The Poké-news keeps ‘a-comin’ with a fresh Pokémon Sun and Moon trailer released today showering us with more details on the latest game in the long-standing series. The trailer’s only two-and-a-half minutes long, but it’s loaded with info, including new Alola forms, an introduction to the mysterious Aether Foundation, new “Ultra Beasts,” and a pretty exciting Poké Finder feature.
Phew. Are you ready? Let’s take a closer look.
First on the docket was new normal-type pokémon, Type: Null. The name’s kind of chunky, but Type: Null could be an interesting addition to the ever-growing roster of pokémon. We don’t know too much about this creature, other than that it is a “synthetic” pokémon, which makes sense considering its legs, tail, and head all look like they come from different pokémon. Nintendo describes the new monster thusly:
Null is a Synthetic Pokémon which was constructed to synthesize the strengths of various Pokémon, making it adaptable enough to complete a mission that requires a Pokémon as strong as the Pokémon of mythology. The mask fitted to this Pokémon’s head is a piece of equipment designed to control its power.
Type: Null is a companion pokémon to the newly revealed Gladion, a member of Team Skull. Could that mean that Type: Null will be playing a larger part in the Sun and Moon story? We’ll see!
We were also introduced to Jangmo-o, a cutesie dragon-type that, although only standing at two-feet tall, never backs down from a fight and is always ready to train. Adorable! I’ll take one, thanks.
While you’d expect the surprise announcement of these exciting new beasties to take the internet by storm, the most popular newcomer is most definitely Raticate’s Alola version. In the past, the buck-toothed rodent was never particularly interesting, but now he gets a chubby new form with an added dark typing. Apparently Alolan Raticates have a taste for fine cuisine, as Nintendo describes below:
Raticate in Alola live in urban areas, leading to a higher-calorie diet than that of Raticate elsewhere. This means they have tough bodies but have gotten a lot fatter. They stockpile huge amounts of food in their nests and prefer fresh fruit and high-class ingredients.
While Nintendo’s description is amusing in itself, that hasn’t stopped folks on the internet from making their own jokes about Raticate’s new physique:
when you get your wisdom teeth out but you can still hang pic.twitter.com/DDqH4rBiFH
— Megan Farokhmanesh (@Megan_Nicolett) September 6, 2016
New Pokémon aren’t the only critters joining the franchise. We got a first look at “Ultra Beasts”—monsters that pose a threat to people and pokémon alike. Nintendo revealed one of them in the trailer. Named “UB-01”, it looks like a jellyfish although its body is made of a glass-like substance that can change at will. Nintendo says the creature’s movements “resemble those of a young girl.” Creepy.
What else did we learn? A lot, actually. We were introduced to the Aether Foundation, a group of researchers living and working on Aether Paradise, a man-made island. They aim to protect and care for injured pokémon.
Pokémon Sun and Moon is also taking a new approach to the day and night cycle that’s been a mainstay in the series since the days of Pokémon Gold and Silver. The two different versions will be set 12 hours apart, causing in-game events to play-out differently depending on your copy of the game. The time of day in Pokémon Sun is directly linked to the time set on your Nintendo 3DS, while the time in Pokémon Moon is set 12 hours ahead of your system’s clock. That means you’ll encounter different pokémon at different times of the day.
Sina and Dexio, the professor’s assistants from Pokémon X/Y will also get a comeback, tasking you with collecting Zygarde Cores and Cells in a contraption called a Zygarde Cube. Once you have enough of these Zygarde . . . parts, you’ll be better able to find Zygarde itself.
The final reveal caters to our nostalgia, as Sun and Moon will be including a “Poké Finder”, an add-on to the Rotom Dex. This new gadget lets you take snapshots of wild Pokémon in selected spots across Alola. Judging by the trailer, it looks like you’ll be able to share your photos with other players, who can rate your shots.
Pokémon X/Y really changed up the series, and it looks like Sun and Moon could do the same with the ever growing list of new features and activities being thrown into the mix. We’ll be able to play with all of them when Pokémon Sun and Moon is released on November 23.
What are you looking forward to most with the new Pokémon game? Let us know in the comment section below!