‘Pokémon Sun’ And ‘Moon’: New Pokémon, Pokémon League, Battle Tree Revealed
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are going to be released on Nov. 18. The Pokémon Company and Nintendo have been consistently releasing new information pertaining to the Alola region and all of the new Pokémon that live there.
A demo for Sun and Moon was released last week, and I’m sure you enjoyed it. Yesterday, The Pokémon Company International released a new trailer showcasing the upcoming anniversary games. Let’s watch it:
You can find the Japanese version of the trailer, which is slightly different, over yonder. Here are the official Pokédex entries for the newest batch of Pokémon:
The Arrow Quill Pokémon Decidueye is the fully evolved form of the Grass- and Flying-type first-partner Pokémon Rowlet. Decidueye attacks with astonishing speed, plucking arrow quills from its wings to send them hurtling towards its target with precise aim. This Pokémon is able to move about whilst completely masking its presence from others. Decidueye is the only Pokémon that can learn the move Spirit Shackle. This new Ghost-type move hits an opponent and makes it unable to leave the battle—it can’t flee or switch out.
The Heel Pokémon Incineroar is the fully evolved form of the Fire-type first-partner Pokémon Litten. As Incineroar’s fighting spirit increases, the flames it produces within its body burst from its navel and waistline. These flames resemble a championship belt, which it uses to unleash its moves. Incineroar is the only Pokémon able to learn the move Darkest Lariat. This new Dark-type physical attack allows Incineroar to deal damage to an enemy whilst ignoring the effects of any stat changes on that enemy.
The Soloist Pokémon Primarina is the fully evolved form of the Water-type first-partner Pokémon Popplio. As Primarina dances, it releases balloons of water and controls their movement using the sound waves from its voice. Primarina uses some of these balloons to jump on and maneuver in battle whilst others explode when touched, which can trigger chained explosions. Primarina is the only Pokémon that can learn Sparkling Aria, a new Water-type special move which heals the burns of any target it strikes.
The Nebula Pokémon Cosmog is extremely rare, known only to a select few across Alola. Named by the Aether Foundation, Cosmog is very curious, and its gaseous body is so lightweight that it’s sent flying when the wind blows. When light falls on the Pokémon, Cosmog can absorb it and grow bigger.
Alolan Persian is highly intelligent and doesn’t like to grow attached to its Trainer, making it something of a difficult Pokémon to have as a battle partner. The round face of Alolan Persian is a symbol of the rich Alola region, and it is held to be a Pokémon of great beauty. Its exquisite coat shines with the glow of high quality and enchants both humans and Pokémon. For this reason, it is a very popular Pokémon in the Alola region.
Also unveiled were three Alola region guardian deities—Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu and Tapu Fini:
Tapu Lele is the guardian deity of Akala island. This Pokémon scatters glowing scales that have physical effects on others—providing stimulation to their bodies and healing their illnesses or injuries. Tapu Lele has the Ability Psychic Surge, an Ability that no other Pokémon has previously had. With Psychic Surge, the field will be turned into Psychic Terrain, which boosts the power of any Psychic-type moves used by Pokémon on the ground and prevents them from being hit by priority moves.
Tapu Bulu is the guardian deity of Ula’ula Island. This Pokémon has the power to manipulate vegetation and cause it to grow. It can use this power to make its wooden horns change shape and grow larger. Tapu Bulu has the Ability Grassy Surge, an Ability that no other Pokémon has previously had. With Grassy Surge, the field will be turned into Grassy Terrain, boosting the power of any Grass-type moves used by Pokémon on the ground and restoring a bit of HP to them each turn. It also halves the damage taken from the moves Earthquake, Magnitude and Bulldoze.
Tapu Fini is the guardian deity of Poni Island. This Pokémon is able to attack by manipulating water. It does not like to risk being harmed during battle, so it creates a thick fog to disorient its opponents and lead them to their own destruction. Tapu Fini has the Ability Misty Surge, an Ability that no other Pokémon has previously had. With Misty Surge, the field will be turned into Misty Terrain, halving the damage taken by Pokémon on the ground from Dragon-type moves and preventing them from being afflicted with status conditions or confusion.
(Man, some of those names are clunky.)
The four Alolan deities share their Z-Move, Guardian of Alola, which will reliably take away 75 percent of your foe’s remaining HP.
Veteran Pokémon Trainers will tell you how these adventures normally go: you collect eight Gym Badges and challenge the Pokémon League, which is always a gauntlet against the region’s Elite 4 and Champion. Sun and Moon are foregoing that tradition for now, as Alola’s Pokémon League is still under construction. Will you be strong enough to claim the Champion title once the League is ready?
The final revelation is the Battle Tree, which seems to be a post-game area. This exclusive environment hosts Trainers who have either cleared Alola’s island challenge or could have if they wanted to.
Wally, the rival from the Hoenn games, is among them, as is Sinnoh Champion Cynthia. Most significant, however, is the grand return of Red and Blue! (Although it’s kind of peculiar seeing the Kanto boys as adults when Wally still appears to be a kid. Whatever, it’s a minor oddity.)
Are you excited for Pokémon Sun and Moon?
In case you’re not, here’s that adorable Mimikyu song. Are you excited now?