Huge Japanese Smash Ultimate leak reveals remaining DLC fighters

Published: 21/Feb/2021 21:13

by Michael Gwilliam


A major Super Smash Bros Ultimate leak that seemed to confirm Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s Pyra as DLC fighter 9 may have revealed the remaining characters for Fighters Pass Volume 2.

It seems like not a day goes by without a Smash Ultimate “leak” surfacing and while many of these leaks just end up being made by bored fans wanting to trick people, sometimes a leak pops up with some added legitimacy.

One from January 8 is gaining popularity online for seemingly confirming Pyra as DLC 9 and the remaining fighters as well. Pyra, of course, was only revealed at the February Nintendo Direct, so this leak may have some truth to it.

According to the leaker, Nintendo is planning to host a three-hour concert in 2022 where a symphony orchestra will play renditions of songs that appear in Smash Ultimate.

Pyra in Smash Ultimate
Pyra was leaked in a January forum post.

“This event will be held in Japan after the Second Fighters Pass is complete and they’re taking all precautions needed to make this event happen,” the leaker wrote. “They’ll stream the event live on Youtube for everyone around the globe to see and eventually Nintendo will distribute a soundtrack disc on the My Nintendo Service.”

They went on to list all the songs Nintendo is considering for the concert and there are some huge additions that seem to leak possible fighters if this is true.

Most notably, right after Sephiroth’s One-Winged Angel theme, the leaker lists Counterattack from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 as the next song. This song was used in Pyra’s reveal trailer, suggesting it will be included with DLC content, still scheduled for March.

4chan Smash Ultimate concert leak
A concert leak sounds crazy. Could it be true?

Following that track, “N. Sanity Beach” is the next one on the list, which would mean Crash Bandicoot would be the next DLC fighter.

Crash has been an incredibly popular Smash Ultimate candidate, so the fact he could end up coming in Fighters Pass Volume 2 is a huge deal.

The final track for a new fighter listed by the leaker is “Proof of a Hero” which is from the Monster Hunter series. Monster Hunter is another character that fans have been curious about seeing in Smash and while some reports have claimed it’s unlikely, this leak suggests otherwise.

Crash Bandicoot in his 4th game
Crash in Smash? It’s about time.

Of course, take this all with a grain of salt. The fact this leak casually mentions N. Sanity Beach without also discussing Crash seems a bit bizarre, especially if someone really has this information.

Luckily, we may not have too long to see if this leak is true or not. It’s possible that the Monster Hunter Mii fighters from the previous game could be announced during Pyra’s full presentation, as many of Smash 4’s Miis have returned for Ultimate.

Smash challenger pack 10
Crash or Monster Hunter could be Challenger Pack 10.

If they don’t return, then the odds of those characters being promoted to full fighters will be a lot more likely.

We’ll have to see what the future holds and if Crash fans can finally get their wish of the bandicoot appearing in Smash.


What are Therian Formes in Pokemon Go? Tornadus, Thundurus, Landorus forms explained

Published: 23/Feb/2021 22:09

by Brent Koepp


Niantic is bringing Therian Formes to Pokemon Go with The Season of Legends event in March. But what is it exactly? Here’s everything you need to know about the special new forms for Gen V Legendary ‘mon Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus.

Pokemon Go’s upcoming Season of Legends is kicking off with the Forces of Nature trio, which are the Legendary ‘mon introduced in Black and White for the Nintendo DS. The weather-based Legendaries will get their very own Special Research starting in March.

Excitingly, the three characters’ secondary Therian Formes will also finally make their debut in the mobile title. However, Trainers unfamiliar with Gen V may be scratching their heads over what they are exactly. Below, we will explain everything you need to know about the transformations.

Screenshot of Forces of Nature Legendaries in Pokemon Go.
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Pokemon Go will get Therian Formes with Season of Legends in March 2021.

What are Therian Formes in Pokemon?

A neat feature included in Pokemon Black and White was an extensive weather and seasonal system. To take advantage of this, developer Game Freak introduced three Legendaries known as the Forces of Nature – Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus – who actually roamed around the overworld based on the atmospheric conditions.

In 2012’s Black and White 2, it was revealed the trio in the first game were in their “Incarnate Forme” and in the sequel they had new set called “Therian Formes.” The secondary transformation not only changed how the ‘mon looked physically, but also the way their stats functioned in the meta.

The alternative form could be triggered by players using the “Reveal Glass.” The Legendaries’ ability to switch between their two versions, made them a nightmare in VGC competitions – as they became extremely powerful in their versatility. This is also what makes it so exciting that the feature is making its debut in Pokemon Go.

Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus Therian Formes explained

The most important thing to know about Therian is that it changes the Forces of Nature trio’s stats in a few interesting ways. Below we will list each Pokemon’s stat in their Incarnate (regular) form vs their secondary to give you an idea of how they are being changed.

Screenshot of Pokemon Legendary Tornadus Incarnate and Therian Formes.
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Tornadus’ Incarnate (left) and Therian (right) Formes.

Tornadus Incarnate

  • HP: 79
  • Attack: 115
  • Defense: 70
  • Sp. Attack: 125
  • Sp. Defense: 80
  • Speed: 111
  • Total: 580

Tornadus Therian

  • HP: 79
  • Attack: 100
  • Defense: 80
  • Sp. Attack: 110
  • Sp. Defense: 90
  • Speed: 121
  • Total: 580

With Tornadus, we see the Flying-type lower its Attack and Special Attack by 15 points in Therian, however its Speed is boosted by 10. Its Defense and Special Defense also get a bump. The monster sacrifices attack for quickness.

Screenshot of Pokemon Legendary Thundurus Incarnate & Therian Formes.
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Thundurus’ Incarnate (left) and Therian (right) Formes.

Thundurus Incarnate

  • HP: 79
  • Attack: 115
  • Defense: 70
  • Sp. Attack: 125
  • Sp. Defense: 80
  • Speed: 111
  • Total: 580

Thundurus Therian

  • HP: 79
  • Attack: 105
  • Defense: 70
  • Sp. Attack: 145
  • Sp. Defense: 80
  • Speed: 101
  • Total: 580

Whereas Tornadus became much quicker, Thundurus’ Special Attack gets a substantial increase of 20 points in Therian. The ‘mon sacrifices its Speed and Attack by 10 points, but becomes a heavy hitter with special moves.

Screenshot of Legendary Pokemon Landorus Incarnate and Therian Formes.
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Landorus’ Incarnate (left) and Therian (right) Formes.

Landorus Incarnate

  • HP: 89
  • Attack: 125
  • Defense: 90
  • Sp. Attack: 115
  • Sp. Defense:  80
  • Speed: 101
  • Total: 600

Landorus Therian

  • HP: 89
  • Attack: 145
  • Defense: 90
  • Sp. Attack: 105
  • Sp. Defense: 80
  • Speed: 91
  • Total: 600

Lastly, Landorus sees a major 20 point boost in Attack with its Therian transformation, though at the cost of its Special Attack and Speed. The Ground/ Flying-type packs the greatest punch out of the Legendary Trio.

Screenshot of Legendary Therian Formes.
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Go players can get their hands on Therian Formes in Go this March.

Pokemon Go players will be able to get their hands on Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus’ Therian Formes starting this March. Their transformations will help kick off the Season of Legends, which will run for a total of three months.

Ever since the Forces of Nature debuted their secondary forms in 2012, they have become top tier picks in competitive battles. So it will be interesting to see how the Black and White 2 feature will shake up the mobile title’s Battle League meta.