Travel To The Alola Region In Pokémon Sun And Moon!

About a month ago, we got a teaser trailer for the next generation of Pokémon. Along with the reveal of the three starters Rowlet, Litten, and Pupplio, we got a look at the mascot legendaries, some characters, and some gameplay. Most everything else was left to speculation, but now we’ve got concrete details and more on the official website.

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For starters, we have official names and typing for the mascot legendaries. For Sun, we have Solgaleo, the Sunne Pokémon, who is Psychic/Steel type. Its ability is Full Metal Body, which prevents stats from lowering and its signature move Sunsteel Strike isn’t hindered by the other Pokémon’s ability. For Moon, we have Lunala, the Moone Pokémon, who is Psychic/Ghost type. Its ability is Shadow Shield which reduces damage when Lunala has full HP and its signature move Moongeist Beam isn’t hindered by the other Pokémon’s ability.

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Pokémon Sun and Moon will take place in the Alola region, and as the name implies it is based off of the islands of Hawaii. Well, not exactly. So far, there are only 4 islands in the region, but that could change as some suspicious-looking islands are obscured by clouds. An artificial island is located close to the middle of the region, but it’s unclear what it is. It could be the enemy team’s base, the Pokémon League, or even this game’s Battle Resort, but there’s not enough details at the moment.

Sun and Moon charactersWe also got some more character info and official artwork. The male and female trainer designs are probably my favorite ones since Black and White 2. The website confirms that each gender has four skin tones, so trainer customization from X and Y appears to be coming back.

The professor of the region is Professor Kukui, which is fitting since the kukui tree is the national tree of Hawaii. His style is reminiscent of Professor Birch as a laid-back professor, while skewing younger like Juniper and Sycamore.

The professor’s assistant is Lillie, a mysterious girl that helps with Kukui’s research for her own reasons. She doesn’t like making Pokémon fight in battles and will serve an important role in the story, which is a nice contrast to other assistant characters in the past.

Your friend this time around is Hau, a young boy that you become fast friends with shortly after moving to Alola. While his character details aren’t as interesting as Lillie, I hope that he’ll develop better that the friend cast of X and Y.

RotomLast, but not least, is the reveal of the region’s Pokédex. While normally this wouldn’t be exciting, Sun and Moon will be changing it up this time around with a Rotom-possessed Pokédex. Similar to Yokai Watch, this multifunction device functions as a Pokédex, highly-detailed map, and quest log that tracks your next destination  based on your conversations with Alola residents. It may seem a tad unnecessary, but having a series staple gain a personality sure puts a spin on things.

For now, I’m keen to see more. Fortunately we won’t have to wait until this winter as Nintendo has announced that Pokémon Sun and Moon will join their Treehouse lineup for E3 2016. Footage will be shown along with Zelda Wii U on June 14th starting at 9 AM PST.

Pokémon Sun and Moon will be releasing for the 3DS on November 18th worldwide and November 23rd in Europe.

Source: Pokémon Official Site