Well, my fossil Pokemon series is almost at its end, stopping by the Kalos region to critique the latest pair of fossil Pokemon. After all of my critical reviews of the newer fossils, I hope that the Kalos region’s prehistoric pals are more interesting and less redundant than the Unova fossils.
First up is Tyrunt. This little Pokemon is clearly based on the infamous Tyrannosaurus rex, which I understand entirely. Frankly, I was wondering when the folks over at GameFreak would cash the hefty check of making a Tyrannosaurus Pokemon besides Tyranitar, which isn’t really a straight T.rex but rather a mixture of different dinosaur species. Overall, Tyrunt seems to handle the inspiration rather well, and, in a rather awesome twist, is a Rock/Dragon type. This gives it darn good typing compared to past fossils like Kabutops and Bastiodon, with no double weaknesses in sight. Tyrunt then evolves into the regal Tyrantrum, a very well-designed Pokemon with a legitimately cool look that supports the ego that this Pokemon supposedly had in the ancient times. I approve of Tyrantrum because it shows how well Pokemon can take on cliches and still make them look awesome. Sure, it steps on Tyranitar’s toes a little bit, but both Pokemon are still very different in ways that I comprehend and appreciate.
The other fossil, Amaura, aims for a girlier aesthetic than the badass Tyrantrum, and I have to say that I favor Amaura’s evolutionary line. Face it, Ice-types need more love, and an Ice-type fossil like this is very cool. A Dragon-type is awesome, but there are too many Dragon-types to keep up with this generation, what with the Goodras and the Noiverns and the Zygardes. It evolves into Aurorus, a Rock/Ice type with diamond-like structures on her sides. Her design is meant to evoke the aurora borealis in general, and by merging the aurora borealis design with the neck spines of the sauropod Amargasaurus, Aurorus creates a unique feel that hasn’t been achieved by any other fossil Pokemon, by which I mean that it doesn’t look tough. Sure, Rock/Ice gives this Pokemon double weaknesses to Fighting and Steel-types, but that gives smart trainers more room to think of cores to put Aurorus in.
Overall, I’m happy with the fossil Pokemon this generation. They function like the “2 dinosaurs” fossils of Diamond and Pearl, but they’re saurischians with unique typing instead of ornithischians without unique typing. Though Tyrantrum seems redundant because Tyranitar exists, it’s unique and cool (but not as cool as Aurorus). This is a thumbs up compared to the older fossils, and I can’t wait to see what fossil Pokemon will exist in Generation 7.