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Climate change has begun to wreak so much havoc around the globe that references to the phenomenon have started to pop up in the most unlikely of places. The latest instance: The newest entry in the Pokémon franchise features a creature based on dead coral that was “wiped out” by sudden global warming.
The Pokémon, a coral-like being known as Corsola, first appeared in the 1999 generation of the flagship games and has appeared in various versions ever since. But this month’s highly anticipated games in Pokémon Sword and Shield feature a new variation of the creature specific to the generation’s Galar region in the Pokémon world.
The Galarian version of Corsola is bleached white, mouth in a frown and is now a “ghost”-type Pokémon.
“Sudden climate change wiped out this ancient kind of Corsola,” a description of the Pokémon, which is found exclusively in the Shield version of the game, reads. “This Pokémon absorbs others’ life-force through its branches.”
The Pokémon Co. International declined to comment on its decision to include a creature linked to climate change.
Just a reminder from Pokémon that our planet is dying pic.twitter.com/4jH9NQKBlX— Jolie Menzel (@joliemenzel) November 17, 2019
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