The Pokemon Company dropped a new trailer for Pokemon Sword and Shield earlier this week. Along with revealing new rival characters, the video gave us our first look at a brand-new Pokemon named Obstagoon, which immediately drew comparisons to Kiss singer Gene Simmons. Now the rockstar has shared his thoughts on the monster.
In a statement to Newsweek, Simmons said he was flattered by the new Pokemon. “Pokemon has been a part of our household for decades, ever since our kids first discovered them,” Simmons said. “And to see Pokemon pay homage to Kiss, is flattering.”
Obstagoon is a new, region-exclusive evolution of Galarian Linoone. The entire Galarian Zigzagoon line has drawn comparisons to Kiss due to their black and white fur and star patterns around their eyes, which resembles the makeup the band wears while performing.
Zigzagoon and Linoone aren’t the only Pokemon receiving Galarian forms in Sword and Shield; The Pokemon Company also revealed the amazing Galarian Weezing, which has smokestacks that resemble top hats and mustache-like gas clouds around its faces. We also got a glimpse at a new hamster-like Pokemon named Morpeko, which can change between “full belly” and “hangry” forms.
Pokemon Sword and Shield launch for Nintendo Switch on November 15. You can check out all the new Gen 8 Pokemon revealed so far in our gallery. For more on the titles, be sure to read our Pokemon Sword and Shield release date and pre-order guide.