Since the launch of Pokémon Sun/Moon is getting close, Pokémon Company has unveiled a slew of new announcements that will give you a taste of late-game content. In spite of the information we have from datamining the demo, the latest trailer (above) has a lot of new information for fans.

To start, the final evolutions of the three starter Pokémon have been officially confirmed. You can see the Grass/Ghost Decidueye, Fire/Dark Incineroar, and Water/Fairy Primarina in action during the trailer. If you still haven’t made up your mind on which starter to choose, perhaps these evolutions might sway your decision a little more.

Here’s your first look at the third stage evolutions of Alola’s starter Pokémon in Pokémon Sun/Moon.

Type: Grass/Ghost
Ability: Overgrowth

This Pokémon is able to move about while completely masking its presence from others. Once an opponent has lost sight of it, Decidueye seizes the chance to attack it unawares. In a tenth of a second, Decidueye plucks an arrow quill from within its wing and sends its hurtling toward its target. Its speed is astonishing, but not more so than its precise aim, which enables the arrow quill to pierce a target through and through from half a mile or more away! Decidueye usually acts very cool, but it can become terribly flustered in unexpected situations like a surprise attack.

Type: Fire/Dark
Ability: Blaze

If a crowd watching it battle is pumped up, Incineroar’s fighting spirit will burn brighter. But a lackluster crowd can make it lose focus or fight shoddily. When it receives the admiration of young Pokémon and children, it may keep up its cold attitude on the outside, but in its heart of hearts, Incineroar is immensely happy. It loses the desire to fight when faced with a Pokémon that’s clearly weak or injured, and it sometimes gets taken advantage of as a result.

Type: Water/Fairy
Ability: Torrent

As it dances, Primarina releases balloons of water into the area around itself, moving them using the sound waves from its voice. The sight of moonlight reflecting off its glittering balloons creates a magical scene. Since Primarina controls its balloons using its voice, any injury to its throat can become a grave problem. Its greatest enemies are arid environments and the overuse of its voice during back-to-back battles.

The Pokémon Sun/Moon trailer also revealed more of the island guardians, the “Tapu” Pokémon. Meet Tapu Bulu, Tapu Lele, and Tapu Fini as you travel across Alola’s four main islands. Make sure you don’t miss catching these three new legendary Pokémon!
Tapu Bulu is a Grass/Fairy Pokémon, with the new ability Grassy Surge.
Tapu Lele is a Psychic/Fairy Pokémon, with the new ability Psychic Surge. It also has the brand new move, Psychic Terrain; which boosts the power of Psychic-type moves and prevents priority moves like Quick Attack or Aqua Jet from working.
Tapu Fini is a Water/Fairy Pokémon, with the new ability Misty Surge.

Like the previously announced Tapu Koko, all of these new legendaries are capable of using “Nature’s Madness,” which reduces an opponent’s HP in half. Their “Surge” abilities create the effect of the “Terrain” moves, such as “Grassy Terrain” and “Misty Terrain.”

The Tapu Pokémon have a unique Z-Move called “Guardian of Alola.” Watch as Tapu Koko summons a mysterious body from the ground, and delivers a satisfying smackdown on your opponent.

You can also check out the Psychic-type Cosmog and the Alolan version of Persian. Persian, who you might recognize from Pokémon’s first generation, is now a Dark type and has an endearingly chubby Garfield-like face.
alolan-persian cosmog

Next, the next major announcement is one that fans of the Pokémon series have been expecting. Conventionally, once you take down the gym leaders, the final challenge that awaits you is the Pokémon League. There, you’ll be able to fight the Elite Four and the Champion, the region’s strongest trainers.


In Alola, there’s no Pokémon League… yet. The trailer reveals that it’s under construction, but will probably be completed as you progress through the story. You can bet that you’ll face off against the Elite Four and the Champion, in accordance with Pokémon series tradition.

Another challenge will await you. In Alola, you’ll find a location called the Battle Tree, where you’ll meet a number of strong trainers. Just like Pokémon Black 2 and White 2‘s World Tournament, expect to see some familiar faces.

Fight against characters like Pokémon Diamond and Pearl‘s Champion, Cynthia.


… And scout them as partners for Double Battles, once you’ve bested them in battle!


The trailer also features Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire‘s Wally, and it’s safe to assume many other characters will return as well.

At some point in the Battle Tree, you’ll be able to encounter two very familiar faces from the very beginning of the Pokémon series.


Kanto’s two strongest champions, Red and Blue, make their return to the series. Blue is still as smug as ever, while Red remains silent as usual. The dialogue suggests you might be able to encounter them once you’ve taken down Alola’s Pokémon League.

If you’re even more hyped for Sun/Moon, you’re not alone. Recently, Pokémon Sun/Moon‘s demo surpassed 3.5 million eShop downloads. It’s become the “fastest start for any demo in the history of the Nintendo 3DS system.” According to Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima, preorders are showing “showing favorable trends.”

In light of recent news and the announcement, Pokémon Sun/Moon promises to be a strong 20th anniversary release for the series. Pokémon Sun/Moon releases next month, November 18, for Nintendo 3DS.


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