A new Pokémon Sun & Moon trailer for 27th October has arrived! With it we see the first official reveal of the Final Starter Evolutions, the remaining three Island Guardians, and the introductions of a new Pokémon League for Alola.
Check out our recap of the new informations below…
First off, we finally get to meet our Generation 7 Starter Pokémon’s final forms!
This is the Grass-Starter, Rowlet and Dartrix’s, final evolution. Taking on a secondary Ghost type, a first for any Starter Pokémon, Decidueye has the signature move, Spirit Shackle. This move prevents the opponent from fleeing battle or switching Pokémon. Extremely useful!
As well as a great signature move, Decidueye’s woodland archer design is very exciting! As it’s official ‘flavour text’ adds…
In a tenth of a second, Decidueye plucks an arrow quill from within its wing and sends its hurtling toward its target. Its speed is astonishing, but not more so than its precise aim, which enables the arrow quill to pierce a target through and through from half a mile or more away!
The final form of Fire-Starter, Litten and Torracat, Incineroar is an aggressive looking tiger-wrestler. With it’s secondary type as Dark (another Starter first) it’s signature move is Darkest Lariat. This deals maximum damage irrespective of stat changes in the opposing Pokémon, meaning risen defence stat won’t protect you from Incineroar.
As its fighting spirit increases, the flames that Incineroar produces within its body burst from its navel and waistline. Since the flames somewhat resemble a championship belt, they’re known as its “flame belt,” and the Pokémon unleashes moves that use flames from it.
Lastly, Primarina is the final stage of Water-Stater, Popplio and Brionne. The name would seem to be a play on ‘Prima Donna’, the term for a lead female singer of an opera, or egotistical person. This follows on nicely from the former evolutions performance influenced designs but also completes a lovely Mermaid motif.
This is again, a first for Starters, with it’s Water/Fairy Type.
As it dances, Primarina releases balloons of water into the area around itself, moving them using the sound waves from its voice. The sight of moonlight reflecting off its glittering balloons creates a magical scene. Since Primarina controls its balloons using its voice, any injury to its throat can become a grave problem…
…Primarina’s songs have many variations, and each one changes the motions of the balloons. It has been observed that songs are shared among Primarina living together, so different colonies end up knowing different songs.
Primarina also sports the signature move, Sparkling Aria, which acts as a Burn Heal for whatever Pokémon it hits.
Interestingly, the Final Starter Evolutions were actually shown earlier today, with a reveal of a new Pokémon Trading Card set in Japan. An image is included at the end of this recap.
After meeting our Final Starter Evolutions, we’re introduced to three new Island Guardians: Tapu Lele of Akala Island (Psychic/Fairy), Tapu Bulu of Ula’ula Island (Grass/Fairy) and Tapu Fini of Poni Island (Water/Fairy).
Each as a special ‘Surge’ Ability. Tapu Lele’s Psychic Surge boosts Psychic moves for Pokémon on the ground (non-levitating) and prevents hits from Priority Moves.
Tapu Bulu’s Grass Surge boosts Grass-Type moves for Pokémon on the ground, and restores a little HP each turn.
Tapu Fini’s Misty Surge halves the damage taken from Dragon Type moves for Pokémon on the ground, and also prevents status conditions and confusion.
All the Guardian’s have a unique and unifying look, which ties them together as a team very nicely. Each also has the ability to use a unique Z-Move which they all share: ‘Gaurdian of Alola’. This move presumably takes on the Gaurdian’s primary typing and hits hard with a comical ‘Kaiju’ style animation.
Next, the reveal of two new Pokémon, which both share a relationship with Alola’s former monarchy.
Cosmog is a very rare Psychic type, which is said to have ‘only been known by the kings of Alola’ The Aether Foundation are currently studying this little known Pokémon.
Alolan Persian was also given an official reveal, following Alolan Meowth a few weeks ago. It’s round face is ‘a symbol of the rich’ in Alola. It’s noted for it’s snooty attitude and difficulty to train. Alolan Persian is pure Dark type.
Finally, we get a glimpse at what could be ‘post-game’ content for Pokémon Sun & Moon as we see the beginnings of a new Pokémon League in the region. As we can see in the footage, builders are working hard on this new location atop Alola’s tallest mountain, Mt. Lanakila.
Here, you’ll be able to team up with and battle past Pokémon Legends such as Cynthia from Sinnoh and Wally from Hoenn.
As a last surprise, Red and Blue from the first Generation of Pokémon make an appearence. It seems these two Kanto Legends will be instrumental in the establishment of a new League in Alola. In this footage we see that you will need to do battle at some point, both characters returning with their classic teams featuring Alakazam and Pikachu!
That’s all the new information from today’s trailer. Which Start Evolution do you like best? Are you excited to meet past Pokémon Heroes and do battle? What other Alolan Forms are you still hoping to see? Let us know!
Pokémon Sun & Moon will release on the 18th November in the US and the 23rd November in Europe.
PS: The Final Evolutions of the Gen 7 Alola Starter Pokémon, as revealed by the Pokémon Company, Japan. Left to right, the Japanese names are Junaipa (ジュナイパー), Gaogaen (ガオガエン) and Ashirene (アシレーヌ). These new cards are part of the new ‘GX’ addition to Pokémon TCG, which allows players to use a super powered move, similar to the Z-Moves of the new games.