New Alola region Pokémon Pikipek, Yungoos, and Grubbin were revealed for Pokémon Sun & Moon during Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3 2016 today.
Game Freak director Junichi Masuda and designer Shigeru Ohmori premiered the games’ first live in-game development footage, revealing three new Pokémon players will encounter at the start of their journey in Alola.
Pikipek is a dual Normal/Flying-type Woodpecker monster with the Abilities Keen Eye or Skill Link. It weighs 2.6 pounds and stands one foot tall. A description of the Pokémon reads:
Pikipek can strike 16 times a second with its beak. These strikes are powerful enough to not only drill through hard wood but even shatter stone. The noises made by their blows can signal others. Some of these signals have been identified as warning signals and greetings among allies. Pikipek Trainers have grown to recognize them as well.
These Pokémon drill holes in trees and store food in the holes. They also like small, glittering objects and will tuck them away in their food stores, too. It’s often said, “Something lost, something missed, check inside the Pikipek nest.”
Pikipek will attack distant opponents by zipping seeds at them. These shots have enough strength to embed the seeds in tree trunks.
Yungoos is a Normal-type Loitering monster with the Ability Stakeout or Strong Jaw. It weighs 13.2 pounds and stands one foot four inches tall. A description of the Pokémon reads:
Yungoos is a big eater that is never satisfied. The majority of its long body is given over to its stomach, and its digestion is swift, so it’s always hungry. It has strong fangs, so it can crush and consume the hardest of objects.
Each Yungoos chooses its own particular route for searching out prey. It stalks along this route searching for food until it’s exhausted, at which point it drops and sleeps wherever it may be. It’s thought that these Pokémon decide their routes based on safety, so that there’s no risk in falling asleep at any time.
Yungoos is not a Pokémon that is native to the Alola region. It was brought to the region to help deal with the explosive population of a certain other Pokémon, and now Yungoos are commonly seen around the Alola region.
Some Yungoos have an Ability that no other Pokémon discovered has previously had. This Ability is known as Stakeout. With the Stakeout Ability, this Pokémon’s moves can deal twice the normal damage to any Pokémon that switch in or enter the field mid-battle.
Since this Pokémon is so common in the Alola region, it’s easy to catch one. But this Pokémon has a terrible temper when it’s hungry—and it demands a whopping amount of food.
Grubbin is a Bug-type Larva monster with the Ability Swarm. It weighs 9.7 pounds and stands one foot four inches tall. A description of the Pokémon reads:
Grubbin relies on its sturdy jaw as a weapon in battle and as a tool for burrowing through the earth. Grubbin loves electricity, which is why it can be found near power plants and substations. By wrapping tree branches in the sticky threads that it spews from its mouth, Grubbin can swing around like an actor on suspension wires!
In addition to the three new Pokémon, an all-new battle format called Battle Royal was introduced, which pits up to four players against each other. Players pick three Pokémon to battle with and are ultimately ranked based on their performance.