegra (February 18, 2019). "More early (and bizarre) Pokémon designs unearthed". Polygon.
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  10. Betka, Zach (2013-09-19). "Pokemon X/Y: WHY?! Director Masuda himself answers!". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  11. Phillips, Tom (2013-09-19). "A new perspective: How Pokémon X and Y refreshes the series". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2014-05-18.
  12. Dwyer, Theo (September 26, 2020). "Shiny Blastoise, Charizard, & Venusaur In Pokémon GO Photobombs". Bleeding Cool News And Rumors.
  13. "New Pokemon Snap's Blastoise is one of its most magical moments". May 6, 2021.
  14. "Pokken Tournament DX Gets Blastoise as a New Playable Fighter". Twinfinite. March 24, 2018.
  15. "An update on Pokemon Unite, the pocket monster MOBA, is set for tomorrow". June 16, 2021.
  16. Atsuhiro Tomioka (writer) (September 20, 2003). "The Ties That Bind". Pokémon. Season Master Quest. Episode 268. Various.
  17. Atsuhiro Tomioka (writer) (September 20, 1999). "Beach Blank-Out Blastoise". Pokémon. Season Indigo League. Episode 58. Various.
  18. Takeshi Shudo (writer) (November 10, 1999). "Pokémon: The First Movie". Pokémon. Various.
  19. Yukiyoshi Ōhashi (writer) (February 5, 2000). "Fit to be Tide". Pokémon. Season Adventures on the Orange Islands. Episode 85. Various.
  20. Atsuhiro Tomioka (writer) (June 24, 2006). "A Family That Battles Together, Stays Together!". Pokémon. Season Pokémon Chronicles. Episode 5. Various.
  21. Kusaka, Hidenori; Mato (May 28, 1998). "Chapter 30". Zap! Zap! Zapdos!. Pokémon Adventures. Volume 3: Saffron City Siege. VIZ Media LLC. ISBN 4-09-149333-5. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  22. "Pokemon Crystal Version Pokemon of the Day: Jolteon (#135) – IGN FAQs". Faqs.ign.com. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
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  27. https://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2013/10/best-pokemon-crystal-nintendo/blastoise
  28. https://www.polygon.com/2018/9/28/17876324/best-starter-pokemon-squirtle-gen-one
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  31. "All 20 Pokemon cover stars ranked: From Red and Blue to Sun and Moon". International Business Times UK. November 18, 2016.
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  36. East, Thomas (2012-12-17). "Top 10 cool Pokemon that aren't Legendary". Official Nintendo Magazine. Archived from the original on 2014-10-08. Retrieved 2014-05-18. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  37. Osborn, Alex. "21 Greatest Pokémon of All Time". Game Revolution. p. 12. Retrieved 2014-05-18.
  38. "Rare 'Pokémon' Blastoise card sells for $360,000". January 20, 2021.
  39. "What Pokémon's Top 4 Most Popular Trading Cards Were In 2020". ScreenRant. February 16, 2021.
  40. "Mew, Blastoise, Charizard and Venusaur Immortalized In Latest Manhole Covers". HYPEBEAST. March 8, 2021.
  41. Dwyer, Theo (March 19, 2021). "Pokémon TCG Releases The New Battle Styles Expansion Today". Bleeding Cool News And Rumors.

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