New Pokemon, “Monorpale” (French) Revealed! [UPD1]

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This Pokemon, known as Monorpale in French, is a Steel/Ghost type and will debut in the upcoming Pokemon X & Pokemon Y games. More information as it comes!

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  1. The design is very… weird, but like it. I also think that th artwork and the in-game picture are strongly different.
    Sorry if I made any mistake, because I’m spanish and I love your website 😀 ♥

    1. i don’t think they are the same Pokemon
      i mean come on they are so different maybe it’s the Evolution

      1. the second picture is with the scabbard removed, you can see those eye like things in the second picture.

      2. Now I think that the sheath is ”possessed” by a ghost, and the blue part works as a hand to unseath the sword, like in the secondpicture

  2. I like it, it has a weird quirky celtic kinda vibe. It also makes me wonder if it will have a shield counterpart.

  3. Although I want a Ghost / Steel wall clock, but this design is also great! I seem to see Bronzong and Cofagrigus!

  4. Not really my first choice for Ghost/Steel type but as long as there is a Ghost/Steel type i can’t be happier i hope it has an evolution

  5. Excalibur!!
    I like the unique design. It looks like this will be one of those Pokemon based off an object, Actually my first thought when I saw it was: “it has that ancient look to it like bronzong”
    The way the cloth splits into parts at the end makes me think that’s its used as a hand.

  6. The sheath appears to have the face/be conscious, whilst the sword is swung around when not inside.

  7. We don’t need a sword Pokemon seriously. Game freak has really ran out of ideas……

    1. Ran out of ideas? The Sword Demon is one of the coolest ideas to feature in Pokemon, come on.

    2. What about…

      Noivern? We have never had a Wyvern Pokemon, and it looks neato. (IMO)
      Xerneas and Yvetal? Based on Norse Mythology, something not touched in the Pokemon universe.
      Clauncher? Pistol Shrimp, again, untouched animal.

      Sure, in every generation, there are going to be the few that just seemed uninspired to us by the fans. However, in every gen, there is always a Pokemon with a great amount of creativity put behind it. 🙂

    3. I don’t understand your logic. You can go back in your hole and play pokémon red if you want 😉

      1. Yes! Someone who loves seeing new Pokemon! 😀 I always love having new Pokemon to be added to the universe.

  8. MONOrpale, HITOtsuki. Both French and Japanese names have meaning “one” in them. Makes me wonder if it’ll multiply as it evolves.

      1. Tsuku, the root form of Tsuki can mean both “To Stab” and “To Possess”.

        1. That just made this Pokémon that much cooler with a name origin like that.

      2. Like Silver said, a Tsuki is like a stab. In sword fighting a Tsuki is like a forward thrust attack.

          1. If it does have levitate, then it will have only one weakness: Fire.
            Hitotsuki could be an amalgamation of Hitotsu and Suki, yes.

          2. Yeah, but the “tsu”cannot be replaced for a “su” as that would make it a different word.
            Hi-to-tsu-ki. In Japanese each of these syllables is its own character, and hence cannot be dissected any further 🙂
            (In other words, you can’t take the “t” from “tsu” and pass it as a “su”)
            Let me put it like this: No Japanese native would come to the conclusion it is from “suki”(隙)under these circumstances.

          3. But Pokemon names generally work in that way. Cutting some words, adding it to different words, having different meanings.

          4. Yes, but not in this case when you’re splicing “tsu” (つ) and “su” (す) while they have similar romanizations, the two can’t be interchanged like in English.

          5. Yes, I get it now but wouldn’t be surprised if it is going to have one weakness.

          6. Not in japanese… They can’t cut a character meaning “tsu” to make it sound “su”…

        1. Actually ghost would do normal damage to it, it’s only weakness would be Fire.

  9. This is actually one of my favourite Pokemon revealed so far, behind Noivern, and along with Flabebe and Helioptile.

  10. I like one idea that one of my followers on twitter told me, Monorpale may have two formes, one, te atack form, when it is unsheathed and the other, defense form, when it is in th sheath

  11. With the Celtic style to the sword’s sheath, could we possibly looking at a Dullahan-like evolution or a Dullahan-esque Pokemon?

