So much happened this afternoon while I was at work... where to begin? A mega evolution to another Pokémon that really didn't need a hand, maybe? See, that's the danger of giving mega evolutions based on both popularity and power (as that interview from the other day suggested), because some Pokémon are popular BECAUSE they're powerful. One glimmer of hope, though: if it loses Levitate, it will be a tremendous blow to it no matter what it's being replaced with (to a few exceptions, for those nitpickers out there that are ready to jump down my throat). With that said, Gengar's type makes it effective against Fairy, as well as not being resisted by Steel anymore, so it already got a significant buff even before this happened.
For a silver lining, though, how about a mega evolution for something that DID need one? Let's hope it gets an ability it could use, because the three it has right now... no thanks. Of course, Rock Head COULD be useful if it had Brave Bird and Head Smash, and maybe they did give it these moves this time around, but the odds of that... wouldn't count on it, I'll say that much.
Oh, remember what the leaker from Pokébeach said about dual-typed moves? Yeah, they're a thing too now. Welcome to the generation of random, stupid fan theories coming to life. And with that damage output, this is NOT a move that has an effect with nice practical uses but is too weak to be of use, like we've seen a lot of these past generations. The good news is, judging by the move's flavor this seems to be Hawlucha's signature move (meaning every Flying-type will have it in gen 7), and I don't think there'll be too many of these moves to start with. It also depends on whether the final form in that line has usable stats, and knows high-power moves like Close Combat and Brave Bird that could make this a non-issue. Seriously though, how could have Gamefreak gone through with that idea? Are the reasons why this is incredibly stupid not painfully obvious to them?
And finally, how is this a Dragon? I really really want to know what this evolves into. (By the way, don't panic with the Pokédex number, this is the MOUNTAIN Pokédex we're talking about here.)
As usual, keep checking back for more! I'll add edits after a jump should anything come up (and you just know that'll happen).
Edit: Sun already got its mega evolution, now it's hail's turn! Mega Abomasnow looks crazy powerful, but unfortunately crazy slow as well. Not that it's all bad, mind you, it at least makes it win out in simultaneous weather-inducing wars even easier...
Edit 2: Holy crap, Nintendo's really dedicated to shutting us up. Of course, had it only been that one guy who got a copy early it would've done something, but as we know now, nope. And they can't hope to silence everyone who's got a copy at this point. Nintendo not understanding how the internet works? I never would've imagined that! (I can't decide if it's supposed to be a jab at their terrible policies on online gaming or the YouTube monetization shenanigans, so let's pretend it's both.)
Edit 3: Possible list of mega evolutions, and this might be real since several have checked out. So let me get this straight. Of the three superpowered non-legendaries that are too good for OU (even though one of them still is OU anyway), ALL THREE get mega evolutions. Gliscor and Salamence are also likely to make Smogon erupt in rage. But for the rest? I like it. Many Pokémon in there that desperately needed it, as well as nice Pokémon like Mienshao and Metagross that had to have something like this to stay relevant.
However, there's one thing I find weird. It's normal for Charizard and Mewtwo to get two, since they're unquestionably the most popular fully evolved Pokémon, and that was a factor as we now know. But the rest... seems kind of random. Entei? Darkrai? MELOETTA? Really?
This also raises an interesting question. How did whoever did this find this list? Was it datamined? If so, could we be getting base stats soon?
Edit 4: Mr. Mime retcon confirmed: Psychic/Fairy! It's kinda weird how we didn't hear a single thing on that front until now, but oh well. Also, the Pledges were boosted from 50 power to 80. It's nice that they tried, but unless you get them early enough to use them in-game it's not going to do much. And that becomes NOTHING competitively where Energy Ball, Flamethrower and Surf are more than happy to show them the door. Since they're only for starters, and the only starters that are OU or above are either physical-based or too busy using Giga Drain, why the heck not 100?
Edit 5: Hoo boy, the genwunners are going to have a field day with this guy.
Edit 6: More retcons! This time it's Plusle and Minun, who are Electric/Suck... I mean Fairy. This was perhaps the most pointless edit of the last three days, but I thought I should let you know anyway.
Edit 7: I'm just going to throw this link out there, rather than try to sum it up. Lots of interesting stuff, especially as it pertains to horde battles...
Edit 8: Mostly complete Central and Coastal Pokédexes. Seems like 150 is the magic number... I can live with 450 Pokémon in a regional Dex. I guess it goes without saying, but even though 78 through 85 on Coastal are empty, we allllll know what goes there.
END OF DAY: Calling it a night. Unfortunately I won't be around much tomorrow, but I'll still try and post here as much as I can.