This week a new trailer for Pokemon Sun and Moon was released. What does the world of Pokemon have in store for us this time? This newest trailer brings us even more news about the Alola Region and its unique ecosystem full of new Pokemon to discover.
Let’s take a look:
For this new installment of the Pokemon series, Nintendo has decided to take a different approach to regional Pokemon. Sun and Moon will feature many familiar Pokemon from past generations, but with a slight twist. The Alola Islands are extremely isolated from the mainland, and over many generations the Pokemon in Alola have adapted. One could even they have evolved to suit their environment.
Here are a few familiar species of Pokemon in Alola which evolved a little differently from their mainland cousins:
The Exeggutor found in the Alola Islands looks a bit more tropical than species found in other regions. This is presumably so it can blend in with the tropical palm trees. It also has a fourth head … on its tail. The fourth head controls the tail independently from the rest of the body. Its purpose is to attack anyone approaching Exeggutor from behind.
It is also now a grass/dragon type Pokemon as opposed to grass/psychic type from the previous games. It’s ability is Frisk, which allows it to check the opponent’s held item.
Vulpix and Ninetales:
Another species of Pokemon with a unique variation is Vulpix and its evolved form Ninetales. This Pokemon is interesting because the Alola Vulpix is an ice-type instead of a fire-type.
The Sun and Moon Vulpix inhabits the Alola Region’s snowy mountain peaks. It has become so adapted to the snow that it cannot stand living in warmer temperatures. It uses its Snow Cloak ability to keep cool.
Sandshew and Sandslash:
The Alola Sandshew and Sandslash are another pair which has made the jump from normal/ground to ice/steel. Like Vulpix, Sandshew of Alola Region lives in the snowy mountains. It has adapted sharp claws to burrow into the ice and a steely exterior which resists the cold.
Sandshew also has the snow cloak ability.
A new Pokemon introduced for the Alola Region is Oricorio. This dancing bird Pokemon transforms completely after drinking the nectar from certain flowers. There are four “styles” of Oricorio: Sensu Style, Pa’u Style, Pom-Pom Style, and Baile Style. It is speculated that the names of the Oricorio styles are connected to the names of the islands in the Alola region.
Each Oricorio has the Dancing revelation ability, which changes type based on which style the Pokemon is currently using.
Mubray and Mudsdale:
Mudbray is a small but powerful ground type Pokemon. Mubray and its evolved form Mudsdale both love to play in mud; as their name would suggest. Mudsdale is also one of the Pokemon which can be ridden around the island for traveling between towns.
The Alola Islands have their own unique spin on gym challenges. Like gym challenges, the Island Challenge involves traveling around the region to specific towns or locations. Each of the four islands contains challenges which are not limited to Pokemon battles. Some challenges may involve scavenger hunts and tests of knowledge.
At some point during each island challenge will be a Totem Pokemon. The Totem Pokemon are larger and stronger than others of its species. It is also enveloped in a special aura. Using this aura they are able to summon ally Pokemon to join them in battle.
At the end of each challenge will be a Grand Trial. The Grand Trial is basically the gym boss battles from the previous games. Beat the Kahuna (gym leader), and you have successfully completed the island challenge. Beat all four islands, and become a Pokemon Master.
Another new feature of Pokemon battles is the introduction of z-moves. Z-moves are powerful attacks which can be used once per battle. To use a z-move, the trainer must be wearing a z-ring on their arm. If the z-crystal in the z-ring matches the Pokemon’s type the trainer and their Pokemon will resonate. When trainers and Pokemon combine their power, the attack is devastating.
Which element of Pokemon Sun and Moon are you most excited about?
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