The Pokémon Company has provided an update on Pokémon Sun & Moon’s official website today with a new trailer and the latest on the Z-Move feature, along with a look at the Mysterious Pokémon, new Ultra Beasts, and more.
Sand Veil / Tangling Hair
Diglett in the Alola region live near volcanic areas, so they have few places to hide themselves away. Their tunneling activity plows the land, creating cultivated soil that’s great for agriculture. Because of this, many people in the Alola region are grateful for the presence of Diglett.
The hairlike growths sprouting from Diglett’s head are metallic whiskers. It’s said they developed these stiff yet flexible whiskers in order to survive in the hostile volcanic environment. The whiskers provide a sensory function, enabling Alolan Diglett to scan the surrounding area without exposing their faces aboveground.
Their current emotional state is revealed by their whiskers. When their whiskers stand straight up, they’re angry. Whiskers that wave are a sign that the Pokémon is on alert. When they swing their whiskers around, they’re in a good mood, and when their whiskers droop, they’re feeling lonely or downhearted.
Alolan Diglett can have the Tangling Hair Ability, which is a new Ability that no other Pokémon has previously had. With the Tangling Hair Ability, opponents that hit Alolan Diglett with a move that makes direct contact will have their Speed lowered by 1.
Sand Veil / Tangling Hair
In the Alola region, Dugtrio is revered as an incarnation of the god of the land, and it’s treated with great importance. This is why the people of Alola fall to their knees and bow deeply whenever they come across an Alolan Dugtrio that has poked its faces out of its burrow.
Alolan Dugtrio’s whiskers shine with a brilliance akin to golden hair. The whiskers are flexible, just like Diglett’s, but hard and strong. They continue to grow throughout an Alolan Dugtrio’s life, although at a very slow rate. Removing Alolan Dugtrio whiskers from the Alola region is prohibited. It’s said that those who take them receive divine punishment. Every year, many tourists come back, apparently to return whiskers they had taken.
There is a superstitious belief that many Alolan Dugtrio come out of their holes on a day when a volcano will erupt. Older residents of Alola will flee immediately at the sight. It’s thought that Alolan Dugtrio, which live beneath the ground’s surface, detect movements in the ground that indicate an impending eruption and are so alarmed that they come aboveground.
Lookout for Pokémon Exclusive to Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon
There are many Pokémon for you to encounter in your Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon game—but not every Pokémon will appear in both games! To obtain every Pokémon, you’ll need to trade with other players. Take a look at the Pokémon known to appear only in either Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon.
Pokémon Exclusive to Pokémon Sun:
- Alolan Vulpix
Pokémon Exclusive to Pokémon Moon:
What’s Up with Rockruff?
Rockruff is a special Pokémon that can evolve into different forms depending on which game you’re playing. However, you may be able to find both of its evolved forms in the wild. Search for them—both day and night!
This beast has an astounding appetite, and it will completely devour anything in front of its eyes. It’s said that it devours not only objects, but the ground, rivers, and even the seas!
Despite the abnormal amounts that this beast consumes, it’s said that it doesn’t produce any waste products. It’s possible that it’s completely converting everything it eats into energy to sustain itself, but the true details remain unknown.
The Power of Z-Moves Revealed!
Z-Moves are special moves that a Pokémon can use when it’s holding a Z-Crystal that corresponds to its move’s type, but their effects seem to vary greatly depending on whether they’re based on attack moves or status moves.
Z-Move Attack Details
Z-Moves based on attack moves have far greater power than usual moves, but how powerful they will be does seem to depend on the power of the original move that a Z-Move is based on. Since Z-Moves are full-powered attacks, they also seem to be impossible to fully ward off with moves like Protect and Detect—they will still do damage.
What happens when you use a Z-Move based on Tackle, which has a base power of 40?
What happens when you use a Z-Move based on Giga Impact, which has a base power of 150?
If you use a Z-Move, you can deal damage even when the target has used Protect.
Z-Move Status Move Details
When you pour your Z-Power into a status move, it will be powered up into a status move with new effects added to it. These effects seem to come in many varieties, so some may raise your own Pokémon’s stats, while others may heal the next Pokémon to switch in, for example.
A Pikachu holding Electrum Z will have its Electric-type moves powered up through Z-Power.
Z-Thunder Wave doesn’t just afflict oppontents wiht Paralysis, now it raises the user’s Sp. Def as well.
In addition to the effects of Memento, Z-Memento also lets you heal the next Pokémon to switch in.
The usually completely useless move Splash raises the user’s Attack by 3, thanks to the effects of Z-Power!
Exclusive Z-Move: Sinister Arrow Raid
Decidueye slices through the air together with a hail of arrow quills, crashing into the target before dealing the final blow with its arrows.
Exclusive Z-Move: Malicious Moonsault
Exclusive Z-Move: Oceanic Operetta
Primarina manipulates a huge balloon with its voice, causing it to explode over its target’s head to deal great damage.
Add Greninja to Your Team
Befriend Greninja in the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Special Demo Version, and then receive it via Mystery Gift in Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon.
After you’ve played the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Special Demo Version and have obtained one of the full games, you’ll be able to send Greninja to Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon by talking to Professor Kukui in a Pokémon Center.
Ability: Battle Bond
Moves: Water Shuriken
Ribbon: Souvenir Ribbon
Get Magearna on Your Team
Get the Mythical Pokémon Magearna at a certain point in the game by scanning a QR Code using the QR Scanner in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. After scanning the QR Code, you’ll be able to get Magearna on your team by visiting the antique shop in Hau’oli City shopping mall.
Check back for details on where you can find the QR Code.
Moves: Fleur Cannon
Held Item: Bottle Cap
Ball: Cherish Ball
Ribbon: Wishing Ribbon
Get Munchlax on Your Team
Obtain the early-purchase gift of a Munchlax that evolves into Pulverizing Snorlax and Snorlium Z via the Internet as a Mystery Gift.
Ability: Thick Fat
Ball: Cherish Ball
Ribbon: Classic Ribbon
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Communication Features
There are four formats of Link Battles you can participate in from your Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon game:
- Quick Link (Local Wireless)
- Link Battles in Festival Plaza (Local Wireless / Internet)
- Battle Spot—Free Battle (Internet)
- Battle Spot—Rating Battle (Internet)
Some battle methods are restricted from use depending on the format. Single and Double Battles are permitted in any of the formats. Multi Battles are permitted only in Link Battles in Festival Plaza. You can play in the Battle Format via Link Battles in Festival Plaza and in Battle Spot-Free Battle.
Quick Link is a function that allows you to easily hold battles with others nearby.
Pokémon Permitted in the Battle Spot’s Free Battles
The Battle Spot’s Free Battle format now has the ability to choose whether or not to include “Special Pokémon” (certain Legendary Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon) for Pokémon selection.
Transmission of Regular Data
There are plans to distribute regulation data as needed so that players can experience different regulations together with their friends or other players in Festival Plaza, even outside of competitions. Notifications regarding which regulations are currently available will be provided at the Pokémon Global Link.
Pokémon Sun & Moon releases for Nintendo 3DS in Japan and North America on November 18, and in Europe on November 23, 2016.