  12. i love it. it is not something we were all expecting. It reminds me of the items found in the show “Xiaolin Showdown”; but anyways I hope it evolves into something like a knight!

  13. Does anyone think that this pokemon can be like a slowpoke/shellder or mantyke/remoraid evolution? that if it is exposed to a different pokemon, that pokemon may evolve into something holding a sword of that likeness?

    1. or shellmet/karrablast because i realize the slowbro/shellder method is not true but in the anime its like that haha

      1. Maybe we’ll get some sword and shield cross-evolution action going on this time! 😀

  14. I like the tassle it has on its’ hilt. I like that they have gone for a more ornate sword than just an actual sword.

  15. *looks up posessed French Swords*

    “In the Matter of France, Roland possessed an indestructible sword, Durendal, which he threw into a poisoned stream to prevent its capture. Durendal was one of a set of three swords supposedly forged by Wayland and provided as ransom for a Norse captive, the other two being variously Bishop Turpin’s sword Almace,Charlemagne’s Joyeuse, or Ogier’s sword Curtana.”

    -Wiki

    1. Could this mean there is a set of three possessed swords? Hototsuki, Futatsuki and Mittsuki?

      1. oo! Interesting idea! Either in its evolutions or counterparts, I can almost guarantee there’s some form of number theme.

    2. *googles image of Durendal*

      It really looks like what we have in second picture.

    3. I feel like “possessed” in this context is referring to Roland’s ownership of the sword, as opposed to “possession” in the spiritual sense

      1. It is. The legend of Sir Roland never mentioned anything about his sword becoming possessed after his death. It was just broken.

  16. Maybe based on excalibur? I love the desing, I like this more than the ghost washer or the frigde.

    1. Excellent point; a sword is indeed a little more appeal than the appliances.

  17. Now I’m just thinking how weird it’ll be petting a sword in pokemon amie….

    1. aww monorpale, how about a hug? *accidentally stabbed while hugging*

      It’s ok monorpale…you can’t help it….somebody call an ambulance!!

      1. based on this, I’d love to see James get it in the anime – moving on from Grass types to Ghosts. They’ve already taken the first step giving him Yamask

      2. Well, Monorpale will have its sword case on so u wouldn’t cut yourself XD It removes the sword case during battle!

    1. English name may have Excalibur reference or not since French name is based on Vorpal sword. I’ve always wondered why did they use Excadrillbur reference?

        1. I know it’s Excavate+Drill(Excadrill) and Drill+Burrow(Drillbur) but when you combine them it becomes Excadrillbur, Excalibur.

          Capisce 😉

  18. WOW, very original and creative, I love it! But I don’t know, I might not include it in my team. Need to see its evolution to considerate it even more.

  19. I actually really like this design, more than I was expecting too. Will definately feature on my mono-ghost team.

  20. I can already hear some fans screaming about this generation sucking just because this Pokemon is a sword.

    I am personally not sure what to think…except Steel/Ghost is a combination I wanted! I hope that maybe, this Pokemon can evolve into a possessed body of armor? I can picture the design in my head….

  21. Monoraple may be derived from mono + Vorpal sword?
    In some Japanese works, Vorpal sword seems to be called Maken. It has a curse force that can penetrate reality.

    1. Or, mono and impale. I guess the R doesn’t have anywhere to come from if it’s those two. We have to remember that’s possibly not its English name though.

      1. Possible? Ah, I think we still need to wait for English name, but I was Asian, so …

      1. Really? I speak french and I didn’t know that one of those meant blade. As far I know, in fench, “épée” means sword, “lame” means blade… But which of those means blade? Vorpal?

  22. I see it as this Gen’s Unown, Claydol, Spiritomb, Sigilyph. The weird looking pokemon of the gen with an eye plastered somewhere

      1. Yes I forgot about Bronzor and Magnemite haha

        Gen 1 Eye = Magnemite
        Gen 2 Eye = Unown
        Gen 3 Eye = Claydol
        Gen 4 Eye = Bronzor
        Gen 5 Eye = Sigilyph
        Gen 6 Eye = Monopale or w/e its name is

    1. The keychain like thing is the sword case! It removes itself from the sword case to fight during battle i think thats cool 😀

  23. Awesome!! I wonder will there be a shield Pokémon?? they could be version exclusives.

  24. this looks like this pokemon would most likely have a pre-evolution then evolve. and the first thing that comes to mind with that a little dagger pokemon

    1. That’d be pretty awesome.
      But, I kinda feel like it’ll be a standalone Pokémon. No evos for it, like Spiritomb.
      Hopefully, I’m wrong.

