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On August 1, 2016, the official Pokémon YouTube channel posted a new trailer for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. The trailer – viewable below – introduces new forms, moves, and Pokémon, and also reveals some information on the upcoming titles from Nintendo.

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will feature new moves called “Z-Moves”, which can be used once per battle. By gathering “Z energy”, Pokémon are able to perform a special move, one of which exists for each of the eighteen types. While the names and battle animations of several Z-moves are given in the trailer, the trailer doesn’t elaborate on their special effects or strength.

The Alola region features several small islands, each with their own micro-climate. This has an effect on Pokémon, granting them new forms and Abilities based on the micro-climate. Exeggutor, a Grass/Psychic pineapple tree from the first generation of games, loses its Psychic-typing and gains Dragon, and also gets the Ability Frisk. It also gains an appearance that makes it look like a coconut tree, as seen below.

Nintendo Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon; Alola Exeggutor form

The other Pokémon revealed to have Alolan Forms thus far include Vulpix, Ninetails, Sandshrew, and Sandslash, which are Ice, Ice/Fairy, and Ice/Steel (for both of the last two) respectively.

The Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon trailer revealed a few new Pokémon as well, for the first time since July 20, 2016. The first of these new Pokémon is the Dancing bird Oricorio, which has four different forms based on which island the player is on. Each form gives Oricorio a different type – Baile Style (seen below) makes it Fire/Flying, Pom-Pom Style turns it into Electric/Flying, Pa’U Style gives it Psychic/Flying, and finally Sensu Style turns it into Ghost Flying. Oricorio’s ability, Dancer, allows it to copy and immediately use any “dancing moves” that the opponents Pokémon used, such as Quiver Dance or Dragon Dance.

. Nintendo Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon; Oricorio, Baile Style

Yungoos, which was previously revealed in an earlier trailer video, is shown to have an evolution in the form of Gumshoos, the Stakeout Pokémon. Gumshoos is a Normal-type Pokémon like it’s pre-evolution form, and possesses the abilities of Strong Jaw and Stakeout.

Nintendo Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon; Gumshoos

Minior is a Rock/Flying Pokémon based on a meteor and has the ability “Shields Down”; in its initial form, Minior has excellent defensive stats, but when its health drops below half it loses its rocky shield and gains an offensive boost.

Nintendo Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon; Minior

Mudbray is a Ground-type Donkey Pokémon with the abilities of Own Tempo and Stamina; according to its official biography, it was once plentiful in the Pokémon world, but was over-hunted to the point of extinction. Now Alola is the only place left where it can still be found.

Nintendo Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon; Mudbray

The final two Pokémon revealed in this trailer are Fomantis (the first image below) and its evolution, Lurantis. Both are Grass-type Pokémon with the ability Leaf Guard, and both are based somewhat on real world preying mantises. Lurantis has access to a new move called Solar Blade, which functions very similarly to Solar Beam in that it requires a full turn to charge.

Nintendo Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon; Fomantis Nintendo Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon; Lurantis

Additionally, the trailer reveals that the player has the ability to call upon “Ride Pokémon” in order to move around the islands. It seems that these Ride Pokémon either replace or are a substitute for the traditional Hidden Moves, such as Surf and Fly. It’s unknown at this time if the Ride Pokémon completely replace Hidden Moves, or exist alongside them. The Alola region will also feature “Trials” instead of Gym challenges – each Trial is governed by a Kahuna, and features a battle against a “Totem Pokémon” which can summon other Pokémon to aid it in battle.

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will be available for the Nintendo 3DS November 18, 2016.

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