The Pokémon Company has just released a new trailer for Pokémon Sun and Moon Version.
— Pokémon UK (@PokemonNewsUK) 6 September 2016
Firstly, we’re introduced to two new Monsters …
Type: Null, A man-made Normal Type which seems to have a helmet in the shape of an Axe covering it’s head. It’s front feet claws and aquatic-like tail also look intimidating.
The Pokémon Company have stated “To complete
a certain mission, there was need of a Pokémon powerful enough to rival those Pokémon often spoken of in mythology.” … could’ve Type: Null been built to take on Alola’s guardian deities, such as Tapu Koko?
Next we meet Jangmo-o, the humble, valiant and cute Dragon type. The abilities Bulletproof and Soundproof will protect it from Ball/Bomb and Sound Moves respectively. It’s likely we’ll discover further Evolutions of Jangmo-o in the near future.
As well as these brand-new creatures, we also see Alola Form Raticate.
Alola Forms are a new feature in Sun and Moon that sees older Pokémon redesigned and given new types and abilities. The logic behind this is that these Pokémon have adapted to different environments over time. Alola Form Rattata was revealed during last week’s Nintendo Direct. It and Raticate developed Dark typing to fend of certain predators in the Alola Region.
Pokémon Sun and Moon will also featured a new twist on Version differences, as we find out the games will take place “12 Hour Apart”. What this means for story and gameplay remains to be seen, all we’re told is that some events will play out differently.
The next reveal was an introduction of ‘The Aether Foundation‘ … The foundation’s goal is to care for Pokémon that have been hurt. As we usually see Teams of villains attacking Pokémon, it’s nice to see this force for good taking a stand.
Of course, there are still villains, as we meet a further member of previously revealed Team Skull … Gladion.
We don’t learn much about Gladion in the trailer, but Type: Null is his partner Pokémon. Perhaps he has a certain mission in mind as well…
In addition to these world building game features, we also see further confirmation that Zygarde Cells and Cores can be found in Alola. This was last mentioned during Pokémon’s E3 presentation. These items connect Sun and Moon to Zygarde, a Legendary Pokémon with unresolved mysteries in Pokémon X and Y Versions. Finding these cells helps Zygarde grow is size and power, taking on new forms.
Another exciting update is that Sun and Moon will feature a robust ‘photography mode’! Something similar has been featured in the main Pokémon series since Generation 4, but this is the first time Trainers will have a fully functioning camera item on the go. Hopefully this will add in mini game content to scratch that Pokémon Snap itch a lot of fans have. Although it appears the camera can only be accessed while in specific spots. Images can be shared online, allowing other players to send you feedback on your skills.
Finally, we get a hint of one last Pokémon, the mysterious UB-01 …
UB stands for Ultra Beast, and the 01 would suggest it is part of a set. The Pokémon website doesn’t confirm anything, but the naming would suggest this is another man-made Monster. Along with Type: Null and previously announced Magiana, there’s already evidence to suggest man-made Pokémon will be a big theme during this game.
Aether Foundation Agent, Faba, is also shown commenting on a man-made island in the Alola Region.
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[UPDATE] Japanese Trailer Information!
Digging a little deeper, the Japanese version of the new trailer shows us a few extras on top of the Western version.
— ポケモン公式ツイッター (@Pokemon_cojp) 6 September 2016
Various locations are shown in both Night and Day settings, to show us the difference in timezone of each version. We can also see that different kinds of Pokémon will be available depending on the time of day.
The new locations seen range from a modernised harbour to a tradition Japanese town. It looks as though players will be treated to a rich variety of locations, as environments are looking much more detailed than in X and Y.
The dock would suggest this is our way of travelling between the four main islands of Alola. The mountain town seems to be the setting of a Pokémon Fighting tournament, with statues of Fighting types Machamp and Hariyama either side of an event plaza (Ferrum League Battles? or maybe the Battle Royal Arena). The traditional town is home to a number of different shops, with a Taylor and a TM Store clearly visible.
We also get to see a few more shots of the Photography Mini-Game, including some adorable Eevee frolicking!
Other than that, most information is the same. We get more in-game footage of The Aether Foundation and Gladion, as well as Type: Null, Jangmo-o, Alola Raticate and previously announced Sandygast, Palossand, Stufful, Turtonator and Crabrawler.
The final moment exclusive to the Japanese trailer is an in-game reveal of UB-01, as it emerges from a mysterious portal of bright white light!
There are potentially a lot of mysteries to be solved in Pokémon Sun and Moon but we’ll have to wait until 23rd November to find out just what all this means.