3DS Pokémon Sun and Moon

Published on June 2nd, 2016 | by octaneblue

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Pokémon Sun and Moon – June 2, 2016 Trailer & Thoughts

The Pokémon Company released a new preview trailer for Pokémon Sun and Moon today, which primarily offers new and intriguing details about the two cover legendaries, Solgaleo and Lunala. Check out the trailer below!

As shown in the video, Solgaleo is a Psychic/Steel-type, a dual-typing shared with six other Pokémon: Beldum, Metang, Metagross, Jirachi, Bronzor, and Bronzong. This typing has four weaknesses: Dark, Fire, Ghost, and Ground. Psychic/Steel has one immunity, Poison, and a whopping nine resistances to the following types: Dragon, Fairy, Flying, Grass, Ice, Normal, Psychic, Rock, and Steel — actually, Psychic/Steel has a 4x immunity to Psychic attacks! I honestly thought that, since he has a sun-based design, Solgaleo would have a Fire-typing, but it’s interesting that a different path was taken. Besides, we already have a fire lion: Pyroar.

Solgaleo’s signature move is Sunsteel Strike, which interestingly enough looks like a Fire-type move. In the trailer, Solgaleo uses the move on Salamence, and the sound effect made when the latter was hit made it clear that the move was not very effective on it. However, the move was able to one-hit KO Salamance regardless, so this move may be a very powerful one. The fact that Solgaleo physically strikes the opponent with the move makes me think that it’s a physical move rather than a special one too. The official Pokémon web site also notes that Sunsteel Strike has an interesting mechanic: it will hit the target regardless of their abilities. So, for example, it has the power to attack Heatran, completely disregarding its Flash Fire ability. Solgaleo’s ability is Full Metal Body, which, according to the official Pokémon website, “prevents stat reduction caused by another Pokémon’s move or Ability.” Basically, this is just a renamed Clear Body, an ability that Pokémon such as Metagross, Carbink, and Tentacruel can possess. If Solgaleo ends up as a physical attacker, Clear Body will be very helpful for blocking harmful abilities such as Intimidate.

Pokémon Sun & Moon - Solgaleo & Lunala

Lunala, the featured Pokémon on the cover of Pokémon Moon, has a dual typing of Psychic/Ghost. The only other Pokémon with this same typing is Hoopa in its standard/Confined form. Psychic/Ghost has a weakness to Dark and Ghost moves; unfortunately, they are both quadruple weaknesses. The typing does have immunity to two types, Fighting and Normal, as well as resistances to Poison and Psychic. While the typing does have some offensive potential, it is extremely susceptible to Dark and Ghost type attacks, which are two very common attacking types. However, its ability, which we’ll get to soon, can help cushion some of those hits.

The signature move of Lunala is the totally awesomely-named Moongeist Beam. Like with Sunsteel Strike, the move will hit the opponent regardless of the target’s ability. This move looks like it will be a special move rather than a physical one. In the trailer, the move hits a Gengar for super-effective damage. Gengar is weak to both Psychic and Ghost moves, although from the “geist” part of the move’s name it’s most likely a Ghost-type move rather than a Psychic one. Lunala’s ability is Shadow Shield, an ability that increases Lunala’s defenses when it has full HP. Like with Solgaleo, this ability is a renamed version of a pre-existing one. In this case, it’s Multiscale, an ability held by Dragonite and Lugia (as its hidden ability). This is an extremely useful ability and, as mentioned earlier, can help take some hits from Dark and Ghost-type moves, possibly preventing OHKOs depending on how bulky Lunala ends up being.

As shown in the trailer, trainer customization returns (this was revealed in the first trailer) from Pokémon X and Y, and the Alola region’s resident professor is named Professor Kukui. He has an assistant named Lillie, with the trailer specifically labeling her as “mysterious.” Her official art depicts her with an angry face, while the trailer shows her with an uneasy, worried look. We have yet to see the Alola region’s villainous team; perhaps she has ties to them? Your friend, and most likely rival, is named Hau. And the Pokédex that you’re given in the game is possessed by a Rotom! The Rotom ‘Dex can speak to you and help you find your next destination. And while this was not shown in the trailer, you can scan QR codes to add specific Pokémon to your Pokédex. A Pikachu was shown being scanned and added to the Pokédex as an example. The Pokédex will then show their location on the map. You can also share QR codes with friends so that they will be able to scan and find Pokémon as well. There’s a lot of potential for this feature!

The trailer showed some small but very intriguing details. But we still have very few details on the game’s story, as well as other Pokémon native to the Alola region. Surprisingly, we have not heard anything new about the very first Gen 7 Pokémon that was revealed, Magearna. However, since it has been confirmed as a Mythical Pokémon, expect to see a Magearna distribution sometime after launch to promote the latest Pokémon film. There was also a bird shown in the first teaser trailer, as well as a dog or deer (it’s disputed as to what it was since it’s too small to tell for sure) shown in an international trailer for Sun and Moon. Nevertheless, The Pokémon Company has confirmed that they will show Sun and Moon, as well as Pokémon GO for mobile, during E3 at Nintendo’s Treehouse Live stream. So we may get more information then, maybe some actual gameplay too!

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon launch in North America on November 18, 2016 for the Nintendo 3DS. Stay tuned for more information!

Sources: Explore the Alola Region in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon! trailer, Pokémon Sun and Moon official web site, Serebii

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