      1. I think this pokemon might be similar to Yamask and evolve into a “Haunted Suit of Armor” but then again I wouldn’t be surprised if it is a standalone.

  25. To be honest, when I first saw it I thought of Chimecho. Although, I like this more than Chimecho. I hope it learns some great moves.

  26. According to Serebii, this is what Masuda’s message is about.

      1. Same thing. By the looks of things we’re getting a video which is 2:08 long. Whether or not it’ll be about anything else other then this is highly unlikely.

        1. It may end up being exactly what you said but it is not exactly the same thing now. Wording is important sorry.

  27. I’ve been wanting a Steel/Ghost pokemon since Gen II. I am happy that Game Freak delivered that epic type combination on a silver plattr. The design looks very impressive.

    1. I though Golurk’s typing was pretty unique but I’m looking forward to this. Now all I want is a Poison/Steel type.

  28. I am going to type this as sober as possible. I swear to arceus on me mum that if gf continues making this phag it tree I am going to scrap the fisty cuffs. If they make this garbage again or ever try to I will go crazy and cut me own leg. I am so disappoint. I come from the ghetto with the hard knock mentality buy I swear on me mum this is too ghetto for me. No poke balls were tossed that day. Pls respond

  29. Monorpale looks awesome in it’s sheath, but once it removes it, its…its just a sword, really bland once you remove the sheath, but with it It looks really awesome, hopefully it gets an evolution that wows me

  30. Strange strange design. I can appreciate its’ oddity, but I’m not sure I actually like the design. Though, I’m sure that opinion of mine will change at some point.

  31. Make an ice cream pokemon EVERYONE HATES IT! make a sword pokemon? OMG THIS IS AWESOME

    1. That ice cream pokemon was just an ice cream. However you can see a creative input in this pokemon. How would anyone think of making a ghost sword pokemon that can take off its scabbard with a hand-like figure that is actually a sword tassel.

      1. It make me think, whoever created the concept for Vanilite was eating food at the time. xD

        1. It would be Ok to have just Vanillite as a standalone Pokemon but they made it 3 staged evolution line. This is too much. Oh God, thinking it again makes my blood sugar drop. I can’t…

        2. I don’t know why people complain about Vanillite. I mean look at Exeggcute from 1st Gen, it was a set of Eggs with mean/smiley faces

          1. Not many people complained. It just turned into an internet joke when people originally thought the idea lacked imagination

    2. To me, an ice cream Pokémon is a bit weird because you can eat ice cream.
      A possessed sword Pokémon is pretty cool because, well, it’s a Steel/Ghost-type haunted sword!
      Does’t that scream “awesome” to you?

    3. Most of the crap people talk about in a pokemon’s design can be applied to another pokemon in a different gen. Just how people work I guess.

    4. See, I disliked Vanilluxe because it was a smiley face on an ice cream cone. There are so many different things you can do with pure Ice and they made a smiling ice cream cone and an angry snow flake.
      I like Hexcalibur because it has a nice design, similar to bronzong (one of my bros) and there really isn’t much else you can do with a ghost/steel typing themed in a french-based region. I thought it was a good fit and I’ve always been partial to swords.

  32. i love it if that’s it’s face on the sheath with two closed eyes and a closed mouth, and that eye on the handle of the sword, and the ribbony thing is like a hand, but if the sheath is just a sheath and it’s just a sword with an eye, then i’m just indifferent really, still like it, but wouldn’t love it so much. maybe it evolves into that knight pokemon that was rumoured?

  33. I’m not sure what to think about this Pokemon. It’s…a sword with an eye, and a arm thing. Idk, I just feel like the concept could have been taken in a more creative way. It’s a possessed sword… Idk. I kinda like it in some way, though. I hope its evolution is awesome.

