New Pokemon Crabrawler is an incredulous rock lobster

Four new Pocket Monsters revealed

My first thought reading the name “Crabrawler”: the balls on the localization team with that one, innit? I was so impressed I turned British, despite being the red-bloodiest American on staff. It’s a crab and it’s a brawler. It’s a crabrawler!

Then I saw the dang thing and wow, step aside Krabby, Kingler, Corphish, and Crawdaunt because there’s a new crustacean king in the Pokemon universe, for the following reasons:

1. Coloration more like the rare blue lobster

2. I don’t actually know what a “rock lobster” is besides a B-52s song, but this guy is it, pompadour and all

3. Like another favorite of mine, Croagunk, Crabrawler is one of the few incredulous Pokemon. Look at that eyebrow. That’s what my face looks like 40% of the time

4. Aww, its weird lil mouth is kinda cute

From Game Freak:

Category: Boxing Pokémon
Type: Fighting
Height: 2’00”
Weight: 15.4 lbs.
Ability: Hyper Cutter / Iron Fist

Crabrawler has a personality that really hates to lose, and it’s driven not only to aim for a higher position than its fellows in terms of social standing, but literally to aim for a higher position in the landscape. Perhaps as a result, it’s sometimes found clinging to tall people or to the walls of buildings! If you try to remove one against its will, you’ll be met with a sound punch.

Crabrawler’s favorite food is Berries. It punches the trunks of trees to give the branches a good shake and knock any ripe Berries to the ground so it can feast! Many Crabrawler may gather around a tree, but only the one that emerges victorious in battle against all the others receives the privilege of eating the ripe Berries.

Crabrawler uses its claws to protect its face and belly while getting in close to an opponent to throw punches. Its punches are powerful enough to split tree trunks! Crabrawler’s pincers are sometimes torn off during its bouts—and they are said to be delicious.

A sand castle (yes, sand castle, whatever) Pokemon and stuffed bear Pokemon were also announced for Pokemon Sun and Moon, but they suck, who cares.

Steven Hansen