Welcome back once again to another exciting Sun and Moon filled issue of Pokemon News! Once more, we got a lot of everything that is coming with Pokemon Sun and Moon, from new Pokemon and new features, to new Z-Moves and returning features. So without further ado, let’s get right into it.
Several new Pokemon were recently unveiled, all of which are version exclusive Pokemon. So first up with Pokemon Sun, meet Passimian, the Teamwork Pokemon. (Fighting Type)
Harambe nicknames. Harambe nicknames as far as the eye can see…
Passimian live in troops of 20 to 30 individuals, all following a leader. This leader will take 10 of the individuals in the best condition to search for food. The troop’s teamwork is strong, and the boss of each troop decides what mark members will wear on their arms to distinguish the troops.
The boss puts the troop members through training to improve their coordination with one another and their skill in handling Berries. Apparently this training is so hard that some Passimian end up running away.
Lobbing Berries at foes is how Passimian attack. They sometimes work in coordination with others, passing Berries back and forth to bewilder their opponents. Passimian don’t just pitch hard Berries at opponents, either—they also have a technique that uses soft Berries to obscure their opponent’s ability to see.
Passimian wants its Trainer to have the qualities of a leader as well. It watches a Trainer’s form closely when he or she throws Poké Balls, and will not listen to the orders of a Trainer with poor form.
What’s interesting about Passimian is its ability, Reciever. When its ally Pokemon faints in battle, Passimian gains that Pokemon’s ability. For example, if Passimian is on a team with a Hydreigon and the Hydreigon faints, Passimian will gain the ability Levitate. Truly, Passimian was designed to be a VGC Pokemon.
But Passimian’s Pokemon Moon counterpart is even more VGC capable. Say hello to Oranguru, the Sage Pokemon. (Normal/Psychic)
Harambe is strong with this one…
Oranguru live solitary lives deep in the forests and do not usually take much action. Instead, they position themselves high up in the trees to meditate. Long ago, people thought that Oranguru were humans who dwelled in the forest depths, so they called them “the people of the forests.” Oranguru is kind to the other Pokémon living in the forest, providing medicine for injured Pokémon and food for the hungry.
Oranguru sometimes act on their own initiative and will use items that only humans normally use. From a Trainer’s perspective, they can be hard Pokémon to handle at times. Allegedly, there have been sightings of Oranguru using Poké Balls!
The fan-like objects held by Oranguru are handmade by the Oranguru themselves. These fans appear to be made of layers of leaves bound together with Oranguru’s own fur.
Oranguru has the abilities Inner Focus and Telepathy. Like Passimian, Oranguru’s signature move, Instruct, is a metagame changer. Think of Instruct as a Mega Kangaskhan duplicate. Instruct causes the ally Pokemon to use the same move that it recently used again immediately. Want your Primal Groudon to slam the enemy team with Precipice Blades twice? Oranguru can help you with that. I fear that the Sage Pokemon will be quite the Metachanger this year.
Remember Rockruff’s version exclusive evolution? It now has more information and an english name. And it goes by the name Lycanroc, the Wolf Pokemon (Rock Type)
This is Lycanroc’s “Midday Form” which is exclusive to Pokemon Sun. It has the abilities Keen Eye and Sand Rush.
Lycanroc lives solo in mountains and deserts, not creating a pack. Each has its own territory, and they live without interfering with one another, which helps to avoid unnecessary fights.
Lycanroc obeys its Trainer’s orders dutifully. In particular, if a Trainer accepted it during its more rebellious pre-Evolution period, Lycanroc will never ever betray that Trainer and will be the most loyal of partners.
The Midday Form Lycanroc is known for speedy movements that leave its opponents bewildered. It dodges opponents’ strikes while attacking with the sharp rocks of its mane as it slips right past them.
To go along with its speed, Midday Lycanroc has a signature move called Accelrock, which is the first ever Rock Type priority move. Only the Midday Form has access to this attack.
But what happens when Rockruff evolves in Pokemon Moon? Well, you get Lycanroc Midnight Form.
In this form, Lycanroc has the abilites Keen Eye and Vital Spirit.
Midnight Form Lycanroc provokes its opponents by pressing in hard and inviting their attack. When an opponent falls for this tactic and attacks, Lycanroc counters with its forte: a single devastating blow that finishes off its foe! The stronger its opponent is, the more excited for battle Lycanroc becomes. It doesn’t mind getting hurt if it means victory in battle. Battles thrill it so much that its eyes glow.
Contempt rises in this Pokémon for Trainers who give orders it doesn’t agree with or who try to force it to battle. On the other hand, it will feel a deep trust in a Trainer who can truly draw forth its power in battle.
To compensate for Midday having Accelrock, Midnight can learn Counter in its place, which to its name, is a good “counter” to a priority move like Accelrock.
Not only do we have new Pokemon, but we also have two new exclusive Z-Moves to two specific Pokemon.
First up is Pikachu’s Z-Move, Catastropika.
Pikachu’s exclusive Z-Move, Catastropika, is a superpowered attack move where Pikachu borrows its Trainer’s strength, wrapping itself in extra-high-voltage electric power, and charging into its opponent. This will become Pikachu’s most powerful attack!
Take that Volt Tackle, Catastropika has upstaged you completely. But still, I don’t think this Z-Move will see much use in the VGC.
However, Eevee’s Z-Move, Extreme Evoboost, might be a pretty big metachanger.
Eevee’s exclusive Z-Move, Extreme Evoboost, gathers together Sylveon, Jolteon, and more—all of the eight Pokémon that Eevee can evolve into—and grants their power to Eevee. This powerful move raises Eevee’s Attack, Defense, Sp. Atk, Sp. Def, and Speed by 2
Having Eevee on a doubles team centered around stat passing like Baton Pass will be extremely dangerous to go up against with this Z-Move. And add that to a Geomancy Xerneas………..I think I’ve said too much.
Anyway, along with all of this, two newish feature have been revealed for Pokemon Sun and Moon.
First up, we have the new and fresh Pokemon Refresh.
Use the Pokémon Refresh feature to care for your Pokémon. After a battle, Pokémon sometimes end up all dirty. When that happens, you can take care of them and get them all cleaned up. By caring for your Pokémon, you can also cure status conditions like poisoning and paralysis that were inflicted on your Pokémon in battle.
Pokémon that have grown very affectionate, thanks to petting them a lot and feeding them their beloved Poké Beans, will battle to the utmost for you. Sometimes they’ll avoid attacks from opposing Pokémon—and even hold out when they’re on the verge of fainting. Take good care of your Pokémon with Pokémon Refresh, and they’ll be great allies on your adventure!
Just like how Sun and Moon is streamlining battling to allow more people to participate, they’ve also streamlined the affection mechanic as well. Pokemon Refresh also sounds like an important tool for anyone that plans on going through a Nuzlocke of Sun or Moon, as it can save a player money and time for healing and curing their Pokemon of any alignments.
The more I look at this, the more I feel like Nintendo is making Pokemon feel more and more like owning an virtual pet……and I love it.
Finally, and probably most importantly of all, we finally got confirmation that Trainer Customization will be returning to Pokemon, with more styles, more clothing, and hopefully more options for male trainers. Next to an Alolan Magnemite, this was what I was hoping and praying for to come to Sun and Moon. I’m so glad that I have this game already pre-ordered.
And that’s it for Pokemon News. We will definitely have more news to cover in the coming days to stayed tuned to PUCL Podcast for all your Pokemon News! And I will see you guys in the next issue!