  34. Can anyone explain to me why the pokemon in the first and second photos are different…? Just a bit confused
    But I do like the Pokemon, it’s actually really cool (but then again, I’m one of those that likes Vanilite)

    1. In the first image it’s sheathed in it’s scabbard where as in the second image it’s drawn and the cloth is using it’s finger like appendages to hold onto the scabbard. Hope that cleared things up. 🙂

  35. That is so badass, it reminds me of Excalibur

    I’m glad Everyone is excited about this Pokemon and it didn’t turn into another Vannilite

    Now hopefully it doesn’t stab any Pokenon during battle

    1. I feel like it could evolve into a bayonet pokemon though I feel like that’s WAY too adult for pokemon…

  36. I can see this thing learning things like Leaf Blade, Swords dance, Night Slash, Fury swipes, Wide guard etc Just some examples.

  37. Putting this new Pokemon aside, isn’t anyone excited to see Golem in 3D? x’D

    1. I want to see it from back. The older generation back sprites of golem were disappointing.

      1. I hated it, just like Palkia and Dialga’s from DPt we barely got the head if that.

  38. This is such a cool pokemon design and I absolutely love it! The typing is amazing too. I’ve wanted a steel/ghost forever and a haunted sword is perfect!

  39. Wondering if this thing can learn Sacred Sword and Secret Sword. Maybe, just maybe.

    1. No, because the Sacred Swordsmen can only learn Sacred Sword! And Keldeo can only learn Secret Sword so no!

  40. So…does anyone think if this pokemon has an evolution that it will be a haunted suit of armor?

  41. I can already tell it’s going to have an amazing Attack stat. I’m consider using it for my team.

  42. I think it’s kind of cool how it holds its scabbard in battle. If we get unique fainting animations (I don’t think that’s been confirmed yet, but I’d expect as much), I’d like to imagine that it puts itself back into the scabbard before dropping to the ground/being recalled. I’m with the other people who think that it’ll evolve into a haunted suit of armor.

  43. Tbh I don’t know what to think about this pokemon I would never expect a ghost sword pokemon. I like the concept but the desgin is kinda werid. It’s basically justa sword with a single eye. Maybe it will evolve into a knight pokemon?

    1. 1. Nice name. 2. Unoriginal? A possessed sword is more unoriginal than a pokeball with eyes that evolves by flipping over?

  44. I was saying I hoped this Pokemon evolved into possessed armor, and I made a quick drawing to display my idea….

    On a Knight’s headpiece, they have that fluff on the back. That would be replaced by a ghostly aura, which could also be what connects the seperate pieces. Those brown blobs are the sheathes that hold his swords (or in this case, the Monorpale :3). I just think it is cool if all the pieces were seperated and floating around. Maybe, just maybe, it could evolve into something like this. If so, I will have it on my team :3

    1. Yes. I think the sword would look better if it was more like a Great Sword or a Lance, rather then a Dual Sword. Nonetheless a good drawing!

    2. well i expect that it evolve into a possessed armor because i dont want it to be like vanilite evolution line that it only add another sword or add a shield to it because it will look really stupid………PLEASE BE A POSSESSED ARMOR POKEMON…….it will be stupid playing with it in pokemon amie

    3. I don’t know if it would go straight to a possessed armor from a sword, but if anything it would be nice to have it evolve then evolve again adding parts each time, much like beldum and its evos.

  45. Is the idea that the sword itself isn’t the Pokemon but instead the Pokemon is actually the ghost that inhabits the sword?

    1. It’s most likely a sword (inanimate) possessed by a ghost (pokemon). Similar to how Golurk is a suit of armor possessed by a ghost.

      1. Right. That’s a pretty concept, haha. I definitely like this new Pokemon.

  46. I wonder if there will be a pair like Solrock and Lunatone but a sword and shield.

  47. This was only released this morning and there is already a lot of fan art for it… I guess once u go pokemon u never go back!

  48. Who else feels that if we meet Ghetsis during the game (PWC or other such things) he will have this pokemon on his team?

  49. looks like a sword you would find in the ghost ship in wind waker if the treasure that you found there wasn’t a sea chart. What I’m saying is its design is very reminiscent with that of Wind Waker art style which makes it amazingly well designed.

