Welcome to a very special and important issue of Pokemon News here on the Pokemon Underground Champions League. This past Tuesday, we got our first look into the next upcoming installments of the main series, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. So without further ado, let’s get right into it and break down everything that was revealed.
Before we get into Pokemon shown, let’s begin with the region and the player.
The region for Sun and Moon is called the Alola Region, which nearly everyone knows that this makes the region based off of the island state of Hawaii. (Alola is based off of the Hawaiian word “Aloha”, which means “hello”, “goodbye” and “I love you”.) If the name didn’t suggest that, then the tropical setting and geography similar to Hawaii would do it instead, with the trailer showing off a a city, beaches, palm trees, and a volcano. With it being based off of Hawaii, its is believed that the player will have to navigate different islands that make up the entire region, either by boat or by surf, as the image of the region above is too small to be the entire region.
Next up, we have the player.
The player appears to be a new resident of the Alola Region, being welcomed to the region by someone calling them they’re “cousin”. This makes some believe that the player will interact with their uncle, a first in the series, but it is important to note that this is common in Hawaii. Everyone calls each other cousin, whether they are related or not. Anyway, back to the player. In-game, the player is taller than other player characters in past games, which always had the player in a smaller form when navigating the overworld. This is actually a good move in my opinion, but it is a little weird looking from years of seeing the player in such a way. But the biggest question on everyone’s mind is whether or not player customization is returning or not. But based off of this image…
…it would suggest that player customization is returning to Pokemon. Hopefully the male character will have just as many customization options as the female character does. With that being said, that is it as far as the player character goes.
Now we get to the most interesting part of the reveal; the Pokemon. Not only did we get a look at the region and player in the trailer, but we also got lots of information about our starters that we get to choose from.
No these are Fakemon, these are real Pokemon. Their names are Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio. So let’s break each down.
First up, Rowlet, the Grass Quill Pokemon.
Rowlet can attack without making a sound! It flies silently through the skies, drawing near to its opponent without being noticed, and then lashing out with powerful kicks. It can also attack from a distance using the razor-sharp leaves that form part of its feathers.
Its visual abilities are impressive. The darkness of night is no obstacle to Rowlet! It can twist its neck nearly 180° from front to back so it can see directly behind itself. It has a habit of turning its head in battle to face its Trainer and receive instructions. The move Leafage (a new move that is the grass equivalent to Ember and Water Gun) attacks an opponent by striking it with leaves. Rowlet knows this move from the moment it becomes your partner!
Next in line, Litten, the Fire Cat Pokemon.
Logical but also passionate, Litten always remains coolheaded and doesn’t show its emotions on the surface.
Litten can attack with flaming hairballs! Its fur is rich in oils and immensely flammable. Litten grooms itself by licking its fur, and then uses the collected fur as fuel for fireball attacks! When the time comes for Litten to shed its old fur, it all burns up in a glorious blaze. The move Ember attacks an opponent by firing a small flame at it. Litten knows this move from the moment it becomes your partner!
And last but not least, Popplio, the Sea Lion Pokemon.
Popplio’s swimming speed is known to exceed 25 mph. It’s better at moving in the water than on land. Still, when it’s on land, it takes advantage of the elasticity of its balloons to perform acrobatic stunts and jumps.
Popplio can snort out balloons made of water! Watch it spin water balloons into a playful battle strategy! Both frivolous and hard-working, Popplio can easily get carried away—unleashing enough power in battle to make quite a spectacle! But Popplio’s determined spirit means it can usually be found practicing hard on its balloon skills. The Water Gun move attacks an opponent by firing a jet of water. Popplio knows this move from the moment it becomes your partner!
Personally, I will be starting my Sun and Moon journey with Rowlet, not because I prefer starting with Grass Types, but I’m curious to see what he fully evolves into, given that fact that the only owl that Rowlet can aspire to is Noctowl, which is part Psychic, and a grass/psychic owl would be neat to have.
Now that the starters are done, let’s move on to the legendary Pokemon revealed.
And there they are. We don’t have any confirmed names, types, or moves, though if I was to take a STAB at it, the Sun Lion will be part Fire Type and the Moon Bat will be party Flying Type. But unfortunately that is all that we know. Maybe CoroCoro will tell us more.
So based on the information revealed, I will be starting Pokemon Sun with a Rowlet as Male Player Character #2. Pokemon Sun and Moon will be released on November 18, 2016, with a European release a couple days after that. (Sorry Fluffiest.) I honestly can’t wait to get my hands on the game.
And with that, that is it for the news this week. Now that we have information about Pokemon Sun and Moon, expect more Sun and Moon news here on PUCL by your’s truly. I’ll see you guys the next time I have news to share.