As of today, June 2nd, more news on Pokémon Sun and Moon has dropped through one more trailer and a set of smaller 15-20 sec videos on the Japanese Pokémon YouTube channel. There was quite a lot of information that was hinted in the gameplay footage we received and I will be doing a breakdown of some of the most obvious information and also highlight other snippets that may have not received as much attention in the HYPE of all things Pokémon.
As you may know, when the first trailer for Pokémon Sun and Moon were revealed back in early May, there were a few rocks unturned, 2 major rocks to be exact. Both legendary mascots of Sun and Moon were reveled but not named. We can now fully confirm the incredible investigation of Pokémon fanatics that stumbled upon the trademark licenses back in February earlier this year. We now have Solgaleo and Lunala as confirmed names.
Solgaleo is a psychic and steel Pokémon with the ability “Full Metal Body”, which blocks stat reduction effects from opponent’s moves or abilities. Its signature move is Sunsteel Strike. Next, we have Lunala the psychic and ghost Pokémon. Its ability, Shadow Shield reduces the amount of damage taken when its HP is full. Its signature move being Moongeist Beam
Alongside the legendary mascots we were introduced to a couple of more characters by name and first appearances. One new character known as Lillie the mysterious assistant of professor Kukui. It is unknown yet but from what was reported on the Pokémon website, Lillie will play an important role in the storyline for Sun and Moon. Could she be a spy? Who knows, but we will leave that in speculation zone.
Our friend introduced in the first trailer is name Hau and will to be the helpful trainer that you will meet once in a while that will offer advice and the usual battle to keep your Pokémon on tip top shape.
Now moving onto one of my favorite aspect of the Pokémon games, the mechanics! It was revealed that our handy dandy Pokedex is ALIVE! Well, more like possessed. The pokedex will play off the Rotom appliances motif from Pokemon Black & White and become a RotomDex that will accompany you on your journey giving you information on pokemon, locations, and advice on where to go as you progress through the game. I find this mechanic quite awesome because it’s like having a Pokémon companion that you can talk to. However, it is still unsure, but RotomDex will most likely not take a Pokémon slot and only serve its purpose as guide and pokedex.
Moving onto the over world. The trailer definitely highlighted many more scenes of an over world experience with a movement away from the top down format from previous generations. Many scene showed the trainer being able to see most of the scenery with finer details like sandy beaches, open fields and route options. Furthermore, the map of the Alola region finally revealed that we indeed will be traveling to different islands on our adventure, which is something I am quite excited about because each island feels like there will be plenty to explore and unearth. From the map you can see 4 major island and a tiny artificial island smack down the middle which at first glanced looked to be a ship but later confirmed manmade island by the Pokémon sun and moon website.
One last mechanic is the QR scanner, where trainers can create QR codes from Pokémon that are registered in their pokedex. Codes can then be shared among trainers to register Pokémon or provide information location and advice on catching Pokémon species. This goes back to the a speculation on how Generation 1 Pokémon would be transferred over through some form of mini game or gimmick to make trading Pokémon such a special aspect of the series. For sun and moon it will be the QR code sharing mechanic.
With all this information it is not surprising that fans are already speculating and theorizing what things might be in store for us in Sun and Moon. I myself have a couple of speculations and one overarching theory about the regions potential story line and the Pokémon that have been introduced. After the announcement, reports say that Nintendo will be having some sort of Pokemon Sun and Moon presentation during E3 this year. My thoughts are they will probably reveal some new starter pokemo evolution or an entire new species.
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