Pokémon Sun and Moon Revealed New Pokémon, Characters, Gameplay

We just can’t get enough of these new Pokémon Sun and Moon releases. Today, the Pokémon Company showed off a ton of new content. Extended video footage reveals so much more than we expected, so let’s dive right in.

We get a glimpse at riding around on certain Pokémon while using specific moves and techniques in the overworld. You even get to fly around on the back of a Charizard! Sharpedo can easily break down rocks in the water. Stoutland seems to be sniffing around for something specific. Perhaps they get better use out of some of their abilities instead of using them only in battle.

We skip to the reveal of a few new Flying-type Pokémon named Oricorio that are all related and come in many different forms. Baile Style is a Fire/Flying, Pom-Pom is Electric/Flying, Pa’u is Psychic/Flying and Sensu is Ghost/Flying. They all seem to perform various dances when in battle. Each form is native to their own islands and come with the Dancer ability which allows it to copy an opponents dance-based move automatically after being used.

Minior is a Rock/Flying-type Pokémon who seems to hover in place. When its ability, Shields Down, activates it reveals an inner core of varying colors. With the covering, Minior has higher defenses and is immune to status conditions. After its HP drops to half, the protective layer is broken and gains higher speed to move more easily.

The evolved version of Yungoos is Gumshoos. It appears to be much larger and seemingly more calm than its previous form. Its demeanor may mean it will wait for the opponent to make the first move rather than jump right into battle. Its Stakeout ability confirms Gumshoos will move in only at the right time.

Fomantis and Lurantis are new Grass-type Pokémon and even come with a powerful attack called Solar Blade. It is unknown if Solar Blade will be a two-turn attack like Solar Beam but it is seemingly a physical move. They also look to be modeled after a flower mantis and may be able to learn plenty of Fairy-type moves.

Mudbray is a Ground-type Pokémon which evolves into the previously revealed Mudsdale. It may not be as strong as its evolved form but it is sure to pack some powerful kicks. It is described as being able to carry heavy weights on its back which may allow players to ride both Mudbray and Mudsdale around the region.

Along with brand new Pokémon come variations some from older generations. The mysterious islands of the Alola region seemed to have taken them in a different evolutionary path which is something Professor Kukui is sure to be studying. Sandshrew and Sandslash are now Ice/Steel-types. Exeggutor is interestingly a Grass/Dragon-type. Vulpix becomes Ice and evolves into Ninetales as an Ice/Fairy-type. They all have cosmetic makeovers as well as new abilities. We are certain these won’t be the only five Pokémon to receive variations.

Toward the end of the trailer we meet the “gym leaders” of Pokémon Sun and Moon. Instead of gyms, they are island challenges led by captains. Mallow is a Grass-type expert, Lana specializes in Water, Sophocles knows everything about Electric-types, and Kiawe shows off his Fire-type Pokémon. Their Pokémon have Totem abilities to receive increased stats and call for help from ally Pokémon. Once passing them, you will go on to face the Kahuna of each island such as Hala, who we’ve seen before.

Trainers can also use Z-Moves for certain Pokémon which allow them to use a powerful attack. There will be a Z-Move for every Pokémon type which will certainly change the tides of battle more than ever. It is currently unknown what will happen if there is a dual-type Pokémon, but this surely won’t be the last we see of this announcement.

After all of these big reveals take a look at the English trailer above and the Japanese one below to learn more about what was announced. We will be sure to bring you the latest Pokémon Sun and Moon news in the near future!