Pokemon News Issue #97 (Solgaleo, Lunala, Rotom, and more!!!!)
Welcome to another exciting issue of Pokemon News. We’re getting super close to 100 issues of news, and more Sun and Moon info on the horizon, we’ll get there pretty quickly, maybe. Without further ado, let’s dive into the new information about Sun and Moon.
First up, we’ve got the official names and information about our mascot legendaries. May I introduce you guys to Solgaleo and Lunala.
Let’s take a look at Solgaleo.
Species: Sunne Pokemon
Height: 11′ 2″
Weight: 507.1 lbs
Ability: Full Metal Body
Since ancient times, Solgaleo has been honored as an emissary of the sun. It is referred to with reverence as “the beast that devours the sun.” Solgaleo’s body holds a vast amount of energy, and it shines with light when it’s active. It has a flowing mane with a remarkable resemblance to the sun. Its signature move is Sunsteel Strike, an attack that charges at an opponent with the force of a meteor, disregarding the target’s Ability.
Solgaleo’s Ability is Full Metal Body, a new Ability that no previous Pokémon has had. With the Full Metal Body Ability, a Pokémon’s stats will not be lowered by the effects of an opponent’s moves or Ability.
I really only have one question about Solgaleo. Why isn’t he a fire type? With all the talk about him having pretty much everything to do with that giant fire ball in the sky, why is it a type that fire is super effective to? Doesn’t really make any sense when you get right down to it. Maybe they’ll change Solgaleo to a Fire/Steel type later on, who knows. Either way, with a signature attack that has the benefits of Mold Breaker on it, Solgaleo will pack a pretty big punch. Full Metal Alche, I mean Body, is pretty much the same as Clear Body, which another Psychic/Steel type is known to have, but some believe that the specifics of the ability may prevent attack from lowering from a burn and speed from lowering from paralysis. If so, Solgaleo will be a tough one to catch, but a powerful ally when you do.
Next up, Lunala.
Species: Moone Pokemon
Height: 13′ 1″
Weight 264.6 lbs
Ability: Shadow Shield
Since ancient times, Lunala has been honored as an emissary of the moon. It is referred to with reverence as “the beast that calls the moon.” Lunala is constantly absorbing light and converting it into energy. With its wings spread to absorb the surrounding light and glittering like a crescent moon, it resembles a beautiful night sky. Lunala’s signature Moongeist Beam attack releases an ominous beam of light that disregards the target’s Ability.
Lunala’s Ability is Shadow Shield, a new Ability that no previous Pokémon has had. With the Shadow Shield Ability, a Pokémon will take less damage from an attack that lands when the Pokémon has full HP.
Like Solgaleo, Lunala’s type doesn’t really fit its lore. With it being the pokemonication of the moon, you would think it would be part dark type, maybe a dark/ghost. Dark type is 4x effective against a Pokemon that is basically the night sky. Either way, Moongiest Beam is the same as Sunsteel Strike, but instead of be physical, its ranged. And Shadow Shield is an interesting ability for Lunala to have.
So those are our legendaries that we will find in the Alola Region. Speaking of which, we have more information about the region and characters you will find.
I remember saying in issue #96, “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.” Turns out I and everybody else was correct with that assumption, as the Alola Region will be comprised of four natural islands and one small artificial island in the middle. The “big island” appears to have snow on its mountain peak, meaning that even though the Alola Region is in a tropical setting, we will still be getting some new seventh generation ice types. So based off of the topography, we will be getting Surf earlier than previous games and IGN isn’t gonna have fun reviewing Sun and Moon.
Now about the people of the Alola Region, let’s meet its resident Pokemon Professor, Prof. Kukui.
(I’m getting a JWittz vibe from this guy.) Anyway:
Professor Kukui is the Alola region’s dependable Pokémon professor. He lives near your home and looks out for you. He’s passionate about his research into Pokémon moves and has sometimes taken direct hits from Pokémon when there was something to be learned from it. Sporting a white lab coat slung casually over his bare torso, he shows off his own unique style.
Since Sycamore specialized in Mega Evolution, which the player was able to utilize, does this mean Generation 7 is changing how some moves function based on Kukui’s research? Maybe, I like to speculate like that. What do you think?
But Professor Kukui isn’t going alone in his research. Meet Lillie.
Lillie is a mysterious girl who assists the professor. This young girl is about the same age as your character, and she’s working as Professor Kukui’s assistant for personal reasons. She’s not fond of making Pokémon fight in battles, but she loves reading and has devoured many books. Lillie will play an important role in the story ofPokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.
That scowl tells me she is definitely hiding something, and I can’t wait to find out what it is. Also, the last time I heard of someone who wasn’t fond of Pokemon fighting, his name started with the letter N….
And last but not least, your best friend/rival, Hau.
Hau is a Pokémon-loving young boy with a big appetite! He’s the same age as your character. When you move to the Alola region, he makes friends with you right away. He has a real weakness for malasada, a famous treat in the Alola region, and he is always in search of malasada shops. He is a big-hearted boy who really loves Pokémon.
I don’t know what Malasada is, but I want some.
Now for the moment we’ve all been waiting for. About that Rotom in the title. Check him out now!
Rotom has a new forme; the Pokedex Forme. That’s right, you’re gonna have a Rotom living in your Pokedex!
The Pokédex is a convenient tool that records information about the Pokémon you see and catch during your adventure. In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, your character receives a special Pokédex from Professor Kukui to support you in your travels. It’s known as the Rotom Pokédex, and it’s inhabited by Rotom, a Pokémon with the power to reside in various electronic appliances. It does much more than record Pokémon info—it sparkles with its own personality. The Rotom Pokédex shows your current location and your next destination, and it also gives you advice on where to go next, based on the conversations you have with others! It’s likely to be of great help to you in many parts of your adventure. The Rotom Pokédex is an extremely rare device. There are only a few Trainers that have one, even in the Alola region.
So we are going to have a Pokemon follow us in the overworld. (Thatch won’t like me saying that.) But was is on my mind right now is whether or not Rotom-P will be able to be used in battle. If he is able to be used, he would probably be electric/steel with Levitate, which makes me very happy. There is the possibility that Rotom-P is purely a ultility feature and can’t battle. Either way, this is a first for the main series: Rotom is now the first Pokemon to speak to the trainer directly in a language that the player can understand. To have a companion like Rotom with me during my journey through the Alola Region is something I am really looking forward to.
And with that, we are all up to date on Sun and Moon. More news will be coming in later days, and we never know what CoroCoro might reveal. Until then, I’ll see you guys next time!