Even though it’s only been a couple of weeks since the last Pokémon Sun and Moon reveals, many fans (such as myself) are still desperate for more! And speaking of more, there is more, with another trailer having just appeared online… Details and pictures below!
First off, we get our first look at the Stage 1 Evolutions for the Generation 7 Starter Pokémon!
Dartrix is the evolution of Rowlett, the Grass-Type Starter. Dartrix has the ability Overgrow, which increases the power of Grass-Type moves by 50%! That’s a good boost for players early on in the adventure.
As we see in the trailer, Dartrix is very particular about how it is handled in Pokémon Refresh…
Revealing a certain snobbiness in its personality, Dartrix cares a great deal about its appearance, grooming its feathers in every spare moment. In truth, it’s also a bit of a birdbrain, with a tendency to bungle things up. Once it makes a mistake, it sometimes gets into a desperate struggle to gloss over the situation and ends up making a bigger mess than ever.
Torracat is the evolution of Litten, the Fire-Type Starter. It’s ability Blaze has the same effect on Fire-Type moves as Dartrix’s ability, boosting them 50%.
We can also see a flaming orb hanging from Torracat’s neck, which burns when touched by the player.
The bell-like object attached at the base of Torracat’s neck is a flame sac, an organ that can produce flames. Torracat’s emotions cause a rise in the organ’s temperature, and when the organ spits flames, it rings with the high, clear sound of a bell. Torracat attacks using the flames emitted from this bell.
Finally, Brionne is the evolution of Poppleo, the Water-Type Stater. Once again, Brionne sports a type boosting ability, with Torrent, adding 50% more to water moves.
It seem Brionne may be a more sociable, friendly Pokémon than Dartrix or Brionne…
Brionne learns its dances by imitating the other members of its colony. It sometimes even learns dances from humans. This Pokémon is a hard worker and pours itself into its efforts until it has memorized each dance.
These are just the mid-way Evolutions for the Starters, as the final forms are yet to be seen. Could see still yet see Night and Day Evolutions?
The next new information from the trailer shows us the Festival Plaza which is an area for players to share with one another, online and locally. Here there are a range of shops and mini games that allow you to earn and spend FC (Festival Coins). Shops in the Plaza sell many rare items.
One way to earn FC is by interacting with others, and the more FC you earn the high your Rank will become in the Festival Plaza. Having a high Rank allows you to set up ‘community missions’ that others can take part in online or locally. These missions range from finding certain types of Pokémon, to catching as many as you can in a set period. Other details are sure to follow as the game nears release… Trading and Battle can also take place in the Plaza.
Next we get a look at Poké Pelago which is a special mini-game environment for Pokémon being stored in PC Boxes. Long term players have always had a little niggle in their mind about leaving past loved Pokémon, abandoned in their PC Boxes, but now it seems they will be serving a valuable purpose! Mohn, shown in the trailer, tells us “The Pokémon you’ve deposited in your PC Boxes can freely come here..” … Interesting.
Pelago allows your Pokémon to take part in little challenges which will help you collect items and find unusual things to help in your quest.
From the beginning of Sun and Moon, you’ll be able to visit Isle Abeens. Wild Pokémon can appear here, and some may even choose to join your party! Isle Aphun on the other hand can only be used once the Player has ‘developed it’, rare evolutionary stones can be found there. Isle Evelup is a place where you can leave Pokémon for training. Special drinks prepared by Mohn can raise specific stats. Could this be additional to the Pokémon Daycare, or a replacement of it?
Next, we get the reveal that Mega Evolution will return! Using the Z-Ring, Players can trigger Mega Evolutions in their Pokémon, just as they could in X, Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. No new Megas were shown, but we got a look at Mega-Lucario, Mega-Kangaskhan and Mega-Salamence. Fingers crossed some new Megas might appear, if not now, in another game.
Don’t stop yet though, because we also found out there will be a Special Demo(!) for Pokémon Sun and Moon, releasing 18th October! This is especially exciting, as we’re shown playing through the demo will reward you with a special Greninja, that can transform into Ash-Greninja!
This is a big deal for fans of the Pokémon Anime, as lead character Ash’s Greninja has grown such a strong bond with him that it takes on part of his form and consciousness… Including this in the game is the first reference between game series and anime since the release of Pokémon Yellow, in 1999.
Ash-Greninja has powered up thanks to the strength of its bonds with Ash. This is the form Greninja takes when it has gained new power due to the miraculous occurrence known as the bond phenomenon. This can be brought on by the bonds between people and Pokémon. It seems that it has only known to have occurred once—several hundred years ago.
It’s unlikely further Player-Bonded Pokémon will feature in Sun and Moon, but now, you never know.
What did you make of this latest Sun and Moon footage? Which version tempts you more? Are you eagerly awaiting release, or still on the fence? What features are you still hoping to see. Let us know!