7 Things to Look Forward to in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon

November 18 is only three days away, which means that all Pokémon fans who have been waiting for quite a while now will finally get a hold of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, the primary paired versions of Generation VII.

The new Pokémon games will feature an entirely different gameplay. Of course, you still have to catch them all, but the main story of the game would revolve around the construction of an Alola Pokémon League. For this week’s Top List, I’m going to talk about the seven things that we can all look forward to in this entirely new world of Pokémon!

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via pokemon-sunmoon.com

1. The New Region

With a region inspired by Hawaii, who wouldn’t enjoy exploring the wonders of Alola?

Alola is a region that consists of four natural islands, and one artificial island. The four natural islands are Melemele Island, Akala Island, Ula’ula Island, and Poni Island. The artificial island is known as the Aether Paradise created by the Aether Foundation to serve as their headquarters.

According to Bulbapedia, the Alola region is where humans and Pokémon coexist in a very close relationship, and a culture has developed that is different from other regions. It is also a popular resort destination and attracts a lot of tourists from other regions.

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via pokemon-sunmoon.com

2. The Rite of Island Challenge

The absence of the Pokémon League in Alola as I have just mentioned means that there are no traditional Gyms in this region, instead, the trainer will be facing the Rite of Island Challenge where they must perform certain tasks to prove themselves worthy of proceeding to the next island.

These trials aren’t about Pokémon battles, instead they are tasks that ask you to find certain items or answer questions about general Pokémon knowledge. The trial captains are Ilima, an expert with Normal-type Pokémon; Lana, an expert with Water-type Pokémon; Mallow, an expert with Grass-type Pokémon; Sophocles, an expert with Electric-type Pokémon; and Kiawe, an expert with Fire-type Pokémon.

At the end of each trial, you will come across a Totem Pokémon who are powerful versions of various species of Pokémon which will often summon ally in battle. Lurantis is an example of a Totem Pokémon found in the Lush Jungle of Akala Island. Gumshoos appears as a Totem Pokémon in Sun, while Alolan Raticate appears as a Totem Pokémon in Moon.

After defeating the Totem Pokémon, therefore, completing the trial, you will be able to proceed to the Grand Trial where you battle the Kahuna of the island. Hala, the man who gives you a Pokémon in the beginning of the game, is one of the Kahunas. Defeating a Kahuna would give you the recognition of clearing the trials and you will be allowed to continue to the next island.

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via pokemon-sunmoon.com

3. The Rotom Pokédex

As a trainer in Alola, you don’t only get a plain old Pokédex, you also get a Rotom to make your experience worth your while!

According to the Sun and Moon website, the Rotom Pokédex is an extremely rare device in the possession of only a few trainers.

In-game, you will receive this special Pokédex from Professor Kukui. Being inhabited by the Pokémon Rotom to make it the most efficient Pokémon, it does more than just record Pokémon data, it also shows you your current location, and gives you advice on where to go next based on the conversations you have with others.

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via Nintendo Wire

4. Character Customization

This was introduced in X&Y but was removed from Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, so the reintroduction of this feature in the game would make a lot of Pokémon trainers happy. Having the ability to make your in-game trainer look like the real you is probably one of the best feelings in the world.

5. The Battle Royal Format

Battling other trainers is about to get more exciting with the introduction of this new battle mode!

Here is the information about the Battle Royal Format from the Sun & Moon website:

In a Battle Royal, four Trainers are jumbled in battle together, but the rules are simple.

Each of the four Trainers chooses three Pokémon and sends one Pokémon into battle at a time. The battle is over at the end of any turn when all of the Pokémon of one Trainer have fainted. The players are ranked, and a victor is declared based on the number of Pokémon each defeated and the number of Pokémon each has remaining in play.

While these rules are simple, they also allow players a new way to enjoy Pokémon battles—one where many new strategies may be born, as each player must try to predict who will attack whom, or weigh acting to save a player who’s in a pinch in order to aim for the number-one position!

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via IGN

6. New Pokémon and Ultra Beasts

It’s a new generation of party Pokémon! Not only are we getting astonishingly beautiful starter Pokémon, we are also getting Guardian Deities, new Legendaries, and cool new forms of monsters known as Ultra Beasts!

Here’s a list of the new Pokémon revealed so far from Serebii.net.

7. Alola Forms

Over the previous generations, we have been getting various forms of Pokémon. But for Generation VII, they’re reinventing the meaning of Pokémon forms by introducing the Regional Variant Pokémon.

Pokémon that will get an Alola Form will be described as Alolan, and some of the Pokémon that received this treatment are Rattata, Raticate, Raichu, Sandshrew, Sandslash, Vulpix, Ninetales, Diglett, Dugtrio, Meowth, Persian, Grimer, Muk, Exeggutor, and Marowak.

Other Features to Look Forward to:

  • Z-moves
  • Poké Rides
  • Hyper Training
  • Festival Plaza
  • Poké Pelago

That’s it for this week’s Top List! Let me hear about the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon features you’re most excited about in the comments below.


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Header Image: The Pokemon Company via YouTube

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