New Pokémon, new forms, and a whole host of brand new features announced for Pokémon Sun & Moon

By ·August 1, 2016 9:55 pm

Fun times, Pokéfans! Not only do we have a number of brand new features announced for Pokémon Sun & Moon, but we also have six more species to see. Oh, and what’s that you say? New appearances for five Gen I Pokémon? Sure, why not? Exciting.

Before we take a look at the brand new Pokémon, let me tell you about some of the new features that will be gracing us in Pokémon Sun & Moon.

Firstly, how about Poké Rides? That’s right. In Alola, using our Pokémon friends, people are able to reach locations that are not normally accessible by humans, such as the snowy mountain tops of Alola. The Pokémon used are not of the trainer’s team, but can still be called upon at any time to help. Now, how about that?

Now let’s talk about trials. The Alola Region’s four islands attracts tourists from all over the world, so why not entertain the people? Alola offers trainers a challenge – an adventurous rite that involves traversing across each of the islands completing a series of trials. These trials do not simply take the form of a Pokémon battle, oh no, trainers must prove their worth by hunting down specific items, or completing tests of knowledge. At the end of each trial, a Totem Pokémon shall be waiting. Much larger than other Pokémon of their respective species, a Totem Pokémon will summon allies to assist them in battle. Once the series of trials have been completed, each island will present a grand trial to the trainer – a Pokémon battle against that island’s Kahuna. Once a trainer has completed that grand trial, they will be publicly recognised, and permitted to move onto the next island.

Next up are Z-Moves. Z-Moves are a brand new type of move introduced within Pokémon battles that can be used by absolutely any Pokémon. These attacks are incredibly powerful, but can only be utilised by a Pokémon once per battle. Z-Moves are the result of a trainer and their Pokémon realising their full power and resonate together to unleash this astonishing force. To use this new battle technique, two things are required – a Z-Ring, and a Z-Crystal. A Z-Ring will fit around a trainer’s arm, while the Z-Crystal is set into it. If a Pokémon holds the same type of Z-Crystal as its trainer, the attack will be ready to use.

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I know, this is the section that you’ve all been waiting for; the thing that all Pokéfans eagerly anticipate whenever a new game is announced – new Pokémon! Well, wait no longer. Let me present the latest six, as well as a number of alternate appearances for some old favourites:


Gumshoos, the evolved form of Yungoos, has a very different style of hunting to that of its pre-evolved form. While Yungoos prefer to go off hunting in search of prey, Gumshoos would much rather stake out its prey’s known areas until something happens to pass by, at which point it will strike. Luckily for Gumshoos, it can resist the pain of hunger, a trait that allows it to wait patiently for food to wander close.



A nocturnal Pokémon, Fomantis will hunt for a new nest as soon as the sun has set due to the dangers of remaining in one place for two days in a row. Like many plants, Fomantis goes throw the process of photosynthesis, which is will use to achieve the strength and colouration for its evolved form Lurantis.



Using both its aroma and flow-esque appearance, Lurantis will ensnare its prey and consume the poor creature. This Pokémon grows close to those trainers that are willing to maintain its appearance and take good care of it, while shunning any trainer that is too lazy to care. Lurantis is able to learn a move that no other Pokémon has been known to use before – Solar Blade; a move that will require Lurantis to absorb energy from the sun before unleashing the devastating attack.



Minior are formed within the Earth’s stratosphere and survive by absorbing the debris floating around them. Once a large quantity of particles have been consumed, it’s body will become very heavy, causing it to fall towards the planet’s surface. Inside its tough shell, Minior’s core can take one of four colours – yellow, orange, red, or blue, depending on the colour of the particles it has absorbed.



Mudbray is the pre-evolved form of Mudsdale. Once found in the wild throughout the wild, Mudbray was sadly hunted to the verge of extinction, though they have found refuge in the Alola Region, a place where they now flourish and live safely. Despite its relatively small body, Mudbray is able to carry loads up to fifty times its own body-weight. They love to play in the mud, and will happily live with any trainer that can provide a muddy environment.



As you can see, Oricorio can take on four different forms of appearance. We have the Baile style (fire / flying), the Pom-Pom style (electric / flying), the Pa’u style(psychic / flying), and the Sensu style (ghost / flying). The form that Oricorio will take depends entirely upon the type of nectar it has tasted. As these forms are found on each separate island of Alola, it is safe to say that the flowers of each island have had an effect on the population of Oricorio.




Not only has today given us six new species of Pokémon, it has also revealed unto us alternate appearances for five of the original 151 Pokémon. Now, these are not Mega-Evolutions, but rather alternate forms caused by the Alola Region’s environment. First up we have an alternate form for Sandshrew, which is now an Ice / Steel Pokémon with the new ability of ‘Snow Cloak’, an ability it shares with its evolved form Sandslash. Sandslash is also now an Ice / Steel type. Not only do Sandshrew and Sandslash have a whole new appearance for Pokémon Sun & Moon, but so too do the fire Pokémon – Vulpix, and its evolution Ninetales. The Alolan Vulpix is now purely an Ice Pokémon, while the Alolan Ninetales is a duel Ice / Fairy type. Finally, the last Pokémon revealed to have a whole new look (so far) is Exeggutor, now a Grass / Dragon type. Exeggutor seems to have grown a new head upon a newly formed tail.

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So, what do you guys think about the new look of the Gen I Pokémon? Love them? Hate them? I quite like the new look Sandshrew and Sandslash. Oh man, let’s not forget the newly released Pokémon! What do you think about those? Minior seems interesting, right? And what about these new features? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.

Pokémon Sun & Moon will be released November 23rd and available for 3DS and 2DS devices

Image Credits: Nintendo / The Pokémon Company International.

Written by Oliver Ducker

Gaming and Comics Writer

Oliver is a graduate of computer science and games development, and an aspiring 2D and 3D graphic artist.

He is a huge fan of villains, anti-villains, and anti-heroes in media.
His specialist subjects involve The Punisher, Deadpool, Batman and his Rogues Gallery, Pokémon, LOST, and Middle-Earth.

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