Last Monday, a new trailer for Pokémon Sun and Moon was released. It was a five-minute long trailer giving us more details about what we should expect from the game.
Other than the new Generation VII Pokémon, the Trial Captains, the Totem Pokémon, the Kahunas, and the Z-Moves, we were definitely in for a treat when they showed us new forms of five of the original 151 Pokémon who are adapting to the Alola Region.
Here they are!
From being a Grass/Psychic-type, the Alolan Exeggutor has adapted and became a Grass/Dragon-type with an extremely long neck, and an extra head on its tail that “can take on opponents to the rear that can’t be reached by the main heads’ attacks.” Also, “this Pokémon excels at whipping its long neck like a lash to attack with its hard heads. But that neck can sometimes become a weakness.”
The strong sun in the tropical region brought this change in Exeggutor and the Alolans take pride in it claiming that this is the “true form of Exeggutor.”
I think everyone would agree with me when I say that this is the most ridiculous-looking Pokémon in the entire series that it became an instant treasure for the Internet.
Flareon and Glaceon definitely found their match. From a Fire-type to an Ice-type, Vulpix take its new majestic form with a rather effective ability, which is the evasive Snow Cloak.
You may be asking: How did a fire-type transform into an ice-type? According to the Sun and Moon website, Vulpix moved to the snowy mountain peaks that are covered in snow year-round to avoid the normal habitats of other Pokémon, and ended up taking on this form.
It is also said that this Pokémon “doesn’t fare well in the heat, but when the temperature gets too high, it produces ice from its tail to lower the surrounding temperature.” The Alolan Vulpix is the total opposite of the Fire Vulpix.
If any of the Pokémon staff released this to the public long before the trailer was released, everybody would think it’s just a simple fan-art. But hold your horses, because the great Arceus has bestowed us with one of the most beautiful and regal-looking Pokémon ever.
The Ice/Fairy Ninetales live on a snowy peak that is well-regarded by Alolans as a holy mountain. People treat them as “sacred emissaries” that whenever they encounter one, they feel awe and fear.
Also, with its beauty comes great power, as this Pokémon is able to produce crystals to block attacks, or ice missiles powerful enough to pulverize rock. We might as well consider the Alolan Ninetales a Legendary Pokémon.
Despite being a tropical region, looks like Alola has a variety of Pokémon that can adapt with the cold. One of these Pokémon is the Ground-type Sandshrew who takes up an entirely new typing as an Ice/Steel-type.
The Sun and Moon website said that “the frequent eruptions of nearby volcanoes drove the Sandshrew to abandon the desert and migrate to snowy mountains, where they took on this form.”
This new Sandshrew has a shell of ice covering giving it more power defensively. This however makes the Alolan Sandshrew slower than the regular Sandshrew because the weight of steel and ice would make it a lot heavier. Despite of that, they can navigate in snow and ice swiftly.
Also, with that big change, this Pokémon is now 4x weak to Fire. It’s reasonable to assume that this Pokémon wouldn’t want to meet face to face with a “corrosive” Salandit.
Let me start off by saying, “the sprays of snow kicked up by Alolan Sandslash’s movements are so beautiful that many photographers head for the snowy peaks to capture the moment.” Calling the Pokémon Company, Hal Laboratory, and Nintendo, we really need a Pokémon Snap reboot.
The evolution of the Alolan Sandshrew, this Pokémon is very intimidating because the spikes on its back are now covered in ice making them large and sharp. They use these to “hide themselves in the snow when strong enemies appear, leaving only their needles exposed and ready for business.”
Just like its pre-evolution, the Alolan Sandslash is slower than the regular Sandslash because of the weight on its back, but they move swiftly in snow and ice by “creating a path with their claws.” Basing on the look of this Pokémon, it looks like it launches powerful physical attacks.
Pokémon Sun and Moon are the primary paired version of Generation VII of Pokémon which will be released on the Nintendo 3DS, November 18.
Do you think there will be other forms introduced for Pokémon from previous generations? Leave a comment below!
IMAGE CREDITS: The Pokémon Company
I do not take credit for the images used in this post. All images used are from The Pokémon Sun and Moon website (www.pokemon-sunmoon.com).