Marshadow is currently being distributed at Gamestops all across America from October 9 to October 23. In this article I'll be explaining what Marshadow is based on, its name, and how to use it in battle.
What is Marshadow Based on?
Pokemon Sun & Moon and the upcoming Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are based on Hawaii. From Alola itself to a lot of the new Pokemon introduced during Pokemon Sun & Moon, they took inspiration from Hawaiian culture, animals, food, and myth. Marshadow is more than likely based off two Hawaiian myths: the Nightmarchers and the Menehune.
In Hawaiian legend, the Nightmarchers are ghosts of ancient Hawaiian warriors. The legends says they march at night with torches in certain locations. The legend also suggests you not to look at Nightmarchers as they will drag you into their march.
Marshadow being based off the Nightmarchers would explain its fighting/ghost typing. Since Nightmarchers are ghosts of ancient warriors it makes sense for a Pokemon based off them like Marshadow to be a fighting/ghost type. Marshadow flaring up when attacking (can be seen in the gif above) could be a reference to the torches the Nightmarchers carry. Another connection to Marshadow being based off ancient Hawaiian warriors is its helmet/head looking similar to a Ikaika warrior helmet; a helmet Hawaiian warriors wore.
The other Hawaiian myth Marshadow is based on is the Menehune. The Menehune are two feet tall about the height of Marshadow who's 2'04". They were rarely seen by humans and according to Pokedex entries from Pokemon Sun Marshadow is rarely seen by humans:
Able to conceal itself in shadows, it never appears before humans, so its very existence was the stuff of myth.
Marshadow could also be a reference to shadowboxing; a practice where a boxer, or fighter practices techniques by himself as if he's fighting an opponent. This is backed up by Marshadow's Pokemon Moon Pokedex entry:
It lurks in the shadows of others, copying their movements and powers. This Pokémon is craven and cowering.
What does Marshadow's name mean?
Marshadow's name is more than likely a combination of the words martial arts, Nightmarcher, and shadow. Meaning Marshadow name is referencing it being a fighting/ghost Pokemon, and Marshadow's connection to the myth of the NIghtmarchers. The shadow part of Marshadow's name could be a reference to shadowboxing.
How to use Marshadow in battle
Don't let Marshadow's small stature and cute appearance fool you as it comes packing a 125 attack & speed stat with the ability Technician. Marshadow is a physical sweeper meaning it's best used mid-late game to finish off your opponent once they have no threats to stop it, or the threats are weak enough for easy k.o's. Marshadow is made a even better sweeper due to it's signature move Spectral Thief which can take away boosted stats from opposing Pokemon, and then deal damage.
I recommend getting a Jolly Nature Marshadow, and maxing its attack & speed stat putting the remainder in defense. For moves I would run Close Combat, Shadow Sneak, Rock Tomb, and its signature move Spectral Thief, and give it the item 'life orb'. If you want to use Marshadow's Z-move Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike. I would recommend a Jolly Marshadow trained in attack & speed with remaining points in defense. The moves you should use are Bulk Up, Spectral Thief, Close Combat, Substitute, and give it the Z-stone 'Marshadium Z'. I found both of these sets on Smogon and have been using them to great effect online. I prefer the 'life orb' set over the Z-move set due to I feel it has a more consistent damage output making it easier to sweep opponents.
Marshadow is one of the most unique Pokemon. At first you think it's just going to be another cute Pokemon, but once you look into Marshadow you find it's design is multi-layered.
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