Pokemon Sun & Moon Versions (Nintendo 3DS)
|Pokemon Sun - ポケットモンスターサン
Pokemon Moon - ポケットモンスタームーン
|Developed by||Game Freak|
|Published by||The Pokémon Company|
|Alola Form Pokemon||18|
|Australia||November 18th, 2016|
|Europe||November 23rd, 2016|
|Japan||November 18th, 2016|
|United States||November 18th, 2016|
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Pokemon Sun and Moon versions are the main pair of games kicking off Generation VII on the Nintendo 3DS. They were initially announced on the 20th Anniversary of Pokemon Red & Green in a Nintendo Direct broadcast on the 26th of Feb, 2016. The games were developed by Game Freak & had been released worldwide by November 23rd, 2016 when Europe got it a week after everyone else.
In terms of what's new in Sun & Moon here's what is has to offer: Chinese language added, meaning the games are playable in a total of nine languages. Trainer customisation makes a return as well as 81 new Pokémon and a whole lot of Alola form versions of existing Pokémon.
Gym's have been replaced by Island Trial Challenges which must be completed before trainers can take on the Kahuna's of each respective Island's in grand trials. There are also some small graphic improvements. Finally and perhaps most importantly for the older generation of Pokémon players these games are able to recieve data from Pokemon Blue, Red, Green & Yellow via the Pokémon Bank system. As usual each game is represented by a legendary Pokemon - for Pokémon Sun that's Solagleo and for Pokémon Moon it's Lunala. These mon's can be seen on the Box Art etc for their respective games.
Months pass and the player, their mother and pet Meowth finally move from Kanto to Alola's Melemele Island. On arrival they meet up with Professor Kukui who gives them a pretty warm welcome to Alola and tells them they can actually get a free starter Pokémon from the island Kahuna, yeah?
So the trainer headed off to collect their free Pokémon from the kahuna's home in Iki Town but on arrival finds the town square completely empty. It's at this point that Kukui tells the trainer to go and see if the townspeople are gathered at the ruins that honor the island's guardian deity, a Pokémon named Tapu Koko who watches over the Island and it's people. On the way to the ruins the trainer then encounters Lillie and her Pokémon, Nebby who are being attacked by a flock of Spearow... knowing how bad it is to be attacked by Spearow' the trainer, despite having no Pokémon of their own jumped in to protect Nebby from their attacks.
Things went from bad to worse when Nebby tried to use one of it's attacks to save itself and the trainer from the Spearow.... taking down the rickety old bridge that had so tenuously held their weight in the process. The trainer and Nebby were plumetting to what looks like a terrible demise when Tapu Koko, the islands guardian diety swoops in and saves them both; leaving the trainer with the additional gift of a mysterious stone.
Shortly later the trainer arrives back in Iki town and meets Kahuna Hala who acknowledges the fact that Tapu Koko valued this trainer enough not only to swoop down and save them but also to leave them with the gift of the mysterious stone. This leads Hala to believe that there is something special about this trainer and that they must be here for something important. Hala then lets the trainer choose from three different starter Pokémon as promised.
Having recieved their starter Pokémon moments before the trainer is then challenged to a battle with the Kahuna's grandson, Hau and a battle ensues resulting in victory for the trainer and the defeat of Hau. The trainer enjoys the festival briefly until again being challenged by Hau who fancies another go but is again defeated. The trainer then heads down to Professor Kukui's lab and gets given a rare and valuable Rotom Dex which is effectively a Rotom powered extension of the normal Dex which is cutting edge, rare and valuable!
On the instruction of professor Kukui both the trainer and Hau head to the island's Pokemon Trainer's School so that they can prepare for the Island Challenges. It's here that the trainer must defeat the schools top four students and then finally the teacher. After the defeat of Teacher Emily the trainer is introduced to Ilima who is the captain of one of the trials. To say much more would be a bit of a spoiler, so we'll call it there!
|Male protagonist||Female protagonist||Professor Kukui||Lillie||Hau|
Official descriptionWelcome to the World of Pokémon!
Are you ready to become a Pokémon Trainer? Trade and battle with friends all over the world!
Train your Pokémon for battle! Discover Pokémon and fill your Pokédex. Care for your Pokémon and help them grow.
Adventure awaits in the Alola region!
