With the release date of Pokémon Sun and Moon creeping ever closer day by day, there have been a fair share of news articles and little tid bits about what we can expect to see with the game as a whole. Whether it’s new Pokémon, or new things happening to old Pokémon, there are obviously a lot of things we can look forward to in the new Pokémon title by Game Freak.
If you’re unfamiliar with how the new releases work nowadays, Game Freak likes to tease us with more news throughout the coming weeks that near closer and closer to the final release date. Whether it’s focusing on the new Pokémon we can expect to see in the upcoming release, or again, new things that happen to the Pokémon we already know and love, multiple websites and articles will comment on that and they let us know whether the rumors or facts are indeed true, or debunked. However, with Pokémon Sun and Moon nearing so close every day, the facts that have been received so far are more true than not, and I would like to discuss with you the top 15 reasons why we should be excited for a new Pokémon release. Granted, there are a lot of reasons that we can look forward to this release, so narrowing it down to 15 isn’t giving the game enough credit. I know one thing is for sure, come November 18, I’ll be enjoying alongside most other people in the world the new release that is sure to be something to remember for years to come.
15. 3 Brand New Pokémon Starters
Of course, with every new generation of Pokémon game that comes from Game Freak, we can always expect one sure thing, brand new starters. The way Pokémon games work is generally you start off in your hometown, and the first thing you do is choose your starter. There are three different types of Pokémon, and it’s the formula for older games as well. The types are water, fire, and grass. This formula is evident even in the first generation of Pokémon games, and you can see that it sticks to that formula for all games onwards. With Pokémon Sun and Moon, you can expect the same thing. The starters come in the form of the fire type, Litten, who is a Fire Cat Pokemon, the grass type, Rowlet, who is a duel type grass and flying type which also classifies as a Grass Quill Pokémon, and the water type Popplio, who classifies as a Sea Lion Pokémon. New designs for starters in every new generation is always something to look forward to. The evolutions have not been released yet, but it’s excited to think about what they could be.
14. 2 Brand New Legendaries
Along with the brand new starters being released with the new generation games, you can also expect to see 2 brand new legendary Pokémon. This is also a common trend with the new generation of Pokémon games, and we are seeing it being put to use once again in this new generation. The first of the two will be representing the box art for Pokémon Sun and their name is Solgaleo, who classifies as a Sunne Pokémon. They are a Psychic/Steel types, an interesting combination that I don’t think we’ve really ever seen before in a Pokémon release. The second of the two and certainly not the least of the two classifies as a Moone Pokémon, type is Psychic / Ghost Type, and it goes by the name of Lunala. Both legendaries are very definitive in terms of the game they are representing, one being a sun focused Pokémon, and the other being in the shape of a Moon. To see these legendaries in action in the game is going to be something to remember.
13. New Region To Explore
With every new generation of Pokémon, there comes a new region to explore. Again, something long time fans like myself always look forward to. It’s always interesting to see how The Pokémon Company and Game Freak are going to take their game, and how they try to incorporate real cities and architectures into their games. Previous games we saw the likes of New York City, and things of that nature. With Pokémon Sun and Moon, they are introducing a brand new region which is very similar to that of Hawaii. They have titled it the Alola Region. Seen in the image above, you can certainly see that this is a direct influence based on Hawaii, which is certainly going to be excited to see in a new generation Pokémon game.
12. Environmental Changes to Pre-Existing Pokemon
Something we have been seeing as a common trend in Pokémon games lately is effects taken in forms with pre-existing Pokémon. In previous generations of Pokémon games, we’ve seen things like mega evolutions, primal evolutions, and now we are seeing Alola Forms which will make its debut in Pokémon Sun and Moon. From what I can gather, it completely changes the type of pre-existing Pokémon based on where they are located on the game map. They’ve introduced Vulpix and Ninetales (formerly fire type Pokémon) as ice type Pokémon due to living in cold mountains, as well as Sandshrew and Sandslash who will be receiving the same treatment. A number of other Pokémon will be receiving their Alola Forms in different ways, changing their types as well. Not a whole lot has been announced in the form of what other Pokémon will be receiving this treatment, but it’s definitely up there with something to be excited about with these new games.
11. A Whole New Pokedex To Discover and Fill Up
Alongside the new professor that you will be introduced to in the new generation games, there is also going to be a lot of brand new Pokémon being introduced into this game. This is something you can always look forward to when a new Pokémon game is announced. Some like to think that Game Freak and the Pokémon Company have lost their touch in terms of new Pokémon designs, but I feel that they continue to get better and better as the years progress. We’ve got Pokémon like Yungoos and Gumshoos who are the normal type Pokemon, probably in the same realm as Zigzagoon and Linoone. We have Grubbin, Charjabug, and Vikavolt who are also most likely in the same realm as Caterpie and Weedle respectably. It’s not been definitely confirmed how many new Pokémon we will be seeing with this new generation.
10. Pokémon Bank
If you are a collector in the Pokémon games like I am, you’d know to be excited for such a thing like Pokémon Bank to exist. If you’re unaware of what this is, basically it allows you to transfer your Pokémon from other games like Red and Blue, and Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire into your Sun and Moon games. So, if you have 1 or 6 Pokémon that you absolutely love having on your team, but they’re located on another game, Pokémon Sun and Moon will be following the trend of allowing Pokemon Bank to exist, so now you can run through the new generation game with your older generation Pokémon. It doesn’t get much better than that.
