Pokémon Sun and Moon
Pokémon Sun and Moon are the latest installments in the main Pokémon series, releasing for the Nintendo 3DS. They are the introduction titles to Generation VII, with their respective mascots being the Legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and Lunala. The games were revealed on the 20th anniversary of Pokémon Red and Green, in a special broadcast directed by Tsunekazu Ishihara. The games were released worldwide on November 18, 2016, with a November 23, 2016 release for Europe, and requires 3.2 GB (26,215 Blocks) to download.
The game focuses on the story of a young hero/heroine, who had just moved to the Alola region with their mother. Soon after arriving, they meet Hau, a young boy around their age, and Professor Kukui as well as his assistant Lillie. This leads to the player receiving their first Pokémon, with a choice between the Grass/Flying type Rowlet, the Fire type Litten, or the Water type Popplio. The player's main goal is then overcoming the obstacles of the Island Challenge, as well as catching Pokémon to complete the Pokédex. The player will meet a group of ruffians known as Team Skull many times in their journey to become the strongest in Alola.
- Main Article: Rotom Pokédex
One of the biggest new changes to the Pokédex is that it is inhabited by a Rotom. The Rotom Pokédex is given specially to the player by Professor Kukui, and will be a convenient tool on their journey. Outside of recording Pokémon data, it also shows the player their current location and advises them of where they are to head next.
- Main Article: QR Scanner
Implemented into the games is a QR Scanner, which allows the player to scan QR codes to retrieve information on the corresponding Pokémon. Once a QR code is scanned, it will register the Pokémon into the Pokédex, as well as display where it can be found.
Pokémon Global Link
- Main Article: Pokémon Global Link
The Pokémon Global Link is a website that connects trainers around the world, currently in use with Pokémon X and Y and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Upon Sun and Moon's release, the website's compatibility with these games will cease and will in turn be updated to run with new features.
Through the Pokémon Global Link, players will be able to host their own Friendly Competitions, allowing players to host their own competitions as well as setting their own rules. In Online Competitions, players will be matched with other trainers around the world to compete for the highest rating, while in Live Competitions players are able to host their own competitions with others in the same space. A QR code with the set regulations will be created, and participants can compete using these regulations by scanning the QR code.
- Main Article: Battle Royal
Pokémon Sun and Moon introduces a new battle format known as the Battle Royal, which pits four players in a free-for-all battle against one another. Players choose three Pokémon to use in battle, and the battle will conclude once all of a player's Pokémon have fainted. A winner is then picked based on how many Pokémon each player defeated.
- Main Article: Festival Plaza
The Festival Plaza utilizes the communication features, and is where battling and trading can take place. Throughout the player's journey, they will be able to welcome new visitors to the plaza and take requests from them. A variety of shops can also be found here, where players can use Festival Coins. Other features such as taking on missions become available as the rank of the player's plaza increases.
- Main Article: Pokémon Refresh
Trainers can use Pokémon Refresh to take care of their Pokémon, by cleaning them after a battle, as well as also being able to cure Status Conditions. By petting and feeding them Poké Beans often, Pokémon will grow more affectionate towards their trainers by avoiding attacks in battle or holding out when they're on the verge of fainting.
- Main Article: Island Challenge
One of the more unique aspects of these games involves the Island Challenge, set with many trials on each of the four islands in Alola. Each island houses a Trial Captain, who advises the player of the tasks they must complete in order to overcome each trial, including battling and retrieving items.
At the end of each trial, the player must engage in a battle with a Totem Pokémon, a larger and more powerful version of a Pokémon that can call in ally Pokémon to assist. The player must also battle in the Grand Trial against the Island Kahuna, who is the most powerful trainer residing on each island. Once an island's trials have been completed by a trainer, they are able to move on to the next island.
- Main Article: Battle Tree
The Battle Tree is located somewhere in the Alola region, and is a place for strong Trainers to gather after completing the Island Challenge and the Pokémon League. Recognizable characters from previous Pokémon games may be seen here, and can be teamed up with in Multi Battles once defeating them.
- Main Article: Poké Finder
The Poké Finder allows players to take pictures of Pokémon using the Rotom Pokédex. These pictures can be taken in certain photo spots scattered around the region. Each picture taken will be evaluated, and as better pictures are taken more features will become available to the player.
