A hot new teaser just dropped for the next chapter in the Pokémon franchise, Pokémon Sun and Moon, and it's packed with exciting info about the upcoming games -- new Pokémon, moves, abilities, evolutions and trainers.
The game takes place on the Hawaii-inspired tropical islands of the Alola region and features a plot centered around the ultra Beasts, extra-dimensional creatures that aren't true Pokémon. Fans have speculated that the Aether Foundation, a scientific organization that studies the Ultra Beasts, is in fact using them in an attempt to create new Mewtwo-esque Pokémon of godlike power.
Play against type
Silvally, a synthetic Pokémon, evolves when Null breaks free of the mask that restrains it. A strange-looking silvery hybrid of seemingly disparate parts, Silvally's special RKS System can be activated by putting items into its head, which allow it to change its type.
This unique ability has interesting implications for both attack and defense, allowing trainers to exploit strengths and weaknesses by modifying the type of Silvally's multi-attack move.
Clanging Scales is Kommo-o's unique move. The dragon Pokémon scrapes the scales covering its body against each another and appears to project the energy against its opponent in a powerful sonic attack. After using this move, Kommo-o becomes slightly more vulnerable.
Bounsweet evolves into Steenee, which can eventually evolve into Tsareena. The teaser shows off the noble Tsareena's unique moves: Trop Kick and Queenly Majesty. The first is some kind of...tropical drop kick? The latter intimidates an opponent with royal arrogance so they lose their attack.
Alolan Grimer and Muk appear to be mutated by their exposure to toxic crystals that they feed on. These prismatic horrors have a ravenous appetite and don't hesitate to chow down on their opponents.
Say aloha to the Alolans
The teaser shows us rival trainers Olivia and Ilima. Despite her youthful appearance, Olivia is the kahuna of Akala Island and a Rock type specialist. Captain Ilima is an expert in Normal-type Pokémon and puts the player to the test in a ritualized trial.
Fans react to the revelations
Naturally, there's a lot of enthusiasm for the new release
But the strongest reactions come from Grimer and Muk's Alolan forms, with considerable controversy over what they actually look like.
There's some storyline speculation
But with all of Silvally's potential for power, some fans aren't impressed at all with its looks
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