9. Sun & Moon Era (Trading Card Game)
With the release of a new Pokémon game on the horizon, that will also bring a new generation into the Pokémon Trading Card Game. The sets will be focused on Sun and Moon respectably as the previous sets have been based on the games they are named after. The current set we are in “X and Y” has been in rotation alongside the game up until this November where we will be seeing a new game, and the new set will be following it a month or two later. Look forward to a whole new set of Trading Cards, especially if you’re a collector such as myself.
8. Mythical Pokemon
Something we have seen being done a couple times, especially in the new generation of Pokémon game is the addition of new types of Pokémon, like with Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, we got the primal version of the two legendaries, Groudon and Kyogre. Coming with Pokémon Sun and Moon, we will be receiving Pokémon that fall under the Mythical category, one of which has already been announced, by the name of Magearna. According to its description, it was created by a scientist 500 years ago. To see this Pokémon in the game is certainly going to be a sight to be seen.
7. Pokémon 3DS Release & Graphics
Back when Pokémon X and Y were released, I was so excited to see how they were going to take the games to the next level, especially with the release of the Nintendo 3DS. Needless to say, I was not disappointed in the way they handled the game in terms of the 3D effects, and the graphics altogether. You could really feel yourself getting immersed into the game, especially with it only being a handheld. Pokémon Sun and Moon will be following in those footsteps by being released for the Nintendo 3DS systems. Whether there is any backward compatibility to the original Nintendo DS, I’m not too sure.
6. Brand New Elite Four Challenge
In some past releases, the Elite Four challenge has been one of the few things that has managed to stay consistently engaging since the series debuted back in 1996, with the release of Pokémon Red and Blue. Over the years, there have been complaints about the Elite Four getting easier and easier through the generations of games. I’ve not really shared that opinion as I always seem to have a challenge when I reach the Elite Four in Pokémon games. Of course, it’s something to look forward to in the new generation of games. It’ll also be interesting to see the types of Elite Four trainers we will be seeing in this generation, especially with all the new type combinations and forms that will be playable throughout the game. Hopefully some people won’t find it too easy as they have in the past few games. Again, I haven’t found them to be too easy, but some fans have.
5. Battle Royal Mode
While there will be some old school mechanics being thrown into Pokémon Sun and Moon, like the types of combinations, we will also be seeing some new things being brought to the table and they will be making their debut in the franchise. One of those things is something called Battle Royal. Battle Royal is defined as being a four player free for all battle, and the winner is determined based on highest number of knockouts and remaining Pokemon. So if you’re itching for some 1v1v1v1 battles in a Pokémon game, Pokémon Sun and Moon will be bringing that to the table.
4. Rotom Pokedex
Previously in this article, I did mention the inclusion of brand new Pokémon being released into Pokémon Sun and Moon. Something I didn’t mention is the inclusion of a whole new form of Pokedex being introduced into Pokémon Sun and Moon, and that is the Rotom Pokedex. Take your idea of what a standard Pokedex does, and throw it out the window, because the Rotom Pokedex brings a lot more to the table. It not only stores the Pokémon you’ve seen and caught, but it gives you tips, it brings its own personality for the trainer, and it helps you know where you need to go, and where you are in the current game map. To give the Pokedex it’s own personality is certainly something new, and I’m excited to see how it plays out during my gameplay of these new games.
3. The Difficulty Curve of Pokemon Games
Something we have seen happen in Pokémon games recently is the stigma that the games are becoming too easy. Though, I don’t agree with that notion for the most part, I do have to say that the difficulty of Pokémon X and Y were a bit on the easy side. That had mostly to do with the inclusion of an EXP-All that leveled up all your Pokémon at the same time, and made them ridiculously overpowered by the time you got to the Elite Four, but again, I still had difficult with the Elite Four even in X and Y. With Pokémon Sun and Moon, I’m hoping they go back to how hard the game used to be, and strip the EXP-ALL altogether and get you immersed by allowing you to train your Pokémon one by one again, like you used to do back in the Pokémon Red and Blue days.
Much like the addition of Mega Evolutions in Pokémon X and Y, we will be seeing another new aspect to the game, specifically one that adds a new twist to the way you battle your Pokémon. They are introducing Z-moves, which is one move a Pokémon can use if applicable, and it’s known as their “great power” move. In order to use such a move, the Pokémon needs to be holding a Z-Crystal, learn the corresponding move, and the trainer must have a Z-Ring. According to Bulbapedia, there is a Z-move to every type. Whether this is something that can change the game altogether, I don’t know.
1. Island Challenge
While Pokémon Sun and Moon again are trying to keep a lot of what people love about the Pokémon games, there’s still going to be a lot of new features making their debut in these games. We’ve talked about a few of them here, but another one to knock off that list is the “Island Challenge.” Just like the previous games, you will be setting out as a trainer and your main goal will be to become the champion in the way of defeating the Elite Four with your Pokémon. However, in Pokémon Sun and Moon, to progress to that challenge, you must travel to each individual island on Alola, and complete certain tasks that the island requires, up to the point of which you take part in the Grand Trial, and once the Grand Trial is completed, they can move onto the next island. From what I can gather, this is what takes the place of fighting gym leaders, and gaining gym badges for the Elite Four.
With a lot of new things and old things being brought to the table for Pokémon Sun and Moon, there’s no doubt it’s going to be an exciting journey not only for new Pokemon players, but for old Pokémon players, like myself. Pokémon Sun and Moon will be released on November, 18th 2016.