Pokémon Sun and Moon: Starters, Legendaries and release date revealed

By ·May 10, 2016 12:41 pm

The day has come, Nintendo has today unveiled a number tidbits regarding their next installment of the Pokémon series – Sun and Moon. Along with the cover art (including the version mascots), we are treated to a first look at our choices for starter Pokémon, and a touch of information about the setting of our next adventure via a montage of various locations from the game.

Pokémon Sun and Moon case art showing the new unnamed Legendary mascots.

Pokémon Sun and Moon are set to debut towards the end of 2016, taking place in the Alola Region, a whole new land to explore; with a host of new characters, and of course, many more new Pokémon to capture, train, and grow with. And now, please join us in welcoming the three new starters:


Rowlet – Grass/Flying Pokémon

The first of the potential partners is the highly adaptable Grass Quill Pokémon, Rowlet. This Pokémon can fly silently through the skies, sneaking up on its opponent without being noticed. It can attack its opponents using powerful kicks, and it can also attack from a distance using the razor-sharp leaves that form part of its feathers. Rowlet can survey its environment and turn its neck nearly 180 degrees from front to back, so it can see directly behind itself. When in battle, Rowlet turns its head to face its Trainer when waiting for instructions.

  • Name: Rowlet
  • Category: Grass Quill Pokémon
  • Height: 1 ’00 “
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs.
  • Type: Grass/Flying
  • Starting Move: Leafage


Litten – Fire Pokémon


The cool-headed Fire Cat Pokémon, Litten, is the next choice for a first-partner Pokémon. Litten’s fur is rich in oils and is immensely flammable. It constantly grooms itself by licking its coat, collecting loose fur into balls. It then ignites these hairballs to create fireball attacks. When the time comes for Litten to molt, it burns off all of its fur in one glorious blaze.

  • Name: Litten
  • Category: Fire Cat Pokémon
  • Height: 1 ’04 “
  • Weight: 9.5 lbs.
  • Type: Fire
  • Starting Move: Ember


Popplio – Water Pokémon


The third possibility is the acrobatic Sea Lion Pokémon, Popplio. Popplio can create balloons made of water from its nose and utilize them to create a variety of different strategies and attacks in battle. This Pokémon is better at moving in the water than on land, and can swim at speeds over 25 mph. On land, it uses the elasticity of the balloons it creates to perform jumps and acrobatic stunts.

  • Name: Popplio
  • Category: Sea Lion Pokémon
  • Height: 1 ’04 “
  • Weight: 16.5 lbs.
  • Type: Water
  • Starting Move: Water Gun

The announcement video was first released on the official Pokémon Company’s YouTube channel. You can view the video below:

This is but the first package of information that we will see over the course of the year regarding Sun and Moon. There will, no doubt, be more showcased as the months go by, and many more new Pokémon for us to see.

So, which version will you be choosing? Which starter will you pick to join you on your next journey into the Pokémon world? Let us know by commenting below.

Pokémon Sun and 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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