Pokemon Refresh is one of the new features bought in by Pokémon Sun and Moon versions. Essentially it's an enhanced evolution of Pokémon Amie from X & Y it allows the following actions
- Play with/stroke your Pokemon to raise their enjoyment level. Some Pokémon don't like to be stroked in certain places and others have bits that will hurt your hand ie. Torracats bell burns you.
- Feed your Pokémon Pokébeans to raise their fullness level and affection toward you which can result in improved performance in battle. The more affection a Pokémon has toward you the harder it'll try in battle to earn your praise.
- You can visit the Care section of Pokemon refresh after a battle to remove status effects, dirt, sand and water or use the Tyranitar Comb to straighten up their fur.
An illustration showing many of the items and features involved in Pokémon refresh.
Professor Kukui will provide the player with a PokeDex far superior to that of the traditional models. This new model of PokeDex can be enhanced even further by the Rotom he lends you to inhabit the dex and accompany you on your journey reminding you where you're supposed to be going next and providing you with an interactive map on the bottom screen of your 3DS. The interface between this PokeDex and Rotom allows Rotom to speak human languages.
A new style of battling where four trainers participate in a free for all battle. Each trainer takes three Pokemon with them and any trainer can attack or assist any other trainer in the fight. The battle ends when one trainer has had all of their Pokemon defeated. The winner will be chosen based on who got the most knockouts/did the most damage/how many Pokemon they have left.
The QR scanner feature allows players to scan QR codes for Pokemon they've not yet encountered in order to add them to their Pokedex. This feature is also used for obtaining event Pokemon like Magearna.
Newly introduced for Sun and Moon these special moves draw on and combine the inner strength of both the Pokemon and the Trainer. Z-Moves require that the trainer has a Z-Ring and also that they have used an appropriate Z-Crystal on their Pokemon to teach it a Z-Move. These moves are much more powerful than standard moves if used correctly but can only be used once per battle.
There is a Z-Move for each of the 18 different types of Pokemon and some which can only be used by certain types of Pokemon.
The Poké Pelago is a group of small, uninhabited islands in the Alola region. Mohn has always wanted to develop the Islands but he wants your help to do it. Basically these Islands are for your Pokemon in storage boxes to enjoy with activities like treasure hunting, playing with other Pokemon and generally kicking back. As you develop the Islands you increase the number of Pokémon who can enjoy them.
The Poké Pelago also attracts wild Pokemon who will come to eat their fill of your Pokébeans. Participating in activities and playing on the Poké Pelago can even help to raise the stats and level of your Pokemon.
You can now signal certain Pokémon using a pager to summon them for a ride. You have to reach certain Milestones within the game to unlock each ride so expect a little jogging to begin with. Unlockable Pokérides include Tauros who is able to smash through rocks, Charizard who can fly you where you want to go in a flash, Stoutland whose special ability is to sniff out hidden items and many more.
A new feature introduced for level 100 Pokemon is Hyper Training; with the help of an NPC called Mr. Hyper you can increase the IV level of a Pokemon.
Each version of the game has 14 of it's own version exclusive Pokemon plus 1 legendary exclusive. In the list below the A next to the PokeDex entry number indicates Alolan form.
|Pokemon Sun exclusives
037A Vulpix, 038A Ninetales, 408 Cranidos, 409 Rampardos, 546 Cottoneee, Whimsicott, 564 Tirtouga, 565 Carracosta, 627 Rufflet, 628 Braviary, 766 Passimian, 776 Turtonator, 791 Solagleo (Legendary), 794 Buzzwole and 798 Kartan
|Pokemon Moon exclusives
Pokemon Moon exclusives include 027A Sandshrew and it's evolved form 028A Sandslash, 410 Shieldon and it's evolved form 411 Bastiodon, 548 Petilil and it's evolved form Lilligant, 566 Archen and it's evolved form 567 Archeops, 629 Vullaby and 630 Mandibuzz, 765 Oranguru, 780 Drampa, 792 Lunala (Legendary), 795 Pheromosa and 797 Celesteela
As usual the starter Pokemon you can choose from comprise of Fire, Grass and Water types. In this instance from left to right we've got Litten the Fire type, Rowlet the grass type, and Poplio the water type.
- Litten is a feline pokemon first introduced in Generation VII. It's evolutions are: Torracat (at level 17) and Incineroar (at level 34).
