Pokemon has a slew of top-notch mascots under its control, and fans know few can stand up to Pikachu. The iconic pocket monster has ruled the franchise as its go-to Pokemon for decades now, but it seems Japan is set to challenge that status.
After all, The Pokemon Company did just release a brand-new mascot, and it has brought Geodude to life.
Recently, an announcement from Japan went live which confirmed the debut of a new Pokemon mascot. As you can see below, Geodude has now gotten an official suit from The Pokemon Company, leaving the Rock-type to join ranks with the likes of Pikachu and Eevee.
＼ #いわて応援ポケモン が決定🎊／
このたび、 #イシツブテ がいわて応援ポケモンに任命されました🎉May 14, 2019
As it turns out, Geodude was turned into a mascot to honor the Iwate Prefecture of Japan. The Pokemon has become that area’s representative, and the reason as to why is simple. In Japan, Iwate roughly translates to ‘rock hands’ or ‘pebble hands’. Obviously, Geodude is a floating rock with hands in the Pokemon Universe, so it makes sense for the Pokemon to team up with the Iwate Prefecture.
Below, you can see how fans are feeling about the new mascot, and they’ve got some questions to say the least. The choice to bring Geodude to life has confused some, but netizens are mostly intrigued by his costume. After all, mascots do have to walk around in their costumes, and Geodude is meant to float. To gloss over this issue, The Pokemon Company designed the Geodude costume with transparent patterning seen in PNG files, and fans are taking their jokes about the trousers very seriously.
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The Pokemon Geodude has become a mascot for Iwate Prefecture, Japan (because Iwate means “rock hands” in Japanese, and Geodude is a rock with hands.) pic.twitter.com/gLmmzSBIk3— Mondo Mascots (@mondomascots) May 14, 2019
Geodude is the iwate prefecture mascot now.
how they solved the levitation thing is amazing, HE IS REALLY FLOATING. pic.twitter.com/z4Id5Lctoq— SUPER ANDROID Sirender (@Cross_Ultimate) May 14, 2019
There's a mascot Geodude. Geodude has been named ambassador of the Iwate Prefecture.
That's certainly a choice. https://t.co/uequUu5eu1— Joe Merrick (@JoeMerrick) May 14, 2019
Have you guys SEEN the Geodude mascot costume tho. I am LIVING for it. pic.twitter.com/zbMf5OOXWU— Kara Dennison (@RubyCosmos) May 14, 2019
Geodude wears some spanking trousers. https://t.co/0xV0rJeJlf— Ser Davisson, the Mango Knight (@ZackDavisson) May 15, 2019
Can someone explain to me how they managed to get this Geodude costume floating in mid-air? https://t.co/97nKDVj9XK— Steven Isbell (@StevenIsbell) May 15, 2019
Pokémon are real. Geodude is real, and strong, and he's the ambassador to Japan’s Iwate Prefecture https://t.co/YjMQSQwQIg— Klim @ ENGAGED! (@FreakInASheet) May 14, 2019