Canonically people kick Hisuian Voltorb​ like a soccer ball

While everyone may be talking about everything that happened at the Game Awards 2021, Pokémon decided to also reveal the new Hisuian Voltorb​ for the upcoming game Legends: Arceus.

As the original Voltorb is supposed to look like a Poké Ball, this older version of the Pokémon is based on the wooden proto-Poké Balls which are seen in this new game set in the past of the franchise.

That’s all well and good and you can watch a trailer for the reveal in the embed at the bottom of this page, but what we want to talk about is the very odd descriptions that have been provided for Hisuian Voltorb.

On the official website for the game Hisuian Voltorb has its own page which you can read here. The odd part is as follows:

“This Pokémon is always in high spirits and has a friendly personality. However, it discharges its stored electricity all at once from the hole in its head when it gets excited, so it frequently shocks humans and Pokémon in its vicinity. Even the slightest provocation can set off such a discharge, so in human settlements, Hisuian Voltorb is considered a nuisance. Tales of people temporarily plugging the hole on Hisuian Voltorb’s head and kicking it out of settlements are not entirely uncommon,” the description reads.

Listen we understand that “kicking out” doesn’t mean to literally kick something like a ball, but if you’re telling us that the optimal way to remove a troublesome, spherical Pokémon isn’t with a well-timed goal kick, well then you have no imagination.

We didn’t really want to bring this second part up, but, um, the description also talks a lot about holes.

“This enigmatic Pokémon has a glossy, spherical body. It looks very similar to the Poké Balls of the Hisui region, what with the wood-grain-like makeup of its body’s surface and the hole on the top of its head,” the website continues.

“There seem to be countless seeds packed inside Hisuian Voltorb. Occasionally, it spouts these seeds out of the hole in its head. However, no one knows exactly what it’s like inside the Pokémon’s body, because inside the hole, it’s pitch-dark. It’s impossible to see anything even if one peers into the hole.​”

Listen that’s just too many mentions of Pokémon’s holes in two paragraphs, okay?

Those wondering about seeds will be right in guessing that this new Hisuian form is both Grass and Electric type whereas the original Voltorb was only the latter.

Pokémon Legends” Arceus launches on 28th January for the Nintendo Switch.


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