Pokémon Sun and Moon Trailer Shows off Version Exclusive Pokémon

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

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Pokémon Sun and Moon

November 18th is getting closer, and the Pokémon news just keeps coming. In today’s new trailer Nintendo revealed some Pokémon who will be exclusive to one version of Sun and Moon or the other.

First up we have some brand new Pokémon. Passimian in Sun, and Oranguru in Moon. Both are based on primates and seem to be designed around double battles. We’re also shown Lycanroc and it’s two forms which has been covered before.

In addition to the new Pokés, there’s also an update regarding some gameplay features. The ability to customize your character as well as change their outfits, like in X and Y, is making a comeback. Also it looks like they’ve expanded on The Pokémon-Amie from the 6th generation games with Pokémon Refresh which will allow you to groom your Pokémon in addition to giving them treats and head pats.

Finally, the trailer showed off two new Z-Moves that look exclusive to Pikachu and Eevee.

Oh, one last thing from the PR. It seems that Nintendo will be updating the Pokémon Bank to be compatible with Sun and Moon sometime in January. You can read more about that here.

Pokémon Sun and Moon will be released for Nintendo 3DS on November 18th. Checkout the press release and trailer below:


NEW DETAILS AND MORE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN POKÉMON SUN ANDPOKÉMON MOON REVEALED!

 

New gameplay features, Pokémon Bank information, Z-Moves and version-exclusive Pokémon announced for upcoming Pokémon games

 

Bellevue, WA—20 September 2016The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo revealed new information for the latest games in the Pokémon franchise, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. The games launch in North America on November 18 and are available exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

 

Newly revealed Pokémon include:

 

Passimian

Type: Fighting

The Teamwork Pokémon Passimian attack by throwing Berries at their foes. They tend to live in troops of 20–30 Passimian, who all follow one leader. These tribes work in teams to train and improve their skills. This Pokémon has the Ability Receiver, an Ability which no previous Pokémon has had. With the Receiver Ability, Passimian can inherit the Ability of an ally who faints in battle. Passimian only appear in Pokémon Sun.

 

Oranguru

Type: Normal/Psychic

The Sage Pokémon Oranguru live in the solitary deeps of the Alolan forests and, in fact, were once known as ‘the people of the forests’. Oranguru hold a fan-like object made of leaves and are known to be kind to other Pokémon in the forest, often giving injured Pokémon medicine or hungry Pokémon food. This Pokémon can exclusively learn the new move Instruct, a move which can make the selected target use its most recent move again immediately. Oranguru only appear in Pokémon Moon.

 

The previously revealed Puppy Pokémon Rockruff can evolve into a different form depending on whether you are playing Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon.

 

Lycanroc (Midday Form)

Type: Rock

In the world of Pokémon Sun, Rockruff is bathed in profuse amounts of solar energy, and Solgaleo’s influence causes this Pokémon to evolve into Lycanroc’s Midday Form. This form is known for speedy movement which can confound its opponents. A very loyal Pokémon, Lycanroc Midday Form dodges opponents’ strikes whilst attacking with the sharp rocks of its mane. Lycanroc Midday Form can learn Accelerock, a new move unique to the Pokémon, which is guaranteed to strike first, damaging opponents by slamming into them very quickly.

 

Lycanroc (Midnight Form)

Type: Rock

In the world of Pokémon Moon, Rockruff is bathed in an abundance of lunar energy, and Lunala’s influence causes this Pokémon to evolve into Lycanroc’s Midnight Form. This Pokémon will sacrifice its own safety to strike down its foes. The stronger an opponent is, the more excited Lycanroc Midnight Form becomes, its eyes glowing with the thrill of battle. This Pokémon feels a deep trust towards a Trainer who can draw forth its true power.

 

Two new Pokémon-specific Z-moves were also announced for some fan-favorite Pokémon:

 

Pikachu

Exclusive Z-Move name: Catastropika

Pikachu’s exclusive Z-Move, Catastropika, is a super-powered attack move where Pikachu borrows its Trainer’s strength, wraps itself in extra-high-voltage electric power, and charges into its opponents. This is Pikachu’s most powerful attack.

