Nintendo reveal new Pokémon and a battle mode at E3
It would’ve been a massive disappointment if Nintendo failed to reveal a single new Pokémon at this year’s E3, so what a pleasure it is to get not one, not two, but three brand new Pokémon, alternative forms for the legendaries, and information regarding a whole new battle mode.
First, let’s meet the Pokémon:
Pikipek – Normal / Flying Pokémon
The first of today’s new Pokémon is the little Woodpecker – Pikipek. With the ability to bore holes in trees by striking up to sixteen times a second, this bird can do much more than simply drill through hard wood, they can even shatter stone. This Pokémon is able to attack distant opponents by unleashing a barrage of seeds with enough force that they can be embedded in tree trunks.
- Category: Woodpecker Pokémon
- Height: 1’00”
- Weight: 2.6lbs
- Ability: Keen Eye / Skill Link
Grubbin – Bug Pokémon
The next Pokémon is the Larva Pokémon – Grubbin. Relying upon its strong, sturdy jaws, which it also uses as a battle weapon, Grubbin will utilise these jaws to burrow into the ground. Spewing sticky threads from its mouth, this Pokémon is able to swing around and become a whole lot more mobile.
- Category: Larva Pokémon
- Height: 1’04”
- Weight: 9.7lbs
- Ability: Swarm
Yungoos – Normal Pokémon
Finally, the third new Pokémon announced was the Loitering Pokémon – Yungoos. We suspect this Pokémon will be the Sun and Moon equivalent of Rattata, Zigzagoon, and the like. Yungoos are known for their incredible appetite and their terrible temper when they are hungry, a trait I’m sure we all share. Due to its digestive abilities, Yungoos are never satisfied, also having a stomach that makes up the majority of this Pokémon’s long body.
- Category: Loitering Pokémon
- Height: 1’04”
- Weight: 13.2lbs
- Ability: Stakeout / Strong Jaw
Solgaleo & Lunala – New Forms
It has also been revealed that the two latest Legendary Pokémon, the version mascots – Solgaleo and Lunala, will receive new forms whenever they ‘release their mighty powers’, we’re guessing that means when they use a certain special attack. Solgaleo will transform into its Radiant Sun phase, while Lunala transforms into its Full Moon phase.
A brand new battle mode, known as Battle Royal, will debut with the release of Pokémon Sun & Moon. While previous generation games have had one trainer battling another, occasionally two vs. two, Sun & Moon introduces us to a one vs one vs one vs one battle! Yes, four trainers will now be able to battle each other at the very same time. Each of the four trainers will select a maximum of three Pokémon, with one in the midst of battle at a time. The battle will end once one of the trainers have lost all of their Pokémon, at which point, a victor will be chosen depending on the number of Pokémon each trainer has defeated, as well as how many they have remaining on their team. Players will have to discover a whole new range of strategies as they attempt to keep their team active, while trying to predict who will attack whom, whether or not they should save a rival, and so much more.
Pokémon Sun and Moon will be released November 23rd and available for 3DS and 2DS devices
Image Credits: Nintendo/The Pokémon Company International.