This new Pokemon Sun and Moon trailer has convinced me to go with Moon

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We’re about two months away from Pokémon Sun and Moon‘s launch and I finally know which version I’ll be getting. It’s been previously reported that each game will feature different time settings with Moon running 12 hours off of Sun. In today’s trailer, we’re given a look the two different creatures Rockruff will evolve into in each version. I gotta say, the werewolf-like Midnight Form Lycanroc has pushed me towards getting Moon.

Something tells me I’m going to run into a lot of Oranguru that have been renamed Harambe when this comes out.

In addition to the new Pokémon, it’s nice to see character customization is returning in a big way and the spa-like Refresh feature is something I know I’ll be using way more often than I should. Those Pokémon specific Z-Move are dazzling to look at, but hopefully there will be a way to skip the animation as I don’t think I’d enjoy watching all of that play out every time I want to use Eevee’s Extreme Evoboost.

If you use Pokémon Bank, that is getting an update in January that will make it compatible with Sun and Moon.


Type: Fighting

The Teamwork Pokémon Passimian attack by throwing Berries at their foes. They tend to live in troops of 20–30 Passimian, who all follow one leader. These tribes work in teams to train and improve their skills. This Pokémon has the Ability Receiver, an Ability which no previous Pokémon has had. With the Receiver Ability, Passimian can inherit the Ability of an ally who faints in battle. Passimian only appear in Pokémon Sun.


Type: Normal/Psychic

The Sage Pokémon Oranguru live in the solitary deeps of the Alolan forests and, in fact, were once known as ‘the people of the forests’. Oranguru hold a fan-like object made of leaves and are known to be kind to other Pokémon in the forest, often giving injured Pokémon medicine or hungry Pokémon food. This Pokémon can exclusively learn the new move Instruct, a move which can make the selected target use its most recent move again immediately. Oranguru only appear in Pokémon Moon.

Lycanroc (Midday Form)

Type: Rock

In the world of Pokémon Sun, Rockruff is bathed in profuse amounts of solar energy, and Solgaleo’s influence causes this Pokémon to evolve into Lycanroc’s Midday Form. This form is known for speedy movement which can confound its opponents. A very loyal Pokémon, Lycanroc Midday Form dodges opponents’ strikes whilst attacking with the sharp rocks of its mane. Lycanroc Midday Form can learn Accelerock, a new move unique to the Pokémon, which is guaranteed to strike first, damaging opponents by slamming into them very quickly.

Lycanroc (Midnight Form)

Type: Rock

In the world of Pokémon Moon, Rockruff is bathed in an abundance of lunar energy, and Lunala’s influence causes this Pokémon to evolve into Lycanroc’s Midnight Form. This Pokémon will sacrifice its own safety to strike down its foes. The stronger an opponent is, the more excited Lycanroc Midnight Form becomes, its eyes glowing with the thrill of battle. This Pokémon feels a deep trust towards a Trainer who can draw forth its true power. 

Pikachu Exclusive Z-Move name: Catastropika

Pikachu’s exclusive Z-Move, Catastropika, is a super-powered attack move where Pikachu borrows its Trainer’s strength, wraps itself in extra-high-voltage electric power, and charges into its opponents. This is Pikachu’s most powerful attack.

Eevee Exclusive Z-Move name: Extreme Evoboost

Eevee’s exclusive Z-Move, Extreme Evoboost, gathers together Sylveon, Jolteon and more – all of the eight Pokémon that Eevee can evolve into – and grants their powers to Eevee. This highly powerful move raises Eevee’s Attack, Defense, Sp. Atk, Sp. Def and Speed by 2.

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