Yet more Pokémon Sun and Moon news has been released! Today following the accidental leaks of the final starter evolutions, we get to see their 3D models in an official announcement. We also get Island Guardian Pokémon, Alolan Persian, another new Pokémon, and a couple neat features involving a Battle Tree and a Pokémon League of sorts… Watch the trailers below, then read on for additional information!
Starter Final Evolutions
Their names are Decidueye, Incineroar, and Primarina. Respectively, their typings are Grass/Ghost, Fire/Dark and Water/Fairy.
That’s right – Incineroar is NOT – we repeat, NOT – a Fire/Fighting Pokémon. You can breathe easily now!
Decidueye is based on an archer. It gets the unique move Spirit Shackle. It is a Ghost-type physical move which prevents opponents from fleeing or switching out – effectively like a damaging Spider Web.
This Pokémon is able to move about while completely masking its presence from others. Once an opponent has lost sight of it, Decidueye seizes the chance to attack it unawares. In a tenth of a second, Decidueye plucks an arrow quill from within its wing and sends its hurtling toward its target. Its speed is astonishing, but not more so than its precise aim, which enables the arrow quill to pierce a target through and through from half a mile or more away! Decidueye usually acts very cool, but it can become terribly flustered in unexpected situations like a surprise attack.
A skilled Decidueye can boast acrobatic curved shots. It seems some are also able to shoot arrows that reach up through the sky, only to come drilling down from above, piercing multiple targets one after another.
Incineroar is based on a wrestler. It gets the unique move Darkest Lariat. It is a Dark-type physical move, which deals damage while ignoring stat changes the target has (so it will ignore Defence boosts the opponent has from moves like Curse or Bulk Up).
As its fighting spirit increases, the flames that Incineroar produces within its body burst from its navel and waistline. Since the flames somewhat resemble a championship belt, they’re known as its “flame belt,” and the Pokémon unleashes moves that use flames from it. In the heat of battle, Incineroar shows no concern for its opponents—and sometimes even launches attacks that strike the opposing Trainer! As a result, many tend to dislike this Pokémon and keep it at a distance.
If a crowd watching it battle is pumped up, Incineroar’s fighting spirit will burn brighter. But a lackluster crowd can make it lose focus or fight shoddily. When it receives the admiration of young Pokémon and children, it may keep up its cold attitude on the outside, but in its heart of hearts, Incineroar is immensely happy. It loses the desire to fight when faced with a Pokémon that’s clearly weak or injured, and it sometimes gets taken advantage of as a result.
Primarina is based on a siren. It gets the unique move Sparkling Aria. It is a Water type attack which heals the burns of any target it strikes. This seems less useful than Incineroar’s and Decidueye’s unique moves based on that description.
As it dances, Primarina releases balloons of water into the area around itself, moving them using the sound waves from its voice. The sight of moonlight reflecting off its glittering balloons creates a magical scene. Since Primarina controls its balloons using its voice, any injury to its throat can become a grave problem. Its greatest enemies are arid environments and the overuse of its voice during back-to-back battles.
Among the balloons that Primarina releases, some explode when touched, while others do not. Primarina jump on the non-exploding balloons while they make sport of their opponents, and they use the exploding variety to trigger chained explosions!
Primarina’s songs have many variations, and each one changes the motions of the balloons. It has been observed that songs are shared among Primarina living together, so different colonies end up knowing different songs.
We also get new Pokémon announced! We have Tapu Bulu, Tapu Lele and Tapu Fini as the Alola Island Guardians.
Tapu Bulu is Grass/Fairy. It is the Guardian of Ula’ula Island. It learns the attack Nature’s Madness, which slams a target with all of nature’s rage and reduces the target’s HP by half.
Tapu Bulu’s Ability is Grassy Surge. Grassy Surge turns the field Grassy Terrain when Tapu Bulu appears in battle, boosting the power of any Grass-type moves used by Pokémon on the ground and restoring a bit of HP to them each turn. It also halves the damage taken from the moves Earthquake, Magnitude, and Bulldoze.