    1. thanks! i was going to ask when it would be released, as it didn’t appear in the internet during the afternoon! well, i expected something more than just one new pokemon (maybe 2), but at least we know Monorpale (which i like), and in 10 days corocoro will be released and leaked, so we’ll probably have another bunch of pokemon info!
      but it’s interesting. through the subtitles (even though i’m not studying french now), he explained that he travelled to France in the past, in 2000, and in 2010 due to the release of Pokemon Black and White, and after that, he took his team and travelled all together to France, where he had to hire some guides and ask the French localization team to help them with language issues. and of course, they took ideas from the french environment and buildings to create the Kalos region.

  50. I think Monorpale gonna evolve into a steel/ghost twin blade pokemon and then evolve into a steel/ghost celtic warrior. I mean it makes more since. I will love to have that evolution line:
    Sword pokemon (Monorpale) –> Twin Blade pokemon –> Celtic Warrior pokemon

  51. This is defiantly a more “mature” pokemon, and it’s a great step into X&Y!

    Beartic!

  52. Am I the only one who notices that these are TWO different looking sword Pokemon? Was this some kind of forme change or something?

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      1. I wonder if this is going to cause a stat change… Maybe it’ll increase his speed, but decrease it’s defense.

  53. Lame & Boring as expected. 90% of X&Y have been disappointments
    and a “sword” is another example of it. It’s suppose to be animals, not
    picking objects that have some sort of connection with the culture
    you’re using for your game. Other than Yvetal & Xerneas, every
    pokemon revealed so far won’t even make it to OU, they’re simple filler
    pokes and lame, including “Monorpale(wtf?)”.

    1. because pokeMON (as in monsters) only means animals? -_- and what’s this about tiers? They don’t make/break a pokemon. First of all the pokemon shown have barely showed their other stages so of course they’d look weak. Second, how can you tell a pokemons stats by how it looks? And btw pokemon have been objects and things that connect to culture like bronzor, chimeco, and driftloon.

    2. noob… ‘won’t even make it to OU’
      how do you know that without their stats, abilities and movepool released?
      sit down kid.

    3. You do realise that all you do on this site is complain, What you have wrote is YOUR opinion and not fact, so stop posting like you know facts! Does every pokemon have to be in OU? No. People can use whatever pokemon they want to, you talk as if this is the first game to feature inanimate objects as Pokemon…erm ever heard of Muk, Magnimite, Voltorb , Eggecute???
      You absolutely reek of someone who only uses Psuedo legendarys and Legendarys coz you cant beat the games without them. If you don’t like the game, don’t buy it, problem solved.

  54. Please, someone tell me I’m not the only one who hasn’t liked A N Y pokémon showed till now…

  55. (-‸ლ)
    *facepalm*

    Ugh. It seems like some people feel that Game Freak is running out of ideas and they’re imagination just isn’t what it used to be…
    Welp, those people can go suck something because Game Freak has been inspired with “weird” ideas for Pokémon since 1996.
    Nothing has changed other than your tolerance for these unique ideas.
    Have you people really just noticed Game Freak’s use of weirdness/uniqueness??

    ¯_(⌣̯̀⌣́)_/¯
    *shrug*

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    Aaaaand now we’ve got a sword. A haunted/cursed antique weapon, might I add!

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  56. Does anyone realize that if its steel/ghost type, fighting will not be able to hit it, and ground moves will likely miss due to levitate (it seems to be hovering) so it will only have weaknesses to Fire, Dark, and Ghost.

    1. No, unless it has Levitate, It is only weak to Fire and Ground, Steel resists Dark And Ghost, so it would take neutral damage from these types…that’s a BADASS combination of types!

  57. Hitotsuki.
    Sure does come in handy having one of these Pokémon as an ally.

  58. I’m I was thinking monorpale is not the sword itself but the spooky tassel thingy. It also looks like the “spirit” is trapped within the sword known as monorpale trying to escape maybe when monorpale evolves the spirit possessing the sword comes out and fights with the sword

  59. Personaly i like the idea behind it, it also looks pretty good

    Besides, if it gets levitate it would be a pretty usefull pokemon in my opinion..

    But what i don’t get.. is that soo many people are hating on it already.. and it hasn’t even been revealed for that long.. something like a day now..

    But yeah.. i’m hoping for a knight-like evolution, two stage or three stage, both would do in my opinion

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