Today, Game Freak released a massive amount of information regarding their upcoming Pokemon expansion, Sun and Moon. I could waste time bandying about how this is important but I will just get straight to the info.
Yes, we are getting amazing new Pokemon and they look awesome...
Minior - Rock/Flying
First up is this miner-like Pokemon by the name of Minior. The interesting combination of rock and flying allows this Pokemon to strengthen itself against a couple of flying's weaknesses, namely electric and rock. It holds the ability Shields Down, though it is unclear what it does at this point in time. However, when hit by an opposing Pokemon's attack, the rocky shell surrounding Minior is opened, exposing a colourful core.
The core may have some specialized significance, perhaps allowing that particular Minior to unleash a specific color-coded power, or perhaps it is just due to each of the Miniors coming from one of the four different islands that compose the Alola region.
Gumshoos - Normal
We are given another evolution! In this one, the angry, sinister Yungoos has evolved into the wise looking yet still sinister Gumshoos. It holds the ability Stakeout, which doubles the amount of damage to Pokemon that are switched in or transferred in mid-battle, as well as Strong Jaw which increases the power of biting moves by 50%. So make sure you keep staple moves such as Bite and Crunch as they definitely will come in useful.
Fomantis – Grass
Fomantis is a cute little flower looking Pokemon that perfectly captures the vibe of sweet and innocent. It is the lowest evolution of its particular chain and holds the ability, Leaf Guard which we have seen on another Pokemon released for the Alola region. This ability allows this Pokemon to not be affected by any status conditions if there is sunny weather. Sunny Day is a must have move for this Pokemon.
Lurantis – Grass
The evolution of Fomantis, Lurantis also holds the ability Leaf Guard which, as above, prevents status conditions affecting this Pokemon under sunny weather. Lurantis also holds a newly released move known as Solar Blade, wherein a large amount of solar energy is stored, fired up towards the sky and then dropped down onto opposing Pokemon. It is unclear if this will require a charge time, as Solar Beam does, or if it will be available to be selected and fired during the same turn.
Mudbray – Ground
We have reverted back to a baby evolution. Mudbray is the pre-evolution of Mudsdale that appears to be more of Donkey origins as opposed to the majestic Clydesdale, where Mudsdale derives his pedigree. Mudbray holds the ability Own Tempo, which prevents the Pokemon from succumbing to confusion, as well as Stamina which raises the Pokemon’s defence if it is hit by a successful attack.
Yes, there are styles. And I’m not talking about the stylish designs you could give your Furfrou in Pokemon X and Y. There are certain Pokemon (perhaps even Minior) that undergo typing and appearance changes based on what island they are on, and since there are four islands, there are four distinct styles of Pokemon.
Oricorio is one of the unique Pokemon that has many different appearances. Alternate looks are not a new thing in Pokemon, but there has never been this many naturally occurring differences that alter the type as well as the style. Oricorio has been revealed with a new move known as Revelation Dance (there is definitely a theme here), which matches the Pokemon’s type and deals damage accordingly.
Regardless of Style, they all hold the ability Dancer, which copies an opposing Pokemon’s dance based moves, such as Quiver Dance. Therefore, if an opponent attacks you with Quiver Dance, Oricorio will automatically hit back with it. It is unclear if this forfeits a turn on your behalf or whether you will gain an additional turn.
Let's go from left to right shall we?
-The Baile Style is a type of Oricorio that holds the Fire and Flying types and is reminiscent of a flamenco dancer from Spain.
-The Pom-Pom Style Oricorio holds Electric and Flying and based on its look as well as the name, it would have to be a cheerleader of sorts.
-The Pa’u Style of Oricorio is a Psychic/Flying type that appears to be engaged in a traditional Hawaiian dance which would suit the aura of the Alola region.
-The Sensu Style is a Ghost and Flying Oricorio that retains elements of a Geisha dancer from Japan.