Tapu Bulu has the power to manipulate vegetation and cause it to grow. It can use this power on its own horns—which are made of wood—changing their shape or making them larger. This can come in handy in battle! This stolid Pokémon is not very active. People’s opinions differ on whether it’s as docile as it seems, or if the reason it doesn’t move much can be chalked up to simple laziness.
Tapu Bulu does not like unnecessary battles or frightening other Pokémon. Because of this, it makes a loud ringing noise with its tail to alert those nearby of its presence. Although Tapu Bulu may not like to start battles, it shows no mercy when dealing with evildoers. It’s said that when thieves once broke into its ruins, it punished them by swinging trees around like massive clubs.
Tapu Lele is Psychic/Fairy. It is the Guardian of Akala Island. On top of Nature’s Madness, it learns Psychic Terrain, a move that no Pokémon was previously able to learn. This move boosts the power of any Psychic-type attacks used by Pokémon on the ground and prevents them from being hit by priority moves.
Tapu Lele’s Ability is Psychic Surge. This new Ability turns the field into Psychic Terrain.
There is a legend which says that long ago Tapu Lele once brought an end to war between the islands of Alola by scattering its scales and soothing the tired warriors.
Tapu Lele scatters glowing scales that physically affect others—providing stimulation to their bodies and healing their illnesses or injuries. But these scales can be dangerous as well, because a body can’t withstand the changes brought about by contact with too many scales at the same time. It will scatter its scales over humans and Pokémon for its own enjoyment; while it is innocent in one sense, there is also cruelty in the way it casually brings others to ruin.
If Tapu Lele doesn’t have much energy stored in its shell, it may lack the strength to seize victory in a head-on battle. With this in mind, it tends to prioritize not losing a battle over actually beating a foe, and it’s skilled at strategies such as inflicting status conditions on opponents.
Tapu Fini is Water/Fairy. It is the Guardian of Poni Island. It has the Ability of Misty Surge, which turns the field into Misty Terrain when Tapu Fini appears in battle. This halves the damage taken by Pokémon on the ground from Dragon-type moves and preventing them from being afflicted with status conditions or confusion.
This Pokémon is able to create a special water that purifies both mind and body. But Tapu Fini requires that supplicants wishing to obtain the purifying water demonstrate the strength to withstand the tapu’s fog. Many humans have tried to withstand Tapu Fini’s fogs in pursuit of its purifying water. Among them were some with evil intentions, which may be the reason for Tapu Fini’s sense of disgust and lack of interest in appearing to people.
Tapu Fini is able to attack by manipulating water. Since it hates to risk harm to itself during battle, it prefers to create a thick fog that puts opponents in a trance and leads them to destroy themselves. Tapu Fini’s expression remains listless even when it’s unleashing moves. Some people say that it might look this way because using its moves is so exhausting. The Pokémon’s Nature’s Madness attack slams a target with all of nature’s rage, reducing the target’s HP by half.
All four Island Guardian Pokémon have access to a special Z-Move called Guardian of Alola. This summons an impressive being which deals 75% of the target’s remaining HP.
Cosmog and Alolan Persian
Then there’s Cosmog, and Alolan Persian‘s in-game model has also been announced.
Cosmog is a Psychic type Pokémon. It has the Ability of Unaware. It bears some physical appearance to Lunala…
This extremely rare Pokémon is known to only a select few in Alola. At one time, it was known only by the kings of Alola and their heirs, and it was called “the child of the stars.” The Aether Foundation is researching this unusual Pokémon, and one of the professors at the foundation recently dubbed it Cosmog.
Cosmog is very curious and shows no fear of people or Pokémon. If you treat it with any consideration at all, it will take an immediate liking to you. This personality trait often leads it into danger.
Its gaseous body is so lightweight that it’s sent flying when the wind blows. When light falls on this Pokémon, Cosmog absorbs it and grows.
Alolan Persian is Dark Type. It has the Abilities of Fur Coat and Technician.
Pokémon League and Battle Tree
In other news, there is a Pokémon League soon arriving in Sun and Moon! Mount Lanakila, the highest peak in Alola, hosts this place which you supposedly help construct!
You can also battle past characters like Cynthia, Wally, Blue and Red! This happens at a location called the Battle Tree.
What do you think of this batch of news? Are you decided on a Starter Pokémon now?
Edited by Charlie Brown and Z25.