- Main Article: Poké Pelago
When Pokémon are stored in PC Boxes, they will have access to the Poké Pelago, consisting of a variety of isles that can be developed as more Pokémon are sent there. Isle Abeens allows for wild Pokémon to visit, potentially joining the player's party if they have taken a liking to them. Isle Aphun allows the player's Pokémon to go exploring to find rare and valuable items, including evolutionary stones.
- Main Article: Hyper Training
Hyper Training is a new way to train a player's Pokémon, allowing a Level 100 Pokémon to increase their Individual Values. In order to utilize Hyper Training, the player must exchange Bottle Caps with Mr. Hyper, who can be found in a currently unknown location in the Alola region.
- Main Article: Z-Move
Z-Moves are special moves that can be performed by a Pokémon once per battle. To use them, the player wears a Key Item known as the Z-Ring, which can be equipped with Z-Crystals. If a Pokémon holds the same variety of Z-Crystal and knows a move of the same type, a powerful Z-Move will be unleashed. Some Z-Moves will also be exclusive to certain Pokémon, including Alolan Raichu and Snorlax.
- Main Article: Poké Ride
Poké Ride is a feature that allows trainers to call upon certain Pokémon to assist in reaching places that are otherwise unreachable. These Pokémon don't join your team, but they can be called at any time to either fly through the air, travel over rocky terrain or surf through the water. This feature replaces the use of HMs.
Pokémon Sun and Moon introduces 81 new Pokémon to the Pokédex.
Although they were first revealed before Pokémon Sun and Moon's announcement, new forms of older Pokémon make their game debut in these games. Greninja gains a new form known as Ash-Greninja. It takes on an appearance similar to Ash Ketchum due to their strong bond. The bond phenomenon allows it to take on new powers and become stronger.
Two new forms of Zygarde appear in these games. Zygarde is made up of Cells and controlled by Cores, and can transform its appearance depending on the number of Cells that have gathered. The original Zygarde is known as 50% Form, while the two new forms are known as 10% Form and Complete Form.
|718||Zygarde 10% Form||Aura Break||Power Construct||-|
|718||Zygarde Complete Form||Power Construct||-||-|
Zygarde Cores and Cells cannot battle on their own, however they are scattered all around Alola, indicated by shining spots on the ground. By collecting them with the Zygarde Cube, the player will become closer to finding Zygarde.
- Main Article: Regional Variant
Pokémon Sun and Moon introduces new forms of old Pokémon, known as regional variants. Certain Pokémon have adapted to the Alola region's climate, in turn taking on new appearances and new types than previously known in other games. These Pokémon live differently than their original counterparts, and possess different abilities and moves than before.
There are 18 regional variants that appear in the games.
|019||Alolan Rattata||Gluttony||Hustle||Thick Fat|
|020||Alolan Raticate||Gluttony||Hustle||Thick Fat|
|026||Alolan Raichu||Surge Surfer||-||-|
|027||Alolan Sandshrew||Snow Cloak||-||Slush Rush|
|028||Alolan Sandslash||Snow Cloak||-||Slush Rush|
|037||Alolan Vulpix||Snow Cloak||-||Snow Warning|
|038||Alolan Ninetales||Snow Cloak||-||Snow Warning|
|050||Alolan Diglett||Sand Veil||Tangling Hair||Sand Force|
|051||Alolan Dugtrio||Sand Veil||Tangling Hair||Sand Force|
|053||Alolan Persian||Fur Coat||Technician||Rattled|
|074||Alolan Geodude||Magnet Pull||Sturdy||Galvanize|
|075||Alolan Graveler||Magnet Pull||Sturdy||Galvanize|
|076||Alolan Golem||Magnet Pull||Sturdy||Galvanize|
|088||Alolan Grimer||Poison Touch||Gluttony||Power of Alchemy|
|089||Alolan Muk||Poison Touch||Gluttony||Power of Alchemy|
|105||Alolan Marowak||Cursed Body||Lightning Rod||Rock Head|
- Main Article: Ultra Beast
Ultra Beasts are more powerful Pokémon that come from another dimension, and are said to possess such mighty power that could pose a threat to humans and Pokémon alike. Not much is known about these Ultra Beasts, and each of them are known by a specific code name.
|037||Alolan Vulpix||027||Alolan Sandshrew|
|038||Alolan Ninetales||028||Alolan Sandslash|
|745||Lycanroc (Midday Form)||745||Lycanroc (Midnight Form)|
Other Version Exclusive Features
- The worlds of Pokémon Sun and Moon are set 12 hours apart from each other. Pokémon Sun's time uses the same time as the Nintendo 3DS, however Pokémon Moon is set 12 hours ahead.