OLD FAVOURITES GET A NEW SPIN
Yeah, the Pokemon hype isn’t finished. We are not even done with Pokemon reveals. Keeping with the theme of alternate forms of Pokemon, the Alola region has changed some of our beloved Pokemon from the early generations and given them new looks and abilities with their Alola Forms.
Exeggutor – Grass/Dragon
Have you ever wanted a Giraffe sized Palm tree with three heads? Pokemon Sun and Moon has got you covered. Exeggutors in this region benefit from a neck boost and gain the type of Dragon (oh yeah!). It holds the ability Frisk, which allows it to check an opposing Pokemon’s held item.
Vulpix and Ninetales – Ice and Ice/Fairy
Our beloved fire foxes are getting a complete 180, in turns of an alternate form. Now they are ice angels. Where formerly they were fire types, the Alola region has completely altered their genetic makeup. I don’t know how because the Alola region looks incredibly hot but regardless it is cool (get it). Both of their abilities are Snow Cloak, which raises evasion in a Hail Storm, as well as preventing these two Pokemon from taking damage in the aforementioned hail.
Sandshrew and Sandslash – Ice/Steel
The former Ground types have also gotten a similar upgrade to the snow foxes above, now holding the Ice and Steel typings. They also hold the ability Snow Cloak which raises evasiveness in a Hail Storm. Given the similarity of these four Pokemon, it would be quite plausible for them to be game-exclusive Pokemon, meaning that to get all of these new versions of old favourites, you will either have to trade from Sun or Moon or acquire both games and trade with yourself.
WHERE THE PREVIOUS POKEMON GAMES HAD BIKES...
Sun and Moon will have rideable Pokemon -- actual ridable Pokemon! With proper animations and everything. They seem to be necessary to traverse a variety of terrains as we see a Mudsdale going over sharp rocks, much like the Rhyhorn in earlier games. They are not restricted to ground types though and as former games provided us, we will have water based Pokemon travel and flying based. But flying is even cooler now.
Yeah. I know. Exciting.
THE ISLAND CHALLENGE
We have a Rite of Passage to undertake in the Alola region, requiring us to travel around the four islands that comprise the region and completing tasks for the Trial Captains who each have a different type of task and of Pokemon. Mallow (Grass), Lana (Water), Sophocles (Electric), and Kiawe (Fire) will all help you on your journey to complete this challenge.
However, it's not a simple undertaking to complete these Trials as at the end of them, you will be required to face off against a powerful Totem Pokemon. These Pokemon are able to generate a specific aura that drastically boosts their stats. The aura surrounds them and makes them harder to defeat. Not only this but these Totem Pokemon will be able to summon reinforcements during the battle, meaning that your Pokemon will be hard pressed to defend against two or possibly three Pokemon with just your one. The backup Totem Pokemon are most likely going to be significantly less powerful than the Totem Pokemon (Gang leader).
You didn’t think you could just complete the Trial, defeat the Totem Pokemon and enjoy the rewards did you? No. After each Trial is completed, you will have to face off in a battle against a Kahuna which is most likely a very powerful leader of each island. Defeat them and you will receive glorious rewards.
Okay, we are almost done (I know – sadness). There is now a new type of move that can be used during battle, effectively bringing the total up to 5. These are stock standard moves (one per type) that can be used only once per battle, similar to Mega Evolutions. Z-Moves are incredibly powerful typed moves that will be able to deliver destruction on your opponents. However, it is unclear if a Pokemon that undertook Mega Evolution will still be able to utilize these moves. We will have to wait and see. There were several that were revealed, Gigavolt Havoc (Electric), Bloom Doom (Grass), Inferno Overdrive (Fire) and Hydro Vortex (Water). These Z-Moves also come with a different activation animation depending on the type of move being utilised.
Well that's everything for now. This should tide over Pokemon fans for a couple hours before the need for knowledge overwhelms them. Enjoy the hype, Poke Trainers.