Pokemon Sun and Moon are set to release November 18th later this year but we are catching a sneak peak at even more new Pokemon AND a brand new form of Pokemon battles!
In every installment thus far, there have been a few things that have been consistent. For instance, choosing from a fire, water or grass starter has been around from the very beginning. Same is also the case with the first few Pokemon encountered in the wild.
Since Red/Green/Blue, there has always been a bird/Flying-type, insect/Bug-type, and a mammal/Normal-type Pokemon that are not only available within the first few routes but are also (normally) numbered closely behind the starters in the Pokedex. Well those three Pokemon are just a few new developments being released in the new video among two other pretty cool additions to the Pokemon franchise!
The Flying/Normal-Type Pikipek
One thing that has been different throughout the generations is how far the beginning bird Pokemon evolves. Some like Pidgey, Starly, Pidove and Fletchling are part of a three-stage evolution line. On the other hand, Spearow, Hoothoot and Taillow only evolve once. Whether this Pokemon will be able to evolve once or twice is yet to be determined but I could definitely see this bird eventually evolving into something that resembles a Nene (the state bird of Hawaii).
The Normal-Type Yungoos
There has been an ongoing trending of having an early Normal-Type Pokemon that uses its teeth as a main means for attack. We've had Rattata, Zigzagoon, and Patrat just to name a few. Yungoos looks to be no different (just look at that smile!). It is also safe to assume that Yungoos will only have one evolution (the only early Normal-Type having two evolutions being Lillipup). It would be nice to see them give Yungoos a second typing upon evolution much like they did with Bidoof evolving into Bibarel (hopefully it just won't be as lame...).
The Bug-Type Grubbin
The new Bug-Pokemon in every generation is normally the most unique in comparison to the two previously stated. In fact, each generation has something a little bit different to offer. Thus far, there has been a choice of either having two Pokemon lines to choose from (Caterpie/Weedle, Ledyba/Spinark, and Sewaddle/Venipede) or deciding which final form you desire (Wurmple, Burmy, and Scatterbug). From the looks of it, Grubbin will fall into the latter category which begs the question: what other forms will this little bugger off us?
The Mythic Legendary Magearna
They must really love their Fairy-type Mythical Pokemon because this is their second one since the new type has been introduced. According to the official Pokemon website, its new ability grants Magearna a boost in special attack every time a Pokemon faints in the area. Hopefully this ability also includes an opponent's Pokemon, otherwise you might be seeing this legendary used specifically in double or triple battles. Let's just pray that there will be an event to obtain Magearna when the game comes out.
Brand New Battle Mode - Four Trainer Battle Royale
This might have to be my favorite new feature for Sun and Moon! The strategy that goes behind this will definitely be an interesting thing to consider. Do you charge in like a Tauros with an all-out offensive and put a target on your back? Or are you a slow and steady Slaking biding its time? Personally, I prefer the head-on blitz approach but that has landed me in bad spots in the past... I guess I'll have to wait and find out what works best.
So many things look amazing in this game already! And with every new release of information, my anticipation has been growing more and more! Fingers crossed all this will live up to the hype come November.