29 Aralık 2015 Salı

Let's discuss fan types. Part 5, Wind/Air-type

1. So, what is this type all about?

This type is born out of the vacuum of a proper wind and air based type, and air's presence in most classical elemental hierarchies. 

This idea generally exists because the default air based type, Flying, is primarily based on species that can fly, rather than manipulation of air. This is because Flying-type's original version was Bird-type, which was untenable due to presence of Flying non-bird Pokémon such as Butterfree and Zubat-line.

2. Where does this name come from?

The name primarily comes from Final Fantasy elemental type, Wind.

The name Air comes from the four classical elements, fire, air, water and earth.

3.Does this type have an in-game source?

Yes, as a subsection of Flying.

Flying encompasses four major elements:

Acrobatics related moves such as Acrobatics.

Air manipulation based moves such as Gust, Hurricane, Air Cutter, Air Slash, Tailwind.

Bird based moves such as Sky Attack(Jp. name: God Bird), Aerial Ace(Jp. name: Swallow Cut) etc.

Flying based moves such as Fly, Bounce etc.

The second major element is what Wind-type is expecting to expand.

Other wind based moves such as Fairy Wind, Whirlwind(Japanese name: Blow Away) and Ominous Wind exist in other types. 

4. What would be the ideas behind such a type?

Final Fantasy's Wind element is a good reference. Air's status as one of the classical elements and its associations can also be used.

Wind's current scientific understanding can be used as well.

5. What would be the type interactions of such a type?

Primarily similar to Flying, but association with biological elements might not be present. For example, Ice and Electric weakness are meaningless for Wind, since Wind Pokémon will not be Flying animals, but probably wind spirits and such. Conversely, super-effectiveness against Bug would be meaningless because unlike bats and birds Wind-based Pokémon would likely not eat Bugs.

6. What would be the distribution of such a type?

Most likely, it would be similar to Fire and Electric, present in all regions in earlier routes, but relatively rare in both the amount of species and amount of locales they are available.

7. Future comments:

If such a type is created, Flying-type must have a new paradigm for Special moves. Chatter and Ominous Wind are both wind independent special Flying moves, but both are signature moves based on abilities of bird Pokémon.

Something more commonly presentable must exist to fill the void that will be created by the introduction of a wind-type.

Editor's note: I don't personally like this idea, but this is a very popular one, and I can't really think of a means of introducing weather based and wind based phenomena, or classical interpretations of air with mysticism with Flying.
I can, however, definitely imagine such concepts being introduced within the limits of a Flying-type, something like say, a wind demon with regular wings. But I can't think of a wind demon that only manipulates air in Flying-type.

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