This week, we were given some really interesting new announcements for Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon.
Let's take a look at what we can learn from these announcements, and explore what this means for the latest Pokemon adventure!
1. A New, Unannounced Pokemon!
Nothing is known about this Pokemon yet. It was shown to be caught by the Japanese kid in the mini series that the Pokemon company is doing as part of the build-up to the release of the games. If I had to guess, I'd say it looks like a possible Cutiefly evolution!
2. Kanto Pokemon in Normal Form
It has been suggested that when Pokemon migrated to the Alolan region, they adapted over time and took on different appearances in order to help them survive in their new habitat. With it seeming likely that the Pokemon to get Alolan form treatment will be ones originally from Kanto, there have, over the last few trailers, been Pokemon from Kanto that are shown in the form we already know them to have, so it is likely they will not get an Alolan update. They are the following:
- Horsea - as a fountain
- Magikarp - as a submarine?
Including their evolution line, that would be 26 Kanto Pokemon not getting an Alolan form, or at least shown to be in their natural form. But this brings me onto the confusing part. If there is an Alolan Raichu, that would mean an Alolan Pikachu and Pichu exist, which would also mean a non-Kanto Pokemon getting a redesign. Not only this, Pikachu is shown as his normal self in the wild posing for snaps in the latest trailer. Have they just broken the rules for Pikachu because he’s the mascot? Or was he shown in the wild in another region…?
3. Unknown Buildings
The building shown in the very first trailer as concept art is finally shown in the trailer this time around. This is the building that had the Horsea fountain out the front. This looks like a big building in an area of its own, so even if it’s only a simple side-quest, like the mansion in X and Y, there is some sort of significance to this building. We just don’t know what that is still, yet. However, the Zygarde Cube, to collect all the Zygarde cores, is given to you by an unknown character called Dexio, wearing an Alolan Exeggutor shirt, out the front of the building. It is possible the trainers you receive it from have minor significance to the story. This building could be something you revisit during your journey to see them.
The other building of interest is some sort of Fighting Dojo, which has a few NPCs and a Machamp outside the front of it, along with statues of Machamp to the left of the doorway, and Makuhita on the right. It has a real Pokemon Gym feel to it, although with it looking likely that they are not a thing in the region, maybe this will prove to be one of the first places set up in order to try and create a Pokemon League in the region. Or, just the location of this generations side-quests, like the Pokeathlon or the contests.
4. Character Customization Shops
It has already been confirmed that character customization is an option in this game, but a shot from the latest Japanese trailer shows the female playable character walking down a road with what looks to be a hairdressers and clothes shop on the right. This is no surprise, but does at least show continuity from Kalos with the shops, so buying clothes will be as we already know it.
5. Ultimate Beasts and a New Team Introduced
The new “Pokemon” shown at the end of both the English and Japanese trailers (much more dramatically in the Japanese one) is called UB-01. You don’t need to be a genius to guess that this probably stands for Ultimate Beast 1. Which means what?
Is an “Ultimate Beast” a Pokemon? Unlike many Pokemon reveals before it, there is no official typing shown, or abilities, or anything to suggest that this is even a Pokemon. It is shown to appear in the man-made island in the middle of the region, in front of the player and his rivals, as well as members of the mysterious new team, “Aether Foundation”. This team seems to be the good version of Team Skull, and helps to free and help Pokemon being captured or mistreated by the bad guys of Alola. But how good are they really? Why is this beast appearing in their building, with everyone around looking shocked or scared?
If you want to take another look at the latest announcement, check it out below:
What are your thoughts on this article? Anything I have missed? Any theories on the mysterious Aether Foundation? My personal theory is Aether and Skull work on these games as Magma and Aqua did on Ruby and Sapphire. Let me know in the comments!