A Haunted Sandcastle Pokémon Exists, It Seems

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Oh. My. Goodness. It seems as though a sandcastle Pocket Monster is coming to the upcoming 3DS title Pokémon Sun and Moon.

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In the upper corner of the below image, you can see the small Ghost/Ground type Pokémon called Sunabaa (スナバァ), which is a riff on the Japanese word for sandbox, sunaba (砂場).

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Sunabaa evolves into the Ghost/Ground type Pokémon called Shirodesuna (シロデスナ), which can literally mean “A Castle of Sand” or be a word play on the Japanese “城ですな” or “That’s a castle.” Note that the standard way to write sandcastle in Japanese is “suna no oshiro” (砂のお城).

These Pocket Monsters were apparently revealed in an upcoming issue of Japanese magazine Coro Coro Comic. It should get its official announcement shortly.

The haunted sandcastle Pokémon joins the likes of Klefki and Chandelure as a memorable Pocket Monster that appears to loosely inspired by tsukumogami.

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Pokémon Sun and Moon will be out on the 3DS this November.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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