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Old September 12th, 2016 (4:37 PM). Edited September 12th, 2016 by Palamon.
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With Sun/Moon anime confirmed, it's time for a new capture/evolution/release, etc, thread!
Use this thread to discuss Ash and Co's captures, and character's potential teams throughout the series. Try to explain why you think a character may have this Pokemon/may catch it in the future, etc. However, please source official news.

You can discuss trades if they happen within the anime or Pokemon given away as well, if you wish. (Which, of course, hasn't happened in a very long time, but you know.)

Now.. to start off, which starter do you think Ash might capture?
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Old September 14th, 2016 (5:21 PM). Edited September 14th, 2016 by IcyIce.
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    Going on what we saw in the poster, and what I personally believe, Ash will start with Rowlet. Because it looks like Rowlet is with Ash more than Mallow in the poster. I know he has had a lot of flying types in Kalos, but this is a unique chance for him not to catch the true regional bird and to break that pattern. I am really hoping the chill out with flying types this time around for him.
    I still also think he might get 2 starter pokemon. But it may be at a much later time similar to Chimchar. I also really want Ash to get a Rockruff. I think it would be perfect for him. I know Kukui has one, but Ash could easily get one as well.

    I don't want to get too much into the other characters right now, as we don't know the main traveling group and it looks like it may be a much larger group than normal. Maybe all of them are taking the trials at the same time.

    I think Hau will have an Alolan Raichu if he even shows up in the anime. He has a Pichu in the games. I know Tierno had a Raichu, but he kinda got screwed. Not much development and got kicked out of the League before he could battle Ash. Probably because Ash utterly destroyed him with Goodra.

    Lillie looks like she will have a Alolan Vulpix
    Lana has Popplio. (And maybe Lapras and Sharpedo)
    Mallow has Bounsweet.
    Sophocles has a Togademaru (Maybe a Tauros)
    Kiawe probably has his Alolan Marowhak (And maybe Charizard)
    Team Rocket seem to have a Beawear, James' most likely.
    And Ash seems to have Rowlet and Pikachu.
    Crispy Oak has Alolan Exeggecutor
    Kukui has Rockruff.

    Litten is just kinda there. Doesn't really go with anyone. You could say Ash because it is in the front, but so does Poppilio and it is obvious that Lana has that.

    It is also possible that these are just traveling pokemon with them, so it might not be their's. Tauros, Sharpedo, Lapras and Charizard may not belong to the main. Same goes for Rotom. I don't think Rotom will be a pokemon.

    Komala is also just hanging out on top of the giant building in the top left corner. That may suggest someone in the main cast will catch one. Currently I don't know who though. Sophocles maybe, as I think it would just match him more than anyone.
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    I can't really speculate much at this point. but I do think Rowlet is a high possibility for Ash to catch since Rowlet is close to him on the poster and Rowlet was surprisingly absent from the trailer. I likely suspect it's for spoiler reasons why they hid Rowlet from the trailer, because Ash is going to catch it.
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      The trailer seems to show Kiawe with a Tortanator. That seems a bit OP for the start. So I wonder if Tortanator actually evolves or is a stand alone.
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        The trailer seems to show Kiawe with a Tortanator. That seems a bit OP for the start. So I wonder if Tortanator actually evolves or is a stand alone.
        Even if it is base form or stand alone, it seems pretty powerful regardless. He is a trial captain. Plus Iris had an excadrill at the start of Black and white's anime.

        As for the catches I see happening, (other then the seemingly confirmed ones)

        I hope Ash gets rowlett but he may get litten to it seems or just litten. I also hope the lapras is his from the orange islands as it doesn't have ride on gear, meaning someone owns it.

        Something getting the Komala would be a neat addition as well.

        And I'm glad TR seem to be getting mimikyu and beware, they are perfect additions to their teams.
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        Old September 20th, 2016 (1:43 PM). Edited September 20th, 2016 by IcyIce.
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          I don't want to pick which pokemon Ash might catch right now, but after reading Passimian's description, it sounds almost exactly like Ash usually attracts. And honestly, I wouldn't mind if he caught it. It is one of my favorite fighting types already due to the description alone. The only problem, it is a fighting type lemur. And although lemurs are not monkeys, Ash already has 2 fighting type monkeys if you want to count Primeape. I would much rather him to catch Mudsdale.

          There are so many pokemon that I want Ash to catch already. I am gonna have a hard time in the anime about guessing who gets what.

          Ash usually catches a Fighting Type in every Generation, Primeape, Heracross, Infernape, Scraggy/Pignite, and Hawlucha. So I wouldn't mind if they pull a Hoenn and not let him catch a fighting type.

          And although I know people don't like it much, I really hope Ash catches more than 5 pokemon. The way they handled his pokemon in XY, didn't real sit too well with me. Noivern really got crapped on. I also hope they are more evenly spread out. They were doing fine until After the 5th Gym.

          I also hope the main catch cast in general are better. Clemont didn't catch anything after Luxray and Serena didn't even get a same pokemon of Ash's like they usually do. It would have been perfect to give her a Starter that Ash had. All and all, the pokemon catches were not handled well in XY, which to me was the only down fall of XY and XYZ.
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            Guess Greninja isn't getting nerfed after all, but now Ash is going to release it near the very end of XYZ.
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            Greninja getting released back into the wild? I was seriously expecting it to be Oaked like his starters (and other previous gen Pokemon) usually always tend to do, but I guess the special power Greninja has means he can't leave Kalos.
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            Ash...releasing Greninja? This breaks my heart... I'm nearly shedding a tear here. I'm no sure how to feel about this at all. This is different. I mean, I guess that means Ash will focus more on Pikachu again, but man. That's just...an entire bond down the drain. That's...I just can't right now.
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              Ash...releasing Greninja? This breaks my heart... I'm nearly shedding a tear here. I'm no sure how to feel about this at all. This is different. I mean, I guess that means Ash will focus more on Pikachu again, but man. That's just...an entire bond down the drain. That's...I just can't right now.
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              Now you understand how I felt about Serena's haircut. What's also worth noting is that Greninja's release may have been foreshadowed from the Ninja Village episode.
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              I feel the writers are all trying to make us upset. Because we all know that a lot of us still aren't getting over the apparently villainous Alain becoming the Kalos League champion.
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              Add me to the crew of people thinking he is going to start with Rowlet. Either him or Popplio.
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                Nah, I don't see Greninja being released. That's got to be set up to look like it. If anything that takes place before it's power is drained.

