New Pokemon, Alolan forms, Z-Moves, Island Challenges and more!

The Pokemon Company has released a new trailer showcasing a handful of new Pokemon and special features coming to Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon.

The new Pokemon include Fomantis and its evolution, Lurantis, who are both Grass type

Gumshoos, a Normal type Pokemon, is Yungoos’ evolution. This one has a striking resemblence to an outspoken US presidential candidate…

Next up, we have Mudbray, who evolves into Mudsdale and is also a Ground type Pokemon.

Minior, the Meteor Pokemon, is a Rock/Flying Pokemon. Minior’s core can change into 4 different colors.

Finally, we have Oricorio, the Dancing Pokemon that has 4 different forms. Its form depends on which island in Alola you encounter it on. The 4 forms it comes in is Fire/Flying, Electric/Flying, Psychic/Flying, and Ghost/Flying.

It’s also important to note that Tapu Koko, who is also part Electric type, is the guardian deity of Melemele Island. Does that mean the guardian deities of the other islands will then be part Fire, Ghost, and Psychic types?

Exclusive to the Alola Region are new forms of classic Pokemon from the previous generations. So far, Exeggcutor, the Vulpix line, and the Sandshrew line have been revealed to have these new forms. The official term is called “regional variants”.

Exeggcutor: Grass/Dragon
Vulpix: Ice
Ninetales: Ice/Fairy
Sandshrew: Ice/Steel
Sandslash: Ice/Steel

Pokemon Gym and Gym Leaders seem to have been replaced with island challenges.

Each island has their own trial captain, who specializes in a specific Pokemon type, similarly to a Gym Leader in the previous games.

Lana specializes in Water type Pokemon.
Mallow is an expert with Grass type Pokemon.
Sophocles is good with Electric type Pokemon.
Kiawe’s expertise is in Fire type Pokemon.

Each island also has a leader called the island kahuna. Hala has been revealed to be the leader of Melemele island.

According to the Pokemon website: “If a trial-goer succeeds in clearing this grand trial, he or she will be publicly recognized as having cleared all of the island’s trials and can move on to the next island.”

A new element called Z-Moves makes its debut in Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. These moves can only be used once per battle.

Tomy International, which is a toy manufactuer will be releasing the Z-Ring bracelet for sale upon launch of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. The bracelet is said to react when a player summons the a Z-Move in game. Pretty cool!

Poke Ride is another new feature found in the Alola region. Certain Pokemon can be called upon to help players get to places they wouldn’t be able to reach themselves. These Pokemon are also not a part of your team. Perhaps this will eliminate the need for HM moves? That would be fantastic!

Make sure to also watch the Japanese trailer for additional footage!