A new Pokemon game is on the horizon even as Pokemon GO continues on its way to becoming a global phenomenon. A trailer for the upcoming game, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon surfaced yesterday on the official Pokemon YouTube channel, fuelling a lot of excitement over the content featured in the video which offers a peek inside several details about new monsters and new game mechanics.
As we already know, the tropical islands of the Alola region comprise the setting for Pokemon Sun and Moon, which will be the first installment in the seventh generation of Pokemon series of role-playing games. Yesterday’s trailer reveals new Alola Forms of existing Pokemon, six brand new Pokemon, new Z-Moves, the new “Ride Pokemon Service” feature, and a new quest called The Island Challenge.
The most striking of the Alola sub-species revealed in the trailer is the Exeggutor, originally a short, stocky tree-like Pokemon, which has managed to grow a long neck making it resemble a tall palm tree. Other Alola versions included in the trailer are Ice forms of Vulpix, Ninetales, Sandshrew, and Sandslash.
Among the six new Pokemon that were revealed are Minior, a floating rock-like monster that can shed its outer shell, Mudbray, a Ground type Pokemon, and Gumshoos, who looks pretty grim. We loved the different dancing styles of Oricorio (which are called Baile Style, Pom Pom Style, Pa’u Style and Sensu Style). Oricorio is seen changing its dancing styles depending on the Alolan island it is on.
The game’s Island Challenge will be all about aiming to be the strongest trainer. We get to meet the Trial Captains as well, including Kiawe, Lana, and Sophocles. With this made to seem like the main challenge of the game, players will have to send off their trainer to complete trials according to each island’s theme. There they will be facing off against special Totem-form Pokemon, and fighting Kahunas, each island’s boss trainer.
The Z-Moves at the end of the trailer are described as “a new way to attack” and they look very cool indeed. The trailer also promises a different Z-Move for every Pokemon-type, but they can be used only once per battle, making it a pretty exclusive move.
The trailer also confirms many aspects of a set of images that had leaked some time ago. Among them, the resemblance between the Grass-type Tribal Captain Mallow and an unnamed Pokemon trainer featured in the leak is almost uncanny.
Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon are slated to release on November 18, 2016, on the Nintendo 3DS. Its release will also mark the twentieth anniversary of the Pokemon franchise.