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Pokemon Sun and Moon Trailer Introduces Alola Forms and New Pokemon!

The latest Pokemon Sun and Moon trailer has provided a whole host of surprises for Pokemon fans, including more new creatures, a whole new special-move type and a new take on classic first-generation Pokemon. Before we get into the specific details, you can take a look at the hype-inducing trailer here:

Alola form Pokemon were probably one of the biggest surprises. According to Serebii, “Due to the different microclimates in the Alola region, various Pokemon have become different to how they were in other regions. These are known as Alola form”. The 5 we saw in the trailer are all popular Gen 1 Pokemon:

  • Alolan Sandshrew (an Ice/Steel-type) have left the desert and moved to snowy mountains, where its body adapted to the harsher climate. As such it has a shell of ice covering its skin and excels defensively, but has lost the flexibility required to curl into a ball like it’s Ground-type counterpart. It has the ability Snow Cloak, which raises evasion in a snowstorm.
  • Alolan Sandslash (also an Ice/Steel-type) has evolved with spines of ice on it’s back, which are the only parts visible after it hides in the snow to escape strong enemies. They are heavier than their regular cousins, which causes them to be slower, but their claws allow them to move swiftly in snow and ice. It also has the ability Snow Cloak.

Alolan Sandshrew and Slash

  • Alolan Vulpix (now an Ice-type) is said to have come to the Alola region with humans, but moved to the snowy mountains to avoid the habitats of other Pokemon. They live in small packs between 2 and 5 individuals, and can freeze anything solid by expelling breath at a temperature of -58 degrees Fahrenheit. When it gets too warm, it expels ice from its tail to cool the surrounding temperature, making this little fox the perfect addition for any hot summer’s day. It gains the ability Snow Cloak.
  • Alolan Ninetails (an Ice/Fairy-type) are treated as sacred emissaries, and can produce ice crystals from its fur to cover its entire body. These crystals can block attacks or form into balls of ice, which it fires like bullets at opponents. It’s no pea-shooter though, as these bullets are strong enough to pulverize rock! Alolan Ninetails, like it’s pre-evolved form, has the ability Snow Cloak.

Alolan Vupix and Ninetails

  • Alolan Exeggutor is perhaps the strangest of the Alolan forms so far. A Grass/Dragon-type, the Alolan Exeggutor has a fourth head on its tail and can take on opponents that can’t be reached by the main head’s attacks! It excels at whipping its neck around in a lash attack, and has the ability Frisk.

Alolan Exeggutor

The trailer also announced Z-moves, something which may leave players a familiar sense of déjà vu. Z-moves appear to be a follow-on from Mega Evolutions: utilising a ring around the players wrist, these are extremely powerful moves which can be used once per battle, with potentially-devastating results. The Pokemon needs to hold the corresponding Z Crystal in order to use the move, and these will be one crystal for each time of Pokemon. So far we know about Gigavolt Havoc (Electric type), Bloom Doom (Grass type), Inferno Overdrive (Fire type) and Hydro Vortex (Water type). Arguably the best part about Z-moves is that they’re triggered by Trainer dance moves, and you can expect more to be announced shortly.

An announcement trailer just wouldn’t be complete without a handful of new Pokemon, and this one is no exception. Oricorio is the Dancing Pokemon with 4 forms: Fire/Flying, Electric/Flying, Ghost/Flying and Psychic/Flying. It is said to change its form by sipping the nectar of certain flowers, and it looks like each type might correspond with one of the islands in Alola. Each type also has a different design, which affects its personality (I think the ghost one is my favourite so far). It has the ability Dancer which allows it to copy moves.


Minior is a Rock/Flying-type which are literally living meteors: they form in the stratosphere and absorb the detritus around them, eventually falling towards the planet. It’s shell forms around a soft core which will change colour depending on the debris it absorbed. It’s pastel form can be found on many clothing and accessories as a motif. With the ability Shields Down it has excellent defensive capabilities (as long as its shell is intact) and will be protected from status conditions. However once below half health its shell will break, revealing the centre and a form better suited for attack (for example the Pastel shown below).

Minior - Pokemon Sun and Moon

Gumshoos is the evolved form of Yungoo. It is a Normal-type with the abilities Stakeout and Strong Jaw, and prefers to wait patiently for prey to come by rather than prowling around. Once the sun goes down it quickly runs low on stamina and falls asleep.


Fomantis and Lurantis (the evolved form) are adorable Sickle Pokemon with the ability Leaf Guard. Fomantis live to photosynthesize, which is necessary to evolve and achieve the strength of its evolved form. It excels in long-range attacks like Razor Leaf and Solar Beam. Lurantis, on the other hand, is far more active and lures opponents near with a combination of its flower like appearance and aroma – shortly before taking them down. Lazy trainers may have difficulty training this Pokemon as it will only trust a Trainer who takes good care of it. It is also the Totem Pokemon of Lush Jungle, the site of the Akala Island trial (more on that in a minute).

Formantis and Lurantis

Finally Mudbray is the pre-evolution of Mudsdale, the Ground-type Draft Horse Pokemon. It has the abilities Own Tempo and Stamina and possesses superhuman strength – carrying loads of up to 50 times its own body weight on its back or dragging it behind. It loves to frolic in the mud, but may become stressed and stop listening to orders if you’re an all-business, no play kind of Trainer.

Mudbray - Pokemon Sun and Moon

Nearly there! Another thing we learned from the trailer is Poke Ride: in the Alola region you have the ability to ride certain Pokemon, or use their abilities to traverse the environments. This includes Charizard (who has the ability to fly), Mudsdale (can walk on rocky terrain) and Sharpedo (surfs fast, can crash into rocks and can jump). Certainly beats walking everywhere! These Pokemon are called when needed and won’t take up any extra room in your party.

Additionally Pokemon Sun and Moon seems to have dispersed with the traditional Gym battles we’ve seen for so many years. Instead it has Island Challenge Trials, which are quests given by the Trial Captains of the 4 Islands. Each captain specialises in certain types of Pokemon and, at the end of each Trial, you’ll come across a Totem Pokemon. These are larger, more powerful versions of others of its species, i.e Lurantis (previously mentioned) and will often summon Pokemon allies to take you on. Once you’ve beaten the Totem Pokemon, you’ll have a chance to face the Grand Trial against the Kahuna of the Island. Think of it as 4 small Elite Four battles, which you have to complete to get to the Champion. The four Trial Captains are Lana, Mallow, Sophocles and Kiawe.

Well that was a pretty big announcement! According to Serebii the next Pokemon Sun and Moon announcement will be arriving on Friday 12th August at 10:00 JST.

What do you think of the new Pokemon? Are you liking the new designs, or are they a little too crazy for you? Let us know with a comment, and we’ll keep you updated with any new announcements.

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