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New information on Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, the first games in the Pokémon franchise’s seven generation, has been revealed today on the official Pokémon website. Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon were revealed to the public in a special Nintendo Direct called “Pokémon Direct,” which introduced players to the logos for the new Pokémon games. TechRaptor staff has carefully followed news updates on Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon up to the recent news on the official strategy guides for the games. The new Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon trailer can be viewed below.

Today’s news focuses specifically on the region that the player character explores, player customization, information on this generation’s Pokédex, important story characters, and the names and details of the flagship Legendary Pokémon for each game. Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will be set in the Alola region (seen below), a tropical island based region that seems to draw culturally from the real world Hawaii; much like previous games Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, X and Y, the player character will move to this region from a different location. According to the official Pokémon website, the Alola region is comprised of four individual islands, and an artificially created fifth island. No information is available at this time on where the player character starts at, the names of the islands, or how the player character will move between islands (the in-game mechanic for traveling on water, Surf, typically isn’t available until halfway through the storyline). There is also no information on Gym Leaders, the Elite Four, or the Pokémon League Champion. Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon region map As with every game since Pokémon Crystal, players can choose between a male and female character model to play as, with no major story differences between the two genders. Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon continue the player customization found in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, letting players choose skin tone, hair and eye color, as seen below. Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon character customization The design for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon‘s Pokédex, the in-game database for Pokémon locations, statistics, and other miscellaneous information, has been revealed. The official Pokémon website refers to it as a “Rotom Pokédex” and states that the device is possessed by Rotom, a Pokémon with the ability to change its form based on the device it currently inhabits. In addition to the usual features possessed by the Pokédex, the “Rotom Pokédex” will be able to show where you currently are in the Alola region, and where your next destination is. It is unknown at this time whether the “Rotom Pokédex” form will be a viable in-game form for Rotom or if this is merely a cosmetic form; if so, this would mark this first time since Pokémon Platinum that Rotom received a new form. Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Rotom Pokédex A few important story characters have been given biographies on the official Pokémon website. Professor Kukui is the Alola region’s leading expert on Pokémon; compared to the Professors of past games, he appears very casual and laid back, aesthetically similar to the surfer stereotype. Pokémon Sun and Pokemon Moon's Professor Kukui Assisting him is Lillie, a girl around the same age as the player character, who the website hints will play an important role in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon's Lillie Finally is your friend-slash-rival, Hau, who loves Pokémon battling and malasada (a type of Portuguese confectionery) and makes quick friends with you on your arrival to the Alola region. Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon's Hau Fans have been waiting for more information on the flagship Legendary Pokémon for the new games since their recent reveal; today’s update gives us their names, typing, and additional information. The mascot for Pokémon Sun is Solgaleo, a Psychic/Steel typed Pokémon with the ability to ignore stat reductions from opposing Pokémon’s moves (such as Leer) or Abilities (such as Intimidate). Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon's Solgaleo Solgaleo’s opposing number is Lunala, a Psychic/Ghost typed Pokémon with the ability to take less damage from attacks if Lunala is at full health when the attack hits. Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon's Lunala Both Solgaleo and Lunala have signature moves—Sunsteel Strike and Moongeist Beam, respectively—that ignore the opposing Pokémon’s Abilities in factoring dealt damage. Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will have a world-wide release of November 18, 2016, and a European release of November 23, 2016, and will be released for the Nintendo 3DS handheld game console.

What are your thoughts on Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon? Are you excited by the new information on the Alola region, Legendary Pokémon, and story characters? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Brandon writes articles with focuses on video and board games, and Magic: The Gathering. When he isn't doing research for his weekly Magic: The Gathering column, he can be found enjoying the outdoors.