- Rowlet is a round owl pokemon with a leafy bow tie first introduced in Generation VII. It's evolutions are: Dartrix (at level 17) and Decidueye (at level 34.)
- Popplio is a sea lion pokemon which like the other two starters was new for Gen VII. It's evolutions are Brionne (at level 17) and then Primarina (at level 34.)
These new starters were all officially (leaks aside) unveiled on the 10th of May, 2016.
It is said that Team Skull was formed of disillusioned young trainers who weren't good enough to beat the Island Trials so they turned to lives of Pokecrime. Their main objective is to cause mischief, steal Pokemon, and to cause inconvenience to those who look like they may succeed at the same challenges they themselves once failed at.
This quote from a Team Skull Grunt on Route 12 gives a little insight into the origins of the group:-
"Team Skull was born outta this old group that once formed around one of the old Kahunas. But that whole thing fell apart after they got smacked down by the wrath of the tapu"
Unlike many of the enemy team's we've seen in past games Team Skull don't seem to have any higher purpose then generally to cause mischief. They're literally just thugs with Pokemon and thick skulls. The team Skull hiearchy consists of Guzma who is the main leader and Plumeria the administrator. Gladeon is also a noteable associate of Team Skull, however as pointed out by a couple of their grunts he isn't actually a member he just does jobs for them sometimes.
The Team Skull headquarters (aka place they are squatting in) is located at Shady House in Po Town. The house was once home to someone rather wealthy who has since disappeared. Who could it be? what will they do if they come back and find their home has become a criminal gangs headquarters?
Once the Totem Pokemon are all defeated on an Island you will then face that Islands Kahuna as the 'Grand Challenge'. Once beaten you will be rewarded with a new Z Move and be able to progress through the story and on to your next challenges.
The aim of these trials is to travel across all four of the Islands of Alola and complete the Island Challenges to become the champion of the Island challenge.
A fan made TV commercial by John Wilkstrom, a must watch... it's better than the official ones.
An official USA TV Commercial
An official trailer, celebrating 20 years.
- The first Pokemon titles to include Chinese as a language
- Shows the first ever instance of NPCs using Pokeballs other than the basic ones.
- The first game in the main RPG series NOT to feature Gyms & Gym leaders
- There is no Ice Type Pokemon master here (presumably because the tropical conditions would stifle Ice types quite badly.)
- Sophocles wears a T-Shirt which depicts classic Pokemon trading with a Game Boy and a link cable.
- Ash-Greninja was added to the Pokemon Sun & Moon demo versions to try and attract fans of the animated series to buy the games (as it is pretty popular amongst the anime audience). The Greninja could be ported to the main game from the demo.
- It is said that Z-Moves were intended to allow trainers to use a wider variety of Pokemon rather than just relying on a few super strong ones all the way through the game as the use of these moves can make any Pokemon stronger and more viable for battle.
- It could be that Exeggcute and Exeggutor originate from the Alola region; not only is one of the islands named after Exeggutor but it states in the Ruby, Sapphire & Emerald PokeDex that Exeggutor originates from a tropical setting and this is the first one we've seen in the games. In the Exxeggutor PokeDex entry in Crystal it also mentions that in the right environment it can grow more heads - the Alolan form Exeggcutor is a good example of this.
source), and alongside popular titles like Super Mario Maker and Mario Kart 7 bolstering the longevity and success of the Nintendo 3DS. As of 18/05/2017 the titles have been purchased over 15.5 million times worldwide.
- IGN's Kallie Plagge was clearly impressed scoring the game 9/10 and rating it Amazing. "Pokemon Sun and Moon switch up the formula to create an engaging adventure that improves on its predecessors." - Additionally the games are also nominated for IGN's game of 2016.
- Metacritic users have rated the game a very strong 87% over 87 reviews (correct as of 18/05/2017)
- Justin Haywald from GameSpot scored the game a strong 8 out of 10.
- Our own DetroitDJ was a little more critical scoring the game a 3 out of 5 and rating it Fair.
Official Artwork Gallery from Pokemon Sun & Moon - A large gallery featuring many of the Pokemon from the game
Official Artwork Gallery from Pokemon Sun & Moon - Characters, places and supporting art
Box Art from Pokemon Sun including numerous regional variations + editions
Box Art from Pokemon Moon including numerous regional variations + editions
Screenshots from Pokemon Sun version
Screenshots from Pokemon Moon version