Pokémon Sun and Moon: New Pokémon, Alola Forms, Z-Moves, and More!

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A new video was posted on the official Pokémon Youtube channel this morning, revealing quite a bit of new information about the upcoming Sun and Moon games. If you're reading from the front page, click the Read More button to continue. Let's get started!



New Pokémon

Oricorio, the Dancing Pokémon, comes in four different forms depending on which island it's on: Pa'u Style, Sensu Style, Baile Style, or Pom-Pom Style. Oricorio always has the Flying type, but it gains the Psychic, Ghost, Fire, or Electric type, respectively, depending on which form it takes.

This Pokémon has the Dancer ability, which copies any dancing move used on the field by another Pokémon. It is also the only Pokémon that can learn Revelation Dance.

Minior, the Meteor Pokémon, is a Rock/Flying-type. It comes with the Shields Down ability, which gives it amazing defensive capabilities — and status condition immunity — for the duration its shell is intact. The shell breaks when its HP drops below half, changing its form to more of an attacking stage. Its core can be different colors: Yellow, blue, pink, or gold.

Gumshoos, the Stakeout Pokémon, is the evolved form of Yungoos. It retains its Normal type as well as one of its two abilities: Stakeout and Strong Jaw. Gumshoos is a patient and crafty Pokémon, often observing its prey's routes of travel in order to find the best place to wait in hiding.

Fomantis, the Sickle Grass Pokémon, is a Grass-type. It comes with the ability Leaf Guard and evolves into Lurantis, retaining its type. When Fomantis evolves it is said to be the most beautiful of all Grass types. Lurantis comes with the new move Solar Blade.

Mudbray, the Donkey Pokémon, was shown to evolve into Mudsdale. It is a Ground-type that has been hunted to near extinction; Alola is the only place where it may be found in the wild.

Alola Forms

There are certain previous generation Pokémon that have adapted to parts of the Alola region, giving them a different form.

Alolan Exeggutor, the Coconut Pokémon, has become a Grass/Dragon-type. It comes with the ability Frisk and...another head on its tail! Long exposure to strong sunlight year round brought about this change in Exeggutor.

Alolan Vulpix, the Fox Pokémon, has become an Ice-type. It comes with the ability Snow Cloak and can expel breaths that reach nearly -58F! It evolves into an Alolan Ninetales, an Ice/Fairy-type. Ninetales also comes with Snow Cloak and is treated as a holy emissary on the snowy peaks of Alola.

Alolan Sandshrew, the Mouse Pokémon, has become an Ice/Steel-type. It comes with the ability Snow Cloak and evolves into an Alolan Sandslash. Also an Ice/Steel-type, the Alolan Sandslash lives deep within the mountains, hiding in the snow.


Z-Moves may only be used once per battle and are available to all Pokémon. Both trainer and Pokémon need to hold special items — Z-Crystals — of the same element. If the Pokémon has a move of the same element the crystals will resonate, allowing the use of a Z-Move. A trainer's Z-Crystal is fitted into a Z-Ring upon their wrist.

In the video, Pikachu is shown using Gigavolt Havoc, Rowlet is shown using Bloom Doom, Litten is shown using Inferno Overdrive, and Popplio is shown using Hydro Vortex.

A Z-Ring toy item will be put out by Tomy International at the time of Sun and Moon's release. When a Z-Move is used in-game this ring will light up, make sounds, and vibrate.

"The Rite of the Island" Challenges

As part of a trainer's growth, some choose to travel to Alola's different islands in order to take on their individual Rites of Challenge. The trials are not limited to Pokémon battles; some will have you looking for items, answering questions, and more.

The trial captains and their specialties are as follows:
Mallow, who specializes in the Grass type
Lana, who specializes in the Water type
Sophocles, who specializes in the Electric type
Kiawe, who specializes in the Fire type

After a trial is complete, trainers must fight a powerful Totem Pokémon. These Pokémon are much larger than normal and come with a unique aura. They also sometimes call for help, a function that is said to be possible by other Pokémon as well.

After this comes the Grand Trial — a Pokémon battle against the island's kahuna! Clear this and you may move on to the next island. Hala has been confirmed to be an island kahuna.

Poké Ride

In Alola a service known as Poké Ride exists, in which trainers can call upon certain Pokémon for help at any time. These Pokémon may not join your team, but they will help you get to places you couldn't get without their valuable assistance!

In the video, the trainer is shown riding a Tauros that breaks rocks, a Mudsdale that rides over rocky terrain, a Sharpedo that breaks boulders in the water, and a high-flying Charizard.

What do you think about all of this news? Let us know in the comments below! 



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