A couple months ago, the announcement of the 7th generation of Pokemon games, Pokemon Sun and Moon, set the fans wild with speculation. What would it look like?Where would it take place? Well, the long wait for more info is now over! Pokemon Sun and Moon just let a whole load of info out of the the pokeball to get the excitement even higher! The primary questions being asked were, what will the new starter Pokemon be? What will the two legendary Pokemon look like? Where will the new region be based? Well all these questions have now been answered. First off let's take a look at the newest trailer packed with info.
Now for a breakdown on all the newest info starting with where the adventure will take place.
As suspected by many fans, from the first teaser video released months ago, the new region appears to be based on Hawaii, taking Pokemon to a new tropical location. The first four generations used areas of Japan for inspiration, Unova, the fifth region was based on New York and the Kalos region was based on France and the Channel Islands. So with Hawaii set for the new location, it is pretty certain we will see a lot of Pokemon in the region based on the local wildlife. Shortly after the titles were released, a list of Pokemon types that will be in the new region leaked online, which included a coconut crab Pokemon and an Orca Pokemon. With Hawaii confirmed it now does suggest the leaked list could in fact be correct.
The Starter Pokemon
Despite many supposed "leaked" images surfacing, none were actually real. The real starter Pokemon have been confirmed to be Rowlet, a grass/flying type, Litten, a fire type and Popplio, the water type.
Given the appearance and name, it is pretty obvious this will evolve to look like an owl throughout its line. This marks the third owl Pokemon after Hoothoot and its evolved from, Noctowl. Rowlet will mark the second starter grass type to have a sub type. To date, the only grass type starter Pokemon to have a second type is Bulbasaur. While Turtwig does eventually gain the ground attribute and Chespin a fighting type attribute, both begin as a base grass type, and now due to mega evolution, Septile can now gain a dragon attribute. Pokemon fans have always noticed the lack of a second attribute in the grass type starters, and it seems the creators have listened as the grass will be the only one to start the game with two types under its belt.
Litten will be joining a horde of feline Pokemon already within the franchise such as; Meowth/Persian, Skitty/Delcatty, Shinx/Luxio/Luxray, Glameow/Purugly, Purrloin/Liepard and Litleo/Pyroar. Litten will mark the third fire cat after Litleo and Pyroar. However, given the dark coloration of the Pokemon it is likely to become a dark type later in its evolution line. This will make it almost a hybrid of both Litleo/Pyroar and Purrloin/Liepard. With the fire type being a fan favorite to begin their journey with, you do have to wonder how they will be making this feline stand out from the pack.
Popplio is quite clearly a seal type Pokemon, and with the images being shown, it is likely this will be the Pokemon the next female trainer will use in the anime series. This is due to the number of "show case" poses they have given this Pokemon compared to the other two. The female trainer has a habit of entering the Pokemon Contests, and these images could suggest they will be returning in the 7th gen of the games. Seel/Dewgong and Spheal/Sealeo/Walrein are already seal looking Pokemon, however Popplio does appear to be more inline with a performing seal over a wild seal like the others.
Meet the Legends of the Sun and Moon
Many fans had wondered if the new games could see old Legendary Pokemon being used with new Mega Evolutions. The speculated pair were Ho-oh and Lugia from Pokemon Gold and Silver.
With the mega evolutions proving to be popular, and Ho-oh never really seeing the spotlight like all other games featured Legendary Pokemon, fans hoped to see this pair. Unfortunately it will not be Lugia and Ho-oh to represent the Sun and Moon. While no names have yet to be given, it is safe to say we have a pair of new legends on the pokebloke!
The Pokemon of the sun is based on a lion. This is no surprise as the star sign Leo is ruled by the sun and a lion's mane can easily be shaped in a fictional world to look like the sun. What is interesting is the eight golden points around the face which is clearly in recognition of our sun being a star. It will most likely be a fire type given its basis is the sun, however, until they confirm that nothing is certain.
While there is no clear reason why a bat has been chosen to represent the moon, the most likely reason may be the nocturnal lifestyle of these creatures. The physical shape of the bat has also allowed them to come up with a clever way to represent both a crescent moon and a full moon, as seen from the attack during the trailer. What could be interesting is given the appearance of the Pokemon, it could potentially be a fairy/dark type which would be an interesting combination as dark types are normally weak against fairy types.
With a release date of November 18th, 2016, there is plenty of time for more information to come out. Which copy will you be grabbing first? Which starter Pokemon will you be travelling around Alola with?