- In Pokémon Sun, Gumshoos features as the Totem Pokémon of Verdant Cave on Melemele Island, while in Pokémon Moon, the Totem Pokémon is Alolan Raticate.
- The Ultra Beast UB-02 Absorption appears in Pokémon Sun, while UB-02 Beauty appears in Pokémon Moon.
The adventure of Pokémon Sun and Moon takes place in the Alola region, comprised of four main islands and one artificial island. The region is surrounded by the sea, and attracts tourists from all around the world for its resort feel. The four islands give Alola a rich, diverse ecology, where people and Pokémon form close bonds and indulge in a culture that is different to other regions.
- Hero/Heroine: The journey of the protagonist is the main focus of the game, being either a male or female. Their adventure takes place soon after moving from the Kanto region to Alola, meeting many people and Pokémon along the way.
- Hau: A young boy the same age as the player, Hau is quick to become friends with them soon after their move. He is big-hearted and loves Pokémon, and has a weakness for malasadas.
- Professor Kukui: Professor Kukui is the region's professor, and lives near the player. His main field of research is Pokémon moves, and will take direct hits from Pokémon in order to learn about them.
- Lillie: A mysterious girl the same age as the player, Lillie works as Professor Kukui's assistant. She doesn't like Pokémon battles, but does enjoy reading.
- Island Kahunas: The Island Kahunas are the strongest trainers on each island, chosen by the guardian deities, and battle the player in the Grand Trial. The Island Kahunas include Hala, Olivia, Nanu and Hapu.
- Trial Captains: The Trial Captains provide guidance to the player during the Island Challenge, presenting them with their own created trials for the player to overcome. The Trial Captains include Ilima, Lana, Kiawe, Mallow, Sophocles, Acerola and Mina.
- Samson Oak: Bearing a striking resemblance to Kanto's own Professor Oak, Samson Oak is a cousin to the famed professor. His main field of study pertains to regional variant Pokémon in Alola.
- Aether Foundation: The Aether Foundation are a group of people who work to take care of injured Pokémon, based on the artificial island Aether Paradise. They also work on various research projects, including their investigation into Ultra Beasts. Lusamine is the foundation's president, Faba being its branch chief, and Wicke the assistant branch chief.
- Team Skull: These band of ruffians cause trouble to the player throughout their journey, from stealing Pokémon to messing with trial sites. Team Skull is lead by Guzma, with Admin Plumeria acting as a big sister to the grunts. Gladion also aids the group as an enforcer.
- Main Article: Pokémon Sun and Moon Special Demo Version
Announced on October 4, 2016, Nintendo announced the release of the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Special Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS systems on October 18, 2016, which can be downloaded either through the Nintendo eShop or through Nintendo's homepage. The demo is played through the eyes of the male protagonist, Sun, and gives the player an opportunity to use a special Greninja that allows it to transform into Ash-Greninja in battle. This Greninja can then be transferred to the full game. It also showcases new features such as the Poké Finder and Poké Ride, and includes timed events.
|1.1||January 11, 2017|| Fixes a glitch that discontinues battles when Z-Memento or Z-Parting Shot were used on Battle Spot|
Fixes a glitch that determined the wrong winner when Rocky Helmet causes both players to lose their final Pokémon
Fixes glitch where certain Pokémon wouldn't learn moves upon evolution
Fixes a glitch that causes Pokémon to disappear when Mimikyu holds a Red Card
Battle Tree Pokémon change - Kommo-o's Shell Smash is replaced with Draco Meteor
Battle Royal Pokémon change - Shuckle's Stockpile is replaced with Double Team
Alteration to Japanese text files including a typo of UB-02 Expansion
Various bug fixes
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