                As for Alola catches. Feeling Passimian for Ash or Lycanroc midnight form. They both fit well with Ash and could make for good arcs.
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                Nah, I don't see Greninja being released. That's got to be set up to look like it. If anything that takes place before it's power is drained.
                I think the scenario I see happening is that Greninja is recognized as a Hero of Kalos and therefore, has to stay in Kalos meaning Ash ends up releasing him. Keep in mind that he was also born at the Ninja Village so they'd naturally want him to stay and protect their village.
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                  I think the scenario I see happening is that Greninja is recognized as a Hero of Kalos and therefore, has to stay in Kalos meaning Ash ends up releasing him. Keep in mind that he was also born at the Ninja Village so they'd naturally want him to stay and protect their village.
                  The first part I could see happen, it's fitting, but still pretty sad and a slight let down imo.

                  And is it actually born in the village? I know the village had the prophecy indicating Ash greninja save their villages thousands of years ago, but was froakie actually bred there?

                  And what's the source for this image?
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                  The only thing I seem to remember was that Greninja was hatched from an egg.
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                    So do we have any confirmed SM saga captures so far? I'll be brutally honest: I haven't kept track of much regarding the new saga. :x
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                    So do we have any confirmed SM saga captures so far? I'll be brutally honest: I haven't kept track of much regarding the new saga. :x
                    Nope, nothing confirmed as of yet. The promotional material has been very ambiguous, aside from a small screenshot shown in CoroCoro showing Lana owning a Popplio.
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                      Guess Greninja isn't getting nerfed after all, but now Ash is going to release it near the very end of XYZ.
                      Whoa whoa whoa. Where does it say release? I don't see it anywhere. I just see Ash saying goodbye to Greninja while he goes off on another journey...
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                        Whoa whoa whoa. Where does it say release? I don't see it anywhere. I just see Ash saying goodbye to Greninja while he goes off on another journey...
                        That's still technically a release though.
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                          That's still technically a release though.
                          Er.. not really? Did he release all his Pokemon at Oak's lab then? They're still his so I have no idea how that's a release.
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                          So do we have any confirmed SM saga captures so far? I'll be brutally honest: I haven't kept track of much regarding the new saga. :x
                          Negative. No news yet.

                          Re: releasing, whether Ash actually releases Greninja will be seen in the future. And, Ash sending his Pokémon to Oak? Same thing as sending them to the PC box in games, so no, not a release. (But if he does release his Greninja, I still won't be surprised...just upset.)
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                            Er.. not really? Did he release all his Pokemon at Oak's lab then? They're still his so I have no idea how that's a release.
                            Cause it's implied by that image, that greninja is left in Kalos. Meaning released, rather the go back to the lab. Greninja isn't at Oak's in that image.
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                              Litten (evolves into its final form eventually): Going by the leaked concept art with this. The first bit that gets me is that its the only one of the final evolved trio that has any other characters from the anime (specifically the small bit that has Ash, Pikachu, Mallow, Popplio, and Rowlet hanging around "Beltigre" while a tea pot sits on his "belt"). Now, I know what you're thinking: "No big deal". Well, think of it this way: how often does a companion of Ash get the final evolution of a starter? May was the only one that ever did. Add that to the fact that, aside from regions where Ash got all three starters anyways, he always gets a fully evolved starter. That's enough to convince me that Ash will get Litten.
                              Rockruff (evolves into either one of its final forms): Rockruff's definitely been one of the more heavily pushed Pokémon this gen. Heck, it's basically the second coming of Eevee. And since the anime was basically made for promotion, I can easily see Rockruff getting even more promotion.
                              Pipikek (evolves into final form): Because Ash needs every last regional early bird apparently.

                              My wishlist:
                              Popplio's final form: It'd be a nice change of pace to go for a starter that's more elegant rather than cool like they usually go for.
                              Gumshoos: Even though I don't care for the Pokémon in general but I do feel like he's got quite a bit of potential for the anime.
                              Vikavolt: This guy would be amazing to see in action (Side note: he totally should replace Pikachu)
                              Salandit: I can only imagine the humor Salandit could bring.
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                                So do we have any confirmed SM saga captures so far? I'll be brutally honest: I haven't kept track of much regarding the new saga. :x
                                I am fairly certain we can confirm some things based on the trailer and poster.

                                Mallow will have Bounsweet
                                Lana will have Poppilio
                                Sophacles will have Togedamaru
                                Kiawe will have Turtanator
                                Team Rocket likely has Bewear and Mimikyu (Wobbufet also makes a return)
                                Lilie is likely to have Alolan Vulpix.

                                To me, the Poster and Trailer were pretty solid Confirmations for the above.

                                As for Greninja, I didn't take the screenshot showing Ash releasing Greninja at all. I took it as he saying good bye to the power. Greninja can't transform into Ash-Greninja without Ash. I just think they were saying good bye to the power, not Grneinja.

                                They could also be pulling a Charizard and sending Greninja to train at the Ninja Village, but not release it.
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