 

Eevee

Exclusive Z-Move name: Extreme Evoboost

Eevee’s exclusive Z-Move, Extreme Evoboost, gathers together Sylveon, Jolteon and more – all of the eight Pokémon that Eevee can evolve into – and grants their powers to Eevee. This highly powerful move raises Eevee’s Attack, Defense, Sp. Atk, Sp. Def and Speed by 2.

 

The popular character-customization feature makes a return in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Personalize your character’s clothing, hairstyle and eye color as you venture through the Alola region. Now, you can even dye your fashions to change their color and make sure you pull off your favorite look whilst out adventuring.

 

The Pokémon Refresh feature lets you care for your Pokémon. After a battle, Pokémon can sometimes end up rumpled and dirty. Pokémon Refresh lets you clean them up, care for them, feed them Poké Beans and even cure status conditions like poisoning and paralysis that were inflicted on them in battle. Pokémon that have been looked after in Pokémon Refresh can grow very affectionate and will battle to the utmost for you. This means that sometimes they may avoid attacks from opposing Pokémon or even hold out when they’re on the verge of fainting. Take good care of all your Pokémon in Pokémon Refresh, and they will be great allies on your adventure.

 

The Nintendo 3DS downloadable software Pokémon Bank, an application that enables players to put Pokémon they’ve been on past adventures with into internet-based storage boxes, will be receiving an update in January 2017. This update will give the Pokémon Bank application compatibility with Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon and include a new National Pokédex feature. The Pokédex feature reads saved data from any compatible titles you connect to Pokémon Bank and collects information about all the Pokémon you have caught. You can then check out all of this information in the Pokémon Bankapplication and even see Pokémon that don’t natively appear in the Alola region. Poké Transporter will also be updated to make the Virtual Console versions of Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue andPokémon Yellow compatible with Pokémon Bank. This means that Pokémon players caught in the VC-original Kanto games will be able to be transferred across into Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.


About Aaron Evangelisti

Aaron is a lifelong video games enthusiast who's been playing since the days of the NES. He enjoys just about all types of games from RPGs, to platformers, to strategy. He also fancies himself a bit of a writer so writing about video games makes sense, right?




  • Hogtree Octovish

    1) In before someone compares Oranguru to Harambe.

    2) So Rockruff’s evos are game-locked rather than time-locked. Lame.
    Hoping you can still transfer the Forms between games.
    (I wasn’t going to use Rockruff anyway, but it’s still lame.)

    3) Glad to see character customisation’s back.
    Not exactly a big thing for me, but I had a lot of fun with it.

    4) Pikachu getting a Z-Move was kind of expected (it is the franchise mascot), but I’m really glad Eevee got one too.
    4a) Although, it does confirm that we’re probably not getting a new Eeveelution this Gen. Oh well. -_-‘

    5) Kinda disappointed the Bank update isn’t until January, though.
    Was hoping to use it to get all three starters (if Bank even works that way, I’ve never tried it).
    Guess I’m just stuck with Fire Cat [Litten] then.

    • Panpopo

      Yeah I was hoping for another Eeveelution as well, but I am glad it got something. The pokebank news is a bit of a bummer, but it gives me a chance to play through the game with the new pokemon.

    • Hogtree Octovish

      To be honest, I was only going to use it for the starters.
      My team was/is still going to be mostly new Pokémon, and all freshly caught.
      And only send the not-available-in-Sun-version ‘mon over in the post-game.
      It’s just disappointing that I can’t do it sooner.

      And, yeah, we don’t usually get a new Eeveelution in the odd Gens, anyway (barring Gen 1).
      I just like the Eevee family.

  • Miles

    So far still not impress with Sun and Moon. Too much going on so far and the design for most are in my opinion rather terrible. Again my feelings towards them so don’t take this personally. Man, now this make me want this at 30/70. If this keep up I may cancel my preorder 🙁
    I’m also tired of hearing Harambe in pokemon. Its a terrible incident i agree, should never had happen that way but serious question; What does that have to do with pokemon? All I hear is negativity with Harambe and pokemon. Down to “I’m gonna quit pokemon and Nintendo if they don’t add Harambe in.” From many Geeks and nerds sadly.

  • Panpopo

    I am really glad they brought back character customization. That was one of the favorite parts of X & Y for me.