A new video on Pokémon’s official YouTube channel has revealed over 5 minutes worth of new details for the upcoming Pokémon games, Sun and Moon. Strap yourselves in, because this will be a long but exciting article!
Mudbray is the pre-evolved form of the previously revealed Mudsdale. It is a Ground type Pokémon based on a Donkey. Its Abilities are Own Tempo and Stamina. Mudbray boasts superhuman strength—a surprise, considering its small body. Mudbray can carry loads up to 50 times its own weight on its back or dragging behind it.
Oricorio is a part flying Pokémon that has 4 different ‘styles’, each with their own typing in addition to Flying. These styles, with typing in brackets, are Sensu (Ghost), P’au (Psychic), Pom Pom (Electric) and Baile (Fire). Oricorio’s ability is Dancer, a new ability never seen before. With this ability, whenever a Pokémon on the field uses a dancing move, such as Quiver Dance, Oricorio will use the same move immediately afterward. Oricorio’s signature move, Revelation Dance, changes type based on Oricorio’s ‘style’.
Fomantis & Lurantis
Fomantis is a Grass type Pokémon based on sickle grass with the ability Leaf Guard. Fomantis is nocturnal, although it photosynthesises during the day while it sleeps.
Lurantis is the evolved form of Fomanis, also a Grass type with the ability Leaf Guard. Lurantis is said to be the most gorgeous of all Grass-type Pokémon, due to its brilliant coloration and elegant moves. It learns the newly revealed move Solar Blade, which is a two-turn move that appears to function as a physical alternative to Solar Beam. Lurantis is the Totem Pokémon of Lush Jungle, the site of an Akala Island trial, so we can expect it to have some importance in the story.
Gumshoos is the evolved form of Yungoos. It is a Normal type based on a mongoose. Like Yungoos, Gumshoos’ abilities are also Stakeout and Strong Jaw. Gumshoos are renowned for having tenacious personalities. Gumshoos has been revealed to be a Totem Pokémon, but it has not been specified as to which trial this is for.
Minior is a Rock/Flying Pokémon based on a meteor. It has a newly revealed ability, Shields Down. With this ability, when Minior’s HP falls below half, its shell breaks to reveal the core inside, and it changes to a more attacking form. This description implies that the form change involves stat changes, similar to Darmanitan’s Zen Mode, in this case likely increasing Minior’s speed and attack stats while decreasing its defensive stats from its base form.
Some Pokémon from previous generations are getting new leases on life in Alola. So far, alternate ‘Alolan’ variants have been revealed for Exeggutor, Vulpix, Ninetales, Sandshrew and Sandslash, although more ‘Alolan’ variants should be expected to be announced before release. These variants change the look, typing and abilities of the Pokémon – Some descriptions imply stat changes, although this will not be confirmed until after the release of Pokémon Sun and Moon. Let’s take a closer look at the new Alolan variants.
Exeggutor reaches new heights with its Alolan variant, gaining a Dragon typing, the ability Frisk and 9 metres of neck. The people of Alola boast that the Alolan Exeggutor is the true form of Exeggutor. Unlike other Exeggutor, the Alolan Exeggutor has a fourth head – except this head is located on its tail, allowing Exeggutor to defend areas its head cannot reach.
Vulpix and Ninetales
Some Alolan forms of Pokémon chill out, rather than grow 9 metres. Alolan Vulpix is Ice type, and Ninetales is Ice and Fairy type, which is quite unlike their counterparts from the rest of the Pokémon world, which are Fire type. They are described as having taken on this new form and new typing due to their moving to and living on snowy mountain peaks. Both Vuplix and Ninetales have the ability Snow Cloak.
Sandshrew and Sandslash
As with Vulpix and Ninetales, living in snowy mountain areas of Alola has caused Alolan Sandshrew and Sandslash to change types, being Ice and Steel, rather than the usual Ground type. This Ice and Steel type combination has never been seen before. Both Sandshrew and Sandslash are heavier and slower in their Alolan forms due to the weight of the ice on their bodies.
Poké Ride is an expansion on Pokémon-riding in X and Y, and Soaring in OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire. It allows you to summon Pokémon that aren’t yours to assist you in various tasks, mostly involving movement and access to areas man power alone can’t reach. Charizard, Sharpedo, Stoutland, Mudsdale and Lapras are examples of Pokémon that can be ridden.
Z-moves are extremely powerful moves that can only be used once per battle. To unlock Z-moves, you need to be wearing a Z-ring with one of a variety of Z-crystals, one of your Pokémon must also be holding the same kind of Z-crystal, and it must know a move of the same type. When a Z-move is used, the trainer will strike a pose that corresponds to the Z-crystal’s type.
There are Z-crystals and Z-moves for every type. The only Z-moves revealed so far are Gigavolt Havoc (Electric), Bloom Doom (Grass), Inferno Overdrive (Fire) and Hydro Vortex (Water).
Tomy International has announced that they will be releasing a real-life Z-Ring alongside the launch of Sun and Moon! This ring will vibrate, light up and make sound when you use a Z-move, although how else it interacts with your game is currently unknown.
The Rite Of The Island Challenge
The Rite Of The Island Challenge is a rite of passage that sees the trainer travel to each of the four islands to complete various trials that involve more than just battling Pokémon.
At the end of each trial, you battle a powerful Totem Pokémon. This Pokémon is enveloped with a special aura that boosts its power, and it can also summon others on its kind to aid it in battle.
Each island has a Trial Captain: Mallow, who specialises in Grass-type Pokémon; Lana, who specialises in Water-types; Sophocles, who specialises in Electric-types; and Kiawe, who specialises in Fire-types.
The final trial on each island is called the Grand Trial. This involves a battle with the island Kahuna. If you defeat the Kahuna, you will be able to advance to the next island. One such Kahuna is Hala of Melemele Island.
It is unknown if this feature will replace or supplement traditional gyms, but they are nonetheless the most similar in-game feature to the gym challenges on the Orange Islands in the Anime.
Stay tuned as we continue to keep you updated with new Sun and Moon Information!