New Z-Moves and Exclusive Evolutions Shown in Pokémon Trailer

Posted by | September 20, 2016 | News, Video | No Comments

Another week, another Pokémon Sun and Moon trailer. We see some Alola Region fashion options. We get a full look at two new Z-Moves with Pikachu and Eevee. You can groom your Pokémon in Pokémon Refresh. Finally it wouldn’t be a Pokémon trailer without more new natives to the Alola Region.

pokémon sun and moonPassimian is the Teamwork Pokémon and resembles a lemur. It’s a Fighting type that’s exclusive to Pokémon Sun. Its new Ability, Receiver, is designed for battles with multiple Pokémon. It can gain the Ability of any ally who faints in battle.

pokémon sun and moonPokémon Moon owners can find Oranguru, the Sage Pokémon. Oranguru is known for helping other Pokémon in its native forests. It has the rare Normal/Psychic typing. In the video it uses a new Move exclusive to Oranguru. Instruct makes the target repeat its most recent Move – including allies in multi-battles.

Given what we know about other Alola Pokémon, there’s been a big focus on multi-battle Abilities and Moves in Gen 7. Multi-battles (2v2, 3v3) may be much more common in the Alola Region. In Yo-Kai Watch you always battle with three Yo-Kai at a time. Just sayin’.

The adorable Rockruff was revealed back in the first trailer for Pokémon Sun and Moon. Here we learn it’s the first Pokémon to have version-exclusive evolutions.

pokémon sun and moonIn Pokémon Sun, Rockruff evolves into its Midday Form of Lycanroc, the Wolf Pokémon. It’s fiercely loyal if you’ve bonded with Rockruff. The Midday Form can learn the unique new Move Accelerock.

pokémon sun and moonLycanroc’s Midnight Form is far more sinister-looking. It looks like a bipedal werewolf with glowing red eyes. Though it still retains the same single Rock typing. Lycanroc Midnight Form can learn the Fighting Move Counter.

Z-Moves are the Big New Thing coming to the seventh generation of Pokémon games. These character-specific attacks resemble Final Fantasy Summons in their dramatic length.

We get to see two popular Pokémon’s Z-Moves: Pikachu and Eevee. Pikachu performs a ridiculously adorable dance with its trainer before hurtling forward like a bolt of lightning. Eevee summons the power of all its potential elemental evolutions to power up.

pokémon sun and moon

Also shown is Pokémon Refresh. This new touch-screen feature looks similar to X/Y’s Pokémon–Amie. Refresh looks a lot more useful than simply petting your Pokémon, however. You can cure status afflictions like poison and paralysis. And apparently well-loved Pokémon will actually perform better in battle and avoid enemy attacks. Time to break out the shampoo and hair-dryer.

Pokémon Sun and Moon will be released on November 18 on Nintendo 3DS.

Eric Watson

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Eric is a freelance writer who enjoys talking about video games, movies, books and Dallas-based sports teams. Every week he watches a random film from his collection of several hundred DVDs and live tweets about it @RogueWatson. He also makes a mean tuna quesadilla. He lives near Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and daughter, two dogs, two cats, two fish tanks, some hermit crabs and a bookshelf full of Transformers.