Pokémon Sun & Moon
Over the exercise-inducing Pokémon Go? Winter’s coming – find a warm spot on the sofa and crack on with the Pokémon franchise’s latest installment, Pokémon Sun & Moon. Put on your running shoes (Thanks, Mom!) and take to the Alola region, as you attempt to catch them all!
November 23, 2016
The Pokémon Company
The Pokémon Go hype has dwindled. With tired legs, we return home to wait for the next addition to the Pokémon franchise to drop.
Ever since their existence was discovered, thanks to two perky trademarks, ‘Pokémon Sun’ and ‘Pokémon Moon’ on the European Union Intellectual Property Office website, information about the upcoming instalment has been slowly revealed.
Given that this year is the 20th anniversary of the original Pokémon Red and Blue release, Sun & Moon is set to celebrate the franchise’s historic milestone, with tons of new features, exciting updates and even some old favourites:
A New Region
We’ve done Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova and Kalos, now it’s time to throw on your running shoes and head out into ‘Alola’ – the latest Pokémon region to hit out 3DS screens.
A collection of tropical islands filled with native Pokémon that have lived in the area for generations, Alola offers some notable differences from its predecessors. Most notable is the relationship between Pokémon and trainers, with both co-existing alongside each other as friends (Ash and Pikachu, welcome home!).
Alongside a host of new Pokémon to catch and train, Pokémon Sun & Moon also offer a selection of remodelled first generation Pocket Monsters too, who have changed form to thrive in Alola’s tropical climate. A long-necked Exeggutor and an icy Vulpix are among those to have received a makeover.
With each new game comes three new starters for you to choose from. While it is an impossible ask for the new additions to compete with Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle, Pokémon Sun & Moon has certainly held on to the cute, cuddly feel of first evolution starters.
Trainers will have the choice between Rowlet, a grass-type owl, Litten, a fire-ball breathing cat, and Popplio… Quite simply, a sea lion.
Likewise, Pokémon Sun & Moon will deliver a similar end-game reward to its predecessors – a legendary Pokémon. Sun players will be presented the chance to capture Solgaleo, while Moon players will encounter Lunala.
One of the biggest additions to this instalment is the introduction of Z-Moves. Z-Moves are a special type of attack which can only be used once during each battle that you engage in. All Pokémon will be capable of using Z-Moves, but you will first need to get your hands on a Z-Ring and a Z-Crystal.
There are several new features being added to Pokémon Sun & Moon, and for the sake of this series, which holds a place in the heart of so many people’s childhood, let’s hope that all of them are a success.