Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s first DLC, The Teal Masks, brings a handful of recent ‘mons so as to add to your Pokédex, and one particularly is turning into a fan favourite: Dipplin. The grass/dragon-type Pokémon relies on a sweet apple, and is drenched in a heat, purple syrup. Nonetheless, should you catch its shiny kind, the alternatively-colored little man is as a substitute enveloped in a golden coating. That’s all effectively and good, however what makes Dipplin’s shiny kind vital is that this different look alters the best way its assaults are rendered, in a manner just a few Pokémon can declare.
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Dipplin has a signature transfer referred to as Syrup Bomb. Because the identify suggests, this assault has the sentient sweet apple lobbing a grass-type glob of gloop at its opponent. On prime of doing a little harm, it additionally slows down whoever’s on the opposite finish of the one-sided meals battle for 3 turns. So it’s good for counteracting any velocity buffs your rivals might need in place, in addition to simply night the taking part in discipline towards any fast foes. However as a result of it’s a signature transfer, the animation is tailor-made to Dipplin, and so it usually seems with the identical shade of purple that covers the Pokémon. This adjustments for the shiny kind, because the assault as a substitute takes the identical golden tone.
Followers took notice of this and highlighted it on social media, the phenomenon being so uncommon a number of mistakenly thought Dipplin may be the primary Pokémon to get this remedy. Nonetheless, there are two different strikes which have shiny kinds, however they’re so disparate and obscure that you could have by no means really seen them in coloration. And sadly, you possibly can’t see them in Scarlet and Violet.
Each of those shiny assaults are additionally signature strikes, which is why they’re capable of tailor them to at least one Pokémon’s shiny kind. Blacephalon was the primary, in Pokémon Extremely Solar and Extremely Moon. Its assault, Thoughts Blown, has the unsettling Extremely Beast take away and toss its spherical head at its opponent, and since its noticed skull trades a vivid white for a darkish blue, the projectile utilized in Thoughts Blown is modified to replicate that.
Blacephalon isn’t in Scarlet and Violet, so Thoughts Blown isn’t within the sport in any respect to match. Nonetheless, Dragapult—the third Pokémon whose signature transfer is altered in its Shiny kind—is. Dragapult’s signature transfer in Sword and Defend is Dragon Darts, which fires, effectively, the tiny Dreepy that it retains in its horns (they’re advantageous, most likely—the Pokédex says they love being launched on the enemies of their fathers). And since Dragapult’s Shiny kind comes full with Shiny Dreepy hiding within the cannons on its head, Dragon Darts additionally has a different-colored animation to go along with it. Effectively, it did earlier than Scarlet and Violet, a minimum of. The latest video games have made Dragon Dart far more generic-looking.
So whereas Dipplin isn’t the primary Pokémon to get this neat little element, it does carry consideration to only how few assault animations really feel tailor-made to the Pokémon utilizing them in latest video games. This is sensible given Scarlet and Violet have pushed the Pokédex over the 1000 monster mark, and Sport Freak can not fairly make each assault for each Pokémon appear like it was animated for each mixture you possibly can consider. However it does make little touches like this really feel particular within the grand scheme of issues. Hopefully Dipplin’s golden Syrup Bomb doesn’t get sanded all the way down to a generic purple in future video games.