Myths and Legends of Alola: New Information Revealed

Read up on the exciting new information regarding the mythical and legendary Pokémon of the Alola region. Just what is a Tapu Koko?

In addition to the new Pokémon and gameplay revealed during Nintendo’s E3 presentation, new information has subsequently been revealed on the official website for Pokémon Sun and Moon. Included in this information is some cool new stuff regarding the mythical Magearna and legendary mascots, Solgaleo and Lunala.


The Artificial Pokémon
The Artificial Pokémon

Magearna is a Pokémon that was created by a genius five hundred years prior to the beginning of Sun and Moon and (as has previously been revealed) possesses the rare Steel/Fairy type combination. In addition to being able to take on the appearance of a Poké Ball, Magearna is described as being able feel the thoughts and emotions of other Pokémon. Supposedly when other Pokémon are injured, Magearna feels it and is compelled to provide aid. Magearna’s body is largely mechanical with its true self existing in the Soul-Heart found in the centre of its body.

Soul-Heart is also the name of Magearna’s unique ability. This ability raises its Special Attack stat each time a Pokémon in Magearna’s vicinity faints suggesting it will be a potent battler in Double or Tripple battles as well as in the new Battle Royals.

You can obtain Magearna by using Sun and Moon’s new QR Scanner function.

Solgaleo and Lunala

During E3 it was revealed that Solgaleo and Lunala will be tied in to the story of Sun and Moon in a way that no other legendary mascots have before. However no further information on the subject has been revealed leaving them cloaked in a shroud of mystery.

Something that we have discovered about them however, courtesy of the official website for Pokémon Sun and Moon, is that each one possesses a second and more powerful form called a Phase.

They have a flair for the dramatic.

Not much has been revealed about the Radiant Sun and Full Moon Phases, however they appear to be similar to the likes of Mega Evolution. Instead of changing appearance dramatically, the legendary Pokémon will shine with a brilliant light as they release their now greater power.

Island Guardians

Perhaps separate from the above, we learned a bit more about the Alola regions mythology. Supposedly each of Alola’s four islands possesses a unique guardian Pokémon.

No real information was revealed about these mysterious entities and it is uncertain if they are truly catchable Pokémon or something more mysterious. However in the E3 presentation, Village Chief Hala briefly mentions that the player character has in fact seen one of these guardians, Tapu Koko. The two-word name would be a first for a Pokémon, however this does make it seem that we will at least be able to interact with these guardians.

We’ve been introduced to two legendary Pokémon as well as the mythical Magearna so far, however with talk of the island guardians of Alola being in the game we may well be introduced to up to four more interesting legendary Pokémon.

Images from the official Pokémon Sun and Moon website.